Barbie Figueroa | Internet Marketing Training & Personal Branding http://barbiefigueroa.online Training Entrepreneurs to Magnetically Attract Leads & Sales Online Mon, 22 Jan 2018 13:47:34 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8.5 Color Branding For Beginners: How To Increase Your Personal Brand Confidence with a Stand-Out Color Palette http://barbiefigueroa.online/color-branding-beginners-increase-personal-brand-confidence-stand-color-palette/ http://barbiefigueroa.online/color-branding-beginners-increase-personal-brand-confidence-stand-color-palette/#respond Sat, 20 Jan 2018 18:52:19 +0000 http://barbiefigueroa.online/?p=46827 Confidence. The State of Feeling Certain about the Truth of Something. That’s a pretty powerful statement don’t you think? After working with clients since 2004, helping them develop their personal brands online, the one thing, outside of obviously generating more leads and sales, that an entrepreneur is looking to achieve when they set out to […]

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Confidence.

The State of Feeling Certain about the Truth of Something.

That’s a pretty powerful statement don’t you think?

After working with clients since 2004, helping them develop their personal brands online, the one thing, outside of obviously generating more leads and sales, that an entrepreneur is looking to achieve when they set out to develop their brand is… confidence.

Personal Branding is so much more than just a logo, I think we all know that.

Personal Branding is personal.

Here is a secret that most people won’t tell you about Branding. You see… I’ve read a bunch of articles and watched a ton of videos and many of the experts out there will tell you that branding is about your target audience.

Choose colors that appeal to your target audience, they say.

So there starts the problem.

We are starting by looking outside of ourselves to determine what our PERSONAL brand should look and feel like.

I’ll never forget when I first started internet marketing back in 2008 and a mentor I was working with at the time told me something I would never forget…

As I was blinging out my My Space Page with Hot Pink and sparkles, I started to doubt what I was doing, wondering if OTHER people were going to like it…

And my mentor asked me this question:

“Barbie, Do YOU like it?”

I said YES! I love (hot) Pink because it conveys a feeling of boldness yet it’s Fun at the same time.

He then said to me…

Then if YOU like it…that’s what matters because you will Attract the people that LIKE IT TOO, and that’s who you want to do business with.

WOW. I never thought of it that way before.

It made perfect sense.

Now lets make no mistake, when Coca Cola designed the coke bottle, they knew what they were doing. They knew the psychology behind the color red and their famous curvy bottle… but that is branding for a PRODUCT.

If you are building a Service or a Coaching Business, then you are the face of your brand.

And when we are talking about Personal Branding,  personal branding is all about building your Tribe.

It’s about attracting the like minded, like hearted people that GET YOU and that would want to do business with you, and that starts by WHO YOU ARE, and your branding should reflect – you guessed it… WHO YOU ARE.

Color Branding for Beginners: Let’s talk about Feelings and Emotions

LOL, I know some of the guys may be scared right now but hear me out!

Everything boils down to a ‘feeling’.

If someone asks you your opinion on something, they are asking you for your Feelings about it.

If you see a beautiful curvy red sports car driving down the street – it immediately evokes an emotion inside you.. maybe you would describe it as:

  • Excitement!
  • Powerful
  • Motivating!

And in turn, that emotion turns into a feeling inside your body…the bottom line is that everything creates a feeling and colors are no different.

Let’s Take the Color Palette for one of my clients, Asheville Dog Academy:

 

Here are some of the emotions I automatically feel when I see this Color Palette:

  • Friendly
  • Warm
  • Inviting
  • Light-Spirited
  • Fun, Bright
  • Personality
  • Trust

Now it just so happens that the owner of Asheville Dog Academy also happens to be my brother, and these are the same words I would use to describe HIM as a Person.

The Color Palette and the logo are definitely a representation of his loving, happy go lucky nature and his passion for working with dogs. And he attracts clients who appreciate a Dog Trainer with a Personal Touch.

He is NOT A corporate type of guy and his color palette reflects that feeling.

Now do you think I sat there and dreamed up these colors myself?

NOPE. Not Quite.

I knew what kind of emotions I wanted to evoke and what feelings those emotions would create, but I ended up creating this color palette from a picture my brother gave me.

In Short, I used my ‘Color Branding Shortcut’ that I teach inside my Free Mini-Training Video and you can do this too on your own and you don’t have to have any prior design skills to do it either.

Inside my Branding and Marketing Agency, I charge $497 to develop a Brand Palette for my clients who just don’t have the time, patience or know-how to do it themselves, but if you are a do-it-yourselfer type and you like to ‘play’ with color and it’s fun for you, then you’ll enjoy my free training video you can watch here. 

So What is Your Brand (online) – Really…

Well your brand is not just ONE Thing…

Your brand is a combination of:

  • Who you are
  • What You Stand For
  • What your Vision and Mission is
  • How People FEEL when they are around you
  • How You Present yourself
  • How you Feel about Yourself and how that translates through your actions…
  • Your Personality

All that being said, when it comes to Internet Marketing and Leveraging Websites, Sales Funnels, Email Marketing, and Social Media…

These platforms are an extension of YOU and your personality, so how they LOOK matters because they are the first impression people get when they land on your page.

Your visitor is subconsciously forming an opinion about who you are and your brand.

One person I love from a Branding Perspective is Chalene Johnson.

I just love her Bubbly Personality.

I think and See Chalene Johnson and I automatically feel:

  • Fun
  • Entertaining
  • Smart
  • Vibrant
  • Classy

These are just a few words I would use to describe this business and fitness Influencer! And when you visit her website it’s no surprise that she is using BRIGHT Pops of color like Yellows, Hot Pinks and Aqua (Hmmm, just like yours truly!) ha!

No wonder I’m attracted to her Vibrant style!

First she lures me in with her colors (which are a direct reflection of her personality) and then I watch her content, which confirms that in my eyes, she’s a pretty cool gal!

So Color is super important because it sends a quick signal to your future tribe members that says,

‘Hey, I’m your people!’

Color Branding for Beginners: But are you going to teach me Color Theory?

Listen friends, there’s a bunch of Color Theory articles out there that you can read at Nauseam. Here’s what I KNOW for sure…

Color is pretty intuitive to me.

I just know what ‘feels’ right and what doesn’t.

I know how certain colors make me feel and I know which color palettes make me feel like I want to run the other way.

Color evokes emotions which lead to feelings and I am CONFIDENT that you already intuitively KNOW what you are drawn to, which is why my simple ‘Color Palette Selection Shortcut’ is perfect for beginners.

  • You don’t have to have prior design skills
  • You don’t have to be a Tech Guru
  • You don’t have to have a Bachelors Degree in Color Theory, Tints and Hues…

I’m Confident that YOU know what YOU Like…

And even though I may not like it personally for me…

If YOU Like it, that’s all that matters because… the people that ALSO Like it are probably, most likely,

‘Your People’…

Color Branding for Beginners: Let’s Play a Quick Color Game, Shall We?

Ok so just in case you are not confident with your ability to create a gorgeous stand-out palette that reflects who you are and your brand, let’s play a quick game…

I’m going to post 3 Pictures and you’re going to use the first 5 words that come to your mind to describe the pictures… Under the pictures I will put the words that come to my mind…

Now here is the thing…

The worlds I use and the words YOU use may be totally different…

For instance, I may use the words: Boring, Bland, Meh – to describe a picture that YOU find: Professional, Clean, Organized…

Ok, so this is about the emotions and feelings YOU experience and then taking those words and asking yourself…

Do these Worlds Represent My Brand?

If They do.. then You should use those colors in your Brand Palette…

If Not, Keep Looking! OR you can check out my Free Color Branding for Beginners video training for more ideas.

Picture #1:

  • Fun
  • Quirky
  • Girly
  • Whimsical
  • Bubblegum

(Do these words describe YOU as a person or Reflect your Brand? Yes or No?)

Picture #2:

  • Warm
  • Inviting
  • Friendly
  • Genuine
  • Trustworthy

Ha! this is a picture of my Brother, the owner of Asheville Dog Academy, now scroll up and look at his logo and his color brand palette… It’s the visual personification of him, isn’t it?! =)

Picture #3:

  • Casual
  • Quirky
  • Intellectual
  • Safe
  • Introverted

Ok so those are my words, what did you come up with?

So hopefully you are starting to see a pattern here.

I recommend you have some fun with this and start googling images of these words… and you will find some cool color palettes that will spark some ideas in your mind.

Just go to Google and enter the Descriptive Word + Color Palette and you’ll find a bunch of stuff that will help you come up with ideas…

Pay special attention to how you FEEL when you see certain palettes.

I find that some I automatically do a Lucille Ball and Go… Ewwww

I just instinctively KNOW what I like and What I don’t… and I’m confident that YOU DO TOO, so TRUST your feelings (and please stop asking everyone and their mother on facebook if they like your logo! lol)

Color Branding for Beginners: Increased Self Confidence

My (future) friend, do you know how I discovered my gift and my passion for personal branding? I was living with my husband and then 1.5 year old first son, in a 700 sq ft 2 bedroom apt, expecting my 2nd son.

I had left the 9-5 world a few years earlier after my 1st son was born. I was able to work from home by the Grace of God and because I hustled for 7 months trying to find a way to work from home, which led me to find a good-paying at home job.

After my first son started growing into a toddler and became more talkative, I could no longer do the job I was doing because it required complete silence (I was answering phones for big corporations from home).

So I had to figure out a way to make some extra income from home, fast.

I heard you could make money on eBay, and so I invested about $200 to buy a lot of clothing from a Vendor in Los Angeles.

I started listing my items, and nothing.

No Sales, and hardly any views on my listings.

What was I doing wrong?

I started to study what the Successful Sellers were doing.

I’m one of those people that is pretty good at observing why something is working, model it and apply it.

I noticed that the top sellers, the ones that were selling the exact same clothing that I was, for Top Dollar, and making a killing in sales… had one thing in common:

BRANDING.

They had a Store that had a THEME NAME.

Their Listings looked Cohesive and their Photos had a Certain STYLE to them.

They were using Specific Keywords and Phrases to Capture the attention of potential Buyers…

…and they were creating a Shopping EXPERIENCE for their Customers.

I didn’t need a book to tell me this.

I just knew it intuitively.

So I went back to the proverbial drawing board and mapped out a plan for my store.

I created a Theme.

I created an Eye-Catching Color Pallete

(And YES you Bet that Pink was in it!)

I created a slogan (which was like a mission statement)

I bought cute Pink Shipping Bags and Sparkly Pink Tissue so that when my Customers received their packages in the mail, opening their package would be an Extension of my Store Branding.

And I got really good at studying the titles that were selling…

And then, in just 90 Days…

I went from ZERO to SILVER Powerseller.

After Branding my store…I knew who I was, and I knew who my Store was, and I attracted the kind of customers that loved shopping at my store.

My BRANDING Gave me CONFIDENCE because I finally knew who I was and that allowed me to go Head ON into the Marketplace PURPOSEFULLY.

I had to fail for months to realize that as long as I was completely scattered in my actions and I was not definitively setting myself apart inside of the eBay Marketplace, among Hundreds of Thousands of other sellers who were selling the EXACT SAME MERCHANDISE I was…

I would continue to struggle.

I disagree completely with anyone who says that your Branding doesn’t matter.

It does, because your branding is a direct reflection of YOU.

And if you do not know who you ARE….

You will struggle.

When your Branding is COHESIVE and put together, it BREEDS Confidence.

Just like wearing a Clean, pressed suit or a gorgeous dress that is flattering to your figure,  to an important event makes you feel good about yourself and changes the way you present yourself…

A Brand Color Palette does the same for your Personal Branding Online.

Now will Branding alone make or break your business?

No.

You can’t expect a beautiful website or pretty graphics alone to make sales.

Remember, I still had to learn about the keywords and phrases that would Grab the attention of my potential buyer and I still had to list my products (i.e. TAKE MASSIVE ACTION)

But what it WILL Do for the person who is determined to make it work, (like I was with my eBay store), it will give you the CONFIDENCE you need to go out there and market yourself purposefully.

I’ve seen it over and over again with the clients I work with.

And one of my Favorite Business Influencers, Marcus Lemonis from the Profit Says it Best in this Video

And for what it’s worth, I totally DIG red sneakers with a Clean Suit.

‘I’m Your People, Marcus!” =)

So the question is, Do You Feel GOOD About the way YOU Look online?

Do you feel comfortable in your current BRAND SKIN?

Do You feel Put together and Presentable?

If you don’t… I can probably help you with that.

You can start by checking out my Color Branding for Beginners and learn how to create a brand palette you are proud of and that reflects who you are…

And if you want to learn how we can work together to develop your personal brand and increase your self confidence online, go here.

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How to Create *Gorgeous* Lead Magnet Ebook Covers in Canva in Just 5 Minutes! http://barbiefigueroa.online/create-gorgeous-lead-magnet-ebook-covers-canva-just-5-minutes/ http://barbiefigueroa.online/create-gorgeous-lead-magnet-ebook-covers-canva-just-5-minutes/#respond Thu, 11 Jan 2018 19:34:43 +0000 http://barbiefigueroa.online/?p=46765 If You’re Building Your List online, you probably already know that you need to give away something of value for free in exchange for someone’s email. There are many lead magnet ideas that work to build your list, like Infographics, Checklists and the tried and true PDF Ebook! In this Video Blog Post today, I […]

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If You’re Building Your List online, you probably already know that you need to give away something of value for free in exchange for someone’s email. There are many lead magnet ideas that work to build your list, like Infographics, Checklists and the tried and true PDF Ebook!

In this Video Blog Post today, I will walk you through how you can Create Lead Magnet Ebook Covers Using Canva.com, without having to hire and expensive copywriter or wait on a Graphic Designer.

In just a few minutes you can create this Beautiful Ebook Cover Yourself!

Create *Gorgeous* Lead Magnet Ebook Covers in Canva: Video Walkthrough

Look at this Stunning Lead Magnet Ebook Cover You Can Create Yourself!

There are so many ways you can use Canva.com and this is one of them! Imagine having the ability to create a lead magnet that looks as beautiful as this, whenever you feel like running a new List-Building Campaign.

 

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Barbie Figueroa Interviews Lisa Torres Allen: Keep Your EYE on the IRON http://barbiefigueroa.online/barbie-figueroa-interviews-lisa-torres-allen-keep-eye-iron/ Fri, 03 Nov 2017 15:31:22 +0000 http://barbiefigueroa.online/?p=10317 Barbie Figueroa Interviews Lisa Torres Allen: Keep Your EYE on the IRON How A Mom from the Bronx Cracked the Code to Online Business Success Using 1 Core Strategy that Most Marketers Miss! 7 MINUTE SOCIAL MEDIA SPONSORING SECRETS http://bit.ly/7minutesponsoring Barbie’s MY STORY METHOD MINI-COURSE http://bit.ly/themystorymethod ===================== I’m super excited to share this Interview with […]

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Barbie Figueroa Interviews Lisa Torres Allen: Keep Your EYE on the IRON

How A Mom from the Bronx Cracked the Code to Online Business Success Using 1 Core Strategy that Most Marketers Miss!


7 MINUTE SOCIAL MEDIA SPONSORING SECRETS
http://bit.ly/7minutesponsoring

Barbie’s MY STORY METHOD MINI-COURSE
http://bit.ly/themystorymethod

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I’m super excited to share this Interview with you with my Long Time Online BFF, Lisa Torres Allen.

Lisa and I go Way Back to About 2008 when her sponsor quit a business opportunity we were both a part of and she rolled up to me.

Suddenly we were partners in business and we’ve been long time friends ever since.

I personally remember speaking to Lisa on the phone on the DAILY when she was living in BRONX NY. And I remember a conversation we were having while she was sitting just a few feet away from an IRON of all things…

I remember her telling me that she could SEE the iron, that she could almost touch it but it wasn’t quite there yet.

This was a metaphor for her Online Business Success Journey that unraveled and finally catapulted her into Record Breaking Online Success!

Recently Lisa and I partnered again in a Marketing System and her Personal Growth has been crazy inspiring and I’m Honored to not only call her my Friend, but she is also my Partner and My Mentor.

Anyway, I’ll let you go ahead and watch the video and we hope that you learn some very valuable lessons.

Also, If you are Terrible at Social Media Sponsoring, you can click on the link below and Go through Lisa’s Exclusive Training. She is one of THE BEST in the business when it comes to sponsoring people on Facebook!

Enjoy and make sure to leave your comments below!

7 MINUTE SOCIAL MEDIA SPONSORING SECRETS
http://bit.ly/7minutesponsoring

Barbie’s MY STORY METHOD MINI-COURSE
http://bit.ly/themystorymethod

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My ‘Video Marketing Sales Strategy’ Secrets Explained… http://barbiefigueroa.online/video-marketing-sales-strategy-secrets-explained/ Fri, 03 Nov 2017 14:55:16 +0000 http://barbiefigueroa.online/?p=10268 Video Marketing has been my ‘thing’ since 2008. I love the power of video marketing for business owners because this is one of the most powerful and leveraged ways to build an audience and ultimately attract your ideal prospects and makes sales online. Last night, October 24, I was asked to be a panelist on […]

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Video Marketing has been my ‘thing’ since 2008.

I love the power of video marketing for business owners because this is one of the most powerful and leveraged ways to build an audience and ultimately attract your ideal prospects and makes sales online.

Last night, October 24, I was asked to be a panelist on a Marketing Webinar for a Marketing System I’m using to put my sales and lead generation on full throttle.

I was asked to reveal my personal secret for making sales on video.

Here’s a clip of that interview here.


So let’s Re-Cap my process and think about how you can use this same strategy to start attracting more leads and sales for whatever it is that you’re selling online.

1. Start with the End in Mind and Reverse Engineer Your Goal
2. Do keyword research and find the keywords that people are already using to search for your product
3. Create valuable video content around those keywords so that your video pops up in the Google or Youtube Search Engines.

If you want to learn how to attract more leads and sales using video marketing and my 7 Step Attraction Marketing Formula…I’ve posted a couple of additional resources for you below.

101 Video Marketing Creation Ideas That Will Kick Creative Block to the Curb!

Crack the Code to Online Business Success using my 7 Step Fool-Proof Formula

Here are some other Blog Posts that May Be Helpful To You Too!

Ninja Trick: How to Rank Your Blog Post Images Fast

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What Applications Connect with Thrive Leads? | Thrive Leads API Connections and Integrations http://barbiefigueroa.online/applications-connect-thrive-leads-thrive-leads-api-connections-integrations/ Fri, 06 Oct 2017 14:43:15 +0000 http://barbiefigueroa.online/?p=10194 What Applications Connect with Thrive Leads? Hey Guys and Gals, in this Episode of Thrive Themes Thursday, I go into my Thrive Themes WordPress Dashboard and show you all the Applications that you can connect to Thrive Themes. What Applications Connect with Thrive Leads? API Application List! Here’s a Quick List that you can refer […]

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What Applications Connect with Thrive Leads?

Hey Guys and Gals, in this Episode of Thrive Themes Thursday, I go into my Thrive Themes WordPress Dashboard and show you all the Applications that you can connect to Thrive Themes.

What Applications Connect with Thrive Leads? API Application List!

Here’s a Quick List that you can refer to if you’re wondering if you can integrate your Internet Applications with Thrive Leads.

Here is a Quick Checklist you can Reference for Your Convenience!

EMAIL MARKETING THRIVE LEADS API CONNECTIONS:
Active Campaign
ArpReach
Campaign Monitor
Constant Contact
ConvertKit
Drip
GetResponse
HubSpot
iContact
Infusionsoft
KlickTipp
MadMimi
Mailchimp
MailerLite
MailPoet
MailRelay
Mautic
Ontraport
SendReach
SendGrid
SendinBlue
Sendy
SG Autoresponder

WEBINARS THRIVE LEADS API CONNECTIONS
GotoWebinar
WebinarJamStudio

MISC THRIVE LEADS API CONNECTIONS
ReCaptcha

SOCIAL THRIVE LEADS API CONNECTIONS
Facebook, Google, Twitter

EMAIL DELIVERY THRIVE LEADS API CONNECTIONS
Amazon SES
Mailgun
Postmark
SparkPost

As you can see, you have lots of flexibility when you chose Thrive Themes as your WordPress Theme for Internet Marketing.

If you have any questions regarding thrive themes API Applications, leave them in the comment section below.

Also, if you haven’t already launched your own Authority Website, Access My Build-A-Blog Cheat Sheet by clicking on the banner below.

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My Hurricane Irma Story + 7 Lessons I learned from it http://barbiefigueroa.online/my-hurricane-irma-story-7-lessons-i-learned-from-it/ Tue, 19 Sep 2017 04:10:30 +0000 http://barbiefigueroa.online/?p=10091 There is a 9 Letter Word that No Floridian ever wants to hear …and that is HURRICANE. Born and Raised in Miami, Florida, Hurricanes have been just one of those things my family and I have had to deal with as a native resident of the Sunshine State. We’ve been pretty blessed for the last […]

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There is a 9 Letter Word that No Floridian ever wants to hear …and that is HURRICANE.

Born and Raised in Miami, Florida, Hurricanes have been just one of those things my family and I have had to deal with as a native resident of the Sunshine State.

We’ve been pretty blessed for the last 11 years or so to not have to deal with one of these ‘nuissance’ of Storms, but this year, 2017, we were going to have to come face to face with the one thing that totally Blows about living in Florida  (Pun Intended)

Hurricane Irma, the 8th named Storm of the 2017 Hurricane Season, formed in the Atlantic. Living in Florida all my life, and going through several hurricane scares, lets just say it was very odd how the storm became so big, so fast…in an unrelenting way.

The mainstream news reports exhaustingly started tracking Irma since the day she was born.

The next, approximately 2 weeks, would prove to test the patience of even the most patient person on earth, of which I am not =)

So many things were just ‘wrong’ about Irma and how this storm was both forecasted and finally made her presence known in South Florida, that it honestly boggles my mind but within the midst of all the chaos and confusion and downright hurricane fatigue, there were many lessons that I learned, so I figured I would share them on my blog.

Yes, this is a Forecast, ‘spaghetti model’.

One look at that photo of the spaghetti models is enough to drive a person mentally crazy.

These are the pictures we had to deal with for almost 2 weeks wondering where Irma would make landfall.

After going through Hurricane Andrew, A Category 5 Hurricane that hit South Florida and ravaged the Homestead area, the last thing I wanted to do was go through a Category 5 again.

For those of you who don’t know what Each Category is, I’m including a list below, and you can count it as your science lesson for today =)

From NOAA.Gov Website

Category Sustained Winds Types of Damage Due to Hurricane Winds
1 74-95 mph 64-82 kt 119-153 km/h Very dangerous winds will produce some damage: Well-constructed frame homes could have damage to roof, shingles, vinyl siding and gutters. Large branches of trees will snap and shallowly rooted trees may be toppled. Extensive damage to power lines and poles likely will result in power outages that could last a few to several days.
2 96-110 mph 83-95 kt 154-177 km/h Extremely dangerous winds will cause extensive damage: Well-constructed frame homes could sustain major roof and siding damage. Many shallowly rooted trees will be snapped or uprooted and block numerous roads. Near-total power loss is expected with outages that could last from several days to weeks.
3 (major) 111-129 mph 96-112 kt 178-208 km/h Devastating damage will occur: Well-built framed homes may incur major damage or removal of roof decking and gable ends. Many trees will be snapped or uprooted, blocking numerous roads. Electricity and water will be unavailable for several days to weeks after the storm passes.
4 (major) 130-156 mph 113-136 kt 209-251 km/h Catastrophic damage will occur: Well-built framed homes can sustain severe damage with loss of most of the roof structure and/or some exterior walls. Most trees will be snapped or uprooted and power poles downed. Fallen trees and power poles will isolate residential areas. Power outages will last weeks to possibly months. Most of the area will be uninhabitable for weeks or months.
5 (major) 157 mph or higher 137 kt or higher 252 km/h or higher Catastrophic damage will occur: A high percentage of framed homes will be destroyed, with total roof failure and wall collapse. Fallen trees and power poles will isolate residential areas. Power outages will last for weeks to possibly months. Most of the area will be uninhabitable for weeks or months.

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Irma was not only categorized as a Major CAT 5 Storm with sustained winds at the center of circulation clocking over 212 MPH…but she was also a mammoth in size so no matter where you lived in Florida, you were probably going to feel the affects.

Although super powerful and destructive, 1992’s Hurricane Andrew was much smaller and more isolated to the South Florida Area.

Hurricane Irma – The Most Poorly Forecasted Storm I Can Recall

Then came the Nail-Biting Terrible News Forecasting that quite frankly, never really got the storm ‘Right’.

(Photo Credit Linked in Image)

First it was going to hit the East Coast of Florida (which is where I live – near Ft. Lauderdale) all the way up to the panhandle, then literally 24 Hours before the storm, it was going to do the exact opposite…

It’s also interesting to note that Hurricane Irma was sustained at a Category 5 Storm for 33 Hours, which I thought was quite interesting to say the least. No matter what land mass she went over and how long she was ravaging along, I’ve never seen a hurricane not break down after going through the islands, even if it was just a little bit… almost doesn’t seem natural, but, I digress.

According to the pictures we were seeing on the news, no matter where you were, you had a bullseye on your back, you were going to get hit, so thinking it was going to be a category 5, at winds breaking records over 200+ MPH, we were faced with a decision:

Do we Stay or Do We Go?

Photo Credit, Channel 10 Local News.

Now We were faced with a Huge Decision, Do We Stay in Florida or do we join the MASS Exodus and get the heck out of Dodge?

Just recalling the feelings we were going through while trying to figure out what to do, stirs up so much emotion in my chest.

We were literally stuck between a rock and a hard place.

We were literally smack dab in the middle of a move.

We had just moved out from a house we lived in for 4 years, that had no hurricane shutters, into a beautiful new location in a home with, yep, you guessed it, no shutters.

With no plywood or anything to cover the windows of our new place, we had two choices…

Ride out a Category 5 Mammoth Storm at my mom’s house because she has shutters, OR, pack up our essentials, the kids and our Dog and just go as far north as we possibly could.

The Disruption a Hurricane Causes is Unimaginable – until you actually go through it.

Now I have to tell you something about my husband. That man is what I would call, ‘in tune’. Meaning, in the middle of a storm, my husband stands still so he can hear God.

He’s the one that tugs and nudges and makes you stop for a second.

The Enemy feeds on fear and fear feeds on more fear and when you are in fear it’s extremely hard to make a rational decision.

Sheep jump off the cliff from fear of being the only one left behind.

We were hours away from packing our car and following a friend on US27 as Far North as we could go.

(Photo Credit Miami Herald. Traffic on NorthBound Lane Florida Turnpike)

Our plan was to outrun the storm.

We had 24 hours to do it.

The Car was packed, we had enough gas in the car, and our friend had spare tanks of gas just in case.

But then delay after delay, caused us to postpone leaving…

We were going to leave at 10AM…

Then 10AM turned into 1PM…

Then 1PM turned into 3PM…

And we still hadn’t left.

And then at around 3:15 we stood in my friends front driveway and asked, what IS the plan…

His wife, also my friend, said… we’ll drive all the way to Texas if we have to.

I said TEXAS?

I looked at my husband and said, there is no way we can drive out all the way to Texas, it’s not happening.

We’re going to have to ride out the storm.

My Husband checked the latest advisory… she was veering more to the West…

24 HOURS in front of the Storm and ALL Forecasts were saying that she was either going to SWALLOW the East or Terrorize the entire middle of the state…

And NOW, she’s going West… and more west…. and more west….

Now we are almost out of the cone…

We will still feel the Tropical Storm Force Winds, but we are out of the Eye of the storm.

5 O’Clock.

Let’s Go Home.

I’m all in for a bit of adventure but the sheer uncertainty of the Track of this Storm was enough to drive someone to drink.

We got in the car and went home to sleep in our own beds, wondering what the forecast would bring tomorrow.

It was Saturday and we were still at our new house.

Forecasters said that the wind would still be ferocious so to expect Tropical Storm Force Winds and Hurricane Gusts upwards of 80 Miles per hour.

Now I have to decide…

Do we stay at the new house or just go to my moms in Miami, because she has shutters.

Husband wanted to just ride it out at the house.

My Gut was telling me to just go to moms.

My mom is 69 and dad is 73.

If we went over, they wouldn’t have to spend the storm alone.

Worst case scenario, we spend an interesting family bonding weekend over at my parents.

The decision was made.

“Mom, We’re coming over”.

She put the meatballs in the oven, waiting for us to arrive.

The Car was already packed from our near attempt to leave Florida, so we just packed the Dog and with hours to spare, at 3PM we took off to my parents.

You could already see the feeder bands coming in.

Feeder Bands Arriving in Downtown Miami. Pic Credit idahonews.

I-75 Looked like a Ghost Town.

It was super Eerie.

No Cars on the highway for the exception of a Truck that had flipped over, probably due to the wind gusts and traveling a bit too fast on the highway…

The Police and a Tow Truck had come to its aid.

I’m praying in the car that we get to moms before the winds really kick up.

3:30 P.M.

There is a Curfew at 4 so we have to get there fast.

I kept glancing at the GPS estimated time of arrival, 7 minutes till we get to moms.

Finally we got there and boy was it great to see my mom and dad.

5 Tornado Warnings in 2 hours

Then around 8PM the winds started whipping up and our Phones started going off.

There are only 2 reasons everyone’s phones go off with an emergency tone..

  1. Amber Alert or
  2. Tornado Warning

All of our phones were going off, it was honestly so unsettling.

I knew in my heart we would be ok, but yea, Tornados, need I say more?

Then around 10PM it got quiet..

I went to sleep.

Around 8AM in the morning, the winds started picking up and for the next entire day… it was a marathon of whipping winds and hurricane force gusts.

Good thing we took the dog out in the morning.

I’ve been through Andrew. Katrina and Wilma, and other than the fact that Irma was exhaustingly Long and drawn out…

The worst winds were around 76 miles per hour.

Thank God.

We’d Been Spared the brunt of the storm.

Now my worry turned to the keys, the Southwest Coast…

There was lots of damage in those areas, but considering the forecasts, it could have still been alot worse.

We lost power at around 4PM and spent the next 24 hours at my parents until the roads were clear so we could back to the house and assess the damage.

My Biggest fear was something hitting the windows and to my surprise and sheer gratitude, nothing happened.

The front of our house look like a bomb had been dropped because of uprooted trees and roof tiles strewn across the wood deck in the back…

But we still had power and water.

God is good.

7 Lessons I learned from Hurricane Irma

As I was going through the storm I continued to have epiphanies and illuminations of things I was learning and I thought it would be valuable to share with you.

Hopefully you live in a place where you will never have to go through a hurricane or you will never find yourself so vulnerable and out of control but let my experience be a lesson to you in humility because whether it’s a Hurricane, a Tornado, an earthquake or a Fire, things like this can happen anywhere and to anyone which leads me to my first Lesson.

Lesson #1 Everyone is going through something, have the humility and empathy to never judge them.

 Hurricane Irma did not discriminate. Whether you were rich, or poor or somewhere in between, whether you were black, white or hispanic, or young or old… if you were in her path, you were going to be affected. And even if you were in a financial position to get supplies and protection for your home, we are all connected. Maybe the garbage service has not been able to go out to your neighborhood, maybe your internet is down and now you cannot do business.

Maybe the lady at the deli at publix has lost power so she can’t come to work and make your sandwich. The point is, no matter what tier of the societal ladder you were on, if you were in her path, you felt her. My husband has several high powered attorney clients whose businesses are still out of commission because comcast still hasn’t restored internet in many areas as of the date of this post (September 18, 2017) There is a trickle down effect. because if my husbands clients can’t get back up and running, what do you think that means for us?

2. Be Prepared way Before the Storm

Truth be told, I’m kinda of a Fly by the seat of my pants kinda girl. It’s my achilles heel, one of my biggest downfalls. I see the big picture, but don’t see the BIGGER PICTURE sometimes, and stuff happens when you least expect it. We always have tons of water on hand but because we were in the middle of a move, we didn’t want more stuff to take with us. Well guess what was the first thing to go during the few days of pre-hurricane prep… you guessed it.. WATER.

Luckily I’m old school, raised in the 80’s before ‘Bottled Water’ was a ‘Thing’, and I just did it old school style and boiled tea kettle after tea kettle of tap water and stored it in our empty bottles. Have a Couple of Gas tanks in your garage, and even if they collect Dust, invest in some camping cooking gear because I cannot tell you how awesome it was to have warm coffee in my belly in the morning, when there was no power, because my parents had a camping cooker thing. (Pictured below: Coleman Matchlight BTU Burner)

3. Turn More of the Worry into Prayer

Call me crazy but I believe in the power of prayer. The only problem is the enemy, like I said before, feeds off your fear and when we are numbed by fear, it’s hard to make rational decisions. We make decisions based on Fight or Flight impulses instead of stopping in our tracks and listening. After the initial fear of running around, thinking we were going to be leaving Florida, I called a good friend of mine who I call my Spiritual Mommy. She knows how to Pray like no one else I know. We prayed until I felt a peace and a calm wash over me and I know we weren’t the only ones praying. Thousands of People were praying and I do believe that helped.

If you Know and Trust in God – PRAY.

4. There is ALWAYS Something to Be Grateful For

My God this hurricane taught me about gratitude. After the storm was over and there was no power at my moms house, I was grateful for a warm cup of coffee and melted freezer food my mom was cooking up so it wouldn’t go bad. We had french fries and Vegetable patties for breakfast and Tuna and Crackers for Lunch and I was a happy camper. We were the Blessed ones. We didn’t go through the Eye of the storm, although the mental fatigue of it all made it feel like it at times. I was grateful for my parents, for shutters, for company, for laughter and old stories of when we were kids.

I was just grateful that it was OVER. That the storm had passed and that my family was ok. I’m still grateful, even though I still don’t have internet, we have unlimited hotspot usage thanks to AT&T.

5. Build a Business that goes beyond your local area. Have Multiple Streams of Leveraged Income and Build Beyond Your Backyard!

Let me tell you, as I sit here writing this blog post I’m not even going to front, we’ve been concerned but we have faith that God will provide whatever is necessary, whether it’s wisdom, ideas or opportunity, things will workout for the greater good and nothing will be wasted because we are learning from it. That being said, I deeply regret not staying on track and focused on growing more passive income streams outside of my service business.

The one major benefit of internet and affiliate marketing is that you can sell products to people all across the world with some ad traffic and some lead capture pages, which is something I’ve always been a proponent of.

In focusing only on serving clients, which is a blessing, I failed to continue to expand my business with more leveraged strategies for myself. That was a big wake up call and why I decided to launch my own branded website to share my training products and create an 80/20 (80%Leverage 20% Service) ratio in my business.

Think about it. If everyone in your market is affected by the same storm, it puts everyone out of business if you are constrained by one geographical location.

EXPAND YOUR Business to other markets online, whether it’s through selling information products, or yes, even Network Marketing, Build Beyond Your Backyard!

6. You Better have a GOOD Data Plan, if you’re an Internet Marketer

Internet Marketers, heed the warning, unless you want to live the next few weeks inside a starbucks (and that’s IF Your local starbucks has power and no Storm Damage) to syphon free wifi , which alot of people do, but not so simple when you have homeschooled kids at home, make sure you have a Rock-Solid Data Plan and plenty of Battery on your Smart Phone.

If there is No Power, there IS No Cell Phone.

And Dead Batteries = No Service.

All You ‘Blue’ Fun-Type Personalities out there who live at the spur of the moment, go to Amazon Right Now and get one of these doohickies for your phone.

Make Sure it’s fully charged so you have extra battery power for your phone and make sure you have a good data plan with plenty of Hot Spot.

I was so thankful for my AT&T Hotspot which is allowing me to work on my computer piggy backing from my phone’s hotspot. I hopped onto twitter to thank AT&T.

It’s the only way I can do any work now, and I’m grateful for AT&T’s generosity as they announced they would not be charging overages for hotspot usage if you are in Florida. In short, we have unlimited hot spot for now, thanks to AT&T taking care of their customers after Hurricane’s Aftermath.

 

7. Count Your Blessings, Be Salt & Light, and Pay it Forward

There are so many things I learned form the Storm, too much to share in one post. And I’m already over 3200 words thus far so if you’re still reading, thank you for sticking with me all the way through. I have to count my blessings. And if you’re reading this blog post and you are one of the few people who messaged me privately through Facebook to see how my family and I were doing, I want to say thank you from the bottom of my heart. I will NEVER forget the handful of individuals who reached out to me privately, it made me feel like I wasn’t alone.

Hurricane Irma also helped me rekindle an old friendship with a dear friend who I fell out of contact with. But God has a plan and nothing is an accident. I’m grateful that she reached out because it made me realize that I need to reevaluate what’s important and what makes a true friend. A True friend is someone that even if you don’t talk to them for a long time, you can pick up the phone and pick up right where you left off. And this friend is that kind of friend for me and I’m truly grateful and humbled that she reached out to me. If you’re reading this and you happen to live in GA, thank you <3

After the storm I wanted to be able to help someone else who still hadn’t gotten their power back or needed a warm meal. Funny enough, my own parents still didn’t have power 48 hours after the storm so after lots of convincing, they finally came over so they could charge their phones, make a few calls and enjoy a warm home cooked meal.

Later that night they returned, the power had been turned back on =)

My Son volunteered to help get a foster home in miami cleaned up and spent all Saturday cutting trees and hauling away debris, and I was also able to help a friend by watching her son.

Our neighbors were also so helpful. They were quick to come over and help us cut down trees and clean our yard. I’ve never experienced that kind of help anywhere I’ve ever lived, in turn I made them Cuban Cafecito, which they said they thoroughly enjoyed.

We are called to Be Salt & Light in a confused, dark and chaotic world, and although Hurricane Irma knocked us down, she certainly didn’t knock us out.

Where there is tragedy, there is opportunity to be light for someone else and I pray that this blog post not only gave you an insight into a more personal perspective of what it was like to go through Hurricane Irma and what we learned from it, but that it also taught you a few things too.

My Hope is that we don’t have to go through this anytime soon again and that we can come together during times of crisis and weather the storm.

Mark 4:35-41New King James Version (NKJV)

35 On the same day, when evening had come, He said to them, “Let us cross over to the other side.” 36 Now when they had left the multitude, they took Him along in the boat as He was. And other little boats were also with Him. 37 And a great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that it was already filling. 38 But He was in the stern, asleep on a pillow. And they awoke Him and said to Him, “Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?”

39 Then He arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace, be still!” And the wind ceased and there was a great calm. 40 But He said to them, “Why are you so fearful? How is it that you have no faith?”[a] 41 And they feared exceedingly, and said to one another, “Who can this be, that even the wind and the sea obey Him!”

 

Final thoughts…

Hurricane Irma also taught me a valuable lesson and it’s this. Sometimes unexpected storms show up in our lives and sometimes our instinct is to want to Run from the storm. Sometimes running IS the right answer, sometimes, dropping everything and getting as far away from the storm means life or death, but sometimes, we are just meant to stand still and GO THROUGH the storm.

Sometimes the Storm itself teaches us lessons and grows our character in a way that is necessary to give us perspective, and sometimes you just have to hold your hands up and surrender it all and let the storm do what it will do and sometimes, when we do that, while closing our eyes tightly and bracing for direct impact… sometimes, maybe this time, your prayers are answered and you are spared the worst.

Thanks For Reading My Hurricane Irma Story.

If You Found this post valuable or if you have a Hurricane Irma Story of your own, and would like to share, I’d love to hear it in the comments below.

Barbie Figueroa
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Thrive Themes ‘List-Building’ Funnel for Product Sample Giveaways http://barbiefigueroa.online/thrive-themes-list-building-funnel-product-sample-giveaways/ Fri, 01 Sep 2017 13:00:13 +0000 http://personalbrandingforprofit.biz/?p=9876 Are You in a Business that requires your potential clients to sample products? Whether it’s a fat blasting energy drink, under eye wrinkle remover, or toothpaste and perfume samples… If your product sales are driven by people ‘trying before they’re buying’ then this Thrive Themes Thursday Episode is for You! Thrive Themes ‘List-Building’ Funnel: VIDEO […]

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Are You in a Business that requires your potential clients to sample products?

Whether it’s a fat blasting energy drink, under eye wrinkle remover, or toothpaste and perfume samples…

If your product sales are driven by people ‘trying before they’re buying’ then this Thrive Themes Thursday Episode is for You!

Thrive Themes ‘List-Building’ Funnel: VIDEO

 

3 Reasons Why You Want to Build a List when You Give Away Samples

Whether you are giving away samples for Free or you are charging people for a sample pack, building a list of emails is a super smart way to keep in touch with interested prospects in the long term in a LEVERAGED WAY.

Now if you enjoy having your inbox completely full (which is a great problem to have, mind you!) and responding one by one by one… and you have hours of time to do that… more power to you…

But if you’ve got a home based business and TIME is your priority, then here’s 3 reasons why you want to create a list-building funnel and collect a list of emails for giving away samples.

Saving Time: Simply point people to a page where they can enter their information. When you redirect them to the thank you page, you can have a video letting them know what to expect.. or even send them to your company presentation (as I demonstrate in the Video! ) All this only takes a matter of minutes and it still makes a personal connection (if you do a video).. it also qualifies those who are serious and truly want samples from those that are just wasting time and sorry to say, but there are people out there who WILL waste your time… (Noooooooo wayyyyyyy!) :/

Simple Follow Up: With the click of a mouse and an email you wrote in advance, you can follow up with people via email to see if they like their samples or you can invite them to try another product in the future. When these leads are inside your email list they are YOUR LEADS. You can send them any offers in the future. Let’s say that they got a sample of a protein shake, and 2 months later your company releases and energy drink.. well now you have a list of people you can email directly about your new samples. This is just smart marketing.

Cost Effective: Email marketing is cost effective because it only took you the energy to generate the lead one time. Once you have an email, you can send offers in the future. Unlike social media sites like Facebook, that restrict Reach… once you have people on your email list, you can email them anytime you want to keep in touch with them.

Thrive Themes makes is super simple to build a List-Building Funnel for Product Sample Giveaways! If you are not setup to collect your own leads, you can check out my Build-A-Blog Cheat Sheet where I help you set the foundation for building your own Authority ‘Lead-Converting’ Website Online.

Did You enjoy this article? If so, I would greatly appreciate it if your commented below and shared it on Facebook! 

And if you are an entrepreneur looking to develop your brand online or need a lead converting website that converts website visitors into leads and profits, make sure to enter your name and best email below and watch my 40 minute case study, where I show you exactly how my Clients generated 28+ Leads and 7 Straight to Paypal Sales and how another client increased his business leadflow by 200%!

 

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3 ‘Lead Converting’ Network Marketing Websites Built on Thrive Themes Squared Theme http://barbiefigueroa.online/3-lead-converting-network-marketing-websites-built-thrive-themes-squared-theme/ Thu, 31 Aug 2017 14:05:51 +0000 http://personalbrandingforprofit.biz/?p=9862 If You’re in Network Marketing, you’ve probably already been told that you need to ‘Brand Yourself’ if you’re looking to crossover from belly to belly offline networking and start building your business online. But Branding Yourself in Network Marketing online is not enough, you have to think like an internet marketer and focus on building […]

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If You’re in Network Marketing, you’ve probably already been told that you need to ‘Brand Yourself’ if you’re looking to crossover from belly to belly offline networking and start building your business online.

But Branding Yourself in Network Marketing online is not enough, you have to think like an internet marketer and focus on building a list.

After all, your other choice is to Purchase Leads from an online Network Marketing Ld Vendor, OR You can learn how to generate the leads yourself!

So with that being said…

If you’re going to Brand Yourself, you need a place to do that… a place you can call home and generate your own leads and expose more people to your brand… and that place is your Website!

Here’s the tricky part, not every website is the same, you need a website presence that brands YOU and converts website visitors into leads (and sales!).

So you have an idea what this looks like, below are 3 ‘lead-converting’ Network Marketing Websites built on Thrive Themes!

3 Branded ‘Network Marketing Websites” Built on Thrive Themes SQUARED Theme: VIDEO

 

Building a Lead-Converting Website on Thrive Themes: Some Helpful Tips!

Your ‘Lead-Converting’ Website Should Focus on these Major Areas:

  • Clean Bright Photos of Yourself Featured in the Header and throughout the Site
  • A Magnetic About Me Page that attracts and resonates with your Target Prospect (Hint: Your Target Prospect is someone who can relate to YOUR STORY because they’ve been through a similar path as you!)
  • A Free Offer also known as a LEAD Magnet that offers something of Value to your prospect in exchange for their email.
  • And Of Course, Lots of Valuable Content that positions you as an authority online.

 

3 ‘Lead Converting’ Network Marketing Websites Built on Thrive Themes Squared Theme: Examples

Lead Converting Network Marketing Website, Example 1: Lisa Jones. Lisa is a distributor for Enagic. The Branding Focuses on Her not her company, which is why you will find no company logos on her site. This enables her to switch out companies later down the line if she chooses, and collect leads on the front end. Thrive Themes, Thrive Leads was installed, which offers several opportunities to convert website visitors into leads.

Lead Converting Network Marketing Website, Example 2: Also built on Thrive Themes Squared, this vibrant ‘couples branded’ Lead-Converting Network Marketing Website belongs to Charles and Lily Baldwin. Again, the branding is generic so they can capture leads on the front end and funnel them into any business opportunity or sell any product they want through their blogging and marketing efforts.

Lead Converting Network Marketing Website, Example 3: Also built on Thrive Themes Squared, Simon Loi is also a distributor for a Network Marketing Company and his website features a bright yet masculine color palette that resonates with his target audience, and it also features lead capture opportunities, including a pop under thrive leads lead ribbon below.

3 ‘Lead Converting’ Network Marketing Websites Built on Thrive Themes Squared Theme: Conclusion

So now that you have a good idea what a Lead Converting Network Marketing Website Built on Thrive Themes looks like, now it’s your turn to create a brand online that positions you as a credible expert and attracts your target prospects to you!

If You’re a Do-it-yourselfer, you’ll want to take my step by step, Build-A-Blog Mini-Course that walks you through the process of setting up the foundation for your own Lead Converting Network Marketing Website using Thrive Themes.

You can Register for that Free Course here:

Did You enjoy this article? If so, I would greatly appreciate it if your commented below and shared it on Facebook! 

And if you are an entrepreneur looking to develop your brand online or need alead converting website that converts website visitors into leads and profits, make sure to enter your name and best email below and watch my 40 minute case study, where I show you exactly how my Clients generated 28+ Leads and 7 Straight to Paypal Sales and how another client increased his business leadflow by 200%!

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5 Secret Tips Behind a $1,000+ Passive Income Blog Post

Ever since I decided to build a business online, I knew that I had to figure out a way to create additional streams of [passive] income, aside from my main offer which has been custom Personal Branding Web Design.

These passive income streams couldn’t just be random ways to make a quick buck, it had to be something that made sense. It had to compliment what it was that I was already selling and it had to add value to my targeted audience.

See, when I first launched my business back in 2004, I pretty much had no leverage. I was branding struggling eBay stores and turning them into successful cohesive brands that people wanted to flock to and buy from. That business eventually evolved into personal branding for small businesses and individuals, such as Fitness Trainers, Dog Trainers, Life Coaches and Network Marketing Professionals.

The biggest challenge I was having is that I had basically created myself a good paying job, that kept me prisoner at my desk for hours on end, and if I didn’t have a new client that week, I wasn’t making any money.

I was stuck in a proverbial catch 22 and I had to figure out how to make money, in between clients, that did not interfere with what I was already doing and didn’t require me to be chained to my computer all day.

Shortly after,  I was introduced to the world of Internet Marketing.

The idea of using Tools and technology to automate my content, and have it appear on google, in front of people who were searching for answers to their problems, and then having them click on a link and buy something, even if I was sleeping was like an answered prayer to this stay at home working mom of 3.

Soon after I signed up for an intensive mentorship program that taught entrepreneurs to generate free leads and make sales using Youtube videos and a personalized website. Back then we used myspace but then, we transitioned to using Personal Branded ‘Instant Authority’ Websites, much like this one.

Using Blogging & Youtube Videos to Get Found on Google Searches

So I committed to making videos and using automated systems, like sales funnels, to send quality leads through a sales process so that I could continue to make passive sales, even if I was not at my computer.

Using this exact game plan, I earned my very first $3,000 from a total stranger online.

It was a pretty exhilarating feeling because I knew that the training I signed up for worked!

Blogging and Video Marketing would be my go to ‘free’ marketing strategies that I’ve mastered and have been using for years. Just recently I also added Twitter to the mix, because I discovered how I could use Special Tools to automate and put my content in front of my target audience without complicated SEO. I show you exactly how I do this in my 24/7 Traffic Machine Course. 

So why do some people make sales with their blog posts and others don’t?

It’s simply because they are not using the tools correctly.

In this blog post I’m going to share the secret behind a blog post that has already made over $1,000 passively, by doing the work one time and then using tools and technology to continue to put the content in front of the right people, over and over again.

5 Secret Tips Behind a $1,000+ Passive Income Blog Post: MINDSET

#1 The first thing you have to do before you can have a blog post that makes passive income is that you have to change the way you look at writing blog posts.

You have to write to make sales, not just to get fans.

That is not to say that you’re going to write a garbage blog post with a link to a product at the end…

Nooooooooo…

Your blog post must STILL Add value to your target audience, but if you want to make a profit, it should include recommended resources throughout the blog post with a strong call to action at the end.

Your Blog Posts MUST have a specific purpose and the purpose of your blog posts should boil down to these 2 things.

  1. To Generate Leads and Build your Email List
  2. To Make Sales

 

You Must start writing for PROFIT and not just for PRAISE.

You must start writing for PROFIT and NOT just for PRAISE, if you want to generate leads and make sales with your blog posts.

Trust me, it took a while for me to really get this concept.

YES your blog posts should add value to your target audience but it you are not giving a CLEAR CALL TO ACTION at the end of your post or throughout the blog piece, you are defeating the purpose.

The convenience of using your blog is that it continues working for you 24/7 even when you’re sleeping but if you want it to make sales, you must add value and include a strong call to action.

#2 The second thing you have to do before you can have a blog post that makes passive income is that you align with products or services that compliment your business and what you are already selling.

So let’s say you are an affiliate for a product that goes perfectly with your Main Offer. Let’s take my own business for example: Marketing & Web Design. in my Case, it make sense for me to become an affiliate of certain tools, technology and WordPress Themes.

Just to give you an idea: I’m affiliate with –

  • Thrive Themes – the #1 Lead Converting WordPress Theme designed for Conversion Focused Websites.
  • Aweber: my Favorite Autoresponder that helps you collect leads, build your email list and write follow up emails.
  • Clickfunnels – The Best 3rd Party Sales Funnel Software

These 3 examples are tools and services that fit perfectly into my business which is Web Design and Marketing.

So I recommend that you search for a few products that you can affiliate with that pay atleast a 30% commission, so that when you write a blog post, and someone clicks on your affiliate link, you can make some extra passive income.

My Thrive Themes Blog Posts have surpassed $1,000 in extra Passive income.

 

My Thrive Themes Blog Posts have surpassed $1,000 in extra Passive income and these commissions came passively from my blog posts. You can check out those posts here and here.

Let me give you one more example. Say you’re a Fitness Trainer or Health Coach: You can become either an Amazon Affiliate or search on Clickbank for products that compliment your main offer. Perhaps you can blog about special fitness equipment or a nutritional supplement. As long as it relates to whatever your main offer is, then go for it!

#3 The third thing you have to do before you can have a blog post that makes passive income is that you should write blog posts around what your target audience wants to learn more about, even if they don’t take your main offer.

I know for a fact that not everyone that visits my website will want to purchase one of my web design packages. But I still know that I can add value to those who are in different stages of the sales process, by writing about products or services or even creating tutorials that will help them achieve what they are looking for. For Example, I know a lot of people who read my blog are ‘Do-it-Yourselfers’. They like to dig in and build their websites themselves or perhaps they just don’t have the budget right now, to afford one of my custom packages. Therefore, I know I can still help them by creating helpful tutorials that will help them build their websites on their own and then I recommend my favorite tools to help them do so, like using Thrive Themes for example. So if you are a fitness coach, and you offer a monthly membership, let’s say, and people are not ready to join, you can still write blog posts about books you’ve read that will help them, or even teach them how to make tasty recipes in an instant pot, and make sure you grab your affiliate link for the instant pot on Amazon. Get it? =) You are still offering help and value to your target audience, and still generating some passive income even if they are not ready to take your main offer.

#4 The fourth thing you have to do before you can have a blog post that makes passive income is that you should start with the end in mind.

So let’s say you are an affiliate with Thrive Themes, like I am. I will create a spreadsheet in Numbers on My MacBook Pro and I will do a quick google search of keywords people are using to find out more about Thrive themes. Some examples are people are looking for websites built on Thrive themes, or how to use a certain Thrive Themes plugin, so I will write blog posts in advance that answer those questions. That way, I capture the people who know what they want, they are ready to buy and they are just looking for helpful information to solve their problem. I will usually write a blog post and then also sometimes I will cut a video to upload to youtube that has the same keywords, so that I have a one-two punch effect. Both my blog post is generating traffic and my youtube video is sending traffic to my blog post. Then I have a very strong call to action at the end that goes along the lines of something like this:

Are you ready to build your own website using Thrive Themes? Check out Thrive Yourself by clicking on this link!

So make sure to have a call to action at the end of your blog post and I recommend that you create a worksheet in excel or numbers and jot down the keywords people are entering on google, and then write blog posts that answer those questions, this way you intercept the buyers that are looking for this information!

And last but not least…

#5 The fifth thing you have to do before you can have a blog post that makes passive income is that you need to market your blog posts, and put them in front of your audience over and over again!

SEO is a great way to make sure the blog posts you have worked so hard to write, make it on the google search engines, but SEO can take some time. And once you write your blog posts you want to ‘market them’. Meaning, you want to put your content in front of as many eyeballs as possible!

How can you do that super fast?

Well there is a paid method, which is installing a Facebook pixel inside your blog post and running Facebook ads to your blog posts OR you can automate placing your content in front of your target audience virtually cost-free over and over and over again! This is what I do every time I write and publish a New Blog Post.

I either do this which helps me syndicate my posts quickly but my favorite strategy is using my 24/7 Traffic Machine. This drives traffic to my blog posts almost instantly and it keeps working around the clock. So if my target audience missed my post the first time around, my 24/7 Traffic Machine will guarantee that they will see it every single day, even if you don’t know complicated SEO.

So there You have it. Those are 5 Tips to help You Turn Your Blog Posts into Profitable Money Making Assets that produce leads and sales for you long after you wrote them.

Just always be sure that your posts are full of value and they are helpful to your target audience.

And if you are just not sure where to Start with your own Branded Profit Pulling Blog, I have created a Special ‘Instant-Authority’ Lead Converting Website Package that will help you get a jumpstart in generating leads and getting eyeballs on your business online.

You can check out my LIMITED TIME OFFER HERE. 

I don’t know how long it will be available to the public, so make sure you act FAST.

Was this Blog Post Helpful? Did you learn Something you didn’t know before? If You did, please take a moment to leave me your comments below and make sure to click on the SHARE BUTTON to share it with someone you care about!

Happy Blogging!

 

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Prayers for Business Wisdom

As I started my new morning routine after praying to God to guide me in  business, I was prompted to start watching youtube videos about Bible Journaling, which inspired me to build my own Bible Journal.

Prior to giving my life to Christ in December 2015, I was all about following worldly advice for business. You know, things like:

  • Follow the Money
  • Being Motivated by Fear of Loss
  • Believing that worthiness came from making 6 Figures or More
  • Crushing Leaderboards
  • Hustle Hustle Hustle (and Grind Grind Grind)
  • Never Sleep, that’s for Lazy people
  • Keep working and posting even on Sundays…

Stuff like that that honestly kept me in a competitive mindset and unhappy if I’m being totally honest.

Now of course, building a business takes work, commitment and dedication, but the spirit in which it is done is different when we do it God’s way.

(But I’m in the process of learning this and applying it myself, so I’m totally not an expert at all)

I’ve always believed that each one of us has a God Given Gift or Talent and if you harness the power of the internet, tools and systems, you can build a flourishing business that glorifies God and Prospers your family and those around you, and at the very least, you can follow your calling and share your message with the world.

More on that in  future posts.

Rather than focusing on how to use my gifts and talents to serve others as stated in 1 Peter 4:10,

I was focused on alot of the wrong things. I’m pretty sure I’m not alone as I’ve witnessed many unhappy entrepreneurs out there, who probably don’t realize why they are unhappy, but I can really only speak for myself.

I will be the first to admit that even if I was doing well and making money, I still wasn’t happy, now I know why, because God was not the CEO of my business.

So in the upcoming days as I feel inspired to share my journey as allowing God to be my CEO, I will be blogging under the category of Faith in Business, if you want to bookmark it for future reference.

And P.S., I am NOT Religious, so if the word GOD and Prayer turn you off, hey, I totally get it, I was there once, but I ask you to  trust that my heart has over gone through a major transformation from the inside out since I surrendered to God on Dec 20, 2015 and if you want to experience true joy, fulfillment,  happiness and success in business consider giving it ALL to God.

So read my posts with an open mind and an open heart and allow it to work in your life and just see what happens.

So without further ado, here are some inspiring and helpful prayers for those who wish for God to be the CEO of your business.

Scripture and Prayers for Business Wisdom

Use these in Your Business to help guide you. (and I give full credit to www.prayers-for-special-help.com) I got the Prayers from their website and at the end of the post I will post a picture of my Bible Journal/ Portfolio Binder.

If you’d like me to do a post specifically on what is in the Binder, let me know and I’ll be happy to do a post on it!

Proverbs 16:3

Commit your work to the Lord and then your plans will Succeed.

Colossians 3:23

Whatever you do, work  at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men.

Specific Prayers for Starting a Business

STARTING A BUSINESS

Dear Lord, I ask for your help in starting my own business. You are my strongest ally, and my best partner. Please join me in this new venture so that I may succeed For myself, my family and the customers I will serve. Grant me your powers of good judgment, Your wisdom and guidance, So that my business may prosper and do right By us all in Your Heavenly name. Thank you! Amen. –

FOLLOWING THE RIGHT DIRECTION

God grant me the inspiration, the motivation, The right direction, and the resources To succeed in my  business. My intent is clear And my will is strong. Help me stay focused on my goals And to reap honest rewards for the benefit of all. Thank You, God, for your kind assistance. Amen! –

SHORT PRAYER FOR BUSINESS SUCCESS

Lord God, Thank you for the opportunity to run this business. I trust in your wisdom as I seek to work hard to make it secure and prosperous. May good practice be the cornerstone of everything I do.  Come reveal new openings and areas for expansion and development. May this business grow and flourish, creating great opportunity and provision for all those involved. In the name of Jesus, Amen.  (credit Prayers for Business)

PRAYER FOR THE SELF-EMPLOYED OR DIRECTORS OF BUSINESS

Lord, I give you all that I am,
All that I hold.

I ask for your guidance as I build and shape this business.
I trust that you will bless the work of my hands.
I pray that you would cover this enterprise and cover my investments.
I believe in your leadership that you will guide me and advise me.
Come and envision me.
May this venture be full of integrity, generosity, fruitfulness and provision.

I give you all that I am,
And all that I hold,
My Lord,

Amen.

(credit Prayers for Business)

By the Way, Here is a Sneak Peek at My Bible Journal:

Oh and by the way…I used to pray to the Universe and Follow the Law of Attraction

Oh Boy, I may get some heat for this but that’s ok. I’m no longer afraid to share what God is doing in my life so here goes…

Years ago, when I was still lost, I used to pray to the Universe. I was following the Law of Attraction, using Vision boards and Dreaming of money, and sure, some of that stuff came to manifest but I still was not fulfilled.

It wasn’t until I gave my life to Jesus that I finally filled this Deep Void in my heart.

The Void that said:

  • You’re not worthy enough
  • Talented enough
  • Riddled my mind with Self-Doubt
  • Secretly thinking of personal gain

Oh so many things that I can share that were convicting my heart but everything started to change once I gave my life to Christ.

Again, I can only speak for myself so I’m not going to say that people who follow the LOA are not totally happy and fulfilled, I only know that I was not.

And then it took me over a year and a half to muster the courage to actually share my faith with others for fear that it would negatively impact my business, but I prayed about it and I just felt the burden in my heart to share because I have personally shifted to following Leaders who lead with a Biblical and Godly worldview and I didn’t want to hide what God has done in my life for me and my family.

After all, your business is an extension of your Highest Self and to deny what God has done, would be completely inauthentic.

I hope that these Prayers fill your heart and give you wisdom as you build your business. Just talk to God like he’s your best friend. Quietly pray these prayers over your business as often as you can and Thank God for his wisdom.

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XO

Barbie

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