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A Few Of My Favorite WordPress Plugins

You can find them here:

aLinks –
Edit 05-26-2009 – aLinks seems to be no longer supported by its developer, however you can get an updated (modified) version of aLinks here:
http://bugfox.net/blog/2008/11/14/alinks-20-bug-fixes/
A WordPress plugin that automatically links keywords in your blog post. By Sean Hickey.

AWeber Pluginhttp://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/aweber-wordpress-plugin
Aweber allows you to subscribe people to an aweber list when they register or post a comment to your blog. By Guru Consulting Services, Inc..

Google XML Sitemapshttp://www.arnebrachhold.de/redir/sitemap-home/
This plugin will generate a sitemaps.org compatible sitemap of your WordPress blog which is supported by Ask.com, Google, MSN Search and YAHOO. Configuration Page By Arne Brachhold.

InstantUpgradehttp://www.zirona.com/software/wordpress-instant-upgrade
Upgrade your WordPress installation with one simple click via the InstantUpgrade panel. Attention: This is a BETA release; if you don’t know what that means, you shouldn’t be using this software. By Alex Günsche.

Lucia’s LinkLovehttp://money.bigbucksblogger.com/
Where a commenter has commented at least some number of timeslinks are made “dofollow”. User interface permits blogger to do follow author link or links inside comments. By Lucia Liljegren.

NextGEN Gallery Widgethttp://alexrabe.boelinger.com/?page_id=80
Adds a sidebar widget support to your NextGEN Gallery By NextGEN DEV-Team.

Odiogo Listen Buttonhttp://www.odiogo.com/download/wordpress/plugin/odiogo_listen_button_latest.php
Give your blog a voice! Add a “Listen Now” button to your blog so your readers can listen to your posts and download podcasts. Free Sign up. By Odiogo.

SimplePie Corehttp://simplepie.org/wiki/plugins/wordpress/simplepie_core
Does little else but load the core SimplePie API library for any extension that wants to utilize it.  By Ryan Parman and Geoffrey Sneddon.

Sociable Zyblog Editionhttp://www.zyblog.de/wordpress-plugins/sociable-zyblog-edition/
Automatically add links on your posts to popular social bookmarking sites. By Tim Zylinski.

TinyMCE Advancedhttp://www.laptoptips.ca/projects/tinymce-advanced/
Enables advanced features and plugins in TinyMCE. By Andrew Ozz.

WordPress Database Backuphttp://www.ilfilosofo.com/blog/wp-db-backup
On-demand backup of your WordPress database. By Austin Matzko.

WP-HopAdhttp://hopadplugin.com/
Provides a simple way to sell clickbank products via customizable HopFeed ad blocks. By HopAd Plugin.

WP Ajax Edit Commentshttp://ajaydsouza.com/wordpress/plugins/wp-ajax-edit-comments/
Allows users and admin to edit their comments inline. Admin and editors can edit all comments. By Ajay D’Souza.

Being Proactive is Hard

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Did you know that nearly everyone that jumps into the “make money online” arena spend tons of cash on how to do this, and how to do that?  Perhaps they’ll shoot out of the gate running and register a web domain & get hosting.  They might even go so far as to put up a web page with a few affiliate links (but not likely).

It’s sad, but true.  I would estimate that a good 98% out there never take any action whatsoever on the information that they purchase.  You might be thinking “well maybe that’s true, but I’m an exception.  One of these days I’m going to get moving and get myself online and making some serious bank, just as soon as I find the right system.”

Hmmm, I hope that everyone reading this blog succeeds.  That’s the point of being here, right?  The keys to success is based on two major factors.  Learning to market online, of course, but it must be followed through with taking decisive action.

This means stepping outside of the comfort zone.  This is unexplored territory, which is a scary place to be if you are to venture out into changing your future.

This is why 98% never actually follow through.  It’s more comfortable to keep ‘working on building a business’.  As long as you are ‘working on it’, you are not failing.  The down side of always ‘working on it’ is that you’re not getting anywhere either.  Before you know it, another year is shot and it’s time to make that new year’s resolution that THIS time, you are going to really do something.

If you fall in this category, do yourself a favor.  Don’t make a resolution this year.  Instead, stop what your doing right now and get that domain that you’ve been thinking about all this time.  Really!  I’m serious!  Go get it right now… I’ll just wait here until you return…

Got it?  Great….  What?  No we’re not finished yet!  Now let’s monetize it.  No matter what you heard, you need to DO something to make money.  Yes, everybody who is making anything off of the internet is selling something.

It could be affiliate marketing, or maybe you like to write and you created an ebook, report, or audio/video CD.  Ok, now let’s find a decent sales page with a similar product from another site and study it.  What is it that makes you want to buy their product?  Nothing?  Find another sales page.  Ok, now what is it?

Write out that sales page by hand to train your mind how to write decent copy and to be persuasive to your visitors.  This is a great way to improve your copywriting skills.

If you are into affiliate marketing instead, go out to some good affiliate review sites and do the same thing.  By the way, you can learn the ropes of affiliate marketing here.

Now download a copy of Kompozer and create your sales page.  Sign up for a Clickbank account and put your product into the affiliate system.  The cost to register your product is $49.  If you’re broke right now, get a PayDotCom account instead… Your first product is free to sell through them.

Paste your payment link into your sales page and viola! you’re in business!  See?  That wasn’t so hard.  Now you can drive traffic to your site.  That will be the subject of my next post.

Staying in a reactive cycle of broke and searching for opportunities is much easier than being proactive, getting out of your comfort zone, and going for it.

Remember what I’ve said before; being broke is a direct result of inaction.  Inaction to build your business.  Inaction to spend your money wisely, etc… etc.

Act on getting your online business started and you will quickly see that actually DOING is a lot easier than you think!

Tweaking Your Inner Game for Internet Business

getting your inner game on for internet businessOne of the easiest traps to get caught into is the information overload trap.  Especially if you’re new to online marketing.  Perhaps you’re broke, desperate for money, and don’t even know how to get started.

I remember starting out deep in debt & having my paychecks already spent before they were even deposited into my bank account.  I remember making the decision that once and for all, I was going to start an internet business and get serious about it.

I was toying with the idea for many months before taking any real action back in 2005.  Like pretty much everybody starting out, I had no clue where to start.  I didn’t even know what a blog was, and saw no connection on why it would ever be essential to an online business.

I bought ebooks, videos, lurked around for months in forums, trying to understand and absorb as much as I could about affiliate marketing, product creation, generating traffic, building a website, etc.  The list was endless.

Therein laid the problem, because there are so many aspects to internet marketing, you could easily spend a lifetime studying and never get to the point of actually doing.

Naturally, you need to have an understanding of the basics, but then you need to take immediate action.  Don’t wait around thinking that you need to “arrive” someday before starting.

There was a study done (can’t remember the source) on the most successful sales people & entrepreneurs in their fields.  The study found that they all had one thing in common.  When they got a great idea or an inspiration, they acted on it immediately.

They may not have been entirely sure how to make it work, but they put it into action and worked it out as they went along.  They wouldn’t spend weeks mulling over whether it would be successful or not, or getting opinions from friends & family members first.  They just took action.

Think back to when you accomplished something that you’re proud of.  This can be anything you’re proud of, not necessarily marketing related.  Perhaps you gave your long haired cat a Mohawk that was so cool that it made the cover of Rolling Stone magazine.

But seriously, here’s my question – Were you working within your comfort zone when you scored that home run?  I bet you weren’t.   It’s more likely that you stepped (or were thrown) into unexplored territory and you just had to go for it.

Perhaps it was something job related – a do or die situation & the pressure was on.  Maybe it was a personal challenge of some sort.  It may have been a tough road, but eventually things fell into place as you went along.  Then voila, success!

You probably now look back and think “wow, I can’t believe I pulled that off!”.

While the rest of the herd is busy studying, analyzing, or thinking about getting started in an internet business, you should be different.  You should be taking some type of action every day and building your business.

Get used to stepping out of your comfort zone and taking real action on your ideas.
This is the zone of success, and where great things happen.  You’ll be amazed at what you figure out.  Even when you make a mistake, you’re already ahead of the next guy, because you have something they don’t… experience.

This also applies if you’re already in business.  Have a list of action steps for each day that you can apply to build your business.  Here’s a simple example, Mondays could be your day for writing an article and submitting to eZines.  Tuesdays for blog posting & blog carnival submissions, etc.

Taking consistent action every day is the real secret.  You already have the magic formula for success within you.   You are a creator.  Don’t just sit by and let things happen to you; instead be the one who makes things happen!