11 Ways You’re Sabotaging Your Site Rankings

Your enthusiasm for being a site owner and online entrepreneur can sometimes inadvertently impede your ability to strategically think about things you’re either doing or not doing that can hurt your business.

One of the most important tasks Internet marketers have is to ensure their home on the ‘net – their website – is able to rank well in the search engines so they can generate free, targeted traffic that results in sales.

Unfortunately, many niches are fiercely competitive, and too many marketers don’t take time to understand what it takes to beat the competition in the SERPs (search engine results pages).

Right now, there are at least eleven different things potentially sabotaging your ability to get your site ranked well for important keywords and phrases. As you go through the list below, check to see if you’ve analyzed these issues and considered whether or not they could be burying you in the rankings.

If so, you’ll be able to quickly and easily follow the advice to help you remedy the problem and climb up to a page one ranking, where your site has a competitive edge over other niche marketer domains.

Problem #1 – You’re Focusing on the Wrong Thing When Choosing a Domain

Choosing a domain name has generally been based on who can get the shortest URL with the best keyword. If you were lucky enough to grab a URL like money.com, you could have sold it for millions in a strategic flip.

For some, keywords will still be important, but it’s not said to be a strong indicator of future SEO rank by itself. You can rank a branded site with no specific keywords in it just as well.

For years, people emphasized the importance of buying an existing domain that had already had some work put into it. Longevity is a factor in rankings for websites, but existence alone is not enough to help you.

Only sites that existed with a positive and healthy role on the web have benefitted domain buyers. You can easily shoot yourself in the foot by buying a domain URL that has a bad history attached it – simply because you didn’t know this could be a problem.

What constitutes a bad history for a domain? Well, the content itself could be problematic. You may be purchasing a website that was once used to house adult content.

That webmaster may have tricked people into clicking on their URL, and the site got buried in Google and other search engines because they were intentionally misleading people or hacking them if they clicked on the link.

You can use the Way Back Machine and investigate the domain in other ways to ensure it has no negative reputation before you buy it and put in a lot of effort building a business on it.

Problem #2 – You’re Not Ensuring Search Bots Can Find and Index Your Content

When you first set up your domain, you may have not realized there was a setting on your blog dashboard that tells search engines not to index your site. You want to make sure you go to this setting and disable it.

You can find it under Settings in the Reading section. At the bottom, it says Search Engine Visibility and it should be unchecked where it says “Discourage search engines from indexing this site.”

In addition to making sure they can index it, you want to use a plugin to help create an XML sitemap for you to submit to Google and other search engines. This will be an automated tool to help them navigate your content and find and index every page on your domain.

You can also create a sitemap manually, but there’s a lot of knowledge that goes into creating one that successfully helps them index your entire site and all of its media. Try using a tool like Yoast SEO, Jetpack or Google XML Sitemaps to help you create and submit your sitemap for proper indexing.

Problem #3 – You Haven’t Made Sure People Feel Safe Visiting Your Site

Have you ever visited a domain and seen a warming flash on the screen that you’re about to enter an unprotected website? It looks very precarious and most people will not use the option where it asks if the person wants to visit the site anyway.

Most will choose the “go back to safety” option and avoid the website completely. This is what can happen if you haven’t gotten an SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) certificate for your site.

There are many ways you’ll establish trust with your audience, such as by providing ethical, informative content and guidance. But before they even land on your blog to read what you have to say, the SSL certificate gives them peace of mind that you won’t be hacking them or putting their files and information at risk.

To get an SSL on your site, where the “Not Secure” warning will disappear from the browser bar next to your domain name, and instead show a lock that identifies it as a secure site, you’ll either add it for free or buy a paid version.

Some companies (hosts or domain registrars) will give you free SSL and install it for you. Others will make you buy it and install it yourself. There are free online tutorials that will walk you through the process if your host or domain registrar doesn’t do it for you.

Problem #4 – You Didn’t Set Your Site Up for Flawless Viewing

Google is all about a visitor’s experience. That includes everything from the content they find to the technical ease of use. You may not have thought about making sure your pages load quickly – and while they may load faster for you, they may drag for others.

If your site is taking over three seconds to load a page, that’s a problem. People have short attention spans and no patience for slow loading sites. They can simply exit your page and find one that will load faster for them.

Therefore, since Google takes responsibility for being the one who sent you there, if they find a slow loading page, they’ll bury your listing so that faster loading sites can shine instead.

Go to https://pagespeed.web.dev or use another tool to check your page loading speed. This will show load times for both mobile and desktop users and it’s easy to use because you just type your URL and let it do an analysis.

Tools like this won’t just tell you what’s wrong, such as a slow loading time. They’ll usually give you pointers about how you can improve things on your site. Make note of what it says, fix the issues and then run another analysis since it’s free to see how it’s improved.

While you’re working on making sure your site is viewed flawlessly, make sure you spend time checking it on other browsers than the one you’re used to. You might be using Chrome, and see your site just fine.

But other visitors might be using Firefox, Safari or a number of other browsers, and what they see might be a mangled and distorted mess. If you’re on a desktop, make sure you check it visually on laptops, iPads and smartphones as well.

Sometimes, it could be something as simple as you having chosen an outdated theme that’s not responsive to mobile use. Plus, an iPhone might deliver it differently than an Android, so you have to check every gadget and browser possible.

Google makes it easy for you to check. You can enter your domain URL at https://search.google.com/test/mobile-friendly and the will tell you if your site is mobile-friendly and if not, what to do about it.

Problem #5 – You Haven’t Helped Your Audience Find and Understand Your Content

If your content isn’t easily found, then you won’t be able to see the kind of monetary return on your blogging efforts that you were hoping for. There are several ways you may have been sabotaging yourself when publishing content on your site.

First and foremost, have you been writing effective titles for your posts? You have to think like the consumer thinks and title it the way they’ll be searching. For example, a blog post can be titled, “What’s the Best Diet for Women Who Want to Lose Weight Over 40?”

This has a nice mix of conversational dialogue and keyword strength. It tells the reader exactly what it is they’re going to find on that post. There’s no guesswork. If you’ve been using titles like, “A Question Everyone Keeps Asking,” then that tells the person searching nothing regarding what your post is about.

Use your favorite keyword tool (free or paid), go to forums to see how people are asking questions about what they need to know, and look on social media so you can craft titles that pull people in.

The title is going to show up on Google in the search results, so use it strategically. While you have your keyword list out, make sure you create clusters of related keywords to weave into the content piece itself.

You don’t want to use the exact same phrase over and over again relentlessly because it will cause the blog post to read awkwardly. Using variations of the phrases will still help you with SEO, without sabotaging the quality of your work.

Another thing you may have not been doing to help your content get found is writing meta descriptions. These HTML tags are what viewers will see right beneath the title and link to your page on search engine results pages.

You have to basically sum up your page’s content in about 140-160 characters, max. That’s because that’s all that will show up before the next site is shown in the listings. Your meta tag will look like this: <head> <meta name=”description” content=”This is where you write the blurb about your page content.”></head><br/><br/>.

Now Google doesn’t take your meta description into account when figuring out your SEO ranking. But if your description is effective at garnering the attention of their users, they will take notice, so it does have an impact in a way.

Have you been publishing your content without bothering to categorize the post? Many bloggers have a bad habit of doing this. Go into Posts from your blog dashboard and then click on Categories.

Here’ you’ll be able to type in a category name and slug (URL version, like countertop-blenders), and decide whether it’s a parent (broad) category or if you want it to go under another category in a hierarchy.

You can also give it a description, and while not all themes will show the description, some will – so write it carefully. You can create categories and then each time you’re about to publish, choose what category it best fits under.

This way, both humans and search bots can navigate your site and find the information they’re looking for. Don’t have too many categories where it overwhelms your visitor. Just outline your niche topic and have several main categories and a few under each one.

While you’re categorizing your site, you also want to see if you’ve been neglecting to use tags on your posts. Keyword tags are keyword identifiers that help people find your content on your domain using the search function.

You might also have a tag cloud widget in the sidebar, which can show visitors what the most widely searched for topics are on your blog. These can be broad or long-tail keywords, and you should use no more than ten per post, max.

Another findability issue is with the images on your site. Have you failed to use alt text for your graphics? This helps Google and others understand what topic the pictures are about.

So for example, if you have a picture of a weight loss graph, your alt text would be <img src=“weightloss.jpg” alt=“weight loss graph for one week” title=“weight loss”>.

This way, whenever search bots crawl the page, they can see keyword-based identifiers for the images you’re using. And when human visitors land on the page and hover over the image, they’ll see the description in your alt tag.

Problem #6 – You’re Not Publishing the Best Content for Your Readers

There are many ways to make sure your content is worthy of a top spot in the SERPs, but until now, you may not have been giving it that much thought. Instead, you were finding what looked like profitable keywords, cranking out a set number of words for a content piece, and publishing it so see if it would turn a profit for you.

That’s the wrong way to go about trying to rank well with your blog. Google is increasingly concerned with the quality and value of the content they put forth for people to examine, so if your site is lacking, or you’re continually publishing what’s known as “thin” content, you won’t find your site anywhere near the top.

Marketers have routinely found a specific keyword and written a post about it, hoping that because it’s so narrow and targeted, they’ll rank high for it. But now, you might want to go a different route.

Instead of many small blog posts that are narrow, take related topics and turn them into longer pieces that are packed with value and well-rounded for the site visitor. These pillar posts will go a long way in helping your site rank well.

If you’re not sure what else to put in a post, use Google to help you get started. Type in a word or phrase that you want to blog about. For example, you might have a dog site and type in potty train puppy.

If you scroll down a bit, there are two sections to help you gather more relevant content. You’ll see questions people are asking like, “What’s the best age to potty train a puppy?” and “ What’s the easiest way to potty train a puppy?”

You’ll even find very specific methods, like, “How do you housebreak a puppy in 5 days?” Scroll further and you’ll see related searches, like training by age at 8 or 12 weeks, training in certain types of places like small apartments, and more.

When you’ve been publishing content, have you been looking at evergreen topics only? Because it may be a mistake that you’re making not to scout out trends and breaking news and blog about that as well.

The reason you want to go this route is because when something is new in terms of having a buzz about it, there won’t be as much competition to fight with when it comes to search engine rankings.

You want to create Google alerts and stay tuned to the news in your niche via sites, magazines and other media formats so you can blog about trends as they’re on the rise for the audience.

One reason your people will follow you as a niche leader is if you can prove to them that you’re a great resource of information. Sometimes, this means you show them where to find great information that you didn’t create yourself.

Have you failed to highlight other experts in your niche? That’s a big mistake when it comes to SEO. Google loves to see authority sites sharing great resources, and you can do that by creating curated posts.

A curated content piece is when you gather small pieces of content from many different sources and showcase them with a common theme. For example, a museum curator who is putting together an exhibit on a certain culture, period of time or place can gather exhibit pieces from many sources.

They then showcase them in one exhibit, and add commentary about what the visitors are seeing. You’ll be doing the same, only in blog format. You might include a quote from one expert, an infographic another person published, embed a video by another professional, and share a paragraph from a piece someone else published.

They key is to take small snippets, not the entire thing – and then link out to the original source so your visitors can see it in its entirety. Most bloggers are afraid of link leakage, but that also means they’re too frail to build a reputation as a strong resource.

Problem #7 – You’re Not Listening to What Search Engines Want from Your Posts

You may be using keywords and publishing here and there, but have you really looked at the current needs and wants of search engines like Google – as well as your followers?

It’s important not to ignore the changes or what they deem important, because failing to pay attention can send you to the back of the search engine results pages. For example, search engines like to refer their users to sites that are up-to-date and frequently publishing content.

They’re less inclined to send people to sites that sit stagnant for long periods of time, even as long as a week or two. So the more often you can publish quality content – the better!

Every time a Googlebot comes to your site to crawl it and index new content, it makes a note of how far in between you uploaded new content, and it comes back sooner the next time until it’s on the same schedule as you – even if that means coming to index your content several times a day for fast-paced niches.

You may not have paid much attention to whether or not people stick around for any length of time on your site. Site stickiness is an important component in whether or not your domain is given a higher ranking.

You want people to find content they stick around for. One way to do this is to use multiple forms of media, like a text-video hybrid. If you have a 10-minute video embedded on your site, and someone is staying there to watch it, that contributes to your site stickiness.

Of course, long blog posts that are very thorough and comprehensive, overdelivering to the reader is also a wonderful way to get people to stay longer – because they become absorbed in the content.

Have you ignored the increasing demand for voice search when it comes to SEO? This is another thing Google is looking for that you may not have paid attention to. People use Alexa and Siri to look up information, and your site should cater to the conversational manner in which people vocalize their needs.

It’s different form how people search when typing something in. For example, someone might type into Google the words cook low fat, but they would verbalize it as, “Hey Siri! How do I cook a low fat meal?”

You want to be weaving those conversational phrases and sentences into your content. That means use lots of longtail keyword phrases instead of just broad, short words strung together.

You can use the previous methods mentions to create clusters of content questions people may ask that are related to the original one, and then create a long blog post that answers everything in one fell swoop.

Google doesn’t expect perfection. But you may have been sloppy when creating and publishing your online content. You need to make sure visitors will enjoy their experience, which means you have content they don’t struggle to read.

Don’t use language that’s over-the-top. Keep it at a low grade reading level, about 8th grade or so. Be conversational. Don’t write in a stuffy manner as if you’re trying to impress a college professor.

Break up the content strategically so the readers’ eyes don’t glaze over. You can do this with images and also with shorter blocks of text, too. Instead of a paragraph with twenty sentences in it, stick to 2-3 sentences before moving on.

If you’re using images, make sure they relate nicely to the content. It might be an infographic that sums up your main points, a quote poster that extracts and highlights an important piece of information, or something else.

Problem #8 – You Haven’t Implemented a Strong Link Strategy

Failure to implement a good linking strategy could have the competition beating you at every turn when it comes to SEO. You have to have links being pointed at your site to identify it as an authority site.

You also need to be linking out to other sites to show that you share good information and great resources. And you also want to link within your site, from one page or post to another, without overdoing it.

Don’t engage in shady practices to try to get backlinks. But you can do things like interview an expert who might share a link to your post with him or her from their own blog.

If you’re creating stellar content, people will naturally begin linking to you, so make sure you share your pillar blog posts on social media sites and send them to subscribers so that you get more eyes on them.

Most marketers forget to even notify their list about new blog posts, but chances are, they haven’t bookmarked it and are referring to it daily. You have to let them know so they can find the value in your posts and help you generate traffic and backlinks to it.

Problem #9 – You’ve Been Ignoring Technical Issues with Your Site

Technical issues can be a huge reason why your site isn’t ranking. You probably go through the publishing process without giving it much thought. But making sure your visitors have a positive experience is important.

Start by helping the load time of your site with images that are compressed and sized right. Run them through a free tool like https://imageresizer.com/image-compressor to resize them for you, and try to use files that aren’t size hogs (like PNGs are).

Being a good blogger and earning better rankings means you’re on the lookout for problem areas. You can go to your analytics that are built into your site and pinpoint exactly where people are bouncing.

A poor bounce rate will tank you. It tells Google that when they send people to your domain, they leave almost as soon as they get there. So they will simply stop sending people there altogether.

You might be sending them to a page that’s not mobile friendly, or that has poorly written content. Spot those problem areas and go fix them before it’s too late. You don’t have to just accept that certain pages don’t perform as good as others – fix them!

Problem #10 – You Haven’t Exhibited a Strong Authoritative Presence

Keep tuned into Google’s ever-changing algorithm messages. They will announce upcoming changes so that site owners can prepare for them. Sometimes, whatever it is they’re doing is going to automatically benefit you, sending spammy bloggers to the back of the SERPs.

But other times, it can hurt your site because you weren’t enacting something they thought was important. Remember to adhere to their EAT guidelines. EAT stands for expert, authority and trust.

You want to showcase your expertise by creating valuable content and showing your readers that you care enough to provide links to other great resources, too. A true expert isn’t afraid to share the stage.

If you need to build authority, you have to become worthy enough of securing those backlinks from others. Creating pillar posts that are chock full of great information is a good way to do that.

When it comes to sharing links to other resources, don’t forget to do it with product promotions as an affiliate, too. Google has an update called MUM where they specifically advise you to start giving consumers multiple options of where they can get a product – not just one.

Of course, that may not be possible with a digital course or tool, but with tangible items, you can often promote on a variety of retail sites by using links from Amazon, Share-a-Sale and Commission Junction.

You can also highlight information about what makes you the go to person in your niche. Maybe you have experience with the topic that can help others, or a credential that helps you serve your audience.

It might be others who gush about your amazing insight, so don’t be afraid to ask for testimonials and product reviews so that Google and other search engines can sit up and take notice of what people think about you.

Trust is easily built. The SSL certificate is one way, but just practicing good, ethical marketing habits for your business is another. Make sure you update WordPress and all of the elements on it so that you don’t leave your site open to hackers.

You want to keep your site visitors safe when they land on your page. You also want to leverage social media to help you achieve your goals with Google’s EAT program. Sharing your advice on social networking sites and linking back to your pages of in-depth content is a great way to generate awareness for your brand and position yourself as a strong authority figure in your niche.

Problem #11 – You’re Not Shoring Up Your SEO Efforts Over Time

Another way you may have failed yourself is by only paying attention to your SEO efforts in the very beginning, and then ignoring them from that point on. Optimization of your site is not a one and done ordeal.

It’s on-going maintenance and strategy that you have to tend to over time. Periodically, go through your site content and freshen it up if anything is outdated or if links are broken. Maybe you talked about a site or tool as a resource that no longer exists, so fix it.

If you notice your site traffic is all but disappearing, find out why. Are the competitors posting more often? More in-depth? Did Google release another algorithm update? Don’t rely on SEO for sales, only to wake up one day and your ranking has plummeted. Take time every week to stay abreast of SEO news and apply it to your site.

30 Day SEO Plan for Niche Marketers

When a niche marketer embarks on the journey of building an online business, at the forefront of his or her mind is how they’re going to monetize their efforts. Usually, they focus on product creation, affiliate income and list building.

But soon, they realize traffic is a major source of whether or not they’re capable of succeeding, and since most don’t have deep pockets to invest in paid ads, they have to scramble to try to rank high with search engines for targeted, organic traffic.

This isn’t something you can do overnight, but by carrying out a steady stream of beneficial changes to your site, you can start seeing the results of your efforts. You’ll beat out the competition and see your site consistently ranking for targeted keywords and phrases.

The plan below allows you to choose one simple task to implement each day for an entire month. This will allow you to start enjoying free traffic so that you can build a list and see your income start rising, too.

Day 1: Check the History of the Domain Name You’re About to Buy

The first thing you want to do, which may or may not be too late by the time you’re reading this, is make sure that the domain URL you’re buying doesn’t have any bad history associated with it.

For example, if someone owned the domain before you and acted with blackhat tactics and spammed individuals and sites, then your domain might have an ongoing penalty associated with it that could hinder your efforts to rank well.

You want your website free and clear of any trouble. If you’ve already registered a domain and discover it has a shady past, then you might want to take the content you’ve created and migrate it to a new domain that has a clean slate.

Even if the previous owner simply did a bad job of creating content and serving their audience, you’ll have your work cut out for you in the future trying to dig yourself out of a hole.

People typically think of old domains as beneficial for SEO (search engine optimization), since they have longevity in their corner. But if the domain owner wasn’t above board, it will act as an anchor weighing your site down in the SERPs (search engine results pages).

Also, in terms of achieving that longevity that can benefit you with SEO, make sure you aren’t changing domains every time you happen to think of a better one. It’s best to stick with one and grow it for the future rather than change course, as long as your domain doesn’t have an unsavory past.

You can use a tool like http://web.archive.org to see the history of the domain. This is an Internet archive that will show you what the site was doing through the years, if anything.

Day 2: Create and Submit a Sitemap for Search Engines

When your site is chosen and you’re beginning to build it, make sure you’re employing the use of a sitemap. This gives Google (and other search engines) a clear navigation expectation of how their search bots can effectively crawl your site.

Some people have considered an HTML sitemap outdated, while others continue to use it. Most people use an XML sitemap, and you can find plugins that will help you do this automatically, making the entire process a breeze.

There are some like the Google XML Sitemap Generator you can use that are open source tools. It automatically goes to your site and looks at the traffic logs, files and URLs and makes sure everything’s up to date for the search engines.

Officially, there are different sitemaps you can use – in addition to the XML sitemap. The others include an image sitemap, video sitemap, and news sitemap (if you want to get your blog included on Google News).

Day 3: Secure Your Site with an SSL Certificate

An SSL certificate is a security layer of protection called Secure Sockets Layer that helps people avoid landing on unsecured networks that could harm their computer files. You want consumers to feel safe accessing your site, so their personal information won’t be stolen.

An SSL certificate prevents a warning from showing up that makes your site look as if it’s been infected or is dangerous, even if it hasn’t. You can have your hosting company or domain registrar add an SSL certificate to your site.

Some hosts charge you extra for this, while others will include it in the price of your plan, or give it to their customers free of charge. If you opt to go for a higher level of security, then it will cost more, but most niche marketers don’t need this.

Day 4: Make Sure Your Site Is Mobile-Friendly

Many people bypass their laptop and PC and use their smart phone to access information on the world wide web. You want to make sure your site is compatible with smart technology so that Google doesn’t bury you in the SERPs for being non-compliant.

Start by checking to see if the blog theme you’ve chosen to use is mobile-responsive. You might have only checked using your own smart phone, but remember, not everyone uses the same kind.

Go to Google and see if your site is mobile friendly using their tool here: https://search.google.com/test/mobile-friendly. You’ll enter your URL and it will take a minute to give you your results.

They will tell you what issues your mobile readers may have, such as text being too small to read, incompatible plugin usage, screen dimensions not adjusted properly, and so on.

Day 5: Check to See If Your Site Loads Quickly

Google typically wants your website to load in under 3 seconds. Anything over that and they may ding you in the search engines for a slow load time. That’s because users will often click out and go elsewhere.

The site has to load on both desktops and mobile technology, so make sure when you’re checking your site, that you check both. You can use a tool like https://pagespeed.web.dev to check both.

Just enter your URL and click the Analyze button. It will first analyze mobile, and then you can choose desktop, too. It will show you opportunities to improve load times on your site in the audit, so you can make changes that will benefit you.

Day 6: Examine Your Site on All Browsers and Gadgets

While Google Chrome is the most widely used browser on the Internet, it’s not the only one. You want to make sure your website shows properly on all browsers, different gadgets (like smart phones, iPads, Mac computers and more).

There are certain tools like CrossBrowserTesting.com, that you can use to check to see how your site looks on various browsers, or you can do it manually. You want to definitely check Firefox, Safari, and Opera.

Day 7: Categorize Your Posts for Easy Navigation

Every time you create a post for your blog, it will default to Uncategorized, unless you specifically put it in a category. These categories are important for navigation both by search bots and human visitors alike.

You want to create a hierarchy of categorization to help everyone understand the site content better. You can have parent categories and child categories that fall under each one.

So for example, if you have a site on weight loss, your parent categories might be diet plans, exercise, and mindset. Under the diet plans, your child categories might be calorie deficit, keto, and other types of diets.

Day 8: Put Keywords in the Post Titles and Tags

Keywords are very important to the optimization of your niche site. You’ll be using these in many places, but to start, make sure they’re in the post titles and tags of each piece of content you create.

The post title itself should have a keyword-rich word or phrase in it, as should the headings or subheadings in the content. When you go to publish the post, in addition to selecting a category, you can add keyword tags to the post.

Day 9: Use Strategic Keywords in Your Content

Keywords will come in handy with your content creation, too. Make sure you spend some time carefully collecting and organizing the keywords and phrases you want to use for your site rankings.

Never buy into the outdated hype that stuffing your content with keywords will benefit you. In fact, overuse of keywords can sabotage the very goal you’re trying to achieve. You will have an easier time ranking for long-tail keywords than broad ones.

For example, you’d rank easier for weight loss for over 40 women than you would for the phrase weight loss by itself. That’s because there’s more competition targeting the broader keywords.

In each piece of content, try using a variety of words and phrases that relate to your post so that you bring in visitors who go about searching for the same topic in a variety of ways with slightly differing language.

Day 10: Utilize Alt Text to Your Advantage

Most bloggers insert images into their site without ever maximizing them for SEO. Your images can help you bring in traffic. You want to use the Alt Text to your advantage whenever you include visuals.

What you’re basically doing is including a text-based reference for whatever the image is. So for example, if you have a picture of a bird, your alt text would be <img src=“bird.jpg” alt=“blue bird perched on a tree branch” title=“bird identification”>.

The title will be what users see when they hover over your image. The alt description is very important to the optimization of your image, so write it carefully and include keywords while making sure it relates to the text in your post.

Day 11: Get More Clicks with Effective Meta Descriptions

If you go to Google right now and type in a topic, you’ll see the results page pop up with a list of links. Below each link title, you’ll see a brief snippet of what the site is about. That’s what your meta description does for you.

And while it may not be a direct SEO bump indicator, search engines will take notice if more people are clicking through and staying on your site due to the relevancy of your content to their needs.

You have a code that looks like this: <meta name= description content=> which is an HTML tag you can use for up to 160 characters or less that will show up under your listing to help people understand what the site or page is about.

Day 12: Start Creating Value-Packed Posts

For a long time, SEO experts have said not to worry about the length of your blog post. This was primarily because newbie bloggers would pump a lot of fluff and filler content into the post and it was deemed useless.

But now, Google is definitely placing an emphasis on in-depth content. You want long, but valuable pieces that are comprehensive in nature. So instead of just writing a short, 300-word blog post about something very specific, where there’s not much to say, see how much broader you can get and make that one topic a section of an overall, bigger blog post.

Day 13: Spend a Day Updating Outdated Information on Your Site

Outdated information on your site can be very damaging when it comes to search engine optimization. If Google and other search bots see old information, they won’t want to send their users to your site.

Sometimes, facts and data have changed. Other times, you might have old examples used in content that are clearly outdated. All you need to do is go in and refresh whatever portions are outdated.

You don’t want to totally redo the piece (unless it needs it). You also shouldn’t delete it completely and write a new one. Just log into your dashboard, look for posts that could have old information in them, and tweak them to be up to date before republishing.

Day 14: Have a Good Balance of Outbound, Inbound and Internal Links

Links can be important elements in whether or not your site makes it to the top of the SERPs. Sites that have many people pointing to them as an authority site are bound to get more organic traffic than those who have only a handful (or none).

You don’t want to involve yourself in shady, blackhat tactics that try to get you backlinks because those are often exposed and then sites using them are penalized. Instead, stick to creating value-packed content that will have sites naturally linking to your pages for the expertise and insight they share.

Not only do you want inbound links showing that you’re an authority site, but you want to prove to Google that the places you link out to are good resources, too. And you also want to periodically have internal links from one of your pages to another page (posts) – but none of this should be excessive.

Day 15: Compress and Resize Your Images

When images take too long to load, you’ll lose visitors and search engines will bury your site in the SERPs. Before uploading images to your blog, make sure you optimize them for performance.

Basically, you want to reduce the file size. There are different ways to do this. First, start with a good file format. PNG images, for example, might look slightly better, but they’re larger than a JPG.

You can take your images and process them with a tool like https://imageresizer.com/image-compressor to help you get the best compression and quality for your various formats.

Day 16: Find Ways to Create Sticky Content

Search engines want to be the go-to tool people us to find information. They know, when they send someone to a site and that person immediately clicks away, that it was not the best site to show to searchers.

So you want to make sure your site is sticky. That means when people land, they stick around for awhile. The longer, the better. There are different ways to create a sticky site, but nothing works better than delivering stellar content.

The pillar blogs successful bloggers publish can help with stickiness by being comprehensive content pieces people simply don’t want to click away from. You can also use multimedia formats like video to ensure people stay longer.

Day 17: Start Publishing More Frequently

Fresh, up-to-date blogs often enjoy a higher spot in the SERPs than those who publish new content infrequently. You want to be publishing as often as it makes sense for you to post, while maintaining the same level of quality needed to beat the competition.

Never adopt a quantity over quality mentality for SEO just because you want to publish more often. It’s better to publish three value-packed posts per week than seven flimsy content pieces – one for each day of the week.

By publishing more often, you’ll be training search bots to come back to your site quicker and index your content. If you only publish once every week, that’s how often they’ll come.

But you can train bots to index your site within hours if you’re frequently publishing, and this can help you grow your business strategically. Some niches work better for this than others, such as niches where the information is constantly being refreshed, like the stock market, for example.

Day 18: Embrace Google’s EAT Guidelines

Google is always putting out algorithm advice for their ever-evolving changes. You should know that some are evergreen, while others get deactivated eventually. With the EAT guidelines, they’re looking for Expertise, Authority, and Trust.

Your site can achieve a positive expertise ranking by providing links to reputable sources and getting links from other authority sites pointing back to you. You can become an authority site through the use of stellar content, having ample information about your credentials, securing positive reviews or testimonials and more.

The trust they’re looking for is in how your visitors will experience your site. Having the SSL certificate is a good start. Make sure your visitors can safely and effectively navigate your domain, too.

Day 19: Use Social Media as an Inroad to Better SEO

Social media doesn’t directly impact your search engine optimization, but there’s a definite connection between building awareness about a brand and social media sites, and when you can have more people talking about your brand, they’ll be creating links to your site.

It’s the links coming into your domain that will serve you well. The key is to build a brand that meets the needs of your audience, which means creating innovative, informative and entertaining content that gets shared and engaged with online.

Day 20: Cater to Voice Searches

Voice searches are being used by more individuals on a daily basis. While people used to type things into search engines, they can use their voice on the go or while multitasking instead.

Whether they’re asking Siri on their smart phone, or Alexa on their smart speaker, their voice is what’s commanding the information and results that Google provides to them. So you need to cater to this technology.

In order to do this, you have to start understanding what your customers are verbalizing. This may be different from what they would type in. For example, they might type in something like best diet fast, while they would verbally say, “Hey Siri – what’s the best diet plan for fast weight loss?”

These long-tail keyword phrases need to be used in your site content to cater to the ever-increasing usage of voice searches. You want to use the questions in your post titles, and thoroughly answer them so that any follow-up questions are handled.

Remember, searchers using voice often start with a query word like who, what, when, where, why or how. Use these to make sure you fully answer the question. So if you want to write a post about the best diet for fast weight loss, think about who would be using this and why (like an upcoming wedding or event).

Talk about what they need to do to implement it, how it works and when they can expect results – two weeks or a month, for example. Address where they can do to get more information or buy the product, too.

Day 21: Watch for Bounce Pages and Fix Whatever’s Wrong

If there’s one thing Google and other search engines have an eagle eye out for, it your bounce rate. Sending traffic to a site where people instantly leave reflects poorly on them.

You can watch your analytics to see how fast people are bouncing from your site and where it’s happening. If you see people largely leaving one page of your domain, then go in and fix it as quickly as possible.

It could be a technical issue like a page loading too slow – or it could be a content issue, where the visitor immediately realizes your site isn’t about what they thought it would be about.

Day 22: Pay Attention to Sudden Drops in Traffic

When you’re going through the motions of building a site with good authority and reputation, and you’re pleased with the traffic, you never want to rest on your laurels. Now is the time to stay one step ahead to ensure you don’t lose momentum.

There have been many website owners who were thrilled with their organic searches, only to wake up one day and realize their site’s been buried in the SERPs and they now only have a trickle of visitors coming from search engines.

This can happen for many reasons, but one is that Google or another search engine has created an algorithm update and you’re simply a victim of it. For example, think of the people who relied on keyword stuffing or link farms to help rank their site, only to realize the practice is now frowned upon, so all of their content is useless.

If you suddenly experience a drop in traffic (or you want to prevent this from happening), make sure you’re staying abreast of all of the updates happening in the world of SEO. Sometimes, a change can benefit you as it buries others who were doing something wrong and inadvertently bumps you up.

But if you know a change is coming, it can help you make alterations to your site and how you do things in the near future to stave off disaster and enjoy the benefits that come with simple awareness.

Day 23: Use People Also Ask to Create Thorough Content

Because of Google and other search engines giving preferential treatment to comprehensive posts, you want to work with what are known as topic clusters. Think of a keyword cloud or mind map where topics closely related to one main idea are all housed together.

When you go to Google and type in a topic, if you scroll down the page, you’ll see an area called People Also Ask. For example, if you type in best diet for over 40, you’ll see things in the People Also Ask area such as: what foods should you avoid at age 40, how can a 40 year old lose weight fast, and how can a woman lose 10 pounds in a month over 40?

Those are all topics you could weave into one post for comprehensive coverage. You can also go down to the Related Searches area and find more – such as: best diet for over 40 male, how to reduce belly fat after 40 female, hormones and weight gain after 40, and more.

Day 24: Give People Options If You’re Reviewing Products

Google MUM is an SEO update that has many primary issues, such as providing answers to queries, multi-language multimedia content and more. But one thing you want to do as a niche marketer in particular if you’re reviewing products is make sure all of your posts have multiple options on where someone can buy something.

So if you’re an affiliate promoting survival food buckets, for example, you’d want to link out to Amazon, Walmart, and anywhere else buyers could find the product. This isn’t bad for you because you know buyers have purchasing preferences and it gives you more opportunities to earn commissions, even if it takes a bit longer to initially gather your links.

Day 25: Improve Your Content’s Readability

Search engines are looking for pristine content, but not in a traditional way. Instead of content that reads like an encyclopedia, they want consumer-friendly, conversational content that’s easy to read and absorb.

In addition to the tone and style, you want to make sure there’s plenty of white space by breaking up long blocks of text with images and making paragraphs shorter and easier to devour.

Go through and edit your content to ensure it’s free of typos and spelling errors, overly long sentences and other issues. If and when you can, use bulletpoints so people can skim and include a hyperlinked table of contents so they can get to whatever topic they want to quickly and easily.

Day 26: Include Visual Elements to Your Text-Based Content

One thing search engines are putting a big emphasis on these days is the user experience, also known as UX. The way a persona experiences a website results in positive or negative feelings.

For example, if the navigation is off, they get flustered. If the site loads slow, or the content is poorly written, it’s a waste of time. Another thing people want is for the content to consist of more than just text.

To optimize your site for search engines, make sure you’re utilizing a healthy mix of all media formats you feel comfortable with – including things like infographics, gifs, images like quote posters, video and even audio.

Day 27: Find and Fix Broken Links to Improve User Experience

There are many reasons Google will ding your site when it comes to search engine optimization, and one is if your domain is full of broken links. The bots they send to your site to crawl and index the content will follow the links you have listed, so they all need to be in working order.

You can use Google Analytics or other tools to show you what links are leading to a 404 page (an error page). Then, you’ll need to go into the blog post or page and either update the link so that it works or remove the link completely.

Day 28: Capitalize on Your Ability to Rank for Trending Topics

Trending topics will usually have a lot of people searching for them, and fewer sites competing for their attention. That’s primarily because most bloggers are late to the party when it comes to writing content about breaking news or trends.

Whatever your niche is, try to stay abreast of news or trends you see forming so that you can capture the lion’s share of traffic from search engines. For example, if you’re in the health niche and there’s a trend to use keto to control blood sugar – or news breaks about a new treatment, stop whatever it is you’re doing and create a valuable post detailing what people need to know about it.

Day 29: Leverage Your Subscriber List for Backlinks and Social Shares

If you need to build backlinks and show that you have people visiting (and sticking around) on your site, be sure to send your email subscribers to your blog whenever you publish new content.

Many people focus on getting people on their list to only promote products to them, but they can be a fantastic source of engagement – which includes sharing your links, reviewing your work, and giving you backlinks as an authority figure from their own site.

Day 30: Learn How to Curate, Not Copy Content

Because outgoing and incoming links are an importance piece of your SEO strategy, you want to learn how to curate content the right way. Curation is when you gather snippets, quotes and links or media from other sources and create one post that highlights them all around a theme.

For example, you might be working on a blog post for diabetes nutrition. You can include a quote from an expert, embed a video from someone who explains a concept well, or summarize a strategy in a sentence or two that is shared in depth on another blog – and add your thoughts about what is being shared to the post.

You will not copy all of their content – just a small amount, with a link back to the original post or site so that readers can follow it and get more information. You’re giving credit to the source, and they will see the link to your post in their own analytics.

When they realize they’re being used as an authority figure or expert, they will often share the link to your piece with their own blog and social media followers as well as their email subscribers.

This helps you get an incoming link from their authority site, and wider engagement as a brand. Like a museum curator, your job will be to gather an exhibit of the best ideas for the overall topic and share them with your audience, along with your own interpretation.

If you’ve already been working on building a content site for quite a bit of time, don’t worry. Start implementing good SEO habits from this point on, and slowly but surely, work through your older content to tweak it so that it’s strategically in line with today’s search engine requirements and preferences.

Top 10 Survival Issues of 2022 and How to Handle Them

There are so many precarious things happening in the world today, you need to know how to prepare for a worst case scenario. When you know what to do to take care of yourself and those you love, you can have peace of mind even in the midst of chaos.

Being into survival preparedness doesn’t mean you only think about a 72-hour scenario or just about food and water. It means you take a proactive approach to envision many global changes that can have a domino effect on your life in a significant way.

Right now, there are at least ten different issues weighing heavily on the minds of Americans and citizens everywhere. Some may barely, if ever affect you. But if the worst were to happen, you’d want to be ready for it – unlike people who were caught off-guard when store shelves emptied out at the start of the pandemic.

Economic Hardships

One of the things that’s hitting many people right now is a financial struggle. Inflation is at an all-time high. Thanks to this period of economic turmoil, many businesses are having to close their doors because they can’t get supplies or people to staff their locations.

Unemployment levels have risen dramatically from just two years ago, even though there are ample jobs available in most areas. Some businesses can’t find people to work because of what’s known as the Great Resignation, and no one knows how long it will last.

People are talking about and fearing a global economic collapse. The media is presenting fearful stories about financial disaster nearly every day on the news. What’s going on in the world right now is affecting money situations in every household.

The cost of buying groceries has risen and continues to rise. Meat, especially, is costing more than ever before. Stores are experiencing supply shortages and higher fuel costs to bring the supplies they do get to the consumer.

As a result of the stores’ rising costs, they’re raising the price of food in order to be able to still make enough profit to keep the business going. But the rising prices get passed down to the customers.

As a result of this, many people are starting to change the way that they buy groceries. Some are cutting out meat or reducing the amount of times they have it in a month. Gas prices are causing sticker shock at the pumps.

Depending on which state you live in, it can be a simple inconvenience or a life-changing disaster. For those who live in California, gas is nearly $6 a gallon. The cost of energy use is going up.

The demand for housing has risen as well thanks to a housing shortage. Houses that go on the market are selling quickly and are often getting multiple bids. All of these are reasons why you need to make some changes in order to adapt to the way life is now.

You need to learn about homesteading and how you can become self-sufficient. Homesteading means that you learn how to grow your own food. You learn how to save that food and store it so that it lasts you for quite awhile.

Becoming self-sufficient means that you learn how to make your food without relying on things that you have to run to the store for. It means that you look to yourself and not stores or others for the means to have the food that you need to nourish your family.

It means that you discover how to take care of your needs from food, to shelter to clothing. You learn how to provide your own medications from plants, and how to live so that you’re not dependent on the grid.

Learn how to provide for yourself now as a means to combat the inflation, the supply shortages and the lowered value of the dollar. When grocery shopping, lower the amount of meat you buy or stretch the meat to last more than one meal.

Or go meatless for a couple of weeks out of every month. Use only store brands. Shop at discounted food stores such as Aldi if you have one. Make your meals in bulk. Don’t use prepared or convenience foods.

Freeze foods so they keep longer. Use coupons, shop sales and don’t make impromptu store runs. To save on gas, carpool as often as you can. To save on energy costs, turn off gadgets, and shut lights off when you leave a room.

When you wash your clothes, use cold water only. Caulk leaks around doors and windows to save on heating or air conditioning bills. Find little ways to eliminate wasteful spending and you’ll start to see the financial impact let up on you a bit.

Bare Store Shelves

You only have to walk into any store to notice that many of them are missing items that they used to keep well stocked. These bare shelves are causing many people to feel anxious and worried about the direction of the future.

Because of these bare shelves, some food items have been hard to find and what those items are can change from week to week. However, there are some foods have been tougher to get for months now.

It’s harder to find certain pastas. This includes ones like spaghetti noodles and canned pastas. Specialty noodles like those without gluten are hard to find. In many stores, it’s the paper goods that are more difficult to get.

Plastic and paper cups are harder to find. Straws are in limited supply. Trash bags, both kitchen and lawn bags, have limited amounts on the shelves that quickly sell out. These problems are in every area of the store.

No matter what aisle you go down, you’ll see that some areas are bare while others are sparsely filled. Supply chain issues have created problems getting certain dairy items like cream cheese.

Some lunch meats are hard to find. Meats have been in short supply – especially ones like ground beef and varying types of chicken. When these items do hit the shelves, they quickly sell out as some people try to hoard them and end up buying multiple amounts of one item.

This increases the difficulty of finding what you need. It’s harder to find items besides food supplies, too. Electronics are harder to find. That’s because the manufacturers stopped or slowed production of the parts that make up the devices such as laptops, cell phones, televisions and even game consoles.

Because of the pandemic, and later difficulty getting parts for vehicles, many car manufacturers halted building their inventory of new vehicles. As a result, a car shortage started happening.

It’s hard to find the new vehicle you want right now and if you do, the markup cost is a lot higher than it once was. Most people can’t afford to buy these new vehicles even if they are lucky enough to find one.

Even used cars are in short supply these days. It’s also hard to find some clothing and accessories. Toys, books and alcohol have also been in short supply. Everywhere you look, supplies are dwindling.

Of course, becoming self-sufficient is one way to combat this issue. You can grow your own food, raise chickens for eggs, and so on. You’ll need to keep an eye out for second-hand items like electronics, even if you only grab them for parts to keep your older gadgets operational.

While you never want to hoard supplies yourself, it is wise to begin stocking up on items whenever you see them available. You can pick up an extra product and start storing them somewhere in your house so that you don’t run out when the store shelves haven’t been restocked.

The Threat of War

A huge survival issue on everyone’s mind at the moment is the threat of war. There’s always been the thought that it “could” happen among some countries. One of the countries that’s constantly issued veiled threats and even outright threats has been North Korea.

These threats have been so constant that many people started tuning out these rumors.

But now, the threat of Russia going to war against Ukraine is no longer what “could” happen – it became a reality.

This shocked many people who were used to threats never having any follow through.

Now that it’s actually happening, this has heightened the fear level of anyone who follows the news.

What people fear is that their own country will also become involved in, if not the war between Russia and Ukraine, then whatever next skirmish develops. People are deeply afraid at the thought that this war between Russia and Ukraine is going to balloon, spreading outward to other countries and then WWIII will begin.

Everyone is terrified of the thought of this type of war because the weapons used today are no longer the type used in previous wars. Today’s weapons are sophisticated and capable of wiping out entire girds, causing long-term problems and chaos.

If the world enters into a third world war, the weapons used could be biological or chemical warfare, too. These weapons can destroy life as we know it. There’s also a real threat of a nuclear bomb being launched against the country.

Before any of that happens, you have to know what steps to take so that you can survive the unthinkable. In the event of such a catastrophic war, you must have the ability to protect yourself, those you love and be able to make it through.

You can protect yourself from biological and chemical weapons if you know what to do. You just need the supplies that can protect you. This means you need to have items that protect your airways and your lungs.

These are certified respiratory devices. You need gear to cover your clothing such as hazmat wear. You want to be able to dress from head to toe and cover yourself. In the event of a nuclear incident, you would need to know that you should avoid contact with the outside of your home if it’s within the blast radius.

You can get burned even if you’re miles away from the center explosion. If a nuclear explosion happens, you want to make sure that you’re not exposed to the damaging heat of the bomb.

Protect all airways and remain in place. Once the shock wave is done, you’ll have to be careful about what’s called the fallout. This is what lingers in the air after the bomb. This material is radioactive and can still harm you.

This is why you need hazmat suits to protect you against the rays. Because a grid attack is a likely scenario in this age of weaponry, you’ll want to make sure your family can cook, stay warm and survive without electricity.

Overpriced and Scarce Building Materials

Not too long ago, you could put a deck on the back of your home for around $2,000. Now, that same deck would cost you triple that amount. That’s because there are shortages across the globe on items such as hardware.

Items associated with fixing up a home, or building a home are so scarce that when they are in supply, you can expect to pay a lot more. One of the reasons why the demand is so high and the supply so limited is because countries where some materials were purchased and brought into the country have either closed their own manufacturing companies or refuse to do cross border business.

With inflation and job losses, many people can’t even afford to buy these overpriced building materials even if they do happen to find a store that’s supplying it. That’s why you have to know what to do when the things you need are no longer easily available.

For those who are planning to build a homestead that’s off the grid so they can be self-sustaining, you’ll want to look at other options for lumber besides home improvement stores, which may not have it anyway.

You don’t want this shortage to hold up your plans. What you can do is to look for other sources to find wood and other materials. For example, if you look at home renovation businesses, many of them have wood that they toss out when they renovate a kitchen or a bathroom.

You can offer to haul away this wood for your own use. Short pieces of lumber are often thrown out even by home improvement stores that do cutting for customers. Ask if you can have those.

Look on the side of the road. You can sometimes find lumber on the side of the road from people who are doing their own DIY projects. You can also find wood from thrift stores.

It’s a surprising place to find it, but some do have it. They’ll have things like wooden furniture, pallets and more. Be sure to check out yard sales and going-out-of-business sales, too.

There may be renovation groups in your area. These are groups that go around to homes and renovate them for the elderly or people that can’t afford to fix much needed repairs.

You can check with these groups to see if you can have or haul away the left over wood. Be sure to check sites that sell reclaimed lumber, which can be more plentiful as well as less expensive.

Look online for groups that routinely work with wood. This might be woodworkers, wooden sign makers, fencing companies, and wood flooring companies. If you still have trouble finding enough lumber, then try alternative homestead buildings such as a container home.

You can buy one of more shipping containers and outfit it with everything it needs to be a fully functional home. You can also convert an old school bus. If you have some land, you can build a log cabin using trees from the land.

Inconsistent Education

If the last few years have taught anything, it’s that nothing has been consistent. That includes the education of children. Thanks to the pandemic, most states closed schools and went to online classes.

These took awhile to set up and when they were finally done, school didn’t resume the regular hours. There were often inconsistent days of teaching. There are limited days – like some schools only had three days of classes.

Most parents found themselves scrambling to arrange childcare options. Then they discovered that their children weren’t being taught in the same manner as the past.

Education became hit or miss, and studies now show the horrible effect it had on their learning.

Schools would open for a day or two, then abruptly close. Online classes weren’t always available. Parents began to wonder if their children’s learning was beginning to suffer.

Many of them began to turn to homeschool as an option.

They discovered that having the ability to teach children at home was not only a viable option, but a good one since their child’s education was no longer left up in the air. This is an option that you’ll want to consider as well.

There’s no telling what can happen in the future given the direction of world events. You don’t want your child to not have the ability to learn at home. There are homeschool classes that, as a parent, you can schedule yourself for your child using online methods.

Many of these classes are free or low cost and are taught by certified teachers and educators. But you can also purchase home school supplies to have on hand. To ensure that there’s no future disruptions to your child’s education, it’s important to stock up on these now while they’re still available.

You can order homeschool supplies according to the grade level of your child. For example, you can buy workbooks, and you can also buy teaching kits. For something like first grade, these kits would have materials on phonics, on language arts, reading, writing, spelling, math, science, social studies, and health.

You can also get the teacher kits or curriculum which outline step by step how to draw up a daily lesson plan so you’ll know exactly what your child should be learning for that day.

If you have multiple children of varying ages, they’ll no doubt be in different grade levels. Since teaching separately can be time consuming and hectic, there are kits that you can order that are geared toward teaching multiple ages at once.

Hard to Find Cars

As previously mentioned, another supply area that’s been hit hard is in the area of cars. It used to be that if you wanted to buy a vehicle, you could pick the lot you wanted to buy from, show up and have multiple choices for what you wanted.

It’s not the same way today. The demand for vehicles is far greater than the supply. There’s a good reason for that. It’s because the chips that are a necessary part of building some cars are in short supply.

Without those chips, the electronics of the vehicles can’t function. In some cases, you might be able to order a new vehicle, but the supply chains are so slow, that it’ll take quite awhile to get what you order.

This new reality isn’t just affecting the supply of new vehicles, but it’s also affecting used ones. Prices have gone up substantially because of the supply/demand ratio. The vehicle that you could once buy for $30,000 is now closer to $45,000.

Even used cars are priced at new car value. That’s why you need to make sure that you shop smart if you’re looking for a vehicle. Instead of trying to find a new one and ending up getting frustrated from the lack of choice as well as the cost, find a different one.

Look for ones that are priced lower but may not be in perfect condition. There are a lot of vehicles available that have some minor cosmetic issues. In the past, these vehicles were overlooked because people wanted to find a car without flaws, both in body and in operation ability.

But just because a car has a flaw doesn’t meant it’s not a good buy. You can choose a car that has a flaw but it’s one that can be fixed. More often than not, these cars still have solid parts and will run decently once you fix whatever is wrong with them.

You can save yourself a lot of time and frustration, not to mention money, if you choose a vehicle that you know isn’t pristine. Get a mechanic to look at the used car you’re considering and see if the cost to repair it might be worth the investment.

You can find used cars listed everywhere that are being sold “as is.” Sometimes people think this means that they risk buying someone else’s problem. While this might be true, that problem can cost you less in the long run than buying a perfect car in this market.

Those new vehicle payments can easily run over $500 a month. Rather than spend that kind of money on something that depreciates as soon as you drive it off the lot, choose to buy a car that, if you fix it up, you know it’ll be just as dependable.

Job Uncertainty

When things are getting better after a bad situation, people have a tendency to handle it one of two ways. They either forget how bad things were and don’t prepare – or they constantly fret about the bad situation happening again and try to plan just in case it happens again.

Throughout the pandemic, tough restrictions caused businesses to lose income and to shutter. As a result of them closing, they were forced to fire people. Multiple people lost their jobs and it was shocking and distressing to them.

They had a job one day, then no job the next and this left them with no job security and not even knowing where to turn. Being prepared for your future means that you don’t have to deal with job uncertainty.

By taking control, you know what to do to make sure you can provide financially for yourself and for those you love. People who understand the value of prepping know that the key to eradicating job security is to take steps to become an entrepreneur.

If you work a job, your income can disappear in the blink of an eye. If you don’t have a savings account, you could quickly find yourself unable to pay your bills – including your rent or mortgage – and you could struggle to put food on the table.

That’s because most people who work jobs only have the one. Prepper entrepreneurs, however, understand that the wise thing to do is to have money coming in from multiple streams.

As an entrepreneur, the amount of money that you can make is up to you. There’s no ceiling to hit, no limit on what you’re capable of achieving. Best of all, there’s no boss to fire you in the event of a crisis.

You can pick the type of work that you want to do and you can even pick the type of customers that you have. You can build a business according to whatever it is you love doing.

You can set your own hours, make your own rules. Being fully in charge of your own job can create great job security. But there are other perks when you’re an entrepreneur, too.

You can work from home. You don’t have to leave the house for work unless you choose to set it up that way. During the pandemic, those who worked online fared much better than people who had to go into the office.

There were no rules to adhere to, no risks to take by being among groups of people in the same room or building. When you work online and you’re your own boss, there are no requirements unless you set them up yourself. You don’t have to do anything that you don’t want to do when you’re building your own job security.

Erratic Healthcare

If you’ve read the news lately, then you know that something isn’t quite right about the information you’re seeing. Sometimes, what the media claims is true is later backtracked on or debunked – one day coffee is good for you, the next day it’s bad for you.

This is confusing to many people because they trust that the media is giving them the correct information and to find out later it’s untrue (or a half-truth) makes everyone suspicious.

Even during the pandemic, they were showing conflicting information. Kids were at risk and then they weren’t. Masks worked, then they didn’t. Vaccines were preventative, then they weren’t. Social distancing worked at six feet, and then it didn’t.

Understandably, many people were upset and were left feeling like they knew less than before they even read the news or watched the report. Healthcare was erratic throughout the pandemic as fear and rumors spread without basis.

People panicked and reacted because there were no viable answers from the media. There was no truth to trust. As a result of that, doctors all across the country closed their doors and stopped allowing people to come into the office for a visit.

This caused many people to suffer out of fear. Conditions worsened. Preventative care was sidelined and diseases raged out of control without medical care. There was a run on medications and they were sold out.

Medications that people relied on to stay alive were being bought and used by people who believed what the media initially reported. Pharmacies struggled to get in the monthly prescriptions that people needed.

For those in the nursing homes, they were shuttered in – locked away from friends and family, forced to see their loved ones through windows or not at all. The elderly suffered needlessly as a result of this.

People who were hospitalized weren’t allowed to have their family members by their side. As a result, they battled alone and afraid with no family by their side to advocate for their health care choices.

This is why you need to be in control of your own healthcare. As a survival prepper, you can treat yourself if you know what you’re doing. Learn about the medications that you can take to treat common illnesses and not so common ones.

The best medical treatment always begins with common sense. When you’re living on a homestead, you can grow your own herbal medicine to use to treat certain conditions. You can also delve into the world of alternative medicine.

Study acupuncture, treatment with herbal remedies and homeopathic options. Take courses on first aid to educate yourself on what to do in the event of an emergency. Get the equipment that you need for preventative health care as well as for treatment plans you may need in the future.

By being prepared, not only do you have peace of mind, but you can stave off many health conditions and you can also take care of yourself and your family without the need to run to the doctor who may or may not be available in the future just like you’ve seen happen already.

Civil Unrest

A society thrives on law, order, routine and the betterment of its citizens. All of that was disrupted over the last couple of years. Communities were no longer the peaceful, safe havens that people had become accustomed to them being.

Instead, law and order crumbled and fell in the streets as chaos took control. People were afraid to leave their homes, afraid to drive into their cities, and afraid to go to work.

That’s because the safety in many cities was completely destroyed by mobs of people intent on causing friction with others and destruction of property.

Instead of peaceful demonstrations, it ended up being violent. People began to riot and millions of dollars in damage was done. Those who believe in a civil society expected these riots to be brought under control.

They expected their cities and their property to be protected. None of that happened. Some cities like Los Angeles, New York, Miami and more faced multiple nights of out of control riots that led to historic destruction and damage.

Criminals, who aren’t even being charged or arrested for theft now, are emboldened by this “new normal” of bad actions without the consequences, and continue to behave without regard to others.

With continuing threats on the horizon such as the elections coming up, there can be more incidents occurring. For example, shootings can take place. While you can’t prevent people from acting outside the law, you can prepare for and know how to handle civil unrest so that you and your family are safe.

Make sure that you stay up to date about what’s going on in your community. If you’re aware there may be demonstrations or gatherings in your city, then avoid being in that area.

You can find this out by checking out your city’s alerts on the social media page. Have your supplies stockpiled in the event that it’s not safe to travel to the store. That means having enough food and water on hand for everyone so that it’ll last for months if need be.

Gas up your car so that you’re prepared to bug out on a moment’s notice. If you know that your home or subdivision is potentially a danger zone, it’s best to leave rather than try and stay and protect it.

Keep cash available so that you have it in the event getting to the bank or ATM isn’t an option. To keep yourself and family safe from intruders, create a safe room where everyone can go to escape criminals who might break in during a time of civil unrest.

Make sure that you have the means to handle self-defense. Keep things like pepper spray and your firearms handy. Use them if you have to. If someone breaks in, it’s either you or the other person.

Have communication devices on hand so that you can communicate with extended family members to let them know the situation and make sure you have a hand crank radio to listen to official instructions and news.

Fragile Power Grid

Everyone is so accustomed to having electricity that most people get upset when the power is out for just a few hours. While that’s inconvenient, it’s not as big of a deal than if the power grid goes down on its own or is taken out for long term.

Given what’s been going on in the world and the threats of attacks, the power grid could very well experience a hit. If that happens, it’s too late then to start planning. You’ll be scrambling just like everyone else.

Take the time now to prepare so that you know how to survive without power. It surprises people to learn just how many areas of their lives that are affected by the loss of power.

Water supply is one of them. You might not think that the water to your home has any association with the power grid, but it does. The water company can’t provide you with clean, drinkable water if the grid goes down.

Even if you’re on a well system, you’ll be affected. So make sure that you store an ample supply of drinking water. Plan for every member of the family – including pets. Stock up on things water purifying tablets in the event that your supply of water runs out.

You’ll need to have a way to purify water from a lake, river or other means. Stock up on non-perishable foods that you can eat, because once the power goes down, so does your way to keep foods cold.

You can’t rely on a gas generator because without electricity, gas pumps don’t operate so you can’t get the gas to keep fueling the generator. Invest in alcohol heaters or propane heaters to help heat your home.

You can invest in backup power sources such as solar panels. They’re expensive up front, but do pay for themselves in the long run. If the power grid goes down in the winter, you’ll need heat.

As a prepper, you want to think about alternative options like a wood stove. You’ll need a way to communicate if your cell phone can’t be charged. You can buy solar gadgets to charge them.

If cellular towers are down or have been destroyed, cell phones may be useless. In that event, you’ll want to have on hand things like satellite phones or CB radios. You’ll also want alternative backup energy supply methods for things like your laptop.

Make sure that you have lighting such as candles and solar lamps or lanterns so that you’re not in the dark come night fall. If you have medication that must stay cool, such as insulin, prepare ahead by purchasing things like a cooling wallet or case.

You may never have a “worst-case scenario” event that you have to deal with. But the last couple of years have proven that life can be extremely unpredictable. Chaos can happen at any time and by being prepared, not only can you survive them, but you and your family can thrive.

You don’t want to live life in fear every day. Preparedness for survival situations should give you the opposite emotion – peace of mind that when and if things go wrong, you won’t have to worry about getting through it.

30 Day Survival Prep for Beginners

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30 Day Guide to Survival Prep

When preparing for a survival situation, there are many things you will need to make sure you do to be fully prepared for the worst scenarios possible. These things range from food and water stock, shelter, self-defense, and more.

Making sure that you have all the supplies needed to keep your family safe may seem overwhelming, but if you follow this thirty day plan you can be at ease knowing you and your family will be prepared for anything.

Day 1: Take Stock of the Supplies You Already Have

When you’ve made the decision to prepare for the survival of yourself and your loved ones, you have to know where you stand before you can make a plan to go forward. That means, you will need to take stock of all of the supplies you already own, whether or not you meant for them to be used for survival purposes.

You want to go through your entire house, savings, and skills to see what you are starting out with on hand. For example, for your water needs, you will see how many bottles of water or gallons of water you already have to supply your family with.

Next, you will go through your pantry to see what canned goods and dry goods you have on hand that will provide food for your family in a survival event. You also want to check things like first aid supplies, self-defense gear, and more.

Add the item that you have, the date that it expires, if applicable, and how many of that item you have on hand to your supply list. You will need to use the date later when you begin to rotate your food stores to keep everyone healthy.

Day 2: Calculate Your Water and Food Needs

When preparing your survival supply, it’s crucial to know how much food and water you’ll need to keep on hand for yourself and your family. Each person in your family should have a gallon of water to use per day.

This includes half of a gallon to drink, and the other half to use for other necessities like washing yourself and your clothes, cooking, etc. For calculating food needs, you need to take into account the height, weight, age, and gender of each family member.

There are many calorie calculators online that you can put information into and they’ll tell you how many calories each person will need per day. Write this information down so that you can gradually purchase water gallons and foods that help reach the caloric intake requirements of yourself and all of your family members.

Day 3: Begin Stocking Up On Brand Water

Water is one of the most important aspects of survival. It’s vital in maintaining a healthy family in a survival situation. This is why it is crucial to start stocking up on water early in your prepping journey.

When you go to the store, add some extra water gallons or water bottle packs to your shopping cart. This way you can gradually build up your supply without needing to buy out the entire stock of water at once.

Water bottles are a great thing to have in your survival stock because they are easier to carry around than a huge gallon jug. They can also be useful tools in filtering water you find outdoors.

Day 4: Invest in a Solution for Events with No Running Water

Sometimes during a survival situation like a hurricane, a power outage, or a snowstorm you may lose access to running water. This means you’ll be without a functioning sink, toilet, bath, hose, etc.

Losing access to running water can be scary if you’re unprepared – especially if the events are indefinite. However, there are ways to prevent this panic and unpreparedness from happening.

One great item you should buy to prepare for a water outage is a water bladder for your bathtub. These are just plastic storage bags that you set in your bathtub and fill up through the faucet.

Use a water bladder to prepare if you know a water outage could be coming. For example, if a hurricane is coming towards your home, fill it up prior to the hurricane’s arrival in case your power and water gets shut off.

If you don’t have time to prepare for a water outage, you’ll have to rely on the supply that you already have. This is why it’s important to make sure you stay stocked up on multiple gallons of clean, pure drinking water.

You should also get a rain barrel to store rainwater in. This will give you another source of water if there is nothing else available, but it may not always be safe to drink right out of the container. Make sure to purify it before drinking.

Day 5: Prepare for Stagnant Water Usage

There may come a time where you and your family will need to bug out and find drinking water from another source such as a lake, river, or pond. You’ll need to make sure you have the materials you need to be able purify this water so that you can use it safely.

You may want to purchase some straw filters for everyone in your family. These are just normal straws that filter out harmful particles and bacteria to make any stagnant water safe to drink.

You can also get some water purification tablets. All you need to do with these is drop it into a container of water and it will kill microorganisms that could harm your family. These tablets have set amounts of water that they are to be used in. Make sure you follow the instructions so that your water is fully disinfected.

Day 6: Clear Space for Survival Supplies

Designating a specific area of your home to your survival supplies is an extremely important step in your preparation. The state of the area that you store your items in can determine how long your supplies end up lasting.

You need to make sure you’re storing your supply in a place that is clean, dry, and cool so that no rodents or insects will get into your stuff. The last thing you would want in a survival situation is to find out your food has been infested by bugs.

Day 7: Start a List for Tracking and Rotating Food Supplies

Keeping track of the food you have will help you make sure that you always have enough on hand to feed your family when needed. It’s also important to know when you need to get rid of expired items so you don’t feed your family potentially harmful food.

Write down all of the food supplies you have along with the quantity that you have. If you happen to use something from your survival stock or add something to it, make sure you update the list accordingly.

You will also need to replace certain food items once they expire, so make sure you also have the expiration date written down to know when you’ll need to rotate it out for newer supplies instead.

Day 8: Create a List of Items to Add on to Your Weekly Shopping

Most people don’t have the room or the budget to buy up a whole bunch of food and survival items at once. Instead of doing that, you can gradually build up your stock by adding things you’ll put in storage to your weekly grocery shopping list.

Add things like bags of dry beans, bags of rice, peanut butter, yeast, canned foods, flour, etc. These things are cheap and typically last a long time, so you won’t have to constantly buy new supplies.

You should also look at deals and sales that are going on at your local grocery stores. Often, there will be “buy one, get one free” deals or “buy two for a lower price” deals that will help you build up your stock while saving money.

Coupons will also be helpful when building up your survival supply. You can usually find coupons in newspapers or in grocery store ads. You can even find them online or on couponing apps.

Day 9: Stock Up on Pantry Staples

Having basic pantry staples will be a crucial aspect in building up your food storage for survival situations. Without the necessities, your ability to cook basic foods will suffer greatly.

You should make sure you keep a plentiful stock of things like sugar, salt, and flour for any baking or cooking needs. Rice, beans, and spices are also important staples to make sure you keep stocked.

Having these foods in your supply will give you a wider variety of things you could make in a survival situation, where other resources like restaurants or grocery stores may not be available.

Day 10: Purchase Some Foods with a Long Shelf Life

There are many options on the market for foods with an extremely long shelf life. These items will be a great addition to your survival preparation because you can keep them in storage for years without having to replace them.

One great example of this is 25 year buckets of food. These items are usually freeze dried food that are prepared by adding water to them, making them an easy and accessible way to prepare meals in a dire situation.

Another food option with a long shelf life is MREs (meals ready to eat). MREs are pre-packed meals used by military personnel that are designed to be nutritious and provide the appropriate caloric intake for those in a survival situation.

Other foods with long shelf lives include white rice, dried beans, and honey. You can pick up these items at any grocery store and place them in your survival stock for as long as you need to, because these items don’t expire.

Day 11: Make a Garden Plan and Purchase Seeds and Supplies

Having a flourishing garden full of nutritious crops during a survival situation with food scarcity will be one of the most valuable things to your entire preparation and survival journey.

To make your garden plan, you’ll have to take into account where you live, because the climate and soil will differ from place to place. Research the best crops to grow in the area you live in, and what time of year you should be planting them.

Next, you’ll need to buy the seeds of the foods you decided to grow. You should also stock up on basic gardening supplies such as gloves, fertilizer, a trowel, a watering can, a rake, etc.

Day 12: Learn How and Begin to Can Your Own Foods

Canned foods typically last much longer than normal foods do, making them a better option for survival food than typical uncanned fruits and vegetables. Being able to can your own food will be a valuable skill to have when in a survival situation.

However, it is important to make sure you do this correctly and follow steps of research-backed canning methods. If you don’t, there is potential risk of creating unsafe food that may make you and your family sick if ingested.

There are many methods out there, but the most common ways to can food are the pressure canning and water bath methods. You can find videos and books on how to correctly can food using these methods or other ones that may work better for you.

Day 13: Plant Your Garden and Create a Schedule for Harvest

Today you will begin your garden by planting the seeds and using the supplies that you have already bought. Make sure you plant your crops in areas that work according to them specifically.

For example, some crops such as artichoke and kale prefer to not be in full sunlight all the time. You need to be fully educated on how to properly take care of your plants before you start growing them so that you aren’t wasting time or supplies.

Next, you’ll create a schedule for harvesting your crops. All you need to do for this is write down when you’ll need to gather the plants you’ve grown. Again, you’ll need to make sure you plan to harvest according to each individual crop and their specific needs.

Day 14: Purchase a Bug Out Bag and Fill It

A bug out bag is a portable carrier that stores necessities for a bug out situation. Usually, these bags are packed with 72 hours’ worth of supplies that you would need to be able to survive alone.

Any basic survival backpack should work just fine for a bug out bag. You can find these types of backpacks at sports stores, department stores, outdoor gear stores, and online shopping sites.

For the supplies, you should add basic survival needs that would help get you through being in a survival situation where you wouldn’t have access to your home or any of your storage.

The first things you should add are food and water. Make sure to add nutritious food that will keep you healthy and energized throughout the day. A few examples of foods you could add are dried fruit, nuts, canned fruits and vegetables, and granola bars.

As for water, you should prepare your bag with one gallon of water. You can use easily portable things such as water bottles, a water bladder, or a canteen to carry your water with you. Make sure to also add water filtration devices for additional days, since you won’t be able to carry a lot of water.

You’ll also need first aid supplies. Add a first aid kit to your bag and make sure you go over what’s in it in case you want to add anything else like extra bandages, medications you may need, etc.

Make sure to also pack for shelter. Many people use tarps to make their own shelters, but some use tents. You should also bring something for warmth like a durable, warm sleeping bag if space allows or you’re able to attach it with MOLLEs.

Another good source of warmth will be fires. In your bug out bag, you should pack things like lighters, matches, or magnesium fire starters. Being able to light fires will keep you warm and also help you purify water if needed.

Self-defense is another important aspect of survival that you need to pack for in your bug out bag. You can add pepper spray, a taser, a knife, etc. Having these items will help you escape an unsafe situation where you and others’ lives may be in danger.

Day 15: Stock Up on Fire Starters

Fire starters are helpful supplies that you should make sure you have plenty of when preparing your survival stock. In a survival situation, lighting a fire will give you a source of light, warmth, and sanitation for water.

Common fire starters include flint and steel, matches, and lighters. These items are easy to use and don’t take up too much space in a bag or in storage. You can find these at most outdoor gear stores, department stores, or online websites.

Day 16: Buy a Hand Crank Radio for Communication

Hand crank radios are radios that are powered by cranking a handle that charges its battery. Most of them have USB ports on them that can be used for things like charging a phone.

Many of these radios also have built-in flashlights on them. These radios would be helpful if you’re in a situation where you have no other access to news sources like television or a computer. They can help alert you of things like weather disasters or civil emergencies.

Day 17: Purchase Some Solar Supplies

Solar supplies are a great type of item to have on hand during a survival situation because it only requires power from the sun. No electricity or batteries are needed for these materials.

Some solar powered items you may want to purchase include cookers, fans, phone chargers, and generators. There are even solar powered backpacks on the market that have USB ports on them.

While solar supplies are extremely helpful for survival, make sure you prepare to be able to survive without them once the sun goes down. Have nighttime alternatives available for when solar power can’t be used.

Day 18: Buy and Learn How to Set Up a Tent

Tents are great for survival because they’re made out of durable material that is designed to give you a safe, non-complicated shelter during an emergency. Tents keep you protected from rain and also trap heat inside for when the temperature gets cold.

Once you get your tent, go through the instructions and set it up yourself. Practice this multiple times and memorize it so that you’ll still know how to set up your tent even if you lose the instruction manual.

Day 19: Practice Making Outdoor Shelters Out of Natural Materials

Shelter is an extremely crucial part of survival in an emergency situation. A sturdy, safe shelter can protect you from things like harsh weather, dangerous people, and wild animals.

By this time, you’ve already purchased materials for making a shelter whether it’s a tarp, a tent, etc. Although these things are very useful in making a warm, safe shelter, you need to prepare for times when they may not be available for you.

Maybe you stray from your campsite and get lost on your way back. You may not have carried your tent or tarp with you, so in this case you’d need to know how to make a shelter out of materials you can find outdoors.

Some examples include a lean-to, round lodge, and wickiup shelters. These shelters don’t require any unnatural materials like tarps, which means you could make them in any outdoor situation.

You should find materials in an outdoor area near you, like in your backyard. Follow step-by-step tutorials or videos on how to make some of these simple survival shelters so that you can be prepared to build one whenever you need to.

Day 20: Purchase Some Defense Gear

During a survival situation, you may have a dangerous encounter where you’ll need to defend yourself or your loved ones. You need to be prepared for defense, whether it’s a wild animal trying to attack your family, or thieves trying to rob you of your supplies.

Buy things like knives, pepper spray, guns, and ammo to make sure that you’re always prepared for the worst possible situations, even if carrying a weapon seems uncomfortable at first.

You should also make sure you and your loved ones know exactly how to use your defense gear in a safe, efficient manner so that no accidents occur. For example, take lessons at a gun range so that you and your family know how to shoot a gun.

Day 21: Learn Some Self-Defense Moves

You might come across a dangerous situation where you find yourself without your defense gear. Someone could steal your weapons or knock them out of your hand. If anything like this ever happens, you need to know how to defend yourself by hand.

Self-defense classes are a great way to learn how to defend yourself without a weapon. Sign you and your family up for some lessons if you’d like. Or, you and your family can watch some videos online and practice with each other.

Day 22: Gather a First Aid Kit

First aid kits are staples in any survival situation. Getting an injury, whether it be minor or major, is bound to happen when you are dealing with an emergency. Having a kit full of everything you need to heal yourself or your loved ones will be important to surviving.

Readymade first aid kits are easy to find in stores and online. However, they don’t always have everything you may need inside of it. Start your first aid kit by buying a premade one.

Write down a list of everything that came with the kit initially. As you shop more for your survival prep, add on things you think you’ll need. Maybe you need more bandages or a tube of antibiotic ointment. Whatever it may be, don’t be afraid to add it.

Day 23: Identify Foods You Can Forage Locally If You Have to Bug Out

When in a bug out situation, you’ll have a lower supply of food than you would if you were back home with all of your supplies. The food that you do have on you will only last for as many days as you packed for.

In some cases, you may be able to return back home before your bug out bag’s food supply runs out. However, there may be instances where you’ll have to find your own food out in the wild.

For this situation, you’ll need to know what foods you have around you. Look at local maps and guides online that show different types of trees, bushes, and other plants that you can eat. Also find out what crops your area is abundant in.

You should print these maps out for you and your family members. If you’d like to take an extra precaution, laminate them or keep them in waterproof baggies to keep them from getting wet or stained.

There are also books that show examples of what foods you can look for in the wild and how to identify them. If you’d like, you can get one of these and put it in the bug out bags of each family member.

Day 24: Fortify Your Home from Intruders

Having your home invaded by intruders during an extreme survival situation is something you need to prepare to prevent. There are a plethora of reasons intruders may target you, from stealing your supplies to harming you and your loved ones.

To keep your home secure from being invaded, start by adding deadbolts to your doors and putting blinds or curtains on the windows to hide what lies inside. You can also build a fence around your home to keep intruders from having easy access into your property.

Also, invest in security cameras. These can help you detect when there are intruders trying to get into your home and can allow you to have footage to show police if you need to.

Security cameras also deter people from carrying out their plan to intrude. Another important step in keeping your home and belongings safe is to refrain from talking about your survival stock with people.

Don’t talk to your friends, coworkers, or anyone else about your copious amounts of doomsday preparation materials. If an emergency situation comes up, they’re going to remember you telling them about how much stock you have.

Even if you trust these people in normal day-to-day life, they have a family to take care of, too. Don’t rule out the possibility of them perpetrating an invasion against you just to take what you have.

Day 25: Make a SHTF Plan for Your Family

When you begin making your SHTF plan for you and your family, you need to map out what would happen in all situations. You should plan for circumstances like emergencies where it’d be best to stay home, and ones where you’d need to bug out.

Include important things like what to do if you get separated from each other. For example, if your phones still work, use those. If they don’t, then designate a specific place for all of you to meet up.

Also add other tips like wearing neutral clothing to refrain from drawing attention to yourselves, what to do in a situation where first aid is needed, how to get safe food and water in the wilderness, etc.

Day 26: Prepare for Extreme Heat and Cold

Weather-related disasters can be very dangerous if you’re unprepared to brave the extreme temperature changes that come with them. Make sure you have supplies that will help protect you from these harsh climates.

For cold weather, you’ll need things like sleeping bags, blankets, gloves, hand warmers, beanies, and even tents for keeping heat in. Starting a fire is also a great option for a heat source if you’re outdoors.

For hot weather, make sure you have loose, but protective clothing, water, and solar powered fans to help keep you cooled down. Keep water in a cooler in case you lose running water. This way you’ll always have a source of cold water.

Day 27: Create a Safe Room in Your Home

A safe room is a place designated for your family to go in the case of an emergency where you wouldn’t be safe out in the open. Your safe room can be used during things like natural disasters, having your home broken into, and major events like nuclear war, depending on how it’s set up.

The ideal spot for a safe room would be an underground bunker or basement. However, if you don’t have an underground space, a room without windows or a room near the middle of your home should work, too.

Add a deadbolt that you can lock and unlock from the inside to the door of your safe room to protect yourself from intruders. Also keep necessities like a flashlight, batteries, and some food and water in your safe room in case you’re there for a longer time.

If you have a room built in your home, it should be reinforced with steel, and stocked with some supplies to get you through a short-term or even a longer-term survival event, so you don’t have to venture out.

Day 28: Stock Up and Plan for Your Pets

By now, you should have tons of supplies prepared for the survival of you and your family members. However, you need to make sure to plan and stock up for your pets, too.

Some things you should buy for your animals include pet food, a portable food and water container, a leash and collar, a carrier, any medications they need, and a pet blanket to keep them warm.

Day 29: Set Aside a Cash Savings

During an emergency, a situation where you are unable to use your card to pay for things may arise. The electricity or Internet could go down, stores may stop accepting card payments, etc.

Having a cash savings set aside for emergency situations is a more reliable source of payment than a credit card. This will allow you to be able to pay for things you need, even if card payments can’t be accepted anywhere.

Day 30: Order Medications and Prescriptions in Bulk

The last thing you’ll need to do for your survival plan is to order medications and prescriptions in bulk. Without proper medication, keeping yourself and your loved ones healthy during a survival situation will be difficult.

If you or someone in your family has a prescription that is required for them to maintain their health, talk to your doctor about being prescribed a larger quantity than usual to prepare for being unable to get it in a dire situation.

You should also stock up on other medications like painkillers, fever reducers, nausea meds, and more for first aid prep. During an emergency, medical supplies will most likely be some of the first things to sell out. It’s better to stock up and be prepared beforehand.

Make sure you also keep some of these medications in your bug out bags, in case you’re ever in a situation where you need to escape your home quickly. If you don’t, you may not have time to grab all the proper medications your family would need in an emergency.

30 Day Profit Scaling Plan

Everyone wants to make more money, but sometimes, you get to a point where you feel like you’re working so much, you’re not sure how to do that without more hours in the day.

As an online entrepreneur, the goal is not to work more, but to work smarter. You want to scale your business to profit more without having to spend more in time or money than you’ll earn back.

The process of scaling your business is not something that happens overnight. In fact, there are many simple steps you can take to start seeing your profit margins rise. You will find thirty days’ worth of scalable opportunities listed below.

Take one at a time and implement it into your business to see how it affects it. Then, move on to the next one. You may find that some are more lucrative than others, but some free up more time, allowing you to spend those hours on other profit-generating tasks.

Day 1: Start with a Strong Time Management Plan

You’ve probably heard the saying time is money, but when you’re trying to scale your business, it’s even more important. There are likely many hours being absorbed by wasteful time management and you don’t even realize it.

Everyone has the same 24 hours in a day. Some use their time more wisely than others. Whether you’re engaged in a lively conversation on Facebook, or taking one too many breaks to check the news or binge watch a show, this is time that could be spent on scaling your business to the next level.

Before you can do anything, you need to get a true accounting of how many hours you are spending on actual work, and where you can free up time to grow your business. There are tracking tools that can prevent you from allowing distractions to keep your business stagnant.

Day 2: Pick a Skill You Need to Learn or Perfect

Today, you need to look at your skillset and figure out what skill you have that needs to be improved, or what skill you need to learn in order to scale your business into something bigger and better.

Skills can not only add additional revenue to your profit margin, but it can also help you speed things up. On the profit side, when you have a business model where talent is imperative, such as graphic design, there’s a big difference between what you can charge for using Canva templates and what you can charge for creating something original in Photoshop.

With improvements in skills, you can go from something taking an hour to complete, to something taking ten minutes. Freeing up time can be beneficial in allowing you to scale up your profits by focusing on other things.

Day 3: Set Aside Funds for Outsourcing and Delegating

Many people forget the importance of reinvesting in their business. This is one of the easiest ways you can scale your business. Set aside small amounts each month to outsource tasks to others so that you can either free up your own time to work on something more lucrative or to double the production of your deliverables.

You can be twice as productive with another person onboard, whether it’s a freelancer or someone you bring on as an hourly or salaried employee than you could if you try to do everything yourself.

Day 4: Repurpose What You’ve Already Created

Why reinvent the wheel if you don’t have to? One way to grow your business is to repurpose things you’ve already done into other things. For example, you can take your own blog posts, emails, and courses and sell private label rights to them.

This brings an additional income stream into your business with no extra work. Just make sure you’re upfront and honest about it being existing (not new) content. You can also turn your work into other media formats for a wider reach and more profits.

You can turn a blog post into a YouTube video or a podcast episode. You can distill the important points in the article down into an infographic and put it on Pinterest. This helps scale your content into something massive.

If you sell an eBook, take that and create a video info product course out of it. You can break up each chapter of the eBook into a video module. Or, you can create a membership where each month, your subscribers get access to a new report (chapter).

Day 5: Create Exclusivity and a Sense of Urgency

You’re already producing product on your own, but you can take it to the next level by adding two things – a sense of urgency and a bit of exclusivity. False urgency is never a good idea, and instead of helping you scale your business, it can sabotage it.

But if you put time restrictions or other consumer limitations on your products, like a limited number available, it can elevate you to the status of an in-demand vendor. This way, whenever you come out with something new, people will hurry to buy it before it’s gone (or before the price bumps up).

Day 6: Add High Ticket Products to Your Offers

Whenever you make plans to scale your business, consider adding a high ticket product to your line. Many marketers are afraid of launching a high ticket product because they worry about the buyer finding enough value in it.

But all you have to do is figure out what you could add strategically to what you’re currently offering to make it worth the extra money. For example, selling a course is one way to earn money.

But offering to do something for them – like creating a blog and filling it with product reviews – is another. You could also offer to take them by the hand and coach them through a process, which could be priced at a top tier level.

Day 7: Work Strategically on Affiliate Recruitment

Many marketers, when they start launching products, focus on the product creation and launch steps primarily. Then they go straight into catering to their new subscribers and creating the next product.

What you should be doing, if you want to scale your business, is focus on recruiting the kind of affiliates that can help scale your profits without you having to do more work. The kinds of affiliates you need to recruit are those who routinely top leaderboards for the kinds of products you’re launching.

You’ll need to go about it strategically, because these individually can not only bring the sales, but they’re going to be ultimately sharing their list of subscribers with you, because those buyers will get added to your own list for future sales.

First, make sure you’re connected to all of the people you consider to be prime affiliate targets. Be networking with them before you hit them up for a launch. When the time comes, reach out to them personally and let them know about your product, why they’re going to love presenting it to their list, and what perks (if any) you’re offering them for a promo.

You might include a bigger commission on the front end, a spot on your download page, or something else – like a readymade bonus they can use. Be sure to send them the link to your JV (joint venture) page as well as a full review copy.

Day 8: Create an Incredible Tripwire Offer

A tripwire is a no brainer, irresistible offer that is easily taken up by your prospect. Some people use free gifts as a tripwire, while others create extremely low cost products that can’t be passed up.

If you haven’t used tripwires before, this is a great way to scale your profits because you don’t have to put a lot of effort into their creation, but they can help you build a database of potential buyers on your email list with ease.

Once you have them on your list, you’ll be able to email them with offers that grow incrementally, after you prove your worth and value as a product creator (or affiliate, if you’re promoting other peoples’ products).

Day 9: Start Targeting Better with Paid Ads

Strategically growing your reach organically can be a big burden of time and effort. If you can take time today and once a month or more to learn the art of mastering paid ads, you’ll be able to create a shortcut to sales and list building.

Paid ads on social networks and search platforms allow you to pinpoint exactly who it is you’re targeting and have a message tailored to that demographic. So if you want to reach women over the age of 50 for a specific weight loss program, you can.

Don’t go over your budget. It may take a bit of time to figure out what you’re doing, and there are plenty of courses for paid ad strategies on platforms like Facebook. Test the waters and see how quickly you’re able to scale your profits with paid ads versus the effort it takes to secure an organic reach.

Day 10: Add More Items in Your Funnels

Sometimes, you just need to present more to your buyer in order to scale your profits. When someone is in buying mode, they’ll often say yes to add-ons and upgrades. But just because you don’t like upgrade offers yourself, you may have avoided using them.

This is a big mistake. You can take products you’ve done in the past, products you turn into your own from private label rights, or ones you create from scratch and add them to your funnel as upsells or downsells.

Of course, you don’t want a consumer stuck in a funnel for what seems like forever. If you gain a reputation for someone who has a dozen upgrade offers they have to click through, it may make people not want to consider your offer at all.

But you can go from a front end only (single product) strategy to one where you have a couple of upgrades and downsells and add an incredible amount of income to your launches.

This doesn’t just please the customer (because they’re getting the opportunity to get another great deal), but it also pleases your affiliates. They’d always rather promote a funnel with multiple opportunities to earn than a single product.

Day 11: Give Customers More Payment Options

Sometimes, the opportunity for more profits is right under your nose and you didn’t even know it. Payment options can be a big factor in whether or not someone spends money with you or walks away.

The first thing you want to do is look at the different payment options you have available. For example, you might only have PayPal. Some people don’t know that they can use a credit card to pay through PayPal, so they just leave.

You might have the option to add Stripe or a number of other payment processors to your sales to encourage more people to buy. This isn’t the only way payments can help scale your business.

If you tend to create products that cost more than the usual low-priced items, such as memberships, then you may want to scale your profits by allowing a variation of payment plans.

For example, give those who pay for a full year upfront a larger discount, and those who pay quarterly a smaller one. For the ones who pay monthly, make it afford for them since they often can’t (or don’t want to) spend a large amount on your products all at once.

Day 12: Dig Into Your Analytics and Use the Data Strategically

Analytics are a great way to figure out exactly where you should be putting more effort into growing your profits. It will tell you what demographic is showing up and converting into sales, and even what time of day.

You should go through your analytics – whether it’s through cPanel or another tool, and study the information carefully. You’ll see what products are performing, what keywords bring in the best customers, and many more details that you can strategically use to your advantage.

Day 13: Start Networking with People Who Can Grow Your Brand

Networking is something that can be used to help you increase profits with ease. Just as you’d networking with prospective affiliates, you want to find competitors and influencers in your niche who have a wide reach.

Start engaging with their content, tagging them in posts you make about their own leadership, and starting direct conversations with them about how you can mutually help one another increase your brand and reach.

You might simply be helping share each other’s social content, promoting one another’s products – or even collaborating on a joint venture product together and ultimately share the subscribers, profits and branding.

Day 14: Take Time to Create Something Unique and Innovative

It’s kind of sad, but if you look at the various online marketplaces, what you’ll usually see are a bunch of knockoffs. One marketer comes up with something unique, and dozens act as copycats to do the same thing.

Have you ever seen the online marketing persona and product called Rich Jerk? When that was released, the floodgates opened with all kinds of cookie cutter launches nicknamed something similar.

Instead of following in the footsteps of everyone else, scale your profits by really taking some time to think of what the marketplace is missing. What is it consumers need help with, where no one is serving their needs (or at least not well enough)?

Sometimes, it’s a matter of taking a simple step newbies are often told to do (like “build a list”) and mapping it out for them in the easiest to understand manner so they can finally implement the instructions.

Day 15: Wield the Power of Multimedia Social Networks

One way to scale your profits is to leverage the power of social media sites. There are so many places where consumers spend a great deal of time – whether it’s Facebook, TikTok, YouTube or elsewhere.

Your audience is there absorbing content. You don’t want to just wait for them to type in a search term and land on your blog. You want to show up in their social feeds where they can consume, engage with and share your content, automatically helping you expand your reach (and your profits) without paying for it.

Take time today to search for your target audience on multimedia social platforms. See if they’re on primarily text-based ones like Facebook, if they’re finding what they need on video socials like YouTube or TikTok, using image-socials like Instagram and Pinterest or even engaging on audio socials like Clubhouse.

Day 16: Start Monetizing Every Email and Post

Some marketers forget that they have multiple opportunities each and every day to monetize their content. They focus so much on idea brainstorming and content creation that when they’re ready to publish it, they forget about adding links or a call to action that helps them get paid.

Go back and look at your past emails and blog posts, social media content and even products. In each of these, you can add links to your own products or recommendations for other peoples’ products.

That doesn’t mean your content will lose value. You can write a lengthy blog post chock full of value and still include hyperlinks to items that can help someone achieve their goals.

Day 17: Expand Your Brand to Other Platforms and Channels

Have you gotten complacent about your publishing routine for content and info products? Sometimes, we learn one strategy and fail to get our of our comfort zone and expand past that.

First, start looking at other social platforms to publish content on. If you’ve never created audio, then start a podcast on Anchor.fm. If you don’t feel adept at making images, use Canva templates and start your own Pinterest board to amplify your profit potential.

Next, look at how you’re selling your own info products. Are you just using Warrior Plus to sell your courses? Expand into JVZoo and ClickBank, or Udemy and see how that adds to your bottom line.

Day 18: Improve Your Planning and Launch Process

Planning is something everyone can get better at. When you learn how to plan better, you open up the ability to profit more. Plans can be done for your daily routine, for each individual project task list, for how you manage your time, and more.

Sometimes, it helps to have a checklist for your planning process so you can fly through it and not have to stop and think about what comes next. You can tighten your schedule and perfect your launch and project systems with a little planning that ensures you optimize everything for profits.

Day 19: Look Into Other Business Models

There may come a time when you’ve maximized every part of your current business system. You may need to add something on to your online endeavors in order to elevate your income.

For example, if you’re an affiliate for other peoples’ info products, consider creating a course of your own that affiliates promote for you. Or, you may want to get into something that offers residual income, like memberships or selling PLR.

There are so many business options you have to consider in addition to info products and affiliate marketing, such as selling low content products, dropshipping, domain flipping, coaching, etc.

Day 20: Invest in Tools and Products That Improve Your Business

Using tools and products doesn’t always require an investment of money. Sometimes it’s just an investment of time finding and learning how to use them. But today, look at things that are available that can help you scale your profits.

It might be an editing tool like Camtasia (or CamStudio). It could be a course teaching you a strategy you haven’t felt confident implementing yet. Maybe it’s a page builder that creates sleek, professional looking sales pages that will help convert buyers.

Day 21: Look for Ways to Reduce Spending

When it comes to scaling profits, you have to look at wasteful spending, too. Sometimes, you’re the root cause of not seeing a better bottom line. Go ahead and admit it if you’re buying too many courses, tools and products and never using them – allowing them to sit stagnant on your computer.

Sometimes, you’re spending money for monthly fees for things you don’t need or use. Be honest about what bad spending habits you have and rein in your outgoing expenses.

This will not only save you money, but it’ll possibly allow you to redirect those funds into something more effective at helping you make more money, like outsourcing to a freelancer.

Day 22: Reevaluate Your Loyalty to Others

Sometimes, it’s not what you’re not doing that kills profits, but what you are doing. One good example of this is engaging in reciprocal promotions. When you get started online, you often feel a kinship with those who helps you get to where you are.

The people who walked you through a difficult technical task or who helped share your launch links are those who deserve you appreciation. But your loyalty only needs to go so far.

You can thank someone and do something nice for them in return without sacrificing your own reputation or business. The person who helped you may not have good products themselves, and they’ll expect you to promote their product because they promoted yours.

Don’t let yourself blindly promote anyone as a thank you for what they’ve done. Instead, evaluate everything on its true merit, and be ready to protect your subscribers from a bad investment.

Never let a friend talk you into letting them use your PayPal account or Facebook ads account because their own got banned. If they ruined theirs, there’s good chance they’ll ruin yours, too – and then all of your profits might dry up!

Day 23: Go for the Repeat Sale

Getting your first sale from a customer can be exciting. It’s even more of an honor when they confirm their subscription to your list. Don’t let that opportunity go to waste. You want to immediately jump into action proving your worth, while still angling for an addition sale.

You can’t just assume the buyer is going to enjoy your first product so much that they go looking for more. Instead, you want to court them into considering additional purchases.

Present your products to them and show them how it would be beneficial for them to own it. You also want to prevent them from abandoning your list. If you never cater to their needs again, they won’t feel any reason to continue getting emails from you, so don’t be afraid to set yourself up for repeat business.

Day 24: Get Really Good at SEO

Previously, we discussed the benefit of being able to scale profits by targeting your exact audience using paid ads. But there’s a lot to be said for mastering organic traffic, too.

Take time today to start learning SEO (search engine optimization) so you can bring more visitors and prospective buyers to your blog and product offers. You need to learn the basics, such as integrating keywords into your content – but you also need to stay abreast of what Google and other search engines are looking for in the sites they index for the top of the SERPs (search engine results pages).

Day 25: Learn How to Create a Buzz for Your Launches

You can quietly launch a product and see a steady trickle of sales come in throughout the day or week of the launch. Or, you can do what people like John Reese used to do when he launched Traffic Secrets and build such as buzz about your product that it rakes in an exorbitant amount of money at once (in his case, $1 million in 24 hours).

Creating a buzz involves a longer launch process, but you’re able to hit a high demand and ramp up your profits because when launch day arrives, your product shoots to the top of the bestseller list, is seen by more people (including affiliates who want to jump onboard), and discussed by everyone in social circles online.

You’ll be making lots of pre-launch content, including valuable freebies that serve as sneak peeks and teasers. You’ll also be making the rounds networking with affiliates, hosting webinars to field questions about the upcoming product and more.

Day 26: Use a System of Automation Whenever Possible

Automation helps you scale profits by freeing up your time to work on more lucrative areas of your business. Usually, the things you’re automating are the chores that must be done, but that are time hogs.

For example, queueing up emails and blog posts or social content steals minutes out of your day. You can use tools to post these in the right places, at the right times for you. You can even find tools that will automatically create transcripts out of your video or audio content – so look for automation options for everything you do and see if it can help you start earning more.

Day 27: Consider Upping Your Prices

When you first began putting out your own products, chances are you were a bit hesitant to make people pay for something when you were a sheer newbie. But even if you’re still fairly new to the marketing scene, you need to know when it’s time to up your prices.

Increasing your prices is a simple and effective way to scale your income. Instead of working harder, you just charge slightly more and see your income inch up higher and higher.

You always want to keep your product priced according to its value. But it might be worth experimenting with price points to see if your buyers are willing to spend more with you, and once you reach a point to where sales slack off, you’ll know where to correctly settle your pricing structure.

Day 28: Break Big Courses Up Into Smaller Ones

When it comes to repurposing content, you usually think of using blog content, social videos and more. But you can also instantly increase your income by taking one of your main products and chopping it up into miniature ones at a lower cost.

For example, let’s say you have a $47 eBook course with 10 chapters on traffic generation strategies. You could take each of the 10 chapters and split it into its own miniature course with a PDF and maybe even a video to go along with it.

These can be priced lower, and can get more people to take a chance on you if they’re not familiar with you or unable to afford a higher priced product, but wouldn’t mind spending smaller amounts more often.

Day 29: Start Split Testing to Improve Conversions

One strategic thing many marketers fail to do is split test their sales copy. You can scale your income by just seeing what works best to convert your visitors into buyers. It might be length of copy, certain bulletpoints, a specific storyline, or even something as simple as the colors you’re using.

There are tools you can use to split test sales copy, but you can also split test emails that you’re sending out, too. See which one converts best and you can start to improve your messaging for increased profits.

Day 30: Reduce Risk and Set Future Milestones

Lastly, take time today to see how you can reduce risk that seems to sabotage your profits. It might be offering too wide of a refund policy, or promoting products that aren’t solid enough for the consumer.

You also want to set milestones and goals for your marketing and craft a plan that helps you achieve them. It might be a milestone for when you have certain project tasks completed – or it could be a specific goal of getting 10 new affiliates onboard.

Leveling up with your income requires you to stop going through the motions and carefully evaluate where you can make improvements that not only add more revenue to your business, but eliminates anything detracting from it.

5-Day Business Systems for Marketers

When you embark on a career as an online entrepreneur, you’re usually not ready for the sheer volume of tasks you have to handle on your own. Even if you’re just running a single business model, it can get overwhelming trying to master time management and remember to carry out your responsibilities.

It’s imperative that you systemize your business so that you’re able to thrive with a functioning operation that lessens your stress and even allows you to bring in help from time to time when and if you want to step away from your business for some down time.

In the blueprint below, you’ll find a readymade system that you can integrate into your schedule where you’re working five days a week, handling six tasks per day. This will address your blogging routine, email marketing, social marketing, product launches, affiliate marketing and customer service efforts.

You can also switch things around so that you do all of your blogging on day 1, all email tasks on day 2, and so on, if you prefer to knock it out that way rather than have a variety of business aspects to work on daily – it all depends on your personal preferences.

Day 1

Blogging System – Analyze the Traffic and Engagement of Previous Posts

On the first day of each week, you need to see what’s working and what’s not in terms of getting traffic to your blog and having those visitors engage with you. Check traffic stats and log into your dashboard to approve and reply to comments.

You want to stay aware of what is helping you rise in the SERPs (search engine results pages), what gets shared on social media to send traffic your way, and what slants cause people to generate enough emotion that they need to respond with a comment.

When you check analytics, you can also go back to work on blog posts that are underperforming, strengthening their keywords, content and value so they have a fighting chance to get seen.

Email Marketing System – Create the Draft Templates for the Upcoming Week of Emails

On day one, log into your email autoresponder system and create a draft broadcast email for each of the days of the week you plan to email out. In the title, put the day of the week and date, such as Mon 23rd so you know which day to schedule it later.

In the body, go ahead and enter your greeting, such as Hi {firstname_fix}! and type in the words personal, promo, and value with about two lines between each one. Then, type in your usual sign off, such as, “To your success… John.”

This draft template is going to make it easy for you to quickly log in if something arises during the week that you want to remember to add to an outgoing email. Don’t do anything else to these drafts today.

Social Marketing System – Create Some List-Building Posts and Link to Your Lead Magnet

Day one of your socialization is going to be to log into your favorite social media networks and apps, like Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, TikTok, YouTube and more – and create a post about something to do with your lead magnet or the value in being on your list.

Make sure you link to the lead magnet page, because you want these particular posts that you create to help build your list. You can pull one specific tip from your lead magnet with a call to action telling them they can learn more about it in your free report, or create a post that makes people think, such as asking a question about who is struggling with an issue – with a call to action that they can find the link to a report that can help in the comments, where you share it.

Product Launch System – Pinpoint the Needs of Your Target Audience

If you want to be a vendor – a product creator who sells digital info products, then you’re going to spend day one researching the needs of your audience so that you can create something they won’t want to miss out on.

Look at emails that have come in, comments people have posted on your blog and in social groups. Look on forums and see what types of books are selling in your niche to see where the biggest demand is and make a list of the problems you see that you can help with.

Affiliate Marketing System – Gather Ideas for a Week’s Worth of Potential Product Promos

Your first day of the week as an affiliate, you want to gather ideas for as many products as you want to promote. If you want to write three reviews per week, then find three products – tangible or digital.

Today, you’re looking for quality products that you’ll enjoy promoting. Look on sites like Warrior Plus, ClickBank, JVZoo, Amazon, Share-a-Sale, and Commission Junction, too. Don’t just aim for commission, but find something that pays well while also benefiting your readers, so you don’t sabotage your reputation.

Customer Service System – Answer All Incoming Support Tickets and Emails

Customer service should never be neglected, so on day one, you’re going to sort through all of the incoming emails you’ve received from your audience – and that includes checking your spam folder to make sure no one fell through the cracks.

If you have a support system in place, make sure each one achieves a resolved status before shutting down for the night, if possible. At the very least, make sure each customer has received communication from you about your efforts to resolve it.

Day 2

Blogging System – Conduct Niche Research and Map Out Your Blog Topics

Day two of blogging will require you to start conducting niche research for next week’s upcoming blog posts. Bloggers typically want a variety of slants to keep their audience coming back.

You might have value-packed pillar posts, shorter tip posts, interviews with other experts, curated information, and more. What you do want to do is make sure of is that your posts are trendy and relevant in that moment.

If there’s breaking news you want to cover in your niche, be aware of it by looking up news and data for your topic. Go ahead and outline some main points for each post if you want to make it easier on yourself.

Email Marketing System – Update Your Promo List for the Next Week

For your second day of email marketing, update the list of items you want to promote in your emails that week. These can be a mix of things you sell or items you promote as an affiliate.

Go to sites like Muncheye and Warrior Plus to see a launch calendar of digital info products that will be releasing in the coming week in your niche. If you want to get a coupon code from another vendor to offer your customers, secure those deals on this day.

Have everything ready to go – such as the JV pages you need to refer to. Don’t promote too many items in each email. You can spread things out a bit. Even if something launches on a Tuesday, you don’t have to promote it until Wednesday if you already have something scheduled for Tuesday.

Social Marketing System – Engage in Some Personal and Direct Networking

Social marketing is a very important part of succeeding as an online marketer. On day two, you want to have one-on-one communications with people you want in your circles. You can do this by private messaging them, emailing them or engaging on their content.

These can be people you want to recruit as an affiliate later, marketers you want to approve you as an affiliate, experts you hope to interview, people you want to learn from and more.

Product Launch System – Brainstorm and Outline a Product

For the second day of your product launch system, you’re going to think of a product that will meet the needs of your customers and outline it in depth. This makes the product creation process quick and easy.

Look at what competitors have launched and think of how you can do something better or different that will be in demand – a product people are willing to pay for. It can be text or video based, and it doesn’t have to be a gigantic product because narrow, targeted products often convert better than broad, comprehensive ones.

Affiliate Marketing System – Jot Down the Features and Benefits of Each One

Day two of your affiliate marketing system will be to go through the products you wanted to promote and make a list of the specifications and benefits of each one. Write down what it is, the price point, what problem it will solve, and how it works.

Don’t be afraid to also make a note of any drawbacks you find with it. This can be a way for you to brainstorm a bonus for any missing information, or to provide helpful tips for anything that is lacking.

Customer Service System – Check Social Media PMs to Address Direct Messages

The second day of customer service will mean you log into social media accounts to check for customer service issues. It might be something someone has direct messaged you, a comment they left on one of your posts, etc.

Many people only use social media to log complaints against vendors and companies. You need to be able to salvage your reputation by handling anything that comes up in a professional manner, without flying into a fit of rage.

Day 3

Blogging System – Create Multimedia Elements to Break Up Text

Midway through your work week, on day three, you’re going to create some images or videos to help break up monotonous text on your blog. This will also help it show up better in social media feeds, because if someone shares a link to your post, it will pull the image or video into the feed with it.

You can make simple images on Canva with a callout of a certain quote from your post. You can create an infographic of the main points of your post – whatever you feel helps give a reader’s eyes a quick break from a large block of text.

If you don’t want to make images yourself, you can also download stock photos to help break up text, too. You can use free ones like Pixabay or paid ones from sites like iStockPhoto or DepositPhoto.

Email Marketing System – Add Personalization, Value, Promos and Links to Each Email

Your third day of email marketing will have you logging in to the autoresponder system and going into the drafts you’ve made for next week’s emails. Start by going to each one and adding a bit of personalization under the greeting.

Then, insert the promos for products you’ve been gathering – with details about the special deal or what’s included, along with the links to the product and any coupon codes you have.

Make sure you end your email with a snippet of value, like a tip or solution to a problem, so that your audience doesn’t feel as if you’re slamming them with constant promotions without giving them anything in return.

Social Marketing System – Create and Share Some Multimedia in Your Feed

On day three, you’ll be bringing different media formats to your social networking accounts. You can share these on your profile, page and group. This can be media you’ve created (ideally) or just something you found relevant and useful that someone else created.

Look for YouTube videos, podcast episode links, images like infographics, and more. Always add some of your own commentary about the media they’re seeing. Why did it resonate with you, what do (or don’t) you like about it? Make sure you create a call to action for them to engage with your post.

Product Launch System – Order or Create the Branding for Your Launch

The third day of product launch systemization is when you either create or order the branding you want for your product. If you create it yourself, you might se a tool you purchased or a site like Canva to make an eCover.

You can use a product like SmartMockups to create a multi-device image if you have something like a video module course you’re creating. You can also outsource this task to someone on Fiverr or Upwork.

Affiliate Marketing System – Apply for Approval and Gather Your Links

The middle day for your affiliate marketing system means you’ll be going to those products you want to promote and applying for and grabbing your affiliate links so they can be included in your upcoming emails, in blog posts, and elsewhere.

If optional, make sure you enter a note to the vendor about why you want to promote so they know you have a genuine interest and aren’t just going to send junk traffic and ruin their conversions.

Customer Service System – Create a Survey to See How You Can Improve and Email It

On day three for customer service, create a survey or question to send to your subscribers and followers to see where you can improve. You can also ask specific questions about what they need help with, or whether they would like something you have in mind.

This kind of solicitation for feedback shows that you go the extra mile to meet the needs of your audience. Be sure to take their comments into consideration. If they took time to respond, then they’re trying to help you succeed, too.

Day 4

Blogging System – Write Your Upcoming Week’s Blog Posts

On the fourth day of your blogging system, you’re going to sit down and write your upcoming blog posts. Whether it’s one or seven, do your best to write a post that’s worthy of rising in the search engine ranks and garnering a lot of organic traffic.

You also want to make sure you end with a call to action. That might be for them to sign up to your list, share the post with others, leave a comment, etc. You want engagement to soar.

Email Marketing System – Queue Up Each Email for the Correct Date and Time

Your emails will be complete now, so today, you can queue each one up. If you have multiple lists, you can pick and choose which ones it goes out to. Pick the correct date you want it to go out as well as the time (be mindful of EST versus CST time).

When each email is queued up, be sure to create a test of each one. This allows you to quickly see it and ensure you’ve entered your links, that it’s free of typos and errors, and that it’s formatted correctly.

Social Marketing System – Curate Some Great Information for Your Followers

On your fourth day of social marketing, be a great curator for your followers. One way to succeed with this is to look through your own feed of the people you are following and share some of their content with your own followers.

This builds good will with the other person (they’ll be more apt to share your posts in the future), and it shows your audience that you are good about finding valuable posts from others to share with them.

Don’t just share anything and everything. Be selective. If you don’t find anything in your feed, then go outside of it to find something from someone else to share, like another expert or blogger with some content you found interesting.

Product Launch System – Create the Product for Your Buyers

For day four of your product launch, you’re going to dive into product creation. Many people can create their product in a day, but it all depends on how fast and knowledgeable you are.

If it takes a bit longer, don’t stress about it. Just take your time and create the product, picking up on your daily tasks whenever it’s complete. Remember, you can also outsource product creation or use private label rights as a readymade product or springboard for your own info product.

Affiliate Marketing System – Write or Record Your Review and Post It to Your Blog

Day four is the day you’ll be creating your affiliate reviews, too. You can write them or record them on video, such as doing an unboxing reveal or creating a screen capture showcasing a case study of your results with a product.

Upload it to your blog when you’re done – ideally with some sort of image or video so that it breaks up text and can be found easier in the feeds on social media if someone shares it.

Customer Service System – Whip Up an Unexpected Gift for Your Subscribers or Blog Readers

For your fourth day of customer service, you can create a simple, yet valuable unexpected gift for your blog readers, subscribers and social media followers. This might be something as simple as a cheat sheet, checklist or template they can use.

If you don’t want to make one, you can purchase the rights to one by looking for low content PLR and rebranding it and editing it to be specifically for your audience as a gift from you.

Day 5

Blogging System – Format and Schedule the Posts to Go Live

On your final blog task for the week, you want to format each of the blog posts you want to go live next week and schedule them for publication. Some people do multiple posts per day, some daily, and some just once or twice a week.

For formatting, make sure you have the font broken up so that it’s not one large swath of text without any broken up paragraphs. You should also have skimmable sub-headings or sections that are in bold.

You can use bulletpoints and make sure your images are aligned properly. You want to make sure you have images tagged with relevant keywords as well. And if possible, bold and underline hyperlinks.

You can do a preview of what the post will look like, and you should always do this to ensure that everything looks good, links are in place, and there are no errors or typos. Make sure you space your posts out and have them categorized and tagged for SEO and human navigation.

Email Marketing System – Check Analytics and Clean Up Your List

The last day of the week, you’ll be looking at last week’s emails to see how they performed with your subscribers. Which subjects got the best open rates? How many people, on average, are opening your emails?

You want to look for any bounced emails and clean those up. You also want to delete the unsubscribes because some systems will charge you based on numbers, and those will include the unsubscribed emails in your database.

Social Marketing System – Share Something You’ll Profit From as a Vendor or Affiliate

Social media is a great place to monetize your online efforts. Today, pick something you can earn money from and post about it with a link on a variety of platforms, making sure to track what worked best.

It might be a course of yours, a print on demand tangible item, a coaching program – or something you’re promoting as an affiliate for someone else. You might create a text post for Facebook, a video for YouTube and TikTok, an image for Pinterest and Instagram, etc.

Product Launch System – Create Your Copy, List It on a Platform and Notify Affiliates

The last day of your product launch will have you first creating the sales copy that details the benefits of your product for prospective buyers. Your copy should include a storyline, headlines, bulletpoints, a call to action and more.

You then want to create a listing for the item for sale on a platform of your choice, scheduling it ahead of time. You can do this on sites like Warrior Plus, JVZoo, and ClickBank to name a few.

Notify affiliates by creating a listing on Muncheye, emailing your affiliates, reaching out directly to people you want to recruit, and more. Make sure you give them a link to where they can grab their affiliate link to promote for you.

Affiliate Marketing System – Share the Review in Emails and on Social Media

On the final day of your affiliate marketing system for the week, take the link to your product reviews that you’ve created and share them on social media. You can post the links to the blog post reviews on Facebook, create Pins for them on Pinterest, and more.

You want to make sure that wherever you’re sharing the links, your target audience is prevalent on the site. You should be looking for groups and hashtags to see if there’s an audience there.

Customer Service System – Make Note of Any Complaints or Requests and Work on a Solution

Finally, take care of the customers by taking their concerns to heart and actively working on a solution that you can present to them in the coming week. For example, if someone says your blog is hard to read because it has white text on a black background, then see if switching it would work better.

If they approach you saying they really need help with one thing in particular, make a note of it and either use the idea for a product in the upcoming week or as a free gift with a tip sheet to help them.

One great thing you can do to let people know you hear them is to thank the person who submitted the topic (first name only in case they don’t want their full name divulged) and you can even gift them the solution you create in advance with a personalized message that you hope it helps and you appreciate the feedback because you know it’ll help others, too.

Systemizing your online business isn’t just something you can do if you want to. It’s almost a necessity. Along the way, as you gain more experience, you’ll develop systems and processes of your own – but this should get you started with a roadmap to ensure it all gets handled effectively.

Productivity for Remote Workers

Creating a successful business from within the walls of your home is a challenging feat. But facing the many difficulties and endeavors of entrepreneurship as a work at home mom is an even more intense task.

Finding a balance between work and home life is essential for entrepreneurs when it comes to productivity and mental health. With schedules, routines, and goals in mind, you will be able to create a healthy balance in your home.

Routines and the Need for Flexibility

Routines are an efficient way to keep yourself on track, while allowing time for other necessities and priorities. Setting up a routine requires you to look at several different aspects of your work and home life.

Consider your priorities. Of course, your children will always be a high priority in your life. Focus on prioritizing the most important tasks for your business after that. When you can make a list of what needs to be done first, and what you absolutely have to work on, you’ll be able to have main focuses to align with your daily routine.

It’s important to set aside time for your children throughout your work day. Just being in their presence doesn’t mean that you are being present in their lives. The same policy goes for work and meetings as well.

Prepare for sacrifices. You won’t be able to make a perfect dinner every night, or finish every project you desire within a day or week. Being a work at home mom means that you’ll have to sacrifice some of your time for both work and home life.

Once you’ve chosen your priorities, there are some things that you will simply have to let go of. Allow for some flexibility, too. As a mom, you know that no schedule or routine can be set in stone.

With children, unexpected situations will occur, and work can be just as unpredictable. If your kids are showing signs of needing your attention, you may have to take a break from your work to be there for them.

Or, if you’re working on a project for work and there are technological issues for a big multimedia release that has to be fixed immediately, you may have to order takeout and focus on fixing those problems.

Persist with a routine and reward yourself. As you complete goals and follow along with the routine you’ve set for yourself, you deserve to treat yourself. One of the best ways to stay motivated and efficient is to take small breaks and reward yourself for your own hard work.

Maybe you want to get lunch at a place you haven’t been to in awhile, or you could take a break and take the kids to go get ice cream. You are only human, so you have to find ways to keep yourself happy and satisfied.

Keep track of your goals, too. Create a spreadsheet, calendar, or planner that maps out your drafted routine plans. This way, you will have everything solidified in writing, and it will be a creative way to keep yourself on task.

Find the Sweet Spot for Productivity

Working at home as a mom means that you may not be able to follow “normal” work hours. Instead of a typical 9 to 5, you have to search for sweet spots during the day that allow for the most productivity.

If your children take naps during the day or have a show that airs during a certain time, save your most important work for those moments. You will be able to be the most productive with your distractions lessened.

Don’t be afraid to ask for help, either. If you are falling behind or feeling frustrated with the multitasking at hand, reach out and ask a friend or spouse to help watch the kids when they have some spare time. Give yourself a break from home life so that you can put in your best work.

Get Good at Saying No

It’s not your job to make everyone happy. People will come to you with their problems and desires because everyone needs help sometimes. But you don’t owe it to anyone to do every favor they ask for.

Your job is to work on your business and be there for your family. You will have to turn down someone’s request eventually, and it will help you realize how relieving it can be. Being a work at home individual means people will try to take advantage of your availability.

Your needs and desires matter as well. Take care of yourself and the things that matter most to you. Even if you have to say “no” to those closest to you at times, it will be worth it for your mental health.

Tell your spouse that you need to focus on a presentation instead of making dinner or doing a chore when they request is valid, as long as you don’t push your responsibilities off onto them every night.

Take turns with responsibilities so that you both have time for other things. Telling someone “no” does not make you a bad person. Some people may act offended that you had the nerve to turn them down, but that’s only because they’re just thinking about themselves.

However, this means that you have to work to understand why others may say “no” to you as well, so that you aren’t being hypocritical. Everyone has the right to take care of themselves and their priorities first.

Sometimes you have to say “no” to yourself, too. You may have to fight off urges to sleep in or skip out on a project because everything feels too overwhelming. But being in control of yourself is important – especially when you are working towards your goals.

Learn How to Tune Out Noise

Working from home as a mom can be challenging when it comes to working with peace and quiet. Children may not understand the impact of the noise they make, and they may be too young to fully grasp that concept.

There are some things you can do to lessen the impact of noise. Get a white noise machine. A white noise machine may help you drown out the sounds your kids are making, while building up your focus.

If you struggle with random sounds distracting you, this method will help you calm down and push past those distractions. It doesn’t drown them out to a level that’s unsafe, but it kind of blurs it all into a background noise.

Try having a separate office space. Whether you add in more insulation or just need to shut a door, a separate office space will give you an area of quiet concentration. Your kids may pick up on the fact that when you enter your office, you need to work hard and be left alone for a little while.

Consider having quiet hours. If your kids are old enough, you can teach them that you need time to work, so they have to be quiet for a certain amount of time. This could also be their time to watch TV or play a video game that they love, as long as they keep the sound at a low volume.

Listen to music while you’re focusing. Although this method does not work with everyone, some people become incredibly efficient when they listen to music. If you have a nicer pair of headphones to block out other noise, you can try listening to classical music, or any genre that works for you.

Sometimes, you can find a video on YouTube with a sound like a crackling fireplace or a running stream or thunderstorm. These sounds can help you focus better and lessen the distracting noise in the home.

Invest in Outside Help If Finances Allow It

Since you are already working on a growing business and raising children, your time is spread pretty thin. If finances allow it, investing in outside help is a good idea. This will help ease the burden of the work, so that you don’t have to shoulder all of it.

There are a few different helpful ideas to consider investing in. Get a weekly cleaning person to come in and help. Hiring a maid will take the task of heavy cleaning off of your shoulders.

Someone who can deep clean your house once a week will keep the larger tasks out of your hands, so that you only have light work to do when the day is done. They can also help you catch up on dishes, laundry, and even meal prep.

Use grocery pickup or delivery. Grocery shopping takes up more time than you may realize. If you are on a time crunch and have a shopping list ready, order your supplies online and have it delivered to your door.

If you are looking to save a little money, order online and pick up the groceries when your order is ready. Both of these methods will save you a lot of time. Get a babysitter sometimes, too.

Keeping children entertained while working on your career isn’t always easy, especially if they are very young. Hiring a babysitter who can spend focused time with them and play with them will give you the space you may need to be efficient.

Even if it’s only for a few hours a day, every busy mother needs a break. An assistant might be a good idea, too. You may worry that you’re missing out on spending more time with your children because of tedious tasks that you have to complete for your business.

Hiring an assistant (virtual or in house) for those tasks will save you time, and allow you to focus on bigger projects as well. Sign up for carpooling if your kids are school aged. If you have a neighbor or friend with kids that lives nearby, you could give them a small amount of money each week for them to pick your kids up along the way to school or other activities.

You can even share in the responsibilities and drive once or twice a week, but it will alleviate the daily burden. Driving takes up a lot of time, and you can’t multitask while taking your children places.

See If Multitasking Helps or Hurts Your Productivity

Multitasking is something commonly recommended to busy people. But what most don’t realize is that it can hurt your work process more than help, if you are the type of person who gets slowed down or overwhelmed by multitasking.

Test out how multitasking works for you by timing your work. Test 1 would include you working on one simple task. Test 2 would include you working on two simple tasks (example: writing and listening at the same time).

Afterwards, reflect on how much information you retained, and how quickly you were able to accomplish things. If you feel like multitasking muddles your clarity or slows down your process, stick to one task at a time.

If you thrive with multitasking, use it to your advantage. Listen to informative podcasts while making your kid’s lunch, or play with the kids while brainstorming for an upcoming project. As long as you feel like it is manageable for you, go for it.

Systemize Your Processes

Developing routines and clear systems for every task at hand will help you fall into the swing of things and work as quickly as possible. Whether you are tackling something for work or for home, systemizing your process will be the most efficient way to go.

Getting the kids ready can be a routine. Sometimes getting your kids ready in the morning can be a burdensome task. If you can teach them how to stick to a morning routine, everyone will be able to do their part.

Have one kid pick out their clothing while the other takes a shower, and give each of them an order of tasks to complete so that mornings run smoothly. Templates for product creation come in handy for systemization.

Whether you’re creating a sales letter for a launch or writing a product review, stick to a template that provides a quick and effective solution, so that you are organized and it becomes second nature.

Automate emails and blog posts. Upload your posts and emails ahead of time and schedule them out, so that you don’t have to worry about making a deadline or being available at a specific time.

This will also help you make the most out of posting at specific hours to optimize engagement. Use pre-planned dinner schedules. Instead of brainstorming what to make for dinner while you should be paying attention to a tutorial, set aside time at the beginning of the week to plan out your dinners, so that you can be prepared and ready.

Have a cleaning routine. Cleaning can feel like an overwhelming task. So focus on taking things one room at a time, with a determined path so that cleaning becomes a process, rather than a long, burdensome task that has to be done everywhere at once.

Know When to Be Unavailable

Your work doesn’t have to follow you everywhere you go. Keep your work phone or certain contacts muted when you are devoting time to your family. If it is an emergency, they will reach out to you more than just once.

Giving your children undivided attention is important. They need to know that you prioritize them and want to spend time with them. If you give them that love and effort, they are more likely to be respectful when it’s time for you to work.

Your family will have to learn that you can’t always be there for them at every moment of the day. Although children may not always understand why you have to work, they will have to accept that you can’t always play with them.

This may take time and patience, but it’s something that they will have to learn in order for you to be able to work without an interruption every five minutes. This is also something your spouse will need to learn.

Sometimes, they may have to parent or do tasks on their own without your help because of the work that you do. Don’t let this cause friction, but instead keep a calm demeanor as they find their way.

Learn How to Use Tools of Convenience

Finding products that help you deal with two things at once is a great way to multitask without having to physically do the multitasking. There are thousands of products made to make lives easier, and many are specifically targeted towards those who work at home as parents.

Look for toys and items that will keep your children entertained and safe. For example, for younger children, you could purchase a bouncy jumper and attach it to the doorway of your office.

Your children can amuse themselves while you work, and they will always be within your view, so you know they can’t get into anything crazy. To make things easier on the work front, you could try purchasing technology that helps you out with your business.

Set your phone to read messages aloud, so that you can communicate through text with people while playing with your kids. And if you still have baby cameras from when your children were younger, you can utilize them now so that you always know what your kids are up to in the other room.

Have Clear Daily Goals and Make Sure They’re Reasonable

When you set smaller goals, the key is to motivate rather than overwhelm yourself. These goals may be designed to make you more involved in the family, or be more productive at work.

When creating these goals, focus on what you want from them. There are some ideas for goals to set to get yourself started. Push past procrastination. Write at least one page of what you are working on, or set a word goal.

Set timers for allotted time to work on something, then take breaks. Make one important business call. Doing things like this get the ball rolling, and you end up doing far more than you initially promised yourself.

Spend more time with your spouse. Plan out a short date night. Take the kids and bring them to lunch. Try to break your nightly routine by talking about a certain topic together or watching a show you both enjoy.

Involve your children more. Have the kids help out with dinner. Play a board or video game with them. Plan a family movie night. Being a working mom can make you feel like you’re being pulled in all directions at times.

But if you work on finding a healthy balance and utilize tools like routines, schedules and other strategies, you’ll find that your children grow up with a healthy appreciation for your efforts to parent them while simultaneously growing your business.

How Entrepreneurs Can Manage a High Stress Career

Deciding to become an entrepreneur is a career choice that has many benefits but can also come with a heavy workload and lots of stress. Being responsible for an entire business and your finances can quickly become overwhelming and can cause stress.

Managing stress is extremely important when it comes to being an entrepreneur. If you’re not careful about making sure you keep your stress levels down, it could seriously wear on both your physical and mental health and take a toll on your business and personal life, too.

Some entrepreneurs might find stress management to be a difficult habit to start because of the high workload and busy schedules they often have. However, there are options for stress relieving activities that won’t take too much time out of your day.

Make Sure You Exercise Throughout Your Day With a Sedentary Career

Staying active is an extremely important stress relieving activity for everyone to engage in, regardless of how much free time you have on your hands. Exercise has been proven to release endorphins, which lowers stress levels. Professionals recommend at least thirty minutes of exercise per day.

One exercise you could incorporate into your schedule easily is walking. If you’re on a phone call where you don’t need to be sitting at a desk or anywhere in particular, go walk outside or around your house.

This will be an easy way to engage in physical activity without taking time out of work. If you can’t do physical activity while working, set aside planned time to exercise even if you have to break up thirty minutes throughout your day.

For example, you could spend ten minutes in the morning walking or jogging, another ten minutes in the afternoon biking or swimming, and another ten minutes at night dancing or doing yoga.

You can do it while listening to a podcast or even while dictating the content of your lead magnet on your smart phone. Some online entrepreneurs even invest in a treadmill desk, where they can walk while working.

Bring More Joy to Your Day Through Laughter

It may sound too good to be true, but laughter is a great, time efficient way to lower stress levels on a busy schedule. Laughing and smiling releases endorphins and lowers cortisol, therefore relieving stress.

There are many comedy videos and skits on platforms like YouTube. Streaming services such as Hulu, Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, and HBO Max also have comedy movies on them.

Try watching something funny in the morning or before bed to start or end your day in a better mood and with less stress. If your schedule allows for it, you can also watch shorter comedy clips in between work.

Remember That Your Food Choices Can Have an Effect on Your Stress Levels

Another easy, time efficient way to effectively reduce stress is to change up your diet. Maintaining a healthy diet has been proven to reduce the effect that stress has on your body.

Making healthy, home cooked meals multiple times every day may not be optimal when it comes to running a business and having such a busy schedule. To help reduce time spent on cooking, try meal prepping.

Meal prepping is where you make multiple meals before you need them. So if you have a day off, or a day when you have more free time than usual, spend time preparing food for the upcoming days or week and package it in reusable containers.

Preparing your meals ahead of time is time efficient and can also keep you from caving in and eating unhealthy foods that take no time to prepare, like processed ones packed with calories.

Chicken, rice, and vegetables are common ingredients in meal prepping recipes. You can even set up a crockpot meal to cook throughout the day while you’re working, so that you’re not relying on takeout when your busy workload is complete.

There are also things in your diet that may cause an increase in your cortisol levels. Make sure you make an effort to cut stress-causing foods and drinks out of your diet. These include alcohol, caffeine, processed meats, and foods with high levels of sugar.

Listen to Some Music to Boost Your Mood

Putting on music in the background while you work is a simple, quick, and effective way to reduce stress levels. Music, especially calming music like classical, has been shown to lower stress.

Music can relieve stress by lowering the heart rate and reducing the amount of stress hormones such as cortisol released by the brain. Listening to music also releases endorphins, which improves your mood and decreases stress levels.

Hearing calming tunes and slow tempos can actually cause your muscles and your mind to relax, making you feel soothed and stress free throughout your day. Faster songs can make you feel more focused.

Dancing to music you love is also a great way to relieve stress if you have a busy schedule. Even if it’s just a few songs, the combination of listening to music and exercise will release endorphins and lower cortisol.

How Asking For Help Can Make Your Life Easier

Running a business online, while trying to deal with other responsibilities like cleaning, taking care of your kids if you have any, cooking, and more can be far too overwhelming for many.

Allow yourself to ask your spouse, other family members, or even close friends for help with certain tasks. If you have kids who are old enough, ask them to help with chores like dishes, laundry, picking up clutter, and even yard work.

Asking for help is also useful in terms of your business. There may be a project that you’ve been working on that you’re really struggling with. Don’t be afraid to reach out to some other entrepreneurs for advice that could really benefit your company.

Relax Your Mind and Eliminate Stress Through Meditation

Getting into a meditative state is where you clear your mind from any thoughts and feel the present moment. You’re supposed to focus on your breathing and what you feel around you.

During meditation, you simply cut out any thoughts from your mind. This brings a state of relaxation and can help you relieve stress by not focusing on whatever it is that is stressing you out.

Meditation won’t take too much time out of your day, either. Some people prefer to meditate for half an hour, while some can still get extreme stress relief from only five to ten minutes of meditation between tasks.

Studies have shown that meditation has many benefits to mental health and that it’s an effective technique in relieving stress. Meditation is proven to increase attentiveness and also improve regulation of emotions.

If you struggle with keeping thoughts about your stressors out of your mind, look into guided meditation. Guided meditation is where you are instructed to focus on certain things while in a meditative state.

The instructors who guide the meditation may tell you to imagine yourself in a certain relaxing setting, such as a beach or a forest. They also usually ask you to imagine how this setting would sound, smell, or feel as well.

This method of meditation is just as effective as other methods, and is great for those who struggle to focus on thinking about nothing. You can find many different guided meditations online that will suit your needs for time and topic.

Allow Yourself to Take Breaks to Recover

When running your own business, you may almost always be focusing on or thinking about work. It may seem to you like your company will fail unless you’re spending all of your time working.

Hard work and focus is crucial in terms of running your own business, but constantly being wrapped up in stressful situations will deteriorate your mental health and could possibly cause your business to suffer because of it.

The best thing you can do to avoid becoming mentally overloaded with work is to take breaks. Giving your mind time to rest while you are working will help your stress levels go down, and will help you regenerate energy and focus.

Taking breaks has been shown to improve people’s performance throughout the day. This means you’ll be able to work more efficiently and create quality content for your business.

Studies have also shown that taking breaks throughout your day decreases the amount of time you need to recover at the end of the day. This is great for those who are too busy to get a full good night’s rest.

The Impact Sleep Has on Your Body and Mind

Getting a good night’s sleep is one of the easiest, most beneficial things you can do for your mental health. Staying on a good sleep schedule is a great way to reduce stress and improve your overall well-being.

Being on a sleep schedule has been shown to improve focus, creativity, performance, overall mood, and productivity. It’s also linked to helping physical health by preventing issues like heart disease, diabetes, and high blood pressure.

A solid good night’s sleep requires about seven hours of rest. This is a pretty attainable goal for most people, but some entrepreneurs with extra busy schedules or high stress levels may struggle to reach this goal.

If you have a lot of work to tackle, you may think that sleeping for a shorter amount of time will benefit your business in the long run. Many people see getting a good night’s sleep as inconvenient because they could be working during the hours that they’re resting.

However, this approach will deteriorate your mental and physical health. Since sleep is important for brain function, it will also take a toll on the quality of the work you are doing and the products you are putting out to your customers.

When you lack proper sleep, your brain won’t function as well, causing you to zone out and get distracted easier than you would if you were properly rested. This is why rest is so crucial in being an entrepreneur.

How Taking Care of an Animal Can Improve Your Life

Owning and being around pets has been shown to be a great way for anyone to reduce stress. Being with animals is proven to reduce cortisol levels and increase oxytocin levels.

If you work at home and are more available to take care of a pet, try looking at cats and dogs to accompany you at home. Petting a dog has been proven to significantly decrease stress levels.

Dogs need lots of physical activity to keep them happy and healthy. Walking your dog would be a great way to incorporate exercise, another form of stress relief, into spending time with your pet.

Getting a fish is a great alternative to those who may be too busy for a higher-maintenance pet like a cat or a dog since they don’t require as much attention and playtime as other animals do.

If you do decide to get a pet, make sure you will have enough time and energy to properly take care of it. The last thing you would want to do is get an animal that would only cause you more stress on top of everything else.

Even if getting a pet is way out of your comfort zone, you can still benefit from interacting with animals. For example, in your free time, try volunteering at an animal shelter.

How You Can Use Aromatherapy to Relieve Both Physical and Mental Stress

Aromatherapy is a stress-relieving practice where you use products that contain essential oils to improve your physical and mental health, as well as your overall well-being.

There are many different types of aromatherapy products you can choose from such as lotions, diffusers, candles, and room mists. You can find these products in a wide variety of scents.

Essential oils are the key components in aromatherapy. Each type of oil has a different effect and benefit. Oils like lavender, chamomile, lemon, and rose have been shown to help you physically and mentally relax, boost your mood, and even reduce headaches.

This form of stress relief is great for busy entrepreneurs because it doesn’t require much time or effort. Lighting a candle in the morning or turning on your diffuser will allow you to relieve stress throughout your day without having to waste time away from work.

While being a work at home entrepreneur brings on a lot of burdens that can make you feel stressed, it also allows you a wonderful opportunity to be able to alleviate that stress in unique ways that you wouldn’t be capable of doing if you were in a corporate office workspace.

For example, in an office, you might have coworkers complaining if you used a scent in your aromatherapy they didn’t like, or if they could hear your music. Your boss may not appreciate you taking breaks he or she didn’t authorize whenever you felt like it.

Raising Sheep for Survival Homesteading

Many men and women who are raising families in today’s world are finding ways to rely less on the supply chain and become more self-sufficient. There have been many times in past years when supplies were low or inflation caused the price of goods to be excessive.

Store shelves have been stripped bare of their goods in recent times, such as during the pandemic beginning in 2020. Consumers found it difficult to find meat to feed their families.

And even in most recent news, cargo ships are sitting offshore, unable to unload the items we usually assume we can get, such as clothes made out of cotton. The media have been warning Americans and citizens around the world that supplies will be scarce toward the end of 2021 and beyond.

They’re telling people to shop for their Christmas gifts early and even stock up on holiday meal items weeks ahead of time. Imagine if a true survival situation were to emerge.

Many people have begun to raise animals that can provide for them on a long term basis. They’re showing an increased interest in what it takes to raise a flock of sheep on their homestead.

Making the Decision to Raise Animals for Survival Purposes

There are many people in this world who cannot stomach the idea of raising animals for survival purposes. They have no problem going into a store and buying meat products, wearing leather shoes or putting on a cashmere sweater.

Perhaps it’s the thought of doing these things yourself that makes your stomach churn. However, in a SHTF situation, when it is you against Mother Nature, you are going to have to find away to use animals for your survival.

Animals are good for many purposes, from providing food and milk to helping clothe your family. They can even help keep your property maintained in some instances. What you need to keep in mind is that in major events, you may not have access to certain food, clothing and other necessities.

Raising animals is not something you only have to do in a survival situation. This is a good practice year round to allow your family to sustain their needs without relying on the supply chain.

There are many different types of animals that you can raise on your property. You don’t even need to have endless acres to raise them on. These include chickens, sheep, rabbits, cows, goats, llamas, and more.

You can easily start with a small group of animals to raise and become familiar with, and then move on to larger herds and flocks that will help sustain you and your loved ones if a major event ever occurs.

Sheep and Other Animals That Provide Milk and Food for Your Family

Milk is a product that most consumers use on a daily basis. We put it in our coffee, pour it over our cereal, and use it in many different recipes. It’s an ingredient that we often take for granted.

Traditionally, in order to purchase milk, we simply walk into a grocery store and buy a gallon whenever it suits us. There are factories that handle the production of milk on a large scale basis.

The milk that you usually buy in a store is refrigerated in convenient packaging whenever you need it. However, in a survival situation, it may not be as easy to come by.

There are many survival preppers who rely on powder based milk options, such as dry milk. This is a very wise option for most people to have on hand. All you need to do is mix it with water and you have milk at your disposal.

But when you’re talking about a long term survival situation, there will come a time when you run out of your dry milk stores and are unable to access more. This is when it becomes necessary to have animals on your property that can provide milk for you and your family.

When you think of milk, most people immediately consider cows, because that is the kind of milk we usually purchase at the store. But raising a cow can be very costly and they take up more space than other milk providing animals.

Besides cows, many people consume other animal derived milk. These include goats, sheep, and even camels. It usually depends on the region that you are in when it comes to what’s available in terms of milk products.

Sheep are a very easy flock for you to raise and keep on your property if you want to continually have access to milk and other dairy products, like cheese. If you go into any specialty grocery store, you can probably find high end sheep’s milk, butter and cheese.

It has a very delicious taste and provides great nutrients that will help your family maintain good health, thanks to its high vitamin content. In fact, many prefer to drink it over cow’s milk because it is gentler on their digestive system.

There are different types of sheep that are better for milking purposes than others. You can get over 1,000 pounds of milk from certain varieties. The best ones to consider are the following breeds: Lacaune, Assaf, Chios, Hampshire, Awassi, Suffolk, and East Friesian.

By having a flock of sheep on your property, you can make all kinds of dairy products, including straight milk, cheese, butter, and even yogurt. These creamy delicacies will not only provide your family with delicious meals, but they are loaded with health benefits, too. If the time comes and you are desperate for sustenance, the sheep can also provide a good source of meat to help you feed your family.

Keeping Sheep, Goats and Llamas for the Benefits Their Coat Provides

Dairy isn’t the only reason many survival preppers and homesteaders are considering the investment of sheep for their property. Their coat can provide wool that helps you with your clothing and other needs.

Even now, manufacturers are warning that current supplies of clothing made from cotton will be dwindling. Imagine if you were in the middle of a large scale, long term survival situation.

If your children had outgrown their clothing, what would you do? If you had access to wool, along with the skill to use it, you would never have to worry about keeping your family clothed and protected from the elements.

Raising sheep and other animals such as goats and llamas can provide you with wool on a regular basis. These are not only beneficial for clothing, but also for other uses, too.

When you are shearing your flock of sheep, you can take the wool and use it as insulation in your home. It can be used to create blankets that will keep you warm at night, rugs to walk on, and stuffing for pillows as well.

In addition to raising animals for their wool and knowing how to shear them, you will also need to know what to do with the wool after you’ve gathered it. For example, you can make yarn from it that you can then use to knit a variety of clothing pieces such as socks, scarves, sweaters, etc.

With sheep, how you want to use it will depend on which breed you have invested in. Their wool can range from soft to coarse varieties. If you are raising goats on your property, you will have access to finer wool such as cashmere and mohair.

Other animals, such as llamas, alpacas, camels and even rabbits, can provide different types of textiles for you to use in creating the clothing and warmth items that your family needs.

Keep in mind that you will need more than one single sheep in order to meet the needs of your family. While you might be able to knit a simple hat with the wool from one sheep, if you wanted to create a blanket, you might need up to 10 in your flock.

There are different breeds that you will want to consider, depending on the type of wool that you want. For example, the Merino and Cormo breeds are perfect for fine wool creations.

Other, more coarse wool can be derived from breeds such as Dorset, Shropshire, and Cheviot. Some breeds will provide dual purposes for your family. For example, the Hampshire sheep not only provide you with usable wool, but also dairy when you need it.

How a Flock of Sheep Can Help You Maintain Your Property

Have you ever thought about how easy it is for you to maintain your property? Every weekend you are able to either get gas for your lawn mower or charge the battery so that you can keep the grass cut.

Keeping your property maintained is an important part of keeping rodents at bay. You don’t want to develop a problem with critters invading your property because they can damage crops and bring disease, too.

But in a major survival event, it may not be very easy to access endless gas supplies for your lawn mower. Plus, the grid may go down and you would be unable to charge your electric mower unless you have solar capability.

One benefit of raising sheep on your property is that they are grazing animals. Sheep will feed on your property and keep the grass and weeds to a bare minimum. This also helps you because you are not required to invest a lot of money in feed to keep the flock alive.

The one thing you do need to make sure of is that your pasture or property has sufficient grass that is in good shape for them to graze. If you don’t have enough room for the flock to feast, then you may need to supplement their food with grains.

Keep in mind that sheep cannot differentiate between the grass you intend for them to eat versus any crops you may have planted in the field. You will need to block off anything you don’t want them to devour.

Depending on how big your property is, you may need to provide protection for your flock as well. There are many animals, such as coyotes and even domestic dogs that will attack your sheep as food.

One of the great things about using sheep to keep your property mowed is that they will simultaneously be fertilizing your property, which enriches the soil. This could benefit you if you plan to plant crops in the future there.

If you want to select certain sheep that you are primarily using for property maintenance, then you may want to go with the breed known as Katahdin. These sheep do not require shearing, and they are easy to take care of.

Getting Started with a Flock of Sheep on Your Homestead

If you want to start raising sheep on your homestead, you will need to take into consideration the cost of securing the sheep, the budget you’ll need for caring for them, along with the space you need to raise them.

One sheep will typically cost you up to $500, with a daily care cost of just a couple of dollars. This is far less than what it would cost you to buy a cow or a horse. Start by investing in the breed that suits your needs best, such as the East Friesian.

Because sheep are flock animals, you don’t want to just get one. These animals tend to suffer from stress unless they are in groups, so start with a minimum of at least two, and preferably three sheep.

Sometimes, sheep will get along with other animals and form a bond with them. But it’s always best to have multiple sheep to start your flock. Regardless of how many you start with, make sure that you have enough room for the flock.

While they may take up less space than a herd of cows, they do need enough room to graze and fulfill their own nutritional needs. The space that you allow them to graze should be free of chemicals.

Depending on the size of your property, you can raise up to five sheep per acre of land. This may depend on what type and the volume of grass that you can provide them with. You will need to educate yourself about the health concerns of raising sheep, how to shear them when it’s time, how to help them in raising their lambs properly, and more.

Ideally, you will have some sort of sheepdog that can help protect your flock when they are in the field. These animals will not be living outdoors at all times, so you need to have some sort of barn you can put them in during the night and in poor weather conditions.

They will prefer to have an area that is shaded and that will protect them from other animals. Make sure you have an ample supply of hay and water for them when they are inside the barn.

Raising sheep is a wonderful survival task for the whole family. They are docile animals that are perfect for your children to raise from the time they are lambs through adulthood.

Enhance Your Creative Intelligence

In a world full of entrepreneurs and big dreamers, it is challenging to set yourself apart from the crowd. You may have interesting and unique ideas, but struggle with utilizing them to push you to the top.

Even if you’re the smartest person in the room, it’s easy to be flushed out by the louder voices who can articulate their thoughts and ideas better. In order to detach from the group and showcase the true leader you were meant to be, you’ll have to become more strategic with your methods.

The best strategy you can use to cultivate your niche leadership skills is learning how to enhance your creative intelligence. This is a talent that can be learned and practiced, and once you unleash it on the competition, there’ll be no stopping your success.

What Is Creative Intelligence and Why Is It Important for Success?

Creative intelligence is about your ability to come up with unique and innovative solutions to problems faced both daily and rarely. It’s all about how you can create and manage ideas in the marketplace.

When you completely make use of your creative intelligence, you’ll be able to combine your creativity and knowledge for every problem you face, and every idea you can come up with.

Let’s say you’re an entrepreneur, looking for a business opportunity. Every other entrepreneur is simply doing the same thing as their competitors. What you need is a creative edge, with abilities that make you stand out.

When you can harness your creative intelligence to the fullest, you will have the competitive edge that you need to become successful and develop a loyal following in your niche.

Learning how to innovate is essential to being successful in any business. Problems will always arise, and you will need to be quick with creative solutions that may fall outside of the box from your frequent way thinking.

When a customer has a problem, you should be the one who can think of the best solution for both the customer and the business. When others can depend on you for your problem solving in the marketplace, it will be noticed.

When you are pitching ideas or creating copy for products, you always want to have that unique idea that also ends up being the best one for the customer. Competition can be ruthless, and everyone wants the same things as you.

In order to push past your competitors and land at the top, you’ll need to be more inventive with your thinking. Building up your creative intelligence will assist you in your brainstorming process, so that you have the best idea at every turn and the competition struggles to keep up with you.

Become a Good Learner to Increase Your Creative Intelligence

Becoming a better learner is the beginning of increasing your creative intelligence. The easier it becomes for you to learn things, the more flexible you will be able to be in your creativity process.

Here are a few different methods to try to become better at learning:

Try different media formats.

When you take in information, there are plenty of different media formats to utilize. Try learning from each media format (reading, videos, audiobooks, etc.) to see which one works best for you.

The goal is to see which format allows you to retain the most information and it may be a matter of what you find most enjoyable. There may be several that work for you, so make sure you give them all equal focus when searching for a method to take in information.

Apply different learning styles.

Whether you are best with auditory, visual (or sometimes a combination of those), there is a learning style that works best for you. Try learning some information using these styles, and decide which one feels the easiest for you.

Once you’ve managed to figure out what style(s) help you learn the most, try to focus on that style when you take in information. You can find a variety of leaders and courses that will likely have resources on topics you want to learn in a style that best suits you.

Teach what you’ve learned to someone else.

In order to completely process information and have confidence that you know what you’re talking about, try explaining an idea or topic to someone who knows nothing about it.

If you can successfully get them to understand what you want to convey, then you’re increasing your ability to learn by learning how to teach others as well. And if you can teach something to someone, then you can present that topic to the world, and remain fully confident that you are a capable leader or expert.

Test yourself.

You will never be able to increase your learning skills if you don’t test the ones you have. Whether you test yourself on a specific topic, or a general idea, it’s good to discover where you are in your understanding of a topic.

This will help you know how far along you are on your path to embracing your creative intelligence. Some people find it helpful to create charts and graphs where they test different skills they have, and keep track of it over time. This will give you a physical view of your improvements in learning.

Ask for feedback from others.

Pride may tend to get in the way of asking for feedback, but it is essential if you want to grow as a learner. Critiques and opinions will only help you grow, and you will be able to learn from your mistakes, rather than never even knowing that you were making them.

Some feedback may be difficult to hear, but it will only make you and your methods stronger. You want to find people who offer constructive criticism and have appreciation for their thoughts when they share them with you.

Create time to reflect on your process.

If your learning skills don’t seem to be improving, it may be time to take a moment and reflect. Think about how you’ve been trying to improve, and decide what’s working, and what’s not.

It’s important to give yourself periods of reflection so that you can check yourself, and change direction if needed. Creative intelligence includes being able to reflect on your own methods, and come up with inventive ways to improve on them.

Always ask questions.

Those who learn the most are often those who ask the most questions. But try not to get caught up in asking questions just to ask them, because that won’t get you anywhere. Don’t be afraid to clarify things and ask specifically about what you don’t understand.

Being fearless with your curiosity will bring out your creative intelligence. If you want to learn the most you possibly can, you have to ask questions of other people. Whether their opinions or thoughts are correct, they will provide you with points of view that you had yet to encounter, which may give you an edge in your marketing or product creation.

Don’t back down from a challenge – find them, instead.

Learning is not supposed to be easy. That’s why you have to get creative with your thinking, and innovative with your ideas. If you feel like everything you do on a daily basis is easy, or comfortable, then it’s time to challenge yourself.

Take the time to learn something new, or try a new approach on a project you’ve started. Try timing your reading, and work towards a faster pace. Learning is all about the challenges you face, and how you overcome or learn from them.

Work on your communication style.

One of the best ways to learn from others is to learn from the conversations you have with them. If you can surround yourself with people who are smarter than you, or at a similar intelligence level, you are bound to have fruitful conversations that will elevate your creativity and lead to big ideas.

You don’t have to work alone to succeed. Most people have some help along the way – they just tend to choose carefully about who the help is from. If you can learn how to be a master communicator, you’ll be able to learn many things from plenty of people who all have unique ideas, opinions, and thoughts of their own.

Embrace the Freedom to Veer Off the Beaten Path

If you are someone with many goals and dreams in life, you probably look up to several successful people. One of the biggest keys to their success was their ability to be different from the rest.

You can’t be afraid of taking risks if you want to stand out. You have to embrace the fact that you can be different and unique all on your own. You may want to follow in your idol’s footsteps, but you won’t make it to the end goal if you try to emulate someone else completely.

Accessing your creative intelligence is all about forging a new path – one made up of your own ideas, insights, innovations, and dreams. It is your life and your career, so you have to take the reins and steer in a new direction.

Being unique is an opportunity that a lot of creators don’t comprehend. Success comes from making the most of the cards you have been dealt in life, not avoiding them. There are plenty of different ways to get the same thing done.

If you can come up with a completely new way, it will not go unnoticed. The way in which you’re different from other people and their products is what will put you in the lead.

When it comes to product optimization and completely utilizing your skills, you’ll have to step out of your comfort zone, and into the bright lights. Even if it means taking a risk and a leap of faith, it’s the only way you’ll be able to harness your creative intelligence and succeed against your competitors.

Use Tools at Your Disposal to Highlight Your Creative Intelligence

As you embark on the journey of merging your creativity and your intelligence together, you should try different tools and techniques that will bring out the best of both. These tools should be utilized when you want to spice up your creative methods, and need a way to plan and organize all of your thoughts and ideas.

Mind Maps

Creating a mind map will help you make the connections between different ideas, and draw everything out in a way that makes sense in your brain. Since you are literally mapping out your brainstorming process, it may just lead you to the solution or product you’ve been searching for.


Storyboards are excellent if you need to organize a certain process into steps. You can even draw out your ideas, so that they fill up a picture, instead of just the far corner of your imagination.

You’ll be able to give numbers to each step of a process, and have a clear and cohesive path to follow when moving forward with your ideas. You can even rearrange the storyboard so that the ideas flow in a more logical method if you want to.

Guided Meditation

Guided meditation is the perfect release that your brain may need. By giving up the control factor and allowing your mind to be put at ease, you may have a completely new set of thoughts and ideas that come to you.

In order for the meditation to work, you have to be willing and able to let go, and find a place in your mind that is calm. You can find guided meditation apps and videos online that can help you find this creative release.

Reverse Thinking

A great way to change your perspective on your stagnant situation is to try the method of reverse thinking. When you ask yourself a question or have a problem to solve, think about the opposite way to phrase your problem, and try to solve that.

Taking your idea and reversing it will show you a completely new way to view the idea or problem, which could lead to new ideas and solutions. This is a simple, yet productive way to shake things up.


Looking up different riddles and trying to solve them is a great way to get your brain working, and practicing your abilities to think creatively. But trying to create your own is a completely different puzzle to solve.

You have to be extremely creative if you can come up with your own special riddles that you made from scratch. It’s a great exercise to do when you want to challenge your mind.

Picture Association

Find different images, and try to draw connections between them. Or generate random images and create a story about them all. If you are looking for certain words or ideas, look at a picture and pick the first word that comes to mind.

Instead of turning the images in your mind to words, you are doing the opposite, which will help you create new perspectives. It doesn’t matter if it ties into the project you’re working on – the process itself will help your brain learn how to use this strategy when it needs to.


Checklists are a great way to organize your brain and make a plan of everything you need to do. Whether they’re large tasks that will take time, or even small tasks, they will help you write out your thoughts on what you need to do.

This way, you can focus more time on creative thinking and product creation instead of getting bogged down in minute details that should be easily addressed with a checklist instead.


Even if you aren’t very artistic, doodling is a creative way to get your thoughts flowing. It may seem meaningless, but allowing your mind to create lines and drawings is like turning a faucet on, and letting the first few jobs flow out.

Once you get some doodling out of the way, you’ll be ready to dive into the deeper things your mind has been holding onto, such as how to create an in-demand product or the best way to step up and serve your audience.

Explore Both Structured and Unstructured Options

When you’re learning something, coming up with new ideas, or working on product development, there are two paths you can take. You can go the structured route, which is more of a textbook way to go.

Using this method, you choose to learn from books, a class, a video, or something that directly teaches you what you should do or understand. This form of learning won’t challenge your mind as much, but it’s a necessary part of improving as a niche leader.

With structured ideas, you won’t be doing as much exploring of the mind. Structural ideas come from a more logical part of your brain – like creating a pros and cons list, where every idea is either one or the other.

This method will keep things more black and white in your mind, and may be more useful when it comes to making decisions. When you have a specific product, problem, or idea in mind, structural methods will help you stay on task.

If you go for the unstructured methods, the world of creativity tends to be more free. When you’re learning using this strategy, you’re teaching yourself by learning from your all possibilities – even the wrong ones.

Without structure, there is room for you to explore each lesson learned, and push yourself with challenges. When you’re foregoing structure when you brainstorm, you will find that your ideas can take flight in more colorful ways.

For example, you could sit down and brainstorm an idea by getting out an empty piece of paper and your favorite colorful pen. You could write down every thought that comes to mind, until there is an idea that you love.

The only worry with unstructured methods is the fact that you could end up with thirty different good ideas, instead of sticking to just one. The best method for your learning and brainstorming process is to combine both structured and unstructured methods.

Give yourself the creative freedom to brainstorm and let loose, while also creating a structural plan that keeps you on task and still helps you learn in the way that works best for you.

With a little bit of structure, you could plan on utilizing the tools and techniques mentioned earlier to completely embrace your creative intelligence. This is a strategy that most top leaders use, whether they label it as creative intelligence or not.

Only those who refuse to try new things stay stuck in a cycle of frustration having to watch as the competition outdoes them at every turn. You want more for yourself, and training your mind to tap into and cultivate creative intelligence is an easy and effective way to achieve that.