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The 3 Most Important Tasks

by Adrienne Smith on October 8, 2012

3 Most Important TasksJust last week I gave two interviews and I’m always asked what a typical day is like for me.  It really got me to thinking about this; what I believe are the most important tasks that people should be concentrating on every single day.

I remember when I first got started I was so lost.  Had someone only pointed me in the right direction I would have been so grateful.

Of course it helps if you have some type of plan which I didn’t at the time.

Oh and another thing!  Blogs weren’t big then.  They were still just being used like a personal diary.

Your Mind Wanders

Now a lot of people will get online and maybe start blog commenting.  The next thing you know they have landed on a blog and wanted to check that person out a little more so they click through to their Facebook profile and from there they are lost in the sea of Facebook posts, images, videos and chatter.

Now where were we again?

Oh yeah, the 3 most important tasks that I believe you should be doing every day.  See how easily it is to get lost doing something else that was not on your agenda for the day!

These things need to be planned out guys.

Facebook is so much fun to connect with people, I’ll be the first to admit that.

I also love chatting and thanking my Twitter friends too.  I’ve come to really love Twitter and making those connections is just so much fun.

Don’t get me wrong, being on social media sites is fabulous because this is where you can continue connecting with people and building those relationships and you KNOW how I feel about that topic.

You can’t lose track of what’s important though…

The 3 Most Important Tasks

Want to know what I think the most important tasks are?  Good, because you’re going to hear them anyway.

I am not even going to go into the “content is king” speech.   I think that saying has been misused way too many times if you ask me.

Okay, let’s get down to business shall we!

Creating Content:

Content is what gets you in front of your audience whether it’s blog posts, videos, podcasts, newsletter, eBooks, products or services you may sell, articles, social media, etc.  You always need to be creating content and spreading it all over the place.

Generating Traffic:

Once you get that content created it’s now time to get people eyeballing it.  We all need traffic and the more the merrier when those people are truly interested in what you have to share.  Oh yeah, targeted traffic is the best kind.

Building Relationships:

My favorite topic of all time…

So once people are on your blog then it’s time to take that next step and start building relationships with them because people will purchase things from people they know, like and trust.   They will also share your content with their friends, fans and followers so when you need help and assistance you can always reach out to them.

Little plug here guys but if you don’t have my free report, grab it now.  My opt-in box is in the top right corner of my blog.  You’ll soon find out how to start building relationships that will last. 

Busy Work

Everything else you do online is just busy work.  Not that some of it isn’t important, don’t get me wrong.  Blogs have to be built, campaigns need to be created, research needs to take place, so much other stuff to do but if you want to be consistent in your actions, be sure you’re consistent in what I just shared above.

Most of you have seen my blog go from a ghost town to exploding with chatter.  I was consistent in my actions implementing the tasks I mentioned above and the people came.  The relationships have been built and the products are being sold.  Huh!  Is it really that simple?

Hell yeah, it really is that simple.

I Hit A Record

Hot dog, I can’t believe my blog post is under 1,000 words.  Unbelievable…  What a rare occurrence so guess you guys got a reprieve today.

In all honesty though, I just wanted to get straight to the point and share with you what really works.

Always eager to hear your thoughts on what I share so I look forward to hearing your comment.  Don’t forget to share this one with your friends too.  Maybe they need a little more solid plan.

 

 

 

 


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1 Harleena Singh
Twitter:
October 8, 2012 at 8:07 AM

Oh yes – this one is a short one Adrienne!

You hit the nail on the head with all that you shared to today. Yes indeed, we all have our own share of distractions and the social media being the biggest of them. :)

I guess once we are onto those social networking sites, everything else takes a downside. Yes, they are important and that’s also where we make some awesome relationships, but where work is concerned, they do distract you.

Speaking of myself, I do believe that when you have to work, you really need to close all such networking sites and remain totally focused. It’s only then that you can churn out worthwhile content, which is what attracts people to your blog – isn’t it? And it is from there you pick the threads and weave on the relationships that often last long if handled with care.

Thanks for sharing and making us realize how important it is for us to get our important tasks done before doing anything else. :)

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2 Adrienne
Twitter:
October 8, 2012 at 8:44 AM

Surprise! I know, I thought why drag this out… Each point can be a post of it’s own right!

I hear so many times that I meant to do this one project and the next thing you know it’s been two hours and I’m not done yet because of all the distractions. I think we each have to decide for ourselves what’s more important to us. Completing the project that will get us further along or playing.

There is a time to build relationships and a time to get done what’s going to help when those people visit your site. In order to even get eyeballs on your content you have to create it and distribute it. I think we each should just put aside some time to be on the social sites and not let these things distract us so.

Glad to hear you’re able to accomplish this Harleena. I close out all these sites and I stay focused on the tasks at hand. It’s the only way we’ll ever complete our projects and get anywhere with our business.

I appreciate that and thank you so much for your comment. I hope you’re having a wonderful day and looking forward to the week ahead.

~Adrienne

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3 Princess Shimari
Twitter:
October 8, 2012 at 8:22 AM

Hello Adrienne,
This is great advice to start a brand new week thinking about.

My challenge is being consistent. Not so much the internet but life gets in the way. I am slowly learning to be more devoted to my blogging efforts.

With coaches like you I am sure I will mature into the focused and consistent blogger I strive to be.
Thanks for your words of wisdom.

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4 Adrienne
Twitter:
October 8, 2012 at 8:46 AM

Hi Yvonne,

Glad to start a Monday out with some helpful information.

I think you’re not alone with being consistent in your blogging efforts. I think you have to sit back and decide what’s the most important thing you want to accomplish online and then devise a plan that will get you to that point. If you aren’t consistent in your efforts, you’ll soon learn that you’re getting nowhere fast.

I hope that I can continue to share with you things that will get you to where you want to go Yvonne and that I’m able to motivate you to stay on track.

Enjoy your week and Happy Columbus Day!

~Adrienne

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5 Sylviane Nuccio
Twitter:
October 8, 2012 at 8:35 AM

Right on Adrienne!

Create content, put it in front of people and build those darn relationships. I remember a time where I was doing great with good content, but lacked in the other two areas, and my content was a bit like a dry dessert, as far as my blogs were concerned.

It’s only when I started building those relationships that I started seeing a real difference, and eventually, I’ve got a bit better at sharing my content as well, especially using platforms such as Facebook, for example.

Thank you for this important reminder and see you around soon :)

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6 Adrienne
Twitter:
October 8, 2012 at 8:51 AM

Why thank you Sylviane!

So you agree with me? These really are the most important tasks that we should be concentrating on. Consistency is the key and I know people hear me say this all the time. But my blog is proof that if you’re consistent with your content and getting it in front of enough people, they will come. And that they do!

I’ve watched your blogs take off Sylviane and isn’t it a fabulous feeling? To see it lingering for so long and then finally you step it up and bam… Here they come and they’re enjoying what you share too. That’s what we all want so over time, and yes you have to consistency keep this up, more and more will show up and your name will start getting out there. That’s what we all want.

It’s through those relationships you start building that will help your content get distributed around. I love that.

Thanks for sharing this and happy Columbus Day! Hope you have the day off from your day job.

~Adrienne

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7 Roddy Mielke October 8, 2012 at 8:39 AM

Good Morning Adrienne! Fantastic post, full of great information. I have been reposting the link to your post to all my followers on twitter and my own blog as well and it’s funny the main question I get in return is “where did you meet this lady?” You are definately spot on with the building the relationship with people and not just cramming offers at them, if thats all you do your blog will definatelybecome a ghost town. (been there did that) Well I am glad you get to sit on your _ _ _ for a awile this week-end sounds like you deserved it.

Roddy

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8 Adrienne
Twitter:
October 8, 2012 at 8:54 AM

Good morning Roddy,

Hope you’re having a wonderful start to your day!

Ah, thank you so much and see! That’s how it’s done. We’re introduced to people, they enjoy our content, they stop by and share it and then other people start paying attention. BUT, you have to get that content cranking and out there just so people will start noticing. I’m so thrilled that your followers are interested in my content as well.

Happy to hear that you learned this lesson as well. Hey, I think we were all steered in the wrong direction when we first started. Glad to know that we are coachable right!

Thanks Roddy and I did have some down time this weekend. Finally! Yay…

You enjoy your day and have a great week as well okay!

~Adrienne

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9 Barry Wells
Twitter:
October 8, 2012 at 8:42 AM

Hi Adrienne, Happy Monday to you :)

This is excellent advice and just what i needed right now. As you know I’m having medical issues at the moment but on occasion I can get to the PC.

When I do I’m finding myself with so many tasks that I’m finding it hard to focus on just one and like you said I hit Facebook or Twitter to keep up with my messages and my time goes to pot with all the distractions, before I know it I’m in full spasm and have to get off my rear again.

Last week was a little different as Dan’s product was my main focus, but in the weeks before I got a few posts started and partially written but none completed… arrrgggghhhh.

I’m now going to change a few things and sort my social media out at the end of the day and now that I’ve got myself an IPhone I can do that from my bed :)

Thanks for this post Adrienne, honestly sometimes I feel that you’re sat looking over my shoulder as your posts are right on topic for me…. Love it :D

Have a great week Adrienne,

Respect and Regards,
Barry

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10 Adrienne
Twitter:
October 8, 2012 at 8:59 AM

Hi Barry…

Happy Monday to you as well and it’s Columbus Day here in the US! Some lucky people who have day jobs are off today. I bet they’re happy about that.

My heart goes out to you Barry. I know you’ve been dealing with a lot and unable to work. We miss you terribly and you tease us when you’re able to make it to the computer and make a few rounds. I know it must be so hard just being laid up and playing the waiting game.

I know that I’m not as active on Facebook as I have been in the past but I just made a conscious effort to focus on the areas that will bring me the most results. Oh sure, I stop by and like things I see, chat with some people I’m building relationships with and wishing people a happy birthday. But I refuse to stay for hours there and not be productive. I have to think of the areas that I best need to devote my time.

I think we all have to find what works for us and then allot that time to those tasks. We need to be on the social sites because we need that interaction with our friends and followers, but we don’t need to devote hours and hours to playing around. Not that you do but I hear that a lot.

Thank you Barry and glad this was helpful. Now, you get well my wonderful friend and let’s make 2013 a much better year okay!

~Adrienne

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11 Carolyn
Twitter:
October 9, 2012 at 7:16 AM

Barry, I’ve been thinking about you and hoping the best for your health. It’s always a delight to see when you’ve checked in here at Adrienne’s place. My best wishes for your healing. (((hugs))))

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12 Barry Wells
Twitter:
October 9, 2012 at 12:02 PM

Thanks Carolyn, I’ve had the first round of treatment so am hopeful to be back to normal soon…. Mind you I did say that in May as well, but hadn’t had treatment then.

I hope to be able to catch you up soon, thanks again.

Barry

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13 Vidya Sury
Twitter:
October 8, 2012 at 8:54 AM

Perfectly expressed, Adrienne. One of the reasons I don’t hang around on Facebook is because when I do, I almost always lose focus and exceed the time I set myself. So much good stuff to read from amazing friends. Sigh. Another huge distraction is Pinterest. Enough said. :-)

What you’ve outlined in the three steps is the solid foundation of our existence online, everything else has to be built on it, starting with engagement. This is apt for non-business bloggers as well.

Thank you for your wisdom. Well said!

Your weekend sounded exhausting, but pleasantly so!

Love, Vidya

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14 Adrienne
Twitter:
October 8, 2012 at 9:13 AM

At least you KNOW that you get distracted so you either limit yourself or just don’t spend time there.

I appreciate you acknowledging that Vidya because I also know that a lot of my readers aren’t here to build a business. But I think for those that are into blogging they have to ask themselves, why are they blogging? I mean if no one is going to even read your content then is that okay with you? If it is and you just write to write then that’s great. If not then you need to be taking these exact steps as well. We all want to feel validated that others enjoy what we share.

You are most welcome and thank you so much for your wonderful contribution as always. I appreciate the time you take to stop by my blog and share your thoughts.

I love it when I get so much accomplished Vidya but I did have some down time so that was really nice. There is always something to do isn’t there?

Enjoy your week.

~Adrienne

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15 Lisa
Twitter:
October 8, 2012 at 9:05 AM

Hi Adrienne, so true and ironic. I would not have gotten over here yet without seeing it shared on social networks. But needless to say the content I was supposed to be working on has not been worked on yet today :) Great advice to stick to the most important tasks at hand first. It is SO easy to get lost on emails and social media.

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16 Adrienne
Twitter:
October 8, 2012 at 9:17 AM

Hey Lisa,

Well, I’m thrilled that you popped over here because you saw where Harleena had shared it on Facebook so I DO appreciate that. At the same time, I understand what you’re saying. Maybe I should write a post and share with everyone exactly what I do on a daily basis and how I allot my time.

I’ve mentioned this before but I set a timer and I concentrate on a particular task at hand during that time and that task only. I do NOT veer off and do other things. I allot times to go to the social media sites and yes, I know there is so much that I’m missing but I can’t be everywhere all the time. I just have to hope that the majority of what I do see will either benefit me or I just find it engaging. I do love to be social but at the same time, I know why I’m here.

Thank you for sharing that Lisa because we all are guilty of this I’m afraid.

Now, get back to work but enjoy your day while you’re at it okay! AND, thanks for stopping by.

~Adrienne

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17 Claude Nougat
Twitter:
October 8, 2012 at 9:11 AM

Sweet and short and to the point! Very useful as always, thanks Adrienne. You know what happens to me? Three tasks, right? Right. Trouble is: I am always running after the third and a good day is the day I manage the first two, LOL!

I’ve often been asked if I had a marketing plan to promote my books. Sure I do. Too many marketing plans in fact. One per book (I’ve got 6 books up). Really, 6 marketing plans? No way. So it’s flutter,flutter about…Thank God, those books are up there on their digital shelf forever: eternity does give me some time for decent marketing!

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18 Adrienne
Twitter:
October 8, 2012 at 9:36 AM

Yeah, that doesn’t happen often does it Claude! lol…

Sounds like you at least eventually get your tasks accomplished though Claude. Hopefully it’s sooner then later though.

That is the good thing about your books, they’re on the web forever now. So I would start with a marketing plan period for promoting your books and then implement them one at a time. I’m sure you’ve done that for each one of them though. I have a feeling your books have been a huge success.

Thank you for sharing this and I hope you have a wonderful week.

~Adrienne

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19 Claude Nougat
Twitter:
October 8, 2012 at 9:42 AM

Thanks Adrienne for the good words! A huge success, I don’t know (i’m a modest gal) but they are certainly beginning to sell!

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20 Adrienne
Twitter:
October 8, 2012 at 9:44 AM

One step at a time right Claude! :-) I love hearing that.

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21 Carol Minarcik
Twitter:
October 8, 2012 at 9:32 AM

Hello Adrienne, I agree with you, we should all have the 1-2-3 daily goal list to success made each morning. Always easy said, however very had to do….I like to work, but I also like to play…oh gee. You have yourself a GREAT day.

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22 Adrienne
Twitter:
October 8, 2012 at 9:38 AM

Life is about having fun Carol but just think how much fun you can have even more each day once you get your business to the place you’ve always wanted it to be. You can just take more days off and have more fun times.

Until we all reach that point, stick with what needs to be done here and now. It will be so much more fun when we reach our goals.

Thanks for sharing that and you enjoy your week.

~Adrienne

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23 Dan Sumner
Twitter:
October 8, 2012 at 9:35 AM

Hey Adrienne,

As always, great advice. I focus on doing at least one thing to improve my business or position every day. Social media is cool, but it can sap so much time away without you even noticing. I have to tell myself to get of Facebook when I start to get drawn in to the things that don’t directly relate to my business or focus for the day.

I took myself away from all social media and none essential business to get my Bloggers Roadmap product finished. Nothing but to do lists and total focus on my project! No distractions at all, immerse yourself in your tasks and get them done.

Create your content, get it out there, build your relationships! Wash rinse repeat..

Thanks Adrienne.

Dan

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24 Adrienne
Twitter:
October 8, 2012 at 9:41 AM

Hey Dan,

Thank you Dan for sharing this because you would be the one to know.

Focusing on the tasks at hand is the real key here. Don’t let those distractions get in your way or you’ll never get your projects finished or your business built right!

Social media can definitely zap your time so when you do spend time there, make sure you only give yourself so much time so that you can continue to concentrate on the important tasks of the day. I have no doubt you’ve been able to do just that.

Thanks for sharing this with us and I appreciate you stopping by. Enjoy your day now.

~Adrienne

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25 Janelle Wright
Twitter:
October 8, 2012 at 9:38 AM

Talk about perfect timing Adrienne!

I just read an email this morning about personal development (The Plan) by Jim Rohn.
“…A few simple Disciplines practised every day…”
1. Content
2. Traffic
3. Relationships
How simple and easy it that plan? :-)
Successful people know what they want, they figure out a plan to get them there and then they work the plan.

Thank you Adrienne for sharing a simple blueprint that can be easily implemented.

Have a fabulous week and enjoy your holiday!

OneLove,

Janelle

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26 Adrienne
Twitter:
October 8, 2012 at 9:44 AM

Oh good, I love hearing that Janelle!

Seriously? Mr. Rohn shared this as well! Well hot dog then, I knew I was on the right tract. If the great Jim Rohn said this too then I KNOW I’m right. Gosh, I love hearing that.

It really is a simple plan although some people may not think so. But as I shared in this post, there really are the most important tasks I believe you should be doing every single day. They are the ones that have gotten me to this place as well.

Thank you for sharing this Janelle and you enjoy your day as well. It’s not a holiday for me I’m afraid. Work as usual but I love it…

~Adrienne

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27 Barbara Charles
Twitter:
October 8, 2012 at 9:58 AM

I love your blogs Adrienne. Short, sweet and to the point – this week :) Love that your information is so relevant and informational telling us exactly how to do it. Great, great info. As a matter of fact, I’ve determined this week that I’m coming back to read the rest of your articles. A day with Adrienne. So glad we’ve had a chance to connect. :)
Regards,
Barbara

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28 Adrienne
Twitter:
October 8, 2012 at 10:21 AM

Why thank you Barbara, I appreciate that!

Yeah, this week I’m short, sweet and to the point but I normally just can’t help myself for longer posts. Thank goodness everyone hangs in there with me though.

I do love to share what I have learned Barbara and what works for me. I think being online can be daunting at times but when you have the right information and know what to do, that’s when it becomes fun.

I just created a “Start Here” page so you’ll see it in my side bar. I put the posts that I thought people would be the most interested under certain categories. Check that page out and see if you find some good stuff.

Thank you so much and see you tomorrow for sure.

~Adrienne

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29 Barbara Charles
Twitter:
October 8, 2012 at 7:54 PM

Thanks Adrienne. I will definitely start there. Bookmarked and everything. Yes online is daunting and although I’ve been working at it for a while, I definitely was ‘daunted!’ So glad I met you. You are awesome!

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30 Adrienne
Twitter:
October 8, 2012 at 8:20 PM

Just glad to help Barbara and just give me a shout if you have any questions. Online can be daunting but when you have someone to go to for help, boy does that ever help.

Thank you so much, I really appreciate that.

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31 Barbara Charles
Twitter:
October 8, 2012 at 8:39 PM

It sure does and I will definitely take you up on that. :) And after ‘The Voice’ tonight my plan is to watch the video you sent me. Thanks!

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32 Adrienne
Twitter:
October 9, 2012 at 8:57 AM

Hope you enjoyed it and it was helpful. The Voice and the video! ;-)

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33 Hajra
Twitter:
October 8, 2012 at 10:05 AM

Congrats on the short post! LOL! But you impart so much with this short one as well.

The three main things which many people really do miss out. We focus on one, forget the other and maybe ignore the third one! A good balance of all the three is definitely required to make your blog or website work for you.

I still feel I am ignoring regularity and focusing too much on networking. I feel mine is a personal blog so it doesn’t hurt me as much!

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34 Adrienne
Twitter:
October 8, 2012 at 10:23 AM

Thanks Hajra, that’s a first. Okay, I use to write shorter posts but I just get on a roll and can’t help myself for the most part.

I think you’re right for the most part. People start and get so wrapped up on the content strategy that they forget to get their content out there. If you don’t follow through with these other tasks then you’re just spinning your wheels.

Since yours is a personal blog you really can do whatever you want. But if you want more people to see your content then following what I’ve shared will definitely do the trick.

Always a pleasure to see you young lady. Hope you had a good weekend and looking forward to the week.

~Adrienne

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35 Mary Stephenson
Twitter:
October 8, 2012 at 10:54 AM

Hi Adrienne

Good morning! I am up and thought I would check your post out before I took a walk and went through the rest of my email.

Great info and that is what I am trying to do. Getting focused on what really matters first. I have been stretched so thin in so many ways that nothing was really getting done well. I am trying to pick out where my time is best spent and not worry about information that can wait once I am on the right and steady path.

Pretty pleased that I finally got out of my comfort zone and made a simple video for another site. I put my whole heart into the project and even if nothing comes of it, it is a focused project.

I also find the more I write the easier it becomes. So I really know that I can accomplish many things. Sometimes we get thrown some lots of information and it can be hard to decipher what is really good and you need to take the time to listen. I found some pretty good stuff recently that has helped me see a direction I need to take. It is going to be a long road, but now I see the ability to accomplish great things.

Thanks for the great post today.

Mary

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36 Adrienne
Twitter:
October 8, 2012 at 11:14 AM

Good morning Mary,

I’m so pleased to hear that you wanted to check out my post before you started your day. That brought a smile to my face.

I know that’s where a lot of people fall down. Staying focused on the project at hand and sticking with it until they see the desired results. They take time though so you’re not going to see overnight results. They’ll come though.

Happy to hear that you did shoot a video and have that up now. Good for you, what an accomplishment. I think the first one is always the hardest.

Glad to hear that things are coming a little easier for you now. Information overload is definitely a big killer in the online industry. I know it was a major issue for me when I first started.

Thank you for sharing that with me Mary and you enjoy the rest of your day. Hope you’ll make it a fun one.

~Adrienne

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37 Carol Lynn
Twitter:
October 8, 2012 at 11:26 AM

Well, you hit it on the head again, Adrienne. It’s kind of funny that you posted this today because yesterday I made a list of things I have to do every day and slotted time for each of them. What’s on the top three of the list? Blogs… promotion… commenting. Yes, I have more things but I decided to sit down and actually make a daily schedule for myself so I could be sure to do the important things but also not get lost in doing so much that I lose a whole day. The stars must have aligned and we were thinking alike :)

I enjoy chatting with people on Twitter and other places, too, but as you know it’s very easy to get caught up in that and suddenly hours go by. Now that we have so many options and we have the opportunity to meet so many people, we really have to plan out our time and carefully set our priorities and what we want to accomplish. I know you’ve figured it all out :) Good advice that everyone can use!

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38 Adrienne
Twitter:
October 8, 2012 at 11:52 AM

Hey Carol,

I thought this post would be good for a Monday. Of course I could have written this much earlier but I guess with these two interviews that just took place I realized that question always comes up.

I think a lot of people aren’t quite sure what they should be doing each day in order to get the results they want but I’m happy to share with everyone what I believe are the top three and what works for me. :-)

Glad you made your list Carol, I make mine every single day. Also when I’m on a social networking site and I see someone I want to connect with, I’ll paste their information in a text file so that when it’s time to get back to that site for making connections, I’m sure to look them up. I don’t lose site of why I’m there because distractions are a killer.

Glad you enjoyed this advice Carol and I have no doubt you’re always planned things out. You are so productive.

Now, enjoy your week and hope you’ll be slacking off a little today.

~Adrienne

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39 Bill Dorman
Twitter:
October 8, 2012 at 12:33 PM

Hey, like minds……….I have a similar post and I think it topped 1,000 words…..

I’m the worst about getting bogged down in social if I don’t have set appointments for a particular morning. What I have done to alleviate that is make appointments for myself with training and some other admin items the producers are responsible for. If I don’t schedule it, it’s likely to get away from me. I probably need to do the same with my writing…….:).

Good stuff.

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40 Adrienne
Twitter:
October 8, 2012 at 12:57 PM

Are you kidding me Bill? How cool is that.. I’ll have to come over and check that one out for sure.

I think this is a record for me, under 1,000 words. That doesn’t happen often. ;-)

Scheduling what you’re doing with your time will get you to the end result a lot faster Bill. Because being social is the best part of what we do it’s hard not to just hang out and chat. You know me, I love building relationships which is being social but I also have to remember that I have to put myself out there in front of a lot of people in order to get some attention drawn to my blog.

Seems like you have quite a bit of that under control.

Okay, see you over at your place soon.

~Adrienne

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41 Carolyn
Twitter:
October 9, 2012 at 7:36 AM

You two are definitely In Sync today! Both articles are excellent examples of how it’s done right! :-)

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42 Roz Bennetts October 8, 2012 at 1:40 PM

I’ve only known you for a little while Adrienne, but I know one thing – you apply everything you say here, in particular the relationships and it must be really gratifying to see the 70-80 comments you get on all your posts. Rewards for all your hard work. Be proud :-)

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43 Adrienne
Twitter:
October 8, 2012 at 1:53 PM

Thank you Roz and you are right… That’s exactly what I share here on my blog, things that I have done and I share the results with you all. I think that’s the best way to actually teach don’t you!

It’s extremely gratifying to see the 70-80 comments on my posts and more. I continue to thank God everyday for this gift he has blessed me with. I’m just so thankful that everyone continues to enjoy reading what I share.

Thank you for that and I do hope you enjoy your day.

~Adrienne

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44 Jan Bierens
Twitter:
October 8, 2012 at 2:44 PM

Hi Adrienne,
I see some changes here.
Is that a good thing? I don’t mean seeing them, but what can it do for your blog and you… I saw your comment on Lisa’s blog. Like I said there, it’s a good idea to look at some sites ‘of the big players’ out there, they have more than likely a team of people dedicated just to the general design of the blog or site. As a ‘smaller’ blogger there’s much to learn from them.
The trend nowadays seems to go towards ‘lighter’ color schemes. Readability is really important. Keeping a visitor at your site and – preferably – have them come back again is not an easy task. As for your ‘short’ post, it’s hard to let people read long pages of text and still keep them glued to your site.
Just look at the average time people spend on your site in tour statistics… people are distracted easily.

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45 Adrienne
Twitter:
October 8, 2012 at 3:07 PM

Hi Jan,

I have made a couple small changes and my post on Thursday will explain why Jan. I did find Lisa’s post very interesting and I will be testing that theory out myself on a few of my other blogs. I mean why the heck not right!

I still love the white, I admit. It’s easier for me to read and I don’t get a headache with all that color.

My on page time in my stats is great Jan. People are hanging around for a good 5 minutes which I hear is a great time so my long posts seem to be keeping them entertained. I feel bad sometimes when they get a little lengthy but I do my best to cut them down when I’m able.

Thanks for sharing and adding your thoughts to this topic.

~Adrienne

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46 Carolyn
Twitter:
October 9, 2012 at 7:39 AM

I’m definitely going to raise your on-page average today, Adrienne. I was away from my computer yesterday and couldn’t get here, but today I have a bonus of your wonderful commenters. I’ve been on your page for 15 minutes! :-)

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47 Adrienne
Twitter:
October 9, 2012 at 9:18 AM

Wow Carolyn, thank you so much young lady! Well it’s always a pleasure to hear from you as you know. Hope you had a good day away from the computer yesterday and for chatting with all my other good buddies here.

Thank you for that Carolyn and you enjoy your week.

~Adrienne

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48 Sonia
Twitter:
October 8, 2012 at 2:44 PM

You must have been talking about me, when it comes to wandering. I have gotten a better handle on that when my time tends to be so limited. When I get home, my family always comes first, but when I know I need to get stuff done or have deadlines, I try and always make sure I keep on schedule and turn my computer off at a certain time.

I even use a timer if you can believe that and it makes me work faster to get my tasks completed. You are right about the 3 big tasks to focus on because without them, you will be all over the place.

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49 Adrienne
Twitter:
October 8, 2012 at 3:09 PM

I have a timer too Sonia so don’t feel bad. Not that I’m rushing through my projects but when you time yourself and give yourself plenty of time to look at stuff then you’ll focus on that more. Then you need to take those breaks in between because working non stop is sometimes not the best thing to do. Glad you have a good schedule down though when you are trying to get a certain task done.

Thanks for your comment. Always a pleasure to see you.

~Adrienne

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50 Tim Bonner
Twitter:
October 8, 2012 at 3:48 PM

Hey Adrienne

I’m really focussed when it comes to everything else apart from creating content for my blog.

With the way things work around here, I have to do things in short bursts otherwise I’d never get anything done online. Not ideal but it will get easier in the long term. Building relationships I’m alright at though so I just need to juggle a few more things around and get more organised.

So my task for this week is to find time to focus purely on my blog and keep all other distractions at bay!

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51 Adrienne
Twitter:
October 8, 2012 at 3:54 PM

Hey Tim,

Since you are a stay at home Dad Tim, you’re so excused. Your family is the most important thing so taking care of them comes first for sure. I do know though that creating your own online business, you have to take the time to dedicate to that as well. When you do have the time, make sure that it’s productive and will generate the outcome that you want.

I know that your blog is really starting to get notices as it should so congratulations on what you’ve been able to do with it up to this point. I have a feeling it’s only growing from here on out.

Thanks for taking the time to stop by. Always a pleasure to see you.

Enjoy your week now.

~Adrienne

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52 Mitch Mitchell
Twitter:
October 8, 2012 at 8:10 PM

Hmmm… well, you said it much differently than I would have, but I really can’t disagree with these. I might have made your #2 my #4 and, instead, said “conversions into clients.” Of course that’s not really a task, but more of a result isn’t it? Then again, so is generating traffic unless you combine it with #3, in which case it still leaves you with one more task. Ain’t I just so contrary? lol

However, no matter how it’s worded, your main point is to be consistent in the reason you do what you do, whatever it is, and to try not to be distracted. I fully get where you’re coming from. As you know, I’ve been planning my day’s to get to all the projects and other things I need to get to so I can achieve my dream. What I’ve found is that some tasks are easy to stay on point with, while others I just get distracted while doing them, and those tend to involve my being on the internet, trying to research something, and getting distracted. It’s just so easy to get distracted, and at my age I then forget what I was doing and it could take me 10 minutes to remember; that’s a shame. lol

Wait; what was I saying again?

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53 Adrienne
Twitter:
October 8, 2012 at 8:26 PM

Hey Mitch,

The point I’m trying to make here is that there are “tasks” that you need to be doing every single day in order to even be able to convert those prospects into clients. Understand what I’m saying?

You have to do certain tasks every single day in order to get results. Converting your prospects into customers is of course your end result but how are you even going to get to that point if you haven’t written your content, put it out to the masses and then started building those relationships. We know that people prefer to do business with people they know, like and trust. The majority that is.

But yeah, you get my main point. It takes consistent action on our part to even get to the end result. These are the action steps that I believe need to be taken.

You poor thing… Maybe you need to start writing down what task you are trying to accomplish so that if you do get distracted you’ll have that in front of you to put you right back on tract. You KNOW I’m older then you so you can’t use age as your excuse. I write everything down and have it right in front of me. Hey, I’m no dummy! lol… ;-)

Thanks Mitch… Too funny my friend, too funny.

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54 Mitch Mitchell
Twitter:
October 8, 2012 at 9:21 PM

You know, I set my alarms to go off to tell me what I should be doing at that time. What I don’t do is write it down after the alarm so I remember what I should be doing while I’m doing it. Might have to buy some note paper. lol

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55 Adrienne
Twitter:
October 9, 2012 at 8:58 AM

I actually use a notebook Mitch and I write down everything I should be doing for the day. I check them off as they get completed. I prefer to have things written in front of me and not rely on electronics for this particular thing. When they do down we’re lost.

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56 Michael Belk
Twitter:
October 8, 2012 at 11:18 PM

Adrienne, you are right it is all busy work, but believe it or not. I like the busy work more sometimes because I like changing up my blog, commenting, reading, or whatever.

Content remains to be your #1 priority. thanks for the short but effective post.

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57 Adrienne
Twitter:
October 9, 2012 at 9:01 AM

Hi Michael,

I enjoy the busy work too Michael because I like improving my blog and changing things up from time to time as well. But the busy work isn’t the most important work when it comes to getting the end results. I’m not saying it’s not important but I think those tasks should be done after everything else is complete ya know!

Content is #1 and without that we are nowhere.

Thanks for your comment and enjoy your day!

~Adrienne

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58 Sue Price
Twitter:
October 9, 2012 at 1:01 AM

Hi Adrienne

As usual an excellent post with great advice. Wow I forget you have been online so long – before blogs were popular.

I came online to blog because someone (actually Terry) told me I needed a blog as my “home”. I had no idea what I was going to say but sort of found my way. Then like many people got lost online. I know many people do this as it can be quite daunting.

This post is shorter than some of yours but it does not need to be. It is simple when you put it as you have for people.

Thanks Adrienne.

Sue

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59 Adrienne
Twitter:
October 9, 2012 at 9:05 AM

Hi Sue,

Gosh I know, it seems like forever now and time does fly by. That’s why I tell people we have to get out of bed every single day so how will you spend your time today? Wouldn’t you prefer doing the tasks that will bring the results on a consistent basis? I sure do.

Your journey sounds like mine Sue. I just started blogging because I was told it’s the thing to do but back then I wasn’t told how to do it. I had to find my own way and it’s taken awhile I admit.

Thanks Sue and I’ll do my best to keep them shorter then my normal rambling. Can’t promise you anything but I sure will do my best.

You enjoy your day and speak to you very soon.

~Adrienne

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60 Mayura
Twitter:
October 9, 2012 at 1:52 AM

Hi Adrienne,

It’s short but I kinda love it though ;) All is to the point as always. I believe consistency is a important keyword Adrienne. Social media is a ally for bloggers to spread the word.

Recently a blogger sent me an email and asked me why he’s not getting much traffic on his blog eventhough he’s blogging for 7 months. As I navigate to his blog, I could find posts written by himself about topics on computers, but seems he always spamming around with his links on the web. He defines it as creating backlinks around the web to increase SEO value, but he’s not much different compared to spam bots. May be someone fetch that idea into his head.

I’ve been telling him about building relationships and engaging with fellow bloggers to create a community for himself via his blog :) I’ve attached your blog link with others to explore about building relationships. I don’t know he would follow it or not. As I see people impressed with getting popular with blogging and making money, but they need things quickly ;) Hmm… I hope they will figure out eventually.

BTW I haven’t got your free report Adrienne. Got only emails about Blogger Roadmap :)

Have a nice week Adrienne :)

Cheers…

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61 Adrienne
Twitter:
October 9, 2012 at 9:09 AM

Hi Mayura,

Social media is a way to spread the word but don’t get lost while you’re accomplishing that task.

A lot of people do that I’m afraid Mayura and that’s the way I was taught to get backlinks to my blog. As a matter of fact, I was taught to blog comment just for the sole purpose of getting backlinks and no other reason. Relationship building didn’t even come into the picture. That’s why I can’t get upset at people because I was taught to do that and you know others still are.

That was very kind of you to help him like that Mayura and I think that’s what we should be doing. Helping others learn what they should be doing and just how to go about that. I appreciate you sharing my blog with him. Hope he takes your advice and stops by to learn a thing or two.

When you first opted in you were sent a welcome email with the link to the free report. Go back through your emails and see if you can find it. If it’s lost somewhere or you accidentally deleted it, let me know and I’ll send you the link.

Thanks Mayura and you have a wonderful week as well.

~Adrienne

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62 Mayura
Twitter:
October 9, 2012 at 8:10 PM

Well said about Social Media Adrienne ;)

Ohw, you mean the first report of yours about Relationship Marketing? Ahw… It’s the day I signed up for your email list and read it rightaway :) I have your report and listened to all audio clips of shared interviews since I’m here about relationship marketing :) Sorry, I thought it’s a new one dear.

Cheers…

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63 Adrienne
Twitter:
October 9, 2012 at 9:12 PM

Thanks Mayura…

Yeah, that’s the only report I’ve shared so far and the gift if you sign up to be on my list. I thought you had mentioned that you did so I was kind of surprised so sorry, no more yet.

No problem, thanks. :-)

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64 Ken Pickard
Twitter:
October 9, 2012 at 2:30 AM

Adrienne,

I love the way you got to the point…in a round about way. You have a knack for stating the obvious with a little entertainment thrown into the mix. I must admit that I have suffered from this perplexing problem occasionally. The distracted part that is.

I love to connect with people and just carry on with whats what some times and then I look up and an hour has past. Well this past two weeks or so I’ve been in the bat cave working on my little pet project and now I’m coming back up for some air and some blog content.

Thank you for the reminder on how we can get lost in the woods some times.

Ken Pickard
The Network Dad

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65 Adrienne
Twitter:
October 9, 2012 at 9:12 AM

Hi Ken,

Why thank you Ken and I really appreciate that. Especially coming from you, someone I look up to when it comes to sharing content. I’m trying to keep my posts fun and light but at the same time really hit home the important things that need to be addressed.

I’m happy to hear that the project is complete and I have no doubt it will be another success. It’s nice to carry on conversations when you have that time allotted for just that. But getting your content out there is much more important in the long run wouldn’t you agree? Then go chat and get them interested in what you share.

Looking forward to seeing what you’ve been up to lately. I’ve missed seeing you around when you go back into the bat cave. Glad you’ve come up for air.

See you around my friend.

~Adrienne

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66 Romy Singh
Twitter:
October 9, 2012 at 2:46 AM

Hello Adrienne,

My daily routine follows the same way. I wake up every morning at the same time then the first task I do is creating my plan for whole day. I jot down all the work on a sheet of paper with time frame and also I allot some time for unknow task to be on safe side because who knows what comes next.

My plan consist all my writing, blogging, study and house works. A well constructed plan can save you a lots of time so you able to enjoy your life also.

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67 Adrienne
Twitter:
October 9, 2012 at 9:14 AM

Hi Romy,

Sounds like you’ve got it down pat my friend. Congratulations and I have a feeling you’ll be consistently seeing better and better results with each new day. Bravo to you and thank you for sharing that. Now, we need to get everyone else on this type of plan. ;-)

~Adrienne

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68 Enstine Muki
Twitter:
October 9, 2012 at 2:52 AM

Hey Adrienne,
Always good to be here and read your inspiring posts. When I think relationship building, I think Adrienne especially after reading your report which I highly recommend.

Every other thing we get busying doing online revolves round the 3 most important tasks you underline here. I can imagine my blog in the next 3 years of being consistent in these tasks. Right now, I have been blogging for 1 and a half months and have over 645 comments already. What makes me more exited is the fact that I get new faces everyday and I try to build relations with them and keep them coming back. I read a couple of power blogs, including adriennesmith.net where I learn a lot of tips that work. What’s very interesting is that you don’t share imaginations. You share experience and that’s important to me.

Hope you have a splendid week

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69 Adrienne
Twitter:
October 9, 2012 at 9:17 AM

Hey Enstine,

Why thank you for saying that and so glad you enjoyed my report.

Congratulations on the results that you’ve been getting Enstine. See, that’s what it takes with you’re doing daily consistent actions. People don’t seem to realize the importance of doing things every day that will bring you closer to your desired outcome. 645 comments is fabulous and I love that you have new people showing up all the time on your blog.

I appreciate that you include my blog in the mix of where you learn, that really makes me smile. Knowing that I’m helping other bloggers move closer to their goals is so rewarding.

I appreciate you sharing that and you enjoy your week as well. I definitely intend on doing just that.

~Adrienne

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70 Carolyn
Twitter:
October 9, 2012 at 7:46 AM

Oh my goodness, Adrienne. You can’t give this great advice and then blow my schedule with all of your wonderful commenters! ;-) If you had only blocked comments to this post then I would be on schedule.

I have had a very busy schedule for the past 7 days so I haven’t been able to spend enough time on any of these. But you’re right, Adrienne, these are all three important elements of successful blogging. I enjoy each of these elements so very much that I need to budget my time accordingly. But I have so much fun writing my posts, visiting social media sites and other blogs that I find there aren’t enough hours in the day even if I just sat here in front of the computer 24/7.

Okay, I will step away slowly from this great article, Adrienne. ;-) You don’t make it easy though!

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71 Adrienne
Twitter:
October 9, 2012 at 9:21 AM

That’s what you get for being away from the computer yesterday Carolyn! Surprise!!! ;-)

That’s what I love about what we do Carolyn, it doesn’t seem like work at all. It’s so much fun writing and then spreading our content around. Of course building relationships is so much fun too so that just adds to all the excitement of it all. I hear ya on that one.

Ah, you’re too kind Carolyn too kind!!! Thank you so much and you enjoy your day okay young lady! Always a pleasure to see you.

~Adrienne

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72 Robin Hallett
Twitter:
October 9, 2012 at 9:07 AM

Thank you Adrienne, I appreciate you putting this out so clearly. Relationships, content, promote –lather, rinse, repeat :)

Do you have any ideas for me on how to continue promoting blog posts — like a day or two after I’ve posted them?

Thanks for being there –

Robin

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73 Adrienne
Twitter:
October 9, 2012 at 9:25 AM

You are so welcome Robin and I’m so happy that you found this one helpful as well. This is definitely what you should be doing the most of.

What you need to do is start making those connections with other bloggers and trust me, they will be the ones sharing your blog posts. You just sit back and watch them all show up. So start locating those blogs to comment on that you enjoy reading and start sharing their content and they will start showing up on your blog and sharing yours. That way, word of mouth is the best marketing there is.

My pleasure Robin and you enjoy your day.

~Adrienne

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74 Aditya
Twitter:
October 9, 2012 at 8:09 AM

Oh yeah, it’s been very long since you’ve written an article with less than 1000 words but the point here is you delivered the message to us and you kept is short and precise.

Of course those are undoubtedly the 3 most important tasks in blogging and building relationships is what matters most to me.

My plans are finally clicking, I’m gonna completely refurbish my blog in the coming weeks and I have to try to focus and not get distracted, particularly by Facebook. Anyway, you’ll see for yourself in the coming day! I’m excited!

Aditya

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75 Adrienne
Twitter:
October 9, 2012 at 9:22 AM

Hi Aditya,

I hope I can keep that up so I guess we’ll see right!

Thank you for sharing that and glad you agree.

Well, I’ll look forward to checking out your updated site. I’m sure it will be fun doing that too. Now, set your goals and the time to achieve those and turn everything off. Focus on that one project and you’ll be done in no time at all.

Thanks for your comment and enjoy your day.

~Adrienne

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76 Praveen Rajarao
Twitter:
October 9, 2012 at 10:21 AM

Hi Adrienne – Yes, sometimes I too feel like if i had a guiding hand, i would have done better, be it at work or any other field.

It really pays to list out our priorities like you have done and focus all attention towards achieving them.

Building content and getting traffic seems to be my priorities as well for now. Let us see now well I do that.

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77 Adrienne
Twitter:
October 9, 2012 at 10:55 AM

Hi Praveen,

I think they all go hand in hand really Praveen. I mean we need the content in order to attract the people. We then have to get the content out there for people to see and hopefully it’s what they’re interested in right. Then once they are on your blog it’s up to us to start building those relationships with our readers so they will want to continue coming back time and time again. Once that is accomplished they will trust you enough to purchase products from you.

I think if we stay focused on this tasks then everything will come into play.

Thank you for sharing your thoughts on this Praveen and always a pleasure to see you.

~Adrienne

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78 Margarita
Twitter:
October 9, 2012 at 12:47 PM

Adrienne,
this post is just for me. It takes me hours to do something simple. As a result, I spend hours and feel not productive. Thank you for the advise. I appreciate your “short post and gold nuggets”.

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79 Adrienne
Twitter:
October 9, 2012 at 12:56 PM

Hi Margarita,

I’m happy to hear that and glad you found this one helpful.

I know when I first started it seemed to take me forever too. I think we have to get used to what we’re doing and then it goes much quicker.

I will do my best to stick to shorter posts and hope continue giving you those gold nuggets.

~Adrienne

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80 Mark
Twitter:
October 9, 2012 at 1:51 PM

Hi Adrienne!

The most significant message I got out this post is; enjoy what you do – have fun in the process… You can tell when there’s not a joyful person behind the keys and it makes such a huge difference in the perception people develop of you.

Attitude shows up in everything you do online, whether you realize it or not. I think most people in general desire to be connected to possitive forces in the universe.

Love what you do here in the community… Keep making a difference, Adrienne : )

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81 Adrienne
Twitter:
October 9, 2012 at 2:50 PM

Hey Mark,

Thank you Mark and I’m so happy to hear that you received that message from this post.

I know that some people say I get lost doing other things and I’m not doing the work that will actually get results. But that work is fun too! To me I’m learning the “how” so I can turn around and share with my readers so it’s always a joy with everything that I do to get me to that next level.

Attitude is key and you’re right about that. When it shows in what people share, those are the people we want to connect with. I definitely agree with you there my friend.

Thank you so much, I appreciate your kind words. I will do my very best.

~Adrienne

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82 Annie Andre
Twitter:
October 9, 2012 at 1:53 PM

Adrienne,

It really does sound too simple and too good to be true. But then again, it’s a lot of work to build those relationships. I would not have believed it unless I tried it myself and It really does work.
The downside is that it does take a lot of time. If you are building a product (like i am) you have to spread yourself thin so in reality i should be spending more time socializing but just don’t’ have any spare time. So i focus on about 15 to 20 people and sites that i socialize with and build those up.

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83 Adrienne
Twitter:
October 9, 2012 at 3:30 PM

Hey Annie,

Telling people to build relationships can become rather annoying at times wouldn’t you agree Annie? But then they wouldn’t have the thrill of seeing the results they get from having built them, the connections they’ve made with people and the things that lead up to it. You are living proof of that young lady and so am I.

I hear what you’re saying. There are so many people, such as yourself, that get busy creating a product and fall off the face of the earth. Then when the product is ready to launch they don’t get the best results because they’ve been gone for so long. I know it’s all very time consuming but hopefully just staying in touch with your “inner circle” will help you when the time comes.

Hope it’s all going well.

~Adrienne

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84 Annie Andre
Twitter:
October 10, 2012 at 9:22 AM

You are so right Adrienne. I know several people who have dissapeared all together to get their product done (in another niche than mine and yours) then resurfaced and released their products to the crickets. If i’ve learned anything from you its that i should always have my inner circle. which of course you are at the center but only because i love Kayla. :)

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85 Adrienne
Twitter:
October 10, 2012 at 9:41 AM

I know that it’s hard work to do it all Annie. Especially when you have a family and the time spent with them is just as important as the time you spend on your business. But to vanish totally and we have no idea where you went only to pop back up with the latest and greatest “next” product.

You are so right, just staying connected at least with your inner circle will still help spread the word for when that time comes. I can’t wait for your product, I’ll shout if from the rooftops girl.

I’m so glad you love my girl and hope that will always keep you coming back for more. ;-)

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86 Cathy
Twitter:
October 9, 2012 at 2:11 PM

Hi Adrienne,

Great advice and just what I needed today. Having a plan and staying focused on producing content will help spread the message. It is helpful to develop those relationships and nurture them. All good information as usual.

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87 Adrienne
Twitter:
October 9, 2012 at 3:32 PM

Hi Cathy,

Glad you enjoyed it and it was just what you needed.

Relationships are really the key once everything else is in place isn’t it Cathy! I couldn’t agree more.

Hope all is well with you.

~Adrienne

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88 Donna Merrill
Twitter:
October 9, 2012 at 6:03 PM

Well Adrienne I must say this is the shortest post you have ever written. But your message rings loud and clear.

As the “queen of relationships” that you really are my friend, you set a great example in this post. Relationship marketing is a great way for trust building and taking those friendships we make on to different levels.

I just love when I get a PM pop up on Facebook from someone and we take it on to the phone. It leads to masterminding, being there for one another, encouragement and yes, even business opportunities.

I must say, I don’t have great skills on twitter. It just goes too fast for me. I think we all need to see where we are most comfortable on one social platform and be consistent on that. And also be on the rest. Facebook has been working for me.

Thanks again for your wise words my friend,
Donna

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89 Adrienne
Twitter:
October 9, 2012 at 6:17 PM

Hey Donna, welcome home! Hope you and David had a great trip.

I know, shocking right! I could have rambled on with each point but I chose to just keep it short and to the point.

After all is said and done, it’s the trust factor that’s going to bring us the most business wouldn’t you agree? Getting our content out there for enough people to see it is one thing but making those connections is the most important to me.

I’m happy to hear you’re having success with Facebook and we should all stick with the platform that works the best for us. Twitter can be rather fast, I agree so it’s not as easy to make great conversations.

Thanks for sharing this Donna and hope to see you tonight.

~Adrienne

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90 Steve Vernon October 9, 2012 at 7:30 PM

Hey Adrienne! First of all, I must say, I just really love your writing style. Fun, easy to read, welcoming, just like you! :-) Now that we got that out of the way, yes, you’re absolutely right . . . KISS (Keep It Simple Silly). With all the technology, all the social media, all the things tempting us out there in cyber-never-never-land, it’s so easy to get pulled away from the old fashion basics. Build those relationships and stay in contact. That’s what I’m loving about our tribe — it’s all about relationship building, and that’s what ANY kind of good business has always been about. Some things never change.

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91 Adrienne
Twitter:
October 9, 2012 at 7:47 PM

Hey Steve,

Why thank you Steve, I appreciate that. That’s always so nice to hear because I definitely want being on my blog a wonderful experience for you. I’ve old people over and over again, just write like you’re chatting with an old friend. Make them feel welcome.

You are so right, it’s so easy to get pulled away and distracted by other things that we should be doing. Meeting new people and building those relationships is what it’s all about. Stay in contact with those people and help them in any way you can. Trust me, they’ll love you for it.

I’m really enjoying the tribe connections we’ve been able to make. Meeting new bloggers and learning new things. Such a great experience for sure.

Thanks for sharing this and hope you’ve been enjoying your day. I guess I’ll see you very soon.

~Adrienne

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92 Josh
Twitter:
October 9, 2012 at 8:39 PM

Hi Adrienne,

Maybe you mentioned this somewhere, but I don’t remember seeing it. How do you handle responding to comments?

You do a wonderful job of building relationships which is why you have so many comments here, but I have to think it must take a chunk of time to respond to them all. So I am curious if you have a system you use to respond.

I think it ties in with trying to plan out your day, so I would love to hear what you have to say.

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93 Adrienne
Twitter:
October 9, 2012 at 9:16 PM

Hey Josh,

Well, I’m more fortunate Josh in the respect that I live alone and I don’t have any children. I work online full-time so if I have to stay up until midnight to make sure I respond to all comments then I’ll do just that. For me, if you took the time to come to my blog, read my post and comment, I just really appreciate you doing that so your comment deserves a response.

For those that opt-in to my blog, I’ll call them if they left a phone number and introduce myself. If not, I sent them a personal email which usually prompts more communication between us. To me, that’s how relationships are built. That “getting to know you” stage and knowing that I’m here to help and that I care.

So to answer your question, I do my best to respond to all comments as soon as they come in. I do that in between the rest of my work online.

Thanks Josh!

~Adrienne

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94 Ashvini
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October 10, 2012 at 1:30 AM

Words of wisdom from master Jedi :). These three rules are so simple, yet many people tend to ignore and instead focus on things that are really not important ( such as many SEO tactics which border on blackhat). Like any successful business, a good blog is built upon the relationship built over time and by having enormous patience.
I really admire the fact that you take time to go to so many blogs and write on them. This is a herculean work and not many people can match it. That is why you are best , Adrienne. There is so much to learn from you .
Thanks for this short and sweet reminder and providing us with the vision .

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95 Adrienne
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October 10, 2012 at 8:17 AM

Ah, the master Jedi! I love that Ashvini! :-)

I know that for a lot of people they want their blog to move up in the search engines quickly so they study the SEO tactics and focus solely on them. Now that’s all fine and dandy but what they forget is that the backlinks is what Google still recognizes as well as fresh and unique content. Now, if everyone is sharing your posts and talking about you then hey, it really doesn’t get much better then that.

Who wants to come over to a blog that is ranking well yet looks like a ghost town. I usually question why Google ranked them so high because for the most part they don’t even have fresh content.

Building relationships with your readers Ashvini really is the key to taking your blog to where you want it to go. Not only will they love your content, comment like crazy but they’ll share it with all their friends. That’s what is the fun part.

Thank you for sharing that Ashvini and I sure hope you’re having a wonderful week.

~Adrienne

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96 Louise
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October 10, 2012 at 7:06 AM

Hi Adrienne
I can so relate to the getting distracted on Facebook thing, as I’m sure many can. I like to think of myself as pretty disciplined and organised, but it’s so easy to get distracted in Social Media and Blogs.

I love the way you make it all so simple by breaking it down into three must-do tasks. Content, Traffic and Relationships. You certainly know how to build relationships and like Josh mentioned, I also marvel at the quantity of comments you manage to generate, both on your own blog, but also by commenting on other people’s blogs.

Having a plan and being consistent seems to be key in what you are saying and I will certainly start to make the three tasks you mention a priority in my daily tasks. Thank you for sharing some of the secrets to your success.
Louise

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97 Adrienne
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October 10, 2012 at 8:23 AM

Hi Louise,

It’s funny but I don’t get distracted on Facebook. I spend a certain amount of time there in the mornings and then I post to it several times throughout the day. The one thing I do stay on top of though are my email replies. That is from Facebook responses or comments on my blog. I know they say to not check your email 20 million times a day but I do when it comes to those.

You know how they always say work smart not hard. Well Louise, this is the smart way. If you’re consistent with these tasks then you’ll see results. It’s getting off track and not accomplishing the things you need that will hold you back.

I love commenting but for me I’m building relationships too. These people come to me with questions and those start conversations all through commenting on blogs and being diligent and answering their questions too. To me, that’s what is important so that’s why I do what I do.

Make a plan, be consistent with it and you’ll get the results. That I have learned and I’ll never go back.

Thank you Louise for your comment. Always a pleasure.

~Adrienne

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98 Louise
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October 12, 2012 at 2:28 AM

Thanks Adrienne. Yes, I know consistency is key and as they say, ‘fail to plan and you plan to fail’. Focusing on just a few tasks on a consistent basis is guaranteed to build your business, but figuring out what those tasks should be is of course key. Your post has helped me focus on what’s important, so thank you again.
Louise

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99 Adrienne
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October 12, 2012 at 8:38 AM

You are so welcome Louise and you definitely said it best here. Consistency is key but doing the right tasks is what’s important. It’s like doing only the busy work and expecting results.

Glad this post was helpful, thanks again.

~Adrienne

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100 Jeevan Jacob John
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October 10, 2012 at 8:17 AM

I do agree with you, Adrienne ;)

These days I spend most of my blogging time on commenting and on networking (via Social media).

Since I don’t have an active blog as of now, content creation isn’t going on that much (unless we include comments in that category).

I am focusing on building those relationships (and strengthening the existing ones), so that when I launch my new blog I can launch it with a bang ;)

Your post might be short, Adrienne but it did cover great points ;)

I remember writing a guest post on why we should build the traffic first before we actively get into content creation (I didn’t necessarily agree with it, but it is something to think about).

When we start our blog with lots of content, not a lot of people will read that content (because we aren’t creditable yet). By the time, we have established some authority, those posts will be forgotten (In many cases, that is a good thing because when we begin blogging, our posts may not be as good as it is now). So, what I argued was that we should have some content and try to make most out of it (go, build those relationships, come back and add more posts).

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101 Adrienne
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October 10, 2012 at 8:31 AM

Hi Jeevan,

What happened to your blog Jeevan? I was surprised to see no links that I can visit your post today. Are you experimenting again? You’re creating another new blog! Wow, you do that a lot don’t you. Or maybe I’m thinking of all the ones you help contribute to.

I’ve spoken to a few people who actually did this very same thing Jeevan. They didn’t have a blog but concentrated on studying others and commenting as they built those relationships. When the time came to launch their blog they had all that support already in place. I guess to each his own but to me, the whole blogging thing is an experience in itself. I prefer already having content for them to visit.

Yeah, I did go a little shorter then usual. I really do try each time I sit down to write but for the most part, I get carried away with what I’m sharing.

I spoke to a lady last night who said that when she first started blogging, no one showed up. She had a lot of really great stuff to share in those earlier posts so she’s now going back through them and sharing them again. It’s sad that a lot of our good content is ignored but I think that’s just part of the process really. I’m kind of glad no one is reading much of my earlier posts. I don’t take them down because they are part of my process. It helps me see where I once was.

Thanks for sharing this Jeevan and let us know when you’re blog is up and running.

~Adrienne

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102 Jeevan Jacob John
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October 10, 2012 at 8:06 PM

Well, yes I am experimenting ;) This time, I deleted my old blog and starting a new one (well, I have done that before. Only this time, it will be different because I will be doing a lot of blogging work before the launch).

Yes, sharing or mentioning those posts can help to get more attention for those posts. Yes, of course (I agree with you, I am glad that no one sees it these days; even if they wanted to, they won’t be able to, because I have all my old content from my first blog in a sub domain).

Of course ;) I am planning to launch it by the end of this year :)

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103 Adrienne
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October 11, 2012 at 8:35 AM

Why didn’t you just incorporate what you already had into taking it into a new direction? That seems like a lot of work to just start over.

I noticed that, popped over to your blog yet got that message saying under maintenance I believe. Well, as long as you’re doing what you want then that’s all that matters.

Good luck with this one Jeevan and hope it’s the right direction you want to go.

~Adrienne

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104 Jeevan Jacob John
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October 11, 2012 at 12:16 PM

Many reasons, Adrienne.

1) I did want to experiment with building the blog without the “blog” (You know, launch with a “bang”!)

2) I was planning to change my domain to a personal one (.me) and switch the focus around a bit.

3) My domain and hosting expires [soon] anyways (so, I thought I would just shut it down :D).

I do plan to renew the current domain too (just because I have over 200 business cards with this website URL).

Yeah, it is (it is exciting too because this time I have planned every step of the process – from how the posts are going to be delivered to what font I am going to use :D).

I tried to remove the maintenance text, unfortunately the plugin doesn’t allow to do that.

Thanks, Adrienne :D

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105 Adrienne
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October 11, 2012 at 12:59 PM

Why thank you for sharing that with me Jeevan.

I think if your hosting service is about to expire and you don’t want to stay with them then starting from scratch could be a good thing. I mean if that’s the direction you want to go. I wouldn’t be able to do that of course, I would move my blog over if that were the case but I love my hosting service.

You can always just keep that domain and forward it to your new one until everyone gets use to it and you have it all changed on your business cards, etc.

I’m anxious to see what you’ll be blogging about. I know you have a following already though so that wouldn’t be a problem getting some faces on your blog quickly.

I’m excited for you. A new venture! Yay!!!

~Adrienne

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106 Jeevan Jacob John
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October 13, 2012 at 7:56 PM

To be honest, I really like my current hosting provider. For my last blog, I was with Hostgator (they were a great web hosting service, but I had many problems – down times and errors – when I was with them. After I switched over to Netfirms, I haven’t had any – well, I think I had one – problems :D).

Yes, that’s what I am planning to do. Hopefully, everything will turn out to be alright :)

I will be blogging about the same topics – although I will change my style a lot – to incorporate any media I can find into my blog posts :D).

Thanks, Adrienne! Appreciate the support!

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107 Adrienne
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October 14, 2012 at 11:17 AM

I know a lot of people like Hostgator but I signed up with them for a short time for a separate project and I had nothing but trouble with them. Heck, once my blog was uploaded I couldn’t even access it. They couldn’t even tell me why that was. It was horrible so to say the least, I got out of that program immediately and got my money back. I couldn’t use the only hosting they would allow. I use Bluehost and have to over three years now and I love them. Love love love them.

Well that sounds interesting for sure. I’m really looking forward to that Jeevan.

Thank you and enjoy the rest of your weekend okay! :-)

~Adrienne

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108 Deone Higgs October 10, 2012 at 1:44 PM

Hi Adrienne,

Great article! Lately, I’ve been spending more of my time writing content, working on the book, and building those relationships. Although I have cut back my commenting, I do hope to get back into the swing of things in the very near future. Aside of my blogging and writing duties, I’ve also started volunteering here in the new community and out in the new town that I’m living in. That has really been helping as far as my traffic is concerned for sure. It’s also has taken me from “a blogger with not much going on” to one who literally has to fit time in for a personal life. I’m still learning how to balance the new schedule. I’m doing pretty good now, but I can certainly stand to get a lot better. Time will tell though, right. :D

Anywho, great read as always. ;) Thanks for the great tips!

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109 Adrienne
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October 10, 2012 at 1:51 PM

Hi Deone,

Nice to see you again and thank you.

Sounds like things are picking up for you Deone but that’s exactly what you wanted. Getting better at your writing, doing more projects, getting more traffic to your blog and building those relationships. I’m happy to hear that you’re now spending time outside the house too. Yeah, it’s much harder when it’s not just us anymore right! I’m finding the same thing for me really since I have my Mom next door now.

I have no doubt that you’ll fit everything in just the way it should. You have so much to share that we can’t just hog you to ourselves.

As long as you are loving what you do Deone, that’s all that matters. Just glad to hear you’re happy.

~Adrienne

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110 Colleen Kelly
Twitter:
October 10, 2012 at 9:05 PM

Hey Adrienne,

I totally agree with you. I have to be better at everything you mentioned. I Have to get back in the swing of things. I’ve had a few things I need to take care of, They have taken up a lot of time for sure. But I am going to be better at all the things you talk about. Thanks Adrienne! It’s a really good post because it’s all so important to being a blogger! :)

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111 Adrienne
Twitter:
October 11, 2012 at 8:38 AM

Hey Colleen,

I know you aren’t here to build a business Colleen but to share with everyone your journey. I do believe though, as I’ve mentioned to you many times before, that your message is a great one. I know several ladies now that have dropped a significant amount of weight the natural way so what you share and how you got here is important to others. When you’re not consistent in your actions, your blog falls by the wayside and it’s hard to keep a regular audience.

Hopefully you’ll be back to a regular schedule soon because like I said, you have so much to share.

You have a fabulous day and take care.

~Adrienne

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112 Chloe B October 11, 2012 at 5:36 AM

As a blogger, it is all too easy to lose track of your priorities, especially when you have a habit of opening links by right clicking. Doing a new post, then going to FB, Twitter, G+, etc. You soon get distracted by your best friends picture of their new dog or a post which says how litle sleep they got last night :)

Yes, I need to get out of this rut, and back into the groove.

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113 Adrienne
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October 11, 2012 at 8:46 AM

Hey Chloe,

Not really Chloe because although I know what you mean and I love chatting with my friends and seeing what they’re up to, you can always go back later, go down your news feed and see what they’ve been up to. If you’re really on track to achieve certain goals then you need to do what it takes to stay on focus.

If you were treating blogging like you did a day job then you would only have certain times to get your work done. You wouldn’t be able to use that excuse that you got distracted. You’d lose your job in no time at all. People just don’t treat what they do serious enough.

I share all my content on the social media sites but I allot that time to go back and make those connections. That’s also liking friends pages/pictures, etc. You just have to set that time aside.

Hope this post will help you get back on track. Let’s get you moving forward girl.

~Adrienne

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114 Mys Palmer
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October 11, 2012 at 10:17 AM

Nice! Very simple, very effective. I clicked through to your traffic post and while I’m on triberr I don’t seem to be meshing well with it. For some reason I just can’t get over that hump. As much as I would like to. Anywho, I feel ya. My posts are rarely ever under 1000 words either but sometimes, you’ve just got to say it concisely ya know? Yea you know ; ). Another home run luv.

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115 Adrienne
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October 11, 2012 at 10:32 AM

Thanks Mys and right to the point.

What’s the problem on Triberr? Are you not on enough tribes? Are you not making enough good connections? You know that you don’t have to go and comment on all of those posts but it still helps to connect with some of those bloggers. At the same time, you need to be connecting with your Twitter followers too. Oh heck, I don’t have to tell you about building relationships right!

I really do my best to keep my posts short but I just get on a roll girl. If I were to get straight to the point in every single post then they would be much shorter. But then they wouldn’t have any of me in them and that would’t be fun at all. Oh well, my on page time is over 5 minutes so I must be doing something right! ;-)

Keep up the great work girl.

~Adrienne

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116 Mys Palmer
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October 11, 2012 at 10:45 AM

You know what Adrienne it’s my own damn fault. right now I just need a triberr blueprint. a strategy I guess. I just don’t have the wherewithal to add another social network. I fear without guidance I’ll never get on board. That’s the honest truth. It’s my fault that I’m not finding time.

hopefully I can find some help in the blogosphere and be on my way. We’ll see!

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117 Adrienne
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October 11, 2012 at 10:56 AM

Here is my suggestion to you.

As you meet people online through blogs, send them an email and ask if they would like to join you on a tribe in Triberr. Gather up those blogs that you definitely do not mind sharing their content and approach it in that way. Send them an invitation to join your tribe. Then, every morning just log into Triberr and approve the posts you want to go out for the day. It’s really that easy and your work is done.

The more you can get your content out in front of new eyes, the more traffic you can have start coming to your blog.

Hope that blueprint was helpful! ;-)

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118 Mys Palmer
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October 11, 2012 at 11:11 AM

Yup that works. Simple. I like it. Well Ms. Adrienne do you want to join my tribe? Aww heck i already share your stuff gleefully as it comes out so what’s one more network. Thanks a bunch for the sound advice!

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119 Adrienne
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October 11, 2012 at 11:28 AM

That’s a great way to get started because you want to share content that you like and enjoy right!

When you get that all going sure, send me an invitation. I’ll join your tribe. :-)

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120 Atish
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October 11, 2012 at 12:59 PM

yea these are indeed the 3 most important things for any blogger. Building relationship is one of the greatest thing. I think every blogger should divide their time among these 3 works. just say 3 hours for content creation, 1 hour for relationship building and 1-2 hours for traffic generation. However relationship building also gives traffic.

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121 Adrienne
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October 11, 2012 at 1:20 PM

Thank you for sharing that Atish and glad you agree as well. Content creation to me the most important and if you’re creating all sorts of different content then that will keep you pretty busy. Then you have to distribute it to the different sites in order to get some eyes on it. But the relationship building part is what will keep them interested and coming back for more time and time again.

Gosh they are all so important to the overall outcome. I love how you broke it down though. Sounds like a good plan, thanks!

Hope you’ve been enjoying your week.

~Adrienne

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122 Morris
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October 13, 2012 at 9:56 AM

And it all takes time and patience. Don’t try to do it all at once and stick to a plan.
I had to chuckle regarding your ability to write less than 1,000 words. It is painful for me to get to that number, unless of course I stick to the plan.
Be well.

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123 Adrienne
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October 13, 2012 at 10:50 AM

Everything takes time Morris and you’re right, stick to a plan.

I wish it was hard for me to get to that number. That’s the issue I have with my articles too. I just start writing and the next thing you know it’s a mini report. Dang!

Thanks Morris, great to see you again.

~Adrienne

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124 Lee October 14, 2012 at 4:11 PM

Hi Adrienne, Some great info here. Nice to see that that I am not the only one who gets distracted on Facebook (Especially the odd game of poker!!) I need to focus, focus, focus if i am going to be able to pay for all the christmas shopping that my wife has started doing!

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125 Adrienne
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October 14, 2012 at 7:28 PM

Hi Lee,

Yeah, you definitely are not the only one that gets distracted on Facebook. I wish more people didn’t but you just have to decide what’s more important to you. I think your wife would appreciate those Christmas gifts. ;-)

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126 Dr.Spencer Jones
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October 19, 2012 at 3:12 PM

Nice post Adrienne, Right to the point and good to see that it’s below 1000 words. ;) Right to the point, I totally agree with you, if you focus on creating content, driving traffic and building relationships, you will see the sales. And that’s what I am focussing on too. Even though I am only able to make one blog post per month average. Will have to try to make it atleast one per week.

Dr.Spencer Jones

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127 Adrienne
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October 19, 2012 at 4:51 PM

Thank you Spencer, glad you enjoyed the post.

Shocker right! Below 1,000 words, something you don’t see a lot of over here.

I do believe that if you do these three tasks and focus mostly on them that you will get great results. I know that your time is limited and you really are already doing so well but you’ll start building exceptional relationships if you stick with staying on a consistent posting schedule. This way people will know when you’re going to post.

Appreciate the comment, thanks so much for stopping by.

~Adrienne

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128 Charles Holmes October 30, 2012 at 12:22 PM

Creating content is the easy part. Getting traffic and building a relationship with your readers can take a while. Those are probably the two most important skills. Great post.

Chuck

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129 Adrienne
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October 30, 2012 at 12:24 PM

Thank you for sharing that with me Charles and glad you agree.

~Adrienne

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130 Mark
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May 23, 2014 at 12:43 PM

Why over complicate things! Right Adrienne?

You said you wanted to cut to the chase, and that’s exactly what you did! Thank you!

Those three steps you articulated so well, are extremely easy to follow (and more importantly), easy to implement as well!

And if one can just add the discipline to follow through on them and be consistent. Like you, they’ll definitely start to see tangible results!

I know from a personal stand point, that since I’m been diligently applying your proven strategies to my blogging activities, I immediately saw a staggering 200% increase in my results!(Basically within the first 14 days!)

(Thank you again BTW!) And it makes everything else so much easier to accomplish! And far more to likely to happen as well!

Great and simple tips! Thanks for sharing your proven road map coach!
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131 Adrienne Smith
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May 23, 2014 at 1:41 PM

Hey Mark,

Ah, an oldie but still a goodie because you’re right. We all need a plan and it’s best to stick to one that works.

I tell you, with everything I blog about there are always more steps that you need to take and just like here you mentioned discipline. That and being consistent with the “right” action steps will get you the results. Just like you’ve shared here Mark. A 200% increase is speaking volumes my friend. I bet you can also say that it really didn’t take you that long to see those results right! Well keep that up and they’ll only continue to get even better.

I appreciate you sharing that with me and visiting this post as well. Always enjoy hearing from you.

~Adrienne

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