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Exciting Things In Store For 2012

January 2, 2012 | By Adrienne Smith

Exciting Things In Store For 2012Well 2012 finally made it.  Yey!!!  I for one am thrilled and excited to see what this year holds in store for not only me, but for all my blogging friends who have been so supportive this past year.

So many people have been making their plans, setting their goals and visualizing what’s in store for this new year in terms of their business.

I was asked numerous times whether I was going to write a post summing up what I accomplished in 2011, what I didn’t accomplish and what I have in store for this year.  Since I felt I’ve pretty much been an open book with what I’ve been involved in this past year I didn’t think I’d be redundant and bore you with all of that again.  I have been thinking a lot about where I want to go in this new year with my blog and my business though.

My Own Product

I know, I know, I still don’t have my own product.  So you might be wondering, is there one on the horizon?  Well, at this time I’m sorry to say that the answer is still no.  Let me tell you why.

Benny Hsu of Get Busy Living and I were in collaboration last year about creating one together but his fabulous Photo 365 app took off and well we all know where Benny’s attention went. Oh, I’m so darn happy for Benny and I’m so proud of his accomplishments in this last year so I’m not upset although I have a feeling our product would have been awesome.

I considered taking what we had put together and running with it anyway since Benny is now headed in a different direction.  My only problem is that I personally feel that the subject of having success with blogging has been beat down to a pulp.   Heck, I just shared in my last post how to have success with your blog and of course I can go into more depth about that but if I did, it would warrant a full report so I could go into much more detail.

So if you have any suggestions of something you would purchase if I created it, I’m all ears. You know you can share that with me in the comment section or just send me an email through my “Contact Me” page.  Would love to hear your thoughts on that.

Network Marketing Misconceptions

I received the most surprising call last week from the lovely Ms. Janet Callaway of JanetCallaway.com. We spoke for quite some time and learned a few things about each other that neither of us were aware.  We both made a lot of the same mistakes when we first started online.  It was nice to know I wasn’t the only one.

Through that conversation she asked me what I had in store for my blog with this up coming year and I shared with her that since I am in network marketing I would like to write more on this topic.  The direction I want to go though is to squash some of the misconceptions I think a lot of people have about this industry.  You see, I can speak from experience because you all know how miserably I failed at this my first go round.

If I knew then what I know now, dang!!!  I just hate to see people being pulled into something without totally understanding how this all works and that it’s really not as hard as you think it is.  Don’t worry, you won’t get any salesy pitches from me.  Hopefully you guys know me by now.  But I do intend to include my own views and the important lessons I’ve learned along the way.

Guest Posting

I’ve been thinking a lot about accepting guest posts this year.  Back in April I had my only guest post that was written by Codrut Turcanu.  Now I know the topic was on affiliate marketing and I thought he did a wonderful job.  He’s extremely successful with his own affiliate marketing business and really knows his stuff.

Unfortunately, the post wasn’t well received and I had so many people tell me that they didn’t like coming over here and finding someone else’s content.  They wanted to hear from me.  Although I was extremely flattered, I was also disappointed.

What I would like to incorporate here is giving my regular readers an opportunity to write a guest post for me but I’m going to warn you right now, I’m going to be very picky.  I will mainly accept those who have a similar writing style as I do and who will write about topics I believe my readers will find of great interest.

Last month Paul Wolfe of One Spoon At A Time and I were chatting about the subject of videos since I stumbled across his guest post over at Firepole Marketing.  He told me he would be more than happy to write a post for my blog on the topic of videos.  If you guys don’t know Paul, he has a very successful site where he teaches people how to play the bass guitar so he’s learned a thing or two about enticing people into watching your videos.   I’m excited so you can expect that post in the very near future.

Now I would appreciate your honest opinion since so many people were very vocal about it last year. Would you be totally turned off if you stopped by my place and I have a guest post? I know it would be a surprise since you’ve only been reading what I share here for over a year but remember.  It could be you I ask to write a post for me.  Right now I’m thinking maybe at least once a month to start out!  Does that sound reasonable?

More Reviews

I’ve steered away from doing product reviews because I didn’t want my readers to lump me into that category that I’m only here to get your money.  On the other hand, there are some products I use and I stand behind 100%.  I’ve decided that this year if I feel there is a product worth mentioning that I use, I’ll write a review on it or even better, I’ll shoot a video and show you everything behind the scenes.

We’ll all need different products and services from time to time so if you’re thinking about any that I will be sharing at least you’ll know I approve of it if you were on the fence about purchasing it.  My regular readers know me by now, I don’t do fluff.  I’ll only share a review with you if I feel it’s worth your attention.  If it’s not your cup of tea, no problem.  If it’s exactly what you were searching for, even better.

More How To’s

I will continue my “how to” posts because I think those have been very well received. Every time I learn something new I’ll continue to share it with you as well.  You know you also can just send me an email through my contact form and if you have a particular subject you’d like me to write about or something you want to learn, I’ll do my best to accommodate you.

More Videos

Remember my post last month about getting more views to your YouTube videos?  Well, they are predicting that videos will be more popular then content by 2013 so if we all don’t get on the ball and start making more videos, we may find ourselves left behind. I certainly don’t want that to happen so I’m going to step up my game and start shooting more videos.

I’m seriously considering including audio and videos to each post as well but I haven’t quite made up my mind about that one.  I know people view things online differently and they all have their preferences so by having all three sources available, maybe I’ll get even more views then I have now.

I’m still contemplating it but what do you think?  Are you doing all three or are you considering this as well?   We all know it’s a lot more work but whatever gets the most traffic right!

Growing My Business

I intend to take my business to a new level this year.  I have learned so much and have so many things to implement this year that I already know what the results will be.

I have been working on a training site for my team too.  Someplace they can come as soon as they join me in my network marketing business so they’ll have some step-by-step instructions and education that will help them grow their business.  I share with them how to approach prospects the correct way whether it’s online or offline.  Why it’s important to not be so attached to the outcome and the exact action steps to take your business to the next level.

I’m so excited about this and eager to get going.  I guess that’s another reason I couldn’t wait for 2012 to get here.  There is no place left but up.

Okay, That’s It 

I’m finally done, that just about sums up what I have in store for my blog and business this year.   So remember, if you have any thoughts about a product you would buy from me, something I can share with you that you would pull out your hard earned dollars for, please let me know.

Would also appreciate your thoughts on accepting guest posts.  Good idea?  Not such a good idea?

Any particular subject you would like me to blog about that you need a little education on? Hopefully I’ll have some expertise in that area and will be able to accommodate you with something.

What do you have planned?  Anything exciting that you can share here?  Is there any advice you may need that you feel I can help you with?  You guys know that all you have to do is just ask.  I will continue helping throughout this new year as well.  I’m excited to see what’s in store for us all.

Hope you had a fun and safe New Years celebration and are ready to kick it into gear and get this year rolling.  I’m ready, are you?

 

 

 

 


Business Developer
Skype:  missadriennesmith
Email:  Adrienne@AdrienneSmith.net

 

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1 Jamella
Twitter:
January 2, 2012 at 8:32 AM

Hi Adrienne,

I don’t think there is anything wrong with having guest posts. I trust your judgement and know that you wouldn’t pick anyone who doesn’t have something valuable to share. So go for it!

As you know I am new to blogging and your blog. There is so much content on your blog available for free that I don’t think I would have the need to buy anything. On the other hand, your blog is obviously successful, and you know what you’re doing, so a product from you would be well received, in my opinion.

The only thing that I can think of right now that I would like to read more about, is the course you referenced in you last post, Forward to Marketing. It sounds very interesting and I would like to know more about it.

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2 Adrienne Smith
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January 2, 2012 at 8:56 AM

Hi Jamella,

Thank you for sharing your opinion on guest posting. I know that not only can I change things up just a bit here but also give some of my readers an opportunity to share their content too. I get a lot of requests from people to write for my blog but they are people who have never visited my place before so I’ve been very honest with them letting them know that when that time does come, I will give first dibs to my faithful readers.

Ah, so glad you find all my content here valuable for your learning experience and at this time I’m not quite sure what else I could add. But as time goes by I guess we’ll see.

I’ve mentioned that training program a few times in earlier posts, before you started visiting me. What I learned there would be what I just shared in my last post and then I could elaborate a little more but as I mentioned in that post as well, I may just have to write a report about it. There is way too much information to cover in just a post. Probably a series of posts would have been good, wish I would have thought about that sooner. Thanks for sharing that Jamella, you are giving me some other ideas now.

Make today your best ever and I wish you a fabulous week! Thank you for your comment.

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3 Lye Kuek Hin
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January 2, 2012 at 8:26 AM

Hi Adrienne,

Great to know that you have plenty of plans coming up for your blog and business. Creating a product is never an easy job. Plenty of research needs to be done to ensure it’s success. Benny has definitely done something he is proud of and something we can take inspiration from. Ultimately i believe you will come out with your own product in future.

For the guest post part, i certainly don’t mind and one guest post in a month does not sound too many. I don’t see why people should have any disagreements on that if the guest post is high on quality. Overall this should be an exciting year for you and i wish you all the success in 2012.

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4 Adrienne Smith
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January 2, 2012 at 8:36 AM

Hi Lye,

I’ve gone back and forth with product ideas but nothing has stuck with me that I’m just crazy about offering. I guess in my mind things seem to be rehashed too much but others may not feel the same way. Which is why I am just asking.

I’m extremely proud of what Benny has accomplished. He had been wanting something like that for awhile so he just took it upon himself to get one created. It took over eight months but when it was released it was a huge hit. I was so thrilled for him and I have a feeling he’ll be creating more down the road.

I feel that way too Lye. I believe as long as the posts are informative and my readers can learn something from it then I’m good to go. Hopefully the majority will agree with me and I can move forward with implementing a few new things here.

Thank you for stopping by. I know these first few months are really going to be busy for you so I appreciate you taking the time. Best of luck with the new addition heading your way and have a fabulous 2012.

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5 Carolyn
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January 2, 2012 at 8:30 AM

Hi Adrienne, Wow, very exciting news! You have a lot ahead for you in the coming year. You can go a lot of different directions, but I’m sure all will take you to wonderful places.

You have so many loyal fans and followers here at your blog. We have developed a strong relationship with you and trust in what you recommend. So I like the idea of you endorsing products you believe in and our being able to purchase them through you. No matter what, I know you’ll be 100% sincere.

As far as guest posts go, I say go for it. As with products you recommend, guest posts you publish will be great. I have guest posts on The Wonder of Tech about once a month. I realize there are people more well-versed on certain aspects of tech than I am. The main purpose is to give the reader useful, quality content. If a guest author can provide that, then you are serving your readers well.

I think the reason people were disappointed last year by your having a guest post is that so much of your warm personality shows through your posts. Reading your posts is like coming over for a warm cuppa with your best friend. Imagine if I showed up at the coffee shop and a stranger were sitting at our favorite table instead! So I suggest you announce that you are having a guest author ahead of time so that people know what to expect for your next post.

For subjects, I would greatly appreciate you write about pinging and blog directories. Those were two aspects of your blogging success that were unfamiliar to me (and some other readers, I saw in the comments). I would love to learn more about those from you.

Best wishes to you for a very successful 2012. No matter where your journey leads, I will follow excitedly!

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6 Adrienne Smith
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January 2, 2012 at 8:49 AM

Hi Carolyn,

I appreciate you sharing your opinion Carolyn. I think that it’s about time to share a few things that I have found valuable for me. I know I have really had some major breakthroughs myself over the past few years with some programs I’ve purchased so I would love to share those with my readers in the future. If I’ve found them helpful, I’m sure others will as well.

I highly doubt there is anyone more versed on tech then you Carolyn. I mean my goodness, the things you share with us, the people you interview and speak with about products is impressive. But I can see where you might feel someone else might be able to explain things better or perhaps is more versed on a particular gadget. Thanks for letting me know, I really appreciate your opinion.

I think you’re right. Codrut’s style is nothing like mine plus he didn’t even want me to even introduce him. He was going after the keywords and said it would mess up his post. See, that was a lesson learned. I was a little intimidated by the entire process and I had no idea what was the proper way to do this but now I know a little more. I think that’s what turns me off by a lot of guest posts I visit. I’m expecting to hear from the blog owner and instead I’m hit with a post I care nothing about and have never been introduced to that blogger before.

I’ve been chatting with someone who was confused about pinging as well and I was a little surprised that I haven’t written about that topic yet so I’m putting these both down on my list right now. You can expect a post in the near future. Thanks Carolyn for letting me know.

Ah, I have a feeling this is going to be a wonderful year for everyone, you included. So thank you for those well wishes and you have a wonderful day. May we knock em dead in 2012~ :-)

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7 Chrysta Bairre
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January 2, 2012 at 8:37 AM

It sounds like you have many great plans in store for 2012!

I have enjoyed guest posts on many of my favorite blogs, and I certainly wouldn’t mind seeing a few posts on your blog, too! Your warmth, helpfulness and positive attitude come through in every post and I would miss your personality coming through in posts, but as the content is useful and you still post yourself, I think guest posting is a great way to grow your blog.

I love your “How To”s and am happy to hear you’ll be continuing them in 2012! And on that note, while this is not a product, I would gladly pay you a consulting fee for individualized coaching. For example, I have a lot to learn about videos, and it would be a great investment to be individually coached on creating a video before I post one online.

Good luck to you in 2012! I look forward to continuing to follow your success!

Chrysta

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8 Adrienne Smith
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January 2, 2012 at 9:06 AM

I do have plenty of things planned for this year Chrysta, you are right about that.

I know that as we visit other blogs each blog owner has their own personality and their own way of sharing their content. I do visit a few that are quite technical and not much personality so I would hope that I could chose the right ones for guest posting here that will bring a little of themselves along. I guess you could say it’s going to be a challenge.

Ah, glad you like my “how to’s” so I’ll definitely be continuing those. I have a long list of blog posts I’ll be writing about already so I’m pretty booked up for the next couple of months already.

Ah, you would pay for consulting. That’s interesting to know. I’ve been asked numerous times to do coaching and actually did a little of that a couple years ago. Unfortunately, I became quite agitated at the people who hired me because they didn’t do any of the work. They had convinced me to do this because they really needed my help yet they never did the work. Used the excuse they didn’t have time. Not that I’m saying you would be like that, not at all. That was just the experience I had at that time so I decided that that direction was just not for me.

Have you checked out my free training site for learning how to shoot videos? I have a section in there and of course after going through that you can always email me and I’m happy to elaborate. Just a thought.

Thank you Chrysta, I appreciate your ongoing support and I also wish you the very best in 2012.

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9 Tony January 2, 2012 at 9:36 AM

Adrienne,
You have lots of great plans for 2012! I look forward to reading all about it in the coming year.

I think using guest authors is a great idea and I hope that you do it. I look forward to reading what you write and I’ve learned a great deal from this blog already, but that doesn’t mean that having someone else write can’t also add value. I think that is the key – writing just to write or to build backlinks will turn people off, but it they are truly receiving value they will be more receptive. Also for new bloggers like me, reading guest posts introduces us to other great bloggers out there. I would like to see an introduction to each post written by you to tell us a little about the guest author and why you chose him/her to write the post.

I also like the product reviews idea. I’ve read enough here that I trust your opinion on what works and trust that you won’t push something to make money if you don’t believe in it. I think that the trust you have built will allow you to make the money but also do it with a clear conscience because you are only endorsing what you know works. I really look forward to that.
Tony

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10 Adrienne Smith
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January 2, 2012 at 10:32 AM

Hey Tony,

I do have a lot in store, been thinking a lot about the direction I want to go.

Thank you for sharing your thoughts with me about the guest posts and the product reviews. I really appreciate your opinion on both of those topics and it’s great to hear what others think about these. I hope I do them both justice.

Have a wonderful week Tony and thank you again for sharing your thoughts with me.

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11 Aisha DaCosta January 2, 2012 at 10:13 AM

Happy 2012 Adrienne! I know you said the subject of blogging has been beat to death but I disagree. As a new blogger I found the process of setting up my blog very challenging since I’m not very tech savvy…thank god I learn quick. What I found was pieces of information all over the internet. There wasn’t a true step by step guide. Your last post of 2011 was pack full of good information but that too can become overwhelming. I say all that to say…you can do a blog coaching course take helps people take smaller bits of the wealth of information you have to share. I was actually going to email you about it but then I got your email about this post. I hope that helps!

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12 Adrienne Smith
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January 2, 2012 at 10:37 AM

Happy 2012 to you as well Aisha! :-)

Thank you for sharing that with me. You know that’s exactly why I created my training site Aisha. On that I walk people through how to set up their blog and how to get around in it as well. So actually, new bloggers already have a coaching program so to speak. I also share on there that after they’ve all been through the videos in a particular section that if they still have questions to just email me and I’ll help. So I actually already have all of that in place. Oh and it’s all free.

I don’t have a step-by-step for what bloggers need to do because I was just really covering how to do certain things. A lot of people are in different places so they may already know some of what I share so I let them pick up where they need to start.

You know though if you have any questions that you can email me or call me. I’m always here to help you.

Have a great week Aisha and thanks so much for your input! I really appreciate it.

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13 Dawn Kay
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January 2, 2012 at 10:28 AM

Hi Adrienne

Hope you had a lovely christmas and happy new year to you…

Sounds like you’re gonna be a busy beaver as usual and whatever you decide to do I wish you the best of luck and I know it will be fab!

As for guest posts – I really don’t mind them as long as they are not filled with sales pitches (which I’m sure yours won’t be)!

You’ve already said that your gonna be picky with them so good on you!

I think it’s guest posts that are not relevant with the blog theme that people don’t like so as long as its related content I say go with them…

As for a product I would like to see you create???

I would have to say relationship marketing because you’re sooooooo good at it and it’s a subject that people need to learn how to do properly if they are gonna be successful online.

It doesn’t matter what you do online, if people don’t know you, like you and trust you – you’ve had it (lol).

I also agree with Chrysta and think personal coaching might be good for you aswell, so don’t rule it out completely just because it didn’t work out before!

Thank you for all your support in 2011 Adrienne and I’ll look forward to seeing what you decide to do in 2012.

Happy new year

Dawn

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14 Adrienne Smith
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January 2, 2012 at 10:49 AM

Well hello there Dawn! Nice to see you young lady!

I definitely did have a wonderful Christmas and my new year was quite. Just how I enjoy it! Did you have a good Christmas? Did you have any big plans ringing in the new year?

I agree about the guest posts as long as they are informational, have a personal nature to them as well and aren’t pitchy. I guess I can just ask them to write about something they’ve personally experienced that helped them learn and grow so that my readers will still find these posts helpful and still be able to relate. That’s my goal at least.

Now that’s a good idea Dawn! See, I didn’t even think about that so thank you for suggesting that. I’m jotting all of this down so I’ll have something to work with should I decide to break down and create something.

So you think I shouldn’t knock coaching completely off my list just yet. See, I know that I had a bad experience with it back then and I also know my frame of mind was in a totally different place. That probably had a lot to do with it too but I’ve also heard from some very successful people who coach that they also still have these same issues and they get frustrated although their minds are in the right place too. I know it’s time consuming to do and let’s face it, there aren’t enough hours in the day as it is right now for me. So I’ll have to think about that but I appreciate you sharing your thoughts with me.

It’s been great connecting with you this past year Dawn and I’m looking forward to what this year holds for us both. So have a very happy 2012 and thank you for all your support as well.

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15 Mike Beaumont
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January 2, 2012 at 10:53 AM

Adrienne, I have only just discovered your amazing writing and blogging skills, and the information that you put out is without a doubt incredible. I have already started to incorporate some of the things that you sent me, though I have a long way to go yet. If there is one thing I could say to anyone reading this that would be to subscribe to Adrienne’s blog and learn from someone that’s been there and done that. If I could ask one thing of you that I have no idea about, are Hx tags as important as some people say, and if so, what are they exactly and how do we incorporate them? As always, keep up the excellent writing. All I can say so far is awesome. Thanks so much for getting me going down the right track, and have a super New Year.

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16 Adrienne Smith
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January 2, 2012 at 11:06 AM

Hey Mike,

Great to hear from you and I enjoyed speaking with you the other day. I know you are just getting started but at least you are on the right road and you won’t waste years of frustration like a lot of us did. I’m so glad I’m able to help you and I have no doubt you’ll have so much success with what you are out to achieve.

Thank you so much for your wonderful comment and for all your kind words.

I guess my question would be what exactly do you mean by Hx tags? Are you talking about the Header tags, meta tags, those for your blog? Just want to be clear so I can answer your question correctly.

Thanks Mike, I really appreciate that and you have a fabulous 2012. I know it will be for us both.

~Adrienne

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17 Simon Duck
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January 2, 2012 at 11:10 AM

Hi Adrienne, you have a lot of plans for the new year, an its great to read along to some great ideas.

I want to mention a few points which you have hit upon. It’s disappointing you didn’t get a product out this year, but I’m glad you didn’t just release one for the sake of it, as many do nowadays. After all getting customers and keeping them, then selling something and then them not wanting to come back. This isn’t in regards to you making a bad product, I am sure it would be great, but as you mentioned ‘the subject of having success with blogging has been beat down to a pulp’ and in my opinion you could spend the time more wisely advertising the products like this, that you have used to enure you work your way up the ladder.

Secondly, I would like to mention guest posts. I have never quite known what to think of guest posts, because at the end of the day people only really do them to get traffic going to their own blog. It is a great way of doing so, but if as you said, you go onto a blog and expect content from one person, then it isn’t going to fulfill you needs if you end up reading someone else words. If you wanted that you would surely visit their blog?

On the other hand, I think they are very useful, I’m sure other people who read ‘ProBlogger’ will admit, having guest posts all the time does bring a new level of ideas to the table. Also, if you like someones work in the community, the best thing you can do is help them promote themselves.

At the end of the day, the balance between having guest posts and not having them in the most important, and I think would one a month you will do just fine.

Thanks,
Simon Duck

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18 Adrienne Smith
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January 2, 2012 at 11:20 AM

Hey Simon,

I do have quite a bit up my sleeve for this year, now all I have to do is implement them all.

The majority of what I have learned to get me to where I am now where through training programs that have since been closed. I’m not the type of person who will promote a program just because I joined it without going through it first to see if it lives up to my expectations. So by the time I go through it and learn enough, the program has been officially closed. But I do purchase products from time to time that I am learning a lot from so I’ll share those with my readers later on if by the time I go through them and have implemented what they shared has been very beneficial for me. I’m horrible in that way, not just jumping on the band wagon and promoting every new product that has just been released.

I think as far as guest posts are concerned the only thing I really don’t like is if I visit a blog I love and find a guest post from someone I don’t know that’s okay because as a blogging community we are here to help each other out. But if the post is boring and bland and doesn’t fit the feeling of that blog, that’s when my disappointment sets in. Plus, there have been some blogs that I visit and I haven’t read a post from the owner in months. Every post is a guest post. I hate that to be honest with you. That will not happen on my blog.

Thank you for your opinions and suggestions. I do appreciate it and it will help me make my decision about what I’m going to do and how often. I do want to be able to support my blogging buddies in a new area and I think by having them guest post here, that may get them even more recognition.

Thanks Simon and hope you enjoy your week.

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19 Simon Duck
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January 3, 2012 at 4:22 AM

Hi,

I agree with the guest posts is the only thing they post completely. I think those kind of blogs must have gotten to a point that so many people want to guest post, that they can still make their money from that blog, without putting half as much work in and then move onto a new project. To be honest I would love to be in the position to do that, but I wouldn’t either.

Thanks,
Simon Duck

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20 Adrienne Smith
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January 3, 2012 at 8:54 AM

You are probably right Simon and I guess if that’s what they prefer than it works for them.

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21 Deeone
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January 2, 2012 at 12:16 PM

Good day to you Adrienne! :)

What a pleasant post to read on this first Monday of 2012. I’m excited to read about all of the exciting plans that we’ll be seeing here at your place over the year.

I for one am excited about you having guest bloggers here in the future; not because I wouldn’t want to hear from you… you know that’s not the case. I enjoy what you produce here, but I have come to believe that guest blogging is a win/win for you and the guest you have on your site. It offers the both of you growth, personally and professionally. I have much faith in you that you’ll only allow content that’s worthy of being here to be posted. That’s why I think that’s a super idea for your site.

As you know, I’ve had a few over at my site for the last several months, and each of them bought something worth contributing to what I’m about over there. I don’t have to tell you this, but a word of advice to your readers that haven’t yet had guest bloggers; I only would say to make sure that what the guest is submitting is actually in line with what is expected whenever an individual visiting your site. I made this mistake, luckily it wasn’t a mistake that caused more damage than it could have to my site; and on top of that I think it was a pretty decent topic either way, as well. However, not everyone I’ve talked to about this topic has had this type of relief with their experiences with guest bloggers.

I can totally see you producing a product about branding or the best website tools to use of some sort. You’re really in-tune with what works and what don’t work with both of these topics. I think either of those would be successful for you…. although, anything that you produce will sell quickly, I think. :)

For me, 2012 will be all about completing some projects I have going on. My goal is to have the book finished by April (completed, but maybe still do all of the necessary editing), I’ve also started working on an eBook to offer on my site too (I haven’t given that a timetable as of yet though). This year for me will be spent getting the ball rolling to bringing in some income for my writing. That’s mainly where my focus is at the moment. There aren’t any huge changes that will take place over at my place…. not in the near future anyway. If any happen to occur it more than likely happened out of the blue.

I wish you all the best though in your future endeavors. Have a fabulous day, my friend! :)

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22 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
January 2, 2012 at 12:43 PM

Happy Monday Deeone,

Ah, you enjoyed reading all the things I have in store for this year huh? I’ve got a few things up my sleeve.

Thanks for sharing that. That’s good to know how you feel about guest bloggers. I know you’ve had a few on your blog as well. I believe that as long as we stay true to what our blogs are all about and don’t just accept any post then we should be okay. So glad that your first experience with this was just a small bump and nothing horrible came from it. I think that was my first experience too. Overall the post itself was good, just probably not in line with what I share here. Lesson learned.

I had to laugh Deeone, you think I’d be good at teaching branding? You know that was a huge issue of mine earlier which is why I took Katie Freiling’s course only to find out that she thought I was just fine where I was. I understand the concept of branding but for me I was kind of lost as to having a special place in the online world. Helping people succeed online is rather generic but since my blog is pretty well established already, this one kind of already works for me. But I’m very flattered that you think I would be able to teach others how to do that. I’ve got a big smile over here! :-)

I’m happy you’ll have your book finished by April. I think that’s a reasonable time table since I know you’ve gotten a lot done with it. Have you considered doing freelance writing? That is Ruth’s area of expertise so I’m sure she could give you some advice if you need it. She’s a pro!

Thank you Deeone, I appreciate your ongoing support and I wish you all the best with all your projects for the year. I’m excited for you!

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23 Ruth
Twitter:
January 2, 2012 at 12:27 PM

I think Paul Wolfe is great and I would be delighted to read (or view) a guest post by him! And I know you well enough Adrienne that I trust your judgment. Anyone you deem worthy to guest post on your blog must have something valuable to offer. So I don’t have any issue with guest posts whatsoever.

As for what I might be inclined to purchase from you…I would probably be interested in a targeted coaching package if it was priced right. Or, along the same lines, a tier 2 basic training video series. Something that takes you beyond the basics. Something for those of us who have a bit of traction in the blogosphere and are looking to integrate video, grow our readership, monetize a bit, enhance our design, etc. Something that takes blogging to the next level.

I think your strength is really in the ‘how to’ realm. So I can only imagine that the training site you are adding to your affiliate marketing business will be a big success. Congratulations on seeing that through! I know it’s taken up a lot of your time and focus.

What I’d like to see here at AdrienneSmith.net? I agree with Carolyn that it’s your nature and sunny disposition that is part of the draw. But I love your product reviews (I bought the CommentLuv premium because of you!) and your ‘best of’ posts (I added a few plugins on your recommendation and instruction). More of that would be wonderful!

Good luck in 2012 Adrienne!

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24 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
January 2, 2012 at 12:53 PM

Thanks Ruth, I appreciate that! I’m going to hold Paul to that and I know that whatever he shares we will all benefit from. That guy is no slacker for sure. Watch out now, I might be calling on you Ms. Copywriting Queen!

So you like the coaching program too huh? I’m surprised I guess that a few people are interested in that. Who would have thought? Now the video series sounds interesting. I think Paul would be more of a master at that then me but I intend to work on that more this year myself so thanks for bringing that up. You’ve definitely given me plenty to think about.

My training site isn’t for affiliate marketing, it’s for my network marketing business. Last April I announced here on my blog that was the direction I was headed now due to a lot of different things that were presented to me in my life. So although I still promote affiliate products, that’s not the business that I’m building. My training site is to help my team members in my network marketing business. I know, it can be confusing! ;-)

Thanks for that Ruth, I appreciate you sharing what you’d like to see more of here. I’m taking frivolous notes!

Best of luck to you as well in 2012 and I have no doubt we are all headed in the right direction. Talk to you tonight!

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25 Paul Wolfe
Twitter:
January 3, 2012 at 3:50 PM

Is there an emoticon for blushing bright red with embaressment???

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26 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
January 3, 2012 at 3:52 PM

You? Embarrassed??? Nah!! Is the pressure on Paul? We ALL think you rock Paul and can’t wait to learn from you over here at my place. So, anytime you’re ready I’ll be waiting.

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27 Paul Wolfe
Twitter:
January 3, 2012 at 4:17 PM

I don’t do pressure Adrienne – only deadlines!

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28 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
January 3, 2012 at 4:50 PM

Great answer Paul, great answer. ;-)

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29 Ruth
Twitter:
January 2, 2012 at 12:57 PM

Call on me anytime! I would be honoured!

I actually meant network marketing. I know that’s your new direction; my bad.

Talk to you soon!

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30 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
January 2, 2012 at 1:11 PM

You better watch out because I will take you up on that. I have something I’m fixing to start working on and instantly thought of you to help me with that. I know your advice will be extremely important so stay tuned. :-)

No problem, I just wanted to clarify that for anyone else reading the comments. You are SO forgiven.

Thanks Ruth and talk to you soon!

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31 Janet Callaway
Twitter:
January 2, 2012 at 1:20 PM

Adrienne, aloha. What a great way to start the day, week and year by finding our conversation referenced on your blog. After all of our time exchanging comments, messages and tweets with each other, it was wonderful talking with you LIVE.

Even though we both made mistakes in our early blogging and network marketing days, Adrienne, when you think about it, that is at it should be. You learn and get better by doing because practice is better than theory. That being said, a combination of the two is infinitely better–assuming you pick the right people to give you advice.

Adrienne, while I completely understand the guest posting issue because I have wrestled with it myself, I believe accepting guest posts is a good things because it expands us as well as our readers’ minds.

Paul Wolfe is a perfect case in point. Your tutorial videos are great as is the information you pass along from Paul. However, you are not Paul nor do you have the depth of his experience on this topic. Paul has much value to give your readers and, because of the relationship you developed with him, he is willing to share his expertise with your readers.

If you stick with “I can’t have guest bloggers because my readers only want to read me” then you are depriving those of your readers with open minds the opportunity to meet, to interact with and to learn from Paul. Heck, for that matter, you are depriving Paul, a man who has helped you tremendously, access to your huge and supportive community.

Many of your readers could well be for reading/learning from guest bloggers you admire, however, they never thought about it so have not commented. People who are “anti” anything speak up more than those who are “pro.”

What I think, Adrienne, is that people don’t like change/don’t like surprises. To help “ease the pain” of a surprise or change, here is what I think you should do. Decide that on the ____ day of each month you are going to have a guest poster. Or, if you don’t want to do it that frequently, you can do it every other month/once a quarter. Set a schedule when you will have a guest poster and then, in your ending comments in the posts the week prior to the guest poster, let them know that you will have a guest poster on _________.

As we discussed, Adrienne, my focus is going to help more people understand the benefits of network marketing and how it can work for them whether they want a few hundred or a few thousand a month. We are involved in a fabulous, recession proof industry and more people need to understand it rather than believe the misconceptions. Just as being an IT specialist or teacher or veterinarian isn’t for everyone, neither is network marketing. For the right people, like us, it’s a wonderful way of life.

Wishing you the same joy you always bring to others. Hauoli Makahiki Hou. Janet

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32 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
January 2, 2012 at 1:44 PM

Hi Janet,

So glad you didn’t mind me sharing that I had such a wonderful conversation with you on the phone. It was a pleasant surprise and I loved hearing that we once found ourselves in the same place. See, looks can be deceiving and impressions misconstrued. We never really know someone until we have a deeper conversation with them. I know for one I thoroughly enjoyed it.

You are so right Janet. Although I wish I could have come online, learned from the best, implemented what I learned and made a name for myself early on, that just wasn’t mean to be. Apparently I had more to learn so I needed to go through what I did in order to be able to share the information that I do now. Had I not struggled then I think it might be safe to say my blog would have taken an entirely different direction.

Great point Janet, well said. Paul can bring to my blog an expertise I don’t have. I have no doubt that if I take the time to locate the people who I know can help my readers move a step further in certain areas then the guest posts may be received in a more positive light. Knowing that they will definitely learn something here that I’m not able to help them with.

Oh Paul will be guest posting here, we’ve already discussed that so I was more concerned about continuing after that. Paul has an expertise in the area of video that I don’t quite have so I’ve already accepted his offer to share a post with my readers so that’s a done deal. You definitely will be seeing that one soon.

Thank you for your suggestion Janet. I’ve been mulling that around in my mind as well and will definitely implement some type of regular schedule and notice to my readers. Advising them of the upcoming post and not to be shocked when they don’t see one from me. It’s coming up with that schedule that I have to work on.

I think we both will be able to shed more light on the misconceptions of network marketing. I had a lovely talk with a few people just this weekend and they also had some aha moments as we were discussing this same topic. Of course they agree with me that so many people do misunderstand a lot about this industry and it’s no wonder. There is so much negativity going around about it but let’s face it. That’s mostly from people who had no success and I’ve definitely learned that’s not because you aren’t doing the work. I’ll look forward to what you’ll be sharing on this topic and we can compare notes. :-)

Thanks Janet for your wonderful comment and for sharing your thoughts with me about some issues I knew needed addressing. Which is why I ask so many questions in my posts. One thing is for sure, you always come through for me.

Have a blessed day!

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33 Sherryl Perry
Twitter:
January 2, 2012 at 2:11 PM

Hi Adrienne,
I found myself nodding my head in agreement with you as I read your post. I too need to develop my own product. My biggest challenge is finding the time. I spend a lot of my time replying to comments, commenting on blogs and participating on social networking sites.

You and I seem to be wrestling with some of the same issues. I accept guest posts and I would be fine with seeing them here. To me, the advantage of accepting a guest post is that it showcases someone else’s knowledge about a topic that fits my niche but I wouldn’t personally write about. By replying to the comments to guest posts, (which I’m certain you would do), you’re bringing your voice to the table. I think it’s a way of establishing that other opinions are welcome in your community.

Keep up the good work. You do a great job with your tutorials. I’m interested in seeing if you decide to incorporate more videos. Again, I’m on the save wavelength as you. I think I should introduce videos too.

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34 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
January 2, 2012 at 4:38 PM

Hi Sherryl,

Oh girl, there are never enough hours in the day as it is to get everything done which is why I’m on the computer so late some nights. I have so much on my plate but I definitely don’t want to create something just because everyone tells me I should by now. Another reason I just decided to ask my readers what they would like to see from me. Sure am getting some great responses.

Thank you for sharing that, I’ve been kind of up in the air about that. I mean I want to help my readers but I don’t want to run anyone off either. I appreciate the way you presented that to me as Janet did. I need to get people who can showcase a talent I don’t have or share knowledge on a topic that isn’t my area of expertise. Now I like that so much better.

I will start doing more videos, I need to go back through the playbook and see what YouTube recommends about what should be in the front, the back, etc. I’m so use to doing them a certain way that I may have to retrain myself now. See, people do enjoy videos. At least most do.

Thank you Sherryl, it sounds like we have quite a bit in common. I’ll have to stop by your blog and check out your recap of the year and how 2011 went for you. Hope you have some big things in store for this year as well. I really appreciate your comment and for sharing your thoughts with me. Thank you so much.

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35 Jack
Twitter:
January 2, 2012 at 3:21 PM

If all you ran were guest posts I would say something but you are not talking about anything close to that. With the amount of content that you put out you could easily run a guest post a week and I wouldn’t think twice about it.

Do what you want and what you think will help you. I think you have already proven yourself.

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36 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
January 2, 2012 at 4:46 PM

That’s what I don’t like about some blogs Jack. I won’t name names but I’m really disappointed with a couple I started visiting early last year. Loved them and really connected with the blog owner and then shortly after the summer months I hardly ever see a post from them anymore. They are all guest posts and it’s not like they are like Problogger yet and have reached the point that their business has exploded and they just don’t have the time. Heck, they still work a day job and haven’t even put out their first product so I’m still scratching my head wondering why they’ve let everyone else take over their blog. I know not everyone is like that though and I certainly know I won’t be.

I wouldn’t do it weekly because I only post twice a week but to start maybe once a month and then move up to twice a month maybe. I don’t know, I haven’t worked that all out in my head yet. But thanks for giving me your thoughts on this. That’s exactly what I wanted to hear.

Have a great week Jack!

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37 Bill Dorman
Twitter:
January 2, 2012 at 6:55 PM

You have done a great job of cultivating your audience and it is somewhat specific in scope. Because of this, you probably need to be real picky with the guest posts; I think it is a good idea but make sure it resonates with your audience.

Sounds like you have some great things planned and I look forward to watching them unfold; much success to you and I will definitely see you around in ’12.

I’ll see you around this week.

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38 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
January 2, 2012 at 7:21 PM

Thanks Bill, it’s taken quite awhile but I do believe I’ve finally gotten a great audience now. You are right about that and I would be rather picky because I want my readers to be able to resonate with my guest bloggers. I’m going to keep my fingers crossed that it all goes over well.

I have a feeling everything is going to work out rather well this year. 2011 was great don’t get me wrong but it’s time to kick it into gear and move up some more. So, onward ho! :-)

Thanks Bill, see you again soon for sure.

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39 Linda January 2, 2012 at 7:36 PM

Excellent goals here, Adrienne!

About guest postings – I was going to start that, actually I already have a page set up for it, but I never went through with it because I wasn’t sure it was the way to go…I think once a month is fine though and you do need to be picky for sure!! For me, I was thinking of it as a way to fill in the gaps, as I haven’t been writing a whole lot lately…still on the fence about it..but maybe I should just open it up and see how it goes. I will never know unless I try, right ;-)

I am sure videos are going to be more hotter than ever – people have all these gadgets now that stream youtube onto your tvs and such….it’s so much easier to watch, then to read at least for me anyway and I know I speak for so many others.

Good luck with your other networking business – hope it takes you off like you want it to.

Thanks for sharing your goals.
Linda

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40 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
January 2, 2012 at 9:13 PM

Hey Linda, thanks! Excellent, I love that… :-)

So you were thinking about allowing guest posting too! That’s good to know. I wasn’t thinking about writing up any rules since I’m going to be the one inviting people and I will just have a discussion with them at that time. Maybe later down the road when my blog really becomes popular, than I’ll think about it! (smiling over here on that one)

I’ve heard some people remark that if there is a video on a blog post they just won’t watch it. They don’t like them but let’s face it, that’s not the norm. Videos are so popular and you are right. They like watching them on all their new gadgets and there will be plenty more in the coming years.

Thanks Linda, I appreciate that. I’m excited about what’s in store for me this year. I can feel great things happening that’s for sure.

Hope you have a great week!

~Adrienne

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41 Viola Tam
Twitter:
January 2, 2012 at 7:52 PM

Hi, Adrienne,

I am excited to hear about your plans for 2012! You have been so generously sharing your insight and past experiences…I can’t help but give you feedback.

I believe you can do very well in focusing on how to help other network marketers using blogging as the main LEAD GENERATION strategy. Personally, I would like a program that is COMPLETE – from simple step one to the end. One example of a great program is to sub-divide the training into various TINY levels so that absolute beginners can also benefit. More advanced learners can ‘jump’ or ‘browse through’ the easier steps. This type of product, I believe, is in great demand.

Adding PERSONALIZED additional Skype coaching session(s) can definitely be an advantage (if you are prepared to do that).

This is my own view point… and I have not done any research into this area.

Re. guest bloggers, I would appreciate quality ones whose target audience is the same as yours… my understanding is in network marketing??

Hope these ideas help :) I can’t wait to learn & grow more with your continual support and encouragement.

Viola Tam

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42 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
January 2, 2012 at 9:42 PM

Hi Viola,

Thank you for that, I always appreciate feedback from you.

Now that’s something to think about. Thanks for that idea, I’m jotting them all down as people share them with me.

That’s right, my area is network marketing but I share a lot of internet marketing information here on my blog so any of those areas my readers would find beneficial.

Thank you for these ideas and your input. I really appreciate that and you’ve given me some things to think about.

Hope you enjoy your week and thanks again.

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43 Ilka Flood
Twitter:
January 2, 2012 at 7:52 PM

Hi Adrienne,

First, before I forget it, I’d like to thank you for mentioning me on your “Thank You” page. Yes, I read your last post but got interrupted and then forgot to comment.

As far as your plans for this year…I think they are absolutely awesome. I will be moving along a similar path with my own blog. When I viewed my WP report I noticed that my “how to” and my personal development posts were the most popular and received the most comments. So I will definitely keep that in consideration.

Adrienne, I’m really looking forward to learning from you this year. Thank you so much for all you do!

Ilka

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44 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
January 2, 2012 at 9:48 PM

Hi Ilka,

Ah, at least you knew I mentioned you so that’s what’s important.

Well that’s good to know, we might have to compare notes! ;-) I know what you mean about the “how to” posts. I admit I enjoy those too from other blogs so I can only assume my readers enjoy them as well.

Thank you Ilka, I appreciate that. I’m looking forward to learning from you as well. So are you back to work on your blog now? I’ll have to stop by and see what you’ve shared with us now. I missed you last month. Not the same without you around. But I do hope you had a great month off.

Have a good week and I’ll see you soon.

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45 Ilka Flood
Twitter:
January 3, 2012 at 1:57 PM

Hi Adrienne,

Thanks so much for your kind words! You’re such a kind and caring person.

Yes, I am fully back now. Although I had a great time while I was away I find it hard to get back into the “swing of things” after such a long time. So maybe I’ll think twice about taking the whole month of December of next time, haha.

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46 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
January 3, 2012 at 2:27 PM

Hey Ilka,

Ah… It’s so darn easy to be nice to you young lady!

I think because of your health scare last year that you need to just take it easy and don’t work too hard. Give yourself so many hours a day you will work and then stop. Your health and spending time with your family is a lot more important than your business. Sure, we can be stingy with your time but I’m all about savoring every moment with the ones you love. I’m sure your family feels that way too.

So take the month of December off every year from now on and enjoy yourself. Never have any regrets! :-)

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47 Ilka Flood
Twitter:
January 3, 2012 at 2:45 PM

Aww! …Great advice! That scare is still in my bones to some degree. I guess sometimes we take our health for granted especially if we have been healthy all our life.

You’re the best!

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48 Jeffrey Morgan
Twitter:
January 2, 2012 at 8:48 PM

I for one was sorry to see that no mention was made of your upcoming keynote address at the “Southeastern Internet Marketers Convention” this coming October in Georgia ……….. don’t make me come out there to Houston to get you!

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49 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
January 2, 2012 at 9:58 PM

October! What happened to November? What are you doing to me Jeffrey? Well the year is young and there was nothing in stone yet so didn’t want to include that. I’m still shaking in my boots about that one my friend. Can Kayla come?

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50 Sylviane Nuccio
Twitter:
January 2, 2012 at 9:54 PM

Wow, there is so much in that post, Adrienne.

First, an idea about a product… how to be successful in network marketing… Do you know that’s where I started? But, if there are lots of failures in affiliate marketing, I thing that there are even more in network marketing because the uplines don’t know how to help their downlines. That would be an idea right there! The way I know you, I am sure that you are a great upline :)

As stubborn and willing as I am I dropped off network marketing because of the lack of support and right direction from my upline, so, that subject is close to me :)

Guest blogging – I think that your readers didn’t like a guest post, because they simply were not used to it. We are animals of habits you know. I think that the only thing you need to do is let them know that from now on, there will be a guest posts once in a while and that it will benefit them. I am sure they will get used to it in no time :)

You were asking me to let you know about that post of mine we talked about, so here it is :)

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51 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
January 2, 2012 at 10:08 PM

I hope that’s a good thing Sylviane! :-)

Ah, if there was only a formula for it but we both know a lot of it has to do with people’s lack mentality that’s holding them back. I can give them the map to success but a lot of people know it already, they are just uncomfortable following it. Wouldn’t you agree?

That’s just it with network marketing Sylviane. I’ve only been in two opportunities and the first one my upline abandoned me within the first few months and this one is building it the old school way. This company has no online tools or training which is why I’ve taken it upon myself to create my own for my team. So you have to take the bull by the horns and figure out what works best for you and just go for it. It’s taken me awhile to get to this point with no support but to hell with them. I’m doing this anyway. I have no doubt you could have as well.

I think you are right about the guest posting. I’ll give some warning and then also introduce them as well. I think that’s about all I can do.

Thanks for letting me know about that post. I’ll read it tonight before I get off here. Thanks Sylviane.

Hope you enjoy your week and thanks again for your input. I appreciate it!

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52 Sylviane Nuccio
Twitter:
January 3, 2012 at 3:44 PM

I know, Adrienne, you’re right. People’s lack mentality doesn’t help and it’s so wide spread. We all come to internet marekting, network marketing or any online marketing :) with all our “crapy low self esteem” beliefs and most of them just won’t go overnight.

You really did excellent for someone who didn’t have any tool to start with, and if you ask me, I really think that you have a product right there.

Your target market would be “network marketers” not “internet/affiliate marketers” even though anyone could benefit, but by focusing on that marketer creating a product that will show them what you did to become successful could be great.

It could even be an affiliate tutorial system where they would have to pay a monthly fee to get the lessons. You could even have different levels with different prices. I know some people who started up a products of the kind with no more knowledge and material that you would have. Some even way less :) Just an idea!

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53 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
January 3, 2012 at 4:45 PM

You are right about that Sylviane, they definitely take time to change our thoughts.

That’s exactly what this last course taught me. How to get started, how to drive attention to you, how to build up regular readers and then the last step is to create a product. I am still on the fence with that last step.

I think for my first product I don’t want to go that in depth with it. Having a tutorial system so to speak or monthly fee attached. I would want to go a little less complicated route for my first venture into this.

I appreciate the tips, thank you so much. More to think about for sure.

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54 Jens P. Berget
Twitter:
January 2, 2012 at 11:05 PM

Hi Adrienne,

You’ve got some very interesting things happening in 2012, and I’m especially looking forward to your videos and how to’s. I am not that familiar with networking marketing, but I’m willing to learn. This business is a very interesting business, and I have come to understand that it’s a very lucrative one if you do things right.

When it comes to guest posts, I think you should go for it, but only if you are very picky. I have more or less stopped, until I received an awesome video post yesterday :) I received about 2-3 guest posts every single day, and close to 100% of them from people I had never heard of and didn’t have any type of relationship with. To me it’s not really about the content, but it’s more about the relationship. I’d like guest post from people my readers know, or should get to know, and not just a random writer (who might be an awesome writer).

I’m looking forward to learn a lot from you in 2012 :)

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55 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
January 3, 2012 at 8:37 AM

Hi Jens,

I definitely have some things in store for this year. I actually love the “how to’s” myself so I can’t see those stopping anytime soon which means more videos since the majority of those are easier when you are showing people how to do something. I just need to do more videos anyway… Sometimes the written word is just easier.

I don’t receive that many requests for guest posts but I get a lot. I agree, the majority of them are from people who have never visited my blog and I let them know I don’t accept them and if I did, it wouldn’t be from someone random. I would want my own readers to benefit before anyone else. I think I have enough readers now to keep them busy.

Thanks for stopping by Jens and I’m looking forward to what you’ll be sharing with us this year as well.

Have a great week!

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56 Harleena Singh
Twitter:
January 3, 2012 at 1:04 AM

Love the new changes you are planning Adrienne!

I think the things planned for the blog seem wonderful, and am so sure you are going to accomplish each one of them with the dedication and hard work you put in.

I have heard a lot about guest posts and though I do know their benefits, I am still a little scared about accepting them on my blog. To be very honest- the main voice seems to vanish- or your voice, as that is what people come to your blog for. And no one, other than you, can write the way you do- there can be no replacements!

I have noticed a few people guest posting on other peoples blogs and not getting that many comments or interactions. I guess you would surely need someone who writes like you and related to the topics put up on the blog on a regular basis. But as you mentioned, having it once a month would be a good idea to start with- and you would be the best judge to make out how things work thereafter.

I do look forward to more of ‘how-tos’, videos, and reviews- as I know coming from you, they are going to be 100% tried, tested, and honest to the core :)

Here is wishing you all the very best for the coming year- and may all your dreams and wishes come true :)

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57 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
January 3, 2012 at 8:42 AM

Hi Harleena,

Thank you, I’m really looking forward to what this year holds not only for me but for us all.

I also have mixed emotions about guest posts for some of the same reasons. I’ve been told it’s a great way to get yourself out there for people to get to know you who wouldn’t otherwise stumble upon your blog. So I’ve done a few now and although they did get good comments, I didn’t get many new readers. So maybe for me personally it wasn’t what I had expected but that doesn’t mean it can’t benefit others. I don’t know, I’ll just have to test it out and see.

Thanks for the vote of confidence, I appreciate that. I better live up to that now! :-)

Have a wonderful week Harleena and I wish you the same.

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58 Ashvini
Twitter:
January 3, 2012 at 4:53 AM

Hi Adrienne,
Wish you a very happy new year.
2011 was a great year from me. It marked a turning point in my life when after failing in the first venture , I started blogging. So far I am really happy with the result. I have made friends in all the places having met wonderful people such as you.
I am really happy that you are starting the guest post at your site. I am sure you can filter out quality stuff from things that are usually “link getting posts”. It would also give a chance to budding bloggers to get an exposure to your enormously popular site.
I will be as usual dropping by every week to check out my favorite friend’s post :).
Thank you and have a great day and excellent new year :)

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59 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
January 3, 2012 at 9:01 AM

Hi Ashvini,

Thank you and I wish you a very Happy New Year as well. I have no doubt it will be fabulous for us both! :-)

I’m so happy to hear that 2011 was so good to you Ashvini. I’m so glad you started blogging and I’m even more blessed that I got the opportunity to meet you as well. You’ve been a wonderful friend to me. I have no doubt that your blog will be taken to the next level this year. You know the saying, “you’ve come a long way baby”! ;-)

So you like the guest posting idea and I know it’s something I should implement which is why I’ve given it a lot of thought. Glad you approve so thank you for sharing that.

Thank you for taking the time to stop by my place Ashvini and you know I will definitely be doing the same. Always a pleasure to support you as well.

Have a wonderful day, a fabulous week and the best year ever! Nothing like getting a little ahead of myself!

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60 Lindsay January 3, 2012 at 10:11 AM

I’m not turned off at all by the idea of guest posts here! I think it’s great to hear from other experts and guest posts often introduce me to other amazing blogs that I add to my reader.

I can relate to your difficulty in finding the right product to offer. It does seem like certain products are over covered and it can be hard to come up with something valuable that is unique.

I’m looking forward to following along in 2012 to see where you go!

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61 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
January 3, 2012 at 11:02 AM

Thank you for sharing that Lindsay, I really do enjoy hearing other’s opinions on the subject of guest blogging. I never know whether or not I’m doing the right thing you know? I’ve messed up a lot while on this journey so I prefer just asking my readers from now on before I do something I’m just not sure about. But I relate to what you’re saying because I really learn a lot from my blogging friends and I’m running into new ones all the time. There are so many different areas I’m not that good at which is why I love to continue learning from those who are experts in those areas.

How can you stay unique in something that’s been beat to death in my opinion. I think maybe some people just haven’t found the right information that has helped them and that would be the only reason they would still be interested in a subject that’s so saturated but that doesn’t mean everyone will want it. Decisions, decisions… Thanks for sharing that though.

Thank you, I appreciate that and may 2012 be our best year yet! Happy New Year Lindsay!

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62 Lenia
Twitter:
January 3, 2012 at 9:54 AM

Hi Adrienne,

First of all I wish you a happy New Year and all the best for you and your family. I also wish you a lot of success for your business :)

Well, you know that it’s been about three weeks that I discovered your blog and I find that it is a library of valuable information as I am trying to create my own online business. I learn many things and I try to apply everything you suggest in your course.
As far as guest posts: Personally it won’t bother me. I see that many bloggers do that and if you double check the guest posts as you mention, I think it will be great for us. We are going to learn new things and discover the ideas of somebody else.
As far as product reviews, I prefer discovering free IT products that can help me automate some time consuming tasks. For ex. I really liked the tools you shared with us in your last post. I am a beginner and I do everything manually by my own. When somebody like you shows me so useful products, that is the best gift for me!
As far as videos and “how to” posts: I am totally in!
Unfortunately I cannot suggest you a product you could sell because I don’t have a lot of experience in this field. Maybe a year from now I will be able to do that (thanks to you!).

Thank you for sharing your things in store!

Lenia

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63 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
January 3, 2012 at 10:35 AM

Hi Lenia,

Thank you and I wish you a very Happy New Year as well. I hope that this one will be your best ever.

I’m so glad you enjoy visiting my blog and that some of what I’ve shared has helped you learn. I hope to continue to provide valuable and informational content as I learn and grow as well.

One thing I would like to point out is you definitely have to take that word “try” out of your vocabulary. When you say I’ll “try” to apply everything you suggest you are setting yourself up for failure. You are giving yourself permission to not follow through. Whether you accomplish everything you set out to do or not isn’t as important at this stage, you have to just say you will do it, put forth all the effort you know how to do and go for it.

So moving on now… :-) Thanks for sharing with me your thoughts on guest posts. It helps me to know how my readers feel about them. It makes my decision easier.

I will continue sharing free resources and tools with my readers that I have located that I like. I’ll also be sharing reviews on products and services I use as well and why I felt the need to invest in these particular ones. We all have to spend money to make money so why not share what I use.

Thanks for all your input, I really appreciate it. It will help me know which direction to head as well.

Enjoy your day and thanks again for stopping by.

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64 Lenia
Twitter:
January 3, 2012 at 11:55 AM

Thank you!
Ouaou, to tell you the truth I haven’t thought about this meaning of the word “try”. Great advice, once again!
So I will apply everything you suggest ;)

Enjoy your day too!

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65 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
January 3, 2012 at 1:58 PM

You go girl, I know with a positive outlook and a great attitude that you can accomplish anything you put your mind to. And if you need help with anything you can reach out to me or other bloggers you run across. They are usually very willing to help. So, throw that nasty word away and just say I will achieve so and so. :-)

Thanks Lenia for taking this the way it was intended.

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66 John Garrett
Twitter:
January 3, 2012 at 9:56 AM

Happy New Year, Adrienne!!

I didn’t know you and Benny were working on a product – I’m sure it would been awesome.

To me, if I came here and saw a guest post I would only assume it would be high-quality anyway. I definitely trust your judgement, although I know why people want to hear from you specifically – we can always count on something good coming from you.

If I think of a good idea for a product for you I’ll certainly let you know -but I couldn’t even think of a good product for myself so don’t wait on me lol.

I’m looking forward to seeing where you go and what you do in 2012, you’re an impressive person and I know it’s going to be top-notch whatever it is!

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67 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
January 3, 2012 at 10:39 AM

Thank you John and Happy New Year to you too! May it be your best ever…

Yeah, it would have been pretty cool I would think but that’s okay. Benny is doing great and I think headed in the right direction for him and his business.

Thanks for sharing that, no pressure right! :-) I better get this right or I’m toast. But my first one will be Paul so I’m good on that one for sure.

So you’re in the same boat. Not sure what kind of product to provide your readers. Join the crowd John! Maybe you need to survey your readers and just ask them. I’m finding it to be very beneficial because they’ve come up with some good ideas.

Ah thank you, that’s so kind of you to say! I’ll do my best to live up to everyone’s expectations.

Hope 2012 brings you everything you hope for John. Thanks for your continued support.

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68 Claude Nougat
Twitter:
January 3, 2012 at 10:01 AM

Hi Adrienne, and a Happy New Year! It looks like you’ve got great plans for 2012! And yes, I think a guest post once a month is an excellent idea. Maybe you could do what Konrath does (he barges in with his own comments at the end of the post – not a bad idea if done nicely of course, but I know you would do it very gracefully indeed!)

As to products for sale, I’m not quite sure what you have in mind. A webinar? A guidebook? A set of teaching videos? I know that what I’m most interested in are questions of marketing strategy. John Locke has this thing about “loyalty transfer” that he swears by and claims has helped him sell one million ebooks in 5 months. But it’s rather difficult to adapt and make his strategy work for oneself. I guess there’s something I don’t quite understand here. Related to this is the overall question of whether one should have a website or whether one can forge ahead with just a blog (my case – but I’m seriously considering setting up a website…something that scares me, it sounds so complicated! I have to transport my blog and embed it into it, and I haven’t got the faintest idea how to go about it or whether it’s even worth the trouble…)

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69 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
January 3, 2012 at 10:49 AM

Hi Claude,

Thank you and Happy New Year to you as well. May this one be our best ever. :-)

Thanks for sharing that and you can bet I’m going to get in on the comments too. How can I not? I love hearing what others have to say so hopefully they all won’t be just addressed to my guest blogger.

I don’t have anything in mind which is why I asked for suggestions. So you are interested in questions of marketing strategy and not answers? I’m kind of thinking you would want both right!

Loyalty transfer sounds like a very polite way to say you like my stuff so give me money for this eBook. lol… I’m game on that. :-) But seriously, I’ve never heard that term so I’m just assuming that’s what that means. Please clue me in on that, I’m interested in hearing what that’s all about.

Depending on what you’re selling you can now provide products, services, coaching, whatever through a blog Claude so you don’t have to build a static website. It can be set up that way but a much easier process. Don’t freak out about it because it’s not as hard as you think. You are just in that frame of mind because you’ve never done it before. I’m sure when you get ready to move in that direction that you will find plenty of people who can help you with that. They have easier templates now you can set up.

Thanks again for your comment and I appreciate you sharing with me your thoughts on everything. It’s really been helpful.

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70 Claude Nougat
Twitter:
January 3, 2012 at 11:04 AM

Thanks for the thoughtful reply! Loyalty transfer is a little more complex…actually I analyzed John Locke’s book in one of my posts, here’s the link:
http://claudenougat.blogspot.com/2011/08/how-to-promote-your-book-use-loyalty.html

Tell me what you think of it! And thanks for the good words about the website construction…Yeah, I’m terrified!

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71 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
January 3, 2012 at 11:13 AM

You are so welcome, always my pleasure.

Ah thank you Claude because I was going to visit your blog here in a bit so I’ll be sure to read that post. I’d like to learn more about that. See, I knew I probably wouldn’t get that right and it was much more complex than that. But my definition sounded kind of good! :-) Will be sure to read that post.

We are only fearful of the unknown but that doesn’t mean that it’s difficult. It just means you don’t know how to do that yet, that’s all.

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72 Radu
Twitter:
January 3, 2012 at 11:26 AM

Hey Adrienne,
I’ve been following your blog for quite a while now and must that you and the content posted were a true inspiration for me.
Why?
Here are few reasons:- content created from heart without the fear of”what will others think about me”.
-integrity in delivering quality content
-commitment
-tons of fun and interactive questions
-great people skills: I just love how you and Janet manage to create an authentic connection with people. Great teachers to learn from :)
-your videos: especially the how to videos who aren’t only informative but also fun. This makes me think of my blog…it would be a good idea to shoot more videos and even do more presentations with images and my voice on the background. Definitely something to consider.

So, I’m glad that you will keep doing more videos in 2012
Regarding the guest posts, why not? Your blog is already successful and you are a well known blogger. However, I would create a guest posting policy(exactly like you did with comments) to make sure that only quality content is published.
Also, your experience stands up in your favor..an info product shoudn’t be a problem or considered something negative..it’s your work, skills and heart in it..as long as it has the potential to cut off the learning curve, great! Go ahead with it:)

The product can be something that combines all your abilities and folllows a simple structure..coming online, what you need to know first, starting a blog, generating leads, prospecting, conversions, showing leadership in your network marketing team, programs to avoid and products recommended. I’m saying this because now there are products for each part mentioned but they are only pieces of the same puzzle thrown in different corners of the internet. As a result a product from you that puts all the puzzle pieces together would be great:)
Finally, I had a hard time in the past year with capture pages, split testing and lead conversions…how can content and capture pages can mixed up so that you provide value and build your list at the same time? It would be awesome to hear more from you related to this topic.

Adrienne, I congratulate you for 2011 and wish the very best with all these big plans in 2012. Certainly you will rock it :)

Be blessed,
Radu

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73 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
January 3, 2012 at 11:53 AM

Hey Radu,

You are way too kind my friend. I think why I didn’t do so well when I first started out because I was wondering what people would think of me. But then I just decided to heck with it and just went for it. People will either like me or not and we all know you’ll never be able to help or please everyone.

I appreciate you lumping me in with Janet as far as great with connecting with others. She is one awesome lady and I’m so very blessed to have met her and built up a relationship with her. She’s one of a kind.

I’ve seen some of your videos and I think you’ve done a wonderful job. I would love to see more of those from you as well. So maybe we both can step up our game and provide more video content for our readers. People do love learning right!

I probably won’t write any guest posting policies because what I intend to do it approach my readers and ask them to guest post and at that time will tell them what I expect. I will more than likely already have a relationship with them so I don’t think the policy will be necessary. I don’t intend to open that for anyone wanting to guest post at my place. At least that’s my thinking behind it at the moment.

Wow, what great ideas you have for a product. I think the only downfall I see with that is that people are coming online for different reasons and they aren’t always the same. Plus projects and services will continue to change with time so in that respect my product might be obsolete before it begins. But you have given me something to think about Radu so I do appreciate that.

Thanks for your ideas about the capture pages and split testing. I’ll be sure to jot that down in my notes for upcoming posts. It’s not exactly my area of expertise but I’m still learning as well. Hopefully I can be of some help later on.

Thank you so much Radu for your very informative and helpful comment. It’s greatly appreciated as is your visit each time. I love seeing your smiling face in my comment section because I know that you will add value to every comment as well.

Happy New Year to you as well Radu and I wish you only the very best in this coming year. I have no doubt you’ll rock it too! :-)

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74 Dan Sumner
Twitter:
January 3, 2012 at 11:53 AM

Hey Adrienne, I hope Santa was good to you this year :-D

Looks like you have a lot of things in store this year, your plans look very interesting.

I was actually thinking about guest blogging on my blog again. I took it off initially due to lack of interest and quality of content, but I was thinking about giving it another go this year. As for your guest blogging dilemma, I say go for it. I would guest post for you if you would have me :-D

Coaching is the next step for you Adrienne, you have the traffic and the trust from others to pull it off. You may have tried it before but hey why not try again? I have helped design a couple of coaching courses which have worked out very successful I don’t mind offering some advice if you need it.

I look forward to seeing your videos reviews and how to’s in the future. I also have big plans for more video on my Youtube channel and the same how too style videos. This should be fun!

My 1st product of 2012 is set for a February launch, so this gives me loads if time to tweak it and get it right. Then it’s on to the next one as I have no intention of resting this year, even though I feel like it after the Christmas blowout lol.

Looking forward to seeing what’s in store from you Adrienne good luck for 2012.

Dan

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75 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
January 3, 2012 at 12:01 PM

Hey Dan,

Actually, Santa took a detour and won’t be stopping by until the end of this month. Yep, delayed celebration cause we’re waiting on my nephew to return. No celebrating until he can be with us.

Thank you Dan, I appreciate you letting me know your thoughts about guest posting. My first attempt didn’t go over so well so I’m hoping this time around it will much better received. I appreciate the offer so stay tuned for that. You just never know when I’ll be knocking on your door. You’re very knowlegeable in areas that would really help my readers.

I may take you up on that advice as far as coaching goes Dan. Obviously I didn’t do so well my first time around plus it didn’t help that my students weren’t motivated enough to do the work. I would much rather do a program then a one on one because that way it would be up to them to implement it and I don’t want to get frustrated because they chose not to do the work. That’s my big downfall right there.

Oh good, we both have plans for more videos. I do love watching videos I must admit but I know that every subject I approach on my blog doesn’t necessarily warrant a video. Then again, maybe my viewers would like to have that option. Another reason I just asked.

So what is your first product of the new year? Another coaching program or something different. Please do tell.

Thank you Dan for your suggestions and your offer. I really appreciate that and just may be calling my friend.

Best of luck to you as well in 2012 and let’s go kick some seriously stuff! :-) Being polite here!

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76 Dan Sumner
Twitter:
January 3, 2012 at 1:42 PM

I don’t think you can motivate people who don’t want to be motivated. I have dealt with tons of guy taking part in coaching courses and without sounding to harsh, some people just don’t want to learn, they simply buy the next shiny object and expect to become rich without the work. Don’t trouble yourself about the motivational aspects Adrienne, I’m sure you are a good motivator just not everyone wants to be motivated.

The hardest stumbling blocks I found for people is the technical aspects of marketing and blogs. HTML and sales letters in particular are the worst to teach. But that’s another story; I could take you whole page up explaining the problems you could run into. Whatever happens don’t let it put you off.

I don’t know about mixing audio, video and text into one post it seems a lot to take in for me. All posts warrant text, but if you intend on creating a video let the video do the talking. The same goes for an audio but that’s just my opinion as I like reading.

My first product is a JV with John Thornhill about product development. It’s not a coaching course as in weekly content feed, but rather a full audio, video, slides and PDF worksheets course. There are 6 modules each with between 4 and 6 videos per module. We also have some monthly stuff on there as well so it should be interesting. I will drip feed a little to my blog closer to the date so people can get a taste of what’s to come.

Best of luck to you in 2012 Adrienne I look forward to what you have in store.

Dan

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77 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
January 3, 2012 at 2:21 PM

That is such a sad fact Dan. It’s really taken me four years to realize that some people are just not action takers no matter how enthusiastic they may seem. I really just want to help everyone and light a fire under them because I know they have the talent and would be so successful. It’s procrastination, fear of the unknown or just plain laziness that gets them every time. I use to get so frustrated and ask what am I doing this for because these people obviously just don’t care. But I’ve learned like you said, they just like the next shiny object.

I can see where those stumbling blocks could hold some people back. I’ve been there that’s for sure. See, not sure what I’m going to do but I’m not going to freak out about all the different areas that could go horribly wrong.

That is a lot of work and although I do enjoy the written word, I enjoy videos when it comes to showing me how to do things. Sometimes those are just best. I’m not big into audios because I can read faster then listen to it but not everyone loves to read content so I might be able to get a few more viewers if I give them more options. But then again, how many more readers am I talking about? Is it really worth all that time and effort? Just more questions.

John is one busy guy isn’t he? I know someone else he just made a product with last year and another one that is in line to create one too. I bet that will be a good course and that’s one that people will definitely need for creating products. Will be interested in seeing your teasers as the time approaches. Thanks for sharing that Dan.

Best of luck to you in 2012 as well. I think we both have some great stuff in store.

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78 Praveen Rajarao
Twitter:
January 3, 2012 at 11:58 AM

Wow Adrienne – You really have your plan lined up for this year.

I was very excited when I read about you accepting Guest Posts on your site, i will be up for that one for sure. How about writing guest posts for others(or me in particular!!)

I will be following you for sure for all those wonderful updates you have planned and will surely be waiting to read them.

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79 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
January 3, 2012 at 2:05 PM

Hey Praveen,

Yep, I most certainly do and I’ve set more goals for this year. Last year was kind of a fly by the seat of my pants year. I took some courses, implemented what I learned and it’s been uphill ever since. Now that I’ve come this far it’s time to step up my game.

I have written a few guest posts this past year and I haven’t written more because it’s very time consuming for me. I got really nervous because I have a certain voice and didn’t know how it would be accepted on other people’s blogs but they all went over really well. I just spend a lot more time making sure that the blog owners were happy with my posts. So although I didn’t specify that I would be writing more, it’s something to think about too. And yes, I will be accepting them here so stay tuned for that Praveen.

Thank you for your continued support, I really appreciate that. So, this year is just beginning so we have twelve more months to fulfill don’t we! So, stay tuned. :-)

Have a great day Praveen!

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80 Diane Aksten
Twitter:
January 3, 2012 at 1:40 PM

Adrienne: Just can’t please everyone, can you?? :)

This is just my opinion, but I like the idea of guest posts; first of all, it gives you a little break but it also exposes your followers to someone that may know nothing about (while also giving your guests some extra exposure as well).

As far as affiliate programs are concerned, I believe in them as additional streams of income and I would not be insulted if you incorporated product reviews into your blog. Quite frankly, I feel better knowing that someone I respect and trust has tried a particular product and will be honest enough with me to give me a thumbs up or down rather than concern themselves solely with earning an affiliate commission off my purchase.

Hope that helps and very Happy and Prosperous New Year Adrienne; looking forward to lots more great stuff from you this year!!

Diane

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81 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
January 3, 2012 at 2:12 PM

I’m laughing at that remark Diane. Heck no, darn it! I can’t believe that I’m unable to please everyone… What’s up with that! :-)

You are so right which is what I want to do. I want to spotlight some of my faithful readers that I think either need more attention or are worthy of sharing posts in their area of expertise that my readers will find helpful. I just don’t want those posts to read like a manual, I want their own personality to shine through so I guess what I’m saying is not all of my blogging friends write that way. Maybe this will give them the chance to do something a little different. I just had a lightbulb moment. I love those.

Well that’s good to know and I agree. I certainly don’t mind reading product reviews from my friends because I know they aren’t just trying to sell me on something they just bought. Okay, some of them do but I also know they aren’t just trying to make some money, they really believe the product is good or they wouldn’t have bought it. Me personally, I have to go through the product and use it before I’ll write the review which is why sometimes I’m a little slow on the draw. No big launches over here unless they’ve given me access beforehand.

Thank you for your kind words and I wish you the exact same. Have a Very Happy and Prosperous New Year Diane! I’m looking forward to learning more from you over at your place as well.

Hope you’re having a wonderful day!

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82 Kari January 3, 2012 at 3:08 PM

I personally am excited to hear your insights on network marketing as I have a feeling I’m going to learn a lot from you.

I know I’m new around here, but I have a feeling that any guest posts you take will match the tone of your website and be a great contribution to your website. And as far as product reviews go, I personally always like to hear a trusted review about a product that may be of use to me.

I also wanted to make a comment about your thought of putting video/audio with your posts. One of the things I learned about learning is that we learn things better when we use more than one sense. So reading your post as well as hearing or watching your post may also allow people to understand what you are saying better. It may get the message across better. And like you said, it may also just attract people who don’t like to read and would rather watch or listen.

I can already tell you will be successful no matter what you choose to implement.

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83 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
January 3, 2012 at 3:21 PM

Ah Kari, are you in network marketing? I do hope that whatever I share will help you in your own business. It’s truly a fabulous industry to be in but has really gotten a lot of negative publicity because of all the people who have bashed it for one reason or the other. It’s usually from those who have failed and that means quit! The same reason people yell scam all the time because they weren’t willing to put forth the effort to actually do the work. What a shame.

Thank you for sharing your opinion on the guest posting and product reviews. I especially appreciate that because you are new and haven’t been hanging around here all year. Wow, I’ve already built up that much of a reputation in your eyes. I’m truly touched Kari! (((smiles)))

That’s what I have heard too which is the only reason I’ve been considering putting possibly audio and video in my posts. Unfortunately, I have yet to visit one site that does all three. I’ve visited some that have audio but I personally prefer the written word over that. I haven’t been on any that have both written word and video that have the same message. The video is usually an addition. So although so many people teach this I’ve yet to come across anyone actually implementing it. I wonder why that is…

Thank you Kari, I really appreciate that. Looking forward to us connecting more this year and I’m excited about learning more about you.

Hope you’re having a wonderful day!

~Adrienne

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84 Kari January 6, 2012 at 1:19 PM

Just as an example to your ‘quitter equals someone yelling scam’ thought – I saw a guy the other day upset because he couldn’t understand a lesson that he had signed up for. It was a simple lesson. It wasn’t rocket science by any means. He quickly went into the forum on the site and complained about how he didn’t understand what was being talked about and exclaimed that ‘this stuff’ doesn’t work. I’m sure he will tell anyone who listens about his thoughts on how ‘that stuff’ doesn’t work. But the point is he didn’t even do anything to be able to have the right to say it doesn’t work. I’ve seen this many times over as I’m sure you have.

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85 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
January 6, 2012 at 3:17 PM

Hey Kari,

Typical scenario wouldn’t you agree? Would I would have done is send an email to the creator of the product or if they had support, send a ticket. I would ask for help in the forum if I didn’t understand or if it was something supposedly easy to implement but I just didn’t know how I would Google it. If you want something bad enough you’ll find the answers but most people obviously just don’t. That’s what has given this industry such a bad wrap. It’s such a shame.

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86 Paul Wolfe
Twitter:
January 3, 2012 at 4:05 PM

Hey Adrienne

happy new year! And don’t you worry, I’ll be in touch about this guest post at some stage next week. (Kids go back to school on Friday….so life should get back to normal on Monday/Tuesday).

The Product Thing is interesting…we should try Skyping as I’m always coming up with Product ideas for other people. I’d just need to get a bit more of a handle on what exactly you do and where your areas of expertise lie…but I’d be willing to give it a go.

Let’s catch up on email towards the end of the week!

Paul

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87 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
January 3, 2012 at 4:50 PM

Hey Paul,

Happy New Year to you too and I hope you’ve had a wonderful time with your family. Sounds like life in the Wolfe house is still on holiday schedule. I’m sure the kids aren’t too thrilled to get back to school. But it is a new year and time to get back to it.

Oh really, we just may have to Skype then. I bet you do always have lots of great ideas. I could use some of them about now.

I’ll definitely catch up with you toward the end of the week. Enjoy the time with your family and we’ll work out something later.

Thanks Paul!

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88 Dr. Bob Clarke
Twitter:
January 3, 2012 at 5:35 PM

Wow, Adrienne, you have so much planned for 2012! Good for you!

A couple of points —

1. Your own product. I would love to see you create a product that would reveal your secrets to growing such a huge following on social media and your blog. Every time I come to one of your posts I am bowled over with the number of comments and shares. Many of us still struggle with this and I, for one would pay you to reveal your secrets and strategies. Just a thought.

2. Guest posting on your blog. The thing to remember here is that you still have full control. I began accepting guest posts when I went on vacation last year and it was a huge success and very well received (maybe my readers are not as bonded with me!).

But you have every right to be picky and refuse posts that don’t meet your standards. I have done so also and, as long as you relate your reasons and perhaps give bloggers some guidance about what you want, it is usually well received.

You control it, and accepting guest posts has freed up some of my time to do other things that bring in some money. Money should not be the dreaded 5 letter word that some bloggers make it out to be. It is a fact. We all need to monetize to some extent!

Okay, enough of my rant. Great post as always. Thanks for sharing your vision with us!

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89 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
January 3, 2012 at 6:01 PM

Hey Bob,

I definitely have a few things planned for this year.

Well, my last post I revealed how I got my blog to where it is but I didn’t elaborate on the interaction as far as commenting, sharing content, building relationship, etc. It was really hard to put everything in just one post so it was pretty much highlighted. I’ve had a couple people give me this same suggestion so it’s moving up on the charts now.

You are right about that Bob, I do have full control here. I guess since it didn’t go over so well the first time I’m just really nervous but Paul will be sharing a post on here this month so that is definitely coming. I’ll take it from there after that.

You are right, I am building my business and that’s how I make my money so although I love my blog it’s not my main business. Plus I intend to just get a lot busier as we get more into this year. See, I’m already planning what’s taking place for me this year.

Oh I love your rants… Any time but seriously, thanks for sharing that with me. I appreciate hearing what you think and it means a lot. I’ve taken so many notes as people have been sharing them with me. Implementation time will be around the corner.

Thanks Bob!

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90 Thomas
Twitter:
January 4, 2012 at 5:58 AM

Hi Adrienne
First of all Happy New Year. It is good to hear that you have a lot of ideas of what you are going to do with your blog in 2012. I think it is important and a good way to keep up the motivation. What went well in 2011 and what do I want to do with my blog in 2012. I have also been thinking about accepting guest post and I get a request almost every week about it, but for now I like that my blog is only for me. I know that I would get more traffic to my website by accepting guest posts, but for now I like it the way it is.

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91 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
January 4, 2012 at 8:36 AM

Hey Thomas,

Happy New Year to you too Thomas and I do hope you enjoyed the holidays and rang in the new year your way!

I think 2011 was a growing experience for us both so I know that I’m thrilled with where I am and it sounds like are as well.

That’s how I felt last year in all honesty. I do get frequent requests to write guest posts for me but they weren’t from people I even knew. It was obvious they were only there for the attention and I have no doubt they can locate other popular blogs that will be more than happy to help them out. But now I’d like to give my readers an opportunity to shine so with the replies I’ve received it looks like that’s what I’ll do.

As you said Thomas it’s your blog and you can do anything you want with it. It’s come a long way and I like it personally. You do write about things I’m not at all familiar with but then you throw something at me that I need to know so thank you for sharing your knowledge of tech with us.

Am happy we met this past year Thomas and I’m looking forward to seeing what this year holds in store for us both. Have a great week!

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92 E Welch January 4, 2012 at 10:23 AM

Hi Adrienne,

First a Happy New Year to you. I hope that you had a good one. On the subject of guest posts, I have no issue with you hosting a guest. I know that you would be a stickler for quality, and the post would be up to your high standards. Moreover I would add depth and breath to our knowledge.

More videos for 2012? Absolutely. This is something that I will be looking at for 2012. You have already inspired me to look at that one. I notice that you have got quite a few under your belt already.

Your own product? I’m with DR Bob here.

Reviews? Well there is nothing wrong with sharing with your followers a product or a piece of software that you use and love that would benefit others. After all we are in the business of helping others. I look forward to this one.

More How To’s ? Yes again I look forward to this. Well this could be anything that would help us newbies . As you know I sort of did/doing the F.T.M course as you did. But I joined 2 years too late so I missed all of the support that I can only imagine you guys got. Don’t get me wrong there is some great training videos on the site, but some of us need that extra bit of support and encouragement.

Take care,

Ed.

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93 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
January 4, 2012 at 11:38 AM

Hi Ed,

Thank you and Happy New Year to you as well. I wish you all the best in 2012.

Thanks for sharing your thoughts with me about the guest posting, videos, a possible product, me doing product reviews and continuing with my “how to” posts. I really appreciate you sharing your thoughts on all these subjects Ed. It really does help me to know if I’m moving in the right direction. I do want you guys continuing to come back so what better way to make you all happy then to just ask!

Even when I was going through the course and it was all live, there were issues. I wrote a post about it back in April because they quit giving us content for two whole months and no one was helping us in the forum either. I can’t tell you how many tickets I sent to support but they couldn’t really help me because they had to get the answers to my questions from Alex and he wasn’t responding. No one was there to help us so I know why a lot of people got discouraged. Like you, sometimes we need that support which is why we join a training community like that in the first place. So although I wasn’t exactly excited about the entire process I still did learn so much and met some amazing people so I don’t regret that part.

Hey Ed, if you ever need any help with anything don’t hesitate to contact me. Maybe I can help in some small way. It would be my pleasure.

Thanks for the comment…

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94 Ken Pickard
Twitter:
January 4, 2012 at 2:43 PM

Adrienne,

I love it. I’m just about done with two new posts, but I love this idea of starting off the new year what a “what’s in store” kind of post! I’m of to write one as well.

With regards to your product…I would definitely suggest you create a product on your blogging success. There are millions of blogs out there but only so many are at the Alexa ranking where you are at. And yes you and I know there are a ton of how to build a successful blog, but there are many more people who have yet to find these…why not find yours?

Now there is only one Adrienne Smith! in fact you mention a good point in your post about guest blogging… people want to hear from you. And if you knew then what you know now… Need I say more?! You can not only give your success tips, but also what to avoid. You can create your product YOUR WAY…and not like everyone else s. Ok enough of the soap box.

Let me know when your product is ready.

Ken Pickard
The Network Dad

P.S. I’m truly inspired by what you have achieved…you need to share your recipe!

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95 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
January 4, 2012 at 5:57 PM

Hey stranger, glad to see you back!

Since I have so many things in store for this year plus I did want to ask for my readers opinions, I thought this would be the appropriate post for me to start off this new year. So glad I did to and will anxiously await yours.

I see your point and you are right. I think people appreciate hearing from someone who has been there, done that and is still at the top of their game eight months after the fact. I haven’t given up and quit. I’ll have to think about that. In my mind the subject of having success with your blog has been beat to death. But maybe not.

Oh you can believe I’ll let everyone know when I decide on the topic for my product and I’ll definitely have my mastermind group hold me accountable for the time frame I put on myself for cranking it out. So, stay tuned.

Thanks Ken, I appreciate your input and you weren’t on any soapbox. I need you to be honest with me about this and I can always count on you.

I’m really surprised since you’ve put out several products about social media now and how to get to this level. That’s why I’m truly honored when you give me honest feedback. You my friend already know the recipe. :-)

Looking forward to your posts.

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96 Kesha, The Uncommon Chick
Twitter:
January 4, 2012 at 8:20 PM

Adrienne, girl, I’m with you!

I, too, am going to be creating products and even more services this year. As a matter of fact, “Create” is my focus word this year (gotta finish my vision board around that word…); yeah I’m getting on the focus word bandwagon :-)

I’m also adding others’ writings to my blog. It’s a shame your guest post wasn’t well received. Here’s what I’ve done thus far that seemed to be going well: I will seek out content myself to reprint (or approve one uniquely written for my blog) and when I post it, I always do an intro and outro so that it still adds a little bit of my flavor to the post.

I’ll keep that format for now until I decide to have actual writers for the blog with their own author profiles.

Here’s to our success this year and may all of our goals be obtained prosperously!!

~Kesha

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97 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
January 4, 2012 at 9:38 PM

Hey Kesha,

Sounds like you’ve got big plans for this year too. I’ll be excited to see what you have up your sleeve as far as products are concerned. I have no doubt it will be good.

That sounds like a good idea but I think I’m going to go with actual guest bloggers. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that it will go over well. I have a feeling it will.

Thank you my wonderful friend and to your success as well. May 2012 be “your” year.

Have a great ending to your week Kesha and thanks for stopping by! Always a pleasure to see you.

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98 Joe Lampo January 5, 2012 at 12:25 AM

Happy New Year, Adrienne!
I’ve been busy with many things other than website building, though I’ve been working on that, too. I know you have had what seemed like hundreds of comments on this posting, as I received emails for every one of them! I think your consideration of inviting guest posts could prove interesting and add another dimension to your blog. I have noticed many blogs have guest postings, including Yaro and Darren. Anyway, another great post for sure. Keep on bloggin’. Stay well.

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99 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
January 5, 2012 at 8:56 AM

Thank you Joe and Happy New Year to you as well. Let’s make it a fabulous one shall we?

I’m anxious to see your blog when it’s complete so be sure to stay focused on finishing that so you can also start connecting with other bloggers and they can help share your content.

People like Darren and Yaro have gotten to the place in their business that they don’t write as often on their blogs because their business has just taken off. That’s where a lot of people are headed and what they want to accomplish. Your blog is your stepping stone to making a name for yourself and having people purchase products from you. I’ve been dragging my feet with the product creation part but I’ll definitely accomplish that this year. Plus have some guest bloggers grace my site with their presence.

Thanks for commenting Joe, always a pleasure to see you. Hope you have a wonderful day!

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100 Gabriella
Twitter:
January 5, 2012 at 3:55 AM

Hi Adrienne,

Happy New Year to you – I hope 2012 will be an even more incredible year for you than 2011 was.

It was lovely to read up on your goals for 2011 and what you achieved in 2011. I’ve always enjoyed being a part of your journey through your blog. And I love your honesty, too.
It would be great to have you read excerpts of your posts and have them a part of it too as a soundbyte – that’d be fun.

Anyway, all the best nd I look forward to reading your future posts.

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101 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
January 5, 2012 at 8:58 AM

Hi Gabriella,

Why thank you and from your lips to his ears! I wish you the same Gabriella, Happy New Year!

Read excerpts of my posts, now that’s something I haven’t thought about. Maybe combining a few that relate to each other so that you can follow along. I appreciate that tip…

Thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedule to stop by and I sure hope you have a wonderful day! :-)

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102 Cathy
Twitter:
January 5, 2012 at 12:31 PM

Hi Adrienne,

Great to read your plans for the year. I like to read guest posts. You do need to be careful that it is in your niche, same writing style, etc., but they can bring another perspective. It’s a great way to find out about another interesting blog.

A product that seems valuable to me would be an ebook with your most useful, popular posts. Sometimes it’s easier to read when they are pulled together in an ebook.

I’m excited about my ebook that I just launched. It’s my first product, so a learning experience, but has been fun.

On a side note. I love the font you used with this post. It looks great.

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103 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
January 5, 2012 at 12:59 PM

Hi Cathy,

Thank you for sharing that, I agree. Which is why I intend to be very picky! :-)

That sounds like it might be good for a free product since I’ve already shared all that information. So if I do that would you base the most popular posts on views, traffic or both? Just curious. I’m not sure if people would take the time to read all the different posts though. Everyone always seems so short on time these days. Would you suggest just like the top ten for instance?

Congratulations on launching your first eBook. I know that is a huge accomplishment. I’ll have to see what it’s all about.

Why thank you, it’s one of my favorites although probably not the norm. I use Trebuchet, I love that font.

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104 Benny
Twitter:
January 5, 2012 at 4:34 PM

I’ve found that some people will see a guest post and immediately not read it. I know I do unless the topic is relevant to me. I’ve accepted a handful of guest posts last year and some were well received. Some not so much. I think the best one was the story of Aaron sending letters to his future self.

So they do work. I would keep it to a minimum. Was reading over at Think Traffic and half of their posts for the month were guest posts. Corbett asked if they liked that. The few comments so far said no. I would agree that’s too many.

As for the project, It has still been in my mind to do it. I know you feel the topic has been beaten to death but sometimes people want a step by step plan what to do. They want help along the way. They want it from someone they trust or their friends trust.

Yes all the info is free on the Internet but putting together a product weeds out the useless info and saves them SO much time.

I hope things work out and we can do it this year, but I know you’ve got a lot going on this year. I know you’re going to know 2012 out of the park!

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105 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
January 5, 2012 at 5:30 PM

Hey Benny,

I loved Aaron’s story of the letters to himself. I admit that one did stick out more than the rest with me too. We just get so use to coming to your place and hearing from you that we get spoiled. I do hope that a lot of the guest posts that I end up having will be well received. Only time will tell.

I would start with just one a month and then maybe, just maybe go to two but not more than that. I think really just once a month will be enough since I only post twice a week as it is.

I have to remember that what I think and what others think are sometimes totally different. I’ve been writing down what people have been suggesting and although I have received different suggestions, people still want to know how I’ve gotten my blog to where it is today. My post on My Secrets to Blogging Success was very well received but I didn’t elaborate on a lot of things because let’s face it, you can’t get everything in a post. So they still want to know how I got my Alexa ranking to a little over 50,000 and how I’ve gotten people to keep coming back and commenting. Although I shared quite a bit in that one post they still want to know more, even some of the people that I look at as very successful with their blogs. That’s what I was really surprised about. So maybe…

I will be creating one this year Benny. I thought you had decided to go a different direction with another product since we last spoke. I congratulate you on your success with your app. I bet people would love to learn how to do that process and the pitfalls to look out for. That would be a winner Benny although it might not be something you are exactly passionate about. Heck, I’d even want to know what’s all involved.

Thanks for stopping by today and I also wish you well in this coming year. I have no doubt whatever we both decide to do will be winners. You can count on my support.

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106 Benny
Twitter:
January 5, 2012 at 6:34 PM

I am creating a product now. It’s all new territory for me. Recording slides while recording my voice isn’t the easiest thing but im getting better and better. I’m doing a membership site and setting it up myself. I’m excited but nervous about how it will be received. But I need to create products this year and not just keep learning about it. Ive gotta try!

An app guide might be in the works this year as well. Just want to find out what people want exactly. It’s a big market with room for more apps still! I’m passionate about apps. Just the emails and the problems aren’t fun.

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107 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
January 5, 2012 at 7:15 PM

Wow a membership site, you are one brave soul. That’s great for your first product Benny. Recording videos while training isn’t the easiest thing to do especially if you want to come off as professional. The retakes on those are brutal. I can’t tell you how long it took me to record the ones on my training site. I have no doubt it will be received well. Congratulations on that my friend.

I have no doubt that just the process of how to start, an A to Z guide would be extremely helpful. You could probably also work with a few app developers that you like and maybe get a little cut of the action by recommending them. Hey, you just never know. I’m glad you are passionate about that. When I read the problems you encountered after the fact I can see why you would think about throwing in the towel. Not only can the process end up being very expensive but all the headaches with people wanting different things. You certainly can’t please everyone.

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108 Sergio Felix
Twitter:
January 5, 2012 at 5:55 PM

Hi Adrienne,

Looks like you have a LOT in your hands prepared for 2012 and I think that is simply AWESOME!

There are many people out there that still haven’t even figured out what they are going to focus on 2012 and from what I’m reading here, you’re already set for PLENTY of different projects, so kudos to you!

About the guest post thing, I don’t know… I know that a hardcore blogger would tell you that is the only way to get leverage, great and fresh content and sometimes even more exposure as it is supposed to bring new traffic to you as well.

But as my personal point of view, I’m pretty sure that when people connect in a good way with a new blogger and his/her blog, they’re going to keep coming back to that new blog because of the author and not the guest posts.

From my own experience…

I love to read Brankica’s blog and she has used plenty of guest posts in the past.

Some I’ve LOVED, some I’ve hated.

So when I know there is a new publication I first check if it is hers or a guest post.

If it is a guest post, then I check if I know the guest, if I know the author and I like it, then I read through.

If I don’t know the author, I start reading and if I don’t get a good vibe or not feel interested in the subject (whatever happens first) then I’ll just close the site and won’t come back until there’s a new post and repeat the drill.

I recently read that whenever you find two persons that can be a fit for each other, you should introduce them.

It makes you more credible (you of course don’t need it! LOL) and creates a stronger relationship between you and each of those persons, even better if they absolutely LOVED each other.

So to put this into perspective, I really like Paul Wolfe’s blog.

I don’t comment there much but that’s because I feel the subjects are way too advanced for me.

He recently introduced me (indirectly through a guest post) to that guy Danny Iny and I absolutely LOVED that guy.

So, would I blame Paul from guest posting or saying he was doing guest posts somewhere, else, not at all, on the contraire, I am very pleased!

I’m not sure but I think that was the same thing that happened with Brankica and then meeting Steve Scott from a guest post on her blog.

So, I’d say you can go for it… or not.

Is that even helpful? LOL

I’m pretty sure that whatever decision you take, it’s going to be the best one, take care and stay amazing! ;-)

Sergio

PS. Throw us a Survey (Monkey) and find out for yourself!

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109 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
January 5, 2012 at 6:53 PM

Ah Sergio, my wonderful friend. Never lost for words… I love that about you, you always pipe right in and tell me what you think.

I totally 100% agree with you which is why I’ve held off this long accepting guest posts. Okay, my first experience with it didn’t go so well but I have this really bad problem of knowing what I like and of course expecting other people to feel the same way. We are always taught to do what your target audience would want but I believe I am my target audience so with me feeling a certain way I have to think they are thinking the same thing.

I SO respect Brankica, Paul and Danny. I know they all accept guest posts and everyone has their own opinions about them. I admit, a lot of people benefit from actually writing guest posts because if they are posting on a popular blog and their post is well received then that means more traffic to their site because of it. Now I also know that every single one of my posts aren’t killer but my readers are just so darn nice and faithful that they’ll give me a shorter comment just because they like me. Would that be the case with a guest blogger? I’m not sure but I would still want them to tell me the truth whether they got anything from what was shared or not. I think that’s why I intend to be a little picky with choosing who I’m going to let post.

I also think it will be very beneficial for my guest bloggers to write about subjects I’m not that darn great in. So I can at least continue helping my readers learn in areas I’m not an expert. Paul is fabulous with videos so trust me Sergio, you’re going to love what he shares. I was very intimidated when I first visited Paul’s blog but he truly is a really great guy so please do comment away and if you have any questions or problems, he’s more than happy to help. I can’t say enough nice things about him, he’s just super.

Okay, I’ll shut up for now. Thanks again for sharing your views about this Sergio. I really appreciate it, it does help me a lot.

I thought about the Survey Monkey but I wanted everyone to just tell me their own opinions and thought that way everyone can read what everyone has shared. I think it was well received.

Hope you’ve had a fabulous week and getting ready for the weekend. I’ll see you soon.

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110 Dee January 8, 2012 at 11:22 AM

Hi Adrienne
I think you should be allowed guest posts on your own blog so long as they don’t take over as I have seen on other blogs. I stopped visiting when their were more gust posts than owners posts.
Good luck with your plane and a Happy New Year to you and yours.
Dee

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111 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
January 8, 2012 at 12:11 PM

Well hey Dee, wonderful to see you again and I’m so happy you stopped by.

I agree with you 100% which is why I’ve held off for so long I guess. There have been a few blogs I use to visit but not anymore because they rarely post now. They lost a loyal reader. What a shame.

Thank you for sharing that with me and Happy New Year! I wish you all the best in the coming year.
:-)

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112 Dee January 8, 2012 at 12:39 PM

Hi Adrienne
It has been a while, I have been catching up on what I have missed!
I am hoping to allocate my time better this year.
I am just doing a post on blogs I visit (Stole your idea and will visit some of your list!) and I do give you credit for the idea in my post plus a link!
I have never had or done a guest post, but am thinking about it.
Dee

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113 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
January 8, 2012 at 1:00 PM

Hi Dee,

Well I do hope that last year was extremely productive for you. I appreciate you stopping by and catching up. I have definitely set me some achievable goals and I’m already implementing a lot of what I have on my list. I have no doubt that if you put your mind to it that you’ll allocated your time much better this year.

Ah, I bet it will be a wonderful post so please let me know when it’s live. Would love to stop by and see who all you enjoy visiting plus I appreciate the link love. :-)

My first guest post I wrote I was a nervous wreck. I had no idea how it would go over but it soon became one of his most popular posts. I’ve written a few more but it is time consuming because since it’s being written for someone else’s audience, you definitely end up spending more time creating it. Or at least I do.

Thanks Dee and I’ll stop by your place soon.

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114 Dee January 8, 2012 at 7:49 PM

Hi Adrienne
Post is live. Yay!
Am going to do other posts with more blogs.
Dee

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115 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
January 8, 2012 at 7:59 PM

Thanks Dee, I’ll be sure and check it out tonight.

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116 Roger Reed January 8, 2012 at 9:16 PM

Hey Adrienne! I love your writing style it is very easy to follow so I believe if you go for a guest poster your should def pick the people who write similar to yours. At the same time I believe you should be at liberty to pick anybody who you believe brings value. After all this is YOUR blog ;-).

As far as product creation goes. I’m no expert but I don’t think I would personally create a product unless I felt I could bring something new to the table, which I can see you feel the same way. I’ll end this comment here, since I don’t want to write a book! I’ll save the book for my own blog :-p lol be blessed!

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117 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
January 8, 2012 at 11:21 PM

Hi Roger,

Thank you, I appreciate your thoughts on these topics. I hope to stay as true to my readers as I can but from time to time if they are receiving value from other’s posts then I think they will eventually appreciate the content. At least I hope so.

Yeah, the product is going to be hard to decide on. I’m sure I’ll figure something out though. I don’t know if any of us can really bring anything new to the table,. It might be a new spin on things or maybe just an easier way to explain how some things are done. Oh heck, I don’t know but I guess time will tell.

Thanks Roger and have a great week. ;-)

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118 Daca January 9, 2012 at 4:08 AM

Wow Adrienne I really like your post it’s much better than mine New Year’s post. It’s amazing.
First I want to wish you all the best in this year!
I think you have made good plans for your business. People just love how to’s and videos for example so it’s great idea.
As for this guest posting I really don’t know what to say. I know that guest posts are nice way to help others to promote their work, they bring new ideas and stories and they can sometimes bring new traffic. Still, the one thing I really like here is that every time you read a post you see the same signature – Adrienne, which is amazing. Maybe if you put all guest posts in one category. You know, Interviews may not be a bad idea. They will include other bloggers but still be written by you. :)
Have a nice week.

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119 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
January 9, 2012 at 7:48 AM

Hi Daca,

Well, I have some specific things in mind that I want to accomplish so I thought why not just share them at the beginning of this year and that way, people can hold me to it if I don’t follow through. Or, I fall down on the job. :-)

That’s a good idea so I’ll have to think about that as well. But I do think that for those readers of mine who have an expertise in areas I don’t will really benefit all my readers. I guess I’ll have to give it a go and see how it’s received.

I appreciate you sharing your thoughts on this post. This is exactly what I wanted.

Enjoy your week and let’s knock em dead this year shall we!

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120 Chadrack
Twitter:
January 9, 2012 at 9:17 AM

Hi Adrienne,

You’ve got a whole lot of things to handle here. I understand you’re already running 2 blogs seeing the much you’re doing on this blog, I’m sure you will definitely be needing some extra hands. And that is why I will suggest you consider the option of guest blogging again.

It’s unfortunate that the one you published earlier was not recieved the way it should be. That is understandable. And from the experience you related it does seem that the guest blogger in question wanted to do things his own way. That’s unfortunate. This is your blog and you should decide the terms.

As you have observed I do guest posts on my blog but one thing you may not have observed is that none of those post were published without some editing. In some cases I’ve to re-write the whole thing without losing sight of the theme of the article. Re-writing it gives me the opportunity to inject a bit of my style into the post. You can do this. It will help you have some more time for other things. Of course, you can always decide which to accept and which to reject. But once you have accepted an article, you can may be re-write the introduction to capture a little of your style.

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121 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
January 9, 2012 at 9:38 AM

Hi Chadrack,

Nope, I’m not running two blogs any longer. I stopped blogging over on my affiliate one around the middle of last year. I send them over here if they want to know more. I didn’t want to try and keep up with them both any longer.

That was a lesson that I learned and I was a little intimidated by the whole process. But now that I’ve gotten much further in the blogging arena, I now know that I’ll do it my way and if the guest blogger isn’t happy with that then I guess they just won’t be writing for my blog.

I don’t want to rewrite someone’s guest post Chadrack, I may add the introduction and possibly the ending but I would much prefer the post be their own. But again, I’m going to have to play this by ear since this is also new to me. But I appreciate your suggestions. It’s good to know what others are doing since I’m a complete newbie to this.

Appreciate your input, thanks again.

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122 Cat Alexandra
Twitter:
January 10, 2012 at 12:19 AM

Hi Adrienne,

This post got me pretty excited learning what you’re doing and also thinking about the things I’m going to do. Actually…I think I may do one similar to this, myself. It’s a great idea!!

I must say, I’m eager to learn more about your own personal project. I think this sounds like a fun challenge. I’ll give this some thought and see if I may be able to help you come up with something. You have so much wisdom to impart that I imagine widdling it down to one or two things may be your biggest challenge.

I like that you’ll be doing reviews. I have been enjoying the review style a good deal, especially when the review is coming from a trusted source. Seems like this will flow with continuity very well from what you’re doing all ready here at your blog.

I just know that all these things will really kick things up several notches in your business development. I’m feeling like 2012 is going to be an awesome year for you!

Cat

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123 Adrienne Smith
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January 10, 2012 at 9:04 AM

Hey Cat,

Glad I could get you all excited… I know that a lot of people do posts on what they achieved throughout the year, what they didn’t do and what they have in store for the coming year. I didn’t quite do it that way. I wanted my last post to be a good one that could help those coming into the new year and then share with my readers some things I have in store for this year. Tada…

Any thoughts you want to send my way, I’m open. It’s going to be difficult deciding exactly what to do.

Thanks Cat, I appreciate that and I’m feeling it to. I thought last year would be a good one but I wasn’t giddy excited about it. It definitely was a good one because look at my blog and look at the attention I’ve received! So yeah, it was definitely a good one but this year I’m feeling the ultimate breakthrough happening for me. I’m excited.

Thanks for sharing your thoughts. Look forward to hearing from you but until then, enjoy your day!

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124 VaNessa Duplessie January 11, 2012 at 9:09 AM

Adrienne,
I just have to say I am SOOO excited for you in 2012. Whatever comes your way I know will be wonderful. And not to worry, when it is right for you to create your own product you will. Things happen the way they do for a reason. I want you also to know I resonate well with so many things that you wrote. I am actually getting ready to do a blog refresh and to make room for some new enhancements. Like you, I think my writing style is straight and to the point no nonsense yet honest and loving. It is hard for readers to make a switch sometimes, however, I plan on forewarning my loyal followers and implementing guest postings as well. As you become a better blogger and have the opportunity to help other bloggers I have come to the conclusion that it is important to share the love if you can. So, that is what I plan to do. I also have a review section on my blog that I’ve been lightly using. And since I get asked so much about what products I use and why I plan to give more time to that area with the disclaimer that I am an affiliate. I think it is important to give folks the option of supporting me in this way for the other value that I give that I don’t charge for or make money from. In 2011 I learned to view affiliate marketing as a way others can help me while they are getting the products they need or want and I always offer is someone buys something from me and wants to learn how to use it they can have a little of my time. I could go on and on but this comment is long enough. I just have to say — you go girl! All the best, VaNessa

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125 Adrienne Smith
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January 11, 2012 at 10:48 AM

Hi VaNessa,

Thank you, I’m pretty excited about 2012 too. I mean I’ve had so many breakthroughs recently and so many aha moments that it’s time to step up my game and get to work.

Thank you, I think so many people try to pressure me to create a produce. It’s time, you have a great following, you should have done that by now. But until I’m 100% happy with the direction I’m heading and know the kind of product I want to create, I’m just not going to do it because I’m being told I have to. So I’m a little behind everyone else at least I’m doing this my way darn it!

Oh good, you’ll be accepting guest posts too. I have no doubt as long as our readers have been warned and they know us well enough now that we won’t accept just any post I think we’ll be okay. I’m feeling much better about it since reading all of the comments.

I know that promoting affiliate products are the way to go and I actually have a few sites just promoting affiliate products which is why I don’t talk a lot about them here. But I guess my main goal was for my readers to have a chance to really get to know me and know that I’m here to help them and not just make money from them. Sure, if they ask me about a product and I’m an affiliate I’ll definitely share that link with them. They are here to make money too so why not support one another. I think it’s finally time now to not feel uncomfortable about it any longer.

Thanks VaNessa, I appreciate your encouragement. I really look up to you so this means a lot coming from you.

Have a beautiful day and thanks again.

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126 Samantha Bangayan
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January 17, 2012 at 7:11 PM

Your blog is always such an encouraging environment, Adrienne, and I’m so excited about all that you have planned. A potential product would be such a new stage for you. I hope it materializes, if not this year then in the near future. =)

As for guest posts, I’m a little surprised that you received such a strong reaction. I would love to read guest posts from some of your top readers. Knowing that you’ll be picky means that I can expect top notch posts and I consider guest posts a recommendation from you as well. I always appreciate the opportunity to grow my network that way too. =)

A little belated, but wishing you an amazing and productive new year, friend! =)

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127 Adrienne Smith
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January 17, 2012 at 9:42 PM

Thank you Samantha, I’m so happy to hear that. I do have a lot of things in store this year for sure. I’m so excited to watch everyone else as well.

That’s great about the guest posting because my first one will be next Monday. I already have one set up for February as well and I have someone in mind for March. Right now I’ll just do once a month to ease into that and see how people relate with a guest author. I think that people had just come to know me and gotten use to dropping by my place so it was a shock to not see me here and I don’t think the topic was what they had expected with my first one. It was a learning experience that’s for sure.

I know you’ve been busy Samantha so thanks for dropping by and I hope your year has started off well. Happy New Year to you too young lady and hope we’ll see something from you soon over at your place.

Take care!!

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