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Episode 15: How To Attract Anything You Want Into Your Life, with Deepak Chopra: Hey friends! I’m honored to share that today’s guest is Deepak Chopra, who is a world-renowned spiritual leader, speaker and best-selling author. He’s a total pioneer when it comes to personal transformation and holistic wellbeing, and today he’s coming on to talk about The Law of Attraction and how our thoughts affect our reality (which […] The post Episode 15: How To Attract Anything You Want Into Your Life, with Deepak Chopra appeared first on Melyssa Griffin.

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Episode 14: How To Hack Your Brain’s Performance to Grow Your Business and Improve Your Health with Jim Kwik: Have you ever felt overwhelmed with how much information you need to learn? Or have you ever felt unfocused and distracted in trying to achieve your goals? Are you tired and unmotivated because of the limiting beliefs you play on repeat? If you’re nodding in agreement or raising your hand, don’t worry. Jim Kwik is […] The post Episode 14: How To Hack Your Brain’s Performance to Grow Your Business and Improve Your Health with Jim Kwik appeared first on Melyssa Griffin.

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How To Optimize Your Pins With Pinterest SEO: Did you know Pinterest is really a search engine? Yep. It usually gets lumped in a “social media,” but how much socializing do you really do on Pinterest? Not a lot, right?  Because it is a search engine we need to treat it like one, and that means incorporating SEO.  Now don’t let that word scare you off. I know SEO might make you shudder but I promise Pinterest SEO is fun, easy, and I’m going to show you a few simple places you can put your keywords to help you rank higher for those terms on Pinterest!  The first thing you need to do is to use the right keywords. Keywords are popular words that people search for in search engines and of course in Pinterest, in relation to the subject matter they are looking for.  To see the most popular keywords on Pinterest, all you have to do is to type in your blog’s main theme or subject. Let’s say you are a blogger who writes about online marketing. Click on the smart search bar at the top of the Pinterest page and type in your topic or keyword. This search will, of course, pull up pins with everything related to the topic, but it will also suggest other keywords right below the search bar.  These are popular words users are searching for as well in relation to the searched topic. So for online marketing, words like social media, email list, quotes, tips, strategy, etc. are the ones that come up. Write down these keywords as you might want to include these in the description for you next pin!  In addition to these popular searches in Pinterest, you also need to know what your target audience searches for and how it will relate to your pin or your blog. Use this information and strip it down to its bare minimum, only use the most basic and easily understood keywords. Trying to make it too fancy or witty might confuse and turn off some people. Just remember, simple is better.  Here are the areas where you need to apply these keywords to: 1. WEBSITE BLOG POST TITLES First of all, you need to go back to the core of your blog post and usually that starts with the title of you blog post! I keep my blog post pretty straight to the point and avoid adding in fluff. Include the value of the blog post, maybe the readers pain point you are going to address and make sure to include your keyword.  If you have enabled Rich Pins on your site then your blog post title will also pull in automatically when your pin is pinned on Pinterest. 2. WEBSITE IMAGE DETAILS OR ALT TEXT Using the right image description or image details on your website is very important. Whatever website platform you may be using, Wordpress, Squarespace, etc., you will always have the option to input the details of your images. Some platforms even just automatically pick up the file name of your image and input it as your image detail. Using the right keywords here is important is because it is also used to find you in search engines and Pinterest. This is so important because if someone pins your image, Pinterest automatically loads whatever description you may have listed for that image. You won’t be able to change that pin description once someone has already pinned it to their board. The last thing you want it to show is a jumble of numbers of letters that gives away no information whatsoever about where that pin is from or what it is about.  3. PINTEREST PROFILE AND ACCOUNT NAME On Pinterest, your step one for incorporating keywords into your account is through your profile name and account name. If you are a business or a blogger, make sure to apply for a Pinterest business account. It’s free to sign up or to convert your existing personal account.  Next is to make sure your URL (Username) and your business name is the name of your blog or business.  4. PINTEREST PROFILE DESCRIPTION Your Pinterest profile description should also use keywords. These should be simple and informative on what your blog or business is about, but it should also show your personality. Remember that people would need to quickly have an idea of who you are when they read your description. You need to make your description short and sweet. Try to incorporate at least 2-3 of your keywords into your description. 5. PINTEREST BOARD TITLE Obviously, your Pinterest board titles are important for SEO. It is the first thing people see when they search for a certain topic and it will be the first thing that would get their attention apart from your images. Once again, keeping it simple here is the way to go. Instead of naming your board something that only you would understand or think is funny, go for a straightforward 2-4 words that describe what the board is about.  6. PINTEREST BOARD DESCRIPTION Your board descriptions should also include keywords. Keep it to about two to three sentences. It’s long enough to include your keywords and let the pinner know what your board is about.  7. PINTEREST PIN DESCRIPTION Pin descriptions are just as important as everything else on this list. Include your keywords for that post there in the pin description. Try to write a couple of sentences that explain the post and the value the reader will get if they click through. By setting up Rich Pins you can have some additional information come up when someone views your pin.  Rich pins are basically topic optimized pins that will give the user as much as information as they would need about a certain image. Like if you are selling a product, a product Rich Pin would show the product’s price, availability and description right when the user scrolls across the image. Or if you are a blogger it will pull in your blog post title and bold it as a header above your pin. This is a great way to add in additional relevant keywords and not limiting you to a couple of lines of an ordinary pin. Want to learn more about how to maximize your presence on Pinterest? Grab a spot in my FREE five day course Pinterest Primer and get access to over an hour of video lessons on how to use Pinterest!  via @MomsMakeCents

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Episode 13: How to Use Meditation to Feel Like a Less Stressed, Happier Version of Yourself with Emily Fletcher: What if I told you that doing this one activity for 10-20 minutes per day could result in less stress, more joy, better focus, amazing sex, and more mindfulness? If we’re talking about meditation, then it’s the truth! I’ve personally been meditating for the past couple of years and can testify to the amazing benefits […] The post Episode 13: How to Use Meditation to Feel Like a Less Stressed, Happier Version of Yourself with Emily Fletcher appeared first on Melyssa Griffin.

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Episode 12: How These Best Friends Turned 2 Failed Launches Into a Six-Figure Business: Have you ever wondered what it would be like to travel the world and make a full-time income while doing it? Cassie and Shay are best friends, business partners, and founders of The Bucketlist Bombshells, an online educational community that teaches millennials how they can create a business that allows them to work remotely and […] The post Episode 12: How These Best Friends Turned 2 Failed Launches Into a Six-Figure Business appeared first on Melyssa Griffin.

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Episode 11: How a Yoga Blogger Earned $70,000 During Her 2-Week Course Launch: Are you a blogger or creative? Then prepare to be MAJORLY inspired by this episode. A few years ago, Allie started her yoga and mindfulness blog, The Journey Junkie. Like many bloggers, she assumed that the best way to earn a living as a blogger was by putting ads and sponsored posts on her site. Soon, she […] The post Episode 11: How a Yoga Blogger Earned $70,000 During Her 2-Week Course Launch appeared first on Melyssa Griffin.

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How To Make Money Blogging With Direct Sales: Do you remember that one time when I posted about how I joined an MLM?  It's been about six months since that post and boy have things gone crazy. If you want to check it out and see what I do and don't recommend when running a direct sales business click here.  I was not expecting the growth that I experienced. I figured I could try out some of my marketing experience and strategies and see how it went. Six months later and... * I'm the #2 sponsor in the entire company (out of almost 200,000 people). * Make double what I made at my full-time job before becoming a stay-at-home mom. * I've earned so much that my husband has quit his job because it's completely replaced his income. Insane right? I've also earned, * Their company car which we are car shopping for this week. (P.S. comment below what your favorite car is, I have no idea what to get!)  * And in January we're going on an all expenses paid trip to Costa Rica. How is this my life? Seriously guys, I so did not expect this, and every day in my prayers I thank God for putting this opportunity in my path. Now this wouldn't be a post from Moms Make Cents if I didn't leave you with some helpful information right?  I want to give you some pointers so that if you're in direct sales or want to be you can apply the strategies too!  First, I'll give you some tips that apply to anyone in direct sales and then we will dig in specifically for those of you that have a blog or want to use a blog to make money with a direct sales company.  P.S. If you want to learn how to get one-on-one direct sales training with me for free read to the bottom!  1. Create Your Own Content If you are involved in a direct sales company, chances are you are in a lot of groups for other reps. Maybe it is your downline, your upline, or just some team pages that have been set up. One observation I’ve made is that in each company there seems to be a notorious graphics group that all distributors pull their content from.  This can be a great resource when you are just starting out, it eases the burden of having to create everything from scratch. But when you exclusively use graphics from these types of groups,  * It is something that your audience has probably already seen before since most likely they are in another group that sells the same product. * It is not consistent with your own branding, graphics, etc.  I encourage you to take a few extra minutes and create something original. The graphic groups are phenomenal for inspiration, but I would leave it at that.  There are tons of great resources for creating great graphics, collages, etc. Some of my favorite tools for creating graphics are,  * WordSwag * Canva * PicMonkey 2. Be Creative I cannot reinforce this one enough and I seriously feel that this is the #1 reason I have been successful in this experience.  BE CREATIVE.  Don’t do what everyone else is doing. If you do that you will blend in, which is the exact opposite of what you want in a direct sales business. You need to be trying new things. Some will undoubtedly fail (that’s business), but others you will knock it out of the park. If I hadn’t been brave and tried new things there is no way I would be where I am at today.  If you are mimicking your upline or another person in your company it will only take you so far because it isn't authentic to you. People will buy from you because they know YOU and like YOU! Take five minutes a day to brainstorm something different. Here a couple of  tips,  * Look at people in other direct sales companies and see what they are doing then tweak their strategy. Oftentimes, something will be trendy in one direct sales company but hasn’t crossed over to yours yet. Be the trendsetter and incorporate that new idea into your business. * Look at what other small businesses are doing. What kind of specials are they running, how are they growing their audiences, how often are they posting on social media, etc.  By being aware and applying new strategies you will stand out.  One phenomenal book that talks all about this concept is called Purple Cow by Seth Godin. I highly recommend it!  3. Treat Your Business like a business If the product you are selling was your own product, something you’d spend years thinking about, creating and developing, how would you market it?  Would you cold message your friends of friends on Facebook asking them to try it? … No!  You would create a marketing plan with strategies for how to grow your social media presence, create a beautiful and functional website and probably look into some paid advertising.  If you don’t have a website/blog yet, I’ve created a whole tutorial on how to set one up here. When you only operate via a Facebook group or page it limits what you are able to do with your business.   IF YOU HAVE A BLOG 1. Don’t spam your audience They signed up to follow you because of your existing content and if they are suddenly flooded with posts about your new company, joining your team, etc. Their red flags are going to start going off and they will jump ship. Not what you were wanting, right?  It is totally okay to have a big “announcement” type blog post, social media post, etc. when you first sign up, but after that, you should incorporate your new company in more subtly.  * Maybe it is a roundup of the top 10 protein shakes for moms and you link your companie's protein powder.  * Or maybe you are a travel blogger and you just went to a business conference for your direct sales company. Write an awesome post about the city you visited and in the post, you can mention it was for your business and then link up to either your “announcement post,” a post about becoming a distributor, or your order form.  There are so many different ways that you can still be giving value to your readers without overwhelming them and being spammy. You want it to be just enough that they remember that you are with that company (just in case they decide to order or sign up), but not so much that it will bother them and they will unfollow you.  2. Create a marketing strategy for your direct sales product If you’ve been blogging for a little while you’ve probably participated in an affiliate launch, sponsored campaign, or sold your own products. Treat your direct sales product the same way.  Consider your previous experiences and what had the best results. Which strategies got you the most affiliate sales or sold you the most products from your shop? Then initiate those into your direct sales business!  Did you boost a post on Facebook, send an email out to your newsletter, or collaborate with another blogger?  Since you have done marketing and run a business before, analyze what is going to be the most effective use of your time and resources.  If you want me to help you create a unique and powerful marketing strategy keep reading below.  Application only MENTORSHIP Direct sales changed my life in a way that I never thought possible. My husband quit his million hour a week ultra stressful job, we were able to move closer to our family, and we are working to pay off our house early. If you have a blog about lifestyle, fashion, beauty, blogging/work at home or a related niche and want to create another revenue stream via direct sales, I want to chat with you!  For the next 72 hours I am opening up applications for five spots on my direct sales team (SeneGence / LipSense) for bloggers that want intensive training with me on how to make money via direct sales with their blog.  I'm limiting this to five so that I can make sure that I can dedicate enough time to you individually. In order to be considered for this intensive training you must be able to commit to a one-hour video coaching session with me once a week for four weeks.  In these calls we will chat about your, * Content strategy  * How to leverage your audience to grow your business without being spammy  * How to optimize your content so you rank in Google search  * How to run inexpensive ad campaigns to accelerate your growth and more.  Plus, you will have constant email support from me so I can be your sounding board and help you initiate your new creative ideas AND you will have access to the entire training course that I have put together for my team as well as on-going group trainings.  You in?  Click here to apply for the free training now >> Usually, I would charge around $800-1,000 for this type of training, but for five dedicated people, there will be no charge.  All I ask is that you are committed and ready to invest time into yourself and business (about 5-10 hours a week, depending on how big you want to go).  I will be leaving the application open for the next 72 hours (through Friday 8/25 at 12:00 noon mountain time), reviewing the applications this weekend, and announcing the winners of the spots early next week.  I'm expecting that the spots will fill up very quickly so if you would like to be considered click here to apply now for the direct sales elite mentorship!  via @MomsMakeCents

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Episode 10: How to Create a Successful Side Hustle and Life with Life Coach, Susie Moore: Today’s guest is Susie Moore, a life coach and author based in New York City. She is the creator of Side Hustle Academy – the side hustle made simple, as well as an advisor to tech start ups. Her work has been featured on the Today show, Forbes, Marie Claire and more! Now, I met […] The post Episode 10: How to Create a Successful Side Hustle and Life with Life Coach, Susie Moore appeared first on Melyssa Griffin.

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Episode 09: The Keys to Creating the Best Relationship of Your Life With Vienna Pharaon

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