How To End A Fight Quickly

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I'm not a big fighter, but when do get into it with someone I can be stubborn and harsh. These are both characteristics I'm working on...so don't judge me. But one thing I've learned is that a quick and effective (not necessarily simple or easy) way to end a fight quickly is to do the following:

A - Put yourself in the other persons shoes.

I mean really do it. Where are they in life? What are they going through? What is their natural response to things? How have they told you they felt? Answer these questions without any of your own opinions or judgements. Just purely look for facts about them and their feelings, opinions and thoughts.

B - Look at all the things they say they are angry for.

Again, do this without judgement of any kind. Do you see anywhere that you could have done things different. Said something a little nicer. Not said something. Shown a little more consideration or compassion? Identify some things that you may have done wrong. Even if you don't think you did anything wrong, they do. So find those things and if you're really putting yourself in their shoes, can you at least understand why they feel the way they do? I'm not suggesting you have to agree with them, just understand it from their side.

C - Apologize for those things you identified above.

Understand that it takes two to fight or argue. And if you're fighting it's because both parties have some degree of fault. If you were blameless in this situation, you wouldn't be fighting.

And, MOST IMPORTANTLY...when you apologize do not use the word "but". If you apologize and continue your sentance with the word "but" and continue to justify or explain why you did what you did or said what you said, really you're just telling the other person that you're not that sorry, and that you're apologizing for something you don't even think you did wrong.

If you do this correctly, I guarantee you're fight will be over quickly and you'll be back on track with each other in no time.

These steps are really hard to do. But if you love the person you're fighting with you'll do it and you'll do it with love, honestly and compassion.

Tracy

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Tropical Teaser: 8 oz. Almond milk, 1 scoop Essante Organics 7.365 vanilla shake protein powder, 1/2 cup frozen strawberries, 1 cup sliced mango, ½ cup frozen pineapple& 4 ice cubes. Blend well in blender.

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Watermelon Slush: 6 oz. water, 1 scoop Essante Organics 7.365 vanilla shake protein powder, 5 large chunks fresh watermelon & 8 ice cubes. Blend ice & water in blender first, then add shake mix & watermelon & blend.

Wild Berry Blast: 8 oz. water, 1 scoop Essante Organics 7.365 vanilla shake protein powder, 8 frozen raspberries, 4 frozen strawberries, 15 frozen blueberries & 6 ice cubes. Blend well in blender.

What Is Wordpress?

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What-Is-WordPress-300x168WordPress is one of the most popular blog and website publishing platforms available today. It’s open source, free software that can be installed to create a full functioning website or blog.

Open source means that the code is not hidden. Having the code this way allows any programmer to tweak it as they see fit, which not only makes it very flexible but also with thousands of programmers around the world having access to the code, it helps the software become more reliable, robust and secure.

WordPress can be downloaded free from WordPress.org. Not to be confused with WordPress.com, which is a hosted blogging solution. If you’re looking to create a blog very quickly and do not require any advanced features or custom functionality, you can get started with a blog at WordPress.com in about 5 minutes. But you will be limited with what you can and cannot do with the site.

If you are a business looking to create a sustaining, profitable online presence, you’ll definitely want to download WordPress software from the .org location (or have a professional web developer do it for you) and installed that on your own hosting site.

Today WordPress is used by the individual blogger, solo entrepreneur, small, medium and even very large Fortune 500 companies.

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This video give you three ideas on how to choose a domain name when the one you want is already taken.

I’ve done this before…thought of a great name…waited a couple days before buying it (just to be sure it was right)…One time I even went to go get it…saw it was available and said to myself “Ok cool. I’ll just wait a couple days and grab it then.” Well 2 days later I went to go register it and BAM! it was gone! Can you believe it? So since then I’ve learned a thing or two about how to choose a domain name …since I am a bit of a domain name junkie :) LOL

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How To Market Your Blog

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how to market your blogAs a small business owner I’m sure you’re looking for how to market your blog. This does not necessarily mean getting more traffic. The definition of “marketing” according to Wikipedia is

Marketing is the process of communicating the value of a product or service to customers. Marketing might sometimes be interpreted as the art of selling products, but sales is only one part of marketing. (read more)

My first recommendation is to have your own blog. Not a Blogger or WordPress.com account. These are hosted and managed by the companies that run them. The best option these days is to have your very own WordPress blog that you own and host. This will be a small monthly/yearly cost. But you can do it for $10/year for the domain name and $10/month for the hosting, so nothing that would break the bank. Here’s a comprehensive step-by-step WordPress course that will step you through the process easily.

Here’s How To Market Your Blog … Well At Least 10 Ways

1. Communicate Value

Communicate the value of your blog/product or service. Soon as someone lands on your site, they should have good idea of what the site is all about. Keep it clear and concise. Use language that matches with your audience. My audience is small business entrepreneurs. These people are usually creative, casual, out of the box thinkers, so I tend to write how I think…nothing formal or too techie.

2. Make It Easy To Subscribe

One of the best and hardest learned lessons in how to market your blog is not giving people a way to subscribe. Please!!! Give visitors a simple way to subscribe to you. Whether it’s RSS, by email or signing up for a free ebook or video series. The best way I know to market a blog is by creating good content and ensuring you have a list of people to notify when you add to your blog. To put a form on your site that will capture their email address, use a system such as GetResponse, AWeber or MailChimp.

3. Be Specific To A Market

Be specific about who you are targeting. Ever heard the expression “If your market is everyone, then you’re marketing to no one.” Or something like that. :) The more specific you are the better response you’ll get from readers and the more sales you’ll make. Using long tail keywords will help you to target an even more narrow group of people.

4. Use Social Media

Let people know about your new posts on as many social media outlets as possible. Some people prefer Facebook, other Twitter. And some LinkedIn. So put your blog posts on all three to catch more fish in your net.

5. Optimize Your Blog

Learn the very basics of search engine optimization. I don’t mean become an expert, but at least now how to optimize your blog posts. This alone will help you get more visitors. Here is a mini SEO course that will give you the basics in under 45 minutes.

6. Write Great Stuff

This is simple. If you write great stuff, people will remember, subscribe and share. Instead of writing mediocre posts daily, write one great post weekly as an example.

7. Have A Call To Action

There should be a call to action on every post, even if it’s just to leave a comment. Search engines love when your post gets lots of social interaction.

8. Comment On Other Blogs

This is an unexpected one I’m sure. When you are surfing the web and reading other related blog posts, leave a useful comment. In many cases other blogs allow you to leave a website link. Take advantage of this. Search engines love it and it’s like “link love”. I wrote a post on this …so check it out for more details. Leave A Comment. It Will Benefit You. I Promise

9. Setup Your Blog For Automatic Pinging

Pinging? What is that you ask. It’s basically a method of letting search engines and other social sharing sites know that your website has been updated. I recently installed a plugin on my site which does this completely in the background and it pings my blog posts to 200 sites. It also continually pings all my old posts as well so past efforts are constantly fresh. It’s called PingFresh.

10. Make It Easy To Share

Blog posts can go viral if you write good stuff, but you’ve got to make it easy for people. Be sure to include Facebook Share, Tweet and LinkedIn buttons on your site that make it as little as 1-2 clicks for someone to share it on their networks. You can get social sharing plugins from WordPress.org, but here are the top three independant ones. Facebook | Twitter | LinkedIn You can also get a single plugin that does all of them. My favourite is Sociable.

How To Market Your Blog – Just The Beginning

These are by no means the only methods for how to market your blog. There are others, but if you do these, you’ll have tremendous success.

Hope this was helpful. PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT IF YOU THINK SO!

For other posts I’ve written on blogging include: 14 Benefits Of Blogging For Small Business and A Marketing System For People Who Like To Be Lazy

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