10 Ways To Be Mobile Friendly

10 Ways To Be Mobile Friendly

Do you sit at your desk all day and look at things  online with your dual wide screens?

Uh-oh. You may be making some mistakes. (Just like I do from time to time).

It’s fun to design and implement beautiful layouts. But we need to take a look at this

In the last few years, more and more people (figures are about 33%), are using their smartphones and tablets for all or most of their internet needs. So a beautiful website on your desktop can sometimes look clumsy – and even weird on your phone.

So, as always, we smart people adapt.

We have to design our sites so that they look good – and are readable – on all devices.

So let’s look at a few tips to help us maximize our audience.

Be Minimalistic.

A flashy website is not going to translate well on a mobile device. Stick to the basics, and remember the acronym you’ve learned before. K.I.S.S. (Keep it simple silly)

Consider how mobile readers see your content — Check for yourself on the mobile device that you are targeting to assure yourself that the mobile content translates well to the device. You can’t be sure without looking.

Cut down on ad clutter

You may find that you need to move your ads to other areas that work better with mobile devices. Ads right in the middle of content might not work well with a mobile device like they do on a regular website

Choose a website theme which is good for phones.

Some – like Divi by Elegant Themes  – have a means of customizing a page for all devices.

Or if you are a bona fide techy, you can detect platforms that are viewing with proper coding — Learn about special coding that you can do for your content so that it detects what device is looking at the site, and appears in the best format for that device.

(I’ll stick to choosing the right theme).

Have Lots of navigation

For a mobile device you likely need more navigation than on a website. Consider using shorter drop down menus, and think of ways to drill down to the minute information on your site with more menus.

Make short links

As we know, typing on a handheld device is not fun or easy. So make links as short as possible so that no one throws their mobile device across the room in frustration when trying to view your site.

One post or set of content per page — this goes back to being minimalistic but keep the content to one post per page for easier viewing.

Put content front and center

Instead of having an entry page, put the newest content front and center so that mobile content viewers see what is important right away.\

Reconsider how you put textural links within a post.

While this is great for a website viewed on a webpage it might work better to put links under the post as well as within the text for easier navigation.

Add drop down navigation or hover navigation

This type of navigation saves a lot of space on the mobile device and makes it easier to actually click it to move to the mobile content that the visitor wants to view.

So there you have a few tips for pleasing your mobile viewers.

We want to keep those mobile viewers coming back again and again.

Five Reasons for Using PLR

Five Reasons for Using PLR

Your  business has a lot of moving parts. Even if yours is a side-hustle, you need to regularly attract new people and keep them coming back for more. PLR is an excellent way to offer your visitors high-quality information that doesn’t cost a lot of time and money to produce.

There are many reasons for tapping into this resource. Right now I want to mention five.

  • PLR is affordable                                                                                                          Large companies employ staff writers and marketers whose job is to create their content. These staffers plan the subject matter, do the research, and write as employees of the business. Their material is the property of the business and the writers are paid hourly or salary for their time at work.

Most small businesses can’t afford to hire a writer to create unique content just for their business. So most often, the business owner is left with the job of writing for himself. It can be very time-onsuming.

Since a lot of the copy is used for give-aways, it isn’t necessarily a money-maker.

Buying PLR is an affordable way to get great content written for your audience without having to pay for a writer or taking the time to write it yourself.

  • PLR is plentiful:                                                                                                          There are many ways to buy PLR. Some PLR is exclusive, which means fewer copies are sold. This means the content is less likely to be widespread. This PLR may be more expensive, but it can be a wise choice for certain items like eBooks or challenges.

Other PLR is sold in larger quantities, which reduces the price point and makes buying PLR an easy yes for your budget. There are multiple places to source PLR. A simple search for providers will yield lots of results.

  • PLR is customizable:                                                                                                  PLR is formatted in ways that allow it to be changed. You can add your own branding and add your name as author. You can also edit the copy, gving it your voice and your message.

In some cases, you can hire a virtual assistant to help you modify your content for far less than having new and individual content created. In the moments it takes to brand your PLR and upload it to your site, you can reach your tribe and add value to their lives.

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  • PLR is engaging:                                                                                                      Good PLR has engaging content that encourages your tribe to reach out and connect.

From high-quality emails to calls to action in an eBook, great PLR will have your customers reaching back to you for engagement where you’ll be ready to connect.

  • PLR is educational:                                                                                                  Many times, PLR can do a lot of the sales or the education for you. Strategic use of PLR can educate your audience about what they need in order to work with you or offer collateral information that supports your sales goals.

The quality information is useful for your clients and helps make you an expert in your field.

So you can see that using PLR saves time and money. It allows you to offer high-quality information to your customers, while freeing you up to focus on money-making or other important tasks.

Using PLR to support your site and add value to your client’s experience is a great way to offer more for less… time and money.

Remember: You Are One-of-a-Kind

Remember: You Are One-of-a-Kind

It’s the start of a new week. Do you have a “Start Your Week Off Right” routine?

I can’t say that I always have.

I like to begin each day with coffee and the Bible. But I haven’t  always taken the time to think about my focus for a week. Another week dedicated to my God, my family, and my special assignment from my Creator.

That’s what life is, you know. Your life is your special assignment from God. Nobody looks just like you. Or thinks just like you. Or has gifts and desires just like you.

You are different. You are one of a kind. A masterpiece. Even when you are in a crowd of people, there’s no one quite like you.

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Build Trust Like Mac’s Tire Store

Build Trust Like Mac’s Tire Store

Do Your Customers Trust You?

It’s a well-known fact that people like to do business with people that they know, like, and trust.

So every now and then we have to take a personal inventory. How do we measure up?

When I think about this concept, I almost break out into laughter, because I am reminded of one of my favorite all-time businesses.

Are you ready?

A tire store. Mac’s Tire Store in Tupelo, Mississippi. Let me tell you about that store.

You may have heard that my husband and I lived in Mississippi for about 25 years. We had some wonderful times while there, and I loved the area.

However, there were a couple of times when I would suddenly find my tire low in air, and I wouldn’t know what to do about it. (It seemed that Mickey was out of town or in a business meeting when those times came).Could it be fixed easily, or was it serious? I certainly didn’t know.

So I would take my car to Mac’s and confidently wait with my cup of coffee in hand and a pleasant magazine to browse.

I was confident because I knew these people. Their service would be quick and first rate. They would do a good job, and they woudn’t try to sell me something that I didn’t need. In fact, once I went in thinking that we needed new tires and they talked me out of it!

Now that’s my kind of a store!

It’s funny because I don’t even care about cars. Much less tires. But when I was in trouble, I knew these people would help me. They came to my rescue, and I was incredibly grateful.

The kind of trust that Mac’s had with me (and others), didn’t come over night. They had worked at building their business on a strong foundation of integrity and friendliness. They knew that most  people think of tires as an unpleasant necessity, and so they worked at making the experience at their store to be the best it could be.

Have you thought about this element in your business lately? I have. Every now and then, I like to take a step back and look at this issue. How trustworthy do my customers see me?

I think that this is even more important for online businesses. Since people can’t see us and talk with us face to face, it’s even more important to convince them that they can trust the products and courses they buy from us. They need to know that we understand their needs and concerns and help them meet those needs.

I’m determined to build my own business around the same concepts which made Mac’s so great.

The following points to improve your trust ranking and build better relationships in your business. They can also be used to regain trust too.

  • Understanding and Empathy – try to look for things that you have in common with people and then build trust from there.
  • Being Honest and Open – don’t be scared to show your true emotions and viewpoints. Of course be receptive to other people’s opinions too.
  • Be Genuine – show people that you care.
  • Have Respect – you need to respect yourself and others and treat people as equal. Do not blame or criticize anyone or make them feel guilty.
  • Listening – really pay attention to what someone is saying and demonstrate that you understand them. All it takes is a quick nod in agreement to achieve this and trust will quickly build.
  • Best Interests – learn how to take other people’s interests into account, not just your own. Look for solutions so that everyone becomes a winner.
  • Being Reliable – when you promise to do something, follow through and get the task done. Don’t make promises that you have no intention of keeping.

Think about how you can take these principles and apply them to your business practices. If you promised to look into something for a customer, actually follow through and do so. Even if you don’t locate what it was they were looking for, at least you made the effort and tried. This will no doubt be totally appreciated by them and helps build trust and respect.

Sometimes mistakes happen or you sell or refer a product that isn’t suitable. When this happens be honest and tell your customers or clients that you made a mistake. This helps demonstrate solid business practices along with trust.

If you truly want to run a business with honesty, integrity and trust then take steps to build relationships with everyone you meet on a day to day. Be personable. Open.

One of the best ways to build trust is to write a book. Share your life. Your stories. Your point of view.

For material to help you get started, check this out.

In the meantime, Keep on Soaring!