The Simple Way to Verify Your Domain on Pinterest

How did we ever survive without Pinterest? Since 2009, the social media platform has come a far way from the invite-only program it started out as. Pinterest is basically a full on image version of Google. Pinterest is even better than traditional search engines when searching for blog content, recipes, and renovation ideas (I imagine there will be a...

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Why I Keep My Marketing and Sales Departments Separated

While marketing and sales work very close together to build an effective brand, they are not the same thing. Think of them as legs on a stool. If one end can’t support the weight of the other, the entire stool collapses.  What is marketing? Marketing is the way that you present your business to potential customers, who you target and how you target...

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Blog Traffic, Goals, and Income (May 2016)

I will not be including any of my revenue from other businesses I own in my reports. Simply from the blog. I will not be using my other businesses or social platforms to promote SipBlack.net. All social media outlets will be newly created. This is truly growth from scratch. This post has way too much info, pin it so you can come back and read it again! Why...

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I Hate Boring Marketing: How I Win Customers Over With Their Emotions

Anyone can make a case around factual, solid logic. Your product is great, you’ve used testimonials to show that other people think it’s great. Most businesses use marketing strategies that rely on reasoning. But, is that enough to get your customers to fall in love with you or your brand? I’m thinking, not.  One sale is good, but repeat...

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11 Reasons I Believe Every Entrepreneur Needs a Business Coach

Hiring a business coach can mean the difference between working hard and working smart. As entrepreneurs, we tend to develop “head in the sand syndrome.” We get so focused on our business, growing, learning, branding, and marketing that we don’t get a chance to step back and see how well our efforts are paying off. Don’t worry...

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Brand Secrets: Interview With Top Blogger Naomi Dunford

  Naomi Dunford, the founder of IttyBiz, has been in the blogosphere for a long, long time (nearly 10 years). She’s earned quite a name for herself, recognized by the likes of Forbes, Copyblogger, and Problogger. Between marketing, creating, and helping itty bitty businesses flourish, she’s also a mother of two young boys. She is living proof...

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When Goals Become Habits and Habits Become Your Lifestyle

How do you go from $0 to $100,000, and eventually $1 million? The same way you lose 100 pounds. The same way you get your two-year-old potty-trained. The exact same method you use to make it through school, buy a house and start a business. You get there by setting tiny, achievable goals for yourself and work as hard as you can to make those goals happen...

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7 Things About Entrepreneurship That No One Will Tell You

While the idea of entrepreneurship has been an elusive concept for a long time, it is a goal that has recently become more attainable. Everyone has their own reasons for starting a business, but there are certain desires that we all have in common. We want our freedom. We want our recognition. We want a legacy.   It took a while for society to accept...

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