Sally Chow Explains The Titanium Mastermind

A lot of people ask me what the Titanium Mastermind is all about. Rather than me explaining it, I decided to let Sally do it.

Sally is with me in Costa Rica for Titanium and I figure I’ll kill two birds with one stone. Sally will explain what the Titanium Mastermind is and I would enter her video into the Titanium video contest. Sally’s video is below. Enjoy watching it and we hope to see you at the next mastermind!

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Being a Professional Blogger Is Like Being a Fish Out of Water

Ever since I started on this journey as a freelance writer and professional blogger, I’ve felt different than almost everyone else around me. When I look at the overwhelming majority of people that I know from high school and university, almost all of them have some sort of traditional job. They might be in communications, they might be in the sciences, they might be in a medical field, but it’s a job in the most conventional sense of the word.

And there is certainly nothing wrong with that. I just decided that it wasn’t for me.

But even now that I’ve had my online business and my online career for more than a decade, I still feel different. I’m not sure if I feel like a fish out of water, like I’m sticking out like a sore thumb, or if I really am unique (just like everybody else). And there’s certainly nothing wrong with that either.

One of These Things Is Not Like the Other

Let me illustrate this with a couple of recent examples in my professional blogging life. Ever since becoming a father, the world of “parenting” has become a really big part of who I am, both personally and professionally. I blog about my life as a dad and I’m increasingly interested in so many of the related matters.

To this end, I’ve been getting involved in things that never really interested me all that much before. Here in Vancouver, there is a family expo that highlights the many aspects of raising a healthy family. There are vendors with all natural foods, vendors with sports programs for kids, and so on. And this expo gathers together a group of “blog ambassadors” and “social media ambassadors” to help promote the event each year.

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I was invited to be one such ambassador. Going over the list of names, of which there are about 20 or so, it appears that I am the only dad. I’m the only “dad blogger” in what is otherwise a giant group of “mommy bloggers.” And I don’t want to take anything away from the “mommy blogger” community, but it has certainly been a strange experience for me thus far. The perspective is just… different.

Similarly, I’m a member of a closed group on Facebook for local bloggers. We use it to exchange ideas and to support each other’s work. And, as far as I can gather (at least among active members), I might be the only dad there too. It’s a lot of mommy bloggers. There’s one blog that positions itself as a husband and wife team, but I only ever see the wife post anything on Facebook. Go figure.

But I’ve always felt like the odd one out. Like I stick out.

I’m Different (and That’s Okay)

Even in the context of freelance writing, and this might be entirely in my own head, I sometimes get the sense that my “ethnic” last name might make some clients assume I’m not a native English speaker. This is despite being born and raised in Canada. This is despite pursuing a good proportion of my university education in English literature. But they don’t know that. So, I have to present myself accordingly so they can recognize my value as a writer.

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It’s okay to be different. It’s okay to feel different. If anything, it might even give you a competitive advantage. As the only “dad” representative among the blog ambassador group, I may be more likely to get singled out for related opportunities. I could be a force for change, even if that wasn’t really my intention in the first place.

Unique Selling Proposition

John has said for a number of years now that he is sometimes the only dad at some of Sally’s activities. I know the feeling. You might be older than the other people in the group. You might be younger. You might be taller, shorter, darker, lighter, maler or femaler. All these attributes contribute to who you are, so embrace them all.

Be you. Be the real you. Remember that someone had to be the first fish out of water for us to have amphibians, reptiles and the rest of the evolutionary chain. Will it be you?

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Making $15,494.92 In 1 Day While Vacationing In Costa Rica

I started yesterday with $11,475.37 in MOBE commissions. I’m finished with $15,494.92. Not bad for a single day. This was made while I was creating priceless memories at the new MOBE resort in Costa Rica with my daughter Sally.

Of all the systems that I use to make money online and live the Dot Com Lifestyle, MOBE is by far the most profitable. It has given me time freedom, money freedom, and location freedom. It has allowed me to send Sally to one of the top 50 private schools in America and buy a $2 million house for cash.

Can I Really Do This Business?

One of the most common questions I get from people who are thinking about joining MOBE is, “Will all of this work for me?” and “Can I really do this business?” The answer is, regardless of your age, background, where you’re from, or your experience level, you can do this business. You can start your own online business, and be successful at it.

Your first first step is to download my ebook, the Ultimate Online Profit Model//my.leadpages.net/leadbox-772.js. This details the business systems I use to make six-figure monthly income and live the Dot Com Lifestyle. You can also get my Blogging Secrets book at Amazon.

Attend The IM Freedom Worksshop

If you wish to talk to an expert face to face about Internet marketing, then I invite you attend a live IM Freedom Workshop in your area. Here are the ones coming up for the month of May.

Each workshop will have both an afternoon session and an evening session. Find the workshop that’s most convenient to you, and register now. Space is limited. Tickets are given out on a first come, first served basis. You must be pre-registered to attend. There is no on-site registration.

Apply for My Ultimate Dot Com Lifestyle Coaching Program

If you’re truly ready to move forward and make a positive change in your financial future, then go apply for my Ultimate Dot Com Lifestyle coaching program. This is a 21 step program I created with MOBE to help you make your first $1250, $3300, $5500 and even $10,000 online. You’ll be given all the tools and training you need to get started. You’ll also get a personal one-on-one coach who will work with you and answer any questions you may have. All you have to do is follow the system and do what your coach advises. You may not pull down Top Affiliate level income right away, but it’s pretty easy to make $1,000 a month from it.

The application fee is $49, and allows you to go through all 21 steps (anyone who tells you otherwise is lying). I recommend you go through the steps, then decide if this is something you want to do. If it is, great! Welcome aboard. If you decided this is not something you want to do at this time, then get a refund and go on with your life. I can’t make it simpler than that.

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WordStream Named a Top 20 Place to Work in Boston!

With fun golf outings, a winning softball team, an Xbox in the office, and an endless supply of cold brew, WordStream employees once again named WordStream as a best place to work in Boston!

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Our WordStream Team at the awards ceremony!

While WordStream has its formal perks—great benefits, an unlimited vacation policy, great social outings, and opportunities to volunteer—employees have so many more reasons to love coming to work every day.

We all know the story about how Larry Kim created WordStream in a Panera. We also know how our veterans survived through multiple desk and office moves, putting in long hours for our customers, and sticking with the tradition of recognizing each other for “being great” monthly. Just this year, we hit the huge milestone of 200 employees and moved to an amazing new office in the Prudential Center. We’ve come a long way!

And we couldn’t be prouder.

Last night, we brought home the Boston Business Journal’s Best Places to Work of 2017 award, coming in at number 20 in the medium-sized business category. We accepted the award with a quick video showing off our WordStream culture.

The Boston Business Journal announced 80 honorees on April 19, which were divided into five different categories based on the size of the business. The companies were selected based on survey responses from employees, which were scored by Quantum Workplace. According to the Boston Business Journal Market President and Publisher, more than 300 companies submitted surveys, and Best Places to Work is considered one of the most competitive programs.

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The WordStream softball team [not pictured: free drinks, great music, and celebratory home-run dances]

We’re always looking for awesome, motivated workers to join our team! Check out our jobs page for open positions.

3 Great Entrepreneur Podcasts to Add to Your Playlist

Podcasts have quickly become one of the most exciting and anticipated ways to consume and deliver content in the world today. This is also in part to Apple now heavily pushing podcasts through their iPhone and iTunes stores. With everyone having a mobile device on them at all times, it’s never been easy to listen and learn while on the go.

Entrepreneurs, bloggers and even celebrities are all jumping on the podcasting bandwagon as well. Since many of us are already creating great content online, it only makes sense for us to adapt and create a podcast of our own. Not only will this help your personal brand and reach to a new audience, it will also bring you closer to your readers at a much more personal level in the process. This is exactly why I launched Rise of the Entrepreneur, and get to interview industry experts like John Chow on the show.

If you think podcasting is big right now, just watch as more television shows and media outlets continue to syndicate their shows and best content into podcast files. In addition to actual podcast creation, the means for gaining access and listening to them will continue to grow as well. As more cars have smart players and mobile devices integrated, podcasts are simply a click away.

With all of that being said, just like a good book — there are always going to be some nice podcasts and hidden gems out there that you may not have heard of yet. Today we are going to look at five of them, and how they can start providing value to your own life, business and personal improvement.

The Gary Vee Audio Experience

The majority of us already know and love Gary Vaynerchuk for all of the great video content he puts out there and is actively seen on social media. “Ask Gary Vee” was another great series and podcast of his as well. His latest podcast, “The GaryVee Audio Experience” is a collection of all of this greatest content, while also being available in daily audio files.  With over 1,800 reviews and an average rating of 5-stars on iTunes, this podcast is a must for every entrepreneur in the making.

The Tai Lopez Show

We all see online marketers and entrepreneurs online every day through their content, social media, blog posts and even sometimes through live video and webinars. Podcasts have allowed us to get one more step closer to know some of the brightest minds in the industry, as audio brings that relationship and engagement to life.

Tai Lopez has had a ton of success online and you’ve likely seen his videos and advertisements while skimming through your most recent status updates on Facebook. Through his podcast, titled “The Tai Lopez Show” — famous online marketer and entrepreneur. Tai Lopez shares stories, case studies, and actionable tips from his success online and entrepreneur ventures over the years.

Through his podcast, Tai highlights the many benefits of what it takes to find success in both life and business — while also bringing his own twist of originality and flare to the show. With already over 5,000 votes and an average rating of more than 4.5 stars, this podcast is another great one to add to your audio playlist.

Marketing School with Neil Patel and Eric Sui

If you’ve ever done anything in the world of online marketing, SEO or content creation, you definitely know the name, Neil Patel. Through his “Marketing School” podcast, Neil and Eric Sui discuss all aspects of what it takes to create, grow and run a successful business on the internet today.

Each episode focuses on a specific question or task about how your business can better approach and represents itself online — whether that be through setting up your first social profile, getting a quality Google My Business listing or simply how to look more professional online.

With over 300 episodes already released, you can be sure to find answers to many of your burning entrepreneurial questions. The podcast currently has 300 ratings with an average of 5-stars, so you know it’s gonna be a good one to add to your playlist.

What are your favorite marketing podcasts?

As mentioned earlier, no matter who you ask or where you look, there is always going to be another great podcast somewhere that you haven’t heard of yet. Contribute to the list and leave a comment below with your favorite podcast and how it’s made an impact on your life or business.

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Zoom H1 with Giant Squid Audio Sound Test Comparison

During my presentation at the MOBE Titanium Leverage Summit, I gave a presentation on creating video and what the most important factors are when it comes to creating great videos.

As part of the presentation, I gave a demo on how to improve audio by using an external digital recorder instead of the build in mic of the camera. This is a video of the demo. The first part has audio recorded from the Zoom H1 with a Giant Squid Lav mic. The second part of the video has audio from the built in mic of the Sony RX100 V. The difference is pretty great and explains why I never use audio from the camera.

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The 4 Types of Images Perfect for Your Blog Content

The way people engage with content is changing, which is why we are seeing images and infographics gain in popularity. The web has connected people all over the world and we’re able to share resources quickly. However, many people fail to understand the one negative regarding an open share network, which is language barrier. For example, the world’s most popular blogs are located within North America with our first language being English. Many others around the world have a hard time understanding our content because it’s published in the English language. Even though many browsers do provide a simple way to translate this content, it can be tedious and still doesn’t illustrate the point correctly. Bloggers have shifted to using images and infographics to illustrate their point because they’re much easier to grasp by someone located in a non-English speaking country. Next,

Content marketers have so many awesome online tools available to create images and infographics quickly. They are cost effective and platforms like WordPress offer an easy way to upload them into your content. However, if these elements are NOT optimized correctly, they lower site speed while increasing bounce rate, hurting overall user experience. You have to make sure, when uploading images to content, that they’ve been optimized correctly and don’t interfere with website usability.

The next time you’re implementing images and infographics to your content, make sure you tweak them with these strategies.

The Format

The format of the image is very important because depending on format, it will increase or decrease page load time. Different image formats will vary in size and the larger the file, the more strain it will put on your server. Currently, the most common formats are .jpeg, .png, .gif, etc. All of these formats are fine but you want to ensure image quality is NOT lost during the saving and upload process. It’s recommended to use .png when saving images because the size is adequate and it’s doesn’t restrict picture quality. However,

Avoid using flash when possible because on a shared server, you’re going to put a lot of strain on your server, increasing load time. With this increase comes a decrease in user experience and higher bounce rate. Remember the following…

  • JPG (good)
  • GIF (good)
  • PNG (recommended)
  • Avoid flash files because of size and strain on server.

Compression

If you’re using WordPress as your platform, then you should be utilizing some of the FREE image plugins they have available. When you’re logged into your WordPress backend, head over to Plugins>Add New and type image compression. You’ll find a whole list, but from my experience, these are the best…

Both of these plugins will do the following…

Will automatically compress new and existing images uploaded to your media gallery. By compressing them, you make them smaller, increasing site load time. Next, it will optimize the image and convert images automatically to the file format that will produce the smallest image size. You can configure the settings once and then each time you upload an image, it will apply the settings. You can run the tool after settings to compress existing images, too.

The Size

If you’re NOT using WordPress, then you will have to keep an eye on your images manually. However, this is NOT hard because you have to know the ideal image size numbers. For example, it’s recommended all images saved before uploading range in size from 170KB because anything above is too large and will slow down your sever. Next, avoid uploading images in HD unless you’re running a virtual or dedicated server because they have less load and can handle larger images.

What about name?

When naming your image, it won’t help with speed, etc., but will help when trying to rank them within the SERP’s. The best advice before uploading is to save them with a name relevant to your content. This way, when people do a quick Google image search, they’ll find your images optimized with a relevant name in the image SERP’s.

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