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Earn Money From Your Passions With The 5 Principles of Attraction Marketing

Earn Money From Your Passions With The 5 Principles of Attraction Marketing

Wouldn’t we all love to earn money doing something we love? Earning money from our passions, with the tools and technology at our fingertips in modern-day society, is actually possible. It’s called attraction marketing.

With the explosion of the digital age and consequent social media revolution, the internet provides a vast marketplace with a size that is almost incomprehensible. There are currently more than three billion internet users across the globe, a number that is growing every second. This is almost half of the world’s population. With such a vast marketplace, there is abundant space for everyone to make money, you just need a strategy.

So, where do your passions come into this? Well, whatever it is you’re interested in, chances are there are tens of thousands, maybe hundreds of thousands or even millions, of others into the exact same thing. We call this a niche.

Regardless of your experience online, with these interests and passions, you are in a position to be able to provide valuable information for the associated niche. And given that it’s your passion, you’re in a position to do so with energy and gusto which can be very inspiring to others, hence the term attraction marketing — your passion and character attracting similar others.

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Basically, we all have something to offer in today’s world, it’s just having a strategy to make this work for you and earn money from it. That brings me onto the five principles:

1. A Website About Your Passion

Websites give you the opportunity to provide your audience with valuable information about your passion — valuable content. They can do this 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, worldwide! So if you want to make money from your passion, you need to first put it out there in some form of website. There are countless places you can do this for free or for a paid subscription. A Google search will throw up hundreds of options for you.

This website can be in the form of a blog or a landing page. A blog would consist of posts on a particular topic which give information and a point of contact. A landing page is a single page site which provides valuable information in return for a user’s email address. Both can collect potential customers around the clock. Such customers form your list of subscribers, which I will cover in more detail in principle three.

2. Advertising

It’s essential to understand that advertising online is one of the most powerful things you can ever learn to do, as it gives you the ability to put anything you want in front of anyone you want. Within minutes of building an ad, you can have your message out there, ready to provide value to an audience and make you money.

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Online advertising gives you the ability to pinpoint and target your ideal customer and will underpin your attraction marketing strategy. With traditional marketing you need to convince and persuade people how amazing your product or service is. This type of promotion can immediately get people’s backs up. With targeted advertising online, you can get your products or information in front of the types of people that would appreciate what you’re offering, those who actually want what you have to offer.

Once you have provided valuable information about your passion, an ad can lead your audience directly to further information or products to buy. Alternatively, they can lead your audience to signing up and becoming a subscriber to your list.

3. List Building

A list of subscribers is simply a database of email addresses of people who have expressed an interest in the information, services, and products you are providing. Through attraction marketing, these people are those who have similar interests and passions to you or maybe people who just resonate well with your character.

Using an email management service like Aweber, for as little as $20 a month you can manage your communications automatically, using an autoresponder, to build a relationship with your subscribers and turn them from prospects into customers. This can also take place round the clock, while you sleep, automating your earning!

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4. Provide Valuable Information About Your Passion

This is a critical step of attraction marketing. Once you have a list of subscribers all interested in you and your passions, it’s key to provide them with valuable content to build and develop a relationship with them. The relationship you have with your list is vital.

There are so many people and companies out there that try to convince you that their business opportunity is the best, most profitable, or has the greatest leadership, etc. But the truth is people get fed up with the bombardment and don’t buy in. It’s only once you have built a relationship by providing value that your prospects get to know, like, and trust you. It’s then that they want to buy into what you’re offering. Successful marketing should provide value 80% of the time and promote or offer 20% of the time. Using this approach of attraction marketing, you begin to stand out from the crowd.

5. Promote Offers

Once your systems are set up and you’ve built a relationship with your list, who now know, like, and trust you, you’re in a position to promote offers and people will more likely take action. That’s when the money starts to come in!

As an expert in your passion, you will be in a position to sell products or services that provide further information. There may also be affiliate offers that you could promote, too.

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Let’s illustrate this with an example: if your passion or expertise is health and fitness, you will be in a position to write articles or produce videos that will provide valuable information to others in this area (e.g. Top Tips for Weight Loss or How To Build Muscle Mass, etc.). From these articles and videos, you can include a call to action, asking people to provide their email address and subscribe to further information or a monthly newsletter or video. Through your email list, you can continue to provide valuable information on health and fitness to continue to build the relationship. Now, you’re in a position to offer additional products or services. Examples may include a personalized fitness program, one-to-one personal training services, online coaching video calls, etc. If you want to go the affiliate route, you could offer other people’s products or services and receive a commission.

Now here’s my call to action: if this information interests you and you would like to learn more, check out the link in my bio at the end of this article. You can sign up for tons of free training, tools, and resources on how to make use of the internet to build a lifestyle business out of your passions.

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Last Updated on September 18, 2019

11 Hard Skills That Will Land You More Career Opportunities

11 Hard Skills That Will Land You More Career Opportunities

Are you looking to move up the career ladder? Or maybe you’re tired of having a “job” and want to start looking for a more permanent career?

Whatever your motivation, you are going to have to learn some new and different hard skills to broaden your opportunities. After all, there’s a very famous quote that says:

“The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results.” – Albert Einstein

While the insanity part doesn’t really fit here, the overall message is a good one. If you are looking for a different result (career advancement, more money or even a career instead of a job), it’s up to you to make it happen. This is both the good news and bad news!

The good news is that because it’s up to you, you have complete control over it happening. The bad news is that change is hard. Humans are creatures of habit, that’s why we develop routines, and anything that disrupts that routine causes us anxiety. And we will do almost anything to get rid of that anxiety. The overweight person will calm their anxiety by eating that doughnut, the smoker will light up a cigarette to avoid anxiety.

What we want to do with this article is to give you the hard skills you’ll need to reduce that anxiety so you can move up that corporate ladder, make more money or have career instead of just a “job.”

The following hard skills are essential to learn if you want to advance your career. They may not be easy to take up, but definitely worth your effort of learning:

1. Cloud Computing

“Simply put, cloud computing is the delivery of computing services—servers, storage, databases, networking, software, analytics, intelligence and more—over the Internet “the cloud” to offer faster innovation, flexible resources, and economies of scale. You typically pay only for cloud services you use, helping lower your operating costs, run your infrastructure more efficiently, and scale as your business needs change.” Microsoft[1]

There are many different jobs available in the cloud computing world today. They range from architects and developers to data scientists, security pros. Each job is its own specialty and requires a high level of specification for advancement.

This is definitely a hard skill that requires education. But if the tech world and computers are your thing you can make cloud computing a lucrative career.

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2. Data Mining and Statistical Analysis

Again, these are highly specialized fields. Data mining is defined as using large sets of data to look for anomalies and other patterns that can be used to predict future behavior.

Amazon is probably the best known company to use data mining. Have you ever noticed that when you buy something at Amazon, you’ll see a little ad at the bottom that says “customers who bought this also bought…”and it lists 2-3 other items? All of that information comes from data mining, by examining the millions of sales amazon makes they can predict that if you buy item #1 there is a high likelihood that you will buy one of the other items too. T

his not only increases sales for Amazon, but it also serves as a reminder for you that you may need these additional items for your project. This is very valuable information and has a wide range of uses. Although it has a bad reputation and evil sounding name, it is a very useful tool for maximizing productivity and sales.

3. Data Management

All companies today deal with a ton of data! Being able to manage that data in an efficient manor is not only highly prized, but a necessity.

We all have these things on our desks called computers. Unless there is a need for a paper copy, almost all of our data is computerized. Meaning that, in theory it is all at our fingertips. Being able to organize that data so that it’s easily and quickly retrievable is why computers are replacing filing cabinets!

However, just like the old fashion filing cabinet, data management on a computer is only good if it’s well organized. You want to make sure that you are keeping your data well organized so that it’s easy to find when needed. This is a skill that comes easily to some people (are you a person that makes lists? Good!) but with others it will be a skill that needs to be practices. Make sure that this is a discipline you master.

4. Scheduling

Being able to make and keep to a schedule is a very useful tool in both business and life. Effective scheduling means that you can prioritize projects, understand the tools needed to get the job done on time and that you are organized enough to lead people.

An important point here is to write things down! Whether it’s in an old fashion daily or weekly organizer or in a PDA. Have a copy of your schedule available at your fingertips at all times.

5. Financial Skills

These are especially important when looking for that promotion. The higher up the ladder you go, the more you’ll have to deal with things like accounting, budgeting, financial planning and cash flow management.

While you may not need to be an expert at all of these, you should have a good grasp of all of them. This is where taking a few night classes at your local community college is a good idea. You don’t need to become an expert, but brushing up on these skills will help you tremendously.

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6. Research Skills

These are important in all aspects of life, but especially in your work-life.

Are you looking for that first job out of school? Nothing impresses a boss or hiring manager more than someone who has researched the company. Trust me, they deal with people walking in off the street everyday looking for a job, but managers and owners need to see the value in hiring (or promoting) you.

So do your research and have some company specific questions ready to ask. Show that you are interested in working for that company or that position and not just “a” job or the “promotion” because you have seniority or need the money.

If it’s a promotion that you are after, never bad mouth the previous occupant. Instead pick out an example that he/she was good at and explain how you would like to use or expand that policy and how it would enhance the policy changes you’d like to make.

If it’s a new job you’re going for, then make sure to have some company specific questions ready to show that you have done your homework for the new position.

7. Marketing Skills

While marketing a companies products or services has always been a highly sought after skill. In today’s world, it can take on several different forms.

Some of the marketing skills that are highly sought after today include, SEO, Search Engine Optimization, SEM, Search Engine Marketing and marketing campaign management. Familiarity with Google Analytics as well as Word Press are also valuable.

While traditional marketing and branding were focused on advertising and selling. Almost all marketing efforts now a days are focused on the internet.

8. Network Security Specialist

Again, this is a highly skilled position that requires specialized training. But the amount of data that all companies store is significant, and if that data is leaked or stolen, it can costs them millions of dollars in both lost revenue and lawsuits.

So, if you have an interest in network security you will find the field both lucrative and stable.

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9. Communication Skills

At first glance, communication skills may not look like it fits into the category of “Hard Skills” that can help you succeed. But in this ever shrinking world where companies can do business from almost anywhere, communication is more and more important.

Are you bilingual? It really doesn’t matter what language you speak, there’s a company out there looking for someone who speaks that language.

10. Computer Programming

I don’t know about you, but I’m pretty sure that computers are going to be around for a while! As both the hardware and software get more advanced, the need for computer programming is only going to increase.

11. Graphic Design

As of 2018, there were 4.37 million new websites launched.[2] A good number of them will fail because they just aren’t interesting enough visually. The use of templates and replicated websites is only making the problem worse.

Part of the way Google ranks sites is through originality, this almost ensures that replicated sites will never get ranked through Google. So the more original your site is, the more likely people will visit and actually spend time there.

That is what a good graphic designer does. Takes your basic idea and turns it into a website that people actually want to visit.

Embrace the Anxiety That Comes with Change

You know it’s going to be there, you know that you’ll want to give up as you’re learning these new skills but, you’ll also know that the end result is worth the journey.

Here’s a little trick when you’re feeling overwhelmed:

Have you ever met an ex-smoker who was sorry they quit? An ex-drinker or drug user that said life was much better before they quit? These people have gone through some of the most difficult challenges humans can go through including weeks, if not, months of intense physical withdrawal symptoms. They did it because they knew that the pain and anxiety they would experience would ultimately get them to a much better life.

Now what was that complaint you had about attending night-school?

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This is the part everyone hates, everyone thinks night-school, adult education and just generally giving up family and/or spare time. While those are certainly possible ways to develop the necessary skills, they aren’t the only way.

You’ll want to check with your human resources department because depending on the company, a certain degree maybe required in order to even be considered for a position. In those cases, night-school, on-line or some other form of adult education maybe your best route.

But as long as a degree isn’t required, then your options are wide open.

Let’s just say that you’re a sales person interested in becoming the sales manager but, the territory you’ve been given will never produce the sales figures that would make you stand out as a good candidate for sales manager. So how about you start your own side business (don’t compete with your company), but let’s say you enjoy golf.

In this day and age, there are plenty of places that will teach you how to sell products on-line and even set you up with your own website. So you start a site selling golf equipment and accessories (don’t worry, you won’t even have to carry inventory or worry about shipping).

Now, when that sales manager spot opens up, you can explain that even though other salespeople had better numbers than you, it had nothing to do with your sales ability, it was more of a consequence of the territory your were given.

And to prove it, you brought in some information about a side business, you started showing that you’re on target for a sales growth rate of 30% this year. And because you had to do all of the marketing for the business, you came up with some marketing strategies that you can bring to the new job (built-in experience).

The Bottom Line

We’ve put together these 11 hard skills as a way to give yourself a “leg up” on the competition. We’ve tried to make this a mixture of both skills that require a great deal of training, and also ones that you can work on and develop by yourself.

We know that not everyone is cut out to be a cloud computing expert, but we also know that working on and having good scheduling skills will make you a much more desirable candidate for the position!

We also don’t want you to discount the idea of a “side hustle“. Especially for people new to the workforce, having a business that you have started and run successfully shows potential employers that you have initiative, scheduling skills and ambition which can put you well ahead of your competition!

As usual, we hope you found this article both enjoyable and informative. If you did, may we ask that you share it with your family and friends through social media. It really does help us and is greatly appreciated!

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Reference

[1] Microsoft Azure: Cloud Computing
[2] Netcraft: December 2018 Web Server Survey

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