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4 Effective Ways to Improve Your Online Reputation For A Better Business

4 Effective Ways to Improve Your Online Reputation For A Better Business

The power of your online reputation can be used to build credibility, increase brand awareness, and increase sales. However, many people struggle to build a solid online reputation for their website and personal profile because they don’t know what elements truly matter. For example, the introduction of social media has allowed websites to build trust very quickly, especially when they have 10,000+ followers. There are many others things you can do to build your online reputation, that’s just one of them.

I believe your online reputation plays an even more important role nowadays because it’s part of the Google ranking algorithm. Google looks for specific call signs, like how much engagement your content is getting or links to your website URL. All these add up to form a complete reputation profile, which helps them rank your website.

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Let’s get started and go through some other factors affecting your online reputation:

Social Media

A great way to build your reputation is by setting up social media profiles. Whenever a client or company is trying to find out about you, they’ll always visit your social media profile to find out about products, content, and the others you follow too. Social media has been growing in popularity each year because setting up profiles on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram are free. You can tap into a huge audience without paying a dime so it’s important you take advantage of these platforms.[1]

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Once you are done creating pages, it’s important you take the time to update them regularly.

Reply to Negative Reviews

A great way to show that you are personally involved with the customer experience is by replying to reviews. When running a business, it’s hard trying to please everyone so you’ll be faced with negative reviews. However, don’t be deterred because sometimes you just need to hear what customers are saying to help you make changes later on. The next time someone leaves a negative review, it’s important that you take the time to reply to each one personally.

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You’ll also have people posting positive reviews, so take the time to answer and interact with them too.

Your Purpose

One of the easiest ways to hurt your reputation is by NOT doing what you say you’ll do. If you have a product site, then make sure you ship out the product when purchased by a customer. If you promise to post the best content on the web, then make sure your content is the best online. Not following the game plan is a sure way to lose customers and hurt your overall reputation. Afterwards, people will leave poor reviews on other websites about your brand and products.

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Networking

One way to positively build your reputation is by connecting with others in your industry. A lot of people don’t like doing this because they feel they are then connecting with their competition. However, some of your competitors have been around for years building their customer base. They know what’s working in your niche, so can provide valuable insight on products, content marketing, and how to engage your audience. Use this opportunity to pick the mind of your competitors and learn as much as possible. Learning from them will help you avoid common mistakes that would otherwise cost you both time and money.

Final Thoughts

85% of the world’s population has access to the internet and they are using it to find out more about companies, products, and/or services. To improve your chances of online success, and to outshine your competition, you need to make sure your online reputation stays intact.[2] Above, I’ve outlined awesome ways to improve your reputation quickly so start to implement them now.

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Rizvan Ullah

Rizvan is the founder of CareerCrawlers. He shares career and motivational advice on Lifehack.

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The Power of Ritual: Conquer Procrastination, Time Wasters and Laziness

The Power of Ritual: Conquer Procrastination, Time Wasters and Laziness

Life is wasted in the in-between times. The time between when your alarm first rings and when you finally decide to get out of bed. The time between when you sit at your desk and when productive work begins. The time between making a decision and doing something about it.

Slowly, your day is whittled away from all the unused in-between moments. Eventually, time wasters, laziness, and procrastination get the better of you.

The solution to reclaim these lost middle moments is by creating rituals. Every culture on earth uses rituals to transfer information and encode behaviors that are deemed important. Personal rituals can help you build a better pattern for handling everything from how you wake up to how you work.

Unfortunately, when most people see rituals, they see pointless superstitions. Indeed, many rituals are based on a primitive understanding of the world. But by building personal rituals, you get to encode the behaviors you feel are important and cut out the wasted middle moments.

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Program Your Own Algorithms

Another way of viewing rituals is by seeing them as computer algorithms. An algorithm is a set of instructions that is repeated to get a result.

Some algorithms are highly efficient, sorting or searching millions of pieces of data in a few seconds. Other algorithms are bulky and awkward, taking hours to do the same task.

By forming rituals, you are building algorithms for your behavior. Take the delayed and painful pattern of waking up, debating whether to sleep in for another two minutes, hitting the snooze button, repeat until almost late for work. This could be reprogrammed to get out of bed immediately, without debating your decision.

How to Form a Ritual

I’ve set up personal rituals for myself for handling e-mail, waking up each morning, writing articles, and reading books. Far from making me inflexible, these rituals give me a useful default pattern that works best 99% of the time. Whenever my current ritual won’t work, I’m always free to stop using it.

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Forming a ritual isn’t too difficult, and the same principles for changing habits apply:

  1. Write out your sequence of behavior. I suggest starting with a simple ritual of only 3-4 steps maximum. Wait until you’ve established a ritual before you try to add new steps.
  2. Commit to following your ritual for thirty days. This step will take the idea and condition it into your nervous system as a habit.
  3. Define a clear trigger. When does your ritual start? A ritual to wake up is easy—the sound of your alarm clock will work. As for what triggers you to go to the gym, read a book or answer e-mail—you’ll have to decide.
  4. Tweak the Pattern. Your algorithm probably won’t be perfectly efficient the first time. Making a few tweaks after the first 30-day trial can make your ritual more useful.

Ways to Use a Ritual

Based on the above ideas, here are some ways you could implement your own rituals:

1. Waking Up

Set up a morning ritual for when you wake up and the next few things you do immediately afterward. To combat the grogginess after immediately waking up, my solution is to do a few pushups right after getting out of bed. After that, I sneak in ninety minutes of reading before getting ready for morning classes.

2. Web Usage

How often do you answer e-mail, look at Google Reader, or check Facebook each day? I found by taking all my daily internet needs and compressing them into one, highly-efficient ritual, I was able to cut off 75% of my web time without losing any communication.

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3. Reading

How much time do you get to read books? If your library isn’t as large as you’d like, you might want to consider the rituals you use for reading. Programming a few steps to trigger yourself to read instead of watching television or during a break in your day can chew through dozens of books each year.

4. Friendliness

Rituals can also help with communication. Set up a ritual of starting a conversation when you have opportunities to meet people.

5. Working

One of the hardest barriers when overcoming procrastination is building up a concentrated flow. Building those steps into a ritual can allow you to quickly start working or continue working after an interruption.

6. Going to the gym

If exercising is a struggle, encoding a ritual can remove a lot of the difficulty. Set up a quick ritual for going to exercise right after work or when you wake up.

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7. Exercise

Even within your workouts, you can have rituals. Spacing the time between runs or reps with a certain number of breaths can remove the guesswork. Forming a ritual of doing certain exercises in a particular order can save time.

8. Sleeping

Form a calming ritual in the last 30-60 minutes of your day before you go to bed. This will help slow yourself down and make falling asleep much easier. Especially if you plan to get up full of energy in the morning, it will help if you remove insomnia.

8. Weekly Reviews

The weekly review is a big part of the GTD system. By making a simple ritual checklist for my weekly review, I can get the most out of this exercise in less time. Originally, I did holistic reviews where I wrote my thoughts on the week and progress as a whole. Now, I narrow my focus toward specific plans, ideas, and measurements.

Final Thoughts

We all want to be productive. But time wasters, procrastination, and laziness sometimes get the better of us. If you’re facing such difficulties, don’t be afraid to make use of these rituals to help you conquer them.

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