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This is a guest post from Angela Wills - enjoy! Graham & Pat

Promoting Your Website on Twitter

By Angela Wills

Twitter is all the rage these days for online business and marketing.

If you don’t know what Twitter is, then let me do my best to explain it to you:

Twitter is a mixture between an instant messenger and a forum that only allows you to
type 140 characters at a time. You can log on to your Twitter account at any
time and find people chatting amongst themselves, ‘tweeting’ out inspiring
messages, ‘retweeting’ cool stuff or linking out to interesting websites.

So great stuff, right? You’ve probably heard that Twitter is a great way to build
relationships and your business, and you’re also probably wondering just how to
promote your website on it.

Twitter-marketing is all about building relationships. When you give first, you’re setting
yourself up for success on this social media site. So with that in mind here
are some of my best tips for promoting your website with tweets:

1. Don’t Auto-DM!

A DM is a direct message. Beyond the actual public tweeting there are private
direct messages that get sent to the receivers email address. Some people think
it’s a good idea to automate their social media marketing by sending automatic
DMs that do things like:

- thank people for following

- ask the new follower a question

- invite the follower to visit their website

- etc

It’s just bad form and most people find it extremely annoying.

2. DO be YOU

Don’t try to be someone you’re not. Be you and be proud! Twitter works best if
you just let your own personality shine through. You are the only 100% original
thing about your business and you are your best asset. People want to do
business with people they know, like and trust and they can’t do that if they
don’t know you. Let them in.

Being you doesn’t mean you have to post what you have for breakfast, lunch and dinner. There’s a fine line between being social and being too personal and it’s up to
you to decide where that is.

3. Give Before Taking

Absolutely you should be promoting yourself on Twitter if that’s something you
choose to do. But don’t go and tweet ‘buy this’, ‘click here now’, ‘sign up
here’ every time or you’ll promptly be ignored and/or blocked.

A great way to give first is to find genuinely useful information or websites and tweet
it out. Start following a lot of quality people and retweet their good tweets.
Start conversations and provide value where you see the opportunity.

Overall using Twitter to promote your website means using common sense and
acting like you would in any social setting. Consider Twitter like a social
event where you’re there to mix and mingle, to find people with like interests
and to make some great connections.

Remember that marketing your website and your business on Twitter starts with marketing yourself. It’s a website all about connecting with others – do that well and
you’ll see success to follow.

Now if you are ready to get your website up and running quickly so you can begin
promoting it on Twitter and other social media sites, join me  as I teach
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One of the benefits of a home based business is being able to work
from your home office or the kitchen table and not having to rush off to the
office or job site. Rushing out the door, forgetting your lunch and getting
caught in rush hour traffic, day after day. Once you are there at the office or
job site, being required to be focused on the job the whole time you are there.

Not to mention the inevitable distractions and frustrations that happen at work.

Working from home allows those so inclined to bring meditation into their working life a little more easily.

The freedom to choose when you work or when you take a break, with fewer or at least more manageable distractions, is what appeals to me most about having a home based business.

When my wife and I decided to start an online business, I had no idea how this would impact me both mentally and physically.

Having worked physically most of my life, I now found the minutes turning into hours as I sat in front of my laptop, not moving except for my arms and hands. My attention absorbed by this virtual world in front of me.

My body not moving and my mind beginning to buzz. Everything taking so much longer than it should.

Starting an online business required learning a whole new vocabulary and technology, which was at the same time both exciting (when it worked or I figured it out) and exhausting as time flew by trying to understand a new term, code or procedure.

 

 

 

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Meditation Refreshes the Mind and Body

The mind, like the body, needs rest from the constant input of information, tasks, challenges and thoughts of the day that fill the mind and shrink its awareness.  I find that taking a break periodically and doing a short meditation can revive me and let the buzz of the mind subside.

So now and then I stop and stretch, look out the window or go outside with a cup of tea, breathe and experience what is going on in the non virtual world around me.

It is refreshing to move away from the attention grabbing hypnotic affect of the computer screen.

Ahh... the sun shining on the trees or the rain gently falling... a vast spaciousness comes to our awareness and a silence that pervades everything when we just stop for a moment, take a long deep breath and just BE.

General Meditation Guidelines

For most of my adult life I have started my day with meditation.

Meditation can mean different things to people and be used for different purposes but generally in the context I am using it here, it is simply to quiet the chatter of the mind.

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Performing a simple repetitive action, such as following one's breath in and out….or counting the breath…or just sitting quietly observing what is going on inside one's mind and outside in the environment or repeating a mantra quietly to oneself are all ways that help the mind to quiet down and to bring one into a more present and aware experience of the moment.

Meditation usually allows me to have a calmer and more aware mental state. I feel better and it helps keep the challenges and tasks of each day in perspective.

Meditation also has a corresponding physical affect of resting the body and reducing stress

For some, posture is important, but just sitting upright helps keep you from getting so relaxed you fall asleep.

I usually sit on my couch or a chair with a cup of tea and just sit in the awareness of the present moment.

Just sitting quietly, letting the thoughts float by, or just listening or looking out the window at the trees, gently bringing the mind back to the present moment.

This is centering and calming, bringing me into the awareness of the silence and spaciousness that is always there in the background of our consciousness.

Meditation and internet marketing fit together well for me. Working from home allows me to earn a living as well as enjoy the time and freedom to meditate when I like.

Perhaps you would like to experience meditation or deep relaxation for yourself  and
see how it affects your day.

To your success,

Graham

http://www.onlinebusinessmind.com