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Not sure what Medium is?

Medium is a place to share your stories and ideas.

It’s a sexy platform. I’m not going to lie, I’m in love with its looks (superficial?)

But the best thing about Medium is its viral nature. Instead of having to bring people to your individual site to read your posts, Medium aims to keep people in their loop.

Yes, it might not achieve your specific blogging goals but it’s great for building authority and growing your audience.

Collaborative in nature, Medium allows multiple editors of your work. So if you’re like me and your partner tends to correct 95% of your work, you can work that into your publishing process.

Another great way to use Medium is to republish some of your older posts. Traditionally, this is called re-purposing and it is a great strategy to increase exposure to a completely different audience.

This is why I’m publishing blog posts on Medium instead of my blog.

So how can you implement a similar strategy? Well, you can start by copying exactly what I am doing:

1. Take a post that has been published 3 to 5 weeks ago on my blog.

2. Read the post, update if necessary and add to the content if you feel you can.

3. Select your publishing platform, Tumblr, Medium, Linkedin, Google+ (using long form posts on G+ have proven successful for some bloggers)

4. Publish your content

5. Promote as required.

It’s a simple strategy and I can’t put my hand on my heart and say that it works… yet! I’ll update this post when I have some results but in the meantime, increasing exposure to a new audience can’t hurt.

What do you think? Do you have a strategy to increase your readership? Jump over to Facebook and leave a comment and let me know your strategy!

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Craig Thomler on The Social Media Revolution

In this episode of The Social Media Revolution, I speak to Craig Thomler, Managing Director of Delib Australia. Craig is an expert on social media and how to help organisations and governments make the most of this medium. He has spent the last 20 years of his career being involved in the internet and the various forms of social media.
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Welcome to SMRtv

This show will bring you weekly videos of mindset hacks and motivation to help you revolutionise your business and life. In this very first episode of #SMRtv, I talk about dealing with rejection. The full transcript is available here. [click to continue…]

The best social media apps

In this episode of The Social Media Revolution I take some time out to answer a question from a listener and introduce the very first Ask James segment. I look at apps and tools that will help you better manage your social media accounts and make you look like a social media pro! [click to continue…]

How to stop your business from failing

That’s right, my business will fail but it doesn’t mean that yours has to. This blog post is one that I’ve been working on all week and it’s going to drop some truth bombs and hopefully can help you take action before its too late.

Last week, I was on a Skype call with Founder [click to continue…]

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You’re busy right? Just like the rest of us but if you want to be any good at this blogging/online business stuff, you need to create time. Seems impossible but it’s doable.

If you’re like any person who is trying to make a go of this online business thing, you’ll be striving to be everywhere, all the time. This sounds like a daunting task but it doesn’t have to be if you have the right processes and tools in place and if I had to pick one thing out from my time in the military, it would be that a good process is worth the time it takes to generate it. [click to continue…]

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In this episode of The Social Media Revolution Podcast, I chat to Jeremy and Taylor from The Final Clock Out podcast. Jeremy and Taylor are amazing and continue to provide actionable tips for their listeners! This episode is great and it full of great content so make sure that you have a pen and paper ready! [click to continue…]

9 apps that I can't live without

9 apps that I can't live without

Since I started doing business online, my phone has become a hub for everything.

From controlling my calendar to keeping track of what contacts are doing to generating leads, my phone is incredibly useful day-to-day. Like many other smart phone users, there are a number of mobile apps that’s I can’t live without. I decided to put them in a post for you in the hope that if you’re not using them already, you may find one that changes your life.

1. Gmail

This is a must! I run my entire business and life through Google apps. Gmail is amazing and what I like most about it is the filters. I get a stack of email everyday and with Gmail, I can filter out the noise and pay attention to the important stuff. The app is great and you just need to login and not worry about setting up all your individual mail accounts on your phone. I’m a massive fan of work smarter not harder and that is exactly what Gmail enables you to do!

2. Hootsuite

As my business revolves around social media, I need an easy way to keep track of what is going on around me. Enter Hootsuite. I’ve said this many times before, Hootsuite is probably my favourite tool when it comes to social media. It’s ability to manage multiple networks is the number one reason why I love it so much. Be it a Facebook group or LinkedIn company page, the Hootsuite app allows me to control and manage all of them on the go from my phone.

3. Spotify

I’ve been a member of Spotify from pretty much the beginning in Australia. I used to spend a fortune on music with iTunes and now I just pay my subscription fee and I have access to all the songs I want or need! The added bonus for Spotify is that unless you make all your playlists offline (saves the data of the song so that you don’t use your mobile data whilst streaming music) it doesn’t use a lot of memory on your phone. This means, you don’t need to buy that 64gig iPhone.

4. Chrome

Like I said earlier in this post, I run my life and business in Google apps. Chrome works seamlessly across all my devices. Its a great web browser and has a huge selection of plugins for your PC or Mac. I’ve got a list of plugins that I use on a daily basis but that is a post for another time! Chrome is particularly good when it comes to speed. In my opinion it is much faster than safari or internet explorer. What I really like about Chrome on my Galaxy Note 3 is the ability to share to so many apps. I’d be lost without this feature!

5. Evernote

If you don’t use Evernote, go and sign up now. This app will change your life! Evernote, couple with the web clipper plugin, will change the way you save things from the web. Clip a simple text article, picture or even a whole article, Evernote does it all. I use Evernote to save anything I think is important, to plan blog posts, record notes and recently I used it to share publishing guidelines for a website that I run. It’s an amazing tool and the smart phone app just takes it to that next level. If you’re out and about and you see something you want to make a note of, snap a picture with your phone and upload directly to the service. Trust me, your life will be changed forever!

6. Fitbit

Health is important. I get carried away sometimes and will forget about it but I recently bought a fitbit flex to help me track how active I’m being. The fitbit app allows you to see the number of steps you’ve taken throughout the day, how many calories you’ve burnt as well as letting you keep track of weight, sleep and water consumption. If you’re at all concerned about your health or just want to see how active you are on an average day, this is a great app that wI’ll display all of that in the on convenient dashboard.

7. Buffer

If you’re an Android user, you’re in a better place that iOS users. I’m not comparing operation systems, I’m simply talking about the ability to share content to third party apps. In Android, I use Buffer daily. If I’m reading an article on my phone and I feel like I want to share it with my social media accounts, I simply share to Buffer! To find out what Buffer exactly is, check out this post I wrote earlier in the year! Buffer is a must use tool for anyone who likes to share content! Download it now!

8. Google Now

An app for everything! Google Now runs your life. It is integrated into your calendar, tells you when to leave for meetings based on traffic updates in Google maps, shows you the weather, informs you if a flight is delayed, shows you the time back home if you’re interstate/overseas and that is just a fraction of what it does. I particularly love Google Now because of the maps and calendar integration. I’ll receive an alert when it is time to leave for a meeting and the best thing is that it’s already taken into account the traffic! In addition to that feature, the updates on your flight status came in handy the other week when we went on a family holiday. Google Now send me an update as soon as I turned my phone on when we landed, which was great (not because the flight was late) because it meant that we didn’t have to rush off our already late flight and run to another gate!

9. Instasize

If you’re a budding photographer or you just like taking good wide angle shots, Instasize is an app for you. I was struggling with Instagram resizing my images to 640 x 640px and half of my photo wasn’t in the shot! Instasize lets you upload any sized photo to Instagram by simply resizing your image and filling the blank space with white. You can add borders, layers, multiple photos and text to any photo that you upload. A few people have been asking on late, how do you upload photos from your DSLR camera? Well it’s actually quiet simple. Install dropbox, upload your high quality photos to dropbox and then when uploading a file to Instagram, use dropbox and select your photo. Real easy.

 

So there you have it folks, 9 apps that I use on a daily basis. Have you got an app that you couldn’t live without? Let me know about it in the comments below.

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And I got burnt out!

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It’s been quiet around the blog of late and I really wanted to apologise to you all.

You see, I was working such long hours to try and make my business work. To be honest I wasn’t seeing the results I was hoping for.

The Problem:

I was taking on more and more projects, my ideas were running wild and I was loosing focus. I kept taking on more and more and I was spending less and less time focusing on my family and full time paying job.

Sure you might be thinking, “isn’t he doing all of this so he doesn’t have to work a full time 9-to-5 job again” and you’re not too far off the money. Except the job I am in at the moment is pretty good in fact, I’m getting paid to go to university, so I want to do well.

For the last 3 weeks I haven’t worked on anything. I’ve been on holidays with my family and it’s been great. I was working all the time, I was on my phone, emailing and tweeting all the time that I had forgotten why I had wanted to have a successful online business in the first place.

I wanted the freedom to spend time with my family

It wasn’t going well. I wasn’t focusing on my studies, I wasn’t paying enough attention to my kids, I was heading down the wrong path. Finally last night it came to me.

I need to prioritise what is important and what can wait. (Click to tweet this)

You see, if you’re an entrepreneur, sidepreneur, intrapreneur or anything else you want to call yourself, sometimes you can get carried away. “There’s not enough hours in the day!” but the thing is we need to focus and decide what is important to help us succeed. There is no point being a jack of all trades and a master of none!

For me, I have prioritised the following things (I’m keeping this list short to help with balancing my time):

1. Family – spending less time on the computer and my phone and more time with my kids.

2. My health – with all the projects and work I’ve been taking on, I’ve been neglecting my health

3. My education – this encompasses both formal and informal

4. Tweet Canberra & The SMR – examine current objectives and goals for these businesses

I think it is important from time to time to take a break and examine your current goals and objectives for anything you are doing, blogging, fitness, business or life in general. This is what I am aiming to achieve over the next week and there will be a series of posts to show how I am working through it all. So stay tuned!

So what are your goals? Do you feel tired and burnt out? Do you need a break? Why not leave a comment on this post and tell me about a time that you struggled to find the motivation to complete a task or when you felt so burnt out that you just stopped what you were doing!

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In this episode of The Social Media Revolution Podcast, I talk to Jordan Mullen, local entrepreneur and landing page guru. However, this isn’t your ordinary episode of The SMR Podcast, I wanted to bring Jordan on to talk exclusively about landing pages and how it can help grow your business. [click to continue…]

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