This post brought to you by CDW. All opinions are 100% mine.
The world of internet marketing allows anyone to become a successful and viable business without the need to understand how certain things work. Sure, we know how to write emails, create sites and ad campaigns… but what about the specifics of how emails works or how coding becomes the actual stuff you see on a computer screen. While the majority of us use the internet for whatever, there is a whole other world of people who are making sure the data is transferring correctly, providing backup solutions, archiving data and so much more.
One of these companies is CDW. You've probably seen their name and logo several times, but never really thought about what they do. Again, they are one of those companies that specializes in the dirty work that you would never imagine handling or even thinking about where to start. So when it comes time for companies to start thinking about their online business, security and data management, CDW is one of the top names that business go to.
Want the broken down details on CDW and their business? Founded in 1984, the company is a leading provider of technology solutions for business, government, education and healthcare… with over 250,000 customers and nearly $10 billion in annual sales.
How CDW's Storage Management and Virtualization Solutions Help Small Businesses Grow
One of CDW's many strong points is in their data storage management and virtualization. Whether you are a blogger, an online ecommerce business, online marketer or even a data management company, there are many reasons why your business could make use of CDW and their services.
- Improve efficiencies by reducing administrative overhead and freeing up IT resources
- Provide a central data storage management system
- Reduce data storage maintenance needs and expenses
- Achieve greater scalability for future growth and flexibility
Since so many businesses are still running on aged hardware and still in the process of making the transition to digital and cloud computing and storage, CDW helps with the process and bringing a new age of data management and security to businesses of all sizes.
Why It's Important for You and Your Business to Adapt with New Technology Trends
There is no doubt about it… technology is changing faster and faster every day. The days of having desktops with attached hard drives and having to lug around all of the heavily machinery is simply no longer required. Even if you happen to run your business from a laptop, you still relying on your hard drive for your data.
When simply relying on your hard drive you are opening up yourself for a lot of potential problems. This can be anything from loss of data, someone stealing your computer, inability to access your files without your computer and of course the need to always have your data secure and available at all times.
All of these fears and issues are exactly what CDW strives to correct when setting up storage management and virtualization. It might seem like a lot of work going from a hardware based world to virtual, but it's much easier than you think. It's also important to note that the longer you wait, the more your competitors adapt and increase their customer size and productivity.
What CDW's Storage Management and Virtualization Can Do for You
When it comes to running a business on the internet there are various issues or complexities for each business. You might not be accepting online payments or dealing with a ton of customer data, so there are probably other areas you might have to worry about as well. What will happen if one of your most recent blog posts or content articles catches fire and sends thousands of people to your site. Will your site be able to handle all of the data going back and forth, or will it shut your server down?
Teaming up with CDW will allow you to take a look at your current business model and decide what areas you might need improvement in. CDW has packages available for businesses of all sizes. This means if you are a big one person company looking to improve your business, CDW may be able to help you expand your business. If you are a 100 or 1000+ person company, CDW has the services and reputation to grow your company through the use of their IT, server and data management services which features any of the following.
- Storage Area Networks
- Blade Servers
- Storage Management Software
- Archiving Software
- E-Discovery Software
- Data De-duplication
- Data Storage Virtualization
Download Your Free CDW Red Report
In addition to all of the topics covered in this post, CDW is offering a free copy of their Red Report, which gives you an exclusive insider look on their data management and security services. In this free report you will learn how to Reduce Your IT Data Storage Requirements by 20-40% and about:
- Gain Faster Access to Critical Info
- Provide Better Support for Your Workforce
- Protect Organizational Data
- Eliminate Infrastructure Inefficiencies
If you've ever had concern about your companies growth, IT management and data security, be sure to read through CDW's Red Report and see how they compare to the competition. You might be looking at potential savings in the 20-40% range for your business.
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1 of My Secrets to Being Kinda Prolific
I have written hundreds of guest posts for this blog.
I have written about 1000 on Blogging From Paradise between posts and travel pages.
A few moments ago I checked my DA for a sponsored post opportunity. The business owner wanted to know blog domain authority before deciding to place a sponsored post on the blog.
Blogging From Paradise has a DA of 48 and 22,457 external links in.
Not super shabby.
I am kinda prolific.
If you want to publish helpful content frequently, just run with my most basic of tips.
Do not wait around for folks to read your content, comment on your content and share your content before writing your next blog post or guest post.
Do not wait to create.
Do Not Wait to Create
The old me – and most bloggers – became highly attached to any single piece of content I created because I feared the content would not register enough shares, comments, page views and sales. Fear drove me to share this piece of content in many places to boost my stats. All well and good but because fear drove me, I resisted my prolific nature, allowing worry and lack to goad me to do stuff that led to me being the farthest thing from prolific.
Eventually, I observed how bloggers who seemed to be in 10,000,000 places at once simply prolifically created a high volume of helpful blog posts, guest posts and videos. Success found these folks because they did not wait around for readers to check out their blog posts. Said bloggers moved on to writing and publishing their next blog post.
Acting abundantly – not allowing their fears to eat into their prolific nature – promoted these blogger’s success as they created generously, publishing a high volume of content across multiple platforms.
I finally learned of this secret and used it effectively when I chose NOT to wait to create.
Now I publish 3 posts daily on Blogging From Paradise. I also publish the odd guest post from time to time. My success accelerated and my online presence expanded when I decided not to get attached much at all to any one blog post, because the next blog post called me.
No sense waiting around for folks to read my stuff because they simply will read at their own leisure. My job is to keep creating helpful content to help readers build successful blogs. As I move in this direction, everything keeps expanding for me.
All because I chose not to wait to create.
Being Prolific Impacts Folks
Peep this tweet from my friend Corey Hinde of The Good Oil Marketing:
awesome!! Congrats Ryan – one of the hardest working bloggers on the planet you are!!
— CoreyHinde-GoodOil (@thecorsta) July 16, 2018
I am humbled by such kind words from an established, super successful internet marketer. This is pretty much what happens when you are prolific; you impact folks in a positive way, and you also expand your reach and help more folks, all because you refuse to hold back.
Tips to Be Prolific
- Blog mainly for the fun of blogging
- Nudge yourself out of your comfort zone daily
- Surround yourself with prolific bloggers to feast on their creative energy
- Do not wait to create
- Beware getting attached to any one piece of content; promote posts freely across a wide range of channels but look toward the next blog post, guest post or video to create, in order to become incredibly prolific.
Guys; this journey gets a little uncomfortable at times but if you love fun and freedom more than you fear doing some uncomfortable things you will become a highly prolific blogger.
How to Get Your Blogging Mojo Going if You Feel Hopelessly Stuck
I lose blogging momentum sometimes.
You may be in the same boat, being human and all.
But if you regularly find yourself saying “I need to get serious about building my blog” over the course of years it is time to own this fact: you need to get your blogging mojo going before you become permanently stuck in a blogging rut.
I was rut-stuck here and there for many years, on and off. Maybe I didn’t quit blogging totally but I’d start blogging, then stop, and continue this process for weeks on end. Not good.
You can find your blogging mojo and get unstuck by following these blogging tips.
1: Pick a Dream that Makes You Feel Alive
I am led by my dreams, not pushed by problems, because I picked a big old dream a while back. I wanted to circle the globe. Bingo!
Since I wanted to travel the world more than I feared doing uncomfortable, blogging-building things, I built a rocking blog and kept on moving, keeping my blogging mojo going.
What is your dream? Figure it out. Hold it tight.
If you need inspiration watch my video from New Zealand. I filmed this one at Mount Cook a few months ago.
2: Feel Fears Fueling Your Struggles
Some folks believe they lack motivation to blog. Others feel they are lazy. But at the end of the day, if you are not acting, you are afraid of something or someone.
Laziness is fear manifest. So find your fears, by shutting a door and sitting in a quiet room, and if you feel the deep fears you purge the energies and proceed from an inspired, loving, persistent, energized space.
I kept putting off writing an eBook for many years. Turns out I was not lazy; I just feared nobody would buy the eBook because I saw myself as a loser who knew little. I also feared people would criticize me. But I went forward and wrote my first eBook to get out of my fear-rut and to keep on moving.
Some of my eBooks do not sell as much as others and people sometimes post negative reviews of my eBooks but since I do not fear these outcomes, neither have any power over me. I just keep expanding my success, helping folks and befriending blogging pros because I move forward, unburdened by many blogging fears I faced, embraced and released.
3: Study Persistently Energized Bloggers
I am no Tony Robbins but blog persistently from an energized space.
Each day I:
- do 1 hour of deep yin yoga
- exercise for 1 hour
- usually take an icy cold shower
- focus on having fun with my blog versus attaching to money or traffic outcomes
I have written thousands of guest posts, over 10,000 blog posts (old and new blogs combined) and I have also written over 100 eBooks. Toss in the thousands of videos I created over many YouTube channels (since closed) and you see I am a pretty prolific dude. An energized, prolific dude at that.
You’d be wise to see how I go about my energy ritual daily to take a few pointers. Consider deep yin yoga to open up your body, to open your mind and to form the habit of being comfortable with being uncomfortable. Maybe meditating daily opens your awareness. Exercise is definitely a must, every single day.
Circulating your energy freely moves you from being fear-based, lazy and sluggish to being love-based, energized and prolific. I was once pretty dang lazy before I dove deep into energy work.
Wrapping it Up
Keep at it guys. I know this blogging journey feels scary sometimes but if you grab the right blogging resources and follow the above tips you will avoid common blogging ruts that appear to cripple most bloggers.
1 Clever Way to Find Blogs for Reading and Commenting
Have you missed me?
I dove full bore into promoting my eBook through blog commenting a number of months back. Toss in a prolific blogging campaign over at Blogging From Paradise and some serious video creation and you see I am a busy bee.
A few days ago I uncovered an incredibly neat and pretty clever way to drive traffic to your blog through blog commenting, via a neat method of finding new blogs for your collection.
Do you feel stagnant, blog-reading-wise?
I did. For a minute.
Turns out I dug deep into my blogging comfort zone for too many years, reading and commenting on the same blogs week after week, month after month.
If you know anything about successful blogging you likely know that all blogging growth occurs well outside of your comfort zone. So I had to venture out of the familiar by finding new blogs in both the blogging and travel blogging niches because my readers gravitate to both.
Enter a cool method for identifying new blogs for reading and commenting.
Google Image Search
The other day a neat little idea knocked on my mind’s door; why not use a Google image search to find blogs in my niches?
5 minutes later I literally had an unlimited number of blogs for enjoying, commenting and for connecting with fellow bloggers.
The method is simple. Google a competitive keyword in your niche. Example; I Googled “blogging” to start my search.
I then clicked on the “image” link by the top of the page. A series of images popped up related to that keyword.
Some images link to business sites but for the “blogging” keyword, most images linked to well-read, reputable blogs. Perfect.
Blog by blog, I slowly worked through each image, clinking on the blog post URL related to each picture. After reading each post I published a personalized comment and retweeted every blog post, adding the #blogging hashtag for increased targeting on Twitter.
Why this Strategy Is So Powerful
I – like you – have run into stagnant blogging circles on social media and through forums. Even if new bloggers join sites like Facebook and G Plus daily you cannot access and unlimited number of new blogs on a daily basis through either channel once you become an established blogger.
This is not the case with a Google Image search because the sheer volume of new blogs – for competitive keywords – yielded through such a search boggles the mind. Even better? Ranking high for an image search usually indicates a high quality blog for reading, for commenting and for building friendships with top shelf bloggers.
Some of these blogs linked to images are low quality offerings. Resist the urge to grab and scarf down rotten blogging low hanging fruit. Stick to quality blogs.
Some images point to business sites. I found this to be especially true when Googling major cities and islands around the world to find new travel bloggers. A high volume of images found during a search linked to tour operator sites. Sifting through tour sites or local chamber of commerce sites to find legit travel blogs requires a significant amount of time and energy.
Spending the time and energy to find new blogs is worth the effort but if you find some keyword image searches seem dominated by business sites – not blogs – feel free to try another keyword that may be linked to predominantly blogs for an image search on Google.
I only dove into this traffic driving strategy a few weeks ago but I noted new bloggers finding me daily through this approach.
If you are stagnating in familiar blogging circles commit 100% to this Google image search method. Reach out to new bloggers, build brand awareness and drive traffic through an easy to follow tactic.
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