Archive for August, 2010

Great Plugins for your WordPress Site

Posted on 31. Aug, 2010 by Julia Mitchell.

Looking for some plugins for your wordpress site? These are a few that I came across.

CommentLuv – links out to the last post of people who comment on your blog (this is why my blog gets so many comments – I give people some ‘luv’ on outbound links)

FaceBook Share (New) – this is the button you see on the upper right of all my posts – it shares the post on someone’s facebook account.

SexyBookmarks – The cool social sharing buttons that you see below this post

TweetMeme Retweet Button – the ‘Tweet Now’ button that you see on the upper right – go ahead and tweet it now and share this post!

WP FB Like – the ‘like’ button that you see at the bottom of all my posts.

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Facebook Success Summit 2010

Posted on 25. Aug, 2010 by Julia Mitchell.

Facebook Success Summit 2010Web’s Largest Online Facebook Marketing Conference (Join 1200+ of your peers & Save 50% until Thursday!)


You’ve likely heard the buzz about Facebook Success Summit 2010—the web’s largest online Facebook marketing conference.

Before I tell you how this virtual summit will help you achieve Facebook marketing success, let me share a story with you.

This special online conference  is designed to help you master Facebook marketing (brought to you by Social Media Examiner).  Join 22 Facebook marketing pros, including Brian Solis, Mari Smith, Jesse Stay, Paul Dunay, experts from IntelMicrosoft XboxCisco,SAP and the Washington Redskins; Darren Rowse, Jay Baer, and Michael Stelzner—just to mention a few.  JOIN NOW

PROOF FACEBOOK WORKS…

In February 2010, Michael Stelzner (the guy who founded Social Media Examiner) started dabbling with Facebook for his company.  Almost overnight, Facebook became his number-one source of traffic.

In just 5 months, he grew an active Facebook community of more than 11,000 fans, nearly tripled his email subscribers to 30,000+ and doubled his site’s monthly page views to more than 300,000.  Alexa ranks his website as one of the top 2800 in all of America!  And the crazy part is his business is just a baby (it was only founded 10 months ago).

He didn’t advertise, didn’t rely on the press and almost none of his traffic comes from search engines.

This all took place using the power of social media and specifically Facebook.  These kinds of results would’ve cost him a fortune in the past.  He didn’t spend a dime on advertising, just his time.

Now the connection…  Facebook represents a new marketing frontier because it bypasses all the costly middlemen and allows you to rapidly connect AND engage with your customers and prospects! AND this presents an enormous opportunity for you.

SO WHAT’S THIS ABOUT?

Michael (and his team) have been working for months to bring the best minds in Facebook marketing together in a fully online event called Facebook Success Summit 2010.

2500 marketers and small business owners from around the world attended his last summit.  It was a smash hit.  Businesses were transformed.  In fact, 95% of attendees said they’d attend again.

This summit’s focus is to empower you to implement successful Facebook strategies, grow a loyal following and learn from other successful businesses.  You’ll also discover how to use the full power Facebook to attract high-caliber customers and grow your business during this economic slump.

Not only can you gain amazing exposure for your business, you’ll also be able to quickly implement effective Facebook marketing tactics, attract great customers and prospects and gain a unique competitive advantage.

Twenty-two of the world’s leading social media superstars will be summit instructors.

Join Brian Solis (author, Engage!), Mari Smith (author, Facebook Marketing: An Hour a Day), Jesse Stay (author, FBML Essentials), Paul Dunay (author, Facebook Marketing for Dummies), experts from Intel, Microsoft Xbox, Cisco, SAP and the Washington Redskins; Darren Rowse (author, ProBlogger), Jay Baer (author, The Now Revolution) and Michael Stelzner (Social Media Examiner)—just to mention a few.  Together this team of “who’s who” in Facebook marketing will help you succeed using practical tactics.

This is the world’s largest online Facebook event designed to empower marketers and small business owners to master Facebook marketing.  And the great news is it’s a live online conference you can attend from your home or office.

Go here now to learn more.

Here’s to your success!

Julia Mitchell

P.S. You can get 50% off if you act now.  Twenty-two successful Facebook pros will show you how to use Facebook to market and grow your business.  Be sure to check out the lineup.

Remember, the experts teach the sessions live (and it’s all online).  So you don’t need to leave your home or office! Go here to see how this works.

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Arise and Shine

Arise and Shine

Posted on 13. Aug, 2010 by Julia Mitchell.

Today, God wants to exceed your expectations! He has amazing things stored up for you. He wants to take you places that you’ve never dreamed and do things in your life that you’ve never imagined. His glory is rising upon His people. Things are going to fall into place so that you can accomplish what God has placed in your heart. Even the hidden dreams that you’ve given up on, God has not given up on. He is going to do exceedingly abundantly above and beyond all you could ask, think or imagine! Now is the time to arise and shine in Him!

Your mind may try to talk you out of it, but if you’ll listen with your heart, it will resonate on the inside of you. Don’t let discouragement hold you back or keep you down. Rise up every morning and declare, “Today is the day that the Lord has made.” Choose to rejoice in Him. Choose to expect His goodness. Choose to arise and shine and receive every spiritual blessing He has in store for you!

A PRAYER FOR TODAY

Heavenly Father, I come to You today with an open and humble heart. Thank You for choosing me and for preparing a bright future for me. I will arise and shine. Let everything I do bring honor to You. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.

- Joel & Victoria Osteen

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Blind Spots

Blind Spots

Posted on 03. Aug, 2010 by Julia Mitchell.

Has this happened to you?

You’re driving in city traffic and want to change lanes. You check the mirrors and confidently move over, only to hear the sound of a blaring horn and look across to see the angry face of a fellow motorist, who can’t believe you could be such an idiot.  You feel completely embarrassed and give one of those sheepish, “I’m sorry” waves. How could you have missed seeing that car?

Every car has a blind spot – an area where the mirrors don’t show you what’s in the next lane.

When we think of blind spots I’m sure we think of driving.  Like cars, people have blind spots too. We all have parts of our lives that we just don’t see.  Attitudes, responses and behaviours that can hurt others but which we just don’t see.

Identifying one’s own blind spots, in essence, is a conundrum.  For by definition a blind spot is an area that one cannot see (thus how can I identify it?).

Psalm 139:23-24 says, “Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”

Without clear spiritual vision, our blind spots will accumulate. One wrong moral judgment will lead to another–even though we are convinced we have our act together! For example, if we shift our focus away from the Lord to “my happiness”, or “my material security”, or “my advancement”, our moral decisions and choices will be seriously affected. We will think in terms of “What’s in it for me?” And when we are explicitly told or made painfully aware of what is morally right, if our thinking is out of focus we find ourselves unwilling (desire-wise) or unable (strength-wise) to do what is right. Obviously this is because the Lord is no longer at the center of our lives to give us the desire and the strength we so desperately need.

It goes without saying that in the area of our financial security it is easy to take our eyes off the Lord. Our natural desire for morecan lead to questionable business decisions such as binding alliances with non-Christians. Before long our blind spots may even permit us to make shady deals or crooked transactions, scarcely realizing any longer that there is something very wrong going on!

Another area where we are prone to blind spots is the area of our physical and emotional needs. Here we are particularly vulnerable to the possibility of transferring our focus of attention from Christ to someone else. Not looking to the Lord for fellowship can lead to unhealthy friendships. Blind spots in this area may even result in marriage to an unbeliever or unholy sexual relationships outside of marriage, and here again our desensitized consciences may rationalize away any qualms we might have had about such a decision.

If getting for me becomes more important than giving for God, then there are blind spots.

Our problem is not that we deliberately or willfully take our eyes off the Lord , We don’t push the Lord to the back seat; we just gradually move Him out of the driver’s seat.

As we are governed more and more by mixed motives and priorities, blind spots continue to creep in. The Lord is no longer consulted about decisions, such as what college to attend, or what job to take, or what close friends to have, or what to do with “spare” time and money.

Without the Lord’s input, the decisions we make (with mostly our own best interests in view) bring further spiritual loss in the future. There is only one solution to the problem of diseased and damaged spiritual eyes. The cure is simple to state, but not easy to follow in this attractive and alluring world:

At all times keep your eyes focused on the Lord Jesus Christ!

Is it possible that your present plans and goals are in the ship-breaking stage right now because of some blind spot moral decisions in the past? What about your career or your marriage? Bring the eyes of your life back to the Lord Jesus alone so that blind spots will not continue to cause you to make distorted, wrong or even wicked moral decisions.

Luke 11:34 – Your eye is the lamp of your body. When your eyes are good, your whole body also is full of light. But when they are bad, your body also is full of darkness.

Take a moment and write out a prayer to the Father asking him to search your heart and thoughts. Ask him to show you any blind spots that you might have.  If He brings anything to mind, write them down. Mediate on them. Find Scriptures that will help you to break any stronghold or behavior that needs to be changed.

How does one begin to identify the ever-illusive character blind spots?  A good place I have found to start is with a tried and true friend –someone who has known you for years and has your best interest at heart.  Seek out at least two people in your life that know you fairly well.  Ask them if they would take a few days to prayerfully consider a few areas in your life that need to be brought more in line with how the Scriptures say to live your life.  Find Scriptures that will help you work towards growth and maturity in these specific blind spots.

“So then, just as you received Christ as Lord, continue to live in Him, rooted and built up in Him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.” – Colossians 2:6-7

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