Revealed: Why Being Productive is Only as Difficult as You Make It – New Hub Page Launches

Productivity is the Achilles heel for many online entrepreneurs, and especially if you’ve worked a standard 9-5 job before going on your business journey.

To be honest, productivity was a tough thing for me too. In short, I wasn’t always a productive being, to say the least. Just a couple of years ago (or so), I had my lowest-performance period. I was lucky to have done 2 hours of work a day, and the work I was able to accomplish didn’t get me anywhere anyway. Not cool.

bored

Anyway, I got better, thanks. But this is not due to any magic-bullet solution or a wonder product I bought. No, nothing fancy about my story. I just changed my mindset, learned a few things, and devoted myself to staying productive by using various techniques and setting new habits in my workday.

Although I’m still no guru on productivity, I think I can show you a couple of my tricks and explain how and why they work. I do believe that everyone can learn how to be productive, regardless of how incapable they might feel at times.

The hub

Long story short, today marks the launch of my new hub page on how to get and stay productive.

The hub takes you through the whole process by linking to other posts on this blog and on other blogs where I had the privilege to guest post.

I wanted to make this hub ultra-friendly and easy to grasp by using various images and visual representations, so I hope you’ll have great experience with it (feedback more than welcome).

What’s your story?

Yeah…what’s your story? I mean, how would you describe your productivity? Do you feel productive during your everyday work?


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How to Write a Blog Post – From Start to Finish, as Shown on This Cut-Out-’N-Keep Blog Post Blueprint

How-to-Write-a-Blog-Post

 
Okay, I don’t intend to pretend that I’m some kind of a blogging guru who’s just gracefully provided the only proper blog post blueprint along with his fail-proof advice on how to write a blog post. Not at all.

This blueprint is just one of the possible approaches for writing blog posts, but it is my favorite one. The reason why I’m sharing it is because I believe it can be helpful to other bloggers too; especially when faced with a writer’s block of any kind.

The one thing the blueprint is not going to help you with, though, is finding a specific idea for your post, this is still on you, sorry. Anyway, without further delay, here’s the blueprint. It’s available in 5 main formats:

mm an infographic,
doc DOC,
odt ODT,
mm MM (FreeMind mind map file),
html WordPress HTML (you can copy it straight into a new post on your blog and take it from there; Text editor, not Visual).

 

Here’s the screenshot of what the whole thing looks like as an infographic:

Blog Post Blueprint

How to use it

Of course, this is up to you, but here are my three favorite ways of using the blueprint:

  • printing out the infographic version and keeping it somewhere next to you for a quick glance when working on a new blog post, or
  • grabbing the WordPress HTML version and importing it into the New Post screen when working on a new blog post, or
  • getting the mind map version, planning a new post there, and then writing it inside WordPress.

When it comes to the writing process itself, start by finding the main idea for the post and take care of the remaining core details:

main-idea

Keep the guidelines in mind when coming up with those. They will help you to craft a nice reader-friendly post in the end.

guidelines

Next, it’s time to brainstorm over a headline and create a rough outline of the post:

headline

When you have this taken care of, it’s time to settle on the introduction for your post. I put that much emphasis on introductions because apart from the headline, the first few paragraphs of the post are crucial for its success, so they should always be your primary focus when learning how to write a blog post.

The tested introductions I encourage you to use are based on the following frameworks:

introduction

Next, it’s your writing time. Keep the aforementioned guidelines in mind when going through the writing process.

write

When you’re done writing, have a look at the set of finishing touch questions. There are no “correct” answers to those questions, but the sole habit of even asking them and then making “some” changes to your post afterwards will make your work noticeably better.

The last step is about preparing your post for publication. First up – optimization:

optimize

This is where you should include some links to your other articles, as well as to other sites on the web. Finally, wherever it makes sense, try to use your main keyword in various places inside the post (in subheadings, ALT tags for images, the text itself, etc.).

edit

Next step – editing. In other words, making your post properly laid out, with good flow and clear transitions between paragraphs. It’s also a good moment to add some images to the post, “youify” it (use the word “you” more), and substitute every “he” or “she” with “they.” This is a trick I use to not make any assumptions about the reader’s gender where it’s not necessary.

proofread

Lastly, proofread. Check your spelling and make sure that you don’t have any silly errors like the wrong use of their/they’re/there. Basically, this is where you make the post readable.

Okay, that’s pretty much it for my advice on how to write a blog post. I hope this blueprint will come handy to you next time you sit in front of a blank screen with your creative hat on and some post writing intent.

By the way, feel free to share this template with your blogging friends or anyone who could benefit from it (this is all under the CC Attribution-ShareAlike license). Every tweet counts! :)

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Top 20 WordPress Business Themes of 2013 – The Comparison

I’ve always been fascinated with WordPress themes for some reason, and particularly WordPress business themes. Probably because they allow us to change virtually everything about our sites in just seconds, via a simple “activate” button under a new theme.

This actually gives extraordinary power to any online business owner. Back in the day, getting a new design for a business site had a price tag of $1,000 (if you were lucky), $3,000 (usually), or even $10,000 (the top notch designer’s charge).

Nowadays, this is no longer the case thanks to various WordPress business themes and a bunch of additional plugins. Granted, some of them do have a price tag, but rarely more than $99, and there’s even some quality free stuff (be careful here though).

WordPress-Business-Themes

By the way. Feel free to also check out my list of top plugins for online business and the WordPress glossary I published a while ago.

Now, about the list. Instead of pointing out a set of random features about each theme, I’ve actually created a standardized set of important traits for a proper WordPress business theme and then checked each theme against it.

Also, the themes on this list come from only a handful of quality sources. I’m careful with the themes I recommend, and if I’m not 100% sure that the source code is quality and safe, I don’t feel comfortable encouraging anyone to get a given theme. Without further delay, here are the top 20 WordPress business themes of 2013:

ThemeFuse themes

Conexus

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Conexus

Feature chart (a detailed description why the following features are important for every WordPress business theme can be found at the bottom of this page):

  • Responsive: YES.
  • Customizable layout/sidebars: YES.
  • Widget areas: YES.
  • Pre-made color schemes: YES.
  • Gentle design elements: YES, apart from the slider, the theme leaves much room for your own branding.
  • Logo customization: YES.
  • Blog functionality: YES.
  • SEO-compatible: Built-in optimized structure.
  • Custom page templates: Homepage, FAQ, 404, Pricing, Services, Contact.
  • Authoritative feel: YES. The theme looks credible and trustworthy.

Qlassik

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Qlassik

Feature chart:

  • Responsive: NO. The theme’s only apparent flaw.
  • Customizable layout/sidebars: YES.
  • Widget areas: YES.
  • Pre-made color schemes: YES.
  • Gentle design elements: YES. Much room for including your own branding.
  • Logo customization: YES.
  • Blog functionality: YES.
  • SEO-compatible: No data.
  • Custom page templates: Homepage, Portfolio, Pricing, Contact.
  • Authoritative feel: YES. The theme has trustworthy, yet casual feel to it, which will make your business seem more friendly right off the bat.

Metro Vibes

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Metro-Vibes

Feature chart:

  • Responsive: YES.
  • Customizable layout/sidebars: YES.
  • Widget areas: YES.
  • Pre-made color schemes: YES. Actually there’s an integrated color adjustment tool.
  • Gentle design elements: YES, although the style of the theme itself doesn’t make it suitable for all online businesses.
  • Logo customization: YES.
  • Blog functionality: YES.
  • SEO-compatible: Built-in optimized structure.
  • Custom page templates: Homepage, Contact, Testimonials, Services, About Us, Pricing.
  • Authoritative feel: YES. Very modern design, you basically can’t get more 2013 than this.

Envision

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Envision

Feature chart:

  • Responsive: NO.
  • Customizable layout/sidebars: YES.
  • Widget areas: YES.
  • Pre-made color schemes: YES.
  • Gentle design elements: YES. Very easy to brand.
  • Logo customization: YES.
  • Blog functionality: YES.
  • SEO-compatible: No data.
  • Custom page templates: Contact, Homepage, Pricing.
  • Authoritative feel: YES. Very serious-looking design.

StudioPress themes

Executive Theme

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Executive

Feature chart:

  • Responsive: YES.
  • Customizable layout/sidebars: YES.
  • Widget areas: YES.
  • Pre-made color schemes: YES.
  • Gentle design elements: YES. The theme’s design is based on good layout rather than flashy design elements.
  • Logo customization: YES.
  • Blog functionality: YES.
  • SEO-compatible: Built-in optimized structure.
  • Custom page templates: Homepage, Archives, Landing Page, Portfolio, Contact.
  • Authoritative feel: YES. Modern and professional design.

Minimum Theme

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Minimum-Theme

Feature chart:

  • Responsive: YES.
  • Customizable layout/sidebars: YES.
  • Widget areas: YES.
  • Pre-made color schemes: NO. The main design is gray, but there’s an option to include any custom background you wish.
  • Gentle design elements: YES.
  • Logo customization: YES.
  • Blog functionality: YES.
  • SEO-compatible: Built-in optimized structure.
  • Custom page templates: Homepage, Archives, Landing Page, Portfolio, Contact.
  • Authoritative feel: Moderate. The theme has a very minimal design yet every element is of high quality, which conveys the right message about your website and business.

ThemeForest Themes

Kickstart

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Kickstart

Feature chart:

  • Responsive: YES.
  • Customizable layout/sidebars: YES.
  • Widget areas: YES.
  • Pre-made color schemes: YES.
  • Gentle design elements: YES. The design is based on using quality pictures.
  • Logo customization: YES.
  • Blog functionality: YES.
  • SEO-compatible: No data.
  • Custom page templates: Homepage, Team, Services, FAQ, Testimonials, Skills, Gallery, Sitemap, 404, Contact, Products/Shop.
  • Authoritative feel: YES, highly, due to the clean design with good typography.

CoWorker

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CoWorker

Feature chart:

  • Responsive: YES.
  • Customizable layout/sidebars: YES.
  • Widget areas: YES.
  • Pre-made color schemes: YES.
  • Gentle design elements: YES.
  • Logo customization: YES.
  • Blog functionality: YES.
  • SEO-compatible: No data.
  • Custom page templates: Homepage, Coming Soon, Landing Page, Portfolio, Services, Team, FAQ, Contact, Pricing, 404.
  • Authoritative feel: YES.

Business Essentials

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Business-Essentials

Feature chart:

  • Responsive: YES.
  • Customizable layout/sidebars: YES.
  • Widget areas: YES.
  • Pre-made color schemes: No data.
  • Gentle design elements: Moderate. Functional for more casual business types that want to convey a customer-friendly feel.
  • Logo customization: YES.
  • Blog functionality: YES.
  • SEO-compatible: Built-in optimized structure.
  • Custom page templates: Homepage, Sitemap, Join Us, Services, Team, Case Study, Contact, 404.
  • Authoritative feel: YES, but highly dependent on the branding elements you’ll use.

Blue Diamond

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Blue-Diamond

Feature chart:

  • Responsive: YES.
  • Customizable layout/sidebars: YES.
  • Widget areas: YES.
  • Pre-made color schemes: YES.
  • Gentle design elements: YES.
  • Logo customization: YES.
  • Blog functionality: YES.
  • SEO-compatible: Built-in optimized structure.
  • Custom page templates: Homepage, Portfolio, Team, Gallery, FAQ, Sitemap, 404, Contact.
  • Authoritative feel: YES.

Stoken

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Stoken

Feature chart:

  • Responsive: YES.
  • Customizable layout/sidebars: YES.
  • Widget areas: YES.
  • Pre-made color schemes: YES.
  • Gentle design elements: YES. It’s a full-width clear design, leaving much place for your branding.
  • Logo customization: YES.
  • Blog functionality: YES.
  • SEO-compatible: No data.
  • Custom page templates: Homepage, Portfolio, Contact.
  • Authoritative feel: YES.

Robust

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Robust

Feature chart:

  • Responsive: YES.
  • Customizable layout/sidebars: YES.
  • Widget areas: YES.
  • Pre-made color schemes: YES.
  • Gentle design elements: YES.
  • Logo customization: YES.
  • Blog functionality: YES.
  • SEO-compatible: No data.
  • Custom page templates: Homepage, About, Pricing, 404, Portfolio, Contact.
  • Authoritative feel: YES, although much depends on the content/images you use in the main homepage slider.

Million

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Million

Feature chart:

  • Responsive: YES.
  • Customizable layout/sidebars: YES.
  • Widget areas: YES.
  • Pre-made color schemes: YES.
  • Gentle design elements: YES.
  • Logo customization: YES.
  • Blog functionality: YES.
  • SEO-compatible: No data.
  • Custom page templates: Homepage, Testimonials, Team, About, Contact, Archives, FAQ, 404, Gallery, Portfolio.
  • Authoritative feel: YES.

GoodWork

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GoodWork

Feature chart:

  • Responsive: YES.
  • Customizable layout/sidebars: YES.
  • Widget areas: YES.
  • Pre-made color schemes: YES.
  • Gentle design elements: YES.
  • Logo customization: YES.
  • Blog functionality: YES.
  • SEO-compatible: Built-in optimized structure.
  • Custom page templates: Homepage, Portfolio, Services, Skills, Team, We’re Hiring, Pricing, Testimonials, Gallery, FAQ, Archives, Sitemap, 404, Contact.
  • Authoritative feel: YES. Perfect for creative-works businesses.

WooThemes

Swatch

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Swatch

(The first free theme on this list.)

Feature chart:

  • Responsive: NO.
  • Customizable layout/sidebars: YES.
  • Widget areas: YES.
  • Pre-made color schemes: YES.
  • Gentle design elements: YES.
  • Logo customization: YES.
  • Blog functionality: YES.
  • SEO-compatible: No data.
  • Custom page templates: Homepage, Portfolio, Archives, Contact, Gallery, Sitemap.
  • Authoritative feel: Moderate.

Appply

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Appply

Feature chart:

  • Responsive: YES.
  • Customizable layout/sidebars: YES.
  • Widget areas: YES.
  • Pre-made color schemes: YES.
  • Gentle design elements: YES.
  • Logo customization: YES.
  • Blog functionality: YES.
  • SEO-compatible: No data.
  • Custom page templates: Homepage, Product Finder, Archives, Sitemap, Timeline, Contact.
  • Authoritative feel: Moderate. It all depends on the branding elements you’ll use after getting the theme.

Definition

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Definition

Feature chart:

  • Responsive: YES.
  • Customizable layout/sidebars: YES.
  • Widget areas: YES.
  • Pre-made color schemes: YES.
  • Gentle design elements: YES. Much room for your branding.
  • Logo customization: YES.
  • Blog functionality: YES.
  • SEO-compatible: No data.
  • Custom page templates: Homepage, Timeline, Contact, Archives, Products/Shop.
  • Authoritative feel: YES. A very clean design creates a trustworthy feel.

Empire

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Empire

Feature chart:

  • Responsive: NO.
  • Customizable layout/sidebars: YES.
  • Widget areas: YES.
  • Pre-made color schemes: YES.
  • Gentle design elements: YES.
  • Logo customization: YES.
  • Blog functionality: YES.
  • SEO-compatible: No data.
  • Custom page templates: Homepage, Portfolio, Sitemap, Archives, Contact, Products/Shop.
  • Authoritative feel: YES, highly!

Other theme sources

Responsive

Get it here.

Responsive

(This WordPress business theme comes from the official directory at WordPress.org.)

Feature chart:

  • Responsive: YES.
  • Customizable layout/sidebars: YES.
  • Widget areas: YES.
  • Pre-made color schemes: No data.
  • Gentle design elements: YES, very minimal design, leaves much place for branding.
  • Logo customization: YES.
  • Blog functionality: YES.
  • SEO-compatible: No data.
  • Custom page templates: Homepage.
  • Authoritative feel: Moderate, depends on the way you fine-tune your site.

Flexible

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Flexible

Feature chart:

  • Responsive: YES.
  • Customizable layout/sidebars: YES.
  • Widget areas: YES.
  • Pre-made color schemes: YES.
  • Gentle design elements: NO. There’s a lot going on, so use the theme only if it’s in tune with your business idea and feel.
  • Logo customization: YES.
  • Blog functionality: YES.
  • SEO-compatible: No data.
  • Custom page templates: Homepage, Portfolio, Sitemap, Advanced Search, Member Login, Gallery, Contact.
  • Authoritative feel: Moderate.

The traits of quality WordPress business themes

It’s probably about time that I should explain what’s with the whole set of features I’ve been referencing throughout this post, and what their importance for an online business site is. Here’s the story:

  • Responsive. A responsive design is one that looks equally as good on any device and screen size. In short, responsive sites look great on both desktop computers or laptops, as well as on various mobile devices.
  • Customizable layout/sidebars. As a site owner, you need to be able to pick the exact layout you want to use on a given page. The bare minimum here is to choose between a one-sidebar layout (left and right) and no-sidebar layout. Here’s an example of a one-sidebar layout on this site (link), and here’s one of a no-sidebar layout (link).
  • Widget areas. Widgets are a must-have feature in every modern theme.
  • Pre-made color schemes. Their presence makes your work much easier when fine-tuning your site to be congruent with your brand identification.
  • Gentle design elements. The less flashy graphical elements there are, the easier it is to make the site brandable by using various images, logos and other elements.
  • Logo customization. Another must-have for modern themes. You simply always need to be able to include your business’ logo on the site.
  • SEO-compatible. It’s always good when a theme is SEO-ready from the get-go. Don’t sweat though if yours isn’t. Plugins like WordPress SEO make it possible to include good SEO structure on most themes.
  • Custom page templates. The best themes on the market offer a wide range of various custom templates, which you can use to create specialized pages that your site could utilize for various purposes. Such templates usually include: Homepage, Portfolio, Sitemap, Gallery, Contact, 404, Team, Prices, Services, About, Archives.
  • Authoritative feel. This is probably the most mysterious trait on this list. Basically, and this is only my personal point of view, this is about how authoritative the theme feels when you look at it the first time. In other words, would you take a business using a given theme seriously right from the get-go?

Okay, this has become an awfully long post so allow me to call it a day. Did any of the themes here catch your attention?


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5 Diet Methods That Appeal to the Entrepreneurial Mind

Portrait of a styled professional model. Theme: teens, education, sport.Today I want to talk about something a bit different. If you know me then you’re aware that I’m a big fan of healthy living and being in shape in general. And by healthy living I don’t actually mean being a vegetarian or any of that BS. My rules are simple, (1) exercise, (2) drink yerba mate, (3) eat a lot of dead animals, and (4) enjoy your life.

But why am I even telling you this? The thing is that being an entrepreneur is not the healthiest profession out there. Most business people are usually stressed out and think that they don’t have time to be healthy (as silly as this might sound).

That’s why today I want to take a break from the usual business-advice-driven post and focus on something that’s probably even more important than our businesses themselves – our health. Yes, I really think that way. If I had to choose between my health and my business, I would go for my health with no hesitation.

The following is a guest post by Matthew.

Enter Matthew

Entrepreneurs are known for their challenging and innovative approaches not only when they launch a business venture but also when they want to solve an everyday problem. Once they perceive an opportunity, they position themselves in a way that brings them big results from small efforts – a condition called “leverage.”

Obesity in the US has reached 30%. That means, 1 out of 3 entrepreneurs is obese. When it comes to losing unnecessary weight, knowledge is the biggest leverage. One of the biggest problems most people have with weight loss plans is that they are difficult and confusing to follow. And for this reason, many people get frustrated and give up which only leads to further weight gain.

But entrepreneurs look for simple, easy everyday things anyone can do to lose weight. They will stay way from unpractical, unproven, difficult to follow diet programs that have little leverage. Instead, they have identified methods that have been scientifically proven to work; methods that give big results for small efforts. This gives them the motivation and incentive to achieve their weight loss goal.

Here are five of the easiest ways to lose weight that appeal to the entrepreneurial mind:

1. Put The Right Images in Front of You

Images are not only for blog posts. Entrepreneurs believe in the power of images. They use images to help their mind focus on what they want to achieve because images can direct our thoughts. And since our life moves towards the direction of our predominant thoughts, entrepreneurs use the right images to get to where they want to go.

Have you ever noticed how hungry you become after looking at a picture of food or watching a food commercial on television? Well, there is a good reason for this. The blood levels of hormone ghrelin, which affects appetite and the physical process of food metabolism, increase when you look at images of food.

Researchers at the Max Planck Institute of Psychiatry observed that when people were exposed to images of food, the amount of ghrelin increased in their blood. The hormone did not increase when people were exposed to images of non-edible objects. The bottom line-turn off the television and avoid magazines or periodicals that are heavy on the food articles and advertisements if you are trying to lose or maintain your weight.

Get the right images in front of you! Put a picture of a lean, muscular guy on your refrigerator and visualize you are this person, and your life will start moving there effortlessly.

2. Start Big

If you have read Dr. David J. Schwartz’s all-time best seller book “The magic of thinking big” you know that in order to attain great success you need to start with a big thinking. Expect success. Set unrealistic goals. Realistic goals are not that motivating. When I started my online venture I set my first goal at $5,000/month. That was way more than my 9-5 job was paying me at that time. I achieved my goal and moved beyond that.

How does this relate to your diet? Should you start your day “thinking big” about food? Yes, you can eat cake, cookies or a doughnut for breakfast and still lose weight. How is this possible? Researchers from Tel Aviv University discovered that starting your day with a big breakfast, that includes dessert, a healthy serving of protein, and carbohydrates, can help people lose weight.

The study divided 193 obese people into two diet groups. Both groups were given the same amount of calories each day. However, one group was given a low-carb 300-calorie breakfast while the other group ate a big 600-calorie breakfast high in protein and carbs, which always included a dessert (cookies, cake, or chocolate). Participants who ate the big breakfast with the dessert lost on average 40 lbs more than the low-calorie breakfast group over the course of the 8-month study.

By indulging in the morning when your metabolism is most active, you have the rest of the day to work off these extra calories, explains Prof. Jakubowicz. One of the biggest problems people face when trying to lose weight is that they crave carbs and big meals. If you start your day with a big breakfast you do not have to worry about that.

chocolate

3. The Chocolate Business

There is no business like the chocolate business” says report Jeanette Hurt of SecondAct.com describing the inspiring stories of 3 chocolate-entrepreneurs. And some of you may have heard of Katrina Markoff, Vosges Haut-Chocolat’s founder, known as the most avant-garde chocolate entrepreneur, who started her company when she realized the need to innovate in chocolate.

Well, when it comes to weight loss, do you know of any diet that would allow you to eat chocolate? Probably not. Sounds outrageous huh? (Think: “Announcing The Chocolate Pie Diet“). After all, chocolate is full of sugar and fat, and will make you fat, correct? Well, quite the opposite. Scientists from the University of California at San Diego asked 1017 people how often they consume chocolate. They discovered that those who ate chocolate at least twice a week had a lower BMI (Body Mass Index, a metric that shows how overweight you are) than the non-chocolate eaters.

Interestingly, it was the frequency rather than the amount of chocolate consumed that predicted a lower BMI. Other studies have linked chocolate to lower cardiovascular mortality. Researchers believe that the antioxidant effect of a polyphenol called epicatechin contained in chocolate helps you burn fat and increase muscle mass. This is good news for chocolate lovers all over the world.

4. Lean Thinking

When it comes to building businesses, entrepreneurs understand the concept of “lean thinking described in Womack’s and Tones’ book. It is the application of value-based strategies that aim to create more value for customers while minimizing waste.

It’s the implementation of Pareto’s Law of 80/20. Eliminate 80% of your activities, which produce only 20% of the desired results. Similarly, strengthen and multiply the 20% of your activities, which are responsible for 80% of the desired results. When it comes to losing weight, “lean” means eating more protein. You have undoubtedly heard many times how important eating protein is-especially after a workout.

But there is much scientific proof as to why eating more protein is a great way to lose weight. Several recent studies have shown that a high protein diet (one that provides up to 35% of calories from protein) leads to lower energy intake. While researchers do not have a definitive answer as to why this happens, there is evidence that replacing fat with protein has a satiating effect and therefore decreases the risk of weight gain.

5. Green Coffee – an Emerging Weight Loss Business

It’s fascinating to watch a business idea unfolding before your eyes. A few months ago (Spring 2012), Dr. Joe Vinson discovered that unroasted green coffee beans reduce body fat, an effect he attributed to a substance called chlorogenic acid.

When coffee is roasted, the acid breaks down so it has no weight loss effect. But consuming coffee beans in their natural state results in weight loss even if there is no change in one’s eating or exercise habits.

The study participants lost nearly 10% of their body weight and 16% of their body fat during the twenty-two week study period. The interesting part is that today two companies are selling green coffee capsules under their label already. And while more research on the exciting weight loss effect of green beans is still pending, the “green coffee” business idea is facing a promising future as it is perfectly positioned to offer the highly desired inexpensive, safe and easy weight loss that 30% of the population is craving for.

About the author: Matthew Denos blogs at WeightLossTriumph.com. An entrepreneur passionate for online ventures, Matthew started his affiliate marketing website promoting weight loss products in 2008. Creating a successful online business requires a set of values-the entrepreneurial values. These values and principles can also be used by an overweight person to lose weight permanently and live a healthier life.


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Page Not Found; But Wait There’s More! – The Art Of Error Page Selling

errorYou’re not on an error page.

Just wanted to say this up front since the headline says “page not found.”

Anyway, the concept of error page selling is something I’ve stumbled upon a couple of weeks ago when looking at a product called Wishlist Error Page Booster (WEPB).

I didn’t actually buy it because I don’t have a membership site, but the idea itself is brilliant.

In short, it’s all about turning your error pages into sales pages.

In a minute, I will show you how to make this possible on any WordPress site for free, but first, let me give you a WEPB example:

If you have a membership site then naturally, some of your content is not available to the public. This means that whenever someone who’s not a member tries to visit it, they will only see an error message (an error page).

However, most of the situations where visitors actually see those pages happen when a non-member tries to view some premium content, or a low-plan member tries to view your upper-plan content (in case you have more than one membership level).

WEPB lets you capitalize on that by taking the error pages and using them to display a custom sales message along with a buy button, which effectively turns your error pages into sales pages.

This kind of selling can be very effective because the visitor is already interested in the content (since they’re viewing the page), so they should be much more likely to buy from you.

BUT.

There are two downsides to this plugin (oh, WEPB is a plugin, did I mention that? … anyway):

  • WEPB is $47,
  • and it needs another plugin to work – WishList Member, which is either $97 (single site license), or $297 (multi-site license).

As you can see … you need $150 just to get started. And if you don’t have a membership site launch in plan then buying WishList Member is kind of pointless (by the way, it’s one of the best membership site solutions available, but that’s a whole other story).

Free WordPress Error Sales Pages

Of course, there’s always a way to create a similar sales page, only for free.

Every WordPress theme has a custom file meant to display error pages. It’s usually called 404.php and can be found in your main theme folder.

If you’re savvy enough, you can edit the file by hand, create some widget areas, and then place a sales message inside one of the areas.

If you’re not, you can use some free plugins:

The first plugin worth mentioning is called 404-error-monitor. This one doesn’t create any custom error pages, but it logs 404 errors that visitors encounter on your site.

This means that whenever someone gets a 404 error, it goes in the log. By taking a look into such a log, you can find some frequently occurring errors and then maybe create custom pages to take their place (pages with manually placed sales messages).

Another approach is to use a plugin called Custom 404 Error Page. This one will probably be a little more handy because it doesn’t require any research work. You just create a custom page, click save, and you’re good to go.

Basically, this plugin gives you the possibility to control your error page through the WP Dashboard (almost like any other standard page). You can tweak the content, the background, the images, etc.

This functionality allows you to turn your error page into a sales page with ease (like I’m describing here), or …

You can use your error page to helping find missing children

Yeah, how did I go from “selling” to “helping find missing children,” right?

Anyway, the thing I’d like to mention here is a website called notfound.org. It’s a place that lets you help find missing children by including an additional box on your 404 error page. The box displays a picture of a missing child along with some additional contact info.

There’s a plugin that makes the whole thing hassle-free: NotFound.org 404 Page.

So you know … it’s up to you. Either (1) do nothing with your 404 page, (2) turn it into a sales page, (3) turn it into a page for helping others, or (4) turn it into a sales page along with a notfound.org box (because why not do both?).

Lastly, I still consider Wishlist Error Page Booster and WishList Member great plugins (for membership sites), and that’s why I’m linking to them here.


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