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15 Habits Women Entrepreneurs Must Cultivate to Improve Sales

Diane Shawe Author of a forthcoming book ‘The number 1 guide for women who hate selling: Practical Negotiation and Selling Skills’ explores many points on why a high percentage of self employed women don’t achieve the level of sales.

For example she take a look at some of the things women constructively forget to ask for?

 Women Don’t ask For The Order,

 women don’t ask for raises and promotions and better job opportunities.

 They don’t ask for recognition for the good work they do.

 They don’t ask for more help at home.

In other words, a high percentage of women are much less likely than men to use negotiation to get what they want. Instead they spend destructive energy moaning and gossiping about how hard  done by or discriminated against they feel.

Why does this matter?

TRADITIONAL
BELIEFS UNDER THREAT

“The traditional belief that we must prepare ourselves to be ‘employable’ is under threat. The counter argument encourages us to ‘gear up’ for earning our own money, rather than seeing income as someone else’s responsibility. With the population dramatically ageing and low-level jobs increasingly swallowed up by machinery, entrepreneurship will be a necessity for many, rather than a life-style choice for some”

Why does the average woman in today’s society still find themselves debating the perceived concept that they deserves more or should be rewarded with more?

And why are many women still less comfortable asking for changes that would improve their working conditions, enhance their job satisfaction, or help them expand a business more efficiently and profitably?

“What you think you become, what you feel you attract, what you image you create”

So what is a Business Rainmaker?

In business, a rainmaker is a person who brings in new business and wins new accounts almost by magic, since it is often not readily apparent how this new business activity is caused. It means generating substantial new business or additional cash flow from sources sometimes outside established business channels, sometimes by connecting with people in non-traditional or hidden markets, and sometimes by prompting current clients to spend more money.

A rainmaker is usually a key figure in the business or organisation. not merely a salesperson, but a principal or executive who is usually highly regarded within the enterprise.

So I am going to introduce some researched habits, However, cultivating these habits is well within the grasp of any successful female entrepreneur with sufficient commitment in order to become your own Rainmaker.

1. Successful rainmakers treat their clients as the most valuable asset of their business.

For most business entrepreneurs, the vast majority of new business derives, either directly or indirectly, from existing or past clients and referral sources. Past and current clients can be a source of new business by sending new matters. They also can be powerful referral sources.

Yet sometimes business entrepreneurs focus their marketing efforts on cultivating new relationships with people they have never done business with before.

They ask these “strangers” out to lunch, invite them to firm seminars, and call and e-mail them. Meanwhile, their most valuable assets—their existing clients—are being neglected. There is much to be said for customer acquisition strategy vs customer retension strategy.

2. Successful rainmakers treat their current and former clients as well as, or better than they would treat a prospective client.
They recognise that existing clients are the most important people in their marketing mix.

3. Successful rainmakers nurture their relationships

Nurturing your clients by providing outstanding, not just good, service, staying in touch on a regular basis, seeking feedback, celebrating clients’ successes, and showing appreciation by sending gifts or hosting special client-appreciation events.

4. Successful rainmakers make business development a priority.

Successful rainmakers recognise that to be successful at business development, they need to make it a priority and work at it on a consistent basis. They treat their business development activities with the same level of commitment that they bring to client service.

Making business development a priority is as much about mind-set as it is about time management.

There are opportunities to market each day. Throughout the day, business entrepreneurs talk to clients, competition, and even staff. Spending a few extra minutes deepening a relationship at the end of each of these conversations, whether on a professional or personal level, will dramatically increase the probability of winning business.
But mind-set is not enough.

Consistent business development requires a system. The approaches are limitless and highly personal. Some people spend the first ten minutes of each day involved in a business development activity. Some schedule business development on their calendars, just like client meetings.

The important thing is that there is a structure in place that keeps marketing a consistent priority, as opposed to something that is done when there is a lull in a busy workload.

Download the full 15 Habits extracted from the forthcoming book by Diane Shawe. 15 habits women entrepreneurs need to cultivate

Why Hair, Beauty & Hair Extensions Salons should Update their S.W.O.T Report

SWOT your personality & management style could save your business.

Article by Diane Shawe Author

Changing trends, diverse client base and increasing competitors are all hallmarks of change. How easily do you adapt to change and when was the last time you looked at your salons Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threaths.

One of the hardest things you will ever have to approach is getting an overview of how people perceive you after running your business for over a year. It is often said that sometimes the business owner can be the biggest obstacle to their business developing and growth. It’s worth getting an honest appraisal about yourself from a staff or clients. I don’t recommend family or friends as we often behave differently with strangers.

You might not like what you hear and you should make it easy for them to tell you. But Just like you would want an honest reference about a person before you employ them, you should seek an honest appraisal of how you are perceived by others.

This may help you make some adjustments before you embark on new business development and growth and help you get the best out of yourself at the earliest stages.

Swot analysis pointers

Your SWOT analysis should be made up of a separate SWOT for each component of the business. You must really examine each segment, probing every detail.

Determine the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats for:

• hair, beauty and hair extensions business sector in your region

• the services you provide

• staffing issues

• clients

• competition

• market

• current marketing strategy

The following are a few examples of areas to look at:

Hair, beauty and hair extension sector in your region

• direction headed

• management

•Hair, Beauty and hair extension ethics

• customer service

• goals

• sales targets

• profit margins

• resources

services you provide

• cost to produce each service

• quality of services

• range of services

• demand for services

• pricing

staffing issues

• demand

• staff training

• potential

• communication

• cost to employ

• rapport with clients

• expertise

• attitude

• your management style

• what are your business values

clients

• most profitable target market

• customer profile

• quality of existing clientele

• quantity of clients

• needs and wants

• buying motivations

• how potential customers could perceive you

competition

• number of competitors

• their strengths, weaknesses

• your strengths, weaknesses

• their target markets

market

• the larger economy and how your business fits in

• market trends

• legislation changes

• position in the economic cycle

current marketing strategy

• position of hair, beauty and hair extension products and services in the market

• market perception of hair extensions and hair enhancement products and services

• advertising methods and relationship to social media

• advertising cost

• sales strategies

• sales promotions

• retail display

• market perception of retail

Performing and updating your SWOT analysis will give you a true picture of how your Hair, Beauty & Hair Extensions business could or should be running. It is essential to work out why some things are working in your business and why some aren’t.

You may discover problems that you had no idea even existed. These can be addressed before they get out of hand. It will also highlight many assets, which could be utilised better, even opportunities, which could be taken advantage of.

Discover the staffs’ perceptions of the business. Don’t be afraid or get upset to hear their criticisms, use them wisely. Some of your staff could have ideas that if used, would make huge differences to the hair extension studio. Quite often it is the smallest changes that make the biggest impact

The results of your SWOT analysis will be the basis for your marketing plans and decisions.

Extracted from Getting Started in the Hair Extensions Business by Diane Shawe’s eBook available on Amazon right now at: https://www.amazon.com/Diane-Shawe/e/B0052WG8V

Difference Between Remy and None Remy Hair Extensions

Extracted from ‘How Hair Extensions are Sourced Treated and Graded by Diane Shawe

• Remy hair: Hair that has been cut and maintained with the roots aligned and bound together at the top of the bundle. These bundles are carefully preserved throughout the export process and arrive at the factory still intact.

• Non-Remy hair: Hair that does not have its roots aligned. It may have been collected off the floor, or there may be some other reason they were unable to keep the roots together and running in the same direction. This hair is sold at a much cheaper price than remy hair.

Once the hair arrives at the factory, it is treated in a hydrochloric acid bath to remove the cuticle. A word of warning – hydrochloric acid is extremely hazardous. Please do not put yourself at risk by experimenting with this chemical! But back to the problem. It’s not the remy hair; remy hair is relatively easy to process and the damage inflicted during de-cuticalization is slight. Non-remy hair is the villain.

Non-remy hair requires a higher concentration of acid since the cuticle runs in both directions. This frequently results in hair with very low moisture content that appears dry and straw-like. Moisture is critical to good-looking hair. Human hair usually contains 10.5% – 11% moisture (measured in a controlled environment of ISO 40% – 63% moisture). Non-remy hair has trouble retaining this vital moisture.

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IQ scores are falling -It’s not that dumb people are having more kids than smart people

IQ scores are falling and have been for decades, new study finds

Guest Blogger: Rory Smith, CNN

IQ scores have been steadily falling for the past few decades, and environmental factors are to blame, a new study says.

The research suggests that genes aren’t what’s driving the decline in IQ scores, according to the study, published Monday.
Norwegian researchers analysed the IQ scores of Norwegian men born between 1962 and 1

991 and found that scores increased by almost 3 percentage points each decade for those born between 1962 to 1975 — but then saw a steady decline among those born after 1975.

Similar studies in Denmark, Britain, France, the Netherlands, Finland and Estonia have demonstrated a similar downward trend in IQ scores, said Ole Rogeberg, a senior research fellow at the Ragnar Frisch Center for Economic Research in Norway and co-author of the new study.

“The causes in IQ increases over time and now the decline is due to environmental factors,” said Rogeburg, who believes the change is not due to genetics.
“It’s not that dumb people are having more kids than smart people, to put it crudely. It’s something to do with the environment, because we’re seeing the same differences within families,” he said.

These environmental factors could include changes in the education system and media environment, nutrition, reading less and being online more, Rogeberg said.

The earlier rise in IQ scores follows the “Flynn effect,” a term for the long-term increase in intelligence levels that occurred during the 21st century, arguably the result of better access to education, according to Stuart Ritchie, a postdoctoral fellow in cognitive ageing at the University of Edinburgh whose research explores IQ scores and intelligence and who was not involved in the new study.

Researchers have long preferred to use genes to explain variations in intelligence over environmental factors. However, the new study turns this thinking on its head.

Intelligence is heritable, and for a long time, researchers assumed that people with high IQ scores would have kids who also scored above average. Moreover, it was thought that people with lower scores would have more kids than people with high IQ scores, which would contribute to a decline in IQ scores over time and a “dumbing down” of the general population, according to Rogeberg.

Anyone who has seen the film “Idiocracy” might already be familiar with these ideas. In the scientific community, the idea of unintelligent parents having more kids and dumbing-down the population is known as the dysgenic fertility theory, according to Ritchie.

The study looked at the IQ scores of brothers who were born in different years. Researchers found that, instead of being similar as suggested by a genetic explanation, IQ scores often differed significantly between the siblings.

“The main exciting finding isn’t that there was a decline in IQ,” Ritchie said. “The interesting thing about this paper is that they were able to show a difference in IQ scores within the same families.”

The study not only showed IQ variance between children the same parents, but because the authors had the IQ scores of various parents, it demonstrated that parents with higher IQs tended to have more kids, ruling out the dysgenic fertility theory as a driver of falling IQ scores and highlighting the role of environmental factors instead.

What specific environmental factors cause changes in intelligence remains relatively unexplored.

Access to education is currently the most conclusive factor explaining disparities in intelligence, according to Ritchie. In a separate study that has not been released, he and his colleagues looked at existing research in an effort to demonstrate that staying in school longer directly equates to higher IQ scores.

But more research is needed to better understand other environmental factors thought to be linked to intelligence. Robin Morris, a professor of psychology at Kings College in London who was not involved in Ritchie’s research, suggests that traditional measures of intelligence, such as the IQ test, might be outmoded in today’s fast-paced world of constant technological change.

Morris states that “we need to recognise that as time changes and people are exposed to different intellectual experiences, such as changes in the use of technology, for example social media, the way intelligence is expressed also changes. Educational methods need to adapt to such changes,” Morris said.

Diane Shawe author of ‘Is Adult Education Broken” goes on to state in her publication that “No sensible decision can be made any longer without taking into account not only the world as it is but the world as it will be.”

In her thought provoking book she explains that we are living in a new economy—powered by technology, fueled by information, and driven by knowledge which increasingly is increasingly becoming automated. We are entering the new century with opportunity on our side with huge problems that require new thinking.

How can we make the new economic age enhance, rather than diminish, our quality of learning?

How can we make this amazing innovation advance the prospects of all people especially those with experience and not just for the youth?

Fundamentally, we need to change what people learn, how people learn, when people learn, and even why people learn.

Inside her publication she explores

: Failure to find a fomular to develop teachers convergent and divergent facilitatingskills

: failure to consider cultural relevance

: failure to develop enterprising and entrepreneurial skills

: failure to prepare students about taking personal responsibility

: failure to encourage international engagement

:failure to manage growth of academic misconduct

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Finally a frightening statistic:

“If unemployment formed a country it would be the 5th largest in the world” Isaac Asimov

The Geograhy of Women 2018

The Geography of a Woman🤣🤣

Between 18 and 22, a woman is like Africa . Half discovered, half wild, fertile and naturally Beautiful!

Between 23 and 30, a woman is like Europe. Well developed and open to trade, especially for someone of real value.

Between 31 and 35, a woman is like Spain. Very hot, relaxed and convinced of her own beauty.

Between 36 and 40, a woman is like Greece. Gently aging but still a warm and desirable place to visit.

Between 41 and 50, a woman is like Great Britain. With a glorious and all conquering past.

Between 51 and 60, a woman is like Israel. Has been through war, doesn’t make the same mistakes twice, and takes care of business .

Between 61 and 70, a woman is like Canada. Self-preserving, but open to meeting new people.

After 70, she becomes Tibet.
Wildly beautiful, with a mysterious past and the wisdom of the ages.
An adventurous spirit and a thirst for spiritual knowledge.

THE GEOGRAPHY OF A MAN

Between 1 and 100, a man is like North Korea and the United States.
Ruled by a pair of nuts!!🙈🙈🙈🙈

THE END.
Send this to every woman for a high five and to every man who can deal with this.

Is Adult Education Broken away from its Historical Purpose?

The historical purpose of education

First let me quote Jane Stanford of Standford University

“with a ‘spirit of equality’, one of my goals for the university is to resist the tendency and the stratification of society, by keeping open an avenue whereby the deserving and exceptional may rise through their own efforts from the lowest to the highest stations in life”.

According to various hypothesis and statements, the first and foremost purpose of education is to educate and give everyone equal opportunity as a means to succeed in life. Education is a way of igniting and enlightening the thought of an individual.

It should help learners to discriminate between knowledge and ignorance, help to create a spark and create the sense of realisation with logic and a way to reason why the other things are illogical.
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The purpose of vocational education

Every man must have a vocation – a trade, a business, or a profession – (if they are able too) in order to earn his livelihood so that they can support themselves, their family and people who cannot help themselves in our society. There are institutions for imparting various types of specialised training to help people qualify for this. The specialist is in demand everywhere, – in the office as well as in factories, in educational institutions and governments.

The Interlinkages between Technology and the economy

Innovation is pushing ahead at warp speed. We are certainly living through one of the most exciting periods in human history. The pace of change is so fast that even the technology of five years ago seems prehistoric.

Those of you who are students probably do not even remember a time when phones were not smart when cameras contained film when texts meant school books, and when wireless was a word used for old-fashioned radio! In view of this whilst conducting my mini research for this paper, I began to wonder how some of the following statements and themes became interwoven into the core of education and who started this process?

So let’s take a look at some of these themes and schemes, like me I think you will begin to wonder what happened to simply teaching someone something properly.

Extracts from the latest book by Diane Shawe – Is Adult Education Broken

Why detoxing your Liver will help keep you Slim


Article by Diane Shawe

Detoxification and weight loss are interrelated. Most people try to obstain from lots of chemically processed foods, but it can be a loosing battle as automation and science intervene to help feed the masses and keep food looking pretty and attractive.

In our daily life, lots of toxins are ingested into our body internally and externally which lead to a sluggish liver and weight gain. So using natural herbs, roots and fruits to detox the Liver will help your overall health.

The liver is a detoxifying organ. It plays an important role in fat digestion. The digestive juice bile secreted by the liver helps in the digestion of food. Liver flushes out toxic products from the body. This health drink works as a blood purifier.

But sometimes you must give external effort to make your body function properly. If you suffer from weight gain, bloating, gas production, acid reflux, constipation and excessive sweating you must try this weight loss health drink.

Benefits Of Cilantro Detox Drink

  • Removes toxins from the body
  • Treats indigestion and constipation
  • Increases metabolic rate
  • Prevents free radical damages
  • Removes blemishes. acne spots and gives fair complexion.
  • Helps in better nutrient absorption by the intestine
  • Balances Fat, Protein and Sugar composition in the blood.
  • Improves Menstrual function
  • Improves Cardiovascular health
  • Prevents oxidative damage of cells
  • Improves eyesight

Coriander or Cilantro is the main ingredient in this health drink. It contains Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Vitamin K and Vitamin B6. It is rich in calcium Potassium, Phosphorous, Magnesium and Sodium. Ginger helps to treat indigestion problems. Lemon contains Potassium which controls high blood pressure and flushes out toxins from the cells.

How To Make Coriander Detox Juice?

This health drink is prepared with only 3 ingredients. It should be prepared fresh and donot store.

Ingredients

Coriander or Cilantro chopped leaves – 1 Cup

Ginger – 1/2 inch

Lemon – 1

Water – 1 Cup

  1. To a blender add freshly chopped Coriander or Cilantro leaves.
  2. Peel the ginger and cut them into pieces, add to the blender.
  3. Finally, add a glass of water.
  4. Blend them for a minute.
  5. Then add lemon juice and filter it.

Consume this health drink weekly once to get these benefits. So try this recipe and if you find it as useful share it with your friends.

So the next time you see coriander at the store pop it into your shopping basket.

Tips For Women Entrepreneurs on How To Avoid Feeling Isolated As A Small Business

Female entrepreneurs share how to avoid feeling isolated

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‘Meeting up with mothers who were running small firms or freelancing made me feel connected to the real world again,’ says The Early Hour’s Anne Ridout

Annie Ridout had a one-year-old daughter when she launched her digital magazine for mothers, The Early Hour, in 2015.
“The only time that I could commit to writing and doing admin was during the baby’s nap times and evenings,” she says.

It meant that she had no free time to socialise and spent most days at home, alone.

She was left feeling incredibly lonely and unmotivated, but all that changed when she started to attend some networking events, including Mothers Meeting and The Step Up Club.

“Meeting up with other mothers who were running small firms or freelancing made me feel connected to the real world again,” she says. “I had women to talk to, moan with and get ideas from.”

At first, Ms Ridout found it intimidating, but soon realised that the key to networking is arriving prepared. “Do some research beforehand about the theme or subject – and think about what can you offer around it,” she says.

Don’t forget to ask for contact details, she adds, explaining that it’s not enough to just hand your card out:

“Send an email after the event saying that it was so lovely to meet them and ask to stay in touch – and don’t worry about coming across too keen; people will almost always be pleased to hear from you.”

Find a mentor

For Victoria Usher, founder of GingerMay PR, leaving the buzz of
an office and the comradeship of colleagues was unsettling when she started her own communications firm:

“It was a shock to realise that time-consuming tasks, such as admin and finances, needed to be factored into my schedule.”

Not having people around to discuss problems with was hard, she admits: “I felt lonely at points; I missed having a team.”

To help her through, she found a mentor, Jo Butcher, whom she met while working for Dentsu Aegis.

“We had a weekly Skype call and she would help me with
everything from brainstorming ideas to sense-checking my work,” explains Ms Usher. “It was comforting to know that there was someone at the end of the phone who had gone through the same and had a successful business to show for it.”

When looking for a mentor, try to find someone who has run a business in a similar field, but has grown it much bigger, she advises. It also helps if they have worked in the same role as you, so they truly understand the pressures that you’re facing.

'There were few people whom I could talk to about work,' says Lenka Lutonska
‘There were few people whom I could talk to about work,’ says Lenka Lutonska

Co-work with colleagues

Female business coach, Lenka Lutonska, thinks women in particular feel lonely when starting-up because they crave emotional connections with others – and that can be hard when working alone.

“When I started out, friends did not understand why I would leave a well-paid job, sell my house and sacrifice my lifestyle, only to work on a business with very little income,” she says. “There were few people whom I could talk to about work; my computer was my only companion.”

She decided to “buddy-up” with an old friend who had started their own business in a similar industry.

“We would create co-working days where she would come to my office for a day, or vice versa. We exchanged ideas, honest feedback, kept each other accountable and even partnered on projects,” says Ms Lutonska.

“Working not only became more enjoyable, but we also helped each other to become aware of our blind spots.”

She also started a Facebook group, which was initially made to attract clients but ended up becoming a great networking tool as word spread quickly and more women joined. Community members often ask for help with specific business issues.

“It can feel lonely to build a business on your own, and tough;
there’s always something that you don’t know.

“That’s why support groups are a fantastic source for tips and for socialising – they’re great for creating meaningful relationships with other entrepreneurs.”

Take a breather

A final tip comes from Sarah Cooke, owner of silicone jewellery company, Halia Rose, who suggests yoga classes.

“I do a regular class to get some time out to myself and stave off burnout, and I can chat to people about things totally unrelated to my business and get away from it for a while.”

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How My Teacher Almost Dashed My Dreams Of Writing

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When I was 8 years old I remember my teacher Mr Lester ripping up my homework and accusing me of copying the story I wrote for my homework that week. I remember it was a story about being lost in the woods at night, I use to be afraid of the dark back then.

I cried and said I hadn’t copied it, he gave me detention on top of that and called me a liar.

I was so embarrassed and ashamed I never did well in English Literature again just to spite him I thought but really he had squashed my confidence.

16 books later all published on Amazon with my most recent which took 3 years to write and a healthy vibrant blog with over 35k followers which I have been nurturing since 2010

Do you think adults in position of influence realise what they can do to a child?

Never let negative people define who you are or what you want to become.

Coaching is also important and if you want to propel your vision coaching can help you stay laser focused with a strategic plan

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Four Top Tips to Improve Your Hair and Beauty SEO

Have you been wondering how to Increase your website or facebook page link Popularity?

Article by Diane Shawe

Search engines are the gateway to the Internet; they are the first tool that potential customers use to find the products and services they need especially as everyone has instant access via their mobile phones. This is why it is imperative to spend some time on improving your website link popularity.  

Just recall how you felt when you last tried to Google something and it didn’t come up instantly! If the customers do not find your website, you have no possibilities of making any additional sales or getting new customers. 

Most hair and beauty businesses think it is not important to spend some time doing this,  some even think it’s complicated or that they have to spend lots of money to pay someone else to do it.

The truth is they are either scared to investigate or just plain lazy.

HOW TO GET STARTED

Just ask Google you will be surprised at the amount of free  online step by step help that’s out there. You’re probably wondering what the blazes is popular about a link! Well, in a word – plenty! Link popularity refers to the ranking assigned to your website by the search engines and it determines the ranking your page gets when keywords are entered into a search engine. So, you’re probably wondering, how do I make my link popular?

Search engines are discretionary, giving status and ranking to sites that have links to their pages from related, quality sites. It’s a simple formula, but a very important one. Google created the system, and now virtually all the most popular search engines employ it to rank your web pages in their indexes.

The more commonly used your keyword is, the harder it will be to achieve link popularity, but without achieving this step, it is almost certain your site will never rank highly on any search engine. But don’t be discouraged; there are tried and true ways of achieving link popularity using the most competitive keywords.

It is not important to be ranked on Google’s global number one page, what is important to a small business is to be found on page one locally and in the specific category that the visitor is searching for. Most people SMS including yourself tie the phrase ‘nearest me when using their mobile phone to search.

SATURATION LINKING

There are a few things you should be aware of. The first is that just linking up with a large number of other websites will not achieve link popularity. In fact, it may have quite the opposite effect. This is particularly true when pertaining to websites that are nothing more than “link farms” – pages containing line after line of indiscriminate links. Search engines may aggressively discriminate against your website if you are associated with a link farm, so steer clear of them! 

QUALITY OF OTHER SITES

The next thing to bear in mind is the quality of the site you are linking to. Never link to a page you have reservations about your visitors seeing. The last thing you want your website to appear as is indiscriminate and cheap. Linking to sites of poor quality will only lessen your link popularity, if not completely destroy it.

So let’s get to what you need to do to achieve supreme link popularity and improve your rankings to stellar status on all the popular search engines.

1. WHICH DIRECTORY

The first step, and the fastest way to get your foot in the door, is to get a listing in a popular directory, such as Open Directory Project, Yahoo or Google. If your site is business-related, you will want to be listed on Google Business, and despite the fact that it is free,

it will be time well spent. You will be required f2fgo verify your business. If your site is non-commercial, the listing will be free, but it will take time and follow-up to actually get it listed. Open Directory is gives you a free listing whether you are business-related or non-commercial, but be prepared to make a lot of follow-up inquiries before you see your site listed.

You are aiming to get listed in the highest level of appropriate category, and this just takes some common sense. For example, if your company ships Remy Human hair extensions from an specialist farm located in the middle of Nowhere, Tiny State, do NOT submit your listing to “Retailers from Nowhere, Tiny State.” BIG MISTAKE! All you have to do is look a little deeper – and submit your listing to the “Finest Hair Extension” category. You will not only associate yourself with culture and quality, but you will be listed in a national category. 

2 LOCATING OTHER QUALITY DIRECTORIES

The next step after you have attained directory listings is to locate other quality sites that will increase your link popularity. Try to find sites that are in some way related to yours, so not only will your link popularity increase, but your customer base may also be expanded. 

You want to avoid your competitors and look for sites that are useful to your site’s visitors. Let’s look at the Hair Extensions distribution site example. Linking up to a site that is a hair extension specialist in applying hair extensions would be helpful to your visitors, and the chances of that site wanting to link up to your site are also greater. 

By linking to a related site that will be relevant to your website’s traffic, you are increasing both of your site’s business prospects – and both of your sites’ link popularity.

3 DOING YOUR RESEARCH

Not all sites want to link to other sites, so you will have to do some research when you are looking for possible linking partners. Google is an excellent starting place for your search. Make sure you enter keywords that you think quality customers will also enter to find your own site. Remember, your criteria are quality, highly ranked, non-competing websites that have a links or resources page. Go to these sites and objectively assess them. 

Look at the quality of the product, the graphics, and the ease of use. Then check out the other sites they are linked to, and determine if your own site would fit in with the crowd.

4 WOOING A PROSPECT

When you decide you have found a good prospect, you must set out to woo them. 

1. First thing to do is to add a link on your own links page to their site. This is an essential first step; it shows good faith, and ups your chances significantly of their reciprocity. 

2. After you have added their link, you must contact the webmaster of their site. Since this is almost always done by email, you want to make sure it is immediately clear that your message is not junk mail. This requires that you tell them right off the bat that you have added a link to their page on your site. A hook like this almost always insures the reader will read on.

3. Be sure to be flattering and let them know how much you appreciate their website. Make sure you emphasise that you have actually visited their site, and that their site is not just a random pick. Give them the address of your links page, and ask them to check out the link for themselves. It’s a good idea to mention that they will not only benefit from the increased traffic your website will direct their way, but you will also increase their link popularity. 

Briefly, explain why link popularity is so essential, but do this in a sentence or two so you don’t sound like a professor! 

4. Finally, tell them you would greatly appreciate if they would reciprocally add a link on their own links page to your website. Go through this process with as many appropriate sites as you can find, bearing in mind the criteria of quality and non-competitiveness. After you have emailed all relevant sites, be sure to check these website frequently to see if they have added a link to your page. 

Give it about a month, and if no link appears, try another charming email. Then give it another month, and if your site is still absent from their links page, it’s time to remove their link from your own links page. 

The only time you want to pursue a link further than this is if you believe a site is crucial to your link popularity and your business needs. Just remember to keep all your communications complimentary and cordial.

CHECKING YOUR RANKING

Set up a schedule to check your ranking in search engines frequently to see if your link popularity has improved. This is not achievable in the blink of an eye. It will take some time and a good deal of work. There is no way around the Labour-intensive quality of improving your link popularity, which is why search engines regard it with such importance especially as nearly all searches are performed by mobile phones today. 

By the way – make sure you have a beautiful, streamlined

Mobile friendly website and if possible a link to a downloadable app or you will never persuade anyone to link up to you.

Be prepared to keep plugging away at this process, as long as it takes, until you achieve link popularity and regional stardom!