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In this post I will show you how to make a free capture page with Aweber.

The two things you absolutely need in order to connect with people using the internet are a capture page and an autoresponder. If you aren’t sure if you really need these tools, then read this post because it will outline why they are important and how to  make a capture page for free with Aweber.

Here’s a video I made on how to create a free lead capture page:

Here is why a capture page is so important

A capture page is a way for you to collect emails from people who are interested in what you offer, and then stay in touch with them.

If you have a capture page that offers a specific solution to your target market’s problem, then you you will be able to build a targeted list, give people what they want, and create a thriving presence online.

As long as you can figure out what your target market needs, you can offer them exactly what they want in exchange for their email address.

They may be looking for a local catering company, a fitness plan, a cheap condo in Mexico, or a way to make money from home. But whatever your market is looking for, having a capture page will allow you to stand out in your niche and grow.

Having a website is great, but it doesn’t always allow you to build a list, unless you have a sign up form and autoresponder. But having a good capture page does.

Once people give you their email address, you can follow up with them regularly about other things in your niche that can help them too. Your autoresponder is literally the lifeblood of your online business. Once people connect with you, you can build relationships with them long into the future.

I have found that I have not only made business connections through my autoresponder, but friends from all over the world as well. It’s a great way to connect internationally with people who think like you do.

If you don’t have an autoresponder yet, Aweber has a $1 trial for 30 days. After that, prices start at $19/month.

Alternatively, if your current autoresponder service doesn’t have a way for you to make a free capture page, or you want to compare other autoresponder services first, you may want to take a look at the Power Lead System. They are cheaper than Aweber in the long run if you build a big list, and they offer a bunch of tools as well as internet marketing training.

I use both myself, but if you don’t have anything yet, I recommend starting out with Aweber. It’s one of the most professional autoresponders on the market.

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The Travel Bra Review

The Travel Bra is possibly the best invention ever for women travellers. Ok, I know that sounds a little biased but it’s honestly how I feel as a single woman traveler. Mine just arrived in the mail and I can see why they call it the “World’s Best Travel Bra”. In fact, I could even go so far as to call it the “World’s Best Travel, Sports, Night-out-on-the-town, or Anytime Bra”.

I am about to head to Equador which is the main reason I got the travel bra. I was robbed once on a night train from Paris to Venice and it wasn’t a good feeling. Since then, I like to keep my valuables close to my heart at all times. In addition to a money belt around my waist, I’ll be sporting this MacGyver-like sports bra to Equador in March.

My fancy new piece of travel apparel arrived yesterday and the first thing I noticed was how soft it is. It’s made of organic bamboo so it’s incredibly comfortable. It has a hidden pocket for a credit card along the back, a pouch for passport or cash that hangs down or can be tucked away, two pouches on each side for cash I assume, and a small little pouch on the shoulder for jewellery or headphone. And it all hides away very easily without feeling bulky and just looks like a regular sports bra.

I have a feeling I am going to live in it and may even order a few more.

I can see wearing this bra for everyday use as well. For example, a night out on the town where you don’t want to carry a purse. Or a school trip, or a day on the slopes, or bike ride around town.

I got the original travel bra but the company also has a runner’s travel bra, a beach travel bra, an ultra-light travel bra, and even men’s travel trunks which look pretty cool.

If you’re going on a trip and want to get a travel bra, I have a special relationship with the company (www.thetravelbra.com) and they gave me a code to share with others. Use code REBECCA20 at checkout and you’ll get 20% off.

Happy Travels!

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Make A Blog Step 1

Have you ever want to make a blog? Well it’s your lucky day. I am making a video series that will walk you through setting up a blog as simply as possible and making sure you do it right the first time.

The very first step is to simply get a domain and hosting.

It may also be helpful if you read the first couple chapters of my e-book which you can download for free on the right. Choosing a good domain name is important and there are a couple things you should consider before you register.

If you don’t want to download the ebook, here is a quick summary of things to keep in mind when choosing your domain.

  • use the .com domain
  • don’t use weird spellings or numbers that people could get confused
  • keep in simple
  • use your main keyword if possible
  • make it unique so that it reflects you

Remember, a blog, like so many things, is something that will grow over time so be patient. Over the little while, you will be building, tweaking, adding content, and branding yourself and it will be worth it.

In the end, your blog can be a very powerful marketing tool if done correctly. It can help you grow your business on a global level. I have had people contact me from all over the world because they found my blog. And most of them said they felt like they already knew me because they had read my articles of watched my videos. At the very least, it’s a great way to connect with and make new friends!

The key to blogging and more specifically to make money blogging, is to grow your online presence so that you get found by more and more people in your specific niche.

So just follow the steps, in your own time, and create something to be proud of.

Just a little bit each day is all it takes. And when you consider the alternative of not making a blog… well, I don’t know. Blogging just seems to make sense.

Register your domain and hosting now and contact me if you need any help at all.

 

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How To Install WordPress On GoDaddy

In this post, I am going to show you how to install WordPress on GoDaddy.

If you are wanting to get a blog up and running and are trying to decide whether to use a free platform like blogger.com or to take that extra step and purchase a domain and hosting so that you can actually own your blog, I highly recommend going the ‘do-it-yourself’ route for a couple of reasons.

First of all, although you may think it’s complicated to install WordPress on GoDaddy or another server, it’s actually really simple. Plus, both GoDaddy and HostGator have excellent customer support and when you do run into issues, they are very helpful.

Also, when you use a free platform, you don’t have any control of your site and you don’t own it. It can be taken down at any time, and they can put advertisements on it. The free platforms are good for some things but are not the best choice if you are starting a business. It’s always best to be professional.

Anyway, one you have a domain name (GoDaddy has the cheapest domain names) that reflects your niche, and have purchased a good hosting package (HostGator has excellent, affordable hosting), all you need to do is install wordpress.

In this video, I will walk you through how to instal WordPress on GoDaddy. If you choose to use HostGator, it is just as simple.

Still have questions? Contact me directly and I will do what I can. Otherwise, jump into one of the forums in your servers backoffice and see what others say. Or, if you are just starting a blog from scratch, grab my free ebook on how to set up a blog by clicking the button to the right.

Enjoy the process!

Rebecca

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How The Travel Bug Got Me When I Was Eight

Thanks to my amazing mom, I have an incurable case of the travel bug and have been able to travel a lot in my life. She gave me the gift of an open mind and an adventurous spirit and a zest for discovering other cultures. And as you know, once you have the travel bug, it really never goes away.

It started in 1976 when I was eight. My mom and two of her girlfriends decided to go to Greece for a week. They signed up for Greek classes and started to study. But they soon realized that one week would be much to short considering all the effort they were putting into the trip, so they changed their plan to include all seven of their kids and go for two months.

So off we went, all ten of us, across the ocean, with most people thinking the three moms were crazy. We took the last month off school, planting pumpkin seeds in the garden before we left. The three father’s stayed home to work and sail around the Great Lakes.

I remember that trip so clearly and what amazes me now is how I thought it was normal. Kids are so adaptable and what you teach through your actions is learned very quickly as a general attitude about life. So, the travel bug was ingrained in me.

We spent the first few days in Athens in a hotel, then took an overnight ferry to Crete, where we spent the rest of our vacation. We lived in a pensione with a single mother and her two children, Nicos and Nifoula, who rented us three rooms for $2.50/night per room. We had many adventures during our stay, made friends with the locals, and played with the local children. I learned some Greek and crawled through the sewers at Knosses.

kids-in-greeceBut one adventure really stands out. Donkey Island. At least that’s what we called it even though there weren’t any donkey’s there. I am not sure how it all came about but the three moms somehow organized for some fishermen to take us out to sea, drop us on a deserted island, and come back for us in the morning.

I remember being dropped off on the hot, sandy beach and thinking “What if they don’t come back?”. We had a bagged picnic for dinner and our sleeping bags and that was it. There wasn’t a single other person, building, or road on that island. We explored and played and slept side by side on the beach, watching for shooting stars until we fell asleep.

In the morning, the fishermen returned, and cooked us an eel soup for breakfast. At first I wasn’t sure about eating eels, but it was the most delicious soup I have ever tasted to this day. It was a light chowder with intense lemon flavour, cooked straight from the sea and eaten barefoot on the rocks.

When we returned to Canada at the beginning of August, our backyard was covered in pumpkins and I had a new outlook on life, although I didn’t realize it at the time. That experience opened many doors for adventure for me in the years ahead. And I have my amazing mom to thank for giving my the travel bug and feeding my love for adventure.

Live Clean, Love Fully, Travel Lots,

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Hiking In Japan: A Near Death Experience

japan-graham-becThe hiking in Japan is amazing. When I lived in Nagano, I used to go hiking in Japan a lot with my friends, Graham and Doug.  One time, we almost died. Seriously.

It was a regular spring weekend in May. The cherry blossoms were out, and we had no idea we would soon be trapped in Japanese Alps in a flimsy two man summer tent. Nothing makes you appreciate life like having an experience where you think you may lose it.

I have always been one to take chances… and am always open to trying new things. Always. I tend to look at life as one big adventure strung together with mini adventures. Where some people are cautious when presented with something new, I tend to embrace opportunities and will normally jump in with two feet, smiling, and open to various outcomes.

Anyway, I lived in the Japanese Alps for 5 years before I was married. You may be surprised to know that Japan has some of the best skiing in the world, and the hiking there is incredible. In fact, Japan is 80% mountains. The mountains surrounding our little village, Omachi, were about 2900m high so we always had access to hiking in Japan and getting into nature for a couple of days. My friend Graham, myself, and my(now) ex hsuband Douglas, often spent weekends hiking up to a peak, enjoying a night at the top of the world, and sliding down the next day to relax with a can of Sapporo in a Japanese hot spring.

On one particular spring weekend, we decided to go up for night. Nothing unusual. It was something we were very familiar with and felt comfortable doing. So on that Saturday moring, we climbed for 7 hours, pitched our tent, enjoyed a hearty pasta dinner followed by coffee and kahlua, and a guitar jam late into the starry night. The next day was gorgeous. We hiked the ridge in t-shirts and enjoyed the hot sun on our faces.

Because it was such a perfect day, we were not in any rush to get down. We crossed the ridge and eventually started our descent about 1:00 in the afternoon. As we started down, the sky quickly clouded over and it started to snow. It snowed hard and fast. It didn’t take us long to realize the trail we had chosen was much too steep, and with the snow growing deeper, we turned around and headed back up to the ridge to find another way down. Our intention was to go down a trail we had just passed that was next to a hut.

But when we reached the top, we were hit in the face (literally) by a full on blizzard. Luckily, we had put our winter clothes back on when the snow had started. We couldn’t see where we were going clung together, arm in arm, and looked for small objects in our range of vision so that would not walk off the edge of the mountain. We came across a large rock about 6 feet tall, and were able to set up our tent up behind it. At this point, two of us were on the verge of hypothermia, so we climbed into the tent that Sunday afternoon, and got into our sleeping bags. We didn’t emerge until Tuesday.

By Sunday night, we had to melt snow to drink and were rationing our remaining pasta. The boys peed in bottles and I just had to either hold it or stick my butt out into the raging storm. At one point, our little stove broke, but we managed to fix it and cook our last noodles.

Late Monday night, we were all physically and emotionally drained. The storm was pounding our little tent, we were cold and damp, and our supplies were pretty much gone. But then a calm came over us and we all fell into a strange kind of deep sleep. We all dreamed of family and I remember feeling more at peace than I had ever felt in my life, despite the violent winds outside.

On Tuesday morning, we woke to quiet. It was the best feeling in the world. It felt like heaven. All three of us leaped from the tent to discover were had only been 100 metres from a safety hut the whole time. And that we were also only 3 metres from the edge of a steep cliff. We saw a single set of foot prints leaving the hut and realized someone else had been stuck up there with us.

I have never come down a mountain so fast.

We used our backpacks as sleds and when we couldn’t slide, we ran. All the way to the bottom and straight to the nearest hot spring.

It was hard to describe in broken Japanese and sign language and pictures why I was three days late for work, and I don’t think they believed me anyway. In any case, life soon went back to normal for everyone. But the experience has stayed with me and given me a deeper appreciate for life and the power of mother nature.

To this day, I appreciate and am grateful for every moment. Even the difficult times of which I have had my fair share. I appreciate the good and the bad, and to take lessons from both.

In the big scheme of things, I try to be careful but but not to be scared. Life is short. Give it your all. Have fun. And always be open to trying new things.

To Enjoying Life Now and in the Future,

Rebecca

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Step Into Your Power

When you make the decision to follow your instincts and trust heart, you can truly step into your power.

Once you truly step into your power, life starts to flow. Things will start falling into place. Good things happen naturally.

I learned this recently when I left my husband.

Being a mother and wife for 15 years, I had lost myself like so many women do. My adventurous, silly self got lost in parenthood and putting everyone else first. By the end, everything was a struggle and I felt like I was constantly swimming upstream.

Sometimes it’s hard to change directions when you are stuck in a toxic situation, but it IS possible. And once you make the change, you will know instantly if it was the right decision.

I tried to fix my marriage for over 7 years. I know, it’s a bit extreme …but I can honestly say I tried.

In the end, my husband and I simply did not communicate, and we wanted different things. He wanted to spend every winter in Japan working at a ski resort that his buddy owns. I wanted to travel to different places and create an online business that I could do from anywhere in the world. Having a stable home in Canada for my kids between trips was important to me. Not so much for him.

Hindsight is 20/20 and everything seems so inevitable looking back now. But I guess the only way to learn is to experience.

We wanted to separate many times, but when we finally made the decision to do it, things started falling into place. My life started to flow. I felt lighter. I felt myself becoming empowered. And it became clear that I really had made the right decision even though separating is always sad.

Since taking control of my life I feel happier, and have clarity on what I want out of life.

When you are on the right path, your life purpose will become clear. You will be less stressed about the small stuff make room for the things that matter.

Everyone has something they are good at or something they know a lot about. Everyone has something of value to offer. But it’s hard to find that specialness when you are in an unhealthy place. By making positive changes in your life, you can rediscover yourself and bring your talents to the surface.

Success in anything is a matter of reaching into your soul and bringing it to the surface. What are you passionate about? What skills do you have? What have you accomplished at some point in your life that you are proud of?

Taking the time to rediscover who you are and having the courage to step into your power is the first step to total happiness and fulfillment.

So be yourself, do what you love, and share it with the world.

To empowered women everywhere,

Rebecca

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How To Create A Free Header For Your Blog

Today I made a video to share with you how you can make free headers for your blog. Having a header with your own photos and words on it can make a big impact on your brand in general, and it’s really simple to whip one up.

I use XHeader.com which is 100% free (if you don’t choose the upsell that pops up when you open the site). Here is a video that will walk you through the process. It will literally take you 5 minutes to create a free header for your blog.

Another ‘almost free’ way to make headers is to use www.fiverr.com. You can basically find someone on that site to do anything for $5 bucks.

I’d love to see your header when you’re done… so send it my way and I’ll give you some feedback!

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Changing Your Subconscious Mind

Your subconscious mind is responsible for 90% of what you do and what is happening in your life, so it’s really important to make sure you feed your mind positive input every day. Your brain operates subconsciously most of the time, but if you understand how to focus on your thoughts, feeling, and vibrations, then you can actually make changes in your life very quickly but adjusting your underlying thought patterns and beliefs.

When you align your thoughts and get focused on what you want, your subconscious will work for you.

There are 4 stages to developing a conscious awareness to your life and to getting on track so that things just happen to happen as they should.

Here is an outline of the 4 stages so you can evaluate where you are now and how far you have to go to attain success in whatever you are doing.

1. Unconscious Confidence (like a child)

This is where you have jumped in to something and you really just go on trust. You don’t know how it works but you go with it. In the beginning unconscious competence can work for you and as they say “Ignorance on fire is better than knowledge on ice”. But you can only run on ‘ignorance’ for so long before you have to move to the next stage.

2. Conscious Incompetence

This is where you know what you need to do, and it seems overwhelming. You are aware of the challenges and that tends to hold most people back. In any endeavor, there will be things to learn, skills to master, and challenges to face. In step 2, you are painfully aware of the things you need to be doing and if you are serious about changing your life, you will face these challenges head on.

3. Conscious Competence

Here is where you start to get results. You have figured out the ‘how’ and are in action and learning. You are still developing your belief at this point but you are getting more comfortable with your business.

4. Excellence or Mastery

Once you have reached the excellence stage, results are automatic. You know what you know, have the skills you need, and are able to create results quickly. This stage can take years to reach but once you are here, you will have reached real success… both financially and on a personal level.

The problem is that 95% of home based business owners and people working from hom fail… just like in the offline world. Two of the main reasons for that is that they feel overwhelmed by everything they need to learn, and they are trying to do it all by themselves.

In order to reach the highest level of success in any whatever you are doing, it is absolutely essential, not only to have a positive mindset and to feed your subconscious daily, but to align yourself with people who have a strong belief in a bigger vision like you.

Let me ask you… Who do you listen to, associate with and focus on? And who is creating or confirming your belief system? Who are you being mentored by?

If you don’t have a strong mastermind group around you, you can always use books. Read personal growth and development books every day, and you will be able to start to change your subconscious mind. A very good one to start with on the subconscious mind is “The Power of the Subconscious Mind” by Joseph Murphy.

Change begins with your subconscious mind. Books create neural pathways, so as you search for the right mastermind group to associate with, use books to better yourself and fill your subconscious mind with good stuff.

And if focus on working harder on yourself than anything else, you find your life naturally falling into place as it should.

I encourage you to follow your heart and be the best version of yourself possible, always.

 

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rishikesh-india-meditationOn one of  my ‘getaways’ from working in Japan, I spent two months in an ashram in Rishikesh in India. I did a combination of meditation and yoga throughout the day but I actually found a meditation class I liked better in town and would venture out every afternoon to participate in it.

I remember one day, our small group was led along the edge of the Ganges to a serene location at a bend in the river. We sat on smooth rocks and were told to sit quietly and absorb every detail of our surroundings with the intention of being able to recall every sound, feel, sight and smell at a future date. To this day, if I close my eyes, I can bring back the imagery to my mind with distinct detail. I remember the feel of the warm breeze on my cheeks, and the sound of the rushing water going past. I remember the blue sky, the trees, the people on the far bank washing themselves in the water, and the beating of my own heart as I sat, alive, amid such magnificent beauty.

Every cell in my body remembers the experience. I programmed my cells to remember that experience. You can program your cells to change your subconscious thought patterns and behaviours through conscious awareness when you meditate and try to things.

When you try new things, especially things that push you beyond your comfort zone, you experience discomfort because your cells are changing. We have been conditioned that when we experience discomfort that we should stop what we are doing because it must be bad. But experiencing discomfort when it comes to personal growth is a good thing. It means you are changing for the better, expanding your mind, and rewriting your blueprint for success, personal growth, or a new direction in life.

It’s the same thing as when you go to the gym and you are sore the next day. The pain in your muscles is proof that you are getting in shape and making changes to your body. With your mind, it’s the same. As you grow and expand and do things that are new, you also feel discomfort. But change is necessary to grow and it’s essential to change our mindset beyond what we comfortable with in order to move forward.

The journey excites me. I love change and I love facing my fears and trying new things.

So next time you feel scared or nervous about doing something new, think “Hooray! This is uncomfortable and this is just what I need to do.” And know that once you do it a few times, it won’t be uncomfortable anymore.

Get excited about getting uncomfortable. Your cells will remember your successes and you will soon find yourself growing and discovering that you are so much stronger and braver than you ever thought.

Rebecca

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