The Halal Internet Marketers Life
Being an online marketer is an incredibly rewarding way to make money from your own hard work and creativity and the reward for that initiative is greater freedom and sense of personal accomplishment. But what does the Halal Internet Marketers Life involve?
At times, it can feel like a somewhat thankless job. After all, when you are an internet marketer, your job essentially revolved around helping to promote other people’s businesses. This means you’ll be promoting people who know less about internet marketing than you, all while remaining quietly in the background.
What if you’d like to try out some of that ‘glory’? What if you’d like to be recognized for your hard work and skill? In that case, you could always try turning your internet marketing business around and using it to promote yourself as well!
Creating a Personal Brand
A good place to start is by creating a ‘personal brand’. A personal brand is a brand that puts you front and centre. A good example of this is Pat Flynn, who owns ‘Smart Passive Income’. While his website doesn’t feature his name, it is nevertheless a prominent feature right next to the logo, as is his own face and voice.
Pat will often talk about himself and this is part of what helps him to promote the site. People feel as though they can trust him because they feel as though they know him a little bit. He is literally a friendly face.
On top of this, Pat’s exposure makes him something of an internet celebrity. He is invited to give talks at prestigious events, he gets lots of fan mail and he is very much in the public eye.
While there are many different definitions for what makes someone ‘successful’, these are yardsticks that many of us use and thus I imagine that Pat goes to bed at night feeling rather proud of himself.
Consider setting up a similar scenario for yourself!
How to Grow Your Blog
To do this then, you need to look at ways to grow your channel while keeping that personal nature at the forefront. One way to do this, is to create a YouTube channel. A YouTube channel is a great way to talk directly to an audience and to feel as though they know you. Likewise, it will give you huge exposure – greater exposure than you would even get from daytime TV.
Meanwhile, use your own internet marketing skill to get your blog to the top of Google, while positioning yourself as an expert in your niche and an authority. Another tip is to make sure that you are living the lifestyle that you promote – a disconnect will prevent this from working.
Don’t become a fitness blogger then unless you really do love fitness. That way, you can become the ‘face’ of your blog and people will soon start to seek you out for your opinion.
This way, you can gain some modicum of internet fame and when that happens, you’ll find that countless new opportunities emerge.
How to Develop Yourself as an Internet Marketer to Get More Done
Want to start earning more as an internet marketer? Want to enjoy your work more and take more professional pride in what you do?
Well then, it is time to start developing yourself. Ultimately, all the work that your internet marketing agency accomplishes will be produced by you. Thus, in order to increase your output, you need to increase the amount of work that you are able to do.
The first way you are going to do this is by making sure that you are continuously learning and continuously taking on new challenges.
For example, you should learn to use Illustrator if you haven’t already. Sure, you can be an internet marketer with no understanding of Illustrator, but once you know how to use it, you’ll be able to offer logo design services, create better websites and generally offer a better service and charge more as a result.
Similarly, you might learn 3D modelling, app development, writing or web design. Whatever the case, adding more strings to your bow will offer you new opportunities and help you to become better at what you do.
Dress for Success
They say you should dress for the job you want and this is certainly true for internet marketers. Seeing as you’ll be sitting alone at home a lot of the time, you might find that you don’t feel the need to wear suits. In fact, you may well work in your pyjamas a lot of the time!
While there might not be an obvious reason not to do this, the problem is that it can prevent you from feeling productive. When we are dressed smartly, it makes us feel more productive and it makes us feel ready for action.
If you want to get more work done, then take the time to iron a shirt!
Upgrade Your Hardware
If you want to benefit from learning those new skills like 3D modelling, then you need to have a computer powerful enough to run the requisite software. This is also important for other reasons – for instance, it will make things like multitasking easier. And in that regard, a larger widescreen monitor will also make a big difference.
Perhaps the most important thing to think about though is how working on your current computer makes you feel. If your computer takes a long time to load, gets very hot, shuts down randomly… all these things will feel like big detractors from the work you’re doing. But if you have something that looks beautiful and feels great to use – something like a MacBook or a Surface Pro – then you’ll feel much more productive and efficient and you’ll actually look forward to getting down to work.
This is an investment that makes a lot of sense and that will pay you back in dividends. If you can’t afford it, then consider getting using a PayPal business loan or similar in order to get the cash you need!
Boosting Sleep for Internet Marketers
If you’re a full-time internet marketer, then there’s a good chance that you are fully self-employed and that you work from home. This is one of the truly great advantages to this kind of work and it’s amazing the freedom that it affords you.
Problem is that it can actually end up being a little bit too much freedom for some people. That is to say that you can find you miss the regimented nature of working for someone else in some ways and find that this impacts on your life in some negative ways.
One of the big ones? Finding yourself waking up at 10am or later every day and ending up working all night as a result! If you want to be as productive as you can be and have the time to enjoy your life outside of work, then you need to fix yourself to a more rigid structure.
Here are some tips on how to do that…
Certain supplements can give you a massive boost in performance and able you to accomplish much more as a result. One such supplement is magnesium threonate, a form of magnesium that more readily reaches the brain. The reason this is so good for sleeping, is that magnesium can relax the body and is also known to make people drowsy. The magnesium in milk is one of the things that makes it a great sleeping aid! It also enhances learning, so that’s no bad thing!
Regulate Your Temperature
Temperature can be one of the big challenges when trying to get to sleep and stay there. One way to somewhat fix this problem is to make the room cooler, as we tend to sleep better when it is cool rather than hot. Another life changer is to have a bath just before you go to bed. This will help to relax the muscles again, as well as regulating your temperature better.
Use a Daylight Lamp
A daylight lamp is a light that comes on gradually in the morning as an alarm clock. Better yet, the light that these produce is a closer wavelength to the light produced by the sun. This means that it will help you to gradually come around in the morning and stir you out of sleep. Better yet, when you do wake up, it will be light – thus making it easier for you to get up and reducing the amount of ‘sleep inertia’ you face.
Take Time Out Before Sleep
Another tip is to take some time out before bed. Specifically, we’re talking about time out from work and from phones, computers and other technology that creates light. This also creates light similar to that from the sun but in this case, that’s bad news because it’s night time. In short, this upsets your biological clock making it harder to get to sleep and this is made worse by the fact that we associate technology with work and shooting things! Avoid it and read a book instead for 30 minutes.
Top Tips to Boost Energy and Productivity for Digital Marketers
If you’re a digital marketer, then the amount of work you can do to in a day will be directly proportional to the satisfaction of your clients, the amount of repeat business you get and ultimately, the amount of money you earn.
Want to be more successful? You need to increase your productivity.
Here are a few ways that internet marketers can do that and raise their energy levels at the same time…
There are a wide range of different supplements that can greatly boost your productivity, energy levels and concentration. These are becoming increasingly popular and are often referred to as ‘nootropics’ or ‘smart drugs’.
The problem is that some of these are very beneficial and effective, while others can actually cause more harm than good… and it can be tricky to know which are which. Stick to things that would occur in the body naturally or in our diets (minerals, vitamins, nutrients, herbs, amino acids) and avoid anything that is only available on prescription! Some good options include: vitamin B complex, magnesium, omega 3 fatty acid, caffeine + l-theanine, dark chocolate and cordyceps.
This might sound a little dramatic, but I’m actually only talking about sound.
If you want to enhance your focus, then something you can do is to try and block out all outside distracting sounds. One way to do that is to listen to white noise – and this is a strategy that some people actually use!
Another way is to listen to music that you know very well and to put it on repeat. Because there is nothing novel in the soundtrack, the brain will eventually tune it out and this means you can become completely engrossed in what you’re doing!
This might sound counterintuitive but sometimes it can be a great help to watch someone playing a game on YouTube, to watch music videos on silent or to otherwise give yourself some kind of ‘movement’ to watch. Author Tim Ferriss likes to watch his favourite movies on silent.
This is effective because it provides us with a little stimulation. One of the reasons we often struggle to do our work – such as writing guest posts – is because it’s boring. The human brain likes light, colour, noise and movement and when it doesn’t get that, it starts looking for distractions.
By watching someone play a game on YouTube or doing something else that has no dialog or narrative, this gives your eyes and the more action-oriented parts of your brain something to keep them occupied. Meanwhile, your reasoning, planning and verbal parts can focus on the job at hand!
Leave Work Unfinished
Want to make sure you get off to a great start with your work tomorrow? One quick tip is to try leaving work a little unfinished. Start a project, half write it, and then leave it. This is very powerful because we naturally feel inclined to finish work that we’ve started. You’ll almost feel like you have to leap into action as soon as you get started the next day!
Combating Loneliness for Internet Marketers
If you’re an internet marketer, then chances are that you will probably work from home much of the time. Working as an internet marketer of course means that you will be working on the internet. In turn, that means you’ll have the freedom to work wherever you want and whenever you want – which are great positives and two of the reasons that so many people are attracted to this kind of work in the first place.
But this can cause problems too. One such problem is loneliness. Without a team to work with and without an office to work in, you can find yourself working alone most of the time and sometimes even going whole days without speaking to anyone! So how can you feel a little less lonely and prevent this from being a serious limiting factor?
One solution to help you feel a little less lonely is to visit friends more. In particular, consider visiting friends on your lunchbreak. Seeing as you’re free to move around as you work, you could suggest meeting a friend at their place of work on their lunchbreak one day and that way you get to catch up and chat with someone who you actually like. This is far superior to being forced to lunch with people in your office who you may or may not get on with…
Work With Clients in Person
Working as a digital marketer doesn’t have to mean finding clients online and communicating solely by email. You can likewise meet people to work with in cafes, or by going into work places and asking the people that work there if they happen to need any help with their presence online.
When you find clients to work with in person, this changes the relationship and can be very good for getting more recurring work. What’s more, it gives you the opportunity to chat to people and enjoy working as a team.
Find Others like You
Internet marketing is relatively novel as a job still but it’s not completely unheard of. In fact, you might well know someone who works online and if you don’t, how about convincing them to? It certainly has perks and you can show them that first hand!
But if you don’t know anyone else who works online or is willing to, another option is to look for work groups or work spaces. There are many offices that you can rent and share with other companies and individuals, or failing that, you can try meeting others in cafes to work together. Just try advertising online or in the local paper to see if you can find other people who are nearby!
Another option is to find people to work with who don’t work online. Many people work from home a few days a week and there’s nothing to stop you working in the same place as long as you both promise not to distract one another.
All these methods mean you can enjoy an active social life and work online!
The Top Challenges That Only Internet Marketers Will Understand
When you’re a digital marketer, you’ll find that very few people understand what you do, or what the challenges involved in that are. To them, you are someone who sits at home on their computer all day – and that can’t be that hard, surely?
Of course, we know better! Being a digital marketer can in fact be very challenging and sitting at home is in fact part of that challenge. In this post, we’ll look at some of the challenges – some funny, some frustrating – and maybe feel a little less alone in our plight!
People Wanting Things from You
You work from home and so the assumption is that you don’t really do anything, or that you’re free during the day to run errands, to chat to friends or to meet up when someone has a day off. You’re that friend that is ‘always around’.
Except what we know, is that even a minor interruption to your workflow can write off an entire day, leading to a much more stressful tomorrow!
Getting a Complaint at 10pm
It’s 10pm and you’re out drinking with friends, having a laugh and a good time. Then your phone vibrates, you pull it out your pocket, and you find out that it’s a client who is not happy that they’re not at the top of Google yet.
This is pretty much always going to ruin your night, which is why it’s so important to have separate work and ‘fun’ accounts on your phones!
Doing Work that is Absolutely Pointless
You know the old saying that ‘the customer knows best’? Well, I would argue that this is not true when it comes to SEO. There’s another saying: a little bit of knowledge is a dangerous thing. That one is much more applicable here.
There’s something very soul destroying about writing an article and absolutely stuffing it with keywords, all because the client thinks that’s still the best way to impress Google!
Starting Work at 12pm
Sometimes the freedom of being a self-employed digital marketer is great. Other times, it means that you don’t start doing anything productive until it’s 12pm because you’ve become distracted by Angry Birds, your cat, or something else entirely.
This is also the same day you’ll no doubt finish work at 12am. And it’s the day when you end up feeling hot and headachy because you haven’t left the one room or spoken to anyone in hours…
Doing a Job That No One Understands
This in itself is one of the challenges that come from being an SEO. It can be rather lonely. I had my Grandma ask me once if what I did was illegal… My wife still doesn’t really understand what I do either. This is what Chandler must have felt like!
Sure, it feels kind of cool having a job that no one quite understands… but it’s also a way to ensure that you never get to share your fun anecdotes with anyone. Except through articles online, that is!
How to Enjoy a Life of Adventure as a Digital Marketer
Being a digital marketer has a lot of advantages over other, more traditional forms of work. Among these one of the most notable is the fact that you’ll be able to work from anywhere. That in turn gives you the freedom to travel and explore all while still earning money and if you’re like many people, then you may be interested in using that freedom to become what is known as a ‘digital nomad’.
This is someone who travels the world and stays in hostels and cheap hotels and works online in order to afford their adventures. This is an amazing way to see the world and to live life to the absolute fullest and it’s one of the only ways you can truly enjoy freedom.
But it’s not perfect and it’s not for everyone. For starters, working online while travelling presents some unique challenge. You’ll struggle to find Wi-Fi at times for instance and sometimes you’ll want to go out with the group of people you’ve just met but you’ll be forced to stay back and work.
Then there’s the fact that you’ll never be able to take a long warm bath, to maintain relationships, or to sit down and play Xbox.
No, this is not for everyone. But there is a way you can enjoy a life of adventure and travel even without going full digital nomad…
The Halfway Option
The solution is to take lots of smaller trips rather than going on one, unending journey. This might mean that you go on 5-10 holidays in a single year and work while you’re there but that you come home in-between. Or perhaps it might mean you go on three month-long trips.
Using these strategies, you won’t miss your family so much, you’ll still have opportunities to grow your business and you can come home to recharge your batteries in between amazing adventures.
This is something I do a lot. Last year I went to Portugal, Italy, Germany, Spain and Switzerland, all on different trips. In Switzerland, I visited a fellow internet marketer and we worked together in a beautiful chalet on the side of a mountain.
During the day’s, we hiked up mountains and found areas that were completely still and quiet. During the evenings, we worked by the fire with a few drinks and with views of mountains in the distance.
One day I sat in a cool library in Germany and created a virtual reality app for a client, again with mountains behind me and a delicious cup of coffee. There are few better ways to work!
Another option you could take, would be to go on more local trips. Instead of travelling to other countries, how about visiting amazing places near you?
Or how about working in a different, exciting locale every day?
There are tons of ways to explore your freedom as a digital marketer that don’t necessarily have to do with giving up your home and creature comforts!