Welcome to Leave the Corporate World Behind

Leave The Corporate World Behind

Hello! I am Adrienne Dupree. I am an author, an entrepreneur and a Program Manager for a government contractor. Specifically, I am an online and affiliate marketer.

My book, Leave The Corporate World Behind, chronicles the stories of online marketers who have left corporate America and now have a full-time online marketing business. It also includes part-time online marketers who still work in corporate America. I am also a contributing author to What Is Your Why? and Positioning Yourself as an Expert: How Savvy Entrepreneurs Become Credible Authorities.

Welcome to Leave The Corporate World Behind. My mission is to teach people in corporate America who want to get out of the rat race how to start an online internet marketing business. The goal of this online marketing business is to replace their income. It will also allow them to control their own destiny and stop trading time for dollars.

Leave The Corporate World Behind has developed various products that can assist you in developing a successful business. How To Create An Amazon Store is step-by-step video training will show how to create your own Amazon aStore that is fully integrated into your WordPress site. How To Create A Sidebar Widget is video training that will show you step by step how to create your own image for your sidebar widget. You can create sidebar widgets that can be used to promote your own products or affiliate products. Top WP Plugins For Business is a product that I created with Connie Ragen Green that introduces the top 20 WordPress plugins for your online business. `12 Days Of Online Marketing teaches you the tools, tactics and resources that are required for a successful online marketing business in just 12 days. Measure Your Web Analytics provides an introduction to Google Analytics, gives you step-by-step instructions on how to set up your Google Analytics account as well as step-by-step instructions on how to run the various reports.

Leave The Corporate World Behind will equip you with the tools and knowledge that you need to get started online whether you have a technical background or not. Leave The Corporate World Behind can help you to start realizing your dreams of controlling your own destiny and developing a successful online business. Even if you have to start part-time, I can help you because I know how to juggle a demanding corporate career and an online business.

Tribute To Pat Summitt, A Role Model For Everyone

Pat Summitt

Photo- Patrick Murphy-Racey

Today, not only did the sports world lose a legend, but the world did. Pat Summitt, who was the Women’s Basketball Coach for the University of Tennessee for 38 years, passed away from Alzheimer’s. She was only 64 years old. Her basketball resume is incredible. She won 1098 games and eight NCAA national championships. She also had a 100% graduation rate which is impressive in itself. She is the winningest basketball coach in NCAA history for both men’s and women’s Division I teams. Pat was also the co-captain of the U.S. Women’s Olympic Basketball team and earned a silver medal at the 1976 Montreal Olympics. As head coach, she led the 1984 U.S. Women’s Olympic Team to a gold medal in Los Angeles.

Pat Summitt has a lot of accolades, but that is not what I want to focus on here. Not only did she changed the game of basketball for women, but she truly touched the lives of her players. The current head coach of Tennessee’s team, Holly Warlick, is her former player and was her assistant coach for many years. Many of her former players play in the WNBA, are former WNBA players, Olympians or play overseas. This week, many of them came back to Tennessee to say goodbye. This lets me know that she was much more than a coach to them. Many of her players have said that she was instrumental in shaping the women they are today.

Pat Summitt had set of rules to live by called the Definite Dozen.

Pat Summitt Definite Dozen

  1. Respect Yourself and Others

  2. Take Full Responsibility

  3. Develop and Demonstrate Loyalty

  4. Learn to Be a Great Communicator

  5. Discipline Yourself So No One Else Has To

  6. Make Hard Work Your Passion

  7. Don’t Just Work Hard, Work Smart

  8. Put the Team Before Yourself

  9. Make Winning an Attitude

  10. Be a Competitor

  11. Change Is a Must

  12. Handle Success Like You Handle Failure

These rules are rules that do not just pertain to basketball. They pertain to life. What if we all lived by these rules and conducted our businesses with these rules in mind? What a better place the world would be. When I think about the trailblazer that Pat Summitt was and the hard work and dedication that she had, I know that I can do better.

I can be a better role model for the younger generation as well as people just starting out in their online marketing or ecommerce businesses. I can live by her Definite Dozens and operate my business by these principles as well.  What will people say about you when you die? Will they say that you had a lot of money and a very successful business? Or will they say those things as an afterthought and instead highlight the great influential person you were. Rest In Peace Pat Summitt.

Goal Setting – Stretch Yourself

Goal SettingDo you do goal setting on a regular basis? If not, you should definitely consider it. Actually setting goals and then declaring them in public, makes you more accountable.

I have decided to join Kelly McCausey’s Stretch Yourself Challenge this month and I want to publicly declare my goals for June 2016. At first I was really hesitant to participate in this challenge. First, I am pretty self-motivated. I don’t need people to get me to do things that I need to do. If there is something that really needs to get done, then I get it done even if I procrastinate sometimes. Secondly, I am not really a group person. I am an introvert and really don’t mind working alone. So, just joining this challenge is actually stretching me. This is something that I have really been trying to work on this year.

I have a ton of things that I want to accomplish this month. It has been almost 8 months since I left the corporate world behind and I have a lot of work to do before the year ends. Since I am really operating 2 businesses, my goals are around two topics – online marketing and Amazon FBA. Below are the goals I have for this month.

Goal Setting

  • Write 4 blog posts for Leave The Corporate World Behind
  • Write 4 blog posts for How To Get Started With FBA
  • Complete new opt-in for Leave The Corporate World Behind
  • Develop a new opt-in for How To Get Started With FBA
  • Complete 1 new online course related to traffic
  • Create 1 information product
  • Create new Leave The Corporate World Behind podcast
  • Do 2 new teleseminars
  • Set up new podcast for How To Get Started With FBA
  • Go to at least one trade show and pick up at least 1 new wholesale account
  • Ship 1000 items to Amazon
  • Connect with an Amazon FBA person that I want to meet
  • Hold ½ day seminar on How To Get Started With Amazon FBA
  • Complete outline for new book and write 15,000 words
  • Read 2 books

The Stretch Yourself Challenge includes 14 challenges and I plan to complete at least 5 of them and have come up with some others as well. At the end of the month, I will report on what I actually accomplished from this list. Leave me a comment and tell me your goals for this month. Remember goal setting is very important for a successful business.

3 Online Marketing Mistakes To Avoid

Online Marketing Mistakes3 Online Marketing Mistakes To Avoid

Many online marketers run into the exact same problem over and over again. They all have awesome products and content to offer their customers, but they get stuck and stagnate. I don’t want this same thing to happen to you so please avoid these three online marketing mistakes.

Online Marketing Mistake #1: Not Marketing Consistently

The first online marketing mistake that is made by online marketers is to not market consistently. It never fails. Most new bloggers, affiliate marketers and product sellers get excited when they start out, so they tell everyone they can about their project.

But then, they don’t get the results they were hoping for and just give up or they get some good results, but fail to keep it up. This same thing has happened to me. You get discouraged and start thinking that marketing is not working.

The thing is, marketing is an ongoing process, but it doesn’t have to be a difficult one. It just has to be part of your overall business plan. Each daily plan needs to include at least one marketing item, so you develop a habit and stay consistent with your growth.

Online Marketing Mistake #2: Being Wishy Washy

You are probably thinking that you are a blogger, writer or product creator not a marketer. The last thing you want to be thought of is a used car salesman. I don’t blame you if you feel that way. I have felt the same exact way.

Marketing is not the same as a high-pressure sale. If you do it right, marketing blends in with your content creation process. It becomes a part of everything you do. There’s nothing wrong with being proud of your work and recommending it to others and that’s exactly what a smart marketing plan does.

Online Marketing Mistake #3: Trying to Reinvent the Wheel

The world of online marketing can certainly be difficult to navigate, but what you need to succeed is right in front of you. See what is working for others and figure out how you can apply that to your own business. I am not advocating copying someone but you need to make sure you are not trying to reinvent the wheel.

This is always easier said than done. How do you know what’s really working and how can you apply the strategies without copying someone else? One way is to follow people who have figured it out and have been successful for a long time.

Ron Douglas and Alice Seba have been at this for a very long time. They know what works and what doesn’t, and they’re always willing to share freely.  They are the perfect example of marketers who don’t sound like a used car salesman, but certainly aren’t wishy-washy. They engage their audiences by educating them and making them feel like they need their solutions.

DFY TemplatesDFY Templates

That’s one of the reasons they launched DFY Templates. Each month, they offer you their fill-in-the-blanks templates to help you get your marketing done quickly and effectively. You have full rights to edit the templates how you’d like. You can even use them with your clients or brand them and resell them.

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Click here to get instant access to your first marketing template package and let me know what you think. There is no sense reinventing the wheel. Also, this product can help you avoid the 3 most common online marketing mistakes.

What Is Google Analytics?

Google AnalyticsWhat Is Google Analytics

Google Analytics, also commonly referred to as GA, is one of the many services offered by the search engine giant Google. It is primarily a resource used by people owning websites who want to measure the performance of their websites using statistics. Internet marketers, bloggers, webmasters or companies owning websites are just some of the people who benefit from this tool. Google Analytics records every activity to, on and from the website which allows its users to know exactly how their website is performing.

Google Analytics records the traffic to a website, the redirected or rerouted visitors from other sites, search engines, directories, advertising platforms or even people accessing a website by directly entering the URL into a browser. The tool goes even further and records the amount of time a visitor spends on a website or on a given webpage within a website, the geographical location of the user or viewer, whether or not the user is eventually buying anything, signing up for a service or expressing interest in a product.

There are various ways Google Analytics tracks user activity on a website. Right from the advertisement links to referring through social networks, every source, route and access of a user is recorded. It records data in real time and offers a quick real time snapshot.

Marketers can access the analysis made by Google Analytics by using the dashboard of the application, where a summary of the assessment is displayed or they can view comprehensive reports based on different aspects of the website, such as; traffic, page views, visitor behavior, etc. that detail everything extensively.

Google Analytics has multiple utilities. It can be used to gauge the popularity of a website, the ranking in search engines, the performance in regards to sales and activity and to understand if the marketing practices are effective. It also helps you to understand if the content on your webpage is impressive, if the ads posted on certain affiliate networks are getting results and conversions and every other aspect associated with a website’s performance.

15 Day Analytics Challenge

Now that you know what Google Analytics is, you probably want to learn how to effectively use Google Analytics to analyze the productivity of your own website. The 15 Day Analytics Challenge is a beginner-friendly course that teaches you how to set up Google Analytics and run the reports that are essential for your website. This course is taught over a 3-week period using live and recorded webinars that give you step-by-step directions. The 15 Day Analytics Challenge also includes 15 mini lessons that reinforce the material covered in the webinars using more detailed videos, audios, and checklists. Learning how to set up Google Analytics and analyzing the reports is one of the essential parts of a successful online business.

Affiliate Marketing Newbie Tips

Affiliate Marketing NewbieAffiliate Marketing Newbie Tips

If you’re looking to build an online business, you can’t go wrong with affiliate marketing. It’s a great way to build an online income and work from home. It’s extremely low risk and it’s easy to learn. Here are a seven tips to get you started as an affiliate marketing newbie.

Affiliate Marketing Newbie Tip #1 – Niche Selection

Choose an affiliate niche topic you are interested in. You’re going to be writing, thinking about, planning and talking about your topic for as long as you own your business, so it helps if you enjoy your topic.

Affiliate Marketing Newbie Tip #2 – Reputable Affiliate Programs

You want to make sure that you choose affiliate programs that have a solid reputation. Some of the things you should look out for are:

  • Paying on time
  • Converting visitors into sales (you’re sending them the visitors, it’s their job to make the sale)
  • Providing excellent customer service
  • Providing a superior product or service (one you can feel proud to represent)
  • Making sure their affiliates have all they need to succeed

Affiliate Marketing Newbie Tip #3 – Research

Make sure you spend time researching your audience, researching keywords and building a solid content foundation. Content is what is going to drive traffic to your website. It’s what is going to increase your search engine page ranking, and it’s what is going to bring visitors back time and time again. The better your content foundation, the more affiliate sales you’re going to make. Content can be in the form of:

  • Reviews
  • Articles
  • Reports
  • Case Studies
  • Interviews
  • Audios
  • Videos

Affiliate Marketing Newbie Tip #4 – Marketing Strategy

Make sure you have a marketing strategy that is based on realistic goals, a sound budget, and has testing and tracking strategies in place to measure success. Your marketing strategy will change and grow as your business changes and grows, so you also want to create a plan to regularly assess and fine-tune your marketing strategy. Tactics you may want to consider include:

  • PPC
  • Banner and Text Advertising
  • Social Networking
  • Social Media Advertising
  • Joint Venture Partnerships

Affiliate Marketing Newbie Tip #5 – Profit Goals

Create profit goals and a plan to make them happen. Planning is one of your most important responsibilities as an affiliate marketer and internet entrepreneur. Plans include goals, steps to make them happen, and a system of measuring success. Plan to plan – it’s essential for success.

Affiliate Marketing Newbie Tip #6 – Education

Never stop learning and make sure you take action too. Continue to learn about affiliate marketing because internet marketing is a continually changing field. There will be new strategies to try, new products to represent and new forms of content and content topics to create. Your audience may even change as you grow.

Affiliate Marketing Newbie Tip #7 – Patience

Be patient. The internet is full of get rich quick schemes and they’re just not true. Affiliate marketing is a great way to build a business and make good money. However, it takes time, work and patience. Follow the advice of legitimate affiliate marketing experts, plan and take action. You can do it!

Affiliate Marketing Newbie Training

If you would like some additional information and training regarding affiliate marketing, then I recommend two products. The first one is Affiliate Sales Domination. This program is for absolute beginners who want to earn extra income on the Internet using affiliate marketing. If you can set aside just 1-3 hours a week, then this program is for you. This is a step-by-step 52-week training program for making money online by promoting affiliate programs.

The second program is called Really Simple Affiliate Marketing. This is a four module workshop training that teaches you the skills to become an affiliate marketer. Really Simple Affiliate Marketing will teach you how to get started and how to build an affiliate marketing business that can be your primary online income.

If you’ve chosen to start an affiliate marketing business, you’ve chosen well. This is a powerful business model with the potential to attain good profits. Take your time, follow your plan and you’ll succeed!

Internet Marketing Forum – Is It Still Relevant?

internet marketing forumInternet Marketing Forum – Is It Still Relevant?

According to Wikipedia, an internet forum is “an online discussion site where people can hold conversations in the form of posted messages”. In the online marketing world, we would call this an internet marketing forum. There are hundreds of internet marketing forums with millions of members.

Facebook Groups

Some may think that internet marketing forums are no longer relevant due to the popularity of Facebook groups. There are even paid Facebook groups now. Even though Facebook groups are popular, there are some limitations:

  • Once you scroll past the content, it is very hard to find it again
  • Group content competes against other content in the user’s timeline
  • Limited control over functionality
  • Limited control over the data
  • Does not integrate with your website or URL

Advantages of an Internet Marketing Forum

On the other hand, internet marketing forums have many advantages that are not available with Facebook groups such as:

  • Can utilize your signature
  • Can get answers to your questions easily in a thread
  • Can help others and establish yourself as an expert in your niche
  • Many opportunities to learn
  • Can market to other online marketers if it is allowed
  • Networking
  • Build traffic to your site
  • Link Building
  • More engagement

I have belonged to a few internet marketing forums over the years, but there is one that I am still a member. It is Dennis Becker’s Earn 1K A Day. This forum has been active for almost 8 years. Not only can you participate in an active forum, you will have access to over 1200 courses to include:

  • Membership Sites
  • Site Flipping
  • Writing, Kindle, and Self-Publishing
  • Product Creation
  • Blogging
  • Email Marketing
  • Offline Marketing
  • Video Marketing
  • Mindset
  • Social Marketing
  • Copywriting
  • Graphics Products

You also get access to the Super Vault which is a collection of courses from some of the most respected Internet marketers. There are also other courses and material included as well.

In order to accommodate online marketers that do not need this much information or want a lower cost option, Dennis has created a new product, E1K Lite. E1K Lite will always have between 30 and 50+ products available for members at all times, with new products replacing old ones every month, and fresh ones added multiple times per week. You also get access Dennis’ latest books, Justin Popovic’s Best Quality PLR products, Private Label Videos, Sean Mize training, Eric Louviere training and products in the Super Vault.

There is an internet marketing forum option for everyone. If you want access to thousands of products that never go away, then you should select the Earn 1K A Day forum. If you are okay with the content rotating monthly and paying a lower monthly cost, then you should choose E1K Lite. I personally have lifetime access to Earn 1K A Day and am very pleased with my choice.

Leave a comment below and let me know if you think belonging to an internet marketing forum is useful for your business.

Amazon Affiliate – How To Create a Site in Less Than a Minute

Amazon Affiliate – How To Create a Site in Less Than a Minute

Amazon AffiliateAffiliate marketing is one of the first ways that I recommend that entrepreneurs start with in an online marketing business. With affiliate marketing, you are recommending products to your clients. These should be things that you love and use yourself or from people that you trust. When you become an affiliate for someone, you get a link that is unique to you that you can use to promote their product. When people buy through your link, you receive a commission. With digital products, you typically receive 50% commission. Commission for physical products is typically lower.

The barrier to entry for affiliate marketing is low; however, you will need to drive traffic to your offers. If you have your own engaged and active email list, then it is easier to get people to buy. If you do not have your own list, you can target people on social media using targeted ads. If you are promoting products that people are already familiar with then you also have an advantage.

The other advantage would be to promote products on a platform that people are already familiar with and trust. Amazon is one of those platforms. Many people buy products every day from Amazon. People trust Amazon. Did you know that you can capitalize on the Amazon platform by becoming an Amazon affiliate?

Becoming an Amazon affiliate is pretty easy. People already know and trust Amazon and feel comfortable buying on their platform. You just need to find popular products that you can promote. There are many ways you can use your Amazon affiliate account such as creating links in your blog posts, installing widgets on your blog or creating an entire Amazon aStore on your site. You can also create a niche site and add Amazon affiliate products to it. You can manually add the products to the site, but that will take some time and you would need some technical skills to accomplish this.

The good news is that there is a WordPress plugin that makes it super easy to create an Amazon affiliate niche site. InstaSite Wizard is an Amazon Affiliate WordPress plugin that allows you to create Amazon Affiliate Sites in less than 1 minute. There are only 5 steps to get started:

  1. Find a product on Amazon that you want to promote
  2. Find the Amazon unique identifier (ASIN)
  3. Paste the ASIN into the InstaSite Wizard plugin
  4. Click the Lookup Product button
  5. Choose the Image You’d Like to Use

The InstaSite Wizard is so easy. Watch the demo video to see how easy it is for yourself.

How To Find Free Content For Your Website

Free Content For Your WebsiteHow To Find Free Content for Your Website

Content creation is key for gaining traffic to your site, adding more subscribers to your lists and increasing your income. If you are constantly adding new information to your site or blog, Google will be crawling your site more often and your visitors will come back often because they will be looking for your new content. If you add interesting and engaging content, people will want to subscribe to your list so they won’t miss anything. If you have more traffic on your site and more eyes on your offers, then more than likely your income will increase. The question always is how do I create enough content? One way is to use PLR, but there are ways to get free content for content creation. This article will outline 4 ways to find free content for your website.

Free Content For Your Website Tip #1 – Google Alerts

Did you know that you can set up alerts for keywords that you are interested in following? You can do this with Google Alerts. If there is a topic that you want to follow, you just set up a Google Alert. To set up a Google Alert you have to do the following:

  1. Go to Google Alerts at https://www.google.com/alerts
  2. In the “Create an alert about” box, enter the words you want to get email notifications for
  3. Click “Show options” to say how often you get alerts, what types of results you want to get, and more
  4. Click “Create Alert
  5. Once your alert is set up, you’ll start getting emails any time new search results for your keywords are found

Free Content For Your Website Tip #2 – Google Trends

According to Wikipedia, “Google Trends is a public web facility of Google Inc., based on Google Search, that shows how often a particular search-term is entered relative to the total search-volume across various regions of the world, and in various languages.” Google Trends will show the stories that are trending now. If you can somehow relate these trending stories to your niche, then you will definitely get traffic since this is what people are currently searching. You can also put in your own search terms and see related searches as well. I have my alerts set up so I get them daily. You may find information to curate a post or ideas for your own content.

Free Content For Your Website Tip #3 – Yahoo News

Just like Google Trends, you can use Yahoo News to see what is currently in the news. Anytime you can relate your content to what is going on in the news is a win-win situation. You can also input your own keywords to find news articles related to your niche.

Free Content For Your Website Tip #4 – IMNewsWatch

According to IMNewsWatch or Internet Marketing News Watch they “offer comprehensive news coverage of the Internet Marketing world.” It is very easy to suffer from information overload so it is great that there is a site that will consolidate the online marketing news you need to follow. This is a free service that sends you an email with a snippet of the articles. You can then click on the link to read the entire article.

As you can see there are many ways to find free content for content creation. There is no excuse why you are not creating content on a consistent basis. If you need assistance with creating content, The 5×10 Method teaches you how to create 5 different types of content. It even includes an Action Plan.

The 5×10 Method Product Review

The 5x10 MethodDennis Becker is one of the most respected online marketers out there. He always puts out excellent content. His latest eBook is called The 5×10 Method. This 96 page eBook shows you how to create content. Content is key to an internet marketing business. You need all types of content from blog posts to podcasts to videos. The more content that you have out there, the more traffic, money and followers you will have.

The first thing Dennis states is that you have to have goals. Do you have goals as to how much content you want to create every day, every week, every month or every year? You also need to have goals for the type of content you are going to create. Some of the different types of content are blog posts, free reports, articles, podcasts, YouTube videos, Periscopes and even social media content.

The 5×10 Method

The 5×10 method is all about creating 5 types of content and creating 10 of those 5 types. The five types of content are articles, blog posts, podcasts, videos and social media content. This eBook will teach you how to schedule and plan this content even if you are only working part-time.

I know from personal experience that I get more traffic to my blog when I create more content. I have participated in 30-day blog challenges in the past. When I did this, there was more traffic to my blog as well as more engagement with my audience.

Having more content can do the following:

  • Increase Perceived Expertise
  • Increase Your Income
  • Grow Your List

The 5×10 Method shows you exactly how to plan for the content, provides an overview of the five different types of content and shows you how to create it. It also has a section on repurposing your content. Lastly, a detailed 30 Day Action Plan is included.

Reading The 5×10 Method has reinvigorated me. I know that I have not been as diligent as I need to when it comes to content creation. If I want to take my business to new heights, then I need to get serious about this. What about you? Are you creating all of the content that you can or can you do better? Let’s do this together. If we get started now, we could have a totally different business in 30 days. Check out The 5×10 Method to jump start your business now.

Podcast #11: Leave The Corporate World Behind Podcast – PowerPoint Graphics

PowerPoint GraphicsIf you have a business that does anything online, you know that graphics are very important. You need graphics for your blog posts, your banner ads, social media ads, buttons, quotes and so much more. Using a graphic designer to create all of these graphics can be costly. Also, if you need something quickly or the same day, you may be out of luck. Some people use Fiverr. Sometimes you have great results from Fiverr and sometimes you don’t. It can be hit or miss. There are also programs out there that you can use such as Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Gimp and Pixlr. I have had some pretty good results with Gimp and Pixlr because there are much simpler than Photoshop or Adobe Illustrator. There are also graphic programs out there that make great eBook covers but they have an annual fee. I recently discovered thanks to Ellen Finkelstein that you can use PowerPoint graphics.

The good thing about PowerPoint is that most people already have it as part of their Microsoft Office Suite. It is also a lot easier than a lot of the graphics programs out there. In this episode of Leave The Corporate World Behind Podcast, Ellen Finkelstein gives a tutorial on PowerPoint for Marketing Graphics. During the podcast, she teaches us how to create bursts, buttons and 3D book covers. Before you start listening to the podcast, please download the study guide so you can follow along.

PowerPoint Graphics

Ellen also has an entire course that teaches you all about creating graphics with PowerPoint.The course contains 4 modules: Buttons, Images, Website Graphics and eBook Covers. There are several bonuses and templates included as well. She has a special offer just for my group. You can get the course for $100 off through Sunday, December 6, 2015. Just use the coupon code adrienne100.

You can now take control of your graphics creation using PowerPoint.