Posts to help you make the most of your time

January 12, 2016

Your time is valuable so here’s a recap of the posts that captured the most attention in 2015:

How to find a font when you don’t know its name

As of this posting, What The Font from My Fonts is still available to help you identify a font you have admired elsewhere.

How to experience freedom from difficult customers

Unfortunately, less- than-ideal customers continue to be a challenge for business owners (and their employees). You may find solutions that will work for you in this post.

Simplify content creation with this checklist

This post provides 4 focus areas for your content creation. I also provide new clients with a detailed checklist.

Web hosting options

While some of this information is outdated, Consumer Rankings and Hosting Review provided 2016 rankings as of this posting. I also highly recommend Weebly for the price and ease of setting up and maintaining a Web site (not just because they had an affiliate program with $10 payment for new customers).

Have you written your book yet?

This gives you a starting point as a brand-new author. In-depth book writing information for aspiring authors is available on my Web site.

Save time and shine online with content creation, writing, editing, publishing, and online posting done for you by Debbie Lynn Butler, the E-Content Butler.

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Another time-saving resource

March 10, 2015

Here’s another time-saving resource for those who create lesson plans or develop presentations. Check out Adventures with Technology to see how one teacher uses this five-minute planning tool.

Save time and shine online with content creation, writing, editing, publishing, and online posting done for you by Debbie Lynn Butler, the E-Content Butler.


What to do if you don’t have time to do keyword research

July 23, 2013

Keyword research is time consuming. It is also crucial to your success as an online entrepreneur. How can you market a product or service that meets a need if you don’t know what people are searching for?

For those who don’t have time—at least at this moment—to do keyword research, I always suggest you refer to e-mail queries you receive from prospective customers.
• What do they want to know?
• What problem do they want you to solve for them (usually immediately)
• What information are they missing?
These will give you clues to relevant keywords. You can also try these quick tips for keyword research by Christine O’Kelly.

Reclaim your time. Get content writing, editing, publishing, and online posting done for you by Debbie Lynn Butler, the E-Content Butler and founder of AVA Professional Support Services.


Where do you find the time? 7 ways to build your online presence without giving up too much time

April 30, 2013

Time in a day image by Debbie Lynn Butler the E-Content Butler

A common excuse for not _____ [fill in the blank: blogging, participating on social networking sites, updating a Web site, writing a Kindle bestseller, building an online presence] is “I don’t have enough time.” Here’s where to find the time to make sure your prospects can find you and your business online.

• Record more.
As soon as a thought that might interest your audience pops into your head, record it. You’ll save time trying to come up with creative ideas.

• Turn off the television.
Use the time you save to create content.

• Hire help.
A ghostwriter, copywriter, virtual assistant, housekeeper, personal chef, caregiver, or office manager can give you more hours to focus on writing.

• Create when you are at your best.
You’ll get more creative work done when you are most alert and energized. Save folding laundry or polishing the truck for when you can barely think straight.

• Single task.
Multi-tasking only saves time for the people who pile their jobs on your plate. If you can’t delegate to others, at least set aside an uninterrupted chunk of time to work on building your online presence.

• Sleep less.
By giving up as little as 15 minutes of sleep at the start or the end of your day, you can whip out at least one fresh content theme, headline, or closing and call to action.

• Make the most of your sleeplessness.
I understand not wanting to sacrifice a minute of sleep because you’ve been up caregiving and then couldn’t fall back to sleep. Use voice-to-text software to organize your day, record random thoughts that might lead to future content, or read other people’s blogs for inspiration.

Where will you find the time to build your online presence? See how I can help with writing, editing, publishing, and online presence management.


What is your time worth?

April 8, 2013

Small Business Trends recently reported that 95% of small business owners would pay between $100 and $500 dollars for one more productive hour in their work day. You can see the Mavenlink infographic here. My clients pay less than that $100-$500 per hour for my virtual assistance and online presence management. What content marketing, social media, or online presence building could I do for you so you could be more productive?
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A Matter of Time


Do you own a business in the Exton, PA area?

April 9, 2012

As a member of the Exton Region Chamber of Commerce, I’ve created a special offer for businesses in the Exton, Pennsylvania area. It’s a two-part deal: an exclusive offer for ERCC members and a bonus for friends in the community.

Debbie Lynn Butler

Debbie Lynn Butler, the E-Content Butler and founder of AVA Professional Support Services, enables clients to save time and shine online with her content writing, editing, and online presence management services.

 

 


Web hosting options to replace Microsoft Office Live Small Business Web site

February 3, 2012

Do you have a Microsoft Office Live Small Business Web site? You won’t after April 30, 2012. What are your Web hosting options if you choose not to transition to Microsoft Office 365’s monthly subscription plan?

 If you are clueless, start by reading PC World’s  Find A Good Home For Your Home Page.”  Be aware that prices have changed since this was first published in 2006.

Type “Web host” or “Web hosting for small business” into Google Search. Already there are many more offers from established and/or familiar companies in the right side bar than there were immediately after Microsoft made their announcement. Do your own research and make the decision that is best for you.

You can check out the testing and rankings at Consumer Rankings. This is their disclaimer:

“We provide product information based on the objective and thorough analysis of our professional team of product experts. In order to provide our visitors with this free service, we accept compensation from the companies whose products we review. We are independently owned and the opinions expressed here are our own.”

iPage presents Top5 Hosts along with information about different kinds of hosting based on customer need. Their disclaimer:

“All hosts listed are part of the iPage family.”

Hosting Review also offers input, although at least one of their links was not functioning when I was doing my research. This is their disclaimer:

“As is the case with many other industry/topic specific magazines, websites and trade publications, we do receive compensation from some of the companies whose products we review within and outside of the web hosting industry, including, but is not limited to, paid advertising placements, referral fees, contextual advertising links and sponsorship packages.”

If you are thinking of switching to WordPress or are already familiar with WordPress for blogging, check out their Web hosting recommendations. Their disclaimer:

“We’ve dealt with more hosts than you can imagine; in our opinion, the hosts below represent some of the best and brightest of the hosting world. If you do decide to go with one of the hosts below and click through from this page, some will donate a portion of your fee back—so you can have a great host and support WordPress.org at the same time.”

Be sure to read the fine print wherever you search and be aware that some links may be affiliate links (the honest people admit it). If, for instance, you already own an Intuit product/service and have a strong opinion about their customer service and their value for the price, you may/may not be thrilled to discover that Homestead Web hosting is part of the Intuit family. Let the buyer beware.

One final consideration: Office Live included Web site design and editing tools that were easy for those familiar with other Microsoft Office products to use. If you want to build and maintain your Web site yourself, choose a package that includes hosting and the tools you need.

If you still can’t decide, sign up for the free 6-month trial offered to current Microsoft Office Live customers. You’ll spend some time following 21 pages of directions to make the transition, but you will buy time to make an informed (rather than hasty) decision.

My disclaimer: “I am providing this information to benefit those who must decide what to do with a Microsoft Office Live Web site. No links in this post are affiliate links for me.”


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