Alicia Kraemer

Personal development and growth for wealth, health and happiness...

Personal Growth

Don’t be afraid of a fresh start.

Do you ever feel like you need a fresh start?  Maybe you have been blogging for years, or have only seen limited success in your home business, or even a longterm relationship.  You actually deeply care about this blog/company/person, yet for whatever reason, what you are doing is no longer in alignment with where you are going.

Does this make you a blogging failure, or a home business failure or any other type of failure?  Does this make you a horrible person, spouse, or friend?  Absolutely not!  Quite the opposite actually, especially if you have been working on personal development for any length of time.

When someone comes to me for advice on their own personal growth, I always like to include a little warning that with growth comes change.  Often, change must happen in every area of your life, not only for yourself, your job/business,  but also for those around you.  It is not uncommon for that change to include starting over and even starting over several different times.   As we learn and grow, everything and everyone around us must also grow.  When our interests and relationships are not growing or evolving with us, they often fall apart.   This is the very reason that so many people are afraid of growth and change. There is something inside of us that knows it will be wonderful, but there will also be loss. Those not ready or believe they cannot handle loss, get stuck and rarely move forward.

Recently, I myself, was faced with this situation in my own life… again.  For the past 3 years I have been affiliated with a company that I absolutely love.  I love their products, I love their events, and I love the people involved.  This company and many of the people also affiliated with them have made a huge difference in my life for these 3 years.  When I started to notice my alignment was starting to shift, I became really confused, because I had previously told myself that I was, “home”. This was THE place I needed to be and remain until I decided to simply retire, provided the company itself was around for that amount of time.

I finally had to take a few days to be alone with my thoughts. Spend some time in deep meditation and soul searching to find out what was going on. Why was I feeling this shift?  Why was I feeling misaligned with something that was so important to me? I still don’t have all of the answers, but I do know within my heart and soul it was time to move on.

One of the things I did realize is that being completely anchored into one company can actually be quite limiting when your passion and desire includes being free and unlimited, with the ability to help others in a completely unlimited way.  Don’t get me wrong, that particular company is a life changer and success maker for many, many people. It is not for everyone though. And while I do fully realize I am not here to help “everyone”, I do want to be sure that I can help everyone that is led to me, without the restrictions that come from being anchored to one specific company.

I also realized how important it is to stop and listen to that voice from within, when it is telling you it is time to move in a different direction.  This clip from a talk Oprah gave at Stanford is a perfect example and even a confirmation of what I had been feeling.

I hope you have enjoyed this post and the clip above and that it has helped you to realize there is no reason to fear fresh starts, starting over, or even “failure”, because there really are no failures.

Wishing you much love and success always,

Alicia Kraemer Personal Development Business Development Freedompreneur

P.S. The entire talk from Stanford is actually wonderful as well.  It is about an hour long and you can watch in its entirety below:

The evolution of our why.

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A while back, I wrote a post titled, What is your why?  In that post I shared my own why and while today, that part of my why is still very much the same, my why has also evolved beyond even my wildest thoughts and dreams.

Part of my why was always selfish, which is totally natural.  It is perfectly okay to be selfish at times and want a better life for ourselves.  Of course as a parent who has always been completely devoted to my children, my children and grandchildren will always have a huge place in my why.

Over the past several months, my why has evolved from being more limited to my own personal “circle” into a more total world view.  I don’t only want to change the lives of my “circle”…I want to help change the world.  Changing the world has always seemed like it would be an impossible task, but I now know it is not.

In the video below, I talk more about the evolution of our why.

Together, we can and will be the change.

 

Has your why gone through an evolution over the years?

I would love to hear your stories as well in the comments below.

How to get started in a home based business Part 3 Affiliate Marketing and InstaNiche

While I am personally a HUGE fan of all the different methods of Internet Marketing and working from home, such as Network Marketing, Direct Sales and Multi-level Marketing (MLM), my personal favorite from as far back as I can remember being “online” is basic affiliate marketing.

What is Affiliate Marketing? 

Affiliate marketing is simply earning a commission by promoting products that you do not personally own or create, either individually, through your business, or being employed by any company.  Basically, you  find a product you like, promote it to others, and earn a commission for each sale that you make.

*In more recent years, many MLM type companies have blurred the lines a bit by also referring to their independent representatives as affiliates. While that does not really bother me all that much, it can cause a bit of confusion for someone new to making money online.  For this particular article, I am not talking about being affiliated with, or a representative of any company.

There are several ways to get started with affiliate marketing. Obviously, as a blogger, I always recommend to get started with blogging and offering products on your blog related to what you blog about.  For example, if you are blogging about fishing, you would want to offer products related to fishing.

Where do you find affiliate marketing products?

Finding affiliate marketing products is the simple part.  For nearly any possible product you would want to sell, there is likely several different options, including going directly to the product owner.  There are also several great affiliate platforms, such as CJ Affiliate by Conversant (formerly Commission Junction), Clickbank, JVZoo and of course Amazon.  There are several others, however, those listed are the platforms that I use personally and feel comfortable recommending.

I am also a registered affiliate through several different individual companies that have affiliate programs for their products and services. The majority of those are personal development and/or internet marketing training related.  The way I choose which individual companies and products to work with, is quite simply based on products and companies that I use myself. When I purchase a great product that I love and want to talk about, I usually check to see if they offer an affiliate program for the product and sign up.  When I blog about it, talk about it on social media, or even talk about it personally to friends and family, I share my affiliate link.  Read a great book?  Recommend it on your blog or social media using your amazon affiliate link.

For me, affiliate marketing has always been the easiest and most hassle free way to make money online.  Most platforms and even individual affiliate programs do not have any requirements to own or use the products if you choose not to. There are also usually not many fees associated or required, other than sometimes a transfer fee from payment processors to your bank, so you can get started as an affiliate marketer for very little cost, if any at all.  Of course always be sure to fully read all of each individual platform and program terms of service so you know for certain the cost and requirements.  For the most part though, you place or share a link on your website, blog or social media and collect commissions when someone makes a purchase from your link.  Simple, right?

Is there a downside to affiliate marketing? 

There are indeed some downsides to affiliate marketing. The first being as with all things in life, there are not any guarantees. Even if you are the top traffic and SEO guru in town, there is still no guarantee anyone will buy the products you promote.  Like all sales, it is a numbers game and while more traffic does bring more numbers, if that traffic is not quality traffic, your sales may not be enough to pay the rent.

Speaking of traffic and SEO, if you currently have no idea what either of those words mean where the internet is concerned that is a definite downside. Traffic is visitors to your site, blog or any other platform where you are placing your links. SEO, is search engine optimization which is a key factor in driving traffic/visitors to your site, especially organic traffic (that you have not paid for, such as through the various types of paid internet advertising).

Another possible downside for some, is that affiliate marketing typically does not offer many opportunities for significant residual income.   There is an exception that has become quite a bit more popular  and that exception is finding membership sites and programs which continue to pay their affiliates a commission for each month the customer they brought in remains a member.  A great example of a membership site with a residual affiliate program that I participate in is the Freedom-Preneur Academy.  This one is my favorite, because the membership itself is a very reasonable $47 per month and when you join their affiliate program, you earn 50% commissions on anyone you share the program with, each month they remain a member. The best part about it is, the membership itself includes complete, comprehensive and constantly updated training on exactly what everyone needs to succeed online regardless of what type of business or products they are promoting.  When you are a member of the Freedom-Preneur Academy, you seriously don’t need any other training. There is even a place to ask questions, get answers and get additional help as needed.  There are several other great membership and training programs out there with affiliate programs as well, but as I said, The Freedom-Preneur Academy is my favorite. The quality and value of the actual training, along with not having to be constantly bombarded with additional up-sells every-time you turn around is absolutely unmatched with any other, with or without an affiliate program attached.

If you want to get started in affiliate marketing now, without knowing all that technical mumbo-jumbo I have been talking about so far in this article, are you just out of luck??

That is a tricky question! 😉  Most people would probably say yes, you are quite out of luck, but I am here to say maybe not.

Chances are, you have probably heard the term, “the riches are in the niches.”  This is especially true of affiliate marketing. Even on this blog, for example, while I do cover more than one main topic, such as blogging and personal development, those topics are for the most part centered around the work from home niche.  I use my blog to make money from home and talk about the many different ways, products and companies I use I do that. Personal development ties into that as well because personal growth is an important key to being successful in life and business and is also something I am extremely passionate about.

In addition to this blog, I also have other blogs where I talk about subjects in other niches, such as homesteading, animal rescue, etc.  Many top affiliate marketers own hundreds of blogs and websites withing many different niches and micro-niches.  A example of a micro-niche would be dog training within the dog niche.  As you could imagine, the problem with having hundreds of blogs and websites within different niches and micro-niches is TIME.  One blog can be time consuming. When you start bringing more into the mix you can indeed make more money, but you also give up more of your time. Building and updating each blog or site is important but massively time consuming.  Most of us who work from home do so not only for additional income but also for additional time with family, travel and other passions.  Most people don’t want to spend 22 hours a day building and updating all of their blogs.  I sure don’t and I doubt you do either.

This is why I am always looking for and researching tools and ways to scale up my affiliate marketing, adding in new niches and micro-niches.  Through that research, I recently found InstaNiche, which is a product that is currently being offered as an affiliate product in JVZoo.  So far, I believe this product is both an excellent product to promote and also to use.

With InstaNiche, you can create niche and micro-niche sites with only a few clicks of your mouse.  These sites automatically hook up to your amazon affiliate account and are loaded with pre-written content that is unique to your site. Once you choose an article to publish, that article is removed from the system, solving the problem with using similar systems in the past that cause SEO issues regarding duplicate content (a big SEO no-no).  InstaNiche is also very reasonable on the pocketbook for newbies, which is another a huge problem with similar systems I have looked into.

On top of  what the platform itself does, there is also a massive amount of really good training and additional services that are niche and micro-niche affiliate marketing specific.  Those training’s are upgrades to the platform, but so far I can say they are worth the extra investment.  I am currently testing out and experimenting with the InstaNiche platform and did get all of the upgrades, with the exception of the commercial license, which allows you to turn around and sell the actual niche/micro-niche site you set up after you get it up and running into a profitable money generating affiliate site.  With that license, you are free to sell your site for how ever much you choose.  I have seen many of the cash generating websites for sale on Flippa be sold for $40K and up.  I get too emotionally attached to my sites to sell them, so the commercial license was pointless for me, but I do think it is an awesome option for anyone who is interested in that side of affiliate websites.

Once I’ve had a chance to fully test out the entire system, along with all of the additional bells and whistles, and actually get some real data and numbers using it, I will do a full review.  So far, I love it. If for any reason that changes, I will come back here and update that info and also take them up on their money back guarantees!  =)  I don’t anticipate that happening, but I do always appreciate products that include that option. After all, not every product or system is the right fit for every person.

If you are already using InstaNiche or decide to try it out now, I would love to hear your experience with it.

Quick Tip for InstaNiche users even before my big full InstaNiche review:

You can save $$ on domain names by shopping around  and bringing your own vs. buying domain names within the platform.  I purchased all of my domain names for my new micro-niche sites from my regular vendor. Changing the nameservers for your domain to work with the InstaNiche platform is super simple.

Have fun with your new affiliate sites and feel free to private message me on facebook if you need any help.

Love and blessings,

Alicia

 

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What have you always wanted to do in life but couldn’t because that day job or unsuccessful business got in the way? If you can dream it, we can fund it, on SmashFund!

It’s time to ditch the excuses and do something about it.

SmashFund is the first crowdfunding platform operating as a social network, as well as the first crowdfunding social network platform to give revenue back to it’s users. This is for the dreamer who dares to dream, the entrepreneur who eats obstacles for lunch and a place where passions, people and life collide.

Signing up with SmashFund provides you with the tools to promote your passion. We are NOTHING like the other guys. In fact, we use our own revenue to help fund YOU! Listen to what our CEO has to say about the mojo behind SmashFund: https://soundcloud.com/smashfund/what-is-smashfund-with-ceo-rob-towles-april-28-2016

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*Don’t forget to join our members only facebook group after you have created your account for some amazing resources to help build your network.

*As with anything in life, results are not guaranteed.

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How to use What If UP thoughts to change negative thinking.

Yesterday I found an amazing and thought provoking facebook post on the fan page of Coach Shannon Lee.  The misconception she mentioned about herself is all too true of many of us who have worked so hard to live a positive and purpose-filled life.   My version of the misconception, from my own experiences, is that positive or “Pollyanna” type people live with their heads in the clouds and never have negative thoughts. This is just not true.

She shared the image quote you see above that was created by Karen Salmansohn that says, “Positive people have negative thoughts, too. They just don’t allow those thoughts to grow too big. And they make sure to stop them from following them around all day.”

I absolutely love that image and quote, along with what Coach Shannon Lee said in her post. It inspired me to write this post on my favorite technique to STOP those negative thoughts from following me around all day, and completely change my negative thoughts and thinking.  That technique is called What If UP thinking or What If UP thoughts.

Yes, positive people absolutely DO have negative thoughts.  Many of us have to practice daily, the techniques we have learned to keep the negative thoughts away and/or turn them into positive thinking.  A common form of negative thoughts we all deal with, is What If DOWN thoughts/thinking.   What If Down thoughts are those thoughts that creep in such as, “what if I am not good enough?” “What if I don’t deserve happiness?”  “What if no one reads my blog?”  “What if [insert negative thought here].”

I have found What if UP thoughts are perfect for counteracting the what if down thoughts, as well as any general negative thoughts about not only myself but others. For example, when a thought such as “what if this does not work” pops in my head, I instantly say, “well what if it DOES work” and then think about everything good that will come from what ever it is actually working.  Even if the negative thought is something without a what if down, such as thinking I am not good enough, what if up thoughts still work, because saying, “what if I AM good enough” and going through the steps of all of the good that will come from being good enough, forces my mind to actually forget the negative thought and focus on the positive outcomes instead.

The What if UP Thinking technique, really is just a simple way to change our perception in an instant. When we change our perceptions we change our lives, removing blocks to happiness and success.

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The same is true of thinking negatively of others.  We all know we should not judge others because we really never know what is going on inside of them and the negativity that blooms the moment we judge someone only taints our own peace and well-being. Still, those judgments creep in from time to time, even when we are trying hard not to be judgmental.  For instance when someone is seemingly mean to the cashier in the check-out line of the grocery store, we may think, wow…that person is really mean, which is judging someone we don’t know at all, know nothing about, etc.  While the action at that particular moment may not have been appropriate, it does not mean the person is really a generally mean person. What if they are having a bad day, or what if they just lost the love of their life, or their job?  That obviously does not excuse their behavior, but again, it also does not mean they are the way our minds briefly judged them in a negative manner.

I have to use this technique OFTEN when driving to keep me in a positive mindset because traffic can really put me in a negative mood if I let it.  If someone cuts me off in traffic, instead of getting angry and developing a case of minor road rage cursing them and their next 6 generations to a life of doom, I have to think, what if that person is trying to get to their child that is waiting for them alone somewhere or worse?  I turn the anger into blessing them instead, praying they make it where they need to be safely.

So you see, living a positive life does not mean every moment of every day is perfect or free from all negativity. Positive people have learned that doing whatever we must to turn those negatives into positives feels so much better and moves us forward in a more genuine, purposeful and passionate way.

Life is too short to be miserable and stuck in negative thinking.

Choose HAPPY and BE THE CHANGE by turning your negative thoughts into positive thoughts.

Try using the What If UP Thinking technique to see if it works for you and let me know how it goes.

For more really fun happiness and self-help techniques, that are “perfect even for people who wouldn’t be caught dead doing self-help”, check out Karen Salmansohn’s blog as well. It is excellent!

Also be sure to check out Coach Shannon Lee’s fan page for inspiration, motivation and awesome health and fitness tips.

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