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Manage Your Tasks & Projects Like a Badass (with Trello)

In this post, I'll share 3 tools with you, that can help you take your productivity to the next level. Actually, it's more of a 3-tools-in-one Swiss Army knife kind of deal: the first tool is the task management app Trello (which you can use for free). The second tool is a specific Trello setup that I use for personal productivity (and I'll walk you through exactly how to set it up). Finally, the third tool is a a collection of my favorite, time-saving shortcuts in Trello.​

Combine all 3 and you'll be blazing through your daily tasks like never before!

Check out the video to see my exact setup and strategy.

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Personal KPI: The Tools I Use to Measure the Right Things & Give Myself a Productivity Advantage

"What gets measured gets managed." This quote by Peter Drucker hints at a powerful productivity tool that few entrepreneurs make good use of.

Think of it like this: if you measure the wrong things in your business, it's like you're trying to drive with the handbrake on. If you measure the right things, it's a free productivity boost that costs you almost no effort.​

For entrepreneurs, an important way to measure the right thing is in the concept of Personal KPI (key performance indicators), which we introduced in this podcast episode about overcoming perfectionism. In today's post, I'll show you the tools you can use to put this advice into practice.

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SendOwl vs WooCommerce vs Easy Digital Downloads: Which Digital Product Delivery Tool Works Best To Sell Your eBook?

The internet isn’t the wild frontier it used to be.

When it comes to selling products online these days, customers expect a premium checkout experience and your local tax office gets upset when it doesn’t receive its cut of the action.

That means your payment process, digital product delivery system, and tax collection methods are now crucial to doing good online business. Basically, you can’t risk half-assing them anymore.

All this is to say that simply slapping a “buy button” on your sales page and calling it a day probably won’t turn out well for your online business in the long run.

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Join My 2018 Productivity Experiment

Today, I'm turning my usual approach on its head.

What I normally do is test out different tools, systems and ideas in my own business and life and then report here (in articles and videos) what worked and didn't work for me.

Today, I'm inviting you to join me in my role of being a guinea pig for a new idea. I'm sharing a simple tool that I've developed to make me more productive in 2018, so you can start using it as well, right away.

As you'll see, it's perfectly suited for the start of a new year, which is why I wanted to give you the opportunity to join me in a year-long experiment.

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Stripe vs PayPal vs Gumroad: How To Sell eBooks on Your WordPress Website

So you finally managed to finish your first eBook? That’s great...congratulations!

After all those months of struggling to turn your first writing idea into an info-product reality, it’s done and you’re ready to start reaping the benefits of your hard work with some online sales.

Now you just have to find a way to accept money from your audience and you’ll literally be in business.

The problem is that online payment systems can be complex and tough to integrate smoothly with your website. You’re also handling people’s credit card digits so it’s important to get this sales step right.

Read on to learn about the 3 major online payment systems (Stripe, PayPal and GumRoad) so you can launch your eBook now with the payment gateway that’s right for you.

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Giving Away Free Stuff is Harder Than You Think

“114,585 leads in less than 30 days!”

“We collected over 100,000 new subscribers in our first month!”

“We gathered 20,000 leads in 14 days!”

These are the kinds of claims used to advertise viral giveaway or contest apps. When you read such statements, it’s easy to think that launching a viral contest might be all you need to boost your mailing list to the next level.

Well, in true ActiveGrowth fashion, we hosted our own viral giveaway to find out how effective this list building method can be.

Read on to see how it turned out for us and what we learned along the way...

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Which High-Performance Host is Right for Your WordPress Website?

If you've got a WordPress website, I'm willing to bet online advertisements from generic hosting services like BlueHost and HostGator have targeted you before.

How do I know?

These companies have massive advertising budgets and capture large swaths of uninformed and unsuspecting customers as a result. To ensure you won't be one of them, I'm not going to waste your time reviewing such big name brands and their dollar store hosting plans.

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How To Steal Top Email Marketing Secrets From the World’s Best Internet Marketers

“I’ve always been shameless about stealing good ideas.”

Guess what iconic intellectual property thief said that?

The Mac Daddy of computing himself, Mr. Steve Jobs.

As much as you want to be intrinsically creativity on a daily basis, the truth is that your eureka moments are usually sparked by contact with external ideas. 

If you’re an internet marketer or solo-preneur, "stealing" good ideas is just a crucial skill you must embrace to successfully promote your online business.

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The 11 Best Alternatives to Google Analytics

Google Analytics is a very popular tool for tracking website visitors, but it’s not the only solution and certainly not the perfect solution for everyone.

Depending on your business model and your needs, an alternative analytics solution might serve you far better and be a lot more useful to your business. Whether you’re looking for something supplemental or something to completely replace GA, this post has got you covered.

Read on to discover the best Google Analytics alternatives for your website.​

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11 Tools to Automate Your Marketing (Without Breaking the Bank)

If you search for "marketing automation", you might experience some heart palpitations when you start looking at prices. The big marketing automation players like Marketo, Pardot and Hubspot all have pricing plans that range from hundreds of dollars a month to the ominous "contact us". Clearly geared towards large enterprises, rather then scrappy startups.

But don't let that discourage you. Marketing automation is a cornerstone of any successful online business and in this post, you'll discover the tools that are suitable solopreneurs, digital nomads and small teams.​

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Eliminate Your Frustrating Email Scheduling System with This Free Service

If you run an online business, you know how much it sucks to schedule meeting after meeting, across multiple timezones, through your email.

​Here's a typical back-and-forth email scheduling thread you're probably much too familiar with...

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What’s the Best Social Sharing Plugin for WordPress? Roundup Review

As a marketer, you know how important social sharing and social proof have become to boosting traffic on your websites.

To meet the growing demand for online social sharing buttons, an entire market of WordPress plugins has sprung up in the past few years to fill the niche.

It’s easy to get lost in the vanity metrics of social media, but you should never loose sight of conversion optimization principles if increased revenue is your goal.

Don’t let yourself be satisfied by a plugin that simply displays the share buttons and layout options you want. The social sharing tool you choose must also deliver fast load times, mobile optimization and avoid inadvertently creating negative social proof on your website.

The goal of this post is to help you understand exactly what features and performance benchmarks you must prioritize in order to boost social engagement and increase your conversions.

To do this, we rounded up six social sharing plugins to give you a clear view of what the current WordPress social sharing landscape looks like.

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