Thoughts From DeAnna

Give Credit Where Credit’s Due. It’s Ok To Compliment People You Don’t Like.

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memilitantI’m going preface this by saying I am certainly not a member of the Beyhive. Like not at all by any stretch of the imagination. So when Beyonce broke the Internet by releasing her new single ahead of her Super Bowl performance, I put it in my to check out when I had a spare moment file. I saw the halftime show and it was awesome. I rewatched it today so I could really analyze it. I see why certain people were calling the song and her performance racist. It was most certainly not racist at all. It just wasn’t for white people. Sorry, Not sorry. The lyrics in this song are so motivating. “I just might be a black Bill Gates in the making.” What’s racist about that? What’s racist about Beyoncé encouraging other Blacks to do better for themselves financially? One of her “formations” during the Super Bowl performance was a clear shout out to Malcolm X. Don’t believe me? Just watch it again on YouTube. This song was clearly a love letter to Black Americans. Not to mention she’s even proud of her Southern heritage. Now what does this have to do with the title of my post? Well I mentioned that I’m not a Beyoncé fan, right? Even though I’m not a fan, I can still recognize good music when I hear it. I can still go on record and compliment her. Not to mention how brilliant her marketing is. She announced her world tour right when her target market will have disposable cash to spend on tickets. Amidst all of this controversy and attention, I’m sure those tickets will be gone quicker than hot sauce at Popeye’s. If you can’t find something nice to say about someone else unless you like everything they do, that is a sign of immaturity.

Search Engine Optimization (SEO)

Video: Difference Between SEO And PPC

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Whew. It’s been too long since I posted in here I’ve had a hectic last couple of weeks. I just wanted to share a video with you that I found explaining the difference between SEO and PPC. Enjoy.


Do You Have A Marketing Plan? Without A Plan, You Won’t Achieve Your Goals

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marketingplanMany small business owners start a business without any thought to how they are going to promote it. If you watch South Park, these business owners are like those underpant gnomes. The gnomes knew that if they stole underwear, they could make money, but they didn’t know how they were going to make money.
Here’s the clip from the episode for your viewing pleasure:

If this sounds like you, don’t fret. I have a special report to share with you from Thrive Hive that includes 6 sample marketing plans (they do ask for your email address). I’ve read the report and these are some solid plans. This report includes plans for each budget. Check it out today by going to:


Get Help With Those New Year’s Resolutions

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If you have made a bunch of resolutions for this year, this is the perfect event for you. The Self Improvement Giveaway is where a bunch of business owners have gotten together to give you gifts to help you achieve your goals this year. I even have a gift in there. My gift is 2 special reports designed to help you learn about private label rights and one article with PLR rights. There are hundreds of gifts in this giveaway. Mine is on page 35. Just go here to get to the gift.

goal setting

Happy New Year! Tips To Accomplish Your Goals This Year

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A new year brings new goals and resolutions for most people. I don’t make New Year’s Resolutions. I just keep plugging away at my long term plan. For those of you that have made new goals for this year, here are some tips to help you stay on track.

Find an accountability partner.
When you’re trying to do something new, it is helpful to find someone that will help you stick to your new plan. Whether your goal is to lose weight or to be more focused, a good accountability partner will help you on those days when you just don’t feel like doing anything.


Small Business Owners-Follow These Tips To Avoid Holiday Stress

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While the holidays are supposed to be a time of joy, for some people they can induce stress. Depending on what business you are in, this could be the busiest time of the year for you. Conversely, your business could be exceptionally slow this time of year. In addition to business worries, you have the traditional holiday expectations to fulfill. It can be pretty overwhelming. So here are some tips to help you reduce your stress levels during the holiday season.

Don’t Kill Yourself Trying To Make Everything Perfect

Off Topic

Freelance doesn’t mean free or cheap. #FreelanceIsntFree

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I am pretty sure I have written about this topic already. However, the Freelancers Union has launched a campaign to pass legislation that will offer freelancers some of the same protection regular workers receive. If you visit their website, you can read more about the campaign. I myself have been approached by other business owners who want me to do work for free. This happened just last week! Here are some tips I have to avoid falling into this trap.

Insist on partial payment up front.


The Power Of Promises: Learn How To Keep Promises You Make To Yourself

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From time to time small business owners like to reflect on the past. Some do it during holidays. Some do it on their birthday. Some do it on the anniversary of when they opened their business. Some small business owners like to set new goals when they are reflecting on the past.

Here are some of the goals or promises that people make to themselves. “I’m going to make the new year my best year ever”, “I’m finally going back to school to get my degree.” “I’m not going to work so hard”, “I’m going to finally get my health back.” “This is the year to pay off my debt.”


Small Business Owners-Don’t ever give up.

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I decided to simply write a motivational piece today. It’s really simple. Don’t give up. I know sometimes we set lofty goals for ourselves. Sometimes life gets in the way and we miss deadlines we have set for ourselves. It is easy to get down in the dumps when this happens. Don’t give up! You never know who you are helping. Many people won’t come forward and tell you how much what you are doing means to them. I have seen too many instances of this happen. I’ll be ready to pull the plug on something and right when I am ready to pull the plug, something wonderful happens. So that’s my simple message for today. Don’t quit.

Book Reviews

Book Review: Fearless Woman Born To Give Thanks

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Many women find themselves in an abusive relationship. Some women feel trapped. Some women feel like they don’t have a way out. Unfortunately some women die at the hands of their abuser. This book is the true story of one woman’s determination to survive. This book, Fearless Woman Born To Give Thanks, is a gut-wrenching account of domestic violence. I read this book in one sitting. I know the author personally and I would never have guessed that she had been through such an ordeal. You can purchase a copy of the book by clicking on the image below (affiliate link).