Systems – 3 Systems that Every Business Should Have In Their First Year

They say that you should have systems in your business just when you begin and they will make a profound difference in your efficiency. We all have our strengths and weaknesses – but there is always room for new ideas and advice from others that could help with your systems. So – why do we have systems? To save time, energy and money.

The following systems – once in place should make your business operate smoother.

Systems in Place?
  1. Communication Systems
  2. Sales Systems
  3. Bookkeeping Systems

Communication Systems – Obtaining and finding customers in an organized way is really the most necessary when starting your business. As you probably know – social media contacts/friends/followers are not going to be solid contacts. If and when your favorite social media programs change policies, fail, do something different … you could lose access to all those followers you cultivated.

The key to capturing fans and customers when your business is in start up mode is to have a COMMUNICATION SYSTEM. Having an email service set us such as Mailchimp, AWeber, ConvertKit, & Infusion Soft are made with an easy application to set up email capturing, growing your list, and keeping up communication with your list. Most of the email platforms – especially the ones listed above work well with other systems that will further streamline your business.

SALES SYSTEMS Now that you have gathered emails and have prospects to talk to it is time to sell to them.. Having a Sales System makes this easier. Having Products such as Infusionsoft or LeadPages which can help make sales pages, creating funnels, and other sales material simple. The Programs – Infusionsoft, LeadPages and more generally integrate well with existing email platforms and shopping carts. Best to have a Sales System within the first year cuz it helps to build your brand and your credibility. Like they say – ‘The Money is in the List'.

BOOKKEEPING SYSTEM – Considering that your business is small and just starting – having a bookkepping system is important. Saving and storing your receipts in a box is an old school way to prepare for taxes. Make a system that will track and store your sales and expenses. Cellphones have apps for keeping track of miles. Scanners on your phone will store and categorize your receipts. My favorite APP for Scanning is GeniusScan and it is free. It is so easy to take a pic, email and even Catorgorizes your items.

More information coming – COme back for updates. ©2020SusanAlfano

SEO Strategy for your Website – Formulating a Strategy – Written Goals

Once you set up SEO and optimize for Google the rest of the work will show up too.

  1. Set a SEO Goal ~ What do you want to accomplish? Make a plan as to how much Search Engine Traffic you want from your content … weekly..monthly… and the quarter. Write it down – even daily. Make a plan as to how much content you need to publish on your site to reach your goal.
  2. Plan Your Topics ~ Make an Outline and/or List of Topics that you want to write about and come up with a Posting Schedule. Pinterest search box has a box where you can put in your subject matter and check out popular posts people are sharing on the subject you want to post.
  3. Plan A Publishing Schedule ~ Will it take me 15 minutes to put a post up for hours? If you have your outline and basic ideas already established – pick downtimes where you can ad the rest of your info, then photos, etc. Commit to it – Like I said “Write your goals down.”
  4. Keywords ~ Make a checklist of Keywords – keep them with you and ad to your outline. You can always change them, ad to them, tweak the keywords around. Plus – if you come up with another keyword – ad another post using that Keyword. You want keywords that rank that people are online line seeking.
  5. Monitor Your Rankings as You Publish ~Make a Google Spreadsheet using your Gmail account – check out your rankings on the spreadsheet. Use Incognito Web Browser once a week and check it out. Use Google Analytics and monitor your incoming traffic.
  6. Social Media Shares and Incoming Links ~ Every time you write a new post – share your content on Pinterest, Twitter, Facebook, your Email List, etc. The odds are = the more places your Content is the more natural links will be shared.
  7. Repeat, Repeat, Repeat ~ Like the old saying – RINSE & REPEAT…Keep on keeping on. Keep writing – first off you become a better writer, more content will attract different personalities. Keep sharing your New posts and your old post on social media. Content is King?

OVERALL – Re-evaluate your data, your posts and rest your goals and strategy. Is your SEO strategy accomplishing the goals you want? If not, rest and do something differently. Change things up —- write shorter posts, write longer posts, publish less frequently. Use different images in social media. Try making five new pinnable images each week. Keep learning (LOVE THIS) about SEO and learn new strategies constantly.

25 Very Important Plug Ins for Bloggers

You don't need all 25 plugins on this list – these are great ones & very popular. Best to use 1 from each group of plug ins. If you use too many plug in – first off it would be complicated, and slow your wordpress site down. How many plug ins do you use? ANy favorites? Any worth the Money?

  1. Social Warfare – Easy to load, lightweight, easy to customize, many social media integrations, mobile friendly, pinterest pin, etc.
  2. Monarch – Great social share plugin, sharing sidebars, inline sharing buttons, popups and flyin boxes.
  3. Pinterest Pin It on Hover Button – Pins your blog posts, images, int Pinteterest boards.
  4. Shareaholic Social Sharing Button – Social Share Buttons, monitize insights, traffic and content.
  5. Pinterest Widget – Helps followers pin from your content.
  6. Milo Tree SOCIAL FOLLOW – Grow your list, get more followers.
  7. SOCIAL Follow Buttons – Free Social media follow buttons.
  8. Click to tweet – Different because it has a way to make a Box with click to tweet.


  • 9. YOAST SEO Everyone states this is the number one plugin for SEO. Many features – + many advanced features.
  • 10. SEOPRESS It's fast, simple, FREE, and powerful.


  • 10. Convertplug – A Subscription plugin helps you add different opt-in forms. Different pop ups, 2 step opt-in, and more.
  • 11. Thrive Leads – Attention getting Opt-In forms.
  • 12. Convert Kit – Seems like a very popular email with forms, Landing pages and more.
  • 13. Bloom – Grow your list with forms, etc. – if you are a member on Elegant themes this is included.
  • 14. Sumo Smart Bar – Custom content, notification toolbar, and call to action.

General Site Use and Maintenance

  • 15. Updraft Plus Site Backup Plugin – Back up and restore wordpress sites & they have a free version.
  • 16. Akismet Comment Spam Blocker – Blocks spam contents + a free version.
  • 17. Disqus Comment Management Plugin – People can ad comments – this plug-in is free but they make money by putting an ad on the comment.
  • 18. Contact Form 7 – Create a free Contact Us page & very popular.
  • 19. Jetpack for Self Hosted WordPress – This plug in has a free version – they have lots and lots of ways to design, secure your site, ad rich content, login help, and more.

Affiliate Marketing

  • 20. PRETTY LINK LITE ~ For Affiliate Link – Pretty Link Lite is Free
  • 21. THIRSTY AFFILIATES (For Affiliate Links) Similar to Pretty Link and Free.
  • 22. FMTC AFFILIATE DISCLOSURE – Disclosure of Affiliate Link on all posts = make things simple, plus it is free.
  • 23. HEADER & FOOTERS Scripts -Without using any kind of code you can Customize Headers and Footers.
  • 24. Affiliate Manager ~ Besides doing the regular affiliate stuff, also integrate to Mailchimp, Track ad impressions, and customize messages.
  • 25. WordPress Affiliate & Referral – Only $20 – Shortcode, real time reporting, social sharing buttons and more. 2020 All Rights Reserved

What are some of your favorite Plug inS? Especially really goo free ones?

Twenty Amazing Tips To Write High Quality Blog Posts

Blog Posts Keywords Blog Posts Keywords


Action Tips to Take:

Make a master List of Blog Post Ideas – Always have a notebook or app to write your ideas.

Use UBERSUGGEST – a free site by Neil Patel has high quality information on domain names and content . tips that will increase your following.

Set up a spreadsheet to track all your ideas with other sites to watch and improve your own site with their ideas.

Go to Buzzsumo and put in a search term for a blog post content and title and collect information.


More Ideas –

Find other blog in your niche – seek how they use colors, font styles, topics, and follow them for inspiration.

Use Coschedule for a Headline Analyzer.

Check out Listicales for Content ideas.

Always use short easy to read sentences ( 5th grade?)

Use Headers – and sub headers

Use pictures with Alt tags

End your post with a call to action and a question.

Get your readers excited about making a comment.

Have an opt-in and/or freebie.

Link to affiliates.

Link to other posts on you blog.

Link back to yourself.

3 – 6 Pinterest pins per artile

Use SOcial Warfare Plugin

Keep in mind seo for all your Blog Posts – COntent.

Remember to be a trusted resource – what is your purpose for writing onlin

13 Plugs Ins You Must Have On Your Blog

Plug Ins for a Healthy Blog

Plug Ins You Must Have

Free Plug Ins To Speed Up Your Blog, Security and Spam + Social Sharing, Legal Requirements

Where does everyone learn all these tips for setting up a blog? Seems like there is so much information – where do you start? I have always wondered what were the best plug-ins to put on my blog without over doing it- right?

Then – you put the plug-ins on your blog + pay for them and never use them…

These Plug Ins are all free – You could upgrade on some if you feel like you need to.

Plug Ins For Speed

  1. SC Optimizer
  2. WP optimizer
  3. WP Super Cache

Plug Ins for Social Sharing

  1. Jetpack
  2. Shareaholic SEO
  3. Yoast Seo

Legal Stuff

  1. FTC Disclosure
  2. GDPR Cookie Consent

Security & Spam

  1. Wordfence Security
  2. Akistmet Anti-Spam


  1. Monster Insights
  2. Insert Headers and Footers

5 Tips For Fast Blog Content

5 Tips For Fast Blog Content

As much research as you can find about blogging these 5 tips are usually the same over and over again about the Main Tips You will need for writing content to your blog.

  1. Know your audience – What? Know who your audience is and why the heck are you writing. Put yourself in their shoes (Uggs, Birkenstock, Flipflops). Why would they read this. Why would they share this.
  2. Content – Not just any content – write stuff that sets you apart from others = you have to stand out — or just blah blah blah = boring. Start writing and the more you write the better you will become. (Believe me – procrastination will not get you started.) Type of Content: Write something that tells a story, surprises us good and/or bad, a journey, a unique point of view. Be informative – info someone would possibly not find somewhere else. Store ideas in Evernote, Ulysses, or Notes. Be Simple. Have a Great Headline.
  3. Plug Ins for sharing content such as SumoMe, Pinterest, Buffer, Hootsuite. Pinterest is #1 Social Media-Not Social Media for many blogs. Be a resource go to. By joining active FaceBook communities such as SayNoToVRBO by adding comments that people can learn from.Make sure the size on your social media is the correct size. You can resize with PicMonkey or Canva for free. Track your Social Media sites – set goals to increase them. The only way you can see if your goal is working is by having a tracking system. Add Twitter, Facebook Like, Instagram widget.
  4. Keep Your Visitors Captivated — How does it end???? Have an Opt In of Value. Keep in contact with your audience.
  5. Have Tools That Help other bloggers. Share what has helped you. Add a resource page on your blog and ad affiliate links. The areas that you are passionate about : Blogging, Hosting, Social Media, Healthy Eating, Exercise, Recipes, Making Money, Beauty, Teaching, endless ideas.

7 Top Secrets To Writing A Powerful Blog Post


Content on your blog can make all the difference being visitors or just sitting.

From what I study – the more we write the better we become at writing,

just like practicing a language or a musical instrument.

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  1. Keep your Blog simple to read, clean with no confusing ads. When I see a blog with tons of Google Ads it is a total turn off. Blogs with immediate videos with loud music are also a turn off. Make sure your contact information is on your blog. Keep sidebar uncluttered. Have simple navigation and menu items. Have one main call to action on you page.
  2. Update your blog content – go through and re-evaulate your posts possibly monthly.
  3. Talk like you are explaining something to a friend – with an easy way of talk and not full of technical jargon that most won't understand.
  4. Have a file and ad to you Media file – photos that are relevant, clean, with clear graphics. Have a photo that is beautiful and pinnable for Pinterest so you will have more exposure with re-pins.
  5. Send your articles, blog posts to social media p Post Planner, or to your social media accounts.
  6. Tell your people who read your blog what steps to take next = Call to actions…What other ideas do you have for a Great Post? What are some of your Best Posts? Where did you research to get your Blog Posts Titles? What Content Formula do you use?
  7. Say something Controversial. When was the last time you did something for the first time? What have you done that you have never done before and it worked?!

Remember we only write and share about products or items that we have personally used.

25 Content Ideas to Write on Your Blog


Blog Content Tips              25 Things To Blog About



  1. Ask your Blog Followers a Provocative Question.  Something verrrry Controversial. A question that you cannot yes or no.
  2. Interview someone that is an expert in your niche. Possibly send an email with questions to your favorite blogger.
  3. Write a Top 50 List in your field of expertise.
  4. Write a Blog Post about the common problems you are having coping with blogging.
  5. Write a great post about the best resources that have helped you and ad affiliate links.
  6. Write about an event that you just went to.
  7. Write a post about a Personal Experience that you went through and ad photos.
  8. Write about a situation on blogging that you tried and never worked.
  9. Write about an online situation that did work and how long it took.
  10. Write a blog post about a few items that you would like to review that you have personally used.
  11. Share a post how you got from Point a to Point B in your thought process.
  12. Write about something that is your favorite subject to just go on an on about.
  13. Write about something that you think is totally right or totally wrong.
  14. Write about a complex subject that people do not seem to understand.
  15. Write an easy checklist of something that you solved.
  16. Find your most popular posts and write about the top 3 or 5 and how people replied.
  17. Think of something inspirational to write about.
  18. Write a blog post for someone who has just begun blogging.
  19. Write an evergreen post of something you wrote about in the past.
  20. Write a post that goes long and has to be followed on different posts to find the end of the story.
  21. Analyze some other blogs and write about good and help they need on their site and your suggestions.
  22. Write a blog post just asking questions.
  23. Write how to make an infographic.
  24. Write a post of what you would have done differently.
  25. Post how to change font style.

25.Write a post how to link sites.


What would you like to have a blog post written about?


11 Ways to Write Better Content for Your Blog

11 Content Tips for More Blog Content


  1. Include Photos or Videos.  Include different types of Multimedia, slideshows, or interesting items into posts.
  2. Follow other Blogs and get ideas from them. Copyblogger,BlogBossBabe , Billionaire Blog Club, and more.
  3. Keep the Page clean by writing in Short 2 sentence Paragraphs. Keep open spaces between paragraphs.
  4. Truth is More Interesting than Fiction – Life situations are such a learning experience. Ask your followers what they need help with.
  5. Use the Paragraph Sub Headlines.
  6. Title is Important.  Use keyword tools, search Amazon Popular Books, or Quora.
  7. Keep your blog info in the same realm as your niche.
  8. Numbered Lists – Especially Top _______   Lists.
  9. SEO is important but don't always have to follow what everyone says – be unique.
  10. Always be thinking of questions you want to learn and write about your posts.
  11. Hubspot Blog Topic Generator, Google Research, Headline Anaylzer, Hemmingway App and more.


What are some of your best ideas for website content?


Blogging Checklist We Use

10 Tips Blog Checklist

Checklist to Keep Your Blog In Shape

  1. Have A Clear Header    Keep the Header Simple. This is the first thing visitors to your blog will see.

  2. Have a Clear Navigation menu with Multiple Categories – Make it simple make it so there about 5 items.

  3. Easy to Read Blog Post and Title – Do not center your text.

  4. Sidebar image of something – possibly you or something coincides with your blog.

  5. Must have an ABOUT Page. Add something unique about you.  Also, link to something important to share.

  6. Contact Us Page.  Make it easy. Some easy free plug ins for this.

  7. Follow Links that are super easy to follow you.

  8. Keep Pictures all the same width.

  9. Content Posts Consistently.

  10. Share Posts on Social Media. Pin It.

    Blog Checklist for a Great Blog