Chris SpieglBiz Development, Productivity, & Accountability

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I agree with the answers that most give and stay away from purchased views. Especially if it's just to get the numbers up. I'd focus on creating great content.

It's a different story if you have something to sell. Then Adwords, Facebook Ads or similar will be helpful.

High view counts, subscribers or similar don't matter. They are just numbers. They can be impressive. But real customers or viewers are so much more valuable.

This highly depends on the features you'd like the plugin to have. So it's hard to answer just like this.

We can hop on a call and I can see if I find something that suits your needs or suggest ideas how you could solve the problem.

Cheers and make today the day!

There are groups of people who find different things of value. One chases the title. The other chases for more money. Again another group is chasing freedom and leisure time.

This is something where different generations have different answers. As I notice with the millennials who statistically speaking seek out more freedom and leisure time. But 50 years ago, it was super important to be a Doctore or similar.

I think it highly depends to question all this for yourself. Decide what is important to you. What are you willing to work towards. And then take steps to achieve that lifestyle.

In the beginning, I see it as very valuable to keep the topics together. Especially if we are talking about YouTube and Website. The main reason for this is that you grow quicker if you have multiple topics - especially if those are related in some way.

Diversification will only lead you to have more work. More places to focus on. If one of the categories is more interesting in the long run, you can iterate and just change at that point.

If you want to discuss this further, please feel free to request a call. I am open to brainstorm and develop a future plan for you.

I am absolutely certain that this is possible. The question is how much time are you willing to invest. For less than 100$ you will get a basic website setup for example. From there you can do pretty much anything. If you want to produce an info product, you can do that by recording yourself with your built in camera of your laptop. There is no real reason holding you back. And the money certainly is not the problem.

But it's all about motivation and actually sitting down and doing the work. And that's where I speak from personal experience. We often know all the ways. But we don't execute. Registering a website is easy. Actually putting content there and reaching out to others to share it. That's the scary part.

If I had to start from the ground up:

- register a domain
- build a blog in your niche
- develop an info product right form the start
- offer services related to the niche as well
- build a Facebook community with people who are interested in your niche
- do some kind of live interactive stuff (Facebook Live Streams in the Group, Page or do Webinars)

This process would cost you much less than 1k. Marketing the whole thing with Facebook is the place where I would spend the money once I have a product.

If you want to discuss this furhter, we can schedule a call and develop a plan or product for you. I have experience in developing ideas and product road maps. It's a field that is so much fun and a great place for brainstorming.

Cheers and enjoy the journey.

My biggest struggle with productivity is not really productivity problem but rather a motivation problem. If I am motivated and have no fears. I am easily productive. But if I am struggling, and fear the results of my actions (most often irrational fears), then it's super hard to even sit down and do the most basic things.

Hope this helps you! I know your info product will be a good one. You are asking the right questions.

I would absolutely agree with Jason. There is no perfect answer. There are only options. And the best option is to use something that you or someone in your team already knows. If you know PHP. Why not use it to your advantage. If you know WP and are able to build it this way - good for you - just get started. Get users on the platform. Have people use it. And worry about the next step once there are users.

In the long run. I personally would build something on top of Node.JS with a front end framework of your choice (react.js, angular.js or ember.js are good options).

I hope this helps a little and keeps you motivated. In the beginning, it's all about actually bringing the idea to market. Actually launching and then see where you want to develop your own new solution.

And as Jason mentioned: even if you stick with WP as your MVP. Once you want to start developing it further, you can still use the WP REST API to read data from WP and start building a new interface around it.

Good luck and have fun on that journey!

I see multiple ways to do this. Paid Ads, Building a Featuring Account and building your own account with content creation.

1) Paid Advertisements

This is probably the most obvious way. Paying for people to see the photos of the artworks which can be presented in a video, photo or even photo set. There you can immediately link to shop the product. But I would actually link to a blog where you present the artwork individually. Showcasing the process that went into it. The artist behind the product - maybe even an interview. This way the piece gets a personality and is interesting even if the visitor decides not to buy in the end. From there you can link to an auction or sales page.

2) Featuring Account

Building a featuring account on Instagram is great to build an audience in a certain field. In this case, it would be about the kinds of artworks you are selling. Is it about paintings? Search on Instagram for artists sharing photos of their paintings and feature their content on this special account. This way you help them grow and they are more likely to link back to you and you are growing relatively quickly. This would require at least one upload per day. But ideally, you should share up to 5 reposts every day (and don't forget to properly attribute the artworks to the artists). This account itself is not - especially in the beginning - to just sell. It's to build an audience in your field. And from there you can link to your store. Or you can feature your own products every so often. I have seen people build such accounts up to 100.000 followers in less than 6 months. I'm pretty sure you can find some buyers in those numbers.

3) Building an Audience

This plays into the second part of the paid advertising answer. Building an audience by becoming a media company not an art selling company. Create interviews. Share the back story of artworks. Create a blog and link to it via Instagram and the other way around. People want to know more about art. How is it made? How can I do it myself? What is good art? And it's just a bonus if I am able to buy a piece as well. Instagram Stories is great to share your own process. Share insights with other artists. Let them show their process on your Instagram Story. Interact with other artists on the platform and build a community.

All these are just the beginning. There are endless opportunities. But I think it's important not to see Instagram as "I want to sell something now" but rather build connections and a following. And then interact with those people. Share your insights. And the works you are selling. Then people are much more drawn in and have a relationship with you and the work.

If you'd like, we can discuss this further in a conversation. I am very interested in these approaches and have built my personal Instagram account to over 25k followers.

Have an amazing day and enjoy the journey!

This highly depends on the platform. Some offer this feature, some don't.

Facebook Profile: it's not possible at all. The only way is to actually share your Facebook login credentials.

Facebook Page: you can invite others to be in user roles to be able to do different things (marketing, posting, analysing, moderating).

Twitter: with TweetDeck by Twitter you can invite others to be able to post and reply under your name without having to give them access to your Twitter account password.

Instagram: not possible to do aside from sharing the password. However, what you can do is use a service like to let others upload, write and schedule the uploads. But you will still have to do them manually on your phone.

Snapchat: also not possible.

This list is of course - as of this writing - 2017-08-16. It might change as the platforms develop further.

Overall, Social Media administration is something that involves a lot of trust - or hard work on your part. And you have to decide which part it should play in your business. Do you want to be a business online or a personality? Which of these platforms is important for you? And on which can you get away by letting others post for you?

Maybe it's not so much the posting itself but rather the content curation and creation that needs to be outsourced? Posting itself is the easy part in many cases.

If you need more ideas on how to do this. Which kind of automation I would suggest for the different platforms. Let's talk and we can work on a concept together.

I find the best process to do this is to browse Instagram and see what hashtags others are using. But often that is really hard since especially the big accounts are often not using any hashtags anymore.

A couple of things I do from time to time to find new hashtags to use (in all these steps I am taking notes in parallel to research the hashtags I found later for volume):

1) Browse accounts that I want to be like and see which hashtags they are using

2) Go on my own photos and go to hashtags I used. Look at the photos others have posted with the same hashtags and look into their descriptions to see which other hashtags they used.

3) Use the Instagram search to input my generic hashtag and see what the suggestions are (also take into consideration how much volume those have)

With the hashtags that I found, I then go into Instagrams search and also note the size of the hashtag. And based on that I then decide which make sense to incorporate into my descriptions.

But I don't try to force it. If I only have 14 hashtags for an image. I am using those and not randomly try to bump that up to 30.

Additionally: it's good to look at the "banned hashtags" lists every so often. You can easily find lists by googling "banned Instagram hashtags 2017". It's probably not something you can remember completely. But it's helpful not to burn yourself.

PS. finding the non-generic hashtags might be one struggle. But remembering those and using them on the next photos is even harder. At least that's what my struggle is.

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