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Making PLR Your Own

Author: Karen McGreevey

If you’re familiar with PLR (Public Label Rights) articles, you know using PLR can be a bit of a “short-cut” to producing articles or blog posts and even newsletters, quickly, easily and on a regular basis.


With their use, however, there is often the argument as to whether it’s appropriate to use PLR for SEO and/or Google purposes, or whether it’s fair, or plagiarizing, any other descriptor you might use. Some have even said PLR is “junk” and should not be used at all, ever!


I know of several well-respected Internet marketers that use PLR quite effectively; others that sell it and some that won’t have anything to do with it.


Whether or not you choose to use PLR is a personal decision. However, if you do decide to use it, here are several suggestions you might consider to “make it your own”, which will then set your PLR article/blog post, newsletter parts apart from the others.


So, first and foremost, if you use PLR, make sure to change the article considerably.


Some things you might do to change up your PLR include:


• Add quotes specific to your article topic
• Provide a “pro” of your opinion in one area of your article
• Add graphics or photos to help you “say your piece”


Pamela Briggs has written an ebook with some ideas that show you How to Use PLR (Private Label Rights) To Make Money Online



Jewels of Life: Believe, Dream, Internet Marketing, Tips and Tricks, Working with a VA



Happy New Year

Author: Karen McGreevey

I fully expected to get back to blogging here after the 1st of the year, having suffered a major loss in my family a little over two months ago.


As of this writing, though, I’ve not quite got things in order to once again post regularly.


I will do so soon, though.


Jewels of Life: Believe, Hope

Comment on Blogs to Build Relationships

Author: Karen McGreevey

You know as well as I do that writing articles, and commenting at forums and on blogs, are three ways online entrepreneurs can use to get traffic to their web site or blog.


But, did you know there’s a correct way to do the blog commenting?


For instance, how many times have you had to delete a blog comment that was caught by your spam catcher because the comment was so outlandish, was too much of a sell for the commenter’s wares, or was just so completely off-topic that you knew the person (or bot, perhaps?) was just commenting to get backlinks to his or her site!


So, if you’re going to comment on a blog, the first thing you need to do is to read the initial blog post!


And then make sure your response clearly shows that you did!


You can easily do this by talking about some of the information in the original blog post. If you don’t, all you’re going to do is look like someone who’s on a spam prowl.


This nifty little Kindle book by Manuel Ortiz Braschi, Blogging Mastermind – The Ultimate Guide To Profitable Blogging! (Brand New), includes some tips that might peak your interest and provide you with some helpful information as you blog.


Jewels of Life: Believe, Tips and Tricks, Working with a VA, Righting Your Writing, Writing



Now about your blog

Author: Karen McGreevey

You can write like you’re having a conversation, as this will help you avoid coming off a bit stuffy or like you’re talking in code.


And, make sure to mind your grammar, punctuation, and spelling, and that your “end result” (your blog post), is in top-notch form!


Your visitor’s will be able to tell if you’ve got poor grammar, even if they don’t take care to watch their own!


Darren Rowse and Chris Garret have a fantastic book about blogging, and tips to help you with your efforts – ProBlogger: Secrets for Blogging Your Way to a Six-Figure Income


Jewels of Life: Believe, Tips and Tricks, Working with a VA, Righting Your Writing, Writing



Blog Hopping Tour Delay and Update

Author: Karen McGreevey

If you’ve been stopping by hoping to read about the Blog Hopping Tour put on by the Online International Virtual Assistants Convention, I have news!


As you may have guessed, the Blog Hopping Tour, quite unexpectedly, was “derailed” there for a bit. Which means, our date was pushed back a bit.


The good news is I am pleased to announce that “our stop” has now been rescheduled to Wednesday, May 12.


So, we hope to see you back here then!


In the meantime, you can get back on the “Blog Hopping Tour” train by checking out Tuesday, May 5th’s, tour stop at the VA Directory.


Jewels of Life: Hope, OIVAC, Working with a VA




I began this mini-tutorial for “Creating Easy Peasy Information Products” with Tip #1 on Friday.


You’ll find Tip #2. Q&A report. here.


So now, we continue with Tip #3…


3. Audio interview of an expert.


With this option, and the next two, you create an audio product in just one hour, plus a little preparation time.


Just persuade someone to be interviewed for an hour, and record the session. Your “guest/interviewee” would be someone whose opinions, experiences and knowledge would be in demand, someone that people would want to hear what they have to say.


Then, voilà, you have a product!


You’ll find many experts will agree to do this for fr/ee; the usual “trade” would be you’d provide them with a copy of the recording and permission to sell it or use it as a bonus product for something else.


It’s quite easy to record such an interview on a conference-call line using a service like Free Conference Call You’d then sell your interview either as a downloadable MP3, or as a CD that you send to the buyer by mail.


Some information marketers also provide customers with the option to purchase a transcript, in addition to or instead of the audio recording.


Tip #4, Audio Interview of You, will be ready Friday, and we’ll look forward to seeing you back here then.


Jewels of Life: Dream, Hope, Resources, Tips and Tricks, Tutorials, Working with a VA



“Tackling Anxiety”

Author: Karen McGreevey

With all the recent happenings in the world with people losing their jobs and business cutbacks, as well as the natural disasters, etc., many of us may perhaps be experiencing some form of anxiety for the first time.


Which may leave us wondering how to deal with these outside forces.


Last summer, I was able to provide ebook production support and encouragement to Ernie S. Schmidt, LCSW, Palo Alto Therapy in Palo Alto, CA, as he wrote his ebook, “Tackling Anxiety: How to Regain Your Peace of Mind” This book might be just the ticket to help you sort through the issues like these you may face.


Ernie says, “I wrote this ebook as a guide to help you better understand and manage your anxiety, so that it doesn’t have to hurt so much anymore.”


He goes on to say, “When everything in the world gets bigger than you, sometimes it can be hard to know how you really feel–except that you know you feel bad. And then you feel bad about feeling bad.”


So, here are a few of the points highlighted in the book


* How to recognize when you’re feeling anxious
* How to accept anxiety as a normal emotion
* How anxiety can actually be useful
* How to understand the different types of anxiety
* How to work with your own thoughts to lessen anxiety
* How to change your behavior to overcome anxiety


“Tackling Anxiety: How to Regain Your Peace of Mind will be an immediate comfort, and will help set you on a path to feeling good again.”


Ernest Schmidt‘s psychotherapy practice is Palo Alto Therapy in Palo Alto, CA. He is also a tenured faculty member of Foothill College in Los Altos Hills where he offers personal counseling, training and supervision to new therapists, and teaches students the basics of stress management and emotional wellness.”


Jewels of Life: Believe, Dream, Hope, Resources, Tips and Tricks, Working with a VA




Each week in my ezine,“On the Bright Side” I give “complimentary shouts-out” to some of the talented people/businesses I’ve met or worked with along the way over these last few years.


Today, I’m pleased to present Brenda Adelman, author of “My Father Killed My Mother and Married My Aunt.” (I provided the ebook production support.)


Brenda Adelman is an award-winning actress and a recipient of the Hero of Forgiveness award from the Hawaii International Forgiveness Project.


Brenda has performed her one-woman show titled, My Brooklyn Hamlet, about forgiving the unforgivable at the LA Women’s Theatre Festival, The Until the Violence Stops NYC festival, and at Repair the World, an international Jewish theatre festival held in Vienna, Austria, with audiences from 17 countries and 6 continents.


Brenda has performed at and been the keynote speaker for Coalitions Against Domestic Violence in Arizona and New Mexico, the Peace and Reconciliation Centerin Hawaii, and for university and high school students across the country.


She leads teleclasses onHealthy Boundary Setting, and is a transformational life coach.


Her first book, My Father Killed My Mother and Married My Aunt: Forgiving the Unforgivable, which is a memoir and a workbook filled with practical tools to help readers move past blocks in their relationships immediately, is now available as an instant downloadable ebook at


Jewels of Life: Believe, Dream, Hope, Resources




Today’s Guest Blogger, Steve Thomas is a member of Self-Starters Weekly Tips.


My name is Steve Thomas and I am staring sixty years old in the face!


My life up until about ten years ago was not much to shout about. I had some successes and a lot of failures.


Then something happened!


I had been reading self help stuff for years, but never done anything much about it. I finally decided to put some of what I had learned to use.


Things changed!


What I really want to talk about has happened in the last few months. I have long wanted to share what I have learned, but I live in a really small town. I could move, but then I would leave family behind. How to go about it? Ah, I know, share it on the internet!


I joined Lynn Terry’s Self Starter’s Weekly Tips and started learning ways that I could share with the world.


Now I have to admit that I knew next to nothing about how to build a web site, or anything about computers other than how to turn it on and waste time surfing the net. However, the saying, “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks,” is wrong!


For those of us who are nearing retirement age, or have been pushed into it for one reason or another, I strongly suggest looking seriously at internet marketing.


You may think that you can’t do this, but let me tell you; you can do anything you put your mind to and work hard at. Is it easy? Well, there were times when my windows were in fear of having a computer thrown through them, but if I can learn it, you can!


Karen has some excellent advice and teaching on this site. You would do well to read it over carefully and think long and hard about where you are now, and where you want to be ten years from now.


You decide!


You take responsibility for your life and enjoy the ride like you never have!


Here’s to You!


Steve Thomas is the creator of A Life Change For You. By clicking on the link, you can subscribe to Steve’s “‘self-help’ tips on taking action,” He’s also created A Common Path, dedicated to helping people find a better, more fulfilling life. Steve is a minister, yoga and meditation teacher, reiki practitioner, blogger, online marketer and all around nice guy!


Jewels of Life: Believe, Dream, Hope, Internet Marketing, Tips and Tricks



Learning Life’s Lessons

Author: Karen McGreevey

Pay Attention to Your Inner Talk


I have BAD news and GOOD news…the bad news is my main computer has taken a turn for the worse and has been sent to the “infirmary”! When my computer kept shutting off after I had turned it on, and did this several times in a row over one morning last week, I decided it was probably a good time to have someone with a lot more experience than I look at it.


The GOOD news is two-fold.


When I took my computer in, I was informed they were having“free tuneups” all this week…so I’m getting it looked at, cleaned, etc., initially at no cost! Woo hoo!


The other “good news” is I finally listened to me. And it’s paid off. If you’ve been reading along here regularly, you know sometimes suggest tasks you might perform, or various products and tools that could help you in your business.


One of my tips was to do regular backups. Which I have been doing regularly, usingCarbonite Online Backup.


Fortunately, I’ve had a second computer that I’ve used off and on the last few months more for “turning on and turning off”, checking online email, surfing the web, all while taking my time getting it set up so I could begin to use it on a regular basis. <


One of the other recent suggestions I’ve written about was to use PC Mover to transfer files from an old computer to a new computer. Luckily, I had that “moving day” about three weeks ago.


So, this past weekend I logged in to Carbonite, selected their “Restore” files feature (to get Carbonite installed on my new computer) and to begin the “restore” of my files.


So, I”m not missing a beat…well, I am a little because of the file transfer time…but the good news is I am not losing my files.


Note to self: Pay attention to those “inner voices” more often!


Jewels of Life: Believe, Dream, Internet Marketing, Tips and Tricks, Working with a VA



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