Not Your Typical Mom Blog Post

Not Your Typical Mom Blog Post

When you think of the term “Mom Blog”, what comes to your mind?  I personally think about a Mom writing about her experiences with raising her children.  Perhaps it is about how to deal with small children and the daily challenges that arise.  The variations are endless.  Hoping to touch on a deeper level.

The world we live in is so much different than the one we grew up in.  Kids are experiencing things so much earlier than we ever did as kids.  I am sure you can agree with that.

Growing up to fast.

As a parent,  my kids were dealing with issues that I believed (and still do) were not age appropriate.  Cliques were forming in the third grade.  I couldn’t help wondering where do these girls learn this behavior and whatever happened to just playing with Barbie or back then it was those Bratz Dolls…lol.  Middle school brought new challenges and the hormones are in full force which fuels the emotions.

So I had to explain to my child that everyone sees things differently and not everyone is going to be your friend and that is okay. True friendships are hard to define at that age. They are experiencing Trust and Loyalty and not sure how to handle it.  They are friends one day and not the next.  Before you know it,  they are dealing with adult issues that no one was prepared for.

What is being taught and accepted within the home?

For example, at a teachers conference once (middle school) I noticed a few police cars out in front of the school.  Per my kid’s teacher, the police where there because a student has punched her in the face because she sent him to the office for disrupting her class repeatedly.  Seriously?  Last I checked that is considered assault.  Not to mention, what happened to keep your hands to yourself.  As we walked past the office to the doors to leave, the parents of this student were yelling at the police and school personnel.  I never had behavior problems like this with my kids.

Later I learned that this child had been in trouble a lot.  Sure, we all want to defend our children, spouse, family members.  Accepting responsibility is not ageless.  Wrong is wrong, regardless of who commits it.

A child is supposed to learn that actions have consequences and should be taught by parents and well before middle school.  By this age, a child knows right from wrong as do the parents.  How is a parent supposed to protect their kids when other parents weren’t doing it with their own children.

Have we really all changed over the years?

A recent comment that keeps rising to the surface is “We have all changed”.  For some, definitely.  Others, not even close.  I know I have no control over this which is frustrating.  I do my best to stay away from it and those individuals.  When I do and am questioned about and if I am honest about it, the result leads to misunderstanding, denial or negative feelings on one or both sides.

Getting others to see your view on a topic is not easy, in fact almost always (in my life) is just impossible.  Sure everyone has their view on the world on various topics.  I am referring to taking personal ownership and accountability.

I do believe our children’s behavior can be a direct result of parenting or lack thereof.  I also see adults not practicing what they preach.  Passing the blame, playing the victim the list goes on.  Any decisions you make at and after the age of 18 are on you.  We cannot go through life blaming our parents for choices we made.  I have to wonder how many of those parents who allow their children to behave badly still think this way.

There has to be a better way.

So now as the holidays are approaching, I keep hearing how some are concerned with going to visit family. They want to share in the celebrations but do not want to be part of the drama, attitudes, and comments that usually are included.  I am well experienced in family situations especially during this time of the year.

After just celebrating Thanksgiving, should we not practice it all year so that these issues do not arise.  When they do, deal with it responsibly.  Don’t we owe it to our children/grandchildren to set an example?

Regardless of what the topic is, if both sides truly want to make it work, then an attempt should at least be made. It may not always work at first, but the common thread is a break down in communication.  We all don’t have to agree.   Getting only one shot at this life and arguing over things we have no control over is not how I want to waste my time, do you?

Your children and grandchildren are watching you more than you may think.  Think back to a time when you heard or seen your parents and they didn’t know you were watching.  How did that make you feel?  I know I will never forget some of it.  I never want my children to remember me like that. My kids hold me accountable just as I hold them accountable for their own actions or words.  There is no age limit.  Mine are all grown.  Parenting never stops. We can do better!

After all, it starts at home and it starts with us!

Peace to you and yours!

Linda

 

18 Years Of Working From Home Has Changed Over The Years

18 Years Of Working From Home Has Changed Over The Years

18 Years Of Working From Home

Working from home sure has changed over the past 18 years! We’re excited to have you are here! We have learned A LOT about what it takes to stand out and make money online. We have been part of Direct Sales, various MLM, and Affiliate programs. Even built one of our own from the ground up! While it was work, we loved it. Primarily we could work around our families and be there for our kids when it was needed, not when an employer approved it. I sure don’t miss those days! 

Here’s What You Can Expect from Us…

We’re going to give you everything we’ve got! So we have learned a thing or two about what it takes to stand out and make money online. And what’s more is we can show you how to do the same thing using the exact strategies and techniques we’ve been using for years. We want to do what we can to help you take your business to the next level!

Free List of Resources.

We have compiled this list as a go-to-guide for tools to help you save time and money, of course! Most of them are free to use! Check back often as we are always updating!

Why should you connect with Wahm Addicts?  We see every day the struggle that small business owners encounter. Many have told us how they have so many ideas in their head and they want to implement them some way and just don’t know where to start. We want to help guide you.  So you know what can wait and where to focus your time.

  • If you are posting all day to social media getting little to no engagement and even smaller return in sales, then we can help.
  • If you have tried Facebook Ads and feel like it just doesn’t work?
  • Are you not getting Upline Support? Unfortunately, that happens more than it should.
  • Maybe you want to work from home but are unsure which way is best for you.

Our Online Services can help bring your business the targeted traffic that you are looking for.

Free Consultation

We offer a complimentary 30-minute consulting call to discuss the needs and goals of your business.  Our consulting is personalized to fit your goals today and in the future. We talk with you about what you have been doing and go over what is or is not working. Offering ideas and suggestions about what to change and how to change it. We also will walk you through it if you need our help. 

If this is you, Contact Us Today and Let’s Chat!

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Back To Basics: Actions To Take In Your Business Now

Back To Basics: Actions To Take In Your Business Now

Emails

Email marketing is part of the basics of business. This is one of many things you can do right now that will make a huge impact on your business. Is it just me or does Social Media seem to be changing at the speed of light or what? Seriously, keeping up with all the changes on every social channel seems like a never-ending task. We all know that Facebook is ALWAYS changing. We complain but we are still hanging on. I know many people who have taken a Facebook break only to find themselves back within a week or two. Crazy right? Then when you add in all the other platforms your head just starts to spin. Not knowing where to go first.

I myself have put all other platforms on the back burner to be laser-focused on my goals and that of my clients. Being everywhere all the time might seem like something you HAVE to do, but trust me – You Don’t!  Sure some of my stats have changed but that happens if I am there or not. People follow and unfollow every day. Chance are those that un-follow truly wasn’t your ideal customer anyway. The one thing I see the most of in business is the lack of keeping up with emails!  As they say, the fortune is in the follow-up!

Credibility

The stats are unreal at how many times I myself have made an inquiry only to never get a reply. I am moving on to someone who will! It’s that simple. We all have things going on, trust me I get it. I am not talking about responding in a timely fashion. Sure that is important but it’s not a deal breaker for me. After going through my emails sent, I recently found it has been months since I have sent my original email to only hear… crickets.  Once your credibility is lost, it’s game over.

That is the reason I believe it is seriously time to get Back To Basics! Email is still number one and the most effective way for both parties to communicate.  It is worth repeating that your email list is going to make you more money than any social media platform.  Sure you can make money from other social media platforms. Those are meant to be tools to direct people to your email list.  The facts are clear that your email is the only thing you truly own. If all your contacts are inside any platform, you need to change that and quick!  You can email your list anytime you want, without the interruptions that Facebook or any other channel entails.

With all the data breaches and privacy issues, do you really want to risk losing all your work? I know, I don’t.

Social Media

Seems to be a common complaint about the lack of engagement on Facebook Business Pages.  You don’t have to like it, but the facts prove that if done correctly, Facebook is still the number one place to advertise. It is cost-effective and can get you in front of your targeted demographic better and faster than any other platform. Setting up and optimizing your page correctly is going to make a huge difference. I recently did this very thing for a client and she was ecstatic!

Website Updates

Fixing Search Engine Optimization (SEO) and images on a clients website, and Facebook Page is getting found her found on Google! Again, these are just part of the things any business owner can do to amp up their online presence.  A beautiful looking website definitely grabs attention, but once a visitor is there, you have to give them what they came for. When I come to your website for specific information and I can’t view it (especially on my phone), I am gone. If I get an instant pop up that forces me to sign up to an email list before going any further, again, bye-bye! If you don’t like certain things about a website you go to, why would you add it to your site? Double check these things and ask someone their thoughts about your site. I would rather get honest feedback and fix things then go on thinking everything is good, wouldn’t you?

After examining many websites, (too many to count) I often find they are lacking meta descriptions and keywords, Images don’t have ALT text and the list goes on. These are all standard practices and if your webmaster is not doing these things, you need to get in touch with them and have them fix it ASAP or better yet, do it yourself so you know it gets done!

Little things you can do

I have a friend that this happened to and she had her website for years and in 10 minutes I created a list of things that were incomplete and told her to go back to her webmaster who was already on the payroll. He fixed these items and she had 3 new clients find her on Google.  Simple things like these can make you money and it doesn’t always have to cost you or it is very affordable. I would have gladly fixed it for her, but I told her she needs to get what she paid for.  You should too!

Not sure where to start? Neil Patel’s blog is packed full of all all the information you need for just about anything with your business including email marketing.

Conclusion

Time is a major concern for us all. Taking the time to do it right can make all the difference. It links with your credibility and the trust you building. These things don’t have to cost money, but everything cost time. There is always a way to handle something and if you need help, just ask. There are no dumb questions – only those that go unasked. Getting back to basics in your business is going to set you up for both your short and your long-term goals.

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Respect Before You Speak Or Type

Respect Before You Speak Or Type

Respect Before You Speak Or Type.

Please show respect before you speak or type anything online! As Americans we not only have the right to free speech, but we also hold the responsibility of treating others with respect. We are better than that!

 How many times have you felt like you:
  • had to be cautious of what you said out loud?
  • should be careful of what you post online, especially Facebook?
  • needed to scroll past posts because you knew if you commented, you would be verbally attacked?
  • it was time to unfollow family/friends because you just didn’t want to see “it” anymore?

Sound familiar? When you step back and look at the whole picture, it is rather sad. The amount of negativity and drama that is shared online every day. I personally avoid drama-big time. I have no room for it in my life and it serves no purpose.

Since when did everyone become, judge, jury, and executioner?

Creating content is one task that can be very tricky to compose it in a way that won’t be offensive or end up being taken out of context can be very complex. With that being said, I have to be me and point out the obvious that everyone seems to be going out of there way to avoid. As I said earlier, as Amercian citizens, we have the right to free speech. That, however, does not mean we should verbally voice negativity against others. Frankly, it is infuriating to watch and read. So many times, I would love to jump in and ask what gives them the right to be so harsh, name call and criticize one’s character, physical appearance, opinion, or anything else for that matter. As it was said, “He that is without sin among you, let him cast the first stone.”

People who tend to voice their “opinion”, seem to forget that they are not perfect. No one is! We all should strive to do better and treat others as we would want to be treated. Posters may have a valid point and the right to be heard but how you go about it shows a side of you that may not show your true character. Most of us would not want to be judged on one incident.

For example, I follow local newspapers or pages that are local to my area. They talk about road accidents,  things going on around the city, someone has a missing dog, etc. I read the comments because they usually include updates from the time it was posted.  I tend to find over half of the comments are bashing of some kind.  What happened to the original post? It has been taken over by commentary that frankly doesn’t belong there.

The Point

Whether you agree or disagree with me is fine.  We can discuss it like mature adults without all the drama. In fact, I welcome a difference of an opinion because I want to know and understand someone else’s viewpoint. We can debate about it in a healthy way without it getting all kinds of ugly. If you want to debate, just have the facts ready.

I do notice that many who are guilty of the drama side of things do not have all the facts. This is where personal responsibility plays a major role, doing your own homework and fact checking before entering into a discussion like this. Typically there are two sides to every story, but as history has shown, there are in fact three. There are each other’s versions and then there is the truth.  Everyone seems to have their own version of that.  How many times do you wish you had a recorded a conversation because the other party denies ever saying XYZ? I know I have!

Respect

Whether you are on Facebook or anywhere for that matter, treating others with RESPECT should be automatic. By being negative or verbally attacking someone, what does it really accomplish? As the saying goes, don’t talk about religion or politics because it is sure to lead to an argument.  Statistics show this happens a lot over a holiday meal. It doesn’t have to be this way.

Responsibility

Having an online business also requires responsibility on my part on the image I uphold. Would I love to voice my two cents? You bet I would. I don’t.  We as individuals and as Americans, need to take a second look at how we conduct ourselves first.  Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should. Especially when it comes to online and social media. Why? Because it is the right thing to do. This country as a whole has steered so far away from that entire concept, We need to get back to that and so much more. Self Improvement is a good place to start.

Conclusion

I personally don’t post anything I would not want my 88-year-old mother to read. Yes, my mom is on Facebook. Often times, she will ask what is wrong and why did (Person A) post that. What is the meaning of it? Now, when I have to do damage control on my adult children, you bet I will. Parenting never stops. If I have to answer for it, so do they. Yes, they have the right to “their opinion” but it doesn’t make it right and they should know better. Most times, I tell my mom to keep scrolling and ignore it. As I think many of us should. Think about it, it may just bring some peace at least for the moment.

“Before you speak, let your words pass through three gates:
Is it true? Is it necessary? Is it kind?” ― A Sufi Saying

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3 Main Reasons I Chose SiteGround As My Hosting Company

3 Main Reasons I Chose SiteGround As My Hosting Company

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3 Main Reasons I Chose SiteGround As My Hosting Company

  1. Better Customer 24/7 Support
  2. Safer
  3. Faster

I am going to be totally honest here. SiteGround Hosting was not my first choice. I have used a variety of website builders and hosting companies over the years.  GoDaddy, Hostgator, IPage, and BlueHost to name a few. Now all are good depending on what services are most important to you. Customer Service is huge for me.

Customer Service and Support

If I have too many bad experiences with customer service, I am moving on.  That being one of the reasons I have gone through so many hosting companies. Hostgator which was good, but I had many issues with the site being down and our site getting hacked.  The services from GoDaddy was great.  Their website builder didn’t have the features I wanted for our website; The Wahm Addict.  So I started over and went back to WordPress. Best decision I ever made. I will never change again.

When I decided to rebuild, I went with BlueHost. The process was easy and I had my site up and running in no time at all. Now, while I did this, I kept my original site up so I did not lose any downtime. I own 3 different domains (all from GoDaddy) so I just rebuilt using a different domain.  There is a bit of backstory behind the three domains.  You can learn about how we obtained our old domain selling for $3000 for just $10 in our blog post “Buying a Domain? Read This First!”

March 2017, I had my new site set up and ready to go but there were issues again with downtime and some other technical things that most BlueHost reps couldn’t help with. They would just pass me along to as a ticket with no real answers.  Signing on for support services and repeating that process a couple of times a day just to get a different representative to help was a huge waste of time. I could see if it was something on my end, but it was not and they clarified that point, but it was a little too late.  All my research and recommendations led me to something more reliable which was SiteGround. Even my cancelation from BlueHost and the refund was incorrect. The receipts proved it but it was just a joke by that point. I just accepted it and move on.

Security

SiteGround offered free website migration which made the transfer to their server so much easier. That went a long way in my book. They walked me through my part of it and handled the rest. To this day, anytime I have ever had a problem it was handled very professionally and fast. If you have a website, you can do a free check your real-time status here: They pride themselves on 99.9% Uptime!

I personally have the GrowBig Plan. I chose it because of the extras I wanted was perfect for where I am in my business. An important ad on I selected is the SG Site Scanner Malware Monitoring. I get reports weekly and am notified of any issues immediately.  Upgrading is always an option.  After having my services for almost a year now, I have had exceptional customer service on the limited amount of time I have had to use them. When I did, I always used the “live chat”.

Loading Speeds Are Faster!

Bloggers, Business Owners, Designer & Developers all use this service They have a plan to fit your needs. I believe they are worth checking out.  Look, your time is important and not all companies take that into consideration. They may say they do, but you shouldn’t have to battle your hosting company to get the correct services and support you are already paying for. The same applies to your website. Every second count to grab the attention of your viewer. If your site takes to long to load, your potential client could be gone before they even have a chance to see what you have to offer! Don’t risk it!

I have expanded my business services to revamp websites for other small businesses and have shown them why they need to switch to a better hosting company. Through those efforts, many are either getting ready to make the switch or already have and the stats prove it in their bottom line.

I have recently worked with a CPA and showed her all the ways her website could be improved. Through that consultation, she told her “website guy” and he implemented the changes and within a very short period of time, she received 3 new clients from her website. She was excited!

A local hair salon asked me to revamp their website and Facebook page. Since the changes were made they have noticed a considerable about of traffic since. They will be migrating their site soon.

Conclusion

I am not a techie person, but I have a lot through all these processes. All things change over time and keeping current is a key component in moving your business into the future.  If I had to start over again, I would choose WordPress, SiteGround and use Divi Themes! If I can be of any help, please feel free to contact me anytime!

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