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How to Adopt ERP Software and Services into a Blog Business

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ERP software is changing the way companies operate and do business. If you’re at all involved in the business world, you’ve probably at least heard of ERP. Essentially, ERP is software that integrates all your organization’s departments into one convenient place, allowing for more efficient, accurate and informed workflows. While you’ve possibly learned a bit about the benefits of implementing ERP software, you may still be wondering about the challenges of ERP adoption or even how you might be able to use such technology with a content based-business or blog?

As with any major change in protocol, switching over to an ERP will have its rough spots. Here are a few of the difficulties you might encounter when adopting an ERP system for your business.

Choosing the Right ERP for Your Business

Since so many businesses are demanding ERP software to help make them run better, there has been a proliferation of companies offering ERP services. Choosing the right ERP for your business will take your organization to new levels of productivity. However, there are several things you should consider before determining which service is the best fit.

  • Your Company’s Size and Plans for Future Growth – There can be major differences between ERP platforms that cater to large, medium or small businesses. Make sure the service you choose is right for your organization and its future.
  • The Content Marketing and Services Provided – Not all businesses and services are the same. With this in mind, depending on the type of services, marketing and business model you have in place, an ERP can be used in different ways. In reference to a blog-based business, ERP platforms can help with the connectivity of not only content creation, but also how to connect with other team members and make sure the promotion of your content is moving smoothly.
  • Make Sure You Can Afford It – Some ERP software is significantly more expensive than other versions. While it’s likely that ERP will save your company money once it’s implemented, make sure there’s not a less expensive option that also offers similar features. Since most bloggers and content marketing services might be working with a lower budget, it’s important to consider all options before moving forward with a longterm contract.
  • Determine What Features Are Necessary – Most organizations will benefit from a cloud ERP. What is cloud ERP, and what makes it different from on-premise ERP? Essentially, cloud ERP allows users to access the system from anywhere with an Internet connection, as all information and data is stored to the cloud. This can be beneficial to businesses that need to have remote or field workers.

Just like there are many different types of web hosting plans for a business, there are different ERP solutions for businesses of all sizes as well. Making sure you go with the right plan and provider on day one will help in avoiding any problems and frustrations down the road.

Team On-Boarding Must Be Done in Phases

Unless you’re beginning with an ERP on day one of running your content marketing or blogging business, ERP software can’t be introduced all at once. For a mature company that’s operating at or near full capacity, it’s not possible to entirely shut down for days or weeks at a time to implement a new ERP. In most cases, such a huge decision won’t be a problem for most blogs — as it’s usually just a focus of content creation, marketing and the business of advertising and monetizing such content.

Since ERP software is involved in pretty much every aspect of an organization, it’s simply not logistically possible to on-board everything and everyone in one massive migration. This could potentially lead to disaster if employees are at all hesitant about learning the new protocol. It also takes time to move all the data from old, scattered sources onto the new ERP. Any hiccups in this process could cause huge problems for the daily operations of a business. With communication softwares like Slack and Trello making the process of connecting team members together under one platform, integrating such methods during the ERP transition process can also be of great value.

This all leads back to the fact that adopting a new ERP—due to its complexity and intensity—isn’t something you’re going to do over a weekend. Depending on the size and scope of the business, moving to a new ERP can take years.

Preparing Your Blogging Team for ERP Adoption

It can’t be understated that getting your staff ready for this massive change will make the whole process go much smoother. It’s likely that there will be resistance to change from at least some of your employees. Make sure they understand the reasoning behind moving to an ERP, and then help them adapt to the new ways of operating.

Your staff and blog writing team will also likely change once your ERP is fully implemented. Not only will some jobs become obsolete (such as daily/weekly meetings, cross communications of content planning and marketing solutions) due to certain automated abilities of ERP software, you will likely also have to add some positions to keep the ERP functioning at all times. Make sure you figure out these necessary changes before the new system goes live.

There are many reasons for businesses to adopt ERP software—as it can help reduce costs and boost productivity over the long run. However, it’s important to know there will also be challenges to adopting ERP. Identifying these ahead of time will save your organization a significant amount of time and money.

Srish Agrawal is an entrepreneur, branding consultant, and angel investor. He is also the Founder & CEO of A1 Future Technologies, which includes sites like Logo Design Team and Infographic Design Team, and has helped over 25,000 clients improve how they look online.

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Blog Traffic Loves Generous Service

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Blog traffic absolutely loves generous service. Do you want to succeed? Help oodles of people for free through blogging and guest posting. Toss in helping bloggers by noting bloggers on your blog, by commenting genuinely on blogs and by mentioning bloggers on social media. Traffic flows your way. Because blog traffic loves generous service. The more help you offer through your eBook, course and blog, the more traffic you drive. Simple equation. Give, to get. Keep giving freely and blog traffic finds you. Hug this super simple, powerful law of life. Service prospers you. Blog traffic flows to generous bloggers.

What gives? Why do many bloggers struggle to drive blog traffic? In essence, most human beings vibe mainly from an energy of fear and loss. You and I learn to do stuff with fear being our main driver. So, blogging becomes another outlet through which to do stuff from a dominant energy of fear. Like, publish one post for the week and do no more. Because you fear not getting enough return on investment. Plus you fear wasting time. Plus you fear working hard. Plus you fear looking like a fool if people come across all of the awesome content you create and, due to your increased exposure, you become the object of intense criticism. Ouch; that would hurt, eh? Being burdened by these fears, you play small, be stingy and just publish one post every 1-2 weeks. If YOU are stingy with the Universe, the Universe BE’S stingy with you. Give. Receive. Don’t give. Don’t receive. So, withholding generous service ensures blog traffic gets withheld from you. What a simple strategy to put into action, right? But of course, what an uncomfortable strategy to put into action, too, because facing and feeling fear, never feels all that comfortable. Nobody loves this process. Me included. But ya gotta take that route to be a successful blogger.

Help as many people as possible daily through a few clear strategies. Keep publishing content to your blog. Keep guest posting. Gain immense exposure and gain skills and yep, gain credibility……and of course, gain blog traffic. All occurs because you gave freely of your time and talents. Give freely. Gain blog traffic. But giving freely FORCES you outside of your comfort zone. For example, I publish 9 or more guest posts and blog posts daily, between both. No joke, this taxes me sometimes. I face fears about doing billionaire work and not see billions in my bank account yet. All that crap. Yep, I proceed. I blog into deep fears, feel fears, and clearing these fears helps me drive more blog traffic, leading to increased blogging success. All about that free giving, folks. Give freely, and you shall position yourself to receive more easily.

Be with scary emotions. I feel you. I have been there, guys. Nudging through to feel these energies is the way to clear these energies. Keep giving, and the getting becomes easier and easier in blog traffic terms. Imagine guest posting on 30 blogs over the next 3 months. Visualize how this increased exposure boosts your blog traffic. People see you all over, click your bio link and you get more blog traffic. Your generous service through guest posting put everything into motion.

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Why Ask Blogging Questions Already Asked Thousands of Times?

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Ya know what?

I feel awesome teaching bloggers with my friend Sue-Ann. We are currently helping course students via the creative, innovative, never duplicated: How to Bling Your Blog and Feed That Hog course.

Live, interactive and engaging, students already noted how we cover new, different topics compared to virtually all other blogging courses. Sure we cover the basics. But we do so quite differently than your average blogging course. Sue-Ann and I both became successful by doing things differently than most other bloggers. We think. We deliberate. We virtually never do things mindlessly. Alas, many of my fellow bloggers – most newbies – move in the opposite direction. One quick Quora visit reflects this mass sheeple mentality crippling most newbie blogger careers. Again, a few moments ago, I spied at least 4 bloggers asking the same, old, “how do you succeed at blogging” type question again, said questions being asked for the millionth time.

I have compassion for new bloggers. I also understand how every new blogger feels entitled to ask virtually any question. But just because you can ask any question, does that mean you should ask any or every blogging question popping up in your mind? Nope. You should note Why? Asking the successful blogging question wastes your time and my time because tens of thousands of bloggers have answered this question accurately tens of thousands of times across thousands of online platforms. We covered it already. I even created an entire course to devote to answering the question. Why litter Quora and the web in general with the same blogging question for the 10,000th time? At best, it is a time waster. At worst, borderline spam.

I love ya’s but you need to begin thinking like a successful blogger well before experiencing success. How would a successful blogger go about figuring out how to succeed at blogging? Pay someone to access the answer in 5 or 10 seconds. Hire someone to coach them. Buy a course or eBook in a minute. Why waste 24 or 36 hours waiting for an answer from some blogger when you get the answer 30 minutes after buying and reading one of my 100 plus eBooks? Failures wait for answers to questions asked thousands of times. Winners buy the answer immediately. This is the difference between struggling bloggers and future pros. Strugglers put no thought into the process. Why in the Hades would you ever believe 10,000 bloggers prior to you have NOT asked the successful blogging question? Of course they did! Think logically for 5 seconds. Of course hundreds of top bloggers answered the successful blogging question. And yes, of course you access that question through Google and Amazon in seconds, querying and investing money in instant answers from pros.

No brainer territory, guys. Buy the solution in seconds. Stop being like poverty conscious bloggers who put zero thought and little logic into why they ask a question obviously asked and answered accurately, thousands of times. Blogging gets easier if you think mindfully. Blogging gets harder if you mindlessly give zero thought to the craft. Invest money in getting proven answers to basic blogging questions. Accelerate your online success. Save your time. Save my time.

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When Is It Too Late to Start Blogging?

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Never!

Ego sometimes clings to limiting ideas. One such idea is the notion that starting a blog at some specific age proves to be futile because of it being too late. I recall hearing Gary Vaynerchuk professing how people in their early 20’s ask him if it is too late to begin a business. Do you see why ego deludes you? Fear manifests as all types of crippling beliefs holding you back. Someone clinging to fear, being 21 years old, asks if being 21 is too old for starting a business. Why? Some 21 year olds observe 14 year olds who create million dollar ventures. Or some 21 year olds see fellow 21 year olds who already became millionaires, when the limited-thinking 21 year old simply has never been an entrepreneur. Guess what? It is never late to begin blogging. It is never too late to begin blogging. I recall a 73 year old new to blogging who bought 4 of my eBooks after I wrote a guest post on Build Your Own Blog. He began blogging at 73 years old. Imagine that? Yet 21 year olds some 50 years his minor fear being 21 is too old for beginning a successful venture.

Fear makes you think silly things. Be beyond fear. Feel fear. Release fear. Move in a direction of possibilities. Move toward opportunities. Now is the time to begin blogging whether you are 21 or 101. Now is the time to begin. Seize the moment. Do you plan to be around for a bit? Blog. Begin blogging. It is never too late to start blogging because you and I sit in the perfect place at the perfect time for our individual journeys. I began blogging in my mid 30’s. 35 years old, to be exact. Being a 35 year old beginner blogger never crossed my mind as being too old because I did not cling to the fear fueling that too old, aged, limiting belief. I saw actual 12 year olds blogging during my newbie blogging days. Who cares that a kid 20 years my junior began blogging? I had 20 more years LIFE experience than he. Possessing 20 more years life experience puts you at a tremendous advantage when it comes to learning the in’s and out’s of blogging the right way. Heck; the 73 year old new blogger may have zero blogging experience but 73 years of life experience. What seems more important at that point in your life? Does knowing how to format a blog post at 73 count more than the fearlessness, serenity and peace you acquired from facing 73 years worth of fears? Dude begins blogging with the mindset of a Blogging Yoda, for all he faced and for all the experience he has. Does THAT sound like it’s too late for blogging?

The only thing I would say is to begin blogging now because blogging experience is your best ally. Do not wait on the sidelines. Even though you can begin blogging at any age, why wait until you turn 45 when you can begin blogging now, at age 40? Why hesitate? Experience benefits you tremendously. Whether you start blogging at 13 or 73, experience earned and learned from, accelerates your blogging success. But you need to see the journey through and you need to begin blogging now. Go ahead. Blog. It’s not too late!

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