What’s up with the #Hashtags ?

#Hashtags

If you are brand new to social media you may find yourself feeling majorly confused with the term “hashtag” and their purpose. Through Twitter, Tumblr, Pinterest, Instagram and now even on Facebook – you will see people posting stuff #likethis.

A hashtag is created by online users to discuss specific events and relevant issues. They are categorically arranged so that other online users can easily search for the topic and participate in the conversation, no matter where in the world they may be located.

Actually, Chris Messina(a guy considered to be a social technology expert) has been given the credit of coming up with the first hashtag on Twitter. He posted this in August 2007 and his tweet went like this:

“How do you feel about using # (pound) for groups. As in #barcamp [msg]?”

So how do you use hashtags efficiently?

hashtag big idea mastermind blogbeast

As mentioned above, hashtags are normally used to gather a statement into a category. This makes it easier for other online patrons(your target groups) to identify what your topic is and to also be able to find you through a quick hashtag search.

Say for instance on Instagram. This social platform is based on sharing photos. Every post you make is a photo. Then you can of course add on text in the description underneath. However, just a photo and some regular text won’t make your photo visible to others unless they are your followers or they know your username and search you up. To actually spread your photo and make it “viral” you have to give it some tags.

Hashtag your photos in categories you see fit for the photo, but also do a quick search to see what are popular tags. When people search for hashtag categories, your photos will pop up in the category as they are posted.

(check out these sites for popular tags: http://www.hashtags.orghttp://www.tagsforlikes.com)

I use tags a lot on my instagram profile. Some of my favorite hashtags are #bigideamastermind #anythingispossible #believeinyourself #quotestoliveby #success…

These work for me as they are all related to the topics of my photos and my business.

If you are into food, good hashtags can be: #instafood #foodporn #yummy

If you are into fitness, popular hashtags can be: #fitness #fit #health #workout

In general, some of the absolute most popular instagram hashtags are: #love #beautiful #sky #picoftheday #photooftheday #instamood

Whatever your topic is and whatever you are trying to attract, find the most popular hashtags for that category and tag it to your photo.

I used Instagram as an example because that is where I am the most present myself. I have gotten GREAT responses using various hashtags there. The principle is the same for all the social media platforms that accept hashtags. It’s not very complicated. Just play around with it and see where it takes you.

Here is an example of my #hashtag use:

instagram popular hashtags

You may suddenly find yourself completely hung up on hashtags. Overuse is definitely possible, trust me I have had a tendency to go a little overboard with my hashtags as I was figuring it out. It won’t really hurt in any way though, it just may look like a lot of text happening.

Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake just made this, to me, hilarious video on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. Topic: Hashtags! It’s funny and I definitely partially recognize bits of myself in there.

It’s funny – Enjoy!

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Day 34/90 – Just landed in Denver – ready for an epic weekend!

Hi friends,

I gotta make this super quick.. Pretty much just got to the hotel in Denver, Colorado. Doing my workout of the day(cause you know, I have a 90 day workout challenge in addition to the video part). Then my lady and I are going to go register for the biggest event of this quarter – the Empower Network “Don’t Be A Wussy” event! Yeah!!

Lot’s of cool stuff is going on here this weekend with an amazing number of about 6000 happy and dedicated internet marketers. We are here to learn, develop, expand and network.

Don’t worry if you’re not here – I will keep you posted with videos and other updates.

Check my Instagram, Facebook and Twitter as updates will be all around!

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Big Idea Mastermind Explained/FAQ

So, I have recently received a lot of questions from you guys on how the commission system with Big Idea Mastermind works so I figured I would make you one big blog post to explain it all + touch by a couple of other common questions. If anything is still unclear after you read this post I ask you to please just comment below or email me at ron@elitetrafficcommunity.com.

1. How does Empower Network fit in with Big Idea Mastermind? Is Big Idea Mastermind just another team under Empower Network?

Big Idea Mastermind and Empower Network are two different companies with different owners. However, everyone who is a member of BIM is also a member of Empower Network.

Empower Network came first and was founded by Dave Sharpe and Dave Wood as a blogging platform in 2011. After a while they evolved with combining some of the best internet marketing trainings from some top 6 and 7 figure internet marketers. This includes hours upon hours upon hours of video trainings and webinars teaching each member how to sell, generate traffic, outsource, convert leads, search engine optimize etc. This is knowledge you can use with any business or product you want to sell. The value of the training you receive as a member expands far past the membership fees(starting at $25 per member).

Empower Network has many teams under it with various team names etc. Groups of members working together with some of their own tools, marketing materials and strategies. Big Idea Mastermind is different.

Big Idea Mastermind was launched in the spring of this year(2013) by traffic generation king Vick Strizheus. Before Mr. Strizheus founded Big Idea Mastermind he had great success with the High Traffic Academy. High Traffic Academy gives high quality, detailed and hands-on training on how to get traffic to your website. Even though Strizheus had great success with HTA he wanted to do more for his members so he teamed up with Empower Network to start his new company – Big Idea Mastermind.

Big Idea Mastermind is tied with Empower Network in the way that you get the exact same commissions for the same products as with Empower Network, but you get even MORE training, MORE tools and MORE coaching. Big Idea Mastermind has it’s own back office where you can find the marketing materials, the training videos etc that you only get with BIM.

BIM back office journeys of growth

2. Is Big Idea Mastermind more expensive than Empower Network?

No, you pay exactly the same as you would for your Empower Network membership. In addition to the extra training, tools and promotional aids you get with BIM, when you go up to a Diamond membership you get the High Traffic Academy course for free as well! So as a Big Idea Mastermind member at the highest level you gain valuable knowledge from all three networks for the price of one.

3. What do you mean with “extra marketing materials and promotional aids”?

Part of the idea behind BIM was to make internet marketing so simple that anyone could do it while using the best company out there as the vessel(that would be Empower Network with its 100 % commissions). Vick Strizheus, with all of his experience, wanted to help anyone with or without any experience in the field be successful. To make sure of this, in addition to all the training he provides to his members, you get a wide selection of  landing pages/squeeze pages(where you send your traffic for signups), a wide selection of professional banner ads(you can put this on any blog or website you own or cooperate with), suggested text materials for email marketing, Facebook marketing, newspaper ads etc etc. Not only that, but as someone gets in through your landing page/squeeze page he has made an automated system where your leads receive follow up emails for several days later with more information on the network and valuable training tips.

All you need to do is drive traffic to that one website. All you need to be able to drive traffic to the website is provided in the training you get in the back office.

4. Do I need to have any experience with internet marketing to do this? 

No previous experience is needed. The system has been made to be as simple and automated as possible so that all you have to do is focus on driving traffic to the website you are given.

5. How much money can I make per sale?

You will earn 100 % commissions of every sale that you generate. How much this amount is depends on what level member you are and what level your signup gets into.

To get a Diamond member commission you have to be Diamond member yourself first. If someone sign up as Diamond member under you – you will make a commission of $4625 for that single sale alone+ keeping $125 as a monthly residual income.

If you are Platinum member with a Platinum sign up under you – you will make a commission of $1625 for that one sale+ keeping $125 as a monthly residual income.

If you are Gold member with a Gold sign up under you – you will make a commission of $625 + keeping $125 as a monthly residual income.

If you are a Silver member with a Silver sign up under you – you will make a commission of $125 for that one sale(this is residual per month).

If you are a Basic member with a Basic sign up under you – you will make a commission of $25 for that sale(this is a residual per month).

Even if you are a Basic member you will have people sign up under you all the way up to Diamond level. However, you will only get the amount of commission up to what level you are at yourself.

6. Do I have to blog to be a part of this program? Do I have to make videos?

No, there is a ton of different traffic methods you can use to bring leads to your sales page. Blogging is encouraged but far far from needed to make sales. Consider it more an opportunity if you are interested. Videos are also far from necessary – you only use the traffic methods you are comfortable with yourself.

Each member may have a completely different way of getting their leads. The good thing is that there are so many options being taught so you can pick whatever method you prefer.

big-idea-mastermind-event

I hope you found this post helpful. If anything is unclear I would love to hear from you!

Lastly I just want to say that the Big Idea Mastermind members are a group of extremely helpful and positive people who only wants to help the guy next to them succeed. We have our own Facebook group for discussion and tip sharing, as well as our own events where we meet in person to “mastermind” and develop ourselves and each others so we can become even better in any aspect of our lives. Through Big Idea Mastermind and Empower Network I have made good friends from all over the world!

Check out Big Idea Mastermind here. 

If you want to hear my own personal story of how I got here, watch my video on youtube. 

Any more questions? Please email me at ron@elitetrafficcommunity.com

Day 8/90 – 90 Day Opportunity – Don’t Be a Shell of Yourself

Went on a run this morning and it was the longest run I’ve done for at least the last 2 years! I used to be in a bad spot.. At some point I even smoked a pack of cigarettes per day. Since I started working on my mindset and my personal growth, things have changed.

Life feels brighter and happier for each day!

Topic of today relates to this and how I want you to NOT be a shell of yourself(like that cool sculpture we found at the Hirshorn Sculpture Garden). We were just walking by and spotted it, felt like it would be a good image to put up for the topic of the day(plus I was dying from my run and needed a break!)

Work on yourself, expand yourself and make sure you utilize all you can of your abilities.

It feels AWESOME.

Have a great Sunday evening!

Ron
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