Do You Hold Back to Protect Yourself?

I read a really good blog post last week, and it inspired the heck out of me. I HAD to share it with you….

Christine Cress is the name of the leadership coach who wrote this amazingly insightful blog post titled “Was He Ever Invested?

You really, truly, should make time to read this…

In the post, Christine shares a story about her tween son who had a summertime mentor/friend. This young man is a college student who comes to work on ‘special projects’ with him. (Amazing idea, parents!)

Two weeks into this fast-forming and fulfilling relationship, Christine’s son excitedly asked her if […]

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How to Deal with the Loneliness of Being an Online Entrepreneur

I don’t know about you, but I sometimes feel discouraged or confused – looking for indicators I’m on the right track.

Yesterday I was sitting on my back porch thinking about how my business has never been better. Our team is thriving and loving the work. Our clients are thrilled at our performance and hiring us for more projects. We are up 40% over our best year ever.

Yet, I found myself looking inward and looking for validation that I’m on the right track.

You know those times?

Nothing was wrong. I was just searching for encouragement.
(Oh we humans are funny creatures…)

Being an online […]

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Authentic Leadership: Leaders Aren’t Born, They Are Made

A good quote and reminder for you:

“Leaders aren’t born they are made. And they are made just like anything else, through hard work. And that’s the price we’ll have to pay to achieve that goal, or any goal.”
~ Vince Lombardi

As we march the sometimes lonely solopreneur journey to business success, there is suffering and doubt marching by our sides. We wonder if we really have what it takes to make our dreams and goals a reality.

You do have what it takes…

You have a great responsibility…

People ARE watching and listening to you (even when you are convinced otherwise).

Authentic Leadership is something […]

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Authentic Leader Webcast Episode #23: What is a Hashtag and How Do I Use Hashtags?

When I first started out in the amazing world of social media I had no freaking clue what a “hashtag” was!! I wondered if I had to go somewhere to register this so called hashtag, why anyone would use it, and why they were so dang popular.

So I dug in all those years ago and as it turns out….its SO EASY!!

In this video you’ll learn:

What a hashtag is
How to create a hashtag
Which social networks use hashtags
How to search hashtags and join specific conversations
Why you’d want to use hashtags for special events
and sooo much more!

I get super specific so you’ll learn […]

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WordPress Security Risks!

Welp, hackers are at it again! Very recently multiple WordPress Plugins became vulnerable to attacks and the issue has been escalated to WordPress developers to make a global upgrade available ASAP.

I just had someone contact me who had 3 of her sites hacked yesterday.

Some of the most popular plugins that have been affected include:

Jetpack
Google Analytics by Yoast
All In one SEO
Gravity Forms
WPTouch
…among many others

You can read more about the security threat here >>  (warning: very techy article)

Now what?

Step 1. Scan your site to see if your site has been hacked.

Step 2. Upgrade your WordPress site and all plugins immediately and […]

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Google Search Engine Ranking Changes!

Welp, Google is at it again! You may have heard that Google is changing their algorithm to benefit websites that are mobile friendly and punish those that are not.

That means if your website does NOT pass the mobile friendly test, then your pages will get ranked lower in Google’s search engine and it will be much harder for you to get natural organic traffic on your site. (Yikes!!)

Today, that change was officially made so soon we’ll start see that shift in page rank for sites across the board.

Feel free to read Google’s FAQ page about this change >>

Now […]

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The Total Impact Series with Amber Vilhauer and Ash Ghandehari

Today I want to invite you into my mindset around the two highest uses of your time for long-term growth: blogging and strategic partnerships.

Without a doubt, blogging has (and continues to be) one of the most effective ways I’ve grown my business. Google has brought me a tremendous amount of traffic just because I consistently put out valuable content to my audience.

But possibly the single greatest way I’ve grown my business is through strategic partnerships (similar businesses referring their clients to me on a regular basis).

In fact, through just one strategic partner, I’ve been able to bring in $50,000-$75,000 each year for the […]

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The Movement Marketing Summit with Amber Vilhauer, Aj Amyx and Andy Zitzmann

Today I want to invite you into my mindset around branding and conversion.

What I find interesting is that if you’re not getting the sales you want, you think you need to market harder or in a different way. You rarely think about the possibility of an issue around your branding. Today, I’m going to expose you to the real problem….

(also, see below for real actionable branding tips you can use in your business!)

You could do ALL the marketing in the whole world – and you could do it perfectly! – but when that traffic comes back to your website you’ll find out if your […]

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3 Quick Productivity Reminders to Stay on Your A Game

The demands on an entrepreneur are at an all time high and the intensity is only rising. To-do lists are getting longer and customers expect results faster which means you are being forced to manage your time – every minute of it – otherwise your business will crumble.

If you want to stay on top of your A game, these are some helpful tips:

My highest productivity tip is to “get it done in the moment.“If a task comes in that takes me less than 5 minutes, I immediately knock it out. That could be an email request of someone needing a […]

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Q&A: How Much Free Content Should You Give Before Asking for the Sale?

Tom Rubens, www.theaccountabilityfactor.com, submitted a question for the “Ask Amber” Podcast asking what is a good balance between giving away valuable free content, versus when it’s best to ask for the sale.

This is a great question that a lot of my coaching clients ask me. You definitely want to offer free content as a way of proving your value, showcasing your credibility/expertise/experience. But you also want to monetize and make sure you’re not just giving away the farm, right?

All of this is explained (with a detailed strategy plan) and more in this Authentic Leader […]

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