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A Look at Lean Manufacturing and the Toyota Production System

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Lean is a buzzword in today’s workplace. It is especially popular in manufacturing industries. While most companies have their own version of lean, the fundamentals are the same. This article takes a look at lean manufacturing, defines it, discusses the key terms, and describes the advantages of implementing lean into the manufacturing process.

Note – there are no industry secrets in this article. The contents in this article are public knowledge. (more…)

Creating Amazon Affiliate Links in WordPress

Creating Amazon Affiliate Links in WordPress

We’ve all seen Amazon affiliate links. They’re everywhere. Sometimes they have pictures of products and sometimes they’re just a string of blue underlined text that looks like we should click on them. When we do, it takes us to Amazon. When we buy something through this link, the person who owns the link gets a portion of the sell. You can easily add Amazon links to your own WordPress website. (more…)

Building an Online Store with WooCommerce

Building an Online Store with WooCommerce

Building an online store is easier and cheaper today than it has ever been. It can also be complicated. There is a lot to track and keep up with. You have to track orders, customers, and inventory. As your store grows, this gets even more complex. To build and maintain an online store that will grow, you need a single solution that gives you everything you need in one easy to use package. That’s what WooCommerce does.

WooCommerce is one of the most popular ecommerce solutions for WordPress with close to 6 million downloads and a rating of 4.4 out of 5. It’s a simple plugin that adds ecommerce features to your WordPress website. In this article we will take a look at its overall features and see why it’s the most popular choice for building online stores with WordPress. (more…)

Business Test

One of my hobbies is developing business ideas. I’m very interested in starting a business, but I have trouble deciding what kind. I found an online test that I thought I’d share:

Business Test

I’ve taken this test twice. Once from the book (which I have on order) and today from this website. My first top result was Creator/Builder with Advisor/Counselor and Communicator/Trainer tying for second. Today’s result was Advisor/Counselor first and Communicator/Trainer second.

Some of my top business choices (and book topics) are:

Management Consultant / Business Coach

Career / Personal Coach

 

 

Niche Site Duel 2.0 – Choosing a Niche

For me, the hardest part of writing a book or building a niche site is choosing the topic. There are many techniques out there to help. Here’s my method.

First, I build a matrix in Excel. I will make headings across the top of categories that I want to compare. One example would be- “is the topic podcastable?”

Next, I start listing my favorite topics, topics that I’ve been researching, things that I’ve been searching for online, problems I’ve been trying to solve, etc.

Next, I give each topic a score from 1-5 in each category (1 is bad, 5 is good). At first I just give a score based on what I already know about the topic. As I do more research I change the scores as needed (for example, I might not be able to make as much money from a topic as I thought).

Then, I total all the numbers for each topic. The larger the number the better the topic would be for a niche. Here’s an example:

excel niche selection matrix

I then take each topic that ranked high and do more research. Long Tail Pro is a great tool for this research.

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That’s a simple method to get a few topics to write about. Do you have a different method?

Niche Site Duel 2.0 – Searching for Keywords with Long Tail Pro

I’ve been using the trial version of Long Tail Pro to find keywords that will help me find a niche for the niche site duel. I’ve found a keyword that I like. It’s in a field that I have experience in. I’ve wanted to write a book about it for a while now. This tool helped me to decide if I should write it or not. The market looks so good that I’m considering starting a niche site to go with it. I’m still in research mode, but I’ll give out the information when I make my decision.

I can recommend Long Tail Pro for helping you find niches. Click here for more info: Long Tail Pro

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