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How to Use Content to Strengthen Your Reader Relationships

The key thing about online community relationships is that the more you communicate and step forward to your readers in a useful, honest, and direct manner, the more trust you will build. And the more trust that you build, the more likely it is that your community and readership will continue to grow. The people […] The post How to Use Content to Strengthen Your Reader Relationships appeared first on Mindful Mystic...

The key thing about online community relationships is that the more you communicate and step forward to your readers in a useful, honest, and direct manner, the more trust you will build. And the more trust that you build, the more likely it is that your community and readership will continue to grow.

The people in your community may, over time, become your online friends … and maybe even clients.  It is important however, to nurture the relationship with your readers first and foremost.  It is good practice to keep useful content coming regularly without pushing to hard and driving them away.

Don’t Forget – Communication Is a Two-Way Street

In real life relationships, we all know that clear communication takes at least two people; the person delivering the message and the person receiving the message. When it comes to online relationship building, both parties can trade in their roles, but just as in real life it always takes two-way interactions. Do your best to always respond to reader comments, and seek enjoyable ways to interact with your audience. Try to let the communication flow naturally.

Engage Your Community In Authentic Conversations

Try to be mindful and release any end goals so that you are free to enter into flowing conversations with your readers. Strategically you’ll want to try to keep these conversations public so that others can benefit from your writing and assistance. Keep in mind that your conversations are not only useful to the person you’re talking to, but also to everyone reading. Creating forums is always a great idea too!

Share Behind-the-Scenes Tidbits with Your Readers

Outside of calling out people by name, another way you can build connection with your readers is to give them some personal insight into your work behind the scenes. If you’ve failed on a project, or didn’t do something as well as you wanted, maybe share your story. If you have already written a blog post about something they are asking about, answer them, but link to that old post too. When they see the effort you’re taking for them, it will really help you to build trust.

Request Reader Participation

You can ask your readers to upload images, memes and even videos around the topic in question. Perhaps you’re trying to promote healthy habits to families … you can ask that they share pictures of their families at play or even start a community to help encourage moving as a family. Building a solid connection with your readers is paramount, as it will also help you to feel better in your own work, and help you to remain clear about your purpose. I love using Conversational Forms by WPForms. These are full page conversational forms which help your readers feel that they are getting a more personal interaction with you. See more about how they work here.

Create Challenges for Your Readers – Fun!

Depending on what your end goal is, you can plan different types of challenges for your readers to get them more engaged with you and build relationships with them. If this sounds like something you’d like to create, once you have your challenge idea in mind, you can set up the challenge through your email auto-responder (or even create an online course for your readers!). 

Host a Q&A Session (Facebook Live, Zoom, etc.)

Q&A’s are very popular and ways to build camaraderie with your community. They are lots of fun too, and a great way to get your feet wet with real time connection with your readers! This is a great way to nurture your community and clarify your purpose in your work. 

Remember that building community means growing your readership and learning about yourself in the process. You may need a wide range of content types in order to do this, and keep yourself passionate about your writing and your work. Every time you post something on social media, it becomes your content. Every time you post an article on your blog, it becomes your content. Watch for your own responses as well as your readers’ responses to your published work. This will help to inform you and keep you on track. Use your content to its maximum by making it interactive, and therefore more enjoyable for everyone!

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How to Use Landing Pages for Impact & Efficiency

For as long as I’ve been blogging, it took me a good while to learn what a landing page is and actually does, let alone to understand the importance of a landing page.  For those of you in the same boat I once was, a landing page is defined simply as the page someone lands […] The post How to Use Landing Pages for Impact & Efficiency appeared first on Mindful Mystic...

For as long as I’ve been blogging, it took me a good while to learn what a landing page is and actually does, let alone to understand the importance of a landing page.  For those of you in the same boat I once was, a landing page is defined simply as the page someone lands on when they arrive at your blog or website.

However, many bloggers misunderstand the purpose of a landing page, or why they should even want one.  Learning to use them more effectively can provide a better user experience for your visitors as well as more profits.

Not a One Size All Approach

One of the most common approaches to a landing page is to create one for everything. Every advertisement, blog post, social media post and email message leads readers to the same page. This is actually a mistake. It can make it extremely difficult to determine what efforts are generating the best results in terms of readership and potential clients. It also makes it less compelling to your readers and followers.

For example, let’s say you email your list and you tell them about the fantastic new book you’ve released. Instead of sending them to your one size fits all landing page, why not send them to a landing page created specifically for your new book? You certainly wouldn’t want to send them to one landing page where your primary goal is to capture new subscribers. They’ve already subscribed.

The takeaway is to create a unique landing page for each goal or initiative. Let’s say you want to promote your new ebook on Facebook … you’d create a unique landing page for that Facebook content. You can promote the same ebook to your email list but you’ll send them to a different landing page. They’re a different audience with a stronger connection to you, they’ve subscribed to your list, and therefore your landing page should be created specifically for them. This way, you can speak to them directly in the way that you always do, and they won’t be thrown for a loop.

Creating Landing Pages

If you operate a WordPress based website then creating multiple landing pages may seem overwhelming and complicated. Rest assured that there are several quality plug-ins that help you not only create but manage multiple landing pages on WordPress. They generally also offer opt-in pages and forms as well as templates to help you design and style your landing pages.  One of my personal favourites is Form Pages by WPForms

Form Pages by WPForms is excellent for WordPress because it lets you build custom form landing pages and combine it with other powerful WPForms features such as payment integrations, user registration, smart surveys, conditional logic,  marketing integrations, form abandonment technology, and loads more.

You Reap the Benefits Too

It’s important to note that when you create unique landing pages for each of your goals, projects and initiatives, you benefit in multiple ways. You are better able to craft a tailored message to your audience – which is a surefire way to find yourself feeling good about your work. Let’s be honest … we all want to feel as amazing as possible about our projects at the end of the day!


When you use landing pages, you’re better able to tweak the page to generate more readers and ultimately more fulfilling results.
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When you use landing pages, you’re better able to tweak the page to generate more readers and ultimately more fulfilling results. You’re also able to discern what marketing efforts are working and which ones aren’t though the use of strategic analytics.

All of this put together will help you better focus and aim the intended direction of your creative projects, which of course saves you more time and will help you maximize your use of that time.

 

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How to Connect with Your Readers (& Gather Useful Data)

Disclosure: Keep in mind that some of the links in this post are affiliate links and if you go through them to make a purchase I may earn a commission. I link these companies and their services because of their quality and not because of the commission I may receive. Have you been wondering how […] The post How to Connect with Your Readers (& Gather Useful Data) appeared first on Mindful Mystic...

Disclosure: Keep in mind that some of the links in this post are affiliate links and if you go through them to make a purchase I may earn a commission. I link these companies and their services because of their quality and not because of the commission I may receive.

Have you been wondering how to develop a stronger relationship with your readers, and struggling with how to do that? One of the most important things you can do to help with this, is to figure out who you are as a writer and how you best get your message across so that it is received.

Having a relationship with your readers means they value your blog and they share the link to it with other people. You want that type of connection because as a professional, the traffic and connections that you gain will be priceless. You will learn so much about who you are in connection to your readers, and in such a rich way.

Take the time to get to know your readers as best you can, and pick topics they want to know about. Part of your job in relationship building is to listen to your readers and meet their needs to the best of your ability. There are so many unique and creative ways you can do this. And once you get into a rhythm with it, your skills will sharpen and your productivity will naturally increase.

A good keyword tool gives you help on what to blog about.

But there’s more that you can do to find topics. You can look in forum threads and check out trending topics in order to see what people are asking.

You can also simply invite your readers to submit questions to you.

You can do this on your email auto-responder opt in form, or have a special contact form on your blog where people can engage with you that way.

Whenever someone emails you with a question, you can safely assume there are more people out there who are wondering the same thing. Use those questions as juicy goodness for your blog topics.

When you start blogging about all of these things, it makes the audience feel like you’ve really got your finger on the pulse of the blogosphere – like you have great instincts. Which of course we all do, you’ll just get your point across more clearly.

Next, write in a highly conversational style and end each blog with an invitation to connect.

People need to feel like you’re speaking just to them – even if you’re not.

It helps a lot (and it takes time) to build your writing style to a point where you are very comfortable with what you say and how you say it, so that your words just flow. Be patient with yourself, and be sure to put your practice in. Write daily, even if it’s simply writing in your journal or tweaking and refreshing old posts.

When you end a blog post, you can ask a question or invite people to share their own perspectives about the topic in the comments. 

Participate in the conversation that goes on in your blog comments. If people are kind enough to take you up on your invitation, then make an effort to have a dialogue with them.

One of the best ways to get your readers engaged is to hold a survey.

A favourite tool of mine to use for holding surveys for my readers is WPForms. Surveys are a surefire method to get you fine tuning your personal outreach methods and building a connection with your readers. If you’ve never tried holding a survey with WPForms, here is an easy to follow guide on getting started on doing so with WordPress.

Thank them for their comments and input, and be sure to address them by name.

Open up a discussion about what they had to say. These are fabulous ways of connecting. If you wish, you can look into using a plugin for blogging to help the comments become “threaded,” which helps all of your readers see who was responding to who which deepens connections around your work even further. It’s a beautiful thing.

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6 Ways to Respectfully Revitalize Indigenous Ways of Life

Like many Canadians, I have been deeply affected by the activity surrounding cases involving Indigenous people in our country. We have some painful and tainted history here in regards to what has happened to our First Nations and Indigenous people. When European settlers first arrived, the Indigenous populations were forced onto reservations. The Indian Act […] The post 6 Ways to Respectfully Revitalize Indigenous Ways of Life appeared first on Mindful Mystic...

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Like many Canadians, I have been deeply affected by the activity surrounding cases involving Indigenous people in our country. We have some painful and tainted history here in regards to what has happened to our First Nations and Indigenous people. When European settlers first arrived, the Indigenous populations were forced onto reservations. The Indian Act was created, which ultimately prevented any chance of reclamation of the land and blocked the inherent rights of the Indigenous people.

Residential schools were created, and many children were taken from their families and put into schools run by priests and nuns. Horrible abuses occurred in these schools, most of which have been stealthily swept away from the public eye. There is a resurgence with this information, this ‘forbidden history’, and it is beginning to come to light. This is important to me because it wasn’t too far back in my own family history where members of my family had land taken from them, and some were made to attend residential school.

Even though there has been a Truth and Reconciliation Commission brought forward, there is much healing to be done. Many reservations still don’t have clean or running water, racism runs rampant, and this segregation has led to much resentment from the Indigenous cultures.

I am personally not so sure that a Truth and Reconciliation Commission is really enough to even begin to heal the damage that has been done. It is certainly a step in the right direction, but I feel it is also important to begin to lift the stigma on Indigenous ways of life. The suppression of these ways is where the atrocities and segregation began. So I believe it is important to begin to honor these ways again, believe in their potency, and honor them in the way they were meant to be. This needs to begin with the Indigenous peoples themselves, to lessen any chances of cultural appropriation.

Here is something I wrote today on social media, regarding this image in my feed which I ultimately shared:

Imagine this happening to you as a child. Everything you’ve ever known stripped away and stolen from you – your language, your rituals and all that you hold sacred, your natural way of learning, your natural way of healing, your loving family that you may have never seen again. Imagine the warm and caring hands you once knew from your parents and grandparents becoming the cold abusing hands of priests and nuns. As you grow older, knowing that same family probably turned to alcohol in despair of being broken in so many ways. And if you physically survived the pain and abuse, you may have turned to substance as well. Imagine that within this ‘society’, you came to see your people treated, in all directions, like criminals. The way of the people within this society, ever so sanctified, was somehow the ‘right way’.

How Can We Begin to Revitalize and Respect Indigenous Ways of LIfe?

Here are some of my thoughts on this. Indigenous communities need to be proactive in order to return to their tradition. Those that hold ancient knowledge in the community of Indigenous culture are the guardians of the old ways. They can teach the children and youth the traditional ways that the community relates to the land. It is different than the modern, colonial, Western attitudes. These are wisdoms that we call all learn from and navigate our lives with, helping to revitalize and respect the earth honoring ways of Indigenous cultures within ourselves.

Enjoy Life’s Journey, but Leave No Marks

One idea necessary for revitalization is to lessen any dependence on outside assistance. Build up strength and resources as much as possible within yourself. Clarify the means of what you will require for your journey in order to fulfill your dreams. This will lessen any ‘strings attached’ paradigms, and you can then be sure that any steps you take will be in your full integrity.

Take From the Earth Only What is Needed

Do your best to truly listen to those prepared to bring back ancient knowledge. Lessen your footprint and be mindful of what you take and how you use it. This wisdom was once passed down through oral tradition. Nature was once the classroom in which Indigenous children learned. The Flora and Fauna are being forgotten for the potent abilities in healing and connection, but can be found in classrooms that study Indigenous culture.

The Earth is Our Mother (Give Thanks for Each New Day)

It is my hope that Indigenous families will take the deep dive into feeling confident to teach their children traditional ways at home. The grandparents are especially important in this process. They will provide the backbone of support to others holding ancient wisdoms. Just because Indigenous information is not written down in any ‘formal fashion’ does not make it any less valuable than the textbooks of Western cultures.

Honour Your Ancestors Through Your Actions

Through this process, the future generations will be able to understand their heritage. They will comprehend the Indigenous way of life. And it is not enough to just tell, elders must also be able to show the youth and children how to enact these traditional ways. They need to know their language and be connected once again to the land. Everyone can do this, wherever you are, by taking the time to learn the traditional ways of the Indigenous peoples of your land. Respect and honour these ways of life, and do your best to feel rather than just hear what you are learning.

Work First for the Good of All (All Life is Sacred)

There needs to be an interconnected attitude among the Indigenous community. People who are guardians of ancient knowledge must find the courage to step up to the plate before the information is lost. People who do not understand the culture will never be able to keep it alive. It is only through those who are active participants that tradition can be transmuted and stay alive. We must all remember that we are part of the larger human family, and this family creates a sacred hoop in which all life is sacred, and of which we are the custodians.

Speak the Truth, and Only of the Good in Others

This is especially in regards to the truth of the early relationship between the Indigenous and the colonial settlers. The way this needs to be accomplished is through the educational systems. Settlers should not be teaching the traditional ways because they see them through a different lens. The Indigenous community needs professionals engaged in the revitalization of traditional ways.

The beauty of these wisdom teachings is that they always remain relevant, for every person and all cultures, no matter how evolved or learned we think we’ve become. We can always come back to remembering the importance of opening our hearts and souls to Great Spirit. We can wake each day with the promise to ourselves that we will follow the rhythms of nature, and retire and rise with the sun. We must try to remember these simple but profound teachings, especially when the pain gets overwhelming and life gets challenging.

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7 Ways Doing Yoga Leads to a Healthy Marriage and a Better Sex Life

Is your sex life falling flat? Studies show that marital satisfaction is closely associated with sexual satisfaction. The more intimate you are with your partner, the closer and happier you feel. The word “Yoga” is derived from the ancient Indic language of India. It means “to unite” or “union”. This is fitting for married partners […] The post 7 Ways Doing Yoga Leads to a Healthy Marriage and a Better Sex Life appeared first on Mindful Mystic...

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Is your sex life falling flat? Studies show that marital satisfaction is closely associated with sexual satisfaction. The more intimate you are with your partner, the closer and happier you feel.

The word “Yoga” is derived from the ancient Indic language of India. It means “to unite” or “union”. This is fitting for married partners who are practicing yoga because this form of meditative exercise has an amazing way of bringing couples closer together. Especially in the bedroom.

In this case, a healthy marriage starts with a healthy body – inside and out. Through yoga, you will be able to enhance your sensitivity, increase your strength, and discover your inner person. It doesn’t hurt that it can do wonders for your sex life, as well!  Here are 7 reasons why.

 

1. Yoga Improves Sexual Function

Yoga can help improve your sex life in many ways. To begin with, the stretching and holding of poses can improve blood flow to the genitals. This healthy blood flow strengthens erections for men and improves the female sexual experience by increasing lubrication and vaginal sensitivity.

Another way yoga improves your sex life is by strengthening the pelvic floor muscles in your body. If you’ve ever heard of “Kegel exercises” you’ll know that this refers to the tightening and releasing of the pelvis floors muscles.

Research indicates that weakened pelvic floor muscles are significantly associated with infrequent orgasms and reduction in sexual arousal. Further studies reveal that the stronger the pelvic floor muscles are, the better sex will be for women.

 

2. Creates a Time for Reflection

If you have a busy schedule, the time you put aside to do yoga can be a wonderful opportunity to reflect on what makes a healthy marriage. Focus on what sort of partner you want to be to your spouse, what you could be doing better or make a mental list of all the things you love about your partner.

Make yoga a morning date with your spouse by inviting them to come and stretch with you. Who knows, things might get physical in more ways than one!

 

3. Boosts Confidence

One of the great benefits of yoga is how much it strengthens your body. Postures and poses done through yoga are designed to help you improve your flexibility and balance. These are two things that can be beneficial for your sex life, especially if you’re into trying new and exciting positions.

Studies show that women who have a positive sexual view of themselves report higher levels of romance, sexual arousal, and passionate love in their relationships.

Though yoga is designed for improving movement, it’s not uncommon to lose weight and tone your body through this exercise. Feeling fitter and seeing a change in your body’s tone and shape will send your confidence skyrocketing. This shot of self-esteem makes you feel more uninhibited in the bedroom.

4. Creates Amazing Flexibility

Have you ever picked up a book of sex positions only to feel they look more complicated than exciting? Yoga can help!

Yoga is designed to help your body stretch and relax. Even if you start out stiff, over time you will be able to master the art of flexibility in your poses. Your body will soon become accustomed to bending and moving in new positions. It nearly goes without saying that this can be highly beneficial for a couple looking to spice up their sex life.

Even if you’re not up for new positions in the bedroom, yoga can make your regular sexual routine feel more comfortable.

Becoming more flexible has many other benefits as well, such as an improved posture. You will also experience an increased range of motion. Yoga stretches are great for those suffering from chronic back pain since helpful poses can stretch out the hamstrings without doing damage.

 

5. Yoga Increases Sensitivity

Yoga is a unique, personal experience that puts you in touch with physical and emotional sensitivity. If you want a healthy marriage and a deeper emotional connection, yoga can help.

Learning how to read your partner and communicate with them is important in a marriage. By training yourself through yoga, you’ll be able to respond to your partner instead of reacting to them. You will also improve your empathy and deepen your connection with your spouse.

 

6. Doing Yoga Decreases Anxiety

There’s nothing that kills your sex life quite like a bundle of stress. Anxiety and depression can put a major damper on your sex life.

A study published by the PLOS Journal investigated what effect mindful breathing had on anxiety and depression. The results showed that breathing exercises, such as those practiced during yoga, yielded large reductions in patient anxiety.

Further studies published by Harvard Medical School found that yoga and other meditative exercises can significantly reduce stress, anxiety, and depression.

Because there are many different exercises in yoga ranging from easy to difficult, it becomes a perfect stress killer for youths as well as those who may have limited mobility.

 

7. You’ll Deepen Your Marriage

One of the best ways to build a healthy marriage is by spending quality time together. Why not do this by practicing yoga together as a couple?

Studies suggest that couples are happier when they have a shared bond or hobby. Such shared activities promote marital satisfaction. This will also help you both improve your flexibility, mindfulness, and relaxation.

Doing couple’s yoga will also help you stay accountable for your workouts. Exercising with your spouse is also proven to help keep couples motivated in their workout routines and yield better physical results.

Give your sex life a boost by making yoga a regular part of your weekly exercise routine. This will increase your emotional bond with your spouse and boost your confidence. Yoga will also decrease any relationship anxiety you are experiencing and contribute to a healthy, active sex life.

 

Author Bio: Rachael Pace is a relationship expert with years of experience in training and helping couples. She has helped countless individuals and organizations around the world, offering effective and efficient solutions for healthy and successful relationships. She is a featured writer for Marriage.com, a reliable resource to support healthy happy marriages.

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DIY Kiwi Facial Scrub

  Amongst the tropical fruits, kiwi can help you keep your skin young and healthy. You may do this either by eating it or by putting it on your face. How nice is that? I really like eating kiwi. And I don’t seem to decide if I can spare a piece to create a face […] The post DIY Kiwi Facial Scrub appeared first on Mindful Mystic...

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Amongst the tropical fruits, kiwi can help you keep your skin young and healthy. You may do this either by eating it or by putting it on your face. How nice is that? I really like eating kiwi. And I don’t seem to decide if I can spare a piece to create a face mask 🙂

If you usually don’t have kiwi in your kitchen, here are the reasons to try it:

Rejuvenates skin it is a fruit that contains vitamins A, C and E. These vitamins are part of the antioxidants that are used in most cosmetic products. Vitamins A, C and E fight free radicals and maintain the beauty and elasticity of the skin. In addition, they help regenerate the collagen and maintain a firm foundation.

Reduces signs of aging regular consumption of kiwi can delay the signs of aging skin, wrinkles. It also successfully contributes to removing stains caused by the sun.

Helps detoxify the body in addition to the antioxidants, kiwi fruit is a rich source of dietary fiber, which helps eliminate toxins from the colon and thus detoxify the body. Your skin will look visibly healthier.

Helps healing being a fruit that is rich in vitamin C, regular consumption of kiwi fights inflammation and promotes collagen production. This way, cuts or other wounds will heal much faster. Furthermore, kiwi contains omega-3 fatty acids, compounds which prevent the development of skin diseases.

Fights against acne kiwi fruit pulp contains acids with anti-inflammatory properties that fight bacteria.

Other health effects regular consumption of kiwi fruit lowers the risk of respiratory disease, heart disease, colon cancer; lowers cholesterol levels.

Did I make my point? Are you willing to give it a try?

 

Here’s What You’ll Need to Make This Kiwi Facial Scrub:

1 tablespoon sweet almond oil

2 tablespoons cane sugar

½ kiwi

Here is How to Make This Kiwi Facial Scrub:

Mix together the oil and cane sugar.

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diy kiwi facial scrub

Chop the kiwi in very small pieces (avoid the core) and add it to the oil/sugar mixture.

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Mix well until you smash the fruit.

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Apply with circular moves and massage the face and neck for at least 3 minutes. Allow the kiwi fruit to take action.

After that, rinse well with warm water and apply a face moisturizer.

You may keep the scrub in the fridge for two weeks.

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