MYF Approved weekly October 19: less is more, niche sites, and blogs

myf approvedIn today’s MYF Approved Weekly we have a wide range of topics. The MYF weekly series is designed as a way to cherry pick a few of the best posts from around the web. The idea is to help you get up to date with what is going on.

Let’s jump in.

Less is more: unshackle yourself and do more

In this post I talk about how less is more and how by choosing to do less, you can actually do more.

Action tip: Choose one thing from the list of things you do that isn’t helping your business and remove it from your to do list.

Key takeaway: Do only those things with the greatest return on investment.

Introducing Our Niche Site Case Study (With a Twist)

In this post Glen launches a new niche site case study that has a twist. His idea is very interesting. He’s approaching it from three different ways (anything, only social SEO, and only SEO). It’s going to be really interesting to see how it all pans out.

Action tip: Follow the case study to learn how you can apply it to your business.

Key takeaway: Don’t be afraid to try different things.

Why add a Blog to Your Website

Judi Graff from FarmNwife talks about why your website should have a blog as well. I totally agree with her ideas and every farm website should have a blog.

Action tip: Start a blog on your website.

Key takeaway: Having a blog on your website will increase the chances that Google finds it.

GFP034: Advice on beginning a farm with Shawn Scott of Hoosier Roots Farm

John from Farm Marketing Solutions has a talk with Shawn about how he started his farm. Definitely worth a listen for any new or seasoned farmer.

Action tip: Don’t take on unnecessary debt.

Key takeaway: It takes a lot of determination to start a farm. You have to seriously want it.

How Google is Changing Long-Tail Search with Efforts Like Hummingbird – Whiteboard Friday

With all the recent changes from Google with its Hummingbird update this Whiteboard Friday gives you a little insight from Rand. It is definitely worth a listen if you are curious about how it is going to affect your website.

Action tip: Create better content.

Key takeaway: Google is constantly changing its algorithm so it’s best to stick with what’s ok with Google and not any blackhat stuff (unless you seriously know what you are doing)

Final thoughts

A lot is changing in the SEO world. As long as you are creating value, Google will reward you.

Stay classy.

Less is more: unshackle yourself and do more

Less is moreFeeling overwhelmed?

I know I get that feeling and I’m sure you do too.

Lately, I’ve been weaning myself off quite a few things.

It all started when I decided to consciously reduce my information intake after writing about being an information junkie.

Initially, you find it hard to cut things out of your normal routine because you’re afraid you will miss something.

We’ve all been there.

But what if you could accomplish more by doing less?

Sounds counter intuitive doesn’t it?

But it’s not.

Because I’ve been reading less, I find that my mind is less cluttered with unnecessary information. I’ve freed my brain from the shackles of information overload.

You can too.

All you have to do is, do less.

Take the information IV out, slash those unproductive tasks from your to do lists, and do less.

Be ruthless with your time. You only get one shot at life, so you need to make it count. Do what needs doing.

Less is more in action

I’ve seen some other people do same thing because they were feeling overwhelmed and not accomplishing as much as they wanted.

And do you know what they did?

They did less and accomplished more.

Let me give you a couple of examples.

Leslie Samuel from Become a Blogger decided to get rid of his Google+ community of over 800 people because he wanted to do more. By doing this, he sets his sights on what drives his business.

Leslie also made a list of priorities that he focuses on. If the top priorities weren’t getting done, he focusses less on any low priority.

Easier said than done I’m sure.

Another great example

A recent Entrepreneur on Fire guest  does something very particular every Friday.

He cuts something off the list that isn’t helping him in his business. This gives him the opportunity to crush it on other aspects of his business.

You don’t have to be overwhelmed, you don’t have to do more.

You just have to do what gives you the most bang for your buck.

New mantra

Because of this new mantra I have read less and had more time for my brain just to do what brains do… think.

It is due to this free thought that has led me to a couple of great ideas. Have I done anything with these new ideas? no. I just noted them and moved on. Very similar to what you do in meditation. Acknowledge a thought and move on.

Less is more with blogging

You can also use this way of thinking to your blogs.

You don’t have to write a textbook when you write a blog post. Simply write until you’ve said what needs saying.

Simple.

Final thoughts

What can you cut out of your busy life to give you more time for more important things? Leave a comment below with what you can cut out.