What's in a Domain Name?

Hmmm. Confusion has well and truly grabbed me.

I used to hold my site on the domain www.totallylaura.com – last September I moved it to nakedblogging.com and underwent a total rebrand in line with releasing my first digital product. Naked Blogging has been a great home and I finally felt like ‘a brand’.

Now? I’m having another moment of clarity that’s making me wonder if I have everything in the right place. My thinking is that perhaps my blog and free content hub should sit on my name. Then my products have their own URL’s that I can direct prospects to.

Makes perfect sense no (much more succinctly than in the video I suspect!)? If so, what’s holding me back? I think the biggest hurdle is that I know it will break all of my hard earned back links to my blog. Silver lining is that people will find the Naked Blogging product site… So I should just do it… Right?

Would love your thoughts and feedback!

FAO Overwhelmed Module 2 Peeps

It’s all going to be ok :)

Take a deep breath and just pause. Why are you feeling this awful fear, panic and frustration about not being able to get the results you know your business needs? Because you’re passionate about what you’ve learnt! You’ve listened, digested and now you want to take some darned action – why does it have to be so difficult?!

It doesn’t.

After several messages today from overwhelmed B Schoolers who are all experiencing the same feeling albeit with very different elements concerning their websites – I wanted to really speak to you. You feel this way because you care. It’s ok that you don’t have all the skills right now to be able to create a Marie Forleo style website. Sometimes? A girl needs a helping hand – ain’t no shame in admitting that.

Yesterday I offered to provide support in any way I could with all issues relating to websites. I am a WordPress designer (I like to consider myself retired) and know that this is the one area of B School where I can give back with my absolute all.

If you’re diving on in to reinventing your WordPress site you should absolutely check out the following plugin. It’s called ‘Theme Tester’. You can either go ahead and search for it under your plugins menu in your WP dashboard or you can click to download the files ready for upload via FTP here.

The MarieTV episode I referred to had an awesome exercise inside it that would serve you well right now. Click here to see it.

How my Vlog saved my B School Bacon ( #rhhbschool )

What a weird day I had yesterday. I vlogged here about how amazing I was feeling after completing module 1 and that I was psyched to know who my customers were and more importantly; how to find find them… Then I went through the website module. And it all unravelled a little.

Perhaps it’s because I’ve had an emotional week but something wasn’t quite balanced with my thinking last night. I convinced myself that I wasn’t going to get value from B School and that I was paying all this money just to access networking (amazing networking that should say). After posting my feelings on the Facenook group I received some incredible emails overnight that really wowed me.

This morning I fired up my MacBook Pro and checked myself. I opened up this site and watched back my vlog entry from yesterday. I could SEE the change in me jumping right out of the screen. What on earth had my problem been last night?

Thank goodness I have this place so that in future times of doubt or negativity I can simply look back and see the positive energy beaming out from me. I’ve had my own lightbulb moments aplenty already; plus I already said repeatedly that if I don’t even get another thing out of B School it was already worth the financial investment. I wouldn’t be writing or updating this blog for a start and it’s opened up many avenues and ideas for me that I would never have possibly been brave enough to believe myself capable of.

I am stating it here in black and white:

I adore B School and thanks to this little place I’ve made my home; I’m able to remember that at all times from this moment on :)

Here's What I Can Offer You

To my fellow B Schoolers,

I posted on the Facebook group this evening (UK time!) saying I was feeling a little deflated about not getting anything out of this week’s module (websites). After a couple of really useful and thought provoking responses here’s what I’m gonna do about it…

I’m a web savvy chick. No doubt about that; it’s what got me here in the first place. I’m not wanting to start going all salesy on you all or listing what these things would usually cost etc. This isn’t a sales pitch; quite the opposite. Here’s the thing: Rather than looking for what I can gain from B School this week – I’m looking for ways to add value to my fellow B Schoolers who may not be as geeky as I am 😉

So – in brief; hit me up! If you need a website review; WordPress advice; theme suggestion; help with figuring out who to start building your list with – I’m all ears. Well… In a few hours. It’s late here and I’m hitting my pillow after I click publish.

In the meantime, email me. Share this post and feel free to make use of me the best way you know how!

You know you want to 😉

It's all About the Premium

I have adored getting down and dirty with module 1 of B School and getting to grips with my profit plan.

Already I have a clear outlook on what I want to create, mould and shape and how to do it. I can’t wait to see how the rest of the course builds upon this – only trouble is; I’m raring to get out of the starting blocks!

I’m all about the branding and I’m now on the lookout for a Graphic design type person who can help professionalise the shizzle out of what I am about to create.

I also need a professional video setup to record my materials in a much less wobbly and bad lighting-y way than the above.

Answers on a postcard? Or you can email me if you want to talk about either of the above.

Start the Right Business

So excited last night to complete the ‘Start the Right Business’ pdf from B School bonus materials.

I learnt so much about myself, my business ideas and they way I want to shape my life for future.

And there was this:

“People don’t buy what you do; they buy why you do it”

Simon Sinek

I so want to go into this in a whole heap more depth but not today. Just know that this was an aha moment for sure. It makes so much sense!

Have you completed the Start the Right Business materials? Have you had an aha moment of your own that you’d like to share?

Sorry, I'm Fully Booked

Wow. How many times have I wanted to say those words over the years?

Well now it’s true. I’m officially not taking on any new clients (sorry peeps) until after I have come through the other side of the B School process.

Why have I made this decision? Simply because I want to give my all not just to B School but also the wonderful clients I already work with and my daughter.

I’ve taken the drastic step of removing my offerings from my website until a later date. People who are interested can still contact me to make enquiries but I’m likely to offer a date nearer to the summer months when I know I will be available for work. Even then; who knows what I will be offering in the shape of services by then.

My thoughts at this moment in time are that I want to create a shit hot digital product that I can focus on selling in a well structured (and effective) manner leaving me free to focus on just a few clients that I can really enjoy working with.

No more websites. But that’s in another video :)

Have you made any big decisions yet?

Bye Bye Facebook – Hello B School!

It’s finally time! I went out and bought a shiny new page per day diary for my desk and a big empty notepad that will be exclusively for B School notes and world takeover plans.

If you want to keep up to date with me on Facebook you can subscribe to my updates HERE.

If you want to see how awesome G+ is and hangout with me there then you can come on over and say hi!

After being asked lots of brill questions about G+ I’m going to be posting info and helpful stuff as well as running hangouts to help you get to grips with the platform. Stay tuned for more reasons as to WHY you should be jumping on board now (yes before the big boys catch on!).