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Celebrating Black History Month

Celebrating Black History Month

It’s Black History Month, and we want to share some creations by Black Inventors that I bet you didn’t know.

Carbon dioxide Laser Fuels — Lester Lee

Pressure Cooker — Maurice W. Lee

Window Cleaner — A.L. Lewis

Portable Pencil Sharpener — John L. Love

Fire Extinguisher — Tom J. Marshal

Shoe Lasting Machine — Jan Matzeliger

Rocket Catapult — Hugh MacDonald

Hair Brush — Lyda Newman

Cellular Phone — Henry Sampson

Curtain Rod — S.R. Scottron

Urinalysis Machine — Dewey Sanderson

Player Piano — Joseph Dickinson

Arm for Record Player — Joseph Dickinson

Door Stop — O. Dorsey

Door Knob — O. Dorsey

Photo Print Wash — Clatonia J. Dorticus

Photo Embossing Machine — Clatonia J. Dorticus

Guitar — Robert Flemming Jr.

Motor — J. Gregory

Air Conditioning Unit — Frederick M. Jones

If you want to learn more about Black History Month and what other inventions were created by Black Inventors, read more at Daily Hive.

It is important for us to honor and recognize the contributions of African-Americans and observe Black History Month because it acknowledges that our diverse society has had many individuals who have shaped both America’s past and present. Celebrating black history also provides an opportunity for Americans across color lines to come together.

We can honor these accomplishments while simultaneously celebrating some of today’s entrepreneurs, mompreneurs, artists, and visionaries by supporting Black-owned businesses during Black History Month. ✌🏼✌🏼✌🏽✌🏾✌🏿

SEO Ranks On Top

Giving Your Business a Digital Presence

Giving Your Business a Digital Presence

Business owners, you know that in order to stay ahead of the competition, you need to take advantage of every opportunity available to you. In today’s digital age, that means having a solid digital presence.

Creating and maintaining a website or starting up a social media presence can be expensive and time-consuming. What if you don’t have the time or resources to do it all yourself? Or what if you’re just starting out and don’t know where to begin?

Don’t worry – we’re here to help! In this blog post, we’ll outline some tips for being successful in the digital world as a local business. So read on, and get started with your digital presence today!

1) Building A Website

If you are going to build a Website, USE WordPress. WordPress is the best platform (in my opinion) for SEO. SEO can come later. You can create an essential SEO-friendly website in WordPress. You will save money by starting with a good website and not having to change it later.

2) Social Media Platforms

Use social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to promote your business and connect with customers. You can start off with just a few posts per week. Don’t stress out over it. Just make sure all social platforms have the same business information. Everything needs to match.

3) Create Online Directories

Register with online directories like Yelp or Google My Business to help customers find your business online. Again, make sure all platforms of your business information match.

4) Email Marketing

Use free or low-cost marketing tools like Constant Contact to send out emails and distribute coupons to your customers. These are just a few tips for thriving in the digital world as a local business without breaking the bank! Want more helpful information? Stay tuned for our next blog post!

If you need some assistance with your digital presence, reach out to us at info@seoranksontop.com.

Single Female Entrepreneur

Single Female Entrepreneur

When I was younger, I always thought I would be married with kids by the time I was in my 40’s. It didn’t quite work out that way. I was married once, in my 20’s, which lasted nine years, and that was good enough for me. I never saw myself getting married again until I saw my long-lost love from twenty-five years ago on Facebook…go figure. But he wasn’t ready for me! 😉

I have always been a leader and in control of my life. I will never settle for less than what I deserve. No woman should ever have to settle! Being a leader and always in control may not fit everyone’s wants and desires. I know what I want and what needs to be done to get it. If you don’t have a partner who wants to grow with you, keep developing yourself.

I Am A Single Mother Of Four And An Entrepreneur. I Wouldn’t Change A Thing! 

As a single female entrepreneur, there are some things you should know. First of all, don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t do it on your own. You can! And secondly, make sure to take care of yourself physically and emotionally. It’s so easy to fall when you are up so high. So what’s it like being a single female entrepreneur? It is challenging at times, but it’s also incredibly rewarding. Here are some tips for being a successful single female entrepreneur that I make an effort to follow.

1. Get Out There

Many women crave marriage and children because they want someone with whom to share their day-to-day life. So start finding friends with whom you can share things like that – join local groups, join professional organizations, offer to help other people in public places (like the grocery store), and so forth. We often underestimate our value as companions and friends, but our willingness to be helpful is one thing we all have in common as humans – no matter what age or gender we might be.

2. Don’t Focus On Dating

Well, not exclusively on dating. Being successful at your business means you need time to dedicate to developing and running your business. I tend to focus on my business and my children. 

3. Take Care Of Yourself

Part exercise every day for 30 minutes, part healthy diet with limited sugar and caffeine, part stress reduction techniques such as yoga or meditation, and so forth. This one right here is the hardest. I need that caffeine! But a slow, gradual change to hot water and lemon is sooooo good! 

4. Know Your Worth

One of the most important things a single female entrepreneur can do, is recognize her value, whether professionally or personally. Recognizing one’s value gives us confidence that carries over into everything we do in our lives, from work to relationships to family life. Female entrepreneurs are often very talented individuals who have a lot going for them where personal accomplishments are concerned; knowing this about ourselves allows us to see new possibilities in our lives. 

5. Don’t Assume That Everyone Is Like You

Female entrepreneurs come from all walks of life. While we may initially feel isolated because of our lifestyle or business focus, chances are there are many other women out there who share one or both of those traits. 

6. Don’t Let Fear Hold You Back

Female entrepreneurs face a lot of fears daily, like money fears (where will I get the next round of financing?), self-doubt (am I cut out for this? Can I ever be successful?), fear that comes with public speaking (how do you win over an audience), etc. If you want to do something but are afraid of it, use that fear to drive your success. 

7. Celebrate Your Achievements

Female entrepreneurs need to recognize their accomplishments just as much as anyone else does. Whether it’s a round of financing or the sale of your 100th product in a month, treat yourself! Celebrating accomplishments can be anything from buying a new pair of shoes because you deserve to embrace your achievements with friends and family, even if it’s over dinner. Set goals and crush them. By celebrating our successes, we can stay motivated enough to keep growing and improving in all areas of our life.

8. Don’t Let Anyone Make You Feel Guilty

Female Entrepreneurs often take on more than they should in attempts to prove themselves or succeed. Doing so can leave them feeling guilty for not being there for their families, not spending enough time with friends, and not having fun. Female entrepreneurs need to take time for themselves, so they don’t burn out, physically or emotionally. Female entrepreneurs are women too! 

9. Embrace Your Role As An Entrepreneur

Female entrepreneurs should be proud of what they do. Female entrepreneurs are strong and intelligent individuals who have done amazing things globally. By dismissing ourselves as “just an entrepreneur,” we undermine that value that we bring to the human community by putting ourselves out there and doing our thing. Female entrepreneurs are the ones who will show the world what female entrepreneurs can accomplish!

10. Support Other Single Female Entrepreneurs

Single Female Entrepreneurs need to support other female entrepreneurs because together, we are solid. There is always an opportunity to help someone else achieve their dreams (there’s no shortage of people who want something from female entrepreneurs!). Female entrepreneurs support each other simply by being our own biggest fans and sharing our stories so others can learn from them. 

Owning a business in Digital Marketing as an entrepreneur is hard enough without letting others make you feel guilty for your choices. If you embrace your role as a single female entrepreneur, congratulations! You are taking a step towards independence and control over your life. And always remember, being prepared is the key to success, whether you have a backup childcare plan, stock up on business cards,  or have the tools you need to be successful in your business. Make sure you have what you need so when an opportunity comes knocking, you can answer the door. Finally, don’t forget to support other female entrepreneurs – we all need each other! What has been your biggest challenge as a Single Female Entrepreneur/Mompreneur?

Put Your Own Success First in Your Mind

Put Your Own Success First in Your Mind

Your Success First

It is hard these days to think about ourselves and put our goals first. For example, I am always trying to take care of everyone else instead of my business. However, we need to realize that we are essential, and what we do today will affect what we do tomorrow.

There is no reason that we should let others get in our way of being successful.

Using our minds to make things happen is very important, even if it means putting our needs first above anyone else. Take a mental image of what you want…make it happen. Meditation and mindfulness are 2 examples of how we regain destiny by nurturing positive thoughts and suppressing doubts, fear and negativity.

No matter what you do in life, you have to look out for yourself. You need to be sure that you are taking care of yourself and what you need. Taking advantage of local resources that are out there is a good way for you to be more successful. It is a way to gain control of the things that are most important to you. We all have people in our life that we have to take care of, and there is nothing wrong with that.

How do you put your success first? Drop a comment…let’s chat.

Keep Hustlin, Y’all!

Blogging Websites

Blogging Websites

Blogging Website are No Longer Enough

Because there are so many blogging websites on the internet, it can be tough to distinguish your blogging website from all of the others. Whether you are starting up a new website aimed at bloggers or whether you are looking to make your existing blogging site more distinctive, the key to building and maintaining a site that will capture the interest and attention of the blogging community is finding your niche. If you can fill a unique need in a way that no other web site does, you’ll be able to build a lasting readership among web surfers. Once you have discovered a niche, you will still have a lot to do, but finding your place in the blogosphere is the place to begin. 

Every great blogging website starts with a great idea, and you can’t build a successful site that will last without one. There are many great sites aimed at today’s bloggers, and competition for the attention of this growing demographic is fierce. To make your blogging website stand out from the pack, you will need to offer something that no other site is currently offering, or you will need to do the same thing that an already popular site does but in a more impressive or valuable way. 

One way to discover an ideal model for your blogging web site is to look at the sites that have successfully captured a blogging audience already to determine if you can appropriate some of their strategies to help realize your vision. Of course, you will also need to add a unique flair to your project in order to stand apart from your competition. Many people agree that the websites that do the best in today’s market are the sites that have the most personality. The fiercely individual surfers who are bloggers are a demographic that responds especially strongly to personality, so consider how you can give your site a unique and attractive feeling by lending your own voice and sensibility to your site’s design and content. 

Once you have a great idea for your site, have pinpointed a special niche that you are well equipped to fill, and have infused the site with personality, the next step is figuring out how to get the word out to bloggers. In the long run, a great idea just isn’t enough to propel your blogging web site to success. You will need to draft a smart and realistic marketing plan in order to draw readers to your site. That’s where we come in to help.  Once you hook a blogger, your great content will keep them coming back,  but it is vital to get that first glance or your site won’t have a chance to shine.