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Make your dreams a reality

Jonathan Cronstedt shares advice on achieving your goals

As a businessman, I can tell you that small steps can lead to giant opportunities. If you have ever dreamed of doing or being something, your first step is to believe that you can make it happen. So often, people allow fear to control them, and anything new or unknown naturally creates fear. Remember: Fear can and will prevent you from being successful, so it’s important to venture out and explore your dreams. I’ve put together a few tips below that might strike a chord as you seek to change your life and the lives of others.

“You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing which you think you cannot do.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

Know what you have to give.

Moving beyond your fear, you must see your own gifts. The name Jonathan Cronstedt wouldn’t be on the plaque on the CEO’s desk at Empower Network if I never recognized what I’ve got to offer. Gifts are meant to be shared; so why are you holding on to yours? Think about what you enjoy doing – that’s a good place to start to identify your gift. It may take some time, but if you’re serious about making a difference, take the time to really identify what it is that you need to share with others.

Take advantage of networking opportunities.

Networking is a part of becoming successful, which is one reason our quarterly events are such a big deal. They give you an opportunity to build your contacts and network. Connect with people in areas where you want to grow – in your industry and geographically. Your network will be those people who will educate you, encourage you, influence you (in a positive direction) and who are always honest with you.

Attend events to build your network. Local business communities often have networking events after work or even breakfasts that you can attend and learn from others in your field. There may even be conferences where you can listen to speakers and possibly visit somewhere you’ve never been before. Empower Network recently hosted a quarterly conference in Vegas, and there’s another one coming up in Nashville. Seeing a new place and having the opportunity to meet people and network: priceless.

Compliments are useful.
Accept compliments and thank the person who complimented you. These comments will help you identify your greater and lesser strengths. Listen to what people are saying; it’s an opportunity for you to grow. Even if you’ve identified your personal gift, you probably have even more gifts that you haven’t realized yet. A key to success is to constantly seek opportunities and feedback.

Wake up accomplished.
Each day, wake up with positive thoughts and the feeling that you have something to accomplish.

No one has ever accused Jonathan Cronstedt of being a morning person, but I start my day off with a cup of coffee as I review my list of three things I need to tackle for the day. I create this list before I stop work the day before so that I wake up feeling prepared and ready to complete the day’s tasks.

The biggest key to a better you is you. Be kind to yourself. Believe in yourself. You need to be able to look in the mirror, love who you see and not worry what others think. This will enable you to move forward.

Remember that people count on you.
Keeping your word is worth more than anything. If you trust yourself, know that others will feel the same way.

Make the most of everything.
Whatever you do, make sure you do your best. Make the most of every situation because you never know what lesson you might be learning or what skill you might be honing without even realizing it. If you don’t put up a good effort for the everyday stuff, you might not find the strength to fight through real challenges. Hold on to your dream and don’t settle for less than you’re worth.

Dreams are what keep us happy. Take small steps until you can make those giant leaps. If your first try isn’t successful, you’ve learned what you should do differently the next time. Don’t ever give up on making a better you.

Empower Network is here to keep helping you make your dreams come true. You only need to take the first step.

Best,
Jonathan Cronstedt

 

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Jonathan Cronstedt and Revolution: A blast off event

Empower Network positively impacts its community and its members

The latest Empower Network conference, Revolution, took us to sunny Las Vegas. Even if you’ve never been, you know there’s always something to do in Vegas. And in the midst of so many lights, shows and people, our Empower Network team members worked to do good and better themselves.

During the event, we made a donation to the ORION Foundation, which is a Southern Nevada-based nonprofit that assists people who are unable to afford the essentials of daily living while undergoing treatment for cancer. This disease takes from so many people; we wanted to give back so that those fighting cancer know that there are people in their corner.

Empower Network is a family, and we know that the little things can make a big difference. Recognizing the little things encourages our desire to “blast off.” More than this, Revolution brought the family together. It’s always fantastic to see our affiliates gathering to listen and share advice, encouragement and new ideas.

We’ve gotten a lot of positive feedback about having Neil Patel speak at the event. A number of people have come up to me and said, “Jonathan, I’m so glad I was at the Revolution event to hear you, Neil, Dave, Mars and everyone else speak. I’m so pumped!”

Revolution also gave us another opportunity to actively support not only ourselves but the community, too. Officials at the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority told us that our 1,100 attendees had an estimated $1,089,000 local economic impact on the Las Vegas area.

I know that some people arrived early and some people stayed late, and that $1 million figure doesn’t even take that into account. I’m proud. Through our events, we are impacting people’s lives in positive ways.

One message to take away from the Vegas conference is to spread our vision of changing the world. Contributing to cancer research is only one way Empower Network attempts to continue that change.

Let’s plan to increase our positive impact in April as we head to Nashville.

Best,

Jonathan

 

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Jonathan Cronstedt’s top 2015 content goals

Make this the year that you turn plans into profits

As we drive full speed ahead into the new year, there are a ton of challenges and exciting opportunities awaiting those of us in affiliate marketing. Empower Network’s got you covered with all the resources and tools you need to make 2015 your most successful year yet. To take full advantage, I think it’s important that you set goals and make a dynamic plan to achieve them.

One of the most critical areas where you need clear goals is with your content. To get you started, here’s a list of what I’m calling “Jonathan Cronstedt’s Top Content Goals for 2015.” Feel free to steal some of these as you whip your own list into shape.

Trendier headlines

Think about the last article you read online and why you decided to read it in the first place. You were probably attracted by an interesting headline, right? While the quality and readability of your content is essential, first you have to draw the reader in. Your headline is like the shiny object that makes the audience look your way, so it should be bright, smart and informative. Jonathan’s tip: “Don’t rush this step; take the time to develop great headlines.”

Take advantage of any useful technology

These days, it seems like if you don’t have something moving on your site, you may as well be standing still. Not too long ago, if you had videos or lots of photos on your site, they wound up hurting more than they helped because they took so long to load that prospects would click away. Now, tools like podcasts and YouTube, Instagram and Vine videos are almost expected, especially with today’s always-connected consumers. These tools actually give you an opening to further showcase your products, demonstrate how they work, upload satisfied-customer testimonials and apply a host of other great add-ons to your content. Jonathan’s advice: “Don’t be afraid to try a few of these technologies to find what works best for your business and your success.”

Value and excellence is the name of the game

No matter what product you’re promoting, you’ve got to keep your content up to the highest possible standards. You also need to have valuable information to offer. These factors are your best bet for increasing conversions and encouraging repeat visitors. Cronstedt’s recommendation: “Don’t forget to put yourself in your readers’ shoes; read your content the way your audience will to make sure it’s well-written and useful.”

Bump up your distribution

Even the best content is useless if no one sees it. Make this the year that you use every tactic at your disposal (the legal ones, of course) to create your best content distribution system. You’ll have to live and breathe likes, shares and remarketing so that all of this becomes second nature. Find the right platforms to reach more targeted segments and special interest groups. In this game, you need to make your content easily shareable across multiple devices. Jonathan’s suggestion: “Learn even more about social media and attend affiliate marketing events to find out how others might be doing it better than you.”

In the world of affiliate marketing, content, creativity and two-way conversations with your audience will define what we do in 2015.

Got any other goals on your radar? Hit me up in the comments section with your ideas.
Best,

Jonathan Cronstedt

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Success through passion as an entrepreneur

Jonathan Cronstedt shares Jon Mroz’s Empower Network success story

“Becoming an entrepreneur is about living a few years of your life like most won’t so that you can live the rest like most can’t.”

Jon Mroz, one of Empower Network’s highest earners, considers this his “business mantra.”

Recently, Empower Network did a spotlight on our highest earners to celebrate not only their business accomplishments, but also their incredible stories. Jon, one of those featured, talked about his life, successes and failures, and he offered some advice to other entrepreneurs.

I wanted to be sure that you guys also knew about Jon, his experiences and his insight. Read on.

Jon has been with Empower Network from the start. As a close friend of Dave Wood, the two discussed Empower Network before it even launched. He says that the instant he connected with Dave’s vision, he knew Empower Network would be a success and couldn’t wait to get on board. He joined in November 2011 and his life has never been the same since.

Jon told us, “Before you can be successful with anything in life, you have to be in the right frame of mind.” He says Empower Network helped him develop that right frame of mind and now he succeeds in ventures that he wouldn’t have otherwise.

Jon recently reached the million-dollar mark, but to him (and many others), it’s not about the money:

“I have found that what truly makes me happy is impacting the lives of others, so if I can help others achieve their dreams and goals, and they can move on to help even more people, I feel that I have accomplished my aspirations.”

Like many of us here at Empower Network, empowering others to become all that they can motivates him. He draws inspiration from looking at others and what they’re accomplishing in their lives, and enjoys being a part of that success.

Jon doesn’t just help others succeed in business endeavors, he also gives back to his community, which is a phenomenal commitment. He pursues all sorts of philanthropic initiatives, something he and I both consider a great privilege.

“I have always been a huge music enthusiast but previously hadn’t been able to contribute to our scene the way that I wanted to. Since my success with Empower Network, I’ve opened a recording studio to help local artists get the recognition and experience they need to take their skills to the next level.”

He also donates to several charities to help feed the homeless during the holiday seasons. He and his girlfriend, Christa, sponsor a Tibetan monk, and they plan on spending more of their free time volunteering at hospitals and soup kitchens.

A few words of advice from Jon

It’s important for you all to note that no one handed Jon the keys to success. It’s his determination to never give up that led him to where he is today.

“I found success when I lost all my excuses.”

I was stoked to learn that Jon and I are solidly on the same page when it comes to advocating blogging. He says that blogging about what he learned, when he learned it, had a big impact on his success. It forced him to delve deeper into the questions he had about specific marketing strategies and then cement those strategies into his daily marketing practices. He advises blogging on an Empower Network blog or a personal blog, as well as gaining knowledge by reading other blogs. Sound familiar? Like I’ve been telling you, Empower Network makes these resources available to you!

While recognizing that this next piece of advice may be difficult at times, Jon advises against pitching people. In his words, “No one likes to be sold anything. Instead, find it within yourself to truly come from a place of pure giving. Rather than doing whatever you can to make a buck, take a step back and ask yourself: ‘What can I do to provide more value in other people’s lives?’ It’s going to be tough, but it’s going to be worth it.” This is a fantastic piece of advice, and so important to keep in mind.

Jon doesn’t think of the hardships he’s encountered as failures, but rather as learning experiences. His greatest setbacks, he says, came from looking for shortcuts to monetary success, like buying traffic from traffic brokers, doing traffic exchanges or buying the “next hottest software that automates the world.” After he stopped searching for shortcuts and chasing money, and started putting the time in and pursuing his true goals, he found success.

“Go after your goals. Find what you enjoy and make a living out of it. Be sure to have a strong answer to why you’re doing what you’re doing. DON’T include any monetary reasoning in your ‘why.’ It must be deeper.”

Jon has had a career that most people can’t even dream of, but he didn’t always live life as a successful entrepreneur. He actually started out as a pro skateboarder and, when he retired from that due to too many injuries, he became the marketing director for several nightclubs and toured the world as a disc jockey until he was 27. He currently lives with his aerialist girlfriend, Christa, who steadfastly supports his dreams and goals. After he became involved with Empower Network, his parents, sister and girlfriend never had to worry about financial concerns again, and now enjoy doing what they like, when they like, “while maintaining a strong sense of responsibility and discipline.”

Time to Empower

Jon thinks it’s important for everyone to have fun developing and pursuing goals and to discover a passion and make a career out of it. As he puts it, don’t force yourself into the cookie-cutter version of what everyone thinks you should be. Do what makes you happy, maintain a sense of ethics, and the rest will fall into place. Remember that what you’re doing is important, and remember why you’re doing it.

One last pearl of wisdom from Jon: “The beauty about marketing is that marketing in general is an art form. So as an artist, my question to you is, how will you choose to create your future?”

It’s important to note that income results like Jon’s are not typical. Empower Network’s income disclosure is available here.

Best,

Jonathan Cronstedt

Taking action: Reach your goals rapidly

Jonathan Cronstedt-approved action steps to success

I’m always on the hunt for terrific ideas that boost productivity and yield maximum results. I love seeing that “Jonathan Cronstedt, CEO” on my door at Empower Network, but you don’t get there without picking up a few tips and tricks along the way.

Recently, Empower Network’s own Lisa Torres, a 20-year network marketing veteran, offered some great insight on how to reach your professional goals. She uses income-producing action steps specifically customized to move her toward her goals every day.

Action steps may not work for everyone, and success can often depend on your own personal goals and commitment. But those who do perform action steps usually see a positive difference in their personal and professional lives. Lisa shared a few of her tactics that you can tailor to suit your own needs.

  • Stay active on social media. By updating your various platforms regularly and answering any questions people post, you stay connected to your audience.
  • Create and syndicate. Create videos and then write about the videos as blog content. Follow up by syndicating those posts across other social media.
  • Share your industry expertise. Set aside time each day to help others who are new to the business. You gain a deeper understanding of something when you teach it to someone else.

Along with implementing these actions in her daily life, Lisa also suggests two other activities that she’s found beneficial.

First, she recommends listening to audio recordings that are relevant to your business and actively taking notes – that means no kicking back and zoning out after you hit play. Later, review your notes and find ways to incorporate what you’ve learned into your business strategies.

The second tip Lisa provides is one that absolutely receives the Jonathan Cronstedt stamp of approval. Lisa recommends reading every single day. Any reading you do is beneficial, but choosing materials that focus on personal and professional development will strengthen your business acumen.

As I said earlier, you should customize action steps to fit your specific personal and professional goals. I’m confident that if you dedicate time every day to accomplishing these tasks, you’ll be on your way to reaching milestones you never thought possible.

-Jonathan

Without a great team, how successful can you really be?

Jonathan Cronstedt reveals an essential component to success

If you look closely at your accomplishments, whether personal or professional, you will likely see that your success was actually the result of a combined effort – your effort, certainly, but also that of others who influenced or motivated you. The truth is that it takes a team of individuals to achieve success. No one knows that better than me, and I’m always aware that I owe much of my success to my Empower Network team!

During a recent Empower Hour call, entrepreneur Rui Gabriel shared what he considers the secret to success: teamwork. If you take a look at today’s best companies, you’ll see that they all have one thing in common: Each is composed of a great team. Great teams are essential for the preservation of a business because they serve as a support system, provide additional insight, are always mindful of the end goal and will work diligently to achieve that goal.

During the call, Rui revealed that as a teen, he wanted to be a priest, so he went to live and study in a monastery in Italy. At the monastery, the monks adhered to an intensely strict order and never spoke.

One day, Rui was working in the garden when the shovel he was using suddenly broke. Not knowing what to do because he couldn’t speak to ask for another one, Rui looked around and wondered how to go about replacing his shovel. Within seconds, one of the monks came from across the field, gave him a new shovel, picked up the broken one and walked away.

What Rui realized at that moment was that everyone in the monastery was paying attention to each individual’s needs. They all took care of each other at all times.

He recognized that he could always count on someone to be there and support him because everyone on the team focused on not only the ultimate goal, but also the well-being of each team member.

I think Rui hit the nail on the head when he said, “Businesses come and go, but people remain.”

On your path to success, it’s important to remember that one of the most powerful and essential tools you can have is a great team of individuals. People who share common goals will work together for the greater good.

Ask yourself: Without team members who work together to achieve common goals, how successful can you and your business really be? One thing’s for sure: I know that there’s definitely a long line of names on the List of People Responsible for Jonathan Cronstedt’s Success.

-Jonathan

Blogging strategies that get results

Jonathan Cronstedt offers tactics to increase Internet traffic

By far, the most frequently asked question I receive regarding blogging is how to generate more traffic. As we all know, the more traffic a website attracts, the higher it ranks on search engines. But what about when you’re new to blogging? You set up your site and post your first bit of content, and then you wait, hoping people will read it.

I’m pleased to offer some excellent advice from the founder of Empower Network, Dave Wood. He recently wrote about how to increase Internet traffic, speaking specifically to new bloggers. I’ve listed below some of his excellent strategies. If you follow these tactics, you can see results too.

Commenting on blogs

Begin by finding the most popular blogs in your niche and leaving comments with links to your blog posts. As you publish more of your own content, more people will view your blog and subscribe to your email list. They will also leave comments on your blog. A particularly insightful or controversial comment might bring more traffic to your blog.

Guest posting

By guest posting on another blog, you are able to tap into that blogger’s audience. Almost every blog in the Internet marketing/entrepreneur space allows guests to submit posts. If you submit a quality post, the blog owner will provide a link to your blog in the author resource box. This will drive traffic to your blog and perhaps generate new subscribers, eventually raising your search engine rankings.

Posting on forums

Most forums allow you to add a link in your signature (the little box that appears under your posts). By joining forums and posting regularly (with quality responses – not just to promote yourself), your blog will begin to receive traffic through the links on the forum.

Creating Web 2.0s

You can create quick content pages on any topic on free sites such as Hubpages.com or Blogger.com that will often rank well in search engine results. Some visitors will click through to your blog from the links you place in that content. The links from these pages will also help increase your Google rankings.

Submitting articles

Article directories are sites that allow users to publish articles on their domains. They are similar to web 2.0s, but they only allow text content. Links from article directories are not nearly as valuable as they once were, but it’s still worth it to publish content a few times with the top article directories. Some directories worth submitting to are:

  • ezinearticles.com
  • goarticles.com
  • articledashboard.com

Video sharing

Video sites like YouTube rank really well in search engines.

When you create videos about your blog topics and upload them to YouTube, Google ranks them for relevant keywords and sends a small amount of traffic to your blog. Be sure to link your blog in the YouTube video description.

Social media and outreach

Share your blog posts across your own social media profiles like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. I am frequently posting my content on the Jonathan Cronstedt Facebook fanpage and my Jonathan Cronstedt Twitter handle because I know that not everyone has a link to my blog.

Sharing content on social media creates a little traffic and shows that you’re actively running your blog.

Many popular blogs keep track of who is mentioning them. By linking to a few relevant blogs in your niche, you’ll often get the blog owners’ attention. They will visit your post and will often share it or mention you in posts of their own. This creates a reciprocal link. I recently linked to a few of Neil Patel’s blog posts to share his insight with you.

Uploading presentations to SlideShare

Turn your blog posts into short slide presentations and upload them to a host like SlideShare. Sites like SlideShare receive significant traffic.

Another tip? Include links to your blog within the slides or the descriptions of each upload. The presentations should send you some traffic.

Submitting to syndication communities

Share your blog posts through a syndication community and you’ll create some traffic (but keep in mind that some charge a fee). This strategy works best if you submit truly engaging, interesting content. Examples of these communities are:

  • Blog Engage
  • TribePro
  • BizSugar
  • Triberr

These are terrific strategies that anyone can use to generate traffic to a blog. When used in the right way, they can increase traffic quickly.

Be committed and consistent, and you’ll be surprised just how quickly you get results. How do you get results? Let me know in the comments below.

Best,
Jonathan Cronstedt

 

New year. Better Network.

Jonathan Cronstedt reflects on 2014 and goals for 2015 with Empower Network

“Celebrate more of what you want to see.”

A reflection on 2014

For me, as CEO of Empower Network, 2014 was a year for the books with the company, with which I marked my official first year. Just 3 years old, this software and Web marketing company is reaching new heights for its customers through improvements on the signature blogging platform.

Our blogging platform now offers faster results, easier navigation and more helpful support than ever before. These great tools save our members from having to deal with a lot of the everyday challenges that frustrate most business owners.

Seven members were added to the Millionaire’s Club, which recognizes those who earn more than $1 million. Each inductee receives a 14-karat gold ring with more than 80 diamonds, the Empower Network logo and the words “Millionaire’s Club.” Just note that what makes this club remarkable is that the results aren’t typical; you can check out the income disclosure here.

The new multilingual feature opens the door for greater growth into a global audience. How exciting is that? Just call me Jonathan Cronstedt, International Man of Business (not very mysterious, but it’s still got a good ring to it).

And through all of that, we still kept some very important home fires burning. Staying true to Empower Network’s core values, we made donations to Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida and the Ronald McDonald House in Miami.

In short, 2014 was a year of results for Empower Network’s customers.

Goals for 2015

I’m super jazzed for 2015; it’s going to be a year to reach new heights. We all know that Empower Network’s main product is a blogging tool that helps its members use the Web to grow their businesses online. Well, in 2015, we’ll be focusing on the reinvention and innovation of our product line with our Formula products.

We’re working to provide a more linear progression and more powerful results for our customers. The idea is that these changes will spark more growth and domination in the organic content world in the new year.

2015 is a year for creating a better experience for our customers.

Join me and the rest of Empower Network in gearing up for the new year and celebrating more of what you want to see in 2015.

Best,

Jonathan Cronstedt

 

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Day 21: Empower Network Blogging Challenge- Jonathan Cronstedt

Get a new outlook the Jonathan Cronstedt way

Today marks the last day of the Empower Network blogging challenge – I can’t believe I blogged every day for 21 days! I’m grateful for the opportunity to share with you and I hope you enjoyed all that I had to say. I feel accomplished: I was able to get my thoughts out there and drive traffic.

So here’s the last from the series of quotes and habits that really make me tick. Today’s quote is from Francis Cardinal Spellman, a religious thought-leader. Check out my YouTube video about Spellman (http://youtu.be/YN1br99t7Es) and take a look at my post here.

Here it is: “Pray as if everything depended on God; work as if everything depends on you.”

To me, this quote exemplifies a life well lived. I see itin two different lights: tapping into the the higher infinite power; and translating that grace into a work ethic based on the idea that everything depends on you.

If everything depended on you, then it follows that you would feel happy andfulfilled with the effort you applied. It doesn’t mean that everything goes perfectly or you’ll get what you want; it does mean that you’re going to depend on yourself. If you have the security of knowing there is a source out there that you can draw strength from, the balance of an impeccable work ethic with a sense of dependence and acceptance is a powerful combination.

At the end of my day, two names get signed at the bottom of the page, and one of them is Jonathan Cronstedt.

I’m going to work on continuing my success with blogging. Thank you for following me on this blogging challenge journey.Like I said, I’ve enjoyed sharing with you. You’ve seen a lot of unique things on this blog and I hope they inspired you.

Blogging is a great way to connect with people about your passions and to increase your business. The day you start is the day your business can change.

I hope that you continue your habit of blogging, too, andI hope you took us up on this opportunity by using the Kalatu platform. If you haven’t, it’s not too late; be sure to get more information here: https://www.empowernetwork.com/kickstart-cart-special/beach
-Jonathan Cronstedt

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Day 20: Empower Network Blogging Challenge- Jonathan Cronstedt

Jonathan Cronstedt finds peace in a Buddhist proverb

We only have one more day left of the Empower Network blogging challenge. Here’s another from the series of quotes and habits that really make me tick.

The quote I wanted to share with you today is one of the coolest Buddhist proverbs – in my opinion, at least. Check out my YouTube video about it (http://youtu.be/7EshVS–ijg) and take a look at the post below.

Here it is: “If you have a problem that can be solved, there is no need to worry. If you have a problem that cannot be solved, there is no need to worry.”

Every time I read it, it reminds me of being focused and at ease, removing worry from my life. I personally feel that worry can be one of the most destructive forces because with it, we’re dealing with the stress of circumstances that may never actually happen. I just tell myself, “Jonathan, let it go.”

It doesn’t matter what sort of situation you have in front of you. If it’s a problem that has a solution, there’s no need to worry because you can solve it. If it’s a problem for which there is no solution, there’s still no need to worry about it – it is what it is.

It’s a simple reminder to everyone, and I hope it helps you out like it has me. Get thinking, not worrying.

Release some of your pent-up energy by blogging, and tell others about it, too. A great tool for you to use is Kalatu, the most powerful blogging platform in our industry. Details on that are here: https://www.empowernetwork.com/kickstart-cart-special/beach
-Jonathan Cronstedt

 

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