Today I'm shaking in my cowgirl boots because I get to introduce you to one of my best biz pals. (Okay, just kidding, this Montana girl doesn't wear cowgirl boots -- but I am legit excited.)
Say hello to Adobe InDesign.
You can do a lot with the app -- like make e-books, pamphlets, mini-mags, brochures, posters, planners, and other printables -- but today I want to show you how you can use it to easily make your own pro, custom worksheets.
(That you then might want to give away as your email opt-in gift, include within blog posts, or sell for [real!] money.)
To go with this tutorial I've also included a free InDesign file download at the end of this post so that you can play around with a pre-made worksheet; be sure to pick that up before you go.
Oh, and if you don't have InDesign yet? Check it out here (btw, not an affiliate link) -- it's $19.99/mo on its own or $49.99/mo if you want Photoshop, Illustrator, Lightroom, and all the other Adobe apps included.
You can also get a 30-day free trial if you want to play around with it first. Plus: it works on PC and Mac -- which always makes me happy.
Let's get started, shall we? We shall, my friends, we shall!
Here's how to create your own worksheets in Adobe InDesign:
Do you remember a few months ago when I taught you how to begin monitoring your online reputation with Google Alerts?
While I love what Google Alerts can do for both bloggers + businesses alike, today I'm going to quickly teach you how to step up your reputation management game with a different, much more comprehensive tool: Mention.
I love it, and I'm 97.3% sure you will, too.
(Please note the margin of error of approx. +/- 2.7% Hey, nobody's perfect!)
Have you hesitated to start a Google Plus business page because it would be just ANOTHER account you'd need to manage -- and besides, your personal Google Plus is doing the job just fine?
If so (and oh how I feel you), Google is trying to win your heart with the new "Google My Business."
Launched last week, Google My Business is a management dashboard that tries to simplify things for business owners by gathering everything Google into one tidy place.
For local business owners this means they can see an overview of their Google Plus page, AdWords, customer reviews, and Google Analytics all from one central page.
As a nice bonus, Google will automatically submit information on the business to Google Search and Google Maps.
For non-local businesses (meaning you don't have a public brick & mortar location) you can update your Google Plus business page, create new posts, view your website's Google Analytics, and start Google Hangouts straight from your dashboard.
But the best benefit is this:
Both groups will now have Facebook-like insights to their Google Plus post reach and engagement.
And just like Facebook, this is accessible to business pages only.
This feature is nice because it really helps you understand what's working (and what isn't) for your social media marketing.
So, without further ado. ...