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Top Posts of 2013

JasonC —  January 8, 2014 — Leave a comment

As a blogger, it’s interesting to note which posts get the most reads each month. Sometimes it’s validating and sometimes it’s eye-opening. Every blogger wants to know when they are producing content that is being well-received, appreciated, or useful. Sometimes we get feedback through comments. Sometimes we get it by looking at the analytics.

Bigger sites probably get more comments. As for me, that doesn’t happen much, so I occasionally look at my statistics. Here are my top 25 posts by traffic volume in 2013. These may not have been written in 2013. It’s what has been viewed most in 2013.

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I want to take the time to thank those of you who have subscribed to my blog and enjoy the Direct Sales Husband’s Handbook posts. Over the past couple of years, it’s been a real pleasure to get to meet many of you. And hearing stories about how it’s made a real difference to several direct sales husbands (Husbands of Thirty-One to be exact) has been humbling, to say the least. 

Thank you.

Although I’ve slowed down in my DSHH posting in the last year, most of that has been due to time constraints with my “real job” which changed in April. Thank you for being patient with me. During this time, I’ve still been collecting ideas for posts and how to make the Direct Sales Husband’s Handbook even better. 

And it’s time to unveil the first step I’m taking in that direction:

Direct Sales Tips.net

As many of you know, I do a lot of reading. Recently what I’ve been reading regarding blogging is that it is a good idea to keep a blog branded and focused, and that makes all the sense in the world to me. One of the troubles with JasonECox.org (this site) is that it is my personal blog. That’s how it started years ago, and it’s my outlet for things like book reviews, product reviews, various geeky interests and endeavors. And there’s nothing wrong with that.

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The Direct Sales Husband’s Handbook posts are important to me. And I sense that keeping them on my blog somewhat limits the visibility they could otherwise achieve. And I doubt many of the readers of that series have much interest in the other stuff I like to write about. So it’s time for a break. Or, more accurately, a re-organization of the content and direction. 

Over the next weeks and months I’ll be adding all of my Direct Sales Husband’s Handbook posts to DirectSalesTips.net. As I do this, I’m updating and refreshing the content as well. Some posts I will probably break into multiple segments to go a little deeper into the topics. New DSHH posts will be posted on the new site, though I will probably either post them here as well, or at least post links to the other site.

My goal with DirectSalesTips.net is to help as many people in the direct sales business as possible. My primary focus will still be on the DSHH posts, but I will also post other general direct sales tip posts as well. Many people in the Thirty-One community know of my through my wife, Holley. But I’d love the DSHH to impact guys whose wife’s are involved in every direct sales company out there. And I’d love to get posts from other folks as well. Read the first post on DST.net to get an idea of what my goals are. 

 

Finally, I’m going to continue posting my Various Ramblings here. But right now I’m thinking it’s going to get a lot geekier than it has been :) 

 

Please let me know what you think. And if you think you’d like to try your hand at posting to a blog about direct sales, let me know!

Top20

It amazes me that I was able to post consistently since July. During that period of time, I’ve produced about 80 posts, so I thought I’d bring together the top 20 of them for the year. Next year, there’ll be a lot more to choose from as I have plenty planned for 2013.

Top 20 Posts of 2012

A User’s Review of YNAB 4

$10-20 Gifts You Should Consider Getting Your Guy For Christmas

How to Help Her Direct Sales Business Day-to-Day

Incentive Trips ROCK!

Gift Guide for your Guy – $5-10

Direct Sales Husband’s Handbook – Part 6 – Debunking The Pyramid Scheme Thing

$20-40 Gifts Your Guy Will Love for Christmas

The 7 Keys to Direct Sales Business Accountability

Live It Up! Thirty-One Gifts National Conference 2012 Photo Gallery

Business Tax Basics 

Direct Sales Husband’s Handbook Rundown

Business Organization – Setting Up An Office

Consider the Paperless Office

Start Some Conversations! 4 Great Ways to Promote Your Wife’s Direct Sales Business

You Need A Budget

Business Organization Part 2 – Time & Calendar Management

Top 7 Free Resources to Improve Your Graphics Skills

Do’s And Don’ts of Going Paperless in Direct Sales

Paperless WorkFLow for Direct Sales Using Evernote

Time Management For Direct Sales & Small Business

 

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Bonus! Updated Direct Sales Husband’s Handbook Rundown (Part 2)

Incentive Trips ROCK! - My take on the Thirty-One Gifts leadership incentive trip from 2012 & suggestions on how to make sure your wife earns that trip.

Incentive Trips – The Obvious and the Hidden Gems - why you husbands should actually GO on that incentive trip with your wife. I was surprised at how many direct sales ladies went to Cancun by themselves or took a friend, leaving their husband at home.

Resources for the Direct Sales Husband - a run down of the surprisingly few direct sales resources for husbands.

Run That Business, or It Will Run You! - Simple business principles to follow in order for your direct sales business to thrive.

Leading From Within - why you should start within your home when it comes to leadership.

Business Tax Basics - new to running a business and paying taxes on it? Start here.

Business Data – What Should I Follow? - data analysis is how you determine where and how you’re growing your direct sales business. It can help you identify important trends or weaknesses.

How to Help Her Direct Sales Business Day-to-Day - the title pretty much says it all. One of my most-read posts.

Start Some Conversations! 4 Great Ways to Promote Your Wife’s Direct Sales Business - fast-talking your way to direct-sales business success. Well, not exactly, but you get the idea…

Be An Idea Sounding Board - like focused or directed brainstorming. Definitely somewhere most husbands need help.

Business Organization – Setting Up An Office - This is a great way for a husband to get involved with his wife’s direct sales business!

Business Organization Part 2 – Time & Calendar Management - important aspects for any small business owner. Running your own business can get hairy if you’re not organized.

Consider the Paperless Office - Going paperless is an awesome thing for small business people. Check this out!

Paperless WorkFlow for Direct Sales Using Evernote - Some notes on one of the best paperless assets out there – Evernote

Do’s And Don’ts of Going Paperless in Direct Sales - what should you, and shouldn’t you, scan when going paperless?

Time Management For Direct Sales & Small Business - Everyone’s heard of “time management,” but where do you start?

More Time Management Resources - essentially part 2 of the article above.

 

Hopefully you’ve found something on this blog useful in 2012. Or maybe this is the first time you’ve come across it yourself. Either way, please share this resource with someone you know who is involved in the Direct Sales Business. There are millions of married women in America who are doing direct sales by themselves. Maybe educating their husbands can change that a little bit. I truly believe that can in a very major way change some lives and families for the better. Maybe a lot of them. That’s my mission with The Direct Sales Husband’s Handbook. Help me spread it.

Thank you, and Happy New year!

-Jason

Here’s a quick question:

Are any of you out there having difficulty posting to my comments? I’ve recently been given feedback that the commenting system (Disqus) is difficult to use. A family member even told me they tried multiple times to post a comment and finally gave up, unsuccessfully. They then sent an email to my wife to get the comments to me, which I appreciated very much.

But that brought up TWO questions:

1. Is the commenting system difficult to use? Are there a number of people trying to reply to my posts, but having trouble doing so?

2. Is my site layout (using Standard Theme) difficult to identify how to contact me as a backup way of “commenting” on the posts? (In the top dark bar there are icons that you can click to email, Facebook, twitter, Pinterest, or Google+ me).

Please contact me via one of the methods above or at jasoncox@mac.com if all else fails. I’d love to get your feedback.

Second, and this is something I’ve noticed for some time but haven’t gotten around to fixing yet, I noticed that my “Social Influence” widget wasn’t updating (again…basically, that thing has rarely updated itself for some reason) and that my Twitter feed isn’t being passed through to the widget on the right sidebar. Both of these things were pretty disappointing. 

Needless to say, I’ll be working on these things as time permits. But I want to make sure the commenting system isn’t broken in any way, so please let me know what you think of the current commenting system.

Thanks for taking the time to check out my blog!

-Jason

Starting The Conversation…

JasonC —  November 1, 2012 — 2 Comments

The Direct Sales Husband's Handbook

After posting a few blog posts a week for a little while, I find that I would like to hear more from the other direct sales guys out there. My wife is in Thirty-One and Rodan + Fields. Because of this, I have a little exposure to other Thirty-One guys (though not as much with R + F). I tremendously appreciate the feedback I get from my regular readers (mostly through FaceBook).

Rarely does anyone actually comment on the posts, though. I’d also like to get some exposure to and feedback from guys in other direct sales companies. Anyone have any suggestions for getting more interactivity and feedback for this resource? Also, if you guys find that the Disqus commenting system is difficult to use, please let me know!

Everyone has to start somewhere, right? For me, that number is 33. 33 total “influence” per the Social Influence counter in the right sidebar.

Why am I writing a post about this? Mainly because I’d like to keep track of this and see if it’s something that is likely to grow, or if it stays pretty constant for me. So, in order to keep some sort of tab, It’s nice to record a starting point. Where better to write it (so that it doesn’t get lost) than right here on the blog itself.

Expect another post next 4th of July along the same lines.

In other matters, I’m working on further posts about YNAB4 and the process of setting up a home budget.

My current reading list:
Platform by Michael Hyatt (awesome book) about 1/2 done.
Becoming a Contagious Christian by Bill Hybels & Mark Mittleberg (also pretty awesome so far)
The Prepper’s Pocket Guide by Bernie Carr (pretty common sense stuff)
Tribal Leadership by Dave Logan, John King and Halee Fischer-Wright

I want to do a post in the near future on my “To-Read” list. I know I need to finish up a few books first, but I simply have to get on the ball reading Entreleadership by Dave Ramsey. His podcast(s) are two of my favorites and the wisdom in Ramsey’s books is just so solid.

Happy Independence Day, America!

Making Progress

JasonC —  June 19, 2012 — Leave a comment

OK, here we go again. It seems like every 2-3 years I get the bug to go work on my website. Honestly, why it is that I keep coming back and doing this is a mystery to me. It must be something to do with needing a “creative outlet” or some similar deal. I’ve had a website up continuously since 1995, so there’s no reason to stop now.

Anyway, the last time I did it, it was ok. I never really was happy with it, but I got sidetracked before it was completed. I had been using WordPress 2.7 or something like that and had been happy with it, but WP 3.0 required a change to the database and that turned out to be an insurmountable hurdle. In order to get current, I ended up losing essentially all of my old posts. Here’s hoping that WordPress 4.0 doesn’t require PHP6 or 7 or something and messes it all up yet again.

Am I the only one who finds that every couple of years absolutely EVERYTHING changes? Honestly, when I started on the web, I hand-coded everything and I used Photoshop for graphics. Pretty simple. Now you need WordPress, a Theme Editor, a CSS book or two for reference. And you still end up getting a kludge.

Part of the reason I’m energized about this right now is working on my wife’s website www.holleycox.com . And part of it is from reading a book (I’m not finished, but about 40% there) called Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World by Michael Hyatt. I’ve read and enjoyed stuff from other authors on similar topics (establishing your online presence, essentially), but this book is the definitive resource as far as I’m concerned. It is clear. Gives great advice. Concise. It’s almost a step-by-step how-to on creating your online presence across multiple social media. Honestly, it’s awesome.

So, to keep this short, I’m going to attempt, yet again, to get on board the “regular posting” train. And you’ll probably see changes to the theme to this website.

Along the way, please feel free to send me some feedback. Both regarding the design of the site and the content. What posts have you enjoyed the most? What topics do I cover best? If you know me personally, this is especially important as you can also let me know if I’m staying true to myself or not.

I’d love to hear from you. Maybe some day there will be more responses than spam!