10 Things You Can Do in 10 Minutes Each to Move Your Business Forward

I’m writing this from the airport at 7:03pm.  My goal is to be done at 7:13pm and schedule this post.  I’ve got 30 minutes until my plane boards and I can complete three small tasks to move my business forward.  Here are some ideas:

1. Write a quick blog post and promote it.

Jot down some random thoughts about something helpful for your readers.  Try a top ten list (like this one!) or top 5 list.  You can polish it later and use it as an article, in your newsletter, for a podcast, in a video, etc.  Take time to tweet your post and add it to your Facebook status.  If you’re using Networked Blogs, it will tweet/update for you.

If you feel overwhelmed at the thought of posting in 10 minutes, check out Michele Scism’s 10 minute blog post ideas: part one and part two.

2. Write a few thank you cards or emails.

I’ve brought notecards with me this trip to send handwritten thank yous to a few of my clients who’ve been with me for years (some more than 5 years, and close to 10!) and who refer clients to me consistently.  Only takes a few minutes but it’s nice to receive a thank you in the mail.  If you don’t have thank you cards or aren’t a handwriting type person try Send Out Cards, which lets you pick a card to send and personalize it, and then they mail it snail mail for you.  Or, send out a couple of quick emails or ecards.

3. Pick 2 or 3 blogs to comment on and leave a thoughtful comment.

Choose blogs that either you want to connect with and get known by the authors, or that reach your target market.  Leave a comment to let them know you appreciate their content, or that it sparked ideas for you or helped you in some way.

4. Hop on Facebook and do a super fast like/comment spree and update your status.

In 10 minutes you can hit like and leave short comments on a lot of posts.  Update your status, and your fan page status while you’re there.

5. Use HootSuite to schedule tweets and status updates for the next couple of days.

With HootSuite you can schedule your tweets and status updates and set what time you want them to post.  Very cool way to stay visible on the social networks without being chained to your computer.

6. Send a short note to your email list recommending a great resource.

What have you found lately (especially free or low-cost) that would be helpful to your mailing list?  Write up a quick review with how it’s saved you time, money, frustration or energy and share it with them.  People love being connected to helpful tools and services.

7. Pick one person you’d like to get to know and send a short, professional email introducing yourself.

No need to ask for anything or having a specific project in mind.  Just a note to let them know you appreciate their information, blog, articles, whatever you like, and send it.

8. Connect people.

Think of someone you know who could help someone else you know and introduce them to each other.  In 10 minutes you could come up with several sets of people to connect.

9. Go answer questions on a niche forum.

There are always people looking for help on forums.  Go find some that have questions you can answer and help with.  Save those answers – you can re-purpose them into articles, blog posts, etc later.

10. Take action on something to build your business.

Find a blog post, article, ezine or something else you’ve got filed or bookmarked that had a great idea you meant to implement but kept forgetting.  Implement it!  Most little tweaks and action steps take very little time, we’ve just got to focus and get them done.  Fast action!

And there you have it!  It’s now 7:16pm which means this post took me 13 minutes to write.  But to be fair, I stopped part way through to eat half a Hershey’s bar from the airport vending machine and was interrupted several times by kids wanting my iPod to play games on.  So close enough to 10 minutes for me.

Your turn! Take 10 minutes and go implement one of these ideas, then come comment and tell us which you did.  You’ll feel great when it’s done — positive action in our businesses always feels fantastic!

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162 Comments

  1. Great post! Marketing your business requires that you do a little something everyday. This is a great list of little things that you can do everyday that will distance you from the crowd.

    Oh yeah, you said “Take 10 minutes and go implement one of these ideas, then come comment and tell us which you did. You’ll feel great when it’s done — positive action in our businesses always feels fantastic!” I just did – I responded to a blog post and it really does feel great!

    Thanks again,

    Eric

  2. Hey!! It’s great advice!!

    Actually, I added a countdown clock to my computer in order to get my time for posting or commenting limited. So, I put 6 minutes countdown to do a post, and that way I didn’t think it for half hour, look for resources another 20 minutes, and procrastinate about writing in 10 minutes.

    And up to now, I can do it!! Now, I will use it also for your recommendations.

    Saludos.

    Gonzalo.
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    1. That’s an excellent idea. Tasks do seem to expand to however much time we allow ourselves to complete them so without some sort of goal/timer/countdown it’s easy to get off track and end up researching and procrastinating.

    2. I really like that idea. Trying it on my next post. Too often do I look back and wonder why I needed so much time for a single article. You only have so much hours in a day.
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    3. Great post Michelle – perhaps if I had thought it was feasible to write a blog post in 10 minutes I might have got going rahter than having a year’s lul in posting!
      Here goes for this month’s Ultimate Blog Challenge – thie is where I really get into the habit!

      And great points Gonzalo, the picture you paint of procrastination is me all over….

      All change now! Thanks again! Alison
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  3. The #blog30 has been wonderful. I’ve made it a point to comment on at least 10 blogs and made at least 10 retweets during this period of time. It has increased my readership. I plan to continue this habit after the challenge is over.

    I wish I could post in 10 minutes. I have a tendency to do and redo before I schedule a post. I need to break the “over do” habit and move one.

    Great post! Thanks…

    1. That’s a great habit to keep. :)

      I tend to be the same way and it’s one of those moments I have to push past to hit the “publish” button when I’ve only proofread once. I’m finally getting to the place where I’m exercising my “share it now” muscles – because the information and tips I have to share can only help others if I get them out there. One typo or a sentence that could have been phrased better will happen here and there. I’ve decided to approach them as something to laugh about and fix when I find them. I’m getting a lot more done this way.

  4. Hi Michelle.

    A great list. Blog 30 has helped me to understand the importance of this and your list here is a great summary – Tx

    best

    Rob

    1. Blog30 has been great in helping me focus on connecting with other small business bloggers, too. :)

      1. I have been loving this group. It has helped me connect.

  5. Michelle ~

    I’m implementing tip #3 right now! I’ve got to head out the door in just a few minutes to go to my daughter’s housewarming party. So before I shut down my computer and jump in the car, I’m taking a few minutes to read and comment on posts.

    Because I have a harried life and a chaotic work schedule, I’ve honed the skill of doing my best work under pressure. :-) When I know I want or need to get something done in a hurry … I do!

    Excellent, creative, and very helpful tips!

    Melanie
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    1. Great point–we do need to work on honing that “best work” under pressure. Thanks, Melanie.

  6. So do you do these every day or once a week?

    I am thinking that for me I would need to do these every day in order to really boost my business.

    I have made some strides over the last few months but I know I could be doing more. Thank you for this I kind of fizzled out on the #blog30 but still try to keep involved by visiting blogs that are still going strong.
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    1. Hi Joe, I do at least one every day. :) More would definitely be better. Most days I hit 3 or 4 of the items on this list. One of my goals this summer is to send out more thank you cards and emails both to clients and to fellow business owners to let them know how much I appreciate them. Small gestures can mean so much and building relationships is what helps us to reach more of the people we can help.

  7. What simple, quick and easy ideas that over time will make a big difference – brill !

  8. Great post!

    I know I always keep a notebook with me to brainstorm for ideas on things to blog about.
    Danielle McGaw recently posted… Time Management Tips for Making Use of Spare MinutesMy Profile

    1. That’s a great tip. Ideas come to us at unexpected times, and keeping a notebook or something we can record things on is helpful. Since those great inspirations otherwise tend to get buried somewhere in the memory and are hard to recall later. Thanks!

  9. I really like this list. Often I am too short on time or too tire to take on a big project so this list is perfect. I just used Michelle’s 10 minute blog method an put a new blog post on one of my sites.

    I think it is a matter of completing a cycle of action. What can I get done in 10 minutes. What you list does is make what I do effective. Thanks
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    1. Yes – exactly. Something that can be completed! One thing completed is better than a dozen things started and not done. :)

  10. What a super list! I bookmarked this page so I can pick one each time I have a spare moment. Thank you! If it weren’t past my bedtime and my eyes weren’t falling out, I’d do one right now. Nighty-night!
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  11. Taking advantage of those simple little things you can blast out in 10 minutes is great.

    I find that is I get ultra focused in small spurts like that I can get a ton more done each day.

    Great list!

    Thanks for sharing!

    Ely Delaney

    1. That’s an excellent way to word it, “ultra focused in small spurts” – key to getting things done quick.

  12. WOW! This is a great post! Such simple stuff to do but stuff you never think of doing in 10 minutes. Thanks for bringing this to the forefront!

    1. Thanks, Andrew, glad you liked it.

  13. This is a very helpful post, Michelle. I’m going to reference it at Savvy Freelance Writers. :)
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    1. Thanks for sharing it, Lisbeth.

  14. What a great post this is, Michelle! Amazing what can be done in short bursts of time. This came at a great time as I’ll be traveling in the next day and will have quite a bit of time at the airport as international travel requires you to be check in earlier. I plan on taking material with me to start writing my next report. Thanks for the reminders.

    Yvonne
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    1. Great plan, Yvonne. Airports can be a lot of “hurry up and wait” time.

  15. Hi Michelle-

    Have not used hootsuite and will check out that service. I may need more than 10 minutes still trying to cut down my blogging time which is getting better with the more blogs I write.
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    1. It does get easier the more we do it. I found #blog30 helped me tremendously in learning to focus faster so I could post faster. :)

      HootSuite is one of my favorite tools for social networking.

  16. Michelle:

    I see a lot of comments here!! Great!! I will do as Karen said, bookmarking this page for review as needed. It’s very good advice

    Thanks again!!
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  17. This is an insight filled post. 10 minutes to build a business without doing the hours of self-promotion. Today I am absorbing every way I can to push my business forward, to grow, to pay bills and build a life without the constant need to work to build the business. It seems a bit of broken do loop at the moment, but I pray for better tomorrow for writers need time to write their bit of prose and heart.
    ~ MJ Schrader
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    1. It can be challenging to find the time (and energy!) to really promote our businesses. I find if I can just squeeze in some of the smaller stuff here and there it builds on itself and helps me keep in touch with people who can refer me to others or who I can partner with to do promotions. Even a small step in the right direction is good. :) More small steps make the bigger steps easier.

  18. This is a great inspirational post and a reminder, too. Thanks, Michelle!

    ~Tara
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  19. Great post! These are good ideas, and you’re a terrific writer too.

    It’s good to have a reminder that most things we let overwhelm us don’t really take all that much time.

    Lisa
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  20. oh, and I’m about to try to write a blog post in 10 minutes. I’ve been taking WAAAY too long on them so far. Great challenge!!
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    1. You can do it! :)

      And thank you for the comment, great to “see” you. I’m loving your site/newsletter/etc – someone who finally gives me permission to not have to super focus on one thing… :)

  21. […] My first post on this topic was pretty popular so I thought I’d give it a second round. Marketing can feel like this huge overwhelming thunderstorm that hangs over our heads when we’re running our own businesses. As if we’ve got TIME to deal with ONE MORE THING! But it doesn’t have to be that way. […]

  22. If you like this post, I just wrote a follow up with 10 More Things You Can Do in 10 Minutes Each that you might like, too: https://www.michelleshaeffer.com/10-more-things-you-can-do-in-10-minutes-each-to-move-your-business-forward/2010/07/05

  23. You did #2 to me, not too long ago. Very nice!!! ;-)
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  24. It’s crazy how one simple action (within 10 minutes) can really skyrocket your business.

    Just think: a simple phone call to a great customer could lead to a sale because of the right timing or connecting with them and putting them back into the fold.
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  25. Hello from Montana:

    Loved the post and suggestions. I also really like the idea of small reports. I ordered the traffic one and it came through my paypal account but did not receive the download link. Perhaps you need to check the links. That happened to me last week.

    Thanks and looking forward to sharing with you.
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    1. Hi Judy, I’ll go take a look and figure out what it’s doing. Thanks so much for letting me know. :) The site does save all downloads in your account at: https://www.michelleshaeffer.com/login

  26. Thanks for so many great ideas! I love tips for using my time wisely because I have so darned much to do and there’s just me to do it. I have to be really productive and efficient, and it helps a lot to have supportive ideas like yours! :-)
    I used my 10 minutes to write a blog post with an excerpt of my latest book on how to be happy all the time! Whew! I did it.
    Evelyn
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    1. Awesome! It’s amazing what we can get done quickly when we challenge ourselves, isn’t it? :)

  27. PS I thought I was following you already on twitter, and just clicked to do so — I checked out your Twitter page — guess what? I’m on a gluten free diet too! There seem to be more and more of us “out there” and would love to exchange tips with you any time.
    Evelyn
    PS if you haven’t seen dessert mixes by The Cravings Place, you must check it out. I find them at Whole Foods — brownies, quick breads, coffee cake… omg so good and they are dairy free, egg free, soy free etc too
    Evelyn Roberts Brooks recently posted… Book launch to benefit WTC Memorial on 9-11-10My Profile

    1. There really are! We started a gluten free diet for my son several years back and it amazes me in just a couple of years how much more awareness there is out there, and how many more foods are available. Now three of us are on the gluten free diet (myself and both my boys) so it’s an interesting challenge.

      I’ve only tried one of their mixes – just found in within the last month or so at our local store – and it was AWESOME. Much better than any of the other brownie mixes we’d tried. I’m glad to hear the others are just as yummy. I’ll have to watch for them. :) Our store keeps expanding it’s gluten free section (probably because I keep nearly buying it out and then emailing to thank them LOL) so maybe they’ll carry more soon. Last time they stocked the cereal the boys like I bought every box on the shelf. :)

  28. Michelle,

    Lot’s of good ideas. I’ll have to start using HootSuite more to my advantage. Scheduling updates is a great idea.

    Chris
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    1. HootSuite rocks – saves me a ton of time. :)

      Thanks for commenting, Christian!
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  29. A great list and a nice reminder. Thanks, Michelle.

  30. Love this Post! I have come back to read it over a few times already and I’m about to do #5 this morning :) I challenged myself to attempt to write a blog later today when I will have some time while in an office waiting room. As I’m still fairly new at the blogging I love the idea of just working with 10 min or so block. Much less overwhelming then looking at a huge chasm of time to work in.

    Keep Well
    Bonnie
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    1. Thanks, Bonnie. So glad this was helpful for you. I love the 10 minute thing too – just feels so much more “do-able” than bigger chunks of time.

  31. This is an excellent list. I do many of these things as often as possible but the new twist in getting it down to 10 minutes. In 10 minute blocks, a few everyday, we can do some amazing things to make progress and move our business forward.

    I took your challenge and before leaving a comment I set my ‘cool timer’ to 10 minutes and I managed to write 3 heartfelt thank you and appreciation cards. Thank you!! You just helped me to take action and move my busihess forward right this very minute! WooHoo!!

    xoxo
    Helen

    Keep up the great work Michelle! You rock!
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    1. It’s amazing what a difference a few minutes can make when we’re focused, isn’t it? Love that you took action on this! :)

  32. Absolutely fantastic post – I love restricting the time because work does expand to fill the time.

    I allow 20 mins per post, on average, so I sit on Tuesdays (blog day) and churn out 3 at a time. The batching really works otherwise it could take an hour per post………as you get sidetracked and check email, etc.

    1. Exactly, Marcia. When we challenge ourselves it’s amazing how much more productive we can be in a quicker time.
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  33. Thank you Michelle for this fabulous information. Your posts and articles help me stay focused and on task. I just signed up with HootSuite & Feedjit, making the whole social networking scene a little less daunting! Much Appreciated. Keep up the great work.

    1. Hi Allison, glad it’s helpful! I find that the right tools (like Hootsuite) can really make social networking easier, quicker, and more productive.

  34. Really helpful, realistically 10-minute tips, Michelle. I’m going to print this and keep it w/ me when I need a little productivity kick in the booty.
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    1. Thanks, Denese. There’s 20 total and I’ll probably do a part 3 soon. Marketing (or anything, really) is so much easier when we can break it down into quicker actions. :)

  35. […] Techie, Michelle Shaeffer My own favorite posts on my blog this year (and the most popular were): https://www.michelleshaeffer.com/10-things-you-can-do-in-10-minutes-each-to-move-your-business-forward/20… […]

  36. The one I need to work on soon is sending an email to my list recommending a product which would be helpful for them. I’m sending them relevant kids exercise content but I’ve been afraid of sending them too many “buy now” emails.

    I need to get better in this area. Email marketing as an at home entrepreneur is way different than in a big corporation.

    1. It is, it can be a challenge to find the right frequency and balance there.
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  37. I am so glad that I found both you and Michele. I plan on implementing some of your ideas this week so that I can be ready for the Blog Challenge on April 1st. Thanks again.
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    1. Hi Daphne, thanks for stopping by. Welcome to the Ultimate Blog Challenge and I look forward to blogging with you! :)

  38. Sweet resource! Greetz from New York, (The Confidence Guy)!

  39. Thank you for your post. I needed a little push to get back into blogging and contacting my clients. I think I was overwhelmed by trying to get traffic to my website. I even thought about giving it up, but I will use your 10 tips to move my business forward. You make it all seem so easy and I guess the more I do it the easier it will get.
    Thanks again,

    Cathy Deere
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    1. It does get easier. My advice, start with a few traffic strategies and once those get easy and are working for you, build from there. :)
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  40. Great post! Somehow it takes me forever to do all those things you have suggested lol. I get on facebook and get distracted and then before I know it an hour has passed and I have not accomplished anything…..like stopping here to check out your blog hahahaha! Saw Heather congratulating you on facebook, decided to check it out and now I am lost in your posts!!lol. I am still in the learning process so anything that I can get great ideas from sparks my interest! Thank you!!!

    Tracey
    The Happy Mom
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    1. Getting lost can happen easily, Tracey. :) I have to set a timer to help me stay on track or I tend to get lost exploring, too. But I’m glad you stopped by and hope you’ve found helpful info here. Feel free to get lost on my blog anytime. ;)

  41. Hi Michelle,

    Just saw this post on Twitter today (nearly a year later! way to go!). It’s really excellent with extremely beneficial 10 minute to-do’s. Love it.
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    1. Thanks, Deb. 10 minutes here and there, and we can get a lot done. :)

  42. Well, I boldly went into NW Blogs syndication window and found unsyndicating my blog from my profile was pretty painless. I updated my status by telling friends that those who have liked SOAR’s page would no longer be receiving duplicate posts and suggesting to the rest that if they were enjoying them, they can go like SOAR’s page to continue receiving them. Now, to see how this strategy works – maybe I’ll wind up with more likes for my page and 85 happy friends who no longer have the dilemma of choosing between removing me from their stream or seeing all my Art Matters! posts 2-3 times rather than just the ones they want to see.

    1. Sounds like a good plan, Hannah. :)

  43. 10 Things You Can Do in 10 Minutes Each to Move Your Business Forward…

    Got just 10 minutes to spend on marketing/promoting your business? Here are some ideas!…

  44. I am very new to all of this and found myself wandering which was definitely not the correct way to accomplish anything. I began to focus on a system, if you will, similar to what you have listed (I don’t believe mine is as good as yours) and I noticed that positive things began to happen as a result of just some simple organization. Thanks for the great list. This will help my organizational skill even more.
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    1. Organization and systems are key! Glad to hear they’re working for you and helping you get more done. :)
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  45. Michelle, you’re amazing – how do you find the time?
    I just left you a long winded email on the site you sent people on your podccast to for help with videos! Guess I have a lot to learn. LOL Thanks for all of your knowledge – do you help with implementation as well? ~Lori
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    1. Hey Lori, there’s always more to learn, but thankfully lots of options for learning it. :) I get things done in 10 minute blocks of time. ;) LOL
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  46. Michelle

    I found this post to be inspiring and valuable. Thank you for posting.
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  47. Hi Again! Just want to let you know, PostRank worked for you :) I can see why this is popular with your readers. This is an excellent collection of ideas.

    Just this morning, during my walk, I came up with the idea of arbitrarily limiting thing to six or seven of each. For example, Answer six emails before breakfast, send six tweets, etc. I thought it was silly, but your ideas show REAL ways to move forward.

    Cheers,

    Mitch
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    1. Not silly at all, Mitchell. Sometimes having that concrete # of items or tasks can be a great motivator! :)
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  48. I didn’t realize that you can do so many things in just 10 minutes. I wonder how much more can you add if you automate the things on the list. Wonderful tips Michelle, thanks!

    1. Automation rocks. I’d never get as much done in a day without it. Great reminder, Sab!
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  49. Hi Michelle

    I went through your page on e-solo dot com and I see this article posted up there as well. Well, many others must be there too, but it was a glance really I cast, not a thorough search.

    Please, do tell, isn’t this what we (newbies) are told to avoid – having duplicate content, because it might harm our rankings?
    Or is the exposure from a reputable site more important? Or is it what we can do when articles have been “sitting” (maturing) for a while on our blog and it is time to take them for a walk to let neighbours take a look? Or, anyway, what is the rationale of posting the exact same text – I mean, in relation to the “no duplicate content” “rule”?

    I know that articles posted on article-submission sites are syndicated and can be found many times on the web, but these are just lead-generators, and usually not posted on our blog as content. We are also told that we can attenuate the effect of having duplicate articles posted on our blog by posting many original articles as well.

    Now, how’s this for a post idea?

    Thank you
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    1. Hey Helenee, just spotted this comment and apologies for the slow reply.

      Yes, I do share some of my content in more than one place–different eyes see it in each spot. :)

      The duplicate content penalty is more of a “filter” than a “penalty” that’s just because Google doesn’t want to show 10x of the same article as the first 10 results for a search. ;) So they show the one they give the most authority to.

      You may want to look at the options through Google+ to claim your content as author and let them know which sites are the originals. This is a newish option and worth setting up if you’re concerned about it.
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  50. I love that you broke each item down into nice bite-sized 10-minute intervals. I’m not sure I could write a blog post in 10 minutes, but I’m definitely going to set a timer and try a few of your 10-minute tips. Thank you for the ideas!!
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    1. You’re welcome, Melissa. You might find these tips helpful, too, on speedier blog posts:
      https://www.michelleshaeffer.com/10-ways-to-blog-better-faster/2011/06/27/
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  51. Thank you for these terrific tips. The one that really struck a note is “Connect People” What a wonderful suggestion! It’s easy enough to build a list but until you actually start connecting with people you really don’t have a network – or a business.
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    1. It’s an important distinction, isn’t it? Yes, we can have lots of names on a list… but the *connections* we build are where the value really is.
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  52. Thanks for the tips! What a great idea to e-mail the people on your contact list with tips on ? or resources! You can include anything from where you found a great sale to who did work on your house (& it beats paying for Angies List too)!

    1. Exactly, Jenny! Just focusing on being helpful. Lots of options.
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  53. Hi Michelle,

    Just come across your blog to another and this is a great post I’d read this day. If these 10 great things done will bring tremendously great results for your business. Thanks Michelle! Can’t wait to do it myself.
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    1. Yep, they work! Thanks for commenting, Barbara. :)
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  54. Hi Michelle,

    Just found you thru twitter, and delighted. You are brilliant. So many great tips here. I’ve bookmarked the page, and added your URL to my ‘pay attention to and read their stuff’ on my iPad notes.

    I use a timer to be productive…work for 50 minutes and take a break for 10, and this is a fabulous alternative…work for 10 minutes and play for 50. Kidding!! I love these suggestions. Look forward to following you. Lots of great insights from your readers too. Thanks to you all.
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    1. Thanks, Pamela. A timer is a fantastic tool. :)
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  55. Like the 10 minute Idea! Working on learning more about marketing. Thanks for the Tip’s.

    1. You’re welcome, Clemons. Thanks for stopping by and commenting.
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  56. I had to come by and see the post; 100 comments is hard work! :)

    Commenting and guest posting has worked well for me. Though the guest posting is not a 10 minute thing; I like what it did for my blog and I think business blogs might have a lot of potential to tap from it.

    About commenting; insightful comments are important. Just any comment make it a little difficult for others to take you in as a credible blogger!
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    1. Definitely. Writing “great post” or something like that isn’t really the type of comments we want to make. :)

      I tend to spend more time writing a guest post than I do when I’m writing for my own blog. I can’t do those in anywhere near 10 minutes. lol
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  57. I like the idea #4 super fast comment/ like status update.. it really makes me feel ” energized doing that..
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  58. Hi Michelle. Very useful post, Thankyou for writing it. Very impressed with it taking 10 mins to write. I’ll be implementing some of these today!.

    1. I type pretty fast (lots and lots of practice). And, focus is very powerful.

      Yay for taking action fast. :)
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  59. Found you thanks to a Facebook post by E3Woman. Thanks so much for the inspiration that 10 minutes CAN be enough (key for a working mama of a two year old like me!). Working on establishing our new brand and blog, and often fighting the discouragement bug. This helps!
    So pleased to “meet” you! Marisa of Conscious Harvest Technology & Communications Solutions

    1. Very cool. Social networking rocks. I’ve connected with so many wonderful people through Facebook and Twitter. Great to meet you, Marisa.

      Mine are a bit past 2 years old now but I sure do remember those days. Working from home with my children around is one the reasons I’ve got lots of these little 10 minute ideas I can squeeze in when I have time. :)
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  60. Is it just me, or does this make you want to speed-read the post? I agree you can make a lot of progress in 10 minutes, but first you have to have a good idea of what you are trying to accomplish. Otherwise, you’ll just be busy but not productive.
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    1. LOL Yes, I tend to speed read list posts, too.

      Right, focus and priorities are key. No point in wasting even 10 minutes if we can better use that time strategically.
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  61. Great post! I just shared this on Facebook… you could refer to most of these tips as “10 minute marketing” tactics. It’s important to utilize your time wisely online…and a few minutes here and there can really add up.
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    1. Thanks so much for sharing this post (and commenting), Rhonda.

  62. Great post! I just found you today via twitter, which I joined only a couple of days ago, and you have already helped me alot. After reading only the first action in this post I wrote my first proper blog post in months.
    Thank you very much for reminding me how easy it can be.
    Carina

    1. Awesome! Sometimes it can be easy, just got to do it. :)
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  63. I have a boutique events business that is doing ok on its own, but want to grow my business and just discovered this whole world of social media marketing. Loved this article and need to consolidate ideas on how I am going to incorporate this approach into my business.

    1. Hi Debra, it’s awesome how many options we’ve got to get the word out online and with social media. But absolutely, got to take some time to plan and incorporate it into the bigger picture of your business goals. :)
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  64. Wonderful post, lots of helpful ideas to get more exposure. Thanks so much.

    1. Thanks, Janet. Appreciate the comment.
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  65. Loved these tips! Now that I have one year under my belt with my business, I need to focus on setting up systems and do more productive things to continue to grow my business and team. Thanks for posting.

    1. Thanks, Sue. Systems rock–the more systemized you get as you grow your business, the faster you can grow and the more you can free yourself up. :)

  66. I am so in love with “Your Awesomeness.” Now that I have found you, this site is part of my morning routine. First coffee, then see what Michelle has to say. I love it!
    Can’t remember where the post was that recommended Mark’s SEOProcessor, but I did download it. OMG this is an amazing tool. Now I know why I haven’t had much traffic. I am now going through all my post with his system and making them perfect one post at a time.
    Thank you
    Susie
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    1. Coffee goes well with anything, including blog reading! :)
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  67. Good stuff, Michelle! Thank you for sharing. Quick tips like yours can make a world of difference, and are essential, to staying on top of things our fast-paced society. Rule #1 before attempting: Obliterate, or at least diminish significantly, perfectionism :)

  68. Hi Michelle,

    Wow… so much we can accomplish in 10min.

    I registered for your webinar tomorrow through Adam Urbanski’s email & I ended up browsing your blog.
    Look forward to your webinar tomorrow.

    Damayanthi

  69. Hi Michelle,

    Just discovered you thanks to your webinar yesterday on the Secrets of Successful Business Blogging.
    That was a very useful webinar with easy to implement ideas.

    Just read this blog post and love it. My favorite tip is #2 Write a few thank you cards. It’s such an overlooked little success secret.

    Michael

    1. Awesome! So glad the webinar was helpful for you, Michael.

      Since many people overlook it, those of us who take time to write those thank you cards can stand out even more. :)

  70. Love tip #2 about writing handwritten thank you notes. I do this as often as possible. It’s SO nice to get a handwritten card in the mail – instead of a bill. Writing such notes seems to be a dying art form. Let’s keep it alive.
    ~Debra
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    1. It is lovely, isn’t it? Such a pleasant surprise to find a handwritten note among bills and trash mail.
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  71. Great article Michelle! I never realized just how much one could accomplish in such a short amount of time. I could do one and then an hour later do another and accomplish everything in one day without taking a majority of my time. That’s great!
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    1. Yes, these are great tactics for fitting in marketing in just a few minutes. :)
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  72. […] I loved these 10 marketing tips from my colleague Michelle Shaeffer. While sitting in an airport she wrote this list on how you can move your business forward in 10 minutes. […]

  73. Great tips! I really like #2 (I recently sent a thank you note to a new client but should do more of this) and just yesterday implemented #4. I need to mix things up a bit, though, so I’ll be bookmarking this article!

    1. Awesome! Thank you notes can make such an impact but are so often overlooked.
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  74. Excellent advice – some of which I discovered “the hard way”. I especially like the “commenting on like-minded bloggers in a positive way”. When you visit their website you realize how much you have in common and it kind of creates a network – you don’t promote your website only, but theirs also, since their going on is for your going on…
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    1. Blog commenting is such a great way to build relationships and drive traffic. :)
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  75. Hey Michelle, I found your blog today and I want to say that all your tips are great. I am fairly new to blogging and online marketing in general. One thing I have realized reading some of your posts is I am not posting to my site nearly enough. I am going to have to start cranking out posts more often. Thanks again for what you do!

  76. Great share , awesome tips here , really very informative useful , thanks for sharing

  77. Just found your blog this evening. You have some great content on here. Even though this article is 2 years old, the ten things you can do still apply today. I am going to try and remember this the next time I am eating lunch or waiting for my food to come. Moving a business forward doesn’t have to be hard, you just have to keep at it and commit to it.

    Thanks again!
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  78. This is an extremely valuable list. It feels great to accomplish something and doing it in short bursts… well you can build your online business this way for sure.

    Love it michelle!
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  79. Hi a great list here I am going to take a peak at hootsuite as I have only just started on twitter and any tools that are a big help are more than welcome.

    So for great heads up thanks lee
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  80. Great list Michelle. I’ve been looking around today for tips to promote my business through twitter and Facebook accounts, and these are one of the more helpful tips.

  81. This is a great post, Michelle. I found that giving myself a time limit helps to keep me more focused. I just finished a super fast Facebook commenting spree, including one of your posts. :-)
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  82. Outstanding post. It gives a whole new perspective to what you can do in short bursts of time! :) I, too, am about to do a super fast Facebook commenting spree!

  83. These are great! It really is a lot easier when you can break things down like that. It doesn’t take very long to do any of these items. I usually like to visit other blogs or fill my Buffer App when I have a few extra minutes in my day.
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  84. Came back across this post and thought I would give it another look as I have implemented a couple of your ideas when I have a few spare minutes. But still waste to much time and wanted to make use of those little snippets of time we get.

    Some great info thanks lee
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  85. Pretty lady Michelle! I just wanted to thank you not only for this post but for all of your hard work and dedication to what you do! You are truly an inspiration and I can’t thank you enough! I’m embarking on this endeavor of getting traffic to my site to grow my list via my blog! I’m glad you are here and thanks for being so down to earth! Blessing you and your family!

  86. I like tips 1, 6 and 7 and with the UBC community it is easy to find blogs to comment on.
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  87. These are really good tips! I would add that you can use them when you are on hold for someone or when you’re waiting for a delivery and not sure when they’ll arrive or when … lots of places! I’m a great believer in the “Swiss Cheese” method of time management.
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  88. Thank you so much for this post! I have printed it out, taped it up in my office and plan to look at everyday! So far I have already done a few: I have joined a scrapbooking forum and commented on some posts, I am finding blogs I would like to follow, and I am creating an easy blog post with a giveaway.

  89. Great post Michelle – I shall definitely go for P(1-4) and for the rest of points, you are on top of my
    bookmark list.

    Thanks Michelle.

  90. Great post Michelle!
    Actually I can’t write a blog in 10 minutes. It takes me a lot of time to collect information, think and write. I may try a quick post in 10 minutes next time. Thank you for your post.
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  91. AMAZING Michelle! I always feel like there aren’t enough hours in the day to get much done. Your tips are awesome-thanks for sharing!

  92. Hi Michelle,

    This post is amazing especially since it was written in such a short space of time!

    I was wondering have you got any advice for me about how I can write faster? I want to cut the time it takes me to write posts.

    Naomi
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  93. Hello

    First comment on here. Thanks for an additional list of small tasks to promote a small business. My website/blog has be around for over 3 years and I have not being doing must correctly to promote and acquire much repeated visitors. In the past 14 days I started fresh by deleting my website and started to implement some of the ideas, such as getting started on social media. Gained local government and well known national and international company followers. Uploading daily to my own site and later a few blog comments are on my list of to do’s. What is Google plus and how to use it on my list tomorrow.

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