Thrive Themes – How to Create Landing Pages


 

Hello there! 

​Once again, Your Delightful VP is here to share with you another tutorial entitled Thrive Themes - How to Create Landing Pages. 

What is Thrive Themes by the way? Thrive Themes is a WordPress plugin that is focused on generating conversions for your website so that you can turn your visitors into raving subscribers, customers and buyers. With Thrive Themes, you have plenty of products to choose from - themes (your website's building block, fully responsive for all devices), leads (your opt-in forms), content builder (what you see is what you get content editor), landing pages (conversion optimised lead generation), widgets (show different content in your widget areas), headline optimizer (test headlines against each other), thrive ultimatum (used for giving ultimatum to your subscribers for them to take action before your spectacular offer runs out), Thrive Ovation (add persuasive testimonials on your pages). 

Now, sit back and watch out this tutorial on how to create landing pages using Thrive Themes. 

​Now that you know the basics of creating a landing page, why don't you try it out for yourself? Believe me, it's easy. And fun!

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 May you be blessed with a delightful life. 


Madel Reyes
Your Delightful VP


yourdelightfulvp@madelreyes.com

P.S This tutorial on Thrive Themes - How to Create a Landing Page is a continuation of the Getdrip part 1 and part 2 tutorials that I have launched not long ago. If you want to refresh your knowledge, just click these links -  Getdrip Part 1 - How to Setup an Email Marketing Campaign and Part 2 - How to Connect Getdrip to your Hosted WordPress 

Google Apps – How to Set Up Your Website Email Address

Ever wondered how an email address is created for a business domain name, like enquiries@website.com or sales@website.com? I have always wondered how I can do that, so I asked my know-it-all friend (G-O-O-G-L-E) to help me figure out the answer. 

I figured I don't actually need to add email addresses as user accounts, instead, I can create email aliases for my business communications. Aliases are free and don't count towards your Google Apps user licenses. 

According to Google, an email alias is an alternate address that points to a user's existing Gmail account. Mail sent to the user's primary address (the one you created for their Google Apps account) and any email aliases you add, all appear in the user's same Gmail inbox.

Let Your Delightful VP show you how to set up aliases in Google apps in this tutorial. 

Let's start!

1) In any web browser, go to admin.google.com Click add account.

2) You'll be taken to the usual Google account sign in page. Click Create account.

3) Fill in details. Click Next.

4) Enter your business domain address and click Next. 

There you go! You can now add your Aliases!

5) Choose add people to your Google Apps account. Click start. 

6) Fill in the Alias details. and click Add.

7) Finalise adding aliases by ticking 'I added all email addresses using madelreyes.com' and click Next. 

8) Now you need to send an email to notify your team of the alias set up. Enter the alias that you just set up. A preview of the draft email is available so that you can edit your email message to your team.  

9) Scroll down and click Send Email.

Your Google Apps for work is nearly set up. 

10) Verify your domain and set up your email. Click Start. ​

Verifying your domain name will prove that you actually own it (i.e. madelreyes.com). To do this, you have to add a verification code to your website or domain settings.  Verification ensures that no one else can use Google Apps services with your domain (for example, to send email that appears to come from your business).

11) From this page click 'Choose a different method.'

12) From the drop down, choose 'Add a domain host record.'

13) Take note of the verification code. You have to copy and paste this to your domain's DNS records. The verification code looks like this:

google-site-verification= {followed by a unique string of text and numbers}

Copy the whole string of texts and numbers.

​Keep this set up tab open as you will return back to this in the later process. 

14) You need to sign in to your domain's host account. Examples of domain hosts are Godaddy and Hostgator. Your log in details would come from the email that Hostgator sent you when you set up your account. You may already have changed your password from then, so the password from the email may not be valid anymore. In any case, you should know your username and password for your domain host service. If not, click forgot password on the login page and reset your password.

15) In the hostgator site, scroll down to 'Domains' and click 'Advanced DNS Zone Editor'

16) From the DNS hostgator settings control panel, scroll down to 'Add a Record' section in the 'Advanced DNS Zone Editor'

17) From the type drop down list, choose 'TXT.' Don't worry, adding this 'TXT' record won't affect your website.

18) Paste your verification code from step (13).

19) In the name field, enter your website name (without the www). In the 'TTL' field, enter '3600'. Click 'Add Record.'

​A confirmation message will appear when record was successfully added. 

​The change may take up to 48 hours to update. However, as you go through the next steps in the Google Apps Setup Wizard, the wizard immediately starts checking for your new TXT record to verify your domain.

Now back to your account set up tab in Google. 

20) Check 'I added the meta tag to my homepage.' Then click 'Verify domain and set up email.'

21) Check 'I have opened the control panel for my domain.'

22) You now have to set up Gmail as your business email for your domain. To do this, you have to direct the email for your domain to the Google Apps servers. It’s like registering your new address with the post office when you move so that your mail gets delivered to the right place. To do this, you have to update the MX record settings in your domain to direct your email to your Google Apps account.

​23) Click link for a more detailed instruction.

24) You will be taken to this page, choose instructions related to your webhost provider. In this case, I am using Hostgator, so I will have to choose Hostgator from the list. From here, the detailed instructions will be ready for you. 

25) Sign in to your Hostgator Control Panel. On the Hostgator website scroll down to Mail, and click MX entry. 

26) Scroll down to get to the MX records section, then click Delete to delete any existing MX records. Confirm deletion.

27) You need to add new MX records to your domain in order to direct your email to your Google Apps account. Below are the records that you need to add. There are at least 5 servers made available by Google for your use, just in case a server fails or is under maintenance. 

28) Scroll down to Add a new record section, type 1 in the priority field.

29) In the destination field, add the above MX addresses as they appear from step (27). Click add new record. You will be prompted with a confirmation message that the MX address. has been added.

30) Repeat steps (28) and (29) to set the priority values and enter the remaining MX addresses as they appear in  step (27). You may also edit a record if you ever made a mistake. 

​Now back to your account set up tab in Google.

31) Check 'I created the new MX records' and 'I have deleted existing MX records'

32) Now that you have checked all the boxes, it time to verify your domain and set up your email. Nearly there! 🙂

Google is verifying your domain.

Congratulations! ​Your site is verified! 

You just need to set choose a payment plan for your site then you can start using the Google apps service/s. Click continue

33) Choose your payment plan. I chose flexible plan so I can opt out anytime I want. I also wanted to change number of users I have each month but I could not. I had to pay $10/month. 

    34) Agree to terms and conditions then click continue. Then enter your billing information. 

    After you have entered your billing information and clicked continue, your subscription will be confirmed. 

    Here is your Google Console interface. You can now set up your very own Google Admin Console.

    There you go! We have just set up an email address for your very own domain. In addition to that, you can utilize Google Apps numerous features that can be very beneficial to your business. You can now authentically feel that your business if for REAL. 🙂

    May you be blessed with a delightful life. 


    Madel Reyes 
    Your Delightful VP
    yourdelightfulvp@madelreyes.com
    www.madelreyes.com


    Sideshare – How to Maximise its Uses and Features


     

    Hi everyone!

    Let's talk about How to Maximise Slideshare in this tutorial 

    SlideShare is a presentation platform acquired by LinkedIn in 2012. It allows users to upload and share files (PowerPoint, PDF, Keynote, or OpenDocument presentations) either privately or publicly. Your files can be viewed on the site itself or can be embedded to other sites.

    It has 60 million users, hosts over 18 million pieces of content, and gets 159 million monthly page views.

    It is currently only used by around 17 percent of B2B marketers, making Slideshare a great platform to showcase your marketing campaigns because of a lot less competition. This means that your content will more likely be seen on SlideShare than on more popular platforms. So long as you create valuable, visually pleasing presentations, there’s no reason why you can’t expect your content to get hundreds or thousands of views almost immediately.

    Using Slideshare can help you reach a larger number of audience and get more people to visit your website. It can also help you grow your brand as it can accommodate a more detailed and in-depth content unlike other social media platforms.

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    ​Check out this tutorial that I have put together for you, dear business owner,  so that you can maximize the use of Slideshare in your marketing campaigns and growing your customer base.  

    ​Now that you know the advantages of using Slideshare, it's your turn to make an outstanding presentation and show them to the world! 

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    May you be blessed with a delightful life. 


    Madel Reyes 
    Your Delightful VP
    yourdelightfulvp@madelreyes.com
    www.madelreyes.com


    Pocket – How to Use Pocket


     

    Hi everyone!

    Let us learn how to use Pocket from this tutorial. 

    Pocket (Read it Later) is an app for saving interesting articles, videos and more from the web for later enjoyment. Nate Weiner founded Pocket in 2007. Currently Pocket has 22 million users, 22 billion number of items saved and is integrated into more than 1500 apps. 

    Once saved to Pocket, the list of content is visible on any device — phone, tablet or computer. The contents are visible even if you are offline.

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    Pocket is available for major platforms including iPad, iPhone, Android, Mac, Google Chrome, Windows,etc.

    If you like this tutorial, please click here to share. 

    May you be blessed with a delightful life. 


    Madel Reyes
    Your Delightful VP


    yourdelightfulvp@madelreyes.com

    Pinterest – How to Use Pinterest for Beginners


     

    Hi everyone!

    Let's talk about Pinterest in this tutorial. Let Your Delightful VP walk you through it - this post is a Beginner's Guide on How to Use Pinterest.

    I am sure this is not the first time you have heard of Pinterest. You may already have an account with Pinterest long ago, just like me, but have not explored its function yet. Just like me, your reason might be that you did not know how to use it, or you might not think you did not really need it. Your Pinterest account was just there for the purpose of mere existence because your friends talked about pins or pinboards whenever you're together. Now, it may be worth considering looking into it deeper.

    Let's learn how to use Pinterest together.

    Pinterest is known to be the world's catalogue of creative ideas. Its goal is to connect everyone in the world through things they find interesting. A pin is an idea - a gift, a recipe, a travel location, etc. in the form of images or videos. Users are allowed to visually share new interests through pins. Pins always point back to the sites where they came from (like your site!). A Pinboard is where people house their pins. Each pinboard tells a unique story about a user's interests. Other users can follow people's pinboards.

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    Pinterest is one of the best tools to use in order for your business to be discovered by millions of people who are looking for things to plan, buy and do. It can provide great benefit for small businesses for product marketing and consumer base expansion. The fact that Pinterest is very visually effective, businesses get the chance to engage their consumers with compelling images and colorful infographics that promote deals and new products.

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    Watch this Beginner's Guide on How to Use Pinterest to discover its beauty and usefulness.

    Now that you know how to pin an idea, create a pinboard and use the Pinterest save button, you can now maximise the use of Pinterest either for personal or for business. use. Enjoy pinning!

    If you like this tutorial, please click here to share. 

    May you be blessed with a delightful life. 


    Madel Reyes
    Your Delightful VP


    yourdelightfulvp@madelreyes.com

    Snapchat – The Next Big Thing in Social Media Marketing

    I really can’t remember when, but my mentor Jomar Hilario posted in our FB Group suggesting his students to check out Snapchat if we want to connect with him. I did download the app and explored how to use it. I had fun, but I must admit, I don’t use Snapchat on a daily basis.

    But recently, I have been seeing a lot about Snapchat. Out of curiosity, I read on those articles/posts. Having read and studied most of those articles, I am leaning to say that Snapchat is the next big thing in social media marketing.

    Snapchat is a software application aiming to bring the fun back into the digital world. The 37% of Snapchat users are aged 18-24, while 26% are aged 25-34. Users can take the ugliest, most insane, most controversial photos they want, usually in the form of a “selfie”. Users say it’s almost exclusively for sending laughable pictures or videos to their friends. After sending them to friends, those photos or videos then disappear, forever, in 1-10 seconds. It’s confidential, immediate and ephemeral, more an extension of texting than a social network rival to Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.

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    According to Bloomberg.com, Snapchat has been growing quickly, boosted by its popularity among young people. The app had 110 million daily users in December 2015. In April 2016, users are watching 10 billion videos a day on the application, up from 8 billion in February.

    With Facebook considered the giant of all social media with 1.65B users globally and Twitter with 310M monthly active users as of first quarter of 2016, Snapchat, really, is still considered a baby with 110M users. However, with its young and hip user base and history of innovation, Facebook and Twitter should be looking over their shoulders.

    Here are some of the reasons why I find Snapchat better than Facebook, Instagram and Twitter:

    • Snapchat allows users to embrace their real self and their real life, it’s all about fun and entertainment. Facebook and Instagram, on the other hand, serve as a place where people can indulge in vanity and egoistic behaviour. People are complimented for their extravagant looks, and are even encouraged to be self-absorbed and show the world how desirous they should be of a life that is filled with escapades and doing exciting things — no matter how fake that really is.

    Image courtesy of Pixabay

    • With Snapchat, users get to choose who sees each of their snap without having to edit privacy settings constantly. If users take a screenshot of a photo they shared, they are informed. No matter what, they know who is seeing their snaps and who may even have those snaps saved.
    • When a sender’s friends reply to his/her snaps, the sender can only see the reply. This avoids the random comments and notifications that Facebook sends to your email which you have to delete over and again.
    • Users can avoid the drama of political or social arguments, and more importantly, users can avoid all the chain posts where they are asked to type "Amen" if they agree, or all those personality and IQ tests that tell them how good or smart they are.
    • The silly snaps and chats in Snapchat only last for 10 seconds or less, gone after the receiver has viewed them.
    • Users don't just add anyone to Snapchat, they are connected with people in their mobile contact list. These people are the ones they actually talk to or interact with on a regular basis.
    • When it comes to filters, Snapchat has the best artistic ones that will allow users to embrace their sense of humour. This is probably the best part of using the app, with new filters released all the time. It's also one of the reasons why Snapchat has stolen Instagram's limelight. Users will log in daily just to check out the newest filter to add to their snaps.

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    • Snapchat’s ads are made specifically for mobile devices, thus, delivered in a vertical orientation and are shown in full-screen view, which is a huge advantage over Instagram and most other advertising platforms.
    • Lastly, there’s plenty of room for advertisement for brands and businesses on Snapchat, competition is not fierce, the door to opportunity is wide open.

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    As all of these social media apps continue to develop, add new features to keep users engaged and even go through some rocky facelifts, there's always a decent chance some other social media app will come along and be the next best thing. But for now, Snapchat is the big thing in social media marketing.

    While Snapchat’s attractiveness is still lost on some, and it may be a platform that'll never be adopted by everyone, the rise of Snapchat is irrefutable. I dare say – Snapchat is king. 

    How about you? What are your thoughts about Snapchat?

    ​May you be blessed with a delightful life.




    Madel Reyes


    Your Delightful VP






    GETDRIP Part 2 – How to Connect Getdrip to Your Hosted WordPress


     

    Hi everyone!

    This is part 2 of my two-part tutorial on Getdrip entitled How to Connect Getdrip to Your Hosted WordPress.

    Marketing automation is the process of automating a business' marketing department's repetitive tasks such as emails, social media, and other website actions.


    Getdrip is a "lightweight" marketing automation software that allows you to craft every interaction with your leads, trial users and customers like an artisan. It sends custom emails based on user behavior and automates your marketing for a fraction of the price of the major players. Getdrip gives you the ability to create and automate workflows, capture more leads, onboard more users, close more sales, and also has the ability to track open and click rates for your emails. 

    You can now try Getdrip for yourself and see more leads coming your way!

    If you missed part 1 of this Getdrip tutorial, please check it out here

    If you like this tutorial, please click here to share. 


    May you be blessed with a delightful life. 


    Madel Reyes
    Your Delightful VP

    yourdelightfulvp@gmail.com

    WordPress- How to Setup Your Hosted WordPress Blog – Part 2 of 2


     

    Hi everyone!

    This time, let Your Delightful VP show you How to use WordPress. This is Part 2 of my two-part tutorial on WordPress entitled How to Setup Your WordPress Site.

    WordPress is the best platform to use when you are starting to learn how to design a website and how to blog. WordPress powers 26% of the internet. It is also a great tool to promote your business and personal brand. Share your stories with friends through your WordPress blog. 

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    You can now explore website designs and test your creativity. There are thousands of ideas out there to help you start with your content creation. 

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    If you missed Part 1 of this tutorial, please click here.

    ​If you like this tutorial, please click here to share.

    May you live a delightful life.

    Madel Reyes​

    yourdelightfulvp@madelreyes.com

    WordPress – How to Start a Hosted WordPress Blog – Part 1 of 2


     

    Hi everyone!

    This time, let Your Delightful VP show you how to use WordPress. This is a two-part tutorial on 1) How to Start a Hosted WordPress Blog and 2) How to Setup Your WordPress Blog.

    WordPress is the best platform to use when you are starting to learn how to design a website and how to blog. WordPress powers 26% of the internet. It is also a great tool to promote your business and personal brand. Share your stories with friends through your WordPress blog. 

    Image courtesy of Googel

    Do not be overwhelmed by the fear of not being an authority in website design. Do not be afraid not to know where and how to start creating your own website. There are so many helpful tips and tricks o get you started. Here is one of them. Let Your Delightful VP show you how to do it step by step. Here is the first installment of my WordPress tutorial. I hope you find this post helpful.

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    Now that you already have a hosted WordPress blog, it's time to learn how to set it up. Check out the second installment of this two-part tutorial, click here to learn How to Setup your WordPress Blog. 

    If you like this tutorial, please click here to share. 



    May you be blessed with a delightful life. 


    Madel Reyes
    Your Delightful VP


    yourdelightfulvp@madelreyes.com

    IFTTT – How to Use IFTTT Recipes

    Hi everyone!

    This time, let Your Delightful VP show you How to Create Recipes in If This Then That.

    If This Then That is a free web based app that allows you to have full control over the apps and products that you use and love. IFTTT is the abbreviation of If This Then That.


    You need to create recipes in order for IFTTT to work. Recipes are conditional statements that trigger connections between products and apps. There are two types of recipes - DO recipes and IF recipes. DO recipes are straightforward commands that work with IOS and Android. "Examples are DO effortlessly save photos to an album, or DO create events in a calendar". IF recipes work in the background and trigger Then results. Example is "If I post an image in Facebook, save it in Dropbox."

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    IFTTT is very addictive, so I tried to make this tutorial really simple. I want you to grasp how to use IFTTT so you can maximize this really helpful tool.


    I bet you would want to create recipes for every single online task that you do. Can't blame you. IFTTT is there for you to utilize, so USE it!



    Now that you know how to use IFTTT, why don't you try it out for yourself? Believe me,  you'll save so much time from doing redundant online tasks just by using IFTTT. It's reliable.  See for yourself. 

    If you like this tutorial, please click here to share. 



    May you be blessed with a delightful life. 


    Madel Reyes
    Your Delightful VP


    yourdelightfulvp@madelreyes.com