Choosing The Best Blogging Platform

This is a marriage. (But not the Hollywood sort.) Choosing the best blogging platform is one of the most important decisions you will make when starting a blog.

And choosing the best blogging platform is kind of like choosing a partner. (except you won’t have to do their dirty laundry).

The point is, this is serious, and if you want to run your blog like a business, or you are setting up a blog for your business, then you need a partner that will help you make more money.

That partner is WordPress. So get ready to fall in LOVE. [Read more…]

Why Blogging Is EVERYTHING

I was 25.

I hated my life. I felt like I was the one person on the planet that was good at a lot of things, but not great at anything.

I felt like I was wasting my talents, whatever they were. Because my god, I had to be worth more than peddling Coach purses in the mall day in and day out.

I felt like my genius escaped me. Whatever that was.

I come from a nice family. No horror stories here, no super-poor, super-sad upbringing. Just good, decent parents. Both working decent jobs making decent livings. Enough to supply me and my siblings with everything we ever wanted and needed.

And that’s all my parents have ever wanted for me.

No one ever asked me to be great.

No one ever said that going to school, getting a degree, getting married, and settling down with a nice man was not good enough. <- I said that.

Somewhere along the road I decided that I needed to be GREAT. I needed to be exactly what I wanted to be. I needed to succeed in a way that I had seen no one before.

You see, growing up all I have ever seen were people who hated what they did. They worked to make money, and that was it. They LIVED for the weekends, vacations, and holidays. [Read more…]

27 Not So Obvious Truths About Blogging

truths about bloggingThere are some fundamental truths about blogging you will need to know and except if you are going to be a contributing member to the blogosphere. 

I left my filter at the door and tried to be as honest as possible, because in all honesty, all we have are those who’ve already done what we want to do. We trust what they say and hope that it will give us SOMETHING to hold on to.

Mostly we just want them to say what we want to hear.. (which is that its easy, quick, rewarding, fun, etc…)

And though I know some of you have already discovered some of your own truths about blogging, I doubt that they will be the same.

Okay enough rambling, you get the picture. Just don’t say I didn’t warn you!

27 Not-So-Obvious Truths About Blogging

 

  1. You will feel like giving up
  2. You will forget why you started at some point (at said point is when you need to remind yourself)
  3. You will experience blog envy- the feeling that someone’s blog is better than yours (guess what? There are lots of blogs better than yours… Moving on)
  4. You will feel completely out of ideas to write about.. At some point.
  5. You won’t get more traffic to your blog by sitting on your ass
  6. You will have to promote the shit out of your blog and yourself
  7. You’ll misspell something or have a typo and some know-it-all will get pleasure at pointing it out to you.
  8. You’ll get pissed off
  9. You’ll hate your work
  10. You will feel like giving up… Again
  11. Longer isn’t always better, neither is shorter
  12. There are no rules about how often you should blog, but consistency is a MUST
  13. You will hate me for telling you that you won’t make money from your blog, but your business (which can be your blog) will make money
  14. It will seem like it comes easier to others (it doesn’t and I’ve been at it for YEARS)
  15. You will have to ask for what you want
  16. You will have to think of your blog as a business if you ever plan on making a business out of your blog (make sense?)
  17. You will need contracts
  18. You have to actually be social on social media… same for your blog and on other blogs too.
  19. Someone will disagree with you
  20. Someone who disagrees with you will let you know right on your blog where everyone can see it
  21. You won’t make everyone happy (this includes yourself at times)
  22. It takes more than clever ideas to keep a blog afloat (this is where I come in)
  23. Hiring a coach for your blog will automatically make you smarter (not really but kinda because it will expedite your blog greatness)
  24. You don’t have to like everything you write, sometimes you just have to put it down on paper
  25. Your mom will NEVER understand what you are doing (ever)
  26. You will feel like a second-class citizen when someone asks you what you do… (I still do at times)
  27. If second-class citizen means living and working by your own rules while making an impact… I’ll take it!

And the biggest truth is this: You cannot do it alone. You will need a network, you will need to help others before they will want to help you. You will have to realize that it’s not all about you and at the end of the day, no one cares about you or what you have to say.

They care about how you can help them, or how you are making an impact, what you are contributing…

Chew on that.

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Starting A Blog: What’s Your End Game?

starting a blogSo you want to start a blog…

I can feel your enthusiasm. Your passion. You have this BRILLIANT idea. And it is definitely the next BIG thing.

Definitely.

I am not about to give you a “but” because I am willing to bet that whatever idea you have whirling around in your head is actually a pretty damn good one.

About this I have no doubts.

Most people who are interested in starting a blog have that  need to create their own outlet for their brilliant ideas. I do want to challenge you though.

What most of us creatives lack is organization and planning skills. (snore… I know, that’s boring stuff). I’m not going to ask you to make a plan of action, write a business plan, or create a schedule (whew, you can now breathe). What I do want to know is:

What’s your end game?

The truth is, you never know where life is going to take you. I mean my first blog was about dating and relationships. I loved it and it was my baby (until I realized that I knew NOTHING about dating or relationships). And eventually I moved on to other things.

Here’s a few questions you should ask yourself

Who am I talking to?

Who are you going to target? Who will be interested in your message? It’s important to get to know our audience, where they hang out, what they do, what they value. Thinking about this ahead of time will help you create content that is specific to them.

Remember, it’s all about them, not you. In the end, people will buy things from you because of what it can do for them. Help people first, then think about making money with your blog.

What is in it for them?

Why would anyone want to read your blog? I mean, I’m sure you are fabulous and all, but what of value are you providing to others? What will keep them coming back?

What do I ultimately want to accomplish? What’s my end game?

Starting a blog is easy, but it’s also easy to get burnt out. When you know your end game, or have some sort of clue about what you are trying to accomplish, it’s easier to measure success, it’s easier to “stay on the horse”.

You should also consider if you want to make money blogging or if you just want to do it for a creative outlet.

 

Click this link -> for the complete guide to Starting A Blog 

 

 

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3 Must-Do’s Before You Monetize Your Blog

At some point in every bloggers journey they start to wonder, “how can I make money doing this”, and begin to explore how much money bloggers really make.  It can be exciting to think about creating an income stream from your blog, but the road can be long and is not easy.  Before you monetize your blog, there are a couple of things to consider.

get the right traffic

You hear people talk about traffic as a determining factor to how much money your blog can make.  The truth is, traffic does matter, but it’s not that simple.  Just because you have a lot of traffic doesn’t mean you will make lots of money.

Do you have the right traffic?

This goes back to SEO 101, where you learn how to attract the right audience to your blog.  Developing a content strategy that focuses on attracting your ideal traffic is an integral part of beginning to monetize your blog.

Don’t just think traffic, think the right traffic.

Get to know your audience.  Studying your analytics, and interacting on social networks with your audience gives you the opportunity to learn more about your audience.  The more you know about them, the better you can serve their needs.  And remember in any attempt to make money online or off, it is always about filling a need and serving others.

I always recommend building a consistent 300+ unique visitors a day before you begin monetizing.  For some tips on building blog traffic go here.

find the right affiliates or partners

Once you get to know who is reading your blog, then you can choose progams and partners that will be of service to your readers.  If you write a blog about finances, then obviously you can partner with programs that deal with finances, such as a credit card you really recommend, or a mutual fund you like to invest in, etc.

The best way to choose affiliate programs to join is to start with products and services that you love and that have added value to you and your blog.  Always be honest, and always disclose that fact that you are using affiliate links.

come up with a monetization strategy

Like always, if you don’t have a strategy you will fail.  Which methods will you be using?  Are you going to be using ads?  What ad network willyou choose?  Will you be developing your own products or services?

These are the questions you will need to ask yourself.

Then come up with a strategy, or a plan, on how you will use the tools to help you monetize.  But first things first, creating content and getting the right traffic.  Without it, your strategies will be worthless.

 

Want more goods? Check out this tutorial on how to make money with your blog.