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- Do you have good intentions when it comes to blogging ? Do you tell yourself that you’re going to really get started and buckle down but yet it never seems to happen?
- Do you hate writing?
- Have multiple sites?
- Are you short on time?
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Is Your Blog Naked?
By Alice Coaxum
Is your blog naked? Do you have good intentions of filling your blog with lots of content that will appeal to a specific audience? Do you have great ideas for your blog, but never seem to get around to implementing them.
Keep this is mind:
NO ONE visits an empty blog, at least not more than once. Search engines don’t favor thin, empty websites. At one point I used to really neglect my blogs but I realized that it doesn’t work, the whole point of having a blog is to convey my message to others. How can I convey any type of message or information if my blog is nothing but a blank screen?
You can purchase a domain and web hosting and have all kinds of good intentions, but if you have no content on your blog, who is going to visit? Who is going to learn your message and what you’re all about? Nobody.
Blogging involves work. You have to put the time into it to achieve the results you want. Some blogging methods take less time than others. It’s up to use which method you choose to employ.
Make time to work on your blog. Set a timer, put it on your schedule. Do whatever works for you, but buckle down and make it happen! Your blog isn’t going to fill itself and if it does do to some type of scraper then this article is probably not for you. There isn’t an easy out to building a good reputation online. Anything worth doing for your business will take some time.
There are several ways to get content for your blog.
1. Write it yourself.
2. Hire a ghostwriter.
3. Use free reprint articles.
4. Use high quality PLR that can be edited or used as is, like the content I have available at ShopForPLR.Com and PLRContentGalore.Com
Use one or more of these methods to whip your blog into shape. Share your passion, opinion, message, business, knowledge or expertise with the world.
What is blogging?
Blogging started out as just a creative outlet for people bring their personal diaries or journals online to share with the world. It was a great way to keep up with what is going on with your friends and family or to learn someone’s opinion on a topic that you’re interested in.
Blogging has since widened out into online outlets of knowledge, entertainment and information on various subjects that are shared by experts and newbies alike in an attempt to rake in a little revenue. Many people use them to make money online.
You can combine your love of expressing your opinion and making money. Blogs are a good way to earn money from home without having to put out a whole bunch of cash upfront. Web hosting is usually less than $10 bucks per month and a domain can be had for less than $20, much less if you use a coupon code at places like Godaddy.
Search engines love blogs because unlike websites, blog are usually updated quite frequently. Millions search for, visit and read blogs every single day for help entertainment and celebrity based content or knowledgeable information from an accurate source. If people really like your blog, they’ll follow it in a reader and visit often. Some will even link their blog to yours which increase your readers.
The more traffic your blog receives, the better the chance that you will earn from whatever it is that you are promoting on your blog because there will be more eyes on your advertisements and content. If the advertisements are relevant to the content, there is a much better chance for you to earn.
Using Adbrite, AdSense or other advertising networks are one of the most popular ways to generate extra income from your blog.
When you strategically placing the ads on you blog and they are relevant to the content it can be very enticing to your visitors and so they may click on them. Each click you get helps you to earn a bit more of the profits that the advertising network brings in. While a couple of clicks might earn just a little, a major flow of traffic which may cause more clicks can earn you a substantial amount of cash.
Another way some people choose to make money with their blogs is by selling advertisement space. People who need advertising will pay to place one of their banners on your blog if there is a good chance that your blog will bring in some traffic for them.
There are several ways that you can make money with the ad space on your blog. You might choose just to sell ads at a flat rate fee for the week or month, earn a commission based on the number of click the advertisement ends up getting, or make you can even make a deal with the advertiser which will allow you to get a certain percentage of all of the sales that are a direct result of advertising displayed on your blog, sort of like a person does when promoting an affiliate product.
You have to choose the monetizing method that works best for you. The easiest would be a flat rate fee for a specific amount of time. You can also promote affiliate products with banners or links or review products on your blog for profit or free product. Some people use a combination of monetizing methods on their blog.
If your blog is a really popular one, then there’s a better a chance that advertiser’s will need to compete to get their banner or text ads placed in your blog which means that your advertising space would be worth more so they will pay more if they want their ads displayed on your blog.
Does it matter what your blog is about?
Not really and I will tell you why. People have such varied interests that there is any one type of thing that you should blog about. Make use of the search engines and keyword tools. Punch in keywords that would lead to the type of blog that you’re considering running. Are there many results? If so, you’re topic is a winner and honestly if you’re passionate about something that might not have a high count, who is to say it won’t at a later time.
Blog about what you know, what you love, what you’re interested in, what you review, what you want to share or how you feel. There are so many topics that you could choose to hone in on. Put yourself out there and earn some money by sharing your thoughts, knowledge, interest or your day to day life.
Should I Move To Self Hosted WordPress?
By: Alice Coaxum
Today I spent part of the day importing a new web hosting client’s content from her free blog to self hosted WordPress on her own domain, changing the theme and tweaking a few things here and there. Her original blog had a great ambiance about it, it was nice looking, the header was professional looking, it had lots of posts and plenty of comments but still, something was missing, because she could only progress so far with her blog.
She wanted to know how she can make her blog better and take her blog to the next level of monetization. I gave her my opinion on her situation, based on what she was trying to do with her blog. She decided to move on up so her blog can have a more professional appeal and attract a wider audience of readers and sponsors.
I wasn’t always a web host, so my opinion comes from my own experience and things that I’ve learned since I first started blogging.
The main problem for her was that her blog was not her own. This might not make sense to you yet, but I’ll explain. There were also few very minor problems that just a couple of tweaks would fix so that wasn’t a real issue. How could her blog not be her own?
Sure, the posts were hers and she could log into her account whenever she felt like and post as much as she liked at no cost, but the pages were on a domain that didn’t belong to her and that fact was hurting her chances to work with the companies that should be working with. She also could lose her her blog at any moment for any reason, simply because she wasn’t hosting it.
Whoever owns the website is the one who makes the rules no matter how fair or unfair those rules may be. Did you know that some blogging sites don’t allow certain commercial content like MLM, affiliate marketing or any type of monetization at all? Get caught engaging in any of those activities and POOF … your whole blog can be gone without you being able to do a thing about it.
The goals that she had in mind couldn’t be achieved with a free blogging site so she made the sensible choice to upgrade to something better. I’m proud of her. When you realize that something is wrong, it’s time to make a change. That is what will be beneficial to your business.
I can’t count how many times I have been asked about or debated with over, free blogging versus self hosted. My personal choice is self hosting all the way, but I know that people have to make their own choices when it comes to matters like blogging. However, I love it when someone asks and actually listens for the betterment of their own business.
Some people don’t realize that their blog is their business, even though they are trying to make money with it. You have to treat a business like a business for it to be successful. I believe in business that there is only so far that you can get for free, which is completely different from how I felt years ago when I would only blog on free blogging sites.
My answer to this question of whether or not you should move from a free blogging site to WordPress, is that it really depends on what it is that you are trying to do with your blog. If you’re just blogging for the fun of it with no intentions of or caring about ever making any money with your blog, then there really isn’t a reason for you to purchase a domain and web hosting unless you just want to.
If your blog is business related, like if you are a product creator, writer or involved with MLM or Direct Sales and it is a representation of you, it needs to be self hosted and professional. People online judge books (websites) by their cover and they won’t be serious about you or even what you have to say if they don’t feel that you are serious about you.
If your blog is an opinionated blog chock full of posts on various topics that aren’t business related and you really want to monetize your blog, it needs to be self hosted and professional. More people will be attracted to your blog, that’s just the way it is. Subdomains don’t get the same respect that your own domain would get. People take you more seriously when you take yourself more seriously.
You might be thinking to yourself that you’ve got just too many blog posts to move and you don’t feel like copying and pasting because that could take a long time, depending on if you have to do it yourself or not. There is an easier way. Go to “tools” once you are logged into your WordPress blog and import your blog posts and comments from old blog to your new blog on your domain. You can import from Blogger, TypePad and LiveJournal and a few other places.
Blogging Is Not for Everyone In Business…Or Is It?
By: Alice Coaxum
Have you ever thought that blogging is just not for you? You wouldn’t be alone in this train of thought if you have, but you’d be mistaken. Never trying your hand at blogging, you would be passing up a tremendous opportunity to spread valuable information to your readers, the same readers who would be interested in the kind of products or services that you’re offering.
I can certainly understand why some are reluctant to get involved with blogging regularly or at all. For some, writing ranks as high on their list of fun things to do as getting a root canal. Some cringe at the very thought of writing. But even if writing blog posts isn’t your cup of tea, there is no need for you to pass up on using this ultra powerful online tool. A blog can be one of your greatest assets.
Don’t allow yourself to feel like it’s going to take up all of your time or that it won’t be worth the effort. It doesn’t even matter if you aren’t naturally good at writing. Many times we can hype ourselves up about the supposed bad points of a certain task so that we give up before we ever try.
Alternative ways to get content:
Keep in mind that for those who are pressed for time or for those who love writing as much as falling down the stairs or stepping on a rusty nail, there are other ways to get good content for you blog. If you dislike all of the researching and narrowing down of facts and points a topic that it takes to create a good article, don’t have to get your hands dirty so to speak.
You can always outsource. This just means that you’ll find someone else who will give you the content that you need for your blog. There are several ways that you can accomplish this.
You can hunt for good writers on different freelance writing websites and on writer forums too. If hiring a ghostwriter is just to big for your budget right now, you will probably want to consider purchasing high quality private label rights content, also known as PLR, to use on your blog.
If you go the PLR route, all you have to do to personalize your PLR articles is to read it and add your own touch to it, by adding your opinion, adding facts, statistics, quotes or editing them as you see fit by removing or switching around the content. You can easily take PLR articles and make them as unique as they’d be if you’d written them yourself. Or you could just copy and paste directly to your blog, the choice is yours. I suggest personalizing because it makes the content unique to you. You can put a spin on it that someone else might not ever think of.
If you are friends with another blogger and you like the way the write, you could ask them to do a guest post on your blog where you’ll display their name as the author as well as a link back to their own blog. While you may lose some of your traffic to their blog, it can be a quick and pain-free way to get content.
When push comes to shove and you have no content you can go to an article directory and grab a free reprint article. You’ll get great content written by an expert author, depending on who the author is and it will cost you nothing. However you may not change a single word and part of your blog traffic will go to whatever links the author is promoting in their bio box, which you also have to display unchanged.
Maintaining a blog is great for a beginning business owners as well as for business owners who are more established. A blog is an important tool that can get you REAL RESULTS.
I want to write my own posts:
If you are having trouble writing your own posts and it’s something that you really want to do there is an easy way that you can do this. Try picking out four or five main points about the topic that you’d like to cover. You could open up a text document, Word or whatever you prefer to use, to create an outline and your rough draft . Research each main point.
Underneath of each main point, you would write a paragraph of about four or five sentences that brings out details about and explains each main point. Combine these main points together in one blog post. If you have more than five main points that you really want to highlight, you could create a series of blog posts.
For example, if you are writing a blog post about trying to lose weight, some of your main points might be:
- How obesity hurts the body.
- Why it’s important to eat healthy.
- Why many dieters fail.
- What to do when you feel like giving up.
- Why it’s best if you can include a fitness plan in your weight loss journey.
You would then expound on those points, which in turn give your reader something of value if they were trying to lose weight. You could create one informative blog post with these five points or even turn each of these points into separate blog posts by creating outlines with four or five main points that break down and teach about each of these points.
You might even add something personal from your own dieting struggles like, “I used to have a tough time making healthy choices until I decided that my health was worth fighting for.” You could then share a little bit of your journey and some of the things that helped you.
If your business promotes fitness, weight loss or health products it would be appropriate to add a link within the post because you’d be providing quality to your readers and those who enjoy the post would probably be interesting in learning more about or purchasing products or services like the ones you are promoting.
Blogging can also help you to build your list if you display an optin box, somewhere easily visible. So in a nutshell, blogging can be great for your business, helping your to expand your readers, list and customer base.
Don’t put too much into one post, unless your teaching your audience something and it all flows well in one post, stretch it out over several posts so you don’t give them to much to chew on at once. While there are some who love long posts, many just don’t have the attention span or time for it.
You may be serving your readers a 5 course gourmet meal when what they are really looking for is something quick that they can gobble. It really depends on the type of readers that you are trying to attract so this is a hard rule but merely a suggestion as I write long and short posts for my own blog depending on what points I’m trying to get across.
Your post should be informative, entertaining and to the point and not just go on and on just for the sake of having a high word count.
Blogging isn’t for those who just want to add a bunch of affiliate links in every post without giving quality content to your readers. If your blog isn’t helpful or entertaining those links will probably go ignored and you’d be better off using pay per click ads or some other type of advertising method. Your readers need to have a reason to follow your blog. What’s in it for them? What do you bring to the table, that they need?
What you want to do when you first get started blogging or even if you’ve been blogging for a bit is to share your posts with others . Tweet, Like, Pin your posts on social media websites and ask your readers to do the same.
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To your success,
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