Top 5 Blogging Mistakes that’s Frustrating Your Efforts (and How to Fix Them)

Top 5 Blogging Mistakes that’s Frustrating Your Efforts (and How to Fix Them)

When I started this blog back in 2009 the subject of making money blogging was just at its infancy. A lot of people back then were jumping in and starting their own blogs.

Many of these bloggers became overnight gurus dishing out how to make money blogging tips. Every where you turn there was a blog on how to make money blogging. A lot of times the same tips were just being tweaked and re-posted on different blogs.

On the surface it does appear that most of these bloggers were really making a ton of money from their efforts. However, over the years I have observed a lot of these “guru bloggers” drop by the wayside!

I can attest to this fact because every time I do a general review of this blog I’ve always seen a huge number of broken links. Most of these broken links are mostly from blogs that I have linked to over the years.

But why would someone who have always shown that they are making money from their blogs and have taken it upon themselves to teach others how to make money blogging suddenly abandon their blog?

The answer to that question is not far fetched. The truth is most of those guru bloggers were only putting up a front. While they may appear to be successful on the surface the truth is most of them were making next to nothing from their blogs.

For example, while a recent report indicated that about 67.5% of bloggers blog to make money online only about 5% of bloggers are actually making a full income from their blogs!

This is why a lot of bloggers after struggling for years trying to scrap a living from their blog end up throwing in the trowel. Of course, it’s  frustrating to put in so much and yet get nothing out.

In this post I want to share with you the top five mistakes that I have found, over these years, to be main reason why many bloggers fail. Matter of fact is, if you’re presently struggling with your blog, one of these mistakes might just be the culprit!

Recommended: The Beginners Complete Guide to Making Money Blogging

Why Seemly Hard -Working Bloggers Fail!

Mistake #1: Blogging without a Definite Purpose

How make money blogging

Do you have a purpose for your blog?

What is your motivation for starting the blog?

Do you have a story to tell?

It’s unfortunate that many of the blogs out there are nothing but “just another blog!” From design to content; and tactics, there’s really nothing that separates them from other blogs.

In fact, many of these blogs were started because the blogger was impressed by the results being posted by other probloggers out there.

The truth is, if you want to make money with your blog it is important that you have a definite purpose for the blog. You must be able to answer the question, WHY this blog? Not taking care of this before you start will put a whole lot of boulders on your way. 

So, if you are in this boat right now it’s important that you take some time off and settle this issue. Ask yourself questions like: 

  • Why am I really blogging?
  • I’m I here just to share my thoughts and opinions or to make a living?
  • If I’m here to make money how do I do that?
  • Should I be promoting affiliate products or selling my own product/service?
  • And what do I need to do to accomplish this?

Doing this right now will help you get a clearer picture and the focus of your blog.

Mistake #2: Blogging without a Plan

Not having a blogging plan

It’s unfortunate that many bloggers do not have a plan and worst still they never care to have one.

As the common saying goes, when you fail to plan you’re planning to fail. Unfortunately, not many bloggers who want to make money blogging really care to take this to heart.

I encourage you to read this post on how to set SMART goals for your blog.

Once you have decided on the purpose of your blog, designing a plan on how to achieve that purpose will greatly help on your journey. A blogging plan should answer the question of how you expect to make money with your blog and what you must do to achieve that goal.

Your plan for making money from your blog will determine the type of content you showcase on your blog. It’s definite that a blog that is designed to sell advertising space would be different content-wise from the one that is focused on selling your consulting practice!

Mistake #3: Not Building a List

This is really a big one.

Despite hearing it over and over again that the money is in the lists, many bloggers have not seen the need to start an email list. They are content with just writing content, interacting with other bloggers in the comment section of their blogs and connecting on social media sites.

As much as these things are good, you must know that an email list is your greatest asset when it comes to marketing online. Let no one deceive you with talk about email being a dead online marketing tactic. Indeed, many internet marketers may have put a bad name on this because of their spammy email promotions but don’t let that put you off.

Offering email subscription on your blog is the easiest way of turning your blog into a money making machine. Remember, not everyone who visits your blog will return except you have a system to bring them back. Capturing their contact info and adding them to your email contact list is the best way to do that.

You may have an RSS feed subscription on your blog but that has many limitations which an email list will help you overcome.

Here are some industry recognized autoresponder services that will help you build a list:

  1. GetResponse.com – Widely used by internet marketers
  2. MailerLite.com – High-quality service for an incredibly low price. You can use the system for FREE if you only have 1,000 subscribers or less. (Highly Recommended)
  3. RapidMailer.com – Your best choice if you want to run your own autoresponder. It’s a one-time payment.

Mistake #4: Choosing the Wrong Market

Choosing a blogging niche

I did a post some time ago on spooky business start up tips where I clearly stated that if you start a business just based on what you love without carefully checking for profitability, you’re bound to struggle.

This is more so when blogging to make money!

Of course, it is important that you choose your blog topic based on what you know and you’re interested in as this will help you greatly in writing content and showing your expertise. However, except your desire is to share your thoughts with your family and friends, it is important that you research the profitability of your target niche before you jump in.

That being said, it will be an uphill task if you choose a blogging niche simply because of the money. Focusing only on the money will ultimately lead to frustration.

So, what to do?

Choose your blog niche based on market profitability and your passion.

The good news is, if you know little to nothing about a niche you can spend a few weeks to research the topic online. Doing this will set you on the path of becoming an expert in that field in no distant time.

There are thousands of online tools available that you can use. If you’re already blogging and you discover you are having problems with this, take some time off, do the necessary research and then reposition your blog.

Mistake #5: Not Driving the Right Traffic

I must say that this is one problem that many bloggers are having without really knowing it. Over these years I’ve come across very wonderful and passionate bloggers. From all indications they appear to be doing great with their blogs. Superb blog posts, impressive blog comment sections, social buttons displaying the envious number of shares, etc.

But, when you ask how much they are making from their blogs the responses are a nothing to write about!

Many of these bloggers cover up with things like: blogging is not about making money but connecting with like minds! But I don’t really think these bloggers love working their butts off just because they want to be known as a blogger. Or, do you?

But, what is really the problem here?

It is this: these bloggers are simply driving the wrong type of traffic to their blogs!

Like we have seen above your blog exist for a specific purpose. In the same way, your blog should be targeted at a specific group. If you have clearly defined the purpose of your blog from the beginning knowing your blogs target audience will not be a problem.  And this will determine your promotional tactics.

When you have these sorted out you wouldn’t waste your time running round other blogs, commenting and interacting with other bloggers, except they are your targeted audience.

To drive the right type of traffic to your blog, go where your target audience is and then entice them to your blog. This way monetizing your blog traffic will become easy.

Conclusion

I don’t know which of these blogging mistakes is holding your back from making money with your blog. But the truth is if you will take the time and work on these ones you will soon begin to see a change in your blogging success.

Feel free to share your thoughts on these blogging mistakes in the comments below. Is there any of these mistakes that you are presently making with your blog? Is there any one you will want to add?

Let’s connect in the comments section.

Blogging Statistics – Where Do You Stand as a Blogger?

Blogging has grown in popularity over the years. In the same vein it has evolved into its own online money making industry over this period of time.

But beyond these changes one thing that has continued to be a surprise to many is the variance in success level among bloggers in different genre.

In this blogging statistic infographic by BlogTyrant.com a whole lot of insights is revealed. Of course, there are various blogging statistics published by different sources yearly but I’m intrigued by this one that I’m sharing it here.

As you read through it I want you to ask yourself a few questions:

1. Where do I stand in all of these as a blogger?

2. Where do I hope to be in the next year with my blog?

3. What one stat can I work on to move my blog to the next level?

Why I want you to ask yourself these questions is because of some of the insights from the survey.

For example:

  • Over 43.3% of bloggers surveyed listed “Hobby” as the reason for starting their blog(s)! Really? As someone who is always encouraging you to a business and not just a blog, that’s really not what I expected.
  • A surprisingly 69.6% are making $0 income from their blogs while about 0.6% are making over 1 million. Wow! Please read that again and see the disparity. But that just correlates well with the fact that a big number only take their blog as a “Hobby”!
  • A resounding 69.4% give lack of readers/traffic as their biggest worries compared to security (16.7%) and lack of earnings (54.9%).
  • Over 60% have started a blog only to abandon it while 40.7% have been consistent with their commitment to the blogs they started.

Alright, let’s get it on…!

Blogging Statistics for 2018

Blogging statistics updated each year can be found here.

Your turn: Will love to have your take in your comments below.

15 Ways a Beginner Blogger Can Appear Like a Pro [Expert Tips]

Okay, today I’m going to do what I have not done for a long, long time – that’s feature a guest blogger on this blog!

Yes, if you read my “Write for Us” page right now you will discover that I have stopped accepting guest posts on this blog. However, when my friend, Theodore reached out to me on doing a guest post for the WebIncomeJournal.com, I had to think twice. But then I said, “Send it across!”

Now, you may be wondering why I decided to accept this one even when I have stopped accepting guest posts for close to two years running?

No, it isn’t just because he’s a friend but Theo (as I used to call him) is one passionate blogger that I know to over deliver in any of his posts. And so, I know he was not going to do anything below par.

And, was I right!

You just have to read this post to know what I’m talking about. And by the way, he has a special FREE GIFT for you at the end of this piece. So, do yourself some good and read all the way through the post so you don’t miss your gift!

And with that, let me step aside as I invite to the podium our special guest…

…over to you Theodore!

Expert blogging tips for the beginner blogger

Hey folks, it’s nice to write to you today from the corner of my girlfriend’s room. Yes, she’s just gone out and I thought I could quickly wrap my head around this and show you the world of better !

I must however, admit that there are a lot of articles flying everywhere online about this topic that you almost get really irritated at another sight of it.

Like you, I am tired but realizing that I still make some silly and common blogging mistakes, I decided to share my top 15 blogging tips which I hopefully believe will help the beginner blogger blog better. Hope you truly enjoy it as much as I am writing it!

So here are my best tips for your perusal and application. Enjoy reading! And please don’t hesitate to drop your two cents with me in the comment section of this page.

15 Blogging Tips for Beginner Blogger

1. Know Your Audience

The secret to stardom as a blogger is in knowing and understanding your target audience as to providing them the kind of content that they would love to read and share with their friends.

Knowing your audience well will help to get to their hearts with your content and as such help you make money online doing what you love.

So folks, if you’d like to start your online , it’d be great if you will check Chadrack’s powerful post on how to do just that. It is quite resourceful.

2. Embrace Truth-Telling

Many people in the bid to make money online lie to their audience by providing them stolen and get-rich-quick-scheme content that don’t add value to the audience but only enlarge their pockets. You don’t become great online when your trust level is on downright low!

Write from the heart

3. Pick A Topic

I have never seen anyone succeed in the online space, let alone in any endeavor by doing and talking about everything.

It’s good to practice what the mantra instructs – to know something about everything and everything about something – but it’s pretty important not to get lost trying to be everything to people.

You will only succeed in failing and burning yourself out. This is why you need to pick a topic to discuss with your audience and really stick to.

For me though, I majorly discuss blogging and make money online subjects.

Get the drift?

4. Stand Yourself Out

There are a lot of people out there practicing mediocrity. You don’t want to join that bandwagon. You want to be a unique YOU.

You don’t want to add to the already noise out there but create awesome and quality-filled contents that will be helpful as well as useful to the people in which you are serving them to.

5. Be Wary Of Stat-Checking

Is good to check your metrics so that you know what you are doing right and the things that you are doing wrongly. But what is not cool is when you base all your energy and focus on checking your blog’s stats.

You are still a beginner I assume. So what you should be doing at this stage of your blogging life is creating content and religiously promoting your blog.

Now, please, don’t get me wrong. It’s good to check your stat, to see where your traffics are coming from and how best to target them next time, but it’s not just cool at this early stage of your blogging career.

Get me now?

6. Make Your Content Shareable

I visited a blog the other day and I was shocked to find that I could not help them (the blog editor) share the content on my social accounts – and you can almost trust that this blogger wrote a really fantastic article – but one that won’t get noticed, after all.

Beginner blogger, listen to me, make sure you install and use social sharing plugins, the likes of “Social Warfare” (I use this one on my blog), “DIGG”, and “Share This” plugin. They have a way of getting the words out about your contents.

The more people hit those buttons, the more traffic you get and the more you increase your chances of making money online.

Maybe you should read Oleg’s post about the 44 Impressive Ways You Can Use Social Media to Grow Your Business Overnight. You can trust that it would worth your whiles.

Create shareable content

7. Encourage Community

I learned this one from Jeff Goins. He said, “Write unfinished posts, and ask your community to complete the conversation.” This way, you are sure to increase the chances of your blog ever going viral in the blogging space.

8. Network Daily

The difference between the not-so-popular blogger and the really popular blogger is nothing but effective networking with other bloggers and the people that come together to make up his community. The importance of connecting with folks online and offline cannot really be overemphasized. That’s the truth!

9. Write For People

You must have heard the rants of how important guest posting are to building a blog to the point where it becomes extremely successful.

Have you?

Now that’s pretty correct!

See, if you dream of having a really popular blog, then you must learn to write for other blogs, just as I am doing with this post.

Write for the community

10. Build Your Email List

I wish I had started building my email list when I started my first blog in 2011. My bad, I started late. Though now paying off.

You must have heard the mantra, “There’s money in the list”. I must also add, in fact, there is plenty money to be made via list building!

What having an email list does is that it connects you directly to the folks who are ready to listen to you, learn from you, buy from you and apply the lessons learned from you. It’s the best way of reaching your target audience. Take it from me.

I found a good resource here on Web Income Journal about Social Media Vs Email Marketing and I am sure it would of course worth your while if you take time to check and study that post.

Build an email list with your blog

11. Give Away Free Stuff

To become extremely popular in the online space – to grow your blog to the place it becomes extremely successful – you’ve got to learn to give away a lot of free stuff.

You don’t have to be afraid; you can give out contents in forms such as PDF, video, audio and the likes.

Be sure to do these things religiously till you start to get hits/buzzes in your inbox to do deals with you.Mind you, these folks might evenend up becoming your loyal blog audience.

12. Be Consistent

“Common buddy, consistency is the key to growing a successful blog.” Those were the words of Adrienne Smith to me at a time when I was experiencing a lot of frustrations back in 2014. Actually, she was right.

And in the words of Neil Patel, “Consistency is one of the most important things that bloggers tend to forget. It’s much easier to lose your traffic than it is to build it up, so make sure you consistently blog.”

Let their advice guide you to stardom!

13. Keep It Short And Loaded

Have you ever read Seth Godin’s opinions, that is, blog posts? God, they are habitually short, straight-to-the-point and are loaded with take home points. This is what you should strive to doing as a beginner blogger that you are.

Derek Sivers shared this, “Biggest lesson I learned in my past year of blogging. Keep it in the 1–2 minutes read-time length.”

14. Publish Timeless Contents

If you’ve been on the web for most time, you’d notice that old contents are often perceived as outdated and irrelevant.

Not so?

Well, what you should do is not to write a post but a resource that will be cited in weeks, months, even years to come. That’s what I call ‘Epic Shit!’

Make post timeless

15. Don’t Give Up

Maybe I need to stress that – Don’t ever think of GIVING UP! You win when you stick with what it is that you do, in this case, blogging.

BONUS TIPS

I have definitely got a bonus tip for you and it’s a resource I yet again found on Web Income Journal – it simply states the reasons Why 80% of Bloggers Fail and How to Avoid Being One. You can trust me on this that you can never go wrong with this article being your compass-guide. Go read it NOW!

Wrapping Up

These are my Top 15 blogging Tips for Beginner Blogger and I am sure if you would but put to practice this checklist you will enjoy your life as a blogger.

Do make sure to share this with your friends and don’t forget to comment your thoughts. That’s like really important. I need to know what you feel about this article. Was it helpful, useful, or not?

Author Bio

Theodore Nwangene is a blogger and Freelance Writer. He’s currently on a journey to help bloggers and entrepreneurs write kick-ass contents, build a better and profitable blog, increase visibility and boost their online authority. He just wrote a kindle book titled: 21 Writing Hacks: A Cheat Sheet for Writing Compelling Articles That Will Open Doors and Land you Clients. Click Here to Get Your Free PDF Copy Now >

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Stop Being Anti-Social; Social Media Is a Huge Business Investment Today!

has in recent times become equated with advertising online. There’s no disputing that it is a valuable tool when it comes to bringing owners and consumers together. However, if as a you’re still wondering if social media is really worth the investment, then I could only shake my head in pity because you do not know what you are missing.

Now, at the time when was the new thing everyone was talking about, there was no shortage of cynicism. As with any “next big thing,” there were plenty of who said, “It’s a fad, it will never last.” But today? Of course, it’s a different story.

The growth of Twitter as a social media site
But that is understandable because back then, most people had just about accepted that Facebook was here for the long haul. They never imagined there was space for another one. However, we can all agree that social networking is now a part of our lives. In fact, today many more social media sites have joined the fold along with a slew of micro- sites and friend-finding apps!

So, right now it’s not just the “big two” as they’ve been joined by Instagram!

Classifying the Social Networking Field

After a careful look at what is happening in the social media arena, you can, in all honesty, divide the social networking field into three groups:

a. Those who joined Facebook and said, “That’s fine, I’ll stop here.”

b. Those who added Twitter, and get everything they need from 140 characters at a time; and

c. Those who document their everyday life through pictures and wry or heartfelt captions.

While the above may look great but it shouldn’t be for you as a business owner. Fact is, using social media for your business is really not a matter of choice any more.

You Need To Spread Your Online Presence Far And Wide

Spread your online reach using social media

Believe it or not, the way we do business has changed utterly in less than two decades. In the 1990s, running a business from home was just about possible if you had a big enough house or a small enough business. You needed premises, and you needed prime location.

But now?

Having premises isn’t going to hurt if you’re the kind of business that benefits from them. If you’re a food store or a hair salon, they’re almost essential. However, “prime location” now is online.

You’ll get absolutely nowhere if you don’t have a website. That’s for a start. But it’s now more and more accepted that you need other things too. The bottom line is that you need to be active on social networks to have a competitive edge in business these days. And if you’re in either of the first two of those social media adopter groups above, you’re going to need to learn the rules of the networks you’re not yet on.

So, what’s The Route to Take?

1. Business Is More Visual Than Ever; Get on Instagram!
Instagram marketing strategies

Sharing pictures of your lunch may not be for you, but if that’s what’s stopped you from getting on Instagram so far, then stop it from stopping you.

The worst thing you can do as a modern business is to laugh at social media. It will laugh right back and drive your customers elsewhere. The one thing you can be entirely sure of is that if you’re not on Instagram, your competitors will be. That’s a whole section of your audience you’re turning away from.

“But, but…” you may be thinking, “It’s not like my business is a visual one anyway!”

And by and large you may be right. Maybe you sell insurance, or are a courier. Your product may be abstract or hard to photograph. But you’re not. Your vehicles aren’t, nor your delivery route. Your customers aren’t. There will always be something connected to your business to photograph. Make use of the filters, in an appropriate way – like showing off an epic sunset you saw on a delivery route, for example.

2. Take Advantage of Events As They Happen

You’ve probably seen a few businesses’ social media accounts and generally, you’re not impressed by them. For the most part, they are used as RSS feeds by companies who know they should have social media. But they don’t know what it does or how to use it. All the best business social media accounts are the ones with a modicum of humanity.

If the whole world is tweeting about a significant event, you should be in there too. What you need to be careful about is how you do it. If it is a tragic event, register your business’s thoughts and condolences for those affected. Do not editorialize or offer opinions – save that for your personal account, it is not for a business to comment. Never refer to a tragedy and promote your business in the same post. Oh, yes, it happens.

If it is a more joyful or unexpected event, by all means live-tweet your office’s reaction to what’s happening. If it is political, play it by ear. Nailing your political colors to the mast could bring in new followers. It could also turn a lot of people off, depending on what your views and market are.

3. Reach the Widest Possible Audience

Reach your audience on social media

Once upon a time, the hashtag was the domain of Twitter. Now, you can find all Instagram or Facebook posts on a certain topic by clicking on the hashtag too. So you should feel free to use them – in the right way. You want to draw anyone who might be interested in your business to your posts. Do everything you can to get more Instagram followers – this is a ready audience for your promotions.

So much business today is international, which makes social media even more valuable. A huge department store in New York City has high catchment in that area. Its international custom cannot be as impressive, because someone in Zurich doesn’t just get on a bus and head to New York for the weekend. But if you’re visible on social media – and do it well enough – you can attract overseas followers.

4. If You’re Not Sure, Hire Someone Who Is

The big three social media sites are different enough that you can be a Twitter junkie but left cold by Facebook. And, verse versa. If you’ve had trouble getting to grips with Instagram or another social network, fine. It’s probable you know someone who isn’t so unfamiliar.

It may be a friend, or a friend of a friend, or a son or daughter of a friend. Ask them to take control of the business social media accounts. Pay them for their time – and if business booms, bring them on full time as social media manager. It’s well worth the commitment.

Conclusion

It’s fine to be agnostic about social networking on a personal level. A lot of us are, and some people are better at filtering events and opinions into a digital space than others. However, you need to remember that social media is not huge part of business – and unless something unforeseen happens, will stay that way. So for the sake of your business success, stop being anti-social!

Top 3 Business Blogging Mistakes That Can Cost You Your Business!

Are you an blogger (i.e. you run a blog that is geared towards driving traffic to your small business) or do you regard yourself as a blogger who makes money ?

Whatever the terms by which you want to be known, a blog is one marketing tool that you don’t want to ignore as an online marketer. Since the advent of blogs they have become very useful both as models or traffic-generation tools for small businesses.

Here are some business blogging stats that will interest you:

  • B2B entrepreneur blogger drive 67% more leads than those that do not.
  • Businesses that blog are 13x more likely to enjoy positive ROI.
  • Companies who blog receive 97% more links to their business websites.
  • Blogs are rated 5th most trusted source for accurate online information.

Now, despite these stats, a blog could become a problem to your business if not used well!

After 7+ years as a blogger I can rightly say, blogging is like a two-edged sword – handle it rightly and you will enjoy the benefits; misuse it and you’re sure to get hurt!

The unfortunate thing is, many small business owners and approach blogging with a mindset that is tantamount to sabotage!

3 Blogging Mistakes (Sins) that Can Cost You Your Business!

In this post, I want to highlight the top 3 business blogging mistakes you must avoid if you desire to get the best from your business blog.

Ready for this? Then let’s get started:

1. Not Aligning Your Blog with Your Business Objective

Align your blog content with your business objectives

This is indeed a sin of the highest order!

One thing I have discovered about blogging in the past few years is the EASE with which you can be thrown off your chosen path. I have seen very many passionate bloggers who started their blogs which the mind of promoting their home based business.  They were fired up having heard of the wonderful things a blog can do for your small business website.

Unfortunately, in a bid to increase blog comments on their blogs and because of the influence of other blogs which they were frequenting in order to drive traffic through comments, these entrepreneurs who started well were soon distracted by what they read on the blogs they frequented. Most times these blogging entrepreneurs, forgetting their business purpose and , suddenly start writing about blogging tips and other make money blogging content because, to them, these topics are more popular amongst bloggers.

If you have fallen into this error, you are committing a heinous SIN against your business! You must understand that RELEVANCE is the key word when it comes to building your business through blogging. When a visitor comes to your business blog your content must be able to give him/her a sense of what you are offering. Don’t write about the latest updates when your business is, selling men’s wear!

Know your target audience and focus your content at that one persona!

2. Not Generating Leads with Your Blog

Your blog shoul help you drive leads for your business

As mentioned above, one of the benefits of blogging is growing a list of potential customers. Your blog should therefore have a system for capturing these leads in the first place and then nurturing them into paying customers. If you are not doing this right now with your business blog then you’re sinning against your business!

Of course, many bloggers have the wrong notion that adding an RSS feed subscription is enough for your blog. But the truth is RSS feeds have limitations as they are not designed for selling – something you will want to do as a business.

To build a responsive list that will help you build your business you need a reputable lead management system. There are many good lead management system providers out there that you can choose from. In choosing it is important that you choose those that offer autoresponder services which will allow you to automate most of the lead management process.

One autoresponder that you can depend on any day any time is GetResponds.com. This is one email list management system that is very popular with successful online business owners. One good thing is that you can test run the system for free for a whole month before opting to pay for it. Another thing I found really useful about the system is that you have the opportunity to get a free 30 email list building training during that 30 days of testing the system! Frankly, I must say this alone is GOLD as the training you get will help you greatly in your business.

Click here to get your free 30 days trial.

If you want to get more results with any autoresponder services, it’s advisable to also use a lead capture program like the “Easy Optin Builder” or …. These programs are great for creating popup optins or lead capture pages that will help you capture email addresses on your blog.

For details about the Easy Optin Builder,  Click here!

3. Creating Content That Stinks

great content works great for your business goals

There’s no doubt about it, your blog exist to help you create content that will engage, excite and entice your target audience to take the action you desire. So content is actually the driver of a blog’s success.

Now, it is true that you don’t need some professorial qualification to create your blog’s content, but the fact is, if your blog content is below par you will have more people clicking away from your site than you will have them clicking to visit!

Many people will judge your expertise and how qualified you are in your niche by the content you post on your blog. This being so, it is important that you run away from posting content that is filled with misspellings and that is badly written on your business blog. Too many grammatical errors and misspellings will only help in driving away potential customers.

SUGGESTION: If you have challenges creating high , either get other people (freelancers) to create content for you or better still, get a voice to text converter.

With a voice to text converter you will find it much easier to produce content for your blog as all you need is to “talk” your articles while the software types it out for you. This way you don’t need to fear misspellings and grammatical errors. Besides, you will have a more “conversational” sounding article which will be more engaging!

One voice to text converter that I will readily recommend is the Dragon Naturally Speaking software. Dragon is presently the world’s bestselling speech recognition software. It will not only turn your talk into text but can also help in making other computer tasks easier and faster.

Dragon NaturallySpeaking Premium 13.0For example, the Dragon NaturallySpeaking Premium 13.0 speech recognition software is three times faster than typing – with up to 99% accuracy. You simply say the words and they will appear on your computer screen. You can also dictate or modify documents, spreadsheets and presentations, manage email, search the Web, post to Facebook and Twitter, and more.

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Conclusion:

A blog is a MUST for your online business but you must guide against committing the above blogging mistakes. Ignoring this advice could result in devastating outcomes. As the competition is getting stiffer by the day you must also rise up to the challenge.

 

How to Make Money Offline With Your Blogging Skills!

One of the top concerns for us as bloggers is how to monetize our blogs. This is why I’m always researching new ways and ideas to do this. So, if you’re thinking that the online arena has become too crowded for you, no problem. In this post I want to share with you a few ways you can easily make some extra income with your blogging skills, working with offline businesses.

Make Money Offline With Your Blogging Skills?

Now, you may be asking, “Can you really use your blogging skills to make some extra money offline?”

While this might look impracticable, it will interest you to know that I’m actually doing this presently. I run a digital marketing agency where I do most of what I will be showing you here. However, you don’t have to start an agency to start profiting with these ideas. For each of the ideas below I have suggested how you can go about it.

So, if you’re ready let’s get kicking!

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Top 3 Ways to Make Money Offline With Your Blogging Skills

Off-line Strategy #1 – Offer Article Marketing Services To Local Businesses

Many local businesses are realizing that with the internet they can easily acquire targeted customers and clients but very few of them truly know how to go about it. As a blogger, generating traffic online definitely has become an every day thing to you, so why not turn this into an income stream?

Of course, article marketing is a proven method of generating traffic on the net. As a blogger you can easily earn some extra income by offering article marketing services for off-line businesses. What you need to do is seek out these businesses and explain to them the benefits of article marketing. Show them the possible traffic they would receive, the  leads they could generate, the SEO benefits of these articles if they are running a business website, etc.

When compared to freelance article writing online, this is really a lucrative business. As a freelancer an average earning per article is between $-7  but with this service you could charge anywhere from $25-50 per article. The good thing is that those you’ll be rendering this service for would be more than happy when they see the results.

What more, you can also put a twist on this business. Once the results are favorable and you’re getting more clients, you may decide to outsource the article writing part to freelance writers online. Pay them from what you’re receiving and then concentrate on posting the articles to article directories and other methods you have chosen.

Off-line Strategy Offer To Set Up Blogs For Local Businesses

As a blogger you already know the value and benefits of a blog. If you’re able to sell these benefits to offline local businesses you’ll be on your way to making some good money helping them set up their own blogs.

One of the areas you’ll need to focus on when selling this type of service is the benefit of quickly and easily building a brand and establishing expertise through blogs. Even when the local business has no business website, a blog can be used to generate real targeted traffic which could lead to more leads and customers.

Show them how most major companies and multi million dollar businesses are using blogs to market online. This can serve as a great selling point when you’re pitching this service to offline businesses.

NOTE: If you are to go this route it is important to explain what is involved from the on-set. If you set up a blog for someone who has no idea of blogging and you leave them to manage it without proper enlightenment, they may turn around later to accuse you of being a cheat if they are not able to realize the benefits you promised. So putting them through what it takes to make the blog work as expected is important.

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Off-line Strategy 3 – Offer Facebook Page Creation Services

Facebook is HOT right now! Many offline businesses are already on Facebook. The good news to those of us who have been online and using the internet to make some good money is that, most of these people do not really know the rudiments of using social networking sites like Facebook to promote their businesses.

This is where you can cash in as a blogger!

Making easy cash from offline businesses setting up Facebook business pages is a great potential. Again it all depends on how you’re able to sell the benefits to your potential clients. If the business owner already has a Facebook profile things could be more easier since such a one may already have some knowledge of how to work his way around the Facebook platform. However, you’ll need to emphasize what a Facebook Business Page will do for their business.

Others may already have a fan page but really do not know the nitty gritty of making it work for their benefits. You can offer to create a new one after studying the business and observing some ways to improve on things or redesign what they already have and then put them through what needs to be done.

If you’ve set up a Facebook fan page before you know how easy it is to set up. How many of these do you think you can do in a week? That really depends on how much you’re able to market your services!

Conclusion

There are indeed a lot of blogging income strategies that you can tap into to make money as a blogger. Unfortunately, not many are really looking in the area of these ones. But you can start today. You already have the experience and expertise.

So, why continue to struggle trying to compete with the big guys out there? You know most of what you’re being told about blogging is not really working for the small guys again as it used to.

Think about this…

…you’ve been trying to drive traffic using all the methods you are told to but advertisers don’t want to advertise on your blog because you are not driving the type of traffic the big guns are driving.

…you’ve tried to build a list but over the years you’ve succeeded only to get a few hundred names in that list. Right now you’re fed up with paying the autoresponder fees!

Is it not time therefore that you try something different? Try put these offline blogging income ideas to use today and you will surely thank me later for showing you this!

Will love to hear of your success story once you start making money with these ideas!

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Blog Marketing: What Every Small Business Owner Should Know!

Over the years blogging has become an essential tool for business online promotion. Unfortunately, many small business owners, till this day, still look at blogs as personal journals. Worst still, many others simply consider blogs as some social networking tool that is popular among young people out there in cyber space!

If you have that opinion back in 1995 you would be correct but not today!

One thing you can be sure of today is, Blogging Has Evolved!

The question is no longer, should you blog? Rather it is, do you have a blog?

Let me say it categorically that if as at this day you’re not blogging, as a small business entrepreneur, then you’re missing out BIG! And so, you must move from defining blogs as personal journals. They are presently powerful marketing tools. Savvy business owners are using blogs for brand recognition, connecting with clients/customers and of course, create more opportunities for their businesses.

But in this blog article we are talking about blog marketing.

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So,

What Is Blog Marketing?

It is important that we have a clear understanding of what blog marketing is for us to better appreciate its benefits. Over the years I have to tried to really get a grasp of this. I want to say that of all the definitions of blog marketing that I have come across, I think this clearly captures the true meaning:

Blog marketing is any process that publicizes or advertises a website, business, brand or service via the medium of blogs. This includes, but is not limited to marketing via ads placed on blogs, recommendations and reviews by the blogger, promotion via entries on third party blogs and cross-syndication of information across multiple blogs.

As you can see blog marketing involve a whole lot of things. But for this article I will restrict myself to the aspect that is concerned with using your business blog to directly market your business online. This consists of creating blog articles and using same to drive traffic to your business website.

Why Blog Marketing?

There are various benefits your business can get from blog marketing. Please read this article to understand some of the reasons why you should add a blog to your business website.

But to really understand the importance of business blogging, here are some stats that will interest you:

  • B2B marketers that blogs receive 67% more leads than those that do not.
  • Marketers who have prioritized blogging are 13x more likely to enjoy positive ROI.
  • Companies who blog receive 97% more links to their website.
  • Blogs have been rated as the 5th most trusted source for accurate online information.
  • By 2020, customers will manage 85% of their relationships without talking to a human.

As a small business owner it is sure you wouldn’t ignore such stats, or do you?

 5 Tips for Effective Blog Marketing

Here are some ways you can ensure good results from your blog marketing efforts:

1. Link Your Business Blog to Your Website

If you have a website for your business, link your blog to it. This is a good way letting your customers/prospects know you do blog. This could create an immediate surge of traffic to your small business blog thereby making it popular in a short time.

2. SEO Optimized Content

When you are marketing a blog, you pretty much do it the same way that you would market a website. It is going to need keywords, and content. You can write the content yourself, or pay someone else to write it for you. That part is totally up to you. However, you will want to be sure that the content is decent and something that your readers will want to read. This will keep them coming back.

Make sure that the content is written from special keywords that you choose. You will also want to become familiar with Search Engine Optimization (SEO). SEO will help you to optimize your blog to get a better ranking with the search engines.

3. Exchange links with relevant sites

Once your blog is up and running with the right keywords and some content published, you will need to get it out there some more. Link exchanges are wonderful for marketing your small business blog. You want to try and exchange links with sites that are relevant to yours, but not in direct competition. If you try to exchange links with sites in competition with yours, you are going to find that many of them will turn you down in fear of losing business to you.

4. Submit To Blog Directories

While this may not really make much impact today but it is not a bad idea to do this. There are many online directories that caters specifically to blogs. Submitting your business blog to these directories is a big part of small business blog marketing. You can pay some directories to list your blog URL in their directory under the specific category that it falls under. However, some of these even have specific qualifications that you must have to get in. Follow all of the application steps, and you should be ok. Just do not try to submit your blog to a directory that it does not qualify for, or fit in.

5. Make Your Business Blog Truly Interactive

This is important for small business blog marketing. For example, if someone leaves a comment on your blog, acknowledging and responding to it make your blog a truly interactive platform.

You can also comment on other blogs that are relevant to yours, and leave a link to your blog as well. This will help bring in visitors to your blog, and you will begin to see more and more traffic.

Conclusion

Small business blog marketing is something that anyone can do. It’s not rocket science. Having a blog and keeping it up to date with the latest information is not hard. All you need to have is a plan and you will be set to market any type of business from your blog. Whether you are selling a product or a service, it does not matter. A blog that is marketed the right way will be beneficial to any business whatever it might be.

How to Turn Your Blogging Hobby into a Flourishing Career

Online ventures have paved the way for hundreds of entrepreneurs to start their own businesses. There’s never been a more exciting time to launch a company on the World Wide Web.

There is a plethora of opportunities open to creative individuals. Blogging is a phenomenon that many people get involved with on a leisurely basis. However, growing popularity has opened up many streams for making money out of this idea. And so, it’s now very possible to turn this hobby into a genuine career.

Earning a living from the comfort of your own home is appealing, especially when you’re writing about something you love. In this post I want share with you a few ideas on how you can move from just a hobby blogger into pro-blogger and join the list of people living the dotcom lifestyle!

So, if you are truly interested, here’s how you can master the market:

Find Your Feet

One of the first challenges that any businessman faces is finding their place in the market. This is no different with blogging, and it’s imperative that you decipher your brand before jumping in at the deep end.

Writing about your passions in life will make blogging more enjoyable, which is one of the main reasons you’ve made this your career. As well as deciding a topic, you must also discover your writing style. This will develop with time, but it’s vital that your personality shines through.

These decisions will impact every future decision you make. So don’t make mistakes.

Build the Perfect Platform

Your blog website is essentially your shop window. If you want customers (readers) to stay, it must be made appealing.

Platforms like WordPress offer bloggers the chance to build their website by modifying templates. These are often the cheapest and best option. Visitors will be familiar with the style of WordPress sites, even if they don’t know it themselves. If they can navigate the site easily, they’ve got a much better chance of staying.

Meanwhile, it’s important to buy your own domain rather than using the subdomain. It will look more professional, and is also easier to market.

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Gain More Traffic

Once you’ve made the perfect website, the key to success is building a bigger audience. Readers are the key to monetizing your blog, and will be the single factor that determines whether this can be a successful business venture.

As an online business, the internet is key to your marketing plan. Most users will still try Google to drag up information on a particular subject. Giving your blog a strong presence on this platform is a must. SEO consulting services can help boost your search engine visibility.
This breakthrough will encourage more traffic and could be the key to long-term success.

Another thing to remember is that most people now access their websites through mobile devices. Be sure that your blog is optimized for these platforms too.

Expand

The most important aspect of any business is that you keep moving forward. You cannot rest on your laurels after minor success. You must always be on the lookout for new ways to reach new heights and gain more money.

Using YouTube to make video blogs is a great way to help win over new audiences. Meanwhile, this channel can be monetized to make a second stream of income too. What more incentive could you need?

Meanwhile, you can look to use ideas like guest blogging to build the blog. Additionally, affiliate marketing and Google Ads can help increase your profits too. Ultimately, that’s what turning blogging into a career is all about.

I will love to have your ideas on how to turn your hobby blogging into a flourishing career. Share with us in your comments below.

4 Amazing Ideas to Make Your Business Blog Stand Out

Launching a business startup is no walk in the park. This is just the same when it comes to getting your startups blog to stand out.

It’s hard to get yourself noticed, especially when there are so many other people already doing what you are – launching a business and blogging about it.

To make a success of your business you need to make a success of your blog, right? The more followers you get the more people who will know about your company and the services or products that you offer.

But with so many other people just like you, is it even possible to make a success out of your blog?

Of course it is, you just need to follow a few key steps and soon enough your blog following and business sales will be booming.

In this post I want to give you some proven ideas that will help you create a business blog that have it takes to beat down the competition!

Ready?

Then let’s begin…

Amazing tips to make your startup blog stand out

1. Create Amazing Content

You might think that this goes without saying, but far too many bloggers don’t take the quality of their content seriously. There is nothing that is more important to your blog than having fantastic, well-written content. This is what keeps your followers coming back each day to read more.

To create amazing content, your posts need to be original, unique and most importantly, useful. Your posts need to help people solve an issue, answer important questions and provide your readers with new information.

2. Get Connected

The truth is, if no one knows about your brand or your blog, then no one will visit your blog. As a business startup, you need to use the internet and social media in particular, to create a buzz around your company.

Create Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest profiles for your brand. You can then use these accounts to build up new contacts and raise awareness of your brand. Building up strong relationships with other companies and bloggers in your field, is important for getting your blog and business name out there.

3. Be Aware Of How Well You Are Doing

Don’t just presume that your blog is doing well because you have had a few likes. Actively use software, like the chatmeter white label reputation management platform for agencies to track how well your blog and business is doing.

Being aware of how well your blog is doing is important, as the success of your blog indirectly links to the success of your business. If, for example, you notice that your blog isn’t getting many views, by tracking your statistics you can work out the best way to attract more followers.

4. Use a Fantastic Design

Don’t just settle for any blog design, the design of your startup blog is the very first impression people will get of you, so it need to be good. It is important that your blog design looks professional and is presented in an easy-to-read format.

If you don’t know much about blog design, either buy a readymade blog template or hire a professional web designer to help you out. Your blog needs to have a unique and appealing design, be easy to navigate and should display content in an easy to read way.

Conclusion

It doesn’t matter whether how long you have been at this. Your start up blog can be great if you will put these ideas into use. The underlying idea is to stand out from the pack. From your blog design to your blog content you can implement these creative ideas today and put that WOW effect into your business blog.

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Blogging 101: How YOU Can Influence People and Make Money Online!

The world of blogging has exploded in recent years! It’s now one of the most popular and easiest ways for individuals and organizations to share their news and thoughts with the world. In the past few years, social media has been the go-to platform to achieve such goals.

But, nowadays, writing on a blog site has become a better way of communicating with others. These days, it’s not unusual for people to write blog posts and share links to them for Facebook and Twitter followers to check out. Doing so helps them to have the best of both worlds.

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Do you have an excellent command of the English language?

Are you great at writing attractive, powerful and articulate content?

If you answer yes to any of these questions then you just might consider starting your own money-spinning blog empire today!

If you’ve never set up and managed a blog before, this handy article will help you to get started. It will also share with you the secrets to making money from your love of literature. This one thing I ask though: Don’t forget to mention this blog when you’ve made your first million!

Alright, let’s get started…

Step 1: Buy A Domain Name and Set Up Hosting

You will doubtless know that there are free blogging platforms out there. The only trouble with these free services is that you don’t get much control over them. If the hosting servers go down, you can’t expect any complaints to get remedial action immediately.

If however, you pay for your hosting, you can expect better reliability and 24/7 technical support. After all; you get what you pay for in life!

So if you truly want to build a blog that makes you money, the first thing you will need to do is buy a domain name.

In case you don’t know, a domain name is the website address you type into your browser’s address bar. Domain names are friendlier than typing in a series of twelve numbers separated by periods. And domain names are also memorable, which is more than can get said for IP addresses!

For example, the domain name of this blog is www.WebIncomeJournal.com!

Once you have chosen and bought your domain name, the next step is to pay for hosting. Some hosts charge an annual fee, whereas others charge on a monthly basis. Make sure that the host you choose offers good value for money.

Step 2: Install WordPress

Now that you’ve got your domain name and hosting sorted out, the next stage is to install some blogging software onto it! I recommend installing WordPress. It’s open-source, meaning it’s free.

Most hosting packages allow you to do a one-click install of WordPress from your hosting control panel. That means you don’t have to worry about downloading ZIP files, extracting the contents and then uploading them to your host via FTP.

WordPress is an easy to use blogging platform. It also powers over 75 million websites worldwide, making it the most popular system to date.

Step 3: Customizing WordPress

Once WordPress gets installed, you can then customize your blog. You can install themes on your blog. There is a range of different styles, layouts and color schemes you can use. Just go to Appearance > Themes to see the choice available.

The Themes shown in there are from the official WordPress repository. They are all designed by other WordPress users just like you. If you don’t see anything you fancy, you also have the choice of buying premium themes from the likes of ThemeForest.

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Premium themes often have plenty of extra features and plugins over the free, open-source ones. If you can afford it, I recommend buying a premium theme on that basis. Themes start from as little as $35, depending on what you buy and which vendor you buy from.

Step 4: Automating Your Work

WordPress can’t automate your content – at least, not all of it! But what it can do is post automatic links to new content on your blog. Using a plugin, you can tell WordPress to submit new blog post links to your Facebook and Twitter accounts.

That saves you a few minutes of copying and pasting your URLs! You can even tell it to post hashtags using your blog post tags as the source. Some people use services like Google’s Feedburner to syndicate new blog posts into RSS feeds. The world needs to know about your new blog posts, and this is a way of doing so.

Step 5: Marketing Your Blog: The hands-off approach

Putting links to new blog posts through social media is one thing. But how do you get people to check out your dynamite content in the first place?

If you want to make some serious money from your blog, one way is to use a digital marketing agency. In a nutshell, you pay them some money, they do the hard work, and you end up with plenty of visitors to your site. The result? Plenty of income through your blog!

It wasn’t until recently that I learned how useful such agencies are for bloggers. If curiosity is getting the better of you, check out a review of Today’s Growth Consultant. That review describes the kinds of things these agencies can do to help you grow readership figures and generate income from your blog.

I recommend getting quotes from a few different agencies if you are going down this route. It’s important the deal and working relationship feels right before you start handing out cash.

Step 6: Marketing Your Blog: The DIY approach

If funds are tight, you might wish to start out with a DIY approach. The good news is that there are plenty of things to help you get started.

Once you’ve got a few posts on your blog, I recommend signing up to some affiliate link vendors like TradeDoubler and VigLink. The way they work is simple. When a visitor clicks an affiliate link on your site, that click gets registered with the vendor. If your visitor buys something from the vendor, you get a cut of the sale: your commission!

You should also consider submitting guest posts on other sites and linking back to yours. Just make sure you are linking to relevant content. Otherwise, search engines may blacklist your website as being spammy!

So, what are you waiting for? It’s time to go out there and use your influence to start making money online blogging!