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Tips for Being a Successful Blogger

In the beginning blogging & internet marketing of websites can be a hard slog, putting in hours and not getting the readership and rewards you aspire to, which is why I decided to share with the blogging universe a few of the secrets that over time has made, many of my blogs & websites some of the most popular on the internet in their respective niche.

Blog because you are passionate about your niche area, and not to make money! In recent years we have seen literally hundreds of thousands of blogs and websites that have been put up for the sole purpose of trying to make a quick buck. Well guess what these are the ones that fail first. It takes a lot of time dedication and commitment to make your blog successful let along make any decent money from them. If you love and truly know the niche you are writing about, It makes the blogging experience so much easier and enjoyable especially in those first few months when you wonder if anyone will ever read your blog or website.

Post regularly, Now depending on your niche regular could mean a few posts a day, or for more in-depth and technical blogs or websites regular could be 3 posts a week. Think about what type of blog or website you have and decide now how often you plan to post, then stick to it. If you don’t post regularly you will not capture regular readers.

Develop friends and relationships with other bloggers, Developing relationships with other bloggers in your niche is extremely important, you should not see them as competitors but rather partners.

Readers of blogs and websites don’t read just one blog but many, developing a relationship with a fellow blogger is a two way street, both parties have something to gain by the relationship. When you are starting out begin by doing some research and finding as many blogs that cover the same niche as yourself, pick out the best then send them an email mentioning you liked their blog and you also run a blog on the same topic, and would like to add their blog to your blog roll, then send them your URL so they can reciprocate.

Another option is if they have written a piece you like write about it on your blog with a link back to their original post.

You might write something like the following “Jerry over at ILoveToBlog has written a great post about how to turn one off visitors into regular readers, after following his tips you will be sure to have double the number of visitors in no time, you can read the full story here”

Eventually the relationship between blogs may even develop further with competitions, promotions, or offering other bloggers to become a guest blogger on your site occasionally while you are on holidays, and vice versa.

Encourage comment and discussion, This is all about developing relationships with your readers, and between your readers, in your post you should always encourage readers to comment about what you have written, this make the blogging process more than just a one way street, and gives readers the opportunity to ask you and other readers questions.

Competitions, promotions, and free stuff are other great ways to build relationships with your readers.

Have fun you don’t always post on topic, you could occasionally post a joke, recipe, picture, or anything other than your niche that you think readers in your target demographic may find appealing. April fool’s day is one great example of this, where you can get your readers thinking you’re going to give it all up or buy a house in the outback to farm snails.

If you say you are going to do something do it, if you don’t you will come off looking uncommitted and unprofessional.

Keep active, you would have heard the analogy a rolling stone never gathers moss, over the years I have found the best way to achieve my blogging and article writing goals is to always keep active and try not to stop, I don’t mean never have a break or holiday, what I am saying, decide how many hours a day or week you will blog, a commit to it, without interruptions.

Keep yourself fit, it is a sad that over the last year some of the most popular bloggers have died, and it all comes down to their life style, sitting in front of a computer all day drinking lots of coffee & coke, not eating healthy foods, and getting very little sunlight or exercise. If you plan to become a full time blogger or do blogging after work why not take out gym membership and set aside 2 hours in your day to do some exercise then have a healthy meal, if the gym is not your scene try going for a good long hour long walk or bike ride. Personally I find exercise just before lunch energizing refreshing my mind and picking me up for the rest of the day.

Planning as far as I am concerned is one of the reasons why many bloggers don’t succeed. Planning allows you to layout your dreams and goals for the future, allowing you to stay focused on what you have set out as being important. Personally I break my planning into the following time frames

From Long term (greater than one year) then drill down to 12, 6, 3, 1 month 1 week and 1 day. With long term planning I look at where I want to be in the future with blogs/website and what I plan to achieve financially I then use this master plan to direct the rest of my planning.

So following these tips how long should it take you to start seeing reasonable traffic? This all depends on your niche and the amount of competition, but if you follow my tips above and you are covering a popular niche with not too much competition you should be able to see at least 1000/day within 6 months.

Top Resources To Help If You Work From Home

ideasWhen you work from home, there are a couple dozen little things that you have to do each day, and perhaps a hundred ideas that come to you and are later forgotten. If you freelance for multiple employers, sometimes you forget that you’re supposed to call one of them today, or that there are particular instructions for a commission. If you own your own business, sometimes a package gets lost when you’ve gotten multiple orders, or perhaps your site suddenly crashed and you lose data. These little upsets are all detrimental to your working career. So how can you avoid these?

One of the best investments any freelancer and business owner could have is a daily planner. Getting a daily to-do list done won’t hurt. When you can easily flip to a day and see what you need to do when you need to do it, you can be sure that you won’t miss any deadlines, submissions, or scheduled conference calls. Many people prefer the traditional pen and paper approach, and others prefer digital. There are actually quite a few scheduler software programs that can help you with your time management problems when you work from home.

Also try a couple of desktop notification software programs. They’ll let you know immediately when you have emails, comments, and orders from your websites or employers even if you are offline. You can have them on your computers, your smart phones, or your tablets.

Backup software is also a great way to keep your information safe. You can have online and offline backups and they don’t cost that much, so check them out and feel secure that your data will never be lost again.

You might want to invest in accounting software as well if you don’t think that spreadsheet program that comes with your computer is enough. There are many business people who check their balances daily and see dwindling resources even though they are getting lots of clients and customers. If you do your accounting yourself, these types of software can help you see exactly where your money is coming from, where it is going, and how you can manage the flow.

Those are only a few of the resources you can use to manage your career if you work from home. There are various other business programs, time-management programs, email management software and desktop applications that can help you make your work flow smoothly.

Some Neat Ideas For Making Money From Home

In today’s difficult job-market, many people are in need of extra income, and who once was a stay-at-home parent, now is trying to help create multiple income streams with little or no success. Here are lots of ideas on creating additional income and even residual income! This article is comprised of some very creative, but surprisingly simple alternative ways of generating additional income that just about anyone can find one to do.

Network Marketing

There are many network marketing companies out there. They thrive off the “relationship-marketing” business model. What’s great about joining a network marketing company is that you have no inventory to stock, no overhead, and no skills necessary! Do your research prior to joining any company to make sure their products and business model is right for you.

Write about what you know.

Everyone knows something about something, and little do you know- that information is valuable! Check out www.associatedcontent.com. This website allows you to submit your informational articles and actually get paid for it. You can also submit video, audio, and slide shows on the site and get paid for it too! (Read their agreement to understand how it all works).

Start a Home Based Business

“Starting a business” sounds like a big deal with lots of investment and overhead – but actually you can start one right from home. Let’s say you are a stay-at-home Mom…or dad 😉 You can do anything from your home. Whether it’s start a Flower Arrangement service, or daycare, graphic design, Tax Preparer, Cakes and sweets, Billing, Sewing/ Alterations, Tutoring, Personal Assistant, etc… There are so many things you can do right from home to add some much needed extra income.

Some might require licensing such as daycare or tax preparing, but please, respect your local laws and register your home-business with the city, abide by any codes like privacy and security of your client’s information, etc…

Sell Pictures

Many industries are in need of photos. From magazines, and graphic designers to local mom-and-pop shops. You never know who will need your picture- so submit them and get paid. To make things easier, here is a list of websites that sell them for you – and all you do is collect your commission every time it’s sold.

http://www.dreamstime.com/sell
http://submit.shutterstock.com/
http://www.scoopt.com/

Refer Business

referralsHow many times have you recommended a good restaurant, lawyer, hair-stylist, or even gardener? Have you ever got paid for it? Talk to local businesses and professionals to try to work out a referral deal with them. Many businesses are slow, so any additional referrals will help greatly and maybe you can get commission from it as well.

Get Paid For Blogging

Some of you may be asking yourself, “What is a Blog? And how do I get paid to Blog?”

A blog is like an online journal. Maybe you knew someone that always wrote in his or her journal everyday as a kid. Maybe some people still write in their journal – Well now it can be a source of internet income . A blog is just like that journal, except its online and search engines can lead readers to your blog depending if your content matches the keyword they search.

One way to make money online by blogging is to place Google Ads on your blog. An easy way to do this is by joining www.blogger.com. Blogger.com attracts over 10 million visitors a month, so surely there will be some people who find yours and might click on an ad.

Publish a Book

Trust me- it’s simpler than it sounds. If you feel you can write a book, www.lulu.com will publish it for you – FREE.
They also help you with Hardcover’s and many more, in addition to tools that help you market and sell your book. (Read their terms and conditions to understand how it works)

Write Product Reviews

Have an opinion on a product or service? You can submit reviews online about a product or service you have used and if they decide to publish it, you get paid. www.reviewstream.com

Upload Videos-Videopost

Videopost is like a comment post. These video websites are willing to pay you for uploading videoposts. Your videos should be interesting, funny, amazing, and entertaining- Anything to attract viewers because you are paid based on the number of views.
www.metacafe.com
www.break.com
www.expertvillage.com

Your Own Website

By having your own website you can make money online by promoting your business – no matter what it may be. Many of the ideas mentioned above can be enhanced if you had your own website for people to learn more about you and what you offer. The more visitors you have to your website, the more you can get paid for advertising space, and Google adsense clicks on the site. Imagine, every time someone clicks on an ad in your website, YOU GET PAID. Not just a few cents, but as much as $10 each time someone clicks. The possibilities are endless.