Drawing a Blank?

I know what I want to say, but...

 

I know this happens to me, and every other person out there who has a blog. We run out of things to talk about!! Anybody who knows me finds this incredibly hard to believe, but we really do!

Have you ever taken a seat if front of your computer, looked around, put your hands in place on the keyboard and….. NOTHING!? I have gone so far as to have exactly what I want to say outlined in my head, and when I sit down I draw a complete blank. If you’re like me, you don’t really have time for this! I went ahead and checked that “Notebook of Ideas” that I have been carrying around, and noticed that well…a lot of those weren’t really great ideas! NOW what?

Well, now…you sit back. Take a deep breath, and think of an article that you’ve read in your research recently which taught you a lot. And what do you do with said article? YOU got it! Post it, and give credit to the person who wrote it! All of your valuable information doesn’t always have to come directly from your head to the page! If you find it helpful for your readers, SHARE IT!

Which is exactly what I want to do today. Since we were on the topic of Twitter yesterday, I figured that what I really needed to do was share an article from the world’s authority on Twitter, and my former boss, Joel Comm. In this article, Joel talks about Twitter’s Missing Link, and I think it’s SO important to have a grasp on this. So, instead of trying to reiterate what I’ve learned, I’m going to let the expert tell you himself!

Click here to read Joel’s article “Twitter’s Missing Link”

In fact, I recommend you spend some time on Joel’s site in general! Really get to know this guy. He KNOWS the world of online marketing better than almost anyone, and you can’t help but get valuable tips from him!

See you next time, and Happy Blogging!

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Let’s Talk About Twitter!

I remember the first day I went to work for Joel Comm. Twitter this and Twitter that. I basically sat there and pretended I knew what the heck they were talking about the whole first day, and then ran home to absorb his book, Twitter Power! (I’m the queen of “fake it ’til you make it!”) Naturally, I had done my research on his other products, but this Twitter thing was brand new to me.

Here is the FIRST and most IMPORTANT thing I learned about Twitter. We’ve all heard it before, but I mean it this time. K.I.S.S! Keep It Simple, (I’m not calling you) Stupid! People keep saying, “I don’t get Twitter! I don’t know what to do with Twitter…”

Twitter is a short and sweet way to get valuable and/or entertaining information to your audience, period! The main thing you need to do is find people in your niche. A fast and easy way to do that is by visiting search.twitter.com and start following people in your niche. Next, start adding value with your “Tweets”,  and also start sharing some of the articles of the people you follow. Twitter is (like blogging and Facebook) all about building relationships! Remember to let people know you are sharing their information, by adding them to your Tweet with an @ symbol, followed by their Twitter handle. For example, “Check out this article on the 10 Tips to Creating Valuable Content.”@JoeWriter

Before we move any further, you MUST know about shortened links….

Ever hear of a site called cli.gs? You should always be using cli.gs to shorten your URL’s for Twitter, whether or not it’s your own personal URL, or that of someone whose content you are sharing. Try this now… Go to cli.gs and try shortening the URL of an article you find interesting by simply pasting the link into the space provided and clicking shorten. From there, copy that URL and share it on your Twitter page. ( Here is mine that was provided from my own personal Twitter page http://cli.gs/iajfsyp just to show give you an idea of what a shortened URL will look like)  Remember to do this with EVERY link that you post on Twitter. Cli.gs will track who clicks on your links through Twitter. This tracking is provided for free just by signing up for an account with cli.gs.

Here is a really COOL way to make this a very smooth process. Visit mlmurls.com. Find an article that you find valuable from someone in your niche, and click on it. (For this example, I chose Ray Higdon.) Directly within Ray’s article, I made sure to click on the Twitter icon, so that I am now following him on Twitter. From there, I took his URL over to cli.gs and had it shortened. I then shared the short link to his article on my Twitter page, with an @rayhigdon at the end of it to let him know I am sharing his article on Twitter. Who knows? Maybe Ray will think my information is valuable, and start following me on Twitter as well.This is a perfect way to start interacting with people from the word go!

The main thing on Twitter (and blogging, and any social media, really) is to be a REAL person! Share your funny stories and silly moments. People trust you more when they know you are human. And always write like you’re writing to an audience of thousands, because one day, you WILL be! Build valuable relationships and offer valuable information. Don’t always be selling! Nine out of ten posts should include important information and not a sales pitch! If you keep these things in mind, you can’t go wrong on Twitter!

As always, feel free to contact me with questions, and share this article to your friends if you find it valuable!

 

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Before We Talk Twitter…

 

Before we get into the nitty gritty details of how to drive traffic with Twitter alone, I want to go into a bit greater detail about my previous post. I have more valuable links and rules related to that post, so I want to give you those resources before we move on to talking about Twitter.

Like I said before, if you have done absolutely nothing in the way of social media, let me recommend that you build yourself a Facebook account, and a Twitter account, and leave it at that so you can keep focused on your business and offer VALUABLE information, as opposed spreading yourself too thin trying to do everything at once. So, if this is you, exit off this page and go build yourself a Twitter profile, and a Facebook profile. The rest of this information will be here for you when you get back.

For the rest of you, here are a few more resources related to my article below.

For social bookmarking, here are some great sites to visit to share your ideas, your opinions and to let others know that you are enjoying and sharing their information as well. It’s smart to create a profile on each of these sites, and to visit on a regular basis to interact, and add backlinks.

digg.com

stumbleupon.com

reddit.com

mixx.com

Be sure to add and share articles from all of these sites on your blog.

 

Since we talked about Forums, I wanted to give you a few resources for places to go to find forums within your niche.

WAHM.com

betternetworker.com

work-at-home-forum.com

 

S.E.O

I said that you should always be thinking of S.E.O. while writing your articles and headlines. I want to give you some great tools to help research your keywords, and long tail keywords. Since the world of S.E.O. and keywords is so competitive, these sites will help you get ranked in the search engines, just by doing some research to find your long tail keywords. (These are additional words that people might type into a search engine instead of just a one word search. For example: Work from home, MLM) Make sure your title ALWAYS contains keywords, and long tail keywords. Here are a few places to research your keywords.

freekeywords.wordtracker.com

adwords.google.com/select/keywordtoolexternal

wordstream.com/keyword-niche-finder

These tools WILL help you find keywords and phrases that help you rank in the top ten with your search engines, and help you get around the worry of the competition who is solely focused on keywords and not long tail keywords.

 

Using Tags is another key trick to helping your ranking in the search engines. Remember your keywords, and the research you’ve done to find your long tail keywords. Now, using 3-5 of those words or phrases to “Tag” in your article. You can find the tagging option to the lower right of your page as you are creating a post in WordPress.

And finally, NAME YOUR IMAGES! Whenever you add an image in your blog, ALWAYS link it to something! Anything! Your website, another article, your Facebook page…anywhere that you would like to see more traffic. You’d be surprised how many people overlook this little trick. and it is a big one that will help immensely with S.E.O.

So, go try those few tips and sites, and get started on driving more traffic to your website. You will need to have practiced all of that for our next step in driving traffic with social media, and that is TWITTER! My entire next post will be dedicated to Twitter, and Twitter alone, so be ready for TONS of information on that when I return!

Happy Blogging!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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9 Tips to Drive Traffic NOW Using Social Media

So, you’re doing it! You’ve started your blog, and you’re in an exciting whirlwind of writing, selling, communicating, and building your business. You’re definitely out there, and you’re going to people! But…where are all of the people who should be coming to you? You know?  The ones who come directly from your attraction marketing campaign?

Pick me! Pick me!

Social media is one of the easiest and fastest ways to drive traffic to your site. It is first and foremost about giving VALUABLE information! If you already have a social media presence, GOOD FOR YOU! If you don’t, that’s okay too. I am going to give you the 8 best ways to include social media in your attraction marketing. HOWEVER, if you don’t already have a social media presence, or have never created a Facebook or Twitter account, please…by all means…start with those two, and focus on those two only! Once you build your presence there you can move into the other 6 areas of social media. It is important to stay focused and not spread yourself too thin. Facebook and Twitter are the biggest in the biz, and the easiest place to start. (We will, in a few days, talk about ways to manage it all from one site.)

 

The 9 Tips to Social Media

1. Blog Comments

Obviously by this point, you have already found your niche, and are blogging away. You are the expert at finding the most valuable information in your field, and everyone wants your content. The cool thing about your content is that it doesn’t all have to come from you. Like we have talked about in previous posts, a great way to get quality content AND SEO is to include links to other websites and writers in which you find value. From there, why not inform the writer that you are including their post on your blog by commenting on their blog? “Hey, I loved your article, and I know it will help my readers. I have posted it on my blog at www.tiashaw.com. Please feel free to check out my site. I see we have a lot of the same ideas.” I have found that it also helps to send them a private message and brainstorming ways to partner up. You’d be surprised how receptive other people within your niche are to this idea!!

2. Forums

Okay. Here’s the deal with Forums. On your hierarchy of time, forums should take the least. Maybe. The idea of the forum, and any post really, is to add value! Don’t jump onto a forum and start posting your website all over the place. I can assure you that the last thing people want is for you to start promoting yourself right off the bat. Find forums in your niche, and contribute VALUABLE  information. Statistically, you should comment at least 9 times with valuable information before you ever mention your site or add a link. From there, add your link when you know you have an article on your site that relates to a topic at hand. That is really all you need to do. If you are adding enough value, people will find you and your site on their own, and you won’t look like “Joe Spammer”! Keep it short and sweet, and move on.

3. S.E.O.

Keywords are, well…key! You should be writing every blog post with keywords in mind. Keywords based on ‘what works in the industry’ and also based on human emotion. What will people type into search engines when they want to find articles related to your business? Are you a Home Staging Expert? Then you should include words in your article like ‘interior design, real estate, home staging expert, redecorating, suit to sell, sell now, design, remodel, etc…’ Your titles are HUGE when it comes to SEO. Make sure you are letting your audience know that you are a ‘how-to’ for your niche. Always be thinking about SEO. Always.

4. Twitter

My old boss, and all around HILARIOUS guy Joel Comm, who I consider the first person to make this whole internet marketing thing click for me, SWEARS by Twitter. Twitter is the fastest way to get to a large audience. Even faster than Facebook. If you don’t understand Twitter, LEARN IT! Joel wrote the New York Times Bestseller “Twitter Power” and invented one of the most talked about iPhone apps on the market. If anyone is on the forefront of  Twitter (and iFart applications, flying monkeys, interviews from the crew of The Daily Show, cha-ching buttons. WHAT, I told you he’s hilarious!) it’s Joel Comm! Learn it. Love it. Know it. Name an ice cream after it. Wait. What? Hint: To find people in your niche on Twitter, go to search.twitter.com.

5. Facebook

I love Facebook! Some people do…some people don’t. As a blogger, you had better! And I really wish they would stop it already on the format changes. That aside, Facebook (as much as we love it or hate it) has become the place to check in. If you don’t have a Facebook account, what are you waiting for? I’m not saying you’re behind the game, but..you’re so far behind the game! Like I said before, these two (Facebook and Twitter) are the first and foremost when it comes to social media. The thing with both is to BE INTERESTING! Or, funny or… just, please don’t make every post about the weather, or YOURSELF! An industry term that keeps coming across my research is to not use Facebook or Twitter to Pimp and Promote yourself. Give interesting and FUN content!

6. Linkedin

Here’s the thing about Linkedin. A lot of people ignore it. DON’T! These are quality and professional people. Like Twitter and Facebook, find your niche, and give great content.

7. Pinterest

Did you know that the average household income of Pinterest users is $50,000? And that 80% are women? Face it. Us gals make the buying decisions! I always think of the sign on the boat shop by the highway that reads “Your wife called. Twice. She said it’s okay to buy a boat!” Sorry fellas, but you know it as well as we do. If you have a woman in your life, she is helping you make the buying decisions. AND, she’s making those decisions for the children in most cases. Think about it. Women are about to take over the world, er..I mean. Women have a lot of buying power. (The first rule of WTOTW is to not talk about WTOTW.)

8. mybloglog.com and friendfeed.com

Etc… use sites like these to connect to your friends, and your friend’s friends. And. Your friend’s friend’s friends. And…I’m never sure if I’m using punctuation correctly. Anyhoo, you get the point. Connect on these sites and more.

9. Youtube

This one can be scary, but if you’re serious about becoming an expert in your field, why not become an expert? You’re already writing it! Why don’t you put it in words on video? If you hate being in front of the camera, FINE! Take your expertise, and show it on screen without showing your face. For instance Check out Ty Tribble’s MLM Blog Secrets. He shows you step by step how to set up an effective blog. All while just filming his screen on each step. Trust me. There is ALWAYS a market for your niche!! Always. People love videos, and quite frankly. you are making it easier for your reader. Check out this video of your “Average Guy” teaching you how to make a living online. He is talking about his passion, so he’s fluid in his speech. Like he’s talking to a friend! You can tell this guy loves what he does, and he’s clearly great at it! YOU can do the same! All it takes is a camera, and your knowledge!

So, just remember to add value wherever you go, and genuinely engage with your social media customer. BUT, remember also, to do these types of things (forums, blog updates, etc.) while your customer is sleeping. Facebook, Twitter, and actual customer engagement by phone, face to face visits, leads groups and the like should all happen during business hours.

These are the very first steps to driving traffic to your blog. I am so excited to get to the nitty gritty of other traffic-driving methods as we move forward.

Happy blogging!

 

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I did something stupid!

 

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Imagine that! ME!? Something stupid?? Okay. Really not that hard to believe, but still. The one thing I have been taught about blogging is to be consistent. Yet, I have put it off for about two weeks now because I got extremely busy with my travel business. I told myself I didn’t have the time to blog, but really I was not MAKING the time to blog, and now my business and results have suffered accordingly!

This short and sweet entry will tell you to always always always be consistent, because it WILL make a huge difference as to whether you are successful or not with your Network Marketing business. No more excuses for me, because I KNOW my readers need this information, and I’m sorry I haven’t been giving it as frequently as I should.

 

So, we are going to talk about something invaluable that I learned from Ty Tribble, and that is the 5 key components that will set your blog posts apart from the crowd!

 

1. Compelling Headline!

Be sure to consider SEO (Search Engine Optimization) as well as HEO (Human Emotion Optimization) when you are working on your headline. You want to attract the attention of the search engines by using niche keywords and you want to connect with your reader on an emotional level.

2. Introduction

With your intro, you want to draw in your reader and have them hungry for more. Tease them a little with what they can expect to get out of your blog post. That’s where you grab them!

3. 3-4 Useful Tips

This is the meat of your blog post. Here you share your main content with the reader. Give your reader your very best right here.

4. Close with a warning

This is where you let your reader know about the “lack of action”

5. Call to action!

Sell here! This is the place to sell your opt-in, your product, invite them to download your free book, etc.

Keep in mind that most regular bloggers don’t know to follow these five simple steps. Which is exactly what’s keeping them from drawing traffic.

 

Trust me, this works!

 

Tomorrow I’ll be back, and we’ll talk about traffic and how to get it beyond great content! It’s great to be back on track!

 

 

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Don’t be overwhelmed!

 

 

Killer content comes one post at a time. Once you have chosen how to position yourself, you have already won half the battle. There is no need to over think it and become overwhelmed with the big picture. Especially if you are just starting out. Just focus on one blog post at a time, and you will be amazed at how it all starts to come together.

Yes, we are definitely going to cover the best and most effective ways to drive traffic to your blog quickly. But there is no sense in getting people there if you don’t have anything to offer. So today we will cover the 7 basics of creating an awesome post. Once you have these basic steps down, driving traffic to your blog will make sense, because you will always have something of value.

For driving traffic, here are The 7 First steps to Your Most Effective Posts as written by Lisa Barone of Small Business Trends. I believe she lays it out in the best and easiest way possible to make creating an effective blog post something that comes naturally to you after a few posts!

Once you go through these steps, give it a shot! Get your first post created, and let ‘er rip! What’s the worst that can happen?

And now that you are an expert in creating a great post, you are ready to learn how to get people to read it! You will learn the top three on tomorrow’s blog… Now, GO WRITE SOMETHING!

 

 

 

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Check out this Blog

Hi all!

 

Before I get started on step by step ways to drive traffic to and monetize your blog, I am going to make this very short and sweet.

 

Please check out Ty Tribble’s blog  here!

 

Ty is one of my favorite teachers on how to quickly and effectively get your blog up and running. Please peruse his blog as much as you can! This will familiarize you with some of the terms that will come up in our learning session tomorrow, which will start with the basics of driving traffic!

 

See you tomorrow, and don’t forget to go to Ty’s Blog!

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3 Easy Steps to the Law of Attraction

Do you know those people who wake up in the morning, and the first thought or greeting you get from them is negative? They have a negative view on life itself, and people in general? I never really thought much of this (other than how EXHAUSTING these people are) until about 3 years ago when I had a very brilliant friend point it out to me.

If you wake up and stub your toe, then trip over the cord to the iron on your way to the shower which won’t seem to get hot, you might start the day in a bit of a pissy mood. Have you ever noticed that if you say to yourself at that point, “Oh great! It’s going to be one of THOSE days” then, it probably is?

I can’t stress enough in this process of home business, how much you need to focus on the things you DO want to happen! PLEASE, whatever you do, refrain from focusing on the things that ‘could’ go wrong with your business. “People aren’t going to read my blog. Nobody wants to hear my sales pitch. I hope I don’t screw this up. I’m never going to sell all of this product…” Have you heard the quote by Henry Ford? “Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you’re right!” Well guess what? Henry Ford is right, too!

Remember, the Law of Attraction is a universal law…just like the law of gravity! Just because you can’t ‘see’ it, doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist. The Law of Attraction is working 100% of the time, whether you know it, see it , believe it, or not. I would estimate that about 90% of the articles, books and educational pieces that I have read on the Law of Attraction have given three basic steps to making it work for you NOW.

  1. Ask- You must know what you want. I mean, really know what you want. The universe can’t deliver without first knowing what it is that you want to have manifested into your life.
  2. Believe- You need to truly believe that what you are asking for will become yours. Doubts need to be pushed away. The idea that failure is a possibility will mess up the delivery.
  3. Receive – It is important that you become an active player in reaching your goals. When opportunity comes your way you must not hesitate. Grab the brass ring when it appears.

And do all of these things as if you already have what you want! The universe recognizes your ‘feelings’ more than it recognizes your thoughts. So, yes…positive thoughts are ALWAYS important, but it’s the positive FEELINGS you need to put out to the universe in order to get the best response. I’m not making this up you guys! Thoughts (and feelings)….Become…..Things….

So, keep your feelings POSITIVE, and think of what you DO want for your business, not what you DON’T want to have happen to it!

That being said, tomorrow we cover DRIVING TRAFFIC TO YOUR BUSINESS! This is where it gets FUN!

Don’t forget to check out my travel page on this blog! Who has two thumbs and needs a vacation?? THIS GAL!

See you tomorrow…

 

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4 More Quick Ideas for Content

You have probably noticed that as you go about your daily life, you are most likely coming up with great ideas for your content. In line at the grocery store, picking the kids up from school, daydreaming in your business meeting… I used to kick myself on a daily basis because I would never remember my great ideas! Then, someone told me something SO simple, and it changed everything.

I started keeping a notebook by my bed, and one in the car. I also have a folder created in my phone that holds nothing but random thoughts and ideas that I know I will use later to create great content. (See? I TOLD you it was simple) Do yourself a favor. Find a system that WORKS for you so that you can easily access your great ideas when you need them. No sense in trying to exercise your brain to remember that one cool thing you were thinking while having your nails done. Again, I know this sounds so very basic, but most bloggers will not do this starting out, and will then struggle to find great content.

Another important rule to remember is that every single word on your blog does NOT need to be written by you! Think about it… You may be an expert in your field, but don’t you have people who have taught you a LOT? Don’t you have a mentor? Or several people who have shown you the way to a better business, life, relationship, etc? Why not use their expertise to your advantage (and theirs) by posting it on your blog, giving a link to their website (or ebook, newsletter, etc) and featuring an article that your mentor/friend/colleague has already written! Not only is it easy to get your content in a snap, but the person you are featuring will thank you! It works to their advantage to have their website link on your website, and they will most likely return the favor for you. This way, people are twice as likely to click on your link, because you have featured a trusted mentors content.As a FREE BONUS, check the bottom of this post for SEVERAL websites where you can find content related to numerous topics. These are great places to find quality information!

Find out if any of these writers that you want to quote offer affiliate programs. This is one of the best and fastest ways to make money online! You can promote your mentor’s products on your blog, and everytime someone makes a purchase of one of their products through your provided affiliate link, you make money! I don’t know about you, but I think it’s crazy fun to receive checks in the mail for just a little bit of work!

If you would like to write your own content and write your own e-books and training manuals to sell, then there is always the option of taking a CRASH COURSE in creating great content. I promise this is the last product you will need to help you become an effective writer on subjects that you are passionate about!

Tomorrow, I really want to talk briefly about the Law of Attraction. Since I am teaching an Attraction Marketing course, I really think we should talk about the ACTUAL Law of Attraction. It’s a real thing, and I want to briefly cover the ways to make the best of the Law of Attraction before we talk about generating traffic to your blog. I think the two go hand in hand, so we will make it fun and extremely informational and motivational!

I hope you are having a happy Thursday, and don’t forget to check out the list of content-rich websites below!

  • PopUrls.com
  • Alltop.com
  • RenegadeProBlog.com
  • MLMBlog.net
  • MLMUrls.com
  • Google
  • Digg
  • Stumbleupon
  • Blogpulse
  • Icerocket

Happy Blogging!

ALWAYS REMEMBER THIS!

 

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5 Tips to Killer Blog Content!

 

Hmmmm..... How does this 'blogging' thing work?

I am asked time and time again what makes a great blog. I always have the same answer…Content! Content! Content! If you don’t present quality content to your audience, what is going to keep them coming back? If you said ‘nothing’, then give yourself a gold star and a pat on the back. If you don’t have great content for your readers, you simply can’t expect them to keep checking back until you do.

This topic is typically the FIRST reason people are afraid to start an online business, and especially a blog. This task of coming up with great content EVERY day can seem far too overwhelming for people, and they simply just give up. What if you’re not a great writer? What if you really don’t know a whole lot about the topic of interest? What if you think nobody will be interested in what you have to say? What if nobody is reading it anyway? What if EVERYBODY is reading it?

These things always come up, and I always reply with one word… “Stop!” Stop with your preconceived notion of what your standard writer/blogger looks like. Are they all Carrie Bradshaw living in a cool apartment and buying pair after pair of Manolo Blahnik shoes? Are they all that creepy weird guy who still lives in his mom’s basement and does nothing but write code and look for more pictures of cats online? The truth is, that’s what is so awesome about blogging! Anyone can do it, and ANYONE can find and create great content.

The best way to start a blog is to find ANY subject that you are interested in, or want to learn more about. Mine started with home based businesses anyway, and eventually led to my deep need and desire to explore the world through my travel company. Literally, your blog can be about ANYTHING. Think that nobody is interested in your love of golf clubs circa 1930? Think again! Think nobody wants tumbleweeds? I have a friend of a friend selling them on Etsy making an obscene amount of cash. And just so you don’t have to go back and read that again, I’ll repeat it. He sells TUMBLEWEEDS on Etsy. If it interests you, chances are it interests someone else as well. And the beauty of the internet is that it makes it insanely easy to get to millions of people at once,  rather than the five people in your “Members Only Jacket Club” that meets on the fourth Thursday of the month.

So, as you’re setting up, here are five things to remember for your first post.

1. Please. Above ALL, make your blog useful and know your audience! Add your own personality, and let the reader get to know you, but please don’t make it all about yourself and your three kids unless you’re writing a blog about raising children! If you’re teaching people daily auto maintenance tips, then focus specifically on that. It seems that this would be obvious, right? Um yeah. Look around the blog world. Apparently it isn’t obvious, so I like to point it out. Make great content the top priority while remembering the purpose of your blog, and make sure it reflects who you want to become as an expert and trusted advisor.

2. Your subject line is a big deal! It’s best to use one or two keywords in your subject line. It’s also extremely important to let your reader know that they are going to get something out of this. It’s a great idea to give “Tips” or “Ways to Improve”… and when it applies, give it a number. For example, someone writing a blog about quilting would say something like, “10 Tips to a Fluffier Quilt”. (Is fluffier even a word?) This way your reader knows there is great information inside, and they are more apt to stay for a look around. But more importantly, they are more likely to click through and check out your affiliates!

3. Skip the Google Adsense…for now! If you are presenting yourself as a brand, and positioning yourself as an expert, then you want to only feature your information related to your topics. People tend to lose trust if they visit your blog about your online jewelry store only to see an ad in your side bar with a lady gushing about how “He went to Jared!”  Feature your information, and that of your affiliates only. You can monetize other pages of your blog with Adsense, but make your front page all about your expertise, and getting the information to the people. Your back pages can feature all of the other stuff, because with all of the valuable information you have given your reader, they trust you enough to look around on your other pages…

4. Study other top blogs, especially in your niche! If you don’t have any idea of where to start, then start by looking around. Go to other websites that feature your interests and expertise, and see how they are doing it! I can tell you it’s also very easy to ask permission to share the EXACT content that you see on your ‘competitors’ website! Why reinvent the wheel? You are doing this writer a favor by featuring their content on your blog and giving them credit for it, and you are saving yourself a step in having to write your content from scratch! This comes in handy in ALL stages of blogging, and literally helps your SEO when you feature other writers. How cool is that? Easy breezy lemon squeezy! (As a side note and as something we will cover in detail in the very near future, PLEASE, for now, keep your wordpress theme simple. I never understand it when I go to someone’s blog that I am told is about healthcare, only to find a picture of a seahorse, or something totally unrelated to the topics of the blog, as a banner image. Huh?? I’m already confused, and I’ve been here for three seconds. Trust me, this confuses your reader, too. I guarantee it! Either start with no pictures, or just one small image at the top related to your TOPIC! Like I said…this is only FOR NOW!)

5. Above all, have fun with it! Seriously…don’t take it so seriously! The best blogs out there have an element of humor, no matter what the topic! If you are entertaining your audience as well as giving them information, they will return again and again, and pass your content on to others. Why? Because it’s valuable and FUN!

And remember, if you want it all at your fingertips, then I suggest you visit Ty Tribble’s website for MLM Blog Secrets. He goes into more detail than I can ever fit into this blog, and it’s AWESOME stuff!

Don’t forget to check out my travel page featuring our first trip! I…am…PUMPED!

Tomorrow, we will talk more about blog content, and I will give you some incredible websites to check out where you will have so much content it will be coming out your ears! Believe me, you’ll thank me for this one…

 

 

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