I think it's nice to have a community on your blog. Even if you allow comments. That's good too. However, I think you should have a place for people to be able to go to. Such as a Google+ Community, Facebook Group or your own personal forum. This is a place where people can gather and let down their hair. Here are some reasons I think it is important:
Your blog is a place where you are sharing what you know. I think everyone should have a place where people can go and learn more. A community helps you do this. Having a place where people can just talk is very important. You can learn so much just from people asking and answering questions. You don't have to be an expert to have a community so don't feel like you do. A community is for everyone. You won't have to answer all the questions either. If someone has the answer or a better idea let them answer.
This way everyone will feel like a part of the community. Everyone helping each other. I have learned so much just by participating in forums. There are always new things coming up concerning blogging and internet marketing. It's nice to be able to have one place that you can go to. That's why I started The Money To Be Made Community. Because I am not only a blogger but an internet marketer. I wanted to share things that has to do with those two subjects. I know some people just focus on blogging but I am doing both. So, I wanted to share somethings that pertain to both.
The bigger your audience gets its important for you to build a community. If you haven't started a community yet. I suggest you do. This is a great opportunity to get to know your readers better. Join The Money To Be Made Community I would love to have you!
Google analytics can be confusing. That's why I utilize other analytic tools. To me, they are simpler. I liked the way it was before Google changed it. Once they changed it, it became complicated. I still pop in from time to time but I admit I don't check it as much as I probably should. I check the other ones I use instead often. It's important to know the analytics of my blog/website. I need to know the who (visited), what (they looked at), when (they looked), where ( they came from) of my site. I love simplicity but who doesn't?
I have found the perfect tool. Quill Engage helps you analyze your Google Analytics report by sending you reports of your sites data to your inbox. The report includes: KPis, sessions, page views and bounce rates. It helps you to understand your websites performance with in-depth analysis on referral traffic, goals and conversions, events, e-commerce and Adwords. Everything is laid out for you in an easy-to-read format. Your report will come weekly and monthly. You will see how your site is progressing week to week and month to month.
Below are my weekly and monthly reports.
I can see what I need to work on to increase the time and page views on my site but decrease my bounce rate. This month hasn't been good so far. Last month seems to have done really well. It is still early in this month so I have time to work hard so I can achieve better results than last. I really like how it breaks everything down for you. I actually enjoy reading these reports. It makes you really want to do better than the previous month. This is just what I needed.
I have seen a lot of analytic tools but these reports are like no other. They are so thorough. It is free for 1 Google Analytic review for 3 Google Analytic reviews it is $19.99 a month and for 10 Google Anaytic reviews it is $99.00 a year. Additional views can be added for $4.00 per view.
If you haven't enjoyed Google Analytics lately like myself. You will now see it with fresh eyes with the Quill Engage reports. If you haven't been really understanding your Google Analytics now you will understand everything from A to Z. Start using Quill Engage to decipher your Google Analytics.
We are coming to the end of 2015. However, I think it is important no matter what year it is to achieve your goals. If you haven't achieved them then, you keep working at it until you do. It can be hard to stay focused on them sometimes. Life can be pretty busy and sometimes things don't go as we have planned. Our goals get set to the side or even forgotten. Our emotions go up and down as if they are on a roller-coaster ride. Fear can set in to. What if we don't achieve our goals? This is something that can plague the best of us.
The key is to stay focused on them. How many of us have wrote them down only to have forgotten them. We cannot forget what we want to achieve. If we do, they will be like dreams that were once in our memories only to vanish because we didn't pay attention to them anymore. We shouldn't forget our goals. Why? Because they are too important. These are things that we can do if we set our minds to it. It's never to late to get started. Find those list of goals and start working on them so you can start checking them off the list. There is no need to wait for a new year to get started. Do not wait get started today.
In the blog post,"How To Be Positive Even When You Think You Can't" Remember I told you that the book,"Write It Down Make It Happen" was on my list of books to get. Well, I got it. I am so happy. Because this was a goal and I was able to achieve it. Yes, it is a small goal but that doesn't matter. The important thing is I set a goal and I achieved it. In fact, I am reading it right now. I am on page 92. This book is helping me with achieving my goals. It has so many inspiring stories and it also shows you how you can do the same by writing your goals down no matter what they may be. That's what I really like about it.
I know that sometimes we set time limits on our goals. That is okay to do, but don't get discouraged if you don't achieve it by that time. Just set a new time limit and go from there. Don't write your goals down and set them to the side. Look at them often. If you can at least once before you go to bed. This way you won't forget about them. I believe this is the number one reason why we don't always achieve them. It is because we have wrote them down and have forgotten all about them. Also, you must have some patience as well. The things we want are really worth waiting for. At least, I think so. I think because we are always so hasty a lot of the times we settle for things that we know deep down in our hearts are not good for us. That's why somethings that we don't get are really a blessing in disguise.
For me goals aren't just about material things. It's about being a better person as well. You can set goals to be more patient. Not to get angry over stupid stuff. To do less complaining. To be more appreciative. To be less judgmental. It's nice to see how you are evolving as a person. Improving oneself also helps us to achieve the goals that we want. Of course it's a lot of work and it is continual but it is so worth it. Don't you think so?
I have added another thing to my list which I think will aid me in being more focused on my goals. It is the Law Of Attraction Planner. Actually, this will be my first planner. I have never used one before but I believe it will help keep the structure and the focus I need to help me better accomplish my goals.
Don't know what goals you want to achieve lets make a list of some now:
Working towards our goals gives us something to look forward to. Also, to focus on. Many times we are so focused on things that we are unhappy about that we don't focus on the things that we are happy about. Then, we wonder why we are attracting things that we don't like. Focus on your goals. The things that you want to be doing and God-willing you will be doing.
So, remember no matter what year it is it's never to late to achieve your goals. Find and dust that old list of goals you have written and start checking them off that list. What goals would you like to achieve? What goals have you already achieved? Share them with me in the comments below. May all your goals come true!
Sometimes you need to capture the screenshots of a certain page that you are talking about to your audience. The last blog post that I wrote I took screenshots because I wanted you to see the what the dashboards of the sites looked like. You may need an image or a screenshot. All a screenshot is is taking a picture of your screen. It can be easy to do if you know what tools to use. I will mention some of the tools that I use to easily get this done.
Windows Snipping Tool
This is the first tool that I ever used to take a screenshot. It gives you four options which are: free form snip, rectangular snip window snip and full page snip. However, I like to use a square shape for my screenshots. With the free form snip I could draw a circle around what I was trying to capture. I needed form. With using the rectangular snip. I would try to hold down the part I needed to capture but it was hard using the touch pad on a laptop. I couldn't get it to stay long enough for the part I needed to capture. I would have to start over and do it over and over again. It became quite difficult. Also, with the window snip and the full page snip. It would capture the browser buttons at the bottom. I didn't want those to be captured.
Don't get me wrong. I used the snipping tool for a lot of my screen shots. Mostly, when I was using my desktop as it is much easier holding the cursor with a mouse than a touch pad. Especially, when you are trying to drag the cursor to select the part that you want captured.
Google Awesome Screenshot browser extension
That's when I found out about the Google Awesome Screen shot tool. The problem that I was having with the Snipping tool (because I was using a laptop) the Google Awesome Screen shot tool fixed. When I selected the part to capture the page I wanted it stopped and formed a square and I could just continue to drag it around the part I wanted captured. I didn't have to keep starting all over again like I did with the Snipping tool. Also when I captured a whole page the browser buttons didn't show at the bottom. It only captured the page within the screen and not the whole screen, which is what I wanted in the first place. I could also annotate if I wanted to. This was exactly what I was looking for. It made things a lot more easier.
Google Full Page Screen Capture Browser Extension
This tool captures the whole page. I have used this on many occasions as well. This too, only captures the window and not the browser buttons at the bottom of the page. It's really quite simple. You are just capturing the page. Nothing fancy. If you want only to capture the whole page you will use this tool.
To get the Google Browser Extensions go to the Google Web store.
As you can see all of these tools have benefits and they make taking screenshots a lot easier. There is no reason why you can't have the perfect screenshots for your blog posts if you are using these tools.
Yes, they do and you are leaving traffic and money on the table if you are not using them. I know that you are probably advertising more than one affiliate program or business opportunity. Rightly so, because you should have multiple streams of income. Don't get me wrong. Search engine traffic is one of the best ways to get traffic. If someone finds your blog post through a search engine that is one way they have found you. I like to have many ways a person can find me or a business opportunity I am promoting. Also, I don't want my blog to become content for spam. I so despise that. Plus, sometimes I advertise things that don't pertain to this blog. So, if I advertised it here it would definitely be considered spam. I absolutely do not want that.
I like how using viral marketing websites you can make money. Many of the viral marketing sites offer an upgrade. The majority of them are a one-time fee but some are monthly just click on upgrade on the sites and they will tell you the details. Also, they don't break your bank account either. The prices are very affordable. You make money when someone upgrades or buys advertising on the site. These are ways you can make money. This is another way you can be making money advertising. You are getting traffic and making money at the same time.
Build A List
Viral marketing websites can help you build a list. Whoever you refer will be in your down line and you will be able to message them. This is great if you want to help them get started or share tips for marketing the sites and also how to get referrals. You may also want to recommend other business tools that you are using. You maybe thinking you already have a list. It's always good to have more than one if you can.
With viral marketing websites when you get people to signup with your referral link. Everytime they advertise your ads will be shown on their pages. So, when you get referrals and they get referrals the traffic increases. This is what you call the viral effect. It's a great way to get traffic. There is really no amount of referrals a person can get. This is something you can tell everyone you know about. It's nice to be able to help someone get more traffic to their affiliate programs or opportunities. This is an excellent way to do so.
Where to Advertise
You can share your referral links on your social media accounts. You can also write a blog post about the viral websites that you use or make a page where people can come and see your traffic resources as I have done so here:
You can advertise your referral links at these advertising sites too. There are so many you will have to figure out which ones that you prefer to use.
I will be showing you the dashboard of some of my favorite viral marketing websites just so you can get a feel for them if you have never used them before. Here are some of my favorite viral marketing websites:
You can post unlimited banners. You can also post text ads as well. However, you can only post unlimited banners if you are an upgraded member. I encourage you to upgrade so you can get all of the benefits. Pro members earn 50% of their referrals pro upgrade and they earn 50% of the banners sold on their site.
To get unlimited text ads and three banner ads you have to be an upgraded member. So again I encourage you to upgrade. Ads are guaranteed 60 views. This is a great site to join. Another great site to help you get views and traffic.
As a free member, you get 10,000 square banners a month, upgraded members receive 20,000 to 50,000 a month depending on level or you can purchase button ads for as low as $0.15 per 1,000 impressions.
This is an awesome viral traffic website. When anyone signs up using your referral link they will end up under you in your network. You will earn credits when other marketers search and when they refer people in the system. This continues 5 levels deep so it is very powerful to invite people to the network under you. As you can see this is a very powerful marketing tool. It is free but they do offer an upgrade for $19.95 a month.
This is an awesome viral marketing site. You choose a title for your ad. Next you choose a category. Then you write out a textad. You can choose different colors for the font and background. Preview and save. Now you will generate a link. You will enter a target website. Enter a description this will not be seen though. Choose a category. Generate an Advertise For Free link. This is the link that you will advertise. It shows the link you want to advertise but also ads from other members sites. That is why you created your ad so it can be shown on other members sites as well. They offer an upgrade too.
All of these viral marketing websites are great ways to get traffic. Imagine getting traffic from all of these sites and your referrals and their referrals and their referrals. The traffic literally does not end. It keeps going and going and going. Plus, they are so fun to use and to promote. I just love all of these viral traffic sites.
Do you use viral marketing websites? If you haven't ever used them before I suggest you add them to your arsenal of traffic tools. You can never ever have enough traffic. It's something that you will always need for your business. It is what the success of your business depends upon.
Feeling positive on a regular basis can sometimes be extremely difficult. After all, we are bombarded with negative images daily. Not only that, we experience things in our lives that can cause us to feel not very good. Things may not be going the way we want them to be. It can feel like sometimes that things are never going to get better. If it isn't one thing it's another. Then we dwell on these negative feelings over and over again. They just keep popping up it seems like all the time. Things continue to go downhill and we don't know what to do about it.
I struggle with being positive all the time. So, I am truly writing this from experience. Today I am both, the teacher and student. :) If you're like me and you have a good memory. Having a good memory is very helpful. I love having a good memory. The only downside is that you not only remember the good but also the bad. It's easy to keep reminiscing about things that really made you feel bad. They just keep playing in your mind like a broken record player. As soon as you get that thought you think about it and all the bad feelings that came with it. This is what can keep you down.
I often ask myself,"Why is it so easy to feel negative?" The only answer I can come up with is sometimes we just want to hide behind those feelings. It can be hard to face our fears. Fear is scary or so it seems. Assumptions I believe is the number one problem. When we assume things that are not true it can be about ourselves or someone else. That's how the negativity sets in. In reality you don't know. You don't know a person until you get to know them. You don't know you can or can't do something unless you try. I think you need to stop assuming and start taking action.
Speaking more positive is what you want to start with. Before you even think about something negative immediately say something positive and say it out loud. For instance, if you feel like you are having a hard time writing an article immediately say you can and say it out loud. This works. I have done it. This is starting out small. You have to take baby steps. This is conditioning your mind to start feeling like you can. Many times you feel like you can't. This will help you get the word can't out of your vocabulary. This word has to go in order for you to progress in your feeling positive journey. You start to naturally feel good. Who doesn't feel good when they accomplish something no matter how big or small it is?
As internet marketers and bloggers sometimes it can be tough. Maybe you are making money but not making the amount that you would like. This is something that can cause you to feel like crap. I have found some wonderful resources that really have helped me. Not only do they have their own online businesses. They are bloggers too. Sometimes it's better to get help from people who are doing what you are doing or would like to do. Here are their blogs:
Kelly Cooper she is the author of Live Life Made To Order. Her blog has helped me tremendously. If you are having problems with attracting the things you want in life and your feelings keep hanging you up she helps you learn how to overcome those negative feelings. She really helps you understand what the law of attraction really is and how to do it correctly. I highly recommend you read her blog.
Sarupa Shah is the author of The Soul Agent. Her blog is about helping you get your money problems right. She helps you work with affirmations and gives you tips on how to use them to help you achieve your financial goals. You can join her community to get excellent tips.
Another thing that can help you on your path to positivity is to keep reading books that will help motivate and keep you in that direction. I try to keep a list of books that I want to read on a regular basis. This is a book that is on my list now. I know sometimes getting structure can help you attain your goals and this book looks like it can help you do that. So, I am getting this book. I thought I would share it with you if you are looking for something that can help direct you in the right direction by keeping you motivated and giving you work to do. This way you can stay focused on your goals and achieving them and not on things that aren't going good at the moment.
It's so important that we get control of our feelings. If we don't they will continue to give us pleasure or pain. I'm the first one to admit it's not easy being positive sometimes. It can be downright hard. However we must surround ourselves with positive people and also treat people the way that we want to be treated. You must do the work. You simply just can't say you want to be positive and well, not work on being positive. It can be done. People do it all the time. Changing from negative to positive is awesome! Change your mind and change your life!
Do you have problems with being postitive? What are you doing to overcome it? What has been your biggest hurdle with being positive? Share what you are doing to stay positive. Let me know in the comments below.
With Google cracking down on every little thing these days. It's best to try to write good content. Every blog post that you write will not be long and that is okay. It just depends on the topic that you are writing about. However, you want to at least have more than a couple of long blog posts. People like to read blogs where they actually are reading something. Have you ever read a blog post but just felt like there should of been more? It's like the blogger took a short cut when they should of taken the original route. I know some of you think that people really don't have time to read long blog posts. They will just scroll quickly through to the end.
Maybe they don't have time at that moment but they can always bookmark it or put it in their pocket to read later. So, it's not like writing a long blog post is really an inconvenience to it's reader. People take time to do the things that they really want to do. So, don't think that you writing a long blog post is burdening someone. Now let's get down to the nitty gritty of writing a long blog post.
First, you want to start with the introduction. What I wrote above would be considered the introduction of this blog post. I am leading up to the main parts of this blog post. I am talking about some of the reasons why writing a a long blog post is beneficial to it's reader. You can break it down further by asking yourself,"What are the reasons someone would want to read a long blog post or Why is it better?" Then you write about those reasons. To make it easier for you, you can write a list.
Now, we come to the first part of this blog post. Writing long blog posts is associated with writing good content. Why, is that so? Because writing quick and short blog posts all the time is equated with spam. Not all the time is this true but many times it is. Usually, then they ask you to purchase something. You've seen them. Usually, long blog posts are telling you something. The blogger has something to say to it's reader. They are teaching or explaining or sharing with you something. While, a short blog post is usually because the blogger doesn't have much to say. Not all the time but I will have to say the majority of the time it is. Here I have listed reasons why short blog posts all the time are not good. You could ask yourself,"Why long blog posts is associated with good content?" This question helped in finding what some of those things are.
We are on the second part of this blog post. People like to read long blog posts more than short blog posts. If you are an avid reader like myself. You like to read. I would have to say the majority of blog posts readers like to read. So, if you like to read when you read a blog you actually want to be reading something. It's like cutting a good story short or reading a novel and you are left wanting more. Usually, when you are helping someone out you are explaining something to them. That does require a little bit of time. Three or four sentences just doesn't cut it. A question to ask was, "Why do people like to read long blog posts?" This helped in finding out what were some of those things.
Now, we come to the third part of this blog post. Not everyone likes to read long blog posts. Yes, that is true. Sometimes we need things quickly. They may not have the time. They don't have a lot of patience. They really don't enjoy reading. You might lose these readers. You might. The fact is you can't make everyone happy even though we try our best to do so. You have to go with what the majority likes. If you really want to know you can take a poll. As I said before. Not all blog post will be long. That's okay. Sometimes, there isn't much to say or needs explaining. I asked the question,"Why someone might not like to read long blog posts?"
We will now recap on what I just talked about:
I wrote the questions in this blog post just to give you examples. Kind of like learning as you go. I know sometimes it helps if you can see an example of how to do something. I didn't write a fourth paragraph but if you have more that you want to talk about you can add a fourth paragraph. Elaborating does help when it comes to writing longer blog posts. You can also use more than one picture to help stretch a blog post. I, myself usually just use one but on some occasions I have used two pictures. To help keep count of how many words you for your blog post use this free online word counter tool.
I hope this was helpful to you. If it was please share by using the share buttons below! Go ahead and write those long blog posts! Your readers can't wait to read them!
You probably have noticed the ad at the top of my homepage just under the header image of my website. This is a ADSPTP ad. As you can see it is very professional looking. I know that you are looking for ways to make more money with your blog or website. I also know that some of you have had problems with Google Adsense. This could be a great alternative for you if you are one of those people. So, all hope is not lost if Google Adsense did not work out for you. You can still have professional looking ads on your blog or website that can help you make money.
What I also like about is you don't have to have a website or a blog to participate in their ad program. What you can do if you don't is just promote your personal page. You can do this by sharing it with your social media followers or utilizing any other promotional efforts you may be using. Not having a website or a blog does not keep you out of the game. You can still make money.
What Exactly Is ADSPTP?
It is a shared advertising network. The money you make is according to the income earned by ADSPTP from these members.
The Dashboard Is Easy To Navigate
I don't know about you but I have seen some advertising networks dashboard and it was all just so confusing. Not with ADSPTP. Everything is right at your fingertips. You can see what you have earned and how many people you have sponsored. Also, the amount of points that you have earned. Nothing complicated. That's exactly how I like it to be.
How Do You Know When You Have Earned Points?
You know that you have earned points by looking at your dashboard and under points it will say how many points you have earned. You earn points when an ad is seen by a visitor.
You Earn More Money With Sponsorship
When you sponsor someone you earn 50% of their earnings. ADSPTP makes it easy for you to do this. They have various sizes of sponsorship banners that you can use to help you get referrals.Plus, you can use your promotional page to help you get even more referrals. It comes in handy especially for the social media sites and any other sites where you wouldn't be able to use banners.
When Can You Request Payment?
You can request payment when you have earned $10.00. Your points will be converted according to advertising gains earned by ADSPTP and the total number of points earned by their members. You will be paid by paypal or payza.
You Can Advertise On ADSPTP
Once you create a campaign. You will come to a form where you will state the title of your campaign your website url and what ad format you will like to use. $0.01 for 1000 banner impressions or by siteunder from $0.10 for 1000 impressions.
This is a great advertising network as you can see. It has a lot of awesome benefits.I know you have a lot of options when it comes to advertising networks. It doesn't hurt to try different kinds to see what you like the best. Maybe, you already are using an advertising network that you like or maybe you are looking for a better one. If you are become a member and share it with every blogger and webmaster that you know. Join ADSPTP advertising network and start making some money for your blog or website.