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 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.
Blogging is a lot of hard work and that is not counting the many other things that we have to do on a daily basis. Promoting your own blog, commenting on blogs, social media, finding other blogs, writing good content and guest posting are just a few things that we as bloggers do regularly. It's nice to be able to use a tool that can make these things a lot easier. I would like to introduce to you Ninja Outreach By Dave Schneider. This tool should be in your blogging tool box. We already spend countless minutes and even hours on our blogs. Time is both: Money and precious. If we can do things in a timely fashion that is what we should aim to do. Ninja Outreach is the tool that will help you do that.
Isn't that what blogging communities are for?
Yes, you can find bloggers in blogging communities but you cannot contact them all at one time. You do not have the ease of what Ninja Outreach offers you. Everything is not right at your finger tips like it is at Ninja Outreach. You find them but it's not as easy to connect with them. You can't do a search and find out who offers guest posts or who does reviews. You have to visit each blog individually to find out that information. I don't have to tell you how much time that takes. Time that you could be spending doing something else with. Wouldn't you agree?
You can do your own search and see what bloggers you can find. Below is an image of a list of bloggers that was found using Ninja Outreach. You can see how easy it is.
What is easily accessible at Ninja Outreach
You can find out there: klout score, comments per post, alexa ranking, comments per post, social shares per post, visitors per month, and seo metrics.
Building a community is very important for you as a blogger. You can't build a community if you don't have anyone coming to your blog. You have to find people and people have to find you. Ninja Outreach is the tool that will help you do that. Connecting with the right bloggers can really help you out as a blogger. I like how with Ninja Outreach you can tell if a blogger is active or not. This saves you a bunch of time. How many times have you visited a blog to only find that it hasn't been active in a long, long time? Your time is too precious to be wasted.
More Features Of Ninja Outreach
You can create campaigns, filter and sort your lists, add and remove bloggers to your lists, submit via contact form, and import websites. As you can see there are a lot of features that you can use. Sometimes with software there are a lot of features but no one needs or uses them. With Ninja Outreach you need these features and you will use them.
What's Left For You To Do Now
You can take Ninja Outreach for a spin and see how you like it. They have a 14-day free trial . What better way to experience the power of Ninja Outreach software? I know that you will want to have this tool in your online toolbox.
All over the internet you see people looking for a home-based business. Why? Because they want a business where they can work from home. There are usually four categories for a home-based business:
1. You join a network marketing company.
2. You have your own business something that you, yourself are doing on your own.
3. You join an affiliate marketing business (yes there are affiliate marketing/home-based businesses).
4. Internet marketing businesses (these usually include selling a system or digital products).
You have to figure out what kind of business that you would like to do. If you don't have any ideas of your own, then you will more than likely join a network marketing company or an affiliate marketing company. If you are not quite sure which one is the best fit for you. You will want to read,"Which Is Better? Network Marketing Or Affiliate Marketing?" After, you have figured out which one is best for you. Then, you want to start looking for companies that you would like to join. There are a whole lot of companies and I mean a whole lot. So, you want to take your time when you start looking. It's best to go with something that you like to do. If you like scented candles then you would go with a company that sells scented candles. The opportunities are endless. It probably won't be too hard for you to find something that you like.
Where can you find these home-based businesses?
These are places that people are either discussing home-based businesses or trying to get help with one. Also, people are advertising their home-based businesses. In the forums and groups you can ask questions and tell people what you are looking for. This way, you won't have to sort through a whole bunch of business opportunities that you have no interest in.
What questions should you ask regarding a home-based business
These are just some basic questions that you can ask. It's important to find out everything up front if possible. This way, you won't have any misunderstandings. Asking the right questions will help you be able to make better informed decisions. Many people make this mistake. I don't want you to be one of them.
Don't be pressured into joining
Don't feel as if you are obligated to join if the business is not right for you. Sometimes when you ask people they want people to join them in the business so they may come off very head-strong. You too, have to stand your ground as well. If you ask all the right questions and the business is not right for you. Just tell them that. That's all you have to say. You don't have to go into details why you don't want to join. Sometimes things are just not a right fit at the moment or maybe you just flat out aren't interested.
How do you know if you have found the right business?
You will know if you have no reason not to join. If you like the product or service. It's something that you can use and know other people who would like to use it. Money is not a problem for you if you join. If you have found the right business I encourage you to go ahead and join. Don't keep making excuses. Sometimes, if we wait the excuses will set in. We don't want this to happen. Go ahead and jump in with both feet. You can do this! There are places as I mentioned before such as forums and communities where you can get support. You can join the Money To Be Made Community. It's a great place to gain encouragement and support.
Can you recommend some home-based businesses?
I sure can. These are home-based business/affiliate marketing businesses. There is no cost to join but you can order business cards and they do offer things such as banners and links to help you promote the products.
If you are still undecided about what kind of home-based business to join or just want a little bit more information regarding what it takes to start a home -based business. Subscribe to Home Business Magazine. It will be helping you decide if a home-based business is really right for you and if it is it can get you going in the right direction. Sometimes it's best to read about something first before you get started. This way you won't be jumping head first into icy cold water.
The only thing left for you to do is find a home-based business. Are you looking for a home-based business? Have you found one already? Tell us about it and how you are doing with it in the comments below.
When you are starting anything it is important to have the right mindset and it is no different with blogging. You probably have heard a lot of things about it before you have even began to do it. This can really affect how good you will or won't be at it. Once you have made up your mind to start blogging you must have the right mindset and I will tell you how you to do that now. I know this will be very helpful to you before you start blogging or even if you are already blogging. Sometimes it can take a minute or two before we really understand what we should be doing or how we should be going about it.
I know you have probably heard these things before: Blogging is fun, it can help your business, blogging is easy, and you can make a lot of money blogging. I will say that they are true for the most part but if they become true for you is a different story. Those statements can be encouraging but they can also be discouraging. They can be encouraging if you really are prepared to be a true blogger but if you are not then you will see them as being discouraging. They are not far-fetched at all because it could be your reality, because there are many people's that it is theirs.
Do Not Search For Blogging Doom And Gloom Stories
Once you start blogging don't worry about doing it just do it. Nothing happens overnight. You can't tell if you are really good at it or not. Maybe, you might not even really enjoy it in the beginning. Give it sometime. Don't worry about it. Just put yourself on a schedule and do it. Don't go searching all over the internet to find stories about how people said that blogging turned out to be their worst nightmare. Don't do that. It won't help you any and on top of that you will feel awful. Not good at all. Please, I'm begging you don't do this.
Prepare Yourself To Be A Blogger
What does it entail to be a successful blogger? This is what you want to be concentrating on. Find all the good sources of what it takes to be a good blogger. Join some blogging communities and forums and listen to the questions that people are asking or even ask your own. Maybe, you have a favorite blogger that you like hint: (me) that can point you in the right direction and offer blogging tips. Subscribe to their blog and participate in their community. If you have more than one that's even better.
Take Easy Out Of The Equation
I'm not saying that you should think that it is hard. Somethings come easier for some than others. Maybe it might be this way for you. For instance, maybe you are learning to write or trying to improve on it. If this is you it might take a little bit of effort on your part to get things going. This is okay. If you run into some bumps along the way if you think it is too easy and it's not it might give you ammunition to quit and we absolutely do not want that to even be a thought. Yes, there will be challenges and you must keep going no matter what.
A Business Blog Is Not A Diary
Back in the day the majority of blogs were diaries. Not anymore. If you intend on your blog to be a business then you don't want it to be filled with things that would normally go in a diary. I'm not saying that people don't want to hear about your life but just don't get carried away with it. Hold up on the selfies that you took with your friends over lunch. It can get tiring for your readers if that is what your blog becomes, because that is not why they are reading your blog. You don't want to lose readers. This is another thing that you want to avoid at all costs. We want to increase readers not decrease them. Keep it professional but with a little bit of personal. If you know what I mean.
Prepare Yourself To Write
You will be writing and you will be writing a lot. Blogging is about writing and if someone tells you otherwise they are not telling you the truth. Repeat after me, "Blogging is writing". You will have days that you don't feel like writing and you won't know what to write about. You will have days that you will get tired of writing (even if you love it). Even when you are not writing you will be thinking about writing. Don't panic this is absolutely normal. This is what it means to be a blogger. When you reach this point then you know that you have become a full-fledged blogger. I present you with your own blogger badge. Wear it humbly. :)
Always Look To Improve
Blogging has been around a while now but no matter how much we have learned there is always something we can learn how to do or do it better. Make sure that you stay in the know about blogging. Work on your writing skills. It's true. The more you do it the better you get. You don't have to do everything at once. Whatever you want to learn or need help with it. Start working on it. Make a list if you have to. Use tools that will help you do things better. Keep reading whether it is books, blogs, newspapers, whatever. This will help you with your writing.
In my opinion there is nothing better than blogging. It just doesn't get any better. Having the right mindset about it and not having preconceived notions will help you out in the long run. You will be much better prepared for what you have to do to have blogging longevity. I will leave you with this question. Do you have the right blogging mindset?
If you sell things online it's nice to have your own store. You can sell things that you make or maybe you just want to sell some of your old stuff. You can either have a store where you provide the products or you can have a store by selling other people's products. This is a good way for you to make money online. You might be thinking where can you have your own store? You want something simple and not difficult to setup. Something that is free or doesn't cost you an arm or a leg. Here are five places where you can have your very own store.
With your own Amazon Store you can sell products from Amazon's site. All of your favorite products you can just add them to your store. It's very simple and convenient. It is limitless to what you want to sell. You just add the products that you want to sell to your store. You can have it where it matches your blog or website. It's very easy to setup. You don't have to worry about coming up with things to sell. Just add your favorite products from Amazon to your store. That's it. Incorporate your store into your website or blog.
If you are looking to sell digital products. Getting your own digital store is easy with Cb Proads. You can have an affiliate store front, niche store front or a Wordpress plugin for main and niche store fronts. It's easy to get started too. You don't have to know a bunch of technical stuff either. Clickbank has lots of products to choose from. These store fronts make it easy for you to sell products in your niche. You also can incorporate these store fronts into your website or blog.
You can have your own e-commerce site with Triple Clicks. This is a great way to get your products out to the people. You will have hundreds of SFI affiliates working for you. This is free and it's easy to start selling quickly. Just upload your products and that's it. Even if you don't have your own website. You will be provided with your own T-Connect website with everything that you need to start selling your products. It's way too easy for you not to get started. So, if you have been wanting to sell online this is a great way to do it.
Shopify makes it easy for you to get your store up and running. You can customize your store having complete control over your domain name and it's layout. There's no need to know css or html. There are 100 designs and templates that you can use. You get notified by email when you have made a sale. So, you won't miss out on any orders. Shipping is made easy and you can provide tracking for their orders. You can have unlimited bandwidth and products. Gift cards and discount cards. You can have all the features that you want and many, many more.
You can start selling online in a matter of minutes with Jimdo. Anyone can build a store easily and quickly. Just add your products and connect your paypal account to immediately start processing orders. You don't have to know any css or html. You can get started super easy. Are you in a hurry to start selling online? Then you won't start any quicker then with Jimdo. Need a blog? You can have that too. You can edit your website with the Jimdo app. Their free iOs and Android app make it easy for you to edit your website on the go.
As you can see it's very easy to start selling online by having your own online store. Any of these can be used to sell online. You can find which one is the right fit for you and that is not hard. You may want to use more than one if you have more than one website or blog. Haven't started your online store yet? Now you can!
You have started your blog. You now believe it is ready to be shown to the world or so it seems. You are ready to have an audience for your blog. All you have to do now is start promoting it. You have to start getting traffic quickly because this is the only way people will find your brand new blog. Is it really ready for promotion though? There are 5 things that your blog should have before you get ready to share it with the world.
An About Me Page
People like to know a little about the person who's blog they are reading. Somethings that you can include in your about me page is how you started blogging. Just tell a little bit about yourself. You don't have to tell your life-story (if you are a private person) but what your blog is about and why you started blogging. Your skills and what it is that you do.
This is where people will contact you. You can have a contact form or an email address or both. You can include your social media accounts. Your phone number if you like. Just various ways that people can get in contact with you. This is important because you may receive offers from companies. Sometimes, things happen and we don't always see them. For instance, something might not be working properly on your blog and someone might want to let you know. People have questions that they might want to ask you. This is very important to have.
This is a very important feature to have. Why? Because people will want to search for particular articles on your blog. It makes it so much easier to find them. I have seen several bloggers who did not have a search box and I wasn't able to look for a particular article. I had to go through their categories. Which was very time consuming. Everyone will not do this. If they can't find what they are looking for they will search for it somewhere else. A search box is a must have.
This is a box where people can subscribe to your mailing list. This way people won't miss out on your blog posts and you can keep in contact with your subscribers. If you have anything that they might be interested in you can send them an email. This is how you grow a list. This way you can keep in touch with your subscribers.
At least 10 Blog Posts
Before you start promoting you should have at least 10 blog posts. I have seen bloggers promoting their blogs with only 1 written blog post. This is not a good idea at all. I know you want to get your blog out to the masses but 1 blog post. Come on, you have to give your readers more than that. After they read that 1 blog post what are they supposed to do? You have to have more content than that. If they like what they read they will want more. It's like you are teasing them. Do you like to be teased? I know you don't. Please make sure you have content for them to read.
I know that you are excited when you start blogging but you still are representing yourself. Make sure that you have these 5 fundamentals in place before you start promoting your blog. You don't want people to think that you haven't thought this through. More importantly, you want your readers to be happy and give them a good experience when they come to visit your blog. Make things easy for them. This is your home and your visitors are your guests. I know sometimes we can get caught up in our excitement and we are told the sooner we start promoting the better. If you forget something do not worry you can always go back and add it.
I can tell you from visiting lots of blogs that these 5 things do make a difference. You will get traffic to your blog and get your audience. It does take time but just throwing together your blog is not going to make it happen any faster. Take your time and put things together nicely.
Have you ran into blogs missing these 5 fundamentals? How did you feel about it? Let me know in your comments below.
If you are looking to start a blog or a website or both. Website builders are great to use and they are so much easier. I have heard a lot of people say that they want something easy to use. Whether you like getting under the hood or not website builders make it easy for you to make your website or blog just the way you want it. They are very professional too. So, if you are worried that your website or blog won't look professional you can put that worry to rest. They have their own plugins and features that you can add to your website or blog. Some people find Wordpress difficult to use and if you tried it and you found it to be for you, you should try using a website builder.
Blogger is not a website builder. Many people lump it in the same category as a website builder but it is not. Blogger only allows you to blog its services do not include building a website. Also, it only has a free option. It does not include any paid option. I think the reason it is because both Blogger and website builders allow you to use their services for free. However, with website builders they offer a free and a paid option. If you decide to upgrade to the paid option you will have the free website removed from your website and you can utilize more featured options. So, if you are tight on money you can start for free and upgrade later on. This way you can still get your website or blog up and running.
With a website builder everything is hosted. You do not have to go anywhere else to be hosted because they host your blog or website. Everything is all-in-one. This is good for people who don't have a lot of time to spend on getting a blog or website up and running. Everything is right there at your fingertips. They also have drag and drop features that make it easy for you to design your website or blog even if that is not your forte. They also have lots of different templates that you can use. You can really make it your own and not have to worry about your blog or website looking the same as everyone else's. Social media buttons are included in some of the templates but if not you can always add them yourself. It might differ for different kinds of website builders. Just check and see.
What I like about website builders is you can learn as you go. Maybe, in the beginning you might not know a whole lot about html but you can still build your website or blog. The drag and drop features make it so easy for you to do so. Maybe you do know how to work with html but just don't have the time as I mentioned before. Website builders can help you get up and running quickly, efficiently and professionally. Sometimes, I even get carried away with the different addons and plugins to use (in a good way of course). Because, they really do have lots of features that you can add to your website or blogs. They are always coming out with new and better ways for you to help make your blog or website better.
Website builders are just like anything else. Some are good and some are not so good. I recommend you use the ones where you can grow. Even, if you don't know any html in the beginning you will probably learn some because it is essential to know some when you are blogging or building a website. Bottom line you need to learn html. It just makes it a whole lot easier for you online when you know some html. I wouldn't recommend the ones that don't give you a lot of freedom when it comes to getting under the hood. In this blog post,"What Kind Of Blogging Platform Should I Use?" I mentioned some of the good ones and the not so good ones. I hope that it will be helpful in your search to find a website builder that is right for you. You can have a professional looking blog or website using a website builder.
Are you thinking about using a website builder? Why or why not? Are you already using a website builder? How do you like it? Let me know in the comments below.
I was trying to upload the image that I use for all of my social media sites to this one particular site and no matter how much I tried it wouldn't upload. I, then tried to resize it. At first, I thought the site was having problems and I started to contact technical support. I decided not to do that. I tried uploading a different picture. It instantly uploaded! So, I knew it wasn't a technical problem. I guess, I could of used another picture but I like to use the same picture so people know it's me. That's when I learned that I needed to change my gif image to a jpg.
This wasn't the first time this had happened to me but I didn't take any action. Reluctantly, I did end up using another picture but as I said before I really like to use the same picture because then people know it's me. This time I really didn't want to give up. I wanted to find out what was causing this problem. I did some research online and I was able to find Zamzar.com. It is really an easy site to use. It was a life-saver for me. You can convert your gif images to jpg images in 4 easy steps. Also, you can convert other files such as: jpeg, bmp,png and many more. Plus, you don't have to download anything.
Below is a screen shot of the site
Step 1. Select files or url to convert.
Step 2.Choose the format to convert
Step 3. Enter your email to receive the converted files
Step 4. Convert by clicking you agree to their terms
Here is my image I converted
Nice, huh! I thought that you might find this as helpful as I did. It's fast, easy and free! Try this out and let me know how you like it!