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?
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.
A new year is about to begin in a few more days. 2014 is almost over. Can you believe it? Wow! This year sure has went by fast. A lot of things happened in the blogsphere this year. Guest posting was given a bad name. Squidoo shutdown. Social media has really taken off. Forums don't seem to be as active as they once were. I wonder what this new year will bring. Hopefully, Google doesn't come out with anymore Pandas and Penguins. They probably will but I can dream. Can't I? (LOL)
I have learned a lot in 2014. I am learning how to work with Canva more. The image in this blog post was made with it. I want to get better with using it. Who would of thought I would designing images? I still have a long way but at least I have started. I can only get better. Yeah, I'm bragging a little bit. Don't spoil my joy. (LOL) However, I still have a lot to conquer. So many things that I want to learn to do. I am still learning, because it never stops. Don't worry, whatever I learn I will be sharing it with you. In fact, I just learned something new. Look for it in an up and coming blog post.
I'm not making a new year's resolution because I carry the same mentality that I had last year and the year after that. I already know what I have to do and what I want to do. I just check what I have already achieved off the list as I go. Just in case you're wondering. It's all good. I have so much to do. My plate is so full it's not even funny. That's why I haven't been writing in my blog as of late but I will be getting back on track. I just want to apologize if you have been reading my blog and expecting a new blog post. I hope that you went and read some of my older blog posts if you are a newcomer to my blog.
I am really looking forward to this new year. Hopefully, it will be better than the last. Not that 2014 was bad for me, because it wasn't. I just want to accomplish more of my goals so that I can check more off of that list. I can honestly say that I have been more positive lately. Which is something that I am still working on. I go and re-read my favorite self-improvement book that I keep as a reference. It has been so helpful to me. Self-improvement is something that I work on everyday. It is an essential part of my life.
I really want to make this blog better. I had asked this question before but I didn't get a lot of answers. Can you do me a favor and go and take this survey by answering this question for me? Is this blog helpful? It will be a great help for me to provide content that you would like to read. Thanks in advance! I really appreciate it.
What will you miss about 2014? With the upcoming new year. What goals would you like to achieve? What are somethings that you didn't get to achieve in the past year and would like to? Do you think that your blog became better or worse? I would love to know what you think in the comments below.
Do you really want to use Wordpress but scared because you don't think that using the software is easy? Have you tried to use it but you just wasn't getting anywhere because you just couldn't figure it out? Are you not that good with using software and you know that you will need some help? Have you started using Wordpress but have gotten stuck on a certain feature because it just seems too complicated? There is no need to panic. You can get the help that you really need.
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As bloggers ourselves we want to become like the big-time bloggers. These are bloggers who have a huge following and making an income from their blogs. Their blogs are extremely popular. Everyone is linking to them, interviewing them and people want to be guest bloggers on their blogs. They are very successful bloggers. I, myself have learned a lot from some of them and I'm sure you have to. However, there can be a downfall if those are the only bloggers that you are following. Here are 5 reasons why this is so:
1. They already have a huge following. I know many bloggers follow them because they want to get a piece of the pie. However, the problem with that is everyone else is to. What I mean by that is everyone wants to get seen by them. You are competing with a lot of people and the odds are not in your favor. You might be able to steal some of their followers but the chances are very slim.
Develop Your Own Voice
2. You want to develop your own unique voice. As much as you admire them it's important for you to be you. You don't want to copy every single thing they are doing. Because then your blog won't have unique qualities. People read your blog because they want to hear from you and they like what you are saying. It's nothing more disappointing then finding out that you are copying someone else's blogging style. It's being fake, phony and unprofessional.
Missing Out On Meeting Other Bloggers
3. You won't get a chance to meet other bloggers on your level. It's nice to talk with bloggers who are working to attain the same goals as you are and at the same moment you are. They can relate to what you are going through. Plus, you can meet new bloggers. They may not be famous yet but just like you they could be the next up and coming bloggers. Plus, it's nice to have a variety of blogs to read.
They Don't Have Time For You
4. Because they are so busy with their blogs they might not have time for you. They already have hectic schedules themselves. It's not that they don't want to but they have lots of things to do. If you really want them to have time for you, you might have to join them when they are doing free webinars and some charge for blogging courses. However, this will only be a good option for you if you have the money to do so.
They Don't Know Everything
5. This is not meant to be an insult. No one knows everything. Not me, you, or anyone for that matter. There are things that you may have learned through your blogging journey. Something that you learned to do or not to do. People want to hear about it. Don't ever assume that you don't know anything. Everyone knows something. It's through our experiences that we learn what to do and what we should do or even what we like to do. Yes, you can learn something from them but they could also learn something from you too.
How Do You Feel About This?
It's nothing wrong with learning from these types of bloggers but it's best to meet all kinds of bloggers on different levels. There are so many great bloggers that haven't been discovered yet. How will we find them if we only focus on the popular ones? Have you ever not commented on a blog because they didn't have a lot of comments? You can tell the truth ( I won't judge you). I like variety in my life. I always have. The blogosphere has not changed that. What do you think? Do you only follow big-time bloggers?
Have you ever thought blogging is a fad? Did you think that it wouldn't be around for long? I'm here to tell you that, that couldn't be further from the truth. Yes, we have seen so many things come and go. However, blogging will not be one of them. Blogging is still very much alive and I can tell you with confidence that it is not going anywhere anytime soon. Why? Because people love blogging! Blogging has become so much more than a diary. Remember, back in the day when the only people who had blogs were only young people who only talked about their daily lives. Well, those days are long gone but blogging is still here. Blogging has become so much more than that.
Blogging has become a voice for so many people. It has become a platform to help people with so many things. Businesses use it to get to know their customers and help their productivity. No matter what you love to do blogging is a way for you to share it with the world. You can use it to help, inspire and support people. People love reading blogs! Share what you know and what you love. Start a community on your blog or grow your existing one. Your blog is your home online. It is said that many people are natural born writers. Blogging makes that a reality for so many people. Many people who blog are now authors of their very own books.
I believe blogging is even better than writing articles online. Your blog is your hub. It's a place where people can come and read all of your articles in one place. I'm not saying that you shouldn't write at article directories or other writing platforms. However, I think it's best to have a place of your own. Where people know that they can find you. This place is your own personal blog. Your blog is your home and your blog url is your home's address. If people like what you are writing they will naturally want to find you. Having a link to your blog is very important if you do write at other places.
Blogging helps people solve their problems. When people are looking for information on a particular problem they might be having usually there is someone who has wrote a blog post about it. I have found so much helpful information just by reading blogs. I have found online tools and how to use them. How to use keywords and hashtags. I'm still learning and I have found everything that I have read useful. The instructions are so clear that I can just put them into practice. That's another reason I love blogging so much. You can take people step by step. Through pictures and videos.
Blogging even helps relieve stress. Sometimes you just have to get things off your chest. Things might not be going good. You can write about it on your blog. People will read it. They can encourage you to keep going and offer solutions. Blogging is therapeutic. It really calms you down. Just writing about your goals, dreams and aspirations helps you feel better. You can go back and read them yourself and other people can read them too. Inspiring yourself and others at the same time. We all need motivation sometimes blogging is a great way to get it.
Blogging even helps you come up with ideas. How many times have you come up with ideas just by blogging? Whether it is a blog post or images for your blog post. Blogging helps get those creative juices rolling. You can come up with some pretty sweet ideas. There are so many things that you can do with your blog. The possibilities are endless. You can do as much or as little as you want.
Without blogging you wouldn't have met the people you know online. You wouldn't have known they even existed. Through blogging you have been able to make connections you probably never ever dreamed of making. It has allowed you to do so many things and connect with so many people. Through blogging you have learned, taught, shared, supported and helped. Do you really think that something that has been so helpful for so many people is going anywhere soon? I don't think so. Blogging is so much fun and people love doing it way too much.
When your visitors come to your blog you want them to know what to expect. Right? You tell them what they will find, what you have to offer and how to find it. However, does your blog say what it's not about? I believe this is very important aspect that I think many people leave out. This cuts down on a lot of confusion. For instance, this blog is about bloggiing tips, making money online, and work from home. You can find many things about internet marketing too. Sometimes, there is a certain audience that comes with that. People who are looking to do nothing at all. These are people who are looking to make a quick buck. These are not the people I want as an audience. See in the picture below of my blog/site as I tell who my site is not for:
Another example would be if you are a seamstress and you have a sewing blog. You won't accept clients that don't want to pay for certain projects. You will tell them upfront on your blog that projects that require a lot of work have to be charged accordingly and if they don't want to pay then, they will have to find someone else for their sewing project. This cuts down on a lot of confusion and headaches. This way you are not wasting time and you have more time for the people who you want as clients instead of the people you don't. People can make a decision right then and there if they want to do business with you or if they want to stay and look around your site.
You don't have to say a whole lot. You can keep it simple and straight to the point. I highlighted the words in the example on my own site so you could see that it wasn't wordy or lengthy. However, it was very clear on what you will not be getting when you come to my site. The reason why I think this is so important is because you want the people who visit your site to know that they will be getting good content. Especially, more so because there is a whole lot of not good content online. This way, it makes it easier for the right people to find you. No one wants to waste their time. I think it's just as important for your site to say what it doesn't offer as much as it does.
Maybe you are not really sure on what your blog is not about. One way to find out is if you get repeated emails or questions on social media asking for certain things that your blog is not about. Another example would be if you offer services and people keep asking do you offer these particular services for free. You can tell them that these particular services are not free and you will let them know if and when you decide to offer something for free.
We want our visitors to be happy and to know what they will be getting but also know what they won't be getting.
As you might know already Squidoo has been sold to Hubpages. If you have lenses with them they will be transferred to Hubpages. A lot of people were upset because they really liked Squidoo. If I am correct Hubpages came after Squidoo. Some people were already writing at Hubpages and some people weren't. I wasn't writing at Hubpages. I had three lenses two were published and one wasn't (because I hadn't finished it). Squidoo locked one of my lenses and they did not reopen it. All of my lenses were transferred to Hubpages. Before the transfer I had moved my lenses to Wizzley as I liked the format there. It kind of reminds me of Squidoo because you can add different modules to your page like you could do at Squidoo.
Squidoo had locked many people's lenses. The reason being they said was because the lenses were overly promotional. I kind of felt that was hypocritical of Squidoo because they encouraged people to become giant squids. You were a giant squid if you had 100 lenses or more. I started writing for Squidoo because I liked to write about different topics that always didn't pertain to my blog. Plus, I could add my blog and other social networks to my Squidoo profile. I thought it was a great way to get more readers not only for my blog but other topics that I liked writing about. Squidoo was also a community and I was able to meet other people and read and comment on their lenses too.
The reason that I said it was kind of hypocritical of Squidoo to start locking people's lenses was because they encouraged people to write lots of lenses because once you did you earned the title of being a giant squid. There were also special benefits of being one too. We all know that once people start focusing on quantity many times quality goes out the window. Also, some people were making money with Squidoo because they were able to sell things from their Squidoo lenses. With people making money and Squidoo encouraging you to make as many lenses as possible and rewarding you for it that kind of set the tone for poor quality lenses being made. Now, Squidoo went on a locking lense rampage. Many people felt that their lenses were being targeted unfairly. It was like Squidoo was now punishing you for the very thing they encouraged you to do.
Squidoo claimed that because there were so many poor quality lenses being made that it hurt their search engine rankings. Because of the Google Penguin and Panda's updates they were also being targeted. So, in an effort to get back on track they decided they had to get rid of these poor quality lenses. So, that is what they had been doing. It was a big surprise to everyone to learn that Squidoo was being sold to Hubpages. For one, it seemed like Squidoo had made it through the dark period. They were getting a new design for the lenses. It really seemed like things were looking up for Squidoo. Now, people are being hit with this news.
I know people are going to say this is why you should have your own blog. I agree. However, if you're like me and you like to write about different topics from time to time sites like Squidoo, Hubpages and Wizzley are nice to have. It's kind of hard to have blogs in all the niches that you might like. Plus, it takes a lot of hard work just to maintain one or two blogs. So, it's nice to have sites like Squidoo, Hubpages and Wizzley. Another reason is some people don't want to maintain a blog they just want to have some place to write. Sometimes you do get writing ideas that don't necessarily pertain to the topic of your blog and this way you can still write and not annoy your readers. If you would like to signup for Wizzley Click Here.
Will I be writing at Hubpages? I might. I just think Wizzley has modules that are similar to Squidoo and I like the look and feel of the pages. I don't understand why Squidoo is shutting down. Whatever Hubpages is doing it seemed like they could of done too. The platforms are similar. I know that when I used to search online about certain topics there used to always be a Squidoo lens that would come up but that wasn't happening lately. I really don't believe it was because of poor quality lenses because as many poor quality lenses there were also some very good lenses. I could tell that people had put a lot of time and effort in making their lenses. Unfortunately, when you have writing platforms you get people who will make bad content. Some purposely and some not purposely (they just don't have any writing skills). That just comes with the territory.
Do you think that Google was really the reason Squidoo is shutting down? I would love to here what you think.