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Whether you are a new or veteran blogger it can sometimes be a little overwhelming. As bloggers we are constantly trying to come up with fresh new content on a daily basis and keep our blogs interesting for our readers. It can be overwhelming to the point that you can even entertain the idea of quitting. Many people start blogs and they quit before they get started. Why? Because it is not as easy as they thought it would be. Let's face it blogging is hard work. Especially, if you don't know the right way to go about it and have not been given good advice.

It's way more to blogging then just writing a couple of blog posts and throwing up some ads. It's a process and it does take time. Even, if you like writing you still have to learn how to blog. It's not something that you learn overnight. A blog is not like your diary even though people compare blogs to diaries. Usually, a diary is private and it is usually handwritten. It's not something you have to run. If you decide to abandon it. No one will really care. Why? Because no one knows about but you. However, with a blog it is public (although you can make it private it's usually not). You have opened it up to the world and you have to keep it updated with good content. You have to engage your readers and overall keep up the maintenance of your blog/site. Plus, you have to continually find ways to get traffic to your site. One can easily get discouraged before they even realize it. However, there are somethings we can do before they get to this point below:


1. Don't Compare Yourself To Other Bloggers

If you are comparing yourselves to other bloggers all the time it will hard for you to stay focused on your blog. They might of been blogging longer than you and have had more experience. You can't worry about what someone else is doing. You have to focus on yourself and your needs. What do you need to do to take your blog to the next level? You can't do this if you are always comparing your blog to someone else's  It's okay to admire someone else's success but you don't know what all they had to go through to get there. Focus on your blogging goals and learn from your mistakes and continue to increase your knowledge about internet marketing and blogging and you will get where you want to be.

2. Don't Set Your Expectations Too High

When we set our expectations too high we are setting ourselves up for failure. It's much better to set small achievable goals than great big ones in the beginning. As I said before it's a learning process and you have to give yourself room to learn and make mistakes. Take baby steps. Do a little bit of something everyday and then apply it. Plus, it makes us feel really bad when we set our expectations too high and then, can't fulfill them. This is what we are trying to avoid at all costs.

3. Don't Put Too Much On Your Plate

If you are putting too much on your plate this can cause you to have feelings of being overwhelmed. We all know when we get overwhelmed how it makes us feel. You will not feel like doing what needs to be done if you are feeling overwhelmed. You will do the exact opposite. Don't schedule 10 things that need to be done but you only have 5 minutes. This is not going to help your situation any and you will still have things to do. See how to schedule your time successfully and how it truly can make a difference.


4. Don't Follow Every Blogger You Read

It's okay to read more than one blog and have more than one favorite blogger. However, if the blogs you are reading are in the same niche you need to pick which ones will be your mentor. However, if they are in a different niche it is cool to have more than one mentor but I think you should still put a limit on it. I would say the limit should be three. It's hard to take advice from so many different people and it is more hard to apply all of it. You will end up feeling confused. Besides, you will just keep going around in circles and not getting much of anything done.


5. Don't Focus On Making Money Right Away

Now this is a killer right here. This is the reason why so many bloggers end up feeling discouraged and then quitting. I'm not saying you can't make money with your blog but you shouldn't put all of your attention on that right away. I think you should focus on writing good content and having a place that your readers can come to learn, discuss and share. Thinking about money can sometimes blind you to what is most important and our blogs will start to show it. It's a fast track way to get you on the path to writing a spam blog and believe me, no one wants that.


6. Pick A Topic That You Will Enjoy Writing About

I know that you probably have heard this many times but I just want to reinforce how important this is. When you like what you are writing about it shows. People can tell if you are not happy writing about something. Plus, it becomes hard for you to write about it on a continual basis. It's like working a job that you hate. It's worse because you are writing. When we write our feelings are on display because we write how we feel. If you really hate what you are writing about it will eventually show. I wouldn't ever write about golf. Why? Because I find it absolutely boring. Write about something that you like and can get excited about. It will show.


I hope that you found these 6 Ways Not To Get Discouraged helpful. Have you ever felt discouraged? Do you feel discouraged now? What is making you feel that way? Are you thinking about quitting blogging? Please leave me a comment below explaining how you feel and what is causing you to feel that way.



Category: Blogging | Views: 2162 | Added by: Maketta | Date: 2013-05-20 Comments

 If you have had a blog shutdown you know the feeling. It's a feeling of helplessness, fear of starting over, and even anger. It's not a good feeling at all. I have had two blogs shutdown and I know those feelings all to well but I was not going to be stopped. I had made up my mind to become an unstoppable rally back blogger. Yes, I was going to rally back and that is exactly what I did. However, I made some changes. I changed both of my blogs names. It symbolized a new beginning but more importantly that I was going to do things even better this time. I knew in my heart that my blogs were not spam blogs. After all, I put a lot of time writing my blog posts. I had even wrote a rough draft of my blog posts for my natural health blog before I posted them on my blog. My blogs were not spam blogs. I was accused wrongfully of something that I did not do.

I wasn't about to give up. My whole being wouldn't let me. This is something that I really like to do. My blogs are my babies. No one takes my babies away from me. I tried to make sense of things. Nothing was making me feel better. What were the odds of this happening to me twice? I was really, really upset. I really didn't want to start over but quitting wasn't an option. My blog is my business. What I realized is I should of never been blogging at those blogging platforms anyway. They were never really right for me. Weebly didn't allow me to edit all of the template (they only allow you to edit the website template) and Blogger is shutting down things left and right first google reader and now their affiliate network. Also, they wouldn't give me the chance to edit my blog to correct the things they accused me of. That was a sign to me that I had been wrongfully targeted and they wouldn't admit to making a mistake. However, I wouldn't have never came to these conclusions if my blogs wouldn't have been shutdown. I realized that I was not happy with either of those blogging platforms but I didn't want to start over and was too lazy to move. I also didn't want to be at blogging platforms that didn't tell you what you did wrong and just snatched your blog right from under you.

I have found two blogging platforms that I liked and I must say are just right for me. Before I picked the blogging platforms that I would be using. I had received an issue of Website's Magazine and in it was an article about  "50 Top Tools Platforms And Frameworks For Design And Development" and the blogging platforms that I am using were on the list. Also, my favorite blogger Lynn Terry had did a blog post about Ucoz. Everything really does happen for a reason whether we understand it or not. I can honestly say that I am a happier blogger from the experience (I did not feel like this right away).

Here are 6 tips that helped me become an Unstoppable Rally Back Blogger:
 

  • Don't quit even if you feel like it.
  • Make sure you are using a blogging platform that is right for you.
  • Don't give in to the feelings of anger and disappointment.
  • Remember why you started blogging in the first place.
  • This is your business and you have to keep it going and your readers will be sad if they don't hear from you.
  • Decide to make your blog even better.

 

Category: Blogging | Views: 1523 | Added by: Maketta | Date: 2013-05-02 Comments

As you probably know I am using Disqus comment system. Everything was going well until I noticed that my comments were not being counted. I had six comments for a particular blog post and it was showing 0 comments. I immediately contacted Disqus. They sent me to the comment count code page. However, I had installed the comment count code but it was in the wrong place. Also, I was finding it very difficult to append the disqus_thread to my href link. I did not understand what they were talking about because Ucoz's code is different from what I was used to it looking like. I searched relentlessly online for some help. The only thing that came up was help with blogger or wordpress. Neither was beneficial to me. I was extremely frustrated. I asked for help through Ucoz's support forum and I was able to get the help that I needed. I wanted to share this to save someone all the trouble and frustration that I went through. It's really not that hard.

First, you have to add the code below at the bottom of your blog main page right before closing the </body> The blog main page is considered the index page. Make sure you change the disqus_shortname with your forum name login to Disqus and click on settings. There you will find your forum name highlighted in pink. In the code replace 'example' with your disqus shortname. Click save.


  1. <script type="text/javascript">
    /* * * CONFIGURATION VARIABLES: EDIT BEFORE PASTING INTO YOUR WEBPAGE * * */
    var disqus_shortname = 'example'; // required: replace example with your forum shortname

    /* * * DON'T EDIT BELOW THIS LINE * * */
    (function () {
    var s = document.createElement('script'); s.async = true;
    s.type = 'text/javascript';
    s.src = 'http://' + disqus_shortname + '.disqus.com/count.js';
    (document.getElementsByTagName('HEAD')[0] || document.getElementsByTagName('BODY')[0]).appendChild(s);
    }());
    </script>



Go to blog - Appearance of entries find this code | <a href="$COMMENTS_URL$">Comments ($COMMENTS_NUM$)</a>

and change to this  <a href="$ENTRY_URL$#disqus_thread">Comments</a> 


Click save. That's it! Your done! Your comment count link will now display your correct number count. I saw help all over the internet for help with this with other blogging platforms but nothing for Ucoz. So, if you are thinking about using Disqus with your Ucoz blog/site just know that you can!
Category: Blogging | Views: 1968 | Added by: Maketta | Date: 2013-04-16 Comments

The Only 12 1/2 Writing Rules You'll Ever Need
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You have started your blog. You might even have more than one blog. It can be a daunting task to have lots of blogs on different topics. You find that you would like to write about different topics but you don't want to have too many different blogs. However, if you are writing about a specific topic and you start writing about another topic that does not pertain to your blog's topic, you run the risk of losing your blog's readers. Your blog readers come to your blog because they want to read about what you have been writing about all along. They do not want to read about about you growing vegetables in your summer garden. So, what do you do?


If you are a blogger you probably have more than one interest and you would like to write about and at the same time you don't want to have to maintain hundreds of blogs. Maybe, you just want to write one page and that's it! You don't want to have to continually look up information on a certain topic everyday. You just want to write about: gardening, crocheting, your favorite restaurants, your favorite appliances, sewing, etc. You are doing something else that you like to do and you just want to share it with the world.

I have two blogs ( I just reopened my natural health blog) and I must say it is a lot of work to keep them up. However, I have other interests that I like to write about but I don't want to lose you all (my reader's) because I don't think it would be fair. After all, internet marketing/blogging is what this blog is all about. However, I have many things that I like to do and I do want to write about them. I love writing and it doesn't stop with my two blogs.

To answer the above question. You can write at article writing directories and writing platforms. I myself prefer writing platforms because they allow you to share what you like. For instance, if you are writing about kitchen-aids. You can list the actual products through Amazon because they allow you to use Amazon modules. You can even make some money if someone purchases the product through your page. Also you can really make the pages your own by using widgets and modules. Play around with html. There is so much you can do! However, if you just want to write about an informational article you can write for article directories. I would highly recommend you treat those writing platforms just as you would treat your blog. Give them the same courtesy you give your blog by writing good content. With that being said. Have fun! Writing is supposed to be fun!

This way you won't get bored but at the same time you won't lose your blog readers. It's a win win situation. You won't lose interest because you will have another outlet and because you have another outlet it keeps your writing fresh and you will continually provide your readers with the content they love to read. Now, you might see something that you would like to write about or you may just be happy to write in your blog or blogs! Just keep writing!

Where can you write at these article directories or writing platforms. I am going to mention to you the ones I write at and some of them I haven't written at but they seem to be good writing places.



Writing Platforms

 

 


Article Writing Directories
 

There you have it! This is how you can keep on writing without disturbing your writing flow at your blog.





 
Category: Blogging | Views: 1948 | Added by: Maketta | Date: 2013-04-08 Comments

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I have two favorite topics that I love blogging about and internet marketing is one of them. I believe I love blogging about internet marketing so much is because the choices you have are endless. I mean everyone who blogs and I don't care what topic you are blogging about you need internet marketing. Whether you are blogging about fashion, health, environment, etc. You still need to learn things such as:

1. How to get traffic to your blog.
2. How to promote your blog.
3.What tools and resources to use.
4. How to do affiliate marketing

All of these things you learn through internet marketing. When you are blogging about internet marketing you are providing content for people from all over the blogosphere. I think it's safe to say that you have a large target audience. I love finding out about a tool and sharing it with all of my reader's. In fact, I am always on the lookout to find something that I can use and share. If I wasn't an internet marketer I wouldn't know half as much as I do about online marketing. There are so many tools and resources you can use. There is something for everybody.

I know some people are good at seo (that's something I'm still working on) but there are other marketing techniques that you can use. Although I do think seo is one of the best ways to get traffic because it is search engine traffic. However, it is not the only way to get traffic. When you blog about internet marketing the possibilities are limitless. Everyone can use the information you share about internet marketing. The bottom line is if you are doing business online you need to know how to do internet marketing.

I could of chosen many topics to write about ( I do write about other topics as well). However, if my main niche wasn't about internet marketing it would be hard for me to share these tools and resources without going off topic. I also don't believe in putting all my eggs in one basket. I use many methods to help me get traffic and promote my site and other programs that I am a member of. I also believe that there are other bloggers who like me don't put all of their eggs in one basket either and would also like to know about these different marketing methods. The Money To Be Made blog is the home blog as I call it. I love blogging period! I think anyone who comes to this blog can see that but blogging about internet is one of my all time favorite topics. These are the reasons that I decided to blog about internet marketing and chose it as one of my niches.

Are you a blogger/internet marketer? Is internet marketing your favorite topic to blog about? Why did you choose internet marketing as your topic? Please share your comments. I really look forward to reading them!









Category: Blogging | Views: 2173 | Added by: Maketta | Date: 2013-03-28 Comments




Are you having problems getting your comments approved? When you leave comments does the blogger seems to always delete them? Then, maybe you need to change up your game. No one likes their blog to look unprofessional and definitely not spammy. Here are some do's and don'ts when you leave blog comments:

Do's

  • First always use your real name. Don't use keywords or initials. Even if you don't want to use your last name you should always use your first name.
  • Make sure you read the blog post thoroughly. When you do this you can get a clear understanding of what kind of comment to write.
  • Always leave comments that pertain to the blog post.
  • Read over your blog comments before you hit the submit button to make sure it doesn't contain any grammatical mistakes and it makes sense.
  • Do always be courteous even if you don't agree with the blogger.
  • Leave comments on fellow bloggers blog that you would like to receive. Ask yourself," Would I like to receive a comment like this?"

Don'ts

  • Don't leave a link to your blog or website in your comment.
  • Don't leave the same comment more than one time.
  • Don't leave comments that are talking about a product or a website.
  • Don't leave rude or mean comments.
  • Don't ask questions that are not related to the blog post. Bloggers usually have a contact page for questions use that to ask questions.
  • Don't leave ridiculously  spammy comments.
  • Don't leave comments such as: "Nice post" or "Great article". If you do say that elaborate. Say why it is a nice post or a great article. It let's the blogger know that you have actually read the article.

People get to know you through your comments. You are also branding yourself when you leave comments. If you are known as a comment spammer. How do you think that is going to make you look? You will be giving yourself a bad reputation. Generally, bloggers don't like to delete comments (I know I don't) but you give them no choice when you leave a comment that is spammy. It makes you look bad and it makes the bloggers blog look spammy. It's not about you all the time. Think about what you are doing and how you are making someone else's blog look. If you didn't know how to leave a decent comment now you do, because I have just given you all the components of leaving a good comment.


If you have someone that is spamming your blog with bad comments send them this blog post to read!







Category: Blogging | Views: 2747 | Added by: Maketta | Date: 2013-03-19 Comments

At the top of my blog page (click on Mtbm Blog in the site menu) in the left hand corner you will see a green and white button that says Vu, you can't miss it.  Click on it and register. You can do it with your email or your social media sites. What it will do is make it easier for you to find the content on my page that you would like to read. It also makes recommendations. Vu is a customized personal recommendation system just for you.

You can enjoy Vu anywhere. This is another great tool that you can add to your sites to make it easy for your readers to find what they are looking for. The easier you make it for them to find the content on your site the longer they will stay. I like the fact that Vu is making it easy for my readers to find the content they would like to read. I want my readers to have a great experience when they come to my website and have a reason to keep coming back over and over again.

If you are also looking for content to read yourself and you want to make it easy for your readers to find your content that they want to read. Sign up with Vu and add the button to your site. This is an excellent tool to utilize. I am so excited about using Vu. We all want to see the content that we love to read in a better Vu! Have this tool on your site especially for your readers. It is your give to them!


Please register for Vu. Then, tell me how you like it. Do you think that it made it easier for you to find the content on my page that you would like to read?




Category: Blogging | Views: 2937 | Added by: Maketta | Date: 2013-03-02 Comments

Sharing Love
When someone leaves a comment on my blog, I usually reciprocate the favor. It's one of many ways that I have found interesting blogs to read. Sometimes I leave comments on other bloggers blogs, but only one blogger so far has visited my blog after leaving a comment on many bloggers blogs. Maybe they are getting so many comments that they don't have time to check out another bloggers blog? Well, I think they are missing out on potential great blogs to read. If you don't check a blog out you don't know if you are going to like it or not. This is not a rant. It's just a question that I wanted to know what my fellow bloggers thought about.


In my opinion you can't really have too many blogs to read. I am always looking for more good blogs to read. I don't get many comments on this blog, but when I do. I make sure that I check out that blogger's blog, and leave a comment. To say,"Thank you" for visiting my blog and then I leave a comment that pertains to the topic that they are talking about. I usually will check out their blogs from time to time as some bloggers are new commenters. I hadn't known about their blogs until they left a comment on mine.


However, I see a lot of bloggers don't do that, and I think they are really missing out on discovering new blogs to read. Also, I like to leave comments on fellow bloggers that don't receive a lot of comments too. I remember when I started my natural health blog. I started blogging in January 2006 and I didn't receive a comment on that blog until August 2006. I was so elated to receive my first comment. It was pure joy. I thought to myself. Someone has finally found my blog online! So, I like to do the same for other bloggers as well.So, I ask the question. Do you share blog love?
Category: Blogging | Views: 2466 | Added by: Maketta | Date: 2013-02-21 Comments

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Keeping a journal can help you with your blogging. What do you want to accomplish with your blog? Do you want to gain more readers? How about get more traffic? These are some of the things that you can write in your journal. First, you should write at the beginning of  your journal that this will be your blogging journal. That way you can stay focused on your blogging goals. Would you like to be a better writer? What niche would you be writing about? How do you get traffic? How much traffic would you like to get? These are all things you can write about in your journal.

Once your blog starts taking off. You can write down how many comments that you received and who left them. Also, in your blogging journal you should write down your progress each month. How many blog post would you like to write a week? One, two, or three. I think it's best to start out with at least once a week. That way you aren't putting too much pressure on yourself and at the same time it's a good time span for your readers to get a new blog post from you.

You can also write in your journal the improvements that you want to make. What could you have done better or what needs to be worked on? This way you won't get bored. There are always things that you can get information. Maybe you want to make money with your blog, learn more about internet marketing or affiliate marketing. These are all goals that should be written down. If you find out about some good websites that can help you with these goals write them down and bookmark them. I made the mistake of not writing down a good website about affiliate marketing and I forgot all about it. I am just now remembering it and it's been a couple of years.

Make sure you take notes on what you are learning from different websites or your favorite bloggers. That way you can go over them later on. You can keep a journal for many of your other interests too, but they should be separate. That way, you can keep all of your thoughts on different topics organized. Keep a mini journal on you at all times. That way you can just jot down all of the good ideas that come to you and save them for later.

Blogging is a lot like keeping a journal instead of your thoughts being private they are public because you are sharing them with the world. Keeping a journal is a lot of fun. It's fun to write down all the things that you would like to do with your blog and all the endless opportunities that you have. Plus, it's nice to be able to look back at how far you have come. You see all the things that at one time you wanted to accomplish and now they are realities. The more you accomplish the more you want to accomplish until you have achieved all of your goals.


Maybe this is your first time keeping a journal. You might like it so much that you may want to keep journals on other interests that you have. Maybe you are an avid reader and you would like to keep a book journal or maybe you would like to monitor your weight by starting a weight loss journal. You might thought you didn't like writing but you may find that you do and you are good at it too. I would like for you to check out,"The Writing Personal Journals" page. If you are new to keeping a journal or want to find different kinds of journals this page has some awesome journals. You want to get started right away on your blogging journal. "The Writing Personal Journals" page will help you find a journal to get you started and it also has some great  tips on the benefits of keeping a journal.








 

Category: Blogging | Views: 2103 | Added by: Maketta | Date: 2013-01-24 Comments

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