If you’re creating a blog with the intention of making money, you might consider creating a business entity for it. Regardless of whether you see this blog as a business or you’re simply monetizing a blog you have a personal interest in, a blog with an income stream attached to it needs to be carefully managed if you’re going to maximize your profitability. [Read more…]
For a beginner blogger, starting is always the hardest part. The fundamental question “What do I blog about” can immobilize you for an indefinite period. If it’s going to be a business blog, the answer is obvious. You sell your brand, identify your target audience, and write relevant posts.
But if it’s a personal undertaking that you want to monetize, blogging mindlessly won’t get you anywhere. You must pick a topic and it must be one that is of interest to you; otherwise, you won’t have the inspiration to blog.
Here are 11 topic ideas for beginner bloggers that have been proven to be hugely successful. Each topic has its own sub-niche that you have the option to focus on. [Read more…]
Sometimes marketing to reach a new audience can feel impossible if your budget is limited. It’s not! There are plenty of ways to reach new readers, invest in advertising, and grow in your niche without laying out a lot of cash. Attracting and appealing to a larger audience is one of the most important things that you can do as blogger because those readers are what will help you increase your budget over time through sales and advertising. [Read more…]
When you’re blogging to share your interests with the world — and maybe make some money — it’s possible that your work will sometimes take center stage. While that’s normal, you want to make sure that it isn’t the normal way of things. It’s essential that your time is balanced between your blog and your family. That way, you still get to spend time with the people you love the most while you do the work you love and publish it for your readers. [Read more…]
Choosing a good domain name is as equally important as choosing a name for your newborn child, if not more so, because, unlike people’s names, you can’t reuse a domain name that’s already taken. You also have to keep in mind that the name you choose will be your brand; thus, it should be catchy and short enough to be memorable, preferably with a top-level domain.
Your domain name can give you a successful online presence or it can bury you in the virtual world. A carefully crafted one can draw traffic to your blog and build your brand. And, like a spouse, it’s something you’ll have to live with. You can change it, if necessary, for compelling reasons but you’ll have to redirect and deal with other consequences. From this perspective, you’ll want the perfect domain name when you launch your blog. [Read more…]
Let’s face it: Apple has a lot of great ways to backup your photos and when you’re a travel blogger, that’s absolutely essential. Sometimes, though, life takes you off the beaten path and using their cloud storage isn’t as reliable enough. Your photos are the lifeblood of your travel blog — they give readers the detail that helps your words come to life. If you lose those once in a lifetime snapshots, you won’t be able to fully share the experience. That’s why it’s important to have a foolproof method of backing up your data no matter where you are. [Read more…]
No matter how great your content, you need to have an appealing look to really make your website pop. The ins and outs of using stock photos can be complicated and buying assets is often expensive. However, savvy users can make great use of a free stock photo site. Stockio is a great choice for anyone looking to make their blog look better. [Read more…]
A brand new study from search tool company SEMrush has conducted a study to determine what factors influence a website’s position or ranking in Google. For many years there have been debates and assumptions about Google’s ranking factors. However, business owners can’t rely on assumptions and speculation to determine the search ranking success of their websites. To help businesses better understand what factors are behind Google’s complicated and mysterious algorithm, SEMrush’s aim is to help SEO specialists have the tools and the information necessary to optimize and streamline their efforts. Here are the highlights from their study. The full study can be found here. [Read more…]
Instagram is a great way to reach out to a large number of people in a short time span. It’s cool, fun and trendy and yet, an effective way to put yourself out there. With the cool new feature, Instagram Stories, you can now generate and use great content to get more followers. Here are some tips on how to slay the game! [Read more…]