Apr 12, 2015

5 Tips on How to Generate Great Content Ideas for Your Blog Posts

5 Tips on How to Generate Great Content Ideas for Your Blog Posts

When it comes to blogging, we all know how difficult it is to come up with new and unique content ideas on a regular basis.

Even once you've managed to grow your blog and reached a certain level of success, you'll see it is imperative to keep your blog updated with new posts. You can easily fill your blog with great content only if you're actively searching for useful ideas to write about and make your blog beneficial to your readers. Below, I've listed 5 tips on how to generate great content ideas for your blog posts:

1. Focus

You always want to focus your efforts in all possible directions and make sure you're not limiting yourself when you try to think of different ideas. For example, if you are writing a post about "how to make money blogging," you want to take your time and present facts and your own personal journey about how YOU are able to make money blogging. You want to be as genuine as possible in your post by focusing on they key elements of your content. Readers will relate when you add a personal touch to your articles. ;-)

2. Check out what other bloggers are writing about

Track other blogs that publish within your niche. This will help you stay updated and give you some good ideas for your own blog posts. Although, your blog content ideas should be unique, you can still gain insight on what other bloggers are writing about and more importantly what readers are searching for. By visiting other blogs within your niche, you may be able to produce a question of your own on a topic that is popular; this tactic will allow you to further elaborate upon your own great ideas and unique writing style so that others can share it too.

3. Google alerts

Sign up to get Google alerts at http://www.google.com/alerts. Signing up with Google Alerts will help you determine what people are searching for and have questions on in your particular niche. Gathering this type of information allows you to create great content ideas to write about in your own blog post by focusing and giving people what they're searching for.

4. Keyword search

Another important aspect to blog posts are proper keyword research. Keyword search allows you to generate lots of ideas to incorporate into your blog posts. Entering a single keyword search into Google AdWords Keyword Tool, you'll be able to generate many related keyword ideas that will help you determine what people are seeking. You can pick out a few popular keywords and create great content for your blog that is currently in demand. This can result in additional traffic to your blog.

5. Your email list subscribers

You can find all sorts of great ideas by asking the right questions to your email subscribers. Find out what they would like to learn more about by creating a survey and asking them to fill it out. Remember, it's important to hone your efforts on creating real content value while also being unique and setting yourself apart from all the rest.

How are you generating great content ideas for your blog posts? Please share by leaving your comments below.

About the author: Sonia Colon is writer/publisher of My Fashion E-Mall Blog, The Biz Buzz of A Latina Mom and biz owner at Books About Me. For additional powerful business articles and Internet marketing tips for maintaining a lucrative home business subscribe to her newsletter.

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Apr 9, 2015

5 Steps to Customer Loyalty

5 Steps to Customer Loyalty

Today, most of the customer loyalties lie with their bank accounts; and you can't blame people for watching their shrinking dollars. That is why customer loyalty is important if you want to have regular clients. Which brings me to ask you this question: Are you utilizing the following "5 Steps to Customer Loyalty" to attract loyal customers to your business?

Below, I've listed 5 very important steps I think are key to establishing the type of customer loyalty relationship any business can achieve.

1. Offer a superior product

Build and offer a product/service that customers cannot be without. Specify the superiority of your product or service and promote it aggressively. Sell the benefit of the product/service. People will notice and take action.

2. Get personal

Take notice and personalize. Make your customers feel comfortable. Offer something for free. Make them feel welcomed. Show your generosity and you'll be remembered.

3. Be consistent & reliable

Become the business person your customers can rely on. Having loyal customers means providing a business/service of consistency and reliability. Have your product/service delivered when you say it will be. Don't give your customers a reason to look for the competition due to the lack of this important step.

4. Damage control

If you ever encounter a problem with a product/service, for example, delivery date, inventory, etc. tell your customers about it. Keep them posted and provide an effective solution time frame to meet their expectations. Customers will feel respected and appreciated.

5. Treat customers like royalty

Be good to your customers and they will bring you new business. Treat them as you would a good friend, especially if you meet on the street and discuss your business/services. Make special acknowledgments to your customers if you meet them at dinner parties or during a business function.

When a customer has sent a referral your way, take the time to send a thank you card. These mean more to a person then you think. The fact that you took time out from your busy day to say "thank you" will not be forgotten.

Listen to your customers and send feedback as soon as possible. A satisfied customer makes for good business. Without them, you have no business. If you're provided with their e-mail addresses, treat it as GOLD and never, ever share their personal information with anyone.

There is no doubt about the fact that customers make or break your business. Put in the time and effort to be honest and trustworthy with your business endeavors and you'll be well on your way to attaining the best customers that will come back to you and your business time and time again.

What are other ways in which you can entice your customers to come back regularly and create customer loyalty? Share your comments below. Thank you!

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Apr 6, 2015

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Mar 26, 2015

5 Tips to Define Home-Based Business Success

5 Tips to Define Home-Based Business Success

Learn the 5 tips to define home-based business success.

The cyber-world has completely changed the business world. It has changed the whole concept of how to be successful in a home-based business. It has also provided the opportunity for many to give up the 9 to 5 routine and seek their dream of success with an Internet business. Some have made this transition seem easy and others continue to struggle.

Have you been thinking about making this change? Do you have what it takes to make this a successful move to home-based business ownership? Let's take a look at a few things that ultimately decide who makes the grade and who goes down with the ship so to speak.

1. Find your passion

There is nothing quite like enjoying what you do. It puts a whole new perspective on the world and on your life. If you like what you do, working becomes a pleasure instead of a chore. Some of you are probably thinking, "yeah right, that's easy for her to say, work is not something to enjoy but rather just a pain that we have to endure."

Although I can understand your concern, it is possible to love what you do only if what you're working on is your passion. Start by creating a list of things you LOVE doing. Is it something that others can benefit from as well? Can you become an entrepreneur with this expert idea? Find your niche to build upon and work hard on making it a success.

2. Discipline

When you're in business for yourself, you must be disciplined. It is very easy to start wandering when you are working from home. Learn to separate house chores and business work. A great tip is to create a schedule and list the the days of the week where you can be flexible to do both.

3. Focus

Stay FOCUSED. It is easily distracting to receive an email or a phone call that is totally out of focus of what you were doing, and fifteen or twenty minutes later, forget where you left off in your business endeavors. Keep focused and you'll be able to accomplish a lot. Rome wasn't built in a day and your business won't either. Concentrate on these 5 tips to define home-based business success and you're half way there. :)

4. Time management

Use your work time wisely. By setting up a schedule, you can remind yourself of the important points of the day regarding your business and home life.

Don't expect to be successful overnight. So many people have heard the Internet success stories and think wealth will come fast and easy. Building a successful business takes persistence, hard work and effort. But remember, time is also of the essence so strategize appropriately.

5. Financial management

Along with time management, financial management is very important. Know your books...knowledge is power! If this is a challenging area for you, hire an accountant and/or read books like Get Financing Now: How to Navigate Through Bankers, Investors, and Alternative Sources for the Capital Your Business Needs. I personally have this book and can't put it down...exactly what I need for my own business. Whatever your goal, always stay on top of your financial status.

Be prepared for a successful change! Success will prevail when your heart, mind and soul are pumped to accomplish anything you set out to do.

What about you? Are you using the above 5 tips to define home-based business success? Share your comments below.

About the author: Sonia Colon is writer/publisher of My Fashion E-Mall Blog & The Biz Buzz of A Latina Mom Blog. She is also owner at Books About Me. Sign up for the newsletter and never miss a powerful business marketing article plus receive a FREE eBook on ‘How to Rock Your Business with A Blog’.

Mar 12, 2015

How to Promote Your Business With E-mail Marketing

How to Promote Your Business With E-mail Marketing

Discover how to promote your business with e-mail marketing in a nutshell.

Email marketing is one of the best type of advertising that you can learn to do. There is nothing like its ability to stay in contact with your customer base. It is remarkably cheap for the results you get if you do it correctly.

Spam is becoming increasingly looked down upon by customers and Internet service providers. Please don't do it. How do you feel when you receive an unsolicited email? Not too good I'm sure...it's very bothersome. Treat others as you would like to be treated.

There are other ways to promote your business. Use effective email marketing techniques like the following:

* Newsletter

Newsletter advertising is a very effective and easy to use method. Provide an opt-in form on your website and allow your visitors to subscribe. Publish your newsletter periodically and include information that is relevant to your audience. Give your subscribers something of value in exchange for their email address. Send them content filled tips of the week, or even fill them in on the latest deals on your products and/or services.The higher the subscriber list the more attentive the reader base.

Remember, first format your messages in a plain text program such as Notepad. Your lines should all be 65 characters or less with a hard return at the end of the lines. This will make sure that your message is all one block and easy to read. Many email programs will not display the word wrap correctly, leaving your lines ending in unforeseen places. You may even lose a subscriber if it looks unprofessional. Always proofread your newsletter content before sending it to your subscriber list.

Check out the following video on creating an effective email newsletter the right way with AWeber:

* Include a signature file to all your emails

Make a short signature file no more then 5 or 6 lines. Keep it short, sweet but useful. Most of the popular e-mail programs offer this option. Add it to your blog posts, email accounts and any forums/groups you register with.

*Article writing

Writing articles for your website is an important part of the entire business promotion process. Let your readers get to know you first and foremost. Engage your readers with your writing and provide the type of information that will benefit them.

Provide basic, real, useful information as well as resources to go along with the information you’re writing. What are your interests? Will it interest your readers as well? Mention a product that they absolutely must have and why it will be beneficial. Submit your articles to article directories and your newsletter via an email marketing campaign for added exposure.

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Mar 5, 2015

6 Tips on Marketing Your Home Based Business

6 Tips on Marketing Your Home Based Business

Discover why the following 6 Tips on Marketing Your Home Based Business is important.

Marketing and advertising play a gigantic role in business success. So, what are ways to market your home-based business online without breaking the bank so to speak? Thankfully, there are several very effective marking methods that are relatively easy and quick:

Free classifieds

Free classified ads are everywhere. However, they also take hours each day to place. Pick a day during the week to only concentrate on this method. Check with your local newspaper for further information.

Network marketing

If you're not taking advantage of network marketing then you should get started sooner rather then later. Here a few articles to help you in this area:

Promote off-line

You should include your URL in all your printed and broadcasting materials. Make sure to list your URL above the fold of your website. Let your URL stand out. Tell your readers why they should check out your online business. Add a benefit to finding your page. Provide them with helpful information or a discount they can only find out about by visiting your site. Mention your URL address on your telephone voice mail and hold messages.

Write articles

Write articles for other online-publications. Use what you know about your business to be the expert in your field. There are thousands of potential customers online interested in learning more of the things you already know. Write as providing instructions, how to do something, tips, etc. If you're not comfortable writing, visit elance.com or guru.com and find a capable writer to "ghost" write your articles for you.

Build an email list of your customers

Customers who buy from your business have shown an interest in your products/services. Many of these buyers opt-in to provide their email address via the shopping carts check out page. Get their permission to send them your company's newsletter which provide helpful tips and information on your latest products/services. Make your newsletter's tone conversational, friendly and informal. Gather these opt-in email addresses and create a customer list.

Email marketing

Electronic mail is the number one marketing tool on the Internet. It is cheap, conserves natural resources and most importantly doesn't pollute the environment.

Email marketing allows you to stay in contact with your customer base. Place your email list sign-up form on your homepage and other appropriate pages of your site. Whatever you do, don't hide it! Make it easy for site visitors to find and join your email mailing list. Place a "join our mailing list" link in the email signature of all your regular correspondence. The link should go to your home page or the most appropriate page of your site where your sign up tag is prominently displayed.

Make it quick and painless to subscribe. Just ask for limited information (e.g. first name, last name, email address) to start off because subscribers are more likely to complete a short form than a longer one at the beginning of a relationship.

Privacy policy

Many people shy away from providing their email address due to spam. Make your privacy policy clear up front. Be sure your subscribers understand how you will be using their email address and let them know the kinds of emails to expect and how often.

Also, confirm that their personal information will not be sold or traded and explain that they can decide to opt-out of further communications at any time.

Take advantage of these 6 Tips on Marketing Your Home Based Business; an important marketing tool!

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