Dec 11, 2014

10 Actionable Ways to Make Money by Blogging

10 Actionable Ways to Make Money by Blogging

If you are deciding on managing a blog or already have a blog and are not making any money, the following '10 Actionable Ways to Make Money by Blogging' is for you.

At its most basic level, a blog is simply a way for you to get information and also provide the type of information your readers are seeking. Of course, it is one of the easier ways for you to do so and once you have the blog established, you can upload your articles with the click of a button.

First, you want to provide your readers with quality based articles that will help them in some way. Then, once you've established a loyal tribe of followers and subscribers, offer them additional brands that add value to your blog via campaigns. One way to do this is through sponsored posts.

Sponsored Posts Opportunities

A sponsored post is also known as a promoted post. They are on social media and blogs. There are so many different ways to get opportunities for sponsored posts and so many different ways that you can do it.

Once you have your blog set up, you need to decide what you're going to blog about. Make sure that you focus on one particular subject as this is one of the biggest secrets of how to make money blogging.

Become An Influencer

The following media companies are great to start out with. I use some of them myself. If you find something that compliments your blog's theme and adds value, check them out and become an influencer for those companies.

1. Influenster

- Gain access to digital coupons from everyday brands just for being active on social media. Influensters who connect their social accounts to amass a high Impact score tend to unlock the most exclusive VoxPerks! Make sure to be on the lookout for activities to get even better deals on select VoxPerks before you redeem them.

2. Weavemade

- Weave was founded by a blogger, with the influencer publisher in mind. With the goal to move away from monotony and allow for creativity, Weave gives influencers a hands on experience with brands from purchase to post.

3. Sverve

- Monetize your influence. You work hard to build your online presence, Sverve works hard to help you monetize it. Hundreds of brands use Sverve to connect with you to get their message to your followers. 4. Massivesway

- Massive Sway brings you smart social media opportunities that will ultimately support you on your road to success.

5. Markerly

- Join Markerly choice and work with top brands.

6. Social Fabric

- Are you looking to be in the business of blogging? Are you looking to connect with great brands? Learn how to monetize your blog? Grow your audience? Then you’ve come to the right place.

7. TapInfluence

- Are you a blogger who loves sharing your stories and experiences with your readers? Are you passionate about creating and sharing visual content on Pinterest, Twitter, or Instagram? Do you have a gift for making videos on YouTube or Vine? Are you a champion for brands you love? If you answered yes to any of those, you’re in the right place.

8. Blueprint Social

- Are you interested in becoming an approved blogger? They would love to have you! They are seeking blogs of all shapes and sizes, bloggers who: Are passionate about creating, whether in the niche of home decor, crafts, design or recipes, love connecting with companies and trying their products, enjoy sharing their experiences with their audiences.

9. Join shareasale.com, earn cash!

- ShareASale has been in business for 14 years, exclusively as an affiliate marketing network. They encourage you to browse around the website and learn more, but if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to them!

10. Nothing beats selling your own stuff

- Your blog readers would rather learn from you and buy from you than to buy something from someone they don’t know. If you have a product and or a service that you know will benefit someone, feature it on your blog. If done right, the payoff is BIG since you will be able to set your own price. Just remember to provide your expertise. Readers, customers are getting more and more savvy, they want real information that is actionable coming from someone they already trust and are learning from, YOU.

Are you using sponsored posts on your blog? Please share by leaving your comments below. Thank you!

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Dec 8, 2014

5 Marketing Tips to Spotlight on Your Business

5 Marketing Tips to Spotlight on Your Business

The 5 marketing tips to spotlight on your business begins first and foremost with an online presence. If you have an online presence then you're one step ahead of the game. It is especially valuable, when on your business site, you offer quality based information that will benefit your visitors.

Managing an online business whether it be via a blog and/or website is important for that added marketing exposure we all as business owners need. Below, check out the 5 tips you can use today.

1. Start a blog/website

- If you don't have a blog or a website, set one up at https://wordpress.org/. Then, start writing interesting content that is related to your business. Make sure the information you provide introduces you and your brand's niche.

2. Market & distribute your content

- Use free distribution services such as prweb.com, thefreelibrary.com and i-newswire.com to spread the word about your online business site. Generate buzz and create the type of spotlight your business deserves.

3. Target your email list

- What better way to market and spotlight your business then from your own email list? Once you've gathered information such as name and email address about your customers preferences, keep them posted of all your business news, tips, products/services launches on a weekly or monthly basis. Your email list consist of opt-in subscribers who are interested in what you have to offer. This is a marketing opportunity you want to include from the very beginning of establishing your business site. If you need help with setting up an email marketing acct, visit Aweber and get started today on generating your email list.

4. Make your business site(s) social

- Join free social networking sites like delicious.com/, digg.com, squidoo.com, yelp.com, facebook.com, LinkedIn.com and twitter.com. Pick and choose which of these social sites will benefit your business. Tap into this very important exchange of connection by networking your brand and interacting with other successful business owners who can also add value to your business.

- Let's not forget about offline marketing too. If you have a high profile location, use signage or banners on your property to spotlight your business brand. Make sure you check with your municipality's signage rules. Always include your website address on all your marketing materials. The goal is to get noticed. Download my FREE ebook on "How to Rock Your Business With a Blog" for additional tips!

5. Start your own group

- In addition to the above marketing tips, start your own group. Starting your own community group is helpful and allows you to spotlight your business and communicate your offers and messages to an online fan base. Check out ning.com or hoop.la to start your own community/forum.

What are other marketing tips you've used to spotlight on your business? Tell us by leaving your comment below. Thanks!

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Dec 1, 2014

4 Tips on Reorganizing Your Website Link Structure

4 Tips on Reorganizing Your Website Link Structure

If you haven't been getting the web results that you desire, then it could be that Google and other major search engines are having trouble crawling your site. By "crawling your site," it means they have a difficult time indexing the content that is on your web page. Below are "4 Tips on Reorganizing Your Website Link Structure."

1. Link Structure

One of the most common problems for this is poor website link structure. Just what is link structure? Well, this facet of web technology is simply the way that you handle internal linking on your site.

There are a variety of ways that you can link, but by far the most effective way is to use text links to get your point across.

Search engines are very good at crawling text, and you should use it to enhance the internal linkage on your website. But what does that mean for reorganization?

2. Reorganization

Reorganization means that you need to be using descriptive text for your links.

It isn't a good idea for instance, to say "Click Here" and use it as your hyperlink. This is very general and gives the search engine crawlers no idea whatsoever as to what your referring too.

You could have the greatest content and website in the world, but if crawlers have a difficult time identifying what your site is about, then you are out of luck when it comes to building organic traffic.

3. Organic Traffic

So how do you build organic traffic through link structure and ensure the happiness of your visitors? Quite simply you should make each and every page of your website navigable. That means your user can find your home page or other topics that may be of interest on your site with ease.

One way to do this is by including text links that are specific and descriptive on each page. Ideally, you want to build an audience that comes back to you as an authority figure.

You want to keep your audience intrigued by providing a treasure chest of information on your site. You want them to know that your information is dynamic and stands out from the all the rest. Information that offers new helpful tips all of the time is key to gaining organic traffic.

4. Fresh, Consistency, Effectiveness

Fresh, consistent content and effective link structure adds value to your website.

Link structure is not the only way to run a successful website, but it is integral to all other efforts and organization that you may have in place.

So, If you are not getting the results that you want, then you need to establish a strong connection with the search engine crawlers.

Review your link structure and reevaluate the way your internal links are set up. It may take a while for you to accomplish this (if you have many pages like I do), but with all things in life it can be done if you put your mind to it! ;-)

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 below and never miss a powerful business marketing article plus receive a FREE ebook on ‘How to Rock Your Business with A Blog.’ _____________ If you liked this powerful business marketing article post, please share it with a friend or two by clicking on the social media icons below. Thank you!

Nov 24, 2014

Holiday Giveaway ~ What's In the Bible? Jesus Is The Good News!

What a beautiful DVD on 'What's In The Bible' and perfect timing for the holidays.

My daughter loved how it explained all about the life and ministry of Jesus. She learned how he died for us and rose again.

About the movie:

Approximately 66 minutes. Let VeggieTales creator Phil Vischer and a bunch of hilarious new friends explain the entire Bible to your kids in this groundbreaking fast-paced and fun-filled DVD series.

Includes TWO 25 minute episodes:

God's Perfect Timing - Buck Denver and crew learn about the 400 years between the Old and New Testaments and how Jesus arrives at just the perfect time.

The Messiah Has Come - Learn about the life and ministry of Jesus-how he died for us and rose again to launch the kingdom of God in the world and in us!

The challenge for me was answering the questions my daughter had after watching the DVD. Thankfully, the DVD provides a family discussion guide to help parents talk and also understand what the series was teaching.

I'd like for you to take advantage of this awesome giveaway. How do I enter you ask? It's easy, be the first to comment below about how you and your child can use this DVD to gain knowledge about the bible. Simple right?

One thing I learned that I wasn't aware of was that the word Gospel means "Good News" and that Jesus is the fulfillment of all of God's promises...what a beautiful thing to know!

So go ahead, submit your comments today! The winner will be mentioned here at The Biz Buzz of A Latina Mom Blog and my other social media sites. It makes for a great gift. :)

Good luck & enjoy...happy holidays!

Nov 20, 2014

Running a Home Based Business While Caring for My Ailing Mother

Running a Home Based Business While Caring for My Ailing Mother

First, I'd like to thank the heavens for allowing me the opportunity to run a home based business while caring for my mother. Today's article isn't about business but a reflection (in a nutshell) of what I've been going thru for the past year... Running a Home Based Business While Caring for My Ailing Mother.

For the time being, I want to offer some explanation for where I have been, given this blog hasn’t seen my writings for nearly a week. Considering I have published something of my own on this blog at least once a week, I figured you might be wondering what happened to me.

You see, I've been managing my blogs and business while caring for my ailing mother; a very hard thing to do I might add. There were days when I've contemplated giving up on my blog(s) but something kept me going. I now believe it is the drive of not failing but of holding on, a quality my mom has taught me throughout my adulthood.

Today's article isn't about business but a little personal side of me.

For the past week, I've been busy arranging my dying mother's comfort and funeral. It is hard to believe that a week has past since her death. During this difficult journey, I've learned that a love for a mother is unconditional. I believe the reason why I've come through that realization sooner rather then later, is because I've learned it through the eyes of my own children. What an amazing circle of life we live!

A little about who she was

My mother was a strong, smart and good spirited person. To say she's been through so much is literally an understatement. She was always there for me for as long as I can remember. In the same way, I know I will be there for my children. My beautiful mother was a giver, she loved giving to others, without ever expecting anything in return. I can go on and on but I am certain of one thing, she was a phenomenal woman.

Family symptoms

Whenever there is a family member who is ill, everyone feels it. Adults will be stressed, worried and fatigued. Kids will also feel upset, neglected and fearful. My daughter the other day asked if it was her fault that her grandmother died. She said "Mom, it's my fault, I gave grandma candy and it killed her." My daughter got that perception because she had known that her grandma was diabetic. Even though diabetes was a part of my mother's condition, it wasn't necessarily the cause of death but it did add to other health complications. My daughter's words just crushed my heart. I then explained to her that it wasn't her fault, that grandma had been sick for a very long time. For the most part, she seemed satisfied with that answer...thank God! I know I have to continue to reassure her. My oldest son seems fine. He knows he can come to me and talk if he needs to.

My mother's care

To the very last minute, I made sure my mom was cared for. She had 24 hour care at my home the final week of her death. I thank God for the wonderful nurses and CNA's who were here round the clock. The love and dedication these wonderful care givers provided will forever be imprinted into my heart. They were here making sure my mother was comfortable and without any pain. They were my backbone when I needed time to myself to reflect on what was happening around me.

The amazing experience of sitting next to my mother as she took her final breath is something I will never forget and will cherish forever. As a wise person once told me, "Your mother Sonia, saw you take your first breath when you were born; now you saw her take her final breath as she joins her maker." Words I'll never forget...thank you Helen!

Good memories

I know my mom knew how much I loved her. I'm so fortunate to have been able to tell her how much during her struggles. I'm also grateful that I can hold on to the many wonderful memories I have of her. I will always remember her. I will teach my children every lesson my mother has taught me. I pray that while they're making mistakes of their own, that they will hold on and learn from some of those same teachings.

Back to business

I'd spend every other day, seven days a week, at the hospital with my mother. I'd go home to feed my family and do some chores I'd give myself each night (load dishes, wash clothes, pay bills, process email, etc.). Get on the computer, process orders, write a post/publish and do it all over again the next day.

I don’t feel upset that the past year my life has become so focused on the hospital and my mother's care because I couldn't imagine anywhere else I wanted to be. There was a job I had to do and wanted to do. It was challenging for my family but they were and still are my support system. Being elsewhere felt uncomfortable, though I did realize balance was necessary. I manage to do some exercise, meet a friend for lunch and do some more work on the iPad.

As you can imagine, I haven’t had much time to do additional writing on my blog(s), nor did I have a lot of motivation, especially during the last few weeks where everything was constant changes, big decisions and lots of communicating with people about what was going on with my mom. I consider it a real blessing that the entire time I spent next to my mother when all this was happening, my online business continued to function well. The fact that I work from home is truly a blessing in disguise.

Can your business run without you?

This experience has really challenged me to think what would happen if it was me facing a rehabilitation period of possibly years? What would happen to my business if I couldn’t do ANY of the work?

Beyond your own health, consider what would happen if you had a loved one suddenly need your attention. What would happen to your business? Would it keep working? These are questions we should all ask ourselves.

The new year approaching

It's hard to believe it's already November and another month before the year ends. Even though things will be different without seeing/hearing and being around my beautiful mom, I will hold on to those amazing memories of her. I will continue to focus my energy on my business and my blogs. I will keep those I care for most near and dear to my heart. I will think positive moving forward. May God bless us all!

Thank you for being a loyal reader at My Fashion E-Mall Blog and The Biz Buzz of A Latina Mom.

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 below and never miss a powerful business marketing article plus receive a FREE ebook on ‘How to Rock Your Business with A Blog.’