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5 Authentic Ways to Make Money With Your Blog

5 Authentic Ways to Make Money With Your Blog
5 Authentic Ways to Make Money With Your Blog One reason that so many people want to work from their homes is that there is no need for a large financial investment to begin an online business. One doesn’t need to invest heavily in product development. Those who have expertise in almost anything can begin by simply writing an e-book and promoting it or obtaining a website and promoting products that are produced by others.   Think of the people who promote products that are produced by others as the “modern version of the old door-to-door salesman” except instead of knocking on one door at a time they knock on the doors of millions of people at the same time by way of the Internet. The Internet isn’t called “The Information Super Highway” for nothing. A person can make a very good living selling nothing but information on it. The populations of every industrialized nation in the world have learned that if you want to know anything about anything, you get on a computer and ask the question. They have also learned that you must pay for special information and they are more than willing to do just that. A person who has special knowledge of a subject and could be considered a ‘guru’ has a market for selling that information on the Internet. All that needs to be done is to set up a website, publish the information, advertise and sell the information. I have categorised blog revenue generation through five main categories: AFFILIATES ADS SERVICES SPONSORED POSTS PRODUCTS AFFILIATES Did you know – You can make money from affiliates on day 1 after you launch your blog! Most large companies have affiliate programs and when you sign up, you get a special link. If someone makes a purchase through your special link you stand to get a commission. These commissions range from a few pennies to over $100.  AFFILIATES I have compiled a list of popular companies that offer authentic affiliate programs: Amazon – You can recommend any product on Amazon and if your reader makes a purchase through your link, you get a commission. ShareASale Flexoffers Commission Junction Rakuten eBay Affibank Shutterfly Target Toys R Us StitchFix Bloomingdales BigLots Walmart TJMaxx Burlington Dillards Macys Clickbank You have to make a call as to which affiliate program will suit your content niche and apply accordingly. So that you can seamlessly integrate the ads that will compliment your blog content. ADS When you build traffic to your blog you can get a steady stream of income from banners and advertisements on your blog. They are super easy to setup, but you need a fair amount of traffic to make money from this option. Google Ads Mediavine Sovrn AdThrive SERVICES There are numerous methods to offer your service online. From virtual voice lessons to exercise classes! Many bloggers do consulting or social media management to make money online. If you are a beginner, you could become a virtual assistant for a pro blogger and learn all there is to blogging while you are getting paid. Okay.. now the list  of services you can consider… Virtual Assistant Consulting- in the area of your expertise Freelance Writer Proof-reading Online Coach Home Décor Personal Assistant Online Personal Stylist Facebook Live Exercise Classes (Instagram is a great way to collect subscriptions for your Facebook Page.) Voice Lessons (Use Skype or Google Hangout) Virtual Party Planner Cooking Assistant/ Recipe Reader Sleep Training For Babies Breastfeeding Support Group Working Mothers Coach and Motivator Healthy Living Coach Personal Diet Mentor Yoga or Pilates Live Classes List of Email Marketing Services Please understand that intelligent blogging first...
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How to Optimize Your Social Media Strategy

How to Optimize Your Social Media Strategy
Social media platforms have given marketers the chance to spread brand awareness, maintain brand loyalty, and attract new customers. Using sites like Instagram and Twitter in this way requires a proper strategy, though.   As anyone advertising on Facebook or another platform knows, your primary goal is to boost revenue. By focusing on social media optimization, you can leverage these services to their full potential.   The Benefits of Social Media Optimization Optimizing your social media presence lets you establish your brand as authoritative and trustworthy. Also, social media makes it simple to reach many customers in one place. Using these platforms to target specific audiences allows your marketing team to drive more relevant traffic to your site. Therefore, you lower your risk of attracting users who may not be interested in your services. However, it’s important to understand that some myths about social media optimization can prevent you from taking full advantage of all it has to offer. For example, although anyone can create a Facebook or Instagram account and post for free, you won’t get ideal results without spending some money on advertising. You will need to invest funds, time, and additional resources when implementing a campaign.   Second, don’t make the mistake of assuming all social media platforms are equal. Each offers its own unique set of benefits. For instance, Snapchat is helpful for reaching a Millennial audience, whereas LinkedIn is more useful for B2B marketing.   Finally, don’t fall prey to the belief that simply creating strong content is enough to attract followers and grow your social media presence. Great content is just the first step. To truly succeed, you need to find ways to promote it effectively.   How to Get Your Content Noticed Social media marketers have learned to prioritize engagement over reach when determining how well a campaign performs. Reaching a large number of potential customers isn’t very helpful if those users don’t also actively engage with your content. That’s why you need to focus on understanding what type of content would best catch the attention of your target audience. Put yourself in the customer’s shoes and ask yourself what style of posts you would find valuable and interesting if you were in their position.   You should also consider what mediums you’ll rely on. For instance, video and image-based posts tend to perform well because they are more likely to capture a user’s attention than just text alone.   However, the actual content of a post remains important. It should speak to your target customer in their own language and provide a genuinely entertaining and educational experience. For instance, if you’re marketing a startup that helps users choose outfits, sharing content about fashion trends would be a smart way of appealing to your audience.   The Importance of Being Social Social media is powerful from a marketing perspective because it gives brands the chance to truly interact with customers. That’s why it’s a good idea to think of your business’ social media account the same way you do your personal account. Like other people’s posts, share others’ content, leave comments on other pages when appropriate, and generally focus on cultivating real relationships with your followers.   That’s the key distinction that makes social media unique when compared to other marketing channels. Yes, it certainly does give you the opportunity to target specific types of users and share content in a wide range of formats.   Most importantly, though, it lets you relate to customers on an equal level. The impact this has on brand loyalty is well worth the initial effort you put into designing a proper strategy....
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Social Media May Make You Lose Out On That Job

Social Media May Make You Lose Out On That Job
Social Media May Make You Lose Out On That Job Don’t forget that everything you say online stays there, and anyone can see it including probable employers, former bosses, or current work mates. Any dubious photos, potentially offensive comments, and criticisms against current or former employers may come back to trouble you. Fama has come out with a resourceful post on what shouldn’t you be doing on social media that might cost your job. Read on… Social media screening has now become an essential part of the corporate world. With information being widely accessible through the World Wide Internet, many internet users’ lives are now an open book. Luckily for the HR department, this makes screening out bad characters a breeze. Those embarrassing posts that you had made years ago on your social media account may come back to bite you if it was in your real name. With corporations being concerned about public and especially online image, they are cleaning out bad characters that could potentially compromise things. This is where Fama’s vision comes into play, as they are now the largest producer of social screening technology in the world. Should we embrace it? Social media can bring out the worst in even the quietest person. Although it may be abused by HR department to essentially isolate people that have certain opinions, it may be useful to block toxic people out of the workplace. For instance, somebody who creates blog posts on Facebook regarding violence or suicidal tendencies may not be the coworker that you want next to you. Although a long-shot, you will be glad that social media screening could mitigate the chance of a workplace shooting. In another instance, it can also help thwart potential thieves and scam artists. Although it is quite silly, there are some people that brag about their criminal endeavors or workplace conflicts. It would be easy for the HR department to dodge a bullet by filtering out the troublemakers. A Resourceful Infographic from HireRight on Background Checks done by Employers through Social Media: Could it be abused? Of course, some people are worried about the immoral usage that could go along with the power of social media monitoring. For example, having an unpopular political opinion may offend your boss and cause employment to be terminated. In many parts of the world, this type of discrimination is contestable in court but it may also be difficult to prove. Don’t Make Mistakes Social media is also the main way to keep tabs on employees during their supposed sick days. If you make an excuse to call off work, don’t be surprised if you get terminated after they see you at a concert the same day. Programs are even automating the process of maintaining employee integrity. Also, consider not using social media while at work. Public workplace banter on Twitter may seem harmless, and it is in most cases, but it can offend the wrong people and cause conflicts. It is best to avoid anything that seems like social media bullying, especially when it comes to interacting with your colleagues outside of work. It May be a Problem in Europe Social media snooping is quite common in the United States but Europe has strict privacy regulations against this. Although it is harder, European employers may still present a solid and professional reason to check social media accounts during investigations. When it comes to international companies hiring in Europe, they may also skate around the law and it may end up in their favor. In order to learn more about the technology behind Fama, which is one of the widely used products on the market, check...
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How to Become a Successful Social Media Manager

How to Become a Successful Social Media Manager
Take Advantage of Social Media Social Media has become extremely popular: More People and Businesses are using Social Media…These statistics might amaze you: 81% of small and medium businesses use social media 94% of them use it solely for marketing purposes There are over 50 million business pages on Facebook alone Over 2.5 billion comments are made on these Facebook pages every month Now Folks… Here is a video by John Lincoln bringing you the best of social media strategies straight from the horse’s mouth – Yes, from the doyens of Social Media Marketing in the likes of  Michael Stelzner, Jay Baer, Sunny Lenarduzzi, Amy Landino and Brenda Ster. It is always good to listen to insights from people who have made it happen! Don’t miss it… SOCIAL MEDIA MARKETING: THE MOVIE (OFFICIAL MOVIE – WATCH NOW) Five (5) lucky winners will be randomly selected to receive a light ring kit that will take your social media to the next level! Kit includes: (1) 14″/36cm Outer 36W 180PCS LED SMD Ring Light 5500K Dimmable Ring Video Light, (1) 61″/155cm Light Stand, (1) Soft Tube, (1) White&Orange Color Filter Set, (1) Bluetooth Receiver, (1) Charger, (1) Smart Phone Holder, and (1) Tripod Head. Businesses are investing in Social Media Advertising and Managers Businesses pay social media managers anywhere between $500 and $2500 to get an account set up and running. And between $10,000 and $30,000 to have a complete social media strategy designed to suit their business goals. Therefore there is a lot of potential to find work and make a good living as a social media manager. As a social media manager, you can help businesses market themselves on social media through various methods. On these lines, our collaborator tenfold.com has come out with a resourceful article on “Taking advantage of social media” by interviewing popular and successful social media managers. We present the summary here and to read the full article visit….  How to Take Advantage of Social Media (Part II) Insights from Industry Experts: Maria Johnsen (@iMariaJohnsen) – CEO and Founder of multilingual digital marketing company, Golden Way Media, and digital marketing influencer. Social media is the most important ingredient in digital marketing. Some companies don’t include social media in their campaigns which is a big mistake. We usually combine content marketing, [and] search engine optimization with social media marketing. I start with planning the timing, channels, languages, audience, gender, age and then create campaigns for my business and my clients’ campaigns. I never use my customers’ campaigns on my own channels. I always create customized channels for my clients. Get to Know the Client High quality and compelling content gets more clicks on social media, if it is done right. We use some strategies to land sales via social media. Running campaigns on social media is similar to running Google Adwords campaign with some differences. The audience on social media is not looking [to buy] anything. So you have to combine some strategies to trigger [an] emotional response. For example: when I want to get prospects’ attention for my client who runs a dental clinic, I use hashtags and compelling images that have something to do with dental treatment. Using hashtags helps with sales. When it comes to dealing with a business, I look for their channels on social media. If they don’t have a social presence, I don’t consider them serious in business. We also use paid advertising on social media for example: Facebook‘s search has a lot of profitable keywords which can be used to target the right audience for our clients. Placing ads on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn can be good to drive in customers for our clients. The...
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How to Create the Perfect SEO Content

How to Create the Perfect SEO Content
How to Create the Perfect SEO Content? Write the content for the readers and not for keywords: Write your content for the readers based on the topic and related keywords you have researched meticulously and elaborate the topic. Add variations, synonyms and connected words throughout the content to make it more natural and at the same time SEO friendly. But it is worth paying to do the keyword research to find the kinds of words people actually use. Optimize your keyword: See to it that keywords are present in your URL, page title, start of the blog post, within the first 100 words, in your image alt text and in your Meta description. Yoast SEO wordpress plugin suggests all these things by default to guide you through SEO OPTIMIZATION.   Read: Long Tail Keywords Create content 10x better than your competitors: Make the URL shorter: URL’s ranking #1 have only 50 characters on an average Include graphics, animations and videos: Interactive content creates 2x better engagement than static content. Create a better title which affects page ranking to a greater extent Make it simpler to read: The average Flesch readability score was 76.59, easily understood by 13 to 15 year old students Page rankings #1 had 15.8px font size on an average Make it faster: Don’t include lot of scripts and iframes in the homepage which might slow down the loading time Make it more visual: The average article ranking #1 has 9 images Make it more structured: Users want their answers fast as well as in a precise manner, say, in a bulleted list form 78% of the time Try to source professional photos or make your own infographic. Canva is the best site for beginners and pro’s to beautifully create designs at their own will Articles having images every 75 to 100 words get the most shares Floating share buttons increase the blog traffic by 27% Make it more linkable and shareable: Include relevant outbound links and lot of internal links; internal links make the readers stay in your website longer and relevant outbound links increase the authenticity of your blog/website Make it longer and resourceful that will help to increase the page ranking. Write well researched, planned and supported content for your audience How to format your content? Break your content into small sentences and paragraphs and make use of headings and sub-headings (H2, H3 etc.) Include quotes and tweetables to make the read more interesting and shareable. Sometimes your audience wants something shorter – or even different like podcasts and videos. Write your content for people first. But also remember you need to optimize for keywords too to get traffic from Google. How do you find a way out with content marketing? Set Objectives: Be clear about what you or your company wants to accomplish through content marketing. What are the objectives you have in mind to be realized through content strategies Define Your Audience: What would your audience want to read, attend, see or listen to and where are they? Create a content plan: Creating and scheduling a content calendar is very important to make your presence felt amongst your audience. Consistency is the key when it comes to beating your competitors. Be Tactical: Take care of your SEO, SOCIAL REACH AND PUBLIC RELATIONS to have a better reach Test and Analyze: Measure your response by tracking and reviewing your analytics and then refine your content based on the...
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