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10 Bloggers Reveal Biggest Blogging Lessons Learned

Whether you are just starting your journey to a profitable blog or you have already met this milestone, this roundup post delivers advice from some of the most successful bloggers on building a profitable blog. More specifically, this roundup post dives into key lessons learned around building a profitable blog.

For those new to blogging, this can be daunting. You might be asking yourself, “can I ACTUALLY make money from blogging? What mistakes am I currently making?” and if so, this post is for you!

If you happen to be a more seasoned blogger, I hope that this content provides you with key insights from your peers in the industry. Please comment below and let me know which piece of advice is your favorite, or contribute your own advice if you like!

I asked 10 bloggers the following question:

“What is one lesson learned that you can share from your experiences when it comes to building a profitable blog?”

Keep reading for lessons learned when it comes to building a profitable blog this year!


Amira – A Self Guru

“One lesson I learned quickly while building my six-figure blog was that I needed to focus on writing blog posts that were optimized for SEO. 

SEO stands for search engine optimization, and it’s essential to take the time to learn it. When I first started my blog, I made the mistake of only focusing on Pinterest traffic and neglected Google SEO.

But soon I realized that I didn’t want to solely rely on Pinterest for traffic.

You always want to diversify your sources of traffic, so this way, if Pinterest algorithm changes, at least you will have Google to send you free traffic.

Who doesn’t want to see their article rank on the first page of Google?!

SEO can seem like a beast to master. But, once you get a better understanding of what SEO is and how it works, you’ll appreciate the traffic you’ll start to gain from Google. 

So invest in learning SEO from the very beginning!!

I recommend taking a reputable course to fully understand it, and that’s what helped me build a profitable blog.”


Marina – Yes To Tech

“When it comes to creating a profitable blog, you should think big but start small. I went all out when I started my online business and invested in the highest possible plans of various platforms, such as Wix, Teachable and Leadpages, believing that that’s what I needed to succeed. However, the lower, or even free, tiers would have sufficed, especially since all of these investments were out of pocket. Knowing which platforms will help you scale down the road is important, but it is also important to seek out ones which offer free plans or free trials so you can test the waters out in the beginning.”


Eden – Mint Notion

“The biggest lesson I learned from building a profitable blog is that you can’t please everyone.

Many new bloggers try to create content that will please everyone. Instead of focusing on writing content for one audience, they write about anything and everything. I was definitely guilty of this when I first started my blog.

While it sounds like a smart idea to start a blog that appeals to everyone, it almost never works. This is because when you try to please everyone, you end up attracting no one. Instead, your blog will lack focus, your readers will get confused, and they’ll have no idea what your brand is about or why they should care.

To build a profitable blog, it’s important to focus one creating content for one type of audience. Successful bloggers know who their target audience is, what their reader is struggling with, and how to motivate their reader to accomplish their goal. Once I decided to niche down, that’s when I was able to turn my hobby-blog into a profitable business.”


Kari – Money for the Mamas

“One lesson that I feel is important for a new blogger is to pace yourself!  Especially when it comes to learning everything there is to know about blogging!  Practice “Just in Time” learning, where you only read about stuff that you can implement within the next 1-2 weeks!  If you try to learn everything at once you will overload your brain and it will explode (just kidding, not really).  My best tip is to set up some files on your different systems labeled “topic: learn later”.  So for Pinterest, I have a secret board with sections in there, and whenever I see something of interest I’ll save it to a specific section and then come back to it when I’m ready to learn about it.  For example, you can have sections (or email folders, or saved collections in FB) on “email marketing, Pinterest, sales funnels, graphics, biz operations, strategy, Facebook ads, etc.”


Nora – Nora Conrad

“The best thing I ever did for my blog and business was to stop planning and just write. Even if the content sucks at first, you have to start somewhere, and you will get better. Write a ton of posts, publish one-fourth of them, and get better each time. Never stop learning about your subject either, if you want your blog to be a valuable resource, you need to keep learning and testing things. It’s an ongoing pathway, not a sprint.”


Kayla – Kayla Hollatz

“It’s so important to create a remarkable brand voice that sounds just like you. Ideally, your writing should sound like how you speak! That means it can include some of your quirks, catchphrases, and favorite words. With so many blogs in existence, the best way to stand out is by amping up your personality in your writing. It will make your blog posts more delightful to read and help you build an audience who can’t wait to devour what you share next.”


Abbey – The Virtual Savvy

“My biggest advice would be to focus first on building your audience/email list. Most entrepreneurs want to build a product to sell right away but if you build an audience around one common theme and then ASK them what they want to buy from you, they will tell you exactly what to build!”


Lisa – Mad Money Monster

“One lesson I learned while building MMM is that building a profitable blog takes a whole lot of time and hard work. Yes, there is freedom in running a blog like not having to go to an office or report to a boss, but there is also uncertainty. It’s a stark contrast to the W2 world, so if you enjoy a steady paycheck and employer health bennies, you’ll want to think long and hard before committing to a blog for your full-time gig.”


Madison – Grace and Vine Studios

“My best advice for someone getting started is to dial into your niche as quickly as possible! Your niche will define so much for you so the sooner you can dial into that, the better. Having your niche can help the right audience immediately feel seen and known. It can immediately address your audience’s pain points and struggles, which will lead to deeper connections with your audience! My free branding foundations guide can help you with discovering this!


Michelle – Visibility Vixen

“Focus on traffic and conversions. I build every blog post to convert to a subscriber whose journey will lead to a sale. So many visibility strategies don’t have a clear path to a sale! So I make sure every piece is in place so that I can count on subscriber growth each and every month. It’s been a game changer!”


Want more advice? Check out this roundup post where 16 blogging experts reveal their best advice for monetizing a blog!

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16 Blogging Experts Reveal How to Monetize a Blog

Outside of having a love for writing and content creation, one of the most common reasons why people choose to start a blog is to make a little extra money. The process of creating a blog and driving traffic can be daunting to say the least. The work required to actually make money with a blog can be overwhelming and cause many bloggers to quit before they’ve made any traction at all.

One of the ways ways to prepare yourself when undertaking something difficult is to speak with experts in that given area. In this blogging expert roundup post, I asked 16 bloggers the following question:

“What is your best advice when it comes to monetizing a blog?”

Keep reading for tips and best practices when it comes to making some extra money with your blog!


Shailaja – Shailaja V

“Building a connection with your reader and being patient are the keys to making income from your blog. Create a loyal audience as this is the most important and sustainable long-term monetization strategy that will work. Everyone may talk about products and affiliate marketing or sponsored posts, but the truth is every channel will bring in money if you work on the most crucial thing: Building connections. My most loyal clients, network, readers and buyers are the ones with whom I cherish the connections that I’ve built over time. Always serve through your content; the money will follow.”


Adam – Blogging Wizard

“This might sound odd because it’s rarely discussed in the same vein as blog monetization, but content strategy is critical.

A big problem I see bloggers make is that they dig into their niche research but they don’t dig far enough into specific monetization tactics and what types of content it takes to make those tactics work.

For example, a lot of tech bloggers will write product reviews and wonder why they earn less than a dollar from AdSense each month.

This is because the ad revenue model requires the ability to drive huge amounts of traffic. I learned this the hard way when I was working on a video game blog 9-10 years ago. On release day, we’d publish reviews of new games and consoles. But hundreds (if not thousands) of reviews would be published at the same time by sites far bigger than ours. The reviews we published would fall flat on their face.

But, our newsworthy and viral content would get a meaningful amount of traffic. And if we still ran the site today? We’d be able to get even more traffic with viral quizzes such as “What type of Pokemon are you?” (fortunately, there are plenty of quiz plugins you can use these days). The best part is that these types of content would actually take far less effort than writing a full game review that required spending 24-48 hours playing the game.

My point is this:

Your revenue model, your niche and your content strategy need to be fully aligned with each other.

If either one doesn’t align fully with the rest – growing your revenue will feel like pulling teeth… without anesthetic.”


Lily – Finding Balance

“My best tip for monetizing your website is tripwires. I made $7 within 24 hours of setting up a tripwire and my blog was only 2 weeks old then. In the end, I made around $50 with 5 blog posts in my first-month blogging because of tripwires.

The advantages are enormous and it’s not a huge time commitment.

You start making money immediately.
You are more motivated to build your email list.
You prime your list to buy from you.”


Becca – Boost My Budget

“My favourite way to monetise a blog is affiliate links. But if you want your affiliate links to actually convert, my best tip is to really pay attention to what your audience likes, and then look for suitable products to promote. I see too many people in blogging groups asking ‘what’s the best affiliate network’ or ‘what’s the highest paying affiliate program’. But these people are looking at it backwards. If you pick your affiliate programs based purely on what they pay, you’re overlooking the most important part of the equation, which is whether your audience will actually be interested in the product. I recommend looking at your top 5-10 posts, and brainstorming products that fit naturally into those posts. Then you can go looking for affiliate programs for those products. It’s more important to choose a great product that will genuinely help your audience, rather than a high paying offer that nobody will click on.”


Trinity – The Pay at Home Parent

“One of the best decisions I’ve made in blogging was to create a product that supported the main topic and theme of my blog. Since I target online business owners, it made sense to write an eBook that would support them and help them in their journey.

It took just one month for my book to earn me enough money to cover the costs of creating and marketing it. Now, with the help of my affiliates, the book continues to bring in a residual income and add to my bottom line each month.

I share my story to encourage you to create digital products that solve a problem for your readers and help grow your income. The hard work up front is worth the passive income that a printable, eBook, or online course brings in.”


Francisco – Passive Income Wise

“When it comes to blog monetization, take it one step at a time. There are many ways to monetize your blog, but some of the most common – and profitable – ones are paid advertisement, affiliate marketing, selling your own product, and publishing sponsored content. Let’s jump into my favorite ones for new bloggers (and not so new)!

Paid Advertisement

If are serious about blogging, you should start thinking about joining Mediavine. In the past, I used other ad networks like AdSense, Medianet, and Monumetric, but none of them performed as well as Mediavine.With an average RPM of $20 (depending on industry), if you get 50k sessions/month and get accepted, you would be instantly making around $1,000/month.To reach this goal, Pinterest can be of great help. If you manage to get a couple of viral pins here and there you could manage to get the minimum traffic required to join Mediavine. After being accepted, if your traffic goes below 50k, they won’t kick you out!

Affiliate Marketing

If you are new to affiliate marketing, I recommend you to start promoting no more than 10 affiliate products. There are thousands of products to promote, but I always recommend to stay with the ones you’ve tried before. To promote affiliate links, I’ll include below the ones I use for my blog that might help you.

  • Review articles. You can create a review of a product or course providing your honest opinion and leaving affiliate links. 
  • Comparison article between two products. Pros and cons, which one is your favorite, and why. At the end of the article, you can showcase which one is the winner and include your affiliate link. This type of article works very well because you are answering the question “which product is the best for me?” and helping to make a choice.
  • Explain an issue you had in the past, how did you resolve it, and link to the product that helped you resolving (for example a book/course). Chances are that some of your readers will go through the same issue and you can help them with the recommendation.
  • Email marketing. An email list is one of the most important resources for any business. It gives you DIRECT access to your subscribers and it’s a great way to make affiliate income. Every time I send an email to my subscribers I get at least one sale, normally more. Of course, I don’t spam them with emails otherwise they will lose my trust.

Remember that you should help your audience, so always recommend products you’ve tried and are happy with. If you promote something that is going to help them, it’s a win-win, and they will come to your blog for more.
By applying these techniques, I managed to make a constant stream of over $1,000 per month from affiliate marketing.

Start Your Email List

If you only take one piece of advice from me, make sure it is this: Start Your Email List asap. Did you ever hear “the money is on the list”? Well, it’s true! I used many email list providers in the past (Mailchimp, Mail Poet, Convertkit), but my favorite one is MailerLite (cheapest and best service for the price, their customer support is also great). If you have less than 1000 subscribers it’s completely free. A few things to keep in mind to grow your list:

  • Create opt-ins (inside the article). Add a different opt-in for each blog category you have and create a freebie for each of them. People love free stuff and this will help a lot getting new subscribers.
  • Create pop-up forms (also give something for free). My pop-up opt-in triggers after 30 seconds of anybody landing my blog. If they close it, they won’t see it again until 30 days later (MailerLite has an option to set it up this way).
  • An email list is not for generating traffic but to make money. It’s true that you can get a bit of traffic if you link to any of your articles in the emails, but the real power is when you promote your own products or other affiliate products. From time to time you can give them some sort of freebie to keep them happy and engaged. Remember that it’s about trust 🙂
  • Create an email workflow. Every time you get a new subscriber you can automatically add them to a workflow. Workflows are sequences of emails that are sent automatically at a preset time interval. For example, if somebody joins today your email list, you can plan to send an email every 2 days that you have written beforehand. Doing this you will keep your new subscribers engaged for weeks and months (if you create a workflow long enough).”

Michelle – Making Sense of Cents

“My best tip for monetizing a blog is to try affiliate marketing. So many bloggers either skip it or think that it’s as easy as slapping affiliate links all over their blog. I recommend starting by going to Google Analytics and looking at your top 10 blog posts, and really brainstorming what you think would be most beneficial to your audience to recommend. This is a great way to start because your top 10 blog posts have probably been popular for quite some time, and they most likely also generate the majority of your traffic.”


Megan – LoveFamilyHealth

“When it comes to making money with your blog, you really want to think about what your readers need from you. If you are a parenting blogger, maybe affiliate marketing is where you want to be. If you are always talking about products that have worked for you and why you like them, then you 100% can be joining affiliate programs for the products you recommend! Nothing sells a product better than an honest review and letting others know how it has worked and helped you in your everyday life! If you know what your readers want and like, your chance of making a sale is pretty high!

If your blog is more on the education side, such as marketing, SEO, or anything digital, you may want to consider creating and selling a course. I know this is scary for a lot of content creators since the most common thing I hear is, “why would someone want to buy my course when they can find the info for free online?” People will pay for knowledge and accessibility. Why would they spend hours a day searching when they can get right into the nitty-gritty of it and be taught by an expert in that specific field. Filling a course with all the information you will ever need, all in one spot!

Be sure to set realistic expectations for yourself. Know that it takes time and dedication to make a consistent income with your blog. It took me a solid 18 months to really see the money start to come in. Slow and steady wins the race!”


Eden – EdenFried.com

“If you’re attempting to monetize your blog, the first (and best) thing you can do right off the bat is create and launch a digital product. Most people try all the wrong things when they’re getting started with monetization. They try to make money off of ads, only to find that ads require insane amounts of website traffic in order to make any kind of significant income. Likewise, they attempt to make affiliate sales, only to discover that affiliate sales rely in large part on a large audience size, as welll. Most monetization strategies require you to have a large audience in order to earn big. Digital products are different. It doesn’t matter how big or small your audience is when you’re selling a digital product. In fact, I earned my first $500 online when I had less than 400 people TOTAL in my entire audience. Once I created and launched a digital product, I was hooked and never looked back. Now digital products are how I earn 100% of my income online. My best advice – don’t wait to make a digital product because if you do, you’re leaving money on the table. If you want to learn more, check out my personal story on how I generated my first $1,000 online > https://edenfried.com/case-study/.”


Angela – AngelaGiles.com

“My biggest piece of best advice when it comes to a monetizing a blog: 


Build your list so that you can sell to your list. Create a course and sell it to the list.

Do sponsored posts that work well with your blog.

Get on Media Vine.”


Lisa – Inspire to Thrive

“Here are some top ways to generate an income from your blog:

First, you must build an audience with great content on a topic. Don’t put ads on the blog to distract from the content.

After you begin to build an audience and an email list you can decide which affiliates you may promote on your blog. Pick the ones that are the products or services you use regularly use and really love.

That way you can easily promote them on your blog and talk about them freely and easily. Then put in the affiliate links (be sure to use the rel =”sponsored” for Google…..

Another way to make money from your blog is to sell your own products like a book, product or tool that others in your niche can use.

My biggest way of making money from my blog came by doing services but now I’m turning to affiliates and sponsored posts as more of a passive income.

But before you can do any of these you must build an audience and their trust by providing great content and useful advice and genuine help to that audience.”


Jeff – Breaking The One Percent

“My favorite way to monetize a blog is through affiliate marketing, but regardless of what method you chose for your blog, my biggest piece of advice is to always put your readers first. They should always be your Number One priority. Here’s what I mean:

  • Become known for amazing, best-in-class content. Your readership will grow.
  • If you are promoting an affiliate or selling your own product, make sure you are promoting the best solution to your readers.
  • The best affiliate deals are not always the best fit for readers. Be careful of this.
  • Never stop finding ways to improve your content — that will be the ultimate differentiator between you and your competition. 
  • If your readership and engagement is growing and you’re promoting great products/services to your audience, it won’t feel like selling. I promise.”

Melissa – Perfection Hangover

“I would advise people to utilize YouTube as a tool to increase affiliate conversions. I’ve found that you can increase rankings on YouTube much easier and faster than through Google SEO efforts. This is particularly effective if you’re able to partner with companies to offer an exclusive coupon code, and Google and YouTube love when you interlink content.

Create SEO-optimized titles and descriptions on YouTube and links to correlating blog reviews. Then, embed the video within your blog post, and it’s a win-win for conversions!”


Carly – Mommy on Purpose

“My best advice for monetizing a blog is to TRY MANY THINGS.  Try EVERYTHING. 

Sometimes we get an idea in our head – that ad income is the only way, or that Amazon affiliate sales are the only way, or that product sales are the only way…. but the truth is that there are MANY ways and that not all ways work for all blogs, and you won’t KNOW what ways work for you until you try them. Don’t be discouraged if the first thing you try fails. Or if the second thing you try fails! Blogging is a long game, and it requires MUCH trial and error.”


Jay – Dope Dollar

“One trick I learned early on about monetizing a website/blog post is to start with the product in mind. That means you’ll want to find an affiliate product that you’d love to promote first, and then build your blog post around that product. I find most people write an article first, and then fill in affiliate links wherever it makes sense. While this strategy absolutely works, you’ll likely find more success if you build an entire blog post around a specific affiliate product you’ve already chosen beforehand. This way, you’ll be able to pre-sell your affiliate product better which will likely mean higher conversions!”


Female Entrepreneur Association – Female Entrepreneur Association

“Know who your audience are – the easiest way to do this is to ask them. Are they men or women, what is the age range, where are they based? etc. Knowing more about your audience will enable you to monetise your blog much better, because you will be offering them something they will resonate with – whether you’re putting sponsored ads on your blog, designing a digital or physical product to sell them and so on. Once you know who you’re speaking to, you’ll be able to establish what they will buy into.”


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Digital course ideas to maximize success in 2020

Are you looking for some digital course ideas to make money online? Digital course creation is a huge opportunity, and this article will share the hottest digital products to sell! If you want to sell digital products online, click over for more!

Are you looking for some digital course ideas to make money online? Digital course creation is a huge opportunity, and this article will share the hottest digital products to sell! If you want to sell digital products online, click over for more!

Creating an online course is one way to begin building consistent income from an online business. Through my experience with online courses and also taking many online courses myself, I’ve created a process for you to create your own course. I hope this helps and please feel free to reach out or comment with any questions that you have!

The first step in this process is to brainstorm topics for your course. It is important that you create a course where you actually know what you are writing about. Otherwise, what you are creating is fraudulent and will result in very poor results from your clients. Start by asking yourself the following questions:

  • What do you know well?
  • Do you have any expertise?
  • What have you learned that others want to know?
  • Do research on existing courses to find out what is trending

The next step when creating your course is to conduct market research. I strongly recommend investing as much time as you can into this process because it is really important. After all, if you are creating a course that no one actually wants, then no one will buy it. Here are a few ways to conduct market research:

  • Hold one on one voice of customer interviews – interview potential customers and competitors and find out what their needs are and if what you are offering is of value
  • Create polls on your Instagram stories
  • Create polls and discussions in relevant Facebook groups with admin approval
  • Create a survey and send it to your email list and other relevant individuals

How will you promote the course

  • Ok, so promoting your course is one of the most important parts of being successful in this area. Through my own experiences, success and failures, I think it is important to do one of the following:
    • Grow an engaged audience on a social media platform
    • Find a day to drive consistent traffic to your website
  • Doing one or both of these will generate the most success for your efforts

After this, be sure to create your course while keeping the following in mind:

  • Create high quality content
  • Use good quality video or voice overs
  • Ensure that your slides are organized
  • Include helpful handouts and worksheets that aren’t simply busy work
  • Make your course as simple and time efficient as possible – no one wants to spend 1,000 hours on an online course

If you are new to course creation, try creating a smaller, low ticket course to get a feel for the process without investing weeks and weeks of time. A few ideas within the business niche include:

  • Instagram algorithm mastery (how to get on the explore page)
    • How to get your first 300 email subscribers
    • How to start a successful YouTube channel
    • How to make your first $100 online
    • How to get started with affiliate marketing
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Revamp your ugly blog with these blog themes

Are you looking to change up the style of your blog? This post is for you! If you are looking for blog themes ideas or inspiration for WordPress, look no further. Click over to read more!

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Are you looking to change up the style of your blog? This post is for you! If you are looking for blog themes ideas or inspiration for WordPress, look no further. Click over to read more!

The first step is to sign up for BlueHostyou can do this here.

Check out the following themes and let me know what you think!

Pipdig

Theme Forest

FREE WordPress themes

Themify

Elegant Themes

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Avoid wasting time with these productivity apps

Are you looking for some productivity apps to be more productive throughout the day? Productive apps for time management, productivity apps for android and ios can change how you work! This article will explain the best productivity apps, life changing productivity apps and apps that can be used for small business. Click over to learn more!

Are you looking for some productivity apps to be more productive throughout the day? Productive apps for time management, productivity apps for android and ios can change how you work! This article will explain the best productivity apps, life changing productivity apps and apps that can be used for small business. Click over to learn more!

Sometimes we all need a little extra help when it comes to productivity. Being productive on a regular basis is really critical if you are running your own business and need to make progress. Sometimes, the basic methods of blocking out time on a calendar and eliminating distractions isn’t enough.

To help with this, I’ve created a short list of apps that can do wonders to improve your productivity. Learn more about them below!

  • Productive – Habit Tracker
    • This free app helps you to build positive habits by tracking profess on personal goals and improving motivation. Right now, this app is only available on Apple devices. Learn more about it here.
  • Harvest
    • This app focuses on tracking how you spend your time while working. This is especially useful if you work for yourself and have billable hours. This app is also helpful for tracking where you spend your time. The app itself is available on Apple & Android devices and you can learn more about it here.
  • Productivity – Daily tasks
    • This app prides itself as being “Your personal productivity booster & goal achievement system.” More specifically, this app helps you to plan and create results in your life or business. Right now, this app is only available on Apple devices. Learn more here.
  • Focus keeper – time management
    • This productivity app allows you to customize focus sessions, goals, and track productivity with charts. It emphasizes focusing efforts in 25-minute chunks with 5-minute breaks. Right now, this app is only available on Apple devices. Learn more about the app here.
  • Google calendar

Google Calendar may seem like a very basic and simple app, but I think it is important to include in this list. Google calendar helps you to visualize the hours you have in a day and assign different tasks to different periods of time. This is useful because it helps you to be realistic with how you are spending your time. You also get reminders around different tasks, which is a life saver – trust me! Google Calendar is available on Apple and Android devices and you can learn more about it here.

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Become a successful blogger with these productivity tips

If you are a blogger and are looking for more ways to be productive, look no further! This article will cover productivity tips for bloggers and how to be productive as a blogger, this is for you. If you know how to be a productive blogger and be productive at work, click over!

If you are a blogger and are looking for more ways to be productive, look no further! This article will cover productivity tips for bloggers and how to be productive as a blogger, this is for you. If you know how to be a productive blogger and be productive at work, click over!

As a blogger, you have multiple tasks to accomplish on any given day. From writing posts to growing your audience, the list almost never ends! Alternatively, this keeps things fun and exciting. The key to being a successful blogger relies heavily on mastering your productivity. If you can keep moving forward past the setbacks and making slow, continuous progress, you are on the right track.

With that being said, let’s go ahead and get into these productivity tips!

The very first thing that you must do is craft a list of all of your blogging tasks that you need to get done based on the quarter that you are preparing for. It is easier to batch this process four times a year rather than every week or month because it is less to worry about and allows you to get it done at once.

If you need help coming up with your task list, some of the to-dos on your everyday list may include:

  • Creating posts
  • Pitching yourself to blogs
  • Incorporating affiliate links
  • Interviews for blog posts
  • Incorporating video content
  • Creating pinterest graphics
  • Scheduling posts in Tailwind

Next, it is important to rank each of the tasks on your list in terms of important and priority. This is critical because it will dictate which item you must get done first. You could also look at your quarterly goals and the nrank the tasks that way. Something else you could do it look at which tasks will automatically come before the other. For example, before you schedule something in Tailwind, you need to write a blog post and create a graphic (or five).

The next step will be to block off time on your digital calendar to complete these tasks. I recommend Google Calendar because it is very easy to use. I use my calendar to block off sections of time that I can allocate to specific tasks. This is also a helpful exercise because it helps you to better estimate how much time you will need per task by actually visualizing the time. This will increase the likelihood that you will complete a task because you are more realistic with your time and to do lists.

Keeping a daily planner to cross off tasks and hold yourself accountable is another important step in the process. This helps you to keep track of everything that you need to finish. Also, writing down your task list may help you to remember them better.

Last but not least – this last tip is really important for goal tracking and long-term success. Consider debriefing every Friday or weekend. You could realistically analyze what went well and what did not go well so that you know what to improve on for the next week to make progress and meet your goals.

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Stop wasting time with these productivity tips

Do you need productivity tips to stay focused? This article is jam packed with productivity tips, life hacks, time management tips and productivity tips and tricks! Whether you are an entrepreneur or a busy professional, these tips can work for you. Click over to read more!

Do you need productivity tips to stay focused? This article is jam packed with productivity tips, life hacks, time management tips and productivity tips and tricks! Whether you are an entrepreneur or a busy professional, these tips can work for you. Click over to read more!

If you think about it, productivity is the key to moving forward and being successful in our businesses and lives. Without the ability to stay focused and be productive, it would be nearly impossible to get anything done. With that being said, there are currently so many different distractions out there that can make it very easy to get off task. As someone who usually has a long to-do list, I’ve learned some methods for staying on task and being super productive.

Let’s go ahead and get into the list!

The very first thing that you could do to improve your productivity is to get clear on what you need to be doing in order to meet your goals. This can be difficult if you have multiple goals or aren’t super clear on what specifically it will take to meet these goals. If you are struggling with this, try using the SMART goal framework. If you need more information, check out this video on SMART goals.

Ok, so after you have an understanding of what you must do to meet your goals, go ahead and create a list based on these tasks. It is great to jot down everything that will be required to meet you goals.

After you’ve done this, be sure to block out time on your google calendar to get these tasks done. The reason why this is important is because by blocking out time, this will show you how much you can actually get done in a day. If you are anything like me, then you probably have a habit of putting way too much on your plate. Blocking out time and visualizing how much time you have will help you to be more realistic with your to do lists.

Next, ensure that you are using a planner. It is a good idea to start writing everything down that you need to get done. By writing down your list, it will make it a little easier to remember. It is also easier to cross out different items on your list and keep track of everything you need to get done.

One success tip is to plan time to debrief with yourself. It is a good idea to debrief every Friday or weekend. This will help you to reflect on what went well and what you can improve upon. This will ensure that you are taking time to check in with yourself so that you are on track to meet your goals.

It is also very important to work in a place where you know you won’t be distracted. As an example, if you have a hard time concentrating when people are talking in the background, then working at a coffee shop may not be ideal. Consider making a list of places where you could work so increase the likelihood that you will not be distracted and default to the same ole distracting places.

Finally, this last one is a bit cliche, but consider putting your phone away when you need to get work done. Our phones are huge distractions, so putting it away for even half an hour could help you to stay focused.

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Blog ideas for the broke millennial

If you are creating a new blog, you might find that you need some blog ideas! This article features blog idea topics, inspiration, blog ideas for beginners and tips. If you need a blog niche list, click over to learn more!

If you are creating a new blog, you might find that you need some blog ideas! This article features blog idea topics, inspiration, blog ideas for beginners and tips. If you need a blog niche list, click over to learn more!

Blogs about Blogging – Blogging blogs are very popular and also very helpful for those interested in growing their blog and turning it into a business! As an example, Michelle Schroeder-Gardner posted her income report from 2018, where she made 1.5 million! This is a great example of how profitable a blog can be. Check out Michelle’s blog and income report details here.

Digital Nomad Life – This next blog focuses on one individual’s journey as a digital nomad living in Thailand. The great thing about this blog is that Johnny, the creator, details the different sources of his income. This blog makes at least over 3k a month. Check out the income report here.

Food & Recipes – Pinch of Yum, a food blog, made a significant amount through sources like ad revenue and affiliate marketing. Check out the income report here.

This next blog covers a variety of topics ranging from printables, decorating and organization. According to an income report from December 2016 (the most recent one posted), Abby Lawson of justagirlandherblog.com, earned over 40k.

Fashion & Lifestyle – The next income report comes from Maria,  a fashion and lifestyle blogger at thechicpursuit.com who made over 7k in December of 2019. Check out the report here.

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Stop wasting time with these beginner blog post ideas

Whether you are a beginner to blogging or an expert, it is always helpful to have more blog post ideas! This article features blog post ideas for beginners, tips, and list inspiration. Click over to learn more!

Whether you are a beginner to blogging or an expert, it is always helpful to have more blog post ideas! This article features blog post ideas for beginners, tips, and list inspiration. Click over to learn more!

If you are a new blogger, it can be difficult to know what type of content to create. Trust me, I’ve been there! I decided to create a short list of some valuable content that you could create for your audience. This is content that makes it easy to include affiliate links or promote different projects you are working on.

So, with that being said, let’s go ahead and get started!

The first piece of content that you can create is a ‘how to’ post, which essentially explains how to do something that your audience is interested in. While this explanation may seem vague, there are tons of topics you could choose from based on your niche. For example, if you are in the social media niche, you could write about how to create a YouTube ad. If you are in the sewing niche, you could write about how to make a pajama set. The opportunities are definitely endless!

Next, consider writing posts that target different tips and tricks around your niche. While at first glance this may seem like a saturated area to write about, I would like to challenge you to think about this differently. A lot of bloggers create blog posts with tips and tricks, but they are really creating it for themselves because they don’t provide all of the details. Make yourself stand out and write content with detailed, specific tips and tricks that will truly help people.

If you aren’t sure about the trending topics in your niche, try typing in a keyword on Pinterest and checking out what other suggested keywords appear. This can help you to come up with a blog post that is trending for your audience!

Another way to find trending topics is to use Google trends. You have the ability to see how the particular keyword has performed over time and whether it is currently trending. Google will also provide some relevant breakout keywords so these are great to check out as well.

If there is a new trend within your niche, whether it is widely accepted or controversial, it is certainly worth creating a review post! This goes along with creating trending content and could certainly be of interest to your audience. 

Product reviews are a great way to provide honest opinions around products that you have used and also provide affiliate links for the products you enjoyed. Try creating a product review for different products within your niche!

Finally, my last idea for now is to make a list of everything that you are an expert at or have knowledge around and start writing! Try brainstorming a list. You would be surprised at how much knowledge you have accumulated over the years!

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Blog post ideas that attract your target audience

Blog post ideas are what will keep your blog exciting and new! Do you need blog post ideas for a lifestyle blog or a first blog post idea for your lifestyle blog? Click over to learn more!

Blog post ideas are what will keep your blog exciting and new! Do you need blog post ideas for a lifestyle blog or a first blog post idea for your lifestyle blog? Click over to learn more!

It is very important to keep your audience engaged with unique blog post ideas! If you fail to do this, you risk a high bounce rate and the inability to capture the attention of your audience. By fine tuning your content based on what your audience is truly interested in, you are much more likely to attract your tribe and get repeat visits.

First, it is very important to survey your audience to find out what they are interested in and what content they need. A couple of ways to do this include:

  • Creating a poll on your Instagram stories – ask your audience what they need help with
  • Creating a poll or asking a question in a relevant Facebook group (as long as it is alright with the admin)

Ok, now that we have that part out of the way, here are some blog post ideas to get you started!
The very first type of blog post that you could create is a detailed tutorial. When your audience is trying to learn a new skill, it is very helpful to learn from a tutorial that includes screenshots around what you are trying to teach. This could be a tutorial around a certain technology, how to run an ad, or really anything. 

Next, you could create a blog post around a technology list. This could include everyday technologies that you use to run your business, blog, or help you within your niche.

Next, it is extremely helpful to create blog posts around tips & hacks that actually work and don’t lead to an affiliate product. There are SO many blog posts these days that advertise a particular outcome or hack, but in reality lead to a course that you need to buy. Aim to set yourself apart by providing actual value.

Honest product reviews are a great choice for bloggers because this provides an opportunity to insert an affiliate link to the product while also really helping your audience. Consider ding a review on a product that you use frequently and like.

Another blog post area that is very helpful are exclusive breakdowns of social media algorithm changes. The reason why this is so helpful is because it is often difficult for people to understand algorithm changes and how algorithms work. By creating a piece of content focused on helping your audience you could establish yourself as a thought leader.

If there is a popular product that has been released, consider doing an in-depth review of this product. If this is a trending product this could definitely pique the interest of your audience.

One way to promote your blog is to conduct interviews with well known people within your niche. Consider conducting an interview and providing detailed notes for your audience.