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How to Use Premiere Pro – A Comprehensive Guide

A world of content creation that requires video on a weekly, sometimes even daily basis can place a burden on business owners and hobbyists to learn to use new and better software. Free software can only go so far, especially in regards to effects, transitions, and other necessities that can make a good video even better. Even a professional editor with a significant amount of experience would struggle to work with a video editing software that has limited functionality, making it beneficial to learn how to use Premiere Pro.

This is why Adobe Premiere Pro, among other programs, is one of the best video editing tools in the world. To learn how to use Premiere Pro, you should start with the basics – opening a new project.

Starting a New Project – Behold the Interface

Once you open Premiere Pro, you will be greeted by the Home window, allowing you to start a new project or open an existing one. You can also browse through a list of your recent projects if you have any. A single click opens any of your most recent projects.

If you want to open a specific project you can click on the Open Project button. If you are planning on starting a new project, then clicking on the New Project button will prompt another window to open and the Home windows to close. 

How to use Premiere Pro – Starting a New Project & Selecting the Right Settings

The New Project window offers some settings to be chosen at the start of the project. You can select which renderer to use, often having two available, hardware and software. Depending on your hardware you will use a different API, often OpenCL. The hardware renderer is faster, so have that in mind if your computer supports it. 

You can select how the video and audio will be displayed, the options for Video being Timecode, Feet + Frames or just Frames. The options for Audio are Audio Samples or Milliseconds. The default settings are Timecode and Audio Samples and are the easiest to work with.

Scratch Disks is another tab that you can access to the right of the General tab. It has plenty of options for setting up how Premiere Pro saves your files and how it opens them. This is useful if you have more than two drives, especially if you are running multiple drives in Raid0.

Another tab to the right, college Ingest, allows you to import content from connected devices, as well as transcode them using the Adobe Media Encoder. This is useful for larger businesses using a common format.

Once you are done with the details, name your project and choose where it will be saved and press OK.

The Default Interface – Workspace Choice

How to use Premiere Pro – The Editing Workspace

Once you open your project, you should see the Editing Workspace. Workspaces are predetermined ways of displaying the windows that the user would want to see. The default Editing Workspace consists of Media Browser, Source editor, Program (which is where you will see your timeline once you click play) and the Timeline window.

You can use the Media Browser to browse your drives, adding a file to Source. The Source window is used to crop and select parts of a video. You can crop the video, audio, or both. Adding them to the timeline will display that content, allowing you to select and modify a sequence. Depending on whether you added video, audio, or both, they will be moved into their respective audio/video track. 

If your files are from a different source and are added to the same sequence, you will be warned, especially if they vary in resolution, bitrate, or quality in general. You should normalize the quality and resolution before proceeding (albeit it can be done when exporting the video).

If you have specific things that need editing, you can choose any of the following workspaces already present when you start a project, including Assembly, Libraries, Color, Effects, Audio, Graphics, and Learning.

The Other Workspaces

Learning is a new tab that allows you to open Adobe-made tutorials.

Assembly is similar to editing, except that it replaces the Source with a very large Media Browser, allowing you to import media with ease, giving you more space to work with.

Color allows you to color grade your images and videos.

Effects help to make your videos more professional. As an example, you could use a transition to make a video more interesting as the video moves from one clip to the next.

Audio allows you to edit the audio in a more professional manner, giving you the option to choose the volume for each track separately, or pan, as an example. 

Libraries give you the option of using Adobe Creative Cloud libraries, including Color themes, various Graphics options, and more.

Graphics gives you the option to add various interesting graphics to your video including charts, graphs, and titles as you would see in the opening credits of a movie, for example.

Have in mind that you can customize the workspace as you prefer, choosing any of the windows these workspaces use.

How to Create a Sequence and Edit Your Video

Importing Files

Creating a sequence is an important part of making your project universal. In the newest version of Premiere Pro, simply adding a video file will make it a sequence with its own settings. Adding videos with different resolutions or bit rates is not ideal. You can, however, still normalize everything when exporting the project.
Your sequence consists of different Audio and Video tracks displayed in the Timeline window. 

Adding and Editing Graphics

The Graphics workspace opens an Essential Graphics window to the right of your Program and Timeline windows. It shrinks the regular Editing workspace but opens up options of adding graphics. From the Essential Graphics window, you can choose a multitude of different premade graphics, which may include editable text. Some of them have animations. You can simply drag and drop them anywhere on your timeline in any video track. 

Clicking on that Graphic allows you to edit it in the right-side window, Essential Graphics. You can edit everything from the font, if the graphic has one, to its shape and color.

Effects Galore

Effects are a part of almost every video and can break up the narrative of a video or spice it up if needed. They are also entertaining and could make or even break a video when used improperly. The Effects workspace adds a window to the right of the Program and Timeline windows, called Effects. From there, you can browse folders with Adobe-made effects, ranging anywhere from audio effects and transitions to video effects and transitions, also including plenty of presets.

Adding an effect can be done the same way as you would add a graphic by dragging and dropping it where you want it on your timeline. 

You can edit the effects by using the window tabs on the Source window, choosing the one named Effects. Each effect has its own properties which you should consider editing if you want to customize an effect.

Audio Editing

Selecting the Audio workspace opens up the Audio Track Mixer and Audio Clip Mixer windows. One of them is visible where the Source window would have initially been, with the Project and Media Browser moving to the left.

The Audio Track Mixer is arguably more useful than the Clip Mixer. This mixer allows you to separately adjust every track, including the master volume. You will see whether your input settings are too high and whether you should lower some of the tracks. 

Another option is to select which track to play Solo, or Mute a track if you prefer it silent. You can mark any of the audio tracks for Recording so that you can add your own audio if needed. Finally, you have the ability to choose the input device for each track from the drop-down menu.

How to use Premiere Pro – Color Grading

From the Color workspace, a window named Lumetri Color opens to the right of the Program and Timeline windows. It allows you to quickly color grade a video. You can select the video you want to color grade from the tab panel at the top of the Color window. The main editing tab is the Creative tab. This tab allows you to select various built-in presets or create your own. You can do this by editing the Vibrance, Saturation, Sharpen, Faded Film effects, as well as Shadow and Highlight tint.

Color grading a clip from a different camera to match that of your main camera is a typical use-case scenario for this workspace/window. Color grading clips from your main camera is also often needed if you forgot to set the white balance.

Exporting a Project – The Export Window

From the File menu, you can select Export, then Media, to open the Export Settings window. This is also doable via the Ctrl+M shortcut.

In this window, you can see your project on the left, as well as plenty of editable settings on the right. Choose your project’s format and preset, for example H.264 and Match Sequence. This is where you can normalize (to an extent) all your videos if they have different sizes and bit rates. 

In the lower part of the window, you can further edit Video, Audio, Effects, Captions, and Multiplexer. Next, you can Publish the video directly after it is rendered to various online platforms. 

You can then Queue the video to the Adobe Media Encoder if you have it installed and continue working on other projects or use Export to immediately start exporting, which will disable Premiere Pro until the export is finished. You can also edit the Metadata of the project prior to exporting it by pressing the eponymous button.

How to use Premiere Pro – Other Useful Links and Tutorials

No tutorial is complete on its own, so you should look up other interesting tutorials to master specific parts of a software. Learning how to use Premiere Pro is difficult enough with a single guide, so multiple ones should be consulted for the best results.

Taran from Linus Tech Tips has a tutorial on how to edit in Premiere Pro. Kick back, it lasts as much as a third Lord of the Rings Movie, 4 hours and 19 minutes.

This playlist from expert editor Justin Odisho contains 291 different Premiere Pro tutorials.

How to use Premiere Pro – Summary

Learning how to use Premiere Pro can be daunting at first. If you go through the various windows and panels to familiarize yourself with the interface, learn the shortcuts and edit multiple videos, short or long, you should be well on your way to mastering the software. With this tutorial, your professional editing journey should be a lot easier.

Other Resources

Check out this guide on how to export video using Adobe Premiere Pro.

Check out these Adobe Premiere Pro tutorials.

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How to Upload iMovie to YouTube: Tutorial

In today’s world, many people use the internet, and specifically YouTube, to share their experiences with the world. People have gone from uploading from their computers to uploading videos directly from their phones. Many people use Apple products, like Mac computers and laptops, not to mention iPhones. Apple includes a video editor called iMovie, which is an essential tool for editing and sharing videos on Apple devices. This article will show you how to upload imovie to youtube. With this tutorial, everyone should have all the necessary knowledge about video sharing with iMovie.

Step 1: How to Upload iMovie to YouTube Using a Smartphone

If you do not have a project open, you should choose a movie from the Projects browser. If you are editing a project, you should tap the button Done, thus returning to the project details screen. From there, you can select a video of your choosing, and then tap the Share button.

It is worth noting that you can customize the video’s size output, format, quality and description, including tags, within the app itself.

How to Upload iMovie to YouTube Using Desktop Computers

The software has marginal differences between mobile and desktop versions, the main one being that on the desktop, you have a larger workspace which can make things simpler from a practical standpoint, when it comes to editing.

The sharing process is similar to the mobile version, starting from choosing a project from the browser or finishing a project which you are editing, then clicking the Share button.

Step 2: Select the Video Output Options

You should choose from the various output options in order to create the perfect video for uploading. Many things can influence this, such as resolution, quality, framerate, compression and whether you are exporting only video or audio or both.

The first option you can choose is the Format, which gives you options of audio, video or both. In most cases, you will want both.

Under the Resolution option, which is the next in line, you can choose your video’s desired resolution and framerate. Both are important and influence the quality and size of the video. If more than half of your project’s timeline is in 60fps, you can choose that framerate for the entire project. Depending on who your audience is, you should choose your resolution accordingly (mobile versus desktop users, the latter often having better hardware and higher resolution monitors).

The next option is named Quality, where you can choose the following qualities: Low, Medium, High and Best (ProRes) and Custom. The lower two qualities are not the best if you want your video to look good. Either High or Best will do well on most devices, but will increase the file size. Custom gives you the option to move a slider left or right, giving you anywhere between Medium and a bit above High. The ProRes variant produces much larger file sizes, up to 5 times, though the quality does not match the size.

Choosing Custom and sliding all the way to the right produces the best quality videos for the size.

The last option is Compress, giving you two options, the default Faster and the other, Better Quality. There is little to no difference in file sizes between the two, the difference being in export/rendering time.

Step 3: Importing the Video to YouTube

One of the easiest parts of the tutorial is this one, where you learn how to upload iMovie to YouTube. Depending on which device you are using, mobile or desktop, select the desired video from the Projects browser or click/tap Done to finish your project, then proceed to select Share from the File drop down menu.

Share gives you many options like Email, Facebook, Vimeo, Theater, iTunes, Image, File and YouTube, the one you want to click/tap.

Step 4: Customizing Titles and Tags

Once you click on YouTube, you will get a very similar window as you would if you click File. They are mostly the same, except that the YouTube window has a Sign In… button in the lower left. You should sign in with your preferred Google account, the one linked to your YouTube channel (it goes without saying that you need to have a Google account for this to work).

The first two options on the main window are Title and Description. The title is displayed in a large font while Description is the same size as the other options in the window.

Choose the appropriate title and description for your video.

The next option, a very important one, is Tags. Tags are used to link to your video when someone searches for something. You can enter tags as you like, but make sure to separate them with commas, lest you end up with a chain of words that would be an unusable, extremely large word. Your chosen tags should be related to the audience and category of your video, as well as the topic.

Step 5: Selecting a Category

The next step on your journey learning how to upload iMovie to YouTube is to click/tap on the Category drop down menu. There are different categories to choose from and what you need to do, is select the right one, matching your video’s topic the best you can. Have no fear, however, because you can edit this afterwards, from either the YouTube application, or the website, depending on whether you are using an iPhone or a Mac.

Step 6: Video Size & Privacy

From the main window, you also have the option to once again adjust the video’s resolution and framerate, once again influencing the size of the video. This is discouraged, unless you are on a data connection and want to upload the video wasing as little data as possible.

When you are first exporting your video, you should consider the file size and resolution then, changing only in dire circumstances. Changing the resolution will affect the video’s quality, especially if you lower it.

The Privacy settings are next in line and from the menu, you can select the three settings YouTube offers, Public, Private and Unlisted, Private being the default one and the recommended one.

If you need to make more adjustments to your video, you can do it later from the YouTube app or site, which is why Private is recommended. This concludes the guide on how to upload iMovie to YouTube, leaving only potential difficulties and frequently asked questions.

Potential Problems When UPloading iMovie to YouTube

What can happen, will happen, meaning that from time to time, you may run into problems on your journey learning how to upload iMovie to YouTube.

  • The process can fail at multiple stages, the first being no storage for your project/video. In that case, adjust the video’s size or consider freeing up some space on your device. Note that this is unlikely to happen on desktop Macs.
  • Secondly, you may lose your connection, failing the upload. Find a stable internet connection or check with your ISP if you are having problems. If you are using data, find a better location where you have faster data speeds.
  • Not signing in can be a problem, or rather, an inconvenience, especially if you forgot your address or password.
  • If your video is not live, then that might be due to YouTube still processing it, which can take lots of time if it is a high quality video with a large file size and bitrate.

F.A.Q. When Uploading iMovie to YouTube

How to Upload iMovie to YouTube

If your project is incomplete, first you must press Done and export it to a File for the best quality settings. Then, clicking Share and YouTube, and afterwards filling in all the necessary details about the video, as well as signing in, and finally, sharing, completes the process.

Is There a Choice of File Formats

There is a choice of file formats, but it is under another option, Save File As, rather than Share/File, which you would normally use if you simply want to prepare your project for YouTube.

Is iMovie Limited to Apple Devices Only?

Yes, iMovie is only available for Apple products, desktop, laptop and mobile phones/tablets.

Can This Application be Used by Professionals?

While a professional could make a relatively decent video in iMovie, other professional tools would give them far more options. iMovie is a hassle-free way of making videos and trailers meant for entry level to lower intermediate editors, mostly on the go.

Can You Share Directly to Other Platforms?

After learning how to upload iMovie to YouTube, you can apply the same principles for other video sharing services, with some exceptions like having an account for the said services, plus or minus a couple options for each service.

Conclusion and Closing Thoughts:

In the end, all that is left for you to do, if you have been closely following this simple guide on how to upload iMovie to YouTube is to try it for yourself with a sample project.

While using iMovie is not a huge challenge, honing your skills prior to travel is recommended. If you happen to need them later, you can simply edit and upload a video to YouTube, hopefully while on an adventure somewhere.

If you are interested in learning more about YouTube, check out this review of the Morning Fame YouTube tool.

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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.