Common Business Mistakes

Common business mistakes

We are talking Home based online businesses here. There are many common business mistakes that people make here are a few key ones.

Many people love the idea of working from home running their own home-based business. While it’s a growing field and very lucrative, there are certain things you need to watch out for as you get started. Once you get the idea it’s easy to get carried away and rush into it.

When I started my first online business 10 years ago, I thought I just had to open a shop on a big site and that was it. You know how it goes, display my goods and the sales would pour in. Boy was I mistaken!

Decisions

First off

What are you going to sell? Actual goods that you will buy and sell on or goods you make yourself which is crafting. If crafting it is what you are making and selling.Decisions Common Business Mistakes

Dropshipping is another option. You display a company’s goods of your choice on your website, when a customer orders and pays, you then send that order to the company. They package and post it.

There is affiliate marketing which is a massively growing market.

Buying and selling domains.

Creating websites and managing them for clients …… and the list goes on.

Take your time

Just don’t get too hasty when selecting a product, service, or company to sign up with. You want to make sure you investigate thoroughly and have chosen a good option for you to pursue. Research is very important for any venture.

Once you have decided on a direction you need to decide whether you will hire people to set things up or do it yourself. If doing it yourself do you need training? Is it worth investing in yourself and paying for training which will pay dividends in the future and save on costs in the long run.

Just because you have selected the right company or product doesn’t seal the deal. You’re going to want to in order to make your business a reality. What is it going to take to get things off of the ground. What does your competition look like? Again, it’s research and more research.

Investing

First of all, will be the time investment required to get your business off the ground and make it grow. Businesses need investment of time and moneyHow much time you invest will be the difference in how quickly it grows and how soon it makes money.

You will also have to invest some money into your business opportunity, but you have to operate off of a budget. Have you worked out the costs. Website hosting, domain name buying, maybe a better laptop. If selling goods there will be packaging costs, besides the buying or making costs. A printer for invoices and address labels, with that comes the need for ink, paper, labels etc.

Many people get started and stake too much money from the beginning. This is a mistake.

Still, other people get their business going and decide that they don’t want to invest money when it comes time. This is also a mistake, as it could be what’s holding them back from getting things really going.

It’s great when things get going, but if you don’t have a record of it, you’re going to regret it. All outgoings and incomings must be noted and logged. You must make sure you keep well organised records, both for business purposes and tax purposes. This is extremely important.

Finances

Another common mistake that many people make is not separating their personal finances from your business finances. This is quite a major mistake as you could either end up underpaying or overpaying on tax. Finance Neither is good especially if they decide to randomly check YOUIR business. This has to be done correctly from the start or you’re going to have everything confused and disorganised.

Some people are soft when they start out, and they don’t operate with proper business sense. They are so anxious to get started with customers that guess what? They aren’t charging enough for their products and services. This is quite common especially in the crafting community. By under charging you are doing a disservice to yourself and other craft businesses trying to make a living.

It’s wrong to undercharge for anything as you will struggle to make money and when you realise this and try to put up the prices the customers you have will go elsewhere. You need to work out  proper price and stick with it.

Another mistake is continually having sales. Why? Because your customers that like your products will just wait for the next sale, knowing that once things are slow you will have a sale. How do I know? I made that mistake. Then when I complained on a forum that I only sold things when having a sale, another crafter said, it’s simple,  stop having sales! So I did and put up my prices which were too low and it went upwards from there.

Website

It’s that old favourite again, research. Look at the options, look at what they charge and what you get for your money.Your Website is Important. Build an amazing showcase!

Check around with other website owners. What is the support like, do they respond quickly? Do they actually fix problems? Are they easy to contact? Is the site easy to  use and set up with what you want? So much to know!

Many people fail to employ search engine optimization strategies and techniques as well. No one said you have to do it all yourself. Keep in mind though that it costs money to get someone to do it for you, unless you have a friend that can do it for free or cheaply. It is mandatory in order for people to see your site; it’s just part of the action. Good SEO means Google will index and move your site up the ranks so it gets seen better.

So you must familiarise yourself with the market, and you might be surprised at just how much you can do on your own.

Your business site needs to be easily navigable and very user-friendly.

I recommend Wealthy Affiliate. I would use them for hosting alone as it is very secure you get the use of ten sites, the support is fast and very good at fixing any problem rapidly. The training provided is top notch and the community is excellent.

Still want a business?

When it comes to operating a home-based business, it’s important that you avoid these and other common business mistakes  This is an exciting time, and you want to succeed. Continue to learn more information about these tips and others you read. Learn everything you can and then get started today setting your home-based business up the right way.

It’s hard work, there is much to learn but there is also a lot of information out there readily available to help you.

There is nothing better than working for yourself, choosing the hours to suit you, loving what you do and discovering that it doesn’t feel like work because you are having so much fun.

And of course you can go and visit friends and relatives, go on holiday and your business can go with you. No need to shut it down, do the minimal amount while you are on holiday but still keep earning.

I recommend Wealthy Affiliate as you can try it out for free. It is certainly worth checking out and comparing the quality and what it provides against other sites.

 

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Don’t Let Fear Hold You Back

Face your Fears

Everyone has fears and this is inevitable. It is part and parcel of life. However, what separates the winners from the masses who fail is the ability to acknowledge and face your fears and push through them. While conquering one’s deepest and darkest fears is not easy, it is definitely worth the effort. As an online marketer, there will be times when the skies seem gloomy and you wonder if it will all work out.

Financial insecurities, temporary setbacks and the usual challenges that life throws at you can be daunting. The majority of beginners will throw in the towel and quit the moment the going gets tough.They quit out of fear.

Don’t let Fear hold YOU back

But you’re different because you know better. When it comes to fear, you really only have 2 choices.

1. Forget Everything And RunForget everything and run. Don't Let Fear Hold You Back

Or

2. Face Everything And Rise

The choice is quite obvious. While the first one will be easy, it will leave you stranded in the muck and mire of mediocrity. Your dreams and goals will die from strangulation by fear. Choose the second option and you’ll push past your fear with grim determination.

When you come out on the other side, you’ll be emotionally stronger, mentally tougher and you’ll taste the fruits of success. There is no other way. You only have 2 options. Choose the second one. Everything you want is on the other side of fear.

Here we’ll look at 4 of the most common fears that plague many online marketers/entrepreneurs and how you can get past them.

1. Fear of the Unknown?

This is probably one of the biggest fears that entrepreneurs face. When you’re starting your own business, while you may have done your homework and prepared the best you can, there will ALWAYS be a certain degree of uncertainty. That’s just the way it is.

If you’re worried that you may not have the skills to create an online business, go ahead and do it anyway. Then learn as you go along. The best way to put an end to your fear of the unknown is to have faith in yourself, to believe in yourself and what you’re trying to achieve.

The next time you have doubts and fears, ask yourself why you’re feeling them. Look at them objectively, write them down and ask yourself what is the worst thing that could happen.

From that list decide what you would do if any of those things did happen. Once out in the open with a plan to solve any problems that might arise, it is easier to move forward.

2. The Fear of FailureFear of failure

This is another major fear that paralyse us.  The fear of failure has stopped more people in their tracks than any other fear. Usually this fear is disguised in many different ways. If you worry that all your efforts will go to waste when your online efforts earn you no money, that’s a fear of failure. Most people say that they just ‘don’t want to waste their time on something that won’t work.’

The hard truth is that you’ll never know unless you try. It may take you 3 years to build an online business that’s making you six figures a year. But guess what? If you don’t try because you’re afraid to fail, the time is going to pass anyway.

That same 3 years will go by and chances are your life will probably be the same. Whereas if you had moved forward with your goals, you just might be in the six figure income category. A lot of people fear failure because it will make them look bad in front of their friends and family.

What Others Think of you doesn’t Matter

it’s what you think of yourself that counts. In fact, you may notice that when you try to better yourself and do things that others don’t do, your friends and family will probably be your hardest critics and they’ll call it ‘concern’ or ‘tough love. They will complain you no longer have much time for them and will constantly try to lure you away. They will say you are wasting your time as you have no results from your efforts. Another one will be that you are wasting money that could be used on something else. If all else fails then will come ridicule. A lot of this won’t be overt, more a steady trickle to wear you down and feed any doubts, without you realising.

It can make them feel threatened and the only way for them to feel better is to drag you down to their level so that the status quo can be maintained.

As before ask yourself what you fear about failing, write everything down and then brainstorm ways to get past them. Then remind yourself that there are no limits on what you can do, only those you place upon yourself.

3. The Fear That You Are Not Good Enough

This is a major fear for many people in all walks of life.Am I Good Enough?

No one is good at everything but we tend to berate ourselves for things we cannot do rather than praising ourselves for those we do well.

  • Albert Einstein once said, “Everyone is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.”

Never give up on yourself. Usually when you’re trying to build an online business, there will be a learning curve that you’ll have to go through. This is inevitable. You will make mistakes. You will buy products that are rubbish. And you will waste time and money. This too is normal and can’t be avoided. However, if you quit while at this stage because you feel like you’re not good enough, you’ll never succeed.

You only get better

as you keep learning and progressing. Many beginners look at the expert marketers and entrepreneurs feeling intimidated. They believe that the other people are smarter, richer and better than them. Don’t compare yourself with others.

Everybody started off as a beginner. You don’t become successful overnight. There is a journey that you have to go through to build your business to where you want it to be. Yes there will be failures but each one is another way you have learn’t not to do something. The more you learn, the better you’ll get.

The more mistakes you make the better. Failure is not the opposite of success. It is a part of success. You are good enough. You always have been. You just need to believe it.

4. The Fear That You’re Too Old

This is another big one. You may have heard terms like ‘Article marketing is dead or ‘The good ol’ days are over’ ‘You’re too old to start a business’… But are these statements even true? Of course not. Building a business online is here to stay and every single day there are people reaching their income goals. It’s never too late to start and now is as good a time as any. Age is no barrier to dreams and happiness.

You’re never too old to set new goals or dream new dreams.

Henry Ford was 45 when he created the Model T car. Ray Croc, started MacDonald’s at the age of 52 and Colonel Sanders was 62 when he franchised KFC.

I  was 54 when I started an online craft business and 63 when I looked for a new  challenge and started leaning about affiliate marketing.  I looked for many months to find a reputable company and narrowly avoided many scams doing so.

Perseverance paid off and 17 months later I have learnt and integrated an amazing amount of knowledge. I have built and run several websites and have a real passion for what I do. I can’t wait to get started every day and am always reluctant to stop because I love what I do so much. On Wealthy Affiliate where I ended up there are people in their 70’s and 80’s who are learning affiliate marketing and many in those age brackets who having been successfully doing it for years and still love it.

So as you can see, people have succeeded in life at all ages. You’re never too old. So cast this fear aside and pursue your dreams today.


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Affiliate Marketing Myths

Affiliate Marketing Myths

There are many myths flying around the affiliate marketing space about how to be successful, how hard it is to be successful and what you actually need to have a successful affiliate marketing business. So let’s look at affiliate marketing myths and show you that this is a viable home business opportunity.

Size Of Email List

The size of your email list is one of the biggest misconceptions out there. People say you need a HUGE list to make money with affiliate marketing. NOT TRUE!  The quality of the list is more important than the size. Subscribers, even in the thousands, does not necessarily mean you will make any sales. Having a list that is much smaller but comprised of buyers is so much better rather than a list of subscribers that have only opted in for a free report/Ebook.email marketing Affiliate Marketing Myths

Now, those free subscribers can and will make purchases but someone that has already purchased from you are already starting to trust you and will make more purchases because you have recommended it to them.
So the buyers email list will produce more in sales and commissions which is exactly what you need.

What do they want?

It’s not just about delivering promotions to them all the time but also giving them advice and showing them results. Sending clickable link/s in each email is important so they can view your recommendations regularly.
“Emailing daily is a must to keep you and your brand at the top of your subscribers mind and inbox. Don’t let yourself get forgotten. If you are not emailing your list AT LEAST once a day you are leaving money on the table.” This is general advice given out but from personal experience if emails come through too often I just delete them or unsubscribe. The daily ones I will endure in case anything interesting turns up but more than once a day is an instant delete and unsubscribe.

How often you choose to email your subscribers is entirely your choice, for me 3 times a week means I actually open the email and look at it.

When building a new email list the idea always seems to be that bigger is better  and an email list with a huge number of subscribers is a successful one. Well, at some point it’s important but not the sole measurement of a successful affiliate email campaign.

Many marketers worry about the size of their email list and try hard to keep  their overall numbers. Keeping subscribers is important but it’s not the only stats to focus on. There are other metrics that you should consider to determine how good your email list is and how good your email campaign is such as message open rates, clicks through your links and sales conversions.

Technical Barrierstechnical

Someone who’s starting to be an affiliate marketer might think about creating their first blog, making a niche website, or establishing an online store because these websites are platforms to generate profits. These websites will be more likely to require your precious time and specific skills and knowledge and every from of website has their own issues particularly in starting to make profits online.

Setting up your own blog might be simple and easy from the start but it’s not the same story as you go through the process. How to get a good amount of viewers/readers to your blog post is the biggest problem for new bloggers.
It’s definitely hard to engage enough people when you are creating your new blog. You have to realize that you are competing in a huge and populated market that makes for very tough competition.

So what can you do?

Offering a unique product is good, however you have to deal with facts and provide information to any questions. Knowing what your audiences really want is your ultimate goal in promoting your product. Also, don’t forget that you are selling something that is not tangible. You have to work on your revenues from ads and from other working affiliate links in your blog.

However, if you want to generate real profits you have to create a big audience. Niche websites are also easy to make but it is also the same reason why the competition is greater. In order to get a large number of visitors to your sites, you have to enhance your search engine optimization (SEO) skills since search engine traffic contributes to a large part of total traffic going to a niche site. SEO can be time consuming and is always changing.You can outsource this to always stay in the search engine rankings.

You can learn about SEO and then it becomes second nature as you write. Yes google makes changes but if you stick with high quality content and good keywords you should be fine.

Social Mediasocial media

Now this is something that many marketers seem  to overlook. WHY? I have no idea, though it could be that it used to be seen more as a socialising thing rather than for business. That was a long time ago though.

Now it is very important, at least I think so. While you are waiting for Google to discover your site, trust it and move it up the ranks, social media can be bringing you traffic.

Let’s face it, people mainly click on links if they are interested in the subject or want to find out more. Those are the people you need. If they like what they see, find the information interesting rather than boring, they will be back to visit.

So my advice is open business social media accounts sooner rather than later. The quicker you build followers the better.

What are Bonuses?

Bonuses are products designed to encourage your customer to buy through you and not someone else. Everyone likes extra value added to a purchase and even more so if the value is greater than the original product. In other words they are Freebies and lets face it, everyone likes a something for free.

In fact most of the time, bonuses are usually worth more than what the products are worth. Yes, you are selling the same thing as other affiliates in the same market but a good bonus will have them buying through you rather than someone else.

Bonuses give a greater incentive for the customers to purchase through your link. They are obviously designed with the aim to increase sales and must be readily available and accessible to all the customers once they have made their purchase. freebies

A well put together bonus page can make a big difference to whether your customer goes through you or someone else.

Where to get the bonuses

Creating your own products, such a special report, an ebook or a course that would be useful is one way. Yes it will take some time to prepare but once made it can be used multiple times

Some software you buy that is a new product will often be offered with the right to sell on, to encourage buyers. This can then be offered as a bonus. Over time you can build up a stock of these.

There is also Private Label Rights or PLR as they are known. Private Label Rights products are created especially for selling on. Many you can change the pictures on and rewrite some of the wording to make it more your product and some can be given away as a freebie. It’s alway a good idea to check the license with it before you do anything.

What about creating a number of different bonus items?

It’s actually possible even if you don’t have enough resources. Negotiating a joint venture with other affiliates can be very beneficial to both of you if follow this route. This becomes a viable option when affiliates in one joint venture add individual bonuses to create a great bonus offering to your customers. But of course the return of investment from a joint venture must be fairly distributed to each affiliate. This strategy enables you to secure a sale by giving the customers more than what they have paid.

Has this helped?

Has this post helped with affiliate marketing myths? There are of course more, as there are about anything.

We have learned that an email list is good but the size  of it isn’t as important as you think. That affiliate marketing is an excellent business to get into and can reap great rewards if you put in the work and the effort to learn about it.

That SEO is important but you can pay to get it done for you if necessary. We have also learnt that social media can play an important part too.

I recommend

Wealthy Affiliate is my recommendation. It has everything you need to start a business. Free starter membership

Hosting, websites, security, support and an amazing community to help when needed and most of all the Training. Training on every aspect of building and running a website/blog. Everything you need to know about blogging and being an affiliate or about other businesses you can run online.

I am affiliate for Wealthy Affiliate because I am on this amazing platform myself  and I want others to know about it.

If you join through my link You will get bonuses from me. Read about it HERE!

They aren’t set bonuses because that’s what I got and cannot even recall now what it was. I know I never activated it because I was so involved in learning the basics and getting my website in place and how I wanted it.

So its ebooks on any subjects you feel will be helpful to you and a course, video and book offered the same way.

If you have ever dreamed of having your own business and then after lockdown thought you would prefer it to be online, Wealthy Affiliate is your best chance to do just that.

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Release Your Fears

Release Your Fears

You probably already know this deep down.
You want to start a business but it just doesn’t seem to happen. So what has been preventing you from doing that?

Fear!

Wouldn’t it be good to release your fears that are holding you back?

What are those Fears?

1) It’s hard work 

and so much easier and more satisfying to daydream about how it could/should/will than actually making a start and doing the work.  We’ll discuss how to stay motivated and stick at your goals even when the going gets tough. Then there’s the matter of feeling it’s not the right time: you procrastinate instead of looking for other work. This just needs inspiration to get you moving and revved up ready to go.

2) You’re afraid

This is very common and it condemns so many of us to a dull and unexciting lifestyle. We fear taking that leap and putting ourselves out there. It’s easier to imagine ourselves as very successful,  pretending we will get around to it, rather than actually putting ourselves out there and risk having it all go horribly wrong. Fear of failure looms large at such times and we tend to procrastinate.

But if you want to be successful then you can’t continue to procrastinate you have to take the plunge!

Are You Procrastinating?

Some examples of procrastinating include:

Endless Research

  • Spending ages researching, reading and taking courses on the topic instead of just getting stuck in. Continually needing more information to complete the plans to start. Working and reworking those business plans.research. Release your fears
  • There is nothing wrong with being thorough and getting it all laid out as much as possible but there comes a time when you need to make a start.

Working on projects and not completing them

  • You continually work on projects, spending a lot of time on each one but none get finished. Each time you get a new idea, the previous one is abandoned as not viable.
  • You just can’t somehow make it look really good.
  • Perfectionism is often just a delay tactic. Assess yourself!

Claiming the time isn’t right

  • We touched on this briefly but just to recap: the time is never right. You’re not travelling now because money isn’t good? Sure, save up some cash – but by then you’ll probably be at an exciting point in your career and not want to take a break. Then you’ll have a partner and not want to leave them. Then you’ll have a kid. There is never a good time to start a relationship, to get married, to have kids, to travel, to start a business. You do it anyway. And if you’re worried what other people might say? Then follow the advice to ‘ask for forgiveness, not permission’. Do it and worry about the consequences later. If it really means that much to you, then it is really the only option you have.

 Ignoring your own dissatisfaction. 

  • Do you know anyone in your life who clearly wants to be in a relationship and who ignores this fact by throwing themselves into their career? Every post on social media is about how excited they are about their new job, or about their travel. But you suspect that really, they just wish they had someone to go home to? In this case, they are trying to cover up one lacking area in their lives by focussing on the other. What about people who claim they are happy without pursuing their dream career because they have a family? But why not go for both? That way you can inspire your children and encourage them to follow their dreams.
  • Don’t make this mistake because you need to be fulfilled in every area of your life if you’re going to be truly happy.

Fear Setting or release your fears

If you still can’t overcome these psychological blocks though, then it time to employ a technique known as ‘fear setting’ that was described by Tim Ferriss in his book: The Four Hour Workweek.

The idea here is simple:

You are going to write down all of the things holding you back and all of the things you’re afraid of and then you’re going to present counter arguments, contingency plans and more to remove those fears. So take a moment to think about your goals and dreams and then write down all of the things that you want to accomplish. Write those goals and the steps you need to take as we discussed in the last chapter and then think about taking that first step right now. What’s holding you back? What are your fears? Be honest and thorough and make sure to include every possible concern.

Let’s say you want to start your own business. Here are some possible fears and concerns:

You don’t have the moneyNo Money

So look for something you can start up for minimal cost and do it alongside your job until you have built it up enough to leave and become your own boss. Nowadays is is the most usual way that people start a business.

Your partner is against the idea

They might be afraid that you will be successful and it will change you. Or they fear you won’t have enough time for them and your family and friends. Talking it through in depth and setting out boundaries may well get them onside. Point out that it’s for the future of your family. That while you may have less time at first, the ultimate goal is to have more family time to do more together.

You don’t have enough time!

This is a very common one. You are afraid you might have to give up the things you enjoy. Playing games online, watching TV, drinking with your friends. Being able to laze about on a weekend or days off.

If you are serious about a business and want to start it up alongside a job, then something has to go. You have to weigh up what’s more important to you, such as long term goals against short term gain.

Long term Goals: Looking forward to being your own boss and being able to work the hours you choose. Earning enough money to pay your bills and living costs easily, with plenty left over to do all the things you dream of. You have a winning mindset.

Short term gain: Nothing changes, you still see your friends, watch TV, play games and do nothing when you please. BUT nothing changes. The future looks exactly the same as the present, tied to a job and living for time off/weekends.

Your business might failBusiness Failure

This is true it might. What’s the worst that can happen? You have wasted a lot of time and need to change direction. If this happens, it is unlikely you will already have given up your job as the business would not have been earning enough.

So therefore you will continue working for someone else for longer. However, the dream is still alive and a possibility if you continue putting in the work.

You might lose your Job

Now this is a strong possibility in today’s climate whether you are starting a business on the side or not. This just means that it is more important to have alternative plans. Because of the Pandemic and lockdowns in most countries many real world businesses have closed.

Opportunities Abound!

Right now business is booming online, many savvy people are jumping on the bandwagon and starting their own online business.

Affiliate marketing is popular and growing at a great rate as so many companies are moving online entirely.

When I started I was concerned that there might be many of us fighting to represent a few companies. Have to say, I was shocked at the sheer numbers of companies there are online and now even more have moved online,  all needing affiliate marketers.

There are other alternatives too. Making and selling products yourself.

Dropshipping, where you advertise products on your website and once a customer orders you send that order on to the warehouse/company you are working with and they fulfil and post the order. Done and dusted!

Create graphics for people, build websites and look after them, write content for bloggers and the list goes on.

Just put “online work” or something similar into google and check it out.

What have you got to lose? Your fears and some time.

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Be sure to to research first, there are plenty of scam sites out there. If something looks too good to be true, it usually is.

If an “amazing opportunity” states: Up and running in 3 clicks/takes 5 minutes, so easy a newbie can do it and earning mega money, ie: thousands, within 2/12/24 hours, do NOT jump in.

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It is FREE to join. No card required at all unless you decide to invest in yourself and your future and upgrade.

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It has excellent training, a brilliant community and fantastic Site Support. Its free to join and you can get a basic website created quite quickly. That’s the easy bit. You have access to free training and can learn the basics.

If you join the Premium version after a week, you get the first month half price. It is worth it for the cost of hosting, support and security alone, without all the training and the community.

Is it easy? NO. Is it quick to earn? NO.

Like any business that is meant to last, you build a solid foundation, build out, diversify and keep growing. It might be 6 months before you start earning but more likely longer, it all depends upon how much time and effort you put into it. Pretty much like anything really. Time and effort equals progress.


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Tips for a Successful Blog

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Now this blog post could cover pages and pages if I am not careful. There is nothing more exciting and fun than helping others. Like most people I love to impart the knowledge I have learnt, so I decided to pass on some tips for a successful blog.

The idea that sparked this post

I was reading a blog post about reasons for starting a blog. The writer said it needed to be personal which is correct. I call this the Why (read more HERE!). This is your reason for wanting to blog in the first place. It was reading that blog that gave me the idea for this blog. I started thinking about all the reasons people want a blog to start with.

My first blog

Many years ago I had a blog to showcase crafts, mine and other peoples. My particular ‘thing’ or style I suppose became a poem or ditty. I did a daily blog and always added a verse of some sort, usually related to what I had showcased, the theme. Sometimes it was about world situations or even the weather.

It built up regular viewers very quickly and was popular. Unfortunately people did not tell me until much later that it really helped their sales to be on there.

I also had no idea about monetising a blog in any way. I didn’t have time to read other blogs between family, work, making my own crafts to sell and blogging daily. So I missed an opportunity and gradually stopped blogging so much because it took up a chunk of time I needed for making, then it gradually stopped as life took over.

The trouble with something like writing a blog is, you need to be consistent. If you write regularly, it becomes a habit you do automatically. Miss a few and the habit is disappearing, blog sporadically and the habit disappears altogether.

Create your styleBe a blogger Tips for a Successful Blog

The blog also has to be personal in that you give it your voice which is your style.
That’s why copy and pasting doesn’t work, it looks and sounds impersonal. Plus if you have some or all of your content written for you, your blog won’t reflect your style or voice. Once you have attained success and have many followers then it is easier to let others write for you, a good writer will be able to give the writing at least some of your style and voice.

Many leaders in the blogging industry have a team that does the day to day stuff for them but the team will know how the blogger prefers each post to be.

People have a need to connect with other people. When your writing has your voice, that tone that makes it easily recognisable as yours, they will  feel a connection that brings them back, again and again.

How to give it a Voice

That’s easy, make it about something you are passionate about. Do you have a hobby, an interest, something you do for fun or used to do before life squeezed it out?

Can’t think of anything? What do you talk to others about? Gaming? Crafts, Books, sports, health, wellbeing, keep fit, weightlifting, needlework, embroidery, baking, cars, bikes, motorbikes, gardening?  The list is endless, it could go on for pages and pages. This amount gets the point across though.

It helps to know something about your subject which if it’s something you already love, you will know quite a bit about it.

If you can write as if you were talking to someone in the same room, explaining all about your passion, it makes the writing more personal and interesting to read.

Why do you need a blog?

Mainly because we all like to check something out before we buy. Also we don’t always know what we need so we go in search of answers to a problem.

Say you have a particular niche on …… gardening which is a growing interest not just to look pretty but for growing food. So those that are new to it but really fancy growing organic produce will go looking for information on how to make a start. They want to know what to grow and when and most importantly how to prepare the soil, whether raised beds are better and so on.

So the blog writer will consider all problems growers have, from new gardener to the experienced gardener  and write posts on solutions. Then you will have products, affiliate or otherwise, that you will recommend and they will find useful.

The gardening niche is just an example but it works much the same way in other niches.

How soon will I make money?

Like any business it will take time to build trust, via your blog posts and you will need to have quite a lot of posts on your site for Google to rank them high enough to get seen often. Google and other search engine rankings is what brings organic traffic to your site. These are the people specifically searching for what you are writing about.to blog or not to blog, that is the question

You will research and use keywords to bring those people to you. The keywords are the search terms people are using the most in search of information that they need.

So how long? Months if not a year or more. Though that depends upon how much time you have to research and write your posts and how many posts you can do in a week. If you can write quality posts every day, that will obviously make a difference to the time frame.

However, it is not a fast process, so earning will not be immediate or even in the near future. However once your site builds trust and the search engines decide you are an authority then traffic will build and along with it the chance to start earning sooner.

Mind you, if you have got to the point of asking about blogging or are looking for tips, you probably have the blog set up, if not actually started writing and you will know that it is not a fast solution to earning.

Pro’s and Cons of blogging

It can be hard at first, getting into the habit of writing more than a thousand words but it’s surprising how quickly you get used to it and the words start to flow without having to think too hard.

Many worry that they will run out of things to write about. I did at first but again once you have written several posts you find there are more and more ideas that spring up.

What about the research? That can be time consuming but mainly because you end up finding interesting ideas for more blog posts.

Traffic takes a long time to build up. social mediaNot necessarily. Organic traffic takes time to build but social media induced traffic can be much faster.
Make sure you set up social media business accounts from the start. If you only get a few minutes here and there it will help the followers to increase. The bigger the following the better the traffic.

What do you think?

Does it sound fun, adventurous, exciting, crazy, mad, daft or what? Some of them, all of them?

Me? I absolutely love it. It seemed a chore at first because I was constantly watching the word count but as I really got into it, I forgot all about how many words I was writing.

The amount of words became irrelevant, it was all about the information instead.

Where am I?

I am on the Wealthy Affiliate platform. They host my websites securely, have pretty much instant support and have an amazing amount of training on pretty much every subject you can think of to do with online selling and marketing.Free starter membership

I looked for a long time to find a platform like this. Am I biased. YES, I definitely am. I have been on Wealthy Affiliate for 15 months and loved every minute of it. I still love it and cannot imagine being anywhere else.

I have learnt so much in the 15 months. I can build wordpress websites, I learnt about SEO, plugins and keywords. I can research, write blog posts, know a lot more about social media and the list just goes on.

Nearly forgot another major bonus of the platform. The amazing and brilliant community. There are a lot that have been there many years and pop in and out to help and advise when they get the chance. People write blog posts on the platform itself and they are full of helpful and useful advice. If you ask a question it is generally answered quickly by different people.

If you haven’t already got a website or signed up for training, would you like to have a look at the platform I am on?

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