What is the Key to Success

What is the Key to Success

There are many opinions and guesses and much advice about the KEY to success. Those with established businesses, entrepreneurs, budding entrepreneurs and people from all walks of life ask the same question! What is the key to success?

Any ideas?

So…. I googled it. I found what I expected, a variety of lists. You might think that there would be one definitive list wouldn’t you? Sadly no because we are all different and have different ideas, opinions, goals and even differing views on what success means.

So each person knows, just as I feel that I know. Actually,  I know there are a variety of keys but I also know that there is one thing without which the other keys won’t work.  One thing that you need above all others to reach the pinnacle of success.

Let’s look at the variety of keys required first.

KnowledgeKnowledge   What is the Key to Success

Avoid the Get Rich Quick schemes, you will waste time and money on something that may briefly make money but so often you have to spend more and more to get anywhere. Understand that you cannot reach success by throwing money at something. You need to learn about business, how to go about it and what you have to do to build a successful business.

If you are wanting an online business, then you need to know how to do that. How to set up a website, all about SEO, social media, blogging and then the area you want to go into, selling goods, dropshipping, affiliate marketing etc.

I recommend an excellent platform, Wealthy Affiliate, that teaches all you need to know for any area of online working, supplies websites, security, support and an amazing community.

Determination

Without determination, there is no push to keep going. You need to have that resolve to keep going no matter what. If you give up too soon you will never know how close you were to the success you crave.

Determination will keep you going when you are tired and want to stop. It will keep you going when you think that you will never be able to learn all you need to know. It will drive you on when you are convinced that integrating so much knowledge is an impossible task and then keep you moving forwards as you pass that stage and build on what you have learnt.

You have decided you are going to do this and resolved to persevere and keep going regardless of how long it takes to reach success.

Hard workHard work

This should really go without having to be said but in this day and age of instant gratification, I feel it needs to be stated loud and clear!

HARD WORK! It takes hard work to build the foundations of a successful business and hard work to keep it going and being successful.

You will need to put in the work and the time if you want your business to be successful. To keep working towards your goal even when you feel like giving up. At any point you just don’t know how close you might be to success.

You will reach a point of overload, most people do, but if you can work through that it will suddenly become much easier.

So many give up too easily.

Discipline

Discipline is an obvious one. You have to be disciplined to organise your workload. Perhaps you are working at a job while you build your business, so you need to organise your time and make sure you carry through with the work needed for your fledgling business.

You need discipline to continue, even if you are tired.

Maybe your friends or family want you to go somewhere or do something, the easy option is to just forget the work waiting. But if you are disciplined you will continue to work, even if only a little, knowing that further down the line you will have more time for all those things.

BeliefBelief

Without this, you might as well not start really. If you don’t believe you can do it, then you won’t. Self-belief is a very big part of success. If you don’t believe in yourself then why would anyone else?

It is easy to say you believe you can do it but saying that and having the complete knowing that you can and will do this, are two entirely different things.

It is human to doubt occasionally at low moments but the majority of your focus should be on success.

The belief should be strong enough to ensure you can ignore all those that try to deter you under the guise of  ‘good advice’.

So What is the Key to Success?

Passion!

To me, this is the main key to success.

If you don’t have a passion for what you are doing then it comes through in your writing.  You will struggle to find new ideas to write about after a time. The enthusiasm won’t be there in the same way as if you were truly passionate about your niche.

You will probably start off well but then it will become more of a chore.Passion  What is the Key to Success

Often we start out looking at it from the money angle. You know what I mean. You research what is popular and will make you the most money. Let’s be fair. There is nothing wrong with that, we all have to make a living. It’s possible to have sites you aren’t passionate about, that make money. But the chances are that your interest will dwindle despite the earning potential.

Passion will bring a flood of ideas, will make the writing flow, inspire you and pull you back constantly despite any other work you need to do. The right products will come along to either sell or be affiliated with when you are ready.

But most of all, it will be exciting and fun. Fun is not just for kids, it’s for everybody.

When you have passion for what you do, whether it’s a job, working for someone else, or your own business it is fun too.

What about YOU?

Is your life fun? Do you enjoy your work? Is there something you are passionate about that you would like to turn into a business?

Do you dream of working for yourself? Do you have a passion you want to turn into a business?

If you do, now is the best time. With the Pandemic and so many countries going into a fresh lockdown, more people than ever are turning to the internet for jobs and their own business.

What  is the key of success  to you? Do you agree or think something else is the key?  Let me know in the comments.Free starter Membership to Wealthy Affiliate.

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Avoid Scams Online

Avoid Scams Online

Sadly there are many scammers out there just waiting to fleece you of your hard earned cash. Some are done so well and are so tempting that you want to believe it and don’t realise until you are already inside, money gone. Let’s help you to avoid scams online.

When you start out

It is easy to get caught when you are first looking at starting a business. The minute you click on anything to do with home based business on any platform the adverts will start coming at you. You thought those social media platforms policed that sort of thing? Nope! As long as they are paying for ads they don’t care what they put in it as long as it meets the guidelines for setting it up. Let’s face it, the scammers are skilled at creating ads that work, look good to draw you in and sound plausible.

There are many legitimate online businesses that you can buy into or associate yourself with but always check for potential problems. Read on for some things to look out for when starting a new business.

What to look out for!Avoid Scams Online

The first red flag

Is if there is a claim that you will get rich overnight or gain unbelievable wealth with almost no effort. If it seems unbelievable, it probably is.

Other common claims are:

  • Newbie friendly, a complete novice can do this.
  • Set up in 3 clicks.
  • Set up in 15/30 minutes, neither is plausible because if you check carefully there will be videos to watch.
  • You can start earning money within 2 hours, 6 hours, 24 hours or any other variation. In that short space of time, no one is going to know you are there, unless they are personally going to share your site everywhere with paid ads or on large social media accounts.
  • Already has content reviews. That of course is pointless as Google will see it as plagiarised content and not index it. Why? The same content will be on all the other sites that have just been sold. Unless of course you can alter it or add your own which usually means shelling out more cash.

Be sure to read user reviews from reputable websites and check consumer reporting publications and websites. With all the information available online, there is no excuse for being taken advantage of, although having said that, it is easy to be caught on the spur of the moment.

What else?

Some will show you a big house with an expensive car as ‘proof ‘ of the lifestyle you can live if you just buy that super duper ‘system’. Occasionally you see the person sitting at a kitchen table or worktop on their laptop, kitchen is huge, immaculately clean and not a personal item in sight usually. All very staged, these will usually be for the more expensive ‘systems’.  These types were very prevalent a year or two ago but not seen any for a while, though it doesn’t mean they aren’t there targeting new users.

Remain Sceptical

Never believe it when someone tells you that a business will practically run itself. It will not. The effort you put in will be directly proportional to the results that come out of it. Nothing will ever replace hard work, dedication and a vision for the future.

If you do affiliate marketing you will get passive income from sites that no longer need much doing to them, just a post a week perhaps to keep them going. But by then you will have others you are bringing along to the same point.

Testimonials

If you read testimonials that are glowing and sound like they are coming straight from a script – they probably are. It is quite likely that these people have been paid to say the things they are saying, or they may even be total fabrications. Ask for direct contact numbers for anyone claiming to vouch for the business opportunity, and ask them specific questions that they would only be able to answer if they were actually real business owners who had used the product and sold it to clients.

Plus if you see many of these selling pages you will start to see the same pictures and names.

Upfront PaymentScam

Be very wary of anyone who asks for a large upfront investment of cash, especially if it is nonrefundable. Ask questions about “free trial” periods, making sure to read the fine print. These offers will often require you to give a credit card upfront, which will be charged the entire fee for buying into the business. Then if you have issues or do not want to continue, you can request a refund of this fee. You can bet that it will not be easy at all to ever get this refund. If they are genuinely offering a free trial, then it should be free, with no upfront cost whatsoever.

Can’t Look, Don’t Pay

There are many that don’t allow a look inside until you pay, this is usually because you wouldn’t bother and would run the other way feeling you had a lucky escape. So if you can’t look inside without giving a credit/debit card first, don’t bother. Legitimate platforms/sites have nothing to hide and willingly let you spend time there. The one I am on, Wealthy Affiliate, gave you some free training too and I built a website and talked to members of the community. When they are legitimate they know that once you have a look round and see what is on offer, if you are serious about starting a business, then you will want to join up for even more training and everything else you get. See this blog post HERE if you are interested in seeing it.

Don’t be pushed

Never give in to high pressure tactics and immediately cut off communication with anyone who tries to reel you in this way. It is indicative of desperation and an attempt to get you signed up before you can realize the flaws and inherent dangers in the program or the product. They may also be trying to get you to “sign on the dotted line” before reading the small print and the required commitment. Always take as much time as you need to think it over and to determine whether it is the right business for you.

If they start pushing hard, back away, anyone legitimate doesn’t push if they know what they have is worthwhile.

What do you think?

Do you think you will recognise the scams now? I hope so. Always remember though, “if it sounds too good to be true it probably is”.

Forewarned is forearmed, so you can go forwards now and get that business started or move forwards with your new business. Have to say though when you are overworked and still waiting for that first commission or sale they can be hard to resist. Be strong.

Enjoy your new business and your new life.

 


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Wealthy Affiliate Changes 2020

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What are the Wealthy Affiliate Changes 2020?

Wealthy Affiliate is growing and changing as always but this year there are even bigger changes. The world is changing so  we must change with it. There has never been a better time to start an online business than right here and now.

Today we are looking at:

  • Working from home in a pandemic
  • The new pricing
  • About the new pricing
  • About the platform
  • The benefits of WA
  • The training
  • The community
  • The future

Working from home in a Pandemic

We have yet to see anything like this current pandemic. Hopefully it won’t happen again but the chances are it will. With worldwide travel easily accessible to all, there’s a very real chance it could happen again.masked world Wealthy Affiliate Changes 2020 Viruses and diseases start spreading before we realise there is a problem. By the time we understand what is going on it is already spreading around the globe.

Life as we know it has changed drastically due to the pandemic with many countries in Lockdown trying to halt the spread.

Many companies have had to insist their employees work from home where possible. I believe that once this is over many companies will continue to encourage employees to work from home.

Previously many did not because of the concern their work force would not be focussed enough. Many were concerned they couldn’t have their regular productive meetings.

This Lockdown has proved to employers that this is not the case at all. Many of those working from home have reported much greater productivity without the distractions of being in an office and not wasting time on a commute to and from work. Meetings have gone ahead with technology utilised to assist. Now the companies realise that in many cases it is a better way of working.

There is a lot of good coming out of this already and more will come in the future. I suspect more businesses than ever will downsize their premises save on costs.

At this time, realising how easy online working is, more and more people are searching for work or a business so they can work from home all the time. It is an excellent time to make the leap. Get it started while you have more time and then build it up alongside your job until you are earning enough to be your own boss.

A lockdown is no one’s idea of Freedom but working from home is what many people dream of. Is freedom your goal?

The New Pricing coming

After May 11th 2020  the new pricing at Wealthy Affiliate will look like this:

  • Premium Yearly = $495 per year (NEW PRICE)
  • Premium Twice Yearly = $234 per 6 months (REMOVED)
  • Premium Monthly = $49 per month (UNCHANGED)
  • First Month Premium Monthly Offer = $19 First Month (UNCHANGED)

As you can see, the monthly price and first month price aren’t altered. The twice yearly pricing is no longer available and the yearly price has gone up.

About the New Yearly Pricing

Although the Premium Yearly price is going up there is more on offer. It made sense to go Premium before and if you look at industry standards and pricing it is still going to be a bargain to go Premium with the Yearly offer.

It just makes much more economic sense to pay yearly and business expenses are for many, tax deductible.

The full price Premium Yearly will include:

  • Free .com Domain.
  • $50 in Community Credits. 
  • $93 discount on paying month to month

So, what do you get for your money?

Everything works seamlessly to make working on your website/s easier. All the updates and integrations don’t affect the day to day usage for the members, it all goes on in the background.

Some features within the Websites platform here.

  • SiteBuilder
  • SiteContent
  • SiteComments
  • SiteHealth
  • SiteSpeed Extreme
  • SiteSupport
  • SiteEmail
  • SiteDomains
  • SiteMove

Hosting that’s State of the Art

Speed, security and reliability are all key with WA hosting, giving confidence that your website/s are on the most secure and fastest Managed WordPress Hosting platform in the industry. Comparable hosting to that received at Wealthy Affiliate could cost up to $250 per month, over $2,000 a year. It’s the comparisons that make me realise again how lucky I am to have found Wealthy Affiliate.Jaaxy Research Tools

Premium membership gives you access to Jaaxy Lite. This supplies unlimited keyword searches, alphabet soup searches as well as access to other platforms like Site Rank for your keyword, website and niche research needs.Jaaxy research tool

Some features available to you with Jaaxy.

  • Keyword Search
  • Keyword List Management
  • Search Analysis
  • Site Rank
  • Alphabet Soup Tool
  • Brainstorm Ideas

The Jaaxy platform also has changes and improvements planned for the coming months ahead.

Unlimited Training unlimited training Wealthy Affiliate Changes 2020

When you get access to Wealthy Affiliate you are getting access to many resources. This includes training through tutorials, courses and challenges, as well as a lot of training from community members. If community members find a better and or easier way of doing something, they will create a training for others to benefit from their knowledge. I often think that there must be at least one training on anything you could think of related to online business available on Wealthy Affiliate.

Get Access to this training:

  • Online Entrepreneur Certification (all 50 Lessons)
  • Affiliate Bootcamp (all 70 lessons)
  • Weekly Training Updates (Tutorials, Videos, Live Classes)
  • Access to All Future Premium Training Content
  • Access to All Expert Blog Posts (tons of value weekly)

Live Classes

I must confess that as yet I haven’t actually made it to one of the live classes though I have watched and benefitted from some of them after the fact. It’s mainly because of the time difference. It’s getting late here by the time a lot of webinars run, so I have to see them after the fact. I don’t miss out though, they are always available to be watched.

The Live Events are very popular. I have often seen references to them the following day in a variety of blogs sharing snippets they learnt.

  • 52 Weekly Live Classes Per Year (100% value)
  • 400+ Hours of Past Classes
  • Unlimited Class Replays
  • Cameo Live Classes

The Community

There is a lot of expert help available at Wealthy Affiliate. It is home to some of the top affiliate marketers and internet entrepreneurs in the world. You can access that help via the Live Chat area, the comment platform and by asking questions of the community as a whole.community support

It’s amazing to think that there are literally thousands of years worth of experience  within the community and they are helping others every day.

We are a global community here at WA with people from every country in the world, with all different levels of experience and interests that are interacting and networking every day. it is the largest affiliate marketing community in the world with over 2.2 million members at this time.

There is of course the help you will receive from your mentor, the person you sign up through. Not all will stay in contact or even check in regularly but there are many who will. I feel this is an important part of the help available. Some will offer access to a course they have made or an ebook as a bonus to entice.

The Future is Bright for Wealthy Affiliate Members

The Wealthy Affiliate platform continually evolves and grows. The owners are very hands on and listen to their members ideas, implementing them and integrating them into the platform, constantly improving everything they can.

There are many improvements coming for 2020 and the next year. In fact the plans include the entire decade before us, to keep up with and ahead of changes online and in technology.

Would you like to become a member of Wealthy Affiliate?

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Why not join for FREE to have a look at what is on offer. You do NOT get asked for a card of any sort. If you don’t get excited about your ability to build a business once inside, then its not for you. If you aren’t prepared to work hard and give as much time as possible, then it’s not for you.

However if you are prepared to do those things, if you are excited about having your own online business, then you are in the right place.

Should you decide to join through one of the l.inks on this page then I will become your mentor. I do not offer a set bonus as you may be a complete beginner or already have some knowledge of what it entails to build a website or have an online business. So 1 or more ebooks I have available could be helpful. Or maybe at the beginning you just want to get started and have me answer questions and give advice that will make your learning a little easier.

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Learn about Affiliate Marketing

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The easy and basic version for those who are only just discovering and want to learn about affiliate marketing.

What is affiliate marketing?

It’s a way of earning money online.

It works as a business, you apply to companies that appeal to you or have products in your chosen niche. You then become affiliated with the company if they accept you and then you promote their products for them.

They will supply you with advertising material such as banners and make links available to you, with your special code, so that each company knows who the traffic or sales come from.

When someone clicks on a link to a product and then buys, whether it’s digital or an actual physical product, the affiliate can earn a small commission from the sale.

It sounds simple and that is the basic premise but it takes hard work getting to that point. There are many online who say it’s easy, you can earn thousands a week while only working 2 hours per week. That is not realistic at all.

The reality is lots of training and many hours of hard work. If followed correctly the training works very well but it won’t happen overnight. Many try it for a month or two and give up saying it doesn’t work, having done very little of the training or put in much time. If you want to earn well, then you need to put in the time and  effort.

 

What is Wealthy Affiliate?

Wealthy Affiliate is a platform for affiliate marketing. You can join at no cost, have a look round, try out the basic training and see what you think. wealthy affiliate Learn about Affiliate Marketing

There is no pressure to become a paying member. Though if you join within the first 7 days you get the first month at half price. If you decide to stay on you can pay monthly or yearly. Yearly  means you save quite a bit, so if you can do that it’s much more economical, but of course it depends on individual circumstances and how you feel about what there is on offer.

When I joined I was highly sceptical but the quality of the free training won me over, along with the welcoming community. Once I went to Premium and  saw what training was on offer for paid members, how much there was available and how comprehensive it is, I was hooked.

Building a website or starting one with the free training was exciting and then continuing on was even better. I couldn’t believe my luck and knew there and then I was staying.

What do you learn?

You learn how to build a wordpress website.

First of all though you have to decide what your website will be about.  You select a topic and narrow it down in to a niche which is a smaller more select area of the overall topic.

With that decided, next comes a name for your website.

I always avoided WordPress as it looked so complicated, so went for easier options. With the right training however, that is done step by step, even I could manage it. Being able to stop  and start the video to complete each piece was brilliant. Some parts I found easy but other sections I had to go over a few times until the penny dropped.

The sense of accomplishment was amazing.

Additions to your site

You learn about the best themes to use, to get your site looking the way you want it. Though you first start with a more limited selection on the free starter membership, still quite a few though, to choose from. At this stage you tend to use the first one that appeals, which is fine at this stage as you are just keen to have a website.

There are Plug ins that come with your website, basic ones essential to the running of it.plug ins

Not real world plugs of course, plug ins that go right inside your website that help with the running of it.

There are an amazing amount of plug ins that will do various things for your website. Often you will see people recommending various ones but experience has taught me to check my stats before and after.

There is training on how to create content (blog posts) for your site, again, step by step the best way to set it out and how to add pictures and videos.

There is also a section of the Wealthy Affiliate site that has lists of companies wanting affiliate marketers, so you don’t even have to do that yourself unless you want to.

I also realised that it doesn’t stop at affiliate marketing any of your sites can be used for any business that you want to run.

You have an amazing site you have created and can sell things you create, buy items to sell, or be an affiliate marketer. Or you can incorporate all 3, its entirely up to you. The only limits you have are those you impose on yourself.

How does it help me?

You can run any business you choose and you will have the help you need.dream big

You have an amazing site you have created and can sell things you create, buy items to sell, do coaching or be an affiliate marketer or anything else you fancy doing.

The only limits you have are those you impose on yourself.

There is training on just about any business related subject you can think of . Not only official training but also many from long term members who find a better way of doing something or a different way that’s easier.

I am pretty sure that most things you want to know about will have at least one training available, if not more.

The Benefits.

From 16th March there are changes to the amount of websites offered.

  • 1 website with the free membership and 10 websites with the Premium membership.
  • It used to be 2 websites with the free starter membership and 50 websites with the Premium membership.

You get great website hosting along with  top notch Security to keep it safe.

Website Speed that is fabulous in this fast paced world where everything has to be instant. It gives a better user experience for your site visitors.

Reliability. A platform that is reliable, where the owners are accessible and despite being so successful are still ready to help should you have a problem.

Support. The site support is brilliant. The response is very fast and any problems solved quickly, occasionally the impossible takes longer but still gets solved.

The free starter membership with training to get you started along with a website. Well 2 at the minute, until 16th March.

Did I mention the amazing community that have helped me and others countless times? They are the human side of Wealthy Affiliate, along with the owners Kyle and Carson. They too are very accessible, giving help and advice to everyone. Plus they keep updating the platform and are  constantly making improvements

Conclusion

Wealthy Affiliate is a great place to learn all you need to know about starting a business, whether it’s affiliate marketing or a different type of business.Wealthy Affiliate banner

All the tools are there in one place to help you succeed. Then as backup you have an amazing community who will cheer you on with successes, commiserate with the mistakes and lift you up if you feel down.

And every day you will see blog posts on the site that inspire you. They also teach you and spark ideas for your site and for new blog posts.

They also encourage everyone to sign up for the free membership first, there are very few platforms that do that. Wealthy affiliate do it because they have nothing to hide. There aren’t any upsells. If you decide to go premium, which is your choice, that is what you will pay, your membership only.

You can buy domain names through Wealthy Affiliate but you can buy them elsewhere if you prefer and migrate them in, the same if you already own a domain name.

So overall there are many benefits to coming to Wealthy Affiliate and giving us a try. Check it out for free and see what you think. All you will have lost is a bit of time.

What you could gain, is a better future. So why not come and join us today? CLICK HERE!

Joining via my link on this page will ensure you get my assistance when needed, the benefit of my knowledge thus far and 2 ebooks to help you on your affiliate journey.


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How to Create an Online Business

Future written in scrabble tiles

It’s a new year and the start of a new decade and time to make a better future.

How do you do that? By creating an online business.

Time to make the future you want.

You don’t change things by doing what you’ve always done. So now it’s time to change that, to create the future you have dreamed of.

How can you do that?

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Can I learn how to create an online business?

First you need to learn how.

There are ways to learn for free with many You Tube videos on the subject as well as blogs. There are also websites offering free online courses if you Google it.

These of course are limited in the amount of information they give you as many are selling more extensive courses themselves.

That route can take a while as you piece together the different amounts of information.

I tried this way but it always felt as though something was missing. Which is certainly not helpful.

How can I afford a good course?

There are always ways to save cash once you decide you want to invest in yourself and your future.

Do you pay for TV subscriptions? How much do you pay and do you need them all?

Do you eat out or have Takeaways? How about coffee on your way to work? Make savings on lunch and take your food from home and use refillable water bottles.

You can shop around to reduce your utility bills.

Shop around to cut back on food bills. Do click and collect rather than pay a delivery charge.

You don’t have spare time.

When you work full time, it’s easy to instantly dismiss the idea of doing extra work at home but it’s how many successful entrepreneurs started out.

So think about it.

Do you play games online, on a console? Do you watch television programmes, films, box sets?

Do you see where I am going with this?

If you want to build a better future then you need to make changes. Instead of slouching in front of a screen dozing, why not put that time to good use in front of a screen that has you wide awake and keen to do more?

What would I do?

Training. Running up steps.

Training!

No, not that sort of training, though the word does make me think of running in particular and being pushed to the limit.

Though if you sit all day a bit of walking or running is not a bad way to have a break.

I mean a different sort of training.

Learning how to build a website, how to find a niche, to master SEO, Keywords, blogging, social media and more.

Training that seems endless, tough at times but is exciting too.

Building a basic first website is fun and gives a massive sense of achievement.

What is a niche?

Is a small part of a wider subject. Such as Health. This is a large subject so you narrow it down to something you are interested in.

Some examples of this one subject.

* Health & Beauty Aids Retail
* Health & Diet Foods Retail
* Health & Medicine
* Health & Wellness Programs
* Health Aids
* Health and Beauty
* Health Associations
* Health Care Plans
* Health Care Professionals
* Health Care Providers
* Health Clubs
* Health Food Stores
* Health Spas
* Healthy Gut
* Hearing Aid Audiologists
* Hearing Aids & Assistive Devices Retail
* Heart Disease

There are, of course, hundreds of possibles niches covering a wide variety of subjects.

What is SEO?

SEO

Search Engine Optimisation.

Basically how to get the search engines to see your blog posts and rank them.

The higher the ranking the more your posts and site gets seen by people searching for what you are writing about.

 

What are Keywords?

The particular words and phrases that people use when they are searching for a subject they want to know about. Using the right ones help your posts move up the ranks to get seen.

Think about when you do an online search. The better the words you put in, the more descriptive, the better the results. Keywords give good results from both sides.

What is blogging?

Writing a blog post or an article which is more commonly known as content to those that have a website and blog.  You write information about your niche, solving problems, writing reviews and anything else relevant to your subject.. To do that you need to do research, check facts, create good post titles and find good keywords.

Many think of blogging as writing something fun, perhaps about your day, adding some pictures and that’s it done. This is unbelievably far from the truth. Well it is when you are blogging for a business. 1 post can take many hours to create.

Read article writing tips HERE!

Social Media

social media

Not the sort of social media where you keep in contact with family and friends but business social media.

You need accounts with the main platforms to share your blog posts and create posts that interest people so they become followers.

Followers are important as through them your work gets a wider audience. When people like, share or  comment on your posts, they then get seen by others from their circles too.

Social media has an important part to play in running any online business. It’s not enough enough to have a business, you also need customers. That means you need to advertise your site, blog posts and anything you sell or items you recommend that your customers might need or are searching for.

It can help with reaching potential followers of your site and the all important traffic, while you are building your content and rising in the ranks of search engines.

 

How soon would I be earning?

That is a question that comes up a lot as you can imagine. Especially as many watch videos for ‘systems’ that promise fast set up and money coming in within hours or a few days. Then just a couple of hours a week to keep it going.

Many people have been caught out with these.

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Well the one I recommend doesn’t work like that.

It teaches you the basics then moves on to the more in depth training to help you build a business that will last and grow. It’s focussed on building a good solid foundation that can continue to grow well into the future.

The official training is excellent and very extensive and there is also an endless amount of training available from members you have been on the site for years.

Some have started earning small amounts after a few months, others have taken longer. It all depends on the amount of time you have to give to your fledgling business and how much effort you are willing to put in.

Have I earned anything yet? Small amounts which are nice and shows the training works but I didn’t expect more or even that just yet as other commitments reduce the time I have available. I do however spend every spare minute I have on it.

So what is my recommendation?

Wealthy Affiliate!

wealthy affiliate starter membership

It is a hosting platform that as well as offering training and offers you hosting on up to 50 websites, 25 domain and 25 non domain.

The site support is excellent, responds promptly and solves minor problems instantly, difficult mostly within an hour or two and the impossible takes a bit longer.

There is a very large supportive community, that is always available and very inspiring.

They offer a free starter membership to look around, have a go at building a website and doing some basic training, which I was impressed with when I started. It made me take the next step, which was signing up for a month of Premium membership, which costs $49 or £37.44p.

That gives you the chance to examine what else is on offer and check out the premium training.

For me, after a week, I knew this was what I wanted and where I wanted to build my business.

I always recommend that you try the free membership first.

Letting you know of changes coming very soon.

Upcoming Hosting Changes, March 16th, 2020

We are moving to updated hosting plans in preparation of some significant launches in May, and the introduction of a standalone Managed WordPress Brand being launched Summer 2020.

These are how the hosting updates look:

Starter Membership1 Website, Formerly 2 Websites

Premium Membership: 10 Websites Any Type (NEW), Formerly 25 Own Domains / 25 Free Websites

Price changes from May 12th and more up to date information on changes HERE!

Think you can’t do it?

I say you can! If at 64 I can learn this while running a small crafting business, running a home and caring for grandchildren, then you definitely can. It’s all about attitude and believing in yourself.

Try it for free and see what you think. You lose nothing by looking. Then if you like what you see, take the leap and invest in yourself and your future. You are worth it!

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