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Catching Your Second Wind – Guide to Ultimate Success

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If you have tried and failed, you’re on the right path. So many people, young and old, get into business and expect smooth sailing but realistically, the life of an entrepreneur is all but easy. Don’t become blinded by other’s success. Instead, be aware of their underlying efforts. It’s all about what you do behind closed doors. When nobody else is watching. More importantly, when you feel like your working your ass off but still  lacking true results.

My first time attempting any form of business was at the age of 16. Nieve, I trusted various internet programs that promised riches. Whether they worked or not is up for debate but every single one I opted into failed to truly educate me on proper business ownership. More times than not, I hadn’t even known what product I was selling. This is known as a common rookie mistake, which happens to be very common among millennials.
Naturally, I gave up. I didn’t get the results and I quit saying, “Its Impossible” and “I’m too Young” when in reality, the only issue that I had didn’t revolve around the size of the paycheck but instead the size of my desire.
Your desire to succeed in life has to be extraordinary. You have to want to win so bad that you will effortlessly go out of your way to becoming great. To become great, failure is simply not an option. Failure should instead be a part of the journey. As long as you expect it to happen, you will be malleable enough to cope and adjust with what is known as adversity.
Entrepreneurs, students or anyone that realizes their dreams rely on their daily actions must take it upon themselves to demand success at all costs. If it takes 2 years of grinding your ass off to make your first dollar, so be it as long as there is much more where that came from.
Bloggers know this feeling. Understanding that in order to build that seven-figure business, they must be willing to blog for the first year practically for free. Some call it voluntary, but I call it an investment. An investment for your future.
So learn to invest in yourself. Take the fall and just trust that it will pay off sooner or later. Success is like a parabola. It may start out incredibly slow but just know, when it catches its second wind of momentum, it’s going to take off!
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How Do Bloggers Make Money

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Bloggers come in two distinct forms; those that blog for the love of writing or helping others and those blogging in order to drive traffic to their site for small profits. This causes a great misconception of what actually goes on behind the scenes of making money versus blogging as a hobby. After several questions of how exactly it is possible to make money through blogging, it was only right to make a quick post to explain without being overly complicated.
As previously mentioned, bloggers are either doing it to drive traffic or to help their viewers. Successful bloggers, the ones who make a living off of the content that they produce, start out with the hope of making an impact on their readers’ lives. In return, their readers become regular visitors and are more likely to share the blogger’s content. As more visitors become directed to the blog and its meaningful advice and content, sponsors become attracted. By means of the blogger searching or even the sponsor seeking them, a connection is made between the two which brings along with it monetary value.
Money can also be generated through a blog by means of direct advertisement. Services, like Google Adsense, offer website owners to advertise both products and services on their site for a small amount of compensation. The dollar amount is determined by the total number of impressions and clicks on the ad that the site generates. These advertisements operate the same way a video blogger (aka “vlogger”) would monetize their YouTube account.
Both methods of monetization are widely used and effective in their own way. A blogger who focuses on quality rather than content would be best off seeking a relevant sponsor. Alternatively, a blogger that spends their time manipulating search engines for traffic would be better off sticking with Google’s Adsense program. If you are deciding on how to monetize, make sure to take these ideas into consideration. If you have further questions, feel free to comment them below!
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SEO Understanding Boolean Operators

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Boolean Operators are the conjunctions used to separate keywords when searching. In a search, these conjunctions (and, and not, not) provide the user with more refined and relevant results. Although used primarily for precise research, these concepts can be applied to your websites marketing strategies. By truly understanding Boolean Operators, you can learn how to reach your site’s intended audience with ease.
Boolean Operators function the same way as the process of niche blogging. For example, if you are starting a blog on a popular topic, you will want to focus on smaller niches within the topic. By doing so, you reveal the less talked about topics that have less competition. Less competition gives your website a better chance at being discovered and achieving high seo rankings. In short, your goal is to make a post that will show up with 30,000 other search results as opposed to 30,000,000.
How should you go about doing this? Treat you blog or website like a poem. Every word and its placement, make a huge difference when it comes down to search engine discovery. Write down exactly what type of audience you want to attract and decide on what you are actually going to talk about. While avoiding reductions in quality of your blog posts, visit your favorite search engine to do a little research. Find out what keywords are popular and play around with them in your post’s title. Simply moving around two words may help your blog dodge millions of competitors on the internet.
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The Importance of Editors 

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Whether you’re a rising blogger or small business owner, the quality of your website really defines the entire foundation. An important aspect of building a website or blog, is to make sure that you avoid sloppy work. Usually when working on a new blog post or website page, we tend to want to get as much of it put into place as possible. As a blogger preparing many posts a day, I personally don’t take the time to immediately proofread my work. Like you, I am human and never make a perfect, mistake-free article on the first try, which is why I sought out an editor.
The main and most obvious reason that you will want an editor or two working on your site, is so that your hidden errors are corrected. No matter how talented you are in writing, you will always overlook minor errors if you try to proofread your own writing right away. Having a fresh set of eyes readily available to peak at your work allows you to have these commonly overlooked mistakes corrected. On top of having your post more thoroughly reviewed by a peer, you also have the luxury of not being bogged down by a ton of editing.
Editing can become a hassle when you look at a larger scale. If you make one blog post a week, you may not need an official editor. Instead you could ask a trustworthy friend to take a glance at it. Although, if you were to post blogs on a daily schedule, an editor is almost always a better choice. Many bloggers, like myself, like to take a day or two out of the week to crank out enough posts to last me through the next week or so. In order to do so, I like to continue to write nonstop on predetermined posts, so that I avoid getting distracted or becoming bored from the burden of critiquing small details.
To sum things up, will not having an editor mean your website is destined for failure? Of course not, but having one does make your site that much better! So take a moment to consider hiring or asking a friend to be your site’s editor, if you don’t already have one. They don’t necessarily have to be a professional, but their two cents will save you a ton of time! If you have any other suggestions for new bloggers or website owners, feel free to post a comment!

Googling for Traffic

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Over and over again, we novice bloggers find ourselves constantly wishing for boosts in traffic. Although you can take the quick route by paying for advertisement, the good things in life don’t come so easy. If you want organic and true traffic, you have to refer back to some stone age methods. It’s actually easier than it sounds. Google Plus, also known as Google+, actually offers a ton of potential for safe and meaningful traffic.
If you aren’t very familiar with Google Plus, its essentially another social media outlet that takes a form similar to that of Pinterest and LinkedIn. Through your profile you are able to list your accolades, occupational information and your hobbies. It is often overlooked because it has not reached out to as many people as Facebook has. This also proves to be a big advantage. There will be less competition and you will find it much easier to build a following than solely working on other social medias.

Google+ Communities

Similar to the fan pages and groups that exist on Facebook, Google+ has created the Community tab. Within the tab, you have the option to search any tag to see all of the relevant communities with the option to join anyone you’d like. A blogger, like myself, would search for topics similar to what the majority of my blog is about. Since I mostly give advice to new bloggers, I would search for a Blogging Community. Many of these communities are home to over 25,000 active users that receive notifications of all new posts within the group. Posting a link to your latest blog post is never frowned upon and will actually prove to be very rewarding. If your posts are genuine and designed to help others, a satisfied viewer won’t hesitate to share or “+1” the Google+ post and open the doors to countless exposure possibilities. Who knows…one of your posts may go viral and give your blog more exposure than you could ever imagine!

Why This Works

The main reason why this provides new bloggers with better results than Facebook is due to Fb’s internal logarithm. As you may have realized or heard, your status updates won’t actually be seen by all of your friends and followers. Only those who seem to share an interest in your profile will see your posts on their timeline. Whether this is a good or bad implementation, is up for debate. Google+, on the other hand, holds no restrictions on your potential audience. If you post to a 30,000-member group, chances are someone will be interested. If you find a community of 500 active users, you better believe that every one of them will see your post and might take the time to check it out!
You may have to experiment and play around with Google+ to get the best results. The 1st time I tried using Google Plus, I saw an increase of 40 views on top of my expected view count of 20+/-. If you have tried this technique or still have questions, feel free to leave a comment below with your results!
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The Power of Reblogging

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As a new blogger, the scramble to build an audience is always rampant. Starting out, during your first day or so, you may see your blog get a handful of views and visitors, but naturally your number is going to go back down. Your blog is brand new and has not yet gained the trust or ranking(seo) within major search engines like Google, Yahoo, and Bing. Due to that fact, you shouldn’t be discouraged when you find your view count is little to nothing. There are several ways to get your blog out into the world and increase exposure in order to speed up the process of building your audience. A less thought of but very effective way, is through reblogging.

Proper Reblogging

Reblogging is essentially the same concept as retweeting (a concept used on Twitter). Common on WordPress and other hosting sites, you are given the option, as the reader, to reblog an article or blog post. Reblogging allows you to share that entire blog post on your personal site. Although, this will possibly drive your audience to another site, there are ways to benefit if implemented properly.

-Relevance

A key to a meaningful reblog is to only reblog posts that personally interest you and could provide your viewers with relevant content to your blog. It would be pointless to host a blog on the sport of flying drones and reblog someone’s post on popular hairstyles. It just doesn’t belong and your readers are human enough to point out this indirect form of spam.

-Returning the Favor

The best possible outcome that one could ever hope for is to receive a reblog in return after reblogging someone else’s content. If your blog is young but gets a post reblogged by an established blogger, you will find that your view and subscribers may skyrocket from the sites normal rate. One of their viewers may even reblog your post again, and you will begin to see an exponential growth of attention to that blog post and of course, your blog all together.

Destructive Reblogging

Reblogging can also have negative repercussions. If you’re not careful, you may be seen as spam to search engines, your viewers, and even other bloggers. Make sure you reblog in moderation. Other blogger’s posts should not out number your own. On top of that, your blog shouldn’t have posts from other sites constantly sprinkled throughout. If you truly like the work of another blogger, consider contacting them and scheduling a guest post. Guest posts make your site more appealing to search engines and provide your viewers with a more organic way to navigate to said blog.

5 Reasons to Not Monetize your Blog

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When entering the realm of blogging, the first thing that many people do is focus on the potential monetary value. This is where you begin to distinguish a bad blog from a good blog ,or if you have a knack for writing, a good blog from a great one. Monetizing your blog can be the most exciting and rewarding addition to your blog, but if you don’t take a few important things into consideration, you could ruin your websites integrity.

1. Timing

Timing is everything! Think of your blog like a cake. Each ingredient comes in at a specified time. If you tried to bake the cake before adding the eggs, your cake isn’t going to be very appealing. People will gladly pass on taking a slice. The same applies for your blog. If you haven’t taken the steps to properly build your blog’s foundation, monetization will ruin the ranking and visual appeal.

2. Audience

Paying close attention to the size of your audience is extremely important in deciding whether or not to monetize. Not having a sizable audience is basically like trying to sell sand in the desert. You will hardly find anyone and in the instances that you do, your chances of making the sell are small.

3. Relevance

When looking to monetize on your blog, relevance is a major key. If you plan on advertising a product, you will want it to have some form of relation with your blog. If your blog focuses on physical fitness, you would want to advertise supplements and weight training products as opposed to random things like a table.

4. Niche

The type of blog that you run will also have say in your monetization decisions. Blogs vary in style and form and you must know how to adapt to it. If your blog focuses on product reviews, you may want to shy away from banner ads and promote products as you review them.

5. Overall Goal

Finally, you must set value goals. Goals that clearly layout exactly what your blog’s purpose is. If you provide people with inspirational sayings and motivation, monetizing will need to be accomplished by other means that do not pressure people to purchase a product. Instead, try a more user friendly option like a sponsor. They often layout exactly how much you blog will be earning without the need of excessive advertising. Some sponsors may only ask of you to mention their name somewhere along your posts.
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