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TV-G 11 Crazy Reasons Why You Fail To Rank Higher In Google https://www.successunscrambled.com/rank-higher-in-google/ Mon, 20 May 2019 04:10:21 +0000 https://www.successunscrambled.com/?p=9217 https://www.successunscrambled.com/rank-higher-in-google/#comments https://www.successunscrambled.com/rank-higher-in-google/feed/ 29 Would you like to know how to rank higher in Google?  You have probably seen some ridiculous claims when it comes to improving your Google search ranking. Maybe you have tried it all before but it seems that your website will not budge or you just appear to be stuck on page 4 or 5 forever. It could be that you are brand new to this crazy world of search engine optimization (SEO) and you find it too technical altogether. The truth is that in order to get consistent, hands-off traffic to your blog or website you need to depend on an organic source like the Google search engine. Many bloggers, entrepreneurs and small business owners struggle because they are over thinking the process or they are lacking adequate simple information. In this post, I am going to give you the 11 crazy reasons why most people fail to rank higher in Google and I will also give you the opportunity to join the Traffic Boost Membership waitlist. Why is it important to rank higher in Google? Before I give you those reasons did you know that 3.5 billion searches are made on Google every day?  Let’s spend some time looking at why is it even important to improve your Google search results in the first place. The folks at Smart Insights conducted some research across 100 websites in the software as a service space and used tools like Similar Web to pull relevant data. Here is a graph below of what they found.  As you can see for the vast majority of websites 38.3% of their traffic was direct, 21% came from referrals, 5.2% came from social and 26.6% came from organic search. Google Search Engine Market Share Here is a sneak peek of Google search engine market share by country according to Statista. You can see here that Google has 83.3% of search engine traffic in the US. Here is their share of mobile search engine traffic from 2013 to 2019 thanks again to Statista. Basically, mobile search engine traffic has been on an upward trend for the last 6 years. Search Engine vs Social Media In a report by Search Engine Land it was found that 97% of people still conduct at least one search a day using the search engines. Also, people still prefer to conduct their search on a regular basis on search engines compared to social media.  See the graph below: Here is one more graph showing the social media statistics from April 2018 -2019 in the United States with help the Statcounter. Pinterest is another visual search engine and it had about 37% of traffic compared to Facebook's 47%. Now that you are totally bored with the statistics let’s spend some time looking at the crazy but simple reasons why most websites fail to rank higher in Google. Rank Higher In Google The ability to rank in Google depends on many variables but the majority of those variables relate to the actual content, website or blog. Here are those reasons: 1. Quality of content This one may sound a little absurd at first but think about it when was the last time you conducted a search in Google and found information that was low quality? Yet many people continue to write content where the quality of the content is not really good and they wonder why they are not ranking. It is so important to really spend time thinking about the user before deciding to click that publish button. Have you given it your best shot and will the user be satisfied when they find your answer to their pertinent question? Apart from quality content, there is another thing to consider about the content written for the chosen keyword and that is user intent. 2. User Intent What on earth is user intent?  Well, when someone types a word or phrase into the Google search engine they are expecting a list of results that matches their intent. For example, if someone types in the phrase ‘onion juice’ they may be expecting to get a definition or description of what onion juice is all about. However,

Would
you like to know how to rank higher in Google? 
You have probably seen some ridiculous claims when it comes to improving
your Google search ranking.

Maybe you have tried it all before but it seems that your website will not budge or you just appear to be stuck on page 4 or 5 forever.

It
could be that you are brand new to this crazy world of search engine
optimization (SEO) and you find it too technical altogether.

The truth is that in order to get consistent, hands-off traffic to your blog or website you need to depend on an organic source like the Google search engine.

Many
bloggers, entrepreneurs and small business owners struggle because they are
over thinking the process or they are lacking adequate simple information.

In this post, I am going to give you the 11 crazy reasons why most people fail to rank higher in Google and I will also give you the opportunity to join the Traffic Boost Membership waitlist.

Why
is it important to rank higher in Google?

Before I give you those reasons did you know that 3.5 billion searches are made on Google every day? 

Let’s spend some time looking at why is it even important to improve your Google search results in the first place.

The folks at Smart Insights conducted some research across 100 websites in the software as a service space and used tools like Similar Web to pull relevant data.

Here is a graph below of what they found.  As you can see for the vast majority of websites 38.3% of their traffic was direct, 21% came from referrals, 5.2% came from social and 26.6% came from organic search.

Smart Insights - Top Traffic Sources Study

Google Search Engine Market Share

Here is a sneak peek of Google search engine market share by country according to Statista. You can see here that Google has 83.3% of search engine traffic in the US.

Google search engine market share

Here is their share of mobile search engine traffic from 2013 to 2019 thanks again to Statista. Basically, mobile search engine traffic has been on an upward trend for the last 6 years.

Mobile share of organic traffic from 2013 to 2019

Search Engine vs Social Media

In
a report
by Search Engine Land
it was found that 97% of people still conduct at
least one search a day using the search engines.

Also, people still prefer to conduct their search on a regular basis on search engines compared to social media.  See the graph below:

Search Engine vs social for search

Here is one more graph showing the social media statistics from April 2018 -2019 in the United States with help the Statcounter. Pinterest is another visual search engine and it had about 37% of traffic compared to Facebook’s 47%.

Social Media Stats Apr 2018-2019 - Statcounter

Now that you are totally bored with the statistics let’s spend some time looking at the crazy but simple reasons why most websites fail to rank higher in Google.

Rank Higher In Google

The ability to rank in Google depends on many variables but the majority of those variables relate to the actual content, website or blog. Here are those reasons:

1. Quality of content

This
one may sound a little absurd at first but think about it when was the last
time you conducted a search in Google and found information that was low
quality?

Yet
many people continue to write content where the quality of the content is not
really good and they wonder why they are not ranking.

It
is so important to really spend time thinking about the user before deciding to
click that publish button.

Have
you given it your best shot and will the user be satisfied when they find your
answer to their pertinent question?

Apart from quality content, there is another thing to consider about the content written for the chosen keyword and that is user intent.

2. User Intent

What on earth is user intent?  Well, when someone types a word or phrase into the Google search engine they are expecting a list of results that matches their intent.

For example, if someone types in the phrase ‘onion juice’ they may be expecting to get a definition or description of what onion juice is all about.

However, if they type in ‘make onion juice’ they are now expecting recipes or a piece of content telling them how to make onion juice or even a video.  Does that make sense?

In other words, think about what the user expects to see when they type in your keyword phrase or better yet browse the existing results yourself to see what shows up.

3. Incomplete answers

This one is a little bit tricky but what it means is that you almost need to predict what the user wants to look for before and after your keyword phrase to rank higher in the results.

So,
back to the example of ‘onion juice’.  If
a user is looking for ‘make onion juice’ it is likely that they already know
what are the best uses of onion juice.

Just in case they don’t ensure that you have an article written on that topic.  After they make the onion juice the next best thing they may need to know is how to store it and/or how long it will last.

You almost need to become a mind reader in order to get the best rankings for your blog or website.

4. Website speed

I may have mentioned this in a previous post before but your website speed has a huge effect on your rankings and here’s why.

A slow website has a negative effect on the user experience as well as your bounce rate.  If someone clicks on your page result in the search engine and the site is taking long to load then they click the back button.

Here is an example of my homepage speed on mobile devices.

homepage speed on mobile

This is what it looks like from desktop devices.

homepage speed on desktop

On the hand, if the sites loads quickly but many of the elements on the site like images and other media fail to load then that also causes a bad experience for the user.

Remember that over 50% of people using search engines are doing so from a mobile device which means they are most likely on the move or outdoors so they need the results quickly.

5. Lack of Keyword Research

One
of the keys to getting great rankings in the search engines is by conducting
proper keyword research.

This can be a bit tricky because many of the paid keyword tools are super expensive or the free ones are not giving you a comprehensive view of the results.

Here are the results for some of the keyword research I did before writing on this topic.

keyword results for rank higher in google

Rank Higher In Google SERP Results

Detailed serp results for rank higher in google

Keyword
research is a comprehensive lesson that I cover in my course so it is not
something I will cover in depth in this paragraph.

However, just know that it is something really important that every blogger, entrepreneur and small business owner needs to learn.

6. Meta tags

Another
great one that is part of the on-page SEO process is including all your meta
tags and meta descriptions.

Meta
tags includes the H1 tag in the title which is automatic if you are using
WordPress as your blog.

Also, H2, H3, H4 and H5 tags (which are subheadings and lists) should be included within your post as much as possible to improve your chances of getting those coveted rankings.

Your
primary and secondary keywords should be sprinkled throughout the content as
well.

Finally, it is important to remember to include your meta description so that the search engine spiders will be able to index your content properly.

I strongly suggest that you consider using the Yoast SEO plugin for WordPress to make it easy. Also, check out my Yoast SEO tutorial for tips and tricks.

7. User experience

Chances are that you probably have a super fast website but you still don’t rank higher in Google for your specific keyword.

It
is possible that the time onsite is low even though you have an okay bounce
rate below 95%.

Well, chances are that your content may not be friendly enough for your readers or maybe you have ads or pop ups everywhere.

The
best way to check this is to either ask someone to pretend to be your website
user and get their feedback.

Also, ensure that the font is friendly and easy to read as well as the colour scheme is pleasant to the eye.  Ensure that your paragraphs don’t look like a huge wall of text and that the lines are well spaced.

8. Title Is Not Clickable

You
may have all have this done but something still seems to be not quite right as
no one is clicking on your results.

If
you look in Google Search Console and you notice that your chosen keyword is
getting tons of impressions but no clicks then it is time to make your title
more attractive.

Your meta description can also help to get the click as well if it sells the value of the content to any potential user.  For example, will you click on this result below?

Clickable title

I have highlighted the meta description and the title so you can understand the difference.

9. High bounce rate

Just
in case you thought that people visiting your website and clicking the back
button straight away does not affect you too much then that is a wrong
misconception.

Thanks to Conversionxl we have a few benchmarks of what we can expect when we compare bounce rates by industry.

bounce rates by industry

As
you can see bloggers can expect a bounce rate of between 70% and 90% while
service sites should be much lower as they sit between 10% and 30%.

Bounce Rate vs Organic Position

On the back of that here is a lovely graph from WordStream via moz.com that gives us a clear insight on how bounce rate affects your organic ranking position.

bounce rate vs organic ranking position

So, if your bounce rate is higher than normal for your industry then see what you can do to get that resolved as soon as possible.

10. Internal Linking

Now
that you have done all of the last 9 points on your blog or website it is super
important to remember to link your content internally.

Internal
linking does two things.  Firstly, it
gives your reader the opportunity to continue staying on your site to read more
information which increases their dwell time or time on site.

Secondly,
it tells Google or the spiders that this piece of content is important because other
content that is already ranking is voting for it.

Another key thing that it does is that it groups all related information together which helps to completely answer a user’s immediate and follow on questions.

11. Insufficient knowledge of Topic Authority

Better knowledge of topic authority can really help you to spot trends in your Google Search Console results.

Topic authority just means that you are ranking not just for one keyword but other related or relevant keywords as well.

Let’s
look at the onion juice example again (I really hope I don’t rank for onion
juice. Lol). 

If
you wrote your article really well about the onion juice recipe you may notice
that you rank for a number of keywords closely related to onion juice.

It
just means that Google has recognized you as an authority on the topic of onion
juice and started to reward you by ranking your page or post for other keywords
that is related.

Take advantage of that and write other related posts or pages.

Topic Authority Examples

Recently, I discovered that I had topic authority for two groups of keywords. Here is what that looked like.

Topic authority examples x 2

Road Map and Guide

Have you ever wished that there was a simple way, a road map, a guide or someone who will be able to help you to navigate this whole online marketing process?

When I first started down the road of online marketing I wished with all my heart and liver (you can ask it😝) that I had someone who with more successful experience can show me the way.

I searched high and low purchased several courses and implemented what I learned but I only had a small degree of success.

It is only in the last few years I found a few great mentors who knew what they were doing and I implemented what they thought and guess what?

Everything came together and because of all the shady experiences I had in the past I vowed to be that person that I wished existed 10-13 years ago.

I want to help you but the question is are you interested in getting help with your SEO journey?

Maybe you are just happy to read 1,000 free articles online rather than enrol in a course from someone who was in your shoes over 10 years ago.

Traffic Boost Plan – Rank Higher In Google Course

You know what, I will give you the opportunity to prove me wrong. I am planning to launch a course that covers SEO in its simplest form.

I even want to throw in a 30-day quick win to help you get off to a flying start. You are probably thinking that it is not possible to get SEO results in 30 days.

Well, the truth is if you build a great SEO foundation you can achieve what others think is impossible.

Here is a screenshot of a post that I published that got ranked on page one in a matter of hours!! This does not happen to all my content but I just wanted to show you what is possible.

Libsyn vs Blubrry - 30 days

I published it on November 19th and on that very same day it got ranked on page one together with its first click.

If you think that this can be of benefit to you and your business or blog then join the waitlist for this course here.

This course is not for everyone and it is not a cheap course either as I plan to do one to one coaching. It will really benefit those who are serious about wanting to rank higher in Google.

So, if that sounds like you then feel free to join the waitlist here.

Conclusion

SEO is not as difficult as many people make it out to be. In fact, it could be a lot of fun when you build a great foundation.

As a blogger or business owner you can keep putting it off for many years or you can embrace it with both arms and you would be surprised at the results.

Follow these 11 suggestions and I am sure you would start to see some improvement and you may even begin to rank higher in Google.

Chances are that you may need a more comprehensive road map and guide to take you from where you are right now to where you want to be.

The question is are you willing to take that step and change the way you think about SEO? Are you willing to invest in yourself?

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Would you like to know how to rank higher in Google?  You have probably seen some ridiculous claims when it comes to improving your Google search ranking. Maybe you have tried it all before but it seems that your website will not budge or you just a... Would
you like to know how to rank higher in Google? 
You have probably seen some ridiculous claims when it comes to improving
your Google search ranking.



Maybe you have tried it all before but it seems that your website will not budge or you just appear to be stuck on page 4 or 5 forever.



It
could be that you are brand new to this crazy world of search engine
optimization (SEO) and you find it too technical altogether.



The truth is that in order to get consistent, hands-off traffic to your blog or website you need to depend on an organic source like the Google search engine.



Many
bloggers, entrepreneurs and small business owners struggle because they are
over thinking the process or they are lacking adequate simple information.



In this post, I am going to give you the 11 crazy reasons why most people fail to rank higher in Google and I will also give you the opportunity to join the Traffic Boost Membership waitlist.



Why
is it important to rank higher in Google?



Before I give you those reasons did you know that 3.5 billion searches are made on Google every day? 



Let’s spend some time looking at why is it even important to improve your Google search results in the first place.



The folks at Smart Insights conducted some research across 100 websites in the software as a service space and used tools like Similar Web to pull relevant data.



Here is a graph below of what they found.  As you can see for the vast majority of websites 38.3% of their traffic was direct, 21% came from referrals, 5.2% came from social and 26.6% came from organic search.







Google Search Engine Market Share



Here is a sneak peek of Google search engine market share by country according to Statista. You can see here that Google has 83.3% of search engine traffic in the US.







Here is their share of mobile search engine traffic from 2013 to 2019 thanks again to Statista. Basically, mobile search engine traffic has been on an upward trend for the last 6 years.







Search Engine vs Social Media



In
a report
by Search Engine Land
it was found that 97% of people still conduct at
least one search a day using the search engines.



Also, people still prefer to conduct their search on a regular basis on search engines compared to social media.  See the graph below:







Here is one more graph showing the social media statistics from April 2018 -2019 in the United States with help the Statcounter. Pinterest is another visual search engine and it had about 37% of traffic compared to Facebook's 47%.







Now that you are totally bored with the statistics let’s spend some time looking at the crazy but simple reasons why most websites fai...]]>
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5 Best Free Email Marketing Services [That Makes Sense] https://www.successunscrambled.com/free-email-marketing-services/ Mon, 13 May 2019 03:47:29 +0000 https://www.successunscrambled.com/?p=8981 https://www.successunscrambled.com/free-email-marketing-services/#comments https://www.successunscrambled.com/free-email-marketing-services/feed/ 33 Are you thinking of setting up free email marketing services for your blog or website but unsure of your options? As bloggers and entrepreneurs, we are aware of the advice from our role models, mentors and business coach that we should set up email marketing from day one. However, when it is time to choose a provider the process can be a bit daunting. Choosing a free plan seems sensible but which one is the best? You see many of us struggle because some of these providers use jargon that just does not make sense. Another big hesitation could be that we have no idea what to offer anyone who signs up or what a welcome series should look like. Let me spend some time with you outlining my experience as well as the available options. Do You Really Need Email Marketing Services? Well, the blunt and truthful answer is yes. The number one reason is that your email list can be a great source of traffic. Right now many of us depend on Google (SEO), Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest to bring traffic to our website. What if you get up one morning only to realise that Google made a huge change in their algorithm. This change affected you so much that your traffic went from 3,000 visitors a day to 100. What will you do? We all know that Pinterest traffic dwindles as well so it is not 100% guaranteed. However, having an email list of 1,000, 10,000 or even 100,000 subscribers means that you can easily send one email and make a 5-figure income (of course it depends on your list). Building a list of 100,000 responsive subscribers does not happen overnight so you need to start early. What to Look For in a Good Email Marketing Service? I am so glad that you asked that question because this is the key to finding an autoresponder that suits your needs. As this is vitally important let's spend some time looking at the fine print. Here is a list of key features to look for in any email marketing service:  1. Total Number of Subscribers As we are looking at free email marketing services it is important to know what limits you have on the total number of subscribers. I believe that having a minimum of 1,000 subscribers is worth the effort. 2. Sending Broadcasts Once you have subscribers on your list it is important to have the ability to send out a monthly or weekly newsletter or a broadcast to everyone. 3. Limit on number of emails per month The other time that you may want to send out emails is after someone joins your list by sending them a welcome email sequence.  If your provider has a huge restriction on monthly email limits then you may want to change. For example, if you have a free email course then those emails also count towards your monthly limit.  So, a good number to shoot for is 5,000+ emails per month to cover all options. 4. List Segmentation and/or Tagging This option may not sound like a needed feature but think about it this way. If you have 5-10 different freebies, email courses, workbooks, etc. and all your subscribers are bulked into the same list how would you know who is interested in what. Many email marketing providers have segmentation as standard but others take things a step further and offer tagging to help you dissect your list even further. For example, all those who signed up for a free checklist but also expressed an interest in webinar or workshop. 5. Email Capture Forms I am not sure if it is even possible that there is any provider that does not provide email capture forms but just in case put this one on your list. Some of them have nice forms while others are okay. I have always used the forms that come with my website theme then hook it in with my email service provider. 6. Autoresponder Facilities I mentioned this earlier in a tiny way but I will go into more...

Are you thinking of setting up free email marketing services for your blog or website but unsure of your options?

As bloggers and entrepreneurs, we are aware of the advice from our role models, mentors and business coach that we should set up email marketing from day one.

However, when it is time to choose a provider the process can be a bit daunting. Choosing a free plan seems sensible but which one is the best?

You see many of us struggle because some of these providers use jargon that just does not make sense.

Another big hesitation could be that we have no idea what to offer anyone who signs up or what a welcome series should look like.

Let me spend some time with you outlining my experience as well as the available options.

Do You Really Need Email Marketing Services?

Well, the blunt and truthful answer is yes. The number one reason is that your email list can be a great source of traffic.

Right now many of us depend on Google (SEO), Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest to bring traffic to our website.

What if you get up one morning only to realise that Google made a huge change in their algorithm.

This change affected you so much that your traffic went from 3,000 visitors a day to 100. What will you do?

We all know that Pinterest traffic dwindles as well so it is not 100% guaranteed.

However, having an email list of 1,000, 10,000 or even 100,000 subscribers means that you can easily send one email and make a 5-figure income (of course it depends on your list).

Building a list of 100,000 responsive subscribers does not happen overnight so you need to start early.

What to Look For in a Good Email Marketing Service?

I am so glad that you asked that question because this is the key to finding an autoresponder that suits your needs.

As this is vitally important let’s spend some time looking at the fine print.

Here is a list of key features to look for in any email marketing service: 

1. Total Number of Subscribers

As we are looking at free email marketing services it is important to know what limits you have on the total number of subscribers. I believe that having a minimum of 1,000 subscribers is worth the effort.

2. Sending Broadcasts

Once you have subscribers on your list it is important to have the ability to send out a monthly or weekly newsletter or a broadcast to everyone.

3. Limit on number of emails per month

The other time that you may want to send out emails is after someone joins your list by sending them a welcome email sequence. 

If your provider has a huge restriction on monthly email limits then you may want to change.

For example, if you have a free email course then those emails also count towards your monthly limit. 

So, a good number to shoot for is 5,000+ emails per month to cover all options.

4. List Segmentation and/or Tagging

This option may not sound like a needed feature but think about it this way. If you have 5-10 different freebies, email courses, workbooks, etc. and all your subscribers are bulked into the same list how would you know who is interested in what.

Many email marketing providers have segmentation as standard but others take things a step further and offer tagging to help you dissect your list even further.

For example, all those who signed up for a free checklist but also expressed an interest in webinar or workshop.

5. Email Capture Forms

I am not sure if it is even possible that there is any provider that does not provide email capture forms but just in case put this one on your list.

Some of them have nice forms while others are okay. I have always used the forms that come with my website theme then hook it in with my email service provider.

6. Autoresponder Facilities

I mentioned this earlier in a tiny way but I will go into more detail here. After someone subscribes to your email list it would make sense to send them a welcome email.

However, what is even better is if you can send them a welcome email sequence where the goal is to build a lasting relationship.

This is achieved by introducing them to your community, give them more value, find out how you can help them and offer them another product or service.

Automating this process is what is done via an autoresponder.  Without it you would need to sit down an email everyone individually that joins your list.  Who has time for that?

7. Trigger based marketing or workflow automation

Remember I mentioned tagging earlier? Well tagging can only occur if your email service provider offers trigger based marketing.

Some providers call it visual automation or workflow automation. It just means that if your subscriber does something like click on a link in your email then you can get the service to move them to another list.

Or maybe you want something else to happen when someone buys one of your products or services.

8. Integrations

This may be pretty obvious but you should have the ability to integrate your free email marketing services to your site in some shape or form.

It helps you to automate the collection of emails or subscribers from your website.

9. Ability to Export your List

I recently needed to move to a new email service provider and I panicked as I never thought I would ever need to export my email list.

Then I found out that not only did they have the ability to export the list but that I could export it by segment.

It does take a lot of time to move to a new email service provider so choose your free email marketing services wisely.

Top Free Email Marketing Services

Now that we know what to look for in a good provider let’s have a look at the email marketing services that you can use for free.

1. SendInBlue

With headquarters in France this company seem to be becoming more popular by the day.

The free account gives you unlimited contacts as well as the ability to send 300 emails a day which works out at roughly 9,000 emails a month.

There is a segmentation tool available and customisable contact forms. They even have a handy workflow editor which is great news.

To put the icing on the cake they even have an API integration with WordPress which means that they may even integrate with your favourite theme.

In terms of GDPR compliance, SendInBlue claims that they have a much better system compared to MailChimp and you can read about it here.

Cons

The main drawback I see so far is that daily limit on email sends as it means that you will not be able to send a broadcast email to your list of 900 contacts in a single day.

2. Email Octopus

So I have to start off this one by saying that the only reason why I am including this one is that the service is free for up to 2,500 subscribers.

This company is registered in the UK and offers any small business a free forever package. Also, no limits on the number of emails sent per month.

They integrate with over 500 products and services including WordPress which is great news.

Workflow automation is included as standard. They offer time based as well as drip sequences. So, they get welcome email sequences.

You will also get real time analytics as well as custom email forms that you can use to grow your subscriber base.

One thing that stands out about this provider is the ability to send using multiple brands (great if you have 2-3 different blogs).

Cons

A really big drawback for me is the fact that your emails will have their branding on it. The fact that their free option is called the ‘Shrimp’ package for me is a big turnoff.

3. Benchmark

With a name like that one can expect big things from Benchmark. Just visiting their home page I am already impressed by their editor.

With headquarters in LA, California, Benchmark has over 100 employees in over 15 countries.

You will have the ability to get the free plan for up to 2,000 subscribers as well as a massive 14,000 email sends per month.

The ability to have email capture forms for leads, contacts and support is a standard feature.

Cons

They don’t support a welcome email series on the free plan neither does it come with workflow automation.

In fact, they don’t seem to support segmentation either on the free plan so it appears that there are very little options available on the free plan with Benchmark which is very disappointing.

4. MailChimp

With a name like MailChimp you are probably wondering why these email marketing providers use animals or creatures in their product names I really don’t know.

I can only assure you that no animals, humans or creatures of any description were harmed in the writing of this blog post. Whew!

With over 800 employees and headquarters based in Atlanta, Georgia, MailChimp is probably the best known email marketing provider among entrepreneurs and small business owners.

They offer a free package where you can get up to 2,000 subscribers and 12,000 email sends a month.

While their support is limited to the first 30 days on the free account you do get email capture forms and workflow automation.

Segmentation, tagging and basic reporting are also included as standard.

They do have a heavy focus on e-commerce as they have a direct integration with Facebook Ads and Instagram Ads as well as Google Re-marketing Ads.

In terms of a WordPress integration, they appear to be quite vague as to the existence of one or not. You can find their WordPress integration tutorials here.

Cons

Their user interface is not as slick as the one at Benchmark but you will be able to get by with a lot of patience.

5. MailerLite

Based in Vilnius, Lithuania, MailerLite started in 2010 and now have a small team of 39 employees based remotely in several locations including the US.

Their free plan offers a package of up to 1,000 email subscribers and gives you the ability to send 12,000 emails per month.

Landing pages, email capture forms and email support are included in this free plan.

Segmentation, tagging and workflow automation also come as standard together with reporting.

It does have the ability to integrate with WordPress as they have a developer API. I have used it myself and it works.

Cons

I have to say that their set up process can be a bit clunky but you can get familiar with it over time.

Advanced Free Options (Freemium)

There are two further options worth mentioning here for anyone looking for a free option that will enable them to seamlessly moved to a more corporate platform.

The issue with these two options is that there are a number of grey areas that will remain unknown unless you approach their sales team for a more detailed explanation.

Zoho Campaigns

They offer a very attractive free option that will integrate with their CRM platform once you decide to upgrade.

On their site they offer lead scoring as part of Zoho Campaigns but I am not sure if it is included in the free option or not.

The ‘Forever Free Plan’ gives you the ability to have up to 2,000 subscribers and to send 12,000 emails per month.

HubSpot Marketing

HubSpot also offers a free email marketing tool that comes with many restrictions as well.

It integrates with HubSpot CRM which is also free and as you can expect has some restrictions with such a tool.

Surprisingly the free plan comes with the ability to have 1,000,000 contacts (yes, 1 million) and it does not mention how many email sends per month anywhere so there might be a catch.

If you are interested in this option because you plan to scale up quickly then I would advise you to have a chat with their sales team in the first instance.

SendInBlue vs Email Octopus vs Benchmark vs MailChimp vs Mailerlite

If you are a visual person like me then seeing a side by side comparison of all 5 options will help you to better compare apples with apples.

SendInBlue

A free email marketing service
$ 0

  • Unlimited contacts
  • Send 300 emails a Day
  • Email Segmentation
  • Customise Email Capture Forms
  • Email Workflow Editor
  • GDPR Compliant
  • API Integration with WordPress

Learn More

Email Octopus

A free email marketing service
$ 0

  • 2,500 contacts
  • Unlimited email sends
  • Email Segmentation
  • Customise Email Capture Forms
  • Email Workflow Automation
  • GDPR Compliant
  • API Integration with 500 Products
  • Multiple Brands

Learn More

Benchmark

A free email marketing service
$ 0

  • 2,000
  • 14,000 email sends a month
  • No Email Segmentation
  • Customise Email Capture Forms
  • No Email Workflow Editor

Learn More

MailChimp

A free email marketing service
$ 0

  • 2,000 contacts
  • 12,000 email sends
  • Email Segmentation
  • Customise Email Capture Forms
  • Email Workflow Automation
  • Unsure of WordPress Integration

Learn More

MailerLite

A free email marketing service
$ 0

  • 1,000
  • 12,000 email sends a month
  • Email Segmentation
  • Customise Email Capture Forms
  • Email Workflow Editor
  • GDPR Compliant
  • API Integration with WordPress

Learn More

Conclusion

Now that you have such a comprehensive overview of these free email marketing services it is now up to you to just choose one and get started.

If your next big worry is writing your welcome email series then I suggest that you take a look at this resource right here.

Remember why it is important to grow your email list and how it can help your business in the long run.

I rarely read emails that are sent to me by many bloggers and small business owners as it takes up a lot of my time.

However, that does not mean many of your readers don’t want to hear from you.

Over to you, what has been your experience with email marketing and what are you struggling with right now? Leave your reply in the comments below.

5 Free Email Marketing Services For You

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Are you thinking of setting up free email marketing services for your blog or website but unsure of your options? As bloggers and entrepreneurs, we are aware of the advice from our role models, mentors and business coach that we should set up e...


Are you thinking of setting up free email marketing services for your blog or website but unsure of your options?








As bloggers and entrepreneurs, we are aware of the advice from our role models, mentors and business coach that we should set up email marketing from day one.








However, when it is time to choose a provider the process can be a bit daunting. Choosing a free plan seems sensible but which one is the best?








You see many of us struggle because some of these providers use jargon that just does not make sense.








Another big hesitation could be that we have no idea what to offer anyone who signs up or what a welcome series should look like.








Let me spend some time with you outlining my experience as well as the available options.








Do You Really Need Email Marketing Services?








Well, the blunt and truthful answer is yes. The number one reason is that your email list can be a great source of traffic.








Right now many of us depend on Google (SEO), Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest to bring traffic to our website.








What if you get up one morning only to realise that Google made a huge change in their algorithm.








This change affected you so much that your traffic went from 3,000 visitors a day to 100. What will you do?








We all know that Pinterest traffic dwindles as well so it is not 100% guaranteed.








However, having an email list of 1,000, 10,000 or even 100,000 subscribers means that you can easily send one email and make a 5-figure income (of course it depends on your list).








Building a list of 100,000 responsive subscribers does not happen overnight so you need to start early.








What to Look For in a Good Email Marketing Service?








I am so glad that you asked that question because this is the key to finding an autoresponder that suits your needs.








As this is vitally important let's spend some time looking at the fine print.
Here is a list of key features to look for in any email marketing service: 








1. Total Number of Subscribers








As we are looking at free email marketing services it is important to know what limits you have on the total number of subscribers. I believe that having a minimum of 1,000 subscribers is worth the effort.








2. Sending Broadcasts








Once you have subscribers on your list it is important to have the ability to send out a monthly or weekly newsletter or a broadcast to everyone.








3. Limit on number of emails per month








The other time that you may want to send out emails is after someone joins your list by sending them a welcome email sequence. 
If your provider has a huge restriction on monthly email limits then you may want to change.

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25 Ways To Start a Business With No Money [Easy Step by Step Guides] https://www.successunscrambled.com/start-a-business-with-no-money/ Mon, 06 May 2019 01:23:31 +0000 https://www.successunscrambled.com/?p=8713 https://www.successunscrambled.com/start-a-business-with-no-money/#comments https://www.successunscrambled.com/start-a-business-with-no-money/feed/ 30 Are you looking to start a business with no money? Maybe your back is against the wall and you desperately need to start a side hustle. You may have heard this before but apparently, there are 1,000 ways to make $1,000. Have you given much thought to the type of business that you will like to start? You can start a business with no money only to realise that you hate what you do. Actually starting a business does require a lot of time, hard work and commitment in order for it to become successful. The truth is that it is possible to start a business with no money but it does take a little bit of creativity to pull this off. However, it will take money or startup capital to keep the business going to cover the day to day cost like utilities and transport depending on the type of business. Let's look at this list of ways that you can start a business using creativity as well as your existing resources. Preparation Before starting a business you will need to spend some time ensuring that you are mentally ready to spend many hours for the first 2-3 years to make your business successful. You will also need to get a better understanding of who you are as well as what you are passionate about in order to choose the right option for you. Once you choose the option that is suitable for you, make a plan to get that business from startup to scale up. Spend time mapping out the phases and what needs to happen to get from one stage to the next. It should not surprise you that enlisting the help of a business mentor, a business resource centre or a business course will really help you become successful. List of 25 Business Ideas Without further hesitation and delay here are the 25 ways you can start a business with little or no money. In most cases, all you need is an email address. 1. Coaching If you have a special talent for example in the area of fitness, dieting, painting or sewing you can become a coach literally overnight by setting it up as an online business. According to salary surveys, many life coaches are self-employed and can charge over $300.00 an hour. Some coaches of executives can easily charge $500.00 an hour. I know of at least one business where a guy coaches people on how to do handstands and it is a million dollar business. So think of the skills that you already have. Step by Step Instructions To get started you will need to decide on your area of speciality and set up a profile online on a Facebook page as well as a one-page website.For a longterm online presence, it would be best to set up a one-page website using your own domain name.You are probably thinking that you cannot afford a domain name or hosting right now. However, it is possible that you can sell an item from your house that will give you the cash needed for a domain name and hosting for the first year.You can start by advertising your coaching service in the right group on Craigslist. To get testimonials quickly offer the service at a reduced cost to your first 5 clients.Other places you can advertise are places like gyms, colleges, Facebook stories and even Instagram stories.One of the fastest ways to get clients is by offering a free 5-day challenge in a Facebook group where your potential clients hang out then on day 5 offer an upgrade to a paid program. 2. Consulting This is similar to coaching but it is specifically focused on servicing corporate clients. Maybe you are skilled in public speaking, networking, sales or even growth hacking. You can easily start advertising your services on LinkedIn using video and showing the results you can attain for clients. Reach out to your local Chamber of Commerce in an effort to offer a free class in one of your special areas and from there you can book paying clients who attended your free course. 3. Virtual Assistant If you never heard of this term before it simply means that you can offer secretarial and other online ...

Are you looking to start a business with no money? Maybe your back is against the wall and you desperately need to start a side hustle.

You may have heard this before but apparently, there are 1,000 ways to make $1,000.

Have you given much thought to the type of business that you will like to start? You can start a business with no money only to realise that you hate what you do.

Actually starting a business does require a lot of time, hard work and commitment in order for it to become successful.

The truth is that it is possible to start a business with no money but it does take a little bit of creativity to pull this off.

However, it will take money or startup capital to keep the business going to cover the day to day cost like utilities and transport depending on the type of business.

Let’s look at this list of ways that you can start a business using creativity as well as your existing resources.

Preparation

Before starting a business you will need to spend some time ensuring that you are mentally ready to spend many hours for the first 2-3 years to make your business successful.

You will also need to get a better understanding of who you are as well as what you are passionate about in order to choose the right option for you.

Once you choose the option that is suitable for you, make a plan to get that business from startup to scale up.

Spend time mapping out the phases and what needs to happen to get from one stage to the next.

It should not surprise you that enlisting the help of a business mentor, a business resource centre or a business course will really help you become successful.

List of 25 Business Ideas

Without further hesitation and delay here are the 25 ways you can start a business with little or no money. In most cases, all you need is an email address.

1. Coaching

If you have a special talent for example in the area of fitness, dieting, painting or sewing you can become a coach literally overnight by setting it up as an online business.

According to salary surveys, many life coaches are self-employed and can charge over $300.00 an hour. Some coaches of executives can easily charge $500.00 an hour.

I know of at least one business where a guy coaches people on how to do handstands and it is a million dollar business. So think of the skills that you already have.

Step by Step Instructions

  1. To get started you will need to decide on your area of speciality and set up a profile online on a Facebook page as well as a one-page website.
  2. For a longterm online presence, it would be best to set up a one-page website using your own domain name.
  3. You are probably thinking that you cannot afford a domain name or hosting right now. However, it is possible that you can sell an item from your house that will give you the cash needed for a domain name and hosting for the first year.
  4. You can start by advertising your coaching service in the right group on Craigslist. To get testimonials quickly offer the service at a reduced cost to your first 5 clients.
  5. Other places you can advertise are places like gyms, colleges, Facebook stories and even Instagram stories.
  6. One of the fastest ways to get clients is by offering a free 5-day challenge in a Facebook group where your potential clients hang out then on day 5 offer an upgrade to a paid program.

2. Consulting

This is similar to coaching but it is specifically focused on servicing corporate clients. Maybe you are skilled in public speaking, networking, sales or even growth hacking.

You can easily start advertising your services on LinkedIn using video and showing the results you can attain for clients.

Reach out to your local Chamber of Commerce in an effort to offer a free class in one of your special areas and from there you can book paying clients who attended your free course.

3. Virtual Assistant

If you never heard of this term before it simply means that you can offer secretarial and other online administrative services from the comfort of your home to businesses.

If you have experience as a Secretary or Administrative Assistant then this will be an easy transition for you to get started.

You can visit sites like Fiverr, Upwork and Remote.io to find many open positions for these kinds of roles. You can also contact potential clients on LinkedIn.

It is possible to use a tool like MeetLeonard.com to transform your free LinkedIn.com account to a CRM.

Meet Leonard - LinkedIn prospecting

What this allows you to do is to systematically reach out to prospects via connection requests or using messaging.

Meet Leonard - connection request limit

The free starter pack allows you to send out 25 messages per day or 25 connection requests every day.

making-a-social-media-post-on-laptop_4460x4460
photo by Sarah Pflug

4. Freelance Writer (I made over $1,000 as a Writer)

I believe that writers are some of the luckiest people in the world right now simply because ‘content is king’ so there is a need for many writers.

The most popular requirement from companies is for people to write blog posts just like this one. There is also a requirement for ghostwriters for books.

You can find these open roles on places like Fiverr, Upwork, Great Content, Zerys and many other platforms.

What can really help you to kickstart your writing career is to join forums with writers just like yourself, you can find 11 of them here.

Learn what you need to do to make $500.00 or more per blog post if you decide to write for businesses. You should never really accept a job paying less than $0.15 cent per word.

Here are 10 great places to find freelance writing jobs that pay fair rates per blog post.

5. Transcribing

The demand for videos is increasing more and more each and every day and with it comes the need for captions.

85% of videos are consumed in silent mode which is why there is a great need for captions.

The people who write captions are called transcribers and you can find these jobs with Transcription companies.

These companies include; Rev.com, Transcribeme.com, Gotranscript.com, Accutranglobal.com, Castingwords.com, Dailytranscription.com, Speechpad.com and many others.

Two items that will really help you earn more are a good set of headphones as well as a foot pedal.

6. Video Editing

This may not be surprising but because there is a high demand for video it goes without saying that there is also a high demand for video editors.

Are you a video guru? If so then roll up your sleeves and get ready to splash out your talent on videos.

Ziprecruiter.com, Indeed, Working Nomad and many others are great places to find video editing clients.

Step by Step Instructions

  1. Create a free one-page site with Wix or other free platform showing a portfolio of what you can do.
  2. Sign up on Fiverr.com and Upwork outlining a portfolio of your designs.
  3. Head on over to Craigslist and go to the creative section under ‘Sevices’. Have a look at what others are offering and decide what you can offer that is unique.
  4. Come up with a compelling headline and description. Enter all your details as well as examples of your work.
  5. Create an account with AcuityScheduling.com so that you can include this link in your response to potential clients allowing them to easily book a free consultation.
  6. Hand out fliers to local businesses in your local area.

7. Graphic Design

One of the most popular in-demand roles right now are Graphic Designers. The reason for this is that every piece of content always needs to be accompanied by images.

Images are needed to keep audiences engaged across blogs, social media and even the Google search engine.

If you have this talent do count yourself lucky twice or three times. It would probably make sense to set up your website to display your work then reach out to clients.

Step by Step Instructions

  1. Create a free one-page site with Wix.com or other free platform showing a portfolio of what you can do.
  2. Sign up on Fiverr.com and Upwork outlining a portfolio of your designs.
  3. Head on over to Craigslist and go to the creative section under ‘Sevices’. Have a look at what others are offering and decide what you can offer that is unique.
  4. Come up with a compelling headline and description. Enter all your details as well as examples of your work.
  5. Create an account with AcuityScheduling.com so that you can include this link in your response to potential clients allowing them to easily book a free consultation.
  6. Hand out fliers to local businesses in your local area.

loftstyle-bedroom-with-throw-pillows
photo by Matthew Henry

8. Rent a Room (I made over $2,500 using this option)

You may look at all the previous suggestions and feel instantly despondent because you think that you have no talents. It is very possible that you have the ability to make someone feel at home.

What better way to exercise your ability in hospitality than to rent out a room in your home. Nearly everyone has a spare room available or even an apartment.

You can even move in with your parents and rent out your apartment. You can use popular sites like Airbnb or Booking.com to put your room up for rent.

Step by Step Instructions

  1. Head over to Airbnb and enter the name of your city or the one near to you. Have a look at the ones with 5-star ratings.

Airbnb-com Keywest results

2. Click-through to the one that resembles your accommodation, take a look at their descriptions and adjectives as well as their amenities. What can you offer that is better or unique to improve your chances of getting booked out.

Airbnb - dog friendly suite

3. You may want to offer a lower rate compared to your competitors to get your first set of bookings.

4. Take the best photos that you can but also book the complimentary photography service that Airbnb offers.

9. Taxi Driver

Even if you don’t have a room but you own a car then you can become a driver for Uber or Lyft or that taxi company in your location. Each of them pays between $25 and $35 an hour.

In some instances, you may have to sit an exam before qualifying but don’t let that deter you.

Complete the necessary regulations and get started in the taxi business. It could just be a stepping stone to something bigger.

seafood-feast-at-restaurant
photo by Michelle Krozser

10. Get Paid to Cook a Meal

It is such an amazing time to be alive. Nearly everything we do can become an income generator. If you are like me and you enjoy cooking why not cook a cultural meal for sale.

I was doing a search recently and came across Eatwith.com and I was surprised that it gave you the opportunity to cook an authentic meal for someone and they will pay you for it.

So it is like the Airbnb of cooking. I think it is such an amazing idea. You can easily learn to cook 10 meals from 10 different cultures and just like that you have a fully fledged business.

Step by Step Instructions

  1. Head over to Eatwith.com and enter the name of your city.

Eatwith-com Manhattan

2. Look at the results and take note of the options with the most reviews.

Eatwith.com popular in Manhattan

3. Evaluate how your listing can offer a similar experience to get 5-star reviews.

4. Invite friends and family to make the first 5 bookings so that you too can get your 5-star reviews fast.

11. Tour Guide – Host of Experiences

Once your guests are full to the brim you can offer to take them on tour of your local city for a fee. Of course, they can do the tour before eating it really depends on the time of day.

It is so easy to become a tour guide these days. Everyone is passionate about sites and scenery in their local city so why not monetise that knowledge rather than it occupying your brain.

You can sign up on Airbnb.com Experiences or LikeaLocalGuide.com to become a host of tours.

Step by Step Instructions

  1. Head over to Airbnb.com and enter the name of the city that you live in where you want to become a host of experiences. In the results click on the experiences option. Look at the results with 5-star reviews.

Airbnb - Berlin, Germany options

2. Take a closer look at the top 3 with the most 5 star reviews and see if you can offer an experience of that standard and consider how yours can be unique.

Airbnb - Berlin, Germany tour with Anabelle

3. Write a compelling description of your tour and complete your details on Airbnb Experiences.

4. Have a close look at all the reviews to get a better understanding of what people liked and expected as well as what you can improve.

12. Clothes Alterations

If you are a skilled Tailor or Seamstress you may want to consider altering clothes for people for a fee.

The exciting thing is that you can start small and offer to alter clothes for people at work.

No need to rent premises or buy heavy equipment. Chances are you already have a sewing machine at home. Prices can start at $15.00 just to alter the length of a skirt or trousers.

Wedding dresses is where you can make a truckload of money.

bztailor-com Jeans alterations
image from bztailor.com

Step by Step Instructions

  1. Complete a number of alterations and take some before and after photos, ensure that these photos are bright and appealing.
  2. Head over to Facebook and create a business page outlining your services and a way for people to contact you.
  3. Grab a number of articles and videos around fashion that will appeal to your audience.
  4. Populate your Facebook page with four posts as follows; 2 articles, one video and one before/after photo of your alterations.
  5. Invite friends to like your page.
  6. Offer a reduced cost to the first 5 people who book alterations with you.
  7. Get fliers made and pass out fliers in your neighbourhood. You can focus on 1-3 services initially with a standard price and take it from there.
  8. Team up with your local laundry and dry cleaners so that they can refer business to you and you can do the same for them.
  9. Head on over to bztailor.com for inspiration of what you can offer for different items of clothing.

rack-of-womens-clothing
photo by Sarah Pflug

13. Sell Clothes

On the topic of clothes, you may not know how to sew your own clothes but if you have a lot of great clothes why not consider selling them on Poshmark.

If you are one of those people who would not wear the same outfit more than once or twice consider selling on those items online and declutter your wardrobe.

It is so easy to get started with Poshmark considering that they also have a mobile app to snap a photo of the outfit.

14. Make money on Pinterest

If you are super lazy or you just don’t have time to create your own website a cool way to start your own business is by selling other people’s products or services on a commission.

This is called affiliate marketing. Because Pinterest is a visual search engine with over 500 million users a great way to accomplish your marketing is by placing these affiliate links on Pinterest.

Two popular programs that you can join without even having a website or blog are Society6 and Zazzle.

You can also become a Pinterest VA helping other businesses market their content on Pinterest.

15. Voiceover Artist

Have you ever been told that you have a voice like a radio announcer? Or maybe you have a brilliant phone voice.

You may want to consider becoming a voice-over artist if you like to read story books or you have an enticing voice for radio ads.

Fiverr.com is a great place to start to see what feedback you get from your first few clients.

There is a free voice over mini-course available that will help give you an introduction to voice-overs.

Feel free to visit the voices online marketplace where talented people find companies looking for voice talent.

16. Stock Photos

Remember that demand for images that I mentioned earlier? Well, graphic designers need images to make their work come to life.

If you ever wondered where stock photos come from this is time for the big reveal.

Stock photos come from people like you and me who take photos then upload them to places like Foap, Shutterstock and many others. I have personally uploaded photos to these sites and got them accepted.

It will take a lot of great photos to get a significant payment but at least it is passive income.

Here is a great resource that gives you a comparison of the top stock photo sites including the advantages and disadvantages of each of the stock photo companies.

rent your bike - new-road-bike
photo by Matthew Henry

17. Rent out Your Bike

Yes, you read that right. You can rent out your bicycle for a fee rather than have it sit at home to collect dust.

There are now many sites available that allow owners of bicycles to list their bicycle for rent with some even offering insurance on the bike up to a $5,000. You can even rent out surfboards, paddle boards and snowboards.

When I first heard about it a few years ago I was nervous as well. It now seems to be the norm which is great. Check out Spinlister.com and Listnride.com for more information.

18. Photography

It is very possible that you are a talented photographer and maybe you never considered taking photos for other people outside your family.

Now is the time to use that talent and decide on your speciality. The options are endless from landscape photography, portrait photography, wedding photography or corporate jobs.

There are sites like Meetaphotographer.com and snapper.co that allow you to list your abilities. It is now so easy to find photography jobs or in fact, let those jobs come to you.

Step by Step Instructions

  1. Create a free one-page site with Wix or other free platform showing a portfolio of what you can do.
  2. Sign up on Fiverr.com and Upwork outlining a portfolio of your designs.
  3. Head on over to Craigslist and go to the creative section under ‘Sevices’. Have a look at what others are offering and decide what you can offer that is unique.
  4. Come up with a compelling headline and description. Enter all your details as well as examples of your work.
  5. Create an account with AcuityScheduling.com so that you can include this link in your response to potential clients allowing them to easily book a free consultation.
  6. Hand out fliers to local businesses in your local area.
  7. Remember to sign up on snapper.co as well as create a profile on Meetaphotographer.com

19. Dog Sitting or Walking

Everyone and their grandmother have a dog which is great news for you if you love dogs and you would like to use your love of dogs in exchange for money.

I know of many people who make $1,000 a month doing dog sitting and dog walking. To be fair it is not difficult at all and you can decide your own hours.

As they say and there is an app for that as well. You can find apps like Rover.com, Petbacker.com and sites like Dogvacay.com

baby sitting
photo by Matthew Henry

20. Baby Sitting

One of the biggest headaches of many parents is finding someone to babysit for them whenever they need to go out or abroad.

Of course, trusting your child to anyone is never an easy task but if that person comes highly recommended then it is a lot easier.

I was actually surprised to find so many apps available to find babysitting services. Here are the top four apps to get you started; Zum, Urban sitter, Care.com and Bambino.

21. Social Media Manager

Are you someone who likes managing a group of people? Or maybe you are always on social media engaging with fans. Well, this is the ideal job for people like you.

Many companies all over the world are looking for someone to manage their social channels. What better way to use your talent than to get someone to pay for your skills.

This role can be varied but it can involve creating content, engagement, responding to queries and growth. You can find these roles on places like LinkedIn, Fiverr, Upwork and Facebook Groups.

This great resource gives you some insight into what you need to become a social media manager.

There is also a course that is less than $15.00 on Udemy that will help you to become a Freelance Social Media Manager here.

22. Instagram Influencer

One of the most sort after roles on the planet right now is that of an influencer.

Companies are bending over backwards to get social media influencers to post something on their feed.

Kylie Jenner makes $1,000,000 yes 1 million dollars per paid Instagram post. It may sound unbelievable but it is so true.

To get started you need a minimum of 10,000 followers (real) and you most get good engagement on each post.

In fact, you would probably only need to do posts for one year and then retire.

How To Grow Your Instagram Following to 5,000



23. Website Tester

If being an Instagram Influencer is too much excitement for you then there are other low key roles that you can consider like becoming a website tester.

Other similar roles include Speech Data Collection, Social Media Evaluator and Search Engine Evaluator.

The best places to find these kinds of roles are with Appen.com and Flexjobs.com. It does take a while to hear back from them but they do come back to you.

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24. Sell T-shirts

Do you like funny or weird t-shirts? Ever wished that you could come up with your own quirky lines?

Now you can do it by designing and selling your own t-shirts online. It is very similar to doing drop shipping but with your stamp on the goods.

In this modern world that we live in you don’t even need to buy t-shirts up front or buy paints or machinery. You can simply offer a print-on-demand service to your buyers as a startup.

There are so many print-on-demand websites that you can pick and choose.

The two most popular ones I heard of are Printful.com and Printify.com where you simply create your design and send it to them to print on the t-shirts.

You can even get a mock-up of the designed t-shirts so that you can display to potential buyers. Here is more information for your convenience.

25. Youtube Influencer

If Instagram is just not your jam you may want to consider becoming an influencer on Youtube instead.

I’ll be honest and tell you that I am not sure which audience is more difficult to build but it just might be Youtube since you need to create videos.

Among the highest paid Youtubers you will find the Paul brother and the 7-year old toy reviewer, Ryan.

Did you know that this 7-year old makes 22 million dollars a year? Anyway, if a 7-year old can do it surely you can too.

There is a secret to creating amazing content using video. Trena has an amazing FREE Amazing Video Content Masterclass and you can sign up right here.

Conclusion

While it may seem very exciting to start a business with no money it is important to remember that keeping a business viable does require investment.

As business owners, many of these options don’t even require us to take out business loans. It would still make sense to map out a business plan as a new business.

It is great that we all live at a time where it is so easy to get started in business although it is still important to make wise business decisions. So many of the options listed give you the ability to start a home-based business.

To be truly successful you will need to choose an option that does not feel like work at all so that you can truly enjoy the experience.

I am sure that there will be a whole lot more options that have not yet been invented yet so this list is not necessarily exhaustive.

What has been your experience when it comes to starting a business with no money?

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What kind of business can I start at home?

Any of the 25 suggestions listed here will allow you to start a business from home.

2. What are the most profitable businesses?

This is such a broad question because it really depends on the profit margins decided by the business owner.

However, generally speaking, any business that requires low overheads and gives you a high return on your investment in the 70-90% range are the most profitable businesses.

Some great examples include selling courses online, selling ebooks online, blogging and many more.

3. What is a good business to start?

The best business to start is the one that you are most passionate about because your passion will help you to overcome any obstacles.

4. How can I start a business from home with no money?

You can take a look at the suggestions listed here then choose the one that aligns most closely with your passion.

For example, if you enjoy cooking then all you need to do is decide on your standard menu based on the supplies you have available then sign up at Eatwith.com to get started.

5. How do I know if I am an entrepreneur?

This is a great question and it does require some careful thought.

You can take a look at the article where an entrepreneur is compared with an intrapreneur.

You can also, look at the resource about how to become an entrepreneur.

6. How do I start a business with nothing?

The easy answer to this question is that it really depends on what kind of business you want to start.

For example, if you want to start an e-commerce type of business you can start selling off your clothes on Poshmark to acquire some capital.

Not all personalities are suitable for an e-commerce type of business. So another option is that you can start a blog in an effort to figure out what your niche will be about.

7. What business can I start with $20k?

Having $20k to invest in a business can be a good thing and it really depends on how fast you want a return on that investment.

One great way to invest $20k for a fast turnaround is by going to a site like Flippa.com and purchasing an existing website that is already generating money.

Another great thing you can do is invest in a piece of real estate property by finding one that will give you instant cash flow after costs.

8. I want to start a small business but have no money?

That is okay, what you first need to do is discover what kind of business you would like to start.

It is important to narrow down your list of options taking into consideration your personality type as well as your passion.

Once you know for sure what you would like to do you can then look at the 25 options available here, pick the one that suits your current situation and use it to generate capital to fund your passion project.

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Are you looking to start a business with no money? Maybe your back is against the wall and you desperately need to start a side hustle. You may have heard this before but apparently, there are 1,000 ways to make $1,000. Are you looking to start a business with no money? Maybe your back is against the wall and you desperately need to start a side hustle.



You may have heard this before but apparently, there are 1,000 ways to make $1,000.



Have you given much thought to the type of business that you will like to start? You can start a business with no money only to realise that you hate what you do.



Actually starting a business does require a lot of time, hard work and commitment in order for it to become successful.



The truth is that it is possible to start a business with no money but it does take a little bit of creativity to pull this off.



However, it will take money or startup capital to keep the business going to cover the day to day cost like utilities and transport depending on the type of business.



Let's look at this list of ways that you can start a business using creativity as well as your existing resources.



Preparation



Before starting a business you will need to spend some time ensuring that you are mentally ready to spend many hours for the first 2-3 years to make your business successful.



You will also need to get a better understanding of who you are as well as what you are passionate about in order to choose the right option for you.



Once you choose the option that is suitable for you, make a plan to get that business from startup to scale up.



Spend time mapping out the phases and what needs to happen to get from one stage to the next.



It should not surprise you that enlisting the help of a business mentor, a business resource centre or a business course will really help you become successful.



List of 25 Business Ideas



Without further hesitation and delay here are the 25 ways you can start a business with little or no money. In most cases, all you need is an email address.



1. Coaching



If you have a special talent for example in the area of fitness, dieting, painting or sewing you can become a coach literally overnight by setting it up as an online business.



According to salary surveys, many life coaches are self-employed and can charge over $300.00 an hour. Some coaches of executives can easily charge $500.00 an hour.



I know of at least one business where a guy coaches people on how to do handstands and it is a million dollar business. So think of the skills that you already have.



Step by Step Instructions



* To get started you will need to decide on your area of speciality and set up a profile online on a Facebook page as well as a one-page website.* For a longterm online presence, it would be best to set up a one-page website using your own domain name.* You are probably thinking that you cannot afford a domain name or hosting right now. However, it is possible that you can sell an item from your house that will give you the cash needed for a domain name and hosting for the first year.* You can start by advertising your coaching service in the right group on Craigslist. To get testimonials quickly offer the service at a reduced cost to your first 5 clients.* Other places you can advertise are places like gyms, colleges, Facebook stories and even Instagram stories.* One of the fastest ways to get clients is by offering a free 5-day challenge in a Facebook group where your potential clients hang out then on day 5 offer an upgrade to a paid program.

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15 Blogging Secrets That Successful Bloggers Don’t Want You To Know https://www.successunscrambled.com/blogging-secrets/ Mon, 29 Apr 2019 02:10:09 +0000 https://www.successunscrambled.com/?p=8116 https://www.successunscrambled.com/blogging-secrets/#comments https://www.successunscrambled.com/blogging-secrets/feed/ 33 Have you ever wished that you can get your hands on the blogging secrets of successful bloggers? In a recent podcast interview with Chhavi, I asked her if she can switch places with someone for a day who will she choose and she said, Michelle. Just in case you never heard of Michelle before she is the blogger behind Making Sense of Cents where her blogging income has crossed $1,500,000 in 2018 alone. Many bloggers get into blogging with the hope of just quitting their job and earning a full-time income working from home. The ultimate dream of making 1.5 million dollars a year would just place the icing on the cake for them even it they aren't food bloggers. You see many bloggers struggle because there is so much they don't know about what it takes to become a professional blogger. I will spend some time in this post and reveal to you 15 things you probably did not know that successful bloggers will not tell you. Is Wanting To Make Money Blogging Wrong? Before I dive into the 15 blogging secrets I need to spend time clearing up a very common misconception when it comes to blogging. Yes, many people start a blog with a view that they want to make money using that blog which is okay. The issue develops when the only focus of the blogger is making money. You see to become a blogger is to essentially start a business. This means that professional bloggers are entrepreneurs. Every successful entrepreneur made money because they solved a problem for people. It does not really matter what they blog about. So, what does this mean? Well, as a blogger your goal is to solve a problem or solve problems for your audience. If you are not solving a problem then you will not make any money. In other words, you really need to add value to the lives of others. This brings me nicely to the first blogging secret which is great content. 1. Great Content Spend some time looking at all the income reports from bloggers and then look at the kind of content that they provide to their audience. You will notice that most if not all of them provide really high-quality content for free, no strings attached. Creating content is hard work and it does require commitment. Okay that may not be completely accurate as many of them do provide freebies in exchange for your email address. However, you don't have to pay for this high quality content that gives the audience tips and tricks on how they can improve their life. These bloggers do provide courses and ebooks as well for anyone in their audience who wants a more comprehensive experience at a cost. The bottomline is that you need to look at your content and ask yourself if you can improve the quality? 2. Buckets of Content On the topic of content, another closely guarded blogging secret is that successful bloggers provide a lot of content for free. I probably mentioned this already in the past but one of my mentors who receives over 1,000,000 page views a month publishes 25 blog posts a day. Yes, you read that right. He publishes 25 blog posts a day to his blog. This may seem like a lot but if your blog was getting a million visitors a month I am sure you'll be doing the same to continue to drive traffic. In my interview with Megan, she mentioned that she publishes 1 blog post a month which is fine for her niche. She says that her one blog post is of very high quality and includes a lot of in-depth research as well as graphs and statistics. It is possible that you may be more like Megan where you do fewer posts but very comprehensive and lengthy ones. Perhaps you are more like my mentor and you need to be publishing 2 or more blog posts every day. At the end of the day, you really need to spend some time looking at what works for your niche. 3. Research If you realise that you need to take a closer look at your niche to find out what works it means that you need to spend more time in research.

Have you ever wished that you can get your hands on the blogging secrets of successful bloggers?

In a recent podcast interview with Chhavi, I asked her if she can switch places with someone for a day who will she choose and she said, Michelle.

Just in case you never heard of Michelle before she is the blogger behind Making Sense of Cents where her blogging income has crossed $1,500,000 in 2018 alone.

Many bloggers get into blogging with the hope of just quitting their job and earning a full-time income working from home.

The ultimate dream of making 1.5 million dollars a year would just place the icing on the cake for them even it they aren’t food bloggers.

You see many bloggers struggle because there is so much they don’t know about what it takes to become a professional blogger.

I will spend some time in this post and reveal to you 15 things you probably did not know that successful bloggers will not tell you.

Is Wanting To Make Money Blogging Wrong?

Before I dive into the 15 blogging secrets I need to spend time clearing up a very common misconception when it comes to blogging.

Yes, many people start a blog with a view that they want to make money using that blog which is okay.

The issue develops when the only focus of the blogger is making money. You see to become a blogger is to essentially start a business.

This means that professional bloggers are entrepreneurs. Every successful entrepreneur made money because they solved a problem for people. It does not really matter what they blog about.

So, what does this mean? Well, as a blogger your goal is to solve a problem or solve problems for your audience.

If you are not solving a problem then you will not make any money. In other words, you really need to add value to the lives of others.

This brings me nicely to the first blogging secret which is great content.

1. Great Content

Spend some time looking at all the income reports from bloggers and then look at the kind of content that they provide to their audience.

You will notice that most if not all of them provide really high-quality content for free, no strings attached. Creating content is hard work and it does require commitment.

Okay that may not be completely accurate as many of them do provide freebies in exchange for your email address.

However, you don’t have to pay for this high quality content that gives the audience tips and tricks on how they can improve their life.

These bloggers do provide courses and ebooks as well for anyone in their audience who wants a more comprehensive experience at a cost.

The bottomline is that you need to look at your content and ask yourself if you can improve the quality?

2. Buckets of Content

On the topic of content, another closely guarded blogging secret is that successful bloggers provide a lot of content for free.

I probably mentioned this already in the past but one of my mentors who receives over 1,000,000 page views a month publishes 25 blog posts a day.

Yes, you read that right. He publishes 25 blog posts a day to his blog. This may seem like a lot but if your blog was getting a million visitors a month I am sure you’ll be doing the same to continue to drive traffic.

In my interview with Megan, she mentioned that she publishes 1 blog post a month which is fine for her niche.

She says that her one blog post is of very high quality and includes a lot of in-depth research as well as graphs and statistics.

It is possible that you may be more like Megan where you do fewer posts but very comprehensive and lengthy ones.

Perhaps you are more like my mentor and you need to be publishing 2 or more blog posts every day.

At the end of the day, you really need to spend some time looking at what works for your niche.

3. Research

If you realise that you need to take a closer look at your niche to find out what works it means that you need to spend more time in research.

You see many successful bloggers spend a lot of time researching their niche and the market as a whole looking for ways they can improve their game.

In fact, every blogger who wants to become professional at what they do needs to dedicate time every week doing research on some level.

If there is one thing I learned in this game called blogging is that in order to take things up a level I need to see what is working for others.

It is not enough to keep doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.

Sometimes you need to reach out to someone else who were in your shoes for help via mentorship.

4. Investing in Yourself

This leads me nicely unto the next blogging secret which is investing in yourself for growth.

The stuff that you know right now is not the skills needed to take your blog to the next level.

There are many bloggers that I meet on a regular basis who refuse to invest in themselves but they want to become 6-figure earners.

Of course, there is a lot of information that you can learn for free via Youtube, blogs and freebies.

However, if you want to be like Michelle making 1.5 million dollars a year then you will need a mentor to help get you there.

In my blog income report study, you will find many other bloggers who make money blogging as well as the mentors they used to become successful.

I am not saying that the free resources will not get you there eventually after a lot of trial, error and disappointments.

What I am saying is that having a mentor or investing in a course makes that journey a whole lot easier.

5. Blogging is a Journey

Speaking of journeys, another one of those blogging secrets that successful bloggers fail to let you know is that blogging is a journey.

It is not a get rich quick scheme where you start a blog and become a millionaire overnight.

The reality is that it takes time and a lot of patience to get from point A to point B. This means that you need a certain kind of mindset at the start of this journey.

If you start a blog knowing that it will take a minimum of 2 years following some training and advice then you will be prepared for this journey.

On this journey you will need to grow an audience.

6. Grow a Tribe

I think one of the scariest, as well as the most fulfilling parts of blogging, is growing an audience. This can be done by growing a mailing list.

Your content will be made public and you will need to grow a following of raving fans. Yikes! What if you mess up?

Sometimes it feels like you are getting an added responsibility of having more children to look after like parenting.

The good news is that growing a tribe is a little bit like parenting without pregnancy, terrible twos, teenage years, etc. Even if you have a new blog it is best to get started as soon as possible.

In fact, after giving a lot of value to your audience you will eventually be paid for your efforts and you will not need to wait 20 years, lol!!

7. Long Hours

Unfortunately, like parenting, blogging does involve a lot of long hours for any blogger.

It is probably the one thing about blogging that reminds me of parenting in every sense of the word.

You will find yourself doing many things every day to keep your blog alive and growing.

I wish I had better news for you but you can easily expect to spend 40-80 hours a week on your blog depending on how fast you want it to grow.

A lot of this time is spent learning new skills every month. One of them is marketing.

8. Marketing

Yet another blogging secret that successful bloggers don’t tell you is marketing takes a lot of time.

In fact, you will spend more time marketing your content than you will spend creating it.

Unless you have funds available to outsource this task you will be the one spending 2-4 hours a day marketing your blog.

This is especially true for the first 1-2 years but it gets into automation eventually after it becomes well known.

Need a way to market your business? Grab these 50+ unconventional methods here.

Also, if SEO is implemented correctly then this would be half the marketing battle.

9. Search Engine Optimisation – SEO

SEO is vital to the success of your blog. I am sure that at this point of the blogging game you already heard of search engine optimisation.

Let’s take a look at the example of Michelle’s blog which is Making Sense of Cents – makingsenseofcents.com.

Her blog gets on average 70,000 organic visitors to her site every month from Google. That’s 2,300 visitors a day from a single source.

In layman’s language it means that 70,000 people just visit her site every month organically without her having to do much marketing.

This figure does not include visitors from social media or other sources of traffic. Many bloggers are surprised that she is making so much money with so little organic traffic.

However, the real secret to her success is working smarter.

10. Working Smarter

Yes, the 10th blogging secret is working smarter as a blogger. There is no need to work your butt off to get to 1,000,000 page views a month when you could achieve success with less.

At this point, you are probably wondering what you can do to work smarter. Well, the truth is there are many ways to monetize your blog.

The biggest hurdle to make money blogging is to have an audience or a monthly following.

I already wrote a post on the 37 ways to monetize your blog here. However, let me give you a practical example.

Many bloggers have a goal to get to 25,000 sessions a month in traffic in order to get into Mediavine.

However, you can make more money on your blog by combining your sources of income to include multiple streams.

For example, a combination of Ad Networks, affiliate marketing and selling your own courses can get you to a 5 or 6-figure income at 10,000 sessions a month.

It does call for you as a blogger to think creatively or get mentorship.

11. Creativity

Bloggers are creators which means that they can find ways to solve problems using their creativity.

Are you creative? If you asked me this question 10 years ago my answer would be a definite no.

However, over the years I have come to realise that I absolutely enjoy solving problems.

In fact, where many people see problems I see many possible solutions. There are so many ways that bloggers can get to their financial goals.

It does require a bit of mentoring and creativity but the fact is that it can be done. What is needed is a vision board of what you see yourself doing for your tribe.

Not all of us are cut out to manage large Facebook groups 24 hours a day 7 days a week but you can still support your members by setting the correct boundaries and using other technologies.

Going it alone can be a slow process but collaborating can get you success faster.

12. Collaboration

Another huge blogging secret is collaboration. The blogging journey can be a lonely one if you choose to operate on your own.

However, by collaborating with other bloggers who compliment your niche you will be surprised how much it shortens your blogging journey.

The reason for this is that the both of you are tapping into each other’s audience and building trust for the long-term.

Yes, you will find that there are 1-2 people who will not pull their weight but the vast majority will market your blog to their audience.

In turn you can market their blog to your audience. The reach gained for both of you will be tremendous.

If you do this 10 times with other bloggers think of how this can improve your marketing prospects.

There may even be some cost savings to be had.

13. Monthly Costs

Every time I see a blog post advising potential bloggers that they can start a blog for free and make money I feel sick to the stomach.

Here’s why, if you plan to make money from you blog full-time then it should be treated as a business.

This means that wanting to start a blog for free is a bit unrealistic and setting yourself up for failure.

Don’t get me wrong there are a lot of free tools available to run a business. However, incurring a monthly cost should be expected as normal.

Here is an example of monthly blogging costs:

Expense

Cost

Provider

Domain Name

$10/year

Namecheap

Web Hosting

$5.95/month

Siteground

WordPress Theme

$69

ThemeForest

Email Marketing (free option available)

$29/month

ConvertKit

Landing Pages (optional)

$33/month

Thrive Leads

Total

$510 in year one

As you can see this is just the cost involved in keeping the blog live and having the option to generate leads via email marketing and landing pages.

If you want to work smarter then starting an email list early really helps.

14. Love What You Do

There is nothing worse than starting a blog and discovering after 12-18 months that you dislike your niche and the entire blogging process.

In other words, there are many who started a blog in an area where they were not passionate and they gave up after 6 months.

Many successful bloggers will tell you that one of the key blogging secrets is that you love what you do.

I can tell you that it happened to me many times in the past. I started a blog for all the wrong reasons and I totally lost interest after a while.

It was a total waste of time, money and resources so please learn from my experience and start a blog in a niche that you enjoy.

15. Routines Make Blogging Easier

When I first started this blog in 2017 I was terrified because I was afraid of failure. I just wanted this to workout.

In fact, my biggest fear was what if I run out of content. Looking back I just have to laugh out loud.

I now have so much content that I need to write that I need help writing it. Having a routine and a content plan makes blogging so much easier.

One of the imperative blogging secrets when it comes to blogging content is understanding blog silos.

Know your niche, topic, doing the research then mapping out your blog silos is so key to ensuring that you have truckloads of content.

Very few people talk about content silos and because it takes time to explain I will expand on it in a separate blog post.

Conclusion

If you are one of my regular readers you know that I can go on for another few paragraphs but I will leave it there for now.

To recap here are those 15 blogging secrets again:

  1. Great content
  2. Buckets of content
  3. Research
  4. Investing in Yourself
  5. Blogging is a Journey
  6. Grow a tribe
  7. Long hours
  8. Marketing
  9. SEO
  10. Work Smarter
  11. Creativity
  12. Collaboration
  13. Monthly Costs
  14. Love What You Do
  15. Routines + Planning

I am sure there are another 5 things that can be added to this list but for now these are the 15 blogging secrets that successful bloggers have been hiding from you.

The question is now that you know, what do you plan to do about it so that you too can achieve the success that you need?

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Have you ever wished that you can get your hands on the blogging secrets of successful bloggers? In a recent podcast interview with Chhavi, I asked her if she can switch places with someone for a day who will she choose and she said, Michelle. Have you ever wished that you can get your hands on the blogging secrets of successful bloggers?



In a recent podcast interview with Chhavi, I asked her if she can switch places with someone for a day who will she choose and she said, Michelle.



Just in case you never heard of Michelle before she is the blogger behind Making Sense of Cents where her blogging income has crossed $1,500,000 in 2018 alone.



Many bloggers get into blogging with the hope of just quitting their job and earning a full-time income working from home.



The ultimate dream of making 1.5 million dollars a year would just place the icing on the cake for them even it they aren't food bloggers.



You see many bloggers struggle because there is so much they don't know about what it takes to become a professional blogger.



I will spend some time in this post and reveal to you 15 things you probably did not know that successful bloggers will not tell you.



Is Wanting To Make Money Blogging Wrong?



Before I dive into the 15 blogging secrets I need to spend time clearing up a very common misconception when it comes to blogging.



Yes, many people start a blog with a view that they want to make money using that blog which is okay.



The issue develops when the only focus of the blogger is making money. You see to become a blogger is to essentially start a business.



This means that professional bloggers are entrepreneurs. Every successful entrepreneur made money because they solved a problem for people. It does not really matter what they blog about.



So, what does this mean? Well, as a blogger your goal is to solve a problem or solve problems for your audience.



If you are not solving a problem then you will not make any money. In other words, you really need to add value to the lives of others.



This brings me nicely to the first blogging secret which is great content.



1. Great Content



Spend some time looking at all the income reports from bloggers and then look at the kind of content that they provide to their audience.



You will notice that most if not all of them provide really high-quality content for free, no strings attached. Creating content is hard work and it does require commitment.



Okay that may not be completely accurate as many of them do provide freebies in exchange for your email address.



However, you don't have to pay for this high quality content that gives the audience tips and tricks on how they can improve their life.



These bloggers do provide courses and ebooks as well for anyone in their audience who wants a more comprehensive experience at a cost.



The bottomline is that you need to look at your content and ask yourself if you can improve the quality?



2. Buckets of Content



On the topic of content, another closely guarded blogging secret is that successful bloggers provide a lot of content for free.



I probably mentioned this already in the past but one of my mentors who receives over 1,000,000 page views a month publishes 25 blog posts a day.



Yes, you read that right. He publishes 25 blog posts a day to his blog. This may seem like a lot but if your blog was getting a million visitors a month I am sure you'll be doing the same to continue to drive traffic.



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21 Year Digital Nomad Teaches How to Make Money Online https://www.successunscrambled.com/digital-nomad/ Mon, 22 Apr 2019 02:11:00 +0000 https://www.successunscrambled.com/?p=7852 https://www.successunscrambled.com/digital-nomad/#comments https://www.successunscrambled.com/digital-nomad/feed/ 36 Are you wondering how to become a digital nomad with no experience? Maybe you are in a specialist field like astronomy wondering how you can work from anywhere. The world we live in is changing rapidly leaving many people in an unpredictable environment where they need to change quickly. In the last 10 years alone terms like digital nomad, location independence and work from anywhere continues to become more popular. Just in my city alone the amount of co-working spaces is on the rise as well as platforms are being launched for local employers to hire remote employees. Many people continue to struggle with the concept of working remotely or working for several employers from home. Some even go as far as to dismiss it as something that only a few crazy people are doing and that it would never become mainstream. In this post, I did a video interview with Rob who is considered to be the world's first digital nomad. Join me as I ask Rob all the pertinent questions so that he can tell you more about his experience after many years of working and traveling. Who is Rob? He is a writer, blogger and online marketer who helps people to create an online income so that they can go anywhere, do anything and be anyone. Why do you make this claim? He's been a writer for over 30 years. He was a journalist and he switched over to become a copywriter when he discovered that they get paid more than journalists. He became a freelance writer in July of 1988 and quit his full-time job at an Ad agency. He's been running his own freelance copywriting business for a number of years where he had his ups and downs. Some good years and not so good years. It is a fun way to live. As the modern world gives us the technology we need to work from anywhere on the planet. He believes that it is a fantastic life and opportunity and he wants to offer the same for his coaching clients. Why he is the world's first digital nomad? He currently lives in Thailand which is a real hub for digital nomads. He has met hundreds if not thousands of nomads over the years. Many of them say that they have doing this for a long time like for 5 or even 10 years. However, he has been doing this for 20 years now. He's yet to meet anyone who has been a digital nomad fo as long as he has been doing it. He started his digital nomad lifestyle in Ireland. Where he took his family in an old, rusty Volkswagen Camper Van. At the time, he just started an online business. He decided to go on vacation to Ireland with his family. He just needed to check that everything was going well. Traveling around Ireland in those days there wasn't WiFi, co-working spaces or Internet cafes. The only way he could get online is if he drove into a town somewhere in Ireland and go knock on someone's door and offer them IRL£10 to let him use their Internet connection for 30-60 minutes so he can check his email. Some people will tell him to get lost and others would invite them in and they will make new friends. He will also get his work done. Her worked his way around Ireland doing this and had a fantastic trip. This is the point when he realised that this could be a new way of working. The phrase digital nomad did not yet exist at the time. He discovered that he can work and travel at the same time. What is a Digital Nomad exactly? Essentially, it means that you have an income that is not dependent on your location. So rather than have a job where you need to go into the office, factory or retails outlet you have an online business. One could be a freelancer or have an e-commerce store or a blogger or many other options. You have an online business which means you can work from anywhere once there's Internet access. It is possible to be half-way up a mountain in the middle of South East Asia and you can still get on the Internet. There is not a need to travel nut many people want to see the w...

Are you wondering how to become a digital nomad with no experience? Maybe you are in a specialist field like astronomy wondering how you can work from anywhere.

The world we live in is changing rapidly leaving many people in an unpredictable environment where they need to change quickly.

In the last 10 years alone terms like digital nomad, location independence and work from anywhere continues to become more popular.

Just in my city alone the amount of co-working spaces is on the rise as well as platforms are being launched for local employers to hire remote employees.

Many people continue to struggle with the concept of working remotely or working for several employers from home.

Some even go as far as to dismiss it as something that only a few crazy people are doing and that it would never become mainstream.

In this post, I did a video interview with Rob who is considered to be the world’s first digital nomad.

Join me as I ask Rob all the pertinent questions so that he can tell you more about his experience after many years of working and traveling.

Who is Rob?

He is a writer, blogger and online marketer who helps people to create an online income so that they can go anywhere, do anything and be anyone.

rob-palmer-world's-first-digital-nomad

Why do you make this claim?

He’s been a writer for over 30 years. He was a journalist and he switched over to become a copywriter when he discovered that they get paid more than journalists.

He became a freelance writer in July of 1988 and quit his full-time job at an Ad agency.

He’s been running his own freelance copywriting business for a number of years where he had his ups and downs.

Some good years and not so good years. It is a fun way to live. As the modern world gives us the technology we need to work from anywhere on the planet.

He believes that it is a fantastic life and opportunity and he wants to offer the same for his coaching clients.

Why he is the world’s first digital nomad?

He currently lives in Thailand which is a real hub for digital nomads. He has met hundreds if not thousands of nomads over the years.

Many of them say that they have doing this for a long time like for 5 or even 10 years. However, he has been doing this for 20 years now.

He’s yet to meet anyone who has been a digital nomad fo as long as he has been doing it.

He started his digital nomad lifestyle in Ireland. Where he took his family in an old, rusty Volkswagen Camper Van.

At the time, he just started an online business. He decided to go on vacation to Ireland with his family. He just needed to check that everything was going well.

Traveling around Ireland in those days there wasn’t WiFi, co-working spaces or Internet cafes.

The only way he could get online is if he drove into a town somewhere in Ireland and go knock on someone’s door and offer them IRL£10 to let him use their Internet connection for 30-60 minutes so he can check his email.

Some people will tell him to get lost and others would invite them in and they will make new friends. He will also get his work done.

Her worked his way around Ireland doing this and had a fantastic trip. This is the point when he realised that this could be a new way of working.

The phrase digital nomad did not yet exist at the time. He discovered that he can work and travel at the same time.

What is a Digital Nomad exactly?

Essentially, it means that you have an income that is not dependent on your location.

So rather than have a job where you need to go into the office, factory or retails outlet you have an online business.

One could be a freelancer or have an e-commerce store or a blogger or many other options.

You have an online business which means you can work from anywhere once there’s Internet access.

It is possible to be half-way up a mountain in the middle of South East Asia and you can still get on the Internet.

There is not a need to travel nut many people want to see the whole world so the would spend a week in every country.

However, it can get tiring after a while as you realise that you need a base. Fo Rob, he lives in Thailand where his base is Bangkok.

He would travel from there to the rest of Thailand and South East Asia and around the world.

Of course, you can decide to stay in the west and work from home but it means that you now have the freedom from commuting, office politics and all those things when working as an employee in a 9 to 5 job.

As a digital nomad you have the freedom to work flexible hours that suit you and your family. For example, he was able to help with the school run.

This kind of lifestyle sis not exist 20 years ago. Many young people will take it for granted. He is still amazed as he remembers back then the only option was to get a 9 to 5 job.

He’s grateful to be able to do this and has not lost the novelty of being able to be a digital nomad.

Is it simple to go from 9 to 5 employee to digital nomad?

It really depends on the country, for example, anyone wanting to migrate to Thailand if they are over 50 it is pretty easy as they can get a retirement visa very easily.

Younger people will need to do visa runs once a month which is quite annoying. Overall it is not too difficult you’ll need to do your research and understand what are the rules.

What are the steps involved in becoming a digital nomad?

Any person can take it stepby-step. There is no need to quit your job straight away and risk not being able to pay the mortgage.

Freelancing and blogging for example is something you can start doing in the evenings and weekends.

Dip your toe in the water and pick up a few clients or start a blog and get that up and running.

Once you start generating an income and proved the concept then you can quit your job and run the freelance service or blog full-time.

You can start it as a part-time side hustle and work things up from there.

What does freelancing mean?

As a freelancer, you don’t have a full-time employer. You work on a job by job basis. It is part of the gig economy. You work for different clients as and when they need your services.

You could be a freelance writer, where you write blog posts for one client, sales copy for another client and product descriptions for another client.

They’ll hire you when needed. You just need to have sufficient clients to give you regular work and pay the bills.

Do you miss being an employee?

No, Definitely not. He does not miss the commuting, office politics but there is a social side. You do need to replace the social side if you are running an online business.

He makes an effort to join networking groups to get that social interaction. Some groups are purely social while others are business networking groups.

You do get the opportunity to choose the groups, unlike a 9 to 5 job you are unable to choose your fellow employees.

Some examples of these kinds of group include Toastmasters, RotaryClub and Stand Up Comedy.

What has your experience been over the last 20 years as a digital nomad?

As a family, they wanted to move out of London probably within a 10-50 mile radius. In the end, they moved 10,000 miles to Australia.

They ended up in Sydney which is something her could not have done if he was not a digital nomad.

His kids grew up going to the beach after school, doing surfing and boating and living a real Aussie lifestyle.

Of course the kids were in school but whenever they had the 7-week holiday they would travel all over the world as a family.

They were also able to see most of the world and enjoy the best of both worlds. They lived the Aussie life and travelled during the vacation time.

Was life always that great for the 20 years?

It was up and down and during the 2008 recession he got hit hard not from an online business point of view.

In fact, he had some real estate investments which really went bad. There has been times when he had difficulty.

Doing an online business you run into so many opportunities. It is very hard to focus on one thing.

He believes that online business owners suffer from ADD where they have 10 different projects on the go and none of them are generating an income.

What about the advice of not placing all your eggs into one basket?

From his experience, it is not easy to create multiple sources of income. When you find something that is working you should make it as successful as you can.

Rather than trying to work on several projects at once. It is very easy to think that if you’re successful with one then you can work on 10 different businesses.

However, you end up with 10 unsuccessful business projects.

Is there ever a time that you got tired after or during that 20-year period?

Believe it or not, he still enjoys doing this every day because it is his hobby as well as his business. Often he is awake at 3 am as he just had an idea and he is up and ready to implement it.

Rob still enjoys it because it is always changing with new opportunities and always interesting.

He believes that he will continue to do it for another 20 years. Warren Buffet is 88 and he is still the CEO of Berkshire Hathaway.

What’s the best advice received to date?

The best advice he received was not really business advice. The night before his wedding, his uncle said to him,

“You are getting married tomorrow, make sure you enjoy everyday because it will go quicker than you can possibly imagine.

You’ll have kids and they’ll grow up and they’ll be getting married and you’ll turn around and think wait a minute where did the time go?”

His uncle was absolutely right. His kids have grown up and his eldest son is getting married in October and it does not feel like 30 years it feels like 30 minutes.

Many people get bogged down in studies and work planning for the future all the time and they forget to stop and enjoy the journey.

Make the most of the time that you have wherever you may be.

Will there ever be too many digital nomads?

No, not at all. There are endless opportunities he goes to a lot of meeting where he meets people with online businesses.

He’s consistently amazed at the kinds if businesses people have as they are in niches or doing things that he never thought could be a business.

They are making a living doing this strange thing? There’s no limit as to what you can do. There are 5 billion people with smart phones this year.

5 years ago we did not have this kind of opportunity. The market opportunity is bigger than anyone can imagine.

The one thing that impacted his life to date?

Everyone should choose something that they enjoy doing. If you are only doing it to make money then you’ll run out of steam after a while.

It is great that you can start a business using your passion or existing skills doing something that is important or worthwhile that makes a contribution to society.

What else can someone expect on the journey? What are the best resources and places to live?

If someone decides to go down the path of freelance work or consulting then it can happen for them really quickly.

All they need is one good client and they’re off. Once they have 2-3 clients then they can expect to be on a good income.

This can be as soon as one month if they market themselves properly. They can pick up one client a week for 4 weeks then they have 4 clients, this is sufficient to quit your job and become a digital nomad.

If someone decides to take the route to start a blog then it will take longer. They need to think of it as a long term project. Possibly 6 months to 1 year.

It is different for everybody some people can do it much quicker.

In terms of the best places for digital nomads, it is really up to each person as the world is their oyster.

South East Asia has the advantage in that it is cheap to live there. Flights and accommodation are cheap. It is very similar in Eastern Europe. South America is also good.

There are many places where your money goes further.

Are there other advantages apart from cost in somewhere like Thailand?

He spends time both in the UK and Australia with is families in these locations. It really depends on what is happening with him and his family as to where in the world he spends time.

Here are 3-5 scenarios of jobs that are difficult to transition into a digital nomad life?

Railway Sleeper Jobs

He’s sure that is not their entire life as they may have hobbies outside of work. Maybe they play golf or football or maybe are good at woodwork or carpentry.

Whatever skills they have there are other people who want to learn those skills. They can create a course so that they can teach those skills or offer coaching or consulting.

It could be where a person lives for example. You can create content on things to do and costs of things in your local town, city, state or country.

If you are really stuck you can start something 100% from scratch. You can spend an entire weekend watching videos on real estate investment. You’ll know more than most people by Monday morning.

You can spend further time doing a few paid courses then you’ll know enough to help other people.

Firefighter

They learn a lot of things around going into very challenging situations. So they need courage, bravery and systems to keep themselves safe.

Firefighters are highly trained people in all those things. These skills are things that other people would love to learn, people like corporate executives.

Sales executives who needs to make cold calls and they don’t want to do it are in a very similar situation to firefighters who need to run into a burning building and he would rather go home and be with his family.

The Secret Service

Wow! If he had secret service experience he would write books. The would make good money writing Kindle books.

For example, if you Google ‘Mark Dawson’ he’s a very successful author. He writes James Bond style books and he coaches other people on how to write books and publish them.

Things have changed so much now you can write books and publish them yourself without the help of a publisher.

He publishes non-fiction books on Amazon (KDP).

Line worker (Electrician who works on poles)

They will have to be really good at safety. They can offer training courses for other electricians and other roles that may face similar challenges.

These kind of markets are huge. They all want to stay safe. It will be worth it for them to pay $1,000.00 for a really good training on safety with electricity to get certified.

They can learn how not to kill themselves.

Furniture Manufacturer

They can certainly sell online. They can start a Shopify store or sell through Amazon FBA.

As long as it is small enough to be shippable. For example, there is a guy who sells snooker tables online using Ebay.

He has a million dollar business doing just that.

What are the typical roles that people can expect to do as a digital nomad?

Everybody has skills that they can use to become a digital nomad. It could be professional skills that they picked up during their career or it could be a hobby or a passion.

Maybe they have life skills like public speaking. These skills can be monetised in three ways using the three Cs.

  1. Courses
  2. Coaching
  3. Consulting

It is very easy to create a course using modern technology as well as platforms like Skillshare or Udemy.

Minimal technological knowledge is required.

Coaching is next on the list that is pretty straight forward where you can teach things like relationships and how to find a partner.

He knows one guy who offers a coaching program on how to do handstands. This person has a million dollar business teaching people how to do handstands.

This guy charges several thousand dollars for his hand stand coaching program.

Consulting is more likely to be working with companies rather than consumers. It suits people who have business or professional skills.

Especially great for people who retired in their 50s or 60s but they are looking to remain active during their retirement.

How can one shift from being an employee to a consultant?

You don’t need a lot of expertise. He remembers going on a program for coaches and the speaker said that you only need to know 5% more than the people you’re coaching.

So long as you can impart that extra 5% then the attendees are learning something valuable.

For example, if you have experience writing short stories and you assume, sure everyone know how to write short stories that’s not the case.

The truth is many people don’t know how to do it so you can create a course or coaching program in this area.

When is the best time to take the leap?

Now, people keep putting off things, waiting for their kids to grow up or until they can earn more money.

Before you know it 5, 10, 20 years will pass and they did not achieve their goals and dreams.

By starting now there is no need to quit your job but you can start by doing research in the area of interest.

Start by looking at a number of Youtube videos and reading blog posts on that topic. Just take it step by step.

Spend time looking at blogger income reports to see how real the opportunity is for many people.

Here is the 5 Step Formula to become a digital nomad

Here is Rob’s 5-step formula for digital nomad success.

  1. Identify a niche that can work for you that you can share with other people.
  2. Work out how to maximise the value. What is the biggest change they can experience that gives transformation. For example, you can teach face painting but it is not a transformation for the learner.
  3. Join communities in that niche, find out what problems they have, what do they need to know, what problems are they trying to solve.
  4. Outline the product to the community and try to glean some feedback.
  5. Create a product and market it like crazy. The key is marketing.

One key takeaway. Yes, you can do it. If you can write an email and open a web page then you are tech savvy enough to become a digital nomad.

Do you offer coaching?

He did not intend to do it but it as he has been travelling around and people asked him what he does and he explained the digital nomad concept.

They would say, well how do you do that? do you offer and coaching or mentoring?

He offers face to face coaching as well as online mentoring.

Where can you find Rob?

GoFreelance.com

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Are you wondering how to become a digital nomad with no experience? Maybe you are in a specialist field like astronomy wondering how you can work from anywhere. The world we live in is changing rapidly leaving many people in an unpredictable enviro... Are you wondering how to become a digital nomad with no experience? Maybe you are in a specialist field like astronomy wondering how you can work from anywhere.



The world we live in is changing rapidly leaving many people in an unpredictable environment where they need to change quickly.



In the last 10 years alone terms like digital nomad, location independence and work from anywhere continues to become more popular.



Just in my city alone the amount of co-working spaces is on the rise as well as platforms are being launched for local employers to hire remote employees.



Many people continue to struggle with the concept of working remotely or working for several employers from home.



Some even go as far as to dismiss it as something that only a few crazy people are doing and that it would never become mainstream.



In this post, I did a video interview with Rob who is considered to be the world's first digital nomad.



Join me as I ask Rob all the pertinent questions so that he can tell you more about his experience after many years of working and traveling.



Who is Rob?



He is a writer, blogger and online marketer who helps people to create an online income so that they can go anywhere, do anything and be anyone.







Why do you make this claim?



He's been a writer for over 30 years. He was a journalist and he switched over to become a copywriter when he discovered that they get paid more than journalists.



He became a freelance writer in July of 1988 and quit his full-time job at an Ad agency.



He's been running his own freelance copywriting business for a number of years where he had his ups and downs.



Some good years and not so good years. It is a fun way to live. As the modern world gives us the technology we need to work from anywhere on the planet.



He believes that it is a fantastic life and opportunity and he wants to offer the same for his coaching clients.



Why he is the world's first digital nomad?



He currently lives in Thailand which is a real hub for digital nomads. He has met hundreds if not thousands of nomads over the years.



Many of them say that they have doing this for a long time like for 5 or even 10 years. However, he has been doing this for 20 years now.



He's yet to meet anyone who has been a digital nomad fo as long as he has been doing it.



He started his digital nomad lifestyle in Ireland. Where he took his family in an old, rusty Volkswagen Camper Van.



At the time, he just started an online business. He decided to go on vacation to Ireland with his family. He just needed to check that everything was going well.



Traveling around Ireland in those days there wasn't WiFi, co-working spaces or Internet cafes.



The only way he could get online is if he drove into a town somewhere in Ireland and go knock on someone's door and offer them IRL£10 to let him use their Internet connection for 30-60 minutes so he can check his email.



Some people will tell him to get lost and others would invite them in and they will make new friends. He will also get his work done.



Her worked his way around Ireland doing this and had a fantastic trip. This is the point when he realised that this could be a new way of working.



The phrase digital nomad did not yet exist at the time.]]>
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5 Crazy Blog Writing Tips That Will Motivate Anyone https://www.successunscrambled.com/blog-writing-tips/ Mon, 15 Apr 2019 02:57:28 +0000 https://www.successunscrambled.com/?p=7580 https://www.successunscrambled.com/blog-writing-tips/#comments https://www.successunscrambled.com/blog-writing-tips/feed/ 39 Are you in need of some blog writing tips? Ever wished that you write the perfect blog post that gets for your audience? None of us is born with the ability to make something perfectly the first time. However, it is by failing that we get better and improve things. The same rule applies when it comes to blogging. I am yet to meet a blogger who get it all right when they first start a blog. Many bloggers continue to struggle with failure because there is a belief that failure is a bad thing. The truth is that as humans we learn more from our mistakes compared to our successes. It was Thomas Edison who said, "I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work." I am not sure if you, as a blogger, need to find 10,000 ways that blogging will not work, at least I hope not. In this post, I spent some time interviewing Megan. I believe that Megan may have found some peculiar blog writing tips and many ways that her business works to reach out to potential clients. Join me as I spend time chatting with Megan. Who is Megan? Hi, I am Megan Whitaker, I blog over at goingcrunchynotcrazy.com. I've had it since 2015 when my first daughter was born. I was a registered nurse and I love health and wellness but I was not super happy with the medical model and I really wanted to stay at home. So, I decided to quit my job and I pivoted into natural health and wellness. I have been blogging, speaking and writing ever since. What exactly do you do? The area that I talk about is very specific. My focus is really on environmental detoxification of the chemicals around your home and body. Before I was a nurse I had an autoimmune disease. Nursing is something I did in the hope that I was able to figure myself out. As expected, I fell down what I call the crunchy rabbit hole where I started with herbs and roots and that helped a little bit and somebody suggested that I take out plastics and things. That helped a lot. Professionally, I was a makeup artist before I went to nursing school. My job involved using a lot of products, a lot of chemicals, I had the worst diet and over the course of 5 years, I completely detoxified my whole house, environment and all of my products. After going totally chemical free, I've had no pain, no medication, nothing like that for six (6) years. So, I really focus on educating specifically moms and younger families. How to go about switching over all of your products and your environment. Getting rid of the chemical burden that we have in our homes. I think that there is a big fear that people have that it is too much to do, it is too expensive to do or they can't possibly learn all these things. That's why I'm here. It took me 10 years and two degrees and I don't know how many other educational opportunities to get all this knowledge and I like to share it. My blog specifically works on science. The nursing part of me still really likes research and science. So, I like to break down good research, science and wellness and kind of bring it together. I talk a lot to pregnant moms, new moms, moms with small children that have little bodies to take care of. I like to give good facts and make the science easy for them. A lot of home detox has to do with the air and water and stuff like that. A lot of science and research studies have shown that the air inside your home is about 1-6 times more polluted than the air outside because of all the stuff we have in our homes. All our furniture lets off gases. It lets off formaldehyde and chemicals, flame retardant and things. All that stuff comes off your furniture, the floor and food. It is also in the air and it is really hard to get rid of so open your windows. Why do you do what you do? It started off with my own journey. It took me so long to figure out all of the science. To decipher what was real and what was fake news.

Are you in need of some blog writing tips? Ever wished that you write the perfect blog post that gets for your audience?

None of us is born with the ability to make something perfectly the first time. However, it is by failing that we get better and improve things.

The same rule applies when it comes to blogging. I am yet to meet a blogger who get it all right when they first start a blog.

Many bloggers continue to struggle with failure because there is a belief that failure is a bad thing.

The truth is that as humans we learn more from our mistakes compared to our successes.

It was Thomas Edison who said, “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”

I am not sure if you, as a blogger, need to find 10,000 ways that blogging will not work, at least I hope not.

In this post, I spent some time interviewing Megan. I believe that Megan may have found some peculiar blog writing tips and many ways that her business works to reach out to potential clients.

Join me as I spend time chatting with Megan.

Who is Megan?

Hi, I am Megan Whitaker, I blog over at goingcrunchynotcrazy.com. I’ve had it since 2015 when my first daughter was born.

I was a registered nurse and I love health and wellness but I was not super happy with the medical model and I really wanted to stay at home.

So, I decided to quit my job and I pivoted into natural health and wellness. I have been blogging, speaking and writing ever since.

Megan Whitaker

What exactly do you do?

The area that I talk about is very specific. My focus is really on environmental detoxification of the chemicals around your home and body.

Before I was a nurse I had an autoimmune disease. Nursing is something I did in the hope that I was able to figure myself out.

As expected, I fell down what I call the crunchy rabbit hole where I started with herbs and roots and that helped a little bit and somebody suggested that I take out plastics and things.

That helped a lot. Professionally, I was a makeup artist before I went to nursing school.

My job involved using a lot of products, a lot of chemicals, I had the worst diet and over the course of 5 years, I completely detoxified my whole house, environment and all of my products.

After going totally chemical free, I’ve had no pain, no medication, nothing like that for six (6) years.

So, I really focus on educating specifically moms and younger families. How to go about switching over all of your products and your environment.

Getting rid of the chemical burden that we have in our homes.

I think that there is a big fear that people have that it is too much to do, it is too expensive to do or they can’t possibly learn all these things.

That’s why I’m here. It took me 10 years and two degrees and I don’t know how many other educational opportunities to get all this knowledge and I like to share it.

My blog specifically works on science. The nursing part of me still really likes research and science.

So, I like to break down good research, science and wellness and kind of bring it together.

I talk a lot to pregnant moms, new moms, moms with small children that have little bodies to take care of.

I like to give good facts and make the science easy for them. A lot of home detox has to do with the air and water and stuff like that.

A lot of science and research studies have shown that the air inside your home is about 1-6 times more polluted than the air outside because of all the stuff we have in our homes.

All our furniture lets off gases. It lets off formaldehyde and chemicals, flame retardant and things.

All that stuff comes off your furniture, the floor and food. It is also in the air and it is really hard to get rid of so open your windows.

Why do you do what you do?

It started off with my own journey. It took me so long to figure out all of the science. To decipher what was real and what was fake news.

It was hard for me to find good sources when I was a nurse the thing I loved about health and nursing was patient education.

Being able to help a patient take control of their own health and get educated about their own health.

So often it is not that a patient don’t want to be healthy. It is just that they don’t know a good, easy way to do something.

My blog was a way for me to get that information to whoever needed it. I think everybody says, “if one person reads it, then it will be worth it.”

I really want as many moms as possible as well as many young women to know where to go to get safe information.

My why is that I want to protect our women.

What do you enjoy most about what you do?

I am a talker, I love my blog and I use my blog writing tips to do other things. I’ve used my blog as a platform to get freelance writing jobs to get paid to write on sites like Healthline.

I’ve written for Romper which is a parenting site and I’ve also used my blog to speak at major conferences.

Recently I flew across the country to speak at a parenting conference. I like having a platform where people can come, learn about me and know me.

They can also get to know me and my journey then I could then get to go out and meet people in real life and talk to people.

I love connecting and hearing back from people. So, my blog, the thing that I love most is the communication with other people.

How can one be sure which furniture is non-toxic?

There are a few places where you can go to get furniture and appliances that are non-toxic.

That is one of the areas/problems. Sometimes you need someone to come in and say, I have resources for this.

Mattresses are a big one right now. There are a couple of dozen companies that are focusing on organic, non-toxic mattresses and people don’t know.

They are not that hard to find. You can get a wool mattress. Wool does not need flame retardant.

So, it does not have to be doused in chemicals. It’s pretty easy if you know where to look and I want to be that place for people to come.

What did you want to be as a child and who inspired you to take that route?

When I was growing up I wanted to be on Broadway. I was this theatre kid and I went to the theatre all the time.

When I was in college I kind of stepped off stage and started doing makeup. I did makeup and special effects.

I made zombies, monsters and I used plasticisers, moulds, all kinds of foam and all kinds of things.

So, that took me too Los Angeles and I worked in film for a few years and that’s when I got really, really sick.

Realising that I was so sick, I couldn’t work. Moving back home is what I had to do and I went to Nursing School because I always liked health.

An interest in health is something I always had but I was so creative I thought I couldn’t be a nurse. Since I was so creative and I ran off to L.A.

My ability to work was hampered as I was so sick and I was on a lot of medication and I went to Nursing School and slowly got better.

Once I had a doctor who suggested that I try a herbal remedy because the medication that I was on was so strong it was eating a hole through my stomach.

He gave me this ginger-turmeric tea to coat my stomach so that I wasn’t in so much pain.

That led me to Google as you know you fall down the Google hole. I found a few really prominent health and wellness experts.

Crazy diet

Specifically Weston A. Price Foundation which is like, the call themselves a diet, it is not really a diet. It is like the original paleo diet.

I found a few doctors and researchers that was so into science. It was so interesting there were facts and graphs and scientific studies on this crazy diet.

For me, I really fell in love with that and I think that is what did it. It intrigued me as I discovered that there were such amazing scientists in this crunchy world and I never went back.

It occurred while I was half-way through nursing school, my now husband who was my boyfriend at the time, I told him that I was going to quit nursing school.

The inspiration was so strong I was like I want to do this. I love talking about this stuff and this is so crazy. Thankfully, I was feeling better and I wanted to be part of that.

He said, you should finish nursing school, the worst thing you’re going to have is a good education and he was right.

I did work as a nurse for a couple of years and I got a good education in traditional medicine. I could kind of show the other way.

There are so many good people, the area that I’m in like chemicals, water, bathroom, kitchen. There were multiple people who are experts in those areas that I was reading.

What is the best advice you’ve received to date?

I think the best advice is not to do something for the money. Really follow your passion.

I’m glad I have my nursing education. I went to nursing school because it was “the smart thing to do”.

I couldn’t do my creative artsy thing anymore and everybody was like its time to settle down and ‘get your real job’.

That was my second college degree so it was great to have my medical knowledge. I knew going into it that I did not want to be a full nurse for the rest of my life.

Everyone around me was like but you like medicine, but you like educating, this is what you do.

This is what you do when you like talking about health. You go down this set path where you make decent money forever.

I’m glad I have the education I just would not be a nurse for 30 years.

What has impacted your life to date?

I think that going to nursing school and knowing immediately that I shouldn’t be there and sticking through it and everyone around me saying, just get an education was right.

I do think, obviously in America it’s terrible because our education is so expensive. For everyone else in the world, the more education you have the better, no matter what field you are in.

Always continuing to learn got me to where I am. I went to college and got a degree and I decided to study more.

I went to LA and took courses in composition and plasticides and I was able to do special effects work.

Then I went to nursing school, next I studied environmental health. I am always learning and people around me have high education levels.

Everybody around me has multiple qualifications and college degrees that is super important to people around me.

So, no matter what I have done everybody has always said if you want to do that go get a degree or go do a class.

I think that is always a good idea. You can never be too educated and no one can ever take your education away from you.

In this landscape of blogs, social media and people making money online. They think that it is a work around to education.

It is not entirely true. You don’t need a college education to have a job. Education is not necessarily a college education either.

I do think no matter what you do continuing an education is probably top priority. Because if you happen to be good at building a website that is great.

However, using that instead of going down the path to get more education is not really a good idea.

Tell me about your blog writing tips?

I started my blog around 6 months after my first daughter was born. Now, I have two little girls. Since the inception of my blog, I always had an infant.

I really think I do my blog differently compared to most bloggers. I publish a post once a month or so using some unique blog writing tips.

Sometimes it is not even that much as I have had periods of postpartum time, where I’m nursing all the time.

I focus on doing one or two really good, in-depth, scientific posts. I don’t do filler stuff. I’m not necessarily worried about quantity.

For the first year and a half, I was just piddling around. My very first post was a deep dive into chlorine and taking your baby swimming and how to protect your infant from chlorine.

It wasn’t fluffy by any means. I also did not have a ton of time. So, I really focused on doing a really good thing when I could.

I didn’t throw money at it for the first year. I learned everything myself, I built the whole thing myself, I did everything myself.

So, it took a good two years before I was seeing big numbers and seeing big traffic in return after implementing these blog writing tips.

At this point, I said my blog is running on auto now so a friend came in and helped me make my blog better and faster.

Then I was able to reach out and say now I’m going to start a podcast and now I’m going to do other things and drive people other places.

I don’t worry about publishing a ton of posts. If you come on my site and only read 3 posts, all 3 of those posts are worth reading. There’s nothing filler on the blog.

Instagram

My Instagram account is where I go talk and show little things. I do Instagram stories all day.

I post on Instagram regularly. I’m on there talking to people a lot. I really see my blog as more of a site.

It’s not like daily life blogs or the thing that I did today or yesterday. It really is, I have this awesome piece of information that I want you to learn about.

If you want to talk to me about other stuff and see my kids and see my natural hair dye that I used and my process for cooking that’s Instagram.

When I get on the podcast, this is where I go to talk more about my business side. I go into people’s homes and I go over on Zoom and video Messenger.

Usually, I go in and detoxify their homes and things like that. I do a lot of speaking engagements and I actually go now as I am a consultant.

Consulting

I will go into your bathroom and look at where mould will be or look at what products you need to switch.

Go into your kitchen and get rid of the Teflon and get rid of the non-stick and test your water that things like that.

My podcast talks more about things like that. To be honest, at this point, having two small kids, the podcast has been easier to keep up.

It is because I can just talk during that time with the blog I’ll want things to look nice.

I do drive a lot of Amazon affiliate traffic through my blog so it is generating an income that way.

If people want to buy the products that I talk about they can do so easily. I don’t do lists and things but I do healthy gear guides.

I talk a lot about the easy switches you can make and all those things are linked. There is some more coming through my site as well.

To me because I have young kids, I’ll be outside playing with them and someone can ask me a question on Instagram and I can just answer them.

So, its a really good way to be in touch with the people that I want to and I can just answer questions and kind of share.

I share my real, my blog is called, Going Crunchy Not Crazy, so I share the weird crunchy, crazy things that I do during my day on Instagram.

My blog is more bigger ideas and bigger things.

How did the name originate?

It may be an American thing. Being called crunchy comes from being a hippie. Back in the 60’s people called themselves granola to be a hippie.

Then that became a crunchy granola hippie. That got dropped and now people just say that they are crunchy hippie.

When I started this I was working as a registered nurse in an office and everyone thought that I had lost my mind.

I was trying to tell them no there is a science behind this so it became that I was crunchy and not going crazy.

What blog traffic methods did you implement?

Even from my very first blog post I made an image and put it on Pinterest. It is the worst image. It is a very bad picture.

It’s funny, there are a few blog posts that were early blog posts that did pretty well. It is still being re-pinned with that awful image.

Every time I see it I wish that I could go back and switch that image on Pinterest.

I did focus a lot on Pinterest because my demographic is like 25-35 year old women. That is who I’m aiming at and that’s a lot of Pinterest.

I’m not a big Facebook user, I’m just not. Facebook is used a little bit to find really good Pinterest groups but in general, I did not worry about Facebook engagement.

Facebook groups or pods or having people like my pins is something I don’t worry about. My focus is on finding other boards and building out my boards.

You will find that I don’t have hundreds of boards, I don’t have millions of pins but I have 300,000 monthly views on Pinterest.

My total Pinterest view count is really good even though I just don’t pin that much I’m only pinning the best things I can find.

When I switched to Tailwind recently and I did a lot of research into how people are using Tailwind and I watched a lot of videos and courses and things.

What I noticed is people batch pinning 100s and 100s of pins. To be honest, I don’t need to have huge, full boards. If you’re coming to my profile or if you’re following me on Pinterest.

I’m going to pin stuff that my people want to see. I think that helped me a lot.

Pinterest Strategy

My pins don’t get lost because I don’t have thousands of blog posts, I don’t have thousands of pins.

In total, I have 30-40 pins from my blog. My strategy is that I don’t want them to get lost among other people’s hundreds of pins.

Re-pinning my stuff regularly is something I do but it is not a ton. My goal is to only put up stuff that really fits and that people want to see.

Pinterest has definitely been my main source of traffic but doing good SEO and going back and doing lots of links has helped.

I’m getting a significant amount of organic traffic from Google search. That has been increasing every month. I’m getting more from organic search.

I get 3 times traffic from Pinterest compared to organic search. I get a lot of Pinterest hits, it’s funny as there are days where things are great.

It is hard to say what my average is month to month. In the last year, I’ve had between 5,000 and 12,000 page views a month. Which is a big differential.

A few weeks ago I had a pin take off and I had 2,000 page views in one day and it goes back down.

Pinterest has been my main driver just because of those huge spikes. I don’t have days when Google suddenly sends me lots of traffic.

How can one identify if they need your services or not?

I am of the school where everyone needs to detoxify their homes. We live in a world where in the US alone there are 88,000 chemicals registered to be used in everyday products.

Only 8,000 of them have been extensively tested for safety. You don’t have laws to get manufacturers to test products before they are used.

Our laws say that if it looks like later on that it caused something horrible then they have to go back and test it but that is not the first round.

We have things, I’m not sure everyone is aware of it but in Flint, Michigan, there is a water crisis.

An entire town’s water has been poisoned with lead and it has been going on for months and months and months.

We have hundreds of thousands of people that have lead in their water at such high levels that it is dangerous.

Lifestyle Factors

  1. I think that everybody should be aware of the possibility of toxins and do easy switches to keep things like that from happening.
  2. We also live in a world of skyrocketing levels of autoimmune diseases, cancer and things like MS and Parkinson’s. All of these diseases did not exist in high numbers 100-200 years ago.

I think a lot of research is showing that it is from a number of factors. It is a lot of lifestyle factors. Specifically things like how we are eating and how we are living.

Our bodies do detoxify naturally, that is what the kidney and liver do. However, we can only take so much and we do have a cap.

Everyone has a level to where they just can’t take the amount of toxins we are putting on. The average woman puts on 230 chemicals every day in their beauty products.

Once you get to the level where your body is not functioning as well because of the toxic load, like if you are not sleeping well, obesity, coranary fluctuations, hormone levels like PCOS and thyroid issues.

A lot of the chemicals in beauty products are estrogen mimickers. It tells your body there is estrogen in it and we think it is a hormone and we react accordingly.

So, we have hormone problems, when you have these chronic illnesses it will be really good to go through your house and detox. Ensure that you have the lowest toxic burden that you can so your body can heal.

Obviously it worked for me. It is great especially for women who are pregnant, have small children, thinking of becoming pregnant soon, take care of little ones.

Just keeping the toxic load down as much as possible. Because we are only adding more chemicals to our daily lives.

For people who are already diagnosed with Parkinson’s, MS or other similar diseases is it too late for them to detoxify their homes?

Well, it worked for me. I was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease, I was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis.

They also said it was looking like I could also have Lupus and I am no longer classified as having either of them.

I was 22 and caught it pretty early. I don’t think there is ever a point where it’s not helpful.

As long as you are still alive. If you continue to eat and drink and breathe chemicals it is going to compound the problem.

If you are reducing the chemicals it is going to give your body the best chance to be as healthy as possible.

The amount of sugar we eat and the amount of chemicals we use all these things started at the same time.

It’s a lot of compounding factors. Sugar is definitely a huge inflammatory factor. I do tell people to stay away from white processed sugar as much as possible. Sugar is on my bad list.

What are your long term plans?

I do get some traffic from Instagram and I am working on my first ebook it should be ready in the next few weeks.

It is so hard when you have little kids and we are moving in 3 months. So I’m a little panicky about getting this all set up.

I have not worried so much about my email list and that’s my this year’s plan. I’m going to be putting out an ebook and working on some landing pages.

Also, some things for opt-ins and things like that to capture more emails and to drive a little more traffic to the blog.

I think that with some of the analytics and the issues happening right now with Pinterest and Instagram changing their algorithm all the time.

It is really important to focus on SEO and organic traffic to capture emails. I love my Pinterest traffic but there is a much lower rate of return compared to my organic traffic.

So, that will be my focus for the next year, returning traffic and email capture.

On the topic of moving to a different house, do you detoxify the house before you move in?

We are moving to student housing, my husband is in graduate school as he is going to get another graduate degree. It is all about education over here.

Our family is on degree number 3 with my husband so we are going to be living in married student housing.

I’ve done deep dive research about the building that we will move into. It is 5 years old which is not ideal but it is not terrible.

It is not pre 1970s which means asbestos and lead risk is low. As it is only 5 years old there is a lot of off-gassing issues.

I have a lot of resources to deep clean the carpets, steam clean the walls. There’s actually special paints that you can get to seal and paint.

I have a WiFi and electromagnetic field reader so I actually have like a Geiger counter like you would have in a radiation zone.

I want to see how bad the WiFi and radiation are as I might seal the walls. There’s a lot you can do in an apartment.

I think people assume that you need to own your home in order to detoxify it because they believe that you’ll be tearing down walls and ripping up carpets. That’s not true.

I’ve been living in apartments doing this for years. I’m passionate about living in a super healthy apartment that I can’t physically alter.

The biggest things would be getting a water filter on all of our water sources including the showers.

I’ll be making sure that all the carpets and walls are off-gassed and I’ll be cleaning that really good.

I might be sealing the walls with a special paint depending. This is the line where people say okay I think she is crazy.

I do offer a service where I go into a home and detoxify it. I’ve only done it a couple of times and it is fun.

New house issues

The biggest problem with a new house is making sure that there aren’t any hidden mould issues.

If you’ve lived in a house for a long time you can recognise the air change. Mould is the thing least talked about as a home health issue.

Mould is very dangerous. We all live is these dry wall homes and mould loves dry wall because it is sealed on the outside and open on the inside.

So, you can have a huge mould problem and not know about it until it is out of control.

It is easy to test, you can get a mould air kit pretty easily.

Did you invest in any courses or tools that helped with your success?

The biggest money that I’ve spent would have to be Tailwind, apart from that I haven’t really spent money.

I’ve been lucky enough to have a good friend who is a website designer who was able to walk me through a lot of the basics of how to set up my site.

Because I’m doing the ebook I’m going to be doing the Click-funnels course to set up my funnel.

Everything else I’ve learned myself. Thank you Youtube.

5 Tips for Blogging Success

  1. Don’t post fluff – you want your visitors to stay longer on your site.
  2. Don’t over-pin on Pinterest – keep it really specific.
  3. Know your niche – really spend time getting to know your avatar so well and speak to them directly with your content.
  4. People are really focusing on getting backlinks and writing on other blogger’s sites (guest blogging). I don’t think that is a great way to grow. If you are a great writer and you have great blog posts and a lot to offer you should either be paid for that by one of these sites like Problogger or reach out to online websites. I’ve written for Healthline, Romper, The Week and I now publish for magazines. Some of these sites have paid me a lot of money to do that. Get paid for your work.
  5. Don’t partner with a brand just to partner with a brand – It’s so exciting when someone reaches out to you to send you a product. Don’t fall for being an affiliate of 75 brands because they are going to let you. Reviewing the Nerf gun because they offered it to you. Those things will come you don’t have to take them all. Focus on those things that are really specific to you.

Where can listeners find you?

On my website goingcrunchynotcrazy.com, on Instagram.com/goingcrunchynotcrazy and on my podcast Going Crunchy Not Crazy.

Conclusion

It was amazing spending time with Megan on this episode of the podcast where we not only learned about her peculiar blog writing tips but about detoxifying our homes.

Like I said during the podcast I will never look at the furniture and appliances in my home the same way again.

I even tried to get out side more this week. It is amazing what a little bit of knowledge can do to your perspective on life.

If you did not get a chance to visit her website then you should as there is a lot of helpful scientific information on there.

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Are you in need of some blog writing tips? Ever wished that you write the perfect blog post that gets for your audience? None of us is born with the ability to make something perfectly the first time. However, Are you in need of some blog writing tips? Ever wished that you write the perfect blog post that gets for your audience?



None of us is born with the ability to make something perfectly the first time. However, it is by failing that we get better and improve things.



The same rule applies when it comes to blogging. I am yet to meet a blogger who get it all right when they first start a blog.



Many bloggers continue to struggle with failure because there is a belief that failure is a bad thing.



The truth is that as humans we learn more from our mistakes compared to our successes.



It was Thomas Edison who said, "I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work."



I am not sure if you, as a blogger, need to find 10,000 ways that blogging will not work, at least I hope not.



In this post, I spent some time interviewing Megan. I believe that Megan may have found some peculiar blog writing tips and many ways that her business works to reach out to potential clients.



Join me as I spend time chatting with Megan.



Who is Megan?



Hi, I am Megan Whitaker, I blog over at goingcrunchynotcrazy.com. I've had it since 2015 when my first daughter was born.



I was a registered nurse and I love health and wellness but I was not super happy with the medical model and I really wanted to stay at home.



So, I decided to quit my job and I pivoted into natural health and wellness. I have been blogging, speaking and writing ever since.







What exactly do you do?



The area that I talk about is very specific. My focus is really on environmental detoxification of the chemicals around your home and body.



Before I was a nurse I had an autoimmune disease. Nursing is something I did in the hope that I was able to figure myself out.



As expected, I fell down what I call the crunchy rabbit hole where I started with herbs and roots and that helped a little bit and somebody suggested that I take out plastics and things.



That helped a lot. Professionally, I was a makeup artist before I went to nursing school.



My job involved using a lot of products, a lot of chemicals, I had the worst diet and over the course of 5 years, I completely detoxified my whole house, environment and all of my products.



After going totally chemical free, I've had no pain, no medication, nothing like that for six (6) years.



So, I really focus on educating specifically moms and younger families. How to go about switching over all of your products and your environment.



Getting rid of the chemical burden that we have in our homes.



I think that there is a big fear that people have that it is too much to do, it is too expensive to do or they can't possibly learn all these things.



That's why I'm here. It took me 10 years and two degrees and I don't know how many other educational opportunities to get all this knowledge and I like to share it.



My blog specifically works on science. The nursing part of me still really likes research and science.



So, I like to break down good research, science and wellness and kind of bring it together.



I talk a lot to pregnant moms, new moms, moms with small children that have little bodies to take care of.



I like to give good facts and make the science easy for them.]]>
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An Example of Blogger Collaboration That Will Inspire You https://www.successunscrambled.com/blogger-collaboration/ Mon, 08 Apr 2019 01:31:51 +0000 https://www.successunscrambled.com/?p=7389 https://www.successunscrambled.com/blogger-collaboration/#comments https://www.successunscrambled.com/blogger-collaboration/feed/ 36 Have you ever wanted to do a blogger collaboration project? Do you even know what it is and how it can benefit your blog? It is amazing to see the sheer number of blogs in existence every day. A good way to tell is the size of a typical blogger Facebook group. I am a member of many of these groups and they tend to range in size from 5,000 to 100,000 in membership. You would certainly think that the ability to collaborate on there is pretty easy right or so it seems. The truth is many groups are started with a purpose like to answer questions or concerns for beginners who are struggling. While other groups are great for experienced bloggers who are in the growth phase and those are the groups best focused on collaboration. In this post, I spent some time interviewing Maria about her blogging success to date. You will learn about who she is and her unique niche as well as how she did her exciting collaboration. Who is Maria? My name is Maria Halcumb and I run a blog called literallysimple.com. I mostly focus on minimalism which is the idea of creating a life that is prioritized to meet your intentions. The tag line that I frequently use for the website is; be more, want less, gain quality. It is an idea that has taken me through life itself. In the last year, I decided to consume less and create more and out of that I created a business and a blog. I prioritised my life in a more efficient way and I am now on a debt free journey. So, I write about all things minimalism and how finance, health and career can be related to prioritising and minimising your life. Whether that is stuff inside your home or ideas. I write about all of those things on the blog so you can check it out. Why do you do what you do? I think initially it had to do with the fact that I became a Mother and I realised that I could not do everything at the same time. I'm not superwoman. My career changed a little bit, I am a middle school teacher but to stay at home with my daughter I changed career. So I write curriculum and I work from home now but that had its own set of challenges. Working at home is challenging in itself. I'm not physically in the office. I am a creative person so I was feeling that my creativity was not being utilised to its fullest after I left the classroom. The blog has been a creative outlet and my tutoring business has also been a way for me to remain creative. What do you enjoy most about what you do? The thing I enjoy about blogging or working from home is freedom. I have a lot of creative freedom and a lot of time freedom. Which comes with a lot of responsibility. If you don't ever schedule time to do anything then nothing gets done. It really comes down to freedom. I have so much more freedom if I need to change plans or go in a different direction. Nobody is telling me, no you have to do it this way. I could just drop it and try something else. I could really be experimental I guess. Who was your role model growing up? Ah man, I've had so many people that, some people I don't know, I just read their books. Initially, my parents have always inspired me to do things that interest me, my Mother was a teacher and I am to the core a teacher. Sometimes I can't turn it off. I've always wanted to be a writer too and so I am a ravenous reader of anything. I think my minimalist journey related to the blog started after I read Eckhart Tolle's book, 'The Power of Now'. It was all about cutting out extraneous thoughts in your mind and that was an aha moment for me. I thought wow! I could live a simpler, more connected, more prioritised life if I get intentional about what I do every day in my thoughts, actions and that type of thing. There are lots of other people, I am inspired by a lot of people all at the same time. What is the best advice you have received to date? I can't tell you where this came from,

Have you ever wanted to do a blogger collaboration project? Do you even know what it is and how it can benefit your blog?

It is amazing to see the sheer number of blogs in existence every day. A good way to tell is the size of a typical blogger Facebook group.

I am a member of many of these groups and they tend to range in size from 5,000 to 100,000 in membership.

You would certainly think that the ability to collaborate on there is pretty easy right or so it seems.

The truth is many groups are started with a purpose like to answer questions or concerns for beginners who are struggling.

While other groups are great for experienced bloggers who are in the growth phase and those are the groups best focused on collaboration.

In this post, I spent some time interviewing Maria about her blogging success to date.

You will learn about who she is and her unique niche as well as how she did her exciting collaboration.

Who is Maria?

My name is Maria Halcumb and I run a blog called literallysimple.com. I mostly focus on minimalism which is the idea of creating a life that is prioritized to meet your intentions.

The tag line that I frequently use for the website is;

be more, want less, gain quality.

It is an idea that has taken me through life itself.

In the last year, I decided to consume less and create more and out of that I created a business and a blog.

I prioritised my life in a more efficient way and I am now on a debt free journey.

Maria Halcumb

So, I write about all things minimalism and how finance, health and career can be related to prioritising and minimising your life.

Whether that is stuff inside your home or ideas. I write about all of those things on the blog so you can check it out.

Why do you do what you do?

I think initially it had to do with the fact that I became a Mother and I realised that I could not do everything at the same time. I’m not superwoman.

My career changed a little bit, I am a middle school teacher but to stay at home with my daughter I changed career.

So I write curriculum and I work from home now but that had its own set of challenges.

Working at home is challenging in itself. I’m not physically in the office.

I am a creative person so I was feeling that my creativity was not being utilised to its fullest after I left the classroom.

The blog has been a creative outlet and my tutoring business has also been a way for me to remain creative.

What do you enjoy most about what you do?

The thing I enjoy about blogging or working from home is freedom. I have a lot of creative freedom and a lot of time freedom.

Which comes with a lot of responsibility. If you don’t ever schedule time to do anything then nothing gets done.

It really comes down to freedom. I have so much more freedom if I need to change plans or go in a different direction.

Nobody is telling me, no you have to do it this way. I could just drop it and try something else. I could really be experimental I guess.

Who was your role model growing up?

Ah man, I’ve had so many people that, some people I don’t know, I just read their books.

Initially, my parents have always inspired me to do things that interest me, my Mother was a teacher and I am to the core a teacher. Sometimes I can’t turn it off.

I’ve always wanted to be a writer too and so I am a ravenous reader of anything.

I think my minimalist journey related to the blog started after I read Eckhart Tolle’s book, ‘The Power of Now’.

It was all about cutting out extraneous thoughts in your mind and that was an aha moment for me.

I thought wow! I could live a simpler, more connected, more prioritised life if I get intentional about what I do every day in my thoughts, actions and that type of thing.

There are lots of other people, I am inspired by a lot of people all at the same time.

What is the best advice you have received to date?

I can’t tell you where this came from, I have read too many books.

I think in the last couple of years I’ve had this creative eruption of a lot of things that I have been thinking about for many years but I just didn’t do.

Two bits of advice, I just can’t remember where I got it from. One is to fail often.

I got so comfortable, in my first year of teaching I was failing often because it was so hard.

Six (6) years passed at the same school and I got into the routine of things.

It was great as I was an expert and I was good at my job and then Motherhood hit and I was failing often at that too. Well, parenting is a big transition.

Then I thought, wow! This makes me feel uncomfortable but I think I’m growing a lot from it.

I think this is time for me to write I better make a schedule and if I fail often fine at least I am writing.

The other bit of advice is to just do instead of trying. I’m a planner and I like to plan everything the perfect way.

However, that is actually a procrastination device for me instead of just doing. I just decided I’m going to start a blog and I’m going to write weekly.

That is what I have been doing and slowly but surely I’ve been improving and I’ve been learning.

I’m failing often but at the same time making much more progress than I would be just sitting and thinking about it.

What is the one thing that has impacted your life to date?

I think where I saw the most growth in my life was my first year of teaching. My job involved working in a high poverty school district with my challenging classes.

During that time, I made it through and from that year on I just thought I’m unstoppable. If that can happen if I can wrangle those kids together and get them to learn. I’m good, like that was pretty good.

Of course, you’re still learning the next couple of years and stuff but that was failure every single day for much of that first year.

Then I started to figure out what works and what doesn’t. The other life moment when I saw a lot of personal growth was parenting or Motherhood.

I’m a very independent person and Motherhood made me dependent and fight for my own independence. I needed to prioritise my own freedom and creative outlets.

I really have to think about putting myself first as well not just being a Mother because that can be all encompassing too.

Yes, I saw a lot of personal growth in that event.

Other than that, my life has been pretty cushy that’s why my first year of teaching was so eye opening to me.

My students were dealing with a lot of trauma and things that I hadn’t experienced. It was a really good lesson in empathy, patience and self growth.

Tell us about your blogging experience so far?

I have been blogging for 9 months and I have learned a lot of information about blogging.

Literally, I just jumped in and at the time I did not know anyone who blogged. It just was like well If I want to be a writer then this will set me up for a routine.

I’ll have to write because I’m posting every week. I felt like it kept me accountable and it was enjoyable.

However, it is a slow process. I’ve only 2,000 page views a month but I only write once a week.

I know that other people will say that you need to write more blog posts but it is just simply not realistic. I’m kind of in the long game.

I think more of consistency, authenticity and trust for people who are reading my bog.

I know that I can stick to once a week and I can make that happen and it can be quality.

So, that is what I have been doing. The promoting of it and the social media has been really challenging for me.

I really get sucked into social media as I have to put a lot of boundaries around it just because it can be a bit all-encompassing and how much I want to share about my own life and that type of thing.

Those have been some challenges I would say.

What type of minimalist are you? How far would you go?

I would say that I am a minimalist lite. I just fit it into my lifestyle but I still made so many changes.

Another thing that the blog has done is that it has explained to people why I’m doing this.

They would be like why are you getting rid of everything? Well, why don’t you read my blog? I explain it, I have more clarity, I can get more things done, I am more creative.

But yeah, I would say that I am a minimalist lite. I still have objects around my home it is not clutter free.

It is more the journey and that type of thing.

What do you enjoy most about blogging?

I just really like writing at the core. I said that I am a teacher and so that’s what I do through writing. In that, I teach people to think differently.

Just think differently about how everybody spends their money and how much stuff they have. Is it really benefitting them?

I enjoy improving people’s lives and giving them something that they can relate to so that they don’t feel alone in their quest to be debt free.

This journey can seem lonely in a society or culture that is mostly in debt. You seem like an outcast.

I like the idea of that and interacting with people who read my content and benefit somehow from it.

Would it be easier to write about becoming debt free as opposed to minimalism?

It could be and that is another one of my struggles, I think my niche is too large. I am waiting for the answer to come upon me.

Like I said it is in the long haul and I’m just waiting for a few things to arrive and I’ll just say yup that’s what it is about.

It has been a creative outlet. I could write everything about finance but that’s not necessarily, in fact, I don’t get super excited about sharing spreadsheets and budgets.

Where does most of your traffic come from?

Most of my quality traffic comes from Instagram. That’s where people are reading my content for longer. So, it’s not just a click and whatever.

I’ve not had much luck with Facebook, I’m on there but nothing significant. With Pinterest I do a lot of pinning on that and I get a lot of views.

The quality views when they are there for 5 minutes reading the entire article is from Instagram.

I only have 800 followers. I was thinking of Instagram earlier. My feed needs to have some kind of theme.

These are all the things where I tell myself it is part of the journey and these ideas will come when I have time to do it.

I think between now and May which is my Sophomore year in blogging I will make another specific goal but this past year was consistency in content.

What are your longterm goals for the blog? Do you have concerns around the Pinterest IPO?

I haven’t even had time to have concerns. My objective is to just shoot from the hip. Unfortunately, I wish I had more knowledge to share with readers.

I’m just doing before I have a plan but honestly if I knew now how much work was involved in blogging and how much of a novice I was I would not have started.

It is sometimes good to be naive because I am just not worried about it.

Luckily I’m in a spot where I don’t have the pressure to make money right away and I think the authenticity comes through.

I’m patiently waiting for something to come or I’ll make a course or write an ebook then I’ll make some sales from that project.

I’m not super worried about it.

Any plans to create products like courses or ebooks?

I am currently writing a book with a friend about Motherhood and remaining healthy in that transition which would be ready by fall.

Another book idea I have is how to start a tutoring business because it is super easy.

If I wrote it may be a lot of teachers would try it out for a side hustle to get out of debt or anything they need to do financially. So two of those ideas.

I actually dabbled with instructional design in my 9 to 5 job, so I have some knowledge on best practices of instructional design.

I have not managed to get my feet wet in a course and I’m also trying to narrow down my niche so that when I make a course it would fit my blog exactly.

What would you attribute to your blogging success over the last 9 months?

I think consistency is probably best if you just make a routine to create content weekly on whatever day and do that for a year.

Even right now I am sitting on quite a bit of content that I can republish or rewrite in a different way or reuse in a different context.

It does get easier, you are at the bottom of the hill and all this information is coming at you so if you need to simplify it in a minimalist way.

Simplify it to focus on creating content first and make it authentic and relate it to your life so readers can trust you.

I think you can’t go wrong by focusing on that, of course, you’ll pick up on other things because you want somebody to read it.

You can’t just sit there and throw it out into cyberspace and think people will just Google your blog name, that’s just not happening.

Your second step is trying different ways of promoting it on social media platforms.

Have you tried any form of blogger collaboration?

Yes, so the top viewed post on my blog was actually a blogger collaboration with a personal stylist.

She lives about 30 miles away and we met up which was so cool. We both have our own website so that post is still my top post two months later. I was also interviewed on another podcast too which was really fun.

That blogger collaboration with the stylist focused on minimalism. Initially, I started with minimalism because I went through my closet and got rid of all the clothes that I never wore and I simplified it.

It was called ‘Project 333‘. It’s by Courtney Caver who is a minimalist.

She talks about basically cleaning out your closet. That literally was the closet and it affected the rest of my life. Then I found all these different books on it.

I was like wow! These are habits to prioritise your life. So the personal stylist just picked, I would rather have quality pieces picked out to wear. I’ll wear it for 10 years.

It is not high fashion and it will not go out of style next summer, it’s like quality staple pieces.

So I wrote about minimalism an a personal stylist and how it can be an investment.

Because I don’t want to go shopping.

What is the biggest struggle for you as a blogger?

So, I mentioned social media and creating graphics and so on is not my talent. I realise that I don’t have a strong theme for my graphics on Pinterest and Instagram.

Now, I am trying to simplify that and every year I’m going to try to simplify it more. So it is more of the core of what I’m trying to teach people.

Also, social media is kind of a time suck but I don’t know how to engage with social media without activating my ego.

No matter what it is just so hard. Even if I feel insecure about something or if I feel overly confident about something else.

It’s like either or. I just feel like it’s so hard to interact even if it is my blog. Because I want people to read it and I want people to enjoy it.

At the same time I want to enjoy the journey and I don’t want to only have the end in mind. For example, I’ll only be happy if I get so many people to click on it.

In fact, right now I have a couple of scheduled things on social media coming up, like trickling here with some collaboration.

However, for the most part, I’ve been trying to be off social media for a whole month until I find some clarity.

Help us understand more about that term you used, ‘activating your ego’?

For the most part, I’m on social media promoting my blog. I need to interact to help people which is what I get through the writing.

I just struggle to interact without thinking; “Oh I should not have done that it does not look very good”.

Or on the other hand; “Check it out this is really cool this is my stuff”. So it is very difficult.

Also, as a teacher, I never had to promote myself. When the kids came in I just said, ‘Hi, I’m your teacher.’ So, it’s just a little bit uncomfortable.

I’ve just been following my fear but I kind of realised that I got sucked into it as an excuse that it is for my blog. Ah but your ego is tied in there too.

Fun Questions

Guilty Pleasure

Trashy TV shows like the Housewives of New York City. It is just a bunch of housewives acting very poorly, arguing with each other and drinking too much alcohol.

The funny thing is we don’t have cable so I rarely get to see it except when hanging out with my girlfriends.

If you had to trade places with someone for a day who will that be and why?

Oprah or Marie Forleo. I just feel that they know themselves so well and they’ve built their own success for themselves.

I think, wow! What would it be like to have that self awareness and to be standing on a business they completely created themselves out of their own idea.

It is really incredible and I think that they are wise.

Something that you long believe to be true but you later found out that it wasn’t?

You can have it all. Michelle Obama said that you can’t have it all at the same time.

It’s just not possible. That’s why I became a minimalist over the last couple of years because I need to focus on what I really want. She said that you will be pulled in all directions if you’re not focused.

You’ll be worn out, burnt out and bitter. So you have to channel your energies in the most important things at the moment.

If you are a parent you have to make sacrifices and listen to your own value system to make sure that you are leading your children in a positive direction.

So, you can’t have it all at the same time. You can eventually build something from an idea but you only have so much energy to give.

What 5 pieces of advice you would like to leave with bloggers at all levels of experience?

  1. Be realistic – be realistic with yourself about what you can accomplish when you set goals for your blog. If you think you can manage one blog post a week then commit to that goal.
  2. Document on social media – you do not need to have an editorial calendar with a set theme but decide to document your journey on social media. You’ll have your progress on social media and you’ll gain traction and followers. Don’t wait to have it perfect to get started.
  3. Blogger Collaboration – my highest viewed blog post is from blogger collaboration. People can see that it is an authentic post where two real bloggers met up locally.
  4. Make a blogging routine – I think Rachel Hollis said that if you can’t find one hour to do something that you enjoy every day then that is really sad. I tend to do the blogging in the morning which is one of the most creative things I do. I try to save social media for later in the day. So try to set a routine that works around you and your family.
  5. Love what you create – If you don’t love it then you are not going to keep doing it. Love the journey.

Where can listeners find you?

literallysimple.com or on Instagram www.instagram.com/literallysimple/

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Have you ever wanted to do a blogger collaboration project? Do you even know what it is and how it can benefit your blog? It is amazing to see the sheer number of blogs in existence every day. A good way to tell is the size of a typical blogger Fa... Have you ever wanted to do a blogger collaboration project? Do you even know what it is and how it can benefit your blog?



It is amazing to see the sheer number of blogs in existence every day. A good way to tell is the size of a typical blogger Facebook group.



I am a member of many of these groups and they tend to range in size from 5,000 to 100,000 in membership.



You would certainly think that the ability to collaborate on there is pretty easy right or so it seems.



The truth is many groups are started with a purpose like to answer questions or concerns for beginners who are struggling.



While other groups are great for experienced bloggers who are in the growth phase and those are the groups best focused on collaboration.



In this post, I spent some time interviewing Maria about her blogging success to date.



You will learn about who she is and her unique niche as well as how she did her exciting collaboration.



Who is Maria?



My name is Maria Halcumb and I run a blog called literallysimple.com. I mostly focus on minimalism which is the idea of creating a life that is prioritized to meet your intentions.



The tag line that I frequently use for the website is;



be more, want less, gain quality.



It is an idea that has taken me through life itself.



In the last year, I decided to consume less and create more and out of that I created a business and a blog.



I prioritised my life in a more efficient way and I am now on a debt free journey.







So, I write about all things minimalism and how finance, health and career can be related to prioritising and minimising your life.



Whether that is stuff inside your home or ideas. I write about all of those things on the blog so you can check it out.



Why do you do what you do?



I think initially it had to do with the fact that I became a Mother and I realised that I could not do everything at the same time. I'm not superwoman.



My career changed a little bit, I am a middle school teacher but to stay at home with my daughter I changed career.



So I write curriculum and I work from home now but that had its own set of challenges.



Working at home is challenging in itself. I'm not physically in the office.



I am a creative person so I was feeling that my creativity was not being utilised to its fullest after I left the classroom.



The blog has been a creative outlet and my tutoring business has also been a way for me to remain creative.



What do you enjoy most about what you do?



The thing I enjoy about blogging or working from home is freedom. I have a lot of creative freedom and a lot of time freedom.



Which comes with a lot of responsibility. If you don't ever schedule time to do anything then nothing gets done.



It really comes down to freedom. I have so much more freedom if I need to change plans or go in a different direction.



Nobody is telling me, no you have to do it this way. I could just drop it and try something else. I could really be experimental I guess.



Who was your role model growing up?



Ah man, I've had so many people that, some people I don't know, I just read their books.



Initially, my parents have always inspired me to do things...]]>
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How to Explode Your Blog In 8 Months With Pinterest Marketing https://www.successunscrambled.com/pinterest-marketing/ Mon, 01 Apr 2019 01:32:05 +0000 https://www.successunscrambled.com/?p=7116 https://www.successunscrambled.com/pinterest-marketing/#comments https://www.successunscrambled.com/pinterest-marketing/feed/ 42 A day does not go by without reading an article or seeing a video about a blogger who used Pinterest marketing to achieve blogging success. There are still many bloggers who feel stuck because they have been using Pinterest for a while without seeing significant results. While others know that they need to be using Pinterest as part of the marketing plan for their blog but they just don't know how to get started. I distinctly remember some time ago I was doing a review on a number of Pinterest courses that I invested in and someone was not even aware that there was such a thing as a structured Pinterest marketing course. You see many continue to struggle with blog traffic simply because they are not really sure of the benefits of Pinterest for their blog. Another reason is that they feel lost in a sea of so much information that they suffer from analysis paralysis. In this post, I am going to spend some time giving you the experience from another blogger's perspective. I had a hilarious podcast interview with Chhavi who would tell you what worked for her and how you too can get blog traffic from Pinterest. Disclaimer: please note that this post may contain affiliate links which means that if you buy one of my recommended products I get paid a commission for sharing the link at no additional cost to you.  I only recommend products that I have tried myself and have experienced success. Who is Chhavi? My name is Chhavi Agarwal, I was working as a licensed attorney but I was drawn to working from home for various reasons. I think if I had to name those reasons the top two would be lack of time to spend with my family and travel. A stress free life is what I wanted so I started working as a freelance writer. There were other work from home options like proofreading and editing but I wasn't interested in those. So, I stuck to freelance writing and I was able to quit my 9 to 5 job because of it. After a while, my husband, Amit, inspired me to start a blog and help out other women and people who wanted to escape their 9 to 5 jobs and start working from home. We launched Mrs Daaku Studio as a result. It is a blog where we talk about our experiences and give information about how you can start a work from home career and replace your 9 to 5 income. Why do you do what you do? When I was working as an attorney I had crazy hours. I use to go to work at 9 am and return home at midnight. Sometimes I would come back home at 1 am or 2 am. This was not a one-off occurrence this happened 3 days a week regularly and sometimes 4 or 5 days a week. So, I had no time for friends or family. I was dating my husband then so I had no time for him either. At one point, my brother was getting married and I got home only one day before the actual wedding. It was very stressful and I had no time to exercise or do any kind of physical things. I use to sleep on the weekends. I love my job but it was a horrible life. When I decided to look for work from home options I landed on freelance writing. Law School While at law school I loved writing and I wrote so many articles in my 5 years at law college. I knew that this was something I can make work for me. Writing is something I want to learn. I like writing and I love researching. I think this is something which spoke to me so I decided I'll give it a try. It has been 18 months to 2 years since I have been working as a freelance writer. Quite easily I was able to replace my 9 to 5 income and now I can sleep when I want as well as to shower when I want. It gave me time to meet up with who I want and I don't need to ask permission when I need to take leave from work. It made me really happy. Some time back, I think it was last year in July, Amit said why don't you help others with this as well. There are so many people around asking how to do it. So, I decided to take it to another level and take it online.

A day does not go by without reading an article or seeing a video about a blogger who used Pinterest marketing to achieve blogging success.

There are still many bloggers who feel stuck because they have been using Pinterest for a while without seeing significant results.

While others know that they need to be using Pinterest as part of the marketing plan for their blog but they just don’t know how to get started.

I distinctly remember some time ago I was doing a review on a number of Pinterest courses that I invested in and someone was not even aware that there was such a thing as a structured Pinterest marketing course.

You see many continue to struggle with blog traffic simply because they are not really sure of the benefits of Pinterest for their blog.

Another reason is that they feel lost in a sea of so much information that they suffer from analysis paralysis.

In this post, I am going to spend some time giving you the experience from another blogger’s perspective.

I had a hilarious podcast interview with Chhavi who would tell you what worked for her and how you too can get blog traffic from Pinterest.

Disclaimer: please note that this post may contain affiliate links which means that if you buy one of my recommended products I get paid a commission for sharing the link at no additional cost to you.  I only recommend products that I have tried myself and have experienced success.

Who is Chhavi?

My name is Chhavi Agarwal, I was working as a licensed attorney but I was drawn to working from home for various reasons.

I think if I had to name those reasons the top two would be lack of time to spend with my family and travel.

A stress free life is what I wanted so I started working as a freelance writer. There were other work from home options like proofreading and editing but I wasn’t interested in those.

So, I stuck to freelance writing and I was able to quit my 9 to 5 job because of it.

After a while, my husband, Amit, inspired me to start a blog and help out other women and people who wanted to escape their 9 to 5 jobs and start working from home.

We launched Mrs Daaku Studio as a result. It is a blog where we talk about our experiences and give information about how you can start a work from home career and replace your 9 to 5 income.

amitandchhavi - Mrs Daaku Studio

Why do you do what you do?

When I was working as an attorney I had crazy hours. I use to go to work at 9 am and return home at midnight. Sometimes I would come back home at 1 am or 2 am.

This was not a one-off occurrence this happened 3 days a week regularly and sometimes 4 or 5 days a week.

So, I had no time for friends or family. I was dating my husband then so I had no time for him either.

At one point, my brother was getting married and I got home only one day before the actual wedding.

It was very stressful and I had no time to exercise or do any kind of physical things. I use to sleep on the weekends. I love my job but it was a horrible life.

When I decided to look for work from home options I landed on freelance writing.

Law School

While at law school I loved writing and I wrote so many articles in my 5 years at law college.

I knew that this was something I can make work for me. Writing is something I want to learn. I like writing and I love researching.

I think this is something which spoke to me so I decided I’ll give it a try. It has been 18 months to 2 years since I have been working as a freelance writer.

Quite easily I was able to replace my 9 to 5 income and now I can sleep when I want as well as to shower when I want.

It gave me time to meet up with who I want and I don’t need to ask permission when I need to take leave from work. It made me really happy.

Some time back, I think it was last year in July, Amit said why don’t you help others with this as well. There are so many people around asking how to do it.

So, I decided to take it to another level and take it online. Helping other women and other people who are in a situation similar to mine.

They may be in a different situation where, for whatever reason, they cannot do their 9 to 5 jobs. Either they cannot manage it or they don’t want to do it.

Maybe they want to do the 9 to 5 job but still have a part time job working from home and earn extra income.

I think that is the driving force behind starting the blog. I love helping out people.

When anybody sends me a message or comments on the blog that it has helped them that makes my day. Actually, that makes my entire month.

What do you enjoy most about what you do?

I like helping out people so when I write a blog post I ensure that there is everything in one post.

I dislike posts which skim through things like when they say how to become a freelance writer or how to become a virtual assistant.

They don’t really go deep into what you should be doing, what steps you should be taking so I keep that in my mind.

The content that I like writing is the type that gives actionable steps at the end of it. At the end of it you will have 3-5 actionable items if you read any of my blog posts.

The only reason why I do this is because I really want to help people.

How I learned about Freelance Writing

In the past, I had to read so many blog posts to really understand how to start freelance writing.

I did not have the budget to buy a course right at the beginning of my writing career.

There are many articles in the Google results that relate to how to become a freelance writer or how to start a freelance business and I read all of them.

I would have read hundreds of them and made notes. The truth is not one of them gave me everything I needed.

For people living outside the US $200 to $300 is a lot of money. They cannot really pay that upfront.

I want to help people from those kinds of countries as well. People who cannot really spend money on a course but want to know exactly how this can be done.

This is what I love about what I do.

Who was your role model as a child growing up?

That would be my parents. I have seen them working so hard to achieve what they wanted in their lives or to get what they wanted for their children.

Some of the best qualities that I have in me which help me to get a profitable blog and a profitable home career comes from them.

Things like determination or keep working hard. You may see no results from your efforts but keep working hard.

Without feeling bad for one second or without seeing any results for over 6 months I can keep working hard.

I did the same with my blog, I have worked on it and I saw no results for some time, I still did not think that I had to give this up.

All that comes from my parents, all this comes from my Dad and my Mom.

Making the shift or having the confidence in yourself that you can leave a job of an attorney which is a safe job.

You get paid a lot as an attorney. So, shifting to something which is 100% based on freelancing and you have to find your own clients can be tricky.

There is a cycle where sometimes you have no clients and sometimes you have a lot of clients. I think this confidence comes from my parents.

If I have to name my role models they would be my parents.

What is the best advice you received to date?

The best advice I received is “keep working hard and success will follow”. I got these from my teachers and parents.

As a child, I was a very hard working student. My parents were very strict about education.

I was brought up like that so I can study for 12 hours a day. I don’t have a problem and I like it.

You work hard, you’ll get results. Someday you’ll get the results.

When it comes to blogging, keep doing the work, be consistent at what you do and you’ll get there.

What is the one thing that has impacted your life so far?

The one thing that has impacted me is meeting my husband. It’s a very funny thing but let me tell you the story.

Before I met him I had only this one thing in mind. I’m going through law school and at some time I want to become a partner as a law firm.

This is the normal course of action once you graduate from law school.

When I met him he was working from home. His entire team was in different locations across the globe.

This was the first time I became aware of working from home. Before that I had no idea that people could actually work from home or that people could actually make money online.

He made me aware of working from home with a single employer. I had no idea about the other side of working for several employers.

This is what I write currently on my blog. Making money online or having the capability of earning a lot of money.

I had no idea about it, I think when I met him it sort of open doors for me. It was finally my understanding that there was something like work from home.

So I started researching and reading and I discovered this entire world. So many things you can do in your life, what was I doing?

Why did I study in university for 6 years? I could have done so many things along with my college education.

There are so many things I could do. Meeting my husband changed the course of my life.

All his friends work from the office. He is the one who works from home. It was very enticing. I said that is so cool.

You don’t have to get up in the morning, you can sleep in the afternoon, you can eat at your desk. I want this life.

Tell Us About Your Blogging Journey

The first time I started blogging was in 2016. I started with a travel blog and I was so overwhelmed with the learning curve that comes along with blogging that I quit.

I decided that I cannot do this, at the time I started with a free platform which was WordPress.com.

Following this I bought a domain name and hosting to set up a self hosted blog.

However, I was so overwhelmed, there was just so many things to learn. The one mistake which I made at the time was to focus on all social media channels.

I wanted to tweet, share on Facebook, use LinkedIn and I also wanted to do Pinterest marketing.

Back then I just did not understand how to use Pinterest. I wish I knew how to use Pinterest then because everything would have been nice now.

I use to randomly pin, I don’t know what I was doing back then to be honest. My account was not good so I just quit and decided to focus on freelance writing.

While working as a freelance writer I learned a lot of things. When you write for other companies and other blogs you get to understand a lot of things.

You learn how to write, how to write for your audience, understanding your audience, understanding the pain points of your audience and understanding the basics of SEO.

After 1-2 years of experience as a freelance writer, I learned all of those great things. So, I had less overwhelm when I re-launched my blog last year.

As a result, writing became very easy. Now, if I sit down and I have to write a blog post it would not take me a lot of time.

It would take me a maximum of 2-3 hours and I would write a blog post of 4,000 – 5,000 words.

I think I learned over time how to blog.

What is the inspiration behind your blog name?

It was a random calling. My husband is known as Daaku. For all the readers who don’t know what it means, it translates as a robber or bandit.

He’s sought of scary so all his friends call him Daaku and all his social media accounts have that name.

So when we got married everyone kept referring to me as Mrs. Daaku. I was very fascinated by it so I decided to name my blog Mrs. Daaku Studio.

Sometimes I think that I should change the name because it does not tell my readers what my blog is about.

It does not make sense if you don’t know the meaning of the word and even if you do know the meaning it still does not make sense.

I write about work from home options. Things like surveys, I don’t write about but I write about freelancing and jobs that replace your entire 9 to 5 income.

Any getting rich quick schemes I avoid those, also no making money online fast but real work from home jobs.

What do you enjoy most about blogging?

I cannot stay focused on one thing for long periods of time. Even with my 9 to 5 job I had the same problem.

I had this one sort of thing that I had to do but I was so bored with it. I just could not pay attention to it sometimes because it was so repetitive.

It was the same thing again and again. If I am drafting a contract that’s it, that’s what I am doing for the entire day.

Blogging is different. It gives you so many different things to work on you can be engaged the entire day.

If you don’t want to write today you can do Pinterest marketing, if you don’t want to do Pinterest you can learn SEO. If you don’t want to do SEO, there’s something else to do like design your website.

You would be surprised that I design my own website and I learn website design for myself.

I decided this is how I want it to be. Whenever I’m bored I just design my website.

There are so many things you can do in blogging, it makes me feel happy. One day if I’m bored of this I can do something else.

It keeps me interested in blogging.

Is there anything else that would have inspired you to become a blogger?

Yes, a lot of income reports. A lot of people started blogging to make money. I’m no different. I want to help people but I want to make money as well.

I cannot help people and not make money. I’m ready to help you and I am not going to exploit you.

Blogging has its own perks. When I started out in 2016 I landed on a lot of income reports.

From the top of my head one of them was Michelle from Making Sense of Cents. I think everyone would know her.

Her income reports would drive me crazy. Like wow! She earns so much money, if I can only earn 2% or 3% of her income it will make my year. In India that is enough.

Income reports from Michelle, Becky from Your Modern Family. I think these are the two I landed on accidentally.

So, I guess income reports are what inspired me.

What does your blogging success look like right now? [Pinterest Marketing]

Last month I reached 40,000 page views and it continues to grow. In January, I had 19,000 page views and in February I had a viral pin.

It was one of my best months so far because I made around $900.00 from my blog alone.

It is growing gradually and I would love it to explode one day.

Pinterest has also come up with a lot of changes. So everyone is struggling, Pinterest marketing is already difficult for me.

What is your main source of traffic at the moment?

Most of my traffic comes from Pinterest marketing, after that it is Facebook, I get 50-60 organic visitors from Google each day.

My organic traffic is increasing but I definitely need to focus on my SEO strategy.

I have been doing some random things I understand the basics and I’m sticking to it but I need to dive deeper and understand more.

What is your current blog traffic strategy?

Since I started the blog I’ve stuck with 2 blog posts a week. I’m trying to increase that number.

I’ve heard (I don’t know if this is true or not) the more pages you have the better as your audience will have more to read and you’ll have more pages ranking in Google and you’ll get more traffic.

I’m trying to wrap my head around that and attempting to write more posts but writing more posts seems impossible. How much can you write in a week?

Because I get bored, I know of bloggers who write every other day and I don’t know how they do it and I really appreciate them.

Pinterest Marketing Strategy

As for Pinterest, recently what really worked for me is creating a lot of new pins so from the time when I started working on Pinterest marketing until now my pin design has drastically improved.

When I look at my older pins I wonder what was I doing. They were so dark, I can’t read them, I used script fonts, there was no white space. Reading them was difficult.

My pin design has drastically improved, that really helped me, the more white space you have and the more colourful your pins the better.

When I say colourful I mean the bright colours. Like pink, yellow, orange those sought of eye-catching colours.

For the past 30 days, I have created new pins every single day. That seem to work. Some pins work, other pins don’t work. Some of my pins suddenly go viral.

Pinterest Marketing Secrets

I’ve marked down all the pin designs that go viral and created more pins like those viral pins.

The other pins that I made with that same pin design they have also gone viral. I thought that it is probably not the design but it turns out that it is the design.

I believe it worked. Three pins same design have gone viral in February. It rarely works like that but I think that it is a coincidence.

Making new pins definitely works, more keyword optimised boards, I also started using hashtags in my pins.

I believed that really helped but I need to stop using it and see what happens. Pinterest marketing has been very difficult lately.

In December, I had over 600,000 impressions and by the end of January I was at 300,000 so it dropped by over 50%.

In February alone it jumped to 700,000 impressions. I have no idea what Pinterest is doing but I’m happy each time it goes up.

Making new pins definitely works. Creating more niche boards and leaving group boards that are very generic.

They are not getting a lot of traffic and Pinterest seem to be very confused about what your pin is about.

When you pin to generic boards like best blog posts where there are recipe pins, diet pins, finance pins so I really need to leave those board as well.

Are you on Instagram?

I really cannot keep up with that platform. I use it for personal things so I don’t use it for business.

What can you attribute to your blogging success to date?

Investing in yourself. I did not do that at first. I use to spend time reading the free information available online.

In hindsight, the best way to do this is to buy a course that is recommended. Try and implement the strategies.

When I launched in July I bought Carly’s course on Pinterest. It is called Pinteresting Strategies.

It is on manual pinning, I bought it because at that point in time I did not want to spend any money on Tailwind, I wasn’t very sure if I wanted to invest in Tailwind.

I decided that I would buy her book and try manual pinning to see how far it goes. It is with her book, I understood Pinterest marketing.

It helped me to understand the mistakes I made in the past. There is still this on thing I regret not doing I should have started a new account.

I just cleaned up my old account. A lot of things still stick so I still get a lot of travel related suggestions.

If I started a new account it would have been much easier and probably the growth would have been faster.

Because Pinterest would know that my account is about make money online now Pinterest is confused because I deleted everything and created new boards.

If anyone reading is in my situation just create a new account. It would be so much easier for you to brand it, to make new pins and make new boards.

Tell Pinterest you are about this niche as it is much easier with a new account.

I invested in a lot of ebooks and a lot of courses. They have helped me for the last 8 months.

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I also invested in the Tailwind subscription for the entire year. Because paying $15.00 each month did not make sense.

I want to blog so I said whatever, I’m going to pay for the entire year this saves me time.

I was not able to keep up with manual pinning every day. Some time or the other I’m traveling or somebody is at my place.

Something is happening and I am missing the time frame when my users are online. If I don’t pin at that moment I don’t get the traffic.

As soon as I switched to Tailwind my traffic spiked. I think it is because most of my visitors are from the US so most of my traffic come from Canada and the United States.

I live in India so there is a 12 hour time difference. When I pin they are sleeping and when they pin I am sleeping. Tailwind just takes care of that for me.

Based on my suggested schedule, all my pins are published at night from 12 midnight to 4 am. When I am asleep Tailwind is pinning.

I think that helped me a lot, it’s not possible to stay up late and pin for 4 hours. It is not possible for a lot of people who are outside the US and Canada.

I did not want to focus on local traffic because there are a lot of media companies like Mediavine who look for Tier 1 traffic from the US and Canada.

If you focus on local traffic you will not be able to make money with ads plus I think you will not be able to get a lot of sponsored posts if your traffic is not global.

When they say global they really mean the US and Canada. They don’t really mean global. The other thing is to be consistent with whatever you are doing.

Consistency

If you decide you will write one blog post a week keep at it. Also, write on the same day because you you will have regular users that will know when you are publishing a post.

Be consistent with your pinning. If you are pinning one new pin a day continue with that for some time, for at least 4-8 weeks. Consistency will really get you far.

I was following this blogger as I was really impressed with her work. So, I remember getting in touch with her and complimenting her on her work.

In a message, I told her that my Pinterest is not taking off, it is really slow and I don’t know what to do. I’m stuck at 10,000 page views and she told me just be consistent. Just keep pinning and you’ll get there and she’s right.

It does work. It’s slow, you really need to be patient with blogging. Actually, you need to be patient with everything but blogging takes its toll.

Just gather all the advice that you get and try out everything and one year you’ll understand what works for you.

Is there is specific course focused on blogging that gave you success to date?

I bought Elna’s Ready Steady Blog for Traffic. That was the only blogging focused course which I purchased.

It was a very affordable course for the kind of value she gives. I think it is around $80.00

She covers SEO for beginners, Pinterest and she also gives you a masterclass on how to write content to encourage your readers to stay on your blog for a longer time.

She talks about link building strategies, it is a lot of value for the amount she sells it for.

After taking her course there were 10 of my posts that rank on page one of Google right now.

The traffic isn’t very high and the competition isn’t high either but still it makes you very happy that your post is number one.

What was it like getting your first 1,000 page views?

When I relaunched my blog in July I remember that month I had around 2,000 page views, in August it doubled and suddenly in September, it went to 10,000.

I don’t think it was anything else because most of my traffic came from Pinterest. Just learn Pinterest marketing, invest in it as it can do wonders.

What do you think bloggers struggle with the most?

People have different things they struggle with for me personally I struggle with learning SEO.

I want to learn, I know a lot of things but going beyond that every time I look at a video or land on a Moz article for advanced or intermediate level of SEO I just run.

I just cannot focus on it. For example, before this podcast I landed on this Moz article on how you should be doing your keyword research and that’s it I just stopped in between.

At the time, I was thinking of something else, I was thinking of what new pin I need to make or something like that.

Learning SEO is really a struggle for me I don’t know why this is happening but I think I need to buy a course which tells me exactly what I need to do.

Finding one which suits my needs is what I will do. The reviews of Mike’s course called Stupid Simple SEO are quite good. So the next time it opens up I’m going to grab it.

Who would you trade places with for a day and why?

For one day, I would trade places with Michelle from Making Sense of Cents. I would love to know what she does and how she does it, I would love to know.

Give me just one day, just one day to understand what she does. I’m pretty sure I’ll understand at least something which will help me earn at least 2% of what she does right now.

I’m very sure, so give me a day to be her. I hope she does not hear this as I would be so embarrassed.

Something that you can’t do that you wish you could do?

Sing. I wish I could sing I was saying that to my husband today as well. When I sing people would run away it is so bad. I don’t even sing in the bathroom.

Even crows sing better than me. That is the only thing I wish I knew how to do. I actually went to classes and my music teacher was like, your voice is so unique please don’t come to the class, you don’t need music lessons.

It was only after so many years that I understood what he meant by that.

Guilty Pleasure

Sleeping. I can sleep anywhere. It is sort of a bad thing and a good thing. I can also sleep for 24 hours if I have no deadlines or tension. I have done that in the past.

Eating is next on the list as I have a sweet tooth.

What are the 5 key takeaways would you like to give to bloggers?

  1. Have a niche, it will help you do everything properly.
  2. Focus on quality content. Google likes long content
  3. Learn SEO from the start, you will need keywords
  4. Definitely focus on Pinterest marketing. Get a course from recommended bloggers. Let someone else take the headache. They will update the course and ebook and you’ll learn from them.
  5. Network, as a blogger it is very easy to work in isolation. Spend time in Facebook groups and have conversations. You really don’t want to die alone blogging. It kills your social life.

Where can readers find you?

mrsdaakustudio.com and on Pinterest as pinterest.com/mrs_daaku

Conclusion

It was a real pleasure having Chhavi on to share her experiences, insights and successes with us.

We have learned so much about the kind, hilarious and humble person behind the blog Mrs Daaku Studio. I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did.

One thing is certain, I encourage you to learn from her struggles and challenges and to take her advice on board.

If you are like many of us who face challenges around SEO don’t worry it actually gets a lot easier.

You can outsource it if you prefer not to go down that road as it can be quite technical but I enjoy it tremendously.

Over to you what did you like the most about the interview?

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A day does not go by without reading an article or seeing a video about a blogger who used Pinterest marketing to achieve blogging success. There are still many bloggers who feel stuck because they have been using Pinterest for a while without seein... A day does not go by without reading an article or seeing a video about a blogger who used Pinterest marketing to achieve blogging success.



There are still many bloggers who feel stuck because they have been using Pinterest for a while without seeing significant results.



While others know that they need to be using Pinterest as part of the marketing plan for their blog but they just don't know how to get started.



I distinctly remember some time ago I was doing a review on a number of Pinterest courses that I invested in and someone was not even aware that there was such a thing as a structured Pinterest marketing course.



You see many continue to struggle with blog traffic simply because they are not really sure of the benefits of Pinterest for their blog.



Another reason is that they feel lost in a sea of so much information that they suffer from analysis paralysis.



In this post, I am going to spend some time giving you the experience from another blogger's perspective.



I had a hilarious podcast interview with Chhavi who would tell you what worked for her and how you too can get blog traffic from Pinterest.



Disclaimer: please note that this post may contain affiliate links which means that if you buy one of my recommended products I get paid a commission for sharing the link at no additional cost to you.  I only recommend products that I have tried myself and have experienced success.



Who is Chhavi?



My name is Chhavi Agarwal, I was working as a licensed attorney but I was drawn to working from home for various reasons.



I think if I had to name those reasons the top two would be lack of time to spend with my family and travel.



A stress free life is what I wanted so I started working as a freelance writer. There were other work from home options like proofreading and editing but I wasn't interested in those.



So, I stuck to freelance writing and I was able to quit my 9 to 5 job because of it.



After a while, my husband, Amit, inspired me to start a blog and help out other women and people who wanted to escape their 9 to 5 jobs and start working from home.



We launched Mrs Daaku Studio as a result. It is a blog where we talk about our experiences and give information about how you can start a work from home career and replace your 9 to 5 income.







Why do you do what you do?



When I was working as an attorney I had crazy hours. I use to go to work at 9 am and return home at midnight. Sometimes I would come back home at 1 am or 2 am.



This was not a one-off occurrence this happened 3 days a week regularly and sometimes 4 or 5 days a week.



So, I had no time for friends or family. I was dating my husband then so I had no time for him either.



At one point, my brother was getting married and I got home only one day before the actual wedding.



It was very stressful and I had no time to exercise or do any kind of physical things. I use to sleep on the weekends. I love my job but it was a horrible life.



When I decided to look for work from home options I landed on freelance writing.



Law School



While at law school I loved writing and I wrote so many articles in my 5 years at law college.



I knew that this was something I can make work for me. Writing is something I want to learn. I like writing and I love researching.


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How To Grow Blog Traffic To 6,000 Page Views In The Face of Anxiety https://www.successunscrambled.com/how-to-grow-blog-traffic/ Mon, 25 Mar 2019 01:12:40 +0000 https://www.successunscrambled.com/?p=6954 https://www.successunscrambled.com/how-to-grow-blog-traffic/#comments https://www.successunscrambled.com/how-to-grow-blog-traffic/feed/ 39 Are you facing a tremendous challenge in life but you still need to grow blog traffic? Maybe you have a slight disability or you are medically challenged that no one but you knows and it causes an abnormal level of anxiety in your life. It could be that you decided to start a blog in an effort to generate an income to claim financial freedom so you can manage this challenge. I hate to break it to you but neither one of us is 'normal'. We all struggle with mental or physical problems that prevent us from achieving our goals. Many bloggers continue to fight daily, weekly or monthly to overcome some huge challenges in life. The good news is that it is possible to achieve these goals no matter what those challenges may be. I took some time to interview Charlie who will tell us all about her experiences including her challenges and her wins. You can find out how she did it and how you can do it too for your blog. Disclaimer: please note that this post may contain affiliate links which means that if you buy one of my recommended products I get paid a commission for sharing the link at no additional cost to you.  I only recommend products that I have tried myself and have experienced success. Who is Charlie? My name is Charlie Alexander and I blog over at livingtickled.com. It is a mom blog that focuses on finding joy and happiness in Motherhood. Especially as it relates to mental health and those kinds of struggles. So, the strategies of living happily as a mom. Why do you do what you do? I always knew that I wanted to help people so I went into the health care profession. Then, once I had kids, I wanted to stay home. Right now, I have to work because my husband is in school. So it is a combination of wanting to stay home with my kids and wanting to help people. This is responsible for the drive I have in wanting to help others especially moms because I have struggled a lot as a mom with anxiety and depression. The medications have not worked, neither have the therapies so I created this system and routine in my life that has worked. It works really well and I want to teach other moms about it because being a mom is so hard. I think that the more we help each other and support each other is great. What do you enjoy most about what you do? I love hearing that a post I wrote spoke to somebody so I love writing something. I love hearing someone say this is exactly how I feel. So that ability to relate brings me so much joy like, yes I have been able to reach somebody that is such a great feeling. Who was your role model while growing up? Great question, when I was little what I first wanted to be when I grew up was a Grocery Store Manager. Then I grew up and realised that there were other things out there. So, I am an Athletic Trainer for a sports medicine clinic. My Athletic Trainer while I played basket ball in high school had a big impact on me. Just helping with my coach and she coached me through my life at the time. She had a big impact at the time as I realised that I loved sports. I wanted to help people and I loved healthcare. My decision was to go into Athletic coaching and help people. My expertise could impact the lives of the youth. They could use so much encouragement and mentors. What is the best advice you have received to date? I think that there are a lot of things that have been said to me. However, if I think back to what has stuck with me the most this is it. I was going through a very dark time. I was pretty depressed and I was speaking with my Mom and she said this to me. You know Charlie, you can't control everything in your life. So focus on what you can control, just control those things and let everything else go. I don't know why maybe it is something I needed to hear at that time it just clicked for me and it is like okay what can I control? That is why I got into running and some other t...

Are you facing a tremendous challenge in life but you still need to grow blog traffic?

Maybe you have a slight disability or you are medically challenged that no one but you knows and it causes an abnormal level of anxiety in your life.

It could be that you decided to start a blog in an effort to generate an income to claim financial freedom so you can manage this challenge.

I hate to break it to you but neither one of us is ‘normal’. We all struggle with mental or physical problems that prevent us from achieving our goals.

Many bloggers continue to fight daily, weekly or monthly to overcome some huge challenges in life.

The good news is that it is possible to achieve these goals no matter what those challenges may be.

I took some time to interview Charlie who will tell us all about her experiences including her challenges and her wins.

You can find out how she did it and how you can do it too for your blog.

Disclaimer: please note that this post may contain affiliate links which means that if you buy one of my recommended products I get paid a commission for sharing the link at no additional cost to you.  I only recommend products that I have tried myself and have experienced success.

Who is Charlie?

My name is Charlie Alexander and I blog over at livingtickled.com. It is a mom blog that focuses on finding joy and happiness in Motherhood.

Especially as it relates to mental health and those kinds of struggles. So, the strategies of living happily as a mom.

Charlie Alexander

Why do you do what you do?

I always knew that I wanted to help people so I went into the health care profession. Then, once I had kids, I wanted to stay home.

Right now, I have to work because my husband is in school. So it is a combination of wanting to stay home with my kids and wanting to help people.

This is responsible for the drive I have in wanting to help others especially moms because I have struggled a lot as a mom with anxiety and depression.

The medications have not worked, neither have the therapies so I created this system and routine in my life that has worked.

It works really well and I want to teach other moms about it because being a mom is so hard.

I think that the more we help each other and support each other is great.

What do you enjoy most about what you do?

I love hearing that a post I wrote spoke to somebody so I love writing something. I love hearing someone say this is exactly how I feel.

So that ability to relate brings me so much joy like, yes I have been able to reach somebody that is such a great feeling.

Who was your role model while growing up?

Great question, when I was little what I first wanted to be when I grew up was a Grocery Store Manager.

Then I grew up and realised that there were other things out there. So, I am an Athletic Trainer for a sports medicine clinic.

My Athletic Trainer while I played basket ball in high school had a big impact on me.

Just helping with my coach and she coached me through my life at the time.

She had a big impact at the time as I realised that I loved sports. I wanted to help people and I loved healthcare. My decision was to go into Athletic coaching and help people.

My expertise could impact the lives of the youth. They could use so much encouragement and mentors.

What is the best advice you have received to date?

I think that there are a lot of things that have been said to me. However, if I think back to what has stuck with me the most this is it.

I was going through a very dark time. I was pretty depressed and I was speaking with my Mom and she said this to me.

You know Charlie, you can’t control everything in your life. So focus on what you can control, just control those things and let everything else go.

I don’t know why maybe it is something I needed to hear at that time it just clicked for me and it is like okay what can I control?

That is why I got into running and some other things so when I was stressed I did those things. It helped me and it helped a lot.

What is the One Thing that impacted you so far in your life?

I think it will have to be becoming a mom. It is two-fold, it has changed me for the better. It has made me stronger.

I realised that I need to change my perspective in life just things I wanted to change about me.

Also, it has been a trial. I had anxiety and depression before but it heightened after becoming a Mother.

Those emotions are everywhere so it has been a real challenge for me.

I didn’t do well with the change and everything but I feel like it has created a bigger bond between me and my kids.

There’s a lot but it’s in bad ways and good ways. It has helped me grow and I love my kids to death and it’s just a whole new life.

How long have you been a blogger and why is your blog different?

I have been a blogger for 8 months. For me, I focus on anxiety and depression which is one side of my blog.

My focus is on those things that cause anxiety and depression, for example, guilt, inadequacy and always falling short.

All these feelings and emotions that most moms feel. There are a lot of reasons for anxiety and depression.

These inadequacies where we don’t love ourselves. So I focus on how to love yourselves and how to take back your life to live happily.

So, I think it is a bit of a different twist highlighting how do we love who we are, accept who we are, find out who we are and live our best life.

I focus on all moms, stay at home, part time and working moms.

What inspired you to become a blogger?

When I had my daughter she was really colicky, she cried all the time. It was a struggle, I had anxiety and depression. The feeling I has was I did not love her.

It also felt like I struggled to bond with her for the first year of her life and in that time I searched the Internet to find validation or solace or someone to relate to in terms of the way I was feeling.

In my mind I thought I was this horrible mom as I could not connect with my daughter.

Despite searching diligently, I could not find it, I could not find what I was struggling with that is when I realised that I need to write something.

Because I know that there are other moms who feel this way. I want them to know that they are not alone.

So, that was 3 years ago. It took me that long to get the courage to put myself out there and start the blog.

What kind of success have you experienced to Grow Blog Traffic?

Consistently, I get around 6,000 page views and some months I get up to 10,000 page views a month.

I do remember when I had to grow blog traffic to my first 1,000 page views. There was a pin that went half viral and I had over 2,500 views in one day.

The feeeling was ecstatic, it works, I am going to be able to do this. It was amazing.

What Are Your Long Term Goals in Blogging?

I am working on a couple of products. I have one product on the site that I’m currently revamping.

Basically, to continue to grow blog traffic I am creating this journal/workbook that puts my routine into steps.

So, anyone can buy it and fill it out and work through a routine that suits you to be happy no matter what type of mom you want to be.

I also have, finding yourself workbooks to help you discover your purpose and who you want to be.

A lot of the time we get depressed because we feel like we are working towards a goal.

I feel like working towards a goal is a constant re-evaluation of our life. We are always working towards something and that brings us purpose and happiness.

Also, I have a self-love workbook to help people realise, well many people don’t realise that they are self-loathing but we are, we all are.

This workbook will help you get over that and accept who you are and how much that open doors when we are constantly not worrying about who we are.

Those are some products I would like to do to grow blog traffic. I would also like to do some colouring pages and printables like easy downloads.

My goal is to grow blog traffic to 30,000 page views a month so I am working towards that right now. I am also hoping to generate $2,000 a month.

When are the products going to be available?

As a new blogger, I am constantly evaluating how I can make my site better. I am so picky and anxious so I get anxiety about it so I’m constantly trying to reshape my blog.

I have my products on hold at the moment as I am reshaping some things again.

So, I am hoping this summer to release two of my products. It does not have to be perfect it just needs to be done, so I’ll do that.

Where does most of your traffic come from?

The majority of it is Pinterest. I’m starting to get clicks from Google which is great. The other day I got like 50 views from Google and I was ecstatic.

Just coming up in the search results and people are able to find you is amazing. So I feel like SEO is starting to pay off.

I get a few views from Facebook as I am in a number of mom groups or blogging groups which is where that traffic is coming from as I don’t post on Facebook that often.

My main marketing tool is Pinterest.

What is your Pinterest Strategy?

I work about 10 hours a week on my blog and I post about once a week.

In terms of marketing, I do about 15-20 pins on Pinterest a day, 5 of those are done using manual pinning and I create 4-5 pins per post and I am constantly making pins.

What is the one thing that you can attribute to your blogging success?

I think consistency is one. Even on those weeks when you think this is horrible and I’m failing, because we have those moments.

You just keep trudging through, I think consistency is huge on Pinterest with your pins and re-evaluating how you do it better.

I’m constantly changing my Pinterest strategy to see what works the best.

Have you taken any paid blogging courses and which one stands out the most?

I always sign up to those free opt-ins and I have gotten some great tips from those.

Yes, I have signed up to Create and Go and I have taken three of their courses. I took their Pinterest course, make money blogging course and their start a blog course.

The truth is I love their courses, they are amazing.

They have taught me so much. I believe that having a good course as a foundation is a must. It really is as a blogger.

I’ve also followed Elna and I’ve taken her course called Ready Steady Blog for Traffic and I refer back to them often.

It is so hard to spend money on a course and I want to spend more but I don’t have it right now.

What is the biggest struggle for bloggers?

Traffic and engagement. I think giving up too soon is a big one and not being consistent. You’ll have those ups and downs but you got to keep going.

I feel like I would rather be trying to live my dream than giving up on it.

Who would you trade places with for a day and why?

Just to see what it would be like, I’ve always had this dream to be a big motivator of women.

To be one of those people who influence women, that would be great.

One thing on your Bucket list?

Take my kids and my husband for the summer to do a service trip like in Africa or somewhere where they need help.

Just go and serve the people there and learn from them and realise that my life is not so hard and let my kids learn that. I want to explore the city as well.

Something that you can’t do that you wish you could do?

I cannot sing. I wish I could sing and dance. My husband is a very good singer and I think that my daughter will get that from him.

She sings all the time and she loves it. I wish I could do that. I do try dancing, I just don’t know how good it is.

What are the top 5 things you would recommend to new and seasoned bloggers?

  1. Just try, don’t give up, keep trying
  2. Consistency is key. Keep at it.
  3. Write down all the things as to why you are starting a blog. Why you do the blog and what you want to get out of it. Journal it and refer back to it when you have those hard times.
  4. Connect with people. Learn from people.
  5. Create a support system around you. Like friends, family and loved ones.
  6. Be real with people, don’t be fake and just sell things to people.

Where can listeners find you?

They can find me at my blog which is livingtickled.com and on Pinterest it is pinterest.com/livingtickled

Conclusion

I am so thankful for Charlie who took time out of her busy schedule to give us her story about being a mom and blogging.

I admire her perseverance that she started a blog despite her anxiety and depression and the fact that she found something that worked for her.

She found a way to grow blog traffic despite her challenges with anxiety and depression.

It is so easy to give up with therapy and medication fail to solve the problem but with a bit of determination, Charlie can help many other people.

I want to encourage you, my reader, to look deep inside yourself because maybe you can help many other people with a gift that you have.

Over to you what has been your major challenges when it comes to accomplishing your blogging goals? Please leave your feedback in the comments.

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Are you facing a tremendous challenge in life but you still need to grow blog traffic? Maybe you have a slight disability or you are medically challenged that no one but you knows and it causes an abnormal level of anxiety in your life. Are you facing a tremendous challenge in life but you still need to grow blog traffic?



Maybe you have a slight disability or you are medically challenged that no one but you knows and it causes an abnormal level of anxiety in your life.



It could be that you decided to start a blog in an effort to generate an income to claim financial freedom so you can manage this challenge.



I hate to break it to you but neither one of us is 'normal'. We all struggle with mental or physical problems that prevent us from achieving our goals.



Many bloggers continue to fight daily, weekly or monthly to overcome some huge challenges in life.



The good news is that it is possible to achieve these goals no matter what those challenges may be.



I took some time to interview Charlie who will tell us all about her experiences including her challenges and her wins.



You can find out how she did it and how you can do it too for your blog.



Disclaimer: please note that this post may contain affiliate links which means that if you buy one of my recommended products I get paid a commission for sharing the link at no additional cost to you.  I only recommend products that I have tried myself and have experienced success.



Who is Charlie?



My name is Charlie Alexander and I blog over at livingtickled.com. It is a mom blog that focuses on finding joy and happiness in Motherhood.



Especially as it relates to mental health and those kinds of struggles. So, the strategies of living happily as a mom.







Why do you do what you do?



I always knew that I wanted to help people so I went into the health care profession. Then, once I had kids, I wanted to stay home.



Right now, I have to work because my husband is in school. So it is a combination of wanting to stay home with my kids and wanting to help people.



This is responsible for the drive I have in wanting to help others especially moms because I have struggled a lot as a mom with anxiety and depression.



The medications have not worked, neither have the therapies so I created this system and routine in my life that has worked.



It works really well and I want to teach other moms about it because being a mom is so hard.



I think that the more we help each other and support each other is great.



What do you enjoy most about what you do?



I love hearing that a post I wrote spoke to somebody so I love writing something. I love hearing someone say this is exactly how I feel.



So that ability to relate brings me so much joy like, yes I have been able to reach somebody that is such a great feeling.



Who was your role model while growing up?



Great question, when I was little what I first wanted to be when I grew up was a Grocery Store Manager.



Then I grew up and realised that there were other things out there. So, I am an Athletic Trainer for a sports medicine clinic.



My Athletic Trainer while I played basket ball in high school had a big impact on me.



Just helping with my coach and she coached me through my life at the time.



She had a big impact at the time as I realised that I loved sports. I wanted to help people and I loved healthcare. My decision was to go into Athletic coaching and help people.



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How One Blogger Got 498,000 Page Views Using Organic Traffic [Free Checklist] https://www.successunscrambled.com/organic-traffic/ Mon, 18 Mar 2019 01:01:41 +0000 https://www.successunscrambled.com/?p=6848 https://www.successunscrambled.com/organic-traffic/#comments https://www.successunscrambled.com/organic-traffic/feed/ 78 Are you a blogger struggling with organic traffic? Maybe you've hate SEO and wish you never have to use it. As a seasoned blogger, you probably understand the importance of not depending on one source of traffic for your blog. If you have been using Pinterest for a while you have probably experienced the ups and downs of using this platform. Aside from SEO and Pinterest, there does not seem to be another source where you can get traffic en masse. You see many bloggers struggle with generating traffic to their blogs as the practice of organic traffic can be quite complex. In this post, I interviewed Vivian who had her share of ups and downs in terms of traffic generation. She will reveal what she did and how she stayed motivated up until this point of her blogging career. Disclaimer: please note that this post may contain affiliate links which means that if you buy one of my recommended products I get paid a commission for sharing the link at no additional cost to you.  I only recommend products that I have tried myself and have experienced success. Who is Vivian? Vivian Tejeda blogs over at Teal Notes which is a lifestyle blog. She writes about recipes, DIY ideas, saving money and even bullet journaling. So, she basically writes about a little of everything. There are many who believes that lifestyle blogs are difficult to gain traction. However, it appears that Vivian is an exception to that belief. 1. Why Do You Do What You Do? It's been a long time coming, I have been doing it for two years now. Looking back I stumbled upon it by serendipity, kind of like a mistake. While on Pinterest one day, I saw this pin about someone blogging from home and making a full-time income. I was like what, what is that about? It was at a time that I was just getting out of college around the same time. That was the point when you wonder "what am I going to do for the rest of my life?" I studiedBusiness Administration. This field left you with a little bit of leeway in terms of what you can pursue afterwards but I still had no clue. Once I started digging up a little more about blogging and everything around blogging. Also, how it all came together. For example, the writing, graphic design, putting together the website, branding, it just completely caught my attention. Because it was a really good overlap of a lot of things I was naturally good at from very early on. I think one day I decided, let's try this and see how it goes. It's been a while little by little building up it's something I'm really proud of now. I've learned so much from it and I do it because its something I love to do. I love creating something that I can share with thousands, if not millions of people around the world, I can share it at a click of a button. It overlaps all the things I consider being good at as a person. 2. What Do You Enjoy Most About What You Do? In terms of the technical aspect of blogging, I enjoy writing and graphic design. I do have a printable section of the blog. So, I love creating wall art, printable planners and things like that for my audience. In terms of the impact that I am having on people, I love that I can share ideas or something that I created that I feel that I can help people which is really awesome. 3. Have You Been An Artist from a Young Age? Yes, from the start. I was that kind of kid where I'll go over to my aunt's house and I'll ask her for a piece of paper to draw. I will then ask for more paper and more paper. She'll get fed up and say I literally ran out of paper because all you do is draw. Whether it was drawing or painting or even making things or anything that had to do with creativity that was me. I feel that is one of the reasons I got into blogging right after college. Going in with a business degree, there is the technical part of it like the accounting and numbers. There is also the branding,

Are you a blogger struggling with organic traffic? Maybe you’ve hate SEO and wish you never have to use it.

As a seasoned blogger, you probably understand the importance of not depending on one source of traffic for your blog.

If you have been using Pinterest for a while you have probably experienced the ups and downs of using this platform.

Aside from SEO and Pinterest, there does not seem to be another source where you can get traffic en masse.

You see many bloggers struggle with generating traffic to their blogs as the practice of organic traffic can be quite complex.

In this post, I interviewed Vivian who had her share of ups and downs in terms of traffic generation.

She will reveal what she did and how she stayed motivated up until this point of her blogging career.

Disclaimer: please note that this post may contain affiliate links which means that if you buy one of my recommended products I get paid a commission for sharing the link at no additional cost to you.  I only recommend products that I have tried myself and have experienced success.

Who is Vivian?

Vivian Tejeda blogs over at Teal Notes which is a lifestyle blog. She writes about recipes, DIY ideas, saving money and even bullet journaling.

So, she basically writes about a little of everything. There are many who believes that lifestyle blogs are difficult to gain traction.

However, it appears that Vivian is an exception to that belief.

Vivian Tejeda

1. Why Do You Do What You Do?

It’s been a long time coming, I have been doing it for two years now. Looking back I stumbled upon it by serendipity, kind of like a mistake.

While on Pinterest one day, I saw this pin about someone blogging from home and making a full-time income.

I was like what, what is that about? It was at a time that I was just getting out of college around the same time.

That was the point when you wonder “what am I going to do for the rest of my life?” I studiedBusiness Administration.

This field left you with a little bit of leeway in terms of what you can pursue afterwards but I still had no clue.

Once I started digging up a little more about blogging and everything around blogging. Also, how it all came together.

For example, the writing, graphic design, putting together the website, branding, it just completely caught my attention.

Because it was a really good overlap of a lot of things I was naturally good at from very early on.

I think one day I decided, let’s try this and see how it goes. It’s been a while little by little building up it’s something I’m really proud of now.

I’ve learned so much from it and I do it because its something I love to do.

I love creating something that I can share with thousands, if not millions of people around the world, I can share it at a click of a button.

It overlaps all the things I consider being good at as a person.

2. What Do You Enjoy Most About What You Do?

In terms of the technical aspect of blogging, I enjoy writing and graphic design. I do have a printable section of the blog.

So, I love creating wall art, printable planners and things like that for my audience.

In terms of the impact that I am having on people, I love that I can share ideas or something that I created that I feel that I can help people which is really awesome.

3. Have You Been An Artist from a Young Age?

Yes, from the start. I was that kind of kid where I’ll go over to my aunt’s house and I’ll ask her for a piece of paper to draw. I will then ask for more paper and more paper.

She’ll get fed up and say I literally ran out of paper because all you do is draw.

Whether it was drawing or painting or even making things or anything that had to do with creativity that was me.

I feel that is one of the reasons I got into blogging right after college. Going in with a business degree, there is the technical part of it like the accounting and numbers.

There is also the branding, marketing and I felt like that’s what appealed to me more. Blogging was a good fit for me.

4. Blogging Skills

One of the things about blogging is that there are a number of different skills that you can bring to it that can help you stand out.

For example, if you are naturally good at building a community and bringing people together.

In terms of building that email list and that audience, you can channel that through blogging.

This does not necessarily require you to be good at drawing, designing and putting together something pretty.

I just find that really cool and being able to work online.

5. Was There a Role Model While You Were Growing Up Who Inspired You to Become Successful?

In terms of blogging no, but as a life role model then it would be my Mother. I saw how hard she worked and the aspirations she had for herself and her kids.

That was definitely a driver in wanting to create something for myself and it was something that I was good at.

6. What is the Best Advice You Received so far in Your Life?

Honestly, the first thing that comes to mind is the very first piece of advice I got which was to visit a Therapist.

There’s a lot of shame around it, some people that it is only for certain people. It is something that anyone, in general, can receive a benefit.

Just having someone that you can confide in and speak with freely. They can help you unscramble your thoughts.

You can talk to them about anything that is on your mind. I feel that on a personal level has helped me a lot and it affects everything else in your life.

It affects your relationships, your goals and your career.

That personal development aspect of being an entrepreneur is so important. I was kind of blind-sided by going in and working for myself and everything around it.

There was always the personal development aspect that you fall short on. Therapy was definitely something that helped me a lot in terms of blogging.

It all comes full circle and everything is connected. Everyone should have some kind of therapy.

I guess therapy can come in all forms for people. Maybe that is meditation or yoga or whatever that may be.

7. What is the One Thing That Impacted Your Life to Date?

I guess the one thing that impacted me to date the most was having a mentor that I had from very early on.

He was very entrepreneurial himself. His focus was into real estate and he was a mentor for both my brother and me.

This mentor instilled a lot of confidence in our abilities and he cheers on a lot when we did not think we were doing so well.

One of the best things he did for both my brother and me, is that he saw things in us that we didn’t see ourselves.

Sometimes I still don’t see it in myself. He just had that belief and that just meant a lot and did a lot for me which was great.

8. Where Do People Find Mentors?

You see people talk about it all the time, like find a mentor.

Mentors can change your life but people become stuck like where do I start? How does that even happen?

I feel like that is probably where people get stuck the most. I would say a big part of it is being afraid to reach out if you see someone.

If you like what they are doing and you want to learn more. It is always about taking that first step.

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9. What Has Been Your Success So Far In Your Blogging Career?

In terms of traffic, I have been doing pretty good with organic traffic lately.

In the blogging world, traffic is a huge part of making it come together. A lot of it is through Pinterest and it changes so much.

People use to get traffic from Reddit and StumbleUpon but that’s not a thing anymore. Now they get traffic from Pinterest.

In the beginning, I was successful with Pinterest. my blog started getting 100,000 page views per month and that kept growing and growing for a little bit as I kept up with Pinterest.

Organic Traffic

I then started to dig more into SEO or organic traffic and that is where I saw a change in my traffic.

Certain posts would start to rank and that got very exciting. So, the average amount of page views I get are about 300,000 to 350,000 a month.

My highest so far was almost 500,000 page views during the month of January.

I am really hoping that I gain more traction with SEO. I am also helping a couple of people with it as well.

A few people reached out to me with a number of questions about it. How do you do this and that?

I feel that is a huge part of seeing the blog take off and obviously right now I am doing it.

Blog Income

I’m dedicating a lot more time to it. I would say that it is a part-time thing for now. I am making a full-time income which is great.

My hope is to grow the blog as much as possible and help other people with their blogs so I can learn from that exercise.

The good thing about blogging is that there are so many lessons.

In terms of marketing, putting content together, reaching out to people and making connections.

All this you glean from creating the first blog that you take on to your next business. If you want to start a second blog or go into a completely different business, e-commerce or real estate.

It’s exciting and I’m not quite sure what I’ll be doing next but for now, I’m just focusing on growing it more and getting more page views, growing the income and seeing where I go from there.

10. What Products Do You Offer?

I am actually working on an ebook about SEO or organic traffic right now for beginners, I’m working on the exact product I wish I had when starting out.

Because starting out I felt like SEO was the bane of my existence, I hated it. When you hate something you ignore it, you put it in the back shelf and you don’t want anything to do with it.

I’ll deal with later then focus on straight Pinterest traffic.

Then after a while, I thought that Pinterest isn’t going to be there forever it is not the most reliable source of traffic.

How do I make sure I’m covering all my bases? How do I ensure I’m getting as much traffic as I can?

I mean that is the goal you want to get as many eyeballs on your content as possible to grow your audience.

So, that is when I started digging into SEO little by little. In the beginning, I wanted to just tackle it all at once.

Blogging Education

That was the wrong way to do it because I just overwhelm myself. So, it was just I read a little bit of content over here or read this blog post about it.

I definitely had to invest in blogging education to make sure I understood it as I needed to implement it.

I feel like there was never really a step by step, this is what you do first, etc. for newbies.

For someone who is a beginner who is completely blind to SEO, it is such a scary word. Search engine optimisation, what is that? Keywords? Long tail keywords?

Do I really need this? Yes, it’s really important! If it helps anyone out there I would have done my job.

I am working hard on it and I’m hoping to debunk it and break it down for someone who is a beginner.

So, they can start on the right foot and stop their wheels from turning and not getting anywhere.

I’m working on that right now and I also offer printable planners all this is going nicely. I hope to expand that as I grow my email list and as I have more time for design.

Designing is something I really love to do it goes back to the whole thing of channelling your skills. That is why I love blogging so much.

11. What Were Your Blogging Struggles and How Did You Overcome Them?

There were so many light bulb moments that I had to go through month after month and I feel like the only thing that got me through all those struggles.

Believe me, there were times when I didn’t want to look at that blog. I would just ignore it for weeks.

I was like, I’m wasting my time like this, it is not going to work and talk myself right out of blogging.

No, you can do this, you have the skills and you know over time that something has to give.

I think it is that resolve and keeping my eye on the prize I guess so to speak. Not stopping at one struggle and letting that overcome me.

There are a lot of struggles in entrepreneurship, going off on your own and doing your own thing.

A lot of people paint it as something really easy. Oh, there are just steps 1, 2, 3 and you got it. That’s it, that’s all you need.

It is so multifaceted and there are so many things that go into it to make it actually work. I also don’t want to scare people off. The pay-offs are amazing.

Once you start getting those small wins and you are saying, this clicked and that worked.

I got this sign up and this thank you email, I made my first sale. Those small wins keep you going and they add fuel to the fire.

As you grow bigger those wins start getting a little more significant. It grows upon each other.

12. Which Blogging Course had the Biggest Impact on your Blogging Success?

There are a lot of popular or famous courses out there that everyone talks about in the blogging community.

The course that hands down helped me the most was on that used to be called Blog Billionaire Club (BBC).

It is built by this guy called Scrivs and he is amazing. It is now called Dare to Conquer (DTC).

I remember I got into it early while he was still building it. He has built this multilevel community.

Once you join you get access to his courses and the various slack channels with a big blogging community.

They are in there 24/7 answering each other’s questions and he is in there as well in person answering questions.

He’s made a ton of blogs and he’s been doing this for years. He’s got courses on Pinterest, SEO (organic traffic), making content, creating sales funnels, building an email list.

Others courses are creating and maintaining an audience, deciding what to blog about, monetising a blog and affiliate marketing.

Dare to Conquer was the blogging course that helped me get to the next level. The community is growing and it is going to become huge.

I love it and I would recommend it to anyone out there just look it up on Google and you’ll find it.

The reason why it worked for me is that his approach is different. As soon as you read his content his personality shines through.

He is straightforward, he says this is what you do, this is what you don’t do. He does not sugar coat it, he does not try to give it to you in a flowery manner.

It is just let’s get this thing going for you. Let’s get started on what you want to build and let’s get you there.

Let’s get you from point A to point B. His no-nonsense approach was what drew me to the DTC Community.

13. What Are the Top 5 Things that You Would Recommend to New and Seasoned Bloggers?

The five things that I would recommend to all bloggers are:

  1. Make up your mind, dedicate yourself.
  2. Don’t compare your starting point to someone’s middle point. Keep your blinders on.
  3. Invest in education to make sure you give yourself the best chance at succeeding as fast as possible.
  4. Designate time to it, keep a good pace. Your efforts start to snowball into each other.
  5. Have grit, do not give it up. You have to keep at it.

Guilty Pleasure

Chocolate. I use to dislike chocolate but somehow I recently just like chocolate everywhere.

Something on your Bucketlist

Travel more and meet people outside of your comfort zone.

Who would you swap places with for a day?

Kobe Bryant. I also love singing and I bought a ukulele with the intention of learning to play it but I just don’t have the time.

Where can bloggers find you?

Tealnotes.com or on my Facebook page.

Conclusion

Thanks so much to Vivian for joining me on the show I have learned so much from her about struggles on the blogging journey.

You gave an insight into how to deal with the challenges. You thought us that therapy can help and entrepreneurship can be hard.

Your recommendation of investing in blogging education as well as her experiences with Dare to Conquer for which I am grateful.

It is interesting as I never knew that Scrivs course covered so many areas of blogging I thought it was only organic traffic and Pinterest.

Vivian is also giving away a free SEO Checklist which you can find here.

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Are you a blogger struggling with organic traffic? Maybe you've hate SEO and wish you never have to use it. As a seasoned blogger, you probably understand the importance of not depending on one source of traffic for your blog. Are you a blogger struggling with organic traffic? Maybe you've hate SEO and wish you never have to use it.



As a seasoned blogger, you probably understand the importance of not depending on one source of traffic for your blog.



If you have been using Pinterest for a while you have probably experienced the ups and downs of using this platform.



Aside from SEO and Pinterest, there does not seem to be another source where you can get traffic en masse.



You see many bloggers struggle with generating traffic to their blogs as the practice of organic traffic can be quite complex.



In this post, I interviewed Vivian who had her share of ups and downs in terms of traffic generation.



She will reveal what she did and how she stayed motivated up until this point of her blogging career.



Disclaimer: please note that this post may contain affiliate links which means that if you buy one of my recommended products I get paid a commission for sharing the link at no additional cost to you.  I only recommend products that I have tried myself and have experienced success.



Who is Vivian?



Vivian Tejeda blogs over at Teal Notes which is a lifestyle blog. She writes about recipes, DIY ideas, saving money and even bullet journaling.



So, she basically writes about a little of everything. There are many who believes that lifestyle blogs are difficult to gain traction.



However, it appears that Vivian is an exception to that belief.







1. Why Do You Do What You Do?



It's been a long time coming, I have been doing it for two years now. Looking back I stumbled upon it by serendipity, kind of like a mistake.



While on Pinterest one day, I saw this pin about someone blogging from home and making a full-time income.



I was like what, what is that about? It was at a time that I was just getting out of college around the same time.



That was the point when you wonder "what am I going to do for the rest of my life?" I studiedBusiness Administration.



This field left you with a little bit of leeway in terms of what you can pursue afterwards but I still had no clue.



Once I started digging up a little more about blogging and everything around blogging. Also, how it all came together.



For example, the writing, graphic design, putting together the website, branding, it just completely caught my attention.



Because it was a really good overlap of a lot of things I was naturally good at from very early on.



I think one day I decided, let's try this and see how it goes. It's been a while little by little building up it's something I'm really proud of now.



I've learned so much from it and I do it because its something I love to do.



I love creating something that I can share with thousands, if not millions of people around the world, I can share it at a click of a button.



It overlaps all the things I consider being good at as a person.



2. What Do You Enjoy Most About What You Do?



In terms of the technical aspect of blogging, I enjoy writing and graphic design. I do have a printable section of the blog.



So, I love creating wall art, printable planners and things like that for my audience.



In terms of the impact that I am having on people, I love that I can share ideas or something that I created th...]]>
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