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In the past, it was easy for you to meet clients or prospects face to face. The thought of not being able to chat with colleagues in the same office can increase your stress levels. It is no secret that we are so accustomed to human interaction that to some extent we take it for granted. Maybe, you are an extrovert by nature and the need to self-isolate has taken you by surprise so what do you do? In this post, you will learn about 37+ tools that will give you the best remote working software and accessories. Disclosure: 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. Why Consider Remote Working Tools? Earlier this week I was scanning posts and comments on Facebook when I noticed a single mother of a 4-year old looking for help. She is still doing her same workload as if she were in the office but she is finding it difficult. You see, this lady has to conduct conference calls, webinars and prospecting calls while still minding a young child. It got me thinking if I were in her situation what will I do. Bearing in mind that I have only 24 hours a day, having to work 8-10 hours a day, all while minding a 4-year old. What I would do if I were in her shoes is to work smarter and use the best tools to aid that process. Of course, I will also find activities for my 4-year-old that will keep them busy during those important business interactions. Working smarter does mean that I will now need to try and accomplish more business tasks in less time. How to Work Smarter At this point, you are probably thinking how on earth will you reduce your working day from 10 hours to 6? The secret to this is to first find those tasks that can be completed in less time. Also, if there is anything that can be done in advance I will get that done while my child is asleep. Finally, if there is anything that can be batched together then I will get those completed in huge chunks. Here are a few examples of what I mean. Use an app to take notes during meetings (manual notes slows down calls)Reduce meeting times from 60 minutes to 35 minutesCreate templates for each type of report or document that is repetitiveRecord every call, webinar or meeting using two different software (stuff happens so be prepared)Avoid unnecessary meetings where possiblePrepare a strict agenda and get approval from all partiesEnsure that everyone is aware that your time is preciousOutsource labour-intensive, repetitive tasks if possibleDelegate other team members to complete non-core items As you can see just by making a few small adjustments to the way you approach your day allows you to free up precious time. 37+ Remote Work Tools that Make You Look Clever Let's spend some time looking at the best remote working tools to help you cut time by 50%. The categories of these tools are as follows: MindmappingVideo creationVideo editingKeyword researchGenerating headlinesWritingSocial listeningImage creationVideo calls/conferencingProject management Team collaborationSocial Media MarketingClient contracts Productivity at work comes in so many different formats that it is difficult to know what you need until you are faced with the problem. Mind mapping Over 10 years ago I was introduced to the concept of mind mapping. I have to confess that at the time I was not ready to appreciate the benefits of using it until 3-5 years later. Many believe that you should use two different tools for mind mapping and brainstorming but it really depends on th... Are you tearing your hair out trying to find the best remote working tools to get stuff done?

Whenever there is a crisis or a sudden need to isolate yourself from others you may realise you need to change the way you work.

In the past, it was easy for you to meet clients or prospects face to face.

The thought of not being able to chat with colleagues in the same office can increase your stress levels.

It is no secret that we are so accustomed to human interaction that to some extent we take it for granted.

Maybe, you are an extrovert by nature and the need to self-isolate has taken you by surprise so what do you do?

In this post, you will learn about 37+ tools that will give you the best remote working software and accessories.

Disclosure: 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.

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Why Consider Remote Working Tools?

Earlier this week I was scanning posts and comments on Facebook when I noticed a single mother of a 4-year old looking for help.

She is still doing her same workload as if she were in the office but she is finding it difficult.

You see, this lady has to conduct conference calls, webinars and prospecting calls while still minding a young child.

It got me thinking if I were in her situation what will I do.

Bearing in mind that I have only 24 hours a day, having to work 8-10 hours a day, all while minding a 4-year old.

What I would do if I were in her shoes is to work smarter and use the best tools to aid that process.

Of course, I will also find activities for my 4-year-old that will keep them busy during those important business interactions.

Working smarter does mean that I will now need to try and accomplish more business tasks in less time.

How to Work Smarter

At this point, you are probably thinking how on earth will you reduce your working day from 10 hours to 6?

The secret to this is to first find those tasks that can be completed in less time.

Also, if there is anything that can be done in advance I will get that done while my child is asleep.

Finally, if there is anything that can be batched together then I will get those completed in huge chunks.

Here are a few examples of what I mean.

  1. Use an app to take notes during meetings (manual notes slows down calls)
  2. Reduce meeting times from 60 minutes to 35 minutes
  3. Create templates for each type of report or document that is repetitive
  4. Record every call, webinar or meeting using two different software (stuff happens so be prepared)
  5. Avoid unnecessary meetings where possible
  6. Prepare a strict agenda and get approval from all parties
  7. Ensure that everyone is aware that your time is precious
  8. Outsource labour-intensive, repetitive tasks if possible
  9. Delegate other team members to complete non-core items

As you can see just by making a few small adjustments to the way you approach your day allows you to free up precious time.

37+ Remote Work Tools that Make You Look Clever

Let’s spend some time looking at the best remote working tools to help you cut time by 50%.

The categories of these tools are as follows:

  • Mindmapping
  • Video creation
  • Video editing
  • Keyword research
  • Generating headlines
  • Writing
  • Social listening
  • Image creation
  • Video calls/conferencing
  • Project management
  • Team collaboration
  • Social Media Marketing
  • Client contracts

Productivity at work comes in so many different formats that it is difficult to know what you need until you are faced with the problem.

Mind mapping

Over 10 years ago I was introduced to the concept of mind mapping.

I have to confess that at the time I was not ready to appreciate the benefits of using it until 3-5 years later.

Many believe that you should use two different tools for mind mapping and brainstorming but it really depends on the way your brain works.

The three tools I found useful for mind mapping are these 3 applications.

1. Xmind

By far, my all-time favourite because it is so easy to use and it previously had a desktop version that synced with the cloud version but that is no longer available.

Weekly Blog Planner Mind-map

In the above example, I wanted to create a printable so I created a mind map version of what I needed to include which really helped me immensely.

2. MindMeister

If you prefer a colourful version with lots of bells and whistles then you may prefer to use MindMeister.

MindMeister - mindmap - blog planner printable

3. Coggle

Another colourful mind map option is Coggle and as you will see it has a more corporate look and feel to the way it works.

Coggle - mindmap - blog planner printable

There are several other options available on the market but these three are the ones that I am recommending for now.

Video Creation

As you probably heard by the year 2021 it is expected that video marketing will account for over 80% of content marketing activities.

Video can be created in several different formats and types. For example, there are vertical and horizontal video.

There are also talking head, animation, screen recording and many other types of video.

For the purpose of this post, I will highlight at least one software to address at least 3 video types.

4. Filmic Pro

Ever since I learned about this app a few years ago I have found it superior to the standard video capture app on the smartphone.

It is available both on iOS and Android and it just gives you a whole lot of professional features that are not even available on a DSLR camera.

I even gifted a copy to my daughter to do her YouTube videos.

5. QuickTime

A great app for capturing a recording of your screen giving you the ability to simply use earbuds to get started.

This is only available on a Mac but a great alternative for the PC is something called Loom which is a Chrome extension.

Screencast-o-Matic can also be used as a great option to do a screen capture from your computer.

If you are creating high-quality courses also consider Camtasia.

6. Doodly

A popular solution that is used by amateurs and professionals to create animated videos is Doodly.

Creating an animated video can take a lot of time when compared to creating a talking head video.

Video Editing

After creating those videos you will be happy to know that there are several applications available to help you with editing.

I have to say that the task of video editing is not for the faint-hearted because it can take a lot of time.

It can bring a level of frustration that you never knew existed until you have completed your first few projects.

7. Filmora

A great application that is available on both Mac and PC is Filmora. Although it is not free it does come with a one-time price tag.

I personally use it weekly to edit podcast and videos and it just gets the job done. The version I currently use is Filmora9.

8. Adobe Premiere Rush

If you are looking for something a little more upmarket where there isn’t a huge learning curve then consider Adobe Premiere Rush.

One thing it has over Filmora is the ability to easily make animated social posts and to seamlessly resize video.

The audio editing is also at a higher level compared to Filmora. The drawback is that the pricing is monthly.

9. Adobe Premiere Pro

Anyone who is seriously into their content creation will tell you that they use Adobe Premiere Pro for all their video editing.

I did a training on this software recently and I can tell you that the software is top of the class. The cost drawback is that the pricing is monthly.

The huge drawback will be that the learning curve can be quite steep.

Keyword Research

Whenever you decide to create a piece of content one of the things needed to help you pick winning topics is keyword research.

As you probably know there are tons of different tools available on the market.

However, here is a list of keyword research tools that will help you save a truckload of time.

10. Keyworddit

This tool can be labelled as somewhat genius because it not only gives you popular terms used on one of the world’s most visited platforms, Reddit.

It also has a link to the context of where it was used and how it was used.

In other words, it drops you right in the middle of an ongoing conversation.

11. Seed Keywords

My next obscure keyword research tool is Seed Keywords because it really brings you back to the basics.

If you ever found yourself using jargon or industry language but you need to really ‘dumb things down’ for the layperson to understand then this is the tool you need.

12. Exploding Topics

If you ever wanted to get ahead of the curve and find topics that are about to become super popular then this is the tool you need.

According to their tagline, they help you find “rapidly growing topics before they take off.”

You have the ability to search for topics by time period like 1 month, 6 months, 1 year or even 5 years.

You can filter your search by category as well.

Exploding topics - categories

Generating Headlines

If you have been in business or blogging for some time you understand the importance of creating headlines or titles that get the click.

As we are not all born copywriters, it means that we need to use tools available to us that will help.

Here are my favourite three headline analysis tools.

13. Co-Schedule Headline Analyzer

A tool created by the folks at Co-Schedule this can help you to take your headlines to a new level.

You simply need to place your original headline in the search bar and keep tweaking it to get a score above 70.

Co-Schedule Headline Analyzer - example

14. Advanced Marketing Institute – Headline Analyser

This remote working tool is very similar to Co-schedule’s but you often get different results when using the same title for both.

One feature I like about it is that it tells you the type of audience that is more likely to respond to your title.

AMA Headline Analyzer example

15. Portent Headline Generator

The final tool that I will leave with you today is the Portent Headline Generator.

I have to warn you that it is a bit over the top but the reason I like it so much is that it helps me to think outside the box.

Portent Headline Generator - curated content example

Writing

Many writers have different habits to help them achieve their goals.

I have heard many say that they prefer a plain screen without sidebars as they find those distracting.

Others need to have everything else on their computer switched off in order to get anything done.

Whatever your preference I am sure that there is a tool for every writing need.

Here are 3 tools that you may like.

16. Airstory

In case you never heard of Airstory it is a free tool developed by the folks at Copyhackers that helps you to achieve your writing goals.

The one feature I like about Airstory is the ability to do research online and save it to your chosen project via a Chrome extension.

17. Evernote

Another great tool that helps writers to do their writing from any device.

Evernote is that cool tool that segments your writing by projects and you have the ability to see all your work at a glance.

The major drawback is that you have a limited about of data allowance available before you need to pay to use it.

18. Simplenote

A great alternative to Evernote is a tool called Simplenote.

The layout of the app is very similar to the layout on Evernote and it is really easy to use.

You will be happy to hear that it is available on iOS and Android as well as PC and Mac. It is also 100% free for now compared to Evernote.

Social Listening

A great way to keep your fingers on the pulse of what is happening on social media is by doing some social listening.

If you never heard this term before it simply means listening to your audience and competitors on social media.

This can be accomplished using hashtags, topics, engagement and keywords.

Here are three tools that you can start using right away.

19. TweetDeck

If you want to get the low down about what’s happening in your niche on Twitter then TweetDeck is one of the remote working tools for you.

It not only gives you real-time results on specific accounts, keywords and hashtags but you also get to see trending hashtags in real-time.

Here is what it looks like.

TweetDeck example

20. TweetReach

So this is going to sound confusing initially but the next tool is TweetReach and as the name suggests it measures the reach of a specific hashtag.

It allows you to see the number of people who saw the hashtag that you used.

21. Hootsuite

A tool that is very similar to TweetDeck is one called Hootsuite. It allows you to do social listening across several platforms.

You can integrate it across 6 social platforms including Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, Facebook, YouTube and Pinterest.

Here is what it looks like.

Hootsuite Mentions + Posts View

Image creation

Although the need to use videos in marketing continues to grow it is important not to neglect the usefulness of images.

You probably heard or saw recommendations from several bloggers and small business owners about which tool is the best.

After using several different applications here are my top 2.

22. Canva

Canva comes with both free and paid versions with many advantages for using the pro or paid version.

Personally, I find that using the free version continues to be an attractive option as it is so flexible about what you can do with it.

Yes, it does come with many free templates as standard and you can also purchase templates from many places.

My preference is to tweak what is already working on Pinterest or other social platforms.

23. PicMonkey

A remote working tool that is great for creating images that have awesome quality is PicMonkey.

There isn’t a free version but it does give you a lot of flexibility in terms of what you can accomplish.

Video Calls + Webinars

Since it may be difficult for you to meet face to face the next best option is to do a video call.

The three things to look out for when choosing the best service for your needs are the following:

  • Reliability
  • Integration features
  • Price

There’s nothing worse than having a service that goes down in the middle of a presentation or where the streaming has a huge lag.

This is why my preference would be for these services.

24. Zoom

I have used several video conferencing software over the years including Cisco Webex, GoToMeeting, Google Hangouts and Skype.

The truth is that the only one that did not give me an embarrassing experience is Zoom.

This is the reason why I have it at number one. It also allows you to broadcast to Facebook Live but that option is pricey.

25. BlueJeans

A new kid on the block compared to the other ‘heavy hitters’ BlueJeans does offer a very attractive price at entry-level.

Unlike Zoom there isn’t a free level at 40 minutes per meeting but their entry-level price will not break the bank either.

The good news is that you have the ability to broadcast to Facebook Live as well.

Project Management

One of the requirements when working from home is the need to collaborate on projects.

In the last 5-7 years, there have been so many applications launched that focuses on project management that I wonder if there isn’t too many of them.

Here are a few of my favourite apps.

26. Trello

Nearly everywhere you go everyone is talking about the amazing application called Trello.

The free version does offer a lot of features that you can use to run an entire client project.

However, the paid version has its advantages with their secret weapon called Butler.

27. Asana

The tool that stands right next to Trello, in my opinion, is Asana. The user interface is easy on the eyes and it is easy to use.

You are given two different layouts to run your projects including the Kanban (boards) and standard list views.

Assigning individual tasks on a project to team members is super simple and they get notifications when the task is due for completion.

28. Airtable

I use Airtable all the time and it is probably the most powerful tool that I have used in a long time.

It covers a wide spectrum of project types and it even comes with ready-made templates so you can get started right away.

Their spreadsheet features are also pretty impressive.

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Team Collaboration

One of the important aspects of working in an organisation is the ability to collaborate within a team environment.

This environment is difficult to foster when everyone is working from their own homes.

If you have ever been exposed to the stages of team building you now that every team goes through 4 phases.

These phases include forming, storming, norming and performing.

In order to get to a world-class, high performing team there must be a way for everyone to communicate and collaborate remotely.

Here is a list of remote working tools that are ideal to help teams to successfully go through the phases.

29. Slack

In the last 5-7 years, there is one tool that took the world by storm due to its ability to help a wide range of team globally.

Slack launched on the market in 2013 and has grown from strength to strength over the years as a disruptor of status quo tools.

I used it in a number of team environments and I must say that I was absolutely blown away at its capabilities.

It integrates with nearly every software that you can think of including Loom, Zoom, BlueJeans, Asana, Trello, Dropbox, Gmail, Evernote, Google Analytics and a lot more tools.

30. Flock

Another collaboration tool that was launched in 2014 that also caters for many different types of teams.

They cater to engineering, sales, marketing, product, HR and customer support.

The look and feel are very similar to Slack and you can see a side by side comparison here.

Flock vs Slack comparison

Flock does not offer a free version of its collaboration platform.

31. ClickUp

This tool is on fire! I found out about ClickUp recently and it must be the most adorable project management and team collaboration tool on the market.

It allows you to do project management, collaboration, goal tracking, time tracking, spreadsheets, docs and even screen recording.

There is a free version available that allows for up to 100MB of storage space.

Social Media Marketing

During a crisis, the first budget that gets reduced or cut is the one for the marketing team.

It does not make sense to cut your marketing budget completely as a business or blogger because you need website visitors and leads to keep coming in.

A great way to keep your funnel full is to use social media marketing tools to keep your head above water.

The other extreme is to do what only a few others are doing which is to ramp up marketing budgets and activities to keep ahead of the curve.

Here is a list of awesome social media tools that you can use. You can also get great images, templates and captions for your social campaigns here.

32. Planoly

Nearly everyone who is successful at Instagram marketing believes that Planoly is the ‘bee’s knees’ to get the best ROI.

It allows you to visually plan your feed so that your Instagram profile is esthetically pleasing to your potential audience.

A new addition to their tool is the ability to plan your Pinterest pins. This feature is limited to photos only.

The good news is that it is free for up to two social media profiles.

33. Tailwind

A direct rival to Planoly is the popular Tailwind app which also caters to both Pinterest and Instagram.

I have a number of years experience using Tailwind and I can tell you it is a very good solution for Pinterest pins.

You can take a look at my very detailed review of Tailwind here.

34. Missinglettr

A new addition to my arsenal of social media marketing tools is one called Missinglettr.

Ever since I started using it I have seen a remarkable increase in the engagement of my social posts.

What I really like about it is that you can schedule posts for an entire year in advance just by repurposing your existing blog posts.

For a detailed review of Missinglettr go here.

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Client Contracts

Recently I needed to print-off a document for someone to sign and I was going crazy because the libraries all closed for the crisis.

I did not have a printer at home so I was forced to find a solution online.

The person who needed to sign the document did not have a computer at all so I needed a mobile app that allowed for e-signatory.

Thankfully I found one but it got me thinking what if most of your customers were in the same scenario what would you do?

Here is a list of applications that allow for online client contracts.

35. Dubsado

I have heard so much about this software and although I have not had a chance to evaluate it to the full capacity, it looks awesome.

It not only gives you the option to manage client contracts but it comes with features for CRM, scheduling, accounting and reporting.

The fact that you can use it to create workflows is such a huge time saver as well.

There is a free trial (version) for up to 3 clients which is great news for everyone.

36. And.Co

Another tool that I have heard about is And.Co which is a very simple solution to help you manage client contracts.

You have the ability to connect it with your bank accounts and even accept payments via Paypal and Stripe.

As far as I am aware it does no support tax requirements for European businesses.

37. 17 Hats

The last client contract management solution I like is the one called 17 hats.

As the name suggests it gives you the ability to manage several workflows in your small business from one solution.

If paying monthly it is the one solution that has a higher cost price compared to Dubsado and And.co

It is possible that the benefits far outway the cost if you need to use it for a wider team.

Other Software

Here is a list of other software that may not necessarily fall under any of the categories above.

They still save you time and money in the long run.

38. Otter.ai

An awesome tool to take meeting notes automatically and it even helps with transcribing audio files.

You get 600 transcription minutes free every month.

39. Quicc.io

If you are looking for a way to quickly add captions to your videos at a low price then you need to check out Quicc.io

You can easily improve the engagement on your video 10 fold just by adding captions.

This is very useful for videos on social platforms.

40. Skitch

If you need to have a quick way to add annotations to images or even shoot quick annotation videos on the go then Skitch is your tool.

It is available on mobile and desktop with the desktop version having image blur features as well.

41. Zubtitle

Depending on the complexity of your requirements when it comes to making captions you may want to look at Zubtitle.

It is similar to Quicc but has more advanced features like giving you the ability to add top titles to video and video resizing options.

42. Auphonic

If after recording a video or podcast you realise that you need to improve the sound or make it more level then take a look at Auphonic.

It comes with 2 hours of processed audio free every month so you can easily tidy up 30 minutes of audio files every week.

43. Google Docs

Paying for Microsoft Office software may not be an option for you if you are on a really tight budget.

The good news is that Google Docs is still free and allows you to collaborate with others on your team.

I have personally used the sheets, slides, forms, presentations and drive and they offer great value for money when you need to work smarter.

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Summary

Just because the way we work and communicate is no longer the same doesn’t mean that we should suddenly ‘throw in the towel’.

As humans, we are resourceful. You and I are lucky to be living at a time when working online is not at all alien.

The key to becoming successful during a recession or global crisis is to embrace change and find a way to work smarter.

There are so many companies offering solutions that can be used to accomplish daily tasks in less time.

It means less time at the computer and more time spent with our family and those we love so dearly.

What has been your experience finding remote working tools and which is number one on the list for you?

Share your thought in the comments below.

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Are you tearing your hair out trying to find the best remote working tools to get stuff done? Whenever there is a crisis or a sudden need to isolate yourself from others you may realise you need to change the way you work. In the past, Are you tearing your hair out trying to find the best remote working tools to get stuff done?



Whenever there is a crisis or a sudden need to isolate yourself from others you may realise you need to change the way you work.



In the past, it was easy for you to meet clients or prospects face to face.



The thought of not being able to chat with colleagues in the same office can increase your stress levels.



It is no secret that we are so accustomed to human interaction that to some extent we take it for granted.



Maybe, you are an extrovert by nature and the need to self-isolate has taken you by surprise so what do you do?



In this post, you will learn about 37+ tools that will give you the best remote working software and accessories.



Disclosure: 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.







Why Consider Remote Working Tools?



Earlier this week I was scanning posts and comments on Facebook when I noticed a single mother of a 4-year old looking for help.



She is still doing her same workload as if she were in the office but she is finding it difficult.



You see, this lady has to conduct conference calls, webinars and prospecting calls while still minding a young child.



It got me thinking if I were in her situation what will I do.



Bearing in mind that I have only 24 hours a day, having to work 8-10 hours a day, all while minding a 4-year old.



What I would do if I were in her shoes is to work smarter and use the best tools to aid that process.



Of course, I will also find activities for my 4-year-old that will keep them busy during those important business interactions.



Working smarter does mean that I will now need to try and accomplish more business tasks in less time.



How to Work Smarter



At this point, you are probably thinking how on earth will you reduce your working day from 10 hours to 6?



The secret to this is to first find those tasks that can be completed in less time.



Also, if there is anything that can be done in advance I will get that done while my child is asleep.



Finally, if there is anything that can be batched together then I will get those completed in huge chunks.



Here are a few examples of what I mean.



* Use an app to take notes during meetings (manual notes slows down calls)* Reduce meeting times from 60 minutes to 35 minutes* Create templates for each type of report or document that is repetitive* Record every call, webinar or meeting using two different software (stuff happens so be prepared)* Avoid unnecessary meetings where possible* Prepare a strict agenda and get approval from all parties* Ensure that everyone is aware that your time is precious* Outsource labour-intensive, repetitive tasks if possible* Delegate other team members to complete non-core items



As you can see just by making a few small adjustments to the way you approach your day allows you to free up precious time.



37+ Remote Work Tools that Make You Look Clever



Let's spend some time looking at the best remote working tools to help you cut time by 50%.



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47+ Work From Home Jobs Online [No Experience Required] https://www.successunscrambled.com/work-from-home-jobs-for-beginners/ Mon, 23 Mar 2020 01:20:00 +0000 https://www.successunscrambled.com/?p=19092 https://www.successunscrambled.com/work-from-home-jobs-for-beginners/#comments https://www.successunscrambled.com/work-from-home-jobs-for-beginners/feed/ 36 Are you interested in work from home jobs for beginners with families? Every few years there seem to be issues that affect cities or countries where a country needs to go on lockdown. Let me know if this sounds familiar... You know that job security is no longer promised and every year you wish that you can find a work from home option. One that is recession-proof, crisis-proof and even one that would replace your full-time income. The truth is that it is very difficult to find something that is recession-proof. Except for rental properties which continue to be a good investment during a recession. However, finding a work from home job or opportunity, where you don't need to meet people face to face, is great especially during a crisis. In this post, you will learn about over 47 different jobs that you can do from home even with social distancing. Disclosure: 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. Benefits of Working From Home If you never considered working remotely or from home before this should help you understand the benefits. People who have young children, health-related challenges, disabilities or even a child or children who needs to be homeschooled will get this right away. You see we live in a world that is not at all perfect which means that we are all different and unique in one way or another. This diversity means that some of us are unable to do a 'regular' 9 to 5 job so a work from home option would be more suitable. If there is one thing I wished for when my children were younger, it is the ability to work remotely while spending more time with my children and loved ones. The Internet and the advancement of technology over the last 20 years is making it possible to work from virtually anywhere in the world. Work from home benefits include: A shorter commute to your home officeThe ability to supervise older children at homeReduced childcare costsLow-cost mealsBetter work-life balance optionsFlexible work hoursLower stress levels As you can see the advantages of working from home can be quite attractive for families with children. Work From Home Equipment The thought of working outside of a standard office can be quite daunting for some people as they are unsure about what is needed to get started. At this point, it is pretty obvious that not all jobs can be done remotely or from home. There are only certain kinds of jobs that require a few basic items which means you are ready to get started. Here is a list of those items: A modern computer (Mac or PC)VOIP telephoneHeadset with microphoneOffice standard deskAn ergonomic chairGreat natural lighting (where possible)Fast Internet access Some roles would require you to make and receive calls while others only require email and text message communication. You may come across some that need you to have a physical landline number as well. It is important for you as an employee or freelance worker to have the best equipment to avoid health and safety risks. When it comes to software or services this big list of remote working tools will cut your working time by 50%. 47+ Work From Home Jobs Let's spend some time looking at over 47 jobs that you can do from home even when faced with a national crisis. Many of them would have suggested places where you can start applying right away so that you can get started in a matter of weeks. 1. Video Editing Small business owners are aware that in order to be competitive in today's market they need to use video in their marketing mix. The biggest challenge that small businesses face is finding time to edit those videos to perfection. This is where you come in as someone who can potentially h... Are you interested in work from home jobs for beginners with families?

Every few years there seem to be issues that affect cities or countries where a country needs to go on lockdown.

Let me know if this sounds familiar…

You know that job security is no longer promised and every year you wish that you can find a work from home option.

One that is recession-proof, crisis-proof and even one that would replace your full-time income.

The truth is that it is very difficult to find something that is recession-proof.

Except for rental properties which continue to be a good investment during a recession.

However, finding a work from home job or opportunity, where you don’t need to meet people face to face, is great especially during a crisis.

In this post, you will learn about over 47 different jobs that you can do from home even with social distancing.

Disclosure: 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.

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Benefits of Working From Home

If you never considered working remotely or from home before this should help you understand the benefits.

People who have young children, health-related challenges, disabilities or even a child or children who needs to be homeschooled will get this right away.

You see we live in a world that is not at all perfect which means that we are all different and unique in one way or another.

This diversity means that some of us are unable to do a ‘regular’ 9 to 5 job so a work from home option would be more suitable.

If there is one thing I wished for when my children were younger, it is the ability to work remotely while spending more time with my children and loved ones.

The Internet and the advancement of technology over the last 20 years is making it possible to work from virtually anywhere in the world.

Work from home benefits include:

  1. A shorter commute to your home office
  2. The ability to supervise older children at home
  3. Reduced childcare costs
  4. Low-cost meals
  5. Better work-life balance options
  6. Flexible work hours
  7. Lower stress levels

As you can see the advantages of working from home can be quite attractive for families with children.

Work From Home Equipment

The thought of working outside of a standard office can be quite daunting for some people as they are unsure about what is needed to get started.

At this point, it is pretty obvious that not all jobs can be done remotely or from home.

There are only certain kinds of jobs that require a few basic items which means you are ready to get started.

Here is a list of those items:

  1. A modern computer (Mac or PC)
  2. VOIP telephone
  3. Headset with microphone
  4. Office standard desk
  5. An ergonomic chair
  6. Great natural lighting (where possible)
  7. Fast Internet access

Some roles would require you to make and receive calls while others only require email and text message communication.

You may come across some that need you to have a physical landline number as well.

It is important for you as an employee or freelance worker to have the best equipment to avoid health and safety risks.

When it comes to software or services this big list of remote working tools will cut your working time by 50%.

47+ Work From Home Jobs

Let’s spend some time looking at over 47 jobs that you can do from home even when faced with a national crisis.

Many of them would have suggested places where you can start applying right away so that you can get started in a matter of weeks.

1. Video Editing

Small business owners are aware that in order to be competitive in today’s market they need to use video in their marketing mix.

The biggest challenge that small businesses face is finding time to edit those videos to perfection.

This is where you come in as someone who can potentially help them.

All you need is video editing software like Adobe Spark, Adobe Premier, Filmora or iMovie as well as the video to be edited from the client to get started.

It will help if you have experience editing video or the ability to craft a great story.

Here’s a great source for video editing jobs.

Key Information – Video Editing

  1. Average Income
    • $2,400 a month working 20 hours a week
  2. How to get started
    • Get references from pro bono work by offering your services in Facebook groups
  3. Available courses

2. Video Creation

The demand to create animated videos is huge simply because there are so many people who are introverts.

These videos are also known as explainer videos or whiteboard animation and they have the ability to keep your client’s audience engaged.

They prefer not to do a ‘talking head’ video but to have the story of their brand told via animation.

If you are good at animation then this is the perfect way for you to generate an income from home.

A great application to get started is Doodly. This site offer tons of video explainer jobs.

Key Information – Explainer Video Creation

  1. Average Cost
    • You can charge between $1,000 to $4,000 for a 1-2 minute video
  2. How to get started
    • Get references from pro bono work
  3. Available courses

3. Video SEO

This may seem strange but simply placing a video on YouTube without optimising it to get views is not the best idea.

You see unless you are a celebrity or have an established tribe it does mean using a digital strategy known as search engine optimisation to get your video seen.

If you have experience or knowledge about how to get YouTube videos found then this is the perfect gig for you to choose.

There is the option to take a quick course so that you can learn how to do this for your clients.

Key Information – Video SEO

  1. Average Cost
    • You can charge between $100 to $500 per video on a YouTube Channel
  2. How to get started
    • Get references from pro bono work
  3. Available courses

4. Food Photography

If you love food and photography then this may be of interest to you.

There is a high demand in the market for better photos of food. Therefore if you feel that this is something that you can do then go for it.

It does require some specialist equipment like great lighting as well as food photography props.

A number of specialist tripods are available to take photos at the best angles.

Taking a food photography course to brush up on your skills is also a great idea.

You can easily start charging $100.00 an hour just ensure you invest in a number of visually appealing props.

Key Information – Food Photography

  1. Average Charge
    • $100 per hour (includes 3-5 digital images post-production), additional charges for prints
  2. How to get started
    • Get references from pro bono work
  3. Available courses
  4. Other ways to make money as a food photographer
    • workshops
    • affiliate marketing
    • sponsorships on Instagram
    • license images

5. Product Photography

This is very similar to food photography but the major difference is that you will not need to cook any food.

A small business will send you different products for you to photograph at home and all you need to do is send them the images.

Like food photography, you will need to acquire a number of specialist photography props.

It will boost your confidence to take a product photography course to give you the best results for your clients.

Join this company to get hired to do photoshoots.

Key Information – Product Photography

  1. Average Income
    • $100 per hour (includes 3-5 digital images post-production), additional charges for prints
  2. How to get started
    • Get references from pro bono work
  3. Available courses
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6. Writing

The area of writing can be quite broad so it would be up to you to decide if you would like to focus on a few niches.

This is a good work from home job for beginners because you don’t need a lot of experience writing.

There are so many writing styles as well as niches that there will be a small business that needs your skills.

Be sure to use a tool like Grammarly to help you with editing but other than that you can get started right away.

The current going accepted rate is between 0.10 to 0.15 per word which means a 1,000-word article will be $100.00.

Here is a great place to find competitive writing jobs.

Key Information – Writers

  1. Average Income
    • $1,000 a month if you write one 2,000-word article per week
  2. How to get started
    • Get references from pro bono work
  3. Available courses

7. Proof Reading

It may surprise you but there is quite a high demand in the market for people who can read other people’s work and make corrections.

This is especially useful if a small business needs someone to proofread an article or post that is 5,000 or 10,000 words long.

Can you imagine writing a 5,000-word post and spending time editing it?

I can tell you, from experience, that the task can be very daunting as I did it only a few months ago.

If you have a keen eye for grammatical errors and having all the nouns and adjectives in their correct places then this is something you’ll enjoy.

Get started by watching this introduction to proofreading course here.

Key Information – Proof Reading

  1. Average Income
    • $32,000 a year
  2. How to get started
    • Get references from pro bono work
  3. Available courses

8. Copywriting

Do you have a way with words? There are so many people around the world with a natural gift of copywriting.

In case you have no idea or never heard of copywriting it involves being able to sell a product or service using words.

If you ever read a sales page, an advertisement or purchased anything online then you have been exposed to copywriting.

It is the one thing that businesses use to get more new customers.

This skill is in high demand and your customer or clients can expect to pay $5,000 for a single sales page.

Key Information – Copywriting

  1. Average Income
    • $5,000 for a single sales page
  2. How to get started
    • Get references from pro bono work
  3. Available courses

9. Blogging

The one work from home opportunity that has the lowest barrier to entry will have to be blogging.

All you need to get started is a website and the ability to write new blog posts on a regular basis.

If you always wanted to get started with blogging but you are not quite sure where to start here are a few resources for you.

  1. Easily find a blog niche
  2. Grab these hot niche markets
  3. Decide on a cool blog name
  4. Check out these authentic blog topics
  5. Join the 10-day start a blog challenge

As you can imagine there is no experience required to get started but you will need a lot of patience and perseverance if this is all new to you.

Key Information – Blogging

  1. Average Income for Professional Bloggers
    • $7,000 a month
  2. How to get started
    • Find a niche and choose a name
  3. Available courses

10. Foot Photography

Do you have lovely feet? Every time I think about this work from home job for beginners all I can think of is the Eddie Murphy movie.

Have you heard of the movie called Boomerang where he is looking for a woman with beautiful feet?

Well, if you have beautiful feet and shoes there are many businesses looking for images of feet.

Yes, there are some people who have what is known as a fetish for feet but I am not referring to that as a job.

Here are a few ideas of what I found on Pinterest.

Foot Photography

Key Information – Foot Photography

  1. Average Income
    • $100 per hour (includes 3-5 digital images post-production), additional charges for prints
  2. How to get started
    • Get references from pro bono work
  3. Available courses

11. Calligraphy

While I was a child I really enjoyed writing beautifully for many years.

I do remember my aunts and uncles commenting on how beautiful my handwriting was back then.

Now, my handwriting is absolutely terrible or non-existent. (haha)

Encourage your children to write beautifully as it is a valuable skill that generates an income.

The good news is that if you are inclined to become a calligraphy artist but you need to hone your skills there are several courses available.

In case you are wondering where to sell your calligraphy skills think wedding invitations and all things related to weddings.

Key Information – Calligraphy

  1. Average Income
    • You can charge $2.50 – $4.00 per envelope written for a wedding of 50 guests = $125.00
    • Add place cards, hand-written menus and invitations and it soon adds up to $500.00 per small wedding
  2. How to get started
    • Get references from pro bono work
  3. Available courses

12. Illustrator

If you are one of my regular readers you know that I often talk about the fact that I am no good at art.

In fact, this special skill is what my daughter does every single day of the week.

I would love to have the opportunity to sit down for two months and learn how to become an illustrator but I just don’t have the time.

In case you are wondering what you can do to generate an income online then take a look at the examples below by Angela from Stray Curls.

Illustrator example - Angela Stray Curls

Angela also has a course where you too can learn to become an Illustrator here.

Key Information – Illustrator

  1. Average Income
    • $40,000 a year
  2. How to get started
    • Get references from pro bono work
  3. Available courses

13. Graphic Design

The area of graphic design is quite broad and it can include calligraphy and illustration under this umbrella.

However, not all graphic designers do either of those areas.

In fact, you are probably more familiar with graphic designers doing the following:

  1. Logos
  2. Letterheads
  3. Posters
  4. Business cards
  5. Brochures

If you think that this is something that you can do working from home then it doesn’t take much to get started.

All you need to do is create 5 logos for small businesses for free as pro bono work and get them to send you testimonials and you are ready to take new orders.

Key Information – Graphic Design

  1. Average Income
  2. How to get started
    • Get references from pro bono work
  3. Available courses

14. Web Design

Some graphic designers also do web design as part of their portfolio of services.

If you are new to this area then a web designer is someone who literally designs your website for you.

It means that your design would be unique to you and your business and prices normally start at $5,000.00 for a single website.

Here is a list of web design courses that come highly recommended.

Key Information – Web Design

  1. Average Income
    • $5,000 designing one website
  2. How to get started
    • Get references from pro bono work
  3. Available courses

15. Social Media Manager

If you have been using the Internet or social media platforms like Twitter, Facebook and Instagram for a while then you are aware of its impact.

Small business owners need to be constantly promoting their brand as well as products and services to get new customers.

One of the benefits of social media marketing is that you can get direct feedback and sentiment from social platforms on your content.

The thing is that small business owners don’t have time for this level of marketing so they need help from people like you and me.

Are you one of those people who have the natural ability to grow a following on social?

If yes, then it doesn’t take much to get started as a Social Media Manager. Simply do some pro bono work and you will be off to a flying start.

Key Information – Social Media Manager

  1. Average Income
    • $63,000 a year -> ($1,050 per client per month)
  2. How to get started
    • Get references from pro bono work
  3. Available courses

16. Digital Strategist

As the name suggests a Digital Strategist is someone who looks at the entire digital marketing strategy of a business.

This includes both digital marketing and digital media.

The area of digital marketing is very broad. To give you a flavour it encompasses the following:

  1. Digital activities
  2. Creative formats
  3. Messaging

On the other hand, digital media look at the channels through which these activities, formats and messaging is delivered.

The key role of a Digital Strategist involves looking at the overall objectives, channels to be used, content that will be created, paid activity as well as the tactics used for each channel.

As a digital strategist, you can choose to specialise in one specific area like marketing on Twitter both free and paid.

Key Information – Digital Strategist

  1. Average Income
    • $44,900 a year
  2. How to get started
    • Get references from pro bono work
  3. Available courses

17. Facebook Ads Manager

The demand for Facebook Ads specialist is quite high simply because of the access to audiences that reside on Facebook.

Unlike the insights available on Google, Facebook has a rich dataset that can be used by small businesses to easily reach their intended audience.

Facebook Ads have proven to be a lot cheaper compared to many other digital platforms.

Many small businesses have said that their per lead cost can be as low as 8 cents per lead on Facebook.

Of course, the best-performing Facebook Ads are the ones that have funnels that are optimised to bring in awesome conversion rates.

Key Information – Facebook Ads Manager

  1. Average Income
    • $2,500 a month per client
  2. How to get started
    • Get references from pro bono work
  3. Available courses

18. Pinterest Ads Manager

The next best platform for paid ads is Pinterest. The majority of marketers and bloggers use Pinterest for free.

However, the best way to get faster results on Pinterest is by using promoted pins.

This feature is useful if you are launching a product or service and you need to get conversions quickly.

If you are interested in becoming a specialist focused on Pinterest Ads then take a look at this course here.

Monica is one of the leading specialists when it comes to promoted pins.

Key Information – Pinterest Ads Manager

  1. Average Income
    • $1,000 a month per client
  2. How to get started
    • Get references from pro bono work
  3. Available courses

19. Funnel Hacker/Builder

You might be thinking what on earth is a Funnel Hacker?

Well, these are people whose job focuses on conversion rate optimisation to get you a higher return on your ad spend.

Actually, let me back up a bit and explain what is a funnel.

I want you to think of the process you go through whenever you make a purchase on Amazon.

It may start with adding the item to your cart, then you’ll enter your delivery address followed by your credit card details.

All through that process, you may have noticed several prompts where Amazon tries to get you to purchase additional items.

Essentially, that process is sometimes called funnel hacking.

If you want a way to improve the conversions on your website or become a better Funnel Hacker feel free to take this funnelling course here.

Key Information – Funnel Hacker

  1. Average Income
    • $100,000 per year
  2. How to get started
    • Get references from pro bono work
  3. Available courses

20. Customer Service Agent

There are many people who are panicking because they believe that robots are going to replace humans in a very short time.

However, robotics as a technology is not at the point where they can handle customer service requirements.

This means that you can work from home as a beginner in the area of customer services.

You will, of course, need to have a lot of patience, a lot of empathy as well as assertiveness to answer customers and prospects diplomatically.

Depending on the organisation you will also need to handle queries that are sent via social media.

Most companies would offer their agents canned responses to popular questions while others like Zappos give their employees a big goal.

Zappos is known globally to go above and beyond to deliver the very best customer service possible.

Sites like Verafast offer a minimum of 10 hours a week which is great for those looking for a part-time gig.

Key Information – Customer Service Agent

  1. Average Income
    • $23,000 a year
  2. How to get started
    • Get references from pro bono work
  3. Available courses

21. Technical Support Agent

This role is very similar to customer service except that the main focus will be to solve technical problems.

It is normally used by hardware and software companies to troubleshoot problems that customers face while using the product or service.

In many cases, training is provided by the company but an existing technical aptitude or computer degree is needed to get started.

You will notice that companies would have technical support at three levels. Namely level 1, level 2 and level 3.

Key Information – Technical Support Agent

  1. Average Income
    • $32,000 a year
  2. How to get started
    • Get references from pro bono work
  3. Available courses

22. Transcriptionist

The role of a transcriptionist is not for everyone.

When I first started my podcast over 2 years ago I decided to save money by transcribing the recording myself.

I can tell you that it is a very difficult task (at least for me) so I will not wish it on anyone else.

It may seem easy at first and you can become quite good over time but it does take some skill to get it done.

You can become a transcriptionist literally overnight by applying to the following companies.

  1. Rev
  2. Speechpad
  3. GMR Transcription
  4. AccuTran
  5. Appen
  6. TranscribeMe
  7. TigerFish

I have seen that as a transcriptionist you’ll need specialist equipment to fast forward and rewind seamlessly. It is called a transcriptionist foot pedal.

Key Information – Transcriptionist

  1. Average Income
    • $1,500 a month
  2. How to get started
    • Get references from pro bono work
  3. Available courses
    • Check out these courses here

23. Voice Acting

Do you remember your days in drama class?

In my lifetime I have participated in so many plays and skits that I must be able to become a voice actor. (haha!!)

As someone who records podcasts episodes every week, I can tell you for a fact that voice acting is not a walk in the park.

However, it can be a whole lot of fun.

The reason it can be difficult is that you may need to remain ‘in character’ for a pretty long time.

Sure recording a paragraph or two is easy but what if you need to do 5,000 words?

The truth is that you can be really good at voice acting if you really want it bad enough.

Here is a list of places where you can get paid as a voice actor.

  1. Voices.com
  2. Voquent
  3. Voice Bunny
  4. Voice123
  5. The Voice Realm
  6. VoicesUK
  7. VoicesUS
  8. Voices.co.uk
  9. Voices Pro

If you need help getting your voice in gear check out these lessons from voice over coach, Carrie Olsen.

Maybe you are not quite sure if voice acting is for you, then grab this free voice-over mini-course from Julie Eickhoff.

Key Information – Voice Acting

  1. Average Income
    • $3,000 per audiobook
  2. How to get started
    • Get references from pro bono work
  3. Available courses

24. Programming

Just the thought of becoming a coder may cause your eyes to glaze over but hear me out.

Here’s the story of an 81-year old woman who created her first iPhone app. She thought herself how to code.

One may argue that she is tech-savvy so it is easy for her.

While that may be the case remember that you can always hire someone to create useful mobile apps if you have an innovative idea.

It is all about saving people time and/or money.

Key Information – Programming

  1. Average Income
    • $41,000 a year
  2. How to get started
    • Get references from pro bono work
  3. Available courses

25. Web Developer

It is easy to get confused whenever you see this title because it sounds very similar to web design but it isn’t.

To help you to understand the difference between the two roles this is how you can look at it.

A web designer makes a website pretty while a web developer adds a lot of backend functionality to process information.

For example, if you have a website and you need it to have a portal so that people can log in to access information then you need a web developer.

So, a web developer is essentially a programmer who specialises in code for the web.

Key Information – Web Developer

  1. Average Income
    • $51,000 a year
  2. How to get started
    • Get references from pro bono work
  3. Available courses

26. Web UX

A relatively new kid on the block is the role of user experience specialist. So, what does that mean?

I guess the best way for me to explain this role to you is to give you a practical example.

Have you ever purchased an item like a toaster, a TV or even a microwave oven but you could not figure out how to use it?

You see Engineers are great at coming up with practical ways to solve problems.

However, what has been discovered in recent years is that the world needs people who are great at making things intuitive.

The last thing you want to do when you buy an appliance, device or visiting a website is the need to read a manual before you can start using it.

This is where a user experience specialist comes in handy.

It is their job to make it easy for consumers to start using things without the need to read a 20-page manual.

Do you have what it takes to become a Web UX Designer?

Key Information – Web UX

  1. Average Income
    • $80,900 a year
  2. How to get started
    • Get references from pro bono work
  3. Available courses

27. Email Marketing Specialist

If you are a small business owner then you know the importance of growing an email list.

Having an email list brings added responsibilities in terms of maintenance, newsletters as well as staying in touch with your audience.

This is why many small business owners are happy to outsource this task to someone who can grow their email list full-time.

Many businesses will require someone to do the following tasks from time to time.

  1. create weekly newsletters
  2. improve opt-in, click-through and open rates
  3. design an irresistible offer
  4. clean up an existing email list
  5. group emails by defined segments
  6. assist with product launches
  7. move a list of subscribers to a new email service provider (ESP)

Not everyone will have a passion for this kind of role but if you do it is something that you can add to your portfolio.

Key Information – Email Marketing Specialist

  1. Average Income
    • $37,000 a year
  2. How to get started
    • Get references from pro bono work
  3. Available courses

28. Web Analyst

The first thing that might pop into your head when you see a web analyst role is data mining.

To put it simply this person is focused on collecting data from the web and analysing it.

It may sound boring to some people but for others, it is the exciting world of collecting a ton of data and making sense of all those numbers.

If you need an actual breakdown of exactly what is involved then feel free to check out a full definition here.

Key Information – Web Analyst

  1. Average Income
    • $76,000 a year
  2. How to get started
    • Get references from pro bono work
  3. Available courses

29. Bookkeeper

I believe this goes without explanation but I don’t want to leave anybody in the dark.

A bookkeeper is responsible for helping a business or charity to keep track of their income, expenses, liabilities and assets.

It is a legal requirement to keep track of these activities in all countries across the globe.

Each country may differ in the way things are kept up-to-date but at the end of the year a bookkeeper will hand over everything to the account.

This is how most businesses determine if they have to pay tax and how much can be written off as a business expense.

Key Information – Bookkeeper

  1. Average Income
    • $29,000 a year
  2. How to get started
    • Get references from pro bono work
  3. Available courses

30. User testing

Earlier on, I made reference to a person called a Web User Experience Specialist.

After a web designer, web developer and web UX complete their jobs on a website or web application it eventually needs testing.

This is where a person gets to do user testing on the finished product.

While this job does not sound like a lot of fun for many people it is a necessary task that needs to happen before the site goes live.

Can you imagine what the Internet would be like without people who do user testing?

It would be full of bugs, glitches and teething problems.

Sites like UserFeel pay you $10 for 20 minutes of work.

Key Information – User Testing

  1. Average Income
    • $51,000 a year
  2. How to get started
    • Get references from pro bono work
  3. Available courses

31. Inbox Management

If there is one task that I will never do from home it is managing someone else’s inbox.

Essentially, it involves checking and replying to emails. Classifying them into specific folders.

Marking some as urgent while assigning some to other people to manage.

In many cases, there are canned responses that can be used for standard email queries.

There may be a need to manage customer service queries as well depending on the organisation.

Do you think managing someone’s Inbox is something that appeals to you?

Key Information – Inbox Management

  1. Average Income
    • $73,200 a year
  2. How to get started
    • Get references from pro bono work
  3. Available courses

32. Pinterest Account Manager

Having a Pinterest business account can involve a lot of daily or weekly maintenance to keep a stream of visitors to your website.

A Pinterest account manager can do the following for a business.

  1. Create 10-15 pins per blog post
  2. Manually pin 15-20 pins a day
  3. Optimise your Pinterest boards
  4. Tweak your Pinterest profile
  5. Schedule out pins using Tailwind
  6. Create new boards
  7. Join Group boards

As you can see managing a Pinterest business account can be a lot of fun since it is a visual platform compared to plain data.

Key Information – Pinterest Account Manager

  1. Average Income
    • $750 per client per month
  2. How to get started
    • Get references from pro bono work
  3. Available courses

33. Online Tutor

The need to learn a second language or improve your skills in math or science during off-peak times created a demand for online tutoring services.

Becoming an online tutor can be an easy process depending on your native language.

Other factors to consider include your qualifications like a degree or specialist certificate like Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL).

If you are a natural-born teacher then you may want to consider becoming an online tutor.

In this resource, you will learn about 11 places that you can teach as a side hustle.

Key Information – Online Tutor

  1. Average Income
    • $1,800 a month working 4 hours a day
  2. How to get started
    • Get references from pro bono work
  3. Available courses

34. WordPress Management

Do you remember the first time that you encountered a problem with your website (if you have one)?

You wished that there was someone available to wave their magic wand and fix all those problems.

Well, for people using WordPress as their self-hosted platform there’s someone called a WordPress Manager who does this 364 days a year.

They are generally gifted with a knowledge of PHP as well as CSS and after a hop skip and a jump, they can resolve all your issues.

If this is something that you are passionate about why not add it to your portfolio.

Key Information – WordPress Management

  1. Average Income
    • $73,750 a year
  2. How to get started
    • Get references from pro bono work
  3. Available courses

35. Brand Designer

Every business needs to create a brand and contrary to popular belief it is more than just a logo and a name.

In fact, there is a lot of psychology, sentiment and research that goes into creating a brand.

A part of that process is creating a brand board for that business.

One thing I really like about branding is understanding the audience and their needs.

So that a business can use its brand message to address those needs effectively.

Do you see yourself as a brand designer?

Key Information – Brand Designer

  1. Average Income
    • $80,700 a year
  2. How to get started
    • Get references from pro bono work
  3. Available courses

36. Online Coach

By now, everyone should really understand the importance of a coach to improve a business or a life.

The services of a coach can be offered online as there is no real need to meet in person.

In case you never heard of coaching then it simply means giving someone or a company the support they need to get to the next level.

Many of us struggle with psychological barriers or lack of direction in terms of what to do next to gain success or overcome obstacles.

A coach can help you do both and it does involve a lot of internal work.

Key Information – Online Coach

  1. Average Income
    • $5,000 per client
  2. How to get started
    • Get references from pro bono work
  3. Available courses

37. Instagram Manager

Every business wants to gain success in terms of followers and engagement on Instagram but the algorithm keeps changing.

Keeping up with all these changes and knowing what to post daily can be a headache for a lot of people.

This is where an Instagram Manager comes in handy for any small business looking to increase their reach on the platform.

The duties of an Instagram Manager include:

  1. Coordinating feeds
  2. Reaching out to Influencers
  3. Sourcing images
  4. Engaging with followers
  5. Creating captions
  6. Knowing which hashtags to use when
  7. Campaign management
  8. Growing the total followers each month

If this sounds like something you’ll enjoy then go for it.

Key Information – Instagram Manager

  1. Average Income
    • $56,000 a year
  2. How to get started
    • Get references from pro bono work
  3. Available courses

38. Influencer

I can see many people rolling their eyes at this option.

Over the last 5-7 years, the term influencer has conjured up so many negative circumstances across the globe.

Truth be told, we are all influencers in our own right simply because we have influence over other people in different spheres.

You have the choice to become an influencer that leaves a positive impact on people.

All you need to get started is a following on a social media platform like Twitter, Instagram, Facebook or YouTube.

Start receiving offers from brands after joining a platform like Social BlueBook here.

Key Information – Influencer

  1. Average Income
    • $100,000 a year
  2. How to get started
    • Get references from pro bono work
  3. Available courses

39. CRM Manager

Every business needs a bucket of leads or prospects to generate income in order to survive.

It is common practice for these businesses to use a piece of software called a customer relationship management (CRM) application to organise contacts.

In an effort not to confuse you it is normal to use leads, contacts and prospects interchangeably.

The beauty of a CRM system is that it allows a business to comfortably manage thousands of leads by status.

Depending on the organisation leads are taken through different phases so that a business can efficiently forecast revenue with an error margin of 2%.

In other words, a business needs a CRM to accurately forecast income by day, week, month and quarter so that they can manage budgets.

To give you a flavour of what that looks like in real terms a lead can go through these stages.

lead > opportunity > qualification > technical qualification > assigned budget > procurement > contract > closed won

As you can see here the goal is to have defined stages with actions to increase the chances of a win for the business.

It is the job of a CRM Manager to set up and maintain a system that is acceptable and reliable for the organisation for forecasting and reporting purposes.

Key Information – CRM Manager

  1. Average Income
    • $58,900 a year
  2. How to get started
    • Get references from pro bono work
  3. Available courses

40. Launch Strategist

Just when you thought you have seen and heard about all the possible work from home jobs for beginners a weird one surfaces.

So what or who is a launch strategist anyway?

Well, this person is responsible for the planning, execution and running of a product launch.

This is not a job to be taken lightly because there is so much at stake.

On average any pre-launch starts 3 months before the cart opens and there are a series of posts, webinars, emails and landing pages involved in the process.

The different roles involved in a launch include:

  1. Copywriter
  2. Funnel Hacker
  3. Facebook Ads Manager
  4. Graphic Design
  5. Email Marketer
  6. Web Developer

Therefore a Launch Strategist needs to collaborate with all these people to get things up and running for a successful launch.

Key Information – Launch Strategist

  1. Average Income
    • $97,000 a month
  2. How to get started
    • Get references from pro bono work
  3. Available courses

41. Workflow Strategist

Every business has systems in place that they follow in order for things to run smoothly.

These systems are known as standard operating procedures (SOPs).

Have you ever wondered how these systems came to fruition or who put them in place?

Well, some people refer to these people as operations which is very generic but I prefer to label them as Workflow strategists.

They normally ensure that the customers have the best experience, that all documentation is legally binding and that the payment systems work.

If you have a passion for organisation and productivity then this might just be the job for you to do.

Key Information – Workflow Strategist

  1. Average Income
    • $46,000 a year
  2. How to get started
    • Get references from pro bono work
  3. Available courses

42. Online Speaker

Do you like to inspire and motivate an audience? Have you ever considered becoming a speaker?

With online summits popping up all over the world together with countless webinars there is a constant need for speakers.

Everyone is being urged to be environmentally friendly, reduce their carbon footprint and think before you travel.

Maybe you are like me and you enjoy speaking to crowds but you feel that you have nothing amazing to say.

It could be that you are looking for speaking gigs as a motivational speaker but you cannot seem to find webinars that match your needs.

One of the best places to find speaking gigs is in Facebook Groups.

Almost every day I see group owners looking for people to present to their audience.

The two popular Facebook Groups for women to find speaking gigs are Boss Moms and Women Helping Women Entrepreneurs.

Key Information – Online Speaker

  1. Average Income
    • $87,000 a year
  2. How to get started
    • Get references from pro bono work
  3. Available courses

43. Course Creator

Another work from home job for beginners is creating courses.

If you are someone who has created curricula offline for educational institutions then doing it online is a breeze.

The good thing about being a course creator is that you can help other entrepreneurs create courses.

Carefully consider your area of expertise and think of an area where you can specialise to help entrepreneurs.

Remember that you can also create your own courses and enlist the help of a Launch Strategist to help you execute a 6-figure product launch.

Do you think that you can be a course creator?

Key Information – Course Creator

  1. Average Income
    • $100,000 a year
  2. How to get started
    • Get references from pro bono work
  3. Available courses

44. Blog Flipper

The ability to create blogs across several different niches and generate traffic to them can help you make money online.

Whether you are good and creating websites from scratch on WordPress or Squarespace it would make sense to use this ability to generate an income.

It will take anywhere from 3-6 months to get a blog to a sellable asset so it is something to take into consideration.

In case you have no idea what I am talking about flipping a blog is more or less the same as flipping houses.

A key differentiator is that most blogs will be created from scratch.

You may have questions around how to get started with blog flipping or even the best way to generate traffic to these new blogs.

The good news is that I can recommend a great resource for you to use to answer all those questions here.

Key Information – Blog Flipper

  1. Average Income
    • $2,500 to $5,000 per website sold
  2. How to get started
    • Get references from pro bono work
  3. Available courses

45. Online Researcher

So what is an Online Researcher and why does the world need one? Here are some interesting statistics.

Did you know that there were 474,000 Tweets posted every minute in 2019 and 300 hours of video was uploaded to YouTube every minute?

Over 3.5 billion searches are conducted on Google every minute and 293 billion emails were sent every day in 2019.

Imagine looking for information to create a resource for your business and having to go through all of that content.

How long do you think it will take?

The role of an online researcher is to save a business time and money by finding and collating statistics and sources of data.

Their goal is to arrange that data into a format that makes business sense.

In case you are wondering what is the difference between a web analyst and online researcher it is quite clear.

An online researcher mainly collates a lot of 3rd party content while a web analyst is mainly focused on data generated from their own company.

Key Information – Online Researcher

  1. Average Income
    • $61,300 a month
  2. How to get started
    • Get references from pro bono work
  3. Available courses

46. SEO Manager

It is important for any business to drive traffic to their website or business using various sources.

One of the most important sources of website visitors is organic traffic from search engines like Google.

This can be achieved via search engine optimisation (SEO). It is a skill that does not require formal education but it can be technical.

I absolutely enjoy doing SEO for clients so I would recommend it for anyone who has a passion for this kind of work.

If you would like to see if this is a good fit for you then grab the free trial of this SEO course here.

To get a feel of what is involved check out my free SEO checklist here.

Key Information – SEO Manager

  1. Average Income
    • $2,500 per client per month
  2. How to get started
    • Get references from pro bono work
  3. Available courses

47. Resume Writer

Are you a former hiring manager or a recruiter looking to work from home?

Ever thought about tweaking or re-writing resumes?

The world as we know it is changing so fast that there’s a constant need to update your resume.

Depending on your age or the age of your potential clients they may feel out of touch with modern hiring practices.

As a resume writer, you have the potential to look at a resume and compare it with potential jobs.

Your potential clients need your help to get their foot in the door of their dream company or dream job.

Do you have what it takes to be their resume hero?

Key Information – Resume Writer

  1. Average Income
    • $58,000 a year
  2. How to get started
    • Get references from pro bono work
  3. Available courses

48. Podcast Editing

Yes, nearly everyone you know wants to start a podcast in the near future.

What many of those people don’t know is that it can take a lot of patience and time to edit a podcast.

My personal preference is to do the recording near perfect so that I have fewer edits to do during post-production.

This is where a podcast editor can come in handy to help small businesses get the most out of their recording.

If you have the ability to make an audio recording sound amazing then it is definitely something that you can add to your portfolio.

Key Information – Podcast Editor

  1. Average Income
    • $45,400 a year
  2. How to get started
    • Get references from pro bono work
  3. Available courses

49. Affiliate Marketer

Do you have a website with a lot of traffic? If yes, maybe it is time for you to consider affiliate marketing.

The most important asset to affiliate marketers is getting eyeballs on your offers.

Of course, these offers need to be relevant to your audience in order to get a return on your investment of time.

So, having either an email list or consistent traffic are the eyeballs you need to view the offers.

There are two kinds of offers that super affiliates like to share with their audience.

These include high paying affiliate offers or the kind of affiliate offers that pay out a recurring affiliate commission.

Do you need help with learning the ropes around affiliate marketing? Grab this awesome resource for beginners here.

Key Information – Affiliate Marketer

  1. Average Income
    • $50,900 a month
  2. How to get started
    • Get references from pro bono work
  3. Available courses
47+ Work From Home Jobs Online

Summary

The world as we know it is changing and we either adapt or die.

Work from home jobs are available to help all kinds of businesses all over the globe.

What is needed is a change of mindset as opposed to widespread panic.

Who’s responsibility is it to ensure that any given business should have a large number of employees or contract workers working remotely?

Should we depend on or encourage governments to offer incentives to businesses to offer work from home jobs?

Share your thoughts on work from home jobs for beginners coupled with the current economic climate.

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Are you interested in work from home jobs for beginners with families? Every few years there seem to be issues that affect cities or countries where a country needs to go on lockdown. Let me know if this sounds familiar... Are you interested in work from home jobs for beginners with families?



Every few years there seem to be issues that affect cities or countries where a country needs to go on lockdown.



Let me know if this sounds familiar...



You know that job security is no longer promised and every year you wish that you can find a work from home option.



One that is recession-proof, crisis-proof and even one that would replace your full-time income.



The truth is that it is very difficult to find something that is recession-proof.



Except for rental properties which continue to be a good investment during a recession.



However, finding a work from home job or opportunity, where you don't need to meet people face to face, is great especially during a crisis.



In this post, you will learn about over 47 different jobs that you can do from home even with social distancing.



Disclosure: 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.







Benefits of Working From Home



If you never considered working remotely or from home before this should help you understand the benefits.



People who have young children, health-related challenges, disabilities or even a child or children who needs to be homeschooled will get this right away.



You see we live in a world that is not at all perfect which means that we are all different and unique in one way or another.



This diversity means that some of us are unable to do a 'regular' 9 to 5 job so a work from home option would be more suitable.



If there is one thing I wished for when my children were younger, it is the ability to work remotely while spending more time with my children and loved ones.



The Internet and the advancement of technology over the last 20 years is making it possible to work from virtually anywhere in the world.



Work from home benefits include:



* A shorter commute to your home office* The ability to supervise older children at home* Reduced childcare costs* Low-cost meals* Better work-life balance options* Flexible work hours* Lower stress levels



As you can see the advantages of working from home can be quite attractive for families with children.



Work From Home Equipment



The thought of working outside of a standard office can be quite daunting for some people as they are unsure about what is needed to get started.



At this point, it is pretty obvious that not all jobs can be done remotely or from home.



There are only certain kinds of jobs that require a few basic items which means you are ready to get started.



Here is a list of those items:



* A modern computer (Mac or PC)* VOIP telephone* Headset with microphone* Office standard desk* An ergonomic chair* Great natural lighting (where possible)* Fast Internet access



Some roles would require you to make and receive calls while others only require email and text message communication.



You may come across some that need you to have a physical landline number as well.



It is important for you as an employee or freelance worker to have the best equipment to av...]]>
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How to Easily Set Up Pinterest Rich Pins In 24 Hours or Less [From Scratch] https://www.successunscrambled.com/set-up-rich-pins/ Mon, 16 Mar 2020 03:34:00 +0000 https://www.successunscrambled.com/?p=19004 https://www.successunscrambled.com/set-up-rich-pins/#comments https://www.successunscrambled.com/set-up-rich-pins/feed/ 40 You've clicked the validate button then hit the apply now button but cannot seem to set up rich pins on Pinterest. Many days, weeks and months have passed and the promise of success on Pinterest is only a dream. Everyone keeps saying that the process is easy. You are constantly seeing report after report of fellow bloggers who managed to increase their traffic by 200%, 500% and even 900% in a short time. Truth be told, you are this close to either tearing your hair out or totally avoiding any post that mentions Pinterest. Oh, how your heart yearns to experience that success yourself. Is it you, or maybe your blog. It could even be the platform you're using or just the theme. In this post, I will take you through a number of ways where you too can finally pop a bottle of bubbly after you set up rich pins on Pinterest. What on Earth are Rich Pins Anyway? In case you are brand new to Pinterest and have not yet had to go through the agony called rich pins let me explain. Back in 2014, Pinterest introduced a new feature called rich pins which in layman's terms means that more details can be seen by the end-user on your pin. Depending on the type of pin, these details can include a larger title, more information in the form of two descriptions as well as a call to action button. Let's look at real-life examples. In the above image, you will see a Pinterest pin where the rich pin feature is not enabled. In this example, you can already see that there are a lot more details included on this pin. This account has rich pins enabled for article pins so you can see much more information about this pin. Types of Rich Pins In case you are wondering if there are different types of rich pins, the answer is yes. When the rich pin feature was launched there were 5 different kinds of pins. Recipe pinsMovie pinsArticle pinsPlace pinsProduct pins It means that a wide range of businesses was being accommodated with this new feature. However, at the time of writing this article only three types of pins continue to exist, recipe, product and article pins. Pinterest also gives each business the option to remove rich pins should they decide to do this at a later stage. You already saw an example of an article pin so let me show you what a recipe pin looks like. Some experts may argue that there is already so much information on this pin that users will not click-through. However, if you look carefully you will notice that the method of how to make the cake is missing from the pin. I think it is a clever way to check the ingredients before clicking through to the page. 5 Key Things to Set Up Rich Pins Before looking at the process to set up rich pins let's look at the five (5) key things you need to have to make this work. Blog postA tags plugin like Yoast or All Meta TagsPinterest business accountPinterest boards with pins to the URL for validationAccess to pin validator Let's look at each of these in a little detail. 1. Blog post In order to set up rich pins, you need to have an existing article, recipe or product published and ready to go. One key reason why many people fail at setting up rich pins is that they don't have the required item like a blog post ready to be validated. 2. A Tags Plugin In this post, I am specifically looking at setting up rich pins for a WordPress site. If you are trying to do this for Squarespace go here. For Shopify try this link and for Etsy, you can find a great resource that explains how to do that here. 3. Pinterest business account A key aspect of getting rich pins enabled is the fact that you need to have a Pinterest business account. Rich pins will not work on a personal account at all. 4. Verified business account It is possible that you may have set up a business account on Pinterest but you forgot to get it verified. If you are unsure what I mean here is a quick exampl... You’ve clicked the validate button then hit the apply now button but cannot seem to set up rich pins on Pinterest.

Many days, weeks and months have passed and the promise of success on Pinterest is only a dream.

Everyone keeps saying that the process is easy.

You are constantly seeing report after report of fellow bloggers who managed to increase their traffic by 200%, 500% and even 900% in a short time.

Truth be told, you are this close to either tearing your hair out or totally avoiding any post that mentions Pinterest.

Oh, how your heart yearns to experience that success yourself.

Is it you, or maybe your blog. It could even be the platform you’re using or just the theme.

In this post, I will take you through a number of ways where you too can finally pop a bottle of bubbly after you set up rich pins on Pinterest.

Set up rich pins, Pinterest rich pins, rich pins validator, validate rich pins - blog post

What on Earth are Rich Pins Anyway?

In case you are brand new to Pinterest and have not yet had to go through the agony called rich pins let me explain.

Back in 2014, Pinterest introduced a new feature called rich pins which in layman’s terms means that more details can be seen by the end-user on your pin.

Depending on the type of pin, these details can include a larger title, more information in the form of two descriptions as well as a call to action button.

Let’s look at real-life examples.

Rich pins not enabled - Pinterest

In the above image, you will see a Pinterest pin where the rich pin feature is not enabled.

photo of rich pins enabled - Pinterest

In this example, you can already see that there are a lot more details included on this pin.

This account has rich pins enabled for article pins so you can see much more information about this pin.

Types of Rich Pins

In case you are wondering if there are different types of rich pins, the answer is yes.

When the rich pin feature was launched there were 5 different kinds of pins.

  1. Recipe pins
  2. Movie pins
  3. Article pins
  4. Place pins
  5. Product pins

It means that a wide range of businesses was being accommodated with this new feature.

However, at the time of writing this article only three types of pins continue to exist, recipe, product and article pins.

Pinterest also gives each business the option to remove rich pins should they decide to do this at a later stage.

You already saw an example of an article pin so let me show you what a recipe pin looks like.

recipe rich pin

Some experts may argue that there is already so much information on this pin that users will not click-through.

However, if you look carefully you will notice that the method of how to make the cake is missing from the pin.

I think it is a clever way to check the ingredients before clicking through to the page.

5 Key Things to Set Up Rich Pins

Before looking at the process to set up rich pins let’s look at the five (5) key things you need to have to make this work.

  1. Blog post
  2. A tags plugin like Yoast or All Meta Tags
  3. Pinterest business account
  4. Pinterest boards with pins to the URL for validation
  5. Access to pin validator

Let’s look at each of these in a little detail.

1. Blog post

In order to set up rich pins, you need to have an existing article, recipe or product published and ready to go.

One key reason why many people fail at setting up rich pins is that they don’t have the required item like a blog post ready to be validated.

2. A Tags Plugin

In this post, I am specifically looking at setting up rich pins for a WordPress site.

If you are trying to do this for Squarespace go here. For Shopify try this link and for Etsy, you can find a great resource that explains how to do that here.

3. Pinterest business account

A key aspect of getting rich pins enabled is the fact that you need to have a Pinterest business account.

Rich pins will not work on a personal account at all.

4. Verified business account

It is possible that you may have set up a business account on Pinterest but you forgot to get it verified.

If you are unsure what I mean here is a quick example.

VTX Capital claimed on Pinterest

5. Pin Validator Access

The final step in the process to set up rich pins is the application process via Pinterest.

Having the link to the pin validator is essential to the rich pins process.

Rich Pins Set Up On Pinterest

As I mentioned previously this process to set up rich pins is focused only on self-hosted WordPress blogs.

The first thing you will need to do is install a plugin that helps with tags.

Many bloggers believe in the Yoast SEO plugin which works quite well but there are some instances when it does not work.

I will be adding a second option in case you don’t have the Yoast plugin.

In the meantime, head over to plugins and click on add new. Search for Yoast and you should see this in the results.

Install the Yoast plugin and activate it.

Head over to the ‘social’ option on the Yoast menu then ensure that open graph on the Facebook tab is enabled.

Facebook open graph enabled

Click on the Pinterest tab and there you will see the option to confirm or verify your website with Pinterest.

Pinterest validator on Yoast
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Set up Rich Pins Without Yoast

I have encountered many cases where bloggers experience difficulty setting up rich pins using Yoast.

A great alternative is to use a generic plugin that is not specific to any brand.

The one that I found works most of the time is called All Meta Tags.

All Meta Tags

The plugin is by Space X-Chimp and looks similar to the above screenshot.

Go ahead and install it and activate it. Then find the Pinterest domain verification area.

Pinterest domain verification box - All meta tags

Enter in the details that you got from Pinterest as indicated in the above screenshot.

Ensure that you click save then wait a few minutes for this change to propagate throughout your website.

Head over to the pin validator on Pinterest and enter a blog post, product URL or recipe post link.

Blog post to be validated on Pinterest

Click validate and wait a few minutes and you should receive an email that looks like this one.

Rich pin approval email

You may also see this approval screen after you click validate.

Rich pins approved on Pinterest

If you are still experiencing issues with setting up rich pins do send me further information or error messages that you received.

Real-Life Example from Scratch

In order to help you with your set up of rich pins, I decided to walk you step by step doing one myself.

As a blogger, I have several blogs that I have not yet set up on Pinterest so it would make sense for me to do one from scratch.

Here is a screenshot of my brand new Pinterest business account.

brand new Pinterest business account

It was only created a few minutes ago so there is absolutely nothing on it just yet.

The first thing I want to do is edit the settings and claim my website. So, I downloaded the All Meta tags plugin and activated it on WordPress.

Here I identify the section where I need to place the Pinterest verification tag.

Pinterest domain verification on WordPress site

Now I can choose which domain verification option to use from the options available on Pinterest. I’ll go for Html tag.

Choose the claim option

After choosing that option I am then presented with a tag.

Pinterest domain verify blur

I grab that code and stick it into the All meta tag plugin on my WordPress site. Pinterest lets me know it will take 24 hours to get that completed.

After submitting verification to Pinterest

Before Setting Up Rich Pins

Before setting up rich pins I am determined to make my Pinterest business account look a little presentable.

Pinterest business account tidy up

As you can see there is still no verified tick bedside my website address.

I also created 4 boards and filled them with other people’s pins. Following on from that I created 4 new pins, one for each board.

One thing I did is added a favicon to my site just to increase my chances of getting my rich pins validated.

Pinterest Rich Pins Validated

Although my site has not been verified yet I decided that I will go ahead and try to set up rich pins.

I went to the rich pins validator and entered the URL of my blog post that already has 4 pins on Pinterest.

Pinterest rich pin validator

As you can see I have not added anything special to the blog post URL just plain and simple.

Rich pins has been validated

Now, right before your eyes here is evidence that the process to set up rich pins on a self-hosted WordPress site was pretty easy.

Pinterest pin before rich pin set up

Above is the pin before I set up rich pins and below you will see that rich pins are now set up.

Pinterest pin after rich pin set up

The task that took me a very long time to get done is creating the pins for the blog post.

Set up rich pins, Pinterest rich pins, rich pins validator - blog post 2

Summary

So, there you have it I did what I said was easy and very straight forward from scratch.

It could be that the ‘All Meta Tags’ plugin is the secret to getting rich pins approved on Pinterest.

My advice is for you to try all these seven (7) items.

  1. Ensure you have claimed your website (mine wasn’t approved yet)
  2. Your account must be a Pinterest business account
  3. Create new pins for the blog post URL that you plan to validate
  4. Place a favicon on your site as well
  5. Enter the correct code in the meta tag plugin
  6. Create 4-10 boards and fill them with pins
  7. Complete as much information as possible

I don’t see why your rich pins validation would be delayed if you are doing all these things correctly.

Over to you what has been your experience with setting up rich pins on Pinterest?

Finally set up Pinterest rich pins - 2

Announcements

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If you are just at the start of your Pinterest journey feel free to take a look at this Pinterest business account resource.

Are you trying to understand how to optimise your Pinterest profile? Then grab this resource that outlines everything about Pinterest SEO.

Are you an intermediate Pinterest user looking to take things to the next level? Check out my review of this advanced Pinterest course.

My focus continues to be helping ethical female entrepreneurs to become more visible online.

They can do this using proven organic marketing strategies here at Success Unscrambled.

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You've clicked the validate button then hit the apply now button but cannot seem to set up rich pins on Pinterest. Many days, weeks and months have passed and the promise of success on Pinterest is only a dream. You've clicked the validate button then hit the apply now button but cannot seem to set up rich pins on Pinterest.



Many days, weeks and months have passed and the promise of success on Pinterest is only a dream.



Everyone keeps saying that the process is easy.



You are constantly seeing report after report of fellow bloggers who managed to increase their traffic by 200%, 500% and even 900% in a short time.



Truth be told, you are this close to either tearing your hair out or totally avoiding any post that mentions Pinterest.



Oh, how your heart yearns to experience that success yourself.



Is it you, or maybe your blog. It could even be the platform you're using or just the theme.



In this post, I will take you through a number of ways where you too can finally pop a bottle of bubbly after you set up rich pins on Pinterest.







What on Earth are Rich Pins Anyway?



In case you are brand new to Pinterest and have not yet had to go through the agony called rich pins let me explain.



Back in 2014, Pinterest introduced a new feature called rich pins which in layman's terms means that more details can be seen by the end-user on your pin.



Depending on the type of pin, these details can include a larger title, more information in the form of two descriptions as well as a call to action button.



Let's look at real-life examples.







In the above image, you will see a Pinterest pin where the rich pin feature is not enabled.







In this example, you can already see that there are a lot more details included on this pin.



This account has rich pins enabled for article pins so you can see much more information about this pin.



Types of Rich Pins



In case you are wondering if there are different types of rich pins, the answer is yes.



When the rich pin feature was launched there were 5 different kinds of pins.



* Recipe pins* Movie pins* Article pins* Place pins* Product pins



It means that a wide range of businesses was being accommodated with this new feature.



However, at the time of writing this article only three types of pins continue to exist, recipe, product and article pins.



Pinterest also gives each business the option to remove rich pins should they decide to do this at a later stage.



You already saw an example of an article pin so let me show you what a recipe pin looks like.







Some experts may argue that there is already so much information on this pin that users will not click-through.



However, if you look carefully you will notice that the method of how to make the cake is missing from the pin.



I think it is a clever way to check the ingredients before clicking through to the page.



5 Key Things to Set Up Rich Pins



Before looking at the process to set up rich pins let's look at the five (5) key things you need to have to make this work.



* Blog post* A tags plugin like Yoast or All Meta Tags* Pinterest business account* Pinterest boards with pins to the URL for validation* Access to pin validator



Let's look at each of these in a little detail.



1. Blog post



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The Only Thing that Immediately Increased my Blog Traffic https://www.successunscrambled.com/advanced-pinterest-course/ Mon, 09 Mar 2020 03:49:00 +0000 https://www.successunscrambled.com/?p=18891 https://www.successunscrambled.com/advanced-pinterest-course/#comments https://www.successunscrambled.com/advanced-pinterest-course/feed/ 38 If your website traffic is abysmal and your SEO efforts are slow you may want to consider an advanced Pinterest course. At least 85% of bloggers make less than $35,000 a year consistently and the main reason for this is insufficient website traffic or no tribe. Let me know if you're experiencing this pain. You have been blogging for more than 2-3 years and using Pinterest for more than 1 year. As time marches on, you wonder if you have chosen the correct blog niche because things are going at a snail's pace. One big goal of yours was to qualify for Mediavine in 12 months but this doesn't seem like it will happen anytime soon. You've taken several blogging courses along the way but none seem to be the silver bullet that will crack the blog traffic code. It would be great if you can master Pinterest to get a bigger source of traffic while you wait for SEO to kick in. In this post, you will learn about a number of advanced Pinterest courses that are available and which one would suit your needs best. Disclosure: 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. What Makes an Advanced Pinterest Course Different? In order to understand the value of an advanced Pinterest course we first need to see what is covered in a basic course. Here are the main features you can expect to see in a basic Pinterest course. Creating or converting to a Pinterest business accountSetting up rich pinsClaiming your domainPinterest boards best practiceProfile optimisationOverall Pinterest SEOThe perfect Pinterest pinBest images to useDoing keywords right What many bloggers don't realise is the fact that a lot of strategies exists behind a Pinterest business account. Just creating a post and pinning a pretty pin will not bring overnight success because a lot more occurs behind the scenes. Now that you have a fair idea of what is covered in a basic Pinterest course let's take a look at advanced strategies. Key Features of an Advanced Pinterest Course At this point, you are probably thinking that there could not be a whole lot more covered in the advanced course. Well, the truth is that it really depends on your overall business goals. You see many different kinds of conversions exist. Someone with an eCommerce site requires a different action from a person with a standard blog. Here is a list of module tutorials that you can expect from an advanced Pinterest course. Landing pagesEmail marketingFreebies + FunnelsGoogle + Pinterest SEOBlog monetisationTailwind strategyManual vs automated pinningSeasonal vs evergreen contentGranular anatomy of a Pinterest pinPromoted pinsAdvanced keyword research As you can see, the advanced Pinterest course is very focused on what happens after a prospect leaves the platform. In other words, Pinterest shows your pins more if you have a favourable bounce rate. After someone clicks on your pin do they consume your content or do they quickly hit the back button? Why Look at Google SEO in a Pinterest Course? If you are wondering why a Pinterest course is even thinking of covering aspects of Google SEO let me explain. Have you ever noticed results from Pinterest when you search for something using Google? Let me show you a real-life example so you will know that I am not just making this up. I did a search for 'pretty nursery curtains' and here are the results below. Have you ever noticed that before? Are you wondering what you need to do to get your Pinterest pin to show up in the results? When I click on that result in Google here is what I get. It leads to a Pinterest board owned by Rebecca McKown. The title of the board is Nursery curtains. Why Look at Your Tailwind Strategy? If your website traffic is abysmal and your SEO efforts are slow you may want to consider an advanced Pinterest course.

At least 85% of bloggers make less than $35,000 a year consistently and the main reason for this is insufficient website traffic or no tribe.

Let me know if you’re experiencing this pain.

You have been blogging for more than 2-3 years and using Pinterest for more than 1 year.

As time marches on, you wonder if you have chosen the correct blog niche because things are going at a snail’s pace.

One big goal of yours was to qualify for Mediavine in 12 months but this doesn’t seem like it will happen anytime soon.

You’ve taken several blogging courses along the way but none seem to be the silver bullet that will crack the blog traffic code.

It would be great if you can master Pinterest to get a bigger source of traffic while you wait for SEO to kick in.

In this post, you will learn about a number of advanced Pinterest courses that are available and which one would suit your needs best.

Disclosure: 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.

advanced Pinterest course

What Makes an Advanced Pinterest Course Different?

In order to understand the value of an advanced Pinterest course we first need to see what is covered in a basic course.

Here are the main features you can expect to see in a basic Pinterest course.

  1. Creating or converting to a Pinterest business account
  2. Setting up rich pins
  3. Claiming your domain
  4. Pinterest boards best practice
  5. Profile optimisation
  6. Overall Pinterest SEO
  7. The perfect Pinterest pin
  8. Best images to use
  9. Doing keywords right

What many bloggers don’t realise is the fact that a lot of strategies exists behind a Pinterest business account.

Just creating a post and pinning a pretty pin will not bring overnight success because a lot more occurs behind the scenes.

Now that you have a fair idea of what is covered in a basic Pinterest course let’s take a look at advanced strategies.

Key Features of an Advanced Pinterest Course

At this point, you are probably thinking that there could not be a whole lot more covered in the advanced course.

Well, the truth is that it really depends on your overall business goals. You see many different kinds of conversions exist.

Someone with an eCommerce site requires a different action from a person with a standard blog.

Here is a list of module tutorials that you can expect from an advanced Pinterest course.

  1. Landing pages
  2. Email marketing
  3. Freebies + Funnels
  4. Google + Pinterest SEO
  5. Blog monetisation
  6. Tailwind strategy
  7. Manual vs automated pinning
  8. Seasonal vs evergreen content
  9. Granular anatomy of a Pinterest pin
  10. Promoted pins
  11. Advanced keyword research

As you can see, the advanced Pinterest course is very focused on what happens after a prospect leaves the platform.

In other words, Pinterest shows your pins more if you have a favourable bounce rate.

After someone clicks on your pin do they consume your content or do they quickly hit the back button?

Why Look at Google SEO in a Pinterest Course?

If you are wondering why a Pinterest course is even thinking of covering aspects of Google SEO let me explain.

Have you ever noticed results from Pinterest when you search for something using Google?

Let me show you a real-life example so you will know that I am not just making this up.

I did a search for ‘pretty nursery curtains’ and here are the results below.

pretty nursery curtains - 1

Have you ever noticed that before? Are you wondering what you need to do to get your Pinterest pin to show up in the results?

When I click on that result in Google here is what I get.

pretty nursery curtain - clickthrough from Google

It leads to a Pinterest board owned by Rebecca McKown. The title of the board is Nursery curtains.

Why Look at Your Tailwind Strategy?

If you are currently using Tailwind to help you automate your Pinterest pinning then this might interest you.

Have you ever wondered if you are using Tailwind Tribes optimally?

How do you know if the Tribes you are on are the best for your pinning strategy?

Did you ever use the Board Insights report on Tailwind to determine which group boards are performing the best for you each quarter?

What about the Tribes insights report, have you ever used it to improve your pinning strategy?

You probably never thought about these questions before but the good news is that you can find these answer from an Advanced Pinterest course.

I am only telling you all of this not to scare you but to make you aware of the depth of Pinterest as a platform.

Here is a quick look at my Tailwind Tribes Insights can you tell which ones are giving me a great return on my investment?

Tailwind Tribes Insights

After taking an advanced course you will be better able to tell which tribes to keep using for your current strategy.

Why Look at Funnels and Freebies?

Earlier I mentioned that Pinterest is very concerned about their user’s experience after they click on a pin.

Just like Google’s user intent and user experience Pinterest cares that their users get a great experience so that they keep using Pinterest.

A good way that your website or blog can help in this area is to offer unrivalled value.

This can be achieved if you have the following features on your website or blog.

  1. Over-deliver on your solution, offer a freebie in the form of a cheat sheet or checklist
  2. Ensure that your page or post is easy to navigate
  3. Slow websites are painful for mobile users
  4. Give them the opportunity to solve a related problem, give them a high-value, low-cost offer
  5. Make the post so valuable that they can’t help but share it with their friends

Yes, it may seem like a lot to ask from a simple blog post.

Getting 1,000s of page views is great but if people are not reading, engaging or enjoying your content then the whole exercise is pointless.

The Best Advanced Pinterest Course for You

There seem to be several advanced Pinterest courses on the market with some of them as high as $700.00 and even $99.00 a month.

You may be wondering what is covered in each of these courses compared to what you need for your blog’s success.

Let’s spend some time looking at each of these courses in more detail to help you choose the right one for your needs.

Here is a list of 6 advanced Pinterest courses

  1. Pin Practical Masterclass
  2. Pin Depth Advanced
  3. Adventures in SEO
  4. Blog Simple Framework (Dare to Conquer)
  5. Pinterest SEO Traffic Secrets
  6. Pin Practical Promotions

A few other popular courses have been excluded from the list because I had an unpleasant experience with them.

best Pinterest course

1. Pin Practical Masterclass

This is a course done by Monica Froese who has a Master’s degree in business.

During her corporate career, she ran multi-million dollar marketing campaigns for clients like Microsoft and HP.

One thing Monica knows is the in’s and out’s of marketing and how to get a good return on your investment.

Her course covers a lot of detail like Tailwind strategy, the anatomy of a Pinterest pin, creating fabulous images, funnels and freebies.

Her speciality is teaching you how to get more email subscribers from Pinterest.

I learned a lot from taking her course and implementing everything she teaches. Enrol in her course here.

2. Pin Depth Advanced

This is a course by Kayla Butler from Ivory Mix. She is a graduate of business and interior design.

She also has 14 years experience in the area of design and seeing that Pinterest is a visual platform her ability to teach you will be invaluable.

What is unique about Kayla’s package is that you get several courses plus over 4,500 images for less than $150 a year.

Her courses include Pinterest marketing, Instagram marketing, phone photography, branding and a whole lot more.

I joined her membership and I have no regrets at all as she teaches you the latest as well as gives you 100s of fresh stock images every month.

Since enrolling in her course and using her images I can already see an increase in Pinterest performance when compared to the previous period.

Results since Ivory Mix

You also get social media captions and social media templates so join the membership here.

3. Adventures in SEO (AIS)

This is a course delivered by Lena Gott and she was a qualified CPA before becoming a blogger.

Her passion for financial literacy can be seen in her ability to analyse Pinterest and Google analytics in unbelievable detail.

Just one look at the pin images she creates and you know that she is on to something special.

I really liked her keyword research content as well as her module on click-worthy pins. She also runs Mediavine challenges every year for members.

Since taking her course my focused blog post has increase blog traffic by 946.41%. That is 10 times compared to the previous year.

Results since taking AIS - 1 - blur

She even has a free trial version of AIS which you can access here.

4. Blog Simple Framework

This course is delivered by Paul Scrivens and I have not found a simple way to describe him or his teaching style.

If you are looking for a no-nonsense approach to a business mentor where you can get access to him regularly then Paul is your guy.

Personally, I am more a visual person when it comes to online education but the majority of Paul’s course are text with a few videos sprinkled into the mix.

His Pinterest keyword modules are just worth the price of the course as he has done a lot of research on analysis on the Pinterest platform.

He also teaches Pinterest and SEO as well as building your tribe and brand. A number of other exciting courses are on the way in his masterclass group.

5. Pinterest SEO Traffic Secrets

Anastasia Gutnikova is the tutor on this Pinterest course. She is a lovely person who is keen to deliver results for your blog.

Her knowledge and understanding of Pinterest just blew me away because she takes the Pinterest game to a whole new level.

What I like about Anastasia is the fact that she is constantly updating the course just as fast as Pinterest changes their Algorithm.

In the image below you will notice that she covers video pins as well as eCommerce pins which is not covered in other Pinterest courses.

Pinterest SEO Traffic Secrets - course curriculum

6. Pin Practical Promotions

This is another course by Monica Froese but this time the course very focused on Pinterest ads.

If you are wondering why you would pay for advertising on Pinterest then let me explain.

Let’s say that you are running a time-dependent campaign like a course launch or an event and you need traffic now as opposed to later.

Then you would want to consider using Pinterest ads to get eyeballs on your pins right now.

Pinterest Ads is a great way to build an email list or test your sales funnels fast. Her course is available here.

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Summary

Well, with so many options available to upgrade your Pinterest game all that is left for you to do is to choose an advanced Pinterest course.

Ensure that the one you choose matches your business needs.

At this point, you are probably wondering how you know which one of them matches you exactly.

A big hint is for you to look at the niches that these course creators are blogging in.

Are they similar to yours? If yes, then chances are that their course is a good fit for you.

Also, consider your learning style and the kind of support that you need to become successful.

You can get great access to Lena via her Facebook group and Paul via email and Slack in their courses.

Over to you, what has been your experience with courses focused on Pinterest?

Is there any advanced Pinterest course that you can attribute to your success?

Announcements

Remember to subscribe to the Success Unscrambled Podcast where you will be the first to hear what’s happening in the entrepreneurial and digital marketing world.

Your positive review of this podcast is vital to keeping it alive and running for the next 12 – 24 months so please leave a positive review for us on iTunesSpotify or any of your favourite podcast players.

If you are brand new to the Pinterest platform and you’re looking for an easy way to start then grab this Pinterest business account resource.

Want to take advantage of some free traffic to your blog from Pinterest? Check out my Pinterest tips here. 

Are you trying to get your head around optimising your Pinterest profile, boards and pins? If so, this Pinterest SEO resource can help.

My focus continues to be helping ethical female entrepreneurs to become more visible online.

They can do this using proven organic marketing strategies here at Success Unscrambled.

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If your website traffic is abysmal and your SEO efforts are slow you may want to consider an advanced Pinterest course. At least 85% of bloggers make less than $35,000 a year consistently and the main reason for this is insufficient website traffic ... If your website traffic is abysmal and your SEO efforts are slow you may want to consider an advanced Pinterest course.



At least 85% of bloggers make less than $35,000 a year consistently and the main reason for this is insufficient website traffic or no tribe.



Let me know if you're experiencing this pain.



You have been blogging for more than 2-3 years and using Pinterest for more than 1 year.



As time marches on, you wonder if you have chosen the correct blog niche because things are going at a snail's pace.



One big goal of yours was to qualify for Mediavine in 12 months but this doesn't seem like it will happen anytime soon.



You've taken several blogging courses along the way but none seem to be the silver bullet that will crack the blog traffic code.



It would be great if you can master Pinterest to get a bigger source of traffic while you wait for SEO to kick in.



In this post, you will learn about a number of advanced Pinterest courses that are available and which one would suit your needs best.



Disclosure: 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.







What Makes an Advanced Pinterest Course Different?



In order to understand the value of an advanced Pinterest course we first need to see what is covered in a basic course.



Here are the main features you can expect to see in a basic Pinterest course.



* Creating or converting to a Pinterest business account* Setting up rich pins* Claiming your domain* Pinterest boards best practice* Profile optimisation* Overall Pinterest SEO* The perfect Pinterest pin* Best images to use* Doing keywords right



What many bloggers don't realise is the fact that a lot of strategies exists behind a Pinterest business account.



Just creating a post and pinning a pretty pin will not bring overnight success because a lot more occurs behind the scenes.



Now that you have a fair idea of what is covered in a basic Pinterest course let's take a look at advanced strategies.



Key Features of an Advanced Pinterest Course



At this point, you are probably thinking that there could not be a whole lot more covered in the advanced course.



Well, the truth is that it really depends on your overall business goals. You see many different kinds of conversions exist.



Someone with an eCommerce site requires a different action from a person with a standard blog.



Here is a list of module tutorials that you can expect from an advanced Pinterest course.



* Landing pages* Email marketing* Freebies + Funnels* Google + Pinterest SEO* Blog monetisation* Tailwind strategy* Manual vs automated pinning* Seasonal vs evergreen content* Granular anatomy of a Pinterest pin* Promoted pins* Advanced keyword research



As you can see, the advanced Pinterest course is very focused on what happens after a prospect leaves the platform.



In other words, Pinterest shows your pins more if you have a favourable bounce rate.



After someone clicks on your pin do they consume your content or do they quickly hit the back button?



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9 Places to Find Hot Niche Markets That Gives You Expert Status https://www.successunscrambled.com/hot-niche-markets/ Mon, 02 Mar 2020 02:29:00 +0000 https://www.successunscrambled.com/?p=18622 https://www.successunscrambled.com/hot-niche-markets/#comments https://www.successunscrambled.com/hot-niche-markets/feed/ 32 You just clicked the publish button on your new post... However, now you feel anxious again because you need to research hot niche markets to write about in a matter of days. Your brain is racing faster than a 2-year-old can go from cutie pie to temper tantrums with screaming in the supermarket aisle. I received a bid of $1,200.00, to streamline the chaos called social media from software engineers who said that they can do it. What do you think happened? As bloggers and entrepreneurs, our dream is to solve problems for millions of people. Finding solutions to challenges is our purpose so why hasn't anyone developed a system to get this done faster? In this post, you will learn 9 secrets to unlock access to those hot niche ideas that you need every single month. Niche Blog vs General Blogging Depending on your current situation you may have either a blog that is focused on a specific niche or a general lifestyle blog. While both blogging types are good they differ in terms of the long term intent. A general lifestyle blog will have a few different ways to monetise the blog compared to a niche blog. Lifestyle blogs are not very narrowly focused and cater to a variety of interests like food, beauty, travel, home decor and crafts. This means that the potential to grow a focused list of followers or a tribe on a specific topic can be difficult. A good example of this is offering freebies or printables to cater to a wide interest range. Even launching a course with an audience of a niche blog would have a better chance of success compared to a lifestyle blog. What is a Hot Niche Market In a recent post, I went through the process about how to pick a blog niche in 2 days. I don't want to confuse you as my reader. So I thought it would be best to clarify the difference between finding hot niche markets compared to picking a standard blog niche. When someone is thinking of starting a blog it would make sense for them to pick a niche based on their skills, talents, education and other important factors. After establishing that foundation as a blogger, looking out for hot ideas in your niche is always important. These hot niche ideas can be compared to adding the jam on a layered cake or even the frosting. The cake is your overall blog niche focus. While the jam, frosting, sprinkles and icing are the topics that make your blog different from similar blogs in your niche. In fact, the stuff that your granny used to decorate cakes 50-100 years ago is very outdated. Unless you are going for a retro cake. Hot niche ideas will help you to connect more easily to potential readers and followers in the current economy. Get the Most Searched Blog Topics List, even if you... Suffer from Mom guilt Are feeling overwhelmed Get distracted with a bazillion things Have a hard time staying focused Don't know where to start Need to balance home, work and kids Are feeling clueless Name Email Grab The Topics List Finding Hot Niche Markets [an Easy Step by Step Guide] Let's spend some time looking at ways to find and verify hot niche markets using cool and available platforms. You just clicked the publish button on your new post…

However, now you feel anxious again because you need to research hot niche markets to write about in a matter of days.

Your brain is racing faster than a 2-year-old can go from cutie pie to temper tantrums with screaming in the supermarket aisle.

I received a bid of $1,200.00, to streamline the chaos called social media from software engineers who said that they can do it.

What do you think happened?

As bloggers and entrepreneurs, our dream is to solve problems for millions of people.

Finding solutions to challenges is our purpose so why hasn’t anyone developed a system to get this done faster?

In this post, you will learn 9 secrets to unlock access to those hot niche ideas that you need every single month.

hot niche markets

Niche Blog vs General Blogging

Depending on your current situation you may have either a blog that is focused on a specific niche or a general lifestyle blog.

While both blogging types are good they differ in terms of the long term intent.

A general lifestyle blog will have a few different ways to monetise the blog compared to a niche blog.

Lifestyle blogs are not very narrowly focused and cater to a variety of interests like food, beauty, travel, home decor and crafts.

This means that the potential to grow a focused list of followers or a tribe on a specific topic can be difficult.

A good example of this is offering freebies or printables to cater to a wide interest range.

Even launching a course with an audience of a niche blog would have a better chance of success compared to a lifestyle blog.

What is a Hot Niche Market

In a recent post, I went through the process about how to pick a blog niche in 2 days.

I don’t want to confuse you as my reader.

So I thought it would be best to clarify the difference between finding hot niche markets compared to picking a standard blog niche.

When someone is thinking of starting a blog it would make sense for them to pick a niche based on their skills, talents, education and other important factors.

After establishing that foundation as a blogger, looking out for hot ideas in your niche is always important.

These hot niche ideas can be compared to adding the jam on a layered cake or even the frosting.

The cake is your overall blog niche focus.

While the jam, frosting, sprinkles and icing are the topics that make your blog different from similar blogs in your niche.

In fact, the stuff that your granny used to decorate cakes 50-100 years ago is very outdated. Unless you are going for a retro cake.

Hot niche ideas will help you to connect more easily to potential readers and followers in the current economy.

Most Searched Blog Topics - img

Get the Most Searched Blog Topics List, even if you...

  • Suffer from Mom guilt
  • Are feeling overwhelmed
  • Get distracted with a bazillion things
  • Have a hard time staying focused
  • Don't know where to start
  • Need to balance home, work and kids
  • Are feeling clueless

Finding Hot Niche Markets [an Easy Step by Step Guide]

Let’s spend some time looking at ways to find and verify hot niche markets using cool and available platforms.

One thing that I have learned over the years is to go and hang out where people are already engaging to conduct market research.

Here are 9 places where people are already hanging out.

  1. World’s biggest eCommerce search engine
  2. Planners favourite hideout
  3. Gen X and Boomers Platform
  4. Do People Still Use This
  5. If It’s Happening You’ll See It
  6. Visualgrams Anyone
  7. Everyone and their cat has one
  8. Do You Have a Question
  9. Anything Goes Platform

As you can already see none of the places on this list is surprisingly new or secretive in any way.

1. World’s Biggest eCommerce Search Engine

Nearly everyone and their dog are aware of the benefits of shopping on Amazon.

What many people don’t know is that Amazon can be a treasure trove for finding hot niche markets.

Simply head over to the movers and shakers list here to see what is becoming popular.

Let’s specifically look at what’s happening in the beauty niche.

Movers and Shakers - Beauty niche - 1st 8

In the first 8 results, you see two different items that seem to be gaining popularity, electric toothbrushes and jelly lipsticks.

Movers and Shakers - Beauty niche - next 8

In the next 8 results, toothpaste seems to be more popular than all the other items.

Let’s get further verification using Google Trends. This step will help you to make an informed decision.

Jelly lipstick over 5 years

After a little bit of risk assessment, you can see that jelly lipstick is not trending upwards.

Electric toothbrush over 5 years

However, the excitement for electric toothbrushes seems to be gaining momentum.

Here is a side by side comparison between the jelly lipstick and the electric toothbrush.

electric toothbrush vs jelly lipstick

If you are in the beauty niche then it would make sense for you to understand why interest in electric toothbrushes has increased over time.

Most Searched Blog Topics - img

Get the Most Searched Blog Topics List, even if you...

  • Suffer from Mom guilt
  • Are feeling overwhelmed
  • Get distracted with a bazillion things
  • Have a hard time staying focused
  • Don't know where to start
  • Need to balance home, work and kids
  • Are feeling clueless

2. Planners Favourite Hideout

Up next we have Pinterest as a platform where we can find out what is on the top of mind for planners.

Head over to the home feed here and just click on the search bar.

You will see something that looks like this image below.

Trending on Pinterest - March 2020

Notice the two related topics which are budgeting finances and money-saving tips.

These are pretty standard so let’s look at two other topics. Instagram story ideas and Timothee Chalamet.

Instagram story ideas over 5 years

Over the last 5 years, Instagram story ideas have been trending and it seems to be heading for a spike over the last 6 months.

I never heard of Timothee Chalamet but let’s take a look anyway.

Timothee chalamet over 5 years

Okay, I have to admit that I was not expecting to see this kind of results on the Google trends for this name.

Instagram story ideas vs Timothee chalamet

I decided to compare Timothee Chalamet with Instagram story ideas and the results are baffling.

If this is your niche then feel free to do more research to learn why this actor is gaining so much in popularity.

3. Gen X and Boomers Platform

Have you ever wondered how to find out what is popular or trending on Facebook?

It can seem quite daunting because there use to be a trending topics section which they removed in 2018.

So, where does that leave us? The most active areas on Facebook tend to be public and private groups.

If you head over to ‘Explore’ and then click on groups you can then see the most active groups that you can join.

The other name is the ‘Discover’ section of groups. Categories, ‘suggested for you’ or ‘popular near you’ are great ways to find groups.

Groups that have more than 100 posts a day are the best ones to join in your overall niche.

I found two groups in the food niche that had over 100 posts a day. The verification process was completed using Google Trends.

Here is what resulted.

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The term ‘air fryer recipes’ has been gaining in popularity over the last 5 years.

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4. Do People Still Use This

Another great place to find out about hot niche ideas is using forums. Real people with real challenges use forums to get help.

The popularity of forums continues to amaze me.

The technology or media used is quite outdated however people still find them useful.

Here is a forum for people who like to make loaves of bread called ‘The Fresh Loaf’.

The fresh loaf - sourdough and starters

Mr Money Mustache has over 33,000 members and the community continues to remain very active.

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When bloggers say that they run out of ideas I find it hard to believe since there is so much to write about.

5. If It’s Happening You’ll See It

A very easy platform to use for your research is Twitter. Of course, the main caveat is that you need to know your hashtags.

Here’s a great hack that you can use for Twitter. Sign up for a free account of Hootsuite and conduct some social listening.

As the name suggests, social listening involves a bit of eavesdropping on other peoples tweets.

Here is an example of three streams on Hootsuite that I just set up to track the phrases and hashtags associated with sourdough, Timothee Chalamet and the electric toothbrush.

Social listenting on Twitter

You can learn so much about what’s happening right now on a specific topic related to your niche thanks to social media.

6. Visualgrams Anyone

The Instagram platform is very similar to Twitter because you can search using Hashtags.

Of course, the major difference between Twitter and Instagram is the images, stories and IGTV.

The media on the Instagram platform is a lot richer compared to Twitter.

So, apart from hashtags, you need to see the feeds to appreciate what’s trending.

Clicking on the explore button on desktop or mobile shows you what’s trending on Instagram

In my experience, I find the best way to see what’s happening in your niche is to search using hashtags.

Here are the results when I searched the hashtag #sourdough.

Sourdough hashtag on Instagram

I also did a search for the hashtag #electrictoothbrush and here is what I found.

Electric Toothbrush hashtag on Instagram

Forgive me for being so naive but why is the electric toothbrush getting a lot more engagement compared to sourdough bread? Am I missing something?

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7. Everyone and Their Cat Has One

Seeing what is getting engagement on other people’s blogs is another great way to identify the hot niche markets.

I gave this hack a while ago in a previous post. Simply head over to Feedly and set up a feed.

It helps you to easily see what is gaining traction in terms of hot topics to write about.

Here is an example of what you can find trending across blogs by niche.

Trending in Blogs - Feedly

You can easily see what is getting the most engagement compared to what is not.

8. Do You Have a Burning Question

I have to confess that I have a love-hate relationship with Quora. Depending on your niche use it sparingly.

The last time I answered a question was 5 months ago but I still continue to get views on my profile.

Here are my stats for the last 3 months, not bad seeing that I have not touched it in a while.

Quora engagement over 3 months

So, what about finding what’s trending on a specific topic? Well, you can search by topic.

Check out these questions around the topic of the humble electric toothbrush.

Electric toothbrush questions - Quora

In case you are wondering about its value, my answer is a definite yes. However, you may want to take a break on a regular basis.

9. Anything Goes Platform

The final platform, for now, is Tumblr which I consider a little bit strange compared to all the other recommendations.

I’ll be honest and say that this platform is a little bit eclectic and difficult to get your head around.

The ‘trending’ or ‘explore’ tab is where you can see all the popular posts.

Here is what it looks like, see below.

Trending on Tumblr - March 2020 - 2

You know that a post is popular by looking at the number of notes it received.

I did a search for the electric toothbrush and the results were not all above board but I did get a lot of results.

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Summary

After investing $1,200 with a software company in India we eventually had to go through online court to resolve issues.

Essentially, the software did not work and I was back to doing everything manually.

The ability to find hot niche markets is very possible if you know where to look.

I have given 9 options which are a lot to help you to find what you need to write your next pipping hot article.

Remember is to verify your results or suspicions using Google trends.

When the topic has an upward trend then that is normally a great sign. However, always use the compare tool to pick your best option.

The next time someone says to you that all the topics are taken and the market is saturated simply smile and review this article to find new hot niche ideas.

Over to you, what has been your experience finding hot niche markets?

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However, now you feel anxious again because you need to research hot niche markets to write about in a matter of days.



Your brain is racing faster than a 2-year-old can go from cutie pie to temper tantrums with screaming in the supermarket aisle.



I received a bid of $1,200.00, to streamline the chaos called social media from software engineers who said that they can do it.



What do you think happened?



As bloggers and entrepreneurs, our dream is to solve problems for millions of people.



Finding solutions to challenges is our purpose so why hasn't anyone developed a system to get this done faster?



In this post, you will learn 9 secrets to unlock access to those hot niche ideas that you need every single month.







Niche Blog vs General Blogging



Depending on your current situation you may have either a blog that is focused on a specific niche or a general lifestyle blog.



While both blogging types are good they differ in terms of the long term intent.



A general lifestyle blog will have a few different ways to monetise the blog compared to a niche blog.



Lifestyle blogs are not very narrowly focused and cater to a variety of interests like food, beauty, travel, home decor and crafts.



This means that the potential to grow a focused list of followers or a tribe on a specific topic can be difficult.



A good example of this is offering freebies or printables to cater to a wide interest range.



Even launching a course with an audience of a niche blog would have a better chance of success compared to a lifestyle blog.



What is a Hot Niche Market



In a recent post, I went through the process about how to pick a blog niche in 2 days.



I don't want to confuse you as my reader.



So I thought it would be best to clarify the difference between finding hot niche markets compared to picking a standard blog niche.



When someone is thinking of starting a blog it would make sense for them to pick a niche based on their skills, talents, education and other important factors.



After establishing that foundation as a blogger, looking out for hot ideas in your niche is always important.



These hot niche ideas can be compared to adding the jam on a layered cake or even the frosting.



The cake is your overall blog niche focus.



While the jam, frosting, sprinkles and icing are the topics that make your blog different from similar blogs in your niche.



In fact, the stuff that your granny used to decorate cakes 50-100 years ago is very outdated. Unless you are going for a retro cake.



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7 Clever Secrets to Really Pick a Blog Niche Like an Expert https://www.successunscrambled.com/pick-a-blog-niche/ Mon, 24 Feb 2020 02:05:00 +0000 https://www.successunscrambled.com/?p=18273 https://www.successunscrambled.com/pick-a-blog-niche/#comments https://www.successunscrambled.com/pick-a-blog-niche/feed/ 38 Are you thinking of becoming a blogger but you need to pick a blog niche? You notice that many of your friends or people who you know are getting into this blogging thing and you want to do the same. Let me know if this sounds familiar. As the years go by working at that 9-5 job is proving to be more difficult when you want to spend time with your loved ones. The idea of running your own side hustle sounds super attractive but you are terrified to get started. In fact, you don't think that you are any good at writing and besides who would listen to you anyway. Creating your very own website or blog seems pretty scary because you are just not a techy person at all. The good news is that none of us was born knowing how to blog, we all learned along the way. In this post, you will learn the necessary steps that you can take to get this blogging thing right as well as how to pick a blog niche that is right for you. What on Earth is a Blog Niche Anyway? You can think of a niche blog as a website that is focused on a specific topic that addresses the concerns of people that share a common interest. That common interest could be a location, food, gadgets, experiences and just about anything. In fact, according to Wikipedia, niche blogging "may appeal to geographic areas, a speciality industry, ethnic or age groups, or any other particular group of people." The most important aspect is that this group of people would share a common interest that is meaningful enough for them to talk about. A location could be Manhattan, a speciality industry could be 3D printing and age could refer to millennials. One thing I find super interesting about blogging is that generally speaking no one likes to be labelled. However, everyone wants to belong to a group or a community that represents them in some way. Get the Most Searched Blog Topics List, even if you... Suffer from Mom guilt Are feeling overwhelmed Get distracted with a bazillion things Have a hard time staying focused Don't know where to start Need to balance home, work and kids Are feeling clueless Name Email Grab The Topics List Broad or Narrow? At this point, you are probably wondering if you can go too broad or to narrow with your niche. The secret of a successful blog is to ensure that it does not appeal to the masses. Also, it should not only interest a village with a population of 1,000 people. Getting the balance of reach right is super important to your success. If 100,000 people are interested in your topic then chances are that you have found a good niche. However, your addressable market size is not the only factor in finding your niche. Another thing to take into consideration is the potential profitability which will be addressed later in this post. In fact, the most important aspect of blogging is your passion and ability to enjoy the ride. So, let's spend some time looking at you, your interest and your past accomplishments. What Should You Blog About? (Finding Your Passion) It has been a while since I wrote about this topic but one of the secrets to blogging success is uncovering your passion and int... Are you thinking of becoming a blogger but you need to pick a blog niche?

You notice that many of your friends or people who you know are getting into this blogging thing and you want to do the same.

Let me know if this sounds familiar.

As the years go by working at that 9-5 job is proving to be more difficult when you want to spend time with your loved ones.

The idea of running your own side hustle sounds super attractive but you are terrified to get started.

In fact, you don’t think that you are any good at writing and besides who would listen to you anyway.

Creating your very own website or blog seems pretty scary because you are just not a techy person at all.

The good news is that none of us was born knowing how to blog, we all learned along the way.

In this post, you will learn the necessary steps that you can take to get this blogging thing right as well as how to pick a blog niche that is right for you.

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What on Earth is a Blog Niche Anyway?

You can think of a niche blog as a website that is focused on a specific topic that addresses the concerns of people that share a common interest.

That common interest could be a location, food, gadgets, experiences and just about anything.

In fact, according to Wikipedia, niche blogging “may appeal to geographic areas, a speciality industry, ethnic or age groups, or any other particular group of people.”

The most important aspect is that this group of people would share a common interest that is meaningful enough for them to talk about.

A location could be Manhattan, a speciality industry could be 3D printing and age could refer to millennials.

One thing I find super interesting about blogging is that generally speaking no one likes to be labelled.

However, everyone wants to belong to a group or a community that represents them in some way.

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Broad or Narrow?

At this point, you are probably wondering if you can go too broad or to narrow with your niche.

The secret of a successful blog is to ensure that it does not appeal to the masses. Also, it should not only interest a village with a population of 1,000 people.

Getting the balance of reach right is super important to your success.

If 100,000 people are interested in your topic then chances are that you have found a good niche.

However, your addressable market size is not the only factor in finding your niche.

Another thing to take into consideration is the potential profitability which will be addressed later in this post.

In fact, the most important aspect of blogging is your passion and ability to enjoy the ride.

So, let’s spend some time looking at you, your interest and your past accomplishments.

What Should You Blog About? (Finding Your Passion)

It has been a while since I wrote about this topic but one of the secrets to blogging success is uncovering your passion and interests.

Think of your passion as that work from home job that you are excited to do every day of the week.

Here are five main areas that we will look at to help you find your blog niche.

  1. Childhood hobbies
  2. Educational accomplishments
  3. Spare time activities
  4. Skills vs Talents
  5. Purpose and Cause

Let’s spend some time looking at each of these in details so that we can come up with a shortlist for your passion project.

Childhood hobbies

Most people I know were crazy about something as a child but something happened and they lost interest in that thing.

It actually reminds me of my daughter she was super excited about starting elementary school.

Only recently I asked her where is that 4-year old who was so excited to start school so many years ago. What happened?

Surprisingly her answer to me was, “school happened mom“.

I do admire her for sticking with her artistic abilities.

We were going through paper faster than they were cutting trees when I decided to get her a ‘Magic Artist’.

Those writing boards that can erase very easily without the need for ink or paper.

Now, she is an avid tree hugger. Definitely funny how life works, isn’t it?

Do you remember what you were crazy about as a child? Write down a list of those items.

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Educational achievements

Yes, school attendance or formal education may have spoiled your imagination and caused you to be very serious about life.

However, while attending school you learned a number of cool things.

It could be anything from doing handstands to home economics and everything in between.

I totally disliked English literature and art appreciation so I know that I am hopeless in those areas.

However, I always had an interest in technology.

Write down a list of 5 things that you learned in school that you can do with little to no research.

Rate each one of them on a scale of 1-10 with 10 being the highest score.

Spare time activities

Each one of us has 24 hours in a given day and with that comes activities that we do in our spare time.

I like going for walks along the beach and I also like to read books about self-improvement.

Another favourite thing I enjoy doing is travelling to different countries and learning about other cultures.

Spend some time thinking about what you have been doing in your spare time over the last 2-3 years.

Make a list of the top 5 activities and rank each one of them on a scale of 1-10.

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What are your Skills vs Talents?

Anyone can easily confuse skills and talents so let me clear that up for this specific exercise.

A talent is something that you were born with from childhood. On the other hand, a skill is something that you learned along the way.

I have a strange talent of super quick reflexes and I am not sure why or when it would be useful just yet.

In terms of skills, I learned to cook and bake from a very young age. My talent in that area is doing it in the shortest time possible.

Make a list of your top 5 skills as well as your top 5 talents and rank them on a scale of 1-10.

Your Purpose

Every single one of us is here on earth because we have a purpose. It boils down to finding a cause that you can get behind.

It will take some time to figure this out if you don’t already know what your purpose is just yet.

Think of something that you will support with a lot of passion but without payment or compensation.

I started this blog after learning that over the last 20 years there has been no reduction in the number of illiterate women globally.

About 20% of the women, even in first world countries, continue to suffer from illiteracy.

Write down your cause or purpose as it may be part of the vision statement for your blog.

Here is what your list with 5 categories should look like.

Finding your blog passion

As you can see at the very bottom the numbers are adding up to something worthwhile.

The ideal scenario is that your passion should correlate nicely with your purpose to help you feel fulfilled.

Strengths Shortlist

After completing your list of skills, hobbies, talents, etc. you will notice that some items that have a higher score compared to others.

What you are looking for is a way to combine 3-5 items in order to help you with your next project or to find a niche.

Here are two videos that will help you to find your passion and purpose in great detail.

Click on each image and the video will open and play in a new window.

Find your passion

Find your passion

Find your purpose

Map out your purpose

After completing this exercise you should have more clarity about what niche is best suited to your personality and experience.

Next, we need to look at profitability.

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Niche Profit Calculator

Did you know that you can calculate the amount of profit that you can make in your potential niche?

The process can be simple and straight-forward but not easy.

It would involve some research together with applying a formula commonly used by bloggers focused on advertising income.

You would basically need to find your first 100-1,000 keywords or phrases as well as their associated cost per click (CPC).

Although the process is simple it does involve some painstaking work of making a big list of potential keywords.

The next step would be finding the cost per click associated with each keyword using a tool like the Google Keyword Planner.

You can pick up the ebook that walks you step by step on how to use the niche profit calculator here.

How to Know If You Picked a Good Niche?

Even after finding your passion, purpose and doing a profitability calculation on your niche you can get it wrong.

Other key considerations to take on board when choosing your final can be as indicated below.

Here are some questions to consider;

  1. Can you write topics on your chosen niche for the next 3-5 years?
  2. What are the current ways to monetise your niche blog?
  3. Is your chosen niche trending up or down in Google Trends?
  4. Are the majority of blog topics evergreen?
  5. Where do your potential fans or clients currently hang out?
  6. Can you potentially build a tribe before starting a blog?

Let’s look at each of these questions in more detail so you know what to look out for.

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1. Topics for 3-5 Years

The idea of starting a blog or even getting involved in a new project is always very exciting.

As a general rule, when the honeymoon period is over then life becomes really difficult.

I can compare it with falling in love with someone new. After the first 6-12 months, it requires a whole lot more effort to stay in love.

This same concept can be applied to blogging because it can be very difficult to get results based on many factors.

You can easily run out of topics in your first 6 months. If you do then your chosen niche may be too narrow or you may need to switch things up a bit.

2. Monetising your Blog

Unless you plan to have your blog as a hobby I suggest that you think about monetising your blog upfront.

Looking at other bloggers in a niche that is similar to yours will help you to make a list of potential ways to generate an income from your blog.

Dozens of ways exist to make money blogging. Decide ahead of time so that you can take the necessary actions to ensure that you are ready.

This big list of ways to monetise your blog should help you to get ready and make a long term plan.

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3. Google Trends Really Helps

The biggest disservice that you can do to yourself and your blog is not doing proper research.

Google Trends is a free tool that you can use to look at what is happening in your niche in terms of demand.

A continuing downward trend in your niche suggests that you need to switch over to something different.

The Atkins diet is a great example with a downward trend. I do remember when it was oh so popular.

Here is what it looks like for the last 5 years. You can easily to conclude that it’s trending downward slightly.

Atkins diet

However, when compared to the Ketogenic diet, reality suddenly hits home.

Atkins diet vs Ketogenic diet

According to Google Trends, the ketogenic diet is massively more popular compared to Atkins over the last 5 years.

Always do your homework.

4. Evergreen Content

Another key factor when deciding on your niche is the fact that evergreen content is king.

If you decide to get into a niche that addresses current affairs or the latest news like the Huffington Post then you will need to churn out a lot of content.

However, if your niche topics are good for a lifetime then they are more or less evergreen which is the best way to go.

5. Client Platforms

While this may not be vitally important during the early stages knowing where your clients hang out can give you an advantage.

The reason for this is that if your clients hang out on Youtube but you decide to stick with blogging only that can slow you down.

Knowing where your clients hang out and their preferred way to consume content really gives you the edge in the planning stages.

6. Building a Tribe

One secret to getting enormous success before launching your blog is building a following or tribe of loyal fans.

This is not an easy process unless you focus on a topic that has a high demand.

A great example of this is helping people find coupons or deals for shopping.

Here is a Facebook page that was created 3.5 months ago that has gone from zero to 46,000 likes.

Rory Cheap Flights

The owner was scrambling to find a way to monetise it and he finally decided to charge his fans 10 euro a year to get 7-10 deals a week.

Don’t ever think that your market is saturated because you can find opportunities everywhere.

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How to Choose Your Blog Niche In 48 Hours or Less

Now that you have a fair understanding of what’s involved in choosing the best niche for your blog let’s streamline the process.

In order to get this all done and dusted in the shortest possible time here are the necessary steps you need to take.

  1. Watch the videos about finding your passion and purpose – 2 hours
  2. Formulate a shortlist of your best skills, talents, hobbies, achievements and spare time activities – 2 hours
  3. Discover your purpose or cause that you will support without compensation – 5 hours
  4. Research a list of 5-10 topics that you can talk about with little to no research – 2 hours
  5. Conduct some research using Google Trends to ensure these topics are growing niches – 2 hours
  6. Write 1,500 to 2,000 words on each of your 5 top topics – 20 hours
  7. Publish the articles on the most appropriate platform like Medium, LinkedIn, Kinja, Thrive Global, Tumblr, Facebook page – 4 hours
  8. Take note about which ones gets the most feedback or engagement

This is a surefire way to dip your toe in the water without having to invest a lot of time and resources.

You also have the ability to get immediate feedback from your potential client about their needs on that topic.

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7 Obscure Niche Blog Examples You Don’t Need to Follow🤣

To give you some inspiration that anything is possible when it comes to starting a blog here are 7 obscure blog examples for you.

1. Nerd + Deadlift focus

I came across this blog that is in the fitness niche but it focuses solely on nerd fitness as well as doing deadlifts.

Nerd Fitness - Deadlift

The blogger Steve Kamb is a self-confessed nerd who does deadlifts and his goal is to help nerds, misfits and mutants.

Several elements of this website remind me of the movie ‘The Greatest Showman’, where the performers wanted somewhere to belong.

2. Physical Agility

We all are accustomed to the idea of sitting 8 hours a day at a desk or working in upright positions.

However, I came across a blog that is focused on building physical agility for the longterm.

GMB Fitness

GMB fitness promises to help everyone to get strong, move better and build total confidence in their body.

They offer lessons teaching you how to do handstands.

3. Spice Your Way Slim

Another great blog I found was one that teaches a very unconventional way to lose weight.

Just in case you are thinking that you need to deprive yourself of sugars think again.

Masala Body

Nagina from Masala Body promises to help you lose weight using only spices.

4. Freelance Writing

As you probably know we are living in the information age where the demand for writers is relatively high.

A great way to generate an income online from your blog is from freelance writing.

Freelance Writer's Den

Growing a community or writers is a great way to generate 6 figures which is just what Carol from Freelance Writers Den has done.

She charges $25 per month and she already has over 1,200 members in her community.

5. Paleo Diet for Dogs

The thought of going on a diet makes me squirmish every single time. Some may say I don’t need it but my preference is a lifestyle change.

However, putting dogs on a paleo diet sounds even stranger for me.

Keep the Tail Wagging

Kimberly Gauthier from KeepTheTailWagging.com is helping dog owners to feed their dogs on a raw diet.

She also has a special focus on pet wellness as an added benefit.

6. Help Short Men Dress Better

Well, this one surprised me a bit because of the heavy focus on women when it comes to fashion.

Have you ever thought about the needs of men and what they wear?

The Modest Man

Brock McGoff decided to help short men dress better so he started a blog called the Modest Man.

He offers style advice, outfit ideas as well as tips and tricks to help them date with confidence.

Short men include any man under 5 foot 8 inches.

7. Did You Get Enough Sleep Last Night?

A very obscure blog making $2,500 a month is one that focuses on sleeping well.

Did you know that about 35% of Americans don’t get their required 7 hours of sleep every night?

The Dozy Owl

Blogging about sleep is what Kieran from the Dozy Owl which goes against unconventional wisdom.

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Summary

What a ride! Just when you thought it was too hard to find a blogging niche I have given you everything you need including the kitchen sink.

In case you need help remembering we covered the following:

  1. What is a blog niche
  2. Broad or narrow
  3. Finding your passion + purpose
  4. Strengths shortlist
  5. Niche profit calculator
  6. Elements of a good niche
  7. Obscure blog niche examples

At this point, I believe that you have everything you need to make a shortlist of 3-5 blog niche ideas.

Starting a side hustle is very daunting and the fear of failing is what is preventing a lot of people from getting started.

One thing that can definitely help is joining a group or community of people who are in a similar situation to yours.

I would really like to hear about your experience.

Do let me know what has been your experience of picking a blog niche as well as any obscure niches you came across.

Share it in the comments below.

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You notice that many of your friends or people who you know are getting into this blogging thing and you want to do the same.



Let me know if this sounds familiar.



As the years go by working at that 9-5 job is proving to be more difficult when you want to spend time with your loved ones.



The idea of running your own side hustle sounds super attractive but you are terrified to get started.



In fact, you don't think that you are any good at writing and besides who would listen to you anyway.



Creating your very own website or blog seems pretty scary because you are just not a techy person at all.



The good news is that none of us was born knowing how to blog, we all learned along the way.



In this post, you will learn the necessary steps that you can take to get this blogging thing right as well as how to pick a blog niche that is right for you.







What on Earth is a Blog Niche Anyway?



You can think of a niche blog as a website that is focused on a specific topic that addresses the concerns of people that share a common interest.



That common interest could be a location, food, gadgets, experiences and just about anything.



In fact, according to Wikipedia, niche blogging "may appeal to geographic areas, a speciality industry, ethnic or age groups, or any other particular group of people."



The most important aspect is that this group of people would share a common interest that is meaningful enough for them to talk about.



A location could be Manhattan, a speciality industry could be 3D printing and age could refer to millennials.



One thing I find super interesting about blogging is that generally speaking no one likes to be labelled.



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71 Authentic Blog Topics Cool People Love to Read https://www.successunscrambled.com/most-searched-blog-topics/ Mon, 17 Feb 2020 01:25:00 +0000 https://www.successunscrambled.com/?p=17984 https://www.successunscrambled.com/most-searched-blog-topics/#comments https://www.successunscrambled.com/most-searched-blog-topics/feed/ 21 Are you wishing that you can get your hands on the most searched blog topics that are specific to your niche? Is it one of the blogging tasks that you would like to outsource either now or in the future? Let me know if this sounds familiar or even very close to home. You absolutely enjoy creating content for your blog on a regular basis to include the images. However, one of the things you dislike is SEO or doing keyword research to come up with new topics every week or day. The moment you get a chance or budget you would hand this task off for someone else to do it. I can assure you that there are many bloggers like you out there who struggle with SEO or doing topic and keyword research. Doing SEO and topic research is a service that I offer to my clients. If you don't have the budget yet then read on. In this post, you will learn about the most searched blog topics across 9 different niches to give you a head start. What Qualifies As the Most Searched Blog Topics? There are quite a number of articles written about the most searched blog topics that are not quite accurate. Many of them give you a list of the most search high-level niches but they fail to address specific niche topics. I don't want to lose you altogether so let me go into more detail right here. Some of the most popular blog niches include mom blogs, beauty blogs, personal finance blogs and even food blogs. Each of those blogs then covers broad topics or categories. For example, a mom blog may have information about potty training. While a food blog may cover diets like keto or vegan. Some food blogs only focus on desserts or salads. In other words, a niche blog has content across several topics. So, to qualify as a blog topic with lots of searches it needs to be a piece of content within a specific niche. Get the Most Searched Blog Topics List, even if you... Suffer from Mom guilt Are feeling overwhelmed Get distracted with a bazillion things Have a hard time staying focused Don't know where to start Need to balance home, work and kids Are feeling clueless Name Email Grab The Topics List Pinterest Topics or Categories To help you understand the idea of topics better let's look at the available topics on Pinterest. Although Pinterest may not be the best example of topics for blogs, it can still point you in the right direction. If you head on over to pinterest.com/categories/ you will see a grid that looks like this one. If you click-through on any of those categories you will then be taken to a topics view. I clicked-through to art and this is what I see in the results. Here are the results for the topics under sewing. In case you are wondering what are the top 100 trending topics on Pinterest for 2020 then feel free to check out Pinterest 100 here. Each time I look at the report I am always surprised to learn what wild and wonderful things are gaining popularity. Look Back Using Google Trends If you are one of my regular readers you know that I like to use Google Trends for a number of reasons. Using it to find the most searched blog topics should be something that... Are you wishing that you can get your hands on the most searched blog topics that are specific to your niche?

Is it one of the blogging tasks that you would like to outsource either now or in the future?

Let me know if this sounds familiar or even very close to home.

You absolutely enjoy creating content for your blog on a regular basis to include the images.

However, one of the things you dislike is SEO or doing keyword research to come up with new topics every week or day.

The moment you get a chance or budget you would hand this task off for someone else to do it.

I can assure you that there are many bloggers like you out there who struggle with SEO or doing topic and keyword research.

Doing SEO and topic research is a service that I offer to my clients. If you don’t have the budget yet then read on.

In this post, you will learn about the most searched blog topics across 9 different niches to give you a head start.

Most searched blog topics, high demand blog topics, most popular blog topics - blog 1

What Qualifies As the Most Searched Blog Topics?

There are quite a number of articles written about the most searched blog topics that are not quite accurate.

Many of them give you a list of the most search high-level niches but they fail to address specific niche topics.

I don’t want to lose you altogether so let me go into more detail right here.

Some of the most popular blog niches include mom blogs, beauty blogs, personal finance blogs and even food blogs.

Each of those blogs then covers broad topics or categories. For example, a mom blog may have information about potty training.

While a food blog may cover diets like keto or vegan. Some food blogs only focus on desserts or salads.

In other words, a niche blog has content across several topics.

So, to qualify as a blog topic with lots of searches it needs to be a piece of content within a specific niche.

Most Searched Blog Topics - img

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Pinterest Topics or Categories

To help you understand the idea of topics better let’s look at the available topics on Pinterest.

Although Pinterest may not be the best example of topics for blogs, it can still point you in the right direction.

If you head on over to pinterest.com/categories/ you will see a grid that looks like this one.

Pinterest categories

If you click-through on any of those categories you will then be taken to a topics view.

I clicked-through to art and this is what I see in the results.

Art topics on Pinterest

Here are the results for the topics under sewing.

Sewing topics on Pinterest

In case you are wondering what are the top 100 trending topics on Pinterest for 2020 then feel free to check out Pinterest 100 here.

Each time I look at the report I am always surprised to learn what wild and wonderful things are gaining popularity.

Look Back Using Google Trends

If you are one of my regular readers you know that I like to use Google Trends for a number of reasons.

Using it to find the most searched blog topics should be something that you do as well.

Here is a snapshot letting you know what was trending in the US during the year 2019.

The niches shown include food, music, travel, entertainment, weddings and the popular ‘what is’ category.

Google Trends 2019 - US

I am actually quite surprised to see shepherd’s pie so high on the list under recipes.

Who would have thought that the humble shepherd’s pie can become so popular?

Most searched blog topics, high demand blog topics - blog 2

Why Choosing the Most Searched Blog Topics is Important?

If you are new to blogging or you just cannot understand how things work in content marketing then keep reading.

Finding the most searched blog topics is important when it comes to getting readers to find your articles.

By this I mean, if no one is searching for it then chances are that no one will find it.

Of course, there are always exceptions to any rule.

You can write the longest article on a topic that is dear to your heart with the hope that people would read it.

However, the secret to getting your articles consumed and appreciated is by writing on topics that your potential readers need to know.

For example, if you have a choice of writing on two different topics but topic A had 20 searches a month and topic B had 1,000 searches a month which one would you choose?

Personally, I would go with topic B as the potential to get a return on my writing investment is higher.

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What Are the Top 9 Blog Niches?

Before diving into specific topics I thought it would make sense to first give you a list of the top 9 blog niches.

Here they are in no particular order.

  1. Beauty
  2. DIY
  3. Personal Finance
  4. Health
  5. Fashion
  6. Mom
  7. Travel
  8. Food
  9. Lifestyle

As you can see there will be a wide range of topics simply because these 9 niches are very broad.

Because these niches can be quite broad I have chosen to list 10 most searched blog topics for each of these niches.

You will see a result from Ubersuggest listing the search volume as well as related keywords in some cases.

I really like doing this kind of research so this was quite a fun exercise for me to do and report back to you (not that you asked).🤣

Beauty Blog – 10 Most Searched Topics

I am not an expert in the beauty blogging niche and I don’t even have a beauty blog.

However here are 10 of the most searched blog topics in the beauty niche.

1. Milk Makeup

The first one on the list is milk makeup with 74,000 searches every month. I never even heard of this product in my life.

milk makeup - Ubersuggest

Here is a shortlist of related keywords to help you gain some traction.

Milk makeup related topics

I just had to double-check if the milk makeup blur stick was a concealer and it seems to be, whew! It sounded like a piece of technology for images.

2. Nail Polish Strip

Nail polish strip - Ubersuggest

I have to confess that if you are looking for beauty advice don’t come to me because I have no idea what these things are about.

Nail polish strip

As you can see there are a number of very specific related keywords that you can use to get conversions.

Popular blog topics list, high demand blog topics - blog 3

3. Sephora VIB Sale

When I first saw this search phrase I thought it was an error because VIB looked strange.

Sephora VIB sale - Ubersuggest

Anyway, Sephora VIB sale is in at number three with over 9,900 searches every month.

Sephora VIB sale

Again a great list of related keywords to help you customise your article to match the search.

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4. Sleep Styler

Sleep styler - Ubersuggest

Another totally expected keyword. Sleep styler is there at number 4 with 8,100 searches every month.

Sleep styler

Again a good number of related keywords that will help you to tweak your article to match the search.

5. Halo Laser

The good thing about doing this research is that I get to learn about what is happening in niches where I am unfamiliar with the terminology.

Halo laser - Ubersuggest

Halo laser is on the list at number 5 with 5,400 searches every month. It looks like a really important treatment for many people.

Halo laser

You have to admit that these related keywords are like gold dust for anyone writing on this topic.

6. Skinceuticals Retinol

Skinceuticals retinol - Ubersuggest

If you are familiar with this phrase then bless your heart. It is so surprising the kind of phrases that can be found.

At number 6 is Skinceuticals retinol at number 6 with over 3,600 searches a month.

Skinceuticals retinol

I would have never realised that all these different versions of retinol existed had it not been for these related keywords.

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7. Best Glossier Products

Interestingly I never heard of Glossier so I had to go and look this one up. They offer a great range of skincare products.

best Glossier products - Ubersuggest

In order to get the related keywords, I needed to take a step backwards and look up Glossier products.

Glossier products

In case you have not noticed I am a geek at heart when it comes to keyword research and search engine optimisation.

8. Age-Defying Laser Tria

At number 8, we have age-defying laser tria with 1,000 searches per month.

Age defying laser tria - Ubersuggest

Here is a list of those important related keywords to help you understand the user intent of this search.

Age defying laser tria

It is so interesting to see the number of beauty products available to assist with slowing down the ageing process.

9. Preparation H Under Eyes

Speaking of beauty and ageing here is preparation h under eyes coming in at number 9 with 1,000 searches a month.

Preparation h under eyes - Ubersuggest

The list of related keywords are very good and they get a lot of searches every month. The search difficulty for most of them is also quite low.

Preparation h under eyes

I really like the fact that the related keywords in this example are closely related and can be easily added to the same article.

10. Nutrafol vs Viviscal

Finally, at number 10 for the beauty blog niche, we have Nutrafol vs Viviscal with 880 searches per month.

nutrafol vs viviscal - Ubersuggest

While it is a very focused keyphrase it is ideal for the buyer journey at the consideration phase which is very close to converting into a sale.

nutrafol vs viviscal

The related keywords are not really different from the original keyphrase which confirms the specificity of this search.

DIY Blogs – 10 Most Searched Topics

Here are some of the 10 most searched blog topics that can be found in the DIY niche.

DIY Topics - blurred

As you can see there are quite a number of areas to focus on and the searches are quite healthy.

Personal Finance Blogs – 10 Most Searched Topics

The personal finance niche can be a bit tricky as it may require some thinking outside the box.

Here is a list of 10 topics to get you started and your brain working in the right direction.

Personal Finance Topics - blurred

It can have a few overlaps with the DIY niche in some respects but the end goal is to save money and help people to learn about things to stop buying.

Health Blogs – 10 Most Searched Topics

The health niche can be very exciting since every year new diets and exercise routines pop up to match every lifestyle.

Here are 10 health topics for you to consider.

Health Topics - blurred

While some of these health topics can remain in existence for only a few years. Others will remain around for a very long time like the postpartum workout.

Most searched fashion blog topics, popular fashion blog topics

Fashion Blogs – 10 Most Searched Topics

Depending on your approach, fashion blog topics can be too easy and overcrowded.

A lot of it can also be as seasonal as the clothes people wear. Here are 10 fashion topics to help you think outside the box.

Fashion Topics - blurred

It can be quite an eye-opener when you know what people are searching for every month.

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Mom Blog – 10 Most Searched Topics

Because mothers carry their titles for life or at least a very long time before they become grandmothers then the range of topics can be broad.

These 10 most searched mom blog topics should give you a head start.

Mom Topics - blurred

I was quite surprised by the cool variety that I uncovered during my research of mom blog topics.

Travel Blogs – 10 Most Searched Topics

If there is one topic that I am quite familiar with it is travel. After visiting over 20 countries in my lifetime I absolutely enjoy it.

This list of 10 travel blog topics should set you up to do it well.

Travel Blog Topics - blurred

Travel topics can literally take you in any direction from the clothes to wear, places to visit, the food to eat and where to stay.

Food Blogs – 10 Most Searched Topics

What are you cooking for dinner? Ever wondered what recipes most people search for every month?

I hope this list of the 10 most searched blog topics in the food niche would not leave you starving.

Food Blog Topics - blurred

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Lifestyle Blogs – 10 Most Searched Topics

I have always seen the lifestyle niche as one of those that is easy to find blog topics as the focus is quite broad.

As you will see in the lifestyle topics list bloggers can write about anything that is popular.

Lifestyle Blog Topics - blurred
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From food to fashion and everything in between. The important thing to remember is check-out the demand before you start writing.

Most searched blog topics, high demand blog topics, most popular blog topics - pin 2

Summary

So, finding the most searched blog topics across several niches can be a fun exercise if that is your jam.

I hope you enjoyed reading the results just as much as I enjoyed producing them.

While it may not be an easy task to do, the rewards can be endless and beneficial for your business.

It can be as simple or as difficult as you want it to be. You can use Pinterest as your source of inspiration.

If you need to outsource this work on a regular basis and you need a keyword specialist, feel free to check out my SEO services here.

What has been your experience in finding those important search terms in your niche?

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Are you wishing that you can get your hands on the most searched blog topics that are specific to your niche? Is it one of the blogging tasks that you would like to outsource either now or in the future? Are you wishing that you can get your hands on the most searched blog topics that are specific to your niche?



Is it one of the blogging tasks that you would like to outsource either now or in the future?



Let me know if this sounds familiar or even very close to home.



You absolutely enjoy creating content for your blog on a regular basis to include the images.



However, one of the things you dislike is SEO or doing keyword research to come up with new topics every week or day.



The moment you get a chance or budget you would hand this task off for someone else to do it.



I can assure you that there are many bloggers like you out there who struggle with SEO or doing topic and keyword research.



Doing SEO and topic research is a service that I offer to my clients. If you don't have the budget yet then read on.



In this post, you will learn about the most searched blog topics across 9 different niches to give you a head start.







What Qualifies As the Most Searched Blog Topics?



There are quite a number of articles written about the most searched blog topics that are not quite accurate.



Many of them give you a list of the most search high-level niches but they fail to address specific niche topics.



I don't want to lose you altogether so let me go into more detail right here.



Some of the most popular blog niches include mom blogs, beauty blogs, personal finance blogs and even food blogs.



Each of those blogs then covers broad topics or categories. For example, a mom blog may have information about potty training.



While a food blog may cover diets like keto or vegan. Some food blogs only focus on desserts or salads.



In other words, a niche blog has content across several topics.



So, to qualify as a blog topic with lots of searches it needs to be a piece of content within a specific niche.


























Get the Most Searched Blog Topics List, even if you...







Suffer from Mom guilt




Are feeling overwhelmed




Get distracted with a bazillion things




Have a hard time staying focused




Don't know where to start




Need to balance home, work and kids




Are feeling clueless













Name

Email





Grab The Topics List














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The Only Blogging Schedule You Need To Be Consistent https://www.successunscrambled.com/blogging-schedule/ Mon, 10 Feb 2020 03:24:00 +0000 https://www.successunscrambled.com/?p=17633 https://www.successunscrambled.com/blogging-schedule/#comments https://www.successunscrambled.com/blogging-schedule/feed/ 36 Are you feeling overwhelmed and in need of a blogging schedule that just does the job? If you are finding it difficult to blog on a consistent basis then keep reading. A key secret to experiencing success as a blogger is being consistent at showing up online. In case you have no idea what I mean it all boils down to visibility. Depending on your niche it is not sufficient to put content out there only once. It actually requires consistent prolonged effort to get results that generate an income. For some, it would mean publishing content every single day while others, like me, can do it once a week. In this post, you will learn about different ways to organise a blog schedule planner and develop one that fits your needs. What Makes a Good Blogging Schedule? In order to develop a good schedule for your blog, it is important to know what should be included. I like to see it mapped out in three different phases which are: planningcreatingmarketing The content that you are going to create should be part of an overall plan to achieve a goal or two. Therefore, it is important to include a planning phase where the content is mapped directly to a revenue goal. After creating the content it is even more important to promote it to potential customers so that they know you exist. It is often said bloggers should spend 20% of their time creating the content and 80% promoting it. Schedule Your Blog Like a Boss, even if you... Suffer from Mom guilt Are feeling overwhelmed Get distracted with a bazillion things Don't know where to start Are feeling clueless Name Email Grab The Schedule How to Plan a Blogging Schedule Every blog is different and so is every blogger and small business owner. Two key differentiators are the niche that is the focus of the blog and the time available for blogging. The easiest way to plan a blogging schedule is to write down a list of things that needs to happen. Then write down the time available to accomplish those important tasks. You may realise after writing your list that you do not have enough time to complete the tasks every week. If this is your reality you may want to consider outsourcing tasks or finding tools that can help you do those tasks faster. Another thing to consider is the length of time it takes you to get something done at different times of the day. When are you the most productive during the day? Can you use that time to complete heavy tasks? How Do You Manage Time to Run Your Blog Time management continues to be a big challenge for many people. If this is a big challenge for you then keep reading as I may have a solution for you. Each of us has 24 hours in a given day and it is possible to use that time efficiently to accomplish goals. Have you ever thought of decluttering your schedule and only doing the things that bring results? Over the years I discovered that I had a lot of fluff on my schedule. I wanted a lean machine so I removed all the excess things that did not add value to my life like spending hours watching TV. After reading, The One Thing, I focus on having only three things on my list every single day. Knowing what is the One Thing that will take my blog forward by leaps and bounds reall... Are you feeling overwhelmed and in need of a blogging schedule that just does the job?

If you are finding it difficult to blog on a consistent basis then keep reading.

A key secret to experiencing success as a blogger is being consistent at showing up online.

In case you have no idea what I mean it all boils down to visibility.

Depending on your niche it is not sufficient to put content out there only once.

It actually requires consistent prolonged effort to get results that generate an income.

For some, it would mean publishing content every single day while others, like me, can do it once a week.

In this post, you will learn about different ways to organise a blog schedule planner and develop one that fits your needs.

The only blogging schedule you need this year, for bloggers - blog

What Makes a Good Blogging Schedule?

In order to develop a good schedule for your blog, it is important to know what should be included.

I like to see it mapped out in three different phases which are:

  1. planning
  2. creating
  3. marketing

The content that you are going to create should be part of an overall plan to achieve a goal or two.

Therefore, it is important to include a planning phase where the content is mapped directly to a revenue goal.

After creating the content it is even more important to promote it to potential customers so that they know you exist.

It is often said bloggers should spend 20% of their time creating the content and 80% promoting it.

Blogging Schedule template - cover pic

Schedule Your Blog Like a Boss, even if you...

  • Suffer from Mom guilt
  • Are feeling overwhelmed
  • Get distracted with a bazillion things
  • Don't know where to start
  • Are feeling clueless

How to Plan a Blogging Schedule

Every blog is different and so is every blogger and small business owner.

Two key differentiators are the niche that is the focus of the blog and the time available for blogging.

The easiest way to plan a blogging schedule is to write down a list of things that needs to happen.

Then write down the time available to accomplish those important tasks.

You may realise after writing your list that you do not have enough time to complete the tasks every week.

If this is your reality you may want to consider outsourcing tasks or finding tools that can help you do those tasks faster.

Another thing to consider is the length of time it takes you to get something done at different times of the day.

When are you the most productive during the day? Can you use that time to complete heavy tasks?

Blog post Schedule template, the only one you need this year, for bloggers - blog

How Do You Manage Time to Run Your Blog

Time management continues to be a big challenge for many people.

If this is a big challenge for you then keep reading as I may have a solution for you.

Each of us has 24 hours in a given day and it is possible to use that time efficiently to accomplish goals.

Have you ever thought of decluttering your schedule and only doing the things that bring results?

Over the years I discovered that I had a lot of fluff on my schedule.

I wanted a lean machine so I removed all the excess things that did not add value to my life like spending hours watching TV.

After reading, The One Thing, I focus on having only three things on my list every single day.

Knowing what is the One Thing that will take my blog forward by leaps and bounds really helped me to prioritise.

I then take those three big tasks and bring them down into smaller steps or bite-sized chunks so that I can get them done.

My Blogging Schedule

This post would not be complete if we did not spend time together looking at an actual blogging schedule in great detail.

Here is an example schedule that you can use to help you plan, create and promote your content.

I have a really good downloadable one that you can use as well so keep reading until the end.

Detailed Blogging Schedule - Image Copyright

As you can see it is just tasks assigned to different spots in a calendar. I have not attached a timeframe to any of them.

However, I did assign each task to a specific day in the week.

You will notice that there are a total of 30 tasks. The tasks in green are non-marketing tasks.

The pinkish colour represents marketing or promotional related items.

It may take me 1-3 hours to write 2,000 words but for you, it may take 30 minutes.

Blogging Schedule template - cover pic

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Begin With the End In Mind

Every big and long term goal can seem insurmountable when approached as a huge chunk.

Over the years I have learned that the best way to achieve big, scary goals is by breaking it down into smaller tasks.

Many new bloggers find that producing content every single week or day to be quite daunting.

However, here is a great way to achieve any goal that requires a frequent and consistent effort.

For example, I need to produce a blog post and podcast episode every single week for the rest of my life.🤣

I remember when I first started this blog I was worried about how on earth I was going to show up every week.

Here’s the secret way to get it done.

  1. Choose a day when your content will go live
  2. Factor in the time it takes to produce it
  3. Remember to cater for images and marketing
  4. Give yourself an additional day for emergencies
  5. Have the draft ready to schedule 3-4 days in advance
  6. Start writing the draft 6-7 days before the go-live date
  7. Conduct your research 1-2 weeks before the go-live date

So, my post and podcast go live every Monday. I gave myself the deadline to have it scheduled by the Friday.

I have set aside a few hours every Thursday to edit the draft, create the images and record the podcast episode.

My draft must be written (all 2,000 words) by Wednesday or Thursday in order to meet that Friday deadline.

Blogging Schedule Planner, the only one you need this year, for bloggers - blog

Blogging Goals

The secret to getting ideas for your blog topics for a month or a quarter actually come from the goals for your blog.

Just in case you are not aware of it blogging is a form of content marketing which is used to attract potential buyers to your business.

For example, if you want to sell a product or service then you use the blog as a way to address your potential client’s standard questions and queries.

Let’s look at a practical example so you can relate.

If you sell chocolates then your blog will address questions like gift wrapping, the perfect gift for mothers, girlfriends, delivery options and even cater to special dietary clients.

Each topic is taken and articles are written to exhaust that topic as much as possible before moving on to the next one.

So, for one quarter you can write about all the different kinds of diets where your chocolates can be consumed safely.

  1. Chocolates for Keto
  2. Gluten-free chocolates
  3. Lactose-free chocolates
  4. Sugar-free chocolates
  5. Low-fat chocolates
  6. High protein chocolates
  7. Celiac chocolates
  8. Vegan chocolates
  9. Wheat-free chocolates

You get the picture from the above list of how your content can potentially address a focused audience every week.

Batching Your Work

A clever way to get more done in less time is to complete your tasks in batches.

For example, I needed to write a minimum of 10,000 words for the month of January because of the theme I chose.

Instead of writing 2,000 words every week I made a shortlist of five topics then I spent three days writing 10,000+ words.

It now meant that I had free time to complete another big task the following week like creating all the images for those 5 posts.

During the 3rd week, I can spend time updating 5 old blog posts and creating campaigns inside of Missinglettr to have them queued and ready to go.

Week 4 can be spent creating new pins for 4-8 old blog posts and scheduling them out using Tailwind.

Blogging then becomes a whole lot easier because I have the whole operation running like a well-oiled machine.

Blogging Schedule template - cover pic

Schedule Your Blog Like a Boss, even if you...

  • Suffer from Mom guilt
  • Are feeling overwhelmed
  • Get distracted with a bazillion things
  • Don't know where to start
  • Are feeling clueless

Best Time, Location and Device

If you are like me you will notice that there are certain blog tasks that can only be done when all the conditions are right.

By conditions, I mean that you have found the perfect atmosphere to be creative.

For example, I can never write a blog post if I am not sitting in my favourite spot, the room is cold or I am hungry.😂

It may sound strange but that is just the way I work when writing content.

However, for many marketing activities, I can be using a different device at another location and it is fine.

I guess what I am trying to say is that it would make sense for you to schedule a task if the conditions are right for you to complete the task.

Recently, I was listening to one of my mentors who does Youtube videos and she said that she cannot produce video content until she knows that she can finish the task.

For me, when creating a blog post, I don’t need to complete it straight away. I just need to write as much as I can once I am within the deadline.

Done for You Blogging Schedule

To help you get the most out of your blogging efforts I have decided to create and share my blogging schedule via Trello.

DFY Blogging Schedule - Trello

It covers an entire quarter and includes 13 different cards. Each card has tasks associated with creating a new blog post.

You will also get tasks that can be used to edit existing blog posts to include keyword research and creating new pins.

There is also a checklist that will help you to complete marketing tasks once your blog post goes live.

The lists that come as standard include:

  1. Quarter 1 (13 weeks)
  2. Research
  3. Writing content
  4. Create marketing content
  5. Edit + proofreading
  6. Scheduled
  7. Old blog post
  8. Marketing – old blog post
  9. Marketing – new blog post
  10. Done

All you need to do at the start of each quarter is to copy a new board from the template.

Blogging Schedule template - cover pic

Schedule Your Blog Like a Boss, even if you...

  • Suffer from Mom guilt
  • Are feeling overwhelmed
  • Get distracted with a bazillion things
  • Don't know where to start
  • Are feeling clueless

Blogging Schedule Tasks

To help you get a head start on all the activities for any given week each list contains the tasks associated with it.

For example, the list labelled ‘create marketing content‘ contains a list of 4 tasks as follows:

  1. Create 5 pin images
  2. Make 3-5 blog images
  3. Write Pinterest description
  4. Formulate social media content

Here is a screenshot of what it looks like on the Trello board.

Blogging schedule tasks mktg

Feel free to add more tasks to your list as well as detailed steps or a procedure to get it right every time.

Blogging Schedule template, the only blogging schedule you need this year, for bloggers - blog

Blogging Schedule Calendar

The final step of your blogging schedule will include adding these tasks to your weekly calendar.

As you can imagine we are all very different so what would work for me will not necessarily be the same for you.

For this process, I opted for the Planyway Planner as the power-up for this Trello board.

You can decide to just use the standard calendar if that is your preferred option.

The challenge that you will face is that the regular calendar power-up does not give you the option to drag and drop tasks into your week.

Blogging Schedule Planyway Planner

A video and 5-day email tutorial or course are included once you sign up to access the blogging schedule.

This is a great way to help you to blog consistently for 12-36 months. The great news is that you can tweak it to suit your blogging needs.

The only blogging schedule you need this year, for bloggers - pin 2

Summary

Creating content on a consistent basis and still finding time to promote that content every day can lead to overwhelm.

The secret to attaining such massive goals is to break it down into smaller manageable tasks.

If you have a VA then using a tool like Trello will help you to assign tasks to team members.

Even if you don’t have a team a blog post schedule template gives you a great opportunity to develop standard operating procedures to scale your business.

To access the blogging schedule template and make it your own enter your name and email address below and you will receive the link.

Blogging Schedule template - cover pic

Schedule Your Blog Like a Boss, even if you...

  • Suffer from Mom guilt
  • Are feeling overwhelmed
  • Get distracted with a bazillion things
  • Don't know where to start
  • Are feeling clueless

You will also get access to a free 5-day course on how to get the most out of your blogging schedule.

Announcements

Remember to subscribe to the Success Unscrambled Podcast where you will be the first to hear what’s happening in the entrepreneurial and digital marketing world.

Your positive review of this podcast is vital to keeping it alive and running for the next 12 – 24 months so please leave a positive review for us on iTunesSpotify or any of your favourite podcast players.

If you need a tool to help you plan the themes for each quarter or month for your blog then grab this blog planner.

Are you in need of free resources to help you to get the most out of your blogging efforts? Check out this huge list of 100+ blogging resources that you can use.

Want to take advantage of some free website traffic hacks? Grab these clever ways to get your blog noticed.

The goal of Success Unscrambled is to help female entrepreneurs become more visible using organic marketing strategies.

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Are you feeling overwhelmed and in need of a blogging schedule that just does the job? If you are finding it difficult to blog on a consistent basis then keep reading. A key secret to experiencing success as a blogger is being consistent at showi... Are you feeling overwhelmed and in need of a blogging schedule that just does the job?



If you are finding it difficult to blog on a consistent basis then keep reading.



A key secret to experiencing success as a blogger is being consistent at showing up online.



In case you have no idea what I mean it all boils down to visibility.



Depending on your niche it is not sufficient to put content out there only once.



It actually requires consistent prolonged effort to get results that generate an income.



For some, it would mean publishing content every single day while others, like me, can do it once a week.



In this post, you will learn about different ways to organise a blog schedule planner and develop one that fits your needs.







What Makes a Good Blogging Schedule?



In order to develop a good schedule for your blog, it is important to know what should be included.



I like to see it mapped out in three different phases which are:



* planning* creating* marketing



The content that you are going to create should be part of an overall plan to achieve a goal or two.



Therefore, it is important to include a planning phase where the content is mapped directly to a revenue goal.



After creating the content it is even more important to promote it to potential customers so that they know you exist.



It is often said bloggers should spend 20% of their time creating the content and 80% promoting it.


























Schedule Your Blog Like a Boss, even if you...







Suffer from Mom guilt




Are feeling overwhelmed




Get distracted with a bazillion things




Don't know where to start




Are feeling clueless













Name

Email





Grab The Schedule




















How to Plan a Blogging Schedule



Every blog is different and so is every blogger and small business owner.



Two key differentiators are the niche that is the focus of the blog and the time available for blogging.



The easiest way to plan a blogging schedule is to write down a list of things that needs to happen.



Then write down the time available to accomplish those important tasks.



You may realise after writing your list that you do not have enough time to complete the tasks every week.



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21 Ridiculously Easy Ways to Save Money on Utility Bills https://www.successunscrambled.com/save-money-on-utility-bills/ Mon, 03 Feb 2020 01:50:00 +0000 https://www.successunscrambled.com/?p=16814 https://www.successunscrambled.com/save-money-on-utility-bills/#comments https://www.successunscrambled.com/save-money-on-utility-bills/feed/ 34 Are you looking for ways to save money on utility bills, electricity or energy? Do you have teenagers who think you get special discounts with the energy company? If you are a parent who is tired of saying, please turn off the lights when not in use' then I have great news for you. There are clever ways to circumvent the bad habits of these teenagers who just believe that money grows on trees. Yes, you have put up signs all throughout the house to remind them about the cost of running a house. Their teachers gave them an entire term on energy saving, climate change and water conservation. However, leaving the lights on and the mobile phone charger plugged in just seems to be a habit that is difficult to break. In this post, you will learn of easy ways to help you and your children to save on energy cost without losing your mind. Why Save on Electric Bills All over the world, you will notice that there are several issues when it comes to producing energy for larger countries. Recently I was looking at a video which featured how the people in Singapore recycle their rubbish without pollution. They don't even export the rubbish to another country either. It was so impressive that I was trying to understand why many more countries are not adopting these best practices. Even though you may not have any interest in climate change the fact that you can save money on utility bills should be of interest to you. According to Electric Choice, the average household in the US spends 2-3% of their annual income on electricity. This is for electricity alone and does not include other utilities like rubbish, water, gas and cable TV. I was surprised to learn that the state with the highest spend was Hawaii which spends 4.5% of their annual salary. In real terms, this works out at $2,856.00 a year on electric bills. I suppose this relates to airconditioning. If you are even slightly interested in saving $2,856.00 every year then keep reading. How to Save Money on Utility Bills Let's look at some really simple ways that you can help your teenagers to get excited about saving energy. I must warn you that these do require a change in habits so remember to be patient but persistent. 1. Use Energy Saving Bulbs Four years ago when I moved into the home where I currently live I made it a priority to ensure that every usable light was energy saving. You're probably thinking, Alvern energy-saving bulbs are expensive but you need to trust me. If I told you that I haven't changed the majority of bulbs in 4 years would you believe me? The electric company even raised their rates and I just ignored them. Not only do you save money on electric bills but you also save on the cost of buying bulbs regularly as well as the cost of going to the shops. 2. Switch to Lamps When I moved into this house the living room and kitchen have light fixtures that don't have energy-saving bulbs. The trick, in this case, is to switch over to lamps everywhere. IKEA had floor lamps for $14.00 each and I purchased 6 of them. These lamps only take energy-efficient bulbs that last many years which is great news for anyone. Remove those inefficient bulbs to discourage your children from accidentally using the wrong light.🤣 3. Hot Water Timer It will take time to get it right but using a timer on your hot water tank will save you having to remember to turn on and off the hot water. Another benefit is that you just set it and forget it and everyone will have hot water when they need it. You may need to install one if it does not already exist. 4. A Timer for Home Heating No one likes to come home to a cold house so using a timer on your heating system will also save you a lot of hassle. It will take a bit of trial and error to get it right but it would be so worth it. I cannot tell you the number of times that I have left the heating on for too long in t... Are you looking for ways to save money on utility bills, electricity or energy?

Do you have teenagers who think you get special discounts with the energy company?

If you are a parent who is tired of saying, please turn off the lights when not in use’ then I have great news for you.

There are clever ways to circumvent the bad habits of these teenagers who just believe that money grows on trees.

Yes, you have put up signs all throughout the house to remind them about the cost of running a house.

Their teachers gave them an entire term on energy saving, climate change and water conservation.

However, leaving the lights on and the mobile phone charger plugged in just seems to be a habit that is difficult to break.

In this post, you will learn of easy ways to help you and your children to save on energy cost without losing your mind.

Save money on electric bills, save money on heating, save money on utility bills, save money on cable - blog - 3

Why Save on Electric Bills

All over the world, you will notice that there are several issues when it comes to producing energy for larger countries.

Recently I was looking at a video which featured how the people in Singapore recycle their rubbish without pollution.

They don’t even export the rubbish to another country either.

It was so impressive that I was trying to understand why many more countries are not adopting these best practices.

Even though you may not have any interest in climate change the fact that you can save money on utility bills should be of interest to you.

According to Electric Choice, the average household in the US spends 2-3% of their annual income on electricity.

This is for electricity alone and does not include other utilities like rubbish, water, gas and cable TV.

I was surprised to learn that the state with the highest spend was Hawaii which spends 4.5% of their annual salary.

In real terms, this works out at $2,856.00 a year on electric bills. I suppose this relates to airconditioning.

If you are even slightly interested in saving $2,856.00 every year then keep reading.

How to Save Money on Utility Bills

Let’s look at some really simple ways that you can help your teenagers to get excited about saving energy.

I must warn you that these do require a change in habits so remember to be patient but persistent.

1. Use Energy Saving Bulbs

Four years ago when I moved into the home where I currently live I made it a priority to ensure that every usable light was energy saving.

You’re probably thinking, Alvern energy-saving bulbs are expensive but you need to trust me.

If I told you that I haven’t changed the majority of bulbs in 4 years would you believe me?

The electric company even raised their rates and I just ignored them.

Not only do you save money on electric bills but you also save on the cost of buying bulbs regularly as well as the cost of going to the shops.

2. Switch to Lamps

When I moved into this house the living room and kitchen have light fixtures that don’t have energy-saving bulbs.

The trick, in this case, is to switch over to lamps everywhere. IKEA had floor lamps for $14.00 each and I purchased 6 of them.

These lamps only take energy-efficient bulbs that last many years which is great news for anyone.

Remove those inefficient bulbs to discourage your children from accidentally using the wrong light.🤣

3. Hot Water Timer

It will take time to get it right but using a timer on your hot water tank will save you having to remember to turn on and off the hot water.

Another benefit is that you just set it and forget it and everyone will have hot water when they need it.

You may need to install one if it does not already exist.

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4. A Timer for Home Heating

No one likes to come home to a cold house so using a timer on your heating system will also save you a lot of hassle.

It will take a bit of trial and error to get it right but it would be so worth it.

I cannot tell you the number of times that I have left the heating on for too long in the last number of years.

Maybe I need a new brain with a timer to help me in this area.

5. Ditch the Electric Dryer

You are probably thinking that I have gone completely mad but trust me on this one.

It is going to take a little bit of discipline to use an Air Dryer instead of an electric dryer but it really works.

Of course, this will work a lot better if you have a designated laundry room.

Yes, it does take about 48 hours for your clothes to dry so it does require a habit change.

If you have a hot cupboard you can use that to dry clothes overnight.

6. Switch Off Unnecessary lights

Now that you have energy-efficient light bulbs it is still important to switch those off when not in use.

As a parent, you have three ways to handle this challenge.

  1. Ask your child if they switched off the lights
  2. Do a check every 1-2 hours to see what needs to switch off
  3. Install motion sensor lights in the kid’s bedrooms

Getting them to adopt better habits might be the best solution but you can decide what works best.

7. Unplug Appliances

Depending on your set up at home it is a good idea to unplug appliances when they are not in use.

Many years ago I had a habit of using the microwave oven as my main clock in the kitchen.

Now, I just use my mobile phone as a clock. It may make sense to have a wall clock as a backup as well.

8. Wash Dishes by Hand

If you have a small family you may want to consider washing all your dishes, pots and pans by hand.

It does require changing habits but you can use it as a way to bond with other family members.

My teenage daughter does find a way to wash the dishes while listening to music so it can be done.

9. Invest in Non-Iron Clothes

Ironing clothes every week is not my cup of tea (I don’t even like tea). So, I made the decision a long time ago to find ways to reduce ironing.

I guess I spent too many years watching at my parents iron clothes that I am somehow allergic to it.

Anytime I venture out to buy clothes, which is not often, I check the washing instructions as well as ironing notes.

Knitwear and clothes that can be hung up and worn are my favourites.

10. Motion Sensor Lights Outside

We live in a world that is not as secure as it was a number of years ago. So, depending on where you live you may use security lights outdoors.

The best ones to use outdoors are motion sensor lights unless you have lots of trees or animals like cats that run by frequently.

Carefully spend time considering your options and choose wisely.

11. An Efficient Vacuum Cleaner

Whether you have carpets, tiles or hardwood floors you will know that you probably use a vacuum cleaner daily.

Ensure that you get one that is double AA rated and that does a good job of cleaning the floor.

A very good broom can also work on tiles or hardwood but for stubborn crumbs, a vacuum cleaner is best.

Save money on gas, save money on electric bills, save money on heating, save money on utility bills, save money on cable - blog

12. A-Rated Appliances

Nearly every home uses stoves, hobs, ovens, fridges and freezers so it really makes sense to ensure that these are all energy efficient.

You may not be able to change them all at once but as they get old, change to energy-efficient replacements as soon as possible.

This is especially worthwhile for refrigerators because your food storage will dramatically improve as well.

13. Charge Devices When Needed

Are your teens charging their devices 3-4 times a day? Yes, this is something that can be difficult to control.

One way that can help is if they see you not randomly charging your devices.

No one is perfect and devices can run out of charge unexpectedly so try and work out a way to bill your teens for charging during peak hours.

Do reward them for charging their phones during non-peak times.

14. Cut the Cable

I know that I already mentioned this in a previous post but the average household spends $107.00 a month on pay-TV.

A great way to save money on utility bills is to cut the cable completely. It will be a difficult habit to break but well worth the effort.

You can replace this habit with something a little more fun like an outdoor activity or games.

Need to save more money? Check out this big list of things to stop buying every month.

15. Invest in a Slow Cooker

Cooking can be fun if it is not a full-time job that involves sweating over a big pot of stew every day.

It is why investing in a slow cooker could be a great idea for so many families.

You just throw all the ingredients in and literally overnight the food is ready to go.

Make dinner while you sleep or work.

16. Install a Thermostat

To have a home that is ultra-efficient when it comes to heating and cooling you may want to install a thermostat.

It means that you set it to a certain temperature and your home will always be at the right temperature.

This means that you will easily save money on your electric bills.

17. Use the Microwave to Heat Food

If you find yourself in a situation where there is a need to heat food for different people during the day then consider using the microwave oven.

A good example of this is if you work from home. At lunchtime, you may want to eat a hot meal consider using the microwave oven instead of the stove.

Of course, it would mean having the food already prepared in advance and possibly sitting in the fridge waiting to be heated.

Remember that it is more economical to cook food in bulk and store them in portion sizes.

You can check more tips on how to save money on food here.

18. Use the Kettle Less

A big hidden energy stealer is the humble kettle. If you don’t believe me then think of how long it takes for the water to boil.

In fact, I often see people fill the kettle with water only to use a cup of water to make tea.

Bless their heart they wanted to heat water for friends and family just in case someone can join them for a cup of tea.

The worst is when they want to add a trickle of water to a cup that has gone cold but they heat over a litre or pint of water.😳

On a serious note, the only person thanking you for heating so much water is the electric company.🤣

19. Reduce Air Gaps

The biggest way your home loses heat is due to a lot of air gaps. Depending on your home there are some ways to improve this situation.

Some of these changes can be structural while others can be done via soft furnishings.

If you find your home drafty you may want to consider looking at reducing the cracks and spaces that air can pass to come into the house.

These include windows and doors.

Once these spaces have been reduced another clever idea is to use curtains and shades on doors and windows to retain heat longer.

20. Insulate the Attic

Because hot air rises you may find that despite taking all the necessary measures possible your home does not retain heat.

This could be happening because your home is losing heat just as fast as it is heated.

A great way to combat this problem is by insulating the attic.

Unless you are great at working on DIY projects you may want to leave this task to the professionals.

21. Turn Down Heat and Wear Layers

Now that your home is fully insulated and you have the heating under control there is no need to splash out in bikinis.🤣

Consider turning down the heat 1-2 degrees and wear layers instead of burning through your heating bills.

There are now so many comfy clothes that keep your body temperature just right without the need to look like a penguin indoors.

Fleeces, wool, sheepskin, cashmere and pashmina are materials that can keep you surprisingly warm and comfortable.

Socks are my personal favourites during the winter.

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Summary

That was one big list of ways to reduce your utility bills using 21 clever hacks.

Here is a brief shortlist for you.

  1. Energy-saving bulbs
  2. Use lamps
  3. Hot water timer
  4. Timer for home heating
  5. Ditch electric dryer
  6. Turn off unnecessary lights
  7. Unplug appliances
  8. Wash dishes by hand
  9. Non-iron clothes
  10. Outdoor motion sensor lights
  11. Efficient vacuum cleaner
  12. A-rated appliances
  13. Charge devices sensibly
  14. Cut the cable
  15. Invest in a slow cooker
  16. Use a thermostat
  17. Microwave to heat food
  18. Use kettle less
  19. Reduce air gaps
  20. Insulate attic
  21. Turn down heating

As you can see this list is very straight-forward but it does require a few sacrifices and new habits to get it right.

What has been your experience in finding ways to significantly save money on utility bills for the long term?

Announcements

Remember to subscribe to the Success Unscrambled Podcast where you will be the first to hear what’s happening in the entrepreneurial and digital marketing world.

Your positive review of this podcast is vital to keeping it alive and running for the next 12 – 24 months so please leave a positive review for us on iTunesSpotify or any of your favourite podcast players.

Are you spending too much money on clothes every month? Grab this resource that shows you how to save money on clothes.

Is your monthly makeup bill in the region of $100-$400? Want to make a change but still look good? Learn how to save money on makeup here.

If you are still looking for ways to save over $1,400 every month then check out this big list of things to stop buying here.

The goal of Success Unscrambled is to help female entrepreneurs become more visible using organic marketing strategies.

So that they can scale their business quickly and gain the time-freedom they need with their loved ones.

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Are you looking for ways to save money on utility bills, electricity or energy? Do you have teenagers who think you get special discounts with the energy company? If you are a parent who is tired of saying, Are you looking for ways to save money on utility bills, electricity or energy?



Do you have teenagers who think you get special discounts with the energy company?



If you are a parent who is tired of saying, please turn off the lights when not in use' then I have great news for you.



There are clever ways to circumvent the bad habits of these teenagers who just believe that money grows on trees.



Yes, you have put up signs all throughout the house to remind them about the cost of running a house.



Their teachers gave them an entire term on energy saving, climate change and water conservation.



However, leaving the lights on and the mobile phone charger plugged in just seems to be a habit that is difficult to break.



In this post, you will learn of easy ways to help you and your children to save on energy cost without losing your mind.







Why Save on Electric Bills



All over the world, you will notice that there are several issues when it comes to producing energy for larger countries.



Recently I was looking at a video which featured how the people in Singapore recycle their rubbish without pollution.



They don't even export the rubbish to another country either.



It was so impressive that I was trying to understand why many more countries are not adopting these best practices.



Even though you may not have any interest in climate change the fact that you can save money on utility bills should be of interest to you.



According to Electric Choice, the average household in the US spends 2-3% of their annual income on electricity.



This is for electricity alone and does not include other utilities like rubbish, water, gas and cable TV.



I was surprised to learn that the state with the highest spend was Hawaii which spends 4.5% of their annual salary.



In real terms, this works out at $2,856.00 a year on electric bills. I suppose this relates to airconditioning.



If you are even slightly interested in saving $2,856.00 every year then keep reading.



How to Save Money on Utility Bills



Let's look at some really simple ways that you can help your teenagers to get excited about saving energy.



I must warn you that these do require a change in habits so remember to be patient but persistent.



1. Use Energy Saving Bulbs



Four years ago when I moved into the home where I currently live I made it a priority to ensure that every usable light was energy saving.



You're probably thinking, Alvern energy-saving bulbs are expensive but you need to trust me.



If I told you that I haven't changed the majority of bulbs in 4 years would you believe me?



The electric company even raised their rates and I just ignored them.



Not only do you save money on electric bills but you also save on the cost of buying bulbs regularly as well as the cost of going to the shops.



2. Switch to Lamps



When I moved into this house the living room and kitchen have light fixtures that don't have energy-saving bulbs.



The trick, in this case, is to switch over to lamps everywhere. IKEA had floor lamps for $14.00 each and I purchased 6 of them.



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21 Unthinkable Ways to Save Money on Clothes https://www.successunscrambled.com/save-money-on-clothes/ Mon, 27 Jan 2020 00:03:00 +0000 https://www.successunscrambled.com/?p=16708 https://www.successunscrambled.com/save-money-on-clothes/#comments https://www.successunscrambled.com/save-money-on-clothes/feed/ 34 Are you trying to save money on clothes? Do you need creative ways to save hundreds on clothing every month? Clothing habits is one of those controversial topics that can be a bit tricky as I can easily step on people's toes. There are several schools of thought when it comes to finding the best clothes and taking care of them. Many people continue to struggle with what they should wear while working from home. The reason for this is because what you wear has a profound effect on your ability to be productive. If you are looking for a pragmatic down to earth approach to clothes then you've come to the right place. In this post, you will learn a number of practical ways to save money on clothes and still look good even on the dullest day. Why Focus on Clothing? There are things that we do every single day and night of our lives and putting on clothes is one of them. Can you imagine what life would be like without clothes? It would be cold and uninteresting. Also, we would all end up on the show, 'Look Good Naked' which would be such a hassle. I mean, sit down for a few minutes and think about it we need clothes to wear for nearly everything. In one sense it can be annoying because it means dirty clothes to wash as well as finding something to wear every single day. There's a friend of mine who sleeps in the nude (or so he said).🤣 I can tell you that I cannot sleep without clothes at all. Since this is our lot then we have no choice but to conquer this challenge head-on and don't allow it to ruin our household budget. If you are going to save money on clothes then do it in style and tastefully. Save Money on Clothes 19 Ways Let's spend some time looking at 19 ways to save money on clothes so that we can look attractive 365 days of the year. These tips and tricks are not difficult but they will need you to be a little more creative on how you buy, wash and store your clothing. 1. Try on Clothes Day Every few months I like to spend some time coming up with new outfits from my existing stash of clothes. It is so easy to throw your hands up in the air and declare that you have nothing to wear. Another deadly assumption is that you have worn the same outfit several times already. Consider doing a mix and match of existing tops and bottoms. I constantly surprise myself with the results. 2. Give Away Before Buying More A great habit to adopt before buying any more clothes is to give away those items that just don't fit well or don't compliment your body shape. There are some items of clothing that just does not fit you properly no matter how you try to make it fit. Either the size is not right or the cut is just not for you. Simply give it away as it may suit someone else better. 3. Buy Superb Quality Bras I cannot emphasize this enough. Every few years or so I head over to the department store and get fitted for bras. There is nothing worse (at least my opinion) than seeing women with bras that don't compliment their body shape. Here we are in the 21st century and finding the perfect bra is still an issue for some people. Yes, it is a subject that isn't really addressed in schools so maybe we need to have women clubs for this issue. 4. Mend or Fix Existing Clothes If you are like me you probably have a favourite top, dress or trousers that might have a tear or rip. Trust me it makes more sense to fix it at home compared to throwing it out. It is so difficult to find a replacement item. You may be thinking that you don't even have a sewing machine and you don't know how to sew. Throw a 'fix your clothes party' with a few friends who can sew so that you can get those clothes fixed. 5. Shop for Comfort Have you ever worn an itchy item of clothing? One of the most annoying experiences for me is wearing uncomfortable clothes. It could be an itchy label, a lazy zip, Are you trying to save money on clothes? Do you need creative ways to save hundreds on clothing every month?

Clothing habits is one of those controversial topics that can be a bit tricky as I can easily step on people’s toes.

There are several schools of thought when it comes to finding the best clothes and taking care of them.

Many people continue to struggle with what they should wear while working from home.

The reason for this is because what you wear has a profound effect on your ability to be productive.

If you are looking for a pragmatic down to earth approach to clothes then you’ve come to the right place.

In this post, you will learn a number of practical ways to save money on clothes and still look good even on the dullest day.

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Why Focus on Clothing?

There are things that we do every single day and night of our lives and putting on clothes is one of them.

Can you imagine what life would be like without clothes?

It would be cold and uninteresting. Also, we would all end up on the show, ‘Look Good Naked’ which would be such a hassle.

I mean, sit down for a few minutes and think about it we need clothes to wear for nearly everything.

In one sense it can be annoying because it means dirty clothes to wash as well as finding something to wear every single day.

There’s a friend of mine who sleeps in the nude (or so he said).🤣 I can tell you that I cannot sleep without clothes at all.

Since this is our lot then we have no choice but to conquer this challenge head-on and don’t allow it to ruin our household budget.

If you are going to save money on clothes then do it in style and tastefully.

Save Money on Clothes 19 Ways

Let’s spend some time looking at 19 ways to save money on clothes so that we can look attractive 365 days of the year.

These tips and tricks are not difficult but they will need you to be a little more creative on how you buy, wash and store your clothing.

1. Try on Clothes Day

Every few months I like to spend some time coming up with new outfits from my existing stash of clothes.

It is so easy to throw your hands up in the air and declare that you have nothing to wear.

Another deadly assumption is that you have worn the same outfit several times already.

Consider doing a mix and match of existing tops and bottoms. I constantly surprise myself with the results.

2. Give Away Before Buying More

A great habit to adopt before buying any more clothes is to give away those items that just don’t fit well or don’t compliment your body shape.

There are some items of clothing that just does not fit you properly no matter how you try to make it fit.

Either the size is not right or the cut is just not for you. Simply give it away as it may suit someone else better.

3. Buy Superb Quality Bras

I cannot emphasize this enough. Every few years or so I head over to the department store and get fitted for bras.

There is nothing worse (at least my opinion) than seeing women with bras that don’t compliment their body shape.

Here we are in the 21st century and finding the perfect bra is still an issue for some people.

Yes, it is a subject that isn’t really addressed in schools so maybe we need to have women clubs for this issue.

4. Mend or Fix Existing Clothes

If you are like me you probably have a favourite top, dress or trousers that might have a tear or rip.

Trust me it makes more sense to fix it at home compared to throwing it out. It is so difficult to find a replacement item.

You may be thinking that you don’t even have a sewing machine and you don’t know how to sew.

Throw a ‘fix your clothes party‘ with a few friends who can sew so that you can get those clothes fixed.

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5. Shop for Comfort

Have you ever worn an itchy item of clothing? One of the most annoying experiences for me is wearing uncomfortable clothes.

It could be an itchy label, a lazy zip, a pair of pants that twists when you walk or even straps on a dress that drop off.

Unless you (or a friend) are great at altering an outfit to fit you perfectly then you are better off giving it away.

Life is too short to be stressed about clothes that just don’t sit right on your body.

6. Try Before You Buy

I know several people who dislike trying on clothes in the shops before they buy them.

What they don’t realise is the cost of acquiring that item of clothing goes up when they need to go back and change the size or ask for a refund.

Yes, it is going to be stressful trying on clothes in shops and you may not get to see if it matches with existing clothes and shoes.

However, consider the cost of not trying it on before buying it.

If you are buying it online and it is free delivery and returns on postage then that will help lower the cost of acquisition.

7. Wash Whites Together

You are going to laugh at this one but it will make sense in the long run. I don’t wear white clothes every week so here’s what I do.

The moment I decide to wear anything white on a given day I tweak my wardrobe for the rest of the week to include white items.

So, at the end of the week, I can do a wash with only white clothes.

In case you are wondering about white bras, if I wear a white bra this week I will also wear one the following week as well as other white items so that I can do a wash.

8. Choose Wash and Wear Items (Knits)

When buying new clothes I tend to focus on items that are easy to wash, dry and wear without ironing.

I don’t have an electric dryer as I only use an air dryer to try and save the environment.

Neither do I have the time to spend every week ironing a bunch of clothes. Life is too short to be ironing every week.

Yes, I do have friends who would iron boxer shorts, bed linen and almost anything in their homes.

Ironing bed linen is not something that is a priority for me at all.

9. Think Thrift or Charity First

Depending on where you live you will be familiar with thrift or charity shops where you can pick up some 2nd hand clothes.

In a world of fast fashion, it is easy to think of buying all your clothes brand new.

However, you may find better quality clothes in thrift shops which is good news and a win-win for everyone.

10. Two Really Good Quality Jeans

Over the years I have learned that a pair of jeans can work so well at so many events.

Actually, at one point in my life, I disliked jeans because they used to be so stiff.

However, they are now so soft and supple I can wear them for longer periods of time without feeling restricted.

At least one black and one blue jeans in your wardrobe will give you several options to match with tops.

11. Avoid Dry Clean Only

You know that I am full of stories so I have to tell you this one. Many years ago, there was a sale on in a countrywide store and I was combing through the racks.

I found this gorgeous jacket for less than $20.00 with a matching corset top for only $5.00.

The label read dry clean only but I still purchased them. I really tried hard to not wear it too often so I’ll not have to dry clean them frequently.

Yes, if you guessed that I probably ended up paying $100.00 to have them cleaned over time you are right. What was the point?

Stay well away from those items with dry clean only labels.

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12. Grab Loads of Basics or Classics

There are some clothes that never, ever go out of fashion. Some people call them basics while others call them classics.

If you are still not sure what I mean, think of them as timeless pieces. They are normally in regular colours like black, white, red or blue.

These are great to have in your wardrobe all the time because they never go out of style and they fit perfectly.

Examples of these include; straight fit trousers or jeans, tank tops, cardigans, leggings, shirts.

13. Choose Quality over Quantity

This may be obvious to a lot of people but it makes perfect sense to buy one really good quality item compared to 4 cheaper ones.

Let me give you a practical example. You may be tempted to buy 4 t-shirts for $20.00 compared to one good quality top for $20.00

Always try stuff on to make sure the fit is right for your body. You will get more wear out of that quality top for many years to come.

Those 4 t-shirts may be riddled with holes after a few washes.

14. Take Great Care of Your Clothes

I have seen people mistreat their clothes so much that I wonder why they do it.

Over the years I have been to many trips and camps meetings so I see people and their clothes.

If you take care of your clothes your clothes will certainly make you look good for many years.

15. Wear Clothes More Than Once

It has been my experience that wearing clothes more than once before washing it really prolongs its life.

Depending on the occasion, it may make sense to wear clothes twice before washing them.

I have observed that it is not a good idea for some people due to their high body odour.

However, the trick is to wear another basic top (short-sleeved tank top) under your favourite top on the first and 2nd occasion especially during winter when it is cooler.

Jeans can easily be worn twice as well depending on how long you wore them the first time.

16. Wash Using Good Quality Soap

To help prolong the life of your clothes, try washing with good quality detergent.

The reason for this is that you want to remove odours and deodorant stains as well as you want to smell clean all the time.

A good quality detergent will not destroy the fibres of your clothing but prolong them.

This habit will really help you to save money on clothes in the long run.

17. Store Your Clothes Properly

After spending so much time finding, matching and washing your clothes it is important to store them really well.

Even if it means storing them in a suitcase or plastic tub with potpourri at least store them well.

I also hang many items in the wardrobe like good quality tops so I would not need to iron them.

18. Search Google for Coupons

Never pay full price for a brand new item of clothing. Take note of when your favourite clothing stores have sales each year.

Save up your list of things for when they have their sales on. Also, check online to see if you can save more.

Remember to join the store’s email list so you will get notification of premier sales.

19. Follow Your Fashion Blogger

Always keep up to date with your favourite fashion blogger as they may have access to exclusive deals and coupons.

Check their descriptions on YouTube as well as their blog for hidden coupon codes.

Also, check Instagram hashtags for even more savings.

20. Check Washing Instructions

It is important to wash clothes at the right temperature and under the best conditions to maintain the best quality.

Once upon a time, I had the experience where there was a malfunction with the hot water tap to the washing machine.

My clothes were boiled in the washing machine and I had no choice but to throw them out.

21. Become a Fashion Influencer

One of the best ways to get great clothes for an unbelievable price or for free is to become a fashion influencer.

Yes, it will mean taking loads of photos and dressing up. It will also mean scheduling Instagram posts.

You may decide to use YouTube as your hub so it can mean doing a fashion show once a week.

If it is something that you want to do then go for it.

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Summary

That was such a big list of tips and tricks to save money on clothes that I decided to summarise it for you.

  1. Try on clothes day
  2. Give away before buying
  3. Buy quality bras
  4. Fix existing clothes
  5. Shop for comfort
  6. Try before you buy
  7. Wash whites together
  8. Choose wash and wear
  9. Think thrift first
  10. Good quality jeans
  11. Avoid dry clean only
  12. Load up on basics
  13. Quality over quantity
  14. Care for your clothes
  15. Wear more than once
  16. Use good quality soap
  17. Store clothes well
  18. Search for coupons
  19. Follow your fashion blogger
  20. Check washing instructions
  21. Become a fashion influencer

There you have it in a shortened format so that you can see areas where you can make simple tweaks.

Over to you what have you done in the past to save money on clothes in a big way?

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Are you trying to save money on clothes? Do you need creative ways to save hundreds on clothing every month? Clothing habits is one of those controversial topics that can be a bit tricky as I can easily step on people's toes. Are you trying to save money on clothes? Do you need creative ways to save hundreds on clothing every month?



Clothing habits is one of those controversial topics that can be a bit tricky as I can easily step on people's toes.



There are several schools of thought when it comes to finding the best clothes and taking care of them.



Many people continue to struggle with what they should wear while working from home.



The reason for this is because what you wear has a profound effect on your ability to be productive.



If you are looking for a pragmatic down to earth approach to clothes then you've come to the right place.



In this post, you will learn a number of practical ways to save money on clothes and still look good even on the dullest day.







Why Focus on Clothing?



There are things that we do every single day and night of our lives and putting on clothes is one of them.



Can you imagine what life would be like without clothes?



It would be cold and uninteresting. Also, we would all end up on the show, 'Look Good Naked' which would be such a hassle.



I mean, sit down for a few minutes and think about it we need clothes to wear for nearly everything.



In one sense it can be annoying because it means dirty clothes to wash as well as finding something to wear every single day.



There's a friend of mine who sleeps in the nude (or so he said). I can tell you that I cannot sleep without clothes at all.



Since this is our lot then we have no choice but to conquer this challenge head-on and don't allow it to ruin our household budget.



If you are going to save money on clothes then do it in style and tastefully.



Save Money on Clothes 19 Ways



Let's spend some time looking at 19 ways to save money on clothes so that we can look attractive 365 days of the year.



These tips and tricks are not difficult but they will need you to be a little more creative on how you buy, wash and store your clothing.



1. Try on Clothes Day



Every few months I like to spend some time coming up with new outfits from my existing stash of clothes.



It is so easy to throw your hands up in the air and declare that you have nothing to wear.



Another deadly assumption is that you have worn the same outfit several times already.



Consider doing a mix and match of existing tops and bottoms. I constantly surprise myself with the results.



2. Give Away Before Buying More



A great habit to adopt before buying any more clothes is to give away those items that just don't fit well or don't compliment your body shape.



There are some items of clothing that just does not fit you properly no matter how you try to make it fit.



Either the size is not right or the cut is just not for you. Simply give it away as it may suit someone else better.



3. Buy Superb Quality Bras



I cannot emphasize this enough. Every few years or so I head over to the department store and get fitted for bras.



There is nothing worse (at least my opinion) than seeing women with bras that don't compliment their body shape.



Here we are in the 21st century and finding the perfect bra is still an issue for some people.



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