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TV-G 100+ Epic Blogging Resources + Tools For Blogging and Small Business https://www.successunscrambled.com/blogging-resources/ Mon, 22 Jul 2019 02:01:38 +0000 https://www.successunscrambled.com/?p=11321 https://www.successunscrambled.com/blogging-resources/#comments https://www.successunscrambled.com/blogging-resources/feed/ 23 Are you looking for the best blogging resources and tools to start or keep your business or blog successful? Ever wondered what successful bloggers are using to continue being successful year after year? Do you need to find ways to work smarter rather than harder and still get great results for your blog or business? If you are one of my regular readers you know that I am always interested in time management and productivity. The reason for this is that life is too short to spend all your time blogging or in business. You see many small business owners and bloggers struggle with spending too much time on their blog. They wonder if there is a way they can complete a task quicker, cheaper and smarter compared to their current scenario. Truth be told, I am always on the lookout to complete all of my tasks using smarter technology or using a group or tribal approach. In this post, I will cover over 100 blogging and small business resources that you can use to be a smarter small business owner. Disclosure: Please note that this post may contain affiliate links. This 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. photo by Sarah Pflug Blogging + Small Business Resource Before I jump into that big list, let me spend some time clarifying what I classify as a blog or small business resource. Any piece of advice, software, technology or group that can help you with the following: Starting a blog or businessFinding a nicheFinding your passionImproving your mindsetGetting you motivatedContent ideasContent creationPodcastingMarketing assistanceWebsite trafficEmail marketingTime management + productivityBlog monetization As you can see there are so many aspects to starting and maintaining a small business or a blog. It is true that one person does not know everything so by sharing what I have learned over the last 10 years I hope it will help you too. At the end of this post, I will be asking you to share your wisdom so that others can benefit from what you know. Are you ready? Let's dive into these blogging resources. Find Your Purpose Everything that you and I do in this life has a reason behind it. You eat when you are hungry, bathe to smell clean, procreate to keep the world going. It takes a while for many of us to develop a desire to find our true purpose in life. You will notice that empty feeling when life has no meaning. Watch over my shoulder as I spend time showing you how I spent time mapping out my passion and purpose in the following videos: Find Your Passion Demo Map out your purpose The tool I use in the second video is Xmind. It has been such a great resource for me for 12 months. My rate of content creation (I create a lot of content) became too much for the free version so I needed to move on to something else. Mindset Many people will argue that you need to look at mindset first before finding your passion. Depending on your needs and where you are emotionally and mentally you can decide to do mindset first. If you are wondering if this is really something that you need then I can tell you that as an entrepreneur you need this. It is the one thing that determines if you will succeed or fail. Here are 7 resources that I revisit every year to keep me successful. 1. Simon Sinek - How great leaders inspire action Just when you thought you understood why people buy products and services think again. Click on the image to watch the video. Just in case it does not respond here is another link to Simon's video. 2. The Traveler's Gift by Andy Andrews One of the best books to help you go from the rock bottom of life. It literally shows you that it is possible to be having the worst time of your life and you can still come out on top. Are you looking for the best blogging resources and tools to start or keep your business or blog successful?

Ever wondered what successful bloggers are using to continue being successful year after year?

Do you need to find ways to work smarter rather than harder and still get great results for your blog or business?

If you are one of my regular readers you know that I am always interested in time management and productivity.

The reason for this is that life is too short to spend all your time blogging or in business.

You see many small business owners and bloggers struggle with spending too much time on their blog.

They wonder if there is a way they can complete a task quicker, cheaper and smarter compared to their current scenario.

Truth be told, I am always on the lookout to complete all of my tasks using smarter technology or using a group or tribal approach.

In this post, I will cover over 100 blogging and small business resources that you can use to be a smarter small business owner.

Disclosure: Please note that this post may contain affiliate links. This 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.

Blogging resources + tools
photo by Sarah Pflug

Blogging + Small Business Resource

Before I jump into that big list, let me spend some time clarifying what I classify as a blog or small business resource.

Any piece of advice, software, technology or group that can help you with the following:

  1. Starting a blog or business
  2. Finding a niche
  3. Finding your passion
  4. Improving your mindset
  5. Getting you motivated
  6. Content ideas
  7. Content creation
  8. Podcasting
  9. Marketing assistance
  10. Website traffic
  11. Email marketing
  12. Time management + productivity
  13. Blog monetization

As you can see there are so many aspects to starting and maintaining a small business or a blog.

It is true that one person does not know everything so by sharing what I have learned over the last 10 years I hope it will help you too.

At the end of this post, I will be asking you to share your wisdom so that others can benefit from what you know.

Are you ready? Let’s dive into these blogging resources.

Find Your Purpose

Everything that you and I do in this life has a reason behind it. You eat when you are hungry, bathe to smell clean, procreate to keep the world going.

It takes a while for many of us to develop a desire to find our true purpose in life. You will notice that empty feeling when life has no meaning.

Watch over my shoulder as I spend time showing you how I spent time mapping out my passion and purpose in the following videos:

Find Your Passion Demo

Find your passion

Map out your purpose

Map out your purpose

The tool I use in the second video is Xmind. It has been such a great resource for me for 12 months.

My rate of content creation (I create a lot of content) became too much for the free version so I needed to move on to something else.

Mindset

Many people will argue that you need to look at mindset first before finding your passion.

Depending on your needs and where you are emotionally and mentally you can decide to do mindset first.

If you are wondering if this is really something that you need then I can tell you that as an entrepreneur you need this.

It is the one thing that determines if you will succeed or fail. Here are 7 resources that I revisit every year to keep me successful.

1. Simon Sinek – How great leaders inspire action

Simon Sinek - how great leaders inspire action

Just when you thought you understood why people buy products and services think again. Click on the image to watch the video.

Just in case it does not respond here is another link to Simon’s video.

2. The Traveler’s Gift by Andy Andrews

One of the best books to help you go from the rock bottom of life. It literally shows you that it is possible to be having the worst time of your life and you can still come out on top.

Grab your copy of The Traveler’s Gift here.

3. Carol Dweck – Growth Mindset

The power of believing that you can improve

You just got to love the whole idea of having a growth mindset. It really goes to show you that anyone can experience success in life by just changing their mindset.

Click here to access Carol’s TedTalk.

4. Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki

Understanding the way money works is one of the secrets to becoming successful. One of the few books that really help me to understand this concept is Rich Dad, Poor Dad.

I suggest that you can give it a read and get a better understanding of entrepreneurship as well. Grab your copy here.

5. Angela Lee Duckworth – Grit

The power of passion and perseverance

One of the key reasons why I wake up excited almost every day is because I developed this thing called grit.

I remember seeing this video for the first time and thinking if Angela was talking about me.

Many people will give a load of excuses why they did not pass their test or why they did not study or even why they have not started a blog or business.

People like you and I who have grit will just put our heads down and get stuff done while others will look on in wonder, watch the video here.

6. Things Rich People Do

I know I spent time in an entire blog post and podcast outlining all those things that rich people do already.

However, if you did not get a chance to look at it then head over there now and take a look at things rich people do that others ignore.

7. Get Motivated + Stay Motivated

This topic was only recently covered in a blog post and podcast where I gave 9 ways to get motivated.

I also gave 7 ways to stay motivated because it is equally important to stay motivated when you get motivated.

Entrepreneurship

It is important to realise that the drive to become an entrepreneur is not for everyone.

If you are thinking of going on the entrepreneurship journey you need to know that it will not be easy.

The process of becoming an entrepreneur also involves a journey of self-development and self-improvement.

To help you on this journey here are three resources that outline the different types of entrepreneurs.

  1. Become an entrepreneur
  2. Intrapreneur
  3. Ultrapreneur

The good news is that you can remain as an employee and still use your entrepreneurial skills at your employment.

Start a Blog or Business

Now that you have a better understanding of what is possible, what you need to make it happen as well as your passion let’s look at how you can get there.

It is possible that you don’t have $20,000 lying around in a bank account somewhere and you are strapped for cash.

The good news is that you can start a business with very little resources depending on what you want to do.

I have a resource available that shows you 25 ways to start a business with little to no money over a weekend. Take advantage of this information as it includes step by step guides as well.

If you prefer to just start a blog which is the path to least resistance then enrol in my start a blog in 10 days or less course.

Here is a list of resources that you can use to help you with blogging success:

  1. Grab a blog business plan
  2. Build self-confidence
  3. Awesome blog niche ideas
  4. Amazing blog name ideas
  5. Choosing a domain name
  6. WordPress hosting tips
  7. Launch your blog like a pro
  8. Great food blog topics
  9. Popular lifestyle blog topics
  10. Build a brand
  11. Create a brand board

There are so many blogging resources available for starting a blog or a business that it is nearly impossible to get it wrong.

Monetise Your Blog From Day One

This topic is a little bit controversial because many professional bloggers argue that you should wait until you get website traffic to insert affiliate links.

Another set of pro bloggers believe that it should be done from day one because you will not have the time to go back and insert all those links on 50-100 posts.

I can tell you from experience that it is so very true that when you get to 50 blog posts the thought of editing existing content is frightening.

So, my advice to you is to monetise your blog from day one. There are so many ways to accomplish this feat.

Here are 5 popular ways that top bloggers use:

  1. Sponsored posts
  2. Affiliate marketing
  3. Courses + ebooks
  4. Ad networks
  5. Services + consulting

If you spent time creating your very own blog business plan then you would already know how you will be monetising a blog.

Just in case you need inspiration here are 30+ ways to monetise your blog here. In the event that you need an alternative to Adsense here are 30+ other ways.

Are you looking for inspiration from other bloggers? Grab this blog income report where bloggers across several niches are making money blogging.

Email Marketing

Another element that you need to set up from day one is your email marketing services.

A key way to get paid by blogging is via email marketing. I am not going to leave you stranded as I have resources for this as well.

Generally speaking, email marketing is a great way for you to grow your blog audience as you can communicate with them directly after they join your list.

Here are a few blogging resources about email marketing for you.

  1. 5 free email marketing services
  2. Convertkit vs Mailchimp
  3. Collect leads using Thrive leads plugin

After you have this all set up you may want to consider taking things to an advanced stage by building a sales funnel.

If you were not aware of it a sales funnel can help you get paid by blogging so it is something you should consider here.

Website Traffic

At this point, you are probably thinking that I am forgetting a crucial element of the entire blogging equation.

If you are wondering how to get your blog noticed then this is the section that covers many aspects of website traffic.

One of the keys to a successful blog is spending some time conducting research on the needs of your audience.

Keyword Research

Research on the needs of your audience can be done via keyword research. Here are some blogging resources and tools that can help.

  1. Uber Suggest
  2. Answer the public
  3. Keysearch
  4. Keywords Everywhere

These 4 tools will give you an insight into what your audience is searching for as well as what possible challenges they are facing.

Get Your Blog to Show In Google

While doing your keyword research you may find it handy to get your head around the concept on how to get your blog to show in Google.

This is also known as search engine optimisation. If this is a new concept to you don’t worry because I’ve got your back.

Here are 4 blogging resources that will help you to get your blog to show in Google:

  1. SEO for beginners
  2. SEO for Mommy bloggers
  3. Yoast SEO tutorial
  4. Rank higher in Google using these

You may feel overwhelmed at first but just know that it is normal to feel this way when you are about to learn something new.

Pinterest Marketing

A great place for newbie bloggers and small business owners to get website traffic is using Pinterest marketing.

If you are new to marketing on Pinterest then don’t worry I have a number of resources available to kick-start your progress.

Without further delay here are 7 blogging resources around Pinterest marketing for you:

  1. Pinterest tips for beginners
  2. All you need to know about Pinterest SEO
  3. Understanding the difference between Pinterest vs Facebook
  4. Quick hacks to joining Pinterest Group Boards
  5. Getting the most from your Pinterest Business Account
  6. My best Pinterest course reviews
  7. A Pinterest marketing success story

As you can see there is a lot to learn about marketing on Pinterest so you may want to bookmark this post or pin it to your favourite Pinterest board.

More Blog Traffic Tips

Now that you have mastered the entry-level stuff when it comes to website traffic let’s spend some time looking at advanced level tips and tricks.

I am also going to include a few stories from other bloggers so you can see what they did to get website traffic success.

  1. Secrets to increase blog traffic
  2. Organic traffic case study
  3. Keys to getting your blog noticed
  4. How one blogger got blog traffic even with anxiety
  5. Simple ways to grow your blog traffic

Depending on your niche it can take some time to get to 10,000 page views a month or you can get to 100,000 page views a month in no time.

Your choice of blog type will determine how fast your blog will grow. Essentially, there are 6 different types of blogs in terms of traffic growth.

I created a case study showing you the 4 fastest growing blog types which you can download here.

It is now time to move on and look at the actual content for your website or blog.

Content Ideas

Ever wondered about the type of content to write and when to write it? Well, I have great news for you.

There is no need to reinvent the wheel when it comes to finding content for your blog.

If you think it has all been written before think again. There are many blog posts written about resources for bloggers and small business owners.

However, they are not going to be presented like this one. Everyone is different and the content resonates with each reader differently.

Some readers will like the way I write others will not and that is okay. Here is a list of blogging resources to help you with ideas to generate content.

Buzzsumo

If you want to know what content is popular and on which social media platform then Buzzsumo is your best friend.

For example, if you are a food blogger and you want to know what’s trending with pizza just look it up.

pizza results on Buzzsumo

I thought it was strange to see so little engagement on Pinterest for Pizza so I decided to do a search on meal planning instead and surprise!

meal planning results on Buzzsumo

Pinterest Smart Feed

To get an idea about what is popular and trending on Pinterest the best place to look is the smart feed.

At the time of writing this post, here is what I can see in the smart feed and in the trends.

Pinterest smart feed
Pinterest Smart Feed
trending on Pinterest
Trending Ideas on Pinterest

Pinterest Topics

There are two separate areas on Pinterest where you can find out what is popular by category and topic.

Let me pull back the curtain and show you what I mean for a few minutes. Go to pinterest.com/categories and you will see the following:

Pinterest categories

If your small business or blog is not in any of these categories, you will feel a little bit left out.

However, I have good news for you. Type in the following into to search bar up top. Pinterest.com/topics/your-topic-here.

You will come to a page that looks similar to this one. In this example, I did Pinterest.com/topics/meal-planning.

Pinterest by topics

The most important thing to note here is that you get to see how many people actually follow your desired niche topic.

You also get to see all the topics that are related to your niche.

There is so much more that I can outline here but I already wrote an entire blog post here about blog post ideas.

You can also take a look at how you can find even more content ideas via untapped niche markets.

Content Creation

Now that you have a huge list of ideas about the topics you want to write the next challenge you will have is planning your content.

I do have a number of resources that will help you get the most out of your content creation.

Here are you few blogging resources that will help you look like a pro in no time at all.

Evernote

Everyone has a different approach to writing content. Some people prefer to write an outline and write a draft in WordPress or using a 3rd party tool like Evernote.

It appears that I have exhausted all the storage space on 3rd party applications like Evernote and Xmind.

Here is a screenshot of how I organise my content creation using Evernote.

Evernote example

Airstory

Airstory is very similar to Evernote except it really helps with quotes and citations. It has this cool Chrome extension that allows you to save your research as you go.

Below you can see an example of Airstory in action. I am so glad that it is free to use.

Airstory example

Now that you have a place to create comfortably let me give you some blogging resources to help you become successful.

  1. A blog content planner is an essential tool and it’s free
  2. Grab these blog writing tips from a fellow blogger
  3. Nothing beats a good daily blog checklist
  4. Blog consistently even on a part-time schedule
  5. Reduce writer’s block using this
  6. Using a weekly blog planner makes sense

Grammarly

As a creative, you may struggle with getting the grammar and spelling correct all the time.

I have the same challenge so I use Grammarly all the time to keep my content on point. One day I will consider hiring an editor.

Headlines

You may already be aware of this but it is important to have great, clickable headlines that drive traffic to your content.

As a small business owner you are not necessarily a rock star copywriter so creating awesome headlines may not come naturally.

This is why depending on other tools can help you generate headlines that get the click. Here are 4 amazing tools that can help.

  1. Co-schedule headline analyzer
  2. AMA Headline Analyzer
  3. Sumo headline generator
  4. Portent Title Maker

I use them all at one point or another depending on the type of headline that I need.

Landing Pages

Speaking of headlines you may also need a landing page creation tool so that you can easily present your offers.

Every blog post needs to have a call to action (CTA). Some CTAs may require a separate landing page.

To easily build landing pages there are many options available on the market. However, here are my top 5.

  1. Elementor
  2. ThriveArchitect
  3. Leadpages
  4. Clickfunnels
  5. Kartra

As a rule of thumb, the higher the price for the landing page software it means that the conversion rates tend to be better.

These industry experts have tested their landing page templates so they know what works in terms of location of fonts, colours and even down to the opt-in fields and buttons.

Video

Before you publish your blog post you may want to consider adding engaging media like a video to your post.

If you are looking for software to create your video then I have a few awesome resources that you can use for over-the-shoulder videos or just talking head.

  1. Quicktime (Mac)
  2. FilmicPro
  3. Ecamm Recorder
  4. Skype
  5. Zoom
  6. Filmora
  7. Loom
  8. Auphonic (levels the sound)

To record talking head videos using your smartphone you may want to consider using a Rode smartLav+ Lavalier mic to improve the quality of the sound.

Image Creation

As a marketer, you understand the importance of using images to communicate your message and increase conversions.

I have been using image creation software for a while now and I continue to experiment with it as new offers come along.

Here are my top 5 suggestions right now.

  1. Canva
  2. PromoRepublic
  3. Pic Monkey
  4. Design Wizard
  5. Photoshop

Sometimes you need to experiment with 2-3 applications to get the perfect image or to get the perfect message.

As I mentioned to my readers many times in the past, I am not a graphic designer but I make it work for me.

Stock Images

One of the blogging resources that every small business owner needs access to is good quality images.

I don’t think I have ever used so many images in my life. For every blog post, I can easily use up to 5 images in one go.

Yes, some of the image creation tools do come with access to quality images but you will not be able to use those in the blog post only for social marketing.

So, what are you going to do? Well, here are a few places where you can get stock images (free + paid).

  1. Stock Up
  2. Ivory Mix
  3. Styled Stock Society
  4. 123RF
  5. Adobe Stock
  6. Envato

It is so difficult to find great quality photos for free that have not been used by 100 other people so purchasing a subscription makes a lot of sense.

Marketing

After creating your marketing images and you click the publish or schedule button. It is time to set up a campaign or plan your marketing for a week or a month.

To help you do this effectively there are a number of tools available depending on the time that you have available.

Here are my top recommendations including social media channels.

  1. Buffer (Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter)
  2. Planoly (Instagram)
  3. TailwindApp (Pinterest)
  4. ViralContentBee (LinkedIn, Pinterest, Twitter)
  5. Airtable (to do marketing strategy)
  6. RecurPost (to remarket old posts)

When you get to 100+ blog posts it is impossible for you to keep going back and market your old blog posts but RecurPost can assist in this area.

WordPress Blogging Resources

Did you know that 34% of websites globally are built on WordPress? This means that there are so many resources available for WordPress users.

In 2018, Google rolled out a major update that penalised many sites for low mobile PSI scores.

This means if you saw a huge dip in your Google search traffic and you tried everything but your mobile PSI scores were in the red then listen up.

A few things you may consider changing are your WordPress theme, Caching plugin, Website host as well as a plugin to handle embedded video.

Here are a number of plugins that I use to speed up my site as well as for security and spam.

Speed Up Site

  1. Cloudflare
  2. WPRocket
  3. WP Youtube Lyte
  4. WPDisable
  5. Shortpixel Image Optimizer
  6. Simple Author Box
  7. Social Pug

Blog Security + Backup

  1. Wordfence
  2. Updraft Plus

AntiSpam

  1. Antispam by CleanTalk

SSL Cert Activation + SEO

  1. Really Simple SSL
  2. Yoast SEO

It is important to have your website or blog running at its best in order to get great ranking in the Google search engines.

Work From Anywhere

If it is your ultimate goal to work and travel from anywhere and you need to see and hear about experiences from other people then check out these three resources.

  1. 7 digital nomading secrets
  2. 20-year veteran digital nomad
  3. 100+ location independent entrepreneur tips

Now you can use these resources to get to your dream of working while travelling and make it a firm reality.

Time Management + Productivity

It is very easy to become overwhelmed as a small business owner. So, it is important to plan and schedule everything.

If you are planning to outsource some of your daily or weekly tasks then you may want to consider using project management tools.

Here are a few that I recommend highly.

  1. Trello
  2. Asana
  3. Airtable
  4. 17 Hats
  5. Dubsado
  6. Acuity Scheduling

Dubsado and 17 Hats come with the ability for you to invoice clients if you are running a consulting business.

With so many blogging resources available it is almost difficult for you to run out of ideas for your small business.

Affiliate Marketing

Affiliate marketing has two sides to their coin. You can become an affiliate marketer for someone else’s products.

You can also set up an affiliate program so that other people can promote your products.

In an effort to monetise your blog from day one you may want to consider looking at two affiliate market places.

  1. Shareasale
  2. Clickbank

You will discover that it is more profitable for you to consider high paying affiliate programs as well as recurring commission affiliate programs to get a lucrative commission payment.

If you want to set up your own affiliate marketing program then there are a few options available to you.

  1. SendOwl
  2. Gumroad
  3. Katra
  4. Thinkific

The first two are great for ebooks and simple memberships. However, Katra and Thinkific are better for full-blown courses and complex programs.

Analytics

One of the best ways to check your progress over time is to use tools to set up tracking.

If you don’t track it then it is nearly impossible to tweak your content for improvements.

Here are three tools that are great for keeping an eye on your website traffic.

  1. Finteza
  2. SEMRush
  3. Google Analytics

Google Analytics and Finteza are free but SEMRush comes with a paid and free version.

Conclusion

Starting a small business or a blog can be a daunting task especially if you have no idea about the best blogging resources or tools that you can use.

I have been in your shoes and I can tell you that it can be quite expensive when you choose the wrong solution.

I want you to avoid expensive mistakes by taking advantage of these recommendations so that you can reduce errors in your business.

Over to you what tools or resources have you used that you would like to share with me or your fellow small business owners.

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Are you looking for the best blogging resources and tools to start or keep your business or blog successful? Ever wondered what successful bloggers are using to continue being successful year after year? Are you looking for the best blogging resources and tools to start or keep your business or blog successful?



Ever wondered what successful bloggers are using to continue being successful year after year?



Do you need to find ways to work smarter rather than harder and still get great results for your blog or business?



If you are one of my regular readers you know that I am always interested in time management and productivity.



The reason for this is that life is too short to spend all your time blogging or in business.



You see many small business owners and bloggers struggle with spending too much time on their blog.



They wonder if there is a way they can complete a task quicker, cheaper and smarter compared to their current scenario.



Truth be told, I am always on the lookout to complete all of my tasks using smarter technology or using a group or tribal approach.



In this post, I will cover over 100 blogging and small business resources that you can use to be a smarter small business owner.



Disclosure: Please note that this post may contain affiliate links. This 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.



photo by Sarah Pflug



Blogging + Small Business Resource



Before I jump into that big list, let me spend some time clarifying what I classify as a blog or small business resource.



Any piece of advice, software, technology or group that can help you with the following:



* Starting a blog or business* Finding a niche* Finding your passion* Improving your mindset* Getting you motivated* Content ideas* Content creation* Podcasting* Marketing assistance* Website traffic* Email marketing* Time management + productivity* Blog monetization



As you can see there are so many aspects to starting and maintaining a small business or a blog.



It is true that one person does not know everything so by sharing what I have learned over the last 10 years I hope it will help you too.



At the end of this post, I will be asking you to share your wisdom so that others can benefit from what you know.



Are you ready? Let's dive into these blogging resources.



Find Your Purpose



Everything that you and I do in this life has a reason behind it. You eat when you are hungry, bathe to smell clean, procreate to keep the world going.



It takes a while for many of us to develop a desire to find our true purpose in life. You will notice that empty feeling when life has no meaning.



Watch over my shoulder as I spend time showing you how I spent time mapping out my passion and purpose in the following videos:



Find Your Passion Demo







Map out your purpose







The tool I use in the second video is Xmind. It has been such a great resource for me for 12 months.



My rate of content creation (I create a lot of content) became too much for the free version so I needed to move on to something else.



Mindset



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9 Ways to Get Motivated and Skyrocket Your Success https://www.successunscrambled.com/how-to-get-motivated/ Mon, 15 Jul 2019 00:34:14 +0000 https://www.successunscrambled.com/?p=11161 https://www.successunscrambled.com/how-to-get-motivated/#comments https://www.successunscrambled.com/how-to-get-motivated/feed/ 40 Are you looking for ways to get motivated to accomplish your goals? Have you found yourself in a rut lately? This past week I saw a post in a bloggers group on Facebook where one blogger announced that he was shutting down all his blogs. When I saw this I felt compelled to jump in and stop him from taking such drastic action. It appears that his decision was financially motivated but I cannot conclude for sure since I did not have a direct conversation with him. Have you ever felt like throwing in the towel and giving up on your blogging dreams? Maybe you questioned if it is even worth it in the end. Many bloggers struggle with finding ways to get motivated to start a blog in the first place. Others struggle with coming up with ideas to stay motivated so that they can continue blogging on a regular basis. I was shocked this week to learn that having a fear of success is a real thing for many people but I will cover that in another post. Finding and staying motivated is such a struggle for so many people that I want to share what I do to win on both fronts as well as a few secret hacks. Disclaimer: Please note that this post may contain affiliate links. This 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 is Motivation and Why You Need It Well, I never thought that I would need to define the term motivation. However, I think it is necessary after seeing the phrase, "where can I buy motivation" in a Google result. According to Wikipedia, motivation is "the reason for people's actions, willingness and goals". So, in simple terms, it is the reason why you or I do what we do every single day of our lives. I never really saw motivation in such a simplistic way so I was at first really surprised at the simplicity of the definition. The reason why you need motivation is that it helps you to get stuff done like waking up at a certain time every day. Without it, you will not set goals for you or your loved ones. In fact, it is the only reason why you will lift a finger to do anything at all. It is not possible to go into a shop to purchase motivation but you can certainly hire a coach to help you work on your mindset. photo by Jose Silva What are the Levels of Motivation There are so many factors that motivate anyone to take action or achieve a goal so let's spend some time looking at motivators. Depending on your age, your situation, resources you will take certain actions. I have always been so self-motivated that I find it strange explaining this concept. Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs In order to fully understand motivation, we need to spend time looking at Maslow's Hierarchy of needs. In 1943, Abraham Maslow wrote a paper entitled, A Theory of Human Motivation in which he classified the universal needs of society. The study shows how humans intrinsically partake in behavioural motivation. He coined five categories as follows: PhysiologicalSafetyBelonging and loveSelf-esteemSelf-actualisation I still remember seeing this for the first time in school. As well as having that 'aha' moment because it was then when I understood why people behaved the way they did. It is safe to break these down further and see them as internally motivated as well as externally motivated factors. Grab The Goal Setting Planner Discover All You Need To Set Goals Set Goals For the Next 12 Months Name Email Are you looking for ways to get motivated to accomplish your goals? Have you found yourself in a rut lately?

This past week I saw a post in a bloggers group on Facebook where one blogger announced that he was shutting down all his blogs.

When I saw this I felt compelled to jump in and stop him from taking such drastic action.

It appears that his decision was financially motivated but I cannot conclude for sure since I did not have a direct conversation with him.

Have you ever felt like throwing in the towel and giving up on your blogging dreams? Maybe you questioned if it is even worth it in the end.

Many bloggers struggle with finding ways to get motivated to start a blog in the first place.

Others struggle with coming up with ideas to stay motivated so that they can continue blogging on a regular basis.

I was shocked this week to learn that having a fear of success is a real thing for many people but I will cover that in another post.

Finding and staying motivated is such a struggle for so many people that I want to share what I do to win on both fronts as well as a few secret hacks.

Disclaimer: Please note that this post may contain affiliate links. This 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 is Motivation and Why You Need It

Well, I never thought that I would need to define the term motivation. However, I think it is necessary after seeing the phrase, “where can I buy motivation” in a Google result.

According to Wikipedia, motivation is “the reason for people’s actions, willingness and goals”.

So, in simple terms, it is the reason why you or I do what we do every single day of our lives.

I never really saw motivation in such a simplistic way so I was at first really surprised at the simplicity of the definition.

The reason why you need motivation is that it helps you to get stuff done like waking up at a certain time every day.

Without it, you will not set goals for you or your loved ones. In fact, it is the only reason why you will lift a finger to do anything at all.

It is not possible to go into a shop to purchase motivation but you can certainly hire a coach to help you work on your mindset.

woman-in-motivational-office
photo by Jose Silva

What are the Levels of Motivation

There are so many factors that motivate anyone to take action or achieve a goal so let’s spend some time looking at motivators.

Depending on your age, your situation, resources you will take certain actions. I have always been so self-motivated that I find it strange explaining this concept.

Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs

In order to fully understand motivation, we need to spend time looking at Maslow’s Hierarchy of needs.

Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs

In 1943, Abraham Maslow wrote a paper entitled, A Theory of Human Motivation in which he classified the universal needs of society.

The study shows how humans intrinsically partake in behavioural motivation. He coined five categories as follows:

  1. Physiological
  2. Safety
  3. Belonging and love
  4. Self-esteem
  5. Self-actualisation

I still remember seeing this for the first time in school. As well as having that ‘aha’ moment because it was then when I understood why people behaved the way they did.

It is safe to break these down further and see them as internally motivated as well as externally motivated factors.

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Internally Motivated

There is a reason why physiological is at the bottom of the pyramid. As you can see it covers the most basic of needs in humans.

For example, a newborn baby has no clue about self-actualisation so it cries whenever it is hungry or uncomfortable.

As adults, we eat our meals on a regular basis, at least in the western world, that we forget how painful it is to be hungry.

This is the reason why it makes no sense to try and sell a designer bag or other luxury item to anyone that is hungry.

That person’s first motivation is to get rid of their hunger pains. Followed by all their other needs for clothing shelter and warmth before telling them about other things.

It is also the big reason why someone with basic needs has no interest in love or Valentine’s day.

Meet their physiological needs first before trying to help them with other aspects of their lives.

At this point, I need to pause and ask you if you desire to achieve your goals are as strong as hunger pains?

If they are then your motivation to achieve your goals will be relentless.

Externally Motivated

The other four levels on the pyramid have a heavy reliance on external factors. Let’s take a closer look at them.

Safety

Depending on your age it would take different things to make you feel safe. For example, before turning 18 children look to their parents for safety.

However, after becoming an adult a person would look to other things. For example, college, a job, an apartment, money in the bank or spirituality to feel safe.

Belonging and Love

When it comes to love and a sense of belonging, children look to their parents for this need to be satisfied.

However, as adults, it is so different and complex. Yes, you have parents at home but when you move out on your own you have friends that you depend on to feel accepted.

I constantly feel sorry for teenagers and young adults who constantly depend on friends to satisfy this need.

We live in an age of social media where people pretend to be something else online compared to reality. Who can they trust?

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Self Esteem

Everyone goes through a period of wanting to find themselves or taking their rightful place in this world.

To feel respected as a human being is normal as well as demanding the freedom to be who you want to be.

You can probably relate to this feeling of wanting to be recognised for your accomplishments and achievements.

No one likes living in the shadow of another human being which is a great way to look at self-esteem.

Self-Actualisation

As a human, once you get a taste of freedom and recognition then comes this need to fulfil your purpose.

Abraham Maslow describes this level as not only success but the ability to be a master at something.

It is the reason I encourage you as my reader to find your passion. It is difficult to master something without being passionate about it.

Maslow goes on to state that it is at this level that the person has a need for strength, competence, self-confidence, mastery, independence and freedom.

How to Start the Journey to Get Motivated

The first thing that is needed to help anyone get motivated is for them to look at Maslow’s pyramid and determine where they are right now.

In other words, there is no point trying to get motivated to achieve your purpose when your physiological needs are not met.

It does involve a lot of introspection and self-seeking to decide what needs to happen for you to become motivated at each level.

A man with a wife and children will work very hard to put food on the table and a roof over their heads.

Once there is excess money he would save for a home, for college education and for retirement.

It is only after these things are ‘secure’ then he may seek to buy a boat or a holiday home or even freedom and independence.

Yes, there are some people who will have their priorities mixed up. They want to buy a fancy pair of shoes while their children go hungry but that is not humane.

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My Secrets to Being Highly Self-Motivated

Many years ago my ability to get motivated was not focused on one area. I was all over the place because I wanted to do so much.

One day I realised that it would be better to put all of my energy into a single project. As well as to see it to completion before moving on to something else.

I also realised that my ‘why’ needed to be big enough to stay the course of any project.

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s quote goes like this, “if your dreams don’t scare you, they are not big enough” it is the one phrase that made me realise that my ‘why’ was not big enough.

“If your dreams don’t scare you, they are not big enough”

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

Prior to seeing this quote my why were my children and my family. However, their needs were not big or scary enough to scare me.

After seeing this quote my why became so big and scary I don’t know how I can accomplish it. You can read my story here.

I’m awake every day excited to get stuff done, do you believe that? I am so motivated and I have been like this for the last 3-4 years.

Practical Steps to Stay Motivated

When my mother died in 2015 I lost my interest in blogging. This went on for about a year because I wanted to do so much for her but she was no more.

Here are some practical things that you can do to wake up excited every single day no matter what happens in life.

  1. Find your big, scary why
  2. Work on a long term project that aligns with your purpose
  3. Experience some wins every month
  4. Slay big obstacles as fast as possible
  5. Read The One Thing by Gary Keller
  6. Have a quote to help you with challenges

My quote of the century whenever I face challenges is this one by Albert E.N. Gray, The common denominator of success.

“The secret of success of every man who has ever been successful lies in the fact that he formed a habit of doing things that failures don’t like to do”.


"The secret of success of every man who has ever been successful lies in the fact that he formed a habit of doing things that failures don't like to do". Albert E.N. Gray
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If you and I form a habit of doing those things that nobody else wants to do. There is a great chance that we will become successful.

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A Clever Motivation Hack

If you are a regular reader of my blog you will know that I encourage my readers to stop watching TV. I admonish them instead to do something creative.

One thing I discovered over the years is that I am unable to watch tutorial videos that are an hour-long without getting sleepy.

As a blogger, you will know that investing in your education is essential to your success. That education can be in the form of long videos.

Any time I am attending a webinar or tutorial that is an hour-long this is what I do. I head over to the kitchen and grab a bowl of warm freshly popped popcorn.

Years ago when I watched TV or movies my brain associated popcorn with a pleasurable experience.

For me, popcorn is associated with tutorials, webinars and studying for an exam. Yes, each time I need to study for an exam I get me some popcorn.

Before, in my subconscious, I think of those things as a chore. Now the moment I add popcorn I totally enjoy the experience.

For you, it could be potato chips, tortillas, M&Ms, chocolates, etc. You just need to be aware that sweet items will give you a sugar rush as well as a crash.

Time Management Keeps You Motivated

I have noticed that I absolutely enjoy my day and journey more when I schedule everything. It helps me to achieve goals.

Every evening before heading off to bed I do a reflection of my day and here are the three reasons why I do it.

  1. I check to see if I am making progress
  2. I need to know what I have to do tomorrow
  3. It helps me wake up ready to achieve those goals

When you decide to become a blogger or start your own business. There will not be anyone breathing down your neck doing micromanagement.

You will be 100% accountable for your goals and progress over a 12 month period. So, how will you keep track of your goals?

I personally prefer to manage my goals daily and sometimes hourly if my list for the day is full.

It is the reason why I absolutely enjoyed Gary’s book called The One Thing where he encourages his readers to ask the following:

“What is the one thing I can do today for my business such that by doing it everything else would be easier or even unnecessary.”

Gary Keller

Rather than having a big long to-do list I have a list of big things. It contains the stuff that I need to accomplish that will make everything else easier or unnecessary.

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9 Steps to Get Motivated

Now that you understand the different levels of human motivation based on Maslow’s hierarchy of needs let’s look at 9 steps to get motivated.

  1. Surround yourself with positive successful people
  2. Do the things that you love
  3. Find a way to enjoy the things that are not so enjoyable (like eating your favourite snack while doing it)
  4. Know where you are right now on the pyramid
  5. It may make sense to complete levels 1-4 before attempting level 5.
  6. Get really clear about what needs to happen to achieve your goals
  7. Schedule your productive time
  8. Make time for loved ones
  9. Listen to a podcast that will motivate you
  10. Read a great book or two as they really help with self-improvement. My favourite two books for motivation and getting stuff done are:

I cannot explain how much reading great books can help put life into perspective and boost your desire to succeed in life.

Conclusion

I was so concerned about writing about the topic of motivation. As I don’t see myself as an expert but as someone on a mission to do things every single day.

The inspiration also came after reading about that guy who just decided to give up all his hard work of blogging.

You may be wondering why I did not send him a direct message or comment on the Facebook group so let me tell you why.

He needed to be motivated enough to continue that big dream. I did not want him to keep coming to me for motivation to stay in the game.

For me, to get motivated to start a blog and to stay motivated to continue came from a deep place. A place that is so deep that I am virtually unshakeable.

What about you, why did you get motivated to start a blog and what are you doing to stay motivated along the way?

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Are you looking for ways to get motivated to accomplish your goals? Have you found yourself in a rut lately? This past week I saw a post in a bloggers group on Facebook where one blogger announced that he was shutting down all his blogs. Are you looking for ways to get motivated to accomplish your goals? Have you found yourself in a rut lately?



This past week I saw a post in a bloggers group on Facebook where one blogger announced that he was shutting down all his blogs.



When I saw this I felt compelled to jump in and stop him from taking such drastic action.



It appears that his decision was financially motivated but I cannot conclude for sure since I did not have a direct conversation with him.



Have you ever felt like throwing in the towel and giving up on your blogging dreams? Maybe you questioned if it is even worth it in the end.



Many bloggers struggle with finding ways to get motivated to start a blog in the first place.



Others struggle with coming up with ideas to stay motivated so that they can continue blogging on a regular basis.



I was shocked this week to learn that having a fear of success is a real thing for many people but I will cover that in another post.



Finding and staying motivated is such a struggle for so many people that I want to share what I do to win on both fronts as well as a few secret hacks.



Disclaimer: Please note that this post may contain affiliate links. This 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 is Motivation and Why You Need It



Well, I never thought that I would need to define the term motivation. However, I think it is necessary after seeing the phrase, "where can I buy motivation" in a Google result.



According to Wikipedia, motivation is "the reason for people's actions, willingness and goals".



So, in simple terms, it is the reason why you or I do what we do every single day of our lives.



I never really saw motivation in such a simplistic way so I was at first really surprised at the simplicity of the definition.



The reason why you need motivation is that it helps you to get stuff done like waking up at a certain time every day.



Without it, you will not set goals for you or your loved ones. In fact, it is the only reason why you will lift a finger to do anything at all.



It is not possible to go into a shop to purchase motivation but you can certainly hire a coach to help you work on your mindset.



photo by Jose Silva



What are the Levels of Motivation



There are so many factors that motivate anyone to take action or achieve a goal so let's spend some time looking at motivators.



Depending on your age, your situation, resources you will take certain actions. I have always been so self-motivated that I find it strange explaining this concept.



Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs



In order to fully understand motivation, we need to spend time looking at Maslow's Hierarchy of needs.







In 1943, Abraham Maslow wrote a paper entitled, A Theory of Human Motivation in which he classified the universal needs of society.



The study shows how humans intrinsically partake in behavioural motivation. He coined five categories as follows:



* Physiological* Safety* Belonging and love* Self-esteem* Self-actualisation
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Get Paid By Blogging: 11 Things Most Bloggers Ignore https://www.successunscrambled.com/get-paid-by-blogging/ Mon, 08 Jul 2019 01:49:52 +0000 https://www.successunscrambled.com/?p=11007 https://www.successunscrambled.com/get-paid-by-blogging/#comments https://www.successunscrambled.com/get-paid-by-blogging/feed/ 29 Are you wondering how to get paid by blogging? Did you know that only 2% of bloggers earn over $150,000 a year? Do you ever get this niggling feeling at the back of your head that you forgot to include something important on your blog? Is there a system in place like a blog checklist to ensure that you remembered to include all the essential items? You may have considered this before but what makes your blog stand out from the other 172,799 posts published every day? I know that some people started a blog just as a hobby but here is another worrying statistic for you. The average time spent writing a blog post is 3.5 hours which does not include research or strategy. The truth is that many bloggers struggle with figuring out how to get all the moving pieces together but that is if they are aware of those pieces. However, it does not have to be this way for you. In fact, I am going to let you in on a few secrets that successful bloggers will not tell you. In the post, I am going to outline 11 essentials items that most bloggers forget to include in order to get paid by blogging. Disclaimer: please note that this post may contain affiliate links which means that if you buy one of my recommended products I get paid a commission for sharing the link at no additional cost to you.  I only recommend products that I have tried myself and have experienced success. The Purpose of a Blog Before I dive into those 11 essential items it is super important for me to dissect the purpose of a blog. At this point, I could go into the history of blogging where it is believed that Peter Merholz was the first to coin the term 'blog'. However, both of us will fall asleep before too long because as you can imagine history was far from my favourite subject in school. In layman's terms, blogs are loved by Google and other search engines because it provides fresh content on a regular basis. Bloggers write blog posts as a way to market their content with the hope of attracting potential readers. What happens when a reader views the content and after they read it is the main focus of this particular post. Have you ever spent some time really analysing the journey of your potential readers? photo by Karolina Grabowska Get Paid by Blogging Using These Now that we understand the real purpose of a blog let us look at the journey of your reader and what a blog should include. At the end of these items you will no longer wonder how do bloggers get paid but you will have an idea of what needs to happen. 1. Set up Email Provider Starting a blog can be such an exciting experience for anyone. The vast majority of bloggers spend their time worrying about blog traffic. However, having 10,000 page views every month may look great on the analytics reports but it may have no effect on your bank balance. Also, there is very little impact on your knowledge of this amazing audience if you are not finding ways to communicate with them. Setting up an email provider is an important part of blogging because for every $1 spent on email marketing by a blogger it brings back $44 in return. The good news is that you can set up yours for free today. Check out these 5 free email marketing providers for more information. Grab The Blog Content Planner Includes A Social Media Planner Reduce Errors With a Planning Template Enter Your Blog Goals Take Advantage of Smart Goals Fun Content Are you wondering how to get paid by blogging? Did you know that only 2% of bloggers earn over $150,000 a year?

Do you ever get this niggling feeling at the back of your head that you forgot to include something important on your blog?

Is there a system in place like a blog checklist to ensure that you remembered to include all the essential items?

You may have considered this before but what makes your blog stand out from the other 172,799 posts published every day?

I know that some people started a blog just as a hobby but here is another worrying statistic for you.

The average time spent writing a blog post is 3.5 hours which does not include research or strategy.

The truth is that many bloggers struggle with figuring out how to get all the moving pieces together but that is if they are aware of those pieces.

However, it does not have to be this way for you. In fact, I am going to let you in on a few secrets that successful bloggers will not tell you.

In the post, I am going to outline 11 essentials items that most bloggers forget to include in order to get paid by blogging.

Disclaimer: please note that this post may contain affiliate links which means that if you buy one of my recommended products I get paid a commission for sharing the link at no additional cost to you.  I only recommend products that I have tried myself and have experienced success.

The Purpose of a Blog

Before I dive into those 11 essential items it is super important for me to dissect the purpose of a blog.

At this point, I could go into the history of blogging where it is believed that Peter Merholz was the first to coin the term ‘blog’.

However, both of us will fall asleep before too long because as you can imagine history was far from my favourite subject in school.

In layman’s terms, blogs are loved by Google and other search engines because it provides fresh content on a regular basis.

Bloggers write blog posts as a way to market their content with the hope of attracting potential readers.

What happens when a reader views the content and after they read it is the main focus of this particular post.

Have you ever spent some time really analysing the journey of your potential readers?

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photo by Karolina Grabowska

Get Paid by Blogging Using These

Now that we understand the real purpose of a blog let us look at the journey of your reader and what a blog should include.

At the end of these items you will no longer wonder how do bloggers get paid but you will have an idea of what needs to happen.

1. Set up Email Provider

Starting a blog can be such an exciting experience for anyone. The vast majority of bloggers spend their time worrying about blog traffic.

However, having 10,000 page views every month may look great on the analytics reports but it may have no effect on your bank balance.

Also, there is very little impact on your knowledge of this amazing audience if you are not finding ways to communicate with them.

Setting up an email provider is an important part of blogging because for every $1 spent on email marketing by a blogger it brings back $44 in return.

The good news is that you can set up yours for free today. Check out these 5 free email marketing providers for more information.

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2. Free Content Upgrade

How many times have you been given the option to sign up for a free email newsletter?

I cringe every time I see one, “sign up for our free email newsletter”. Here’s why, I stopped watching the news 10 years ago as part of my media detox.

Anyone wanting to send me more news will not be entitled to get my email address, yes I am weird like that but here is a fact.

If you offer a reader something more relevant other than a newsletter do you think they may be interested?

This is why it is important to start building a relationship with your readers by offering them something of value.

These items of value can include a cheat sheet, checklist, e-course, webinar or other printable.

Even though you are offering them for free they will help you to get paid by blogging when they purchase an item from you.

3. Monetise your Blog Post

This one can be difficult depending on your niche. In the early days, I was told not to include affiliate links until my post was ranking.

However, I have since ignored that advice and include them whenever possible. There are so many ways to monetise your blog posts.

If you are talking about products or services available on Amazon you can include a link to those.

You can, of course, sign up to the many affiliate programs that are available in your specific niche. Shareasale is a great place to find options across many niches.

Having your own products and/or services is yet another way that you can ensure that your blog is monetised.

I have a huge resource of 30+ ways to monetise your blog so feel free to head over to grab more ideas.

They will increase your chances and help you get paid by blogging.

4. Properly Set Up the Opt-in Form

This has happened to me several times so I am just as guilty as many people out there.

I remember being so excited to create a freebie or content upgrade for a new blog post only to realise that I did not set it up properly.

Ever wondered why there is a drop in your list growth? Did you check all your opt-in forms to see if things were set up correctly?

It is important to go back through every single form on your blog quarterly just to make sure things are connected properly.

Trust me when you get to 30+ freebies things can get a little bit confusing.

5. Creating One-Time-Offers (OTO’s)

Be honest with yourself now, do you have any one-time-offers for your audience to grab?

Just in case you never heard this phrase before a one-time-offer is a product that you offer those who decide to subscribe to your email list.

Normally it has a price of between $7 and $57 and it is not available to purchase anywhere else on your site at that price.

Did you know that 5-20% of people who join your email list will buy your one time offer?

I know that it can be tricky to find a good software provider for one-time offers but you can always use Thrive or Elementor.

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6. Including Countdown Timers

At one point, I felt bad about including a countdown timer until I realised the psychology behind it.

Before I lose you altogether a countdown timer is a timer that is placed together with the one-time-offer. It gives your subscriber the chance to buy your offer within x minutes.

If the person needs it then they will most likely go for it. However, if it is not a need then the timer will not have any effect on them.

In the past, I thought that I was forcing people to buy something that they don’t really need.

That was until I realised that I will never buy something that will not be useful for me no matter the time or the price.

However, I have to tell you that finding an inexpensive countdown timer that is up-to-date is very difficult.

Many of them can set you back at least $25 a month.

7. Creating an Email Sequence

Yikes! Are you terrified of creating an email sequence because you have no idea what to say to your subscribers?

Welcome to the terrified-to-communicate-to-subscribers-club. Yes, I have to agree with you that it appears to be so difficult.

However, do you know what is worse? Not communicating with them at all. Imagine joining an email list and not hearing a word from the blogger.

So many times as a blogger, you are frustrated about not making any money blogging but you have not communicated with your audience either.

This is so hilarious but over the years I have learned that you don’t need to have your own product ready just yet.

It is a great opportunity to communicate with your subscribers to find out what they need so you can create it.

If you want to get paid to blog my advice to you is to create your first sequence of 5 emails and take it from there.

8. Have an Up-sell

The moment you create your product you should consider having an up-sell. If you have no idea what I am talking about let me explain.

After you set up your one time offer then it would make sense to have another higher priced item for those who purchased your one time offer.

I can see you cringing from here. Lol!! You are probably thinking why in the world would you have a second offer.

Statistics show that 60-70% of your existing customers will buy your up-sell. So if you currently have an email list of 500 subscribers here is what should have happened.

5% of them should have purchased your one time offer. At a price of $7 for the one time offer that works out at 25x$7.00 = $175.00

If 60% of them purchased your up-sell then it would look like this. Let’s supposed your up-sell is an ebook at $47.00, then 15x$47.00 = $705.00

As bloggers, we all think we need to have 25,000 page views a month with 5,000 subscribers before we can make $1,000. As you can see that is not true.

9. Offer a Down-sell

I can see you biting your nails after reading this title. Lol!! Yes, another selling point where you give your subscriber the opportunity to solve their problem.

Again, in case this term is very foreign to you a down-sell is simply giving your customer the ability to invest in an item at a lower price with bits removed.

Let me give you an example if you were selling a course with online video training for $197 as the up-sell then the down-sell would be just the ebook with templates for $77.

There was a time I saw this as a bit too much. However, if you see it as giving the prospect or customer a way to still solve their problem at a lower price then it is not as bad as you imagine it to be.

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10. Creating a Product

So many bloggers believe that they have absolutely nothing to offer their audience or they take way too long to create their products and services.

If you are reading this and nodding your head because you believe that you don’t have anything to offer then really think again.

Everyone of us have at least one book in us that we need to tell the world. This is the year that you will start outlining the chapters of your book.

Your subconscious mind will help you to fill in the blanks. Think about it for a second, what can you talk about a lot without doing a lot of research?

Promise me that you will start creating your product as soon as you are finished reading this post.

Also, it is important that you have your product available to help solve the problems of your potential clients at a minimum.

11. Creating Your Avatar

Okay, if you have not done this one yet then you need to stop everything that you are doing and get to work on your avatar.

If you never heard the term avatar before it is the same as your persona or ideal client.

It could be that you are brand new to the whole idea of blogging and you are only in the investigative stage which is fine.

Before writing your first blog post you should have at least completed the first iteration of your avatar.

Include the following:

  1. Age
  2. Gender
  3. Where do they live? (country, city)
  4. Do they live in a house or an apartment?
  5. Their neighbourhood, what does it look like?
  6. What are their daily, weekly, monthly or annual challenges?
  7. Outline their biggest needs?
  8. The kind of problems they are trying to solve personally, financially
  9. Their deepest desires and dreams for them and their family, what are they?
  10. In terms of their biggest fears, what are they? (not spiders, emotional ones🤣)
  11. Do you get their short-term and long-term goals?
  12. Any idea of their good and bad habits?
  13. What gets them excited?
  14. The stuff that annoys them, what are they?
  15. Their passion projects, what are they?
  16. Where do they spend the most time online?
  17. List the kind of items they spend their money on when they get paid?
  18. What type of podcasts do they listen to?
  19. Which software and/or apps do they use?

It gives you the opportunity to really get to understand your audience, reader as well as your potential client in a lot of detail.

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Recap

Can you really make money blogging? The short answer is yes but it is what results from hard work, dedication and a keen understanding of your audience.

In order to help you with this list let’s do a quick recap of all the items, you should include if your goal is to generate an income with your blog.

  1. Set up email provider
  2. Create free content upgrades
  3. Monetise your blog posts
  4. Set up opt-in forms
  5. Create one time offers
  6. Include countdown timers
  7. Set up an email sequence
  8. Have an up sell
  9. Offer a down sell
  10. Create a product
  11. Formulate your avatar

As you can see it is so easy to be a blogger or entrepreneur for many months or years just publishing several blog posts a year without blog growth.

Take a step back and revisit your blog goals and see how you can incorporate many of these ideas to achieve your blogging goals.

Conclusion

One of the secrets to get paid by blogging is to grow your email list and develop a great relationship with your subscribers.

This is only applicable to anyone who would like to treat their blog as a business so that they can generate a full-time income online.

It all starts with knowing your reader or audience on a very in-depth level so working on your avatar is actually the first step.

With an intimate understanding of your readers you are now able to offer them content and courses that adds value to their lives.

What has been your experience so far with these items? Have you created an avatar and set up your first one time offer?

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Do you ever get this niggling feeling at the back of your head that you forgot to include something important on your blog?



Is there a system in place like a blog checklist to ensure that you remembered to include all the essential items?



You may have considered this before but what makes your blog stand out from the other 172,799 posts published every day?



I know that some people started a blog just as a hobby but here is another worrying statistic for you.



The average time spent writing a blog post is 3.5 hours which does not include research or strategy.



The truth is that many bloggers struggle with figuring out how to get all the moving pieces together but that is if they are aware of those pieces.



However, it does not have to be this way for you. In fact, I am going to let you in on a few secrets that successful bloggers will not tell you.



In the post, I am going to outline 11 essentials items that most bloggers forget to include in order to get paid by blogging.



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The Purpose of a Blog



Before I dive into those 11 essential items it is super important for me to dissect the purpose of a blog.



At this point, I could go into the history of blogging where it is believed that Peter Merholz was the first to coin the term 'blog'.



However, both of us will fall asleep before too long because as you can imagine history was far from my favourite subject in school.



In layman's terms, blogs are loved by Google and other search engines because it provides fresh content on a regular basis.



Bloggers write blog posts as a way to market their content with the hope of attracting potential readers.



What happens when a reader views the content and after they read it is the main focus of this particular post.



Have you ever spent some time really analysing the journey of your potential readers?



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Get Paid by Blogging Using These



Now that we understand the real purpose of a blog let us look at the journey of your reader and what a blog should include.



At the end of these items you will no longer wonder how do bloggers get paid but you will have an idea of what needs to happen.



1. Set up Email Provider



Starting a blog can be such an exciting experience for anyone. The vast majority of bloggers spend their time worrying about blog traffic.



However, having 10,000 page views every month may look great on the analytics reports but it may have no effect on your bank balance.



Also, there is very little impact on your knowledge of this amazing audience if you are not finding ways to communicate with them.



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Would it be great to steal their secrets and quickly put them into action so that you can gain the time and freedom you always wanted?

It is possible to think that people are lucky because they are born into wealth so they have less to worry about.

Maybe you have a close relative or friend who is a millionaire or considered to be rich by your standards.

However, you are silently wishing to be in their shoes or to be as lucky as they have become.

Did you know that 65% of professional athletes who earn millions of dollars become poor within 5 years because of their money mindset?

The truth is you have the potential to become rich by learning a few key secrets that rich people don’t want you to know.

In this post, I will cover 13 of the amazing facts so that you too can start your journey to better financial and creative habits.

Why Take Advice From The Rich

Have you ever uttered the words, “I wish I was rich” or something similar or found yourself in a broke situation?

Ever wondered why some people are so wealthy compared to others in your city or town?

When was the last time you saw a rich person face to face? How did you know that they were rich?

Many of us fall into the trap of classifying people as rich or poor based on a number of assumptions.

Some of the best advice I have ever received is from a number of my mentors who also happen to be rich.

The advice I received has had such a profound impact on my life that I have changed for the better.

Let’s look at some of these eye-popping things rich people do that will not only switch gears in your mind but give you light bulb moments.

1. Adding Value to the Lives of Others

I can see you rolling your eyes at this one. Of course, rich people can add value to the lives of others because they have the money.

Well, that is not exactly true at all. Rich people get rich because of the value that they add to the lives of others.

Let me give you a good example so you can see what I mean. Every year, hundreds of people place a small down payment on a house or an apartment.

They rent it out creating their first cash flow income then go on to purchase their 2nd, 3rd and 4th home thus providing homes to people.

Are they adding value to the lives of others? Yes, they are and they are also creating wealth for themselves.

I recently saw a quote somewhere that said, “Rich people make plans for three generations and poor people make plans for Saturday night”.

What are you plans like for the next 12 months?

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2. Rich People Remain Wealthy by Their Thoughts

I am one of those people who absolutely dislike phrases like manifesting money or being open to the universe to attract money.

However, I must agree with rich people who say that we become what we believe or say.

One of the things rich people never say is “I can’t afford it” and here is the reason behind it.

If we constantly say things like, “I can’t afford it” then we are telling our unconscious mind to do nothing about our situation.

However, we activate our unconscious mind to solve a problem when we use a phrase like, “how can I afford it?”

In other words, “necessity is the mother of invention” so we should spend more time finding ways to create wealth.

Compared to giving our brain an excuse to be lazy.

3. Rich People Have an Entrepreneur Mindset

This one may come as an absolute surprise to you but how many rich people do you know that remain as employees all their lives?

The school system was designed to produce workers or staff members who will trade dollars for hours.

Therefore the behaviour of a typical student is that of someone who plans to work for a salary every month.

However, rich people are trained in entrepreneurship and investments so they are more interested in providing products or services.

In fact, they find ways to make that salary work for them like investing in real estate or a business.

Is it me or are the rich people producing gallons of coffee every day for the employees to drink?

Would you like to become an entrepreneur instead?

4. They Eat Failure for Breakfast

You may have noticed this but as a student and later as an employee you are thought to be afraid of failure.

In fact, you may have been told that mistakes are bad and that you should never make them.

The problem with this is that you learn from your mistakes so if you don’t make mistakes then your ability to learn is greatly reduced.

If you don’t believe me without naming any names here on this blog post make a list of 10 people who are leaders or entrepreneurs who has never made a mistake.

Are you finding it difficult to get a list of 5? So, if you are still wondering what rich people do differently. Remember that it is okay to fail and learn from your mistakes.

What is the worse thing that can happen to you when you fail?

5. Rich People Learn How to Fish

You may have heard this before but I will write it here again, “give a man a fish and you feed him for a day, teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime”.

Rich people learn to fish and they teach their children to do the same and their grandchildren and so on.

Now, fishing could be anything that generates an income without having to depend on a salary.

Here are a few things that you can do:

  1. Start a business
  2. Create a blog
  3. Invent a product
  4. Invest in real estate
  5. Buy a business
  6. Code some software
  7. Open a bakery
  8. Rent out a room

This is just a quick shortlist to get the wheels in your mind turning so that you can go and do some research.

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6. They Use Fear To Propel Them Forward

It is normal to be afraid to try something new and rich people know this and instead of running away they take calculated risk.

They learn from very young that it is okay to come out of your comfort zone and try new things.

In fact, they develop a tolerance for risk over time that will make many of us want to jump back into bed.

I remember the quote by Sheryl Sandberg, “what would you do if you weren’t afraid?”

Sometimes you need to take a step back and write a list of the real reasons why you are afraid to do something like making an investment.

My favourite go-to phrase is always, what is the worse that can happen?

7. Find Time To Make It Happen

This would have to be my favourite one because I often hear people complain that they don’t have time.

Over 10 years ago I decided to stop watching TV simply because I realised that it was and still is a time stealer for so many people.

If you have no idea what I am referring to then do this little exercise for a week. Track what you do every day for 7 days.

Once the exercise is complete take a look at what you wrote down and evaluate what you do every day or every week that is taking a lot of time.

Every single one of us have 24 hours each day and we have the freedom to choose what we do with our time.

The rich are aware of this and maybe it is the reason why they invest in so many programs and other forms of entertainment to service the needs or wants of others.

What will you do with your time over the next 7 days?

8. The Rich Are Taught About Money

This topic gives me goosebumps because I received the education about money about 10 years ago and I was annoyed.

The reason I was upset is because I wished that I had received this useful information about 30 years ago.

It is normal that no one will teach you about how money works unless you come from a rich background.

After reading books like the Richest Man in Babylon, Rich Dad Poor Dad and Serve No Master I was just shocked.

What was appalling to me is you are not taught about money in the school system and it is not added to the system on purpose.

It is almost a way to keep people in the dark and it is only taught to the rich. If you’re on the fence about what rich people invest in think about money education.

When was the last time you educated yourself about money?

9. They Don’t Spend Money on Doodads

Black Friday Sale, End of Summer Sale, End of Year Sale and End of Season Sale are a tricky way to make you spend money on Doodads.

There is this crazy disease called hoarding as well that is taking the country and the world by storm.

It is one thing to wait for a sale to buy something you need but it is a totally different story shopping for wants.

This mentality is totally the opposite of people who are rich. They learn to budget and save. They also don’t need to wear the most expensive clothes and shoes.

In fact, the last time I checked it is the rich people holding the sales so that the others can buy the stuff that they think they need.

When was the last time you shopped in the sales?

10. They Read Regularly

Billionaire Warren Buffet’s key tip for success is to read 500 pages a day. I know I covered this already in a previous post.

The good news is that reading does not have to be confined to books. Kindle, blogs and other media gives us the opportunity to read online.

You are probably thinking that 500 pages a day is a lot. However, I have come to realise that it is something you need to develop over time.

In reality it is all about perspective. If after 365 days of reading one book a day you have several aha moments for wealth creation then you will appreciate the benefits.

It is almost the same as someone paying you $1,000,000 to read 1 book a day for 365 days. The question is would you do it?

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11. They Make a Budget

Am I saying that budgeting can lead to wealth? Yes, it can. Living within your means and planning your spending is a sure way to accumulate wealth.

I have been trying to teach this to my children for a while but peer pressure has an amazing affect on teenagers and young adults.

In hindsight, I should have started the process a lot sooner but as the saying goes, “it is better late than never”.

Yes, my parents never thought me about these things but that does not mean that I should not learn them myself.

Chris Hogan, in his article Habits of the average millionaire, says that you cannot build a millionaire dollar net worth without a plan.

I really like the fact that he mentions that building wealth begins with budgeting basics. You know what is coming out of your account every month.

Did you start budgeting yet?

12. Keeping a to-do List

So, we only have an average of 70 years to live and during that time we spend 6-9 hours a day in bed.

Have you ever thought about the total number of productive hours you have in a given day?

By productive, I mean those hours when you are not eating, sleeping, cleaning or doing any chores.

At the end of almost everyday I wonder where did the time go. I got so much done but I just thought that I could do so much more.

As I am writing this post, I am currently ‘multi-tasking’ because I am also doing the washing because over the next 10 days will be so very busy for me.

In his article, Habits of the Wealthy on Poor Man Blogger, John Engle, talks about keeping a to-do list. He says that 81% of the wealthy keep a to-do list.

It is safe to say that one of the things that rich people have is a to-do list. They probably also have a not to-do list but let’s not speculate.

I can totally relate to this as I know what I need to get done every day in advance. Anyone, who knows me knows that I dislike last minute rush.

Over the years I have learned that last minute planning can be quite costly.

13. Surround Yourself With Successful People

Many years ago, while reading a book (I cannot remember which one) I had that aha moment when I saw this quote.

“You are the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with”

Jim Rohn

You may find yourself in a situation without friends for some time if you put this into practice.

Why? Because your old friends would not understand the new you and may think that you have lost your mind altogether.

The good news is if you have 4-5 siblings then they don’t have a choice but to tolerate you for the time being.

Here is the scary exercise, write down a list of your 5 closest friends and decide if they are helping with your success or hindering you.

If your friends have bad spending habits, dislike reading, regularly leave things for the last minute.

Also, if they are always broke or dislike adding value to the lives of others it is probably time for you to rethink your friendship.

What does your current success circle look like?

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Recap

So, just to recap this big list of the 13 things rich people do. Here it is again in summary.

  1. Add value to the lives of others
  2. Positive money thoughts
  3. Entrepreneur mindset
  4. Embrace failure
  5. Learn to fish
  6. Evaluate fear carefully
  7. Make time for advancement
  8. Educate themselves about money
  9. Avoid spending on Doodads
  10. Read regularly
  11. Make a budget
  12. Keep a to-do list
  13. Surround themselves with success

The one surprising thing about this list is that all the items are relatively inexpensive or simple to implement.

If you have not considered any or all of these before then now is a good time to start especially if you have a 50th birthday bucket list like me.

Conclusion

Many times I see people getting in the way of their own success including me and I wonder, why?

Habits are those things that propel us forward or keep us back. Thankfully, we all have the ability to change our habits.

Of course, adopting new habits into our life is not easy but it is doable. It really depends on the size of our motivation for success.

What about you what do your plans for the next 12 months look like? What if nothing changed in your life in the next five years will you feel fulfilled?

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Would it be great to steal their secrets and quickly put them into action so that you can gain the time and freedom you always wanted?



It is possible to think that people are lucky because they are born into wealth so they have less to worry about.



Maybe you have a close relative or friend who is a millionaire or considered to be rich by your standards.



However, you are silently wishing to be in their shoes or to be as lucky as they have become.



Did you know that 65% of professional athletes who earn millions of dollars become poor within 5 years because of their money mindset?



The truth is you have the potential to become rich by learning a few key secrets that rich people don't want you to know.



In this post, I will cover 13 of the amazing facts so that you too can start your journey to better financial and creative habits.



Why Take Advice From The Rich



Have you ever uttered the words, "I wish I was rich" or something similar or found yourself in a broke situation?



Ever wondered why some people are so wealthy compared to others in your city or town?



When was the last time you saw a rich person face to face? How did you know that they were rich?



Many of us fall into the trap of classifying people as rich or poor based on a number of assumptions.



Some of the best advice I have ever received is from a number of my mentors who also happen to be rich.



The advice I received has had such a profound impact on my life that I have changed for the better.



Let's look at some of these eye-popping things rich people do that will not only switch gears in your mind but give you light bulb moments.



1. Adding Value to the Lives of Others



I can see you rolling your eyes at this one. Of course, rich people can add value to the lives of others because they have the money.



Well, that is not exactly true at all. Rich people get rich because of the value that they add to the lives of others.



Let me give you a good example so you can see what I mean. Every year, hundreds of people place a small down payment on a house or an apartment.



They rent it out creating their first cash flow income then go on to purchase their 2nd, 3rd and 4th home thus providing homes to people.



Are they adding value to the lives of others? Yes, they are and they are also creating wealth for themselves.



I recently saw a quote somewhere that said, "Rich people make plans for three generations and poor people make plans for Saturday night".



What are you plans like for the next 12 months?


























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50 Things to do Before 50 a Crazy 50th Birthday Bucket List https://www.successunscrambled.com/50th-birthday-bucket-list/ Mon, 24 Jun 2019 04:32:25 +0000 https://www.successunscrambled.com/?p=10174 https://www.successunscrambled.com/50th-birthday-bucket-list/#comments https://www.successunscrambled.com/50th-birthday-bucket-list/feed/ 43 Will you be celebrating your 50th birthday in the next 2-7 years? Have you decided on a 50th birthday bucket list? If you are like me you probably imagined your 50th birthday being super special where you celebrate with many friends at an exotic location. Never in a million years could I have imagined that age 50 would sneak up on me so quickly. I still remember what it was like being a teenager, it was not special or amazing. I just stayed out of trouble. What about you what can you remember from when you were younger? Is there any specific season in life that stands out more than the others? The struggle of turning 50 is going to be real and in so many ways it could mean regret for so many people. In this post, I want to invite you to get out a pen and paper and write down all the things that you wanted to accomplish before turning 50. Then make a shortlist of the most important or significant ones so that you can set goals to achieve them. I will also share with you the top 50+ things that I would like to do and you may also want to do or experience some of these yourself so let's do it. Why Bother With a List? Reading this you may be wondering what is the big deal and why should you or anyone else for that matter be bothering to write a 50th birthday bucket list. Recently I remember reading a quote from Mark Cuban which goes like this: "Today's the youngest you are ever going to be. You've got to live like it. You've got to live young every day."Mark Cuban The truth is I never saw life like that before. I postponed so many things and say that I will do it when I have more time, more money, have a life companion, etc. In fact, those days may never ever come. I remember speaking with my Mother when she turned 70 and she said the following words: "I am not 70 for only one day, I will be 70 for a whole year so you have lots of time to celebrate my birthday" In less than 3 months my Mother was dead and I was in shock. It was a very speechless experience. I promised myself not to postpone anything anymore. If I can do it today let me do it already. photo by Matthew Henry Bucket List Ideas for Women Now that we understand why a 50th birthday bucket list is important it is time to get writing these bucket list ideas for women. Grab a pen and paper and let's make a list together. I have decided to write things into 14 different categories. I must be an organisation freak and I don't even know it. It is so much better to do it this way for me because I want to make a wide impact. Here are those categories: TravelBusinessBodyLoveSpiritualCharityMakeTakeVolunteerImproveHelpMentalLearnMini-retirements As you can see from this list I want to experience a well-rounded growth in 4-5 areas including mental, physical, emotional, financial and social. The things on this list will not only benefit me but it will also have a positive impact on others in my spheres of influence as well as my passion projects. Need help with setting your goals for the next 12-24 months? Grab the free goal setting planner below. Grab The Goal Setting Planner Discover All You Need To Set Goals Set Goals For the Next 12 Months Name Email Grab The Planner The 50th Birthday Bucket List Are you ready to go through the list? I will start with travel and work my way through every category. The plan is as I accomplish these goals I will come back here and mark ... Will you be celebrating your 50th birthday in the next 2-7 years? Have you decided on a 50th birthday bucket list?

If you are like me you probably imagined your 50th birthday being super special where you celebrate with many friends at an exotic location.

Never in a million years could I have imagined that age 50 would sneak up on me so quickly.

I still remember what it was like being a teenager, it was not special or amazing. I just stayed out of trouble.

What about you what can you remember from when you were younger? Is there any specific season in life that stands out more than the others?

The struggle of turning 50 is going to be real and in so many ways it could mean regret for so many people.

In this post, I want to invite you to get out a pen and paper and write down all the things that you wanted to accomplish before turning 50.

Then make a shortlist of the most important or significant ones so that you can set goals to achieve them.

I will also share with you the top 50+ things that I would like to do and you may also want to do or experience some of these yourself so let’s do it.

Why Bother With a List?

Reading this you may be wondering what is the big deal and why should you or anyone else for that matter be bothering to write a 50th birthday bucket list.

Recently I remember reading a quote from Mark Cuban which goes like this:

“Today’s the youngest you are ever going to be. You’ve got to live like it. You’ve got to live young every day.”

Mark Cuban

The truth is I never saw life like that before. I postponed so many things and say that I will do it when I have more time, more money, have a life companion, etc.

In fact, those days may never ever come. I remember speaking with my Mother when she turned 70 and she said the following words:

“I am not 70 for only one day, I will be 70 for a whole year so you have lots of time to celebrate my birthday”

In less than 3 months my Mother was dead and I was in shock. It was a very speechless experience.

I promised myself not to postpone anything anymore. If I can do it today let me do it already.

bucket list ideas for women
photo by Matthew Henry

Bucket List Ideas for Women

Now that we understand why a 50th birthday bucket list is important it is time to get writing these bucket list ideas for women.

Grab a pen and paper and let’s make a list together. I have decided to write things into 14 different categories.

I must be an organisation freak and I don’t even know it. It is so much better to do it this way for me because I want to make a wide impact.

Here are those categories:

  1. Travel
  2. Business
  3. Body
  4. Love
  5. Spiritual
  6. Charity
  7. Make
  8. Take
  9. Volunteer
  10. Improve
  11. Help
  12. Mental
  13. Learn
  14. Mini-retirements

As you can see from this list I want to experience a well-rounded growth in 4-5 areas including mental, physical, emotional, financial and social.

The things on this list will not only benefit me but it will also have a positive impact on others in my spheres of influence as well as my passion projects.

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The 50th Birthday Bucket List

Are you ready to go through the list? I will start with travel and work my way through every category.

The plan is as I accomplish these goals I will come back here and mark them off as done.

travel bucket list ideas
photo by Darcy McSheffrey

Travel

  1. Changi Murals, Singapore
  2. Heart of Cape Museum, South Africa (first heart transplant)
  3. Matobo National Park, Zimbabwe
  4. Hot air balloon ride – Cappadocia, Turkey
  5. Visit the Salt Flats in Utah
  6. See the Salt Flats in Bolivia
  7. Experience the Northern Lights in Iceland
  8. Visit Fiji Islands
  9. Make a trip to Japan

This list is not set in stone as it is possible that 1-2 items may change depending on logistics, natural disasters and personal circumstances.

Business

  1. Make a full-time passive income online
  2. Develop healthy relationships with 5 women in business
  3. Help 100 women each year fulfil their time-freedom dream with an online business
  4. Create a website traffic Mastermind group with 1,000 women
  5. Develop a 6-figure business

If you are new to my blog you are probably not aware of the story behind why I started this blog and podcast.

You can read about the history of my blog here and why I am so passionate about the cause of women illiteracy.

Body

  1. Get to my ideal weight of 120lbs
  2. Exercise 3 times a week
  3. Become a member of a dance group
  4. Maintain a fit, well-toned body
  5. Practice healthy eating

I really need to be a better version of myself physically in order for me to better serve those who need my talents.

To accomplish this I need to adopt healthy practices that will keep me alert and ready to take action.

relationship bucket list ideas
photo by Sarah Pflug

Love

  1. Find a life partner
  2. Fall in love again
  3. Develop a deep and meaningful relationship
  4. Experience the true meaning of love
  5. Forgive, forget and live life

This is not one that is easily accomplished but it is possible if I am open to it happening in my life.

It is so much better to accomplish big goals with a partner in crime compared to doing it all by myself.

Spiritual

  1. A closer walk with God
  2. Write 7 sermons
  3. Deliver at least one sermon
  4. Be a spiritual mentor to someone
  5. Develop a heart like God’s

I try put God first in everything I do because he has wisdom like no other. I will allow him to lead my path on this journey.

Charity

  1. Set up a foundation for illiterate women
  2. Develop relationships with similar charities
  3. Donate 10% of business profits to the charity
  4. Be a champion for the reduction of women illiteracy

Giving back in a big way is something I enjoy and I feel that I have failed when I have nothing to give to those who are less fortunate.

I have to be the change that I wish to see in others so I need to be a better version of myself in order for others to become a better version of themselves.

freshly-baked-lemon-cake-with-powdered-sugar
photo by Sheila Pedraza Burk

Make

  1. Pineapple upside down cake
  2. Banoffee Pie
  3. Lime key pie or lemon drizzle cake
  4. A bullet journal every year to track my progress
  5. Declutter my life and make it less complicated

There are so many recipes that I saw that I would like to make and I still have not done it. I always wanted to make the pineapple upside down cake.

I tried to make banoffee pie once and failed miserably so I need to try it again. As this will be an epic journey I cannot wait to track everything.

Take

  1. Take time to be good to others everywhere I go
  2. My local choir on a trip of a lifetime
  3. A group of young people on a meaningful experience
  4. My family on a retreat or reunion

I always dreamt of traveling with a mass choir to 3-5 countries and ministering to others. If I can do this it would be a dream come true.

Nothing beats making a trip with family. I am yet to travel with all my siblings, their family and my children to some place nice.

My brother believes Costa Rica is the best location for this so we will have to wait and see.

Volunteer

  1. For a project that helps illiterate women achieve their goals
  2. As a Goodwill Ambassador for illiterate women
  3. 1 day a week for a local charity or cause
  4. To help out one elderly neighbour one day a week

As I already mentioned I do enjoy giving back which can be seen from my history of assisting in several projects like feeding the homeless on Christmas day.

Helping the over 55s to become computer and Internet literate for over 3 years and assisting with a coding camp for kids.

traditional-mexican-dips
photo by Jakub Kapusnak

Improve

  1. My fluency in Spanish
  2. Upskill in YouTube marketing
  3. Instagram marketing
  4. My understanding of myself
  5. Hire a coach to boost self-improvement

For years I have been promising myself to improve my Spanish and I even have an account with Duolingo but I really need to get this done.

My preference would be to immerse myself in the language by living in Spain, Mexico or Panama for a few months.

Help

  1. Local businesses by giving free classes in marketing
  2. The unemployed by offering business grants
  3. Give motivational talks in schools and colleges
  4. Continue the podcast to expand the knowledge

I want to help so many people but right at this moment I am not at the level yet where I have sufficient skills and resources to be as effective as I can be.

Mental

  1. Practice a growth mindset
  2. Use grit to get all these projects accomplished
  3. Believe in my ability to do it
  4. Harness a positive mental attitude daily

As humans we keep getting in the way of ourselves by happily providing mental blocks as to why we cannot accomplish goals.

I am so aware of this so I need to be intentional and write down the challenges that I will face.

woman-playing-guitar
photo by Matthew Henry

Learn

  1. Learn to play the guitar
  2. Fine tune my singing skills
  3. To be patient
  4. When to take action
  5. How to make new friends

I am not perfect and my social skills can do with a make over and because I am aware of that I will write down this challenge.

My daughter started teaching me to play the guitar last year and I need to get back to doing that as soon as possible.

So far there are 57 items on my list. How are you getting on with your list? Feel free to borrow my ideas.

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Mini-Retirements

In order to avoid burnout and overwhelm, I would need to take mini-retirements along the way so that I will succeed.

Tim Ferris talks extensively about mini-retirements in his book, The Four Hour Work Week.

The idea behind it is that instead of retiring at 60 for 15-20 years you take 1-3 month breaks to rejuvenate the mind, body and soul.

A large part of the process is decluttering your life before heading off into the sunset.

It is during these mini-retirements that he did things like learned to dance the Tango, took German lessons as well as Spanish lessons.

You can see it as unplugging from the normal busy life in order to upskill ones ability on many levels.

As my business is online this would work out perfectly for me to continue getting things done.

Turning Dreams to Reality

After you have your big 50th birthday bucket list it is time to figure out how you are going to accomplish these goals.

Some items require a simple change in lifestyle while others require a combination of time and money to get done.

Personally, I would look at the big investment goals first which in my case is the 6-figure business.

To someone with no money, ideas or assets in place, this may look like it is not attainable by a long shot.

However, a 6-figure business is simply a business with a turnover of $100,000 a year. Broken down monthly that is only $8,333.33 a month.

What can you sell to a hungry crowd that will generate $8,333.33 a month?

business bucket list ideas
photo by Viktor Hanacek

Setting Goals

Let’s say you are great at creating your very own DIY creams or hair products and you want to teach others to do the same.

All you need to do is create a website or start a blog and use it as a way to get your potential audience interested in your paid offer.

Now your paid offer could be teaching people how to create a range of complementary creams and hair products for a specific season like winter or summer.

If the core offer which is an online course costs $57 then to make $8,333.33 a month you need to sell to 150 people every month.

The standard, worse case conversion online is 1% of cold traffic (new visitors) to a website.

This means that you will need 15,000 people to see your offer every month if you want to meet that goal.

There are ways to increase conversion rates but we are looking at a worse case or average rates across all niches.

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The Plan

Creating consistent content brings consistent visitors which will eventually result in sales. There are many moving parts to this equation but here is an example for you.

Say you decide to focus on 2 main platforms like Pinterest and Facebook you can use the power of Pinterest images to get people interested in your offer.

You can also consistently optimise your blog posts for search engine optimisation and they will start getting traffic 6 months after you start a new blog.

In case you are interested in starting or launching a new blog here are 75 things to do before launching a blog.

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Are you wondering if you can increase the price and reduce the traffic? You sure can do something like that if you prefer.

After all, it is your business and you can sell something for $97 instead and it would mean that you only need 85 sales a month. Therefore you only 8,500 visitors a month with a conversion rate of 1%.

If you are looking for a more simple business model take a look at these 25 ways to start a business without a degree.

Retargeting

Planning your traffic goals would not be complete if I fail to mention the benefits of retargeting.

According to an article in Connectio.io by Wilco de Kreij, retargeting ads are 76% more likely to get clicks compared to regular ads.

Website visitors who are retargeted with display ads are 70% more likely to convert according to an article by Chris at Traffic Oxygen.

Did you know that the average person has to visit a site 9.5 times before they make a purchase? This is according to an article by Kyle Myers on Growth Badger.

In case you have never heard of retargeting before it simply means that whenever someone visits your website you have the opportunity to advertise to them again.

A simple cookie is placed on their system that sort of follows them around on every site with display ads.

This is the reason why it appears that the lovely shoes that you almost placed in the shopping basket seem to be on every other site that you visit.

The Plan – On Steroids

If you used retargeting it means that those 8,500 visitors who saw your offer will have another chance of grabbing a great deal from you.

With retargeting you can offer them a 5%-10% discount to make a decision today rather than 1-2 years down the road.

Just when you thought it would be difficult to achieve a 6 figure income for your online business I gave you an idea that will make it way easier.

After all, you spent so much time getting organic traffic to your blog or website so retargeting will just help you convince those visitors even after they leave your site.

Also, people who buy one product are more likely to buy a 2nd and even 3rd item from the same brand due to that know, like and trust factor.

Are you now ready to get started on something big?

Conclusion

If I didn’t write out this 50th birthday bucket list of items then I would be staring at my 50th birthday in the face with mixed emotions.

I would also have little or nothing to show for my 50 years on the planet. Yes, I worked and have education and degrees to my name but is that my true purpose?

My task now is to figure out a way to work smarter which I believe can be accomplished by building a tight network of professionals around me.

If you are reading this and you have goals similar to mine then do leave a comment in the box below about how we can help each other.

Did you find this exercise useful? Were you inspired to go out and achieve your dreams, purpose and aspirations?

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Will you be celebrating your 50th birthday in the next 2-7 years? Have you decided on a 50th birthday bucket list? If you are like me you probably imagined your 50th birthday being super special where you celebrate with many friends at an exotic loc... Will you be celebrating your 50th birthday in the next 2-7 years? Have you decided on a 50th birthday bucket list?



If you are like me you probably imagined your 50th birthday being super special where you celebrate with many friends at an exotic location.



Never in a million years could I have imagined that age 50 would sneak up on me so quickly.



I still remember what it was like being a teenager, it was not special or amazing. I just stayed out of trouble.



What about you what can you remember from when you were younger? Is there any specific season in life that stands out more than the others?



The struggle of turning 50 is going to be real and in so many ways it could mean regret for so many people.



In this post, I want to invite you to get out a pen and paper and write down all the things that you wanted to accomplish before turning 50.



Then make a shortlist of the most important or significant ones so that you can set goals to achieve them.



I will also share with you the top 50+ things that I would like to do and you may also want to do or experience some of these yourself so let's do it.



Why Bother With a List?



Reading this you may be wondering what is the big deal and why should you or anyone else for that matter be bothering to write a 50th birthday bucket list.



Recently I remember reading a quote from Mark Cuban which goes like this:



"Today's the youngest you are ever going to be. You've got to live like it. You've got to live young every day."Mark Cuban



The truth is I never saw life like that before. I postponed so many things and say that I will do it when I have more time, more money, have a life companion, etc.



In fact, those days may never ever come. I remember speaking with my Mother when she turned 70 and she said the following words:



"I am not 70 for only one day, I will be 70 for a whole year so you have lots of time to celebrate my birthday"



In less than 3 months my Mother was dead and I was in shock. It was a very speechless experience.



I promised myself not to postpone anything anymore. If I can do it today let me do it already.



photo by Matthew Henry



Bucket List Ideas for Women



Now that we understand why a 50th birthday bucket list is important it is time to get writing these bucket list ideas for women.



Grab a pen and paper and let's make a list together. I have decided to write things into 14 different categories.



I must be an organisation freak and I don't even know it. It is so much better to do it this way for me because I want to make a wide impact.



Here are those categories:



* Travel* Business* Body* Love* Spiritual* Charity* Make* Take* Volunteer* Improve* Help* Mental* Learn* Mini-retirements



As you can see from this list I want to experience a well-rounded growth in 4-5 areas including mental, physical, emotional, financial and social.



The things on this list will not only benefit me but it will also have a positive impact on others in my spheres of influence as well as my passion projects.



Need help with setting your goals for the next 12-24 months? Grab the free goal setting planner below.















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13 Clever Ways To Get Your Blog Noticed Without Getting Undressed https://www.successunscrambled.com/get-your-blog-noticed/ Mon, 17 Jun 2019 03:40:33 +0000 https://www.successunscrambled.com/?p=10269 https://www.successunscrambled.com/get-your-blog-noticed/#comments https://www.successunscrambled.com/get-your-blog-noticed/feed/ 59 Congratulations on launching your new blog! Now that it is live are you looking for a way to get your blog noticed? Your followed several step by step instructions on starting and launching a new blog but after 1-2 weeks it looks like no one is reading your blog. It is possible that you shared your website with a number of friends and family members who all cheered you on during the first few days. However, you keep checking your statistics or reports and you only had 100 visitors over the past week. Don't worry your blog is not broken and most likely it has nothing to do with what you wrote. I am sure a lot of people would enjoy reading your stuff. Many people struggle with the same challenge that you are going through right now so you will be happy to hear that it is normal. The good news is that it is fixable and it can take as much as 6 months to get your blog noticed by Google. In this post, I will outline a number of things that you can do to get visitors to your blog from other sources. Why is it so Hard to Get Your Blog Noticed? The core reason why it can be hard to get your blog noticed is you need to understand how visitors find out about you. Let's look at an analogy. If you decided one day to open a supermarket in a town of 100,000 people and they pass by every day they know that you are there. If you decided instead to open a store that sold clothing for Eskimos. In this case, the store was in the middle of Phoenix, Arizona you may get a few sales but not as much as a supermarket. The reason the store gets a few sales is that people can see your physical store so they know that your store is there. However, the market may not be right for the location. A blog is different because it does not have a physical presence so when you set up a blog you need to let people know it is there so they can find you. photo by Nicole de Khors How To Get People To Find Your Blog The first step in this process is understanding who your potential readers are for your blog. I mentioned this before in a previous post but here is a brief summary of it again. Do you know where your reader spends most of their time online? Here are a few places for you to consider as to where to find your reader; FacebookTwitterInstagramPinterestLinkedinReddit Also, what problem are you trying to help them solve? Where do they normally go to find a solution to their problem? For example, if the solution that you are offering is teaching people to become experts at budgeting then where do they normally go online to find this solution. I can think of two places and those are searching in Google as well as on Pinterest. You may find a few as well on Reddit. The best way to get people to find you is to find the places where they hang out online and place your information right in front of them. Create Stunning Blog Posts Workbook Gain a Captive Audience Get Big Bloggers to Share Your Posts Work Smarter not Harder Achieve Your Goals Get More Shares on Social Media Increase Your Blog Following Name Email Grab The Workbook Ways To Get Your Blog Noticed Congratulations on launching your new blog! Now that it is live are you looking for a way to get your blog noticed?

Your followed several step by step instructions on starting and launching a new blog but after 1-2 weeks it looks like no one is reading your blog.

It is possible that you shared your website with a number of friends and family members who all cheered you on during the first few days.

However, you keep checking your statistics or reports and you only had 100 visitors over the past week.

Don’t worry your blog is not broken and most likely it has nothing to do with what you wrote. I am sure a lot of people would enjoy reading your stuff.

Many people struggle with the same challenge that you are going through right now so you will be happy to hear that it is normal.

The good news is that it is fixable and it can take as much as 6 months to get your blog noticed by Google.

In this post, I will outline a number of things that you can do to get visitors to your blog from other sources.

Why is it so Hard to Get Your Blog Noticed?

The core reason why it can be hard to get your blog noticed is you need to understand how visitors find out about you.

Let’s look at an analogy. If you decided one day to open a supermarket in a town of 100,000 people and they pass by every day they know that you are there.

If you decided instead to open a store that sold clothing for Eskimos. In this case, the store was in the middle of Phoenix, Arizona you may get a few sales but not as much as a supermarket.

The reason the store gets a few sales is that people can see your physical store so they know that your store is there. However, the market may not be right for the location.

A blog is different because it does not have a physical presence so when you set up a blog you need to let people know it is there so they can find you.

get your blog noticed
photo by Nicole de Khors

How To Get People To Find Your Blog

The first step in this process is understanding who your potential readers are for your blog.

I mentioned this before in a previous post but here is a brief summary of it again. Do you know where your reader spends most of their time online?

Here are a few places for you to consider as to where to find your reader;

  1. Facebook
  2. Twitter
  3. Instagram
  4. Pinterest
  5. Linkedin
  6. Reddit

Also, what problem are you trying to help them solve? Where do they normally go to find a solution to their problem?

For example, if the solution that you are offering is teaching people to become experts at budgeting then where do they normally go online to find this solution.

I can think of two places and those are searching in Google as well as on Pinterest. You may find a few as well on Reddit.

The best way to get people to find you is to find the places where they hang out online and place your information right in front of them.

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Ways To Get Your Blog Noticed

Putting your information in front of your potential readers is not as straight forward as waving to them from a distance then introducing them to your blog.

It does involve a lot of content marketing (creating and marketing content) and using an always-on approach to get your blog noticed.

Here are 13 clever ways to accomplish this without losing your mind or feeling overwhelmed.

1. Guest posting/blogging

A great way to get your blog out there is to write content for other people’s blogs. It just means that you are introducing your blog content to their existing audience.

If you have not done this before you just need to go to Google and type in your topic plus the phrase ‘guest post’.

For example, if you are into budgeting then go to Google and enter “budgeting + guest posting” or “budgeting + write for us” (without the quotes).

2. Writing on Other Platforms

Sites such as Medium, LinkedIn, Kinja and Thrive give you the opportunity to create an account on their platform and write posts there.

You might be thinking that doing this involves a lot of writing and it does. However, if your ultimate goal is to write on these platforms for 6-12 months then stop then it is not such a bad idea.

If your goal is to get readers to your blog then doing this for the short term will help you get your first blog readers.

3. Running a Contest on Social Media

A cool way to get traffic to your new blog is by running a contest on social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter.

I have heard a lot about the KingSumo plugin that lets you run a contest right from your WordPress website.

The social media aspect comes in when participants are encouraged to share it with their friends to gain multiple entries to the competition.

It is important to remember that the gifts that you offer to the winners are relevant to your niche.

It should not be an iPad but something like a lifetime subscription to software for budgeting or something that is specific to your niche.

4. Forum Participation

Another great way to make your blog popular is by participating in forums. A few years ago I thought that forums did not exist anymore.

However, I was surprised to learn the amount of people that still participate in online forums.

You just need to go to Google and type in your topic plus forum, like this “budgeting + forum”.

I just saw the Money Savings Expert Budgeting forum has over 1.8 million members.

At the time of writing, there were over 7,600 members currently online which is amazing!

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  • Gain a Captive Audience
  • Get Big Bloggers to Share Your Posts
  • Work Smarter not Harder
  • Achieve Your Goals
  • Get More Shares on Social Media
  • Increase Your Blog Following

5. Facebook Lives

If your audience hangs out on Facebook you may want to consider doing a weekly Facebook Live.

For those in the food niche, they can host a meatless Monday series on Facebook. If you don’t do food you can always do a series called Freedom Friday for Moms.

You can also have a special day where you do training like Training Thursdays for those who need quick tips and tricks.

Stuck for ideas? Check out Allie’s 365 days of Facebook Lives calendar here.

6. A 5 Day Challenge

Have you ever thought of doing a 5 Day Challenge? Well, this is yet another clever way to get readers to your blog.

You can base the challenge around something valuable. A good example is how to make sourdough bread if you are in the food niche.

If you teach people to create things then you can do one on creating their own DIY cream or deodorant or bathroom toiletries in 5 days.

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7. Pinterest for Business

Pinterest is a great platform for anyone in the food, DIY, lifestyle, fashion, Mommy or beauty niche.

You simply hop over there and create a business account then confirm your website and remember to set up rich pins.

Next, you create your boards and start adding pins to those boards (yours and other people’s pins).

Ideally, you need to have a minimum of 20 blog posts already published for this to work in your favour.

Using a 3rd party scheduling tool like the TailwindApp will help you to get your blog out there. Check out my Tailwind review here.

8. Blogger Collaboration

A clever way to increase readers on your blog is to collaborate with other bloggers in a complementary niche.

I covered this a few weeks ago during a podcast interview. A blogger focused on minimalism got together with a Stylist and cleaned out her closet.

She even went as far as getting a capsule wardrobe created so that she will not need to purchase essential items for many years.

It really was quite an experience for both bloggers and their readers found it quite entertaining.

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9. Search Engine Optimisation (SEO)

One of the most important ways to get your blog to show up in Google search is by implementing SEO techniques on your website.

Every blog post will need to be tweaked in such a way so that the technical team at Google can index it correctly.

If the concept of search engine optimisation is new to you then check out my SEO for beginners resource here.

However, if you have done all of that and it has been 3-6 months then take a look at these crazy reasons why you fail to rank in Google.

10. YouTube

According to an article on Oberlo, 85% of all Internet users in the USA watched online video content monthly.

On that same article, it states that 54% of consumers want to see more videos from the brands they support.

A report from Smart Insights outlined that 93% of businesses said that they got a new customer thanks to a video on Social Media.

So, I guess it means that you need to consider creating videos and using it as a tool to market to potential customers.

11. Content Syndication

While that may sound like a really big word it simply means synchronising your existing content to another platform.

This process is already offered by Medium and LinkedIn. However, the platform I have in mind for this particular post is Flipboard (my blog got accepted, yay!!).

It allows you to set up a publisher account for free where you can pull in the RSS feed from your blog.

After your blog’s feed or account is approved people visiting that platform will be able to see your content.

12. Business Networks Online

Another great way to attract readers to your blog is via online business networks. There are many out there like Startup Nation Community, LinkedIn, Networking for Professionals and Meetup.

A great one that I found recently is called BizSugar. They offer free training and supports for anyone in small business. They even host masterminds completely free of charge.

So, what are you waiting for get your pen and paper out and start joining all these fabulous business networks to promote your blog?

Create Stunning Blog Posts Workbook

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  • Gain a Captive Audience
  • Get Big Bloggers to Share Your Posts
  • Work Smarter not Harder
  • Achieve Your Goals
  • Get More Shares on Social Media
  • Increase Your Blog Following

13. Push Notification

Sometimes one of the best ways to get more readers to your blog is by getting those who already visit to get a notification each time you publish a new post.

Yes, this can be done via an email list but another technology that is available is called push notification.

It involves a little box that pops asking you if you would like to be notified of new content. It looks like the image below.

push notification

The folks at Push engage is one such provider and you can sign up to their forever free plan that allows for up to 2,500 subscribers.

Conclusion

As you can see there are so many ways to get your blog noticed that you will be spoiled for choice.

Pick one from the list and work your way down to the end. Of course, all options may not be suitable for your blog type so feel free to pick and choose.

Remember that you can also use all the standard ways that small businesses market their business as well.

You can find a giant list of 50+ creative ways to market your business here as well as these simple ways to grow your blog traffic here.

Over to you, what has been your best tips and tricks to get your blog noticed?

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Congratulations on launching your new blog! Now that it is live are you looking for a way to get your blog noticed? Your followed several step by step instructions on starting and launching a new blog but after 1-2 weeks it looks like no one is read... Congratulations on launching your new blog! Now that it is live are you looking for a way to get your blog noticed?



Your followed several step by step instructions on starting and launching a new blog but after 1-2 weeks it looks like no one is reading your blog.



It is possible that you shared your website with a number of friends and family members who all cheered you on during the first few days.



However, you keep checking your statistics or reports and you only had 100 visitors over the past week.



Don't worry your blog is not broken and most likely it has nothing to do with what you wrote. I am sure a lot of people would enjoy reading your stuff.



Many people struggle with the same challenge that you are going through right now so you will be happy to hear that it is normal.



The good news is that it is fixable and it can take as much as 6 months to get your blog noticed by Google.



In this post, I will outline a number of things that you can do to get visitors to your blog from other sources.



Why is it so Hard to Get Your Blog Noticed?



The core reason why it can be hard to get your blog noticed is you need to understand how visitors find out about you.



Let's look at an analogy. If you decided one day to open a supermarket in a town of 100,000 people and they pass by every day they know that you are there.



If you decided instead to open a store that sold clothing for Eskimos. In this case, the store was in the middle of Phoenix, Arizona you may get a few sales but not as much as a supermarket.



The reason the store gets a few sales is that people can see your physical store so they know that your store is there. However, the market may not be right for the location.



A blog is different because it does not have a physical presence so when you set up a blog you need to let people know it is there so they can find you.



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How To Get People To Find Your Blog



The first step in this process is understanding who your potential readers are for your blog.



I mentioned this before in a previous post but here is a brief summary of it again. Do you know where your reader spends most of their time online?



Here are a few places for you to consider as to where to find your reader;



* Facebook* Twitter* Instagram* Pinterest* Linkedin* Reddit



Also, what problem are you trying to help them solve? Where do they normally go to find a solution to their problem?



For example, if the solution that you are offering is teaching people to become experts at budgeting then where do they normally go online to find this solution.



I can think of two places and those are searching in Google as well as on Pinterest. You may find a few as well on Reddit.



The best way to get people to find you is to find the places where they hang out online and place your information right in front of them.


























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How To Blog Consistently on a Part-time Blogger Schedule https://www.successunscrambled.com/how-to-blog-consistently/ Mon, 10 Jun 2019 03:22:08 +0000 https://www.successunscrambled.com/?p=10022 https://www.successunscrambled.com/how-to-blog-consistently/#comments https://www.successunscrambled.com/how-to-blog-consistently/feed/ 40 Are you finding it difficult to blog consistently every day or every week? Are you lacking the motivation to write blog posts regularly? Maybe you are working full-time and you recently decided to start a blog on the side and after 3-6 months you are starting to question your efforts. It is very possible that you are just not seeing the results for all the effort that you have put into the blog so far. If you are getting less than 100 visitors a day then it can add to that feeling of defeat as it turns out to be not as easy as you expected. For parents or even moms of young children, this can be even worse as the time you have available is quite short. You are probably thinking that there must be a shortcut to get the results faster if only you can find it. The truth is that there genuinely is a more defined path to achieving your goals which can lead to faster results but it really depends on your foundation. In this post, I am going to outline a number of key secrets that will help you keep up with your blog and develop a great blogging routine. Also, it will help you to blog regularly and confirm a blogging schedule that is more fluid to propel you to your blogging goals and life dreams. Why You Should Blog Consistently? Well, you may have heard this before but one of the keys to blogging success is consistency. One reason for this is that blogging is a journey of growth for both you and your reader. The average successful blog publishes between 4 and 16 posts a month so all the content needed for your blog is not created in a day. Content for your blog is developed over time based on your reader's feedback because blogging involves two-way communication. People learn in small digestible chunks so it is a bit misleading to get your blog to blow up and become successful after just 10-20 blog posts. In reality, this only happens if you already have celebrity or authority status. However, if no one knows you then it is all about growing a new relationship. photo by Sarah Pflug Understanding the Reader Before we look at routines, schedules and goals to help you blog consistently there is a very simple key to your success. That key is understanding the reader. If you spend time understanding who is your ideal reader or avatar you will know what they want. It is possible that you have already developed an avatar or ideal client profile but let's back up a minute. Do you really know them well enough? Here is a list in no particular order of items you should know about your avatar. AgeGenderWhere do they live? (country, city)Do they live in a house or an apartment?Their neighbourhood, what does it look like?What are their daily, weekly, monthly or annual challenges?Outline their biggest needs?The kind of problems they are trying to solve personally, financiallyTheir deepest desires and dreams for them and their family, what are they?In terms of their biggest fears, what are they? (not spiders, emotional ones🤣)Do you get their short-term and long-term goals?Any idea of their good and bad habits?What gets them excited?The stuff that annoys them, what are they?Their passion projects, what are they?Where do they spend the most time online?List the kind of items they spend their money on when they get paid?What type of podcasts do they listen to?Which software and/or apps do they use? I could add more to the list but I will stop there for now as I would like to know can you honestly and truthfully answer all these questions about your reader. Not many bloggers can answer all these questions but you can spend some time writing up a profile of your ideal client based on these questions. Grab The Ultimate Blog Planner Are you finding it difficult to blog consistently every day or every week? Are you lacking the motivation to write blog posts regularly?

Maybe you are working full-time and you recently decided to start a blog on the side and after 3-6 months you are starting to question your efforts.

It is very possible that you are just not seeing the results for all the effort that you have put into the blog so far.

If you are getting less than 100 visitors a day then it can add to that feeling of defeat as it turns out to be not as easy as you expected.

For parents or even moms of young children, this can be even worse as the time you have available is quite short.

You are probably thinking that there must be a shortcut to get the results faster if only you can find it.

The truth is that there genuinely is a more defined path to achieving your goals which can lead to faster results but it really depends on your foundation.

In this post, I am going to outline a number of key secrets that will help you keep up with your blog and develop a great blogging routine.

Also, it will help you to blog regularly and confirm a blogging schedule that is more fluid to propel you to your blogging goals and life dreams.

Why You Should Blog Consistently?

Well, you may have heard this before but one of the keys to blogging success is consistency.

One reason for this is that blogging is a journey of growth for both you and your reader.

The average successful blog publishes between 4 and 16 posts a month so all the content needed for your blog is not created in a day.

Content for your blog is developed over time based on your reader’s feedback because blogging involves two-way communication.

People learn in small digestible chunks so it is a bit misleading to get your blog to blow up and become successful after just 10-20 blog posts.

In reality, this only happens if you already have celebrity or authority status. However, if no one knows you then it is all about growing a new relationship.

reading-blogpost-during-breakfast
photo by Sarah Pflug

Understanding the Reader

Before we look at routines, schedules and goals to help you blog consistently there is a very simple key to your success.

That key is understanding the reader. If you spend time understanding who is your ideal reader or avatar you will know what they want.

It is possible that you have already developed an avatar or ideal client profile but let’s back up a minute.

Do you really know them well enough? Here is a list in no particular order of items you should know about your avatar.

  1. Age
  2. Gender
  3. Where do they live? (country, city)
  4. Do they live in a house or an apartment?
  5. Their neighbourhood, what does it look like?
  6. What are their daily, weekly, monthly or annual challenges?
  7. Outline their biggest needs?
  8. The kind of problems they are trying to solve personally, financially
  9. Their deepest desires and dreams for them and their family, what are they?
  10. In terms of their biggest fears, what are they? (not spiders, emotional ones🤣)
  11. Do you get their short-term and long-term goals?
  12. Any idea of their good and bad habits?
  13. What gets them excited?
  14. The stuff that annoys them, what are they?
  15. Their passion projects, what are they?
  16. Where do they spend the most time online?
  17. List the kind of items they spend their money on when they get paid?
  18. What type of podcasts do they listen to?
  19. Which software and/or apps do they use?

I could add more to the list but I will stop there for now as I would like to know can you honestly and truthfully answer all these questions about your reader.

Not many bloggers can answer all these questions but you can spend some time writing up a profile of your ideal client based on these questions.

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The Reader Journey

Once you have the questions about your reader answered it is time to look at the journey of your reader.

Here are a few more questions to ask about your reader’s journey.

  1. Where did they come from?
  2. Why are they reading your blog?
  3. What can your blog posts do to help them?
  4. How do you plan to make them better people?

These questions may or may not come to you as a surprise. If you have never considered these questions before then you can start now.

It goes back to the purpose of your blog. Why did you set it up and what is the long-term goal from your reader’s perspective.

Maybe it will help you to create two avatars of your reader. The first one shows the person when they first come to your blog.

The second avatar shows the expected transformation as the reader has gone through the journey that you created for them.

Map Out The Journey

Do you have a map of the journey for your user drawn up somewhere? A map will help you better understand what you need to do next.

It also shows you any gaps that your user may be experiencing along that journey that you never thought about.

Here is a simplified example of the Freedom Transformation Roadmap for my reader.

As you can see I know that they will face obstacles and resistance on their journey and they will experience a profound moment when it all comes together.

Freedom transformation map - 2

This is all part of truly understanding my reader. When I understand the perceived obstacles and roadblocks that they face I can write content to meet that need.

If you don’t have a roadmap or journey for your reader yet why not spend time creating one today or this week.

Products and Services

After you mapped out the reader journey and you have both avatars done it is time to check your products and services.

Do your products and services still meet the needs of your reader? If you have not created any products yet now is the time to create an outline of your first product.

The purpose of this section is to ensure that the content that you will deliver daily, weekly or monthly feeds into that transformation process.

In other words, the transformation that your reader experiences occurs over time from interacting with your blog posts, freebies, email newsletter as well as paid products.

It does not only occur at the level of the paid product. So, if you work backwards from your paid offer you will know what content to include in your core blog posts.

For example, if your paid product is a 6-month mastermind on advanced level SEO tactics then your blog posts are there to educate the reader about their initial SEO problem.

They also help address the problem at a basic level like a blog post on SEO for beginners which gives them a quick win.

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How To Blog Regularly

Now that you have an avatar, a map, an outline of what is included in your product or service and blog posts content it is time to think about a blogging routine.

I believe wholeheartedly that everybody is different when it comes to maintaining a successful blog.

That is because every single one of us have different family circumstances and work schedules.

You need to carve out how many hours you have available each day, week and month so that you can become consistent at blogging.

Yes, there are times when stuff just happens but in order for blogging to become a habit it is important to incorporate it into your life.

Also, check to see what times of day you are most productive. If you are a morning person it would not make sense to schedule heavy tasks at night.

woman-reading-on-picnic-blanket

Blogging Schedule Daily Routines

This is where things are going to get really practical because if you have little time available you need to decide what tasks will be accomplished and when.

If you work full-time in a 9-5 job then you will need to set up a part-time blogger schedule similar to the one below.

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
5-6am
Wake up + Meditation
5-6am
Wake up + Meditation
5-6am
Wake up + Meditation
5-6am
Wake up + Meditation
5-6am
Wake up + Meditation
8 am
Off to work
8 am
Off to work
8 am
Off to work
8 am
Off to work
8 am
Off to work
6 pm
Arrive back home
6 pm
Arrive back home
6 pm
Arrive back home
6 pm
Arrive back home
6 pm
Arrive back home
7 pm dinner with family 7 pm dinner with family 7 pm dinner with family 7 pm dinner with family 7 pm dinner with family
8:30 pm kids off to bed 8:30 pm kids off to bed 8:30 pm kids off to bed 8:30 pm kids off to bed 8:30 pm kids off to bed
9:15- 11:15 pm
Work on blog
Marketing
9:15- 11:15 pm
Work on blog
Writing
Topic Research
9:15- 11:15 pm
Work on blog
Learning
9:15- 11:15 pm
Work on blog
Marketing
Writing
9:15- 11:15 pm
Work on blog
Reflecting
Check stats
Goal setting

In this schedule, I have given you a very generic example of what your part-time blogging schedule may look like.

Of course, during the weekend is a great time to catch up on some major work on your blog. You can move to a new web host or change your theme or batch tasks like writing.

Also, feel free to work in bulk on marketing on one day so that you give yourself an extra day for content creation.

What is Your Dream?

It is one thing to set a schedule but a completely different thing when it comes to setting and achieving goals.

As I mentioned previously, both you and your reader are on a journey to achieving your dreams.

For you it is all about taking that big dream and turning it into goals, plans and tasks with a specific time period.

Let’s take a practical example, if you decide that your offer is a $97 course and you know that you need to sell 100 copies a month.

Having $10,000 in sales lets you achieve your dream of running a full-time business from home, so here are some things you need to do.

Take that big dream and make some smart goals around it.

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Setting Goals

The typical conversion rate online is 1% for cold traffic (new visitors to a website) if you are targeting your audience correctly.

So, to get 100 sales a month you need to have 10,000 visitors to see your offer every month. Of course, if you have only 2,000 visitors you should get 20 sales.

These visitors may see your offer directly via a landing page or they may click-through from a related blog post.

Now, 10,000 visitors may sound like a lot but let’s break that down into a daily goal that’s achievable.

If you have 20 blog posts that raise awareness of the problem and/or addresses the pain point of your visitor then that works out to be 17 visitors a day per blog post.

Traffic Goal Setting - blog consistently-1

As you can see in the above diagram, I have broken down a potential dream of 10,000 visitors a month goal into a more manageable plan.

The trick here is to have 20 blog posts with the focus of converting them into buyers. Do you know what topics need to be addressed in each blog post?

Content Planning

Just in case you missed the previous paragraphs or still don’t get what you need to write about here it is again explained more simply.

The purpose of your blog is to help your reader undergo a transformation journey. An example of that could be to save money on travel or to be a better mom or to pay off debt or even become better at budgeting.

Your blog posts are there to help build awareness of their problem and educate them about possible solutions.

Those free checklists and workbooks that you give away help them accomplish quick wins along their transformation journey.

You spent time creating a perfect paid product that will help them along to the final part of the transformation so that they finally arrive at that better version of themselves.

Therefore your blog post topics should be pretty easy as they all feed into the process of getting the reader to trust you as you show your authority and expertise on the journey.

It can be quite difficult to teach this in a blog post so if you still don’t get it, leave some feedback in the comment box below.

Conclusion

The ability to blog consistently ultimately depends on your ability to understand your potential client as well as their transformation journey.

If you truly grasp that concept then a blogging routine will become so much easier because it will no longer be about how often should I blog or what should I write.

It will be more focused on what is missing from the client journey roadmap. You will be asking what can I do to get them closer to their goals.

I am sure that this is not what you were expecting this post to be about as many other bloggers address this topic more along the lines of topics and schedules.

However, maintaining a successful blog should ideally be focused on the success of your reader’s journey.

Over to you, what has been your struggle so far when it comes to consistency in blogging?

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Are you finding it difficult to blog consistently every day or every week? Are you lacking the motivation to write blog posts regularly? Maybe you are working full-time and you recently decided to start a blog on the side and after 3-6 months you ar... Are you finding it difficult to blog consistently every day or every week? Are you lacking the motivation to write blog posts regularly?



Maybe you are working full-time and you recently decided to start a blog on the side and after 3-6 months you are starting to question your efforts.



It is very possible that you are just not seeing the results for all the effort that you have put into the blog so far.



If you are getting less than 100 visitors a day then it can add to that feeling of defeat as it turns out to be not as easy as you expected.



For parents or even moms of young children, this can be even worse as the time you have available is quite short.



You are probably thinking that there must be a shortcut to get the results faster if only you can find it.



The truth is that there genuinely is a more defined path to achieving your goals which can lead to faster results but it really depends on your foundation.



In this post, I am going to outline a number of key secrets that will help you keep up with your blog and develop a great blogging routine.



Also, it will help you to blog regularly and confirm a blogging schedule that is more fluid to propel you to your blogging goals and life dreams.



Why You Should Blog Consistently?



Well, you may have heard this before but one of the keys to blogging success is consistency.



One reason for this is that blogging is a journey of growth for both you and your reader.



The average successful blog publishes between 4 and 16 posts a month so all the content needed for your blog is not created in a day.



Content for your blog is developed over time based on your reader's feedback because blogging involves two-way communication.



People learn in small digestible chunks so it is a bit misleading to get your blog to blow up and become successful after just 10-20 blog posts.



In reality, this only happens if you already have celebrity or authority status. However, if no one knows you then it is all about growing a new relationship.



photo by Sarah Pflug



Understanding the Reader



Before we look at routines, schedules and goals to help you blog consistently there is a very simple key to your success.



That key is understanding the reader. If you spend time understanding who is your ideal reader or avatar you will know what they want.



It is possible that you have already developed an avatar or ideal client profile but let's back up a minute.



Do you really know them well enough? Here is a list in no particular order of items you should know about your avatar.



* Age* Gender* Where do they live? (country, city)* Do they live in a house or an apartment?* Their neighbourhood, what does it look like?* What are their daily, weekly, monthly or annual challenges?* Outline their biggest needs?* The kind of problems they are trying to solve personally, financially* Their deepest desires and dreams for them and their family, what are they?* In terms of their biggest fears, what are they? (not spiders, emotional ones)* Do you get their short-term and long-term goals?* Any idea of their good and bad habits?* What gets them excited?* The stuff that annoys them, what are they?* Their passion projects, what are they?* Where do they spend the most time online?* List the kind of items they spend their money on when they get paid?* What type of podcasts do they listen to?* Which software and/or apps do they use?

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How To Easily Create Your Blog Business Plan [Step by Step Guide] https://www.successunscrambled.com/blog-business-plan/ Mon, 03 Jun 2019 00:42:15 +0000 https://www.successunscrambled.com/?p=9693 https://www.successunscrambled.com/blog-business-plan/#comments https://www.successunscrambled.com/blog-business-plan/feed/ 38 Have you created your blog business plan yet? Do you need help creating a blog business plan example? You may have started a blog just as a hobby so it never occurred to you to write a business plan for a blog or new business. Maybe you don't have a blog just yet and you want to treat your blog as a business so you want to know how to make a business plan for a blog. Whatever your situation, the moment you want to start treating your blog like a business you should consider building a business plan for a blog. You see many bloggers struggle to build a successful blog business because they don't really have a plan for it. It all reminds me of that famous quote by Greg Reid. "A dream written down with a date becomes a goal. A goal written down into steps becomes a plan. A plan backed by action makes your dreams come true." I really believe this to be a reality so, in this post, I want to spend time going through how to write a business plan step by step. Disclaimer: please note that this post may contain affiliate links which means that if you buy one of my recommended products I get paid a commission for sharing the link at no additional cost to you.  I only recommend products that I have tried myself and have experienced success. What is a Blog Business Plan? Well, very similar to a startup business plan, a business plan for bloggers is a document that contains the who, what, when, where and why when it comes to blog planning or blogging goals. A blog cannot start itself, so there needs to be someone to get it started. That person could be you or you and a best friend or family member which addresses the 'who'. The 'who' also looks at who is your target audience and clients to a certain extent. The 'what' goes through what goals the blog is going to accomplish over the period agreed by the people starting it. Looking at the 'when' you can include a number of dates like start dates as well as dates of each goal achievement. This may be obvious but 'where' could refer to the location of the audience that you serve as well as your blog's domain name. Finally, I see the 'why' as the most important element of the contents of the business plan. This is because it is the reason or motivation for wanting to achieve the goals. I know that this explanation sounds very simplistic but the idea is that you want to tell people about your blog in a succinct way. photo by Sarah Pflug Step 1 - Blog Overview Right, so how do you start a business plan? Many business plans start off with the executive summary which should be completed last so we will leave it for the end. The blog overview will cover off 6 different sections. These include the blog summary, mission statement, blog history, market and services, day to day operations and financial goals. Blog summary This would be like doing an elevator pitch of what your blog is about and who it will serve. Let's look at two practical examples. Nadalie Bardo from itsallyouboo.com has her elevator pitch as "I'm here to help you slay your goals, so you can build your dream life with confidence and action." Natalie Bacon from nataliebacon.com has her elevator pitch as "I help thousands of high achieving women with personal development, money mindset and online business." Mission Statement The mission statement is in many cases slightly different because it not only addresses the needs of the client. It also takes into consideration the goals for the owner and other key stakeholders. Here is an example of a mission statement from LinkedIn; "Connect the world's professionals to make them more productive and successful". So, you can add a bit on to the end of your blog summary that includes a personal goal or an accomplishment of your 'why'. Blog History Your blog history will be expected to give an overview of who you are and why you believe that you are qualified to run this blog. Have you created your blog business plan yet? Do you need help creating a blog business plan example?

You may have started a blog just as a hobby so it never occurred to you to write a business plan for a blog or new business.

Maybe you don’t have a blog just yet and you want to treat your blog as a business so you want to know how to make a business plan for a blog.

Whatever your situation, the moment you want to start treating your blog like a business you should consider building a business plan for a blog.

You see many bloggers struggle to build a successful blog business because they don’t really have a plan for it.

It all reminds me of that famous quote by Greg Reid. “A dream written down with a date becomes a goal.

A goal written down into steps becomes a plan. A plan backed by action makes your dreams come true.”

I really believe this to be a reality so, in this post, I want to spend time going through how to write a business plan step by step.

Disclaimer: please note that this post may contain affiliate links which means that if you buy one of my recommended products I get paid a commission for sharing the link at no additional cost to you.  I only recommend products that I have tried myself and have experienced success.

What is a Blog Business Plan?

Well, very similar to a startup business plan, a business plan for bloggers is a document that contains the who, what, when, where and why when it comes to blog planning or blogging goals.

A blog cannot start itself, so there needs to be someone to get it started. That person could be you or you and a best friend or family member which addresses the ‘who’.

The ‘who’ also looks at who is your target audience and clients to a certain extent.

The ‘what’ goes through what goals the blog is going to accomplish over the period agreed by the people starting it.

Looking at the ‘when’ you can include a number of dates like start dates as well as dates of each goal achievement.

This may be obvious but ‘where’ could refer to the location of the audience that you serve as well as your blog’s domain name.

Finally, I see the ‘why’ as the most important element of the contents of the business plan. This is because it is the reason or motivation for wanting to achieve the goals.

I know that this explanation sounds very simplistic but the idea is that you want to tell people about your blog in a succinct way.

blog business plan
photo by Sarah Pflug

Step 1 – Blog Overview

Right, so how do you start a business plan? Many business plans start off with the executive summary which should be completed last so we will leave it for the end.

The blog overview will cover off 6 different sections. These include the blog summary, mission statement, blog history, market and services, day to day operations and financial goals.

Blog summary

This would be like doing an elevator pitch of what your blog is about and who it will serve. Let’s look at two practical examples.

Nadalie Bardo from itsallyouboo.com has her elevator pitch as “I’m here to help you slay your goals, so you can build your dream life with confidence and action.”

Natalie Bacon from nataliebacon.com has her elevator pitch as “I help thousands of high achieving women with personal development, money mindset and online business.”

Mission Statement

The mission statement is in many cases slightly different because it not only addresses the needs of the client. It also takes into consideration the goals for the owner and other key stakeholders.

Here is an example of a mission statement from LinkedIn; “Connect the world’s professionals to make them more productive and successful”.

So, you can add a bit on to the end of your blog summary that includes a personal goal or an accomplishment of your ‘why’.

Blog History

Your blog history will be expected to give an overview of who you are and why you believe that you are qualified to run this blog.

What are you bringing to the table in terms of personal and professional experience? Any qualifications, awards or certifications if needed.

Also, why now is a good time for you to get started down this road of blogging.

Markets and Services

Who is your target market and what will you be offering them? This section is there to ensure that you have a good understanding of your audience as well as what problems you are going to solve.

Day to Day Operations

Who will be responsible for keeping the lights on and if you will be hiring additional help for specialist areas like legal, accounting and payroll.

Financial Goals

Financial goals address how much money is needed to get this blog off the ground and to keep it running every week, month, quarter and year.

Also, how is it going to generate an income and how much money will it make over the various periods of time.

Step 2 – Blog Description

As the name suggests in this section we will cover more about the blog description.

Looking a little deeper at your potential clients as well as what problem you are trying to solve for them.

The key areas include opportunity, product or service overview, key participants, pricing and company structure.

Opportunity

What are the current market conditions? What geography will be covered by your blog?

For example, you may be a mom blogger and you know that there are several other mom bloggers out there.

This is where you focus on what makes your product or service offering different compared to others. Also, what gaps you are trying to address in your market.

Product or Service Overview

This is the place where you go into a lot of detail about the products and/or services that you plan to offer for your clients.

As bloggers, we have the terrific opportunity of working with an audience as well as brands and ad networks.

We can even offer consulting services so remember to include as much as possible about what you will be offering.

Key participants

In this subsection, you can include details of potential suppliers. For a blog, these can include your domain name provider, web hosting company. Also, your course platform, WordPress theme provider, ad networks, etc.

I know this section will change over time but you will need to start somewhere and it will help you to really see what expenses you can expect when blogging.

Pricing

You really need to spend time understanding what price is best to charge your clients as you are in business to make a profit.

Personally, I find this area a big help especially when it comes to completing your cashflow statement.

If you understand your costs, as well as your financial goals, then coming up with a price should be easy. It stops you from undercharging for your time.

Structure

What is your preferred company structure? Are you going in as a sole trader, partnership or limited company?

Deciding on the structure will have a financial advantage or disadvantage. However, you can start as a sole trader or sole proprietor for now.

You can protect your personal assets in the long run once you are making in excess of 100k a year is by switching to a limited company or LLC.

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Step 3 – Analyze Your Market

This is where things get a little bit exciting as you will want to spend time analysing your market.

Be sure to include the size of the market as well as the number of potential customers every month, quarter and year.

The four subsections that you need to include here are the industry type, market segmentation, competition and a SWOT analysis.

Industry type

In terms of industry, blogging is in the service industry unless your blog is related to an e-commerce store, Etsy shop, retail stores, etc.

If you are a mom blog, fashion blog, lifestyle blog, travel or family blog then the key deliverable for your clients is a service.

Check with your government agencies on the current statistics of the service industry in terms of revenues over the last 3 years together with future projections.

Your town or city or country will have a central body with statistics of growth for people in the blogging/consulting/freelancing industry.

Grab those figures, analyse how they affect your business and complete this section of your blog business plan.

Market Segmentation

Market segmentation looks at your clients in greater detail. If you are a mom blogger your clients could be stay-at-home moms or working moms.

You need to look at demographics in your market, geography, quality of products or services, price ranges.

Is the market growing or shrinking? What section of the market are you able to reach easily? What is the potential for growth in the next 3 years?

Competition

As you can imagine, getting a handle on your competition is super important. So, spend some time looking at who else is offering the same products and services and what are you doing differently.

What is your go-to-market strategy to ensure that your potential clients find out about you over the noise of your competition?

Are your competitors solving the problem for your potential clients? What can you do better? Where are the gaps?

SWOT Analysis

I enjoy doing a SWOT analysis probably because I am more of a visual person. It also brings a lot of clarity on your potential business.

Just in case you are totally new to a SWOT analysis it just outlines strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats in a matrix format.

SWOT analysis example

As you can see, here is an example of a SWOT analysis and what you can expect to find in each section of the matrix.

Spend some time creating a SWOT analysis for your blog or business as it really helps you understand your true potential and opportunities for improvement.

Step 4 – Operation Plan

I have seen in so many places bloggers or virtual assistants who are experts in helping any small business establish standard operation procedures (SOPs).

There are people who just enjoy working with their Trello boards or simply creating bases using Airtable.

Whatever your preference in this section you will spend time looking at how you will operate smoothly for success.

You will consider order fulfilment, payment, key customers, facilities, key employees and any technology that will help you work smarter.

Order Fulfilment

If you are running a burger joint you will understand that making and delivering those burgers as fast as possible is essential to your success.

However, as a blogger you will most likely deliver articles, consulting services, blog traffic, audience experience, courses, webinars and freebies.

So, how are you going to deliver all these items to your clients in the best format and in a timely fashion?

What can you implement to give them the most amazing experience of order fulfilment possible?

Payment

If you plan to sell courses as well as one to one services how will you accept payment? Have you considered tax and VAT?

It is vitally important that you adhere to your local and international laws to stay out of trouble.

Also, consider service charges from the platform as well as your bank. You want to take all of this into consideration when pricing your products and services.

Will you issue customer’s who paid with a thank you note?

Facilities

Where will you operate? Even if you plan to operate from home initially you want to make provisions for longterm as well as short term plans.

For example, if you plan to do a weekly podcast where will you record it? Do you have a quiet room as well as the necessary equipment?

What about when you plan to outsource some of the work what means will you use to communicate with the rest of the team?

To run your blog weekly what do you need in terms of resources to deliver all the content?

Key Customers

This will only apply if you need to have big logos listed as your key customers on your blog.

If this does not matter for your blog then skip it and move to the next subsection.

Although remember, your key customers could just be people interested in travel if you are a travel blogger.

Key Employees

Having some important employees managing certain aspects of the work is essential for blog growth.

You will notice that in order to grow you will need to outsource marketing, project management, graphic design or article writing.

Ask yourself what it is you dislike doing in the blogging process that you can get someone else to do better than you.

Technology

In this subsection, you will spend time outlining the key technologies needed to run your blog as well as to delivering your products and services.

The goal here is to outline any disaster recovery or backup plans. I know what you are thinking, what if your blog goes down.

Truth be told, this happened to me last weekend but the issue was that my web hosting company experienced an outage.

I notified the company when I realised what was happening and they were already working on it.

What can I do? I simply went to bed and woke up the next day and my blog was back online and I realised that it was down for 8 hours!

Yes, I had a backup of my blog but there was nothing that I could do to bring it back up. So, I just left it in their hands.

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Step 5 – Marketing and Sales

After all those boring bits and pieces this is probably the most exciting piece of creating a blog business plan.

In this section you will need to look at key messages, marketing activities and a sales strategy.

Key messages

This will be a big reflection of your mission and elevator pitch. How will you attract your customers to you?

What will you say in your brochures, social media images, workbooks, cheatsheets, quotes, etc. that will attract customers to you?

Marketing Activities

Once you know what you are going to say now you need to decide where you are going to say it.

If your customers can be found on Facebook what format are you going to use to get their attention? Will you use Facebook Live, posts, stories, videos?

However, if your customers hang out on Twitter then what methods are you going to use to communicate with them?

I have created a resource with over 50+ ways to market your blog or business using easy and unconventional methods even on a low budget.

Sales Strategy

It may seem like a lot but without including a sales strategy when writing the startup business plan for your blog how will you know your go-to-market strategy?

For example, your sales strategy could be as simple as getting visitors to your website. When there you can get them to sign up to your email list then using email marketing to gain clients.

Another way to achieve this is by hosting a webinar or a summit where you build an email list very quickly and develop a relationship from there.

It is best that you map out a funnel or two showing the customer journey so that you understand what needs to happen to get sales.

Step 6 – Financial Blog Plan

An essential part of your blog business plan is being fully aware of your finances.

I know I mentioned this before but if you plan to run your blog as a business stay away from those people who tell you that you can start your blog for free.

If you don’t have any money to start a blog then check out these 25 ways to start a business with no money.

These methods actually help you to start acquiring a budget that you can use to start a blog.

Once you have a budget available then it is time to look at the projected costs of starting your blog. Here is a brief example of blog expenses.

Blog Expenses

Expense

Cost

Provider

Domain Name

$10/year

Namecheap

Web Hosting

$5.95/month

Siteground

WordPress Theme

$49

GeneratePress

Email Marketing

$29/month

ConvertKit

Landing Pages

$33/month

Thrive Leads

Total

$510 in year one

(basics only)

Start-Up Costs

Getting a handle on your startup costs is vitally important to the success of your blog or any startup business.

To help you get a much better overview of what you should really include in your blog business plan I created one using Airtable.

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As you can see there is a list of the items by names as well as columns for one-time fess as well as monthly commitments.

Profit and Loss – Sales

Here is a Profit and Loss statement to include a potential list of items that you would offer as your products and/or services.

I only included a view for 6 months of the year so you can just duplicate it or improve on it for the other 6 months of the year.

Profit and Loss – Blog Expenses Spreadsheet

It is super important to account for your blog expenses. Ensure that you include your them in a profit and loss spreadsheet as you want to be able to see what you need to do to control your costs.

Cashflow Budgeting – Blog Finance Spreadsheet

One of the most important blog business plan documents, on a spreadsheet, is looking at your cash flow analysis. Also, called your blog finance spreadsheet.

Luckily for you I have done one up so that you can see an example of what you should be doing. Take a look below:

This is what it looks like when it comes to Income Projections.

And another view when it comes to your small business expenses. In each case I only did it for 6 months of the year.

Step 7 – Audience Research

It is so important to conduct primary and secondary research of your potential audience.

Primary research involves getting potential customers to complete a survey using Google Forms or Typeform.

If you can find your audience on Facebook then it would be best to conduct market research there inside of Facebook groups.

You will most likely need to get permission from group admins in the first instance to do this kind of research.

However, if your audience is on a different platform like Pinterest, Twitter or Instagram then you need to promote the survey using those avenues.

Secondary research involves using existing market research by notable companies and government bodies to draw your conclusions.

I like using Statista.com as they are really good for having some free research findings available to the public.

You can also just go to Google and type in “food blog statistics” or “mobile phone statistics” or “whatever topic + statistics” to find published research studies.

Step 8 – Build a Tribe

One of the keys to blogging success is to build a tribe of loyal followers. You can do this using Facebook Groups or any platform that allows you to grow a following.

Mighty Networks is one platform that I heard of that is pretty good at helping you to build a following.

Also, you can grow a community of followers using Slack. I personally do not have a preference just yet as I am still looking for the perfect platform.

Growing an email list is essential for keeping in contact with potential customers.

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Step 9 – Blog Executive Summary

Now that you have completed all the essential steps in detail it is time to write a draft version of your blog executive summary.

Here are the key items that you need to include in this section of your successful blog business pdf.

  1. Opportunity: what problem is your blog trying to solve for your client?
  2. Mission: what problem is your blog solving and how will it benefit the industry and key stakeholder?
  3. Solution: how is your blog going to solve the problem in a unique way?
  4. Market: which market and ideal customer (avatar) is your blog going to target?
  5. Competing advantage: how will your blog succeed against competing blogs?
  6. Ownership: who will own the blog?
  7. Expected return on investment: what are the key goals, timelines and accomplishments for customers, revenue, growth and profits?

Congratulations on making it this far through that journey that sometimes seems so difficult for beginners.

Just when you thought that it is hard to create a business plan for a blog or it was going to be an enormous task you now have an easy way to get it done and dusted.

Now where are going to place all this hard work? Do you have a blog business plan template or printable available to use?

Step 10 – Blog Business Plan Template

It is imperative that you take all this information and place it in a blog business plan format that is suitable for your requirements.

I don’t know if you need to write a simple business plan so that you can approach possible financiers who will be able to fund this project.

Maybe your other half or business partner has given you the responsibility of creating a blog business model.

The task of creating a blog business plan template pdf has left you absolutely lost and even stressed.

It is possible that you inquired at the bank about a business loan and they requested that you submitted a business plan with the loan application.

Today is your lucky day as I have done all the hard work for you. Firstly, by walking you through each step and even providing you with a well laid out blog planning pdf.

All you need to do is simply enter your name and email address in the form below as shown.

After you confirm your email address you will get access to the blogging plan template or blog business plan pdf.

You will also get links inside the pdf to the profit and loss statement and the cash flow budgeting statement. Enter your name and email address to get started.

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  • Stay Sane
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  • Improve Results 5-10%
  • Increase Your Blog Results

Conclusion

Creating a blog business plan may seem like over kill if you are blogging as a hobby.

However, at some point during your journey, you will want to generate a steady income from your blog.

The best way to do it right is to create a well structured blogging plan in pdf format that will give you a good sense of direction.

Remember that quote from Greg Reid? “A dream written down with a date becomes a goal.

A goal written down into steps becomes a plan. A plan backed by action makes your dreams come true.”

“A dream written down with a date becomes a goal. A goal written down into steps becomes a plan. A plan backed by action makes your dreams come true.”

Greg Reid

Would you like to make your dreams come true?

Frequently Asked Questions

1. How do you start a business plan?

One of the key elements of starting a business plan is to gather all the information about your business.

For example, who will run the business, why is the business is being started, who is the target client, what will you sell, how you will run the business and how much income needs to be generated to become profitable. What are your costs?

You can learn in greater detail about the business plan contents and layout by clicking here.

2. How do I set goals for my blog?

This is a great question and the best way to answer it is to first understand what goals you would like to achieve. These goals can be financial, clients, social media engagement, blog traffic or many other things.

Once you know what these goals are it would be best to look at where you are or what you have achieved so far. In other words, look at the available data. What are you currently doing that is giving you success?

Spend more time doing the things that make you successful and break down those things into achievable milestones either daily, weekly or monthly.

3. How to write a business plan layout?

There are several business plan layouts available for free online and the best way to write a great layout is to see what is available and adapt it to suit your needs.

Many startup business plans come with the following headings as standard:
1. Executive summary
2. Business overview
3. Business description
4. Market Analysis
5. Operations
6. Marketing and sales
7. Financial plan

However, more modern versions include sections on building a tribe or community as well as methods of primary research using social media.

To get access to a modern version of a business plan layout, look at one here.

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Have you created your blog business plan yet? Do you need help creating a blog business plan example? You may have started a blog just as a hobby so it never occurred to you to write a business plan for a blog or new business. Have you created your blog business plan yet? Do you need help creating a blog business plan example?



You may have started a blog just as a hobby so it never occurred to you to write a business plan for a blog or new business.



Maybe you don't have a blog just yet and you want to treat your blog as a business so you want to know how to make a business plan for a blog.



Whatever your situation, the moment you want to start treating your blog like a business you should consider building a business plan for a blog.



You see many bloggers struggle to build a successful blog business because they don't really have a plan for it.



It all reminds me of that famous quote by Greg Reid. "A dream written down with a date becomes a goal.



A goal written down into steps becomes a plan. A plan backed by action makes your dreams come true."



I really believe this to be a reality so, in this post, I want to spend time going through how to write a business plan step by step.



Disclaimer: please note that this post may contain affiliate links which means that if you buy one of my recommended products I get paid a commission for sharing the link at no additional cost to you.  I only recommend products that I have tried myself and have experienced success.



What is a Blog Business Plan?



Well, very similar to a startup business plan, a business plan for bloggers is a document that contains the who, what, when, where and why when it comes to blog planning or blogging goals.



A blog cannot start itself, so there needs to be someone to get it started. That person could be you or you and a best friend or family member which addresses the 'who'.



The 'who' also looks at who is your target audience and clients to a certain extent.



The 'what' goes through what goals the blog is going to accomplish over the period agreed by the people starting it.



Looking at the 'when' you can include a number of dates like start dates as well as dates of each goal achievement.



This may be obvious but 'where' could refer to the location of the audience that you serve as well as your blog's domain name.



Finally, I see the 'why' as the most important element of the contents of the business plan. This is because it is the reason or motivation for wanting to achieve the goals.



I know that this explanation sounds very simplistic but the idea is that you want to tell people about your blog in a succinct way.



photo by Sarah Pflug



Step 1 - Blog Overview



Right, so how do you start a business plan? Many business plans start off with the executive summary which should be completed last so we will leave it for the end.



The blog overview will cover off 6 different sections. These include the blog summary, mission statement, blog history, market and services, day to day operations and financial goals.



Blog summary



This would be like doing an elevator pitch of what your blog is about and who it will serve. Let's look at two practical examples.



Nadalie Bardo from itsallyouboo.com has her elevator pitch as "I'm here to help you slay your goals, so you can build your dream life with confidence and action."



Natalie Bacon from nataliebacon.com has her elevator pitch as "I help thousands of high achieving women with personal development, money mindset and online business."
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SEO for Beginners: How To Get Your Blog Posts to Show Up in Google https://www.successunscrambled.com/seo-for-beginners/ Mon, 27 May 2019 02:46:41 +0000 https://www.successunscrambled.com/?p=9397 https://www.successunscrambled.com/seo-for-beginners/#comments https://www.successunscrambled.com/seo-for-beginners/feed/ 37 Are you looking for a simple SEO for Beginners tutorial? Or maybe you just want your blog posts to show up in Google. If you are new to the concept of search engine optimisation (SEO) you may be confused because it almost sounds like a foreign language. The reason for this is because many articles use words that are unusual to a conversation in any normal setting. Of course, understanding the language only brings you part of the way to helping you to get results for your blog or website. To be honest, there are so many bloggers and small business owners who struggle with SEO in a big way which is good news for you. You do not need to feel alone or somewhat isolated when it comes to understanding how to get your blog or website to appear in the Google results. I will spend some time explaining the basics as best I can with the hope that it will help you to grasp foundational SEO concepts. What is Search Engine Optimisation? Just in case you found this post by accident and you have never heard the phrase search engine optimisation or SEO before, here is a definition. SEO simply means that you are placing your content in a format that can be easily understood by the search engines like Google, Bing and Yahoo. So that your content can be displayed accurately in the search results pages for users to consume. Google's entire search business model is based on delighting the searcher with the best results. The reason why you need to do this is that the technology used to index all those billions of pages of content are these things called spiders or bots. They don't speak a language like English but they do understand codes. So, when we as bloggers place code around our content we are helping these spiders to understand how to index our content. The term optimisation is the name given to the process that we use to tweak the content so that these spiders or bots can understand it. photo by Matthew Henry SEO for Beginners Tutorial So, without further delay let me dive into this simple SEO for beginners tutorial which is going to help you to write your super SEO ready blog posts. We are going to take things in steps as I don't want you to get lost along the way. The first step in this tutorial is thinking of a topic. You can decide on any topic or sub-topic that is relevant to your blog or business. When I talk about a topic I am referring not just to a broad topic like food. Think more along the lines of a sub-topic like vegan breakfast ideas or the first 6 months as a new Mother. Once you have a sub-topic in mind spend some time mapping out that sub-topic into a series of 5-8 posts. Google loves giving you authority for a bunch of topics (also known as topic clusters) rather than a single topic so you can help Google by writing in a series. The series can also be in the form of a progression where you outline a process from start to finish. Create Stunning Blog Posts Workbook Gain a Captive Audience Get Big Bloggers to Share Your Posts Work Smarter not Harder Achieve Your Goals Get More Shares on Social Media Increase Your Blog Following Name Email Grab The Workbook Are you looking for a simple SEO for Beginners tutorial? Or maybe you just want your blog posts to show up in Google.

If you are new to the concept of search engine optimisation (SEO) you may be confused because it almost sounds like a foreign language.

The reason for this is because many articles use words that are unusual to a conversation in any normal setting.

Of course, understanding the language only brings you part of the way to helping you to get results for your blog or website.

To be honest, there are so many bloggers and small business owners who struggle with SEO in a big way which is good news for you.

You do not need to feel alone or somewhat isolated when it comes to understanding how to get your blog or website to appear in the Google results.

I will spend some time explaining the basics as best I can with the hope that it will help you to grasp foundational SEO concepts.

What is Search Engine Optimisation?

Just in case you found this post by accident and you have never heard the phrase search engine optimisation or SEO before, here is a definition.

SEO simply means that you are placing your content in a format that can be easily understood by the search engines like Google, Bing and Yahoo.

So that your content can be displayed accurately in the search results pages for users to consume.

Google’s entire search business model is based on delighting the searcher with the best results.

The reason why you need to do this is that the technology used to index all those billions of pages of content are these things called spiders or bots.

They don’t speak a language like English but they do understand codes. So, when we as bloggers place code around our content we are helping these spiders to understand how to index our content.

The term optimisation is the name given to the process that we use to tweak the content so that these spiders or bots can understand it.

SEO for beginners
photo by Matthew Henry

SEO for Beginners Tutorial

So, without further delay let me dive into this simple SEO for beginners tutorial which is going to help you to write your super SEO ready blog posts.

We are going to take things in steps as I don’t want you to get lost along the way. The first step in this tutorial is thinking of a topic.

You can decide on any topic or sub-topic that is relevant to your blog or business. When I talk about a topic I am referring not just to a broad topic like food.

Think more along the lines of a sub-topic like vegan breakfast ideas or the first 6 months as a new Mother.

Once you have a sub-topic in mind spend some time mapping out that sub-topic into a series of 5-8 posts.

Google loves giving you authority for a bunch of topics (also known as topic clusters) rather than a single topic so you can help Google by writing in a series.

The series can also be in the form of a progression where you outline a process from start to finish.

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Blogging Progression

Let me give you a very practical example of a progressive set of posts. Anybody who wants to start a blog follows a number of steps.

Normally, they would conduct some niche research and spend some time uncovering most profitable blog niches that they want to write about.

Next, they would do some research around a name for their blog and spend some time with that and once they are happy they will buy a domain name.

Not everyone does this next but some of them spend time building a brand by coming up with the look and feel of their brand including colours and fonts

Finally, once they are happy with the name, colours and possibly a theme (if using WordPress) they will purchase hosting and set up their blog.

At this point, they proceed to write out their posts and promote their new blog or website to everyone.

So, the progression looks like this:

find a hot niche -> choose a name -> buy a domain -> find great WordPress hosting -> setup the blog -> write a few posts -> launch your blog -> promote your blog

Psychology of Progressions

In this SEO for beginners tutorial, you need to contemplate for a while about human behaviour.

If you stop and think about it when you spend time writing out 8 blog posts in this way it will help your readers and it will also help Google.

Here’s why. You help your readers to answer the next question even before they can ask which means they will keep coming back to your blog until they complete all the steps.

In fact, life as you know it is full of progressions or in some cases cycles. For example, a day in the life of any person working a 9 to 5 job is like a progression. Let’s take a look:

Alarm goes off -> wake up -> meditation -> have breakfast -> travel to work -> start work -> lunch break -> finish up work -> travel home -> exercise -> dinner -> entertainment -> sleep

Looking at that cycle really made me sad, I believe that life should not be that monotonous.

So, if you are like me looking for something more interesting take action. In fact, take a look at my resource which outlines business ideas for women at home.

Spend some time now mapping out your series of 5-8 posts then we will move on to the next stage.

Remember that humans are creatures of habit and by that I mean they like having a bit of structure in their life.

Keyword Research – SEO Tools

Once you know what you want to write about in each post (general topic) then it is time to do some keyword research.

For each one of your outlined posts you are going to use SEO tools like Keywords Everywhere and Ubersuggest.

The reason for using keyword tools is to find out if there are people out there who are actually interested in your topic.

Also, if they are interested in your topic what phrase they are using to find your content. If there is no demand for your content it will not make sense to write it.

Let’s help this employee to have an amazing day with a brilliant wake up alarm and a yummy, well-planned breakfast.

Followed by a delicious lunch, powerful exercise, awesome dinner, meaningful entertainment and great night sleep.

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Create Stunning Blog Posts Workbook

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  • Work Smarter not Harder
  • Achieve Your Goals
  • Get More Shares on Social Media
  • Increase Your Blog Following

A Day In The Life of An Employee

Each person’s day starts the night before where they remember to set the alarm. So, we are going to get this person a great alarm clock. Using Keywords Everywhere and Ubersuggest here is what I found:

  1. Best alarm clock for heavy sleepers – 4400
  2. Alarm apps for heavy sleepers – 390
alarm apps for heavy sleepers
best alarm clock for heavy sleepers

I have two different keywords because the first one is very competitive. So, you want to take a slightly different approach by ranking for a less competitive phrase first.

This will help you get ‘credit’ for the more competitive term.

Stage 2 – Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner – Meal Prep

You want to ensure that they have an amazing day with a delicious breakfast and lunch.

So, it is possible that you want to help them plan their breakfast and lunch from the night before.

Because everyone is on different diets and eating habits I think it is best to give them a meal planning guide that will help.

Here is what I found using a combination of Ubersuggest and Keywords Everywhere;

  1. Meal prep basics – 390
  2. Meal planning benefits – 110
  3. Healthy meal prep ideas for a week – 5400
healthy meal prep for a week
healthy meal prep for a week - related

Again, you are trying to find phrases that people are searching for that has a high volume of searches as well as not so competitive.

You will rank for the less competitive keywords first before ranking for the more competitive ones.

Other Keyword Ideas

If I was writing a real series the next thing I may do is research keywords for electric scooters, scooters for rent or items that employees can use to get to work in style.

I would also look for stuff this person can do while they are travelling to work like listening to motivational podcasts.

Keywords Everywhere -podcast search

Continue doing this until you find high volume searches (100-5000 searches) as well as not so competitive phrases for all 5-8 sub-topics then move to the next step.

Try to find 3-5 key phrases for each of the sub-topics that you want to include in this series. It would be a nice blend of very competitive with not so competitive keywords.

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Create Stunning Blog Posts Workbook

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  • Get Big Bloggers to Share Your Posts
  • Work Smarter not Harder
  • Achieve Your Goals
  • Get More Shares on Social Media
  • Increase Your Blog Following

User Intent – SEO Tutorial

Before you decide to write your 5-8 blog posts you need to spend time spying on the competition to see what they wrote.

The reason for this is because you want to make sure that your article does not stand out like a sore thumb.

If you want to learn SEO the right way you need to understand the reader or user and what they are looking to accomplish.

In fact, the bottom line is that you want to give each reader what they expected to find when they entered the keyphrase.

So, let’s look at an example. When I entered healthy meal prep ideas for the week here is what I found.

Great example of user intent

Now that you know what the user is expecting to see in the results it is time for you to write your version of meal prep ideas.

Writing for SEO

The next task on this SEO for beginners list is to write an article for each sub-topic using SEO content writing tips.

Try as much as possible to incorporate the phrases that you found during the keyword research phase.

Remember the primary goal in this step is to write a post that is as complete as possible that will answer all the reader’s questions.

What I do is pretend to have the person sitting next to me asking all their questions. I then map out their questions in the form of an outline.

It may make more sense for you to write the entire blog post or series from start to finish then go back and add the keywords or phrases that you found.

One key thing to consider is the call to action or next step. In other words, what do you want the reader to do after they finish reading the article?

You can offer them a free download or an email course or they can buy something from you. It is really up to you to decide.

In terms of the length of posts, I tend to go for a minimum of 2,000 words. The expected minimum is 300 words but if I am going to win the game then I prefer to give loads of value.

Formatting + Optimising

Once you are finished writing all posts then it is time to format them in such a way that the spiders or bots can understand what your content is about.

If you are using WordPress the quickest way to help you format each post is to install the Yoast SEO plugin.

After it is installed you can decide on your main keyword or keyphrase for each post and place it in the space provided.

Yoast SEO focus keyphrase

Decide on a catchy title for each of your blog posts/articles. The goal is to get people to click through when they see it.

Use tools like CoSchedule Headline Analyzer, Sumo Me Headline Generator and Portent Title Maker to give you inspiration about great titles.

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Meta Description

Finally, you want to enter a summary (must include keyphrase) that describes your article, this is called the meta description. It is also crafted in such a way to get the click.

Yoast SEO meta description

Permalink Structure

Ensure that you head over to the settings and change your permalinks to have the post name. Here is an example so you understand.

permalinks as postname

For every image ensure that you have the image file name with a meaningful word or one of your keyphrases. See example below:

alt tags example

URL slug

Also, choose a short enough keyphrase that will go into the URL box as shown for this blog post.

URL slug - seo for beginners

Once you have done all of this correctly you can go back and check that you have all the primary and secondary keywords or keyphrases included in each post 1-2 times.

Meta Tags – H2, H3, H4

This SEO for beginners tutorial must include meta tags. In simple terms, meta tags are the technical names for subheadings and lists inside your article.

It is good practice to include H2 tags which are the paragraph subheading titles. These H2 tags can also include secondary keywords.

Feel free to include H3 tags which are subheading titles of the H2 tags. It really is just a great way to index your article. See example below:

Meta tag example

It is very similar to writing a thesis or an essay where you have titles at different levels to help the user understand how to categorise and organise your content in their heads.

List items also help you get featured in the snippet or question box section of the Google search results.

Try to put sufficient spacing between paragraphs and sentences because many users may access your post from a mobile device.

Internal + External Linking

The internal linking is next on the list and this will largely depend on if you are publishing all the posts at once or if you are scheduling them out over time.

Whatever you decide to do ensure that you link one post to the next in a progressive manner.

Here is an example of an internal link where I used the key phrase in the link text:

internal link example

Remember to only link to posts that are already live as you don’t want your reader clicking on a link to a post that is scheduled (not yet live).

Only link to posts that are related and makes sense for the user. Also, link to credible external sources that will be around for the long term.

Be sure that your external link text does not include a keyword that you would like to rank for now or in the future.

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Create Stunning Blog Posts Workbook

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  • Get Big Bloggers to Share Your Posts
  • Work Smarter not Harder
  • Achieve Your Goals
  • Get More Shares on Social Media
  • Increase Your Blog Following

Overall User Experience

Spend some time looking at the preview of each blog post and ask yourself the important questions.

  1. Have I done the best for this blog post?
  2. Does it over-deliver on what the user was expecting?
  3. Can I make it more friendly for the user by including more images?
  4. What can I do to wow the reader even more?
  5. How does it compare to the other results on the first page?

If you have genuinely done everything possible to give the reader the best experience ever then it is time to add your social media images.

After adding your social media images click publish or schedule and feel free to revisit it just in case you forgot to add something.

Get Your Blog To Show Up In Google

Conclusion

You are probably thinking that there is more to this whole SEO game and the truth is that I only covered the basics that you need to get ranking.

The title of this post is SEO for beginners so it would not make sense to overwhelm anyone with more than what is needed to get 5 blog posts written and published.

I have spent time writing more information in other posts which you can find in this super-duper SEO resource here.

SEO can be as simple or as complicated as you want it to be. If you are wondering if you can rank following this basic tutorial the answer is yes.

If you have been holding back on using SEO in your blog post because you thought it was too technical then this is the simple version.

This is your opportunity to grasp SEO with both hands and jump right in so that you can get ranking.

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Are you looking for a simple SEO for Beginners tutorial? Or maybe you just want your blog posts to show up in Google. If you are new to the concept of search engine optimisation (SEO) you may be confused because it almost sounds like a foreign lang... Are you looking for a simple SEO for Beginners tutorial? Or maybe you just want your blog posts to show up in Google.



If you are new to the concept of search engine optimisation (SEO) you may be confused because it almost sounds like a foreign language.



The reason for this is because many articles use words that are unusual to a conversation in any normal setting.



Of course, understanding the language only brings you part of the way to helping you to get results for your blog or website.



To be honest, there are so many bloggers and small business owners who struggle with SEO in a big way which is good news for you.



You do not need to feel alone or somewhat isolated when it comes to understanding how to get your blog or website to appear in the Google results.



I will spend some time explaining the basics as best I can with the hope that it will help you to grasp foundational SEO concepts.



What is Search Engine Optimisation?



Just in case you found this post by accident and you have never heard the phrase search engine optimisation or SEO before, here is a definition.



SEO simply means that you are placing your content in a format that can be easily understood by the search engines like Google, Bing and Yahoo.



So that your content can be displayed accurately in the search results pages for users to consume.



Google's entire search business model is based on delighting the searcher with the best results.



The reason why you need to do this is that the technology used to index all those billions of pages of content are these things called spiders or bots.



They don't speak a language like English but they do understand codes. So, when we as bloggers place code around our content we are helping these spiders to understand how to index our content.



The term optimisation is the name given to the process that we use to tweak the content so that these spiders or bots can understand it.



photo by Matthew Henry



SEO for Beginners Tutorial



So, without further delay let me dive into this simple SEO for beginners tutorial which is going to help you to write your super SEO ready blog posts.



We are going to take things in steps as I don't want you to get lost along the way. The first step in this tutorial is thinking of a topic.



You can decide on any topic or sub-topic that is relevant to your blog or business. When I talk about a topic I am referring not just to a broad topic like food.



Think more along the lines of a sub-topic like vegan breakfast ideas or the first 6 months as a new Mother.



Once you have a sub-topic in mind spend some time mapping out that sub-topic into a series of 5-8 posts.



Google loves giving you authority for a bunch of topics (also known as topic clusters) rather than a single topic so you can help Google by writing in a series.



The series can also be in the form of a progression where you outline a process from start to finish.


























Create Stunning Blog Posts Workbook








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11 Crazy Reasons Why You Fail To Rank Higher In Google https://www.successunscrambled.com/rank-higher-in-google/ Mon, 20 May 2019 04:10:21 +0000 https://www.successunscrambled.com/?p=9217 https://www.successunscrambled.com/rank-higher-in-google/#comments https://www.successunscrambled.com/rank-higher-in-google/feed/ 37 Would you like to know how to rank higher in Google?  You have probably seen some ridiculous claims when it comes to improving your Google search ranking. Maybe you have tried it all before but it seems that your website will not budge or you just appear to be stuck on page 4 or 5 forever. It could be that you are brand new to this crazy world of search engine optimization (SEO) and you find it too technical altogether. The truth is that in order to get consistent, hands-off traffic to your blog or website you need to depend on an organic source like the Google search engine. Many bloggers, entrepreneurs and small business owners struggle because they are over thinking the process or they are lacking adequate simple information. In this post, I am going to give you the 11 crazy reasons why most people fail to rank higher in Google and I will also give you the opportunity to join the Traffic Boost Membership waitlist. photo by Matthew Henry Why is it important to rank higher in Google? Before I give you those reasons did you know that 3.5 billion searches are made on Google every day?  Let’s spend some time looking at why is it even important to improve your Google search results in the first place. The folks at Smart Insights conducted some research across 100 websites in the software as a service space and used tools like Similar Web to pull relevant data. Here is a graph below of what they found.  As you can see for the vast majority of websites 38.3% of their traffic was direct, 21% came from referrals, 5.2% came from social and 26.6% came from organic search. Google Search Engine Market Share Here is a sneak peek of Google search engine market share by country according to Statista. You can see here that Google has 83.3% of search engine traffic in the US. Here is their share of mobile search engine traffic from 2013 to 2019 thanks again to Statista. Basically, mobile search engine traffic has been on an upward trend for the last 6 years. Search Engine vs Social Media In a report by Search Engine Land it was found that 97% of people still conduct at least one search a day using the search engines. Also, people still prefer to conduct their search on a regular basis on search engines compared to social media.  See the graph below: Here is one more graph showing the social media statistics from April 2018 -2019 in the United States with help the Statcounter. Pinterest is another visual search engine and it had about 37% of traffic compared to Facebook's 47%. Now that you are totally bored with the statistics let’s spend some time looking at the crazy but simple reasons why most websites fail to rank higher in Google. Create Stunning Blog Posts Workbook Gain a Captive Audience Get Big Bloggers to Share Your Posts Work Smarter not Harder Achieve Your Goals Get More Shares on Social Media Increase Your Blog Following Name Email Grab The Workbook Rank Higher In Google The ability to rank in Google depends on many variables but the majority of those variables relate to the actual content, website or blog. Here are those reasons: 1. Would
you like to know how to rank higher in Google? 
You have probably seen some ridiculous claims when it comes to improving
your Google search ranking.

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

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

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

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

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

rank higher in Google
photo by Matthew Henry

Why
is it important to rank higher in Google?

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

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

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

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

Smart Insights - Top Traffic Sources Study

Google Search Engine Market Share

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

Google search engine market share

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

Mobile share of organic traffic from 2013 to 2019

Search Engine vs Social Media

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

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

Search Engine vs social for search

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

Social Media Stats Apr 2018-2019 - Statcounter

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

Create Stunning Blog Posts Workbook

Create Stunning Blog Posts Workbook

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  • Get Big Bloggers to Share Your Posts
  • Work Smarter not Harder
  • Achieve Your Goals
  • Get More Shares on Social Media
  • Increase Your Blog Following

Rank Higher In Google

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

1. Quality of content

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

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

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

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

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

2. User Intent

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

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

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

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

3. Incomplete answers

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

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

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

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

4. Website speed

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

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

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

homepage speed on mobile

This is what it looks like from desktop devices.

homepage speed on desktop

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

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

Create Stunning Blog Posts Workbook

Create Stunning Blog Posts Workbook

  • Gain a Captive Audience
  • Get Big Bloggers to Share Your Posts
  • Work Smarter not Harder
  • Achieve Your Goals
  • Get More Shares on Social Media
  • Increase Your Blog Following

5. Lack of Keyword Research

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

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

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

keyword results for rank higher in google

Rank Higher In Google SERP Results

Detailed serp results for rank higher in google

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

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

6. Meta tags

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. User experience

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

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

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

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

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

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8. Title Is Not Clickable

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

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

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

Clickable title

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

9. High bounce rate

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

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

bounce rates by industry

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

Bounce Rate vs Organic Position

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

bounce rate vs organic ranking position

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

10. Internal Linking

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

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

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

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

Create Stunning Blog Posts Workbook

Create Stunning Blog Posts Workbook

  • Gain a Captive Audience
  • Get Big Bloggers to Share Your Posts
  • Work Smarter not Harder
  • Achieve Your Goals
  • Get More Shares on Social Media
  • Increase Your Blog Following

11. Insufficient knowledge of Topic Authority

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

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

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

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

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

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

Topic Authority Examples

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

Topic authority examples x 2

Road Map and Guide

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Libsyn vs Blubrry - 30 days

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

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

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

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Conclusion

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

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

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

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

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

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



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



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



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



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



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



photo by Matthew Henry



Why
is it important to rank higher in Google?



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



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



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



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







Google Search Engine Market Share



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







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







Search Engine vs Social Media



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



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







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







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