Sandra N. Peoples--Professional Publishing Consultant

You Don’t Really Get Paid To Blog

Despite What You May Have Heard, You Don’t Really Get Paid To Blog…
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This will probably be one of the most controversial posts that I will write. But, there are many people who have come to believe that just because they put up a blog, that they will make money from it. The truth is, the money does not come from the blog alone. Simply putting words on a page will not magically create an income for you. But there are ways that money can be made as a result of blogging.  In this post, I am going to tell you some of the ways that blogging can add to your income.

First off, in case you don’t know me, I started blogging in 2008; grew my blog to a nice sized audience, and then quit because I, like many others, didn’t really understand how to monetize my blog. I thought that just by blogging alone, I would earn money. I didn’t understand the logistics of blog monetization.

Before a dime can be made online, or even offline for that matter, traffic must be present. Traffic is the people who are going to come to your site. And, you don’t just want a bunch of random people coming to your site; you want people who are actually looking for whatever it is that you happen to be selling. Your site must offer a solution to the reader if you want them to stick around long enough to even see what you have to offer in the form of a solution for them.

Not having traffic and readers to your blog or to your website, it like having a beautiful storefront that nobody knows exists. 

Before you even think about trying to get monetize your blog, you first have to be concerned with getting traffic, visitors, to your site. Visitors who are looking for what you have to offer.

Next, you need to focus on getting a good amount of traffic to your site. I mean, let’s face; one visitor to your blog is probably not going to be enough traffic to write home about. You want to get your posts in front of as many people as possible. Your focus should be on getting as many people into your virtual storefront as possible, every single day.

Not only do you need to send good traffic to your blog, but you also want to build your mailing list up so that you can send special offers to those who come and visit your site and like what you have to offer on your site. Depending on what you blog about, you could offer a discount if they spend so much money with you on your site, a discounted course,  an ebook, whatever matches what your overall goal is with your site.

Once you build up your traffic and your mailing list, then you can start to look at ways to make money with your blog. Many of the big players in the blogosphere, make their money from affiliate marketing, which is where you get paid to promote someone else’s content. In fact, you can make a very good living being an affiliate marketer.

You can also get paid to write a sponsored post for a company and selling advertising space on your blog.

These are just some of the ways that people are really paid for blogging. Let me sum up the three that I know about personally:

  1. Affiliate Marketing: Getting paid to promote other people’s content via a website or blog, in exchange for a commission.
  2. Write a sponsored post: Sometimes a company may approach you to write one post promoting a particular product or service in exchange for a set fee.
  3. Sell advertising on your blog: You can rent out space by the month on your blog in exchange for a monthly fee.

So of course, money can be made as a result of your blogging, but it takes strategy. 

  1. Focus on getting targeted traffic to your blog
  2. Focus on building your mailing list so that you can do special things for your subscribers
  3. Focus on monetization techniques after you have built up the first two.

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How Often Should You Blog?

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One of the questions I am asked quite frequently on social media is how often should you blog. I know from experience that when a blog is brand new, you need to blog consistently. I blogged every single day when I first started my blog. But in all honesty, you don’t have to blog every single day; you just need to set a schedule and stick with it. I am an Author, so I like to blog about books, writing, and the writing process in general. I like to talk about the characters in my books, as well as the inspiration behind the stories that I write. You just have to find your topic and go with it.

I would also say that you should plan out your content. Whatever the subject of your blog is, you should be prepared to write at least two to three articles a week about that topic. So, what is it about that topic that excites you? What do you think will make people want to read your posts and subscribe to your blog? Our blogs are meant to educate our audience about what it is that we do exactly. If we aren’t passionate about our chosen blog topics, why should we expect anyone else to be?

How often you should blog really depends on your overall goals for your blog. Do you plan to blog to simply generate leads for your business, or, do you want to share information that you find to be interesting to your chosen audience? If the goal is to generate leads, then of course you would blog more frequently than a person who maybe just wants to share a few interesting stories here and there.

A good rule of thumb  is to blog at least three times a week and promote your content daily. This helps you to practice being consistent and also builds your audience. You should also decide on how serious you plan to be with your blog. You have to know that if you don’t take your own blog seriously then neither will anyone else.

I had to remind myself of this as well. If my goal is to blog three times a week and I miss a day, I have to condition myself to do makeup work; which means that I have to blog on days that I would normally have off. Doing this will cause me to get my blogging in on the days that I have scheduled to blog.

Perhaps if you are reading this post, it is because you are interested in either starting a blog, or, trying to figure out how to make blogging work for you and your business. If this is you, then may be interested in my blogging course, “Ignite My Blog”. You can read about the course by clicking here. My blogging course details how I have been able to grow an international client base using my blog and social media.

WANT TO KNOW THE BLUEPRINT TO LAUNCHING YOUR OWN PROFITABLE BLOG? CLICK HERE.

Until next time,

I Almost Forgot How Important A Blog Is

Blogging is a critical component to building your credibility online

Author Sandra N PeoplesSo it has been a while since I have actually blogged about writing and business and things of that nature. I don’t know if it was because I was getting burned out, bored; not really sure. But one thing is certain: I almost forgot how important a blog is to anyone who is serious about building credibility online.

I started blogging in 2008, and I used to have a set schedule where I treated my blog as an important part of my marketing strategy (which you should do too if you are serious about getting results). I blogged every morning at 6 am. But then as time wore on, and I started seeing results from my blogging, I got lazy and relaxed. My focus was all over the place and wasn’t very clear at all. The audience that I had built suddenly started to dwindle because I started to talk about everything else except books, writing, and how this whole industry works business wise.

What I learned was that I had lost focus of what the purpose of a blog really is in the first place. The purpose of your blog is not make money; it’s main purpose is to educate your audience, help them get to know about you and the products and services that you offer, and help them make the decision on whether or not they should become a customer or client of yours.

There are so many people who teach that you can make money blogging; which you can. But the money does not come from blogging in and of itself; it comes as a result of blogging. That may seem a little confusing, but, once you catch on to it, you will understand the concept a lot better.

I am making a commitment to get back to building my marketing platform, which is my blog. Blogging allows you to share your knowledge and expertise with the world. If you are serious about growing your business and your platform, selling more books, or whatever it is you want to do, you need to blog. And you need to do it on a consistent basis. So, are you up for the challenge? Are you going to make a commitment to blog? I hope that you will add this powerful marketing strategy to your arsenal in the coming year.

Until next time,

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Love Is In The Air; But Beware

a-writer-and-her-blog Well, it’s Fall, my favorite time of the year. I love Fall because it is also the time of year when new romances seem to spark. And I am a romance fanatic. When the weather changes, who doesn’t want something warm (and possibly muscular) to snuggle up to?  I ain’t even gonna lie, I do. Hell, being a single woman in the colder months can be a tempting time to crawl into the arms of an old ‘boo-thang’, or even a new ‘bae’.

I was watching a talk show the other day, and the host was talking about how to tell if a man is really into you, or, if he is just really into what’s between your legs. Sometimes, honestly, it can be very hard to tell. I mean, when a handsome man comes along and tells us everything we want to hear, it can be difficult to know if he’s really into us or not.

So here is my version of how to tell is a man is really into you, or, if he is just trying to ‘get the draws dawg’ (RIP Tommy Ford).

I think that if a man is really into you, your first date will not be at your house or his. Let’s get real. If it’s just you and him alone, and both of you haven’t had any in months, years, or however long it’s been, a scene on the television, or the right kind of eye contact can easily spark a flame. And once those flames get sparked, it’s really hard to just be like, ‘okay, let’s stop.’ So it is best not to put yourself in that situation.

I like the thought of going on a date being that we are actually going to go somewhere. To me it just seems like if we go to your house, or you come to mine, things are going to go to a level that neither one of us may be prepared for. So, to avoid that, go on a date to the movies, out to dinner, bowling; something fun. If he never wants to be seen in public with you, or, if his idea of a date is to just ‘Netflix and Chill’, then yeah, he just wants your cookies.

 

What do you think? How can you tell if a man is truly into you or not?

Until next time,

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How Do I Produce Prosperity By Kent Gant Jr

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kent-gant-jrTired of picking between car payments or light bill payments? How about the simple things, like groceries or entertainment? No matter what the situation is, everything costs money. Today, money is a valuable resource, and God knows it. In his new and exciting book, Kent Jr. will reveal the different steps he took to get God’s attention and share the wisdom he has to get results.

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Kent Jr. is a young author that has learned what it takes to get a financial breakthrough. He has worked almost ten years in the grocery business and has experienced different types of challenges, failures, and accomplishments. Having his associates degree in business has also helped Kent further his education on finances. Even at a young age, God has used him to help support the works of the kingdom.

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We all tend to hold onto things that have happened in the past. It can feel like we are pulling a cart behind us with all our troubles and worries, it slows us down, we can become tired, depressed, even jealous, as life seems so easy for others.

All we need to do is LET GO of the cart, and we will feel lighter and free, but often we have held onto it so long that it has become part of us. Many of the people we know are also carrying carts so that it can seem normal. We talk about how heavy are cart is with anyone that will listen, at no point do we realize that we can set down that heavy cart that is keeping us from Gods love.

We need to learn to Let go. In this book, I will share with you stories of people that struggled with letting go and what happened when they did.

God is only in the present moment; he is not in the past or future. The moment that we let go of the past God will turn the page to the next chapter of our life, which will be much better than the last.

It will take courage and faith, but I invite you to take this journey with me. By the end of the book, God will shine a light into your life that will illuminate you to…

THE POWER OF LETTING GO.

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The Basics Of Self-Publishing

Publishing Your Own Book Does Not Have To Be Hard At All

Self-Publishing a book can be a very scary task; especially for a new author.

With so many companies and independent professionals out there, it can be rather intimidating to try and navigate its waters alone.

It is for this reason, the Self-Publishing Basics book was written.

There are a few rules to follow when venturing into the realm of publishing on your own. It is good to know what steps to take to avoid the many pitfalls that await an unsuspecting new author.

It is important to do your research when it comes to putting your own book up for publication.

So, what steps do you need to take to self-publish a book?

The first thing you need to consider is if you want to take on the responsibility.

Even though the allure of having a book out there with your name on it can be exciting, it takes a lot of work to be successful.

You have to be willing to wear many hats, or, be able to hire someone to help with the tasks of bringing your book to print.

You need to make sure that your manuscript is finished first and foremost. When I set out to publish my first book, I rushed to finish it because I was trying to take advantage of a special offer through a company I was working with. I didn’t realize that throwing my book together turned some people off from wanting to read any other work from me because the book was very poor quality. Even though I felt the story was a good one, it wasn’t developed properly and it showed.

It is also important to research your title. My first book shared the same title as a very successful author at the time, and it was hard to convince people that I hadn’t written my book under a pen name. You don’t want your book to share the same title as a book that is popular in its genre because it will only add to the competition for book sales.

For a detailed list of the steps you need  to take in order to successfully publish your own books, click here.

Until next time,

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3 Ways To Get New Clients Online

Is Finding Clients Online For Your Business Overwhelming?
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For an entrepreneur, finding clients  online can be a very daunting task.

You don’t have a sales team in place to go out and recruit clients for you like the big companies do.

Yet, you know that you need to have a consistent flow of clients in order to make enough money to grow your business and create a sustainable income for yourself.

In this post. you are going to learn three ways that you can get new clients for your business.

Blog. Blogging can be an excellent way to get your ideal clients to stand up and take notice of what it is that your company does. In order for a blog to be successful, you have to keep it updated regularly with good, high-quality content that can actually help to educate your potential client about the services that your company provides.

If you want your blog to serve its purpose, it is important to know the kinds of problems your client is looking to solve, then write an article that speaks to their problem and offers a solution. Having articles that solve problems will help to position you as the expert in your field of expertise, and in turn, could convert the prospect to a paying client.

Get Social. Social Media is not evil, especially if you know how to use it correctly. I look at social media as a big networking event that you can attend any time of the day or night and connect with people in your chosen field. You can establish connections that could propel your business to the place you really want it to be in. 

If your social media followers include most family and friends, it is time to rethink your circle of influence. Do some research to find out who the players are in your field, and start to connect with those people. You can’t expect your family and friends to want to do business with you, so start looking for the kinds of people who do, and go where they hang out online.

Don’t sign up for networks just because it may be what’s popular at the moment. Go with the networks you feel comfortable with and stick with those.

Host Virtual Events. Teleseminars and webinars are some of the easiest ways to get your message in front of your potential clients and customers. They are convenient because your prospect does not have to travel to get to the destination, and you can broadcast your message to hundreds and thousands of people at once without spending money to rent a conference room.

In order for a virtual event to work, you have to plan it like you would a live event. You have to invite people, then, when you get them to attend, you have to make the event exciting for them.  

A few other helpful tips for hosting a great virtual event:

  • Be sure to keep some water on hand. Depending on how long your virtual event will last, your mouth may get dry. Taking a few pauses for a sip of water will help keep your throat lubricated and your voice sounding natural.
  • Have handouts for your attendees to download beforehand. The handouts will encourage participation.
  • Allow questions. An interactive event is a fun event. If your prospect likes your delivery style, they may feel encouraged to work with you, or buy from you.

Hopefully, you have found this article to be helpful. If you like what you’ve read, then please feel free to share it with your circle of influence.

For more tips on growing your client base, you may also be interested in reading the article, ‘How To Increase Sales With Social Media.’ 

And, if you are looking to learn more about using social media to put your lead generation on autopilot for you, then click here.

Until next time,

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How To Set Up Your Free KDP Account With Amazon

This video was created in response to numerous requests from viewers of this video, on the steps needed to set up your account with KDP.

For those of you who may be unfamiliar, KDP is short for Amazon’s eBook self-publishing program called Kindle Direct Publishing.

KDP allows authors to publish their own books for purchase by owners of Amazon’s Kindle, or, users of the reading app.

By the way, if you don’t have a Kindle, or don’t have the app already loaded on your smartphone, you can actually download the app for free to read Kindle books on your computer, smartphone, or eReader that does not have the software already downloaded.

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Watch the video below to learn how to set up your publishing account with Amazon KDP.

Until next time,

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It Really Is About Mindset

The Important Role Mindset Plays In Your Life.

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Mindset is something you hear a lot about in the personal development realm.

“Change your thinking, change your life.”

And it is so true.

Mindset is so important.

If you don’t really believe in what you’re doing, that you can actually find success doing it, then you are wasting your time.

Success is never going to come to you if you don’t believe that you can truly have success.

And that kind of sucks.

To think that you can be trying so many different things, wondering why nothing is working, when the whole time it’s your mind that’s all messed up.

Just because others around you may have never experienced the kind of success that you want, does not mean that you will never have it.

If those people did not really believe that the things they were working so hard for was truly within their reach, then that explains why success never came to them.

YOU must believe.

There is no way around it.

Your mind has to see your future before you can ever embrace it.

Mindset is something that many entrepreneurs struggle with on a daily basis.

We know what we want; but to some of it, what we want seems so far out of reach.

It almost feels unreal that we can have something like the things that we want.

For some, it may be a nice home.

For others, a nice car.

Or, to be able to finally be debt free.

You can have that.

But, you have to see it, believe it, and then, you have to act.

It amazes me that such a simple principle is so hard for many to grasp.

If you live in the worst neighborhood now, do you really believe that you can live in your dream neighborhood?

Can you literally picture yourself walking through the home of your dreams?

Have you even taken a tour?

 

In order to experience true success, you have got to clean up your mind.

And, it will not happen overnight.

In fact, fixing your mindset takes discipline and practice.

I talk about mindset in my book, Break Free: How To Overcome Your Fears And Live The Life Of Your Dreams.

I was inspired to write the book almost ten years ago.

I was inspired to write the book because it had been revealed to me that there are so many people who have given up on their dreams because they don’t believe that they can come true.

I remember crying as I penned the book because I had allowed some of my own dreams to die because I didn’t believe that I could truly have the life that I wanted.

It seemed as if it was taking so long to get to the place where I really wanted to be, and, I gave up.

I quit.

My mind told me that I wasn’t as good as the next guy.

That I should settle for just being a good lil‘ employee and keep going to work for someone else.

That I wasn’t cut out for entrepreneurship.

My mind was conditioned to think that real success only came to certain people; and I wasn’t one of them.

It wasn’t until I stumbled upon a Youtube video by a young man named James Jordan, that I really started to realize how horrible my mindset had become.

James is in the internet marketing arena and has so many videos online about products and services.

But  the video I watched really made me think about some things that I had been doing.

I even had the privilege to talk with James on the phone, and some of the things he said to me during our conversation let me know that there were still lots of things mindset wise that I was doing wrong.

I wasn’t succeeding like I wanted to because I didn’t truly see myself doing so.

Your mindset has to be trained.

You have to see, hear and speak what you want daily.

We as humans are conditioned to focus on what we don’t want unknowingly.

“I don’t want to be fat.”

“I don’t want to be broke.”

Did you know that knowingly acknowledging what you don’t want actually attracts those things to you?

Think about it.

If you know that you deserve to have a better life, but aren’t really sure how to go about truly living the life you want, then read Break Free.

Of all the books that I have written, this book has been the most talked about.

Be sure to follow my blog because over the coming days I will be sharing with you how to change your mind and learn how to go after what you want.

Success is within your reach.

You just have to learn how to believe that it is.

Until next time,

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How To Work From Home Without Losing Your Sanity

 Automation in your business can keep stress at a minimum.

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Running a home-based business does not come without its share of stress.

Depending on what you do from your home office, you might find

yourself juggling many tasks at any given time.

This ‘juggling many tasks’ is what causes many home-based entrepreneurs to stress out and even quit in their entrepreneurial journey.

The key to working less is automation.

Using automated tools in your business can help to keep you from experiencing burnout from trying to do so much yourself.

In this article I am going to share with you a few ways that you can use automation in your home-based business to make things run much smoother, and keep you from losing your sanity.

The number one thing that should be automated is your lead generation process. If you have a mechanism in place to attract the information of people interested in your business, and a way to follow up with them without actually having to follow up with each individual person, you will start to notice some free time.

Of course, most online lead generation is done with an email autoresponder program. But, depending on the website platform you use, you can actually have people schedule a time to talk with you, right from your website. They can see when you have available time slots to talk with them, send you an email and set up an appointment.

I use a WordPress plugin called Appointy to help me book consultations and discovery calls, and the like. Appointy is free to use for up to 5 services, 1 staff member and unlimited bookings.

So, say for example you are a photographer, you could use a scheduling software such as this one to have clients schedule shootings with you, book you for weddings and other events, and the list goes on.

Freelance writers could use this to have clients schedule interviews for projects, schedule coaching sessions, and so on. There are many possibilities.

Another thing you may want to consider automating is your follow up process.

Once someone has purchased from you, you should not leave it at that.

You should follow up, make sure they were satisfied with your services, or, that they were able to access their download, or use your product correctly.

All of this can be set up in your email marketing software and activated upon payment. That way, once the payment is received, the emails automatically start, and you don’t have to individually respond to each person.

Do you feel that headache sort of easing up now?

One other thing that automation may help with is your social media marketing.

We in the online business arena, know that we have to be active on social media.

But it is easy to get lost in all of the tweets and posts and shares and tags.

One way that I have found that makes it easy to broadcast to social media is by using a tool called Hootsuite.

Hootsuite allows you to schedule posts to go out to social media.

You can schedule your posts for the week, and even the month.

I have found that a good mix of automated posts and live posts offer more opportunities for active engagement. And, it frees you up from being chained to a computer all day long.

I also have my blog posts set up to automatically populate my Facebook page and my Twitter account once they are published. This helps with the syndication of your blog posts.

I hope that you have found this article to be helpful.

If you like this article, you can get more content like this, along with helpful videos, tutorials and more when you connect with me in my email community for entrepreneurs. You can connect with me here.

Until next time,

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