Posted on July 24, 2014 30 Comments
Do you ever get stuck on a project because you need something done, and a) you don't know how to it, b) it's taking you forever to figure out how to do it, or c) you don't want to do it?
Fiverr allows you to browser service providers who will do a task for only $5.
From header graphics and caricature drawings, to business card and logo designs - you name it, you can get it done on Fiverr for five bucks! Need someone to model your merchandise or hold your sign for an awesome unique selling graphic? No problem.
The amount of creativity brimming in this single website is nothing short of amazing. Or you could also say... "It's amazing what people will do for five dollars!"
Posted on July 22, 2014 8 Comments
Do you feel blocked, stalled, or overwhelmed - and lacking in creative ideas? It happens to everyone (me included) so you're not alone.
Sometimes you just need a little creative help, or a "creativity boost".
Read on. I have a SIMPLE solution for you that will get those creative ideas flowing freely!
I'll share easy Creative Thinking Techniques with you in this post, but first: an interesting tidbit on WHY you get mental blocks or your creativity seems to come to a screeching halt...
Posted on July 6, 2014 7 Comments
In my last post on Successful Blogging I shared details about my "working road trip", how much fun I had on my trip to the beach, and how much it impacted my blog & business.
That weekend resulted in more than 300% increase in engagement on my niche Facebook Page as you can see from the screenshot.
The more active you are in your niche, or the more you're living your topic, the more people you'll attract to what you're doing - or what you're teaching & offering online.
People love to live through you!
You hear a lot of buzz about "Engagement". But what does it mean exactly? And more importantly, what do you DO with it?
I'll show you live examples so you can see exactly what to do with the engagement you work so hard to achieve - which is the one thing most people leave out when they talk about engaging content or increasing your social media engagement...
Posted on June 24, 2014 35 Comments
I just returned from a "working vacation" which makes for a great example of just how important it is to choose the right niche for your blog...
If you want to be successful, make money AND have fun at it, that is.
Posted on June 18, 2014 6 Comments
Who doesn't, right?!
The 7 worksheets I mentioned in this blog post are invaluable if you're thinking of working with Brands, Advertisers and BIG sponsors that will pay to be featured on your blog.
In that post I mentioned that I've been going into great detail on how to sell advertising and work with Brands in the last 4 Modules of my Niche Success Blueprint weekly training series.
Be sure to see the email I received from David Leigh, which I shared in that blog post too, where he shared how he's seeing success (already!) with a blog he otherwise found very difficult to monetize. He said:
"I'd never even considered working with brands for some reason, and now see what I've been missing out on!"
Posted on June 17, 2014 11 Comments
If you've been following my updates and photos around the web, it may not *seem* like I'm working much at all.
And of course I'm water skiing every chance I get now that the weather is turning HOT here in Tennessee!
I'm actually looking forward to the slower Summer months settling in, but lately I've been really grateful for a (very) flexible work schedule and on-the-go devices. Because I DO have some awesome projects in the works, and that allows me to live life to the fullest while also enjoying my awesome career.
On that note, Ann Smarty asked me what it is I'm working on, and why - in her invitation for me to join in on a popular "Writing Blog Tour" on the topic. I haven't been invited on a Blog Tour in ages, so of course I said YES! Here goes...
Posted on June 16, 2014 14 Comments
In the last four weekly training modules of my Niche Success Blueprint series, I've been going into great detail about how to attract brands and sponsors, and form (very!) profitable relationships with advertisers in your niche.
This is a great source of additional revenue for almost any blog or niche site, and one I use myself of course, so I've been teaching the step-by-step practical application of this monetization strategy to NSB readers.
By sheer luck, coincidence, or perhaps the stars being perfectly aligned with the freckles in my eyes, I ran across Shannon Acheson's book titled Bloggers & Brands: The Blogger’s Guide to Pitching and Working with Brands.
To clarify, I'm not talking about selling banner ads in your sidebar for $30/month (or even $300/month) or being "a total sellout". In fact I advise against that, and recommend much more profitable methods of working with advertisers & sponsors... that your readers will actually LOVE! Plus it will give your credibility a *serious* boost...