Showing posts with label blogging for newbies. Show all posts
Showing posts with label blogging for newbies. Show all posts

06 September 2017

Blogging Tips: Refresh Your Old Content

Revisiting your old blog posts is always a good idea, if for no other reason than to fix the broken links. But with the constantly evolving and ever-changing online landscape, the content or information may need to be updated. Particularly if you published reviews and/or recommendations. If you have been blogging for a while then you know this is a must-do task. If you're a newbie blogger, you will bookmark this tip for future reference. 




Occasionally, an update is totally pointless. You need to delete the post or the article and just get rid of it! If you're an online entrepreneur, this is a project you should do in your “down time”, i.e. after you've taken care of your priority tasks: banging out blog posts (or articles), responding to comments, social media sharing and other blog promotion activities, etc. Perhaps set aside a few hours each week or every other week to revisit and review old blog posts.


If you have affiliate marketing websites or blogs, sometimes vendors you are approved for discontinue their program. You don't always get the memo or the eMail. You should test your referral links at your site to make sure they lead the visitor to correct landing page. Often my click testing indicated the link is inactive which is not only upsetting because there was no notification as to “when” that happened, but it also makes you wonder how many other people also clicked it, got the error message, and then left your site never to return. (My thoughts or worries.)


There are supposedly free tools that can help you with this effort, i.e. help you find broken links. They are available but I have yet to use one successfully. However, others have. So don't let my lack of skills hinder you.


It's your work and if it's perfectly good work, don't let it go to waste. This blogging tip can not be stressed enough. If you serious about your blogging, then make time to refresh or update your old content. Content that dates back several years may still be critical and relevant. Do your best to salvage what you can. You never know.  May be a gold mine buried in there!


Don't just take my advice. Listen to the advice of professionals.


Wake Up Old Blogs Posts And Get Them Working Again | Blogtrepreneur - For Busy Entrepreneurs











04 September 2017

Advice for Newbie Bloggers ~ 5 Tips That Bear Repeating

This post to encourage others out there who may have their mind set to tread this path to making money online. It is extremely easy to get discouraged and give up. My first blog post at this blog is dated April 9, 2014.  

It's a mess!! All those strikethroughs. I left them to remind me not to give up! Have had a lot of learning experiences on the road to trying to become a successful blogger. Yes, I did say “trying”. I know it's been 3 years but the goal I'm aiming for - generating consistent monthly income from monetized blogs and affiliate marketing websites - has not yet been achieved.



I am an active participant in a discussion forum called SEOClerks, where you can learn and earn about blogging, writing, affiliate marketing, SEO and a myriad of other tips and tricks that aspiring webmasters need to know.  
(Note:  This community is free to join.)  

A question was asked about advice for newbie bloggers.  Below (below the star) is the response I contributed.

What tips do you recommend for beginners in blogging?



Tip #1 ~ I did not know about communities and forums when I started blogging. But I'm glad I eventually found out about their existence. If for no other reason that I no longer feel like I'm all alone.

Groups on Facebook and Communities on Google Plus are OK.  But if you can find a blogging community or a forum, join it. Try to find one where you can learn and earn. You'll get support and can commiserate with fellow members who are also trying to find their way through the blogging maze.

Join an online writing community, also. It's for article writers. Similar to blogging communities. It helps improve your writing skills.  Most of them have revenue-share programs, along with supportive Admin and members.

If you can afford to pay for the blogging courses offered, then go ahead. If you can't, that's where these communities and forums come in handy. Forums like SEOClerks, for example.  :)


Tip #2 Find blogs you really enjoy reading (search via Bloglovin or sites like that or blog directories), subscribe and visit often. Leave comments. Find the bloggers that will approve your comments and will also allow you to associate your blog URL to your name as a backlink. Not kidding. If you leave comments on a blog post, they go into moderation and you never receive approval or your comments don't become visible online, leave that blog in the dust! There are too many other bloggers out there who would happy to have visitors that leave comments behind.  Leave worthwhile comments. Not one-word exclamations or boring one-liners that make the blogger think you didn't even bother to read their post.

Tip #3 ~ There are many free blog publishing platforms to get started. If you are interested in trying to earn income from your blog, find out what the rules are about monetizing your blog. All blogging platforms are not created equal. Some allow certain things and some don't. You break the rules you will have your blog deleted in a heartbeat!

Tip #4 BUDGETING:  Anything that requires a monetary investment and you have the money to pay for it, then go ahead. If you don't have money, use what you have. Your brains, your skills, a laptop (or whatever device you use), and Internet access.

Tip #5 Most important. Don't expect immediate success. Be patient. Be persistent. Persevere.





01 September 2017

Literacy Base Blog Posting Goal Accomplished! (UPDATE Aug 2017)

To quote the wise philosopher, singer/songwriter Nellie Furtado:  

  • "Why do all good things come an end?"


The site Literacy Base has bid farewell.  As of Aug 2017, all links that were supplied below in this post are outdated.  Hopefully, I can find a new home to republish.

Eh!  It happens more often than we would like.  Fun communities and sites bite da dust!



The content below was published Oct 27, 2016.


Accomplished my goal of getting twenty (20) blog posts approved and published at Literacy Base.  This is a blogging community where you can earn residual income not just for blogging but for almost all of your activity.  I'm not kidding!  Even if you just log in to your account, you can earn.


Your activity can consist of participating in groups or forums, updating your profile page, commenting on blog posts, etc.  If you share links via social media and a visitor comes to the site because they clicked on your link-share, you can earn for that!  That means even if you don't want to publish blog posts, and just want to interact and make friends, you can still generate some passive income.


The cash out is $10.  It's a good site if you need some extra cash and also because the folks in the community (including Admin and Support) are very nice.  As of today, there are about 1200 members.  Want to sign up? Click here.  It's free to join!






Below is the list of my posts.  Gives you an idea of some of the things you can blog about.  Of course, if you have a specific expertise or passion, that's even better!




Organization and Time Management for My Work at LiteracyBase



Four Major Cities in the State of Texas



My Madness Was Not Food-Related



What’s in Your Social Media Marketing Tool Kit?



My Work at Home Goals ~ October 2016 and Beyond!



I Dream of Useless Money



Quotes by Famous People: Henry David Thoreau ~ Agree or Disagree



Make Money Online: MyLot is a Legitimate Income Opportunity



Are You From Royal Blood?



Binge Watching Television Series



What’s Your Favorite Jelly, Jam, Preserves or Fruit Spread?



It’s Not the Search Engine’s Fault!



Watching Korean Drama Online With English Subtitles



Restaurant Experiences: Sure Signs You’re Addicted to Chinese Food



Spotlight on My Hometown: Miami, Florida



My Blogging History (Learn From Me)



Exotic Fruits (Superfood or Wonder Fruit)



Cmoneyspinner’s Book Preference Meme



Would You Save Money, If You Could?



Dreams Where There’s Food But Nobody Eats




29 May 2017

Residual Income : Social Sites That Pay (A 2nd Look) - Update #1

UPDATE May 29, 2016 : This post was first published 02 November 2016. A lot can happen in a short period of time. Two of sites mentioned below ~ BlogBourne and Literacy Base ~ are either closing for business or "in limbo". Those two sites were blogging communities. The 3rd site is actually a discussion forum and seems to be keeping its members happy. Meanwhile, signed up for another discussion forum - ForumCoin.com. It has a points system. 500 points = $5 USD. A nice community and I see lots of familiar faces. You're welcome to join. 



ForumCoin Sign Up is free

 
* *INFO below shared 11/2/2016: 

The link shared below leads to a post that was published at my other blog. It was my first evaluation of social communities that have a revenue-share plan and you can get paid for all of your activity, not just for publishing blog posts.


This post supplies a contrast and comparison for three (3) different sites:  two of them are (in my mind) blogging communities and the other one is more like a discussion forum or a micro-blogging platform/social network.  



All of them have income potential.  







My member name at all of the sites is "cmoneyspinner".  

These are my profile links:
  • BlogBourne (member since August 2016; signed up because a friend asked me to);
  • myLot (member since August 2015).


Earn Residual Income :
Join Social Sites That Pay






When I say that I'm taking a second look, I mean that a reevaluation or a second evaluation is in order.


BlogBourne is a site where many of my fellow friends and bloggers are actively publishing and commenting.  It must be a worthwhile effort.  Otherwise, why would they continue to stay there?  However, for me, navigating the site to find topics of interest to me feels a tad bit awkward.  Also, to get a post approved,  400+ words are required. For these reasons, my activity at this site is not very frequent.


By contrast, my efforts at Literacy Base and myLot are much more rewarding, and as such, I login to my account almost every day.  There is always something to be done, in addition to blogging, at either of these sites that can generate some extra income.  


In fact, myLot doesn't even require blogging.  But if you wanted, you could describe your activity as micro-blogging.  Starting a discussion there is very similar to composing a short Tweet.  (A short Tweet?  That's a redundant expression, isn't it?  I apologize.  :) )


To get a post approved at Literacy Base, 300+ words are required. For some reason, it seems easier to write 300 words than 400.  (It's psychological.  I'm a fruitcake!  )  But you can easily earn from contributing to forums and groups, updating you wall (or timeline) with a quote or some random comment, leaving comments at blog posts published by others, etc.


  • NOTE:  To be fair, you also don't need to blog at BlogBourne.  You can be active in the same way as on Literacy Base.

With Literacy Base (cash out at $10) and myLot (cash out at $5) - look up at the right hand corner of your screen and you can immediately see your earnings.  With BlogBourne (cash out at $10) you have to calculate what you've earned by multiplying your accumulated coins by the exchange rate.  (Not sure what the exchange rate is.  It's probably best if you ask the BB site owner directly or click here to read a post by a blogger who is a member at both sites.)


Two final remarks:  

(1)  All communities have really nice members, including the Admin folks.

(2)  If you are a newbie blogger, these sites are a great place to get started.  If I could go backwards, I would have started my blogging attempts at sites like these.  Eh!  Live and learn!  My pain is your gain.












16 May 2017

Update to My First Blog Post at My Blog Stop!

Three years ago during the first week of the month of April 2014, I was just starting up this blog. 

Don't laugh at me, laugh with me. 🤣

If you view my post ~ MyFirst Blog Post at My Blog Stop! Welcome! ~ you will see that out of all of my attempts at publishing blogs, only one blog is still standing as of 2017. Yep yep. All of my Tumblr microblogs took a tumble and went by the wayside. 😞


If at first you don't succeed … cry cry cry … and then try try tryagain!!



Created a brand new Tumblr account and started up two microblogs: FoxNet2017 and FoodWays2017. Sharing two sample posts below.



Created a foodie blog using Blogspot to complement/supplement my affiliate marketing website:






Kept my membership with the Blogjob (BJ) community and continued to share advice for newbie bloggers via My Pain, Your Gain.



Since the BJ community allows more than one blog, created a second blog for affiliate marketing purposes and called it My Shopping Channel.




Still maintaining my Google Plus business page (or brand account), "Home Business Works"; and Google granted me a custom URL for the page (in place of the numerical ID). 


That's the update!


Turn Your Computer Into a Money Machine in 2017: How to make money from home and grow your income fast, with no prior experience! Set up within a week!


22 February 2017

Are You a Newbie Blogger? Check Out WAH Tips and Tricks

Do-It-Yourself Advice, Tips and Tricks mainly for bloggers / freelance writers and affiliate marketers; aimed at assisting WAH (work at home) professionals and home business entrepreneurs to facilitate their success!

View my Flipboard Magazine.

07 July 2016

5 don'ts for promoting your blog (Reblog)

A look back.  Revisiting sites where I found valuable information when I first started my blogging adventures. It is good to know this site still has online content available to the public. Left a comment at this post in 2013. It's 3 years later and the "Don'ts" in this post are still relevant. Interested in becoming a successful blogger? Check out this advice from Suresh Vurity, author and owner of way2earning.com.

5 don'ts for promoting your blog



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09 May 2016

Official Blogger Blog: Keep your readers interested with the AdSense Guide to Audience Engagement (Reblog)

Latest tips and advice from the Google Blogger (Blogspot) Team. Reblogging, sharing and saving this tip.  Handy reference.



Official Blogger Blog: Keep your readers interested with the AdSense Guide to Audience Engagement




10 March 2016

Blogging Tip : Mix and Burn

Used to write for a website called Squidoo. One of the fews sites where my online income earned was consistent. Seth Godin, the site owner decided to move on to other business adventures and the site was acquired by HUBPages, which is another excellent site for freelance writers, bloggers, work at home moms, and anybody else who wants to be a part of an online writing community and earn residual income.

Make a long story short. Squidoo used to have widgets provided to the users to enable them to enhance their content with additional material. One of my favorite widgets was the “RSS Mashup”. You could take several feeds, combine them and create one feed. Loved it!

HUBPages, for whatever reason, chose to discontinue allowing RSS feeds. So even though Squidoo is now under the HP umbrella, those nifty widgets evidently were not included in the acquisition deal.
Been searching for something similar and … Behold! Seek and Ye Shall Find!

Funny thing is a while back had tested this tool and then forgot about it. But since me and my bookmarks are BFFs (best friends forever), found my old “test mix”. The light bulbs in my brain started going off!


BLOGGING TIP:
Harness the power of two RSS tools:
  • RSS Mix ( rssmix.com ) and
  • Google Feedburner ( feedburner.google.com )

Step 1: Create the “RSS Mix” ( rssmix.com ). Gather the URLS for the feeds you want to combine together. In my example, it's all of my Tumblr blogs. Just go to the site and follow the extremely simple directions. Put the feed URLs in the box and click Create. No kidding. That's it!

Step 2: Use the URL of the mix feed that is generated and then burn a feed using the Google Feedburner ( feedburner.google.com ). If you have a Google account you have access to this tool. You may have never used it because you didn't know about it. But now you do, so … go for it! For those familiar with this tool, you know that once the feed is burned, there are many different ways to optimize / publicize the content. You choose what to do with it. 

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Sharing my “feed mix /feed burn” below as an example.

Blogs I Like ~ Mix and Mash

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Treathyl Fox aka CmoneyspinnerHome Business Entrepreneur. Self-employed and loving it!   Real Estate Investor. Purchase/resell private notes secured by real estate, and acquire real estate through creative financing techniques. ♦ Blogger - Blogjob, Blogspot, LiteracyBase, Food Ways.  ♦ Freelance writer / Articles - Niume, Wizzley, HUBPagesWritedge, Daily Two Cents, PersonaPaper. ♦ Affiliate MarketerGrocery & Gourmet, Feng Shui - Home & Garden, Health Insurance, My Shopping Channel, Webnuggetz - The Other Shopping Channel. ♦ Randomness Over-blog, MyLot

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