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A-Z Blog Challenge: Day 23:Writing From Home

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I didn’t realised I had set this blog post many years ago about writing from home.

Working and having writing assignments and jobs from home has been a dream of many people for some time. With the current covid-19 situation, this desire has never been more prevalent.

 

This past 20 years have been challenging on both global and personal fronts for many.

in 2003, we experience the SARS(Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) and in 2020, we were hit by covid-19.

 

However, I believe there is a silver lining behind every major catastrophe.

During the SARS period,

  • Real estate prices were depressed and this presented a buying opportunity for many.  A friend of mine bought an undervalued 1000-square foot apartment in the suburbs for  half the original price and now the price of that piece of real estate has quadrupled.
  • Real estate agents were doing brisk business despite the SARS period too.
  • With SARS, stock prices were depressed and this has allowed many to buy undervalued quality stocks at less than their intrinsic values.
  • SARS also allowed us to be more aware of personal hygiene, especially our interaction with others.
  • That period has allowed one time for introspection too as many activities have been closed or slowed down.

With all these major catrophies, we can only realized the benefits of them from hind-sight.

But if you are looking for writing jobs online, one legitimate source that I know of is the

Problogger Job Board. 

Or if you prefer to make money writing short pieces, there is a programme that allow you to write post on Twitter and other social media platforms and make money from them . Click here for more

Or refer to this blog for legitimate gigs to earn from writing online

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Mar 21, 2020

How to Generate More Readers for Your Blog

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Readers are the life-blog of every blog. Every blog creator is concerned with increasing the readership of their blog.

 

Here’s a few simple ways and low-cost ways to generate more readers for your blog

 

Join a Blog Contest

Joining a blog contest gives you exposure to other similar bloggers writing on a similar topic. By joining a blog contest, you not only generate greater traffic from all the rest of the contestants, you also increase your blog posting schedule and in this increase in content posting will keep readers coming back for more.

The organizer of the contest will also drive traffic to your blog as they try to promote their blog contest. This shared community will drive more readers to your blog

Join a Blog Carnival

This is one of the earliest methods I used to increase readerships of my blog. In just 30 days, I have increased the number of readers from a paltry 56 to 170 readers. This represents a growth rate of 200% growth in just 30 days.

I benefitted by gaining momentum to get my blog going at the start and benefit from the additional traffic from the blog linking to one another.

Register with Search Engines like Tech.norati

When you have written a new blog post, you can submit your new post url to websites like Techno.rati  or red.it. This immediately alerts readers who have subscribed to the topic you have written on that there is new content for them to check-out. Both websites are high traffic websites and you can benefit from this additional boost of traffic.

Repurpose your content

When you have a new blog post, you can generate additional traffic by repurposing your content. You can turn the same blog post into an audio pdf and submit it to podcasting sites, you can add graphics to your blog post and turn them into slides and post on slide.makr. Alternatively, you can turn the key picture on your blog post and post it to Pinterest to generate additional traffic from your Pinterest account which brings us to the next topic on leveraging on social media.

Leverage on Social Media

You can leverage on social media by tweeting a link from you blog url to your followers on your twitter account and encouraging others to retweet your post. There are others who have driven traffic to their blogs by posting updates on Facebook. If you find it hard to manage so many different posting on different social media platforms, you can control this by getting Hootsuite which allows you to get updates from all your social media accounts all in one place.

Guest Blog

This is one of the recommended ways to drive traffic to your blog. You can guest post for related blogs especially blogs that have a lot of readers. If you are a regular reader of a particular blog and you find an angle which benefits the readers of the blogs, you can write to the blog owner and propose a few article ideas. Not every blog owner is going to accept your articles but you can also guest post for similar blogs.

 

  • First research a list of related blogs
  • Compile a list of blog owners and their emails
  • Propose a few article ideas
  • Send email to the blog owners with a summary of your article ideas or the first paragraph of your article so they can get a peak of your writing style etc.
  • Here’s a link to the popular website article on guest blogging by the author of IWillTeachYouToBeRich.com. Ramit has lost of practical ideas on how to improve your personal finance using behavior theory and he manage to increase readership of his blog to 150,000 in one week. You can check out his article here ==> How to Get 150,000 people o read your blog post in a Week

How do you identify article ideas? Check out Crawlytics which allows you to see what are the most read topics in your competitor’s blogs

==> https://socialcrawlytics.com/

 

Write for related publications

The last tip is related to guest blogging but you are taking the strategy and trying it with offline publications. By submitting articles to print magazines or newsletters, it increases your credibility and helps you reach out to readers who do seldom go online to search for information. If you manage to have your article featured in recognized industry publication with a link to your blog, you can drive traffic from offline readers back to your blog.

 

Let us know which of the above methods works out well for you?

The greatest failure is the failure to take action. You do not have to prefect the first time, you just need to get going.

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Jul 23, 2016

Top 3 Ways to Freelance Online

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I usually take October as a month of reflection.

During my travels this October, I begin thinking more seriously

about this blog and my accompanying online business.

I can sum up 3 ways most people can begin to start making online with

little to no investment of money.

  1. Sell a product or service

You can sell a product such as freebies you get by purchasing bundling deals from local stores or the super markets.

For instance, if you have been given a free mug with a purchase of a pack of toothpaste, you can sell the mug for some money via Craigslist or free bulletin boards. I have tried selling mugs, mugs bundled with small items such as stationery, or soap and bath salts to turn them into a min bath hamper. If you add in a little creativity to what you have, you can often sell it for more.

Alternatively, if you can provide a service such as house sitting or house painting, you can advertise these services online and make some extra cash online.I have a friend who does house painting on the side and pockets an extra $1200 per month or $300 per week.

  1. Sell other people’s product

You can sell other people’s products online as an affiliate.

If you have a blog, you can promote it on your blog if they are related to what your readers want.

You can also sell them via online bulletin boards, offline bulletin boards,classified ads and even promote to your list.

  1. Freelance writing

This is one of the best ways to get started earning an extra income online. There are 2 ways to earn money freelance writing.

A)Write for pay-per-view sites

These sites will pay you a percentage of the sales they received from advertising. That is there will be ads around your article on their website and if someone clicks on the ad, you get paid a percentage from 30 to 50% of the amount.

Examples of these sites that offer these deals include

Demand Studios.com for About.com

==> http://www.demandstudios.com/Signup

InfoBarrel.com

http://www.infobarrel.com/

Squidoo.com

==> http://www.squidoo.com/

HubPages.com

==> http://hubpages.com/

B) Write for a fee per article for websites, blogs and other online content sites.

You can get news about writing gigs on sites that fire freelancers online such as

Freelancers.com

==> http://www.freelancer.com/?t=j&utm_expid=294858-54.y4dwHqwLR0uoKzhi2y8zCA.1

Elance.com

VWorker.com

Fiverr.com

this is easily one of the best place to get started to build your portfolio. There are also people who managed to buy a house with money made from this site.

Check out the story here==>http://blog.fiverr.com/2013/02/25/seller-bought-house-fiverr-money/

 

For those looking to write guest blog posts, you can get paid gigs here at

==> http://jobs.problogger.net/

Let me know which is your preferred mode to making money online.

Have a great Thursday!

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Nov 14, 2013

Why I stopped blogging and…

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Why I Stopped Blogging and Why I will start again

One of the reasons I stopped blogging is because I find that updating my blog takes too much time and gets in the way of my travels and product development.

It is tedious to create a product while on the go and at the same time continue blogging.

I am now in the midst of creating a new product that will benefit people who are new to online business and would like to get started.

I have studied what other gurus are doing and gave serious thoughts as to why a lot of people fail to get started online.

Some of the key stumbling blocks they face is

# No website,don’t know how to create a website

#No knowledge of how to create a sales funnel

# How to create a squeeze page

# How to register a domain name

#How to get web hosting

#How to get more people to visit my website and buy from me.

#Spending money but not getting the results

etc etc etc…

These are some of the most common reasons why people give up starting and continuing their web business online.

So in my upcoming product, I am going to

  • Give you templates to create your own landing page
  • Show you videos on how to get web hosting and register a domain name of your choice
  • Show you how to create your own squeeze page or landing page in 7 steps.
  • Give you a product that you can give away to attract subscribers and build a relationship with your visitors.
  • How to set up a sales funnel.

This is my first big product that I am going to launch after my first product that chronicles the successful path taken by successful bloggers. You can still check it out here. Blog Millionaires. I’m extending this offer for the next 7 days only before the price goes up!

Let me know the types of bonuses you prefer when you purchase  copy of my latest product on

My First Online Business that will be ready before

Thanksgiving, giving you sufficient time to earn some cash for that Christmas shopping.

  1. Give you a domain name and web hosting
  2. Set up a landing page for you, complete with a freebie to attract and build relationships with your visitors.
  3. Set up the whole sales funnel for you including a website, squeeze page, domain name and web hosting.
  4. Provide you with 10 ready-made business that you can use to instantly start your own online business.

Comment on your choice below, Option 1, 2, 3 or 4 in the comments page below and I will giveaway a copy to one lucky winner. Also let me know why you deserve a copy of the My First Online Business.

Contest ends on 20 October 2013.

My First Internet Business

My First Internet Business

Why I Will Start Blogging Again

After consulting with my mentor, I will start blogging again for

  1. Create value and at the same time help others succeed online.
  2. Share my current progress on product development with my readers and refine my ideas while building a product they need.
  3. Interact with my readers.I am inspired by the comments you leave me especially those on how you have gained profitably from this blog.

Remember to leave your comments in the post below for a chance to win my latest product, soon to be released.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Oct 3, 2013

Three things I Learned from Warren Buffett

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Here’s a latest post by Bill Gates, yes the former founder of Microsoft and

Co-chair of the  Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

He shares 3 things he learned from Warren Buffett and I think it applies to

I.M business as well.

His first point in investing is to find an economic moat in business.

Similarly, in an online business, what is the economic moat you

can build to  differentiate you from the others.

ForMyFirstMagicButton, our moat is to  provide quality content that

can help solopreneurs and those just getting started online

to build their own business.

We will have a membership site started and that is in the pipeline

so we can have one place where newbies and other solopreneurs

can gain access to quality content at one place.

While you think about your economic moat, here’s some inspiration from the

World’s Second Richest Billionare-Bill Gates

==>http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20130612065727-251749025-three-things-i-ve-learned-from-warren-buffett

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