7 Tips for Successful Blogging

Sarah Arrow is a professional blogger and blogging coach. Along with her husband, Kevin, she runs a fantastic 30-day blogging challenge, which I have participated in, and highly recommend.She also judges blogs and in a recent blog contest, she listed her criteria.With her permission, I am listing the criteria below, as this is an excellent checklist to be sure you have the best possibility to create a successful blog post: A good headline Links to references / external sourcesDeep linking (links to own content in post)Images in postA call to actionA post longer than 500 words - Sarah gave an extra point for this criteriaThe ideal reader is identifiable - Sarah gave additional points for this criteria as well Keeping the above tips in mind when writing a blog post will go along way in helping your organic reach, as well as better connecting with your readers.Please comment below if you have anything to add, or want to ask any specific questions.Click here to check out Sarah Arrow at Sarke MediaPlease...

Fun and Games

Today, I have some fun and games for you. This is a puzzle exercise I use to open many of my training workshops. Hopefully it will translate well to an online environment. I'd love to hear your thoughts in the comments section below.I have placed the content in the tabbed sections below, so nothing gets spoiled before you have had a chance to try to solve the puzzle yourself.​Starting in the first tab, "The Puzzle", it will be revealed how to set the puzzle up. You will be doing it with pen and paper.The second tab, "The Rules", will contain the rules and explain what you need to do to solve it.After you have tried, and either succeeded or given up, you may then click the third tab, "The Solution" to see if you completed it correctly.​The fourth tab, "The Ending", will provide some food for thought.​I hope you have as much fun trying this as I did putting it together for you! I look forward to seeing your comments on it below. the puzzle the rules the solution the ending ​Get a piece of paper and draw nine dots on it in a 3 X 3 grid, evenly spaced, as shown in the picture to the right.After you've done that, click the next tab, "The Rules."​Don't click it until you have your 9 dot grid drawn!​ Legal Move ​Did you draw your 9 dots? If not, I'll wait! Go ahead!​Ready? The rules are simple. There are only four of them:​1. Start with a pen or pencil on any one of the dots.2. You will draw 4 straight lines, no...

Keeping Info Updated

I wasn't going to do a blog post today.If you are keeping up with my daily progress, you know I am in the middle of a 30 day blogging challenge. Today, instead of a blog post, I was to update my About Me page.To be quite honest, I thought today would be a "gravy" day. I published rendition of my blog a few months ago and was sure everything was up-to-date and looked good.I didn't think there would be anything I needed to do for today's assignment, except maybe add a picture to the page.Ha! You know what they say about the best laid plans, right?!Here's the issue: When I set this blog up, I cut and pasted the "About Me" info from my old blog​.I hate to admit it, but the info was outdated even then. I must have been rushing just to get the site up.I am grateful to the blogging challenge for make me look at that page​. It is now updated and is not only more current, but is (hopefully) a better reading experience.I decided to write a post today also, because I am sure most of us are guilty of not having updated info on our sites.How many pages do you have on the net that could use an update? Today is as good a day as any to take a look and, if needed, do something about it.​I hope this post motivates you to check your sites and keep your information up-to-date.I'd love to hear any stories you have of similar experiences. Feel free to comment below.​​Please share this if you found it...

Best of Earning On The Net: Week 1 of the Challenge

If you have been following this blog in 2015, you know I entered Sarah Arrow's 30 day blog challenge. This is the 10th day in, and today I will do a "week in review". OK, technically, it's a 9-day review! If you are Earning on the Net, or want to be Earning on the Net, I highly encourage you to go through these, even if you have already.If you want to never miss a post again, sign up for our Blog Post Update in the right hand sidebar, just below the "Recent Posts".Here's what we've discussed so far during this challenge (they will open in a new window so you won't lose this page):​​Blogging Challenge - This was the post that kicked off the challenge. If you blog, or would like to blog, check this out. It will help you with your writing and, if you join Sarah's Facebook Group, also with your networking.​5 Essential Online Marketing Strategies - Are you working online? Be sure to utilize all of these strategies in your business.​Productivity Tip: Bullet Journal - This is a heads up about an "analog" solution for task lists. Very innovative! If you, like me, can use some help with organizing your task lists, you'll love this idea.​Go Mobile Or Go Extinct - Your website must be mobile optimized. This post covers the situation and the solution, providing fascinating stats and great tips.​One man band? Stop playing solo - This post discusses places to get some help in your business. Just because you work alone, does not mean you have to work alone.Using Images Online - We all...

Using Images Online

We find ourselves frequently needing images. We use them on websites, landing pages, social media, online ads, blogs, in e-books, and for those of us that also do off-line work, we use them in flyers, advertising, postcards, brochures and more. There are many places online where we can get these images. However, unless we've taken the images ourselves with our own camera, we need to be careful we’re not violating a copyright. For that matter, even if we take our own pictures, we need to be careful of copyrights. For example, are you aware that photographs of buildings in the United States built after December 1, 1990 require the owners permission to be used in many cases? Buildings built prior to that date are exempt from the copyright laws, but for ones built after that date, it's always best to get the owner's permission. Most of us, though, are going to use photos or images taken by other people. Get a license All images can potentially be copyrighted in some form or fashion, and when using them, we need to be sure that we are not in violation. The best way to do that is to get a license to use the image. There are different types of licenses generally available. We will usually want to get a royalty-free license. That means that once we have acquired the license, for whatever time period the license is valid we do not have to pay individual royalty fees every time the image is used. Some licenses are only for non-commercial use. We could use them on a website such as a...

Blogging Challenge

Happy New Year! This is the first post of 2015, and the first post of a new project, a 30 day blogging challenge. I am announcing this publicly, because the purpose of this site is to help others achieve success online, and this is a project that can benefit everyone, no matter what type of online venture they are involved with.Let me start by giving credit where credit is due. The blogging challenge I am undertaking is the brainchild of Sarah Arrow, an author, blogger and marketer I met online through the Earn1kaDay Insider's Club. She has put this challenge together to help people develop and improve their writing skills and business habits.​Click here to see Sarah Arrow's official Blogging Challenge page explaining the program and offering a free sign up for daily emails detailing each days tasks. The challenge is free, and Sarah has a Facebook Group set up for those doing the challenge where everyone can get encouragement, help and support. Feel free to join me in this challenge!A consistent blog can drive traffic, engage the readers, and generate leads for the business. Over time, it also will contain content that can be consolidated into a book or information product.As a successful marketer and marketing consultant, I am always looking for new and better ways to engage with my clients and potential clients. I have written a blog off and on over the years under different auspices, but it is not something I have done consistently, even though I am aware of the many benefits that come from consistent blogging.​I started this blog about a month ago as...