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“I’ve made it.” Those are three magical words that nearly every entrepreneur dreams of uttering at some point in their career. Hopefully sooner rather than later. Different people might have different ideas about what “making it” actually looks like. Maybe you want to be a New York Times best selling author. Maybe you want your company to have a successful IPO.
A lesson that you should come to embrace very early on in your career is that inspiration and insight can come from just about anywhere. You could be out having a cup of coffee and there’s just something about the cafe that strikes you. Maybe it’s how they designed the menu. Maybe it’s a passing comment made by the barista.
Anyone who tells you that keywords are a thing of the past has lost touch with the reality. The truth of the matter is that keyword research is more important and more relevant than ever before; it has just taken on a different form than how it may have looked several years ago. If you are a blogger, it’s important that you stay on top of the topics that interest your readers.
Want to attract an audience and following that actually cares about and interacts with the content that you post? You should really be on Instagram. According to a TrackMaven report, engagement rates on the image-focused social network are considerably higher than both Twitter and Facebook. If you’ve been focusing more of your efforts elsewhere, it might be time for you to pay ...
When you run a WordPress blog, you have access to an overwhelming array of plugins. Some of them are free and some of them are paid. Some of them offer front-end modifications that your readers see, like having your Instagram feed in the sidebar. Others offer back-end enhancements, making it easier for you to do more powerful things with your blog.
If you’ve been following me on social media these last few weeks, you may have noticed that I am currently participating in a couple of creative challenges and I intend on seeing them through the rest of year. Some of my friends have called me crazy for trying to tackle two creative challenges at the same time, all above and beyond my regular “day job” as a professional blogger ...
If making it big were easy, everyone would do it. The journey is not going to be easy, but the reward, if you can get to it, is well worth all the effort. That’s the only way that you’ll be able to fully enjoy the dot com lifestyle with all the benefits and amenities it can provide. We all have to start somewhere, but even before you take that initial leap of faith to launch y ...
Money makes the world go around. It’s what we use to keep the gas in the car, the Wi-Fi up and running in our homes, and the food well stocked in our pantries. But life doesn’t always go exactly the way you plan and you might find yourself short every now and then. You’re not alone and this represents quite the opportunity for you as an affiliate marketer.
You can’t possibly expect to put out your best work or to reap the rewards of the best results if you don’t arm yourself with the right tools for the job. You still need to have your brilliant ideas and you still want to put your own unique spin on them, but you want the right tools. This is just as true with Internet marketing as it is with baking or woodworking.
It’s been said several times before that if you live by the Google, you can only expect to die by the Google. That’s in the context of relying heavily on organic search engine traffic, which can disappear in an instant with an algorithm update. All of that hard SEO work could go down the toilet. Whether or not you subscribe to such a philosophy, it is undeniable that Google is ...
I’ve been blogging for many years and I’ve seen several bloggers come and go over that period of time. So many bloggers get started with an extra enthusiastic fervor, only to fizzle out a couple of years (or even months) later, because they’ve either run out of ideas or they’re not seeing the results they’re seeking. But you should stick around.
The Facebook algorithm can be a constant thorn in the side of any social media marketing professional. The social network inherently limits your organic reach and as useful as paid boosts may be, you still need those users to engage with your content in order to maintain and to further increase your reach over time.
Spoiler: It’s not the money. Of course, it can be pretty amazing if you get as lucky as someone like Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg or Google co-founder Sergey Brin, but the money (after reaching a minimum threshold where your basic human needs are suitably met) will not deliver happiness to you in and of itself. The truth is more complex and more nuanced than that.
Depending on how you choose to define the term, I’ve been “blogging” since the late 1990s. I didn’t have any blogging software or a content management system at the time, but I was sending out semi-regular updates from a first person perspective. I offered my opinions on things with no real expectation of getting anything in return. A lot has changed since then.
I’ve been blogging on the Internet since before I even knew the word “blog,” let alone what it meant. When I first started out, it was nothing more than a humble text-based newsletter that I would manually distribute via e-mail (using the BCC field, of course). This was in the late 1990s. After that, I progressed to a hand-coded website that was hosted on Geocities.
With so many different platforms and so many different marketing channels to consider on the Internet, it can quickly become a very dizzying and overwhelming experience. This is especially true if you start to wear yourself too thin and try to be hugely successful on every social network and every possible way to reach your audience.
“I’m soooooo bored.” Aside from the weather and politics, boredom is one of the most common complaints that I see online. This is true whether the person is a full-time student, works a conventional 9-to-5 kind of job, or is making their attempt at making a full-time living on the Internet. They’re soooo bored, because they have “nothing” to do.
Some people will tell you that blogging is dead. As it turns out, some of those same people said exactly the same thing several years ago and yet we’re still here and blogging is just as relevant and arguably even more powerful than ever before. Social media, especially in video format, is certainly a very big deal, but that doesn’t mean that blogging doesn’t still have its pla ...
You have to make innumerable decisions before you can formally launch your blog. And even once your blog is up and running, the decision-making never stops, because you can always change things for the better. You can always tweak and update. What theme should I use? What color scheme should I use? How can I best promote sharing on social media? The other day, one of my good f ...
When you think about Internet companies that really hit it big, some very common names immediately come to mind. Google has come to dominate the search engine space. Amazon is at the top of the online shopping game. Facebook has become synonymous with social networking and social media. And then there is Netflix.