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How Bloggers Can Make Money on Instagram: Advice From the Experts

How Bloggers Can Make Money on Instagram: Advice From the Experts By Holly Reisem Hanna

When Instagram first came on the scene in 2010, I didn’t understand how bloggers could benefit from the platform. Unlike other social networks, its main focus was on the image with text and hashtags being secondary. In fact, the only place you’re allowed to have a link is in your profile.

But over the years I’ve become fascinated with the platform. It’s carefully curated images that tell a story. The quiet peacefulness that it eludes. If you ask me, this is is where Instagram’s success lies … it’s visually stimulating simplicity. It allows bloggers to tell a story through a single image. And brands and businesses have taken notice.

Currently Instagram has 400 million active users a month — which means there’s a huge opportunity for bloggers to leverage this platform for moneymaking opportunities.

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Let me introduce you to our Instagram Experts, Tory Johnson from The Stori Book, and Martine De Luna from Make it Blissful. Not only are these ladies sharing how they make money on Instagram — but they are dishing the dirt on how to create stunning Instagram images.  (more…)

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5 Laws Every Blogger Needs to Know

5 Laws Every Blogger Needs to KnowBy Sarah Landrum

Whether you do it for business reasons or purely pleasure, blogging can be an activity that is extremely empowering, fun and informative. However, it also carries a great deal of responsibility, which is especially true if you are a blogger who has built up a large amount of recognition in your industry or in your topic of choice.

In that case, it’s highly likely readers will respect what you have to say. However, it’s also possible some of those readers may not be happy with your views and may even try and sue you.

Fortunately, there are several laws in place that relate to blogging, and if you are well educated about them, it should be easier to protect yourself from potential legal troubles.

Here are five of these important and relevant laws you should know as a blogger:

1. Endorsements – Section 5 of the FTC Act (15 U.S.C. 45) 

Depending on the type of blog you have, you might often write content about particular products or services and provide feedback on them by writing reviews. That type of blogging is particularly useful if your target audience is generally a group who likes to spend less, not waste money on things that aren’t what they expected — or both. (more…)

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8 Fabulous Freebies for Bloggers

You started blogging so you could make money from home. But now you find you're constantly putting money into your blog. No worries. Here is a fabulous list of some of the best freebies that any blogger, new or old, can appreciate!By Emily Belcher

One of the most popular ways to earn money by working from home is through owning and operating your own blog. As a blogger for only the past two years, I can tell you one thing: you get out what you put in. Success doesn’t happen with writing a couple good articles. It can be frustrating, depressing, and oddly enjoyable. There have been plenty of times that I have thought, “why bother?” but all in all, I am happy that I have stuck with it this long.

With all of that being said, I can guarantee you one thing: I would not still be blogging if it weren’t for some of the incredible freebies that I have came across. I mean, you’re constantly putting cash into your blog by setting up a domain name and paying someone to host your site. Then, if you want to jazz it up a bit with a cute layout and one-of-a-kind logo, you’re digging yourself a hole, rather than jumping in the mounds of cash that you’d imagined prior to becoming a blogger.

So, yes: freebies have been my little ray of sunshine when things have seemed somewhat impossible through my blogging journey.

Here are some of the best freebies that any blogger, new or old, can appreciate:

1. Canva

My numero uno pick is Canva. Everyone knows that pretty pictures are a must-have for blog posts. You can do a million different things on Canva and they make it so incredibly easy for us. They even have templates already designed for our favorite social media sites, blog posts, and tons of other important layouts that you may need. (more…)

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What to Do if You’re Not Getting the Results You Anticipated From Blogging

What to Do if You’re Not Getting the Results You Anticipated From BloggingBy Sarah Landrum

Many business owners and brand managers looking for results assume that blogging is the ticket to success. Expert opinions and how-to articles consistently mention blogging as one of the top methods of spreading brand awareness and driving website traffic, but it’s not an instant fix.

Check out some of the options below to improve your blog strategy to attract more views and conversions.

Realize That Blogging Is Not a Cure-All

Blogging won’t solve all your brand’s problems. It’s not guaranteed to increase your traffic and to be the miracle your site has been searching for, but it’s a start: 84 percent of marketers believe blogs are at least somewhat effective.

Other tactics to consider – along with your blogging efforts – include creating a social media strategy, incorporating email marketing into your outreach efforts, setting a cohesive SEO strategy for your entire site and considering advertising tactics to increase your reach.

Once you’ve developed an overall strategy, blogging can become a focus. If you’re not seeing the results you’ve been looking for, consider the following actions. (more…)

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Five Ways to Treat Your Blog Like the Small Business It Is

Five Ways to Treat Your Blog Like the Small Business It IsBy Deborah Sweeney

Blogging is a rapid growth industry, and plenty of people have found successful careers as bloggers. Still, few bloggers tend to describe their site as a small business. Only around 14% of bloggers claim a salary earned through blogging, so the vast majority of bloggers are hobbyists. Unfortunately, the makeup of the majority has meant that even those who monetize their blogs treat them as hobbies, rather than small businesses. But if you blog with a mind for earning an income, you are building a small business. It is important, then, to treat your fledgling blog like any other start-up.

1. Write a Business Plan

A blog, like a small business, is normally founded to fill a gap or niche. When a business owner writes out their plan, then, much of it has to do with meeting the demands and needs of that small group of consumers. You have to do the same thing – you may not be selling anything yet, but your audience is still your customer-base. Think beyond growing traffic. Traffic is going to be low for a bit and, with banner ads and Google AdSense boasting a dismal .1% CTR average, you won’t survive with ads as your sole plan. Instead, answer a few key questions:


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