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Why You Need to Be Lazier in Your Writing (a.k.a. The Case for Repurposing Content)

Why You Need to Be Lazier in Your Writing By Sarah Landrum

After reading the word “lazier” in the headline, you must’ve thought: “Wait, what? How can you even suggest that? Do you know what you’re asking me to do?”

OK, before we get down to the nitty-gritty, let’s clear up a few things first.

By “lazier,” I’m not talking about copying others’ content word-for-word. That’s a reprehensible thing to do, no matter how you look at it. It’s awful to watch a blog post that took you several hours to write and edit get scraped and turned into white-space filler by a random Internet website.

What I mean by “lazy” is chilling out on the whole “cough up one original post a day” method of blogging. Sure, doing that by your lonesome is great and all, but at some point your “idea well” is going to become dryer than the driest parts of Antarctica’s Dry Valleys. After all, there are only so many things you can say on a subject without repeating what’s already been said on 37,840,171,347 other websites.

In that case, you’re left with no other option but to repurpose your content.

What’s “Repurposing?”

As the name suggests, “repurposing” is changing your content in such a way that its purpose will change. For example, let’s say you crafted an anti-smoking blog post aimed at middle-aged people. If you want to target teenage smokers next, you can reuse the ideas from the original post, rewrite it in a way that teenagers understand, and bam! You have a new post that is just as original as the well, original. (more…)

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How to REALLY Make Money Blogging – Interview with Ruth Soukup

How to REALLY Make Money Blogging - Interview with Ruth SoukupTell us a little bit about yourself and your blogging journey.

My name is Ruth Soukup, and I write a blog called LivingWellSpendingLess.com, which follows my adventure of finding the Good Life on a budget. I started blogging in 2010 because my husband and I were fighting a lot about money, and I needed to find a way to hold myself accountable. Almost immediately I discovered two things: 1.) I absolutely LOVED blogging—it was the perfect pastime for me, and 2.) there were people doing it professionally as a full time job.

I resolved to learn everything I could about how to become a professional blogger, and told my husband that my goal was to make enough money blogging so that he could quit his job. He of course thought I was completely crazy, but in 2013, three years after starting my blog, he was able to quit his job and become a stay-at-home dad. We’ve never looked back!

Give us an example of how you first monetized your blog.

Like many bloggers, I started with Google AdSense. I was on Blogger at the time, so AdSense was already integrated—it was super easy! Ad Networks are still a major source of revenue for my blog, but I now use many different networks besides just AdSense.

What types of marketing strategies have worked best for you?

I feel like my traffic and marketing efforts have really come in waves, and I have learned to mostly just ride the waves as long as I can, and always keep an eye out for the next wave to jump onto. (more…)

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Boost Your Blog Traffic With These Power Tips

Boost Your Blog Traffic with These Power TipsBy Sarah Landrum

Looking to improve the hit count on your awesome blog? Are you thinking about starting a blog with some really terrific content, but you’re not sure how to advertise it on a shoestring budget?

Looking to improve the hit count on your awesome blog? Are you thinking about starting a blog with some really terrific content, but you’re not sure how to advertise it on a shoestring budget?

Don’t sweat it. Building a successful blog is just like learning to do almost anything else in life. It requires education and experience to become an expert.

Here are five power tips to help you bring traffic to your blog.

1. Start With Your Heart

Blog about your passion. The easiest way to get started blogging is to simply write about a subject that excites you.

Even better: Blogging about your passion will also bring visitors to your site. That’s because people will pick up on the fact that you’re genuine. Your interest will be evident in the content that you produce. (more…)

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5 Ways Blogging Can Contribute to Your Self Growth

5 Ways Blogging Can Contribute to Your Self GrowthBy Tasia Gonsalves-Barriero

We all have them.

Bad habits, mindsets, learned helplessness that we may not be aware of. We’ve gotten quite accustomed to them that they feel a part of us. Developing good blogging habits should allow you to confront some of these habits and make decisions about them that will be beneficial.

If you’re new to blogging welcome to the club! This is your new baby and you can look forward to a few sleepless nights (to make that deadline), staring at a blank screen and a controversial topic or two.

On the other hand if you’ve been doing this for some time then you’ll see a pattern in some of the things listed here below.

But I’ll be honest and real with you: building a blogging audience will take commitment and dedication. It’s been estimated that there are 7 million dead blogs in the blogosphere.

Yours won’t be one of them.

With that said, blogging is not for those who want an easy buck or internet stardom. (more…)

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50 Best Blogs by Women – 2014

50 Best Blogs by Women - 2014By Holly Reisem Hanna

Each year I compile a list of the 50 best blogs by women. Now, you may be asking yourself … “How does this pertain to me, a woman who wants to work from home?” and that’s a great question!

You see, there are around 18.9 million women (According to Pew Research Center) worldwide who write blogs. Not only have these women chosen to create their own work at home career paths, but they’re doing it their own way.

Some are making money through ad sales, affiliate products, and ad networks. Others are creating their own e-books, webinars, and online courses. And others are selling their services, whether it be consulting, coaching, or speaking.

This is what I find so amazing about blogging — there are so many fabulous women, in a ton of different niches, that are making money on their own terms – and that is very powerful!

To show my support and recognition for all of these amazing women who are creating their own way in the world and to show you some of the different niches and ways you can make money with your blog  — I give to you, the 6th Annual 50 Best Blogs by Women. (more…)

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