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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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Don’t be a Blogger Behaving Badly

Don’t be a Blogger Behaving BadlyBy Rebecca Flansburg

The online world/blogosphere is filled with tons of amazing tips and advice on how to be a super- dynamic-the-bees-knees-type blogger. However, I am fairly certain that there is not nearly as much information about what to NOT do available for those of us whose blog is an important part of their livelihood.

After blogging actively for over eight years, I am sure I could muster up some useful tips and what-to-avoid-type tidbits of wisdom. But instead of boring you with volumes of information about funky apps or which web host to avoid, I will make it all short-n-sweet for you. I can sum up what to not do as a blogger in one simple phrase: Don’t be a Blogger Behaving Badly.

I think as bloggers we all have a certain amount of responsibility to conduct ourselves with integrity and work to be role models for those who are new to blogging. That integrity needs to also be accompanied by a big dose of common sense along with the need to treat others as we wish to be treated. We’ve all witnessed virtual catfights on social media that would put the Real Housewives of New Jersey to shame, but in my world having integrity and common sense equates to behaving like civilized adults on and offline.  Just as things can get heated quickly on social media, these situations also occur within the confines of our blogs as well.

For those times when you are on the receiving end of a Blogger Behaving Badly (someone who feels compelled to be bold and brave within the confines of your comment section) I don’t recommend responding in a fit of anger. (more…)

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How to Get Your First Blog Advertiser

How to Get Your First Blog AdvertiserBy Holly Reisem Hanna

When I got the idea for my blog back in 2007, I knew that I wanted to monetize it. To be able to do this, I had a graphic designer create an advertising tab and page, as well as install a WordPress plugin to accommodate the actual banner ads. I did lots of research to figure out how much to charge, and after 15 months of hard work I was finally able to launch The Work at Home Woman.

To make my site appear more popular than it actually was, I filled up all of my ad spaces with affiliate marketing ads. This made it look like I already had advertisers in place, and it gave me the opportunity to make money with the small amount of traffic that I was getting.

While I was eager to make money with my blog, my main focus was on producing great content. Part of my content strategy was to interview other successful work at home women. One of those interviews was with well established humor blogger, Kelcey Kintner of the Mama Bird Dairies. After the interview was published, Kelcey was kind enough to post a link to interview on her site, which lead one of her readers here.

Guess what?

This reader liked what she saw and purchased a banner ad on my site. All in all it took me a little over 2 months to get my first blog advertiser. While it may seem like my first advertiser landed in my lap, I will tell you that I was out in the blogosphere commenting, reading, marketing my blog, and soaking up every piece of blogging information that I could get my hands on. (more…)

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Can You Really Make Money From Home by Blogging?

Can You Really Make Money From Home by Blogging?By Holly Reisem Hanna

My first experience with a blog was back in 2005. A friend of mine told me that I needed to check out this celebrity gossip blog called, Pink is the New Blog. After reading a few posts, I was hooked. Not only did I enjoy the daily gossip, but I loved the casual and personal nature of his writing. Reading this blog became my morning ritual and it soon got me thinking … Is this his full-time job? How is he making money off of his blog? And how did land big time TV interviews?

Fast forward to 2007.

After the birth of my daughter, I quit my full-time job as an RN Clinical Research Coordinator and became a full-time stay at home mom. But after 9 months of play-dates, mommy and me classes, and a dwindling bank account, I felt the urge to make some money and exercise my brain. I looked online for different work at home jobs, but the majority of my time was spent weeding through scams and sifting through websites to find all of the information that I was looking for. It was at this time that I decided to create my own a monetized blog.

Fast forward to 2009.

After 15 months of doing research, creating content, and having a designer create a custom theme for me — I was finally able to launch in March of 2009. It took me 3 months to get my first advertiser and from there it has continued to grow and is now my full-time career. While I’m unable to disclose how much I make due to non-disclosure agreements with clients, I can tell you how I’m making money blogging and that yes, you can make REAL money blogging. (more…)

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