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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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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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