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Top Tips For Launching A Blog

2011 July 25
by Annie Wallace

Starting up your own blog is so easy it seems everyone is doing it, with just a few clicks you’re online and ready to unleash your thoughts/wisdom/ranting upon World Wide Web.

Although it may seem that even Bozo the Clown can have his own blog but if you want your blog to be successful and you want people to find and read your blog there’s a few things you need to consider first.

Think It Through

Before you publish your first post, before you sign up for your blog account, before you even switch your computer on you need to think about what you’re going to blog about. read more…

How To Write The Perfect Blog Post

2011 July 14
by Annie Wallace

The blog will cover some basic ideas for writing a well structured blog post that will keep your readers engaged so that they read through to the end. Happy readers make good customers.

A blog post should be well planned like any other article, story or document. It should have an introduction, a body and a conclusion. By giving a blog a simple structure you ensure that your readers can easily follow the topic being discussed and always know exactly what your point is. It also helps you to write your blog. read more…

Short Term vs. Long-Term Gain: How to Find a Balance

2011 June 13
by Annie Wallace

Have you heard of the “marshmallow experiment?”

Kids were given a marshmallow each, but were told that if they could wait for the person administering the test to return, they will be given one more.  The children who wanted to satisfy their cravings right away did not hesitate to finish off the marshmallow even before the adult left the room.  Whereas, the kids who kept themselves busy to avoid the marshmallow temptation until the adult came back were rewarded with one more treat.

Satisfaction-on-Demand or Delay of Gratification?

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Considering Work at Home?

2011 May 18
by Annie Wallace

Many people are now struggling with work-life balance. Too much work load, plus the associated commute to and from the workplace, and office politics – all of these are causes of stress that more and more individuals are trying to get away from.

That is why it is no surprise that working at home is fast becoming a popular alternative to income earning.

The independence, freedom, flexibility and convenience of this practice is truly appealing to those who are wanting to leave and are tired from the typical nine to five job.

Some can even claim tax advantages from this practice including utility costs and office equipment. read more…

Best Self-Help Authors for Business People

2011 May 16
by Annie Wallace

Most books in the self-help genre convey the same simple idea: believe in yourself.  While building self-confidence is the key to success in many arenas, including the business world, there are other aspects that also deserve attention.  Unfortunately, most books in the self-help genre don’t address anything beyond how to encourage yourself on a very basic level.

Some books, however, go beyond the simple catch-phrases and actually provide useful and unique insights for people in the business world.  These books can help you become a better leader or manager or get the inspiration and encouragement needed to start a new business venture and see it through until it becomes successful.

Here are some of the best self-help books for business people. read more…

Working from Home: Beginner’s Guide

2011 March 22

Many people dream of being their own boss, of setting their own rules and working at their own pace. Indeed, these can be some of the reasons why people decide to work from home.

Opting out of the daily rat race, replacing the morning commute with a walk across the living room or swapping power suits for track suits can make working from home sound like bliss. However, whether you are setting up a new business or embarking upon a freelance role, there are a number of things which must be considered.

So, let our ‘Working from home: beginner’s guide’ set you in the right direction.

Role

To undertake such a dramatic change in your work circumstances you need to be sure that a role exists that you can fill. Do proper research! If you have a business idea, you need to be certain the ‘need’ for your services or product exists. If you are hoping to do freelance work, consider if you can get the clients and jobs to make sure you can afford to cover your bills. read more…

How Stay at Home Moms can Start a Home Business

2011 March 5

Are you a stay at home mom and want to start a home business, but you don’t know where to start? The reality is that all you need to get started is business idea and a small amount of capital, and you will be well on your way to starting a home business.

Starting a home business is a great as it gives you the freedom to do what you want to do, when you want to do it. Many stay at home moms begin the process of starting a home business, but stop in the middle of the process as they get discouraged by inevitable obstacles that will ultimately present themselves.

Here are a few tips to guide you down the path of starting a successful home business: read more…

Make Money Blogging: The Reality of the Road to Riches 

2010 November 20
by Annie Wallace

Blogging has grown to be a very popular pastime and a significant source of income for many people. Have you thought about making money from blogging? It looks as if it’s as simple as registering a domain name, setting up a hosting account and writing about things that interest you. However, the reality is that blogging in its own right won’t make you rich. What a blog can be is a powerful point of leverage to make money.

It’s one thing to start a blog and publish your thoughts about something you’re interested in, it’s another challenge altogether to get people to visit your site and read your articles. In fact, attracting traffic to your website is a must if you want to make money blogging. However, even a considerable amount of traffic won’t necessarily convert into cold hard cash.

It is possible to make money from your blog by selling ad space and displaying Google AdSense ads, but for everyday bloggers, advertising revenue rarely adds up to a significant amount. For example, it’s not uncommon to earn a measly three cents from an AdSense click. read more…

10 Ways to Get More Comments on Your Blog

2010 November 5
by Annie Wallace

This post is a stop along Tanya Peterson’s Blog Tour 2010.  Tanya is the blogger behind Blogelina, where she writes about blogging your way to success.  Be sure to check out all the other stops along the tour and enter to win $100 to use in improving your own blog!

Are you looking for ways to increase your readers’ interaction on your blog?  A big part of the blogging experience is being able to connect with others.  Here are a few tips to help you encourage your readers to start commenting:

Utilize the Top Commenters Plugin to give credit to readers who are actively commenting. Post a list your top commenters in your sidebar or footer and give them credit for taking the time to be active members of your blog’s community.  You appreciate them taking the time to comment so share the love and let others see how great your readers are! read more…

Passion or Profit? Why You Shouldn’t Choose Between Them

2010 October 28
by Annie Wallace

Blogging as a career is so appealing for a number of reasons. You can work from wherever you want, with an audience hanging on your every word, and now it is more feasible than ever — and more people are doing it than ever.

However, to have true success in blogging i.e. get an audience and make money off of it, you cannot just blog for profit. Bloggers that write posts on topics purely because they think it will generate the most revenue simply will not make it. You can and should blog about a passion and have a financially successful blog.

The blogosphere is a harsh place because every single person online can be a critic.

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