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    May 21, 2015
    What Makes A Good Title?

    It takes me less than a second to decide whether I want to read something or not. How? The title of the article. Everyone’s heard the old cliché, but it’s true. First impressions are everything. Titles need to be eye catching, intriguing, and need to accurately describe what your post is about. For tips on creating better headlines for your blog, read this post by Sierra Austin at Back Log of Business:

    - Try to summarize your entire articles into one sentence.

    -Online audiences love numbered lists, how-to posts, and personal reflective pieces.

    -If you have done every single online marketing detail by the book, then perhaps you need to start thinking outside the box and attack your audience from a different angle.

    Photo Credit: Javier Guillot Jimenez 


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    May 20, 2015
    Wordless Wednesday: Luxury High Rise Work Space

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    May 15, 2015
    Friday Fun Video: How To Speed Up Your Computer
    http://www.dailymotion.com/videox1v4m2e

    If you work from home, your computer is your lifeline. Take care of it by watching this video!


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    May 12, 2015
    Letting Your Readers Contact You

    There are lots of reasons why adding a “Contact” form to your blog is a good idea. It lets you connect with readers, and also lets potential sponsors and advertisers reach you. But, while you have to be a little tech-savvy to operate a blog, not all of us are computer whizzes! Some of us just like writing and posting pictures :) . For an extremely detailed tutorial on adding a contact form to your site, check out this awesome post by Erin at Designer Blogs! It’s fairly lengthy, so I can’t put any of it here, but be sure to check the full guide.

    Photo Credit: GotCredit 


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    May 7, 2015
    Attracting Sponsors To Your Blog

    The main way to make money from your blog is by getting companies to advertise on your blog. After that, it’s only a short step to attracting sponsors and writing sponsored posts. But how do you do that? Reaching out to them can be hard if you have no idea where to start. The first step, of course, is by keeping your content interesting and keeping traffic up. Then, check out this post by Slap Dash Mom for tips:

    -Be consistent and blog a few times a week

    -Know your stats and grow them

    -Converse with brands via social media. Tweet them, email them, call them!

    -Pitch the brands after doing your homework. Not sure who to contact? Google “Company Name Press Release” and find the PR’s email on the bottom of the article.

    Photo Credit: Rocky Lubbers 


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    May 1, 2015
    Friday Fun Video: Blog Article Writing Tips
    http://www.dailymotion.com/videoxp2g49

    Blogging is essentially writing feature articles- check out these tips for making your writing more entertaining!


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    April 27, 2015
    Proper Blogging Etiquette

    Starting a blog can be an exciting journey. Whether you’re blogging for profit, to advertise your business, to show off a craft, or just for fun, writing about your life and connecting with readers is always a rewarding experience. However, sometimes new bloggers make mistakes, and most of these have to do with how you interact with others. Most of the time, it’s not that big of a deal, but can be disastrous if left unchecked. It can make readers unsubscribe, which is bad news if you’re running a business blog. Check out this post by Angie Nelson at The Work at Home Wife for blogging faux pas to avoid:

    -If it’s not yours, don’t use it without asking. It is one thing to include a small quote with a link back to the source. It’s another to post someone else’s article in its entirety. Just don’t do it.

    -Don’t add to comment spam, don’t feed the trolls (people saying negative things). Don’t get involved in drama. Ignore them, or delete the comment if necessary.

    -Don’t spam your followers. And if you start feeling desperate, stop.

    Photo Credit: Texas A&M University 


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    April 20, 2015
    Why You Should Follow Up On Sales

    This advice could be for Realtors, or any other business professionals. If your career depends on sales, commissions, and referrals, following up with past clients is completely crucial. You never know what you’ll stumble across when talking to older leads! Maybe they have a friend who needs your services, or maybe they need to enlist you again. Check out this post by Rayven at Stay A Stay-At-Home Mom for why it’s important to follow up, and why you shouldn’t get discouraged:

    -Occasionally, when you are doing customer followup with someone via email, you will not get a response. 

    • Maybe that person is uninterested in your message at this time

    In any case, send another customer followup email to the person a few days later. Most people need to see a product or opportunity 6-8 times before they take action. If they do not reply again, try back in a couple weeks, then a couple months, then a year.

    Photo Credit: Garry Knight 


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    April 14, 2015
    Creating Your Perfect Office Space

    Being able to work from home successfully greatly depends on how well you can focus while staying in the comforts of your own room. It’s important to create a space exclusively for working, but that also inspires and relaxes you. Personally, I love being surrounded by books, looking out the window, lighting a candle, and maybe enjoying a cup of coffee while I work. I don’t need a large space for that, but it needs to be clutter and distraction free. For tips on creating your own home office sanctuary, check out this post by Emma Banks at CamilleStyles.com:

    -Inspire- white walls with artwork will work wonders

    -Focus- create a clear division between “home” and “work”. If you don’t have a separate work room, decorate your area differently than the rest of your home.

    -Nature- bring in plants and flowers, and open a window.

    -Personalize and add finishing touches- surround yourself with what influences your creative process.

    Photo Credit: Patrick Quinn-Graham 


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    April 10, 2015
    Friday Fun Video: Feng Shui For Office
    http://www.dailymotion.com/videoxg6loi

    Even if you don’t go for hokey, spiritual cure-alls (I don’t), there are some solid design tips in this video. Clearing out clutter, letting in light, and bringing in nature are always good ideas.


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