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    August 19, 2014
    Writing Sponsored Posts

    A great way to bring in some extra cash while blogging is to do a sponsored post. These work best for those who already have popular, established blogs. Companies will see your blog as a great outlet for advertising. Admit it, if a friend recommended a product to you, you would be 100x more likely to use it than just by watching a commercial alone. Advertisers know this! So, how do you go about writing a sponsored post? This guide by Becky at Blogging On The Side will show you how. First, she shows you how to FIND people who will pay for posts, then how to write quality content that will keep them coming back:

     Keep it natural: I will write a normal post and just throw in the product information, as naturally as possible.  I don’t want it sound like  a commercial.

    Keep it similar in style to your other posts: If I am sharing a recipe, I try to make it as normal as possible. Yes, these ingredients are great & you should try this product that I am including in this recipe. 

    Try to do your very best work: Make it great and they will call you again and again.

    Add great pictures that are pin-worthy: I usually go back in and add a great pin-worthy picture. 

    Photo Credit: Walmart Corporate

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    August 12, 2014
    Freedom From The Rat Race: Work From Home

    During my teenage years, my dad had a job he hated. He woke up every morning, drove an hour in city traffic, and sat in a tiny cubicle doing paperwork for nine hours a day with bosses he couldn’t stand. We all knew how unhappy he was, but there weren’t a whole lot of options. We needed the money, and my mom was still job hunting. Then, he decided to start working from home– and the change was instant and extremely noticeable. While I’m relieved that he’s happy now, it sometimes got really upsetting when he was commuting. My dad and I have extremely similar personalities, and if I learned one thing from that experience, it’s that I never want a job like that. Sitting in a cinderblock cubicle, doing nothing but staring at spreadsheets and getting yelled at by egomaniacs– I can’t think of anything worse for a job. I’d honestly rather be flipping burgers again. Luckily for me, I’ve found something better than either of those: I work from home as a writer. Seriously, it’s my dream job. If you feel trapped in the “rat race,” and would like to transition to a work from home career, read this inspiring post by Bob at Christian PF:

    If you won the lottery and the first thing you would do is quit your job, then you need to quit your job.” – Dave Ramsey.

    Now that I have spent over a year working for myself I can’t imagine doing anything else. For as trapped and held down as I felt before, I feel the opposite extreme of the joy of freedom. Just to be clear, self-employment has its own challenges and difficulties, but I honestly think they pale in comparison to what I went through while spinning my wheels in the Rat Race.

    The rest of the post details exactly HOW he started his own business, and took the chance to become his own boss. Definitely worth the entire read!

    Photo Credit: Kevin Dooley 

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    August 8, 2014
    Friday Fun Video: How To Claim Your Home Office On Your Taxes

    It is possible! Don’t shy away from possible tax deductions!

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    August 6, 2014
    Wordless Wednesday: Casual Corner Office

    Photo from BHG

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    August 5, 2014
    Time Management 101 For Work-From-Homers

    If you can’t manage your time properly, you’re gonna have a hard life. Generally, most people get the hang of this in high school, maybe college– definitely by the time you get your first “real” job. You get up at a normal time, set goals for the day, go to work on time, and deal with what needs to be done. However, if you’re a new work-from-homer, it’s extremely easy for your routine to get ruined. Procrastination sets in, and it’s impossible not to get distracted. Sometimes, you even need to relearn how to manage your time. For some quick tips, check out this post by Martha Latta at Handmadeology:

    -Have clear goals

    -Make a to-do list every day

    -Set a schedule to avoid procrastination

    -Ask for help, or hire help

    Photo Credit: Mattys Flicks 

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    August 1, 2014
    Friday Fun Video: Pinterest for Bloggers- How To Get More Views
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    A good tutorial on how to get your pins on the “popular” page of Pinterest.

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    July 28, 2014
    How To Get More Traffic On Your Blog

    Blog success, unfortunately, is usually measured by how much traffic it gets. How many hits do your posts get? How many subscribers do you have? Regular readers? Shares on Facebook and Pinterest and Twitter? These things matter. Anyone who is producing quality content but is having trouble finding readership need not worry, though. There are plenty of ways to dramatically boost your blog traffic. Check out this post at SlapDashMom for some valuable tips that really work:

    -Try some “top ten” posts

    -Engage your social networks

    -Use tags for your posts

    -Guest post for someone with a bigger blog than you

    -Use Google Analytics and pay attention to what it tells you. What are people searching for?

    -Use sites like Pinterest and Stumbleupon

    -Use great photos

    -Write some “how to” posts

    Photo Credit: Jakob Montrasio 

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    July 23, 2014
    Wordless Wednesday: Wall Organization For Small Space

    Photo from Pinterest

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    July 17, 2014
    Brand Images That You Need

    When starting a business, you may need to consider hiring a graphic designer to create a representation for your brand. If you are skilled at drawing, design, or photoshopping, you may be able to make your own! However, the matter still stands that you do need a good, visual image for your brand. It creates recognition, and good advertising with it can even bring in new clients. People all over the world recognize the Coca Cola logo, and the McDonald’s golden arches– it is up to you (or, you and your designer) to create a good logo. So, what images do you need? Check out this infographic at the Mogul Mom:

    -A logo: In one concise image – including your business name, tagline and often a graphic (logomark) - a logo communicates the message of your brand. Once you have a logo, its design elements – colors, fonts and imagery – should be carried through and built upon in all imagery for your brand

    -Avatar for social media

    -Facebook cover photo

    -Twitter profile images

    -Web ad/ banner

    -Newsletter header

    -Sharing image template

    Photo Credit: University of the Fraser Valley 

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    July 8, 2014
    Eliminating Online Distractions

    One of the hardest parts of working from home on a computer connected to the Internet is…..working at home, on a computer, connected to the Internet. There are no supervisors patrolling behind you to make sure you’re not slacking. You’re free to slack as much as you want… and if you love the Internet as much as I do, that can be a recipe for disaster. My poison of choice is Pinterest, but I also get really distracted by Facebook and online games. However, if you have almost NO willpower, like me, there are tools out there that can be used to help! Check out this post by Victoria Heckstall at Career Addict for tips:

    -Cut off Facebook chat all together

    -Disable all game requests

    -Install the News Feed Eradicator to minimize other Facebook distractions

    What do I do? I use a free Chrome extensions called Block Site. You enter the sites you want blocked, and it doesn’t allow you to go on them until you manually go in and give them permission again. Works like a charm!

    Photo Credit: Maria Elena 

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