Monday, 15 January 2018

Got Nothing Left to Blog? Here's Some Inspiration

Starting a blog can be thrilling, you can feel like you have real control when you start blogging, having so many ideas just oozing out.  You think it's never going to end.

Until suddenly your fountain of ideas dries up, what do you do?  You need to keep up the momentum.  Not posting regular blog posts and leaving your audience without regular updates is a big no no.

What is the Secret to a Regular Publishing Schedule?

This is why you need a plan you can turn to keep the content flowing, even when you're not feeling very inspired.

Use the five ideas below to get you started, and bookmark them for future reference for when that dry spell occurs.

1. Check Out Amazon

A fortuitous source for blog post topics are Amazon reviews.  You have books on nearly every subject.  Check out the reviews left on books in your own genre.  You can get a lot of insight into what people are looking for and what matters to your audience.

2. Listen to Community Forums

Any community forum or social group you're interested in, see what people are talking about.  Open up each thread and get a feel for the questions being asked within the forum.

3. Cover a Subject from a New Direction

Most of your readers have probably not read every single one of your blog posts, there's a pretty a good change you've missed some important points on that particular subject.

There's always room for new thought and inspiration on any subject matter.  You're also leveraging information people want to read.

4. Reorganize Old Content

Very similar to the above idea, reorganizing your old content could mean creating an infographic or video.

5. Review News Updates Regularly in Your Own Industry

A good strategy to take is responding to news topics in your own subject.  Be mindful of being too controversial and using this particular strategy too often.

Tell me your thoughts on blog post inspiration in the comments below.

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Friday, 12 January 2018

Gerunds What Are They?

Gerund meaning:

Gerund is a verbal, verbal being on of the principal part of the verb, retaining some verb functions the same time it is being used as a different part of speech.

Basics of Using Gerunds

Words that are formed with verbs and acts as nouns are gerunds.  Pretty easy to spot all gerunds are verbs with ing at the tail of the word.  With no exceptions to the rule.  A present participle doesn't act as a noun, alternatively they act as modifiers or complete progressive verbs.  It's this simple, look for a verb + ing that is used as a noun, to find gerunds in sentences.

Some Examples of Gerunds:

Subject of the Sentence

Reading is her favourite pastime.

Studying English has its rewards.

Picnicking in the woods has its downside.

Direct Object

My Aunt Lilly loves travelling.

After a week in the wild, we appreciate sleeping inside.

Johnny enjoys singing in the shower.

Subject Complement

My dogs' favourite occupation is sleeping.

William's daily exercise is running laps.

Jane's hobby is gardening on her rooftop.

The Object of a Preposition

His parents punished him for stealing.

The search party rescued the child by climbing the cliff.

Falstaff attempts to flee by hiding in a laundry basket.

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Monday, 8 January 2018

How and Why You Should Create Your Own Author Website

Why Being Visible is So Important

Before you start publishing your books you need an author platform, a place people can come is see what it is you do and what kind of books you have published.  The larger your platform the more people will see you online.

A lot of writer's publish their books without creating a platform or even building a following of people interested in their work.  Which makes no sense.

How do you sell your books if you don't have an audience to sell them to?

With a platform you can create your own personal story and journey and help other's create their own journey along the way.

Three Points to a Successful Author Platform:

1. You need to start growing your author platform.  Join social media, it'll take time but the rewards will start coming.

2. You need to engage with your readers, tell them a bit about yourself and your own life, take time to share and interact.

3. You need to grow your book sales.  Don't tire your audience out with sell, sell, sell your audience will get bored and tire of your books.  You need to lay a foundation for your readers to trust and be interested in what your doing.

How to Setup a Simple Platform with Bluehost

1. Sign up with Bluehost.

2. You've chosen your domain name, register your domain name with Bluehost, enter it in "new domain" box and click next.

3. Enter your account information and contact information.

This is where you get your discount, the longer your willing to commit.

4. After completing your registration you'll receive a confirmation email.

5. Install WordPress.  Once you've purchased your Bluehost plan you're just a few clicks away from installation.

6.  Sign in using your new Bluehost log in password.

7.  Click "Install Now" under WordPress.

8. You've reached the "One Click Install" page.  Under "Do it Yourself" click "Install".

9. Then select your domain and click "Check Domain".

10. Read and accept the Terms and Conditions and click "Install".

11. Congratulations you've created your official author platform!

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Friday, 5 January 2018

Making Money From Udemy Affiliate Links

What is Udemy?

If you've never heard of Udemy before they're one of the internets largest online learning marketplaces, with over 6 million students who take a variety of subjects from marketing, cooking to music.  If you have a blog chances are you subject fits into one of the courses they sell.

A lot of people make money from producing and promoting their own Udemy courses, you can also make money by selling other peoples courses.  You can use your connections on social media to start making money.  For every sale you make you get 40% commission on every Udemy course you refer, if they decide to enroll.

Steps to Get Started Selling Udemy Courses:

1. Sign up as an Udemy Affiliate, await your approval.  Provide your website address.  Add your PayPal account to get paid.

2. Find suitable courses that match with your blog niche.

3.  Create a deep link.

Use a link shortener such as Bitly or Owly if your on social media.

Best Places to Sell Your Courses
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Stumbleupon
  • Google Search Ads
  • Your Blog
  • Student Hangouts Online

Advertising on social networks allows you to target the people you want to sell your courses to directly.