Appropriate Word Usage

Do you like reading? Do you find yourself browsing through newspapers, magazines, novels and non-fiction books?  If you appreciate the "written word" you probably write really well, you've taken notice of writer's put sentences together.   You've seen how words are spelled and discovered that there is a common pattern to writing.  You've observed the complexity and beauty of words whether it be spoken or communicated, you want to use those words to the best of your ability.

A well written story can take you on a journey, you feel like one of the character's.  It whisks you off into a new dimension and time, so engrossing you forget and don't notice the world going on around you.  A really good story will make you feel euphoric, lifting you high into the clouds.  You just can't stop reading and want more and more.

Words are similar to music, the more we learn and discover about them the more enjoyable they become.  It matters not if it's music or words, they're both forms of communications, the more we know about each the better off our lives will be.

It's good to get "back to basics" and remind ourselves of how we express ourselves with words.  Communication can be formal or informal depending upon it's setting.  Usually you can find formal writing in fields such as technical and business reports, scientific and scholarly papers, and legal briefs, the list goes on. The aforementioned cases use the current professionally accepted rules of writing.

Informal writing is more appropriate for poetry, scripts, novels, personal letters, notes, e-mail, messages etc.  In these more casual settings we might want to relax the rules a bit and write directly from our hearts and heads.  Things such as spelling and sentence structure still apply.  The way we write and communicate with one another shows us who we are.  The rules don't suddenly disappear with an email.  All emails should be well structured and composed, just like any letter that is written. It's okay to be messy in personal messages.

Tell me your thoughts about how you write.  I'd love to hear them.

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[Self-Hosting Basics] How to Build a Website

If you're at the beginning stages of starting a website, it can seem like a lot of work.  Often people opt for a simpler route and hire a web designer to do the hard work for them.  With so many tools and tutorials available anyone can build a high quality blog from scratch, in less time.

There are a lot of advantages to hiring a professional to do the job for you, but many people can't afford the budget to hire someone from the very beginning.  When your website is becoming more profitable it's an investment to be looked at further down the line.

If you want a blog up and running, fully functioning as soon as possible, continue reading.  Follow me through the process of starting your first website and some of featured tools I recommend.


Setup Hosting and Domain

To begin with make sure your website is purchased and your hosting is all set up.  There are an assortment of places to purchase your domain, including Hostgator.  Similarly with hosting, Hostgator is a good choice for beginners because of it's easy setup.

After your hosting and website are all setup you'll need to start thinking about your basic framework, so you can start forming the structure of your new website.


Pick the Right Framework

With many website frameworks and builders to choose from.  I've highlighted some popular choices below:

✢Using Hostgator's Site Builder

Website builder is provided by Hostgator, that enables you to setup your website in a matter of minutes.  If you choose a shared hosting plan with Hostgator, this service is included for free within your hosting package.

✣Using CMS like WordPress

If you're more tech savvy and prefer to use a fully-developed management system, I recommend you give WordPress a go.  I've used it myself in the past, and it's really good!   If you've already chosen Hostgator hosting, go to your Cpanel and try out the QuickInstall process to install Wordpress for free.

If you have WordPress installed you can choose from a vast variety of paid and free themes.  Simply download the theme, upload it by going to Appearance>Add>New>Upload Theme.

Try customizing your theme by navigating to Appearance>Customize within WordPress.

Create One From Scratch

Starting a website from scratch will take a lot of patience, trial and error and experimentation.  If you have the know-how already it can be a really worthwhile process.  If you like getting your hands dirty, you'll need to know some basic coding.

Resources such as CodeAcademy and W3Schools will help you learn how to code.  You'll discover the languages needed to learn in order to build your website including HTML, CSS, and PHP.  Allowing you to build a website to your own specifications.

There's no harm in learning some basic coding skills, even if you're not building your website from scratch.  Basic coding skills will help you to become more enjoyable knowing that you can customise and maintain your website, no matter the platform.  Try out the HTML cheat sheet for a quick read.

Which Route Should I Take?

Depending upon your overall goals, you might want a blog that acts like a virtual business card, you could choose Weebly website tool supplied by Hostgator.

If you want a full-fledged website suite to grow and build your own online business, then look no further than WordPress, this can grow with your own company.

If you really like the idea of getting your hands dirty and want to know the in's and out's of your website.  Knowing that it will take a lot of time before a basic version of your website is live.

My personal choice is to use Hosgator's hosting, along with QuickInstall of WordPress.  You can read up on coding knowledge and customize your WordPress to your own liking.

There many ways to build a website.  The above three are just some of the most common ways Hostgator users build their websites.  So why not give it a go!  Click the button below to get your new website started!

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How to Effectively Monetize Your Blog

Once you've started you're own blog you can start looking into ways to generate money online.  Most people give up before they've got past the first hurdle and don't make any money at all.  But never give up!  You won't make money over night but you will start to build a readership and customer base over time and the money will start coming.

There are many techniques that can be used to get you started to earning cash.  But don't be discouraged, if something doesn't work you try something else and start building on that.

Hopefully there'll be something in this list that will help you earn money online.

1. Tip Jar/Donations

This method is often bypassed by a lot of bloggers.  You can ask your readers to donate a small amount to keep your website running.  You can do this with PayPal.Me, by placing a simple button somewhere visible on your main page.

2. Email Marketing

You can build an email list when people register or sign up via email.  You can build a brand and recommend your own products or eBooks, workshops etc which will help people to continue returning to your website.

3. Membership

Many magazines and newspapers are using this method due to low sales figures.  You can offer extra benefits to your readers with a premium membership.

4. Services

Many blogs are started as a service, offering coaching, financial help, secretarial services etc.  You can charge your clients for your professional services through your website.  This is a good steady income stream to have, especially when you're blogging.

5. Teaching Program

Create your own courses and sell them on your blog.  You can do this through companies such as Udemy, you can learn how to create your own online course and find your niche, and start marketing your courses on your website.

6. Write Your Own Ebook

This is one of the most popular ways to make money on your blog.  With the introduction of Apple IPad and Amazon Kindle, or platforms such as Payhip you can sell your ebooks independantly or to a wider audience such as Amazon.

7. Sell Your Own Products

If you already have a hobby, why not use that to start your own website and start selling your products on there.  With a website the world's your oyster!

8. Sell Other People's Stuff

When you're writing blog posts you can place affiliate links within each link and sell other people's products.  One of the best placest to start is Amazon Associates. You have thousands of different products to choose from, and you can use your affiliate links on Twitter to.

9. PPC Advertising (Pay Per Click)

Sign up to Google Adsense and integrate and customise your own advertising within your blog or website.  It's a lot easier than it sounds.  You will need lots of traffic for this one.

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Discover the Websites that Pay Writer's $50+

If you're looking to start a career as a freelance writer here are some tips and websites for you to look into.

In the past few year's Google has helped to improve the content we see online today. "Content is King" is a simple phrase that captures that thought perfectly, it's true to say that no one understands the complexity of the algorithm Google uses (the formula used for ranking a website). Having individual and different content is definitely key. Writing fever has taken over and companies all over the world are crying out for new content to be written by individuals (such as you) on their website. A number of companies are happy to pay those willing writers out there for a really good article that will help boost their company in the search rank online.

No Experience Required

The good part about this is that you don't need previous experience in order to take advantage of what projects are on offer, no matter what your writing level is. The main perks to making money writing online are:
  • You can choose the subjects you're most passionate about
  • Work when and where you want
  • Start a passive income through performance payments
You're probably wondering where do I start? I've made a list of 7 different ways you can earn money by working from home.

Crucially there are two different way to get paid online: Upfront payments. You'll be paid an article in advance. It doesn't matter what the search engine ranking is for your article or page views it receives.

Where to start:
  • Infobarrel - An Adsense account is required, you share the advertising revenue with them. You can write about anything you want, and rest easy knowing that InfoBarrel has high traffic levels
  • Hubpages - With a great reputation its another revenue sharing site. You can earn money with Adsense and Amazon,
  • Blogging - You are in charge with this method, you can build up your reputation over time as well as your traffic. Definitely not a get rich quick method. The blogging community is growing every day with people making more money from their blog.
  • Textbroker - If you're looking for article and writing projects this may be the website for you. You can earn between $3-$8 an article. Companies and entrepreneurs post their writing opportunities on here. Have a look and see what suits you. Payment is made twice a week through PayPal.
  • Craigslist - Apparently a popular place to find writing jobs strangely enough. There are a lost of people who post jobs on there looking for writers to do work for them.
  • ProBlogger Job Board - New job postings are put on every day, if you're looking for a little extra work checkout this board as often as you can.
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