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*This post has statistics that have been updated as of 8/29/17

Twitter is a very popular and very loud social media platform. There are 7,735 Tweets going out every single second, 460,000 every minute and 662 million+ in a single day.  How in the world is somebody supposed to get noticed on Twitter?

You  want  to  hear  something  even crazier?!  Those  of  us  with  over  1K followers (as I’m writing this article I have 4,718 followers)  are  merely  4%  of the  entire  Twitter population. With all of those numbers and statistics to consider,

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Do you love coming up with topic ideas for your blog?

Do you spend hours finding the perfect image for your blog post?

If you’re anything like me, blogging isn’t a chore but a fun and exciting opportunity. You pour your heart into your blog post and work tirelessly to promote your blog to reach your target audience.

For most bloggers, trying to earn some extra cash isn’t on their mind when they first start out. But, then you see other bloggers monetizing their blog, and think you should take a crack at it.

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Guess what Muses?! I am extremely excited to share with you, this article that I recently wrote for #SWAY (formerly, The SITS Girls). First of all, in the off-chance you are unfamiliar with The SITS Girls (SITS stands for The Secret in The Sauce), it’s a website & community founded in 2008 with a simple goal. They set out to “create a space where bloggers could find their tribe and grow their audience. Although the site has evolved over the years, its commitment to this mission has not changed. Whether you are new to blogging and looking for blogs to read,

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Getting traffic to your blog is probably not the first thing that crosses your mind once you’ve made the decision to start blogging. You’re all about getting your voice heard, your brilliant ideas out of your head and onto your keyboard. Your blog is up and running and you’ve started crafting awesome posts with equally amazing visual content! That’s all you need right?

Wrong.  What do you think Bloggers are doing on social media all day, every day?! They’re marketing their blog posts, giving away free materials, promoting their courses,

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Yesterday was the day of the week that I follow a weekly routine for keeping my Pro Blogging Biz organized. I just call it my “get organized day” but it could definitely use a cooler name, if you want to give it one! It’s the same day of every week, where I go through all of my unopened emails from the 7 days prior to this one. I also go through my browsers’ Bookmarks folder for everything I marked since last week, check my private Pinterest board full of content ideas, organizational tips, social media infographics, etc….and much more that I’m going to share with you today.

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It’s finally here! I say finally because it literally feels like I’ve been working on this guide and the two other how-to guides in a 3-part series focusing on Twitter Domination, forever! I also want to apologize for the complete lack of fresh content on this site for over a week! That is unacceptable and I told myself exactly what I would tell any of you, that I should have had something go out, a guest post or a backup post, something….my bad!  Anyways, the first guide that’s “finally here”

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*This post has been updated here & there over the years but got a major re-haul on 9/6/17

Affiliate Disclosure: This content may contain affiliate links but ONLY for products I’ve tried or currently use and actually love. If you choose to make a purchase after clicking one of these links, I will earn a small percentage of that purchase. I’d be sincerely grateful to you if that did happen and promise to use most of that money, for going back into my business so that I may create even more helpful content like this!

Before you dive head-long into installing WordPress and broadcasting your new blog to the world,

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Since you’ve just launched your blog or online biz you probably don’t have premium or styled stock photos in your modest budget, for use in your visual content. Then you should be thrilled to know there are tons of FREE stock photo sites where you can find images in the public domain. There are tons sources that don’t even require you to give an attribution, although it’s always nice to “buy the photographer a cup of coffee” (if they ask!). 

If you’ve been to our site before and are a friend of the “Muse Tribe” community, you’ve heard me talk about the importance of visual content

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One day, you decide to start freelancing. Maybe you lost your job, and maybe you quit your job. Maybe you can’t afford childcare or maybe you don’t want to use childcare. No matter what the reason, the fact is, you’re a freelancer now – and probably working from home. What does that mean for your social life?

For most of the working world, socializing is built into their schedule. On the subway, at the office, and during their lunch break, these working adults interact with other adult human beings, face-to-face.

Is this bad, good, or neutral?

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There are always new and exciting productivity apps being launched and recently, I’ve been on a mission to try as many as I can to compare them to the collection of my daily helpful apps. Since there are so many new apps released from all around the world every day, I like to take a few weeks every 3-4 months to see if I find something so awesome, it ends up replacing a long-time favorite of mine.

I also like to try new buzz apps to see if they’re worth giving a shout out to, so that any of you who might be on the lookout for something new to try but don’t have the time for quarterly checks,

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What are some of your morning habits? Do you have a particular routine that you follow? Is there anything that you must do before your day can begin? No really, I want to know!

A while back I read a very inspiring article posted on Lifehack.org that fell completely in line with habits that either I already had in my morning or those I wanted to have.

When I started writing this post, my plan was to research the morning habits of the most successful Entrepreneur Women (which you’ve probably read before!).

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*This post has been updated as of 9/17

If you’re looking for ways to make money with your blog the good news is, there are plenty of ways available. Some avenues are simple and quick but may only bring the kind of money that will cover your business expenses. Other avenues are right on par with the “Tortoise & the Hare”, reminding you that “slow & steady wins the race.”

This race is the one where you want to make a solid, steady income stream you can count on, regardless of your site’s traffic in a given month.

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Yes, Every Blogger Needs To Be On Social Media

I read somewhere recently that a Blogger should have a solid following on at least 3-4 major social media platforms before launching their website. They shouldn’t suddenly try to gain a following on a platform that’s new to them.

The idea being, you should already have a social media marketing strategy in place. It’s the same idea behind having 5-10 blog posts ready to publish before your site launches. Preparation, foundation, preparation.

One can only be so prepared! Besides, not every new Blogger has a SOLID following on 3-4 major platforms prior to their site launch.

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I’ve recently learned how to design my own Visual Content; Website & Social Media Images/Headers/Footers and Marketing/PR Materials, etc. All while gaining the knowledge of basic graphic design tools for absolutely free on Canva! It’s a wonderful website where you can choose from thousands of layouts, texts styles, background colors/patterns (or upload your own!). You can learn to apply these components to create visual content that’s dimensionally suited for a pin on Pinterest, an Instagram post, a Tweet or my favorite, a Facebook cover that you don’t need to re-adjust in real-time! Part of Canva’s brilliance is that they offer content creation options for all the popular social media sites,

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Most all professional blogs & websites, along with print magazines and newspapers, have an entire Editorial Department managing the Editorial Calendar for each section of the blog/website, magazine or newspaper. If someone in the Editorial Department happened to forget to publish an article at any of these news/media content sources, it would be chaos. The same goes for your blog/website or any site that wants to be taken seriously. Okay, maybe chaos is going a little overboard if you’re just starting your blog or if your site isn’t a major, professional hub for your niche. But that doesn’t mean you can’t hold your blog or website to the same impeccable standards as the “big boys”.

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Original content. That’s what having your own self-hosted website is all about, right? It’s a platform to open up and share about the topics that interest you and your audience. Of course, it takes a little time to gain an audience then check out Google Analytics for the week/month and see exactly which categories they respond to the most. But the question is if your audience say, only responds to 3 or 4 categories….do you drop the rest and never write about them again? Of course not! Should you focus more on the topics that your audience statistically enjoys?

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RSS literally means Rich Site Summary or as it’s often referred to, Really Simple Syndication. It uses a family of standard web feed formats to publish frequently updated information such as blog entries, news headlines, audio & video. Social Media Scheduling Apps such as Hootsuite or Buffer, allow you to enter RSS feeds from your chosen websites to share content other than your own with your social media followers.

You might be thinking to yourself, “Who subscribes to RSS feeds anymore? What is this, 2005?!” It’s true, people no longer tend to subscribe to a site’s RSS feed for their own personal reading use anymore.

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Guest blogging can be an extremely consistent and fast way to build your email list and relationships with the people in your market. Sure, you need to get several things right to get 100+ subscribers from each guest post you write. But the first step is to find a site that accepts guest posts. You might have some ideas of sites where you could write, but hopefully you get a few more ideas from this list of guest blogging sites.

This isn’t even trying to be a complete list of sites that accept guest posts.

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When I was 11 I began suffering from horrific panic attacks, as early as my first semester in sixth grade. My mother assumed I was nervous about a boy and didn’t think anything of it. Right….I was just throwing up every single morning as a result of these apparently harmless “butterflies”. It was “a pre-teen phase that (I) would soon grow out of,” she said. She was right. One day during the summer after sixth grade, I stopped throwing up. I wasn’t bulimic because I hadn’t been forcing anything, I was simply “stressed” as one doctor put it. What does an 11 year-old have to be stressed about?

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What Blogger doesn’t love a long, detailed list of blog topics and writing prompts, easily accessible from their laptop? It sure makes creating your editorial calendar for the month a lot easier! If you don’t already have an editorial calendar for your blogging business, I talk about several reasons you should be using one in my article, Why Your Blog Needs an Editorial Calendar.

The list of 100 Blog Topics that I’m referring to is from the CEO of Owner Media Group and NY Times Bestselling Author, Chris Brogan. This list is truly spectacular as these blog topics aren’t just titles for potential posts,

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