Guess what Muses?! I am extremely excited to share with you, this article that I recently wrote for 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,
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?
If you’re “LIKE, AMAZING” then people should just flock to your blog, right?! Wrong. Also, just a tip….people “flocking to your blog” is exactly what traffic is. What do you think Bloggers are doing on social media all day,
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.
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”
This year, a few hundred thousand folks will log on to the National Novel Writing Month website and sign-up for their annual writing challenge – 50,000 words and a completed novel in one month. Sounds crazy and impossible, doesn’t it? Well, it can be crazy, but the impossible part? Not at all. By the end of the month, many of them will have completed the challenge, “winning” NaNoWriMo for the year. And most of the ones who didn’t score an official win will still be winners, all because they took the time and gave it a try.
Before you dive head-long into installing WordPress and broadcasting your new blog to the world, there are some things to keep in mind while creating it. Consider these tips for beginners, before creating & launching your new WordPress site.
Mistake #1: Using a Poor Layout or Design
One of the most important features of your blog is that it should be easy on the eyes. A clean layout without a lot of clutter (think poorly placed graphics or too many ads) makes for much happier readers.
If you’re just getting started with your blog or online biz, you probably don’t have a lot of money to spend on stock photos for 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.
For those of you who follow my posts on Instagram, you know that my daughter and I were in Denver this past week, visiting my brothers and their families. We had an incredible “End of Summer Vacation” but I am glad to be back at alegriasmuse headquarters so that I may continue to read though all the wonderful guest posts that were submitted to our site while I was away!
Before leaving town I left notice in several Blogging/Freelance Writing Facebook Groups I belong to, that I was looking for guest posts for my website.
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?
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,
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!).
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. Ultimately,
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.
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,
I think I’m either crazy or perhaps it’s because of the late hour (3am) but I have no idea why I’m sharing this….I’m a singer. I’ve focused the past 6 years of my life, trying to find a stable career that I love and that will keep my family & I living comfortably. Perhaps one of the reasons it’s taken me so long to commit to writing as a career is because it’s scary to put yourself out there Honestly, putting yourself out there as a singer is far more terrifying.
Life happens when you’re busy living.
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”.
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?
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.
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.