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7 Ways to Avoid Legal Mistakes as a Beginning Blogger

7 Ways to Avoid Legal Mistakes as a Blogger

Jennifer recently wrote in with this question:

“I am such a rule follower and I’m so worried that I will do something wrong on my blog. Are there any basic legal things we should know about when first starting out?”

This is a great question and there are so many people I’ve talked to who want to start a blog but they’re so scared of doing the wrong thing or accidentally doing something illegal.

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How to Make More Money as a Blogger: 3 Questions to Ask Yourself

Make more money blogging! Ask yourself these 3 questions!

Are you wishing you could make more money as a blogger? Or do you just wonder how to get started making money in the first place?

So many people write in to me or have come up to me when I’m speaking at an event and said, “I have a topic I want to write on, but I don’t think I can monetize it as a blogger.”

While some blogs may seem easier to monetize than others, I am a firm believer that you can monetize just about any kind of blog. The way you monetize might look different than the way someone else monetizes, but you can find creative ways to successfully monetize any topic.

You see, when you build up a loyal following of people who respect what you have to say, believe in you, and trust you, they are definitely going to pay attention when you share about a product, resource, or special offer.

So when thinking about monetization, I wouldn’t stress so much about the topic of blogging, but rather how you’re going to go about setting up multiple streams of income.

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4 Things You Should Do If You Want to Have a Successful Email Newsletter

4 Things to Do If You Want a Successful Email Newsletter

So you’ve decided to stop making excuses and and start sending an email newsletter. Now what?

If you’re going to prioritize sending an email newsletter on a regular basis, you’ll want to make sure it’s successful so that it’s worth the time and energy you invest in it!

All kinds of online experts will have varying ideas on what goes into creating a successful newsletter, but I like to keep things simple. I believe there are a few key ingredients that go into a successful email newsletter, and that if you stick to these guidelines, you’ll reap huge benefits over time!

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4 Reasons You Should Stop Making Excuses & Start Sending an Email Newsletter

Stop making excuses and start sending an email newsletter!

Think you don’t really need an email newsletter as a blogger? I was right there with you for a long time. An email newsletter just felt like one more thing in a very long line of must-do’s on my blogging task list.

I didn’t see the importance of sending out an email newsletter and my excuse was kind of lame: It would take time and I wanted to spend that time writing blog posts and focusing on building my Facebook engagement (which was at an all time high then).

That plan worked really well… until Facebook changed their algorithms and stopped showing my posts to hundreds of thousands of people.

Guess what that meant? Since I hadn’t taken the time to focus on building an email newsletter, I had no way to contact all of those people and connect with them outside of social media.

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How to Build a Successful Blog in Just One Hour Per Day

I recently received this great question from Elizabeth:

“How much time is necessary to grow a blog (and not at a snail’s pace)? I work full time at a job I love, commute 2 hours per day, and have two young children. My husband often works on the opposite coast of the U.S., so I’m frequently left alone with the kids and don’t have family to help out in the new town we just moved to.

We have some medical debt we would like paid off ASAP so I’m looking to bring in extra money. I’m currently getting up at 4:30 a.m. which allows me an hour to work on my side projects and I’m really trying to stick to 7 hours of sleep each night. My youngest is an early riser (often 5:45 a.m.!) unlike her older sister who is the better sleeper. Is it realistic to expect anything to result in a reasonable timeframe (I know better than to expect anything overnight) in only an hour of work in the morning before my daughter wakes up?”

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5 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Accepting a Sponsored Post

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I received this great question from Charity on the Your Blogging Mentor Facebook page about sponsored posts:

“I re-launched my blog about 2 months ago, and was recently approached by a company about doing a sponsored post. Do you have any advice about how to set rates for these posts and how to set guidelines for what you will and will not do in sponsored posts? Do you feel like it is wise to accept a sponsored post so early upon re-launching my site?” -Charity

This is such a great question, because I truly believe that one of the most lucrative ways to make money as a blogger is by working with brands and doing sponsored content.

Some of you may be immediately turned off by this idea and you might be feeling like, “Wait! But isn’t that sleazy to accept money from a company to write about their product?”

Well, it can be. Trust me, there are plenty of companies that want to pay you to post cheesy, sleazy posts — all they care about is getting their link in a post on your blog because it will help their SEO.

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How Google Analytics Can Help You Increase Your Affiliate Income

Google AnalyticsGuest post by Micah Klug from HomeFaithFamily.com

Tell me if this sounds familiar…

You start blogging because you have a message you want to share with the world, but you also want to help supplement your family’s income.

Once you start deep diving into the many ways you can monetize your blog you might begin to feel uncomfortable as a salesperson or worry about being too pushy in linking to products on Amazon through their affiliate program.

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How to Make Money as a Blogger on Amazon Prime Day

I recently received an email from one of my Your Blogging University™ students asking me how they could make the most of Amazon Prime Day as a blogger.

In case you didn’t already know, Amazon has an excellent affiliate program called Amazon Associates. And if you’ve followed me as a blogger over at my other site, MoneySavingMom.com, you know that I’m a big fan of Amazon deals.

In fact, Amazon has consistently been a big source of affiliate income for me for many years! And one of the best annual earning opportunities as an Amazon affiliate is on Amazon Prime Day.Continue Reading