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When You Want to Be a Blogger, But You’re Not Techie…

When you want to be a blogger, but you're not techie...

Do you feel called to write but you don’t want to deal with the technical aspects of blogging? (And you don’t have the money to pay someone else to do it for you?)

Sarah wrote in with this great question…

“I definitely want to start a blog and have started a couple over the years but they’ve fizzled out for various reasons. I love writing and want to do that, but I hate web design or anything tech-related. Is there any way to just blog and write and that be it? Any advice for someone like me who loves writing and feels called to do it but hates anything dealing with web design, web hosting, and tech stuff? And of course isn’t in a current position to pay someone else to mess with it? I’m sure I’m in the minority, but any help would be appreciated. Thank you!”

First of all, Sarah, let me reassure you that you’re not in the minority. I think tons and tons of people feel this way, and it’s actually a really common struggle.

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Should you use your own name as a domain name?

Should you use your own name as a domain name?

So many people ask me whether they should use their personal name as a domain name or a titled domain name that has good SEO (i.e. highly searched words).

Just in case you’re not sure what I mean by this, here are some examples:

  • CrystalPaine.com — This is a domain name that uses my personal name.
  • MoneySavingMom.com — This is a domain name with great SEO because of the common words in the title that people often organically search on the Internet.
  • YourBloggingMentor.com — Again, this is a domain name with pretty good natural SEO.

Are you ready to start a blog, but you’re deliberating on what domain name to choose?

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How I Got 200+ Comments on One Instagram Post

Want to increase Instagram engagement? I used this trick to get 200+ comments on one post!

Looking for ways to increase Instagram engagement?

I’ve been experimenting with different strategies to encourage and increase engagement on Instagram, and one of those things I recently did was kind of a fluke thing that really surprised me with how successful it was!

On an Instagram post about my blogging class, I asked people to leave a comment on my post if they’d like me to send them a link via direct message.

As a result of this one tiny phrase, a few different things happened…

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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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