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How You Can Prepare for Working at Home as a Blogger

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Have you ever wondered how it would feel to set up your own working hours, office entrance and exit times? Take a weeklong vacation whenever it feels like you are all worn out? Seems like a fairy-tale when you are working for someone else, isn’t it?

Well with the help of technology now you can turn that fairy tale into reality. Now you have the option to work right from the comfort of your home. And if you are passionate towards writing well good news!

There are endless opportunities in the ocean of outsourcing – being a blogger is one of most of most potential paths you can end up walking in.

However, before you begin working at home as a blogger; make sure that you are well prepared. Otherwise, all of a sudden you might find yourself stranded in a tough world and start questioning your choices.

  1. Take Care of Your Debts

Why do people work for others? Because it ensures a fixed source of income ensuring financial security. After all, we all have to pay your bills and clear our debts. A steady cash flow is a survival must.

So before quitting your job, try to reduce your debt as much as possible. Otherwise, they can create an unnecessary psychological pressure on you.

If your debts are cleared or at least reduced to an acceptable level, you can start blogging from home with a clear head. It is never easy to give your best performance if you have something else banging in your head.

  1. Have a Savings Account

Let’s face it. There is a very good possibility that in your early days as a blogger, you won’t be making a good money. However, your monthly bills have to be paid right?

So make sure to have a savings account that will give you the necessary financial support in your early days of working from home.

Having a savings account will allow you to take some time before you start making some cash with blogging. When you are in desperate need of cash to pay your bills, you will be forced to accept anything that comes your way.

So have your cash reserve well in order to avoid this situation. Continue with your boring and back-breaking job just for a few more months if you have to so that you save enough cash in to support you in your early days of working from home.

  1. Get Your Workstation Ready

Even if you are no longer going to the office,  you still need a well-organized workstation. When you are working from home, it is quite natural to face disruptions that you usually won’t face in an office.

Your children may misplace your all important documents while looking out for their hidden treasures. Or you may get distracted by your neighbour’s loud music or the TV running on high volume. So make sure that you have a completely separate space in your house.

This will be your workstation where you won’t get distracted by all kinds of domestic noises. Also, make sure that you have the right working desk and chair. On top of that, have a recliner as well which will protect you from the possible back pain.

If you can have a room available to be turned into your workstation then that’s great. If you don’t, try to use room dividers like shelves to separate your station from other parts of the room.

  1. Set Up Your Working Hours

This is going to be one of the toughest challenges in your early days of blogging from home.

It is never easy to become your own boss and run tight schedules when you have the scope to fly like a free bird.

When you are going to your workplace, you are desperate to be there by 9 AM because that’s the rule. But what about office hours when you are at home and there is no boss to answer to? Well, don’t start getting too comfortable with it.

Make sure that you maintain working hours even when you are working from home. Discipline and consistency are key everywhere. Your working hours does not necessarily have to be just like any other conventional office.

If you are planning to work from 11 AM in the morning till 3 PM and again from 8 PM to 10 PM, maintain that timeline every single day. Working for someone else or yourself, consistent working hours are vital.

  1. Make Sure that You have Back-ups

The “One Man Army” phenomenon may sound too heroic. Yes, you are at home blogging, making your living through your passion. But that does not necessarily mean you won’t need any help down the line.

You have to take care of your household chores and children. Sometimes you might even have to go out to walk your dog. So make sure that you have your backups ready to deal with these everyday responsibilities.

You can have a part-time housekeeper who will pay you a visit and take care of your household while you’re busy with work. Or you can make a schedule with your parents to take care of your kids sometimes. This is one way to balance your professional and personal life effectively.

  1. Start Building Your Portfolio Early

If you can work an extra couple of hours at night after returning home, do that to build your portfolio before quitting your job. This way, you will have something to work with when you start your full-time venture as a blogger.

Lots of highly successful bloggers left their jobs once they landed a great project to work on. Many of them had few regular clients who would ensure that there is a consistent flow of work to secure some cash inflow.

At the same time, building your portfolio early will give you the head start. This can help with your long-term career as a blogger working from home. This will give you the confidence as well as the motivation to come one step closer to your dream of becoming a successful blogger.

One thing is for sure, deciding to quit your job and start blogging from home is a big leap of faith. You cannot just come up with that decision without careful planning and preparation.

The Bottom Line

So make sure that you are clearing your debts & having healthy savings before you become a full-time home-based blogger. Also, have a workstation and if possible, a running portfolio. This will help you make a fresh start towards your adventure of a lifetime.

There are many successful full-time bloggers nowadays. There are endless opportunities waiting for you. All you need is an organized approach and the right mentality to work consistently.


Author Bio:

This article has been contributed by Shawn. He is a full-time content writer at Feedfond. Besides reading and writing, he is fully devoted to philosophy and motivational speaking. Check more of his articles at Feedfond.com.

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How to View the Relationship Between Your Blog and Social Media

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Alonzo Pichardo says it best.

“Buy your own domain and hosting and make that your own main hub. Social media is a branch of the marketing tree. That’s all.”

He shared my video on Instagram. Video registered 3,926 views. Here it is:

Buy Your Domain and Hosting

I filmed the video because I spent 20 minutes clicking profile links of folks who Liked my updates. I found a few self-hosted WordPress blogs, read and commented on these blogs. Relationships established. But most Instagram users:

  • had no blog to speak of
  • linked to YouTube
  • linked to Facebook

For the heck of it, I spent a good 3 minutes looking for one user’s blog. I found an obituary (he was young and alive but shared a common name) and a collection of spammy “look up his information sites.” He claimed to be a blogger via his Instagram bio but he is no more a blogger than I am a werewolf.

Think about Alonzo’s advice; the blog is your main hub, or root, or base of your tree, and social media acts like branches. Offshoots, nothing more.

Big Mistake

Instagram owns Instagram. Instagram:

  • can kick that kid off of Instagram for 1 of a billion reasons, in a heartbeat
  • WILL change their algorithm, soon enough, forcing the kid to change his strategy, uprooting his online world
  • forces the kid to make his brand, Instagram’s brand

Not investing is a domain and hosting is about the biggest mistake you can make online because not owning your site hands your power, your decision making, your branding potential and your monetizing potential to someone else.

Social media is a branch. Spend most of your time daily working on your blog and networking with other bloggers who own their self-hosted, WordPress blogs. Unless they change their values or quit blogging, this is the most sound, intelligent approach to blogging.

Use social media for a little bit daily to:

  • tag bloggers you mention on your blog
  • help bloggers in groups related to your niche
  • share your blog posts
  • share other blogger’s blog posts

You are a blogger. Not an Instagrammer. You are a blogger. Not a Facebook-er. Spend most of your day on blogs. Not social media.

Marios Tofarides runs an authority blog on eBooks. Not in a billion years could he make his social media profiles look anything like his branded, self-hosted blog. Paula at Contented Traveler runs a first class travel blog. She could never re-create her blog’s branding, style and voice on social media. Sarah Arrow built a well known brand and thriving business by making her blog stand out, through creating, through connecting and through smart blog branding. Impossible to do this, through social media alone.

Pay Up to Play Up

I can mention your blog on Blogging From Paradise, a DA 47 blog read by many influencers.

I can mention your blog on Blogging Tips, a DA 48 blog read by many blogging influencers.

But I never link to free platform blogs because no influencer or experienced reader trusts information on free platforms. If you cannot invest $3 a month, you carry too much of a fear-lack-poverty conscious energy, that seasoned readers and top bloggers know to avoid.

I never link to a social media profile because….social media is not a blog!

Pay up to play up.

Invest in a domain and hosting. Move up in blogging circles. See social media as branches, using Facebook, Twitter and Instagram as secondary or even tertiary means for helping people. Spend most of your time on your self-hosted, WordPress blog and networking on other self-hosted, WordPress blogs.

 

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1 Failure Conscious Tendency That Makes Blogging Tougher

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Some bloggers cannot accept a good thing when they get it.

I have linked to tens of thousands of bloggers over my decade online. I love my friends. I take care of my friends.

99.999999% of bloggers are beyond grateful to get a backlink from an established, pro blogger like myself for many reasons:

  • Blogging From Paradise has a DA of 47; that’s some backlink juice!
  • Blogging Tips has an even higher DA; 48 I believe, meaning more backlink juice
  • you bond more deeply with me, and forming a deeper friendship allows me to open doors for you, via guest posts, more backlink mentions, interviews, prospering partnerships
  • greater blog traffic through exposure
  • greater blog profits through exposure
  • greater brand awareness through exposure, and also, your blog and brand aligns with Virgin, Forbes and Fox News, sites I have appeared on, creating greater trust

I could go on for 45 minutes. The list of benefits are endless. There are absolutely no downsides to being mentioned by me, on my blog or via guest post. Yet, some folks, because of their own fears, cannot accept these gifts freely and gratefully. Hey guys; I luv ya’s. This is not a rant, but a lesson in seeing good (versus fear/downside), expressing genuine gratitude and learning how to move up in blogging circles, by being fully grateful to receive the above gifts and by purging any fears or lack of gratitude you feel, when a world renowned blogger links to you.

Virtually all bloggers are grateful for receiving the above list of benefits. Donna Merrill is a blogging high roller and she responds to virtually all my tags and mentions. I would never expect her to do so because we are great friends, and she is so busy, but that is heart-filled blogging.

But a few bloggers clinging to deep fears have responded to my generous backlinks a few different ways:

  • some fear the linking structure is not neat and orderly
  • some fear they are not getting enough link juice via Google, and ask me to log into search console and make changes or whatever
  • some fear they are not getting enough links to a specific site or permalink, and ask me to edit the post, to change the link

All above motivators are fear, and fear is not real, so if you honor these fears and react-respond in the above fashion, you judge things or make a request from an illusory, untrue, false, totally not real energy of loss, lack, limitation.

That fear has 100% to do with you, and nothing to do with me. I will keep being generous with my blogging buddies, but I seek out loving buddies, not those weighed down a bit too heavy by fear, so fear-bloggers gotta go, along with their links, going forward.  Nothing personal, as I love and respect these folks. Just an energy thing.

We See the World as We See Ourselves

You see the world, you see other bloggers and you see their linking strategies as you see yourself.

If someone fears they won’t get enough traffic or clicks or Google juice through my linking strategy, that has nothing to do with the guy featured on billionaires’s blogs, and living his dream, circling the globe. That has to do 100% with you, your fear of loss, your fear of not enough, your trust issues, and other deep, fear based energies, begging to be unearthed and felt.

I am the mirror. You are the source. You are cause, and effect.

Picture break! Me during my trip to Fiji with my friend Olivia.

My dear friend Alonzo Pichardo sent me a Message months ago. He was deeply grateful I had linked to him 50 plus times on Blogging Tips alone. He is grateful! Does it surprise you that the guy runs a highly prospering business and leads a huge, loyal following?

David Boozer routinely sends me Messages sharing how grateful he is for my eBooks, courses, content and mentions, writing from the heart. More gratitude! Does it surprise you that one of his YouTube channels has registered millions of plays, alone?

Alonzo and David do not ask me to change links or put stuff into Google console or to change my linking style; they know a gift when they see it.

Vishwajeet Kumar feels incredibly grateful for each backlink I give to his helpful blogging resource, and expresses his gratitude on social media.

This is how you move higher in blogging circles, to see more success, versus moving lower, through fear-based lack of gratitude, and, losing link mentions.

Guys; see the blessing in a coveted backlink. Be grateful. See the good. Move up in the blog-0-sphere. Experience increased blogging success.

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Connect to Get Connected

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Do you want to know how I became a connected travel blogger?

I patiently read posts from a brilliant group run by Mapping Megan, published genuine comments and promoted my fellow bloggers.

That is it. I put in serious work. I also published helpful content on my blog, too.

Bloggers mistakenly believe in “getting connected”. Like being connected is a passive act, that just happens. By luck, or by lame pitches.

Do you want to get connected enough where you get featured on world famous blogs? Invest in my Teachable course. I teach you how to do it without pitching anybody.

I created the course after bloggers emailed me asking if I can feature them on Forbes, or asking how much it costs to get a link on Forbes. All these bloggers made the critical error of believing asking someone for a favor or feature – quite a passive, lazy, mindless act – is how you “get connected.” If this were true, 30,000,000 bloggers would be featured on Forbes, Forbes’ reputation sinks into the sewer and nobody would want to get featured on Forbes anymore.

Do you see how foolish and silly strategies like asking people to get featured on world famous blogs waste your time? Like me asking the NY Knicks for a try out, after I only had skills good enough to be a junior college basketball player. Foolish.

Passive Versus Active

Getting connected is passive. Not gonna work.

You EARN connections by connecting yourself to human beings, and you connect yourself by featuring skilled bloggers on your blog, by mentioning them and sharing their content on social media and by expecting nothing in return. I mention Paula Pins the Planet because she’s a first class travel blogger. I connect myself to her. Friendship forms. I connect myself to Rhonda Albom by linking to her on my blog and by tweeting her posts. As more and more friendships form, blossom and grow, my friends:

  • promote me
  • endorse me
  • help me
  • inspire me
  • buy my eBooks
  • hire me

People then say, “Hey, Ryan is a connected blogger! He knows everybody.” Fools believe me being connected just….happened. Passively. Lost folks believe I am lucky to be connected. The blogging brain dead believe I began blogging from a connected, influential space, when I knew more cats than bloggers 10 years ago, a lost blogging soul who did not know what a blog, was.

I spent 10 years of my life connecting myself to bloggers by promoting them without asking for anything in return. I help skilled bloggers because skilled bloggers provide you with helpful resources. Naturally, this level of generosity and calm, cool detachment helped me pop up on the radar screen of high profile brands. Kinda happens, when an army of influential blogging buddies endorses you, promotes you and vouches for you.

Connecting yourself to successful bloggers requires:

  • generosity
  • detachment
  • patience
  • persistence
  • authenticity

You pay a specific tuition for being connected; helping influencers without giving thought to your own needs. Then, over months, then years, you become incredibly connected, powerful and influential, based on your generosity and willingness to shine the spotlight on other bloggers, like Moss Clement.  Peep his generosity.  This is how to get connected. Be a tireless supporter of other bloggers, like how David Boozer and Alonzo Pichardo do it. These guys are generous! David promoted me more than I promoted me. That’s saying something. Then, Alonzo and a bunch of folks found me through David, and these blogging pros generously promoted me. I keep promoting them too, returning the generosity these folks have shown me.

Do you want to know my secret for being hyper connected?

Take care of your friends!

Think little of your own needs. Friends will help take care of you.

Connect yourself to people. Promote them. Expect nothing. Be super connected.

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