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Blog in typescript lettersFor those of you who have been blogging for a while, you certainly have discovered that there are clearly benefits of blogging that may not be related to adding a few dollars to your bank account.  I went into this undertaking with very little knowledge of the blogging world and what it was really all about. What I have learned in a short time is that there is a lot more to blogging than helping you make a buck. 

1. Support System

What do I mean by a support system?  Well, I’ve had a chance to meet more people since I started blogging than I would have in almost any other endeavor.  If you have a WordPress blog, which most of us do have, the community out there is endless.  Asking help from commenters to your blog or of other blog owners is certainly an option.  I belong to three different forums specifically related to blogging.  The information and contacts I have made through these forums are priceless.  And even if you don’t belong to a forum just utilize Google search and you’ll probably find the answer to your question. 

2. Online Portfolio

Let’s face it.  If you blog, chances are you also love to write.  It’s pretty much a prerequisite or you’re not going to be doing it very long.  What could be sweeter than having a place to display your talent and your best work?  Maybe you want to do a guest post on a more popular blog like… perhaps BloggingTips?  You can send along the guest post but, more importantly, you can provide a link to your blog and your popular posts which may go a long way in showing the blog author that you really do have some talent.  What if you are looking for a paying writing job?  If you have a blog that you’ve developed for a while, you’ve got your portfolio of work one link away.  Try to look at your blog as not only an outlet for you to write and express yourself but also as a potential launching point to more writing jobs. 

3. Honing your craft

I started blogging because I enjoy writing.  But, what I have noticed is that the more I blog the better I write.  Writing, like any other skill, takes practice.  Blogging regularly is a great way to develop your writing skills.  There are also numerous blogs specifically geared toward developing writing skills.  Visit them and heed some of their tips and add them to your writing toolbox. There is a lot of great information out there and you only have to visit or subscribe and you may see your own writing flourish as a result.
 

4. Developing technical skills

The blogging landscape is varied when it comes to the level of technically skilled people.  Some bloggers have the technical skills to develop WordPress themes.  Others contract out others to do everything technical when it comes to the development of their blogs.  No matter where you stand on the technical scale, you can always learn new skills pertaining to your blog.  Maybe you want to expand your HTML, CSS, or PHP proficiency.  It is certainly up to you how much you really want to learn.  The opportunity is certainly there and, as a result, your blogs will improve as a result of expanding your technical skills.  
 

5. Helping others.

When I started blogging I needed a lot of help and I still do.  But one thing I have learned is that there are other bloggers out there who know less than I do.  The education I have received in a short amount of time is vast and being able to help other bloggers is a way to give back.  I asked for help when I started out and I got it.  There were so many giving people out there ready to help me and they didn’t charge me for it.  I tend to believe that everyone has the inner desire to help others.  The blogosphere is full of giving people so if you have a chance to give back do so.  Through Kevin Muldoon at BloggingTips I am able to reach a far greater audience than I could currently through my own blog.  Let’s just say it’s a mutually beneficial relationship. 

Some may get into blogging to make money.  But once you blog for a while you may be surprised that there are benefits to blogging that just may mean more to you than a few extra dollars.  Developing relationships, adding to your online portfolio, perfecting your craft, learning new technical skills, and helping others, have proven to be priceless benefits to me.  I just hope that you, my fellow bloggers, feel the same way.  I’d be surprised if you didn’t…

My name is Foxy, and my job is to sniff out the good guest bloggers from the ones who aren't. This post was written by a contributing author to Blogging Tips. If you would like to learn more about becoming a writer (not one-time guest blogging) for BloggingTips.com, please contact us.

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How to Turn Your Blog into a Profitable and Registered Company

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Blogs are everywhere. Some of them are great and some of them are worthless. With more than a billion different websites and blogs on the internet today, you can see how it’s easy to get lost in the mix, while also understanding how quick and simple it can be to start a blog of your own.

However, there are a select few that will actually provide value to individuals on the internet and not only will they start generating a decent amount of traffic and search rankings, they could also start making a decent amount of money as well.

This is often through the use of affiliate marketing, Google Adsense, paid placements and sponsorships, or even writing content and eventually coming out with products and services of their own.

It doesn’t matter where or how your blog is making money, it just matters that it is. And in order for a blog to make money, it will soon likely need to be registered as a business.

With all of this in mind, let’s take a look at some of the most important things you will need to remember when turning your blog into a profitable company — both in the United States and around the world.

What Type of Blog Company Do You Want to Start?

When it comes time to start your business, there are many different things you will have to consider — such as what type of company you want to create. This will depend on a number of factors, such as how much money your blog is making, if you are the sole owner, and also if you have a team of founders and how you might need to pay other employees or break up shares of the company.

The most common titles to register a blog as a company are LLC, Corp and INC. When you get even more detailed, you will find that you can also register your company as a S Corp or C Corp — which individually file taxes differently based on how the company funds are managed.

With all of these different titles and company types in place, it can be quite confusing for anyone just starting out. To help with the decision process, be sure to run through the infographic below, which provides the many advantages and disadvantages to going with a Private Limited Company, a Sole Proprietorship, or an LLP.

Before making a decision on your own, it’s best to contact your attorney or legal counselor for final confirmation and advise. You may also want to consider starting your blog as a company in a different state than the one you currently live in.

Delaware is a popular state for companies to register in, due to their tax and company restrictions and benefits that other states don’t offer.

Best Places to Start a Business Outside of the United States

If you have the ability to run a website or blog from the comfort of your own home, you may want to consider moving to a better location. This could be somewhere you always wanted to live or visit, someone that is cheaper to live, or even another country that is more business friendly.

According to a recent survey and article from USANews, Thailand, India, China, Singapore, Malaysia, Mexico and Canada all ranked among the top seven locations to start a business in the world today. With so much attention on these countries and business in the world today, it’s no wonder that bloggers are eagerly making the jump from the United States to other countries — while also not having to change much about their sites or business model in the process.

However, just like there are different business and company entities that you need to choose from, you will also need to understand the different regulations for each of the countries listed above as well.

For example, if you want to start a company in Singapore, you would have to register the new company and also have at least one shareholder and a maximum of fifty shareholders within the company living in the same country.

Another scenario is if you wanted to form a company in Germany. Since it’s already part of the EU, you are going to have some big compliance and regulation issues that you need to abide by. For one, you would need to make sure you register the company within Germany, and also have an office, a bank account, and a local accountant within the same country as well.

Switzerland is another name that has always been popular with finances, banking and business as well. Bloggers that want to make the leap from any other location in the world and run their company from Switzerland, will need to make sure they fill out all of the necessary form, have the right specimen signatures, passport copies and relevant documents. As Switzerland is one of the most sought after locations to live and start a business, it also has one of the most complex business registration processes as well.

No matter where you want to run your blog business, it’s important to research the regulations of each country before making any sudden changes. The last thing you want is to make a big move and then have your business come to a halt and no longer have any incoming funds, or have the business be closed of seized by another country government.

Blogging is a Business that can Take You Anywhere!

As mentioned earlier, if you already have a successful blog or online business, then you likely already know and understand the advantages of being able to work from your home computer or laptop.

However, life is short and the amount of money you make is important as well.

If the idea of turning your blog into a legitimate business is in the cards, then you should definitely take the leap and go for it.

At the same time, if you aren’t happy with where you are living in the world either, be sure to explore your options for that as well.

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5 Proven Methods to Get More Attention and Engagement on Your Blog

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Whether you’re choosing to blog for business or pleasure, your number one priority should be to attract as many people to your page as possible. If you haven’t noticed much traffic on your blog lately, there are various things that you can do to help increase your readership.

Some of the most obvious ways to improve traffic and engagement on your site, is to have better content and a custom social media sharing strategy in place. These two components alone can result in thousands of new visitors to your site daily.

With that in mind, here are 5 ways to make your blog get real attention.

Establish Your Audience

If you don’t know who your target audience are, it can be difficult to know what sort of content to publish on your blog. Understandably, you will want as many people as possible to not only check out your page, but become loyal followers, so taking the time to understand your audience is important. The last thing you want is to spend hour after hour curating content for it to not be seen.

If you’re blogging for business, a great way to find out your target audience is by setting up your own Facebook business page. Make sure to link your blog on the page so customers know where to go for more information about your company.

In fact, Famoid recommends the following ten metrics and methods to be used when trying to grow and improve engagement through a Facebook Business Page.

  1. Use Multiple Forms of Media in Your Posts
  2. Don’t Over-Plug Your Product and Services
  3. Get People Involved
  4. Give People a Reason to Follow you
  5. Branding is Everything
  6. Thoroughly Fill Out the “About Us” Section
  7. Upload All of Your Videos and Photos to Your Page
  8. Make Sure It’s a Business Profile
  9. Be Responsive
  10. Be Consistently Active

Just like a blog, you need to make sure your social media profiles and fan pages are working for you, but also providing value to your audience. If not, users will quickly unfollow and unlike your content, while also being likely never to come back.

Post Relevant Content

Once you’ve identified your target demographic, the next step to take is to focus on what sort of content you’re posting. With so many blogs available on the internet, consumers can simply go elsewhere if they lose interest in your page, therefore, creating content that’s relevant, fresh, and eye-catching is key. Try and post images and videos on your page, rather than dominating the screen with large blocks of text. Many consumers don’t have the time or patience to sift through sentence after sentence, so you may want to consider using bullet points too.

At the end of the day, content is everything… but it’s the beginning and end all to everything. If you are creating content just for the sake of putting something out there, it’s not going to work. With more than a billion websites and blogs on the internet today, everyone needs to focus on creating the highest quality of content possible in order to not waste time and resources on just filling the internet with more clutter.

Use SEO

If you haven’t heard about SEO before, the chances are your blog isn’t gaining as much traffic as it could be. Search engine optimization is used to rank your blog higher in search engine results like Bing and Google. The higher your page is, the more chance you have of consumers checking out your blog. If you are a business that has multiple locations, you may want to consider using multi location SEO which can keep track of mentions of your company across the web, as well as on-page optimization.

This is especially true for local businesses or ad campaigns that are targeted to a select location or demographic audience. The better content and targeting you have in place, the more likely you can rank higher in the search results for localized terms or through social media with social sharing from locals.

Try Guest Posting

Helping other bloggers out with posts can be another great way to increase traffic to your page. Putting your knowledge and expertise to good use can not only help you build contacts through the blogging world, but it can also help draw readers in. We could all do with a helping hand, especially when starting out as a blogger, so posting links and recommendations to other bloggers can see your traffic increase.

Guest posting is still one of the best ways to get content placed on high-quality web sites and blogs, but it’s also getting quite saturated as well. For this method to work efficiently, you will need to build relationships with different websites and blogs across the internet, while also offering high-quality content in the process.

Be Consistent

It goes without saying, if you aren’t motivated and consistent with your blog, you can’t expect consumers to stay interested. Blogging takes time and commitment, so if you aren’t passionate about your page, you won’t get very far. Major success rarely happens overnight, so being driven and staying focused with your blog is important.

Your first port of call should be to establish who your target demographic is. If you’re in business, posting content that’s relevant and informative is crucial, allowing customers to get more of an insight into what your company is all about. Using SEO to rank your page higher, staying consistent with your content, as well as trying out guest posting are just a few things you can do to make your blog get real attention.

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Conquering Blogging Fears Sometimes Involves Shedding Blogging Tears

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Build a list. Publish posts frequently. Guest post. Work harder.

I did all that stuff. I still struggled. You did all of it, too. Some of you at least.

But I bet you we were in the same boat years ago. Perhaps you sit in the boat of blogging despair now. You did it all. NOTHING seems to be working. Create value. Make connections. No traffic. No money. I can advise good things take time. Or I can say to be positive and be strong. In truth, being positive, patient and strong all are effective means to conquering your blogging fears.

Shedding tears is the quickest, most direct, simplest way to conquer blogging fears. Every fear is scary because fear frightens you. Crying out fears literally dissolves the fear-fuel; as tears shed, so do fears. Chip away; be present, relax, and allow fears and tears to flow in a quiet room.

Guys; until you face, feel and release fears, you cannot be generous, abundant, patient, persistent and prolific. Why? Fear is an anchor leading to:

  • writer’s block
  • general apathy
  • laziness
  • indecision
  • sloth

I can advise you to generously help people but if you feel bogged down by fear, you will ignore me because you just want to help yourself. See how far you get blogging-wise helping yourself. Expect to publish a cyber diary. Nobody reads self-centered bloggers but the blogger themselves.

Crying Leads to Shining

Last night I worked through the evening. Sickness mixed with energy surges inspired me to work then to meditate at 3 AM. Fatigue and allowing unearthed sadness in me; I cried uncontrollably for 10 minutes. Guess what? I immediately felt better, peaceful, poised, calm, grateful and generous. Perfect energy for accelerating my blogging success. But not crying out those energies creates a fear-burden sapping my generosity and abundance.

From my trip to Oman.

Do Not Be Tough Because Repressed Fear Leads to Endless Struggle

I have seen many struggling bloggers work 18 hour days doing smart stuff but injecting work with fear-strain-force. Guess what? Struggles ensue because you cannot get over what’s still in you. Do not be tough. Do not repress fear because fear will destroy your blogging campaign. Every struggle is fear. Every failure is fear. Feel fear – however unpleasant – to move along the struggle, to be generous, to trust and to succeed.

In my eBook: Creating the Mindset of a Successful Blogger

I explain thinking, feeling and acting like a pro leads to professional results. How can you think, feel and act like a pro blogger if you fear running out of money? How can you succeed if you deeply fear failure? How can you be a generous, trusting person if you feel terrified to spend time building bonds and creating content?

Fear makes you a blogging fool. Blogging fools spam people, publish thin content and fail forever until they face, embrace and release fears.

Cry it out. Seriously. I felt such a purge last night. I continue to predominantly feel amazing, light and relaxed by feeling whatever emotions arise in my being. Nobody enjoys feeling sad, but in the same vein, you will be completely blind to and fabulously ignorant of good, successful blogging advice if you feel burdened by sadness. Nobody succeeds in a happy, abundant way being saddled by fear and sadness. Let it go. Process your emotions not from logic, but from raw energy.

Once the tears go, then fears go. From that energy you are free to become a highly successful, prospering blogger because you act from an abundant, generous vibe.

 

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