D is for… Daily Blog Checklist 

D is for… Daily Blog Checklist – http://wp.me/p2MPEB-xT

I would highly recommend that all bloggers write their own Daily Blog Checklist and keep it in their Blog Planner. The design of your checklist will depend on the type of blog you have and your own personal goals. I have a couple of examples to share with you today.

If you are participating in the A to Z Challenge why not use a checklist to guide you though the challenge and keep track to the blogs you have visited (and enjoyed).

Daily Checklist – A to Z Challenge (2016).

For a more general daily blogging checklist why not use something more like this?

D – Daily Blogging Checklist (Pocket Blogging Planner).

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7 Reasons – Why Do We Blog.

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Did you ever ask yourself, why do you blog, or why do you have to? Nowadays on Internet there are more than 70 millions blogs, and it is interesting what purposes do they pursue?

Until recently, to make money online was not easy for usual people like we. 4-5 years ago it was difficult to earn something on the Net until WEB 2.0 era had came. The only way which could help us in that time was website creating, it’s promotion, and selling of advertising places.

Today everything changed. Blog fever amplifies day by day, and everyone, who heard something about blogs, wants to have it. So, why? Lets try to make some supervisions.

1. Glory. The vanity was, is and will be always. Whether is necessary to be surprised that people wish to be famous? Look at how many amazing people did you know since you have enjoyed blogging. Seth Godin, Steve Pavlina, Darren Rowse… Did you ever know them if not blogs?

2. Self-expression. Many people are blogging because it gives them some charge of energy. I created this blog because I just want to share of my thoughts… Why not? And there are guys, who are the professionals in different spheres, but they don’t have another opportunities of expression. Internet is the best instrument for people like we.

Internet is not developed even on a half and I do not exclude such opportunity, that people will become famous all over again online and only after, in real life. Blogging is what such people need.

3. Job. For many, blogging is a real time job. Companies are hire people to write about their new products and its announcement. Like I wrote in my post Occupation Bloggger, the middle salary of such blogger in US is equal $2,5-3 thousands per month.

4. Sale of own products. Through Internet, we can start selling our products worldwide from the minutes after beginning. Especially if we have an electronic product like eBook or useful software, Internet is the best that we can use. And people use it. Blog helps to realize these purposes.

5. Sale of affiliate products. Recently, are appeared the new techniques, which help anyone to sell affiliate products with help of blog. Check this out.

6. To Help Another. Yes, yes, yes… And why not? I found many blogs of family doctors, radio engineering and even workers of the zoo which are writing about what should we do in different situations.

7. Money Making Online. And eventually people are blogging for the sake of money. Look at Jonh Chow, if to be honest, I’m not against that my blog brings me $18,000. But while I have no such purposes. And John is not alone. For many people blog is a big business. I read somethere, that Engadget make more than $100,000 per month. Youare probably agree with me, that these people don’t have any financial problems. 🙂

Everyone of us have different views, but the are all the same, because blogging join us. Let’s create blogs, promote them and enjoy this process, because it gives us a big opportunities in our lifes.
From Artem Belinskiy. http://www.earnexperience.com

10 things to include in your media kit

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10 things to include in your media kit

Hey, happy pixels!! 

What is Media Kit?

A media kit is simply an information packet about a business or product. You can make one to promote your blog. For example, you can send it to blogs or brands to explain who you are, what do you do and to propose a collaboration.

It’s a useful tool. It collects information about your blog that answers your investors, collaborators, and clients questions about you. You can think about your media kit as a marketing tool. Actually, it is.

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A media kit should be visual, attractive and simple. You want to grab the reader’s attention, but the main information has to be easy to find. Remember that the time people dedicate to that kind of things is limited, so you have to be visual and interesting.

A good way to design your media kit is to use tools as Canva. Another good way is to look for free printables on Google. Remember: visual and simple.

There are lots of contents suggestions. From my point of view, the top things that you should include in your media kit are:

Media kit contents

  1. The name of your blog; add your logo, or your picture if you don’t have a logo.
  2. A brief information about you and your blog. Who are you, what exactly is your blog or business. Just 3-5 sentences. Be clear. Add a link to your blog and your mail or contact info.
  3. Previous collaborations. Who were your collaborators, what did you do for them and a link to your work? If you have good opinions about your job, you can include them here.
  4. WordPress and social media statistics. If you still don’t have large numbers to impress, you can omit them or use your growth trends. For example, in just 3 months, the number of blog followers has increased 200%.
  5. What kind of collaborations you do. Which services are you offering? You’ll send your kit with a personalized proposal for each blog or company, but here you can offer different options. Include here a call to action: send me a mail, call me for more information…Include your contact info again, or just include it here, not above.
  6. Add pictures. Be proud of your hard work. Show it.
  7. Convert the kit to PDF.

Make a list of blogs/brands you would like to work with. Send your media kit.

Make changes if it does not work.

Are you interested in having a media kit? I think it’s an interesting tool. Especially when a blog it’s starting to grow. Even before that.

Are you going to make one? If you have any doubt or if you want to share your experiences with your media kit, feel free to leave a comment.

Love,
Sílvia.

 

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    How to be an Efficient Blogger (2 min read) 

    How to be an Efficient Blogger (2 min read) – http://wp.me/p7hi1Z-3WI

    Written by Millionaire’s Digest Team Member: Donatella Petitti

    Founder & Owner of: Ciao Donatella

    Millionaire’s Digest Team, Contributor, Blogging and Successful Living Writer


    Every blogger no matter new to the blogging world or a blogging veteran. You could always use some tips to maximize your blogging talents in order to have flawless content, organized life/blog and lots of follows and views. It can be difficult to find the “groove” but these tips are sure to make it easier and have you blogging like a superstar in no time!

    1. Have A Designated Office Space

    It is important to have a space that you can go to without any interruption and that their is rarely any change in activity. This will make writing easier and more enjoyable for you to work. Having a desk area specifically to blogging can make it easier to step away from working and take a break when needed so you don’t suffer from writers block or boredom. Make sure there are no distractions such as a T.V and try separate the area from home, remember this is a work/hobby zone not a home attitude.

    2. Use a Planner (maybe even 2)

    No matter who you are or what type of blog you have, it is ideal that you have a planner to keep track of not only your life outside the blog but the blog itself. Some bloggers like having 2: one for blog and one for life, others view having one is easier to divide blog and life activities. Either way it is important to plan posts, collaborations, photo shoots, and social media. The planner helps keep not only yourself organized but your blog, which inevitably keeps your readers engaged because they don’t have to wonder when you post or what your up to.

    3. Create Office Hours

    Think of your blog like a business (whether that was your intention or not). So when you work you have a set arrive and go home time. For example: 9:30am-12:45am {two days a week/ on the weekend}, 5pm-7pm everyday and night around 9pm-11pm. These hours are not written in stone but try to stay within the times yo set out in order to achieve long-term success.

    4. Keep Things Organized/Appealing

    You are going to be more tempted to work more often if everything in your work space has a place. Finding nice looking office organization, a pretty computer background and colourful sticky notes & file folders will motivate you and get the creative juices flowing. make your space your own and decorate it to fit your needs.

    In the End…

    Consistency is key, follow these tips everyday and the result will show in not only your attitude towards blogging but through the numbers as well.


    Article Credits: Donatella Petitti

    Millionaire’s Digest Team, Contributor

    (For Beauty, Travel, Photography Bloggers & More)

    Distributing Articles Through Blogs

    These days, it is hard to find anyone, of any age, who does not blog. Business have even taken to blogging, from small ones to large corporations. The popularity and simplicity of blogging makes it popular with everyone.

    Using blogs to help with your sales is easy and recommended. It is simple to create your own blog on which to post your articles. You can find a webhosting company that includes a blog in its webhosting package, or you can choose a popular blog site like Blogger at http://www.blogger.com .

    The most important thing is to make your blog viral. Do this by creating an RSS feed and allowing readers to copy your blog to their own.

    All you need to do is set up your blog and start posting your articles into categories of your own choosing. using pinging features will allow blog directories to keep updated whenever you add a new post to your blog. You can also sign up at http://pingomatic.com/ to have your blog pinged with many different services all at once. This will help bring traffic to your blog.

    Another way to make blogs helpful in your article marketing is to seek out blogs that relate to your field of interest. Upon finding a subject that relates to your article, add a comment and a link to the article asking other readers of the blog to visit your blog and read the article.

    Posting the actual article on someone else’s blog is rude and not accepted. A simple link to an article that directly relates to the topic in question is perfectly acceptable.

    Discover The Power Of Blogging

    The dark circles under his eyes are evidence that he has been pecking away at the keyboard again. Night after night he sits, mesmerized by the computer screen surfing forum after forum filling the blank spaces with his comments and opinions about senseless issues, political debates, religious matters, business strategies and shopping options. All the while his marriage is deteriorating, his children are growing up and away, his business is wavering on the brink of bankruptcy, spiritual matters are being neglected, all to which he is oblivious.

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    One day he happens upon an internet forum about blogging. “What in the world is blogging?” he wonders.

    Suddenly he becomes enthralled with a new mission. He has to get to the bottom of this. With all the time he has spent on the internet communicating with people throughout the world, he has never heard of blogging. He wants to learn everything there is to know about it…

    Blogging is a relatively new phenomenon that is truly undefined due to the fact that it is not yet what it will become. Currently weblogs teeter on the edges of interactive journalism vs. personal archiving and information sharing. Different bloggers have varying purposes and goals. Some aim to record their thoughts, some to share resources and information and some to tell stories. Blogging has also been used as a tool for educating readers and for providing customer service and communications as well as serving as a tool for self-expression.

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    With Google’s introduction of the AdSense content-targeted advertising program, you can even generate some revenue from your blog as you get paid per click for Google Ads accessed from your blog. Don’t create a blog on the premise that you’re going to get rich from advertising payments or you may be sorely disappointed. Rather, view the ad program as an added bonus for the time spent filling your blog with useful content, or as getting paid a little for doing something you enjoy.

    The best way to get started blogging is just to jump in and get your feet wet. Decide what you want to accomplish through your blog. Is it a tool for getting things off your chest? Sharing your thoughts and feelings? Providing information? Tracking events?

    Reading through various blogs will provide you with some ideas for your blogs purpose and for developing your writing style.

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    Find a blogging medium that you are comfortable with. There are some options out there for free blogs and there are some paid services that are very reasonable, some for commercial and some for non-commercial use.

    Probably the quickest and easiest way to start your own blog is to use a hosted service like Blogger – http://www.blogger.com. Getting started with Blogger is a three step process that you can take care of right now. You simply create an account, name your blog and choose a template and you’ll be ready to get started making blog entries. Once you get comfortable with the basic process of blogging, be sure to visit the “Help” section of the Blogger website to learn more about advanced uses and blogging options.

    Do Blogs Need Pictures?

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    One question that commonly pops up is “Do you really need a picture for a blog?” The answer is no. Imagery is there to enhance your content. Above all the purpose of including an image with your blog should not be to make up for weak content.

    Pictures are also more appropriate for certain types of blogs rather than others. For instance a blog about modern art or architecture might require pictures more than a blog about the latest computer chip would.

    However there is no reason why the occasional picture can’t be used to augment your writing even if you are using a blog to sell a very dry product such as computer software. The true purpose of an illustration or photograph is to enhance your blog, not detract from it. If the image enhances the point you want to make or is even a well-attuned metaphor for what you are trying to say, then by all means use it.

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    One problem is that some blog templates are not that friendly when it comes to uploading pictures. In this case it is possible to have the image open in a separate web page so it does not interfere with the layout of your blog. This also gives your reader the choice of whether they want to bother looking at the image or not.

    One design rule regarding images is to keep them all the same size. There is nothing that messes up the look of a well designed blog more than having differently sized photographs scattered all over the page. Another problem that you may likely encounter when uploading images onto a blog template is the issue of having to fit the image into a predetermined size. This can mean the image is squished, elongated or stretched laterally. If this is a problem, then don’t bother uploading an image at all.