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Four Tips to Increase Traffic for a Beginner

This past week, a friend from college approached me with some basic questions about starting a blog. I decided to give her some much-needed advice, not only about monetization strategies, but also about how to increase her traffic. While IContinue Reading

How Blogging Can Turn You into a Entrepreneur

Almost two years ago, I decided to start my own blog for the sake of helping others get a handle on their finances. While I am not alone in starting a blog, very few people make it past the 6 month or 1 year marks. Making it past these mile markers is a huge sense of accomplishment and if you have made it this far, you should be proud. Two years is coming up and I can’t believe how far I have come in the past 21 months. One of the biggest changes that I have noticed is my new sense of confidence when it comes to running my own business. Continue reading Continue Reading

Reasons Not to Pursue Full-Time Blogging

A year ago, I often dreamed of being able to make it as a full-time blogger. Many may say I was young and naive, and perhaps that is right, but I was also seeing a lot of success. In myContinue Reading

Everything You Need to Know to Sell a Website on Flippa.com

A little over a month ago, I made the difficult decision to throw in the towel for one of my sites. I had some decent success with it in its first year, generating several thousands of dollars in revenue, but there were several life changes in the past few months that have kept me busy. To continue to grow the site would take time that I didn’t have and it just seemed like an injustice to keep it any longer. Plus, it would probably lose value later if I tried to sell it after months of little to no activity or posts. I couldn’t let that happen, so it was time to pull the plug. When I decided to list my site on Flippa, I had no idea what I was getting myself into. I know what it can be like to feel unfamiliar, but there are key things to know in order to make it a successful sale. Continue reading Continue Reading

How I Made Five Figures from Blogging in Year One

It isn’t everyday that someone makes a lot of money from blogging. It was just a little over a year ago that I got serious about making money from blogging. I started my first personal finance blog in August 2011.Continue Reading

Reasons to Start a Blog

Reasons to Start a Blog

Have you ever thought about starting a blog? While it may seem like learning a new language (and in many ways it is), it is possible to start a blog even if you don’t know anything about blogging. While we try to simplify the process of starting a blog, it can still be a lot to learn. For that reason, I thought I would cover the many reasons for starting a blog. Continue reading Continue Reading

Writing Strategic Content to Increase Engagement and Traffic

Writing Strategic Content to Increase Engagement and Traffic

Lately, though I have been re-thinking how I come up with content. While I may save time when it comes to the writing process, it costs me engagement and traffic in the long run because it fails to consider the reader. If you want to increase your traffic and engagement, you NEED to consider your reader. Making it interesting and relevant as well as timely can make a HUGE difference for the success of your blog. While I am still learning how to do this successfully, I have come to understand key principles for success. Continue reading Continue Reading

Headway WordPress Theme Review

Headway WordPress Theme Review

It’s been several months since I started using Headway for my first blog. Since that point, I have installed it on almost all of my websites and I couldn’t be happier. While I always try to find a way to highlight the positives and negatives of a product when doing a review, this one will be a little lopsided. The truth is that I can’t think of one negative aspect of Headway. It is simply that good. Continue reading Continue Reading

Most Common Mistakes When Starting a Blog

Most Common Mistakes When Starting a Blog

Starting a blog is a challenge. Everyone starts with different levels of understanding of what it takes to manage a blog and almost everyone has a lot to learn. It’s easy to see why. Many of you started your blog (or will start your blog in the near future) for the sole person of helping others. Knowing how to do everything related to blogging isn’t a requirement. It should not be a surprise to us that EVERYONE makes a mistake when starting their blog. Continue reading Continue Reading

Aweber Email Marketing – Is it Worth it?

Aweber Email Marketing – Is it Worth it?

When I first started blogging, I had heard of Aweber’s Email Marketing service, but I laughed at the idea of paying $20 per month. To pay an additional amount per month would practically suck all the income that I was making at that time AND THEN some. For people who have owned their blog for less then six months, I would guess that many of you are thinking along the same lines as I did. If you started your blog to make money, then you should consider Aweber’s service. While I don’t think that everyone should use it, I am now convinced that many will regret not using it earlier. That’s how I feel. Continue reading Continue Reading