For all you amateur bloggers out there, here are three questions for you. Do you want more people reading your blog? Do you want to build your subscriber list? Do you want to make money from blogging?
(This is a guest post from Jennifer Nini)
Of course you do, why else would you have a blog?
You could just as easily be journalling in the privacy of your bedroom. Instead, you’ve chosen to publish to the world wide web.
So let me guess, you’ve slaved away perfecting your prose, editing and re-editing your work before finally hitting that submit button. But for all the work you’ve put in, I bet you’re not getting anyone reading your blog except for some family and friends who are obliged to. Am I right?
Messy tables, non-stop ringing phones, sporadic schedules, team management troubles, email beeps, and what not; an entrepreneur often has stacks work of finish. It can be quite difficult to manage all your tasks once your business is kicking in and has finally started making profits. You don’t want to mess it up at this point of the cycle since this is a crucial stage in the business. Depending on your survival extinct, your business will pave its way into the market and make a mark with the grit you develop at this stage. One way you can do that is by making smart choices about the sort of tools every entrepreneur should have at their disposal.
If you want your blog to work for your business, then you need to have a strategy in place to make sure that every time you write, you’re creating the perfect blog post. In other words, your blogging should serve a purpose. In this blog post, I’m going to reveal:
Why a clear blogging strategy is essential to your business
I’ll introduce to you a concept called the Content Sales Funnel, and why it is important
Why traffic goals aren’t everything when it comes to blogging
The two options you have to choose from when writing any blog post
When I first starting running a business online, one of the most enlightening exercises I carried out was when I took steps to figure out who my customer was and what they wanted from me (spoiler: it wasn’t what I thought).
The rapid growth of new technology is a real blessing for us entrepreneurs. Running a business online is just getting easier and easier, and I’ve found some of the best free tools on the web to help me get there.
When I first started working at digital agencies back in 2006 it took months to develop a website, weeks or months to add new features to it, and web design required heavy input from someone hugely skilled in Photoshop. Can you imagine how frustratingly slow it would have been back in those days to adapt your business to an ever-changing marketplace?
I’m always on the lookout for new tools, resources and apps that are designed to make the life of the entrepreneur easier. Here are ten that I’ve been really excited to discover (and no, I’m not affiliated with any of them): (more…)
I’m not one to typically write about ‘soft’ topics like emotions. But this post is close to my heart because it’s something I have struggled with. And I know from speaking to customers and from speaking to associates that it is far more common that people realize, even if we don’t want to admit to it. It is the feeling of being overwhelmed. I want to talk about what it feels like to be overwhelmed at the start of your business journey, why it can be so damaging to your business success, and what you can do about it. (more…)
A new business and no sales. Or as I call it: the website launch trap. It’s a problem many entrepreneurs fall into: they spend time and money building their perfect website, fine-tuning their product offering, getting traffic, and then…..wait a minute.
Where are my customers?
It can be so frustrating to an entrepreneur who has put their heart and soul into creating something from scratch. You know you have a fantastic product. You really believe in what they are doing. But people just aren’t buying it. And the longer this goes on, the more you start to doubt yourself:
I truly believe words can be powerful motivators. So if you want this to be your year of positive change, let the words in these 100 inspiring quotes guide you forward:
1. If you dream it, you can do it – Walt Disney
2. Don’t look back. You’re not going that way. – Anon
3. Do not look back and grieve over the past for it is gone; and do not be troubled about the future, for it has not yet come. Live in the present, and make it so beautiful it will be worth remembering. – Anon (more…)
Running a new online business can seem overwhelming at times. As an entrepreneur, you wear many different hats. So it’s easy to get distracted from task to task. When that happens, chances are that you aren’t pushing your business forward as much as you could be.
So how do you stay focused? Well, one of the best things you can do for your business from the very outset is to have a clear plan ahead. Here, I’ll share with you the strategy that has been working brilliantly for me in my business, and I’ll also give you my own template I use to write and plan out my goals (scroll to the end for that). (more…)