The Greatest Digital Creatives https://thegreatestdigitalcreatives.com Learn. Apply. Monetize. Wed, 27 May 2020 08:54:59 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.4.1 https://thegreatestdigitalcreatives.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/cropped-The-greatest-digital-creatives-by-Cherrie-Ann-Balictar-32x32.png The Greatest Digital Creatives https://thegreatestdigitalcreatives.com 32 32 How to declutter your blog a-la Marie Kondo https://thegreatestdigitalcreatives.com/declutter-your-blog/ https://thegreatestdigitalcreatives.com/declutter-your-blog/#respond Tue, 26 May 2020 22:00:18 +0000 https://thegreatestdigitalcreatives.com/?p=1627 This post may contain affiliate links. Please see the Disclaimer for more info.

“It’s not pretty enough.” This is what I’ve been telling myself every time I redesign my blog. I like to think that my blog helps me improve my skills in WordPress development. But sometimes, it’s frustrating when I cannot satisfy my taste in aesthetics. I can’t remember how many times I have changed themes, accent colors, and font styles. Lo and behold, I finally settled with a minimalist theme, with custard yellow as my accent color. Do you like it? 

Another reason why I decided to do the minimalist route is to eliminate distraction. Sometimes, it’s eye-straining if there are too many colors and too many details. I want a simple, honest, and very straightforward website. No sugar coating. No fancy formatting.

I only want an honest, raw, simple, and very straightforward website you will always love to come back to. 

If you’ve been blogging for years and finally decide to declutter your blog a-la Marie Kondo, you may want to back up everything first before proceeding. In case you change your mind, you can always reset it to what it was. For this I use the UpdraftPlus WordPress Backup plugin. The backup files go to my Google Drive.  

Always, ALWAYS backup your website. This is another blogging basics tip you cannot ignore. 

So how do you declutter your blog a-la Marie Kondo? Here are the steps I did over the weekend to make my blog “squeaky clean.” 

1. Choose a minimalist theme

I started The Greatest using the OceanWp theme and Elementor page builder. I still highly recommend this combo. The free versions alone can help you fully customize your website. If you’re planning to sell products and show them on your homepage, just install the woo-commerce plugin and you can start working on your product listing.

Right now I’m using the Olsen Light theme. My web pages are still built with Elementor. Then, I removed my static homepage and set my blog page as the homepage instead. 

It’s definitely up to you if you want a fancier and more feminist theme. Make sure you have your readers in mind when you decide to make the change.

2. Delete images you’re not using

If you’ve been updating old blog posts, you may have dozens of unused images on your media folder. 

To delete, go to Media, click the image you want to be deleted, scroll down and choose Delete Permanently. 

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If you need to remove more than one image, click the Bulk Select button, choose the images you want to be removed, and click Delete Permanently.

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3. Delete unwanted themes

When you install WordPress in CPanel for the first time, everything is in default settings. WordPress provides you with a selection of up to 3 themes to choose from. If you’re not going to use any of these, then it’s time to delete. Doing so will free up space on your website and increase your load speed.

To do this, all you have to do is go to Appearance, select Themes, choose the theme you want to be deleted, click Theme Previews, and click Delete.

4. Delete inactive plugins

Using the same principle in removing themes I don’t use, you need to remove inactive plugins as well. Besides, it doesn’t make sense to keep unwanted plugins and constantly update them.  

All you have to do is go to Plugins and click Installed plugins. Choose the plugin you want to be removed, then click Delete

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5. Delete spam comments

Every day, it has become a daily habit to delete spam comments. It’s annoying, believe me. If you’re using plugins that block spam comments, you don’t need this step anymore to declutter your blog. 

I never liked Akismet, but you will find a lot of blog posts raving about how good it is in removing spam comments. 

I’m liking Antispam Bee. I discovered it over the weekend, and so far it does the job. 

Related post: 10 Best Anti-Spam Plugins for WordPress in 2020

6. Delete saved-for-later Elementor templates

Every time I edit my web pages, I make it a point to save the blocks I want to use for later. These blocks are saved in templates. Over the weekend, I was shocked to realize that I have over 50 templates

I deleted them one by one by going to Templates, Saved Templates, and then click Trash.

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7. Delete blog post drafts

Are you guilty of saving blog post ideas in the form of a blog post draft? Me, too. But in the process of decluttering my blog, I realized how much of a visual clutter it was. I thought saving them can be a constant reminder for me to finish writing them. Turns out, it’s a bad idea.

So I removed all of my blog post drafts, and saved these ideas on my Google Drive instead.

8. Organize your categories and tags

After months and months of niching down my blog, I FINALLY decided to stick to 5 categories, all related to blogging. These are: 

Blogging Basics

Content Marketing

Goal Setting Tips for Bloggers

Pinterest Strategies for Bloggers

WordPress for Bloggers

I realized these categories are my strengths. Therefore, I’d like to focus my time and expertise in providing relevant content and offer my services around these areas. 

For my tags, I use my SEO keywords instead. For example, my blog post, A Complete Beginner’s Guide to Pinterest for Bloggers (with free checklist) uses the categories Pinterest Strategies for Bloggers and Blogging Basics

Meanwhile, my tags are Pinterest for bloggers, Pinterest for blogging, Pinterest tips for bloggers, and Pinterest tips for new bloggers. 

If you don’t like this idea, here’s how to declutter your blog by means of labeling them according to categories and tags. 

Categories are general labels.

Tags describe blog posts in more detail.

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9. Remove inactive user profiles

Do you have other users logging in to your WordPress website aside from you?

Are they active users?

If not, now is the best time to remove them. 

You don’t want strangers logging in to your blog without your knowledge. 

Last night, I saw a blogger shared her experience on Facebook that her blog was suspended by Bluehost due to malware.

To avoid this from happening, make sure you and only YOU have access to your WordPress dashboard. If you want to hire a WordPress developer to help you out in fixing techie stuff, DO NOT give your admin login. Instead, create a new user profile for him/her. 

This way, you can set limitations for this person on your website.

As soon as the job is done, you can delete the user profile permanently.   

To delete a user profile, just go to Users, All Users, and Delete

Related post: Bluehost Account Suspended? Here’s How You Can Fix it

10. Organize your sidebar and footer widgets 

When you declutter your blog, it is such a relief to start with a clean slate. That is, if your blog is fairly new. A blog with hundreds of blog posts is kind of hard to reset. 

Same thing with your sidebar and footer widgets. If you have custom HTML added like mine, it’s hard to redo everything. Unless of course, you have saved the HTML code somewhere in your notepad or Google doc.

There isn’t a universal rule when it comes to decluttering your sidebar and footer widgets. For my blog, I treat my widgets as Call-To-Action (CTA) buttons.  Of course, I have a short introduction about myself, blog post categories for you to explore, links for you to follow me on social media and Pinterest, and of course my affiliate links and services. 

This way, I am telling my web visitors (old and new) about what my blog is about, and how I can be of service to you.

Remember, blogging is a business revolving around helping people. So, if you don’t proactively inform your readers what’s your deal, most likely they’ll exit right away.

11. Fixing the Menu

Since I recently changed my WordPress theme, I decided to create two different menus. One at the top, and one at the bottom.

My top menu (also known as my main menu) shows my web pages (About Me, Services, and Work with Me).  

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The one at the bottom is for my legal pages. 

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Related post: Protect your blog legally: The stress-free guide to legal pages for bloggers

I should’ve used the same set of the menu at the bottom. But I have become more aware of legal disclosures to protect myself and my blog. A simple step such as adding legal pages on my website makes a lot of difference. 

I got my legal pages from Amira’s Best-selling Legal Bundle. Having a lawyer draft your legal templates will definitely give you peace of mind. 

12. Tidy up your WordPress dashboard 

Last but definitely not the least, is to tidy up your dashboard. Imagine logging in from your admin page and be greeted with chaos.

Tidy up your WordPress dashboard by rearranging the reminders and expand them only when needed. 

Conclusion 

And there you have it, my 12 easy steps on how to declutter your blog a-la Marie Kondo. 

Again, do not forget to backup your files, in case something terrible happens while your doing your website makeover. 

Another plugin you can use to declutter your blog is the WP Sweep. This plugin allows you to clean up duplicated and unused data. 

Everyone is in decluttering mode at home while in quarantine. Let’s do the same on our websites. 

Which part of your blog do you want to be decluttered first?

What’s the easiest? The hardest?

Let me know in the comments. Take care. 

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A Complete Beginner’s Guide to Pinterest for Bloggers (with free checklist) https://thegreatestdigitalcreatives.com/pinterest-for-bloggers/ https://thegreatestdigitalcreatives.com/pinterest-for-bloggers/#comments Wed, 06 May 2020 22:00:00 +0000 https://thegreatestdigitalcreatives.com/?p=1508 This post may contain affiliate links. Please see the Disclaimer for more info.

Did you recently start a blog? Is Google giving you a hard time when it comes to getting organic traffic? Don’t worry, Pinterest is here to save the day. Today, we’ll talk about Pinterest for bloggers, and how to use it to your advantage as a new blogger.

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What is Pinterest?

Pinterest is no ordinary platform. Pinterest, like Google, is a search engine. It allows users to search for ideas and inspiration about basically anything.

Unlike Google where the search results are primarily text-based ie. blog post title, meta description, and URL, Pinterest is visual, allowing users to explore new discoveries by means of images, and videos. 

So if your blog niche is home decor, food and drinks, DIY projects, fashion, lifestyle, and personal development, Pinterest is the perfect platform for you.

Think of Pinterest as a digital vision board. Users search for inspiration and “pin” these images in their own vision boards. 

But, ff you feel that you want to focus your time and energy in creating content, rather than learning the ins and outs of a new platform, hiring a Pinterest Manager is always an option.

Book a free 30-minute consultation with me. 

However, if you are excited to get your hands on Pinterest, create pins, and come up with Pinterest strategies to give your website traffic a boost, stick around because this blog post is filled with helpful Pinterest tips for new bloggers.

How to use Pinterest for blogging?

A lot of bloggers swear by Pinterest as:

  1. Primary source of website traffic – 
  2. Reach a wider audience (U.S. based) 
  3. Earn through affiliate marketing
  4. Earn by selling your own products/services

Related Post: 30 High-Paying Affiliate Programs Perfect for New Bloggers

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How do I add Pinterest to my blog?

If you’re using WordPress, you need to install social sharing plugins like Social Warfare or Sassy Social Share so it will be easy for your website visitors to “Pin” your blog post. 

I have used both plugins. Both do the job, but I prefer Sassy Social Share. 

How to set up Pinterest for blogging 

1. Convert your Pinterest from Personal to Business

Is a Pinterest Business account free?

Absolutely. 

What is the difference between a personal and a business account?

A Pinterest business account allows you to:

So, how do you convert your Pinterest account from Personal to Business? 

After you log in, click the 3 dots on the right side of your screen and choose Edit Settings. Today, I’m using the Pinterest account of my Self-care blog.

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Next, click Account Settings.

Scroll down until you reach the bottom of the page that says Account changes.

Then click the button that says Convert Account.

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You will be redirected to a page that confirms the activity. Click continue and you’re done.

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2. Claim your website

Another important step in converting to a Pinterest business account is to claim your website.  

Please note that in order for you to do this step, you need to have a self-hosted WordPress website. 

Mine is self-hosted with Interserver, which I pay $5/month. And if you sign up using my affiliate link, you can use the code CHERRIEBALICTAR so you can get your first month for just a penny.  

Here are the steps on how to claim your website.

1. Go back to Edit settings, then Claim. Type your blog URL and click the red button that says Claim

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2. You will see a pop-up that says Pick Claim Option and tick Add HTML tag

3. Log in to your WordPress website and install and activate the Insert Headers and Footers plugin. Once the plugin is activated, go to Settings, and click Insert Headers and Footers.

4. Go back to Pinterest, copy the HTML tag, and paste it in WordPress inside the box that says Scripts in Header.

5. Go back to Pinterest and click Submit for review.

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6. You will see in the account settings that they will review your request and give the results in the next 24 hours. Mine didn’t take that long. I think it only took an hour.

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3. Enable rich pins

What are rich pins?

According to Pinterest,

Rich Pins show metadata right on the Pin itself, giving Pinners a richer experience and increasing engagement. Information in a Rich Pin is independent of the Pin description, ensuring that important information is always tied to the Pin. There are 4 types of Rich Pins: app, article, product and recipe Pins.

Rich Pins work by displaying metadata from marked up pages on your website. Once you’ve applied for Rich Pins, any content on your site with metadata will turn into a Rich Pin when a user saves it.

In a nutshell, Pinterest wants to know what kind of content you’re sharing in their platform to provide the best user experience. Moreover, this validation process determines your intention as to how you will use the platform and agree to their terms and conditions.

You may hear some bloggers complain about their account being suspended. This can be caused by a number of reasons. But primarily it’s because Pinterest thinks that their account does not adhere to their community guidelines, and it appears that they are violating spam policies.

Claiming your website and enabling rich pins, are crucial steps to adhere to Pinterest’s guidelines. So make sure that you don’t skip this step. 

To start, open the Rich Pin Validator here.

If you have the Yoast SEO plugin installed, you can follow these instructions to enable rich pins on your blog

4. Optimize your Pinterest business account profile 

Let’s start with your display name.
If you follow me on Pinterest, you will see that I have keywords How to Start a Blog and Make Money Blogging beside my name.

These are the Pinterest Keywords I’m targeting. Meaning, I want my Pinterest profile to be found with these keywords.

For example, your blog niche is giving career advice.

When you type career advice in the Pinterest search bar and hit enter, it will show additional keyword suggestions people are searching on Pinterest.

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Moreover, the search bar also shows the results of trending topics related to your target keywords. 

These are the Pinterest keywords you can use which can be displayed beside your real name or blog name.

5. Optimize your profile description

Now that you have a list of keywords to target, the next step is to use them in your profile description.

If you go back to my profile, my other target keywords are SEO for bloggers, best blogging tips, and work from home.  

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Going back to our example earlier, you can use career advice for women, work tips, and job ideas for women in the profile description.

6. Upload your Pinterest profile photo

There isn’t really one rule as to what image to use as your Pinterest profile photo.

A logo would be nice. But having your gorgeous face in the profile image makes a lot of difference. Besides, a lot of our target audience aim for authenticity, and having your face put out there means a lot. 

To edit your display name, photo, and profile description, just click the 3 dots on the right side of your screen and choose Edit settings

Under Edit profile, edit your Display Name, Photo,  and About your profile

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There isn’t really one rule as to what image to use as your Pinterest profile photo.

In using Pinterest for blogging, using your brand logo would be nice. But having your gorgeous face in the profile image makes a lot of difference. Besides, a lot of our target audience aims for authenticity, and having your face put out there increases your chances of building your personal branding.  

To edit your display name, photo, and profile description, just click the 3 dots on the right side of your screen and choose Edit settings

Under Edit profile, edit your Display Name, Photo,  and About your profile

7. Create niche-related boards with description

Remember the keywords you’ve collected earlier to optimize your display name and description?

Hold on to them because you will use those keywords to name your Pinterest boards and Description.

What is a Pinterest board?

A Pinterest board is a way to group your pins according to your interest or theme. On Facebook, you can create albums for your photos, ie. wedding photos, summer outing, birthdays, and other special or random occasions.

A Pinterest board ALMOST works the same. The only difference is, you will be using these boards to share your content, have your pins saved, and finally get website clicks. 

Pinterest tips for new bloggers on how to create a Pinterest board

Simply click the red plus icon on the right side of the screen and click Create a Board

Edit the board by adding a name, description, category, and click Save. 

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To add a board cover, just click Change and you can upload an image from your computer. I suggest you use Canva for this and use the template for Instagram posts.

How many boards do I need to use Pinterest for blogging?

If you don’t have a lot of blog posts to pin yet, start with 10 Pinterest boards. You may be overwhelmed with creating content already, let alone spending hours every day to engage and keep your Pinterest boards up to date. 

I have been experimenting on my Pinterest boards for the past 5 months, added and deleted boards (which is a big no-no when you’re starting out by the way), and figure out which strategies work for my niche. This process alone takes a lot of time and effort. So, start with what you can easily manage. Then, you can add more boards as you go. 

Also, you can arrange your Pinterest boards by clicking the drop down arrow. I choose Drag and drop so I can put my most relevant boards at the top.

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At present, I have 25 boards in my Pinterest account, 3 of which are group boards.

A group board is the same as a regular Pinterest board. The only difference is that you can create, join, or get invited as among the collaborators to publish pins. 

8. Create Pinterest pins

How do we create pins? Canva has got your covered. Canva has free templates you can customize to your branding. 

If you’re not really on the artsy side, don’t worry. Your first few pins aren’t gonna be super fabulous. Right now, what’s important is to get it done. 

Create at least 3 pins per blog post. Pinterest loves fresh pins. Switch it up by playing with different colors, font styles, and background images. 

Here are the recommended Pinterest image sizes for 2020:

  • Pinterest Standard Pin size: Vertical images 1000 x 1500
  • Pinterest Video specs: square (1:1) or vertical (2:3, 9:16) Length: Minimum 4 seconds, maximum 15 minutes

9. Schedule Pins

As a new blogger, it’s hard to compete with those who have established their brands already, especially if your niche is competitive, like mine. 

Some bloggers find success with Pinterest by scheduling 50 pins a day. However, it’s impossible to do that with a new blog with 10 blog posts or less. 

The solution? Use the 80/20 rule.

For example, you will schedule 10 pins today. 2 are yours, while 8 are from other Pinterest profiles. 

Do not expect that you will get a lot of website traffic from the get-go. The goal here is to increase your monthly viewers by sharing other user’s pins. The more viewers you have, the bigger the chance that your pins will reach a wider audience.

There are 2 ways to schedule Pinterest pins. 

1. Directly from Pinterest 

When you manually publish a pin, there are options below to Publish immediately or Publish at a later date. Choose the later, and select the date and time you want this pin to be published. 

Pinterest allows you to schedule up to 30 pins. However, once a pin is scheduled, there’s no option to edit. Instead, you can only select whether you want to publish it now or delete it. 

2. Use a pin scheduler 

Tailwind – A lot of bloggers swear by Tailwind. Tailwind allows you to schedule your first 100 pins for free. No credit card required. If you like the experience and decide to move to a paid plan, it allows you to schedule an unlimited number of pins per month. And what I love about Tailwind is they suggest what time is best to pin. Moreover, they have a smart loop feature that allows them to circulate your pins for you. Lastly, they have Tailwind tribes. This is somehow similar to group boards. It allows you to share your pins, meet other bloggers, collaborate, and learn from each other. 

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Planoly – Planoly is an oldie but a goodie. If you think you’re not ready to commit to Tailwind, try Planoly. Their free plan allows you to schedule 30 pins per month and it’s free to use as long as you want. Plus, you can use Planoly to schedule your Instagram posts, too.

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10. Pin description and hashtags

Remember the keywords you used to optimize your Pinterest profile? Hold on to them because here’s one last chance to make use of them. For every Pin your schedule or manually publish, you are allowed to write a description with up to 500 characters, with the first 50 showing up in most feeds. 

Maximize these 500 characters by using your target keywords. 

And of course, hashtags. Unlike Instagram where you’re allowed to use up to 25 hashtags per post, Pinterest likes to use hashtags in moderation. For every pin, it is ideal to use 3 hashtags.

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Conclusion

What if you’ve tried everything, and yet. Pinterest isn’t giving you the love you deserve?

Well, there are other ways to get your pins noticed.

And that is by joining Facebook groups dedicated to repins and pin click-throughs.

Using Pinterest for blogging is indeed very helpful in driving traffic to your website. But just like building your social media platforms and SEO, getting the results you want takes time.

When things aren’t doing well, don’t be too hard on yourself. 

Be patient. 

Do not be afraid to try different strategies.

Be consistent.

You’ll get there.

What other Pinterest tips for new bloggers would you like me to discuss next?

Any blogging tips you want to share?

Let’s talk about it in the comments. Take care. 

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30-Day Blog Challenge – Challenge accepted? https://thegreatestdigitalcreatives.com/30-day-blog-challenge/ https://thegreatestdigitalcreatives.com/30-day-blog-challenge/#respond Wed, 29 Apr 2020 22:00:00 +0000 https://thegreatestdigitalcreatives.com/?p=1458 This may include affiliate links. Please read the Disclaimer for more info.

How does a 30-day blog challenge sound?

Hey you, welcome to The Greatest, a one-stop hub on tips for new bloggers and the blogging basics.

Last month, I held a series of webinars inside our Facebook group. Here, we talked about goal setting, where to get blog ideas and inspiration, and how to create a blog plan.

Fast forward to today, I decided to write an in-depth blog post regarding a 30-day challenge. This way, I can repurpose my content and reach a wider audience. 

But if you want to get first dibs on my webinars and free blogging resources, make sure you join our Facebook group.

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Aaand, don’t forget to bookmark this post. It’s nice to have an epic and actionable guide like this when you’re starting out. So I hope you find this helpful towards your blogging journey. 

The 30-day blog challenge aims to:

  1. Enhance your skills in SEO writing
  2. Create content that’s relevant to your target audience and your business
  3. Build momentum on creating content consistently

This 30-day challenge is ideal for:

  1. New bloggers who have had trouble to consistently create content every week
  2. Freelance writers who want to build their portfolio and enhance their skills in SEO writing 
  3. Freelance writers and/or bloggers who have no idea how to sell and market their services by creating content
  4. Coaches who want to create engaging and FAQ blog posts to prospect clients
  5. E-commerce owners who feel that their websites need a little oomph to stand out. 

Related Post: High-paying freelance services new bloggers can offer

To join the free 30-day blog challenge, you will need:

  1. A WordPress website – The free plan works fine. But if you have FINALLY decided to blog like a pro, get a domain name and a reliable web host. Then, install wordpress.org. Don’t stress on your web design yet. We’ll get to that. Right now, focus on your content.
  2. Facebook page
  3. Instagram
  4. Pinterest

This 30-day blog challenge is NOT for you if:

  1. You hate writing
  2. You don’t have the time 
  3. You want to learn how to start a blog, but you won’t take action
  4. You’re afraid to put your work out in the world
  5. You can’t commit
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For this 30-day blog challenge, your ultimate goal is to publish 1 blog post every Friday. 

To achieve this, here are daily prompts to help you achieve your weekly goal.

Let’s get started.

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Saturdays

Conduct keyword research and hunt for blog post ideas

Welcome to day 1, yass.

Today, you will brainstorm on what blog post to publish on Friday.

Let’s get started. 

Assuming you are a blogger or freelance writer in the financial niche and want to write about how to manage your finances during the quarantine. 

So, go to Google and type 

how to manage your finances while in quarantine

Go over the blog post titles and the meta description which appears in the search results. Explore up to 5 page results until you come up with 1 blog post idea to publish on Friday.

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Don’t stress out on your blog title yet. Right now, what’s important is to have a working blog post idea and focus keywords. 

Take note of the meta description. There are words in bold which mean it matches your search results. From there, you can tell what focus keywords you can use for your blog post. 

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Aside from Google, you can utilize free keyword research tools which I also mentioned in a previous blog post. However, they’re not as reliable as paid tools like Ahrefs and Semrush.

So for our example, you will find keywords like

  • money
  • manage
  • your finances
  • management
  • manage your money
  • quarantine
  • how to manage

Choose which of these keywords will make your blog post “optimized”.

Just a quick note. To have a successful SEO strategy for your new blog, you need more thorough keyword research than this. This is only an overview of how Google search works.

The Google Search Engine Optimization (SEO) Starter Guide is an excellent reference, too.

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Sundays

Take a break

You might be thinking,

“Wait, what? We’re just getting started. How can we take a break already?”

On average, a person can focus for up to two hours and needs a 20-30 minute break.

Moreover, excessive focus can lead to bad decisions and poor results.

Since we’ve already established a goal to publish every Friday, you need to give yourself enough time to break your goals into actionable daily tasks to avoid being overwhelmed.

So, take the day off and see you tomorrow.

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Mondays

Create a blog post outline and Pinterest pins

Let’s start with your blog post outline.

Don’t stress out on the number of words yet. Right now, our concern is to create a blog post that is meaty, structured, and well-written. 

First, let’s talk about headings.

We have H1, H2, H3, H4.

By default, your blog post title is Heading 1 or H1. 

To expand the topics you can discuss in the blog post, you need sub-headings and these are your H2, H3, and H4.

For example, your blog post title is:

My New Quarantine Morning Routine 

This is your Heading 1 (H1).

For your subheadings, you can search in Google and look at 

“People Also Ask”

Use can use the questions as your subheadings. 

For this blog post, the People Also Ask search results are:

How do I start a morning routine?

What is the best daily routine?

Is a morning routine important?

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Use can use these for your H2 headings.

Now, if you want to expand on these topics, those will be your H3. 

In my blog posts, I commonly use H2, and H3 for my outline or subheadings. I never use H4. 

This is going to be the foundation of your blog post.

Now, Pinterest.

You need to create 5 pins for this blog post.

Why?

Because organic reach (Google SEO) is different from Pinterest SEO. Your blog post may be optimized as per Google guidelines but it doesn’t mean it works the same with Pinterest. 

For example:

Your blog post title is 

My new quarantine morning routine

This is enough for Google. Simple and straightforward. But that’s not the case with Pinterest. Pinterest users want juicy titles. So you need to come up with a variety of pins and titles to know which will give you the best results. 

You can use:

How to wake up early and not go back to bed again

10 morning habits you need while in quarantine

How to have a productive and stress-free morning

How I create a healthy morning routine 

10 things to do before 8 AM

For your pins, we have our old friend, Canva. There are templates available for free that you can use. 

If you want to take your designs to the next level, you can search for templates and font styles in Creative Market. P.S. They offer freebies every Monday.

But do not spend more than an hour to create your pins. 

If you think your pins aren’t “pretty enough” it’s alright. 

We’re not aiming for perfection here. 

The goal is to get it done. 

That’s it for today. 

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Tuesdays

Write the blog post

Todays task is to write the blog post.

For me, this is the most important and most difficult part of the challenge.

We have surpassed the “I don’t have anything to write” mentality with our keyword research and blog post outline.

Now, the challenge is to ACTUALLY put it in writing.

The biggest problem I hear from aspiring and new bloggers is how difficult it is to focus.

Well, I have a solution.

The Pomodoro Technique.

How does it work?

First, set your alarm to 25 minutes and WRITE LIKE CRAZY.

Do not pause. DON’T STOP.

After 25 minutes, take a 5-minute break, and set the alarm again for another 25 minutes.

Again that’s

25 minutes to write nonstop > 5-minute break > 25 minutes to write nonstop

Two rounds of the Pomodoro technique and you’ll be surprised how much content you made. Do not proofread or edit yet. That’s your task on Thursday. Right now, all you need to do is write.

Related Posts: The Best How-To Guide in Writing Blog Posts

That’s it. Looking forward to seeing your work.

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Wednesdays

Promote your blog post on Facebook and Instagram

Why now when your blog post is not yet published until Friday?

Here me out. 

Do you like the Star Wars movies?

Remember The Rise of Skywalker?

The final trailer was published on YouTube on October 22, 2019.

The movie was showing in theaters December 20.

Therefore, the last leg of the movie promotion was held over 2 months before the movie was released?

Why?

Two things

1. For die hard fans to be excited as hell.

2. To prolong and attract interest to moviegoers, fans or not.

Another example

Suicide squad

The official trailer was released January 20, 2016

It was shown in theaters August 5th. 

Aaand another one. 

Marvel Avengers: Endgame

How many trailers did you watch before it was shown in theaters in April 26?

Me? All of them 🙂 

But when it comes to self-promoting, I think it has ethics involved. 

Do you receive DM’s or tags about “liking” a post or page as a “favor?”

How do you feel about it?

Do you feel obliged because it’s from a friend or family member?

Or are you happy to do so because you like the content, and you want it on your feed because it makes you “cool’?

Simply put, it’s easy to promote yourself and your work if you will tell people what you’re promoting, and how they will benefit from it. 

Is it likeable?

Shareable?

Relatable?

Will it attract clients, or brands for sponsored posts?

Moreover, we want people to appreciate us and our work and not because they did it as a “favor.” 

We want genuine appreciation. The kind that will motivate us to keep going.

So today, create an image and description about your blog post on Friday. 

Tell people what is it about. 

Why do they have to read it?

What will they get from reading it?

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Thursdays

Proofreading and editing

Roll up your sleeves because this is going to be a long one.

Today, let’s polish your work.

1. Grammar

For this, Grammarly is your BFF.

The free version works wonders. Just install it in your browser and it will correct spelling, verb tenses, and punctuation mistakes.

If you take advantage of the premium plan, some of the added features are readability, vocabulary suggestions, and style checks. But the most important feature you can get from the premium plan is the plagiarism detector.

2. Readability

Remember the book reports, research papers, and theses we wrote in school?

Forget long sentences and bulky paragraphs.

Blog posts must be skimmable and scannable.

Skimming and scanning are two types of reading skills.

Skimming is quick reading to get a general idea.

Scanning is to search a long-form blog post for a piece of particular information.

For example, if you want to know more about how to protect your blog and business legally, you go over my previous blog post to get the gist.

That’s skimming.

But, if you want to know the 3 legal templates you need to protect your blog, you search the blog post to find the information I’m referring to.

That’s scanning.

To achieve this, write short paragraphs and utilize your subheadings.

Remember the blog outline you made last Monday?

Our sample blog post title is

My New Quarantine Morning Routine

Assuming this is your first H2 heading

Is a morning routine important?

You can write a short paragraph to answer with a yes or no, and why. Three to 5 sentences will do.

Then, your second H2 will be

What is the best daily routine?

Again, you can answer this with a short paragraph. About 3 sentences.

Lastly, your third H2 will be

How do I start a morning routine?

Instead of short paragraphs, you can use bullet points instead.

Furthermore, your explanations of your H2 headings might get attention from Google. How does a Google snippet sound?

A snippet is a portion of a Google search listing. Simply put, Google is giving you the best search results it can find based on the keywords you entered.

In fact, I shared mine on Instagram that I got one from my YouTube channel, yey.

Therefore, a snippet means your content is the best search result Google has found, yass.

3. Images and Videos

Is there a rule of thumb when it comes to using images and videos to enhance the reader experience of your blog post?

I have no idea.

But my rule is this;

A blog post section is text-heavy when you scrolled twice and, you didn’t see any visuals.”

4. Call to Action (CTA)

A blog post is more than just reading. You want your visitors to get the best experience on your website, and of course, convince them to come back soon and/or buy your products and services.

Show me the money (wink).

This is where the call to action buttons come in.

On my blog, my CTA’s are

  • Pinterest pins for blog post sharing
  • Image to join our Facebook group
  • Get my free content calendar by subscribing to my email list
  • My sidebar widgets for affiliate products
  • Links to my previous blog posts

In fact, you can find these CTA’s in this blog post, too.

More CTA’s coming soon. 🙂

This is how we define blog posts that “convert”.

Again, we don’t want our users to read our blog post and exit immediately.

Our blog posts need to engage, educate, and build trust.

Now, you’re ready to upload your blog post on WordPress, yey.

Here’s a virtual power hug.

Don’t forget to have the Rank Math Plugin installed. This will guide you to optimize your blog post even more.

Related Post: 5 SEO Tips for Bloggers To Rank #1 on Google

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Fridays

Publish your blog post

You made it, yasss.

Here’s a virtual power hug for you.

As a thank you for accepting this 30-day blog challenge, all participants will have links to their works below. This will increase your chances to reach a wider audience, and of course, get backlinks.

The Results

Below is a list of our Facebook group members who stood triumphant in this 30-day blog challenge, yey.

I’m a proud momma. 🙂

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Conclusion

That’s it for this 30-day blog challenge.

How many hours did you spend every day to finish it?

How did you feel after hitting the publish button?

Did the thrill and excitement to start a blog and monetize it fade?

Or is it stronger than ever?

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If you didn’t finish, don’t panic.

This isn’t the time to give up. Let’s do another round.

Let me know in the comments what went wrong.

Help me improve this 30-day blog challenge.

Take care.

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Where to Find Inspiration for Blog Post Ideas: Quarantine Edition https://thegreatestdigitalcreatives.com/blog-post-ideas-quarantine-edition/ https://thegreatestdigitalcreatives.com/blog-post-ideas-quarantine-edition/#respond Tue, 28 Apr 2020 22:00:00 +0000 https://thegreatestdigitalcreatives.com/?p=1397 This may include affiliate links. Please read the Disclaimer for more info.

Today, let’s talk about inspiration. 

Where do you get it in times when everything is falling apart?

In college, it’s easy for me to unstuck myself from feeling uninspired. I’d go to the library, discover new books and writers, and go back to the real world with a different perspective about life in general. 

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But in the digital marketing world, it’s different. Reliable or not, online resources are everywhere. It’s simply a matter of finding which will resonate with you, your goals, and your ideals.

Here are some of the best resources I can find to keep my sanity. Whether I’m looking for blog post ideas, blog inspiration, or just to get my creative juices flowing.

Hopefully, you will find them useful in your blogging goals, too. In fact, you can also read my previous blog post about practical tips to pursue your blogging goals during quarantine.

Let’s get to it. 

First let’s start with blogs.

Blogs

Her Paper Route

Her Paper Route is a haven of blogging resources. It is founded by Chelsea Clarke, a 6-figure blogger, and entrepreneur. I discovered Chelsea in one of the Facebook groups I’m in. Similar to ours, there are Facebook groups out there who have active members, participating on daily threads, with the primary goal of reaching a much wider audience and of course, generate traffic to their website. 

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What I love about Her Paper Route is it helped me with my mindset shift. Chelsea will help you realize that blogging doesn’t start and end with writing blog posts and hitting the publish button. Instead, you will be taught the ins and outs of the blogging industry, strengthen your goals, and look at blogging as a business, instead of a hobby. 

In fact, one of her best-selling courses is the Blog Flipping Masterclass. So if you want to get busy during quarantine by creating a blog that’s valuable and profitable, and sell it for profit, check out her Blog Flipping Masterclass here.

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Sweet & Simple Life

Sweet & Simple Life is created by Cate Rosales. According to her About page, she created this blog to help women make money blogging and live life on their own terms. You can check out her free 5-day blogging challenge.

She Means Blogging

She Means Blogging is created by Arfa Nazeer. I discovered her on Pinterest. In January, I decided to create a Pinterest account for The Greatest because I hear a lot of good things about it, especially those who are struggling to have their blogs rank on Google. 

Anyway, what I love about She Means Blogging is its simplicity. Everything is explained very clearly. And when you read her posts, it’s like you’re getting advice from an old friend. Check her out.

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A Self Guru

A self-guru is created by a blogger and full-time lawyer Amira Irfan. Her best-selling product is the Legal Bundle. In this bundle, you will get 3 legal pages to protect you and your content against content theft and other lawsuits. 

Related Post: Protect Your Blog Legally: The Stress-Free Guide to Legal Pages for Bloggers

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Digital She.E.O. 

Digital She.E.O. is actually a new blog. According to Jen Towkaniuk, she created this blog in November 2019. Now, she has over 200k monthly views on Pinterest. I enrolled in her free Pinterest email course and believe me, it’s worth it.

Create and Go

Create and Go is created by Alex and Lauren. I found out about them from a Teachable Live webinar last year. And if you look at their website, their monthly income report is insane.

Start a Mom Blog

Suzi Whitford is the founder of Start a Mom Blog. If you are a stay-at-home mom and you want to earn extra while taking care of your children, she’s definitely someone you can look up to. 

Even if you’re not a mom, you can benefit from her freebies. My favorite is her 12-month blog planner. 

Allison Lindstrom

When I started The Greatest in 2019, Allison’s website is among the first of my go-to blogging resources. Her blogs gave me my a-ha moment. Without her, I think The Greatest would not have been born. 

This Village Girl

This Village Girl is created by Dani, a Filipino blogger currently based in Malaysia. Her blog is about personal growth. One of my favorite blog posts from her is about 10 Ways To Stop Yourself From Being a Slave To Your Emotions.

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That’s it for the list of blogs that inspire me. Now, let’s move on to YouTube channels.

YouTube

YouTube can make or break you. You can be in the know with YouTube drama, or use the platform to spend your time on the internet wisely.  Here are YouTube channels and/or videos I always go back to every time I’m feeling uninspired. Sometimes, I watch them for pure entertainment, or to get blog post ideas for The Greatest.

Girl and the Word

Let’s start with Girl and the Word. Girl and the Word is my most recent discovery. It is a self-care and personal growth channel created by Anh Luu. I love her decluttering, positive affirmations, organization hacks, and gardening videos. Yesterday, she announced that her cozy online shop is open and all of her products are free. In fact, I got my new desktop wallpaper there. Right now, one of my favorite videos of her was the one she uploaded 4 days ago about her personal growth story. 

It’s not your typical success story, believe me.

Lavendaire

Next is Lavendaire by Aileen Xu. I was dying to get hold of her Artist of LIfe workbook before 2020 started. But I felt bad because the shipping cost more than the product itself. Anyway, just like Anh, Aileen is a self-care advocate. In fact, I got my inspiration to create a self-care blog from watching her videos. Lavendaire isn’t your typical self-care YouTube channel. For me, it addresses the need to pause in a world where everything happens so fast. It gives you time to step back and prioritize your needs as much as you prioritize others. 

Rowena Tsai

Another recent discovery is Rowena Tsai’s YouTube channel. If you love productivity tips that are practical, and actionable, check out her channel. Also, she’s very bubbly. I’m sure you’ll love her. 

Anastasia Blogger

Next is Anastasia Blogger. Anastasia is a Pinterest guru, blogger, and marketing expert. Her channel primarily talks about Pinterest and how bloggers can benefit from it to help drive traffic to their websites. And, she’s very active in the comments section. So if you have questions, feel free to leave them in the comments. She loves answering them.

Cathrin Manning (The Content Bug)

If you want to start a YouTube channel to connect with your blog, Cathrin Manning of The Content Bug is your go-to person. She uploads videos every Tuesdays and Thursdays about how to start a YouTube channel, how to get monetized and run a YouTube channel like a business. She started creating YouTube videos about blogging, and Pinterest. But her channel took off as soon as she shifted from creating videos about YouTube. 

The best blog inspiration lesson you can learn from her is to create content based on what your audience wants.

Rachel Talbott

When it comes to self-care blog post ideas, Rachel’s YouTube channel is a charm. I love her videos about DIY body scrubs, home decor, herb gardening, and self-care.

Oh, and did I mention that she can sing? Yes, she’s been producing her own music at her home studio and sharing them on her other channel and on Spotify. 

But the best blog inspiration from her that you’ll get is: life happens but it doesn’t mean you can’t pursue your dreams anymore. She’s a stay-at-home mom with 2 boys and a chef husband. 

Truly, another way to learn the blogging basics is to stop making excuses and just do it.

Kusinerong Arkitekto

Kusinerong Arkitekto is a recent discovery. I love watching cooking videos. So if you’re starting a cooking blog, you can get a lot of blog inspiration on YouTube. 

Anyhoo, Kusinerong Arkitekto is fun to watch. Aside from high-quality videos, the content creator is witty, too. 

My favorite is his Lemon Square Cheesecake Ice Cream Cake

Real Asian Beauty

Real Asian Beauty is among the pioneers of the Filipino beauty community. I have been watching her for years. In fact, she’s the first YouTuber I saw on a TV guesting. 

Like Rachel Talbott, the Real Asial Beauty creates videos about self-care, home decor, and skincare for acne-prone skin. Also, among her well-loved videos are her Korea travel vlogs.

So if you’re looking for blog inspiration about traveling to Korea, check out her channel.  

Digital Marketer

If you are looking for tips for new bloggers about the blogging basics in general, the Digital Marketer is perfect for you. As a freelancer, I was able to get a lot of value from watching their YouTube videos alone. 

So if you want to start a blog about digital marketing, it’s super easy to get blog inspiration from their YouTube channel. 

They offer free online courses, too. So check out their website.

The Financial Diet

Looking for blog post inspiration about how to be wise when it comes to your finances? Then The Financial Diet is right for you. In this YouTube channel, you will learn about smart spending, frugal living, how to get away from debt and improve your credit score among other things. 

Ferdy Korpershoek

Ferdy is one of my favorite people on YouTube. I learned about how to design a WordPress website with Elementor through his videos. He’s also one of my inspirations behind The Greatest’s YouTube channel. 

Ferdy is one of my favorite people on YouTube. I learned about how to design a WordPress website with Elementor through his videos. He’s also one of my inspirations behind The Greatest’s YouTube channel. 

While I am focused on writing blog posts about blogging, content writing, and WordPress, I’d like to add more value to my brand by creating YouTube videos as well. 

One goal at a time. 

Heal Your Living

Are you looking for blog post ideas about extreme minimalism? If yes, then you will love this YouTube channel. Minimalist or not, this channel will inspire you to declutter and help you realize that less is really more. 

In fact, I started letting go of most of my stuff because of this YouTube channel. Decluttering is a process. You can’t rush it. So if this is your vibe, check out this channel for blog inspiration.

Shaira Luna

Shaira is a gifted child turned fashion photographer. Famous for her “Promil Kid” commercial, she now has a YouTube channel about thrifting and vintage fashion. So if you want to start a blog in this niche, her channel is a great blog inspiration. 

Ahrefs

Looking for a reliable SEO tool to do your keyword research? How about starting a blog about SEO tips? Well, Ahrefs is the perfect channel for you. Get blog post ideas about the blogging basics, tips for new bloggers, how to optimize blog posts, and blog inspiration on how to rank #1 on Google. 

Speaking of Google, here’s my other blog post about SEO tips on how to get Google’s attention as a new blogger.

Earn Money with Aiza

Bitcoins, anyone? Cryptocurrencies is one of the most highly-paid writing gigs for freelance writers. So if you’re looking for blog post ideas and blog inspiration in this niche for your portfolio, Aiza’s YouTube channel is perfect for you.

Wholesale Ted

Did you know that can produce another stream of income by means of print-on-demand? If YouTubers can sell merch, bloggers can do it, too. In fact, print-on-demand is the most popular way to do it. Basically, you partner with the company to print your t-shirt design for you, and deliver it to your customers. No need for inventory. All you have to do is send your design, and they will take care of the rest. 

Also, if you want print-on-demand as your blog niche, you can get blog inspiration from this channel.  

Matt D’Avella

Another YouTube channel about minimalism and productivity is Matt D’Avella’s. If you need blog inspiration from this niche from a man’s point of view, check out his channel.

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Of course, our YouTube channel, haha. It’s hard not to include ours in this MASSIVE list of blog post ideas and blog inspiration. Move videos coming soon. 

TedTalk

This one’s my favorite. If you are looking for tips for new bloggers about getting started, entrepreneurship, goal setting, and just pure blog inspiration from amazing people around the world, you can’t miss TedTalk. 

And that’s about it for YouTube channels.

Last but definitely not the least, are podcasts. Eversince I upgrade my Spotify to premium, I became super obsessed with listening to podcasts. Unlike videos, you can indulge your mind with blog post ideas and blog inspiration with podcasts while doing chores, and of course now while we’re on quarantine.

These are the podcasts I listen to while washing the dishes, doing the laundry, cooking, or playing with my dogs.

Without further adieu, here they are.

Podcasts

Getting Curious by Jonathan Van Ness

If you’re watching Queer Eye on Neflix, I’m sure you know Jonathan Van Ness. In this podcast, he interviews incredible people from various fields. So if you’re feeling geeky, or just “curious”, check out his podcast.

One of my favorite episodes is the one about turtles. Did you know that they can be spayed or neutered? Yeah. 

Goal Digger

The Goal Digger podcast is created by Jenna Kutcher. I love this podcast because it focuses on how to create actionable and achievable goals. Plain and simple. 

So if you want blog post ideas and blog inspiration about productivity and goal setting, check out her podcast. 

Lavendaire

Lavendaire’s YouTube channel is as good as it’s podcast. Just like Getting Curious, the Lavendaire podcast episodes are interviews about inspirational people about self-care and self-love.

The Blog Millionaire

If you’re looking for your ultimate blog inspiration, Brandon Gaille is your man. He gets millions of page views every month. So if you’re looking for blog inspiration about SEO and how to get website traffic the right way, you can’t miss this podcast.

Money Girl 

Here’s another blog inspiration about dealing with your finances the smart way. 

Do You Even Blog

Finally, to wrap up our list of podcast blog inspiration is another one about blogging. 

Conclusion

And that’s a wrap. I hope you find this list of blog post ideas and blog inspiration during quarantine helpful.

Final thoughts.

Inspiration is everywhere. We just need to know where to look.

Take care, everyone. Stay safe.

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Simple and Practical Tips to Pursue Smart Blogging Goals while in Quarantine https://thegreatestdigitalcreatives.com/blogging-goals-in-quarantine/ https://thegreatestdigitalcreatives.com/blogging-goals-in-quarantine/#respond Mon, 27 Apr 2020 22:00:00 +0000 https://thegreatestdigitalcreatives.com/?p=1381 This post may contain affiliate links. Please read the Disclaimer for more info.

Hey, how are you? How’s the quarantine affecting your blogging goals this 2020? Are you right on track or panicking?

Or, if you’re planning to start a blog now, do you think it’s the best “distraction” you need? Can you still pull it off as soon as things go back to normal (or the new normal)?

Since our future is uncertain, the journey is going to be bumpier than ever. So, fasten your seatbelts, and let’s talk about simple and practical tips to create rock-solid blogging goals.

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Tip #1 Decide NOW if blogging is right for you

Just to give you a little background, I started The Greatest “officially” in January 2019, the ultimate goal is to create content that attracts client work. I offer freelance writing services which has been my bread and butter since 2015. 

The thought of starting a blog came to mind because I am tired of writing unpaid writing test samples. I figured, if I have a blog, I can simply send the URL to my prospect client to browse and that alone would automatically tell if I’m fit or not. 

Plus, I think that having a blog gave me a sense of authority. Plus, it will showcase my skills on writing blog posts that are SEO-friendly. 

So, how do you decide? 

I encourage you to ask the following questions:

  1. Can I make time to start a blogging business?
  2. Am I patient enough to pursue my blogging goals?
  3. How much am I willing to spend?

These are the questions I asked myself when I started The Greatest. I know how hard it is to grow your personal brand and at the same time work with clients. In fact, I reached the point where I want to give up because I’m overwhelmed. There’s so much work to do.

As you can see, I’m still here (haha), and I am glad I made the decision to keep this blog moving. Besides, I am thankful, especially to those who are DM-ing me, asking questions about blogging and thanking me for all the help. Knowing that there are people out there who appreciate what I do has become an inspiration to move forward. And, if you’re one of those people, thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Tip #1 is very important because this will help you create a solid foundation to create your blogging goals. When times get rough (and believe me, it will be), you will go back to why you did it in the first place

You will go back to that time when you decided that blogging is REALLY the best for you. So while the world is in quarantine, grab this opportunity to go deep about WHY you want to start a blog, and WHY it’s right for you.

Moreover, this will help you determine that when the time comes that we’re no longer under quarantine, will this plan of your resonate with your goals this 2020?

Tip #2 Create ACTIONABLE and REALISTIC blogging goals

Now that you have FINALLY decided to say yasss to start a blogging business, it’s time to set goals.

How ACTIONABLE and REALISTIC are we talking about here?

For example:

By September 2020, my blog is getting 10,000 page views per month and I can now apply to Monumetric.

For those of you who don’t know what Monumetric is, 

Monumetric is a full-service ads partner to help you reach your revenue goals for your blog. Monumetric is similar to Google Adsense. They place ads on your website, and they pay you based on the number of views your website gets per month.

Compared to Google Adsense, Monumentric pays more. 

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Another ads partner is Mediavine. However, you have to have at least 25k webpage sessions to apply. Click this link to apply.

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Now that you have your ultimate goal set up, what are you going to do to achieve it?

So, now that you have your ultimate goal set up, what are you going to do to achieve it?

You set mini goals like:

  1. Write 1 blog post per week
  2. Schedule 10 Pinterest pins every day using Tailwind 
  3. Participate in daily Facebook group daily threads to gain exposure and website traffic
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Lastly, write your goals in a piece of paper, a handy dandy notebook, or use Trello (you get FREE board templates when you join our Facebook group). It makes a lot of difference when you write it down. For me, it helps set my goals in place. Writing it down sets the momentum. You will even feel that it’s a big step already. So do it. Write it down.

Tip #3 Do not publish blog posts too often

Remember that time when you started a hobby? For instance, you saved your allowance to buy a guitar because you want to learn how to play More Than Words, yikes #signsofaging haha.

Hobbies are always exciting. It celebrates your uniqueness. That you’re one of a kind. You feel like you’re on top of the world. Most of all, you feel like you can do it for the rest of your life, and pray to God that you will make money off of it. 

Truth is, it’s not that easy. Let’s look at YouTube content creators. Some of them hire video editors to help out with their weekly or daily uploads. Sometimes, it will take years before their channel is monetized by Google Adsense.

On the other hand, bloggers hire content writers (like me) to help out in writing content. Sometimes, they even hire photographers, Pinterest Managers, and VA’s to help out in admin tasks.

While you’re still learning the blogging basics, allow yourself to work at your own phase without putting too much pressure on yourself. So if you decide that you will publish a blog post every day, think again.

ARE YOU SURE?

Hear me out,

if you publish more often, chances are, you’ll be overwhelmed and your content will be compromised.

To avoid this from happening, all you have to do is create a system that will work according to your lifestyle.

For me, I find that publishing once a week is manageable. Aside from writing blog posts, I need to create my pins, social media posts, and conduct keyword research.

Plus, I have client work, too.

Tip #4 Get Rid of Bad Habits

I mentioned on Facebook and Instagram that I was never a morning person. I like mornings, but I’m not the type of person who makes it a habit to wake up at 4 am for a quick “me-time”. 

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Can you keep a secret? I was never a morning person. There, I said it. In college, I am surrounded by moonlighters. We are disciples of the night. And this habit carried on until I started working, which in time, lead to unhealthy work ethics like tardiness and absenteeism. December of 2019 came, the perfect timing for setting goals. Like everyone else, I set new goals in 2020, one of which is to start a new morning routine. Usually, I'd press the snooze button until 9:00 AM and start doing my chores with a heavy heart. (Unless my dogs would literally drag me out of bed for a rematch from last night's royal rumble.) By the time I’m finished, it’s already noon. I'm exhausted. I don't feel like working anymore. So, I'd take a nap, and there, another day is gone. In January, I set my alarm at 7 AM. Two weeks later, I am FINALLY making progress. I really am getting up at 7 AM. In February, I adjusted my alarm at 6 AM. And boy, what a challenge. Luckily, my dogs (Kuya and Bunso) are very cooperative. They seem to like our new morning routine. Fast forward to today, I still get up at 6 AM. No alarms. Yass. With my new morning schedule, I’m officially on work-mode by 9 AM. You see, old habits die hard. But change isn’t gonna happen until you figure out why you’re doing it. Yup, your biggest WHY? In my case… Why do I need to get up early? Because I need ample time to get stuff done every day. So if you’re dreaming of starting a blog but ain’t got the time… WHY do you want to start a blog anyway? Identify what’s stopping you from achieving your why, and DO SOMETHING about it. You’ll get there. Take care. #thegreatestdigitalcreatives #bloggingtipsandhacks #bloggingtips #blogginghacks #blogginggals #blogging #bloggingcommunity #bloggingbabes #blogginglife #bloggingforbeginners #blogginggoals #bloggingbasics #makemoneyblogging #howtomakemoneyblogging #bloglegally #wordpressblogger #startablog

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But we all know that having bad habits is a health risk. Therefore, I took action and in January, I started setting my alarm at 7 AM. Now, I am proud to say that I wake up at 6 AM with no alarms. Okay fine, my dogs are my alarms. In fact, I got up today at 5 am because I felt Bunso (my Shih Tzu) licking my forehead. I mean, who can go back to sleep with that?

Anyway, getting rid of your bad habits will make you go back to Tip #1. Your bad habits will be your roadblocks toward reaching your blogging goals.

Tip #5 Do not be afraid to ask for help

Going back to tip #5, ask questions. I think it’s part of our culture that we hate asking questions because we don’t want to look stupid. Well, guess what, we’re not in school anymore. 

No one’s grading you. 

Ask questions. Know what kind of help you need. 

To wrap up, I want you to know that The Greatest is not just a blog, It’s a support group. 

BUT, do not allow yourself to be to be stuck in the learning phase FOREVER.

GET MOVING.

Learn. Apply. Monetize. 

That’s our tagline. 

Conclusion

If you have been inside my Facebook group from the get-go. I owe you an apology. When I started The Greatest, my goals were:

  1. to attract clients 
  2. to help fellow freelancers enhance their writing skills to excel in content writing
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But then, I shifted in encouraging freelance writers to start a blog. In fact, our Facebook group also became an avenue for daily threads which is intended to help you gain website traffic. 

But The Greatest has changed its course. Still, you can find helpful tips about content marketing here. But it’s no longer gearing into JUST freelance writing.  

Why the shift?

Two reasons.

First, if you’re a freelance writer, I don’t want you to be 100% dependent on client work as your source of income. Right now, a lot of freelancers are laid off due to the government-mandated quarantine. Businesses are closed. We’re not even sure when they will reopen.

Now is the time to make smart decisions and plan for our future. Starting a blog will generate different income streams. In fact, my previous blog post talked about tips for new bloggers about affiliate marketing. With a blog, you can sell products (physical and digital), run ads, write sponsored posts, create membership sites, even online courses

Also, here’s an interesting option, start a blog then sell it. Chelsea Clarke, of Her Paper Route, has an amazing Blog Flipping Masterclass that teaches you the blogging basics on how to turn a blog into a valuable asset.

Second, I don’t want to use freelance platforms anymore.  

It’s not empowering.

That’s about it. What other tips for new bloggers would you like me to discuss next? Let me know in the comments.

Oh, I also discussed this in my YouTube channel. I would appreciate it so much if you subscribe to my channel.

Take care, and see you in the next one.

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5 Simple SEO Tips for Bloggers to Rank #1 on Google https://thegreatestdigitalcreatives.com/seo-tips-for-bloggers/ https://thegreatestdigitalcreatives.com/seo-tips-for-bloggers/#comments Wed, 22 Apr 2020 22:00:00 +0000 https://thegreatestdigitalcreatives.com/?p=1306 This post may contain affiliate links. Please read the Disclaimer for more info.

Before we talk about SEO tips for bloggers, are you in for a challenge?

Open a new tab from your browser and type the name of your blog in the search bar. 

What is the Google search results?

Here’s mine.

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Finally, I was able to get Google Site Links to appear in my search results.

This is 12-months in the making.

12 months? Seriously?

 Exactly. That’s how long it took for Google to recognize my blog.

Google is one tough cookie. 

But I’m not here to rant about my struggle with SEO. Besides, I get it. 

Your blog post will show up in the search results, as long as your content uses the exact (or similar) keywords they enter in the search bar.

Okay, let’s stop right there.

Remember this: In order to achieve blogging success using SEO, you need KEYWORDS. 

Without the right keywords, your blog will be stuck in limbo. 

HOWEVER, if your content falls under a very competitive niche (like mine), chances are you’ll find it difficult to show up on the first page of the search results.

Here’s another challenge for you. Type 12 month blog plan on the Google search bar. 

My blog post which uses this focus keyword appears on page 3 of Google search results.

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It’s the closest I can get to page 1. Regardless, I’m happy with the result. 

And then…

If SEO isn’t working well for you, you can take your chances and come up with content marketing strategies for social media and Pinterest. 

However, you cannot completely rely on them.

Remember in 2019 when Facebook was down for 24 hours

What if, your main source of traffic is Facebook? A lot can happen to an online business within 24 hours. What if you don’t have an email list? How can you reach out to your readers? 

Just like what any business owner would say,

You can’t put all your eggs in one basket.

Therefore, knowledge about SEO is still one of the blogging basics every blogger must know. 

Today, we’ll dive into simple SEO tips for bloggers, which will help you “be found” on Google. 

How do I get my blog noticed by Google? 

Simply put, if you tell Google what your blog is about, you’ll most likely be noticed.  And by telling Google, it means, making an effort to make your blog optimized or SEO-friendly

What does SEO mean in blogging?

SEO stands for Search Engine Optimization. SEO increases the chances of blogs to “be found” on Google. 

For instance, if you are looking for career advice, Google will search all over the internet to find which blogs have the most accurate, relevant, and up-to-date information to address your inquiry. To do this, Google uses an algorithm to find blogs in this niche. Therefore, if your blog is SEO-friendly, it will be easy for Google to spot your content, thus, allowing your blog to appear on search results. 

How long should blogs be for SEO?

There are many factors to consider as to how long blogs should be. But in order to maximize the use of keywords to rank well in Google, blog posts that are at least 1000 to 2000 words long can be of great help to your website. However, web visitors from blogs in the lifestyle and entertainment niche enjoy reading blog posts between 600 to 800 words.

Free SEO tools for bloggers

For starters, I wouldn’t recommend spending tons on SEO tools for keyword research. Of course, you will need them as you go along with your journey to becoming a full-time blogger. But if you are just starting out, you might want to spend money on other resources to make blogging enjoyable and manageable.

For instance, you can sign up with Tailwind to schedule Pinterest pins. In fact, you can get your first 100 pins scheduled for free. 

Or sign up to Canva Pro to create your Facebook and Instagram posts. You can get a free 30-day trial, too. 

Lastly, there’s the Creative Market. Here, you can explore beautiful and ready-to-use creative assets, templates, font styles, and premium graphics from talented creators. Sign up for free, and get free products every Monday. 

Moving on, here are free SEO tools you can use to get you started with your keyword research.

1. Ubersuggest

Ubersuggest is a free SEO tool that allows you to generate keyword ideas for your niche. It is created by Neil Patel, a well-known digital marketer, and SEO specialist. 

How does it work?

Let me use this blog post as an example. My focus keyword is SEO tips for bloggers. 

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Below, you can see the keyword results by Ubersuggest. This allows me to get an overview of my focus keyword. Ubersuggest is telling me the:

Search volume – number of searches for this keyword in a month

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SEO difficulty – competition for organic reach. The higher the number, the more competitive.

Paid difficulty – competition for paid search.  The higher the number, the more competitive.

Cost Per Click (CPC) – estimated cost if you want to run Google ads for this focus keyword. The higher the CPC, the more valuable.

3. Keywords Everywhere

Keywords Everywhere is a browser add on for Chrome and Firefox. It shows you the CPC and competition data of keywords, and monthly search volume.

How does it work?

Let us use the focus keyword for this blog post again SEO tips for bloggers.

I’m using Chrome. When I type the focus keyword in the search bar, the right side of my screen will give me the:

Related Keywords

People Also Search For

How to install Keywords Everywhere?
Simply go to their website and choose which browser you want it installed.

3. Keyword Surfer

Keyword Surfer is a 100% free chrome extension. Just like Keywords Everywhere, it is a search volume checker for related keywords, similar keywords, visibility, and backlinks correlation chart. 

How does it work?

Using our focus keyword SEO tips for bloggers, search results will give you:

Similar Keywords

Backlinks and visibility correlations

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Related Searches

How to install Keyword Surfer?

Go to their website and click the green button that says Get Keyword Surfer for Chrome.

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4. Google 

Of course, we cannot ignore Google. Going back to our focus keyword SEO tips for bloggers, the search results show: 

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People Also Ask

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Searches related to SEO tips for bloggers

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Note that you cannot 100% rely on these. The purpose of using these free SEO tools for bloggers is to give you an overview of what people are searching for in your niche, and what keywords to target. Remember, as a new blogger, aim for keywords that have a high search volume with low competition.  

FREE SEO courses for bloggers 

Let’s go to courses. If you feel like you need more than just reading blog posts about SEO like this, or you just want to take it to the next level by taking courses but don’t want to invest in paid ones yet, here are free SEO courses you can try. 

1. Free SEO course by Chelsea Clarke of Her Paper Route

Chelsea Clarke is the boss babe behind Her Paper Route, an all-in-one stop shop for online resources about blogging to make money. In fact, this isn’t the first time I mentioned her in my blog. Recently, she announced that she is giving away a $100 discount on her Blog Monetization Course

Here FREE SEO course is perfect for new bloggers like you.

Moreover, she has a Blog Flipping Masterclass, an in-depth course for those who are interested in creating blogs from scratch and selling it for profit. 

You can check out her other courses here.

2. Search Engine Optimization (SEO) Starter Guide

This free SEO tool is made by Google. Basically, this guide covers tips for bloggers on how to “be seen” and how to make Google understand your content. 

These are what you will learn:

  • Getting started
  • Help Google find your content
  • Tell Google which pages shouldn’t be crawled
  • Help Google (and users) understand your content
  • Manage your appearance in Google Search results
  • Organize your site hierarchy
  • Optimize your content
  • Optimize your images
  • Make your site mobile-friendly
  • Promote your website
  • Analyze your search performance and user behavior
  • Appendix: Link URLs used in this paper

3. How Google search works

In this free guide, Google shares the behind-the-scenes on how they ORGANIZE, MATCH, and PRESENT search results from millions of content all over the internet. Google promises that they are committed to providing the best information available out there. Furthermore, they express their commitment to being better every day. In fact, the conduct test and experiments which help their company achieve great results. 

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Tip #1: Keywords. Keywords. Keywords

In writing content, you are making a commitment to your readers. You are tasked 

  • To inform
  • To opine, and 
  • To persuade 

But all of these will be useless unless you add keywords that will Google understand your blog and bring it to your target audience.

The tools and courses mentioned above will help you get started with your keyword research.

Tip #2 Site speed 

Site speed is also one of the major factors why Google will love your blog.  Site speed or page load time is the time it takes to fully display the content on a specific page. Site speed determines your blogs’ user experience. Blogs with fast page load time have low bounce rates and high web visitor retention

How to check your blog site speed? 

There are two ways. 

One is through the Pagespeed Insights by Google. Simply enter your webpage URL and click ANALYZE.

The second option is by using GTMetrix. My screenshot below shows a comparison between the site speed of my homepage compared to my blog post page.

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Tip #3 Your blog must be mobile-responsive

How do you make your blog mobile-responsive? Mobile-responsive means your blog looks good on all devices; computers, tablets, and mobile phones.

Honestly, I don’t have to do anything to make my blog mobile-responsive. Elementor is doing it for me. Elementor is a page builder that allows you to design WordPress websites with no manual coding required. The overall web design of my blog is no longer limited to just having a WordPress theme (I’m using the OceanWP theme, by the way). 

With Elementor, there are endless web design possibilities. I can redesign my website whenever I want to. Free templates are available for you to customize according to your liking. The Pro-version is a lifesaver too. You get amazing features like motion effects, popup builder, e-commerce settings, widgets, and 24/7 premium support. 

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Tip #4 Fresh and relevant content

This can be tricky. What is fresh and relevant content anyway when every information is out there already? 

Truth be told, this statement is false. We will ALWAYS have the capacity to write fresh and relevant content. 

This blog post, for instance. There are thousands of blog posts out there written months or years ago about SEO tips for bloggers. Not to brag but, this one you’re reading now is proudly fresh and relevant. In fact, my next SEO tip didn’t exist until recently. 

Tip #5: Use the Rank Math Plugin

Rank Math is a WordPress plugin that you can install in your WordPress website to help you identify whether your web pages or blog posts are SEO-friendly or not. 

First, you will see a preview to edit snippet. 

Google defines a snippet as a description of or an excerpt from the webpage. Therefore, a snippet refers to a portion of a blog post taken from the Google search results. 

When you click the blue Edit Snippet button, this is what will show up on your screen.

Here I’ll edit the permalink and description.

The permalink is the blog post URL, whereas the description serves as the meta description.

As soon as this blog post goes live, this is what will show up in the Google search results.

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Below the edit snippet section, you will find a space where you enter your target keywords. Rank Math allows you to use up to 5 keywords per blog post or page. It acknowledges the first keyword you enter as the focus keyword. Notice the star icon on my keyword SEO tips for bloggers. 

Other keywords I used in this blog post are SEO for bloggers, free SEO tools, tips for bloggers, and blogging basics. 

Moreover, scroll down and you will find 4 other sections of the Rank Math plugin to help you optimize your web page or blog post.

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These sections are:

Basic SEO

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Additional

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Title Readability

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Content Readability

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A very important note: If you’re using the free version of WordPress.com, you will be unable to install free SEO tools like Rank Math. To do so, all you have to do is upgrade your plan to business or continue blogging with a self-hosted WordPress website like The Greatest 

Self-hosted means you have a web host provider that takes care of your digital assets. In my case, a WordPress blog. To do this, I bought my domain name from Namecheap and linked it to my Interserver web hosting service, before installing WordPress.org. 

To know more about how I was able to start a blog, create my website from scratch, and learn WordPress, visit our YouTube channel for free blogging basics tutorials, SEO tips for bloggers, and other free SEO tools you can use to optimize your blog.

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Conclusion

There’s so much to learn about SEO tips for bloggers that we haven’t discussed yet. Hopefully, I was able to cover the blogging basics you need to get started with SEO. 

In a separate blog post, we will dive into how to write high-quality and SEO friendly blog posts. 

What tips for bloggers would you like me to discuss next?  

Let me know in the comments. Take care.

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20 Different Types of Blog Posts That Drive Massive Traffic to Your New Blog https://thegreatestdigitalcreatives.com/types-of-blog-posts/ https://thegreatestdigitalcreatives.com/types-of-blog-posts/#comments Wed, 08 Apr 2020 22:00:00 +0000 https://thegreatestdigitalcreatives.com/?p=1265 When I started freelancing, I didn’t know that there are different types of blog posts. During the early years of the internet, blogs are simply online diaries. Here, we talk about our failed relationships, write cheesy poems, and short stories no one would read. Honestly, we didn’t even care. For writers, having an avenue to express art through writing is more than enough. 

But like the rest of the world, blogging changed over time. Now, you can turn your blog into a business, ditch your shitty 8-5 job (and boss), and work from home.

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Ah, I hope it’s just as easy. But it isn’t. One of the most important tips for new bloggers is this: PLAN AHEAD

If you’re starting to lose momentum because you have “nothing to write”, it’s simply because you didn’t have a plan, to begin with. 

This is not the time to “wing it” or “see how it goes”. 

Part of the blogging basics you need to learn is to awaken your entrepreneurial mindset and look at blogging from a different perspective. That is, to become the go-to person when it comes to finding a solution to other people’s problems.

Different types of blog posts 

In this list, I have included examples of each of the different types of blog posts. I suggest you go over each of them and take note of the formatting, readability, how images are incorporated, as well as CTA (Call To Action) buttons. 

Notice how the blog post helps the website get traffic, leads, and of course, sales. 

Please note that some of the examples I mentioned may overlap. For instance, a podcast transcript can also be formatted as a blog post interview

Moreover, not all of these are applicable to your blog. I don’t even recommend that you should have one of each. You still need to find out what type of blog posts would resonate with your audience. And of course, write the types of blog posts that positions you as an expert in your niche. 

Let’s jump right in.  

1. Behind-the-scenes

Do you blog about movies or TV shows? Behind-the-scenes blogs posts are perfect for you. Imagine being given a backstage pass to a concert. In this type of blog post, you make your readers feel that you’re sharing your backstage VIP tickets to them. You share a certain kind of exclusivity that readers can only get from you.   

Examples:

16 Behind The Scenes Secrets From The Set Of ‘Stranger Things’

93 Behind-the-Scenes ‘Game of Thrones’ Pictures That Will Destroy the Magic for You

2. Before and After

We love makeovers. I remember when Netflix aired Marie Kondo’s Tidying Up on New Year’s Day. Admit it, you suddenly had the urge to go over every room in your house wishing that there’s a reset button to make all the mess disappear. 

Change is a process. And we love to see other people go through it. We may not achieve the same success they have. But if your readers are looking for inspiration to take action, this is the time for you to step up and write this type of blog post.

Examples:

A Pro-Decorator’s 5-Step Bedroom Makeover

Inside a Glam Apartment Makeover

Free & Quick Proofreading from Grammarly!

3. Beginner guides

I created The Greatest because I want to be your go-to person when it comes to the blogging basics. Therefore, the types of blog posts you will read here are beginner-friendly. 

Beginner guides are fun to write, easy to understand, and easy to follow. 

These types of blog posts are perfect for education-centered blogs. 

If you share easy home cooking recipes, beginner guides are perfect for your readers, too. 

Examples:

Easy Royal Icing for Cake Decorating

15 amazing and free WordPress plugins new bloggers need to stand out

4. Case studies

Okay, this takes time to write. And when I say time, I mean, days, weeks, months, even years. 

Just like the before and after blog posts, case studies are meant to show results. Also, there’s the gathering of data, analysis, hypothesis, and final outcome. 

Examples:

Pinterest case studies

The Ultimate List of Facebook Ads Case Studies (+ 38 lessons you can’t ignore)

5. Checklists

I never go to the grocery without a list. This way, I don’t go home forgetting that I didn’t get garlic for my chicken marinade, or that I run out of eggs. 

Checklists are types of blog posts that allow readers to get a sense of completeness in carrying out a task. 

Whether it’s about how to start an herb garden, all the way to baby essentials for your newborn, checklists gives you a sense of accomplishment. 

Speaking of which, I create Trello board templates that help you plan your content at least a month ahead. Inside these Trello boards, I have included a checklist on what to do before you hit the publish button. 

Get your free templates when you join our Facebook group. See you inside 🙂

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Examples:

Spring Garden Checklist -14 Tips To Get Ahead For Spring Gardening

How to create a minimalist wardrobe (& free essentials)

6. Collaborations

As a new blogger, collaborations allow you to reach a wider audience. Do you notice YouTube content creators collaborate with fellow YouTubers? The concept is the same as this type of blog post. 

Last month, I was able to write my first collaboration blog post with the help of fellow bloggers. Here, we talked about what our week is like, the struggles and joys of being full-time bloggers. 

Getting my life together: My week as a new blogger

Guest posts can also fall under this type of blog post. Guest posts are opportunities to publish your work on someone else’s website. In return, you can get backlinks which is good for SEO, and some companies even offer to pay. 

Here’s a guest post I wrote last year.

How to use Facebook live to boost organic traffic 

7. Current events

If you want fast web traffic (and by fast I mean right now), blog about current events. 

The downside is, you have to create content in a flash. The best example of these types of blog posts are those written by online journalists.

Another downside is that, as soon as the trend is over, it’s hard to continue promoting the blog post because it’s not relevant anymore. 

These types of blogs are fast-paced. Therefore, you have to be quick in producing content on your website. If you can publish blog posts every day, this is definitely your vibe. 

Examples:

Money Heist Season 5: 10 Questions We Want Answered

Quarantined with a new born, alone

8. Frequently Asked Questions

This type of blog post is very informative. It allows you to tell your readers about an affiliate product, or if you’re promoting your very own products and/or services. 

For example, you switched email providers. You can write a blog post about why you made the switch, the pros and cons, and other things you want your readers to know about your new email provider, to convince them to try it for themselves. And if you’re an affiliate to this email service, the more readers you encourage to join, the more affiliate commissions you get.

Examples:

Parenthood Confessions: Coco is ONE!

WordPress.com vs WordPress.org – Which is Better? (Comparison Chart)

9. Giveaways

Hosting giveaways is one of the ways to increase readership to your website. This also works well if you’re trying to get more followers on social media. 

Make sure you the mechanics are crystal clear and mention the terms and conditions of your giveaway ie. how to claim the prize, when is the raffle going to be held, what happens if the prize is unclaimed, etc.

Example:

27 Days of Spring Fashion: Stitch Fix Shoes & Giveaway

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10. How-to guides

Here at The Greatest, my blog posts are how-to guides, blogging basics, and tips for new bloggers. I find that these types of blog posts are ideal because my target audience is aspiring and new bloggers who have zero to less knowledge about blogging in general.

I want my blog to provide helpful and relevant information to those who are starting a blog, or someone who considers working from home but hasn’t fully decided yet. With my how-to guides, I want my readers to see me as a blogging coach and someone who knows the ins and outs of the blogging industry.

Examples:

How to install the Google Site Kit Plugin on WordPress

How To Create A New Pinterest Board For Your Business

11. Interviews

As much as I love watching interviews on YouTube, or listen to podcast interviews (like Getting Curious by Jonathan Van Ness), I also love to read blog posts that are interview-based. 

This way, I can take note of my biggest takeaways from the interview, and copy and paste them on my notepad for future reference.

Examples:

How to sell your blog for 6-figures with Tracie Fobes

How I earned $210,000 my first year blogging – An interview with Amira Irfan

12. Podcast transcripts

I love reading blog posts as much as I love listening to podcasts. 

However, there are some people who’d like to get important key points throughout the podcast episode. Which is why there are podcast shows that have a separate website where they can repurpose their content into blogs. These types of blog posts are called transcripts. 

Examples:

The 3 things I wish I’d done sooner

How to Manage Unemployment and Lost Business Income

13. Product reviews

Have you experienced a brand reaching out to you to write a product review in exchange for free products? This is called exchange deals or x-deals. 

Reviews are tremendous help especially during brand or product launches. 

Do you watch Tati on YouTube? She is a beauty vlogger who launched her first makeup palette in 2019 called Textured Neutrals Volume 1. Before the launch, she was able to reach out to other beauty YouTubers so she can send PR packages, so they can create product review video just in time for the launch. This allows a brand to reach a wider audience, and promote the product fast and in a very timely manner.

Please remember that not product reviews come from exchange deals. There are some brands that would pay bloggers to review their products. These are called sponsored posts.

Product reviews can also be a way for you to earn a commission from the brand through affiliate marketing. In fact, I have a list of high-paying affiliate programs new bloggers you can try.   

Examples:

Best Finds: Seven highlighters that look fantastic in natural light

Rank Math Review – Why I Ditched Yoast For RankMath

14. Recipes

Who doesn’t love searching the internet for easy homemade recipes? These types of blog posts are great for food bloggers. 

Examples:

The Perfect Skillet Brownies

Apple Caramel Dessert Recipe

15. Success and failures

These types of blog posts explain how something is achieved and/or what went wrong in the process.

Examples:

4 Daily Rituals That Revolutionized My Work Life

Why My First Blog Failed … and What You Can Learn from My Mistakes

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16. Surveys

If you love analytics and numbers, you will definitely enjoy writing this type of blog post. A survey is a research method that collects data from respondents to prove or null a hypothesis, depending on the purpose and what is meant to be achieved.

Example:

Survey Questions That Work: How to Unlock Your Customers’ Deepest Desires

17. Thank-you notes

This type of blog post allows you to get up close and personal to your readers. This can be a blog post about celebrating your birthday with your followers, a thank-you message after reaching a new blogging milestone, or simple gratitude for spending time to read your work. 

Examples:

My 3rd-year blogging anniversary

Thank you. Seriously.

18. Updates, stats, and income reports 

This type of blog post can be case studies and policy updates. It allows readers to have an overview or proof of a claim, like in our example below. 

How We Made $147,576.09 in March 2020 (Blog Income Report)

19. Update old posts

One of my blogging goals this month is to update my previous posts. If you check some of them, I have added CTA buttons, updated my blog categories, and added new keywords for Google and Pinterest SEO. 

Aside from that, there are blog posts that need updating because of new information that I think is relevant to my readers. 
One of them is the blog post about affiliate marketing. When it was first published, it was a list of 28 affiliate programs for new bloggers. A few days later, I added two more, which brings it to 30. I hope you bookmark this post because for sure, this blog will be constantly updated over time.

20. Who-s who

Do you want to know the who’s who in your blog niche? This type of blog post allows you to know who to follow, and see what are the trending topics you can blog about. Plus, you can get blog post ideas from them in case you’re searching for new content. 

7 Blogging Laws Every Blogger Must Obey (Updated 2020 Guide)

Starting a Conscious Business with Dani Nagel

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Conclusion

There you have it, a list of the different types of blog posts you can write to drive massive traffic to your new blog. 

Do you need all these types of blog posts on your new blog?

No.

Keep in mind that part of the blogging basics is to know your readers and what kind of content they want from you.  In addition, the types of blog posts you need to create will depend on your keyword research to make sure that your blog posts are SEO-friendly, too.

Furthermore, your role doesn’t end with hitting the publish button. While you wait for your SEO strategies to take effect, you can still get massive traffic to your new blog by means of content marketing strategies via social media platforms, and of course, Pinterest.

I hope you find this helpful. Any other tips for new bloggers that you want me to discuss next? Let me know in the comments. 

Take care. 

 

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15 Amazing and Free WordPress Plugins New Bloggers Need to Stand Out https://thegreatestdigitalcreatives.com/free-wordpress-plugins/ https://thegreatestdigitalcreatives.com/free-wordpress-plugins/#comments Wed, 01 Apr 2020 22:00:00 +0000 https://thegreatestdigitalcreatives.com/?p=1159 This post may contain affiliate links. Please read the disclaimer for more info. 

Hello, everyone. Thanks for stopping by. Today, we will discuss another topic under the blogging basics. That is free WordPress plugins for new bloggers.  

If you’re not a WordPress user yet, you should know that it’s the best platform for blogging. Yup, there’s bias in my statement, and that’s because IT IS THE BEST platform out there.  

Now, this isn’t coming from someone who has a background in Computer Science. 

I’m a Literature major, by the way (wink).

But as a freelance content writer, WordPress taught me so much about SEO. From using Yoast to RankMath, how to optimize images, keyword research, you name it. WordPress is my BFF. 

Therefore, I strongly believe that being familiar with the ins and outs of WordPress is part of the blogging basics. It is a powerful tool to help new bloggers stand out.  

Let’s get started. 

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What are WordPress plugins?

A WordPress plugin allows you to customize your WordPress blog to your liking. Written in PHP programming, WordPress plugins are created to add features and functionality to your WordPress blog. This is ideal, especially to new bloggers who have zero to less experience in bootstrap or WordPress custom coding.

What FREE WordPress Plugins do I need for my blog?  

Contact Form 7

When you visit my Work with Me page, there is a section below which allows you to send me a message. That is the Contact Form 7 plugin. 

You can create multiple forms using this plugin. You can also change the settings to where you want your messages sent. Beware though, this plugin cannot filter spam messages. You have to delete them manually. 

Data Tables Generator by Supsystic

If you’ve read my blog post about how much money I spent on my first year blogging, you can see that I used a table to create a list of my business expenses, the item, description, and amount. 

For this, I used the Data Tables Generator by Supsystic plugin. Aside from easy-to-use tables, you can use this free WordPress plugin to create charts, diagrams, graphs, and many others. 

Easy Table of Contents

I started having issues with this plugin when I switched from Yoast SEO to RankMath. But as soon as RankMath users raised the issue to them, it was resolved immediately.

As you can see, my blog posts are at least 1000 words long. Therefore, I need a table of contents for easy content navigation. 

Other features of this free WordPress plugin are:

  • Auto- insert
  • Supports smooth scrolling
  • Beginner-friendly
  • Works with the Classic Editor, Gutenberg, Divi, Elementor, WPBakery Page Builder and Visual Composer page editors

Elementor

Elementor is a web page builder. I learned about Elementor by watching YouTube tutorials by Ferdy Korpershoek. And now, I’ve been using it non-stop. Sure, there are free WordPress themes that look good as it is. But Elementor brings your website to a whole new level. It has drag-and-drop features, which makes designing your WordPress blog super easy. 

Simple. Powerful. Flexible. 

For The Greatest, I use a combination of the OceanWP theme and Elementor.  

If you need help in setting it up, let’s have a chat. Book a free call today

Insert Headers and Footers

If you need to insert HTML codes to your WordPress blog without messing up the whole website, this free WordPress plugin is all you need. It allows you to insert Facebook pixel code, Google Analytics code, Javascript, and it’s simple and quick to set up.

Ocean Extra

When you install and activate the OceapWP theme, it prompts you to install the Ocean Extra plugin. This is an extension of the theme, which allows you to get more functionality like widgets, metaboxes, theme scripts, and styles.

Rank Math SEO

I broke up with Yoast SEO for about 2 months now. We sure had good times. But, I moved on (wink). Rank Math offers advanced features that Yoast SEO users can only get if they sign up for the paid plan.

Some of the best features I enjoy with this free WordPress plugin are:

  • Setup Wizard (Easy to follow)
    Rank Math practically configures itself. Rank Math features a step-by-step installation and configuration wizard that sets up SEO for WordPress perfectly.
  • Google Schema Markup aka Rich Snippets Integrated
    Configuring Google Schema Markup, aka Rich Snippets, is now easy, thanks to Rank Math, you’ll be able to optimize your posts in just a few clicks. It also includes the FAQ Schema aka FAQPage Schema Block in the plugin.
  • Optimize Unlimited Keywords
    Unlike other plugins, Rank Math lets you optimize your posts for unlimited focus keywords per post. (5 by default. Increase by adding this filter)
  • Google Search Console Integration
    Rank Math saves you a ton of time by integrating with Google Search Console and displaying important information about your website right inside WordPress.
  • Google Keyword Ranking
    With Rank Math SEO Plugin, you can track your keyword rankings in Google.
  • Optimal Settings Pre-Selected
    Configuring an SEO plugin takes time, and can be confusing. Rank Math saves you the trouble with its optimal default settings, which are ideal for most websites, and if needed, can be changed.
  • LSI Keyword Tool Integrated
    Rank Math’s integrated LSI keyword tool gives you multiple keyword variations of your focus keyword, which helps you attract more traffic to your posts.
  • Add Overlay Icons On Social Images
    Rank Math makes social thumbnails click magnets by giving you the option of overlaying a GIF or a video icon on the thumbnail.
  • Advanced SEO Analysis Tool
    With just a single click, Rank Math can perform an SEO audit of your website

Sassy Social Share

Sassy Social Share is a free WordPress plugin I use for my readers to share my content easily. This plugin caters to over 100 social sharing and bookmarking services, including Tumblr, Reddit, and Whatsapp.

This free WordPress plugin has cute-looking vector icons for social sharing.

Site Kit by Google

My first blog post with The Greatest is about how to install this free WordPress plugin. Using this plugin, I can check my Google Analytics without logging out of WordPress. I simply go to my Dashboard>Google Site Kit. 

Here’s how to install it

Smash Balloon Instagram Feed

When you scroll down to any of my web pages, you will find my Instagram feed, and that is possible with this free WordPress plugin. 

It’s very easy and simple to customize. However, there are instances where glitches occur, ie. new posts not showing immediately. But glitches are normal. No need to do anything because the issue resolves on its own.

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Updraft Plus – Backup/Restore

IMPORTANT REMINDER: Puh-lease, back up your WordPress website at least once a week. 

A few days ago, I made a mistake of installing an outdated WordPress plugin. Moments later, my admin login page is no longer available. My heart was raising. I didn’t know what to do. Good thing my web host, Interserver was able to fix it, but not entirely. 

Good thing I have this free WordPress plugin. Because of Updraft Plus, I was able to restore my website in no time. 

WP Content Copy & No Right Click

This isn’t the first time I mentioned this free WordPress plugin. My blog post on how to blog legally includes additional guidelines on how to protect your blog from content theft. Aside from purchasing legal pages, I have this plugin to avoid visitors from copying and pasting my work in verbatim. This is not 100% effective. Thieves will always find a way to steal. But for now, a combination of my legal pages and this plugin has got me covered. 

WP-Optimize Clean, Compress, Cache

Thanks to this free WordPress plugin, my blog is faster and cleaner. This plugin:

  1. allows you to clean and optimize your database
  2. gives you the option to compress your images
  3. allows you to cache your pages, for super-fast load times (read more caching information below)

Plus, it works well with my Updraft Plus plugin. I can do a fast cleanup first, before I backup my website. 

WP – Sweep

This WordPress plugin cleans: 

  • Revisions
  • Auto drafts
  • Deleted comments
  • Unapproved comments
  • Spammed comments
  • Deleted comments

WPS Hide – Login 

By default, you can access any WordPress blog login page by adding wp-admin after the URL. This is an easy way for hackers to log in to your WordPress blog and do nasty things. 

The solution is to hide it. That is where this plugin comes in. Instead of using wp-admin to log in, you can customize it. Just create something that’s hard to guess.

How to install free WordPress plugins on my blog

To install any WordPress plugin, simply go to your Dashboard> Plugins> Add new> Type the name of the plugin you want to install> Install> Activate

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Update as of May 24, 2020: I recently changed the theme of my blog. Notice the minimalist features? So right now, I’m not using the Sassy Social Share plugin but I’d still recommend it. I’ve used it for long and it does the job. Meanwhile, I switched to Social Warfare which goals well with my WordPress theme. So far I like it.

Conclusion

In a previous blog, I shared how much money I spent running a blog on my first year. Reading that blog post again made me realize what a journey it’s been. I am very happy with my “business expenses”, especially having a reliable domain name and web host, that is home to The Greatest

My most recent investment, having legal pages from Amira of aselfguru.com is also a relief. I don’t want to expose my work and myself against content theft. The least I can do is protect it on my end. 

I think new bloggers must realize how important a blog is. Having such amazing (and not to mention FREE) WordPress plugins is part of the blogging basics. If you haven’t switched to a self-hosted WordPress website yet, I hope you give this a consideration. 

Every day is another day to be better. Keep an open mind. Try different strategies. Create a routine. In time, you’ll realize you’re no longer faking it till you make it. Because you actually MADE IT. 

Do you use any of the free WordPress plugins I mentioned on this list?

Anything you’d like to add?

Take care.

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Getting My Life Together: My Week as a Blogger https://thegreatestdigitalcreatives.com/getting-my-life-together/ https://thegreatestdigitalcreatives.com/getting-my-life-together/#respond Mon, 30 Mar 2020 22:00:00 +0000 https://thegreatestdigitalcreatives.com/?p=1136 This post may contain affiliate links. Please read the disclaimer for more info.

What do bloggers do? 

Hello, everyone. Welcome back to my blog. Today, let’s talk about productivity. We watch a lot of YouTube videos about Getting My Life Together. I am obsessed with this kind of content, too. But what is it really like to “Get My Life Together” with no cameras, no IG photos, no script?

I mentioned in my last blog that part of my writing process is procrastination. Blogging exhausts me. It’s mental. So, in order for me to keep going, I need to create a routine that works for me and my lifestyle.

The number one rule in Blogging Basics 101 is CONSISTENCY. How do train your mind to create quality content every week? How do you shift your mindset from starting a blog as a hobby to starting a blog that makes money? How do you squeeze all your blogging tasks in a week without feeling overwhelmed?  

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What is it like to be a new blogger? 

I have been offering freelance services since 2015. But it was only in 2019 that I decided to start a blog that makes money. At first, my reason for starting a blog is because I’m tired of submitting unpaid blog post samples to prospect clients. Imagine spending at least 4 hours writing, researching, and editing, only to be told that your writing sucked and they decided to go with another candidate. The next day, you see your blog post published somewhere without your permission. 

Terrible, right?

So, I decided to buy a domain name, and web hosting for my WordPress blog. BTW, I create WordPress websites for bloggers like you. Click here to book a discovery call (wink)

So, what’s my week as a blogger? The truth? I sit in front of the computer for at least 10 hours a day, every day, even during weekends and holidays. 

Even without the mandated self-quarantine by the government, I’ve been living in isolation for more than a year. 

Nope, this isn’t the time for you to feel pity. This is just one of those tough-to-tackle truths about being a solopreneur. You’re always on your own. And like I shared on Instagram, “Sometimes, you have to be your own hero.” 

BUT (of course, there’s always a but), there are awesome things about being a solopreneur. That is:

You are responsible for your own success.

Aaaand, I can be a workaholic whenever, wherever I want to. We all desire to have a purposeful life, right? Getting my life together and helping other bloggers reach their maximum potential is mine.

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What do bloggers do all week? 

Sharing with you the most recent routine of my week as a blogger. I was never a morning person. But it’s been a month since I started waking up at 6 AM. Yasss, so far so good.

Sundays

  • Mornings are spent doing household chores, feeding and playtime with the dogs, and Netflix or listening to podcasts. 
  • In the afternoon, I spend 2 hours on Pinterest, pinning and following at least 20 people. 
  • Sunday evenings are spent goal setting for the week and go to bed at 9 PM

Monday-Saturday

As you can see in the image below, my weekly routine is basically the same. I spend most of my day on Pinterest and blog post writing. 

I wake up at 6 AM (yey), prepare breakfast, feed, and play with my dogs.

Work mode begins at 9 AM, First, I log in to my Pinterest account and check my analytics. Then, I create pin templates on Canva and schedule them using Tailwind. This takes about 2 hours of my time every day. 

I schedule my Instagram and Facebook page posts using Hootsuite. If my blog post for that week isn’t ready yet (I publish every Thursday), I manually publish on social media every day.   

At night, before going to bed, I engage in Facebook groups. I join daily threads ie blog shares/comments, Pinterest repins, Instagram follow thread, etc. I also manage and create daily threads on my Facebook group

In between these, I do batch cooking, play with my dogs, do some client work, and of course, Netflix. 

Note that there are tasks that overlap. For example, I can do Pinterest Management Services while engaging in Facebook groups at night. Of course, this is aside from client work here and there.

Also, aside from creating new content every week, I spend 2 days on keyword research and blog audit. I need to update old blog posts, so Google will notice me more.

As you can see, another thing you need to know about the blogging basics is your blog is your life. I mean, I barely have time to do household chores or go out (that’s not a problem anymore because of the community quarantine going on). So by the time I go to bed at around 9 or 10, I am completely exhausted. Well, mentally, that is.

But I don’t mind at all. Every day is a new day to be better than what I am yesterday. I guess this is what really feels like when you start the year with a plan and focus on it.

Last year, I just “wing it”, especially with all the client work. But creating a 12-month blog plan gave me clarity and the focus I need to achieve my blogging goals this year.

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Meanwhile, I’m thrilled to share that this blog post is not just about my week as a blogger. I was able to get help from fellow bloggers because, well, I’m curious, too. 

So if you want to know what do bloggers do, then read along.

Hi, I’m Porcia Applewhaite of LIfetimeflux.

On a Sunday night, my goal is to set up what I am doing during the week and post the blog post that I have written throughout the week. 

Monday, I set out and plan a different post which I will be doing for the next couple of weeks. 

Tuesday, I draft the next two posts that I am going to write and comment on other blog posts. 

Wednesday, I schedule pins and create pins for my new post. Thursday, I finish off my blog post. 

Friday, Saturday I mainly work on guest posts or other things that I want to create on my blog.

Check out my blog

Follow me on Pinterest 

Like my Facebook Page

For business inquiries, email me

Hey there, I am Kinga from KingasCorner.com 

I am going to be very honest with you – having a nearly 3-year-old makes it a little difficult for me to stay consistent. But I’m trying to do my best. My schedule is somehow divided between VA work/freelancing and blogging (for myself). For my VA projects, I am always working in the mornings, every day or sometimes, in the evenings after my toddler goes to bed. 

The rest of my time is divided (especially now that nursery is close, it can get a little difficult) into blogging, family time, entertaining a toddler, cooking, chores, and self-care. So here it goes. 

  • Monday – VA work + Responding to my emails, if any.
  • Tuesday – VA work + I’m writing my weekly broadcast; top-up tailwind; creating new pins for my existing content and add them to Pinterest. 
  • Wednesday – VA work + new post on IG, although, I am posting on my stories on a daily basis. 
  • Thursday – VA work + interacting in FB groups with other bloggers or promoting my existing articles in these groups.
  • Friday – VA work + Everything related to creating, writing and scheduling an article for my blog. This includes coming up with a topic, research, writing, creating graphics and schedule it for Sunday (that’s when I normally post a new article). 
  • Saturday – VA work + filming & editing for my YT channel (I am trying to stay consistent with this one, but it’s harder now..)
  • Sunday – VA work (sometimes) + self-care + family time 

Let’s be friends!

Visit my blog 

Follow me on Instagram 

Like me on Facebook page 

Follow me on Pinterest 

For business inquiries, email me 

Hi, I’m Renee Shaw of thisanxiousmom.com

My week as a blogger is so varied! I do try and have a set routine that I follow through to give me some rhythm to my work. 

Mondays are my fresh pin days where I create loads and loads of fresh pins, I’ll either pop them in Tailwind or keep them to manually pin throughout the week. 

Tuesday is my mega research day where I do all at of keyword research, outlining my next blog post. I see what’s trending for my niche, what I think my audience would like etc. I also think about my opt-in. 

Wednesday I write my post, I write edit and upload all on the same day, generally trying to write two posts a day (I write from the beach or outside when I can!). I then start promoting that post. 

Thursday is more pin creation and keeping up with any courses I’m a part of. 

Friday is my off day.

Saturday I write down some topics and pin. 

Sunday I spend a fair amount of time on Pinterest 

Check out my blog

Like my Facebook page 

For business inquiries, email me

Hello, everyone. I’m Angela of theprettypeculiarlife.com

My week as a (brand new) blogger is rather simple as I am just beginning the phase of creating content. Originally I had to get through creating and buying my domain but now I’m at the fun phase; writing! Personally, I like to take things day by day until I get running. I love lists so I have a couple of note pages on my iPad of blog topics I’d like to write about, and I then set aside time each day to write one or two posts out, and get them scheduled to be published. I find that allowing myself the freedom to let ideas come to me, then using a sudden burst of motivation later in the day really helps me focus rather than setting a strict schedule. What works for me may not work for others, and if my blog does ever take off I’m sure this will change but for now, I am letting it flow! 

Check out my blog

Like me on Facebook

Follow me on Instagram 

Follow me on Pinterest

Hello, I’m Me-Ann of mabuhaimaxima.com

Here’s my weekly schedule: 

So, on a normal basis, I only do this when I am not flying. But since the quarantine and all my flights are canceled, I got a chance to set a proper schedule for this. Although, even before, my podcast episodes air every Tuesday.

Monday: record and edit podcast episode

Tuesday: post and promote podcast episode

Wednesday: fiction writing

Thursday: website blog post writing

Friday: free day (day-off or day for extracurricular side hustle)

Saturday: freelance article writing and research

Sunday: prep for the next week (outlines and graphic design)

Everyday: promote/ engage/ read

Check out my podcast episodes

Like me on Facebook 

Follow me on Instagram 

Follow me on Pinterest 

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Conclusion

There you have it, a no-holds-barred behind-the-scenes of getting my life together as a blogger. You see, not everything about my week as a blogger is glitz and glamour. Most of the time, it is spent in solitude in my old apartment. 

It’s amazing how full-time moms can pull this together. Sure, there are ways to expand a blogging business when you outsource and invest in blogging tools to help with automation. Tailwind, for example, allows you to schedule unlimited number of pins every month. 

But as a new blogger, most of us aren’t there yet. I mean for some, buying a domain name is scary enough already. Bottom line is, being a solopreneur and growing your blog to make money allows you to have a VISION, something that you alone can see. That vision allows you to develop a certain kind of fierceness within. Sure, scaling the business in the future and hire people is your next big move. But for now, enjoy the journey. A little nudge from colleagues and loved ones is enough to keep you going.

A warm thank you to my fellow bloggers who collaborated with me in this blog post. Let’s do it again next time, yeah?

Have you started your blog already?

What do you do as a blogger?

What is your week like?

Let’s talk about it in the comments. 

Take care. 

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15 Highly Profitable freelance services new bloggers can offer https://thegreatestdigitalcreatives.com/freelance-services/ https://thegreatestdigitalcreatives.com/freelance-services/#comments Wed, 18 Mar 2020 22:00:00 +0000 https://thegreatestdigitalcreatives.com/?p=1109 This post may contain affiliate links. Please read the disclaimer for more info.

I want to grow my blog to produce a steady monthly income. Meanwhile, how can I make money NOW?

Hello, everyone. How are you? Thank you so much for stopping by. I hope everything is well with you and your loved ones. 

Real talk. I know you can’t wait to get back to work. You have families to feed, rent or mortgages to pay, and debts to settle. I know you’ve heard about people who work from home, but the idea never crossed your mind. You are good at what you do. Your boss loves you. You like office gossips. Life’s good. 

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But you have a love and hate affair with writing. You once dreamed of being the next J.K Rowling. You’re creative. You love the smell of old books. You thought writing can be a career you can pursue. 

Then, life happened. All of a sudden, you forgot about your dream. Your priorities shifted.

Fast forward to today. You are safe (not stuck) at home. You have lots of stored energy #unlimitedrice. You are bored. Netflix is not helping anymore. You are pumped. After breakfast, you turn on your computer and log in to your old WordPress.com blog. You skimmed each blog post. You’re happy it’s still there but slightly embarrassed at the same time. Then, you realized: 

It’s time.     

I want to work from home and make money with my blog. 

Yasss. 

Okay, I’m gonna stop you right there. First, congratulations on your a-ha moment. But, hold your horses, because we need to talk about the blogging basics. Remember, this isn’t a hobby anymore. You are starting a business. Therefore, you should start by wearing your thinking hat, and start blogging like a solopreneur. 

Here are the things you need to consider.

  1. Create a 12-month blog plan. 
  2. Invest in the right blogging tools. Start with buying a domain name and web hosting. 
  3. Learn about basic SEO for new bloggers 
  4. Research about affiliate programs for new bloggers
  5. Offer freelance services 
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What is a freelancer?

A freelancer is a person (also known as a solopreneur) who is self-employed and hired as an independent contractor. Therefore, a freelancer is not “officially” an employee. The relationship between a freelancer and a company is business-to-business (b2b). They are paid per project, usually with no company benefits. 

What freelance services can I offer as a new blogger? 

1. Blog writing service 

I started offering freelance services in 2015. First as a K-12 course creator. Next, as another course creator for an online platform teaching English to Brazilians. And then, as an SEO ghostwriter. Since then, I focused on just offering blog writing freelance services. Sure, I accept other freelance work like social media marketing and email marketing. But recently, I decided to niche down, because my goal this year is to write more blog posts for my website. 

As a newbie, my rate was $3/hour. I know this is a shock to those who are native English speakers. But yeah, truth is, it’s hard to charge more when clients know you’re not U.S. based. Sure, there are others that get lucky. But luck wasn’t on my side. I need to work more and spend more hours in front of the computer to make a living. I trade my time for money. 

Well, I’m not going to brag about how much I earn now. Let’s just say, it’s “enough”. 

But when you decide you want to offer blogging services for companies, there are skills you need to learn. 

Blogging is NOT literature. It’s business writing.

Forget about poetic justice, literary criticism, and art theories. Save them for later. Companies hire bloggers to write blogs that convert. Meaning, these are blogs that generate web traffic, leads, and sales

Another skill you need to learn is basic SEO. SEO stands for (Search Engine Optimization). This allows your blog to “be found” on Google. 

But just to help you get an overview of the blogging basics, here’s one that I wrote about how to write a blog for beginners. 

3. Printables

What are printables for? Printables are commonly used as a lead magnet. A lead magnet is something we offer for free, in exchange for information, like email addresses.

If you have a flair for graphics and design, you can sell templates. Some of the most popular templates you can sell are:

  • Grocery checklist
  • Stickers
  • Planners (daily, weekly, monthly)
  • Coloring books
  • Homeschool materials
  • Content calendar

Canva made me a self-made expert when it comes to graphics and design. You can always use it for free. However, I think Canva is a great investment for your blogging business. Which is why I am thrilled to share that they offer a 30-day FREE trial for Canva Pro. If you think the free plan is good enough, then cancel anytime at no cost. 

So, where do you sell your printables? 

Creative Market is the best marketplace to sell your work. Business owners are super busy to create digital assets on their own. That is why Creative Market is great for connecting business owners and artists. Sign up for FREE  to open your store, and get free products every Monday. 

3. General VA

I hate being paid hourly because I procrastinate like 90% of the time. It’s part of my writing process. Okay, that’s my lazy alter ego talking. Regardless, I disagree with paying writers per hour because clients don’t pay for your time to write. Clients pay for the final output. 

Of course, the deadline is important. But this should be discussed before the contract begins. 

There are instances where you can offer freelance services as a General VA (Virtual Assistant). You can be a “secretary” to the company CEO, Project Manager, answer emails, payroll. Etc. Basically, you are in charge of the behind-the-scenes. 

You can start by earning $500 per month, 40 hours a week. Think of this as a regular 9-5 work from home job. A gentle reminder, note that you are also growing your blog to make money. So if you will work 40 hours per week, are you sure you still have time to publish content regularly on your blog

4. Video editor

YouTube creators hire video editors. Not all of them, but it’s a fact. For example, Pewdiepie uploads every day. Therefore, he can’t keep up with his schedule unless he has someone to help him out. Shooting a video is one thing. Editing is another. That’s where his video editors come in. There’s Brad 1 (who left in 2019 to focus on his own content and channel) and Brad 2

If you want to offer freelance services as a video editor, you can pitch your rates with other YouTube creators, or bloggers who need help to repurpose their content. 

Some of the most common video editing tools you can use to work from home are: 

5. Social media manager

Do you spend hours every day on social media? Well, this is the time to make money off of it. There are companies that hire bloggers to manage their socials, Facebook, Facebook Group Moderator, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat, etc.  

Pros: You will be exposed to different social media content strategies that you can apply to your blog. 

Cons: You will manage multiple accounts at the same time. Different accounts, different strategies. This freelance service, not only involves posting on social media. You need to engage, ie. comment, follow, like, etc. on behalf of the company. Lastly, companies expect results. 

So if this is something you are good at, update your WordPress blog and add this to your Freelance Services page.

6. Email marketer

Yes, you can write emails for a living. Some businesses do well with emails rather than social media marketing. You can offer email marketing services like:

  • Newsletters (weekly or monthly)
  • Email sequence (for a product or service launch)
  • Promotions
  • Regular email update

For bloggers, it is also important to grow your email list. Now is the best time to learn email marketing for new bloggers.

7. Sales funnel expert

A sales funnel is a business model used to convert leads to sales. 

For example, assuming you found my blog on Pinterest. My sales funnel is like this. 

Pinterest pin > User clicks and is redirected to my blog > Scans my sidebar > Clicks the image that says Buy a winning domain name > Clicks > User is redirected to my affiliate link > Makes the purchase 

Basically, a sales funnel is a roadmap for customers to make a purchase. 

To be a sales funnel expert, you need to learn how to write a killer landing page copy, learn about ClickFunnels, and search for companies who need freelance services like this. 

Companies pay up to $2000 for landing page copy alone.  

8. Facebook Ads Expert

A social media manager is different from a Facebook Ads Expert. Running Facebook ads isn’t only about boosting a post. This freelance service requires, targeting, retargeting, installing Facebook Pixels, all that jazz. And believe me, it’s not something you’ll learn in one sitting. 

Coach Julian Canita is your go-to person if you want to learn about Facebook ads. I had the honor to write a guest post on his website, too.

9. Pinterest Manager

I discovered Pinterest by accident. I joined a Facebook group of bloggers in January and was surprised about how bloggers rave about Pinterest and how it saved their blogs from extinction. I didn’t believe it at first, because Pinterest is not really a big deal here in the Philippines. 

However, I discovered that in order for us to reach the U.S. market, Pinterest is the way to go. It is the 3rd largest social network in the U.S. Now, 80% of my website visits are from Pinterest. The rest are from Facebook. In 3 months, I was able to grow my Pinterest from 0-65k monthly viewers. I still have a long way to go. But believe me, it’s a crucial part of the blogging basics you need to learn.

Would you rather focus on creating more content on your blog, rather than spend days (even months) of learning the ins and outs of a new platform? Let me help. Check out my Pinterest Management Services Page

10. SEO Specialist

One of the most highly-profitable freelance services you can offer while you work from home is to be an SEO Specialist. Usually, the pay starts at $800/month. 

So, if you can help a company, or a fellow blogger be found on Google, and you love keyword research, offer SEO freelance services. 

11. WordPress Developer

Starting a blog that makes money is exciting. But what if you’re not tech-savvy? Sure, you know a thing or two about the internet. But, how about creating a self-hosted WordPress website? 

That is where a WordPress Developer comes in. A WordPress developer will help you set up your domain name, web hosting, and install WordPress in a flash. The process starts with a discovery which will cover the web design, web copy, color palette, and functionality. I can create a WordPress website in as fast as two weeks, as long as all the creative assets are ready to go. Regardless, WordPress development freelance services can last for up to 30 days, with a monthly retainer for website maintenance. Find out more about my WordPress development services here

12. Podcast Audio Editor

Do you love listening to podcasts? I do. In fact, it has become part of my morning routine. My recent favorites are The Goal Digger Podcast by Jenna Kutcher and The Blogging Millionaire by Brandon Gaille 

Podcast episodes are pre-recorded. Therefore, just like YouTube videos, podcast episodes need editing. That’s where you come in. 

Here are free Podcast editing tools you can download.

13. Podcast Audio Transcriber

Earlier, I mentioned something about repurposing content. If a blog post can be repurposed as a YouTube video, the same concept applies to podcast episodes. You can hire bloggers to transcribe your podcast episode for you, and turn it into a blog post. Podcast audio transcribers charge per minute or per number of words.

14. Bookkeeper

Are you a CPA? If yes, there are companies out there who hire bloggers as bookkeepers. But first, since you work from home, you have to learn about accounting software like Freshbooks

15. Amazon Product lister

Do you have the power to persuade people to buy online with just a few words? Then get hired as a product lister. A product lister writes irresistible product descriptions that are SEO friendly, which makes people want to “Add to cart”.

Where do freelance bloggers find jobs?

Excellent question. Here are my suggestions. 

  1. Pitching (cold emails)
  2. Create a “Services” page on your WordPress blog
  3. Guest posting 
  4. Facebook groups
  5. LinkedIn
  6. Instagram
  7. Pinterest

How do I sell my freelance services?

  1. Package deals (For example, 60 Pinterest pins for $50)
  2. Hourly (Puh-lease. Do not accept freelance gigs lower than $10.hour)
  3. Pay per post (Charge $50-$300 per blog post)
  4. Monthly retainer ($500/month as VA)

How do I get paid for my freelance services?

Money transfer for freelance services

  1. Paypal
  2. Transferwise
  3. Payoneer
  4. Remitly
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Conclusion

Of course, we want our blogs to make money on autopilot. That’s the ultimate goal anyway. But while we wait for the magic to happen, there are many ways we can do to make money NOW. I’m actually loving the work-from-home vibe because of offering freelance services. I remember a conversation I had with a business coach. She said the reason why I like offering freelance services is that it gave me the freedom I want. And she’s right. Freedom does feel good. But it has its limitations. 

I know you are curious about how other successful bloggers do it. You know, “living the life”. Stick around. I will help you GET THERE. The Greatest is filled with tips on blogging basics that you don’t want to miss out on. 

And if you want to be surrounded by fellow bloggers to inspire you more, check out our Facebook group. We have daily threads you can participate in to grow your socials and gain website traffic. 

What do you think about this post? 

What freelance services do you offer on your blog?

Take care. 

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