Do you want to create a blog that really makes a difference in the world? It might be tough to find a potential niche, even if your first desire is to help others rather than to realize a profit. This is because you probably know a great deal about a particular field or market. Therein lies the problem. You have such a wealth of knowledge, you don’t know what to focus on.
If you are truly passionate about a particular niche or microniche in a larger market, you can focus on that which you really love. However, Continue reading →
Successful blogging requires a lot of hard work. Anyone can slap up a blog and forget it. If you want to achieve whatever blogging goals you have set, you can’t adopt that attitude. Since blogs are all about engagement, you have to constantly be “out there”, engaging in a conversation with your target audience.
When starting out on the long trail I took to find success on the internet, there were a lot of things I had to discover. Not all the things you see should be bought. That is why you should focus on doing one thing and doing it well. This is a type of Internet Marketers way of minimalism. What do I mean?
Well, some minimalists define this “less is more” practice as owning 100 things or less. Others who enjoy a minimalist lifestyle don’t obey a strict rule that dictates exactly how many items they have, they simply limit the number of virtual and physical possessions they obtain, and practice this ideology on an ongoing basis. However Continue reading →
Day after day, month after month, and year after year, an interesting shift in employment is occurring. It’s the rise of companies built partially or entirely on remote staff – that is, employees who work from home or who don’t need to be in any physical proximity to their boss or business’ headquarters. In many cases, like that of popular customer support software Groove, the business itself may not even have a headquarters, making for an entirely remote team.
Why has this trend been rapidly growing? For one, it cuts costs; if you’re able to put the money saved from office rent and associated costs each month right back into your marketing and advertising budget. Plus, this can allow a company to more easily source talent that isn’t available locally, and might not be able to immediately relocate due to family, finances, etc. Many companies find as well that there workers may be happier if they’re able to work their schedules around their family life, hobbies, or other things that make them happy and may not always coincide with a strict 9-5 schedule.Continue reading →
While the millennial generation is one that is blatantly fond of travel
(and will show as much constantly through their Instagram and Snapchat
pics and videos), most of the population will still live out their life
in one country without ever living in another place. A smaller though
far from insignificant portion will never even make it out of their
country for so much as a trip.
For some, that’s safe and comfortable, for others like me, it’s more than
depressing. Whatever your perspective, this Continue reading →
Every now and then I re-evaluate what I am doing and where I am going. How often do you take a step back and consider your current status? Not just your inner self, but how you react and interact with others.
TED talks are one of my favorite places to find inspiration and a little deep learning. This talk from Julian Treasure gave me a lot to think about. What do you think?
Tips for warming up before a podcast or filming a video?
Recently I have been asked how anyone can make a custom website for free. There are many suppliers of this kind of service, but one of my favourites is ‘Weebly’. They were my stepping stone to learning WordPress, so I guess I owe them that.
The use that has helped me the most is when I was starting out with zero budget. Needing a ‘disposable’ but good site for a bit of credibility was all I wanted. So for building a quick site to use for showing the likes of AdSense, Amazon and Bing Ads that you are serious about your marketing efforts these are ideal.
The content that I used was quick articles I wrote anywhere between 300 and 1000 words to fit the niche I was targeting. No great encyclopaedic content is needed, just enough to show that you are interested in what you are talking about. Add a video as an explainer or tutorial and you are done.
Each site only needs three or four pages and that is your job done. The tutorial below explains what to do better than I ever could, so please go for it and enjoy.
PS I am still using and making money from my first sites I set up so they are not to be ignored!