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Best Money Saving Tips: 12 moves that will save $30,000 in 2020

Best Money Saving Tips: 12 moves that will save $30,000 in 2020

What are the best money saving tips?

While you can focus on saving a coffee or takeout meal here and there, it might take you a long time to reach that end savings goal.

Especially if it’s a big financial goal like going on a vacation, buying a home, or getting out of debt!

What strategies are the most effective for saving money?

What’s going to save you the most money in a year for your time? Even if you have a low income? Or a tight budget?

Here are the best money saving tips for your future. The top 12 ways you can save money for maximum immediate and long-term savings.

I’ve personally used these. I’ve easily saved over $30,000/year with these methods. The savings only grow every year as I learn from experience and refine my approach.

12 Money Saving Tips

1. Optimize your money mindset

This is the most powerful strategy you can do!

To focus on savings, you need to shift your mindset about spending.

The best way to do this is through a No spend challenge where you don’t spend money over a certain period of time.

Save Money Tips

No spend challenge?

I know it sounds crazy! Painful! Why would you put yourself through this kind of discomfort?

Personally, I heard about the no spend challenge years ago.

I was interested, but kept putting it off because of Christmas or I was feeling exhausted and needed a treat… Any excuse you could think of – that was the excuse of the hour.

Until I went on maternity leave…

Our household income got cut in half…

And I HAD NO CHOICE but to do a no spend challenge.

Surprisingly, it’s not as difficult as you might think.

I learned:

  • I don’t need to spend money to eat well. Have fun. Get that occasional self-care I crave.
  • I’m more handy than I think. I can fix that leaky bathtub faucet myself. I don’t need to hire a plumber.
  • I have a lot of stuff with a lot of life left! It can also be repurposed! For example, if you have a plate or bowl that doesn’t match, you can put it under a planter that leaks water.

Here is my complete guide on the no spend challenge including:

  • How you can get started
  • What rules you should set
  • How to successfully complete it
  • What you should do at the end

2. Lower your overall debt interest rate

Ideally, you want to get rid of debt altogether, but in the meantime, lowering your debt interest rate is a must!

The first thing you should do is list out all of your outstanding debts and associated interest rates. This might include:

  • Student loans
  • Car loans
  • Credit cards

Once you compare your interest rates, you can see how debt can be moved around to lower the overall interest you’re paying. Credit cards generally have the highest interest rates of 20-30% so you want to move away from these!

Work on transferring higher interest debt to lower interest debt, which might be:

1. Another credit card with an initial promotional period (usually 6 months) of 0% interest: It sounds crazy to transfer to a credit card. If you know you’ll be able to pay off the balance by the end of the promotional period, this might be a great option. It’s important to read the fine print. Understand if there are any hidden fees.

2. An unsecured line of credit: The difference between an unsecured and secured line of credit is that the secured line of credit is backed by an asset like a home or a car. If you don’t make payments, the bank can go after your asset. Unsecured lines of credit usually can have a higher interest rate of around 5%* vs. a secured line of credit.

3. A secured line of credit (e.g. a home equity line of credit (HELOC)): Secured lines of credit can have an interest rate of around 4.5%*.

4. Mortgage: Mortgages can have an interest rate of around 3.5%*. The disadvantage of going with a mortgage is that you often can’t pay off the outstanding loan until after a set period of time (e.g. 5 years).

*The interest rate will depend on the person’s credit history and situation.

3. Learn from personal finance experts

Many people can probably EVENTUALLY achieve their financial goals.

The FASTEST way is through applying best practices.

Learn from the personal finance experts who have already reached the goals you strive for. Read about their experiences. Challenges. Solutions.

You don’t want to waste time making their mistakes. You don’t want to miss opportunities.

Even just 1 personal finance book can change your life.

Imagine if you read 2 or more this month.

When I read Rich Dad Poor Dad, I learned how to use the appreciated value in my home to buy a rental property.

Now I earn regular rental income. This income stream has been crucial during my maternity leave when our household income was cut drastically.

 

10 Quick Tips About Affiliate Marketing for Beginners

10 Quick Tips About Affiliate Marketing for Beginners

What is Affiliate marketing?

Affiliate marketing is a type of performance based marketing where the business rewards the affiliates for bringing business either through view or clicks or purchase by the effort made by the affiliates.

In a simple layman terms the affiliates show case the product of business which he is connected with and he get commission based on the agreement with the business. In this business model it is affiliates which have a greater role to play if he wants commission.

People involved in Affiliate Marketing
Affiliate Marketer:

Affiliate marketer or a publisher who is an individual who will publish the advertisement on his web page blog and advertise the product for the business. His remuneration for advertising the product solely depends on the how he can push his webpage or blog further. How famous he is or what topics he blogs about and well-known his blog will determine how many people will visit his site. He gets commission for marketing the product if the person visiting his site either clicks or buys the product depending on the agreement between him and the business.

The Merchant:

They are those people who market their product through Affiliate marketer. They prefer to market their product through affiliate market.  This type of selling is most lucrative for business is because they only have to pay  commission if and only if there is a conversion. The following conversion if take place the business have to pay commission.

  1. Pay Per Click (PPC)– In Pay per Click programs you get paid for all valid clicks that you generate regardless of leads/sales.
  2. Pay Per Lead (PPL) – In Pay Per Lead programs the advertiser pays you a commission (a fixed amount) for a qualified action which can be a short survey, free trial, install, sign up, online form submission etc. A perfect example of Pay per Lead programs would be dating websites which usually pays for a free trial.
  3. Pay Per Sale (PPS)– In Pay per Sale programs the advertiser pays you a percentage of all qualified sales. The most popular Pay per Sale affiliate program is Amazon Associates where you can earn up to 15% depending upon the category of products.
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This are those set of people who when they perform any of the above mentioned steps would then enable the business to pay the affiliate marketer.

These customers can directly go to the business websites and buy whatever they want. But some times the said customers who frequently visit a particular blog and that particular blog are an affiliate marketer for a business which at that particular time is giving some form of discount. Now this discount or free trial will attract the customer to click/buy through the link provided on the affiliate marketer’s web page.  The customer who might not be aware that there is a discount on a particular product is enticed to buy and complete the process.

Affiliate Network.

An Affiliate network (commission junction) act as an intermediary between the affiliates and affiliate marketer.  It allows website publisher to get access to affiliate program which are suitable for their websites and generate revenue for themselves. This will help in promoting the business of the merchant.

Why do brands like affiliate marketers?

Brand prefers affiliate marketing because:

  • Based on the performance and push of the affiliate marketer that get converted in to sales that the brand has to pay to affiliate marketers. This process is performance driven if there are no sales there is no commission. Therefore cost of sales is greatly reduced.
  • It has a much better ROI then Cost per Click (CPC) OR Cost per Impression.
  • Brands get much higher coverage due to the efforts placed by affiliate marketers in promoting its site.
  • More people get connected to the brand through affiliate marketing thereby creating more partners in the ecosystem. With more partners coming on board the brands gets more reorganization through affiliate marketers.
  • It also helps create awareness of the products through the effort of the marketers getting wider reach.
10 Quick Tips About Affiliate Marketing for Beginners.
  1. Sell what you are knowledgeable about. If a person is an expert in mobile phones then it is advisable he should sell mobile phones. People will identify your expertise in that niche and will enable you to promote brands in the same niche.
  2. Start own website. You can purchase a domain and web space from godaddy.com and use word press to create your own website in relation with your niche.
  3. Research and Join Affiliate programs. Amazon, EBay and Flipkart are amongst the few who offer products for Affiliate Marketing in your niche. Study them very well before signing up. If a company is asking you to provide credit card it means you might be getting scammed. As this companies give commission on sale so they might ask you for your bank details or PayPal account number. Affiliate programs are usually free of charge.
  4. Marketing product on you website. You will need to add links of the affiliate within your content of website for people seeing you website can click at it. Example if you are writing about the latest Samsung Phones companies would give link of this product which you can include in your content.
  5. People are attracted to visual aids. Most website has visual sidebar. So companies naturally provide with images and clipping for you to add-on your website.
  6. Keep on updating your content. It’s your content which will interest people to come back and visit your website. As the traffic on your website increases viewers will have the opportunity to look at different products you are affiliated with thereby enabling them to buy through your site.
  7. Use analytical tools like Google on your website. It will give you and idea as to the demography of people visiting your site. This will enable you to choose the right products to be affiliated with to increase. Sale. Example if people visiting your site are young from age group of 18 to 30 and you are affiliated with products like home decor or redecorating kitchen. It will not fly. Change your affiliate to cater to the audience of your site.
  8. Promote your website constantly through different social media methods. It’s a simple calculation. If more people visits your site one day they will start buying from your site thereby giving you commission on sale.
  9. You can then create different sites with content for different audiences. Thereby you can be affiliated with different programs for different sites.
  10. In a nutshell WEBSITE+AFFILIATE PROGRAM+GREAT AND NEW CONTENT+NEW AUDIENCE=SALES = COMMISSION FOR YOU.
 

22 Side Business Ideas You Can Start Today

22 Side Business Ideas You Can Start Today

When you’re on the path of frugality, you’ve basically got two options when it comes to padding your bank account: you can either trim expenses to save more money, or you can try to earn more money. Doing both will, of course, greatly increase the chance you’ll achieve your long-term financial goals, whether that’s to pay back your student loans or save up for your dream vacation.

Coming up with a side business is a great way to earn extra money. I’ve started several businesses in the past, from a successful blog to a professional organizing business, and can tell you first hand that not only is becoming an entrepreneur incredibly rewarding, but it can also be very lucrative.

The biggest question, however, is what kind of business should you start? There are literally thousands of options out there. Some are relatively easy to get into. Others require significant time, and small business capital, to get off the ground. I’ve listed some ideas below to help get your creative juices flowing.

Pro tip: If you’re planning to start a side business to help save up for the down payment on a new home, a luxury vacation, or something else, we recommend putting your earnings in a high interest savings account from CIT Bank.

Side Business Ideas to Start Now
1. Public Speaking or Teaching
When I had my professional organizing business, I often gave classes at a local rec center. I taught people how to set up organizing systems in their homes, how to declutter and downsize their home, and how to set up filing systems they’d actually use. And I got paid well to do it.

The courses I taught were two hours. And let me tell you, creating them was a lot of work. But once I had my outline created, and came up with several activities for the group to do, I didn’t have to do anything else for each new course. I just taught the same material again.

You can teach a class about anything – knitting, how to do your taxes, how to plan a wedding – just think of a skill or hobby you’re already doing. Chances are, someone else wants to learn how to do it. Public libraries, adult education (which usually takes place in local high schools), and rec centers are good places to start.

Public Speaking Teaching
2. Tutoring
Tutoring is not only a great way to earn some money on the side, but it’s also a hugely satisfying job. Students of all ages need tutors for math, science, reading, foreign languages, and other subjects. If you’re skilled in a certain area, then why not help others succeed in school?

To get started tutoring, put up flyers at local schools and libraries, as well as on Craigslist. You might also want to sign up with Wyzant to become an online tutor. Once you tutor a few families, the best way to get additional business is through referrals.

If you’re interested in teaching English online, you can get started with VIPkid. Earning a TEFL certificate is a prerequisite, but you can earn one through Premier TEFL.

3. Drive for Uber or Lyft
Becoming a rideshare driver with Uber or Lyft has quickly become a popular side business. Drivers partners are required to have a valid drivers license, proof of insurance and at least one year of driving experience.

The money varies depending on location and the time of day you choose to drive but drivers love being able to work around their own schedule. Uber drivers can sign up for Instant Pay, and earnings will be available immediately to a debit card, up to 5x a day.

Driving for Uber or Lyft is one of the easiest side businesses you can start.

4. Become a Delivery Driver
Another great small business idea for anyone who loves driving around town is to become a delivery driver. Companies like UberEats and DoorDash are always looking for qualified drivers that can deliver food from restaurants.

Instacart is another option for drivers. Its business model is slightly different. Instead of picking up and delivering restaurant orders, you’ll be delivering groceries.

Each of these ideas would make a great side business. They give you the flexibility to deliver around your existing schedule. Don’t have a car? Not a problem. As a delivery driver, you also have the ability to use a scooter, bike, and even your feet.

5. Create a Website
Starting a website can be a great way to build some side income in a fairly passive manner. Start a blog if you have interesting, unique, and informative stuff to tell your readers. You can then make money on advertising or having people pay for educational products or tools you produce. Or create a website that brings together buyers and sellers of a niche product from which you can charge a subscription or transaction fee.

Getting started with a blog or website is quick and easy. Bluehost offers a free domain name and hosting costs as little as $2.95 per month.

The key is to think outside the box and come up with an idea that can provide a unique solution for people. And even if you want to produce a website that is similar to ones already out there, do it bigger and better and find a way to differentiate yourself!

6. Start Investing in Real Estate
Most people are scared away at the idea of investing in real estate and becoming a landlord. That shouldn’t be the case because real estate can be a very profitable side business. Roofstock is making it extremely simple to invest in real estate (even in areas not your hometown). They help you crunch all the numbers including potential cash flow. They also guarantee you’ll have a tenant in the property within 45 days or they will cover 90% of the mortgage payment.

If you’re not interested in being a landlord but still want to have real estate in your portfolio, you can invest through DiversyFund. They give you access to commercial real estate for as little as $500.

7. Rent Your RV
If you own an RV there is a good chance it sits unused for months out of the year. With Outdoorsy you can rent your RV to people in your area that are looking for a more comfortable camping experience. You set your own nightly rates but it’s best to scope out other rentals in your area and price accordingly.

8. Dog Walking or Pet Sitting
Starting a neighborhood dog walking or pet sitting business is a great way to add some extra cash to your pocket. After all, people aren’t afraid to spend money on their pets, even in a down economy.

According to the American Pet Products Association, over 46 million households in the U.S. own a pet. And in spite of the recession, household spending on pets keeps going up. In 2008, right when the recession started, we spent $43.2 billion on our pets. In 2010, we spent $48.35 billion. In 2011, pet owners are expected to top $50 billion.

If you’re interested in becoming a dog walker or pet sitter, sign up with Rover.com. You can create an online profile and start receiving business the same day.

Dog Walking Pet Sitting
9. Child Life Coach
OK, you might think I’m making this up. But children’s Life Coaching is actually a real field. And yes, it is relatively new.

Here’s how it works: some parents (more than you might think) are incredibly busy with the demands of work. And often, their kids miss out on important skills like learning how to ride a bike, pee in the potty, or throw a baseball. So these busy parents hire a child life coach to fill in; the coach teaches their kids these important skills. You don’t need sterling credentials, and the amounts parents are willing to pay for a quality coach is incredible!

10. Sell Your Creativity
Do you love drawing or designing t-shirts? Why not turn your creations into a great income? Sites like CafePress and Zazzle take all the hard work out of it; they do the printing and shipping…all you have to do is submit the design.

What can you make and sell? T-shirts, mugs, bags, shoes, stamps, hoodies, binders, skateboards, and more. It’s super cool and can get really addicting!

Sell With Creativity
11. Personal Assistant to Seniors
Seniors have a hard time cleaning their home, redecorating, going to the grocery store, and even cooking. You can earn extra income assisting seniors with these basic tasks.

And this is a field that’s only expected to grow as the Baby Boomer population continues to age. After all, life expectancy in the U.S. is now at 78. And as of 2008, 1 out of every 8 Americans is over 65. However, that number is expected to go up rapidly now that the Baby Boomer generation is starting to hit this milestone.

How much can you earn? Well, most seniors watch their spending carefully, so plan on earning around $10 to $15 per hour as a senior assistant. But helping out a few seniors a couple of times per week could at least add a little padding to your budget.

12. Freelance Writing
I started freelancing in college as a way to earn some extra money on the side. Now? It’s my full-time career.

You can earn great money as a freelance writer, especially if you get into commercial copywriting (i.e. writing for businesses and corporations). Blogging is also a great way to earn money as a writer, especially if you align yourself with an established blog.

Need some proof to back this up? Holly Johnson from ClubThrifty.com earns over $200,000 each year from freelance writing. She’s even created an online course called Earn More Writing. This course will teach you everything you need to know to start your own freelance writing business.

Keep in mind that competition is fierce right now; many people turned to freelancing when the recession hit to earn some extra money on the side. So you’re going to have to fight your way into this market. The good news, however, is that quality writing never goes out of style, and there are far more bad writers out there than great ones. So if you’re good and you’re persistent, you’re going to find work.

Check out sites like Fiverr.com to get started, and learn more about factors to consider when setting freelance writing rates.

13. Dog Waste Clean Up
Dog waste cleanup is actually a booming business. Why? Well, because no one really wants to pick up pet waste in their yards. If they can afford it, they’re going to pay someone else to do this dirty job.

These pooper scoopers generally charge $15 or more per dog, per week, for an average yard, and they’ll show up once or twice per week for clean up. Of course, large yards or yards that haven’t been cleaned in a while can earn you more money.

14. Catering
According to Inc.com, the catering business is a $70 billion industry. Yes, more people are cooking at home to save money, but there are still plenty of busy families and professionals out there who simply don’t have time to cook healthy, delicious meals. If you’re a whiz in the kitchen, you could earn some great money catering on the side.

If you don’t want to offer a full line of meals, why not focus on one thing? For instance, there are plenty of shops on Etsy that sell homemade gourmet cookies (e.g. Earl Gray Sandwich cookies, Cupcakes in a Jar, or gourmet caramels). I’ve been thinking about selling homemade gourmet jam (i.e. home canning recipes) during the summer months. I’ve read of other people who have started a gourmet cocktail catering business, where they come to parties and make gourmet cocktails. Fun!

There are plenty of ways to get into the catering business without starting a full-scale restaurant. Specialize. For example, you could even learn how to start a candy or chocolate making business. If you want to learn a little more about starting a profitable catering business, Amazon has a bunch of books available.

Food Catering Business
15. At Home Day Care
When my good friend had her first child, she found herself house-bound, taking care of her newborn. She planned on not working once her daughter was born and becoming a stay at home mom, but she was surprised at how much she missed earning an income and contributing to the household finances.

So, since she has a friend who commutes 5 days a week into work, she started watching her friend’s daughter as well. It’s a win-win for everyone: my friend earns good, regular income caring for an additional child, and her friend saves money because she’s paying less than a commercial day care center.

If you’re interested in starting a home child care service, even a small one, keep in mind that your state might have strict regulations. Look into Sittercity to help you get your first few customers. From there word of mouth will be powerful for growing the business.

16. Editing and Proofreading
It’s hard for writers, professionals or otherwise, to proofread their own work. So many people hire editors and proofreaders to look over a piece before it goes to print.

You can advertise as a proofreader on Craigslist and Elance, or on the job board at FreelanceFolder. You can also flyer college campuses, since professors and academics are always looking for good proofreaders.

Do you want to learn how to become a professional proofreader? Check out the Proofread Anywhere online course where you will get all the training you need.

17. Sewing or Tailoring
I have no idea how to sew, or how to tailor my clothes so they fit better. But I do have a friend who’s brilliant at it. When I need tailoring done, I simply pay him to do it.

If you already know how to sew and you’re skilled at tailoring or hemming clothes, you could easily turn this skill into a side business. Why? Because a lot

of people don’t know how to use a sewing machine. You could also earn extra money by teaching others how to sew with small, at-home classes.

Clothes Sewing Tailoring
18. Dinner Cook
This unique idea is slightly different than catering. As a dinner cook, you go into someone else’s home once (or more) per week and cook a complete meal for them. You also do all the cleanup.

What do they get? A night off from cooking and cleanup, and more time to spend together relaxing instead of racing around the kitchen. Bliss!

19. Egg Donor
Ladies, did you know that you can earn $3,000 to $5,000 or more by donating your eggs?

If you’re relatively young and in good health, this could be an option for you to add some significant income to your budget. Keep in mind, however, that this option is fraught with physical and emotional consequences; make sure you think about egg donation carefully before moving forward. This is also a process that, once you’re accepted into an egg donation program, usually takes 3-5 weeks, or longer.

You’ll have the highest chance of success if you’re under 30, in perfect health, and have good looks and a higher IQ. Families seeking egg donors will also require you to pass a medical and psychological test before requesting eggs. As you might imagine, college students are usually the most coveted group.

20. Landscaping and Yardwork
Do you love being outside, planting flowers and pulling weeds? Many people find this a chore but others (myself included) love doing yardwork and planting. If this is you, then you could think about starting a landscaping and yardwork business on the side. You could offer to design beds, plant flowers and shrubs, cut grass, pull weeds, and rake leaves.

21. Holistic or “Green” Housecleaning
50% of Americans suffer from some kind of chemical sensitivity. That, coupled with growing awareness of the importance of eco-friendly cleaners, is contributing to the rise in holistic housecleaners. Holistic, or “green”, housecleaners come in and clean your house using only natural cleaning products.

There are a ton of housecleaners out there. But if you let your potential customers know you only use natural organic ingredients to safely clean their home, you’re going to stand out.

22. Christmas Lights Installer or Seasonal Decorator
Putting up holiday lights or seasonal decorations can be a pain, especially to businesses and retailers who are already getting busy with the holiday shopping season.

Christmas Lights Installer
Starting a holiday lights and decoration business is a great way to earn some seasonal income on the side.

Final Word
Starting a side business can be a great way to earn some quality passive income, and may even turn into a full-time business if you focus on growing it. Moreover, if you choose a business that you’re interested in, it can be a ton of fun as well.

Do you have any ideas for a unique side business you’d like to share? Or, have you started a side business? If so, tell us about your experience!

 

Amazing Blog Ideas and Topics (Perfect for 2020)

Amazing Blog Ideas and Topics (Perfect for 2020)

It used to be that you could just vomit out your thoughts to paper (or keyboard) and people cared about you (or your thoughts) enough to read it.

Those were blogging pioneers and those days are over…

Social media and the mass consumption of information online in our society today has changed everything.

It’s probably a good thing because while some people vomit out some great thoughts, a lot more people don’t…

Now, if you want people to read what you have to say, you have to create your content with a purpose.

One way to do this is through keyword research — aka creating content centered around keywords that people are actively searching for.

You can read more about how that works in our article on keyword research tools.

But that’s not the kind of content we’re talking about in this article.

Today, we’re going to talk about the other 20%.

The 80/20 Rule
The 80/20 rule is something that we made up but we very much believe in its importance based on our own experiences as professional bloggers.

80% of the content that you write should be based on keyword research and searchable content. The remaining 20% should be created with the sole purpose of connecting with your audience.

Why is it skewed so much?

Well, the majority of your content should be focused on keyword research because that’s what brings in your initial visitors.

It’s what drives the traffic in because it’s what helps your content get found on search platforms.

But the 20%… The content that connects… That’s what turns your readers into subscribers. And subscribers into buyers.

It’s what makes your audience connect with you and trust you and hang on your every word.

And maybe you’re thinking… Well, why can’t all of my content be like that?

It’s great if you can create perfectly keyworded content that also connects and some of the blog ideas that we provide below may be able to be used in that way.

But it doesn’t always work out that way.

In order for content to be found in search, it often has to be written in a certain way with a pretty specific set of secondary keywords and topics. It becomes a little technical.

The 20% is where you have more freedom to write it exactly the way that you want it — however that will best serve your readers.

And we’re going to give you our best blog ideas and topics for the 20% in this article.

Below, we’ve given examples of these blog post ideas and topics from our blog as well as our first health and wellness blog.

1. How-To Guides
One of our favorite types of content to create is how-to guides.

These are usually very instructional in nature and can come in the following forms:

Beginner guides — Very basic. Intended to start from square 1 and teach a complete beginner on a topic.
Ultimate guides — Similar to the above but are often more comprehensive (or just differ in title)
Tutorials — Because you are explaining “how to” do something, you can also structure these more like a tutorial with detailed instructions.
These posts can also be related to the following topics or ideas:

Solving a problem — How to lose weight fast
Achieving a goal — How to build an email list
The best place to get these blog post ideas is straight from your audience.

What kind of problems are they struggling with? What kind of goals are they looking to achieve? These are perfect topics for how-to guides.

One of the best examples of a how-to post that is also more like an ultimate guide is our post on how to make money blogging.

2. Experiences And Stories
This one is my personal favorite.

Personal experiences and stories are by far the best way you can connect with your audience because they serve as evidence that whatever problems your audience is dealing with, they CAN be overcome.

They are also what help your audience to see that you’re a normal person and not just some big influencer persona on the internet that just “got lucky.”

Following people on the internet is a little like watching people on TV. We tend to feel like they aren’t “normal” people with “normal” problems.

Sometimes you need to remind your audience that you were once living in their shoes. You KNOW how they feel because YOU have felt it before.

And then you tell them exactly how you overcame your struggle. Or achieved a goal. Or whatever else it is that you are writing about.

Just remember to highlight the feelings that you believe they are experiencing right now (or have felt at some point).

THIS is what will begin to make them feel like you understand them and how you can begin building a relationship with your reader (one built on trust).

One of our most popular posts that falls into this category is our post on the phases of blogging success.

3. Trending Topics And News
These are great because there is always some new fad or craze in the headlines every month, week, etc.

This gives you new and “fresh” ideas to share with your audience while also giving you the opportunity to weigh in on the topic. Your audience wants to know your opinion!

If you’re talking about the hottest new topic in your blog niche, it will catch your readers’ attention because fewer people are talking about it.

Rather than giving straight facts or a general overview of a particular topic, consider being a little more polarizing if you have a strong opinion. Your audience wants (and deserves) your honesty!

Here are some examples from various blog topics:

Health: new fad diet
Travel: latest news on carbon emissions
Politics: election news (there’s always SOMETHING here)
Pets: latest news on pets traveling on airplanes
Beauty: anything on anti-aging technologies is always a hot topic to discuss
Business: taxes and legal are topics that are always being updated
You get the idea!

This isn’t an area that we post often in but here’s an example of a blog post idea in which we provide a rather polarizing opinion on the topic of Google Adsense.

4. Lists And Round-Ups
Numbered lists are great because they give your content some organization and people love lists!

There seems to be something about knowing that there is some defined ending to your content. Something psychological there…

There has been a lot of testing on clickthrough rates of headlines and lists are without a doubt super popular and often more likely to get you clicks!

You can put anything you want into a list, including some of the types of content we are discussing in these articles.

Here are some popular types of lists for blog post ideas:

10 Biggest Mistakes People Make When…
7 Most Popular Myths About…
17 Best Tools For…
6 Ways to Use…
12 Reasons Why…
You can also do round-up posts in a list format.

A round-up post is a list that you put together of other resources (i.e. recipes, websites, products, etc.). You feature other people’s content with a link to the resource.

Our article on successful bloggers is a good example of a round-up post that is formatted as a list.

This post on healthy dinner recipes is another great example of a round-up post.

5. Product Reviews
Product/service review articles are great because they serve two purposes:

Provide helpful information for your audience
Potential to make a few extra bucks on the side
You can earn a commission from certain products and services that you recommend on your blog when people click on your links to purchase that product or service.

This is called affiliate marketing, and it’s a major way that many bloggers monetize their content.

BUT remember that you are still essentially asking for a sale here…

In order for product reviews to be successful in creating a connection with your audience, you really need to include personal experiences with the product you’re discussing.

Linking products with descriptions isn’t generally enough to get people to buy your product.

Any article on the internet can do that much. You need to form that connection with them by discussing your personal experience with the product.

THAT is what will make them want to learn more about the product or service.

And remember that it isn’t just about making a sale. You need to provide the right kind of information that helps them make a decision about the product.

For example, we recommend ConvertKit as the best email service for our new bloggers. But a lot of them aren’t sure and want to try a free service first.

So, we created an entire review on ConvertKit with our experiences to help them make a decision about what is right in their business.

A couple other examples:

Top vegan meal delivery services
Best baby strollers reviewed
6. Interviews And Testimonials
Interviews and testimonial posts are great because it gives your audience a chance to hear from someone else, which can further add credibility to what you are teaching.

This type of post can be structured in a variety of ways, including…

An interview — with a client, student, reader, another authority figure in your niche, or anyone else that can provide relevant insight for your audience
A testimonial — with a client or student (this can help to sell your products)
Interviews and testimonials can be written, in video format, or in podcast format.

When you are interviewing someone or asking for a testimonial for your blog, these are some helpful questions to consider:

What is their background? How is their story relevant to your audience?
What questions can you ask that would provide the best insight for your audience?
What problems did they struggle with in the beginning?
How did they overcome these problems?
If their story is transformational in nature (i.e. reached a big goal), remember the points we discussed above in the blog post idea of personal experiences and stories.

Our best example is from one of our blogging students, Ramona. She took our blogging courses and explains how she started her fitness blog and made money in the first few months.

Her story provides inspiration for our audience while also providing proof that our courses work. We also allow her to add a link back to her blog, which helps her out as well.

It’s a win-win for everyone.

7. Guest Posts
Guest posts can be similar to interviews and testimonials, but the main difference is that someone else is generally writing the entire guest post for you.

People generally offer to write guest posts for the following reasons:

Backlinks — Getting a link back to their blog can help with Google SEO
Brand awareness — Being featured on bigger blogs can help you get more recognition and traffic back to your own blog
Sell products — That awareness can also be related to promoting a relevant product or service to someone else’s audience
The point is that people who write guest posts for you generally only take the time to do so because there is some type of gain in it for them.

But there should also be some benefit(s) in it for you, which could include:

Great content for your audience to read (that you don’t have to take the time to write!)
Selling products — you can earn a commission by selling the products as an affiliate
The best relationship you can hope for here is one in which both parties benefit from the exchange.

A great example is a guest post written by one of our blogging students, Amira Law, on how to protect your blog with legal pages.

In this post, Amira first provides a ton of helpful information on WHY bloggers need legal pages on their blogs, including what types are needed and where you can get them.

Then, at the end of the article, she briefly discusses the legal page templates that she sells. We are an affiliate for the templates, so we receive a commission if our readers purchase them from the article.

It provides helpful information for our audience, potential revenue for both of us, and a backlink to her blog and her products. Win-win-win.

8. Frequently Asked Questions
Wouldn’t it be great if you could write the EXACT content you knew your audience was the most interested in?

Well, you can! You just need to LISTEN.

What are the most frequently discussed topics you hear from your readers?

Are there any common questions that get asked more often than others?

There are a few ways that you can get blog post ideas from the questions your audience is answering, including:

Comments on your posts
Email responses
Chatter in your Facebook community (link to ours)
The other thing you can do to get ideas is to simply ASK your audience what they want to hear more about!

You can end your articles or emails with a question that will help get the conversation started. Some of our favorite questions to ask include:

What is the #1 thing you’re struggling with when it comes to (insert topic here?
Did you enjoy this article? Do you have any questions about (insert topic here)? If so, please leave us a comment below! We’d love to hear from you!
When you answer your audience’s most important questions, it helps to build more trust in your relationship with them and make them more likely to purchase something from you.

An example of this in our business is the article that we wrote comparing two email marketing services: MailChimp and ConvertKit

A lot of our new bloggers on a budget are curious about MailChimp because it’s a free service and we get that question a LOT in our support groups for our courses.

So, we wrote an entire article to direct them to when we get the question.

It also helps to have a resource like this to direct your readers to so that you don’t have to answer the same question over and over again!

On our health and wellness blog, one question that we got asked a LOT related to our weight loss program was about how to lose weight with hypothyroidism.

So, we wrote an article about it to help our readers that face that problem. And it also helped to well our weight loss program!

9. Myths
Last up on our list of blog post ideas is busting through the top myths surrounding some of the most common topics you are writing about.

People are skeptical of information and products online because they don’t generally know or trust you.

Busting common myths and misconceptions can help educate your audience and sell your products!

These posts can also provide a “shock” factor to your audience because you’re delivering information that is generally contrary to their belief.

The best example that we have on this blog about busting through myths is our article on how much bloggers make.

There is a common misconception that bloggers don’t make much… Or a common perception that they don’t make enough to earn a full-time income.

A lot of people believe that bloggers are just running their blog as a side project or hobby rather than as a full-time business.

Another great example is this article on health and fitness myths.

Okay, that’s it for our article on blog post ideas and topics!

We hope that creating this kind of content helps you better connect with your audience and build a more loyal and engaged list of fans and subscribers!

Which one was your favorite? Are you already using any of the above that you feel work really well?

 

10 Best Marketing Books To Level Up Your Marketing Strategy

10 Best Marketing Books To Level Up Your Marketing Strategy

Keeping up with industry news and blogs is helpful, but if you really want to get in-depth information, reading the top marketing books is still one of the best ways to do it.

That’s why we’ve collected this year’s best marketing books to help you grow your business and gain the edge over the competition.

1. 11 Seconds to Success
11 Seconds to Success: The Queen of Snapchat on Living Your Dreams and Ruling Social Media by Cyrene Quiamco

2. 2017 Non-Obvious
2017 Non-Obvious: How to Think Different, Curate Ideas & Predict the Future by Rohit Bhargava

3. Blue Ocean Shift
Blue Ocean Shift: Beyond Competing – Proven Steps to Inspire Confidence and Seize New Growth by W. Chan Kim and Renée Mauborgne

4. Digital Marketing for Dummies
Digital Marketing for Dummies by Ryan Deiss and Russ Henneberry

5. Email Marketing Rules
Email Marketing Rules by Chad S. White

6. Future Marketing
Future Marketing: Winning in the Prosumer Age by Jon Wuebben

7. #Get Social Smart
#GetSocialSmart: How to Hone Your Social Media Strategy by Katie Lance

8. Hacking Growth
Hacking Growth: How Today’s Fastest-Growing Companies Drive Breakout Success by Sean Ellis and Morgan Brown

9. Originals
Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World by Adam Grant

10. Performance Partnerships
Performance Partnerships: The Checkered Past, Changing Present & Exciting Future of Affiliate Marketing by Robert Glazer

 

How: Earn Money Online from Home

How: Earn Money Online from Home

Today people want to have an extra source of income to meet their rising needs in day to day life. They do not mind spending a few extra hours online, where they can make a lucrative amount of money for there own good. Students, housewife, employees, part-time job seekers, retried professionals, etc. can comfortably earn a decent living through Online Marketing nowadays. The pace of online marketing is on a rise in a developing economy like India and in anywhere all over the worrld. Youtube is also a good medium to start with, if you are interested in creating ideos. With the advent of smartphones and fast internet, online shopping is on a spree in the Indian market. Internet marketing is the process of promoting a business or brand and its products or services over the internet. Content, emails, search engines, paid media are different ways of Internet marketing. A little bit of creativity and a good internet connection is all you need to be successful in this area.

Benefits
Internet marketing is a huge market in India. It is not only innovative and persuasive, but it also costs less than conventional advertising. It provides money earning opportunities for people. If they succeed they can establish their own startup business in this field. It is also beneficial for an employer as there is demand-basis spending and he can employ many people under one umbrella. Businesses can employ various tools to market their products or services. They can also reach a wide range of target customers all around the world with just one click. Businesses can also retain and maintain long-term relationships with their clients/ customers after their business is done, with just one email.

Scope of Internet Marketing
The scope of internet marketing is immense in India as there is an increasing number of people looking for money-aking opportunities. One can easily make anything between Rs. 25,000 to Rs.6 lakhs per annum. With over 560 million internet users, India is the second-largest online market in the world after China. This number is expected to increase to over 600 million by 2021. Most of the Indians access the internet over their smartphones. Today, each and everyone is hooked to his phone irrespective of age, gender or location. With the Indian government supporting ‘Digital India’ & Indian startups more jobs are expected to be created for people in this field. Hence, with a rising population having access to the internet and smartphones, this industry is bound to grow by leaps and bounds in India.

 

The Benefits of Vitamin C

The Benefits of Vitamin C

Vitamin C is one of the safest and most effective nutrients, experts say. It may not be the cure for the common cold (though it’s thought to help prevent more serious complications). Vitamin C has been used historically to prevent or treat scurvy and other illnesses associated with vitamin C deficiency. Today, it is widely touted as a natural defense against the common colds. Although vitamin C is considered to be an “immune booster,” there is little evidence that taking it can actually prevent or treat an infection. But the benefits of vitamin C may include protection against immune system deficiencies, cardiovascular disease, prenatal health problems, eye disease, and even skin wrinkling.

Health Benefits

A recent study published in Seminars in Preventive and Alternative Medicine that looked at over 100 studies over 10 years revealed a growing list of benefits of vitamin C.

“Vitamin C has received a great deal of attention, and with good reason. Higher blood levels of vitamin C may be the ideal nutrition marker for overall health,” says study researcher Mark Moyad, MD, MPH, of the University of Michigan. “The more we study vitamin C, the better our understanding of how diverse it is in protecting our health, from cardiovascular, cancer, stroke, eye health [and] immunity to living longer.”

 

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