Blogging is an amazing way to provide useful information to the world and can feel very rewarding and fulfilling.
It allows us to provide our expertise, opinions, and experience to people all around the world.
Not only that but we get to earn passive income no matter where we are in the world.
I’m going to touch base on topics people blog about as well as my personal favorite things about blogging.
If you’re thinking of starting your very own blog this is no coincidence my friend.
This post was written specifically for you. Here’s how to blog like a champ in 2022!
Welcome to Franknez.com – the blog where you can digest content on personal finance, entrepreneurship, and trending investing topics. Don’t forget to subscribe to our newsletter for more informative posts.
Lets get started!
Find Your Niche First
The first thing you’re going to want to lock down before physically starting your blog is finding your niche.
Your niche should be something you’re good at and can write about fairly easily.
You’re usually very knowledgeable in this area and have a passion for it.
Mine for example is business and finances.
I love business because of the creating process it takes to turn an idea into a reality.
The challenge of managing finances has also made personal financing one my obsessions.
The amazing thing about blogging is you get to provide people with loads of useful information and help.
Do some research to see what sectors dominate the blogging world to gain statistics on your audience.
Here are some blogging ideas:
Food & Recipe
Entertainment & News
Health & Well-being
Mom & dad lifestyle
Sewing & knitting
Fashion & Makeup
Finance & Business
Paranormal / Metaphysical
People are blogging about just anything. Find your niche and express your thoughts!
If you’re a teacher, write about your profession.
I’m sure there’s countless stories you can tell.
Tips even to other teachers!
That’s the point my fellow readers. I
t’s to put your experience online and for others to relate to and gain knowledge from you.
You can do this with anything, I promise.
When I first started my blog I had a blast writing my first batch of posts.
The ideas were overflowing and I couldn’t see myself not doing this moving forward.
Reasons why you should start your own blog
I personally believe everyone should start their own blog.
A blog can provide you with a lifestyle like no other.
Here’s a small list of key reasons why more people should start today:
You have some sort of skill or expertise to share with the world
Your knowledge can answer people’s questions and help them grow
You can monetize your blog with ads and get paid passively every month
Blogging allows you to express your thoughts and opinions
Get paid on the move, while you travel, and while you sleep
Why I personally love blogging
One thing my blog allows me to do is to earn passive income no matter what I’m doing at any time of the day. This is primarily thanks running ads on my website. This is certainly a perk to running a blog.
I get a lot of joy from providing value in people’s lives. I genuinely love to serve people. Blogging allows me to be of help and it just feels good!
Writing is my passion. Whether it’s poetry, music, or advise, I simply love to write. It’s in my blood what can I say? Words are amazing.
Blogging allows me to clear my thoughts. In some ways it’s a form of venting.
Blogging is super easy when you have the right tools.
I’m going to walk you through and provide you with the knowledge you need to build an awesome blog people can talk about.
Lets get started!
#1. Use A Reputable Webhost Service To Blog
This key action will determine just how professional, creative, and even successful your blog has a chance of becoming.
Bluehost is one of the largest webhosting companies hosting over 2 million domains worldwide!
It’s also the number 1 recommended webhost service for blogging by WordPress.
What’s great about Bluehost is that it allows you to create an amazing platform for all of your blogging needs.
It’s easy to use layout and tools make it a leader in its segment.
I personally use Bluehost and I couldn’t be happier.
Everything about Bluehost is professional and easy-to-use.
So, what makes Bluehost great for blogging?
Bluehost has many benefits for bloggers.
One, is the ability to preview your posts and pages during editing.
This makes it very convenient to look at your website from an outside perspective before publishing it.
Other great benefits include:
Free mailing list for your readers
Tons of helpful plugins
Integrated writing and post suggestions for SEO
Realtime traffic statistics
My blog looked nothing like what it looks today.
It’s currently branded and structured to my personal liking.
But, wanna know something crazy?
It looked pretty cool even as a new blog. That’s what I really liked about Bluehost from the get go.
It allowed me to start a presentable website even as a beginner.
Bluehost is going to provide you with everything you basically need to make your blog a success.
You’ll just have to be consistent to see the results you set for your blogging goals.
We’ll talk more about that a little later.
#2. Choose a Plan That Fits Your Needs
You’ll need to choose a plan from Bluehost before you can officially start your blog. Choose the best plan for your goals then choose your domain (e.g. franknez.com).
Each plan will also have a free SSL Certificate which basically means no matter which plan you go with, your website will be secured for your readers!
Now, this is VERY important.
Blogging will require you to have a secured site for your readers.
Which is the best plan?
Plus seems to be a great value considering you get everything Pro gets with the exception of high performance.
Standard performance is adequate for a beginner.
Next is your domain name.
This is what will establish your blog on the internet as a legit website to the world.
Choosing your blog/domain name is a lot of fun.
This is what’s going to differentiate you from everyone else.
Make it personal and mold it to your niche topic. Make it you.
Finish setting up your account information before getting on with some more fun steps!
#3. Get Creative | Pick a Theme For Your Blog
Your blog is the perfect platform for you to get creative, even if your topic is more conservative.
Get creative with the way you format your posts and with the design of your website.
Stand out from other bloggers writing in the same niche as you.
Create a presence your audience will remember.
Be sure everything about your blog stands out as being genuine.
This is a great way for your blog to connect with your readers.
Bluehost has so many cool themes you can choose from.
They do an outstanding job at being able to filter them according to the type of blog you’ll be publishing.
This is a very fun part of the process.
Can I edit the themes?
Yes! You can can edit the themes and move just about anything around to personalize your blog.
You can add menus, change your header image and colors, and add a ton of widgets just about anywhere on your page.
You’ll also be able to change the web address icon image for your website which is super cool.
All the themes are free, however; you can opt out for the premium versions where you can customize your page even more.
This small reinvestment can enhance your blog to the max!
Bluehost has themes for everyone
Bluehost has a variety of themes ranging from:
Singer, songwriters, artists, and DJs
Spas, hotels, travel agents, travel bloggers
Magazine and journalists
Trends + more
You can read about each of these on Bluehost’s page here.
#4. Log into WordPress
Once you’ve set up your account, log into WordPress to begin creating your very first blog post!
A great way to promote your blog is through the use of social media platforms.
One way I promote my posts is by taking screen shots of a new posts and uploading them onto my snapchat, Instagram, Facebook, and even Twitter stories.
Promoting your blog on social media will allow your website to gain traffic.
This is going to be very important in the beginning because your blog will take time to rank on google on its own.
The goal is to drive a lot of direct and referral traffic in order for the algorithm to start showing your website to organic viewers outside your circle.
Tip: Get your friends and followers to share your links to drive engagement and optimization.
Use hashtags to optimize growth
The best social media platforms I’ve found have the best hashtag growth potential are Facebook and Twitter.
When you share a post on Facebook be sure to use tags.
This will spread your post to a variety of groups.
Same with Twitter.
Social media hack: after about a week of publishing a post on social media, comment the same hashtags on the comment section of your post.
This will renew your post and put you at the top of your topics!
How to reach 1,000 followers on social media
One of my long-term goals for FrankNez social media accounts was to reach 1,000 followers.
I set this goal because I knew that at this point I would have driven a good amount of traffic to my blog and it really just signified that I stuck to my goals.
After 16 months I finally reached 1,000+ followers on Twitter and I’m actually 70 followers shy of 1,000 on Instagram.
Social media hacks for blog growth
I want to provide my readers with a ton of value so they too can grow their social media following and optimize growth for their blog.
Here are some hacks that can help you along the way:
Go to relevant hashtags and like a ton of peoples tweets
Do the same on Instagram but over on the ‘Recent’ posts instead of ‘Top’ posts
Comment on Instagram ‘Recent’ posts as well
Go through top Instagram post comments and like ‘heart’ peoples comments
Put your blog link on the bio of all your social media accounts
Create content (posts) that will lead your followers straight to your blog
Retweet relevant and helpful posts
Visit your followers followers and like their content
A lot of these hacks are meant to build awareness.
The point is to be seen by as many people as possible.
Having your website link on your bio is going to allow curious visitors to want to learn more about you.
This is why it’s important that you engage with related pages and content.
People who like your content will follow you.
At this point it’s up to you to stay active and be consistent.
Failure in doing so will result in losing followers just as quick as you received them.
#7. Revise older posts
There’s going to come a point when your posts begin to age.
My suggestion to you is to revise older posts to make them even better.
At the very beginning of your blogging journey you’re going to eventually go back to older blog posts and see where you could have added more detail or information.
This is great!
Go though your posts every two months or so and see how you can ‘armor up’ to make them rank higher.
You might even find yourself changing the title of your post.
The point is to keep getting better.
Tip: I will say, shoot for writing long posts.
It will improve your SEO and chance of being found organically on search engines.
Never stop improving champ, you got this.
Should I delete old posts?
I’m going to be honest with you.
I’ve only deleted a few.
What I would do is go back and really take the time to improve a post and make it as detailed as possible.
Aim for high word usage so your blog post can rank in its segment.
Take as much as you need to really power up a targeted post.
Once you’re certain your blog post will rank higher move on to the next one.
If the views don’t improve for these revised posts, figure out what you can do to rank and start seeing more organic traffic flow your way.
Chances are if you write a lengthy blog post and aren’t ranking well then it’s more than likely saturated.
Meaning a ton of bloggers have already covered the topic.
If you run into this problem, keep updating and making it better throughout the months.
Find ways to give your blog post character and make it stand out from everything else that’s out there.
Sure it may be hard to rank for certain keywords but at least you have a detailed post that is continuously being updated to provide more value.
In the end, you might just end up ranking out of the blue.
That’s what hard work does.
#8. Be Consistent
Like any business, art, sport, or dream, you must have perseverance if you are to accomplish a set of goals for your blog.
Be consistent by continuously posting and sharing your information throughout your social media.
Tip: Keep tabs on how your website is performing to see what you need to work on and how you can do it better.
If your blog gets approved by Google AdSense, be sure not to slow down your productivity.
On the contrary, this is the time where you want to put in even more effort than what it took to get approved in the first place.
Blogging can become an amazing source of passive income but will require a lot of discipline and dedication.
Put in the amount of work your goals require from you to see them through.
This creative process is a process.
Becoming a great blogger takes time.
If you find yourself for any reason derailing from publishing, go back to your goal list and see why you started in the first place.
Is it for the income? The freedom? Stay focused and make it happen!
What if I start to lose motivation to blog?
Although blogging can be an amazing escape, it can also be a little overwhelming.
Especially when you’re treating it like a business and have big goals for your blog.
Sometimes we tend to lose motivation and steer from publishing fresh content.
Believe me I’ve been there.
What’s helped me along the way is knowing when to take time off and refresh.
You’re going to want to avoid burning out.
When you burn out you don’t perform at your full potential and creativity seems to fly out the window.
Here are some ways you can regain your motivation to blog again:
Revisit your goals and see why you started in the first place. Was it for the freedom to make money and travel? Are you looking to quit your 9-5?
Searching for high income bloggers personally motivated me when I was feeling down about my own progress as a beginner. This showed me what was possible.
If you’re having writers block, take a few days off and do things outside your blog that you truly enjoy. In my case, I would write music to help spark my creativity again. I also did a lot of studying and reading to recollect my thoughts when on the brink of burning out.
Watch/listen to motivational speakers. Some of my favorite motivational speakers include Grant Cardone, Steve Harvey, Tony Robins, and Gary Vaynerchuck.
Spend time with your family. Connect with your loved ones as a means of getting away from constant work. It’s okay to take a little time off blogging.
If you get back on your feet after a burnout, that discipline and willpower is what’s going to manifest your success as a blogger.
I can honestly say that consistency is what allowed me to reach my first 100 views, then 1,000, then 10,000, and now my first 100K+ views.
Ever wondered how to generate money in your sleep? Here are 6 guaranteed ways to earn passive income no matter where you are in the world.
Welcome to Franknez.com – the blog where you can digest content on personal finance, side hustle ideas, entrepreneurship, and trending investing topics.
Lets get started!
Earning passive income has never been easier to earn.
Whether you’re looking to earn a few hundred dollars per month, an additional $1,000 per month, or $100k per year, it’s all very possible.
Some of these are effortless, others will require more time and work from you.
#1. Invest In Index Funds
An index fund is a type of mutual fund that tracks the market index of pooled investments.
These index funds provide broad market exposure with low operating expense.
Some of these yield a whopping annual return of 10%-20%!
This type of investment can be short-term but is mainly used as a long-term strategy for building wealth.
Depending on the performance of the index fund, these yield passive earnings (dividends) as the market fluctuates.
Here are some tips to choosing the right index fund for you!
Be aware of the expense ratio. The lower this number is, the smaller the fee is. A low expense ratio would be 0.03% while a hefty one would be 1.00%+
Check the funds performance history. You should be investing in a fund with a great performance history, especially if you’re just starting out. The market is consistently going up and down but if a funds history shows it has a great track of continuously going up, then it’s sure to keep growing in value.
Choose a fund that invests in companies that you follow and are genuinely interested in. This thought process allows you to invest in companies comfortably and confidently. Don’t invest in a company you haven’t done your research on.
Index funds are a great way to earn small passive income that eventually snowballs over a long period of time.
#2. Open A High Yielding Savings or Money Market Account
Investing your money into a high yielding or money market accountwill bear money every month.
It will not fail you.
Instead of having your money collect dust in your personal savings account, move some of it to an account that will put your money to work and pay you an interest for holding it.
Here are some tips to how you can make the best out of this strategy:
Choose a bank that is FDIC insured. This protects your assets.
Look for banks with the highest paying interest to make the most of your hard earned money.
Deposit money every month. By depositing earnings every month, interest will accumulate on the deposits made, the initial deposit, and all interest earned! This creates a snowball effect by multiplying your money, also known as compound interest.
This passive income is guaranteed every month and is much more effective than a regular savings account.
This is one of those passive income ideas that require almost no effort at all.
#3. Rental Income
If you own property, you can establish passive income by renting it out.
Each bedroom you aren’t using can generate you passive income year-round!
Write a rental agreement that details the rent amount, due date, whether utilities are covered or not, and conditions of living space in order to set some ground rules clear.
Another great idea is to enlist property you own on Airbnb.
Airbnb is great especially if your property is near a popular tourist hot spot.
List all the awesome areas near your property to attract visitors year-round.
Consider renting out storage space in your home if you have the room for it.
Neighbor.com allows you to find people in your area looking to store their personal belongings.
This makes it easier for you to find prospects without the hassle of marketing your service online.
Renting your space is one of the more underrated strategies to earn passive income.
A REIT is similar to an index fund and is another great way to earn passive income.
By investing in a REIT you invest specifically in real estate companies.
These funds have a higher dividend gain than most index funds and have better traction when the market isn’t performing at its best.
REITs own income-producing real estate such as offices, apartments, warehouses, hospitals, shopping center, hotels, etc…
The awesome thing about REITs is that you invest in real estate without involving credit, large amount of upfront cash, or closing deals yourself.
Similar to an index fund, you want to invest in companies that are high performers and have the biggest returns in history.
#5. YouTube Content
YouTube content has allowed many people to earn passive income through the use of placed advertisement in their videos.
Find a niche and grow an audience.
Meet the requirements to monetize your videos so you can start making money in your sleep.
This will require your time and dedication so write a plan and take action to see it through.
If you found this article to be of value be sure to give it a social share!
Blogging, like YouTube can create passive income when monetized properly.
One of the most common ways blogs are monetized is through displayed advertisement.
Once your blog is monetized with ads, you will begin to earn passive income 24/7, especially if you have a rather large audience.
You can also earn passive income through affiliate programs.
Leveraged income is probably one of the best incomes you can have.
You essential create something once and get paid for it multiple times!
Guys, this is how you can end up generating what Dan Lok calls F.U. money.
This type of passive income is what’s going to set you free.
Here are 5 ways you can earn leveraged income.
Welcome to Franknez.com – the blog where you can digest content on personal finance, side hustle ideas, entrepreneurship, and trending investing topics.
Lets get started!
There are 3 Types of Income
But before I get into them, let’s quickly discuss the different types of income.
There are three main types of income, all of which require different resources in order to move them.
Linear Income – The first is linear income, which is the type of income most people have. It’s where the resource you trade for money is your time. This is your typical 9-5 job, freelance, etc.
Passive Income – Passive income is money generated through investments. This can be income from a high interest CD or savings account. It can also be in the form of dividends paid out from shares of stocks. Passive income may also be generated from rental income if you own property. The resource required for this type of income is capital.
Leveraged Income – And finally, there’s leveraged income. Enough leveraged income and you no longer have to rely on linear income to pay your bills. Leveraged income is earned by creating something once and getting paid continuously for it. You’ll need an audience in order to make the most out of this type of income.
If your goal is to become wealthy, you need to get rid of your linear income.
This income is holding you back more than you know.
Why work 8 hours for someone else when you can use 8 hours of your day to work on growing your own business.
How can I escape my 9-5 job?
Escaping your 9-5 is going to require a lot of work on your part but it is certainly possible.
You’ll need to pick up a side hustle while you’re employed.
You can also choose to start your own business or follow an art project.
Once you’ve chosen what you’d like to pursue, work on this idea every day after work.
When I learned that Elon Musk and Steve Jobs all had the same hours in a day as I do, I really started using my time wisely.
Figure out how to earn money outside of your job so you’re not 100% dependent on your linear income.
Start setting yourself up for passive income
One way I started was by setting myself up for passive income.
I then downloaded the app Mint by Intuit to track my net worth. It gradually went from $6K to $10K and so on.
It has since reached +$100k.
I began putting money in stocks and in a high yield savings account where my money would do something.
Rather than have it collect dust I figured I’d put it to use.
When I saw returns I let go of fear that was holding me stuck to the 9-5.
I’ve found a fortune! And I want to share it with you. These stocks have allowed me to profit and snowball my investments within as little as a year. I understand stock picking can be quite difficult. Sometimes you just need someone to provide you with a list of stocks that has worked for them. Here are my top picks of stocks to invest in right now.
Welcome to Franknez.com – the blog where you can digest content on personal finance, entrepreneurship, and trending investing topics.
Lets get started!
These stocks have allowed me to diversify my portfolio very well. You’ll get my favorite index fund, favorite ETF, and favorite REIT. Adding these stocks to your arsenal will proof to balance your investing portfolio out a little more.
I’ve been invested in the stock market since 2019 and have noted that these picks have been a strong foundation in my portfolio. Often times when other stocks were down, these were up. Lets dive right into it.
#1. EMR – Emerson Electric Co.
Emerson Electric Co. is an American multinational corporation that manufactures electric motors using their own patent. The company became the first to sell electric fans in the U.S and expanded its product line to electric sewing machines, electric dental drills, and power tools. EMR basically produces electric motors for every type of business and necessity you can think of.
Dividend Yield: 2.1%
This is a great stock to invest in because electric motors are always going to be needed. As our society continues to innovate, electric motors will continue to play a very important role.
EMR Annual Return
Emerson Electric Co. has an average annual return of 9%. They are also involved in all sort of industries including automotive, life sciences & medical, water & waste, industrial energy, marine, and food & beverage just to name a few. Innovation? They’re currently involved in several stem projects too.
#2. GPC – Genuine Parts Co.
Genuine Parts Company is an American service organization that distributes automotive replacement parts, industrial replacement parts, office products and electrical goods. Parts are sold under the NAPA brand in North America.
Dividend Yield: 3%
GPC is great because cars aren’t going anywhere anytime soon. As cars evolve, this auto parts company will continue to manufacture and distribute parts.
GPC Annual Return
Genuine Parts Co. stock has seen an annual return ranging from 7% to 15%. GPC has more than 10,000 locations in 14 countries and employs approximately 50,000 people. 75% of GPC’s sales come from North America, 15% from Europe, and 10% from Australia.
#3. VNQ – Vanguard Real Estate (REIT)
VNQ invests in stocks issued by real estate investment trusts (REIT’s), companies that purchase office buildings, hotels, and other real property.
Dividend Yield: 3.65%
The real estate market has been HOT recently. It’s a sellers market at the moment. With property selling almost instantaneously this REIT has been performing extremely well recently.
VNQ Annual Return
VNQ’s annual yield has varied with some years reaching up to 30%. Its history also shows annual yields between 5%-8%. This investment seeks to provide a high level of income.
#4. VOO – S&P500
This Vanguard ETF invests in stocks within the S&P500, representing 500 of the largest U.S companies. Companies in the S&P500 include Apple, Tesla, Johnson & Johnson, Walt Disney, Netflix, and Coca-Cola to name a few. You can see all the companies in this index fund in the link at the end of this article.
Dividend Yield: 1.39%
The S&P is one of the best index funds in the market. Warren Buffett himself is a huge fan. Fun fact: his trustee is expected to receive all of Warren’s assets with 90% of his stock picks moved in the S&P500! When you own the S&P500 you own a piece of the fortune 500 companies.
Since they are all working and innovating towards being better every year, you can only expect this index funds’ value to go up.
S&P 500 Annual Return
The S&P500’s annual yield has been approximately 10% – 11% since its inception back in 1926. This is an index fund I’m continuously adding to my position in. The diversity in companies it holds makes it an attractive stock for both novice and experienced investors.
ESGV is a Vanguard ETF that invests in the top 10 companies in the U.S. These companies include: Apple, Microsoft, Amazon, Alphabet (Google), Facebook, Tesla, JP Morgan Chase & Co, Visa, Inc., United Health Group, and NVIDIA Corp.
Dividend Yield: 1.06%
Unlike the S&P500, owning this ETF means you own a piece of the top 10 companies in the U.S. This growth ETF puts the top earners in your portfolio. This attractive stock only knows up. The companies in this pool are companies that are constantly innovating. It’s always day one with them.
ESGV Annual Return
This ETF is relatively new. It was created in 2018 and has gained 24%-31% in annual returns. This type of investment is meant to provide you with the highest returns possible. Building your position in this ETF can prove to be a great offense. Very few times you’ll find this ETF on red.
Have you seen what’s been going on with AMC Entertainment recently? This stock is set up for a short squeeze. If you can manage to buy this stock before it takes off then you’ll be able to make a quick trade. A subcommunity from Reddit who skyrocketed GameStop’s share price also began moving AMC Entertainment.
Well, AMC now has a bigger community due to how much more affordable its stock is than that of GameStop’s. You can read more about this stocks short squeeze DD (due diligence) here.
Are you already investing in one of these stocks? Lets begin a conversation. Leave me a comment below.
Most people start an online business as a side hustle to earn an extra income. Whether you’re aiming to provide a service, sell a product, or earn passive income, you can do it all online!
Welcome to Franknez.com – the blog where you can digest content on personal finance, side hustle ideas, entrepreneurship, and trending investing topics.
Lets get started!
So, What’s The Difference Between an Online Business and a Tangible Business?
An online businessdoes not require tangible assets such as a building, inventory, or team to do business. A tangible business on the other hand usually requires an office, warehouse, team, physical supplies, and overall a much bigger overhead.
With an online business you can earn money online no matter where you are in the world oppose to a tangible business. Most tangible businesses require that you oversee all operations to ensure everyone in your company is doing their part.
Though an online business takes longer to pick up from inception, the long term rewards can be abundant. The upside to this is that you can build a one-man empire. Yup, no overhead meaning higher profit margins!
Can anyone start an online business?
Anyone can start an online business. All you need is the entrepreneurial spirit to spark a startup and begin earning money with your ideas.
Here’s how to do it.
#1. Find Your Niche
First, identify what your online business will be about.
Your niche is the center of it all. Combine your strengths with your interests to see what you can offer to the online world. Your niche should be something you can enjoy doing. If you love to write, publish a blog. If you love apparel, sell it online using eCommerce!
Many entrepreneurs are finding ways to monetize their talents and skills online.
Find what you’re good at and share it with the marketplace.
Before you start an online business you’ll need to identify your value.
What value will you be providing to the consumer? Are you looking to solve a problem by offering a unique and effective service? Will your product change the way the consumer feels about themselves? How will you improve their lives?
Or, are you looking to entertain or to educate and inform? Identify and understand what value you will be providing to your target market.
Whether you run a tangible business or an online business, you’ll need to provide value to your customers. Learn to identify what it is they need and how to provide an amazing experience.
How can I provide value to my customers?
To provide value means to make a difference in someone else’s life. Some ways you can impact a customer and provide value include:
Providing exceptional communication skills
Delivering quality work
Instilling and emotional drive for the product or service
Creating lasting partnerships
Everyone values different things but these are just some of the most effective ways you can provide value to your customers so your online business can reap the rewards.
When you provide value to your customers your online business will begin to thrive.
So now that you’ve figured out your niche and have a pretty well rounded idea of how to provide your customers with value, let’s talk about how to actually set up your online business.
Here’s the fun part.
#3. Build A Website For Your Online Business
Every business should have a website, especially in todays world; however, an online business must have a professional website.
You can use a free web hosting service like WIX if you’re just starting out. This will help you get a feel for what it is to have your service or product displayed online. However, if you’re ready to get serious about your online business you’ll have to purchase your domain for a more professional presentation.
Purchasing your domain is going to be the very first investment you’re going to make in your online business. A thriving online business needs a great webhost provider. For this, we recommend building a website with Bluehost.
Bluehost is the #1 suggested web hosting service by WordPress. They power over 2 million websites worldwide and offer a free domain name for your first year. A professional website is essential for an online business to thrive in the marketplace.
How easy is it to use Bluehost?
Bluehost is super easy to use.
You’ll be surprised to find out that everything you need to run an online business takes very little time to learn with their services. Bluehost’s layout is easy to navigate and the tools become second nature in no time.
Keep in mind that this initial investment is going to be the foundation to your online business empire.
I’ve purchased my domain, what’s next?
Congratulations on achieving your first steps as an entrepreneur. As a marketing and branding expert, this next step is one of my personal favorite parts.
Because Bluehost makes it very easy to build a really cool website, personalizing it to cater to the publics needs is also very easy and fun.
Spend time updating images on your website and really making your platform stand out. Your website should easily demonstrate to its visitors what you have to offer to them.
This is the step where you really get to make your website stand out so get creative!
What if I haven’t branded?
If you haven’t branded yet don’t worry. Focus on your content and on really putting your services out there first. Let people know what you’re doing and what your online business has to offer.
You can brand once you have a clear mindset on where you want to take your online business and have a vision on how it will impact people.
Be sure to check out my network tab to see how your online business can benefit from using other businesses services to grow. Maldonado Graphic Design works with you to create your logo so you can brand your online business.
#4. Promote Your Online Business Using Social Media
So you’ve set up your online business and have an amazing website to showcase your services or products. Now it’s time to market your business to the right people using the best social media outlets for your new business.
If you’re providing music services make yourself known to artists on Twitter. If you’re selling amazing branded apparel, show off your line on Instagram.
Do you have a service catering to a specific industry? Network with people on LinkedIn. You should learn to identify which social media puts your business in front of the right people. You might already be thinking of a specific platform that could work well for you. And if you don’t, figure out what works and what doesn’t.
Use at least two great means of social media and grow those platforms to simultaneously increase your online businesses presence. It’s not necessary but it helps you with your brand awareness.
How can I thrive online?
Social media is a great platform to get your content out to the right people.
It is necessary for you to understand who your target audience is. Once you figure out who your potential customers are, you’ll be able to present your online services to them at scale.
This will require you to be consistent which brings us to the next topic. How to really thrive online.
Use social media marketing
Publish links to your website and products and services on social media. Distribute some piece of content every day and remain consistent.
Your business must remain active online to stay relevant. Your business will look fresh if you’re actively engaging people online and producing content or sharing links.
This is a crucial part of the process when starting your online business. Get seen.
#5. Always Pitch
Every post, every email, everything you do to catch attention online is your pitch to sell your service or product. So, always pitch.
The moment you stop posting, emailing, engaging, and networking, is the moment you stop taking action to ensure your online business builds momentum and starts earning revenue.
Your business cannot thrive if you stop getting better. Your online business should look and operate way different than when you first started. You won’t find out what changes are necessary to scale until you put in the work every day. Day in, day out.
You’re really going to have to sell yourself. Build your network through social media and grab peoples attention. They must gravitate towards your services through the relationships your online business creates.
Remember when we talked about identifying your value?
Now is the time to demonstrate that value you identified earlier. The marketplace must see this from your online business.
Ask yourself, how can I connect with my audience? How can I excite my online followers so that they give my services or products a chance? How can I attract them to my website?
You will find yourself learning a variety of strategies to earn revenue. Don’t feel discouraged if things are moving slowly. Find out what works for you and keep on keeping on.
Keep pitching until you make your first sale or learn how to monetize your online business. One of the most fulfilling moments is when someone finds the value in your product or service and pays you for it; so be consistent.
#6. Advertise Your Online Business
Advertising is a great way for people to see your business whether it be online or in person. This is one of those other investments that you’ll eventually come across when looking for ways to grow your online business.
You may advertise by paying for Facebook Ads or running Google Ads. A thriving business should always be looking for ways to be seen.
Advertising provides you with an edge over any competition.
Another form of advertising is through the use of decorated apparel.
Companies like Easy Marketing elevate your brand by decorating your logo on hats, shirts, jackets, and all sort of other apparel. You can use this marketing strategy to market to your customers online.
What’s are the benefits of advertising my business?
Imagine going out to a crowded or public place wearing your business logo on a simple cap or shirt. It’s that easy. How about creating a video that generates a ton of views every month? If you’re wearing promotional apparel in your video, your brand awareness is sure to spike.
Exposure is the key to a growing a successful online business.
#7. Get Involved in a Community
Establish an authority in your niche topic or industry by getting involved with an online community.
When you become an authority, or leader in your niche, you will be able to scale your business much quicker. Being part of a community is going to attract both customers and viewers to your website.
I used to see this tip everywhere before my blog blew up. I didn’t understand or know how to get involved in a community though. What happened is that I eventually become involved in a sub community that needed my support and guidance. When I provided value to this niche community, my traffic skyrocketed and I was able to scale my blog.
Believe me, you need to find a community you can provide value to.
#8. Register Your Company
Now, most online businesses are just a side hustle. If your online business is expanding rapidly or you’re really looking at the long term goal, you might want to consider registering it through your state; especially if you’re operating full-time and have some sort of tangible items ex: packaging, boxes, etc.
Incorporate for tax benefits and for maximum profits. By registering your online business, you make a bold statement of legitimacy and are able to legally register yourself as a business owner.
Again, this is not total necessary though. You can have a thriving online business without registering it through your state and county.
Never stop setting goals for your startup
Starting and online business is a lot of fun, and believe me it’s a lot of work. I can personally say starting my online businesses have been the best decisions I’ve made in my life.
They’ve taught me what it is to really stick to something when most people would have quit. It really does teach us a lot about ourselves as entrepreneurs.
If you enjoyed this post please be sure to join our newsletter to stay up-to-date on new posts. Keep working towards your dreams and aspirations and remember, never stop setting goals for your online business.
Google AdSense is one of the most sought out programs to monetize your website. Its simple ad layout makes it an attractive choice for content creators. Lets break down how you can get approved for Google AdSense and start earning money from your content.
Why Google AdSense?
Google AdSense is super popular because they have the highest paying advertisers.
If you’re looking to monetize your blog then you’re naturally going to want to utilize the best means of producing income through your blog.
Can Anyone Advertise with Google AdSense?
Yes. If your blog or website meet the Google AdSense team’s requirements you will become eligible to start displaying ads such as the ones on this page!
Here are things your blog or website should have in order to get approved by Google AdSense:
Your Niche Should Stand Out
Before you begin to submit to Google AdSense, be sure your website is clear on what it’s about. Your niche should be easy to identify as Google’s team will thoroughly review it and assess the type of category you pertain to.
Avoid branching off into several topics that don’t relate to your niche. Google AdSense will not monetize your blog unless it is categorized properly.
Choose relatable images and accents to demonstrate what kind of blog you’re running visually.
Amazing Website Layout
The layout of your website is very important. It must be easy to navigate and look professional.
Yellow background and blue text by all means is not an attractive web page. Be sure your website is simple, creative, and easy to use.
We recommend using a web hosting service company like Bluehost where all the tools you need to succeed will become available to you.
Bluehost is optimized for WordPress therefore your content will never come short of looking presentable. The website layouts are also incredible and easy to work with.
If you’re working towards getting your blog monetized by Google AdSense, you’ll need to use a professional webhost provider. And yes, a professional website costs money. This will be your first investment in your blog.
Trust me, it’s worth it.
You can find examples online in order to create a page detailing this legal statement on your website. Fortunately, Bluehost creates one for you. You’ll just have to do minor edits and publish it on your website.
If your website does not have enough content, Google AdSense will reject your submission. What makes it difficult to get approved is that not only must you create quality content, but you must also create enough content to get recognized by the AdSense team as a serious content creator.
With so much competition out there, you must stand out and demonstrate why you’re worthy to monetize your website. The key is to be consistent.
Don’t rush publishing posts for this reason.
You’re better off taking as much time as you need creating great and useful content. Rushing into the process will only set you back.
How Can I Maintain Consistency?
Draft ideas on a blank word document
Identify how many times you want to publish a post (e.g. weekly, twice a week, monthly, etc.)
Write down your blog goals to stay motivated
Draw inspiration from everything and everyone around you
Stay motivated. Most bloggers give up within the first to three months. Keep blogging, and keep reaching your blogging goals!
Website Page Views
Your website must be generating enough traffic for Google AdSense to recognize the value of your content. Advertisers will not place ads on a website with little to no traffic.
Be sure you’re sharing your posts all over your social platforms in order to increase your website views and begin to earn a following. Get as much exposure as possible.
You can publish great content and enough content; however, if you aren’t directing traffic to your blog, Google AdSense will not allow you to monetize your website.
You can increase your traffic by:
Promoting daily on social media (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn)
Growing your newsletter
Having supporters ‘share’ your content
Re-sharing to keep engagement and traction going
Updating your SEO
Revising old posts
Get your posts featured on other blogs
Once your blog gets monetized by Google AdSense you’re going to want to continue taking these actions.
When your blog is running ads, you’ll want to increase your traffic as much as possible in order to make the most from advertisement income.
Your content must be fairly easy to read. Avoid improper use of grammar and spelling so be sure to always double check and proof read before publishing a new post. Google AdSense will not approve a website with even the slightest errors.
You can use a website like Word Counter to double check your writing before publishing a post to make sure everything looks great. It only takes a second to receive your results!
Contact & About Information
In order to present credibility, your website must contain a contact and about section. Include your email and social media outlets as well as a brief summary of yourself or your website.
Having a contact and about page shows you’re professional and are serious about your content. Readers want to know the person behind the blog so get creative with it!
Your contact info is a requirement to get your blog monetized by Google AdSense make sure you don’t miss it!
Don’t give up if you get rejected by Google AdSense. You can always resubmit once you’ve fixed the errors detailed on your application.
Every rejection should push you to improve your website in order to reach your goal of monetizing your content. If you get approved instantly, amazing! Keep doing what you’re doing.
Google AdSense will often times advise which areas on your website you must continue to work on. Use these notices to your advantage. It may be easy to feel discouraged if you receive multiple emails from the AdSense team rejecting your application. Just know you’re one step closer to reaching your goal.
If you have any questions please feel free to comment below and I’ll be more than happy to reach out!
Whether you’re in debt with credit cards, student loans, car notes, or house loans, we all have some form of debt. The thought of paying off your debt might seem stressful at first but imagine what a debt free life could mean for you.
Debt keeps us from saving money, investing it, and reaching financial freedom. So what’s the best method to eliminate debt?
The Snowball Effect
There are a few proven methods to paying off debt. We favor the snowball effect method due to its quick momentum and effective results.
This is how it works
You start by paying down your smallest accounts first while making minimum payments on the rest of them.
The approach is to eliminate your smallest debt aggressively. Once you’ve paid off your smallest account, rollover that payment onto your next account.
By the time you’re paying off your third account, the amount equivalent to your monthly payments from the first two will have a drastic effect moving forward on your outstanding balances.
Avoid This Mistake To Stay Debt Free
In order for the snowball effect to build momentum ,you must be consistent and not divert from rolling over once your first debt has been eliminated.
Most people will fill in the space with something else once they’ve paid off their car or credit cards for example. This spending habit pulls you back to a never ending cycle.
Remember, once you’re debt free all that disposable income is yours to enjoy. Save it, grow it by investing, and enjoy it!
Don’t let income creep lifestyle keep you from reaching your financial goals. This is how people making six figures a year can be in financial ruin just as much as anyone making five figures.
Continuously work towards earning more income to payoff your debt more aggressively. The sooner you payoff one debt, the sooner you can move on to the next while eliminating accruing interest.
Create A Budget
See what areas you could budget on and apply money that was going towards junk food, streaming services, and other non essentials, towards your debt. You’d be surprised at how much you can save a week by meal prepping instead of eating out daily.
Write down your expenses and see where you can cut back. This strategy will help you not only develop a winner habit but play an important role in your journey to a debt free life.
Mint is a great app that breaks down your expenses and allows you to have an overview on all your account balances.
It Takes Discipline
The fact that you’re here shows your willingness to make this incredible change in your life. Financial freedom is an amazing experience we all deserve a chance to.
Realistically, only by taking the necessary actions to see our goals through will we truly reach a debt free life. It’s time to live in the moment and focus on the things that truly matter to us the most. Be consistent, stay on top of your goal, you have the power to do this.
A lot of you are inspired and motivated to take things to a higher level. By now you’ve realized that time is still on your side so you’re willing to take advantage of it. This is the single most responsible action you can take (especially in your early 20s) in order to achieve long-term financial success. Here are 6 proven strategies to building wealth at any age.
High Income Skill
Shift your focus on one source of income that will generate you enough cash flow to exceed your expenses. The goal is to earn as much as your abilities, skills, and knowledge allow you to so never stop learning. The value you bring to a company is the key to unlocking a high income skill. Find the average annual income in your country, now raise the bar for yourself and never settle for average. The higher your income is the more asset you have available as a tool to building wealth.
If you’re a business owner, keep selling!!! Increase your revenue so you may increase your income. Don’t take from the cookie jar if you have not increased your revenue.
Staying Debt Free
Staying debt free is an essential building block to building wealth. If you don’t have any debt at the moment you’re already one step ahead, now keep staying debt free. If you are in debt, begin planning to eliminate this burden as soon as possible. It will be a challenge and it will require discipline. Budget where you have to and apply the extra cashflow from you high income skill towards your debt. You will not be able to build wealth while in debt therefore this is a vital step.
Do not fall for lifestyle/income creep. This occurs when your expenses increase as your income increases. The mistake most people make is spending their entire income which results in living paycheck to paycheck. Live below your means in order to avoid this unnecessary stress.
If you’ve earned a promotion or you’ve increased your sales, don’t use this extra money to blow on increasing your standard of living or materialistic things; it can wait. This practice is called delayed gratification. Instead, use this additional money to save and invest.
If the heading of this third strategy made you feel a little uncomfortable we’re making progress. You’ll have to step out of your comfort zone every time you set a new goal for yourself. Put money in a money market or high yielding savings account. Your hard earned money will multiply through compound interest. I highly suggest reading “The Importance of Creating An Emergency Fund and How To Start” to see how saving money is essential to your financial journey.
By stacking up your Richards you are paying yourself first. You’re not giving your money to a,b,c, & d companies anymore. You’re give it to yourself! It’s what you do with this money that ultimately makes it worth setting it aside. Grant Cardone says money is useless unless you use it. So use it by making money work for you.
Now this is the fun part! You’ve established a high income skill and you’re living below your means debt free; now it’s time to put your money to work for you. Do your research like your life depends on it to see which form of investment is best for you. Do your homework and study this as it will require a high level of confidence to buy assets that will both increase and decrease in value depending on the markets performance.
Your assets are your wealth. The more assets and less liabilities you have the more your net worth increases. Stocks can yield enough annual percentage to duplicate your money over a long-term period of time resulting in more assets. The more money you invest, the higher the return. It is important to understand that money you have to invest must be money you’re willing to lose as well. All investments have some sort of risk factor whether it be low or high. For this reason, it is necessary to be out of debt. Any loss you face will be only but a small dent in your pocket. Here are some ways you can invest your money:
Stocks / Bonds
REIT’s (Real Estate Investment Trust)
Real Estate (Property)
Businesses (Partnering up with people – Be the capital people need in order to start a business in order to earn a percentage of the companies profit.)
Earn Passive Income
This sixth strategy towards building wealth is a fun challenge. Determine what niche can earn you passive income at all times no matter where you are in the world. Use your high income skill to continuously grow this stream of income in order to provide a consistent cash flow which you can also use to invest. Your business mindset might establish a couple of these resulting in multiple streams of income. As Grant Cardone says, success is taken, not received. Here are a number of ways you can earn passive income:
Keep increasing your income and continue to invest over a long period of time. Take advantage of your age and think about where you want to be in the next 10-20 years from now because it starts with what you do today. As long as you keep increasing your income, saving & investing, and living below your mean, you will have the power to build wealth at any age in your lifetime.
Yes, building wealth takes time. Nothing great happens overnight. Building wealth is something you must continuously keep working on. Every challenge you encounter will require a better version of yourself in order to find solutions to the problems you face. Your habits, hard work, and financial discipline will determine the course of your financial future. Keep learning, keep innovating, keep making it happen. Your future self will thank you one day.