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Are You Blogging For Glory?

When I was young my parents both owned Greek restaurants and as I grew older I decided to take up catering classes in college.

After a couple of years I ended up working in two different Michelin star restaurants, in fact both of them got their Michelin stars when I was working there.

Are You Blogging For Glory

What I discovered was that the people working here where infatuated with food and their egos, as a matter of fact I remember coming back home to my grannies house one day and telling her.

They are doing it for Glory it is all about them feeding their ego, and to this day still I believe nothing has changed in this respect in the industry.

Anyone who will spend 6 or 7 days a week in a kitchen weekly, with complete disregard for their life sunshine or health . Working from maybe 6am in the morning till 2am some nights, is surely not doing it for the money it is all about glory.

And in the catering industry if that’s  your thing then that’s okay. You will get a wage in fact if you are in higher positions in the business you may even be able to live quite well off the wage or money you make.

Now if you switch to Blogging if you do not have a certain mindset then you could really end up blogging for glory.

What do I mean by this?  Well you might just love blogging?  You may love the interaction from readers, the learning you get while researching your topic, you may love the idea of being able to do what you like from home or anywhere that you have an internet connection.

There is one little thing.  If you do not learn to monetise it then you probably will not get paid.  As I said earlier in the catering industry you can do stuff for just the glory, but in many cases you will still get paid.

On the other hand when it comes to blogging for glory, if there is no money coming in from your blogging, or online marketing efforts.Then your life will not be very glorious.

Do you really think that you can feel really glorious when you cannot put food on the table or keep a roof over your head? I don’t really think so, unless of course you live on an island somewhere that grows it’s own food and has an internet connection that’s free 😉 (Hardly Likely)

One thing I have discovered both from watching it on the outside and being in the position ego alone will not carry you very far.

On the other hand self improvement educating oneself on what is important and being able to provide value in exchange for money goods or services. Will give you a good ROI.

Knowing about how to add a Call To Action to your blog posts and build an email list will increase your blogging profit substantially. Which will also mean you are not dependant on handouts or job security to live your life.

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Are You Blogging For Glory?

When Starting A Blog Pick The Right Niche

I have a confession to make, many years ago when I first started blogging I was all over the place.  I made my websites or blogs and put random and different content on it all the time.

Since blogging and Internet Marketing is one of my favourite things I thought coming up with content will always be easy. The thing is it can be if you do enough research some trainings and courses regularly.

The thing is after probably 10,000 blog posts on my blogs it is getting harder to come up with new stuff when it comes to the topic of blogging.

When Starting A Blog Pick The Right Niche

When I named this Blog Building a Better Blog.com I decided it was going to be about blogging, now unlike my original IM Blog Ask Sotiris.com which I basically blogged about whatever I was interested in that day.

Or whatever my mood was or rants that just needed to come out.  I never had any trouble coming up with content for it ever.  It was easy it was just a matter of making the decision.

The truth is when it comes to talking about blogging, I have blogged about plugins, I have blogged about WordPress themes, I have blogged about SEO.

 

I have blogged about most of the internet tools under the sun lol.. And recently when I decide to come up with new content I just keep coming across a lot of the same type of things.

Of course there are always new tools and courses,trainings etc coming out but after a lot of trial and error I find a huge percentage of them are either carbon copies or basically BS.

So I don’t really want to make this just a blogging review site either, of course I signed myself up for a 100 Day Blogging Challenge and even if I have not been bang on time with my blog posts every day.  I still intend to complete them in the 100 day’s.

The thing is probably after the 100 days rather than blogging here daily I will post good blogging content or information as I come up with it.

 

From recent experiences I am beginning to believe that it is better to come up with great blog post ideas which can go viral and that take maybe a few days to complete.

Than to just type generally about a subject for 10 to 60 mins daily, Would be interested to also hear your opinions in the comments section below.

And do remember as I have done this many times before, picking a niche for a blog that you can only comfortably post a few times about. Is not really a great idea for a long term blogging strategy.

The one thing I do have to say though for my 100 Day Blogging Challenge is it has now taken this blog to well over 100 posts, which will hep to give it a bit more traction in the search engines as well. 🙂

 

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How To Be A Better Blogger

Do you remember going back and scrolling through some of your old websites or blog posts and reading your post and asking yourself what on earth is this..

Well if you have always been a perfectionist that may not have happened to you but for the majority of bloggers I am pretty sure it has.

The thing is that the Internet moves very quickly from one year till the next. In fact the Internet can actually change even in a few months.

How To Be A Better Blogger

If you want to be a better blogger you need to frequently look at other websites and leaders in your industry and see what new changes software and plug-ins are being used when it comes to blogging.

Both blogging and Internet marketing are something that you learn from day to day in fact something that was done along time ago maybe completely obsolete on the Internet today. That is why it is imperative for you to keep studying your niche on a regular basis, failure to do this Will make your blogging look inferior after a while.

 

There are in fact hundreds of thousands of WordPress themes, hundreds of thousands of WordPress plug-ins and new tools and software being released daily that can completely transform your blog in any one day. First thing you Wanna do is check out  the top guys,ladies or companies in your niche find out what plug-in they are using, what they are selling on their blog, and how they are making money from it.  Learning these few things can make your life an awful lot easier when it comes to finding the right customers, traffic generation, getting subscribers and turning them into sales.

A mistake a lot of bloggers make is they try and learn everything on their own from scratch, the problem with this is  that it can end up taking them years to end up with a successful blog.  Or in the worst cases they just give up after a while.  When what they do doesn’t give them the Business  or success that they were hoping for  when they started.

 

Here are some Quick tips to help you be a better blogger

  1. Add images to your blog posts and SEO your images with the keywords.
  2. Think about what the reader wants to know instead of focusing I’m selling all the time, once you have given them what they want you can then casually offer them a link to A product or service . That will benefit them.
  3. Make sure you add a subscription box offering them something good in exchange for their email address,  building a list of subscribers should be one of your top priorities when blogging.
  4.  Make use  of all the tools and plug-ins available for improving your blog making  everything more effective including social sharing tools and Visual effects as well as being good reading it should also be visually appealing to eye.
  5.  Choose your domain name carefully as your domain name can say a lot about your brand or your blog try to use a.com domain name unless your market is local then depending on your area you can choose a domain. If you are in the UK it might be yourdomain.co.uk or if it is in Spain you may chose yourdomain.es I hope you get the idea. 🙂
  6.  Don’t take shortcuts when it comes to buying tools and software most of the time you get what you paid for. But if you’re in doubt when buying tools software then check the reviews as most people will say exactly what they’re thinking about the product they have bought.
  7. Depending on your personality type 1. You may choose to say exactly what you think on your blog (this could sometimes annoy certain individuals and alienate some people), 2. on the other hand you may be very thoughtful when it comes to your audience and be very careful the way you frame things.   ( I would fit into the No.1 category)
  8. Take time out to produce great content for your readers using different kind of content you could interview people in your niche via podcasts, videos or even in writing on your blog. Most people love to see the points of view, tips and ideas of credible authority’s in their niche.
  9. Be consistent if you say you are posting on a subject daily or weekly or every Tuesday do it, otherwise people could forget your blog ever existed and disappear and never  come back again.
  10. Be regular don’t do a blog post once a year pick a schedule daily weekly or monthly and if you are going to be busy or a away for a long time use the wordpress blog scheduling facilities.  For example if you post weekly on your blog on a Monday and you decide to go hiking in the jungle for a month create 4 blog posts before you go and schedule them to post every Monday while you are away.   Chances are you will also come back from the jungle with lots of new blog content and videos as well.  🙂

I hope you found this post useful feel free to post your comments and let us know what you think below. 

 

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Things You Feel Strongly About

Sometimes in life the obvious stuff hovers right in front of your eyes and you never think about it.  Then one day someone says something or does something and something clicks inside your head, and a new decision is made in a split second.

Things You Feel Strongly About

I had one of those days today.  One really big peeve I have is about the way big pharma and corporations poison people in many ways.  I often walk into a petrol station or a supermarket and see crisps, when I was younger I would have been a crisp addict. Not so much now but occasionally, if I was going to have a sandwich I like a packet of crisps with it.

The thing is when you go and look at all the crisps on display out of literally over a hundred types nearly 99% are filled with known toxic substances, such as Aspartame,MSG short for Monosodium Glutamate also often disguised by being called yeast extract. One of my friends today on Facebook said he had created a Facebook page about the dangers of Aspartame.

Immediately a lightbulb went off in my head and I decided to do a page about the toxic stuff being added to potato crisps.

As a work from home blogger and online marketing coach I make all my income from the Internet and have done so for over 12 years.  But as well as having my money websites that actually bring me in an income I also create websites because I feel strongly about things.

Things Like Alternative Health

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Debt In The UK

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And a few others like that floating about  as well, and although I do like to be upbeat and positive. I am also smart enough to realise that being upbeat and positive will not prevent you or your family members being poisoned by out of control pharmaceutical companies,chemtrails,vaccines,GMO’s,Aspartame,Fluoride,Dental Visits were they fill our mouths with Mercury and toxic root canals and lots more..

I do believe if you want you and your family to survive a while in this World, you need to educate yourself about the truth about how this world and our corrupted system really works.

People will argue with you, people will think you are crazy. Fortunately I THINK BEING ALIVE ALIVE IS MORE IMPORTANT!!! Than what some brainwashed sheep think.

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10 Things To Do On Your Blog Or Website

In todays post I am going to be talking about 10 things that you can do to your blog to get more interaction, get you more leads which will also help you get more sales in the long term.

  1. Create a free giveaway for your readers so that you can get more names and emails of all your subscribers.
  2. Add a picture by creating or adding a featured image picture to your blog it allows you an extra way to get traffic from the search engine via Google images.
  3. Follow me button or links for all your social networks – The more places your customers/subscribers/readers get to see your updates the more likely they will be to do business with you. If they like what they see.
  4. Add a Facebook like widget on the sidebar of your blog so people can like your Facebook page and see your latest updates.
  5. Add a work with me page somewhere visible, so that people will know what to do if they want to find out more about what your business is.
  6. Add a contact me page and install a contact form which is connected to your autoresponder.  That way anyone who contacts you becomes an instant  subscriber on your list.
  7. Think about your readers how can you help them and provide them with information they are searching for before creating content for your blog or website.
  8. At the bottom of all your blog posts create a call to action tell your readers what you want them to do. (With clear instructions)
  9. Start with the end in mind before creating a piece of content first decide what is the purpose of the article or video,podcast etc.  To get a subscriber to your list? To make a sale? To get a new follower on Twitter?  To get a new Facebook friend or fan. To get someone to subscribe to your You Tube channel Etc…
  10. Ask your readers questions and tell them to comment in the comments section, a blog with lots of comments is a lot more interactive and tends to get more traffic and results  than a blog without comments. If you have an email list a good idea is to email them your latest blog posts. This will help you get more comments the first comment is normally the hardest to get. After that people generally continue in the conversation.

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10 Reasons To Update And Syndicate Your Blog Regularly

When it comes to building a better blog not many things are more important than updating and syndicating your blog posts regularly. Whether you are brand new to blogging or have been doing it for a long time a great way to get more readers to your blog is to post more good quality original content and syndicate in different places.

The thing is many people try to syndicate their stuff to a lot of social networks at one time using software but the fact is your readers are only going to visit one social network at a time generally.   So it is a good idea to spread these posts out on different networks over a period of time.  That is if you want to see the best results for your marketing efforts and an increased ROI..

Over the last few weeks I have been quite busy helping other people setup their online businesses and my own main blogs have suffered a bit but that is just a temporary setback.. In one of my blogging businesses I created three new posts daily for about three years.  I outsourced one article a day to a writer I had and then posted a daily article or two myself,  or some days I posted one article and a video.

When you do this properly and regularly you will be able to generate new leads and customers consistently. It’s just a matter of making the decision to do it and doing it. (No Excuses) Remember only YOU can make that decision.

Syndicate And Update

Syndicate And Update

  1. Google loves great quality original content and will rank it higher on the search engine than old or low quality articles.
  2. Having regular content that is of a high quality will help send regular visitors back to your  site over and over again.
  3. If you update your blog’s regularly, then your writing will also improve as well. Which also means better blog content and information for your readers as well.
  4. The more content you put on your blog or website the more keywords you will have ranking in the search engine as long as you don’t get de-indexed for creating fake backlinks or duplicate content.
  5. It will keep readers on your blog much longer if you have lots of great articles and videos to watch the longer visitors stay on your site the higher you will rank on Google for your content
  6. Your readers will get to know your posting schedule so if you post twice a day then your readers will know to go back during those times to find your latest content.
  7. Good syndication is the secret to getting lots of visitors to your websites from Social Media and other methods. Definetely not something you should overlook as no or little traffic to your website means no clients,prospects or customers.
  8. It looks bad!!  If you don’t update your website for a year it is likely your customers may think you are lazy.  Would you buy the services of someone who doesn’t update there own website more than once a year?
  9. Stuff gets outdated in many businesses especially online things change the same goes for most other businesses. If you want to keep up with your competitors there is no point in advertising trends or products from 5 years ago. Many of them are now obsolete and I guess you don’t want to be running a website that’s information is obsolete either.
  10. People will remember you or your business, when you post regular good quality content that is up to date. People get familiar with you or your company.  If they know you are a problem solver and they have that problem you will be the first person that comes to mind as they see your feed on Facebook every morning 🙂 ..

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Here is the Facebook widget coding for the sidebar

Just replace yourfbpageurl with your facebook page name or number

 

<div id=”fb-root”></div><script src=”https://connect.facebook.net/en_US/all.js#xfbml=1″></script><fb:like-box href=”http://www.facebook.com/yourfbpageurl” width=”300″ show_faces=”true” border_color=”” stream=”true” header=”true”></fb:like-box>

 

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Why trying to Blog on the cheap could leave you broke

I was just sifting through some blogging groups on Facebook today and as I was reading some posts, I noticed lots of newbies blogging on free WordPress sites or giving advice on how to set up blogs for free.  Or talking about free themes to use on their WordPress blog.

If this is your attitude to blogging you will only end up broke.  I remember about 7 years ago I went to a seminar in Brighton and there was about 4000 people at the event. At one stage one speaker got up on the stage and asked someone to give him £20. A member of the audience got up and handed him the £20.

At this stage, the speaker who had his hand out started pulling lots of notes out of his jacket pocket and handing them to the man. I think he probably got about £300.  The speaker then announced when your hand is closed tightly to not give anything, you are also stopping people from putting money back into your hand.

Let’s face it, when starting a free blog with a free hosting provider on someone else’s server. Like people do on wordpress.com or blogger.com that means the person who actually owns the server gains the list of advertisers and the money. 🙂  Spending hours scouring the internet for free blog themes and plugins to save pennies will only have one result!!

Yes, you will also attract penny pinchers looking for hours of your time for free and lots of free stuff.  How does this benefit anyone? It doesn’t really. You might end up with a cheap looking hobby type blog or website with no autoresponder, and have a way to make a small income online, but that won’t benefit you much.

The truth is that mentality will get you nowhere except in the pound shop, buying cheap plastic trinkets direct from China payed by penny pinchers through  a slave labour industry.  Money is meant to go around, and when you keep your hand in your pockets shielding your pennies, your community shops go bankrupt ,your jobs become non-existent and your area falls into disrepair.

Why trying to Blog on the cheap could leave you broke ( The three types of blogger)

Why trying to Blog on the cheap could leave you broke ( The three types of blogger)

This will not benefit you, your family, or your community. If you think the cost of blogging on the cheap saves you money then think again my friend.   Let’s look at a couple of scenarios

The Penny Pinchers blog

Free made on blogger or wordpress.com

It generally looks like and ranks like crap,  just like the free theme it’s on, if it even has any themes or plugins.

This guy’s or gal’s blog is hosted on wordpress.com or blogger owned by Google, and any time they have a problem with your content it’s history. Yes, your blog is built in someone else’s back garden.  (Wise move)

Do you build your home in your neighbours garden like this guy or girl? (smart guy/gal hmmm)

No autoresponder or use gmail to contact your non-existent mailing list. (To save $19 a month for an autoresponder).

Send an email to more than 20 people at a time and all your emails go straight to gmail spam inbox.

List lots of free products on their blog or website to attract other like-minded cheapskates. (No chance of much commission from these guys). If they see an affiliate link they will probably run a mile in case they think you might make a penny in the rare event of them actually buying something.  (Probably by accident)

So they will go directly to the company website and do the free offer bypassing your affiliate tracking link. Even if it costs the same price.

When a serious business or company sees your website, they don’t want to do business with you because it is apparent you are a freebie blogger. And your free cheap blog site looks like crap.

Their motto is I want it all and I want it for FREE.

The Attempted Blogger

This is the next step up from the freebie blogger. He/she might be willing to pay someone $100 to setup his blog or website and $10 a month for hosting (A little bit of a stretch)  He/she buys an autoresponder but after two weeks cancels it so he/she can save himself an extra $20 a month.

His blog looks a bit better and at least he is on a paid hosting service so has less chance of losing access to his/her blog or website and/or content and can have it backed up anyway.

Generally, the attempted blogger is a wannabee employee who wants to invest $100 and 10% effort into his business in exchange for an internet lottery business win.

The attempted blogger can generally spend 4 or 5 years learning what works and what doesn’t, as they don’t wanna pay a coach and like learning from free stuff on the internet.  Unfortunately not many of these people with a 10% effort make it past 2 years as they didn’t really sign up for anything properly to begin with.

In many cases the attempted blogger will give a full list of excuses or reasons why they cannot buy things for their business and in many cases, if they are truthful, they would probably like someone else to do the work for them.

Yes, they want a business that runs itself without the hassle of starting it in the first place. Their long term dream is make money while they sleep without doing anything in the first place.

Their Motto Is : I will try and if it doesn’t work fast, sounds like a great excuse to quit.

Or I did It my way

The Serious Blogger

This person, believe it or not, is serious. They see their blog as a long term income or better lifestyle for themselves and their family.  These people will spend whatever they need to get their business running successfully. They will do research; pay a mentor or coach who has already had success online. To show them exactly what to do.

They buy everything they need and sometimes stuff that they don’t need in order to test it and see how or if it improves their online business. They will pay their monthly $500 hosting and $100 autoresponder before they pay their mortgage payment because they realise that their business will and has to be an asset. And their house is a liability. (Yes, they realise they need assets to pay for their liabilities so they focus on building assets first.)

In many cases they have quit their jobs or traditional businesses and burned their bridges refusing to move any way but forward in their internet business.  In many cases their husband’s wives, spouses and friends think they are crazy nuts but they don’t care, because they know what they want.

They are not willing to stop until they get it. These people are rare but are pretty much nearly guaranteed 100% success, unless they die first. Dying is the only thing that can stop them from reaching their goals.

They buy products and trainings for hundreds and often for many thousands of dollars, and can often sell similar products thus being able to make commissions of $5000 or more in one single day.

Their motto is JUST DO IT! Or at least shut up until I do. 

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Bloggers -10 Pages To Consider Adding To Your Top Menu Bar

When it comes to your blog it is a great idea to make it as simple to navigate around it as possible, there are certain things that people will want to know when they arrive on your website or blog. 

They will want to know about you and what you actually do, they might also want to contact you?  People will often be curious to know what you actually do in your business too. 

If you are selling any products or services it will also be a great idea to have them on display as well where people can see them.  You never know who will want them till they see them. 

 

Here are a few pages I would recommend you have on the menu bar obviously I am a blogger, Internet Marketer And Internet Marketing Coach so your pages may vary a bit from mine depending on what your business is. 

 

1. About Me  – Your about me page will be some information about you possibly a short version of your story. And maybe a bit about your family, this helps people connect with you on a more personal level. 

2. Speaking – If you also do any public speaking give some more information about it and how people can get in touch with you.

3. Coaching – If you offer coaching services describe more about them and the value you provide and how to go about ordering your services

4. Products Page – If you have your own products then have a page where people can go and see what products you have to offer.

5. Services – If you offer services then have a page with a list of services that you offer your customers or clients including prices what is included and where they can get more information or buy them. 

6. Blog – Have a part on your website where people can go and see your latest blog posts. 

7. Top Tools – A page with top tools you recommend your customers use preferably ones you use yourself. 

8. Work With Me – A work with me page so if someone wants to join you in your main business opportunity they can find out more information about how to do that. 

9. Contact Me – Page with details to contact you could be a contact form , Skype Username ,Social Network Links, Email And Or Phone Number.

10. Legal Pages –  These pages would include these possible pages in some circumstances it also makes your website rank better on Google too, Privacy Policy,Income Disclaimer,Warranty And Disclosure.

 

I would also suggest you add a link to your Google plus account in your about me page as well .

 

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Bloggers -10 Pages To Consider Adding To Your Top Menu Bar