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by Jill Hart and Diana Ennen

Over the last several years blogging has become the foundation for social media campaigns of businesses big and small. Where Facebook and Twitter help keep companies in the limelight, spreading the word about special events, discounts and newsworthy items, blogs are the place where companies build their reputation and make sales.

As popular as blogging has become, I often hear from home-based business owners who are trying to figure out exactly what a blog consists of and how they can use one to benefit their business. Below are three tips that can help maximize the impact of your business blog.

1. It’s All In The Name

Be sure to choose a name for your blog that is both descriptive and easy to remember. Try to stick to either your business name or the name of your star product/service. If none of these are available consider using your name or business tagline.  Also, consider possibly adding in your keywords … such as Publicity Virtual Assistant.

2. Use Keywords Effectively

When you write posts for your business blog be conscious of the words that you choose. Pepper your posts with keywords relating to your business, products, services and brand. These keywords will trigger Search Engine results and help you reach the top of the results for your keywords. Be careful not to overuse keywords, though, because readers will get frustrated  and the Search Engines consider that against the rules.

Also, consider keyword phrases – often called long tail keyword phrases (why, I’m not sure!).  Long tail keywords are simply a sting of words that make up a phrase that represent your keywords. Think, what would people type in Google to find me.  Examples, “how to start a business.”  Think … how can I define my blog more (or this particular post). I wrote this blog post on … (fill in the blank), now what keywords do I need to put in so others can find me?
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Help for Hearts that Ache

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Joy Jochems - Single Moms BloggerHelp for Hearts that Ache by Joy JochemsWe’ve had a heaped-up helping of heartache, you and I.

We’ve cried and hurt.

We’ve felt lost, wounded, alone, misunderstood.

We’ve asked, “Why?” and “How do I survive this?”

And yet, we stand.

We make it to tomorrow. We see a new day dawn.

2 Corinthians 4:3-4 says:

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction so that we will be able to comfort those who are in any affliction with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.

The implication is this: we’ve been in need of comfort ourselves a time or two! And through that comfort we receive, we are equipped to minister to others who find themselves on similar rough roads.

Maybe you’re hurting and desire for your friends to understand what you need. Maybe you need to be a comforter. Here are a handful of helps that others utilized in walking with me through periods of heartache, the same “helps” that I have also drawn from to minister to others in their times of need:

HOLD HER UP IN PRAYER. There is no greater help, no greater privilege, no greater ministry than intercession. We are taking to God Almighty the broken pieces and trusting into His capable hands the healing, the help, the hope of the hurting.

HELP HER HEAR TRUTH. God’s Word will accomplish its purposes (Isaiah 55:11). Text her Scripture, read the Bible to her, write verses on cards or sticky notes for her. Undoubtedly she’s hearing lies and battling darkness every day. Shut out the deceit with the voice of Truth. Illuminate the shadows with the Light of His presence. Our words can fail … God’s cannot. Read More→

I always have my trusty standby punishments for my children tucked away in my tool belt, but sometimes, no most times, I think the punishment should fit the crime. Here are a few examples to help you learn to discipline your children in a way meant to apply natural consequences to the situations they find themselves in.

1. Repetition — I have learned when my kids do not clean something correctly it usually means they need more practice. So I have them repeat the chore a dozen or more times. For example, my kids all had problems putting the cap back on the toothpaste. After putting the cap on and taking it off 25 times, they seem more inclined to remember to put the cap on. If they “sweep” the floor and leave dirt everywhere I assume they need more practice and provide that opportunity out of the kindness of my heart. Practice makes perfect.

2. Bed Time — My son who on a couple of occasions decided to play a fun little bed time game I like to call “Heck No!” He would stay up late in his room while I thought he was asleep. The next day he would complain about how tired he was so I would put him to bed earlier, natural consequences. At some point in the future, he will beg to stay up later when he is a teenager, and I will play this game a little bit differently. I will let him stay up as late as he likes so long as he gets to school on time and does all of his homework and chores. If it works as it worked on me, he will find his own bed time is probably earlier than he wants it to be.

3. Clean Your Room — A fun story curtesy of my father and brother. When my brother, William, lived with just our dad (our parents were divorced), he was told to go clean his bedroom. Later William comes out and says “Dad, why should I clean my room? It’s just going to get messy again.” My dad painted a knowing smile on his mouth and responded, “Your right, never mind you don’t have to clean your room.” An hour before dinner William asks what’s for dinner. Then comes my father’s brilliant response.”Why should I feed you? You’re just going to get hungry again anyway.” My brother got the message and went to clean his room. Read More→

New Year’s Day was filled with lots of excitement, plenty of grandchildren running around and enough food on the table to eliminate world hunger. Actually, it did eliminate my ravishing hunger, at least for the day.

Both the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage and Yours Truly simultaneously signed a deep sigh. My wife sat in her chair thinking and I, reclining in my chair musing. Believe me, we both had a lot to think about and muse over.

The difference between thinking and musing is quite profound. Thinking requires a lot of hard work while musing is closely related to amusing, although I am not quite sure about the connection. All I know is it takes less energy to muse than it does to think and I’m all for saving energy.

I had just gotten into a rather delightful muse when my wife made a very startling announcement.

Well,” she said most thoughtfully, “I guess this is the start of a brand-new year.

I was too deep into my muse to do more than grunt affirmatively.

Then I began to think, which sapped me of a lot of energy at the time. Although my wife was not wrong in her observation (she is never wrong about anything) she was not exactly right. However, being the man of the house, not to mention not having enough energy to put up a good front, I did not call her on it. But I thought on it some more.

Everybody says this is a new year that has never been lived before. And I would like to challenge that kind of thinking. I have an eerie feeling that I have been here before.

I am not sure if my muse got mixed up with my thinking but at the end of the exercise, I came to several startling conclusions. The biggest conclusion is there is nothing new about the New Year.

Do not take my word for it, do some thinking on your own. Okay, it’s a little too early in the year to do heavy thinking so maybe some light musing might be more in order.

If I remember correctly, and I must check last year’s calendar, but wasn’t it January last year at this time? In fact, I think for the past couple thousand years there has always been a January. Nothing new about January. In my lifetime, I have seen 65 Januarys. At the time, everybody said it was new. What I want to know is, when does the newness wear off? When is somebody going to stand up and honestly say, “Welcome to another old year.”

Every time I have a birthday, people tell me I am a year older, but when another January comes around people try to tell me it is new. I think this year I am going to insist on my birthday that people tell me I am getting newer and not older. Read More→

colored pencilsIn this Internet age, the color of your brand will make or break you.

How can I say that?

Because color communicates a message. You need it to accurately reflect the message of your brand, the essence of who you are as a business.

It’s more important than ever since the competition online is so fierce. You only have seconds to make that connection with your intended audience. If you have the wrong colors then you will be virtually invisible!

So what are the rules when choosing color? Here are some helpful hints so that your brand can stand out:

1) Generally it’s safest to have only two major color themes for your brand.

2) Choose complementary colors, contrasting colors, or a combination of both.

3) Colors from the opposite color families have a contrasting effect.

4) A dark color chosen with a light opposite color will give your logo superb contrast. It will stand out! Read More→

success or failureFailure.

Just thinking about that word makes me cringe. I think I can honestly say that there is nothing that I hate more than failing. And sadly, I fail a lot…

…every day it seems.

I set goals for myself – to eat right, treat my spouse with more kindness, not get frustrated with my kids. But it seems like the bar is constantly moving and I am consistently failing.  And my business life is no better. I set many goals each month and I may meet a few of them, but I regularly fail to meet goals as well.

So, what do we do with all this failure? Is there anything GOOD about failing?

Well, after years of failing, I’m happy to report — there is HOPE in failing.

I know that sounds like an oxymoron, but it’s true. God uses our failures to develop our perseverance in life, allow us to practice patience {thanks, God!}, and to mold us into the people He wants us to be. Each failure in our life is a notch on our…

…’becoming-more-like-Christ’ belt.

1 Peter 3:15 tells us, “…we must be always ready with an answer when asked the reason for the hope that we have.”  I don’t know about you, but each failure that God has walked me through has become part of my answer.

A couple of years ago I put my business up for sale. I was convinced that it was what I wanted and I was pretty-almost-sure that it was what God wanted, too. We caught the eye of a buyer and thought the sale was for sure. A week later the deal fell through.

I was devastated.

The failure to make this deal made me feel like I was, at my core, a failure.

But, as God walked me through that failure, He began to open my eyes to beauty in the midst of the loss. God used the failure I experienced to reignite a passion within me for my business. As my passion grew, my business grew – and it has doubled in size since that time.

Without that failure and that precious time with God as He walked me through the pain, I’m not sure where my business would have ended up. I can tell you, though, that I’ve had the opportunity to share that experience with many others who have found themselves in a place of failure and disappointment. I’m able to share with them the hope that can be found shining through…

…in those moments of despair.

And that is exactly why we MUST talk about our failures. Stuffing them down and hoping no one ever finds out we’ve failed is a losing battle.

We all fail.
We all face disappointments.
We all mess up.

And it’s ok.

The apostle Paul was a Christian killer before God met him on the road to Damascus. Talk about failure! He thought he was pleasing God when in fact he was doing the very opposite. And yet in Phillipians chapter three, Paul explains how he handled that failure:

“…forgetting the things that are behind and reaching out for the things that are ahead, with this goal in mind, I strive toward the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” Phillipians 3:13-14

We all fail.

Let’s get a dialogue going and admit our failures to one another with the purpose of building each other up in the faith, encouraging each other to “strive toward the prize.”

Question: What has been your biggest failure? How has God redeemed it and used it for His glory? Share you comment below.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Jill Hart is the Founder and President of CWAHM. Jill’s entrepreneurial career began in her teens when she spent a summer working with her father who ran his own business. When he put her in charge of a Coke machine and allowed her to keep the profits, she saw the benefits of being her own boss. She is the founder of Christian Work at Home Ministries and the co-author of So You Want To Be a Work-at-Home Mom. Jill has articles published in In Touch Magazine, P31 Woman magazine and Focus on the Family’s Thriving Family, as well as across the web on sites like DrLaura.com.

Jill has appeared on national television and radio talk shows and can be heard every Monday morning on KGBI, 100.7 FM. She speaks to audiences around the country about faith and business topics. Learn more about Jill and connect with her on Facebook , Twitter, and Instagram.

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