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Archive for Making Business Simple

Jan
25

5 Fun, Creative Ideas to Inspire Your Next Blog Post

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Michelle Shaeffer - Making Business Simple bloggermichelle-ideasReady for a little creativity boost to help you write your next blog post?

Try one of these!

1.  Share “Behind the Scenes” in your life or business.

Let readers catch a glimpse of inside your life or business.

Share your office and a few tips about creating an inspirational space, staying organized, or whatever ties into your expertise.

If you sell a physical product, you could create a photo tour of your studio or workspace including details about the tools you use and your favorite work tips.

2.  Build on someone else’s words.

Be inspired by a great quote!  You could share a quote from someone famous or someone less-than-famous (like your kid, spouse, neighbor, or friend).

Quote inspired posts can be inspirational and motivational, funny or sarcastic.   There are quotes for every mood and theme.

Try these great sites for quotes:

3.  Play “Dear Abby…”

Do an advice column. You can make up your own questions for this or invite subscribers to send you their questions.

Or just pick a question that you get asked frequently, or one that your customers should be asking and answer it.

4.  Get controversial and dive into a hot topic.

What topics or posts have worked to get your readers talking?  Write about the 3 or 4 blog posts that you have received the most comments on.  Were those comments positive or negative?  Were the posts controversial?  Is there a theme of some sort?  Will you be writing more on that subject?

If your blog doesn’t have a post you’d consider “most popular” yet, then check out Facebook or Twitter to see what’s a hot topic and blog about that.

5.  Share your inspiration.

What inspires you?  Share a photo, quote, video, or something else that’s helped you stay motivated or get through those tough times.

Who inspires you?  Share someone who you admire, respect, or who you’ve learned from by profiling them on your blog.  Might be your favorite author from childhood.  Or a teacher who cared and made a difference in your life.  Maybe it’s your coach or a mentor. Read More→

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Nov
14

5 Ways to Monetize Your Blog

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Michelle Shaeffer - Making Business Simple blogger5 Ways to Monetize Your Blog, Michelle ShaefferImagine spending a few minutes a day sharing your thoughts on a blog… and then the money pouring into your PayPal account…

*smack*

Dream over.  Wake up!

Sorry but that’s just not the way blogging works.  It takes EFFORT and TIME to make money with a blog.  If you’re looking for a “get rich quick” scheme, or a “make money while you’re sleeping–tomorrow!” type thing, then blogging isn’t for you.

But if you’re looking for a way to build an income or a business and are willing to put your energy into creating something awesome, then blogging can be one of the tools you use to make that reality.

The bloggers I know who are making money at this are some of the busiest, and most dedicated, focused, goal-oriented people I know.  We wouldn’t invest the time in blogging if it wasn’t paying off.

Now that we’ve made sure you aren’t in dreamland, and you and I are on the same page, here are 5 simple ways that you can monetize your blog.  Some depend more than others on the traffic and audience you’ve built, so be aware of that and consciously focus on building your blog every day. Read More→

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Michelle Shaeffer - Making Business Simple blogger8 Ways Writing Reviews Can Get Your Blog Noticed & Make You Money, by Michelle ShaefferAre you writing reviews on your blog?  It can be a great way to get noticed and make some money.

In this post I’ll share with you some of the tips and strategies I’ve been sharing with clients in my Behind the Scenes blogging course.  (Be sure to check it out!)

Start by thinking about your ideal reader and what types of things you can write reviews about that they’d find helpful.  What tools do you use that they’d like?  What books or magazines?  Are there particular products or services they’d love?

Next, there are two ways you could approach what you decide to review to start with, and you’ll actually want to mix these but staying aware of what the goal for each is. Read More→

Sep
24

5 More Fun, Creative Ideas to Inspire Your Next Blog Post

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Michelle Shaeffer - Making Business Simple bloggermichelle-moreideasReady for more ideas after my last post here?  

6.  Spy on the bestseller’s list.

Books can provide all sorts of inspiration for blog posts. How about these blog post ideas:

  • a review of a book you’ve read recently
  • share your favorite fictional character from a book
  • create a “top 5” required reading list for your clients/industry
  • write about the book you most remember reading as a child (anyone else love the Ramona Quimby series?)
  • feature a book that taught you something or changed your perspective
  • if you’re an author, highlight your own book

Or, hop over to Amazon.com and go to the best seller list — either the best sellers, or top sellers in a particular category that fits with your blog.  You’ll find lots of inspiration just waiting for you.

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Jul
02

How to Create Blog Posts that Catch the Eye and Mesmerize Your Readers

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Michelle Shaeffer - Making Business Simple bloggercreateablogpostYou’re sitting at your desk again… staring at the blank screen… feeling frustrated…  and inspiration isn’t coming.

You stare out the window and think about whether you should just surf back over to Facebook and cheer yourself up with funny wedding dance videos… or head to Pinterest and find a great recipe for dinner….

Why bother writing another post that you won’t get comments on?  You wonder, “Is anyone reading what I write?  Why am I doing this?” Read More→

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Jun
04

Build Your List (And Community) Quickly with This Fun 7-Step Guide to Hosting Your Own Challenge

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Michelle Shaeffer - Making Business Simple bloggerBuild Your ListHow can you add hundreds or thousands of new subscribers to your mailing list and community? Try hosting your own challenge!

I’ve successfully co-hosted more than a dozen challenges for bloggers through the Ultimate Blog Challenge and 31 Days Blog Challenge over the last several years and it’s skyrocketed the growth of my community and my visibility.

Here’s how you can swipe this strategy and use it for yourself:

Read More→

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May
21

Warning! Your Blog is at Risk!

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Michelle Shaeffer - Making Business Simple bloggersecurityAs yet another epidemic of hacked WordPress blogs is happening around the web, my inbox is filled with panicked emails with questions like, “Help! What can I do to make sure my blog is safe?!”

Here are two important steps you need to take right now to keep your WordPress blog secure: Read More→

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May
07

Try This Simple Idea to Quickly Brainstorm a Month of Blogging Ideas

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Michelle Shaeffer - Making Business Simple bloggerideaHow about a simple, quick way to plan out your next month worth of blog post ideas?

In this short video I’ll share with you one easy strategy to make that happen: Read More→

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Feb
14

We Need to Talk About Your Website Security

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Michelle Shaeffer - Making Business Simple bloggerHave a seat.  We need to talk.  Consider this an intervention.

I’m worried about you!  This week alone I’ve seen many of my friends and colleagues dealing with hacked websites.  It’s time to take a serious look at your website security, before it’s too late.

Here are four of the most important things you must do to keep your website from being hacked:

Use Strong Passwords

A strong password is one that can’t easily be guessed by someone who knows you, or cracked by random guesses.

To create a secure password: Read More→

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Jan
01

Two “Top Secret” Strategies to Stop Blog Spam

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Michelle Shaeffer - Making Business Simple bloggerIs your WordPress blog being overwhelmed by spam comments?  You need these two “secret weapons” to help you block that spam so you can concentrate on interacting with your REAL readers.

 

GrowMap Anti Spambot Plugin

GASP works differently than the other popular spam fighting plugin.  It adds a small checkbox that commenters need to check before their comment is submitted.  Because the checkbox uses javascript, bots can’t see it, so they can’t check it, and 99% of spam bots are prevented from commenting.  Yay! Read More→

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