Monday, March 14, 2016

18 Tips to Get More Blog Traffic (updated and growing!)

So I've been trolling some blogs and want to give some tips. These are some recent changes I've made on a few of my own blogs that seem to have made a difference:

  1. Head to LinkWithin and sign up. This is how I get those boxes below each post that suggest other pages readers might want to view. This is a great way to get people to explore your blog and other posts they might like. More page views = more ad money sometimes.
  2. When you're ready, apply at BlogHer to get some ads, which don't pay by clicks, but by page views.
  3. Have tabs along the top of your blog. If you can't figure out how to do this, just ask me and I'll post the html code I use for Blogger in a special blog post for everyone.
  4. Go to AddThis and sign up. I have seen my posts tweeted and shared a ton since I did this and put it at the top of my blogs. Also, it makes it easy for YOU to quickly tweet any post from the past you might want to direct readers to again. AddThis sends you a weekly update on your viral lift and shows how just one share can lead to so many clicks.
  5. Make sure you have a Twitter account, and link it everywhere! To gain followers, FOLLOW!
  6. Have a Facebook page dedicated to your site, be it a blog or a business or whatever. Sign up for Networked Blogs.
  7. I was sending out my entire blog posts to email subscribers but have changed that so now they get a few lines only. I am a bloggy tease, it is true, but I get more traffic because my email subs now have to come to the blog to see the post ... and are more likely to comment and stick around a while.
  8. Oh, and I like to put the popular posts down the side, as well. I like to personally see what people are checking out so I can give them more of the same. 
  9. Get a Google+ account. When I make updates to posts I have the option of sending the post out to all my Google+ people, which are often different from my other social media contacts.
  10. Make sure you are on LinkedIn. Connect accounts so your Twitter posts post on your LinkedIn wall, etc.
  11. If you are a writer, make sure your site is showing up in your byline on any articles you write.
  12. Sign up at Feedburner. I did this a long time ago, but didn't have it set up correctly and was missing out on tons of traffic somehow (don't ask me how it works, just that you can get a widget to see how many people are checking out your site using a feed). Make sure you check out the "Optimize" and "Publicize" tabs and activate all you can!
  13. Grab yourself a Facebook Like button for your site so people can Like from afar. You can do that here.
  14. Don't try to be someone you are not. Be yourself, and that may take you a little time to put into practice. It took me almost FOUR YEARS to start seeing decent traffic.
  15. Hit some blog hops, and make sure you are also checking out other blogs. You can't just sit back and wait for everyone to come to you but never visit another person!
  16. Get a Hootsuite account (free version) and schedule some love for your posts so they are not rotting. You know you have some great content that is old and needs some new social media life. And maybe a new graphic as well?
  17. Get something like CommentLuv so comments link back to a person's email and website. It's also cool to be able to reply to a specific comment instead of across-the-board like you currently have to do on Facebook.
  18. Hop on and start answering questions people have ... answer in part and then send them to a blog post you have written on the topic :)
More to come as I figure this out the hard way!!!!! Please sign up for an email subscription so you'll be one of the first to know when my books come out on ways to make money from home!

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

INCOME and HOURS Report: February 2016 #Proofreading #Writing #Fiverr #AmWriting #WAHM

If you'd like to see previous income reports, just go to the right side of the site and click on the category of INCOME REPORTS. Tracking my time and posting it is new, so it only goes back a couple of months, but starting in March I'm going to keep track of time spent on updating ebooks and writing new ones because it all counts!

WHO am I?
I am the homeschooling mom of 5 kids and wife to Aron. I graduated from community college at the age of 28 with a 2-year Associate of Arts general degree. My work background: waitress, hostess, secretary, office manager at various places. I got many opportunities to learn how to proofread but have no formal training in writing, social media or direct sales. I quit my job in 2001 to stay home with my first son and never went back to work in an office.

WHAT do I do?
I'm a blogger, author of books, writer of regional parenting magazine articles, social media maven, proofreader. I don't do direct sales anymore because it split my focus and I need to concentrate on my creative side

Why I am sharing my income?
I like to show what can be done. I am able to fit in at least 20 working hours per week and usually more while homeschooling my kids, loving on my husband and taking the kids places to have fun (pool, sports, field trips, co-op, playdates, trips, etc.). I am not sharing this to brag or because I think I rock. I am sharing so you know that someone with no English degree can be a writer and a proofreader and make a decent income.

So what you see above is what I RECEIVED ... in my accounts and in the mail as checks. So a lot of that was EARNED before January. So what I EARNED in January is very close to this amount above for some reason, at $1,855 and I worked 65.25 hours this month, and I'll try to get better about tracking time I worked on my ebooks so you can see time put in on the front end of that for income on the back end eventually.

If you want to divide $1,855 EARNED in January by 65.25 hours worked, you get $28.43 per hour. Yes, that sounds great to be working at home all comfy cozy while my kids sleep and then they wake up and we homeschool and have a blast the rest of the day.

KEEP IN MIND, however, that taxes are not paid on that. And that my health insurance is through my husband's work. If you want to take about 20% off the top of that for taxes, just for fun, then I make $22.74 per hour. Still not bad and I set my own hours and don't work with people face-to-face, which rocks for my ADD!!!!

The dollar amounts I show are what I actually RECEIVED in my hot little hand or PayPal account, not what I EARNED because things show up at different times and take different amounts of time to come around. Some months I may have a lot of articles in publications but don't show much income ... that's because checks will often show up later and many at one time.

*This is the book I reference that helps me make money writing articles (Make Money to Write About Your Kids) and also brings in a little bit of income all by itself ... Grab it now on Kindle or even get it for free for loan on Kindle Unlimited!

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