Hi…I’m on a rant again because you learn so much when you do all your research and I’ve form all the reading I’ve done I’ve learnt much where blogging is concerned. Firstly, I have to go back to the beginning as to why I started blogging. I went into blogging for different reasons.
- I wanted to share and sell my Art…….gafra.org
- I wanted to be able to share my thoughts about different topics……triniartstudio.org
- I wanted to share my Natural Hair journey through my experiences…….gafraihairu.com
- Blogging was a great way to make another income stream
- I wanted a voice and to journal my thoughts and share them.
But no one tells you how much work is involved and that you need to be able to write well…your posts must at least be able to keep the attention of your audience. All the different research I did via Pinterest, Google, etc all say that its your blog and just be you and speak as if you’re talking to a friend. That was fine but it’s not easy to write content that is well written so that you keep people’s attention.
Luckily I love English and I like writing, plus I didn’t care too s….t if people felt my writing was good or not. I just want to have a voice to say and share what I wanted to. That is not the case if you want your blog to be a means to earn a living though. I remember speaking with my brother-in-law, that was at the start when I was now beginning my first and only blog ( now I have 3).
I had started a blog…www.triniartstudio.net…but it was started to share my Artwork and to try to sell it online, but as I went along and time passed, I went through a transition and that name and the look of the site no longer reflected me, so I rebranded to GaFra…..www.gafra.org….because I had changed and as usual I did a lot of research because now I wanted to sell my art online, after having tried all variety of marketplaces (Fineartamerica, Big Cartel, Artpal, Etsy, ArtFinder and many more) but none of them worked. I sold nothing.
So getting back to the point of this post, when you start a blog, there are few things you need to consider:
- Can you write well enough to hold a person’s attention
- Is what you have to share interesting or not?
- Do you really need to build a list of at least 100 topics so you never run out of things to talk about?
- When you share your information is it properly written?
- Do you know how to create proper cover pages for your blog post? And do you know where you can go to do that?
- Do you even know how to build a blog?
Oh and there is even more….I also wanted to write a book. So aside from knowing if you have the writing skills to write the posts I wanted to go further. I wanted to write a book. Right now I’m putting together my husband’s poems to develop an ebook and publish it for him. That will be my test run.
I’ve always had a book on my bucket list and after reading all the different blogs about how you can do this, I am still tentative, because I always find out how much is involved in doing any of these things after the fact of trying to do it myself, in spite of all the research I do.
But what is great, is that through the research, like I mentioned above, you encounter all these sites that can help you and I also read from other book publishers, that you can publish it yourself via Amazon Kindle Publishing, but there are also courses that help you go through the process easily. I discovered one of these programs, of course I found it after the fact. It’s always after you struggle you discover all these helpful sites. I recently came upon this program:
Its called The Low Content Mastery training package. It’s a course that teaches you how you can make money publishing journals, planners and other profitable low content books on Amazon KDP Print. The program includes:
Module #1: Step-by-Step Training Guides (10, plus free updates)
Module #2: Done-for-you book templates (all sizes)
Module #3: Premade Book Covers with Source Files
Module #4: Niche Profit Reports
Module #5: Over-my-shoulder video tutorials.
So don’t be like me and struggle, invest in learning the correct way to publish so that you don’t get lost or go off track like I did.
So what I didn’t do correct was:
- Write out the 100 topics so I had a flow for my blogs
- Learn to develop covers for every blog posts
- Understand the correct format for the posts and how to pull readers.
- Understand how to use Amazon KDP.
- Understand how to use the book templates correctly.
So I know I don’t want the same errors to occur again with my next book attempt, when I start my book, which I want to start very soon. People do your homework and make sure you understand the best process to follow to get your book online and to even write good content whether its for your blog or your book. You want it to be purchased, do the right thing, be properly prepared so that it’s purchased. See if the mastery course can help you.
Another aspect they don’t warn you about is understanding the entire process of auto-responding to the clients or traffic that you gain. luckily I set up two of my blogs with Squarespace and one with WordPress. I learnt that you have to link to a site that can organise all your emails like:
- Tool #1: Aweber….
- Tool #2: MailChimp. …
- Tool #3: iContact. …
- Tool #4: Constant Contact. …
- Tool #5: InfusionSoft. …
- Tool #6: GetResponse. …
- Tool #7: 1ShoppingCart. …
- Tool #8: Autoresponse Plus
I heard about Mailchimp first so I use that to do my mail marketing. But I still am unsure about the process but I’m getting there. I also learned about affiliate marketing where one can earn money through your blog. Now that was interesting and I registered for a few and I will say that I only talk about those I believe in, so yes the Content mastery is one of them but I’ve seen and used a few and they have been very helpful so I will only mention those. So that’s it for now/ We will chat some more soon.
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