Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Content Ideas for Your Blog

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 Keep your home office blog updated with new content.  Writing content for your blog is not hard when you have access to content.  How can you get your hands on a lot of content for blogging?

Take a look at plr content.  It stands for private label rights.  This is content that you can pick up for a few dollars or less.  Some sites give away plr articles for free.  

How can you use plr articles on your blog?  Find plr articles that are related to your niche.  You don't want to just add them to your blog without making changes.  This content will need to be rewritten. 

Read the articles first and then go back and write them in your own words.  Who knows where the plr articles are coming from.  You might read some of the articles and immediately notice some funky spelling or phrases.  Make the articles sound like something that you would say.

Some of the content files are kind of small, so you might want to consider pulling two or more articles together to get a longer piece of content.  Just make sure that the articles flow well together.

There are lots of different ways to use this kind of content on your blog.  We know that blogs need to be updated and this kind of content can help achieve that goal. 

Take a weekend and do a few articles and have them scheduled to be published monthly on your blog.  This can be your blog stocked with content in the near future. 

The quality of the articles might not be really high, but this is where you can come in and add your own thoughts on the subject.  If you don't want to sit at your computer with a blank page trying to come up with new content, you can use these articles as a starting point.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Home Businesss - Future Income Streams

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You can get started with a home office writing business. There are lots of different ways that you can use your writing skills online.  Write for yourself or write for other businesses.  Think about the new fad of blogging.  Blogs are getting started all the time online.  They are becoming the way to do web development.  Blogs need to be updated and they need good fresh content all the time.

Home office workers should look into using their writing skills to earn extra income.  Writing blog posts is just one option.  Opening up a simple document processing program like microsoft word or using google docs is easy.  The possibilities expand when you think about all the different topics that you can write about and where you can place your content.

Writing ebooks using your blog posts is another option.  You can bring articles together that might have been sitting on your blog that have not received the traffic that you think they deserve. Give those articles a new life as an ebook.  People give away ebooks to help build their mailing lists and you can do it too.  You don't even have to settle for giving away your ebooks, you could sell them too.

Writing is something that you do normally during the day.  Even if you don't want to personally write your blog posts or ebooks, you could use an audio program and then get the information transcribed into blog posts and articles.  You just have to start thinking outside of the box.

Running a service business means that you getting paid by the hour.  There are only so many hours in the day.  Turning your writing skills into products means that you can get out of the paid by the hour trap.  You can start creating products that can sell without you being there.

Take some of the down time that you have in your home business and start turning it into productive time.  Create information products and blog posts that can create future income streams.

Friday, September 28, 2012

Building a website for your home office business

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Getting a website for your home office business doesn't have to break the bank or be very difficult.  There are a few basics that you need to get out of the way.  A good domain name is the foundation.  A domain name is the web address that people can find your business at online. 

Buy domains online at a discount. Save some money by using discount codes.  Do a simple online search for domain promo codes.  Just a few quick minutes can save money.  Buying domain names is easy. 

Get web hosting for your new website.  Find a top web host that allows for more than one domain.  One website is probably all you are going to need.  You might want to do more than one site later on.  Give yourself room to grow online.

Use a blog to make your site.  It is fast.  It is easy.  It is simple to maintain and update.  Top blog programs are wordpress and blogger.  A blog can do all that you need for a quick, good looking site.

Get the basics started and you can always grow and get more complex, if you need to.  When your new website is ready, start learning how to market your new site.  Use social media to let people know about it.  If you don't want to do it yourself, you can use online vendors to get it done for a cheap price. 

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Friday, August 24, 2012

Google Adsense - Using Google Adsense on Your Home Office Blog

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Google Adsense: What are some tips for using an ad program?

You have a home office site and you want to earn some money with it.  Selling your own products and services are job one.  There might be a way to make your home office site do double duty.  Think about adding Google Adsense to your home office site.  

What is Google Adsense?  It is a contextual ad program.  You supply the content and google adsense will place ads on your site that are related. 

Dust off your writing skills.  Write content everyday and write content that is interesting.

Many home office owners have one website.  Have you ever thought about creating more than just one site for your home office?   This can allow you to go after more niche markets, plus you have more opportunities for placing your google adsense ads.


When you are inside the google adsense dashboard, you will see the opportunity to setup special channels for your ads.  This can help you with monitoring your stats.  Name your channels and ads to make it easy to identify where the clicks and impressions are coming from.

Set up channels and monitor your statistics across all sites.  If one site is performing
poorly, consider changing the content or the ad layout.  Experiment!


Adsense ads can be customized!

Test different ad types and colors to see what works best for your sites. Try to blend your ads in with the colors of your web design. 

Search engines are another key for google adsense.  Find out what people are searching for related to your topics. The google free keyword tool is a great place to start.  Type in some keywords that you know are related to your business and see what other options the keyword tool comes back with.

Take advantage of free google tools - Google Keyword Tool

You might be surprised to see how many other ways people are searching for information related to your topic.  Make sure to download the keywords that you find and add them to articles that you create for your sites.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Wasting Money on Domain Names

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Trying to build an online business is interesting.  Creating websites, buying domain name, and writing web content are all time consuming but you are looking for the payoff in the end.  The idea is to get the ball rolling and get web traffic for your sites.  Once the content is created, you have an opportunity to earn income from there on into the future.

Building websites can allow you to make some bad decisions sometimes.  There might be a sale on domain names and you decide to invest a few dollars to test out a quick idea.  You might not even do any real homework as far as the keyword search count or if it makes any sense at all. 

Domain Name Sales

You just know that there is a domain name sale and you don't want to miss out on it. After you finish buying the domain, you have to come up with a way to make it work. What ends up happening is that you don't have a clear strategy and a year passes and nothing has happened with the domain.  It seems to happen year after year.

The idea of forwarding the domains to cost per action offers or parking the domain for google income might cross your mind.  Sometimes that doesn't even pan out.  I guess it really helps to have a plan when it comes to domain names. When those domain name sales come, you can go to your list to see if they are still available and you don't end up making a bad decision.

Domain Name Sales with String Attached

One thing that you have to lookout for with those domain name sales are the fine print details. They might include auto-renewals or special offers of trial products that come with the purchase.  When renewal time comes around, you don't want any surprises on your account.  Check to see if the auto-renew option is selected for your domains after you have purchased them.  Auto-renewal might work for some people but I like to take them off and take my chances.  Sometimes you can find renewal codes for domain names and use them to save money.  The auto-renew regular prices for domain names can be pricey.

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Video Marketing - Add Videos to Your Marketing Mix

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Are you using video marketing for your home business?  The thing to remember is that all people don't like sitting and reading long blog posts or articles.  Some people might want to watch something that is entertaining and educational. 

Making videos doesn't have to be hard or time consuming.  There are lots of ways to make videos quickly.  Remember that there are lots of people who are purchasing ipads and tablet computers.  There are many people that are connecting to the web with smartphones and electronic readers.  These devices are depending on good content and videos are just one way to connect with these mobile internet users.

Turn some of your photos into a video with animoto.  All you have to do is add your pictures and include text that is quickly turned into a great looking slideshow video with great graphics and sound.  The process doesn't take long to complete and in some cases the videos can be free. 

Tutorials are another type of video that you should think about creating.  People are turning to the web for informational and instructional videos on all kinds of subjects.  Create the videos that will guide those users through the rough patches and get them to a new level of understanding.  You can use simple screen capture software to create good looking videos that provide really good educational value.

You can always use your own video camera to create and edit videos. This might require you getting in front of the camera and not everybody wants to do that.  If you are not camera shy, go for it and become an online celebrity.  Create videos and make sure to link back to your websites and blogs were your viewers can get even more solid information online.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Use the top social media networks for your home office business

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How are you using social media for your home business?   Social media applications like facebook and twitter are a great place to interact with your friends and family members.  It can also be a place to discuss your business.

Do you have a facebook business page?  You might not want to use your personal facebook for status updates about your home business.  Social media applications like facebook have a lot of users and it seems like the number of people using them continues to grow.  If your potential customers and clients are there, it is probably a good idea for your business to be there too.

Social media apps can combine with mobile marketing opportunities. People are connecting to the web using smartphones and tablets while they are on the go.  They can take pictures and find what is going on locally just by hitting a few buttons.  Get your home business ready with social media apps. 

Get a vanity facebook url for your business page.  When you first create a business page, the url will look kind of funky.  Get a custom url that is easy to remember and related to your home business. 

Facebook is not the only game in town when it comes to social media.  Twitter and LinkedIn are two other social media apps that you should consider. 

Twitter is simple to use.  You have status updates that are capped at 140 characters. You might have to get a creative to get your point across. 

LinkedIn is a professional social network.  This is a great way to connect with people from your academic past and your past colleagues from old jobs.  This network is more grown up and business focused.  With LinkedIn, people might be looking for answers to questions.  They might be searching for jobs.  Show your expertise online with LinkedIn and it might lead to new business opportunities.

Social media apps are a good way to get information about your home business on the web.  The real benefit of social media is that it doesn't have to cost you money.  It will cost you some time to manage your social media accounts, but there is not an out of pocket cost that you need to be concerned with. 

Social networks are a huge collection of web users.  You will be surprised at the people that you know, and the people they know.  Use social networks for your home business today.

 

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