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7 Surefire Ways To Earn What You’re Worth Blogging

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What do you think about blogging?

I can see a great and blissful future with my writing blog. It’s been a journey of positives and negatives. But one thing is certain – blogging is powerful enough to pay you what you’re worth. Period!

Are you one of those people who still hold to the negative rumors that blogging is all about hard work, with no monetary rewards whatsoever?

This post is going to change your mindset today. I know that if you can take the right steps, and run the race with open mind, you can actually make 5 – 6 figures with your blog annually. Ride with me as I share the 7 surefire ways you can earn what you’re worth blogging.

1. Light up your path

How best can a blogger make her journey easy and rewarding? Lighting up your path is all about setting clear goals and planning your way to the top. When I started blogging, I didn’t know what goal setting was until I read Brian Tracy’s “GOALS.” That book changed my entire focus online, by the way.

When I work up every morning, I already know what the day holds for me. If you want to truly make money with your blog, stop making excuses why you can’t write down a clear and realistic goal.

Do it right now and make it your light. The path of success needs radar or you’d wander away like a lost sheep. What exactly do you want to achieve with your blog? It’s never enough to have it in your head, write it on a jotter or notepad. That’s the first step towards making a successful blogging career. Do it now and move on to the next line…

2. Challenge your creative instinct

Yes, I believe that every blogger who wants to make money and gain traction must be creative. I can’t quantify the magnitude of your creativity – because it’s relative to your niche. But it’s vital that you bring uniqueness to your content, or else, you’d be seen like every other blogger out there. How pathetic?

If your blog posts are regurgitated, why would your target audience read and subscribe to your email list? Blog readers are intelligent beings – they know when you’re a copy of someone else.

We’ve role models and we respect them because they’ve something special to offer. The truth of the matter is, you can’t find anything 100% new online, but you can add ‘spices’ to it.

That’s why blogging is so special in today’s world. The world needs more bloggers who can innovate and bring life to an old idea.

So, challenge your creative instinct for new ways to write that old topic and make it sound new. Can you do that? If yes, stay on track because sooner or later, you’d build a raving community of fans.

3. Hook your reader’s mind

As a blogger who wants to make money online, one good skill that can make you stand out from the teaming crowd is copywriting. Yes, I’m a copywriter and I’ve also discovered that blogging deals with psychology.

You need to know and understand how people respond to offers, new topics, why they don’t leave comments in your blog posts, why they refused to click the “buy now” button. All these elements stems from the human soul. They’re emotional, which is the very essence of pleasing people.

If you want to captivate your reader’s mind and make them thirst for your product, your blog post, your opinion and your affiliate link, you can’t achieve that by speaking to their physical state.

You need to study human psychology – understand the subconscious mind and why people act the way they do. It’d help you in writing catchy and benefit-driven headlines and subheads. Learn how to write clickable headlines. Keep reading…

4. Presell your expertise

You can so much create anticipation for your product in the minds of readers, even before they hit the last portion of your blog post. The term preselling is used mostly by copywriters, but it’s now vital to blogging.

If you want people to read your blog post from start to finish, you must arouse curiosity. At the end of the pipe, what should readers expect? The essence of preselling is to prepare the reader or potential buyer that what you’ve for them on the article body is the BEST. Human beings always want to do something new, or expect the unknown.

That’s why people travel the world – adventure is a part of living. And people spend thousands of dollars exploring new things – because of the expectation they have. When you write a blog post headline, presell the reader. When you ask a question in the introduction, it can mean a lot to the reader.

Readers are goldmine, but most often, they’re always fast asleep. Use the power of words to wake them up. Prepare their minds before asking for their money – it’s so powerful and proven to work – try it!

5. Lean on email marketing

Before I started building my email list, the first phrase that sounded scary and quirky was “the money is in the list.”

At the time, I didn’t understand what that phrase meant. But now I do. All I can say is that the money is not actually in the list, but when you build a strong relationship with subscribers, they can become ardent fans and help grow your blog. Trust me… it’s the truth.

Let’s take for instance; you want to sell your e-book. If you’ve been nurturing your subscriber-list, they can join your affiliate program and help generate sales for you. Second, subscribers can buy your product before any other person, at a reduced cost (you should let them know of the discounted price first).

Email marketing is the #1 task you must do. There is no excuse why you shouldn’t start collecting email leads today. Just get a reliable autoresponder service and you’d be on your way to making money with your human subscribers.

But you must solve their problems and be ready to add value to their lives. Anything short of this can’t suffice. Build your email list today and move on to negotiation below…

6. Negotiate and monetize

When I say negotiate, I’m sure you’re having mixed thoughts right now. Well, negotiation is vital and an integral part of blogging. As a business blogger, you can’t always trust your opinion – your target audience also wants a sense of belonging.

That sense of belonging can motivate them to leave comments, visit more often and eventually buy your product (s). If everything goes well, ardent readers should be subscribed to your email list as well. So, why must you negotiate and monetize?

Simple – to negotiate means that you’ve to know what they want. Do your readers want e-books, software, membership site or email ecourse? You might not know exactly until you ask them. When you send email newsletters, make it interactive. Weigh the responses you get and make sure it doesn’t overlap with your personal decisions at the end of the day.

Target audience is always right. Their opinion should count. You need to put yourself in their hearts, so that when you eventually launch the product, a greater percentage of them would purchase instantly. This processes of asking questions, balancing equations and trying to give readers what they want is known as negotiation. Welcome to the final stance…

7. Build trust without looking back

Get this: it’s easier to build trust online than to destroy it. You’ve to watch every step you take, especially with your email subscribers. They want to know if you’re money conscious or solution-driven person. To them, you’re not just a blogger; you’re a real person who should care about them.

Whatever you do with your blog from the onset is going to dictate how much success you’ll attain in later years. Take your time and build your trust. It’s no longer news that “people buy from who they know, trust and like.” If I don’t like you one bit, I might never read your blog post, let alone buy your product.

Each time you answer bugging questions, the right audience would draw closer to you. Your blog is a hub, where you can decide your relationship with other people. Don’t take relationship building lightly – It’s the whole essence of starting a business online. Consequently, when you negotiate with people and create a mutual nexus, making money would become second nature.

My freelance writing business is growing at WAP speed. Why? It’s because I place every one of my readers and clients ahead and I love them. Blogging is a tool that you can use to build your future. Eliminate the dollar mentality (trying to exploit readers of their hard earned money), and focus on solving problems.

What do you say?

What’s going on in your mind right now? Do you think blogging is a bunch of hype, from those who don’t even know how to generate income? Or are you positive that you can earn 6 figures blogging? Leave a comment below and visit my content marketing blog for more insights. See you ahead!

This guest post was written by Michael Chibuzor.

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Thwart the Thieves: How to Protect Your Company Data from Hackers

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Running an online business where you are dealing with customer data and private information can be scary. It doesn’t matter if you are a sole affiliate marketer or a huge 500+ person company, a data hack or leak can happen at any time. Even scarier than the initial leak itself, is that if hackers find a way to access private company data, they may be able to bring down your business. If you’re worried about this potential threat, you might want to learn how you can protect yourself.

Luckily, there are specific tactics you can put into place to shield your company data from hackers.

Keep reading and you’ll learn what it takes to keep your data safe. When you’re done, you’ll understand how you can lower the odds of a hacker stealing precious company data.

Let’s begin!

Enable 2-Factor Authentication

2-Factor authentication means that a password is not the only thing a person needs to access a certain ‘account.’

This is helpful because if someone accidentally exposes their password, their data is still going to be safe.

Most of the time, 2-factor authentication means you need an authentication code whenever you want to login to a specific account. Or, you’ll need to login to an app, that is constantly generating new authentication codes.

When you sign up to something like this, you’re also given some ‘backup codes.’ These codes are ‘hard-copy’ codes you can use should you lose your phone. You can write down these codes on a piece of paper and put that paper somewhere safe. You’ll then have a way to login to your account even if you don’t have your phone nearby.

There’s also the option of using a ‘key.’

This method is growing in popularity because it’s a lot more secure than using a message sent to your phone. With this option, you buy a special USB key. You then need to insert the key into your computer before you can log in to your account.

If you want to keep things as secure as possible, security keys can be the best option. Just make sure you buy your keys from a reputable source.

Be sure to enable 2-factor authentication for all your digital business systems.

Teach Employees How to Keep Data Safe

Data breaches often happen due to human error. If you can train your staff on potential scenarios that might lead to a data breach, you can reduce the odds of an issue related to human error.

One thing you need to teach employees is the importance of verifying URLs before they enter information.

For instance, there are a lot of hackers that will use a method which involves creating a duplicate web page. When people reach this duplicate webpage, they’ll think it’s the original version. Following this, they’ll enter in their login information. The hacker will then have this login information and they can then use it to access your data.

It’s worth noting that using methods like 2-factor authentication can help reduce the odds of this becoming an issue. After all, even if someone has access to the password, they’ll still need the authentication code/security key to gain access to your systems.

Another thing you should teach employees is to be wary of how they carry/transport data.

You should also let them know that they’re not allowed to store data on their USB sticks. USB sticks are convenient, but they’re also an easy way to lose company data.

The alternative is to store everything on a cloud server. This will help prevent a scenario, wherein an employee accidentally leaves their USB lying around and someone then steals You should also tell employees that they should always make sure there is a password on their computer.

Make Use of Business Specific Cloud Services

If you’re using a cloud service, use one that’s designed specifically for business. Such a service can often provide a lot more security, than a normal cloud offering.

You’ll find certain options provide you with a lot of insight into who has access to certain files and folders. Using the administrator login, you can control who has access.

This is especially helpful if someone loses their laptop.

You can just log in to the dashboard and make it so that the computer in question no longer has access to the files. If someone steals the laptop, they’ll be unable to access the data and exploit it. If you’d like to know how access rights work, check out this post for more info.

Such services also provide you with logs.

This can be helpful if you’re trying to spot unusual data access patterns. If you notice a login from an unusual location, it could be the sign of someone trying to hack your system. You can shut down this login as soon as you’re aware of it.

Hire People to Check Your Systems

There’s also the option of hiring people known as ‘white hat’ hackers. Such individuals will look for ways to hack your systems and gain access to your data. These people can let you know what vulnerabilities exist in your system and how you should fix such issues.

According to HeimdalSecurity, the following cyber attacks and threats are the biggest risks to data companies of all sizes:

  • Getting their info compromised in massive data leaks
  • Smartphones shipping with malware and malicious apps
  • Ransomware attacks on cloud services
  • Cryptojacking that affects their hardware
  • Financial losses and data compromise due to cryptocurrency trading
  • Scams with advanced social engineering tactics
  • IoT devices like smart locks or smart assistants being hacked

This preemptive approach gives you the chance to address issues before they’re exploited in a way that can damage your business. Good white hat hackers can be expensive. But you need to compare this cost to what you might expect you lose if someone hacks your company data.

Do You Know How to Protect Company Data?

There’s really no way to escape the fact that your company will have sensitive data stored on electronic devices. This can be a problem because people who are looking to exploit your data can hack these devices.

In this post, we’ve reviewed how you can protect your company data from hackers. You need to focus on training your employees so that the odds of human error are low. You also want to make use of things like 2-factor authentication.

If you want to keep your data really secure, consider hiring some white hat hackers. They’ll be able to take a look at your setup and can provide qualified advice on how you can make things better.

No matter what type of business or brand you are running online, it’s extremely important to protect your own, and your customer data. This is also true for any bloggers and affiliate marketers that might want to further protect their ad campaigns, company marketing plans, and business models.

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Best Strategies to Get More Likes on Your Instagram Photos

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Instagram has faced significant growth in terms of popularity in recent years. With so many ways to promote a business, it’s no surprise that it gained so much love and attention by hundreds of millions of users around the world.

For businesses and brands on the social platform, interacting with your customers is much easier, and you can also attract them through stories and make them think you’re a fun business. However, it’s not as simple as just creating an Instagram profile and going live with whatever random photos you like. There is a wide range of top strategies and working methods to choose from, when it comes to Instagram growth, reach, and success.

One of the biggest concerns for businesses and brands on Instagram is how to get more likes on your most recent photos and image upload. At the same time, it’s also important to have a social media and outreach strategy in place, and knowing how to get more followers on Instagram.

To help with all of this, here are some ideas and strategies to boost that like count.

Post Consistently

It’s no surprise that people like consistency and habits. If they don’t know when you’re going to post, they will get tired of waiting and distance themselves. Therefore, decide on how much you’re going to post weekly, or even daily. For instance, you could post 3 pictures each week, and keep it like that. However, don’t post less than once a week because people will forget about you.

Use Hashtags

This goes two ways: you can use local hashtags as well as popular ones. Local hashtags can help you find customers that are near you. You can look for popular accounts and see what hashtags they are using to get followers.

On the other hand, popular hashtags are helpful when looking to attract a larger group of followers. They help your photos get more attention and thus more likes.

Post Good Quality Pictures

Although you don’t need to have the most professional looking photos ever, you can’t have anything that’s blurry and makes it hard to see what’s there. It’s essential to make sure that you have good lighting and everything is focused.

Post Videos

Some people find videos more engaging compared to pictures and are more likely to be interested in them. Posting videos of an upcoming new product or just product information can be more exciting compared to a picture.

Tip: Ensure your video doesn’t rely on audio. Usually, people watch videos when browsing their feed, and the audio is muted.

Post at High Traffic Times

This one requires a bit of time, as you need to find out more about your audience. If your followers are in other time zones, you should post more content during the right times, so they will see your pictures or videos.

Interact with Your Audience

It’s important to have a good relationship with your clients so they will love your page even more. Moreover, other people will notice that and become potential customers when they see you value your audience.

Instagram Bot

An Instagram bot could increase your followers. It comes with auto likes, follows and posts and earns you organic followers.

However, as with all bots, you will want to be careful with how fast you follow and unfollow other users. Triggering any spam or automated alerts to Instagram could quickly have you finding your account was closed as a result of it.

Use Stories

Instagram stories are really fun and they let you post content that will be available for 24 hours. You can post more goofy content, and your clients will appreciate your sense of humor and the fact that you are relatable.

In conclusion, gaining Instagram likes is not so hard if you know how to do it. You only need some time to apply everything in this guide, and you’re on your way to increase your audience.

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Meet the Entrepreneurs and Experts of Affiliate Summit West 17

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Thousands of internet marketers, entrepreneurs, content creators and brands will ascend upon Las Vegas this weekend for Affiliate Summit West 2017. Not only has Affiliate Summit become one of the largest affiliate and internet marketing conferences in the world today, it’s also one I’ve been closely associated with ever since the beginning. From it’s first conference in a small room in New York City with just a couple hundred people to now having more than 5,000+ attendees and conferences twice per year, it’s always been great to attend as both an attendee and speaker.

At the same time, it would be a huge mistake to discount Affiliate Summit as just another networking of marketing conference. The relationships, businesses and life experiences that are a result of the event is second to none — which I why I always recommend everyone to attend, no matter their current level of expertise.

By the way… if you are attending, don’t miss the awesome “How to Become a Millionaire Blogger” panel with myself, John Chow, John Rampton, and Syed Balkhi. It’s almost always standing room only, and rated as one of the highest attended and most valued sessions of Affiliate Summit.

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Over the years I’ve literally met thousands of people through the conference and built many powerful relationships and business opportunities as well. With each new year, new speakers, entrepreneurs, and bloggers will take the next step in becoming financially independent, starting a side business or simply changing the world in some way or another.

To help you not only get inspired for this year’s Affiliate Summit West conference but also get inspired with just a glimpse of the talent at this event, I wanted to highlight some of my previous podcast guests, who will also be speaking at #ASW17. Enjoy, and I hope to see you there!

Inspiring Stories and Marketing Tips from Affiliate Summit Speakers

Below you will find a list of speakers currently on the agenda for ASW 17. However, through my podcast I’ve interviewed more than 80 different industry experts… many of which who will be also attending the event in one way or another. Be sure to check out the full list of interviews here.

Shawn Collins and the Affiliate Summit Empire

Shawn Collins of Affiliate Summit

Shawn Collins the co-founder of Affiliate Summit, which has become the largest affiliate marketing conference in the world today.

I’ve been good friends with Shawn for a while now and we’ve both been able to experience the affiliate marketing industry completely transition and develop over the past 15+ years. We were both in attendance at the Affiliate Force cruise, which was one of the first attempts at an affiliate marketing conference, but knew it could be done better. At that point Shawn and Missy decided they could do it better and the rest is history!

John Chow, the Master of Blog Monetization

John Chow is one of the most well-known and successful bloggers in the world. If you’ve ever Google’d “how to make money online” or “how to make money blogging”, you’ve probably come across his name and site several times.

The amazing thing about John Chow was that he was never supposed to make money with his blog in the first place. What was originally just going to be a blog on his personal life and what he ate for lunch, soon became a “money making case study”. As John learned new and exciting ways to monetize his blog content and audience, the money just kept rolling in.

Jump forward several years later and his blog is now generating over six-figures per month, and most of it recurring and automated through his amazing sales funnel system — all of which John talks about in this episode.

Rachel Honoway, From Intern to CEO

Rachel Honoway is the CEO of For Me To Coupon. However it’s not her current position that we are focusing on, instead it’s the great journey that’s led her to where she is today.

The start of Rachel’s journey in the world of online marketing is nearly 20 years in the making. Rachel’s first job was at an internet marketing company called Kowabunga, where she first came in as an intern. As the company continued to grow in size, so did Rachel’s daily tasks and her job title. The company was soon acquired and Rachel was then managing more of the company than ever before. Once leaving Kowabunga, Rachel had a wide range of opportunities over the years before ending up at For Me To Coupon, where she is the CEO today — which is all discussed in this latest episode.

Syed Balkhi, the Wizard of WordPress

Syed Balkhi is not only a master at WordPress, but he is also an awesome entrepreneur.

Since an early age Syed has always had a passion for business and building success. This could be seen from the early years of his life when he was just a kid in Pakistan and selling greeting cards. Then later in life while in high school, Syed started developing sites of his own while quickly discovering what the internet had to offer.

Today Syed runs some of the most powerful and heavily trafficked sites in the world… and yes, they are all powered with WordPress!

Stephan Spencer and the Science of SEO

Stephan Spencer is an SEO expert. He’s also the author of Google Power Search and co-author of The Art of SEO… so it’s safe to say he knows his stuff when it comes to SEO and ranking sites in the search results.

How sites rank in the search results can go all the way back to before 2000, which is when Stephan and his NetConcepts company started getting heavy into SEO services. The thing about SEO is that it’s always changing, so to be one of the best SEO experts in the industry, Stephan is continually at the forefront of the industry and connecting with some of the most successful experts, businesses, and brands in the world.

Geno Prussakov Shares his Affiliate Management Tips

Geno Prussakov is an affiliate marketing expert, author, and international speaker.

In the world of the internet, being an expert is key. Geno has mastered the art of affiliate marketing and affiliate program management and through this expertise has been able to grow his personal brand and business at the same time. As the author of many best-selling books on affiliate marketing, and also haven spoke at 50+ different conferences on such topics, Geno is the voice many people turn to when looking for answers to their affiliate marketing questions.

Having trained thousands of marketing professionals through his various books and online blog, Geno also went on to create Affiliate Management Days, which is a conference solely focused on the art of successful affiliate program management.

Oliver Roup Wants to Make Every Link Intelligent and Valuable

Oliver Roup is the founder and CEO of VigLink, a company that helps content creators make money through the use of affiliate marketing, while not having to deal with all the complexities of individual tracking, manually creating links and joining multiple programs.

Before getting active in the online marketing space, Oliver had accumulated quite an exciting resume of previous work with Space X, Microsoft, Paul Allen and many others. However, what might be Oliver’s most exciting experience to date was taking his business at Viglink from an idea to the flourishing business it is today.

For Oliver, this isn’t something that would happen overnight. Instead, it was a long journey of meeting with investors and VCs, trying to convince them that his idea was worth their time and investment. After many failed attempts, Oliver finally found an investor that was interested and things started to move fast!

Years later and over $20 million dollars in funding to date, the company continues to grow and scale in size while also helping sites of all sizes make money with their content while also connecting them with some of the largest brands and advertisers in the world.

Russell Brunson and How to Create Killer Sales Funnels

Russell Brunson is an entrepreneur and the founder of DotComSecrets and ClickFunnels.

While finishing up his last year in College, Russell wanted to figure out a way to make enough money so he could continue with his passion for wrestling and to take care of himself and his girlfriend. After dabbling in the online marketing space and going through various failed projects, Russell discovered that one of the most successful ways to make money online was through the use of ebooks, guides and selling information. While messing around with some friends, Russell wanted to create a potato gun and went to the internet to find out how to create one. Once he found that there was nothing out there, he quickly threw one together and made a little course of his own on how to do the same.

Jump forward several years and today you will find Russell Brunson with all of his attention focused on ClickFunnels, a WYSIWYG editor and seamless way to create high converting landing pages and sales funnels. Not only has ClickFunnels become a huge success, it’s also taught Russell how to grow and scale a company, while also learning how to remove distractions and only focusing on what matters most.

John Rampton and Living the Dream in Silicon Valley

John Rampton is an online entrepreneur who has become a master at pay per click marketing, but even more importantly — making connections and networking with the right people.

I first met John Rampton several years back when he came up to me and asked for an interview while at Affiliate Summit. Since then we just seemed to click and started working on various projects together. In addition to being the Managing Editor of Search Engine Journal, John’s writing can also be found on Forbes, HuffingtonPost, Entrepreneur and many other top media outlets and news sources.

One of the major reasons for John’s success in the world of online marketing can be attributed to his outgoing attitude, willingness to help others and talking with just about everyone he meets. Each of these are all required skills for making it in the world of business and forming new partnerships. With all of this in mind, it only made sense for him to leave his home state of Utah and make the big move to Silicon Valley, CA — the central economic focal point for everything internet!

Thomas Smale and How to Buy and Sell Websites

Thomas Smale is the co-founder of FE International, a company that was founded in 2010 that focuses on website brokering for mid-market online businesses.

Back in 2009-2010 Thomas wanted to get involved in the world of online marketing, but with little technical experience, his options were limited. It was then that he fell upon the concept of buying and selling websites for himself. With only a few hundred dollars at a time, Thomas began buying and flipping websites and getting quite good at it in the process. As his reputation and experience in this space started to grow, so did requests from other individuals asking for his support in selling their own websites — thus, a new business venture begins!

Today Thomas is the co-founder of FE International, which has offices in two different countries and 11 team members — all with the focus on website brokering and mastering the art of buying and selling websites.

See you at Affiliate Summit West!

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