The Essence of Blogging (+ How to Earn Money Online)

The Essence of Blogging (+ How to Earn Money Online)

Someone on Facebook messaged me the other day, asking “What is blogging?”

I was a bit speechless. I didn’t know how to answer, because really, how can you explain what blogging is to someone who doesn’t really know?

So I directed him to my post 5 Things New Bloggers Need to Know, and said, “This will help you.”

Yet… just four years ago, I had the same question. 

I was a newbie blogger back then.

I was clueless.

And I still remember the struggles I’ve endured over the years as I’ve journeyed from “newbie” to “pro.”

It wasn’t easy. It was time-consuming. I was constantly learning. (I still am!)

To help speed up my learning process, I followed these 8 Action Tips For Guppy-Bloggers In An Ocean Of Sharks.

I also followed these 30+ Blogger-Sharks Spouting Oceans of Knowledge… and still follow some.

 

I’ve come quite far in my blogging journey. I’ve built a solid business from it.

The thing that really amazes me it that most people think blogging is a quick way to earn money.

But blogging is NOT a quick way to earn money… not at first.

In today’s post, I am going to share a few things I’ve learned about blogging and earning money online. I will reveal how I earn money through blogging, explain what blogging really is (the essence of blogging), and hopefully give you some ideas about how you can increase your blogging strategy and income streams.

By the end of the post, you should have most of your questions answered! Of course, chances are, you will likely have a bunch of new ones! LOL

But at least you will know more about how to earn money online!

WTF is Blogging?

Blogging is more than just writing articles (also called blog posts) and publishing them online.

If you’re a blogger, you likely already know that blogging involves:

  • creating and then running your own website  — read Blogging Resources + How To Start a Blog (if you don’t already have one)
  • learning how to install and update plugins
  • moderating and replying to comments
  • figuring out how to be noticed by search engines (hint: make sure you submit a sitemap to the search engines! You can use this free sitemap plugin to help you with this.)
  • learning how to create images for your posts (hint: use Canva or PicMonkey to help you — they are both FREE to use!)
  • learning how to take and then use screenshots in your blog posts
  • learning how to use Click-to-Tweet links in your blog posts (hint: read How to Use “Click-to-Tweet” Links In Your Blog Posts (for FREE))
  • figuring out who to link to within your posts (promote your friends, but also link to top posts in Google that provide good information or complement your message)
  • determining how to promote your posts on social media (hint: you have to have accounts everywhere!)
  • learning why networking with other bloggers is important (especially “blogger-sharks” — the big bloggers who you constantly learn from — such as the ones in
  • doing guest posting (and following proper guest posting etiquette)
  • providing value to your audience
  • growing your audience (usually by offering them an incentive to sign up to your mailing list, such as a freebie or a content upgrade)
  • determining which email marketing platform to use (Mailchimp, GetResponse, Aweber, MadMimi, Constant Contact, etc.)
  • figuring out how to monetize your site (hint: you can start by using AdSense)
  • creating content on a regular basis (remember, you can always hire someone to help you do this… such as me!)
  • AND SO MUCH MORE!
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Academic Writing VS Content Writing

Academic Writing VS Content Writing

Academic writing is different from content writing.

Bloggers do content writing. So do some freelance writers.

But other freelance writers do academic writing.

What’s the difference? And which type of writing should YOU do?

Today we are going to answer this question, which will help you decide on the type of freelancer you can be.

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Plagiarism (VS Fair Use): What Bloggers Need to Know

Plagiarism (VS Fair Use): What Bloggers Need to Know When Creating Content

Why is plagiarism so bad?

Many people copy others, in both real life, and online.

They wear the same clothes. They buy the same things. It is natural to want to have the same item as another person. That is why companies make items in bulk. That is why clothing manufacturers make the same shirt, dress, or pair of pants in the same color and in different sizes.

Copying others in this manner is not a crime. (It might be deemed as a fashion crime in some pretentious circles, but it’s not against the law!)

However, when it comes to online content, copying others is a serious crime.

This type of copying is called PLAGIARISM, and it is a violation of copyright law.

There are solutions to avoiding plagiarism and its consequences and penalties, and today we are going to look at these solutions.

We are also going to answer the following questions:

What is plagiarism?

What is fair use?

What should you do if your content has been plagiarized?

How can bloggers and freelancers avoid plagiarism and its penalties?

How can bloggers create content for their blogs that rivals the content of their competitors?

How can bloggers create content that is similar to their competitors and ranks well?

By the end of this article, you will have all the answers and be able to create unique content that will not be considered to be plagiarized.

Plagiarism VS. Fair Use

What is Plagiarism?

Plagiarism has several definitions.

It occurs when you copy someone else’s words and pass them off as your own.

It occurs when you cite someone’s words and don’t give the owner proper credit or attribution.

Plagiarism is against the law and is a serious offense. There are also several types of plagiarism, which will discuss momentarily.

Plagiarism is only stealing if you don’t give credit to the original source OR if what you are sharing does not fall under the rules for fair use.

What is Fair Use?

Fair use, on the other hand, according to copyright law, allows you to use someone’s words and ideas freely, without permission from the copyright owner.

Fair use, according to this article, is “a copyright principle based on the belief that the public is entitled to freely use portions of copyrighted materials for purposes of commentary and criticism.”

At this point, I want to point out to you that EVEN THOUGH I COPIED THIS SENTENCE, I didn’t try to pass it off as my own. Instead, I provided a link to the article (the source) where I found it.

If I didn’t, I would have been guilty of plagiarism.

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5 Website Changes You Need to Make ASAP (+ a tutorial)

5 Website Changes You Need to Make ASAP

If you are a blogger and have a self-hosted website, you are considered a webmaster. As a webmaster, you are responsible for the smooth operations of your site.

To improve your site (for both yourself and for your audience), there are several things you need to do. These include optimizing your images, increasing your page speed, and adding an SSL certificate to your site. It also includes using a responsive theme and eliminating pop-ups. This last point is particularly important because Google’s algorithm update in January 2017 is going to penalize websites that have specific types of pop-ups. (We will get into this more in Point #5.)

In this article, we will look at why you should make these changes and how you can make them.

Once you have made the recommended changes, the end result will give you a better website and improve your users’ experiences! You will also avoid penalization from Google!

The following is an outline of the 5 website changes you need to make, and the sub-points included in this article:

1: Optimize and Compress Your Images

  • some notes on image optimization
  • which plugin you can use to Bulk Optimize your existing website images
  • screenshots that show you how to do this
  • How to use Pixlr Express to compress your images (a step-by-step tutorial)

2: Increase Your Page Speed

  • How to Optimize Your Site and Make it Faster

3: Add an SSL Certificate to Your Website

  • 3 Reasons Why You Need An SSL
  • How and Why I Installed an SSL on Wording Well
  • How You Can Get SSL-Certified

4: Ensure You Are Using a Responsive Theme

  • 3 tests/tools to use to check how your site looks on all devices

5: Delete Pop-Ups to Avoid Penalization from Google

  • a history of Google’s algorithm updates
  • which pop-ups will be penalized
  • which pop-ups will be allowed

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CV and Résumé FAQs for Freelancers

 CV and Résumé FAQs for Freelancers

At some point in your life, if you are a looking for a job, you will get asked to submit a CV to an employer.

If you have a CV, that’s great! If you don’t have one, then you need to create one.

If you’re a freelancer, you should have an updated CV on hand at all times. You never know when you will need it!

Some job seekers – freelancers included – don’t know what a CV is. Or they don’t have one.

So today I will tell you everything you need to know about CVs.

I will answer the most commonly asked questions, too.

CV and Résumé FAQs 

In this article, you will find answers to:

  • What is a CV?
  • Why Do You Need One?
  • Why Do Employers Ask for One?
  • What are the components of a CV?
  • How can you create a CV?
  • What if you have no work experience?
  • Can you show me some samples of CVs?
  • Which tools and/or services can you use to create a CV?

By the end of this article, you will be equipped with the knowledge you need to apply for a job using your CV.

And all of your CV or Résumé FAQs will have been answered!

You’ll even get access to a free template!

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