Why Blogging can be a Ridiculous Waste of Time

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I often get asked, “Do you make money from blogging?”

This is a tricky question, because I actually make money as a result of blogging. Sure, I earn some money through affiliate sales and AdSense… and The Essence of Blogging (+ How to Earn Money Online) lists the other ways I have expanded my income sources. I now have 9+ revenue streams! 🙂

But…

No one pays me for creating blog posts for my own sites.

No one pays me for promoting them, either.

However, if I DIDN’T blog, no one would know who the heck I was!

They wouldn’t learn about my freelancing writing and editing services.

Nor would they know I’m an independently published author who has another website where I talk about my books, and all other things, including poetry, book review, and true stories about my life.

Nor would they know I help others become authors too.

Blogging is a way to get your content in front of the right people.

So is guest posting! 😉

Is Blogging A Complete Waste of Time?

Some people think blogging is a ridiculous waste of time. I’m not kidding.

The truth is: IT CAN BE.

Or, at least, it can feel that way… sometimes. There is A LOT TO BLOGGING. Read 5 Things New Bloggers Need to Know.

It’s no secret that there are many pros and cons to blogging. After we look a the benefits, we’ll look at some of the pitfalls. Read More

How Blogging and Freelancing Go Hand-in-Hand

How Blogging and Freelancing Go Hand-in-Hand

I’m pleased to present you with a guest post today from Ryan Biddulph, the nomadic dude who lives all over the world… island-hopping, traveling to new and exciting places, encountering strange people (like the guy who stole his $1 flip-flops!) and living life on his terms as a blogger, an author, and a freelance writer.

I met Ryan online when he first became an author. Ryan and I have a lot in common. We are both authors, bloggers, and freelance writers.

He, however, is a bit more famous than I am (wink wink!) because he has been featured on Forbes, Fox News, Entrepreneur, Richard Branson’s Virgin Blog, John Chows Dot Com and Neil Patel Dot Com.

Ryan has also written and self-published 126 bite-sized e-books, which he sells on Amazon! 

Some of his top-sellers include:

7 Steps to Build a Full-Time Income-Earning Blog

How to Land Guest Posts on Authority Blogs

6 Tips for Work-at-Home Entrepreneurs

10 Tips to Be a Smarter (and Richer) Blogger

How to Become a Successful Home Based Marketer

How to Build a Profitable Blog through Twitter

How to Become a Successful Freelance Writer

How to Find Your Writing Voice

How to Create and Publish a Successful eBook

7 Tips for First Time eBook Authors

10 Strategies for Increasing Blog Traffic through Automation 

6 Tips to Grow a Rabidly Loyal Blog Community

… and many more!

Be sure to check out his books later, after you read this post!

Take it away, Ryan!

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Peanut butter and jelly.

Frick and Frack.

Bert and Ernie.

We all love a good match.

Blogging and freelance writing, like the above duos, are perfect together.

When I asked my buddies if they wanted me to write a guest post for them, Lorraine was all over the opportunity like bees to honey. Or like feisty critters to the house where Kelly and I are currently living in Thailand, with centipedes, scorpions, tarantulas and foot-long Tokay geckos!

Anyway, I love the blog topic we both agreed on because Lorraine and I are freelance writers as well as bloggers. I see a few parallels between running a thriving freelance writing business and a successful blog.

Let’s dive into these parallels. Read More

How to find Content Writers (That Won’t Cost an Arm and a Leg!)

How to find Content Writers (That Won't Cost and Arm and a Leg!)

Blogging is time-consuming, and so is writing. Creating quality content takes time, it takes a lot of research, planning, outlining, and drafting, and polishing before you can complete the publishing step.

Yet millions of blogs rely on fresh content each day.

As a website owner, entrepreneur, or business owner, it is oftentimes easier to hire content writers to produce quality content for you.

But where do you go to find good content writers? Especially ones who won’t cost you an arm an leg?

And what kind of qualities should you look for when hiring content writers?

This article is going to answer these questions for you.

I’m also going to share a secret that many freelancers don’t know!

The Secret Most Freelancers Won’t Tell You

I am more than a blogger. I am a freelance writer and editor. I’m an author. I’m a content creator. I’m a business owner, too.

I do coaching. I help others become authors. In fact, there are many jobs I do online, and there are many tasks I’m responsible for.

I’m more than just a blogger… and I have various income sources.

Related read: The Essence of Blogging and How to Earn Money Online

I sometimes outsource tasks to others to make my various jobs easier. This includes hiring writers to do research for me and draft articles, which I then add to, edit, and either publish or give to my clients.

My standards are very high, and that is why EVERYTHING must meet with my own personal approval before they are shared with others, with my readers, or with the world.

When I first started freelancing, I did everything myself.

As my business grew, I realized that I needed help. I could no longer do everything myself!  There simply are not enough hours in the day!

While speaking with a fellow freelancer, I learned that she outsourced many of her tasks… including the writing projects she was hired for!

I was a bit flabbergasted. I was surprised that she did this! But the more she explained it to me, the more it made sense, from a business standpoint.  What she did was hire a writer to write the article she was hired to write. She paid that writer a fraction of what she was paid. Read More

Why Bloggers Should Write Using a Conversational Tone

https://www.pickthebrain.com/blog/improve-your-writing-with-a-conversation-tone/This is a sponsored post from Write Pro, which focuses on using descriptive speech in their writings. Two people actually wrote this post – another writer wrote the majority of it, and I wrote the last section. I’d appreciate it if you would read the whole thing and then answer my question to you at the end!

Blogging is the most effective and efficient mode of marketing upcoming and established businesses and brands. Businesses today, who are aiming to make their presence felt online, are steadily collaborating with influential bloggers, popular blogging sites, and online publications to have them and their offerings promoted in the most direct way possible, making it reachable to everyday internet users. Since blogs are a great tool to connect with people faster and more effectively, it is important that these blogs boast a more conversational tone that immediately grasps on to the attention of the readers.

What Does a Conversational Tone Do for Your Content?

If you thought a formal tone makes you sound serious and informative, it does, but then where does it lead you? Not far. The attention span of a regular individual is as low as it can get, presently. Why should they give your content a part of their precious time unless it is both valuable and interesting? Here is where the role of the conversational tone becomes imperative. The conversational tone is enriched with a few characteristics. These include: Read More

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 practiced the 10 Effective Strategies to Becoming a Successful Blogger.

I’ve also 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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