BlogLove

December 29, 2008
Helpful Blog Posts.

Helpful Blog Posts.

Blog: “I Can Do It Myself” Videos
Post: Adding an AWeber Opt   In Form to a WordPress Blog
Comments: This is a great video for learning about adding a newsletter opt in form to your blog. This is an essential component for any blogger who wishes to create a following. Read here.

Blog: Hongkiat.com
Post: How to Display Facebook Statuses on Your WordPress Blog
Comments: As we all know, Facebook is awesome. If you’re a blogger, Facebook is even more awesome from a marketing perspective. Keep your readers in the loop about your Facebook activity by following these instructions. Read here.

With BlogLove,
The Blog Empress

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Bloggers, I Know You Can Make It!

December 22, 2008
Blogging is a Journey That's Well Worth the Effort!

Blogging is a Journey That's Well Worth the Effort!

I just finished reading a really amazing post that reminded me of how I was filling just a month ago. I felt like I was loosing energy for blogging. I didn’t know if what I was doing was worth it. Blogs take dedication. I am currently expanding one blog and starting two new ones (this one is new). When you first get started, the stats might not be where you like it and comments may be few a far in between. Read this post and get inspire. Read here.

Until Next Time,

The Blog Empress


Bloggers Watch This Video.

December 15, 2008

Nobody told you this was going to be easy. If blogging is what you love, then do it under any circumstances. I work in the night after work and class. I work in the morning before work and class because I love all that I’m doing and I truly want to help. I do it because I am helping. Remember this as you move forward. Watch this video again and take notes & action. Comment and let me know what you think below.

With BlogLove,
The Blog Empress

P.S. Read my previous post here.


BlogLove

December 12, 2008
Helpful Posts for Fellow Bloggers

Helpful Posts for Fellow Bloggers

Blog: lifehacker

Post: 10 Things You Forgot Gmail Can Do

Comments: This is great! All of my blogging accounts are gmail accounts. Gmail is so great because of all its wonderful features and interconnectivity with other google apps. This blogger states that many people choose gmail because of what I just said. They highlight other great google features that you might find handy. Read here.

Blog: Daily Blog Tips

Post: 101 Blog Tips I Learned in 2006

Comments: This is a really great post. The blogger simply lists the lessons learned. My favorite lesson would have to be consider podcasting. This a great piece of advice that I’ll be implementing on my blogs in the near future. Read here.

Blog: copyblogger

Post: The Amazing Spider-Man Guide to
 Responsible Word Power

Comments: This is a post that will help you write high quality content. What’s the point of having a blog if your writing isn’t clear or polished? We all make mistakes sometimes but for the most part bloggers should make sure that their content is written well and easy for everyone to understand. Writing from the heart is great advice. Don’t just give information. Let your readers truly get to know you. Read here.

Until Next Time,

The Blog Empress

P.S. This is a weekly series that’s intended to provide helpful information. If you have any blog related questions let me know because I can always do a BlogLove series or answer your question in a post.  Contact me at blogempressnetwork@gmail.com.


Top 10 Blogging Lessons Learned (So Far)

December 5, 2008
3-2-1

3-2-1 Blast Off!

I’m new to the blogging world. My blog was officially launched in June. That being said, I’ve learned a lot these past few months and I’m sure I’ll carry these lessons with me as continue blogging. I don’t usually write about blogging on this blog but I wanted to give a shot out to all of the new and veteran bloggers. I honestly knew absolutely nothing about blogging until this year. I’d never even visited a blog! I got the opportunity to do a grant project (you’ll be hearing about that soon) and this blog was born as a part of that. I’ve learned so much but if I had to boil it down to just 10 lessons, here’s what I’ve learned so far:

1.    There’s a lot of information for bloggers. Only pay attention to what’s relevant. My situation is a little different because I was going to initially start with a podcast and then do a blog but I ended up doing the blog first. Anyway, I got bogged down with so much information that was not even relevant to blogging. I’d say get real clear on what you’re blogging about before you begin blogging to avoid a lot of time wasting. Second, there are quite a few things you may need to know before hand, especially if you’re brand spankin’ new to blogging like I was. Yaro Starak has a free video series on starting a blog at www.becomeablogger.com and www.problogger.com of course is dedicated to bloggers and the blogging world. If I were you and new to blogging, I wouldn’t even waste my time looking at any other sources. Just go to these two sites and do what they say do. Don’t waste months like I did gathering information, it prevents you from actually focusing on blogging and creating content.

2.   Keep it simple. Keep it really simple. This has been a huge journey for me. I had all these elaborate plans and actually I’m doing a lot of what I set out to do, I’m just doing it more effectively. One way to remain effective is by keeping things simple. Don’t commit to blogging every day when you first get started. Don’t commit to posting 50 links a week on other sites when you first get started. Focus on starting the blog and creating really good, useful content. No one wants to read junk. No one will stick around to read junk. I blog once a week and quite frankly that’s all I can handle right now. There are things besides blog posts that must be taken into consideration when you are starting blog. This leads me to my next point.

3.    Let people know you exist. Market. Honestly, this is an area that I need to improve in (I’m working on it) and it takes some effort to do. What’s the point of writing if no one knows you exist? Start by telling your loved ones. It was weird for me at first but I go over it. Don’t be shy!

4.    You’re going to have to stick with this even when there isn’t any response at first. People blog for different reasons. I actually want people to read my blog so it’s a little bit more important for me to get traffic than someone who’s just doing this for a hobby. That being said, determine what type of blogger you are at the beginning. If getting traffic is important to you, this might not happen at the very beginning so don’t get discouraged.

5.    Determine what your intention is. Your intention will serve as a compass and determine the type of content you create. My intention is to help people through my blog; therefore, I create helpful content.

6.    Keep a notepad handy. I carry a Moleskine notebook in my bag. You never know when inspiration is going to hit. I was really inspired at the beginning of my blogging journey and created a list with a ton of relevant topics but honestly I haven’t relied on it too much. Most of my ideas come to me during the week.

7.    Plan, plan, plan. Once again, this really relies on the type of blogger you are. A relevant plan would be a content creation plan. You might ask yourself what type of content you want to create (is this a text based, video, audio, or photo blog)? I am currently creating a marketing plan. Questions I am asking myself are how am I going to market this blog and how often am I going to market this blog?

8.    Love yourself. Like I said, you may not get much response at the beginning. It may feel as though you’re blogging to an empty void. Eventually you will see results. Don’t be hard on yourself. Blogging is a process.

9.    Get help when you need it. My brother’s a journalist. I’m currently developing a video series for this blog. I know nothing about video. He helped me and now I’m able to move forward with another component of this blog. If you need help, don’t be afraid to ask (I’m available via e-mail at prosperityblogger@gmail.com). There’s a great free video tutorial series at getyourvideoonline.com.

10.    Believe that anything’s possible. I haven’t started marketing this blog on a regular basis and yet people read it every week. A few month’s ago I knew nothing about blogging. Like I said, I only started reading blogs at the beginning of the year. Had you told me I would be a blogger by the end of the year, I probably would have laughed in your face. Anything is possible.

Final Thoughts: One last thing I’d tell you is to say thank you. THANK YOU!!! To all my readers. I’ve put a lot into this and I’m gearing up to put even more into this project. It is so gratifying to know that someone is reading what I write. I hope it helps. I hope this post helps!

Until Next Time,

The Blog Empress

This post is from my first baby, The Prosperity Blog.