How To Promote Your Blog Through Networking

How To Promote Your Blog Through NetworkingA question that I am often asked is how a blogger should promote and network their blog. I’m definitely no expert in this area, but I do think that I know enough about it to write a blog post about it 🙂

Networking with your blog is a great thing. Without it, my blog would literally have zero readers.

Without networking through my blog, I never would have started a side job, I never would have quit my job to freelance full-time. And I never would have 1,000 other things. Networking is what has helped me and my blog grow.

Now, I will say that I do like to keep all of my blog work “natural.” I have never forced anything upon my blog that I did not enjoy, and I do think that is why I still enjoy blogging on Making Sense of Cents (and the same now goes for Diversified Finances).

This may be to my downside, but I don’t really do anything to promote my website that I don’t actually enjoy doing. For example, I actually LOVE to post on forums and comment on other websites, because I am a super geek like that. I love reading what others have to say, and I could read articles all day long if I could. I like to know everything about everyone 🙂 I can spew out random facts about pretty much anything.

Here are different things that you could do to promote your blog:

Guest post.

Guest posting is something that I hardly ever do, but I do think it’s a great idea. I find many new blogs through guest posts, so it can be a great way to add new readers.

Join a niche group.

Depending on the niche that you are in, I am sure that there are many different groups that you could join. An example would be Yakezie for personal finance bloggers.

Belonging to a quality niche group can mean that you make friends with others in your community, and you can also all motivate each other to do better.

Find forums.

There are many forums that I browse and enjoy reading, such as the Mr. Money Mustache forum and Yakezie forum. You could post quality responses (or even create your own posting), and readers may find you this way. Posting on relevant forums can be a great way to add readers since everyone reading the forum probably has a similar hobby or goal.

Another thing similar to commenting on forums would be to comment on websites as well.

Social media.

When I first find a new website, one of the first things that I usually do is see if they have a Twitter. Make sure you have one!

There are so many different ways for you to connect with your readers, and social media can be an important way for you to further your reach. Different websites that you could join include: Facebook, Twitter Instagram and Pinterest.

How do you promote your blog?


How To Be More Productive When Working From Home

How To Be More Productive When Working From Home

I found this on Flickr when searching “work at home,” so of course I had to include it.

Being able to work at home for the past two months so far has been great. I’m able to run my business entirely from my laptop.

It’s nice being able to make my own schedule and save on commuting costs. I also get to save time because I don’t have to commute.

Even though it sounds like a breeze to work from your home, sometimes your productively can decrease.

Here are my tips to increase your productively when working from home.

Have a good schedule.

Working from home is still WORK. Many people try to tell me otherwise, and it’s simply just not true. When working from home, there is a lot of flexibility, but sometimes that can be a self-employed person’s downfall.

Even though I can create my own schedule, I still find myself having a similar schedule each and every day. I prefer to work for a few hours very early in the morning (starting at around 5 a.m.) and then continuing later at night at around 8 p.m. This way I can do other things during the day.

You need to know when you work best. If you are not a morning person and you know for a fact that you could never get anything done, then maybe you should try to find a way to work during the night.

However, if your business requires you to interact with clients, you should try to make a schedule that fits your average customer best. If they are all on a different timezone, then you may want to adjust your schedule to something similar to theirs.

Have a designated office for yourself.

One thing that I still have not completed is making an awesome home office. We do have an office, but it’s not something that I particularly enjoy working in because it’s very boring and doesn’t motivate me to want to work.

Let others know that you are working. 

Like I said earlier, when you tell people that you work from home, some tend to think that you are on a vacation. Of course you still love all of these wonderful people who just want to see you 🙂 , but you are still working.

I have heard of others who are constantly asked to run errands, watch children of others and so on because working from home to others may seem like you are taking the day off.

Take a break.

Sometimes I force myself to work but I never get anything done. Every now and then, you need a break. TAKE A BREAK!

Get rid of those time-suckers.

Working from home can make it very easy to procrastinate by grabbing something to eat, watch TV, and even to CLEAN. Maybe you are addicted to Facebook or some other social media website and you waste a lot of your time on there.

Leave your house every now and again.

Even though you are working from home, you do need to get out every now and then. You might have to switch up your workplace if working from home 24/7 is not working for you.

There are public workplaces, coffee shops, parks and so on.

Do you work from home? How do you try to be more productive?


Should You Hire a Virtual Assistant?

Should You Hire a Virtual Assistant?In the past few weeks, I have had three people specifically ask me whether or not they should hire help for their business. Two were fellow bloggers in the personal finance niche, and one was a client that I recently had a meeting with.

All three of them had one main problem with hiring help – they didn’t want to lose control and for things to possibly go down hill.

I completely understand what they are saying. Even though I work for others and assist many others with their business projects, it can be very hard for me to let go and have others help me in my business as well.

I do have virtual assistants and those who help me though. Without them, I don’t know how I would do it all.

Here are some cases where you probably need a virtual assistant.

You don’t have time.

If you are finding yourself not having enough time to do things, then you may want to hire some work out. If you don’t want to hire out important tasks, that is fine!

There are probably many smaller things that you can find someone to do. A virtual assistant can save you a good amount of time.

You are stressed.

If there are certain things that you know you aren’t the greatest at and this is causing you stress, then you may want to hire someone to do the work for you.

An example would be if you are horrible at SEO and you are a website owner. You may want to hire someone to edit all your posts so that you don’t have to worry about it.

Your quality of work is being lowered.

If you find that you are lacking time and you don’t really know what you are doing, then I am going to assume that your quality of work will be lowered.

This is NOT GOOD.

If you need help, then you need it. If you think that you can honestly run your business and grow it forever at the same time, then you are probably sadly mistaken. A growing business will almost always require additional workers. Assuming that you can do everything yourself forever is not realistic.

You could focus on something else.

A big benefit of hiring someone to help you out is that you can then shift most of your focus towards things that you need to work on that will show bigger results.

If you find yourself not being able to work on what you want to work on, and instead are working on many smaller things instead that don’t matter as much, then you probably will want to hire a virtual assistant.

Are you thinking about hiring an assistant? Why or why not?