How to Take Better Photographs for your Blog

Photography is a powerful skill for Bloggers to learn.

Yes, there are libraries upon libraries of (totally gorgeous) stock photos out there. Some are even free. But if you’ve ever spent hours trawling through the internet looking for that perfect stock photo, just to give up and choose something that ‘will do’, you’ll understand the frustration of not being able to take your own professional looking photos.

So, why should you learn to take your own Blog photographs?

The benefits of doing your own Blog Photography

It’s cheaper

If you want unique Blog photos that aren’t being used on every other Blog in your niche, you need

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7 Day Action Plan to Get Your New Blog Organised (so you can Start Making Money)

Congratulations, it’s a blog!

You’ve laboured through many an hour narrowing down your niche, tweaked your logo, and pumped out some pretty awesome blog posts. Phew!

Trouble is, (much like giving birth to your actual baby), the hard work is only just beginning.

And FYI, blogging is hard. It takes time and a butt-load of effort before you start seeing results. So how are you going to stick with this blogging thing when your motivation is sub-zero?

One word for

As a new blogger, now’s the time to set up solid systems that will keep you on track (and help you start making money). This blog post takes you through just one task every day for 7 days.

So, grab your gel pens, a cup (or glass) of your favourite beverage, and let’s dive in...

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My Big Blog Income Journey; From $0 to $10k / month in 52 Weeks

Why The Badass BusinessMum needs a Change of Direction

I love this Blog, but I’ve recently been getting frustrated with the lack of growth and financial success I’ve seen in other Blogs in the same niche as The Badass BusinessMum.

As a result of this frustration I’ve been carefully studying other Bloggers who are making waves in the niche; Blogs like Twins Mommy, Start a Mom Blog, Meera Kothand and Moms Make Cents.

And I’ve come to the following conclusions about why The Badass BusinessMum isn’t doing as well as I’d like it to:

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How to Start a Blog and Make Money in 2018

How many ‘How to Start a Blog’ type posts have you read?

They’re all a bit the same aren’t they…. Choose your niche, name your blog, buy a domain, get hosting, install Wordpress. And then you’re done!

Except of course, you’re not! All you’ve got is a blank website.

So I decided to write a proper Complete Guide to Starting a Blog. What to do before and after the actual setting up the website stage.

This post covers 13 different steps to work through and for most of the steps I’ve linked to an in-depth post (most often with a freebie included) for that particular topic!

Step 1: Choose your Blog Niche

What is a niche?

A niche is a specific blog topic. It could be a broad niche, such as parenting, or a very specific niche, such as parenting a child with a specific medical condition.

I tend to think of your blog niche as a combination of your subject and your audience. (Eg; fashion for 30-something women, healthy cooking for busy moms, DIY tips for new home owners etc)

The benefits of having a niche blog

  • It's good for Search Engine Optimisation
  • Your readers are interested in your whole blog
  • You will be recognised as a specialist in your niche
  • Your marketing is focused on your ideal reader

What if you have lots of interests?

There are no rules that say you have to write about one topic to have a niche. In fact....

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The Ultimate Guide to Creating a Blogging Action Plan for the Next 12 Months

Do you have goals for your Blog that you never quite achieve? Do you find yourself easily distracted by what everyone else is doing and the latest ‘must do’ Blog marketing technique? Are you totally confused about what is really important to work on for the stage your Blog is currently at? Are you constantly jumping from one job to the next with no clear idea of how any of them are actually helping your Blog grow?

If you answered yes to any of those questions, this post will help you. This post will walk you through creating a Blog Action Plan for the next 12 months. A plan that will keep you focused, clear on your next step (at all times!) and confident in the path your Blog is taking.

A plan that is your Roadmap to your Blog’s future success...

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How The Successful Bloggers Make Money

How exactly do Bloggers make money? And which strategy is best for your blog? In this post I'm breaking down the 6 main types of monetization to explain what each one is, what sort of blogger it's best for and how to get started.

I've also included my favourite inspirational bloggers who have totally mastered each monetization strategy and I've share the best resources for learning more.

The best bit about monetizing your Blog is you aren't limited to just one strategy. In fact I recommend having at least 2 different income streams for your blogging business. However, if you're new to monetizing your blog, concentrate on getting one method profitable before moving onto the next one.

So, let's see which monetization methods will work best for your blog…

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30 Simple but Effective Ways to Improve your Blog in 2018

If you're anything like me you've got a whole load of goals you want to reach in 2018. Projects you want to complete, products you want to create, money you want to make.

And I don't know about you but I know I get so involved in a big project, in all the excitement of creating and launching something new, the every day stuff gets abandoned a bit. The small, but important tasks that keep your Blog ticking away get pushed to one side.

Which means you're losing out. You're losing out on new readers, you're losing out on regular new subscribers, you're losing out on every day, automated income.

There are always hundreds of things ‘to be done’ for your Blog. Some are worthwhile, others are totally pointless. So I've made your decision of what you ‘should’ be doing easier…

I've created a list of 30 quick & simple, but effective tasks to help you grow your blog in 2018....

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The Best Black Friday Deals for Bloggers

It's that time of year when everyone goes a bit bonkers and your inbox is pinging away with notifications of Black Friday offers.

Well, instead of sharing each and every offer that's landed in my inbox, I've chosen only the best blogging offers to share, that help you:

  • Grow your Blog
  • Make more Money
  • Get a faster, more secure Blog
  • Get professional looking Branding for a DIY price
  • Protect yourself from getting sued, losing money and getting your content stolen
  • Get strategic with your Email Marketing...
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How to Face your Fears and Start your Blog Today

Sometimes the biggest obstacle to your success as a Business Mum is your own doubts and worries! You place yourself under a lot of pressure to make everything just right from the start (I did it too, I think it's pretty standard practice actually!) You try and follow all the advice and do absolutely everything that new Bloggers 'should' be doing.

It's totally normal to have doubts and second guess yourself about starting your Blog or starting something new for your Blog. In fact, it shows how much you care and that you've put a whole load of time and effort and thought into it so far.

But you do need to start your Blog or launch that new product or service at some point! And the sooner you do, the sooner you can start reaping the rewards!

So how do you overcome all the doubts swirling round in your head to get your new business venture out there?

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