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Is It Possible To Retire Early On A Blogger’s Income?

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It is said that the best time to start investing is yesterday. The second best time is today.

I, for my part, see blogging as a profitable business. It’s a good source of passive income for me, especially when coupled with the other online businesses I’ve built up over the years.

The question then is, can you retire early on a blogger’s income?

This is the way I see it: there are countless options you can choose to invest. It’s your decision whether you want to focus on how to earn passively or be more proactive about it. Whichever you pick, your attitude towards your investment of choice is the one thing that will make the ultimate difference.

Here are 5 easily actionable steps towards early retirement that even bloggers can do.

1. Take note of your expenses

Take some serious time to look at your expenses. What do you spend the most on? Where do you spend the least?

The most convenient way to do this would be to make a budget plan. That way, you can list your expenses side by side with what you earn from your blog and other financial ventures. Knowing exactly how much money comes in and where the money goes will help put your finances in perspective.

You’ll then be able to better decide the areas where reducing your cash outflow will be easiest. That decision will, in turn, be able to help you direct your finances to your necessities, like food and utilities.

Now, if your budget covers all the things you must pay, why is it still necessary to reduce your cash outflow? Because of this next point.

2. Save. Save. Save.

Lately, a lot of information has surfaced regarding better personal finances management. You can find apps, courses and even blogs on how you can manage your money successfully.

Of course, your budget should be able to cover your basic needs and expenses every month. Still, your savings is one of the two determining factors of whether or not you’ll be able to retire early.

If you’re planning to retire soon, you should have a comfortable enough nest egg that you can rest on by then.

To save money, you need to have full control over your spending habits. Practice delayed gratification until it becomes second nature to you.

If you’re between 30 to 40 years old, saving 20% of your total salary should be a good place to start. Also, take advantage of any benefits your company may provide. Put that on top of your monthly savings, too.

3. Choose an actionable passive investment

Study different type of passive investment and pick one that you believe can take you to your goals. Study and research until you become your own expert in your chosen investment.

There are literally thousands of passive investment opportunities you can get into, so take your time. Take both your interests and finances into consideration when making a choice.

If you love writing but haven’t started blogging yet, maybe now is the time to improve the way you think about blogging as both an investment and a profession. It really can be a good source of passive income as long as you take care of your blog and put in the effort to help it grow.

4. Beware of peer pressure; shut down the noise when you need to

As soon as they hear about your plan, people will always have something to say. Some will try to dissuade you or divert you into other types of investment that they believe might be better.

The problem with this is if you let peer pressure make you give in, you could soon be faced with the rolling stone problem. You’ll find yourself full of stories about failed investments and nothing to show for it.

Another thing you need to watch out for is trying to match your peers’ spending habits. First of all, keeping up with the Joneses just doesn’t work anymore. Second, what works for others may not necessarily work for you.

Lastly and most dangerously of all, the noise from people around who are trying to convince you to succumb to peer pressure can also lead you deep into debt. When that happens, you can kiss you early retirement plans goodbye.

5. Keep your goal in mind

 

Set realistic targets and stick to them. How you invest, how much you want to save and the time to plan to retire does not necessarily have to match with that of your colleagues. Regardless, keep your eye on the prize.

Here are a few points that may help keep things in perspective:

No has as much to lose or gain from your goals as you do. That’s why no one can be as dedicated as you are to achieving them.

Every moment that you let yourself be sidetracked from your plans delays your retirement further than you planned. Every unplanned penny you spend, every but of your 20% that you decide not to put into your saving this month pushes your retirement targets back by weeks, months, or even years.

One good thing about keeping your goals in mind is that it can somehow act as a buffer against negativity from other people.  For example, when people criticize your blog, ergo your main source of income, you’d be better equipped to handle it more gracefully that you would have if you didn’t have a purpose you were trying to achieve.

Conclusion

To sum it all up, my answer is yes. I do believe retiring on a blogger’s income is possible, same as with any other profession.

Same as anything else though, dedication and perseverance are the two factors that will determine how early we all can reach that planned retirement date.

I suppose, when you think about it, bloggers don’t really retire. That’s because writing is usually ingrained too deeply into a blogger’s personality, which makes it practically impossible to get rid of. I think financial independence is a much better term to use in this case.

But my answer remains the same. Yes. Financial independence while on a blogger’s income is possible and achievable. You just have to have the right mindset, be willing to sacrifice for your goals and believe that in the end, it will all be worth it.

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Kevin is a full-time digital marketer and business coach. As a retired marine, he devotes his time helping business owners succeed online.

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4 Effective Tips for Boosting Reader Engagement on Your Blog

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If you want your blog to be successful and bring good profits, you need to ensure that your posts not only attract traffic but engage the readers. To do this you’ll need to experiment with content formats, open dialog with the audience, involve influencers, and above all, understand your audience’s exact wishes.

From online videos to content creation and social media, there seems to be an endless supply of new traffic out there and different ways to pull users back to your site. With all of this in focus and on the minds of bloggers everywhere, we wanted to highlight some of the best ways to boost content engagement, using many of the preferred mentions we’ve already highlighted.

4 Ways to Boost Your Blog Content Engagement Rate Fast

Post videos

Even if you don’t run a vlog, you need to post an occasional video because that’s the ‘hottest’ type of content today. Check out an aggregation of video marketing statistics offered by Forbes to see why exactly your blog needs more video content. Note that social videos generate more shares.

Live video streaming is also greatly popular today, so be sure to launch an occasional Facebook Live session to share something interesting with your followers. Then post a recording of the stream on your blog so those who missed the airing will be able to enjoy it anyway.

Research your audience in great detail

To boost reader engagement on your blog you need to understand what motivates your targeted audience to actually get into your content. You’ll need to not only consider the analytics data that will show you which of your posts are most popular. You also need to search for information on your targeted audience, such as what kind of posts are generally more popular with them.

The more precise you are in developing targeted content, the higher the reader engagement rate will be. This means that if you seek to create a diverse readership base, you might need to consider launching several websites. In that case, you’ll need to use specialized software and a hosting service that allows you to run multiple blogs. This will make managing them easier, so you’ll be able to focus on creating several posts. Bear in mind that you might be able to apply the same basic content strategy to all your blogs, even if they differ in subjects.

The differences in those strategies and individual posts will be dictated by the data you get from a detailed study of targeted audiences.

Get more influential persons involved

Influencers of any kind can help you boost reader engagement on your blog because if they promote your content, their loyal readers will want to read it themselves. You can also generate more traffic and engagement by mentioning various celebrities and popular bloggers.

A perfect example of this can be seen in one of our expert roundup posts, where 73 different online marketers and bloggers took the time to share their expertise on social media.  The benefit here wasn’t also just for our site. Each of the experts got a lot of exposure out of this, and the audience loved the content as well.

However, you’ll need to be careful if you choose to use mentions. For celebrities, you should research laws and regulations surrounding the issue. You need to be 100% sure that you won’t be sued for mentioning someone’s name or other information in your post. When you mention bloggers, you’ll need to consider those rules too as well as give them a heads up about doing this.

Having various opinion influencers popular with your target audience is a great boost to your blog and personal brand. This will also increase your reach as you’ll get an indirect contact with the influencer’s audience.

However, attracting influencers is a big challenge, especially for a blogger. You can use the tips from Neil Patel, a true marketing guru. Think carefully about how to adapt them to your situation.

Post engaging graphics

Much like with videos, you should post relevant graphics to boost reader engagement because this type of content is popular and shareable. Infographics are particularly effective for this, so be sure to create some. It will be best if your infographics have some original data on relevant topics. But, even simple step-by-step instructions can generate decent shares and likes.

Your every post should contain several images by default as they promote reader engagement and memorization. Be sure to add .GIFs as well, because these graphics are in trend now.

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Best Search Engine Marketing and SEO Practices to Follow in 2018

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Marketing often requires four basic factors: first, there should be people with unsatisfied needs; second, these people should have the desire to be satisfied; third, there should be opportunities for communication; and fourth, there should be an exchange of goods or services. A businessman with keen acumen for business opportunities would readily recognize these unsatisfied needs, build opportunities for communication with these people, and relay the service or product that could satisfy their needs. The important thing is that the prospective businessman is able to reach his target audience via good marketing strategies and tactics.

Understanding Search Engine Marketing

Marketing strategies have greatly changed since the introduction of the World Wide Web. As the Internet expands, it also provides good avenues for new marketing strategies and tactics. It also engenders new buying behavior among consumers, as contemporary consumers first search online for a product or service that they need before purchasing it. On the other hand, business owners are now required to create their own websites to be relevant online.

As highlighted in this article, writing for humans is always going to be the example to follow. It also means keeping the following SEO guidelines in mind when creating content:

  • Keep it unique. Avoid duplicating content that’s already out there. Ask yourself: what can I add to this ongoing conversation?
  • Do more research than competitor sites have done.
  • Consider all options: infographics, videos, podcasts, an interview, a step-by-step guide or even a new tool or template. 
  • Remember that longer content gets more links. If your page is supported by high-quality links, it will move up in the ranks. Although Google has stated that even a few sentences can rank, in general, you’re better off creating content that is at least 300 words or more.

One form of effective online marketing is search engine marketing. It involves website promotion aimed at increasing the visibility of your business site online. It is also designed to make your site rank higher on the search engine page results (SERP). However, this marketing form is wrought primarily through paid advertisement.

In 2007, for example, advertisers in the U.S. had spent 24.6 billion dollars on this type of marketing. Google, on the other hand, leads the pack of search engines that profited from search engine marketing. Furthermore, in the second quarter of 2015, Google got a sizeable 73.7% share of profits from search engine marketing as compared to 26.3% of Yahoo/Bing. Based on these data, search engine marketing appears to be a very profitable business that rakes billions of dollars of profit for search engines.

Social Media Marketing

Your online marketing strategies and tactics would never be complete without tapping into social media. Services like Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Baidu Tieba, and LinkedIn have also been used for marketing. LinkedIn, for example, as an employment-oriented service can be used to promote your services and get more mileage for your online marketing efforts, but keep in mind that it is primarily used to establish professional networks.

Just take a look at the screenshot below and how LinkedIn can provide such great information for anyone looking for earnings and jobs reports within any specific niche market. Not only will these same results rank and appear within the search results, they are also heavily shared through social media as well.

Search Engine Optimization

Aside from search engine marketing which makes use of paid advertising, you can also make use of search engine optimization (SEO). Search engine optimization is another way of expanding the online visibility of your site without necessarily paying for online advertisements. Search engines have organic or natural page results, known as SERP, and you can influence these organic results through SEO.

Not many, however, are experts in SEO. Hence, if you are a businessman who doesn’t have the know-how on SEO, you should visit BestSEOCompanies.com and search for the expert that fits your needs. If you want a reliable and trustworthy SEO specialist, this website can really help you with its list of the top 50 SEO services that you can immediately hire.

Business websites that are ranking high in the SERP usually gets two-pronged benefits. First, if your site ranks high in the SERP, chances are casual searchers will click on your website, and you can turn them immediately into actual clients. Additionally, if you get more clicks and visits from casual searchers, the search engine will further rank your website higher.

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What Is the Chief Benefit of Going the Extra Blogging Mile?

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10:15 PM on a Sunday night.

After waking at 7 AM I did an hour of yoga.

I followed up with 4 hours of blogging work.

Toss in another 4 hours of blogging work plus a 1 hour walk and some R and R, and where I am late on a Sunday night. Going the extra blogging mile.

I love blogging. Working late on a Sunday does not feel like going the extra mile because blogging feels fun to me. But putting in a bit more effort when I feel tired helps me to help more people. Going the extra blogging mile also makes me memorable in the eyes of readers.

I know other bloggers who go the extra mile.

My friend Ronald at Web SEO Marketers runs a first rate blog.

Beyond his super content though, he goes the extra blogging mile in the relationship-building department.

A few moments ago I saw this update in my stream when I logged in to Facebook:

Buying the paperback version of my blogging eBook would have been awesome in and of itself. But Ronald snapped a selfie holding the paperback, noted how he just received my book in the email and tagged me to let me know he bought my book and he’d see me in paradise.

Brilliant!

He perfectly embodies how you go the extra mile relationship building wise. Compassionate, heart-centered bloggers think of how they can help folks out. Generous folks always stick out in your mind because we resonate with people who are kind, helpful and genuine in all they do.

Being Memorable Helps Expand Your Presence

I noted Ronald’s rocking blog in this post because he is a skilled blogger, because he shouted out buying my book on Facebook and because both factors make him memorable. I could not fall asleep until I wrote this post and shouted him out because it feels fun to spread the love and to help you guys understand the chief benefit of going the extra blogging mile; people will remember you.

If people remember you they will feature you, interview you, invite you to guest post on their blog, or they will hire you or buy your stuff. As your features, interviews and guest posts increase you will appear to be all over the place in your niche, growing your business slowly and steadily until your generosity and willingness to go above and beyond results in exponential growth of your online presence.

Alonzo Pichardo embodies this type of massive growth over the long haul by going the extra mile.

Check out his Instagram account.

His follower growth and overall engagement levels are staggering, with 55,000 followers receiving Alonzo’s update on the platform.

Alonzo continues to get so many followers because he gave so much of his time, skills and expertise over the past decade. He did not attract 55,000 followers after a week of going the extra blogging mile. He generously served folks for a decade and continues to help folks even if doing so takes him late into the night, becoming more memorable to more folks around the world.

Be Patient

Be patient and persistent in creating value and building bonds. Good things take time.

You may not make a penny through your blog for 6 months after doing the right things with the right energy but you will succeed over the long haul. Every kind act is rewarded over time.

Keep helping people. Focus on the process, not on outcomes. Stay up late to write the guest post, linking in to your blogging buddies to increase their exposure. After you purchase a book, take a selfie and tag the author on social media. Think of how you can impact humanity in a generous, significant way, one friendship and one generous act at a time.

Go the extra blogging mile.

Accelerate your blogging success over the long haul.

 

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