5 Common Blogging Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

Are you making any of these blogging mistakes?
common blogging mistakes

Let’s face it; blogging mistakes happen, and none of us are perfect. This is especially true when starting out. The great news is, there are solutions to all of these common blogging mistakes.

Below are five common blogging mistakes, and how to avoid them!

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Category: Grow Your Business, Marketing

How to Write a Kindle Book One Blog Post at a Time

Build your platform and write a book at the same time!
Have you ever thought of writing a Kindle book but feel overwhelmed by the thought of writing a whole book? If so, one possible solution is to write your Kindle book one blog post at a time! The concept of blogging a book isn’t original to me. I first heard about it from my friend, Nina Amir, author of How to Blog a Book. Nina’s focus is on writing hard copy books that are, in most cases, traditionally published, but the principles certain apply to Kindle books as well. In fact it’s even easier to blog a Kindle book since Kindle books are often shorter than traditionally published books. In addition to making the task of writing a book less overwhelming, the great thing about writing your book one blog post at a time is that while you’re writing your book, you’re also building your platform, and killing two birds with one stone, since you create content for your blog and write your book at the same time. Here are some tips for blogging a Kindle book! 1. After coming up with a topic idea for your Kindle book, do a brain dump. Make a list of everything you can think of that pertains to your topic. Don’t stop to analyze or judge. The goal is to write fast, and just get some ideas down. Try to come up with at least 50 ideas, since many of them may not be useable. Once you’ve done that, organize your ideas by subtopics. To do so, just think about what ideas fit together. I like to think of those related ideas as sections in a book. 2. Refine your list of ideas. Now is the time to turn a critical (but not too critical!) look at your ideas. Are there any ideas that are truly bad? If so, put them aside for now, but don’t discard them, just in case they may be worth thinking more about later. 3. Turn your ideas into blog post titles. It’s now time to turn those rough ideas into blog post titles! Don’t agonize over them, because you can refine them further when you actually go to write the posts, so just come up with good working titles. 4. Decide which blog posts you’ll publish on your site and which ones you’ll reserve for your book. It’s good to withhold some of your content and make it only available in your book. The percentage is up to you, but I personally advise publishing 75% or less of the content for the book on your blog. If you divided your blog post titles into sections, you could choose to reserve a section or two for the book, and publish everything else on your blog. 5. Start writing! Now the fun part begins! Start writing your Kindle book, one blog post at a time. I like to make writing a post a daily habit, so that I make good progress on my book, and so that I really get into the writing groove, but the frequency is really up to you. You can upload and publish the posts that you’ve decided to publish on your blog as you write them, or you can wait until your book is complete before doing so. 6. Polish and Publish. Once all of the posts have been written, go back through and read them again, and edit them if needed. At this time, you’ll also want to put them all into one document and format the document in keeping with Kindle formatting guidelines. Writing a Kindle book is a great accomplishment, but it’s very doable, especially if you do it one blog post at a time! Question: Have you ever considered writing a Kindle book?

Have you ever thought of writing a Kindle book but feel overwhelmed by the thought of writing a whole book? If so, one possible solution is to write your Kindle book one blog post at a time!

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Category: Grow Your Business, Making Money

Is it Better to Hire a Solo VA or a Virtual Assistant Who Works for an Agency?

When it comes time to hire a virtual assistant, one of the first things you'll have to decide is whether or not to go through an agency.
Hiring a virtual assistant

Finding a great virtual assistant can really help you to move forward in many aspects of your business. But when it comes to finding a VA, you may wonder if you should hire one who works for an agency, or one who is on her own.

As is often the case, there are pros and cons to both options.

Here are a few things to consider when you’re trying to decide if it’s better to hire a solo VA or a virtual assistant who works for an agency.

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Category: Business, Grow Your Business

Batching and Time Blocking for Blogging Productivity

If you need to get more blog posts written in less time, give batching and time blocking a try!
5 Productivity Hacks for Female Entrepreneurs

If you’re like many bloggers, you struggle to find time to blog. In fact, the feeling of not having enough time is one of the biggest and most challenges when it comes to blogging.

I’ve found that batching and time blocking can both increase blogging productivity.

Here’s how it works:

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Category: Business, Grow Your Business

Give me 30 Minutes a Day and I’ll Give You a Successful Blog

Blogging doesn't have to take a ton of time!
successful blog in 30 minutes a day

A lot of business owners believe that content marketing, including blogging, is important, and yet feel that they don’t have time for it. If that describes you, I totally understand how you feel, because no doubt about it, blogging can be very time consuming!

The great news is, you can indeed have a successful blog in as little as 30 minutes a day!

Here’s how:

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Category: Grow Your Business, Marketing

Amy Bellgardt Flip Side Interview (FS039)

This Oklahoma girl is far from just OK...
Amy Bellgardt Flip Side

Amy Bellgardt (founder of MomSpark.com & MomSpark Media) joined us from her home office in Edmond, Oklahoma, where collectibles, books and coffee are always on hand.   Continue Reading

Category: The Flip Side

The Myth of “Can’t Live Without it” Content

Create the best content you can, but don't worry about being perfect!
the myth of epic content

If you’ve been blogging for any length of time whatsoever, you’ve probably heard the terms, “epic content,” or “can’t live without it” content, or other similar terms that give the indication that any content you create needs to be a masterpiece.

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Category: Grow Your Business, Marketing