When you catch a reader’s eye with professional looking images (whether photos or graphics), good things happen. They are more likely to continue reading your blog, explore other posts, come back for return visits, and become fans. Plus those high quality images are more share worthy, which means more exposure and traffic back to your blog. And what do you think the first thing a potential sponsor might do when considering you for an opportunity? They look at your blog of course, and they typically make a snap judgement off of that first impression.
This summer we went on the adventure of a lifetime – a 5 week road trip out west with our two daughters, ages 7 and 9. I took some time off from this blog, but we had to keep everything running at 100 Days of Real Food (since that is our source of income and all). Luckily we were able to balance the two and had a killer time in the process!
Having a web-based business with a virtual team gives you incredible freedom, and I believe once you have your essential financial obligations covered, this freedom is worth more than any amount of money. Today I’m going to share a little bit about our trip followed by tips for blogging on the road…. [Continue Reading]
You know, it really is a small world in the online space. What I like is that the people that stand out and provide value get noticed, get promoted, and get introduced to others. I first learned about Jim Wang through a comment he left in a private Facebook group I converse with from time to time, and something told me he was the real deal. I checked him out and let’s just say my sources indicate he sold his Bargaineering.com blog for multiple millions. Whoa! Yet, Jim still cuts his own grass. I like that. 🙂
Different Paths, Same Destination
Although we’ve arrived at our current gigs on very different paths, we share common ground in both having recently started blogs to help others build businesses with their blogs – based on our real world experiences and successes. Jim now blogs over at Microblogger.com and recently started a podcast (Nice work Jim!). I’d love to do the same, but since work on my wife’s blog at 100 Days of Real Food is so demanding (and let’s face it, important) right now, that idea will just have to remain on the back burner for now…. [Continue Reading]
I was recently contacted by Mary Kathryn Johnson, founder of the Parent Entrepreneur Power podcast, about doing an interview. Mary was able to land Pat Flynn as a guest on her episode #2, which caught my attention (since he’s, you know, basically my online biz idol and all!). She focuses on (no surprise) parent entrepreneurs, and her questions reflect that viewpoint.
I have an enviable problem right now…I love working on Pro Blog School and have so much to share with you, but there is a constant tug of war for my time between Pro Blog School and 100 Days of Real Food. Luckily they support one another since I share many of the discoveries I make working on 100DRF with you here. But with so much traffic on my wife’s site, relatively small changes can translate into say a $5k increase in annual income, year after year. And larger initiatives can yield more like $10-15k. So I can’t ignore that stuff…. [Continue Reading]
Today I had plans to go for a mountain bike ride before the rain came (check…great ride!) and then turn all distractions off to focus on the ONE important task I had to blast through today. And that task was to finish creating all the “stuff” for my blog income calculator (ok stuff = wireframe, variable list, equations, look up tables, and constant values) and then hand that off to my web developer so he could get cracking on it. Psssst…there’s a sneak peak at the end of this post!
But instead, I checked my inbox one last time to, you know, make sure there were no emergencies. Big mistake. I noticed a reply from a comment I left on Amy Lynn Andrews’ blog about how not to violate Amazon’s operating agreement. That’s a pretty important topic given that we make a substantial chunk of our income off of Amazon (see How We Make a Full Income Blogging and Our Top 10 Earning Pages). And so that was the entry point to the rabbit hole that consumed the better part of my work day…. [Continue Reading]