Have you Reached Your Goals this Year?

Hello All!

It has been quite a while since I typed up a post!

I just wanted to give you guys a little update about me and what I’ve been working on for the past several months!

This year so far has been the year of adventures! I have been trying my hardest to follow up on a lot of small goals that I set up for myself, both late last year and at the beginning of this year..

One of the many goals I wanted to accomplish, personally, was to start a new business venture. Something new, that I have never done before, and create an income from it. 

I sort of started it earlier this year. On a previous post- My summer vacation is almost over, I talked about how I started selling clothes on Instagram, through my shop @shyculture and how I was going to go into detail about that business venture a little later. I am happy to say that I DID manage to get that business venture going, and I HAVE started to create a (small) income from it. 

Its far from the income I want to achieve mind you, but my little shop @shyculture, is starting to grow little by little.

RIght now, I have only been selling my own clothes, and have not started buying new materials, yet. But that will change BEFORE the end of this year, 2014.

OK! Time for Updates!!

Since I have been away from my computer for quite some time, and this blog has already started to catch dust, I have decided to start a whole new section on my blog, and dedicate it strictly to New Updates! 

Basically, I have decided to write smaller, but informational blog posts about the newest additions and progress of this blog, and other blogs that I contribute to, and publish them together.

Longer posts, will NOW only be posted once a week (YES! I will post, I promise!), and I will keep you guys informed about changes, and appearances through Twitter!

If you haven’t already Follow Me on Twitter: @jessicaarangel1

I love to hear from my Audience, and I DO respond to comments!

About this Blog…

Well, let me tell you a little bit about this blog…

Even though I have not been on here for a while, I am SO thankful my wonderful readers have actually stuck around.

What is even more wonderful is that this blog continues to thrive. 

Lately, I have been studying the layout of my blog, and I have noticed the HUGE difference in earnings in both Amazon AND my other affiliates, mainly Bluehost and Ebates (I am going to explain this further in an upcoming post).

Amazon has always been a great source of income for me, but lately, Its been treating me a lot better since I started to focus less on advertising the store, and more on Enjoying the products and telling people about them.

NOW, this blog is becoming more of a step-by-step guide for others, because I am trying to keep people up to date on everything that I try. 

Before I started working on this blog, I was a full-time freelance writer, and blogger, for a couple of companies. In fact, if you like, you can Follow me on my other blog- The Writing Gal. This is where I write about Freelancing, How to Blog professionally, and establish your brand as a writer.

So, I think its worthy of a mention!

Thinking back on goals, I have achieved ONE goal I had for this Blog.

Create another source of income from it, and connect it to other business ventures. 

Like I mentioned above, I have been working on another business outside of this blog, and its going well. 

One thing that I am looking forward to doing more of, is posting more updates on this blog about my other ventures.

Its seems to me, people relate more to me, when they see everything I’m doing. So, If you guys want to know more information about my businesses, then I’ll write more about them!

Once again, Dont Forget to Follow my Instagram shop: @shyculture and my PERSONAL account on @jessicaarangel10.

Also, see you on Twitter! 

3 Things to Keep in Mind When You Sign up to Amazon Affiliates

If you are reading this post, chances are you want to know what you should consider before you sign up to Amazon associates, or if you already signed up, how to get over certain obstacles. 

However, there are three things to keep in mind when you sign up to this program, and want to start earning right away. 

Below, I’m somewhat quickly summarize the three points, and try to shed some advice on how to get past these obstacles, and not let them get in the way of you making money through Amazon Associates.

1. You get paid every month, but for the sales you made TWO months ago.

Here is one of the most important things that you have to remember when you start out, or when you want to sign up to amazon affiliates. Say for example you sign up for amazon affiliates in January, and right away you start profiting from the program. Amazon will pay you, your earnings, but two months later. Basically, if you start in January, you will be paid in March. Two months later. For many people, this can be a little bit of a disappointment, since they want to be paid right away, but Amazon will pay you monthly, if your sales are high enough and in special occasions. So, read the fine print before you start working with Amazon.

If you manage to have an amazing first month, or first several months, but you do not see the rewards yet, DONT QUIT.

I’ve heard this happening a lot with new bloggers, when they don’t see the rewards of all their hard work right away, and quit the program before they get paid. 

Its important to know the payment schedule, and know when you are going to start seeing the money coming in. 

If you signed up for Amazon associates for more than a year, chances are that you are getting paid every month, or every other month, and you are seeing some differences in the payment. 

Well, this is normal, and although it can be frustrating to say the least, you want to make sure that you continue to keep your account, and you increase your earnings because you will see that money, just two months later. 

2. Not Every person that browses your blog/website will purchase something through your affiliate links. The key here is TARGETTED blog content.

Amazon affiliates may be an amazing program, but not everyone that comes to your blog will want to purchase something from the site. Its very important to keep this in mind when you start this affiliate program. 

You only earn money when people make a purchase through the affiliate links on your blog. This means, if people are just browsing through, chances are, you wont make a sale. 

No sale, to money.

It sucks, but that’s the catch. 

In order to bring in the attention of “buyers”, you need to have the type of information that will attract readers to your blog. 

In other words- You need to have both the proper Information and audience for your blog. Or Targetted Blog Content.

Your blog content needs to entice people to buy from amazon through your blog. Many bloggers, let me tell you, take this as a personal challenge, and try to engage their readers through their blogs. 

Although some fail, the majority of bloggers find success not because they blog constantly, but because their blogs receive a lot of traffic, and their blog content attracts people that either need a specific product, or need advice on a specific subject, and through blogging, writers are able to recommend books or a product for people to buy. 

Its crazy, but it works and that’s how people create such a great income from Amazon Associates. 

While you might be tempted to start recommending products, or telling people what products you like, and the reasons they should buy them, just remember- people are mainly looking for a good source of information, rather than constantly being told to “buy” something left and right. 

Just remember its “quality over quantity”.

You can have hundreds of blog posts, but it really wont do you very good if your readers are not interested in your posts. 

Really, its all about finding the balance between recommending a product to your readers, and writing useful posts for your blog. 

3. It takes time to build trust between you and your readers. You will find success in this program when your readers trust you. 

I’ve found myself experience a lot of successful months, when my readers not only like what I have to say about a product in specific, but when they like my blog posts. 

Sometimes people may not really be looking to buy something, but if you have amazing information, and you post frequently, readers will be more willing to make purchases through your site. 

Its all about building a relationship with your readers, and allowing your audience to feel comfortable coming to your blog, and commenting on your work and keeping that cycle going. 

If you can do this, chances are that you will create a successful blog, and you will earn a significant amount from amazon associates. 

I hope this helps you increase, or start creating your own income!

~To your success!

A Little Monday Motivation- 3 of my Favorite Methods to Create an income (or Increase it!)

Happy Monday!

Happy St Patricks Day!!

I used to hate Mondays, but now I look forward to them because I get to outline my work for the week, and I also get to check out the progress I am making on my blog. 

Last week was a good week for me. A lot happened, my blog got a lot more traffic, and I went into a little bit of detail in my previous blog post: A Month of No Blogging, This is What Happens.

In this post, I explain how affiliates helped me last month, and what I liked about them. 

3 of my personal favorite methods to create income from my blog (or increase it!)

In another previous post: How to create a profitable blog, I explained how to create income from your blog. 

But there are so many ways that this can be achieved. 

At times we may get disappointed because we are not seeing the progress or numbers in either our traffic or our income. So, how can we get some motivation during hard times?

There are 3 methods that I LOVE to use when I want to either grow my income or create another source of income. So, here they are!

1. Working Affiliates Within my Blog Posts.

As a blogger, I KNOW my income is 90% reflective of the traffic to my blog. Basically, if no one visits my blog, I cant create an income. 

I use a variety of affiliates in my blog. As you are able to tell, I also like to blog about them A LOT. What I have noticed since I started blogging for a living, is that people really like to work with an affiliate when they know its popular enough. 

So, I like to take advantage of this and mention the things that I am interested in, through my blog.

Linking affiliates within my blog posts is not only SMART, its also a time saver!

Linking affiliates within my blog posts is smart for a number of reasons. For one, the more I post a link to my posts, the more likely it is that people will purchase the product I am recommending. 

Whenever I mention a product or a service, I make sure I recommend it because I like the product, and I know its worth the mention.

Amazon affiliates has an AMAZING tool, the search box, that lets people search through their site using this widget. I love and use it on every blog I have, therefore, increasing the number of sales. 

If you are using an affiliate make sure that you let people know how its helped you, and why its so popular.

This brings me to number 2.

2. Showing popular products within my posts. 

Whether you are using an already popular affiliate or a new affiliate, your chances of making a profit from that affiliate go up, when your readers know they are not alone in purchasing a product or service from the affiliate link you are offering, or joining a site from your links. 

I like to have links of popular products within my blog posts because honestly, its simpler than searching for the most liked product on any site, or affiliate website. 

Many websites that offer affiliates often show you the most popular or hottest product for the week, or the month. Use that! 

There is nothing better, than having the most popular links given to you already, without having to do any of the work!

3. Finally, Making the posts RELEVANT to the products.

If you really want to increase your income, or create an income from your blog during your first month of blogging, you have to work at it. 

One of the most important things to remember about working with affiliates is that they are constantly changing. 

In order to create a successful profitable blog, your affiliates have to be relevant to your blog. 

As you can see, I try to show as many links to products I use on a daily basis, and help me in my business. Whenever I mention them in blog posts, and attach a link, I try to keep my posts as relevant as possible to the product and make sure I mention them several times through out my post. 

This not only helps my reader understand why the product is so important, but chances are that the person will make more than one purchase from my blog as well. 

Bonus- Less is more.

Here is a bonus MOTIVATION tip for you!

If you are having trouble increasing your income even after you have experimented, tried different blogging styles and done your research, then simply BLOG ABOUT WHAT YOU KNOW.

Too many times, I come across many bloggers who have their blogs covered with ads, and affiliate links, but do not really mention them on their posts.

The majority of the time, when it comes to blogging, LESS IS MORE. What does that mean?

You don’t necessarily need to have advertisements all over your blog, for your readers to find your affiliate links. Try to keep all of your links together in one place, to help your readers find your resources. 

My blog has several new pages including A RESOURCE page, where my readers can find all of the affiliates that I run on my blog, and a link where they can sign up to the website if they choose to. 

My resource page has helped me increase my income about 35% in the past 6 months. 

I have all of my affiliates neatly listed- or as much as they can be- through out the page, and It shows my readers the easiest way to sign up through the links. 

I hope this helps you increase your traffic and earnings!

Stay tuned for more tips later this week! 

A Month of No Blogging- This is What happens

Hello All! 

So far, its March, and I KNOW its been a while since I’ve been here. 

I kinda wanted to catch up with my readers and wanted to see what everyone is doing, how are we handling the Daylight Savings time change, and how this is going to affect this Blog, and how its affecting others as well. 

First things first, as you might have noticed, there are a few differences in my blog today. For one, different layout. Two, new colors and three, a new tagline. 

A few people are already wondering: what gives? Well, I kinda was not happy about the (old) layout, and I wanted to try to blend my page together a little bit. 

Whenever I visited my blog, either from my phone or my laptop, I couldn’t help but notice how different it looked every single time. I liked, it was organized and put together, but it did not reflect everything that I wanted this blog to be. 

I’m not going to lie, I do miss the box organization of my blog. You know, how I used to have all of my sections to the right side of my blog organized in small boxes. It was a good idea at the time, but as I’m growing this blog, it seemed to be more BULKY than helpful. That was not good. By any means. 

So, BYE, BYE went THAT layout and now I’m trying another type of layout hoping to not only make my blog seem more inviting, but also Organized without having TOO MUCH on it. 

A few bloggers have also asked me about links to the products listed on the side such as 
The FitBIt, well I happen to REALLY, I mean REALLY like this product, so of course, I wanted to share that with my readers. 

And THANKS to all of the people who liked my blog, that item became a HOT PRODUCT for the month!


Another BIG part of this month BESIDES the new blog layout and everything, is that I have not been able to work as much, however, I have noticed that this blog is up and running better than ever! 

Many people ask: How do you create income from a blog when you don’t work on it everyday?

Well, to be honest, I’m not completely sure. 

Creating a profitable blog, as I have talked before on a blog post before, takes time and effort, and you have to build your audience and give them valuable information as often as possible to create that NEED for that person to keep coming back to your blog. You can read this post right HERE, or click BELOW for another link.
Lets face it, what good is it to have an AMAZING blog, if no one reads it? 

To me, Its kind of like Cooking a great meal, and having NO ONE around to eat it. Except of course for you… and maybe your cat (if you have one). 

You can read that post here: How to create a profitable blog. 

So, what changed for me? Why is my blog working, even though I’m not technically “working” on it every week like I should be?

I like to think I’m doing a few things right.

1. I give my readers ideas on how they can create their own income. 

I’m kind of proud of this, mainly because I know first hand how hard it is to create an income from the comfort of your own home, but also because I know how HARD it can be to make a living from your own BLOG. 

I realized last year, that its great showing bloggers how I created my blog, and profited from it, but its much better when I give them ideas that they can use, to create an income from their own blogs. 

2. I give my readers more OPTIONS. 

As you can tell by now, I have several affiliates on my blog. And they ALL WORK! (YES!!)

One of my biggest movers is of course Amazon Associates, and it has actually become one of my favorite affiliates because of its flexibility. 

I would definitely recommend this affiliate to anyone who has patience, and likes to blog about their experience with making money online. It can be an amazing way to make a buck, if you know what you are doing!

Another Affiliate that I use that is quickly becoming popular is BLUEHOST. I don’t think I need to say more, but just in case you dont know how this beautiful site works, let me give you the short explanation.

Bluehost is THE BEST (in my book) hosting and domain name provider around. You can have unlimited websites, domain names etc.. At ONE LOW PRICE. (applause, applause!)

***The link to Bluehost IS AN AFFILIATE LINK, I will get a small payment from it, but at NO EXTRA COST TO YOU! Thanks for the support!***

Like I said, it has been rapidly growing in popularity, not only that BUT many of the people that sign up to the site, do it FROM AFFILIATE links, which means, that if someone signs up to this site from YOUR link, you get paid from that.

I LOVE Amazon Associates because not only can I choose what products to recommend, but I can also choose how I present them to people. 

The beauty with this affiliate program is that it gives you SO MANY choices for recommending, or promoting any product or link. 

Single Product Links.

In the Spotlight!
As you might have noticed, I have a “ON THE SPOTLIGHT” product link on the right side of my blog. This has been a HUGE source of income for me. You don’t need to have hundreds of products for you to make a profit, if you recommend ONE product, and you REALLY love it, then recommend it. Flaunt it, show it off. 

People will invest in something a lot more often when they know that it comes highly recommended. 

The Amazon Search Box
I like to call this the little “magic box” because its wonderful!

I love this specific feature of Amazon because it allows people to search on amazon and I earn a small commission from that! 

I don’t have to tell people anything, they simply search for what they want and shop away! My earnings have increased because of this trick. 

I personally like to keep this widget on the top right corner of my blog, so that people can see it right away. 

So, what does all of this say about my blog?

Its working! Yes!

I appreciate that more people are coming to my blog, and keep coming back! 

This has not always been an easy thing to do. It took me quite a while to establish a presence online, and keep it.

In future posts, I’ll explain how I have grown my traffic from 10 views a week, to a thousand views a day! 

so, stay tuned!!

New Schedule, and New Ideas

Hello there!

So far, this new month has brought in a new schedule for me, and new ideas for this blog.

For one, I am planning on writing more, but NOT just about business and freelancing, but more of future projects that I want to tackle, and maybe produce a few marketing plans, so that writers who want to take their business to the next level, can do so, and be successful right away.

This new Idea may or may not work, but i’m hoping people will see it as useful because I have done my research, and it takes a lot to create an “easy” marketing guide. 

There is so much to know!

So, i’m hoping to simplify your work, and create something amazing that everyone will be able to use at some point in their business or career. 

Given that my business is a lot different than others, and you might not necessarily need all of the information I will give in my marketing plans, so people will be able to change it to fit their own business.

That’s so far one plan..

My second idea is to maybe go back to writing in content mills, and share how to create a second source of income from them. 

A few years ago, I started my freelance career writing in sites such as Helium, Hubpages and Triond. I got VERY GOOD RESULTS! 

Since I started this blog, I found it to be very hard, if not difficult to keep up with one site, let alone two or three. So, I stopped. 

So, Why do I want to continue writing for those websites?

Well, to be honest, I’m still making money from them. 

Taken that it is NOT the same amount of money I used to receive from these websites, but it is still money, and a good amount.

I have found out, that many of the articles that I wrote, still generate a good source of traffic, and because of that I have been able to grow this blogs’ traffic, and increase sales in Amazon, and other Affiliate links as well. 

Some of my most popular articles from Helium:

Wedding Anniversary Gift Ideas for Your Siblings
How to Develop Public Speaking Skills and Confidence in Young Students
Career Opportunities Education Experience- Education
Is it Better to Have a Small Wedding and Spend More per Head- NO

You can find many more of my articles on Helium HERE.

I have been wanting to do this project for quite some time now, because many people who read my stuff constantly ask me: 

Do you really make money from those websites? and, How

So I’m hoping that by me doing this, I’ll be able to show you guys how I’m creating a buzz for my stuff, how i’m marketing my content, and if I’m making it or failing miserably..

If you want to follow my work on Helium, you can do so HERE.

I will also be sharing some of my articles from Hubpages, and stay tuned for a special post about why Hubpages is so important if you want to increase your amazon earnings.

Is there something that you would like to read about? 

Let me know!

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New Google+ Page Means More Traffic!

Hello All!

Happy Monday! And February is HERE!!

This year is going by waay too fast!

Ok, a little update about this blog.. I officially changed my Google+ page. You can now find a link to this blog and many others on my new Google+ page. It took me a while to get it together, because I have been working on 3 NEW projects, not to mention a NEW idea for a book..

I will let you know about one of my new ideas as soon as I’ve got more information for you..

In general, this year (a whole months worth) has been pretty amazing. I have been able to accomplish one goal, and slowly coming close to accomplishing my second goal, and its ONLY February! So, I am pretty excited. 

Check out my list of Goals I want to accomplish this year! 

One of the things that I wanted to work on is establishing a presence online for my blogs. 

Every blogger knows that when you have more than one blog, things can get a little confusing, if not complicated. 

After doing much research, I have come to realize just how unbelievably important it is to properly set up a Google+ page for your blog or website, ESPECIALLY if you do what I do, and that is- Create an income straight from your blog. 

This weekend, I updated all of my social networks, and I linked this blog (my main blog) to all of my websites and work. So, people no longer have to search for, and Google my name. Now, its automatic. 

Needless to say, my traffic is now out of control. 

By the way- Thank you so much for stopping by!! I appreciate you!

Your Google+ Profile and Page

It is UNBELIEVABLY easy to create or update your Google+ profile. This is a GOLDMINE for traffic, especially if you want to increase your sales. 

One of the first things that I did was update my Current work as this Blog, and other blogs that I am also contributing to. This has not only been a key to my traffic, but it has also increased my traffic to my other blogs. 

My Bio and tagline is also different. Many people leave this blank, but I wanted people to know a little bit more about me. 

My picture is staying the same for now, but I am currently working on taking more pictures and picking out at least one new one for both my blog and social networks. 

The results from your hard work. 

Like I mentioned before, setting up my Google+ page for my blog has given me more traffic. Why? Because I put all my business information directly on my page, helping my work get searched more and indexed faster. 

The one thing I have learned about getting more traffic to my blog is “the more traffic my blog gets, the faster I get Indexed”. Its simple, but it takes a lot of time and strategy. 

Google+ is not only convenient, but its also quite necessary, especially if you want to take your business seriously. 

If you are a freelance writer, or trying to be, updating your Google+ page can help you get indexed in search engines faster, and get attention faster.

If you offer a service, or services, Updating your Google+ profile can also help you display your business and create a path for prospects to contact you. 

A tip when you update your Profile!

While there are several things that you can do to create a better looking profile, these are some of the things that have helped me improve my traffic and Google ranking.

  1. update your About info and Tagline– let people know who you are, and if you dont have a tagline, put up one of your favorite quotes. It doesnt always have to be about work.
  2. Update your “contribute to” section. This is generally a blog or website that you write for, e.i your blog. But if you contribute to writing websites, or are a guest blogger, put it on there. This gives you more control of where you want to send your readers to. 
  3. Mention your Blog or website on your “About me” section. I mentioned this section in number 1, but there is another thing that you can do. Link your blog or website to this section of your Google+ profile. The very first thing that people read about is your About me section. Make it easier to send your audience to your work, and link your blog to this section. Talk about a time SAVER!
  4. Finally! Update your work. If now you have several new blogs, or you are focused on more than one business, then update your work. You can update the amount of links, and the type of links you have shared, and “Liked” on your Google+ profile. Simply go to the main page of your profile and click on “1’s”. This takes you directly to all of your links. You can update as you wish from there. 
I hope this helps you in some way. Let me know how it worked for you!

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I Got Paid Today- So Why Am I Not Happy?

Hello All!

Happy Friday!

As you can tell, this is going to be quite a different blog post than usual!

Technically, I did not get paid today, per say, I got paid Yesterday. 
So, If I got paid (and just in time for the weekend mind you!), why am I not happy today?
Well, in general I am happy with having success this month. Not many people can say that they are making money from their blog, so in a way, I not only feel happy, but also very lucky. 

HOWEVER! And this is a very big BUT, in a way. 

I don’t feel happy, or as happy as I should feel because I wasn’t aware that I would be getting paid from this particular source.. Until today.
I love making money online, and trying new things, but up until recently, I have been seeing a real turn around with all of my affiliating links, especially those I signed up for Years ago. One of them being E-junkie. 

Let me break it down for you a bit. 

It is no secret that I run several affiliate links on my blog. Its one of the many things I love about blogging the most. That and the freedom to tell people all of my experiences blogging. 

I signed up for E-junkie about two years ago, as an experiment. Mainly, because I had NO IDEA what I was doing, and secondly because It was one of the very first affiliates that I had heard so much about. Later came Amazon, and much later came Bluehost and Adsense. 

Up until Yesterday I realized I have never made a dime from this site until this month. 

So, this is where I’m a little disappointed and happy at the same time.

Now, I’m asking myself this question- What did I do differently this month, that I have not done in the past, for me to make money from this site?
While I am happy that I made a small amount of pocket change from E-junkie, I want to know what I did to make that money, and make sure I keep making money in the future, and learn how to grow my investment.

The Change, Design and Domain
It hasn’t taken me long to figure out that the layout, and the design change in my blog has a lot to do with the recent spike in my traffic, e-mails and now apparently my earnings.

I added more information ABOUT ME, My Blog, and now my Resources page, that helps me direct my readers’ attention to where they can find the information they want for their own business. 

Has this helped me increase my income? I like to think so!

It’s more than just a simple design that’s helped me attract more visitors and increase my income, its also the new Domain name, and the change in my blog.

I recently purchased a new domain name for this blog, and it has helped change the way I blog in general. 

This blog is no longer called: Beyond Words, it is now called-
 The Beyond Words Blog.

Slight difference, and yet it’s given me quite the turn around in my traffic. 

If anyone wants to change their domain name, transfer or buy a new name, please use Bluehost. I cant emphasize how easy it is to use this service. 

You can then, design your blog your way, and create the appearance you want. 

Lastly, I changed the design of the blog itself. 

Before this design, my blog itself was more business than anything. This would have been great, except for the small problem that I already have a business blog, and It felt like It was unclear as to what blog was for what business. 

Basically, I had two blogs for the same topic. 

This would have been great, except like I mentioned above, it was very confusing!

Not just for me, but for my READERS. And that, was not good. 

You could see the confusion everywhere- my traffic, my comments, earnings.. 
Now that everything is clearer, and direct, I was surprised to see a new payment yesterday, but I’m a little bit upset that I did not that that affiliate more seriously in earlier. 

Now, I’m not only going to work on my blog, but really dive into affiliate marketing!

Stay tuned for more!

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New Blog Idea- Is It a Good Idea?

Hello All!

I cant believe it’s almost February! 

This month has been a lot of fun, and It’s given me some time to think about everything I want to achieve this year. 

I have so many plans, and so many ideas for future projects, I really think this year is going to be completely from last year. 

Last year, I published a lot of posts about how to be a freelance writer, what it takes to succeed, but I felt like I completely left out how I prepared for the freelancing business, and what I personally did to land so many jobs. 

This year, I have a goal to write more about my personal experiences, and give you an insight of how I run my business.

This is going to be completely different, and very new to me. 

This new approach to my blog, brings up one of my ideas on how to expand this blog, and even add to my freelancing career. 

I have been toying with the idea, of “starting” a new blog. 

If you caught the “quote unquote” starting, is because I already have the blog, I’m just not sure about what I will be posting on there. 

Let me explain. 

Before I started blogging for a profit back in 2011, I was actually a full-time freelance writer. I set up my blog/ website and my goal, back then was to write about different subjects in order to grow my online portfolio. 

This worked out AMAZING for me, until I decided to take my blogging work more seriously, and create a profitable blog. 

At first I thought- Oh darn, HUGE pay cut! But, incredibly enough, It wasn’t a pay cut, it was actually a big step, that turned into a BIG profit. 

Since then, I have been a full-time blogger, making money online, and now that I have this blog, I’m wondering- Is it time to start OR re-examine an older blog?

Here are some of my concerns about having another blog:

Will I be able to keep up with another blog?

What will my content be?

Am I going to have to set up separate social networks for this new blog?

Will I attract any readers?

With so many questions and doubts going through my head, all I can is try. 

If you are anything like me, then this part can be kind of scary, but then again, it is necessary if you want to find out if your idea is “good enough” to create another form of income.

And, that’s another BIG question mark I have right now, HOW will I be able to create an income from this new site? Am I going to have affiliates, a new book or writing clients again?

For those of you who don’t know, I used to be a full-time freelance writer. Now, I’ve become more like an occasional freelancer ever since I’ve started blogging for profit. 

I know what it’s like to try new things and struggle. Been there, done that.

However, now I’m more prepared, and I know more. But the question still stands- Will I be able to keep up with it? And If I can, what am I going to be offering?

As of right now, I’m just playing around with the idea, trying to decide if the new blog is going to work out or not…

If you would like to check out the new blog, please do so HERE. 

Let me know what you think. 

Do you love it? Hate it? Is it good enough? Would you go for it? 

I would love some advice!

The Problem With Having Too Many Ideas

If you have hundreds of ideas to grow your blog, that’s FANTASTIC. 

It really is. The problem with having one too many ideas for your blog or business, is that it will probably get you sidetracked from doing any actual productive work.

The majority of the time I’m on my blog, I spend it typing blog posts, and adding more ideas for future posts. When I am not blogging, I usually promote my posts on social networks, or focus on helping other writers.

I like to call this the “80-20 blogging rule” for me (stay tuned for a detailed blog post about this rule for blogging).

I write one weeks’ worth of blogs before hand, and the rest of the time, I promote my work, and interact with my readers. 

Whenever I get an idea for my blog, it takes me quite some time to actually put it to work. 

There is a lot of planning. 

Many of the projects that bloggers try to get into are fairly simple, while others take up more energy and resources.

For example- starting a new book, working on a new website, freelancers often try to promote new services. The list can go on and on, really. 

The time I put into working on my new idea, takes away from the time I set for my blog posts, because I also focus on other areas of writing. 

Here are some reasons why it can be bad to have too many ideas for your blog, and some ideas on how to make the most out of your ideas WITHOUT having any problems.

You can go over your budget, trying to work on other projects

While having ideas for your blog can be great, it can get you side tracked from doing any actual work for your blog, which already makes you money. Too many bloggers, try to tackle hundreds of ideas at the same time, and end up investing more money than what they have, and not seeing any actual results right away. 

This can be a problem over time. If you are spending too much time and money, working on an idea that will eventually make you money, you need to set a budget for your projects, and try to tackle less expensive projects, one by one to keep from having to borrow money, or look for investors.

One of my personal rules of thumb when I take on a new project is simple- I only invest a small portion of money from my own pocket for the basics, and continue investing money into my new project, once I start seeing the results from my work. 

This way can take a while to achieve, but every business owner and blogger knows that it can take a while to see the results from their hard work, unless you put the time into a new project. 

Your projects can come out completely different than how you originally planned

When you put your ideas into action, sometimes things can get “lost in translation”. One of your ideas might be simple and self-explanatory in paper, however, when you actually begin working on your ideas online, it can be a little bit different than how you expected it to work out. 

One thing that I have learned from starting a new business venture, is to test out my idea before taking on any actual work. 

I start out with blogging. Adding new content to my blog every other day, marketing this new blog and seeing how people respond to my work. 

Sometimes we are so excited about building something new, that we forget how much work and planning new projects take.

Your actual work can get left in the back burner

If your start spending more time working on a new idea, then I can almost guarantee something is going to get left in the back burner. 

Oh, this is so bad! Don’t let it happen to you!

While there is nothing wrong with investing a little bit of time to work on a new business idea, it can take its toll when your work starts to suffer. Remember, you want to continue making money in your business, and these new ideas you are working on are supposed to be on the side. Not your main income. That is something many bloggers forget about, and it comes as a shock to them, when its time to see if the time invested in starting a new business has actually paid off. 

If your new idea is not yet making you money, you have increase your income from your current job. 

You can lose track of time

This actually happens to me all the time, so I’m here to tell you how to avoid this. There are several ways of making sure this does not happen to you. Stick around, i’ll tell you how not to lose track of time working on a new business idea.

Working on a new business idea can take a lot of time, energy and resources you might not have, yet. Because of this it can be almost painful when you feel you have worked more, to make very little or nothing at all, at first. 

If you lose track of time, you can easily make up for it, by setting a time limit on your business idea. It might be hard, but this way, even if you are not making very much, or any income, you can feel better knowing that you are still making money on your own business.

You might not see your investment right away.

I mentioned part of this problem above, when I explained how you might not be able to stick to a budget for your new business idea.

One thing about working on a new business idea, is knowing that you have to invest money for things such as: hosting, website, designer, branding etc. All this means, unless you make money the very first month, you might be spending more money than what you are making. 

This means, that unfortunately you might not see a return on your investments right away. Some bloggers can take this as a loss, and as blogger who has invested a fair share of time and money into projects, I can tell you that it can be a very good investment… In the long run.

So far we have seen some negative notions of having too many business ideas, and why it can be bad. But what about the positive side of having so many business ideas? Do they get left behind?

Nope! There are some unique ways, that I have personally found to be useful when building very different businesses online. 

Here are some things that have helped me out. A lot

Try multiple Ideas at the same time

If you know how to multitask, this might be the way to go for you. The positive side of multitasking (when its done correctly) is knowing that you can get a lot done in a short amount of time. The bad side of multitasking is that you might feel unbalanced and overwhelmed most of the time, trying to get as much done as possible. 

Here are some ways of making the most out of your time:

  • Make a daily schedule and write down everything you need to do for your business, and side business. 
  • Write down what works and what doesn’t on a notepad, and keep track of your work and your results.
  • Do as much research as possible on your area of business, and surround yourself by people who are doing the same thing that you are doing. This can bring you a huge amount of support.
  • Take some time out of the week to just focus on yourself. This is very important, because you do not want to get burned out. 
  • Lastly, have fun working on your business. Make your work fun. If its more stress than fun, then there is something very wrong there!
Only invest money you make

Earlier I wrote about how starting a new business idea can get expensive. There is a lot to consider. You have to invest in web hosting, domain names, website designer (unless you know how to design your own website), etc.. Well there are some tricks to starting a business on a budget, while waiting for your new business idea to make you money. 

On an earlier post- How to start a business when you are broke, I talked about how freelance writers can start their own business when they are on a budget, or have no money to start out with. 

Some of those points can be applied here to, so I thought I would share them with you. 
  1. Domain hosting– If you are looking to host website online, then use Bluehost. This service is by far, the best hosting service online. You cant go wrong here. If you are looking to add more websites, more domains, this service not only lets you do all this, but it helps you along the way. I write about this service a lot, because honestly, I have never had any problems with them. This is an extremely affordable, and incredibly easy way to host your website, and add new domains if you chose to in the future. All at a very affordable price.
  2. Only spend money on the basics. This can be a little bit hard for those of us that want to go all out on our businesses, but if money is tight, and you can only afford so much, then stick to the basics of business. Purchase a domain name, try a free blogging platform (at first), and go from there. It can be hard to try it this way, but once you do start making money, you can re-invest it into your business and build from there
  3. Lastly- don’t forget to save money in the process! Creating something new is not only about investing money, but saving money. Even if at first its only pennies at a time, save your money. It will come in handy in the future, and this way, when unexpected expenses come up, you can easily cover them without stressing out.
List of the resources and useful tools mentioned in this post

Top 3 Book Recommendations and How They Have Changed My Business Perspective

Do you read?

I am only asking this question, because for a really long time, I did not pay attention to any of the books I read. I realize now, that it’s not only important to read, and everyday, but its also important to practice what you learn in books. 

Reading to me, is not only important to my business, its vital. It gives me such a satisfaction learning amazing new concepts, many of which I use on my own blogs. 

If you knew me, you would know that If I love something, I will recommend it. Lately, I have been on a literally high. I say “high” because I have been reading a lot lately. 

Over the past few months, I have been really looking forward to doing new things as part of my new years resolution. 

One objective on my list: Read more, and write more. 

I have taken it upon myself, to read more and try to influence others to do the same, if I really love a book. Well, today I have 3 amazing new books to share with you!

One of my all-time favorite books to date which teaches me why its so important for me to take my business seriously is Rich Dad Poor Dad: What The Rich Teach Their Kids About Money That the Poor and Middle Class Do Not!, by Robert T. Kiyosaki. 

When I started blogging, I did it for fun. I wanted to get out there with other bloggers, and share my own personal experience as a blogger, of what its like to be a blogger and a parent at the same time. It wasn’t long until I saw all of the potential that blogging had, such as being able to land private clients, and build my very own portfolio online, so that I could write my own salary one day. 

It took me a months to completely get out of my comfort zone, so that I could be able to go for the jobs that the Pro writers were going for. It wasn’t easy, but I did it and now looking back, I am very glad I did it, but I regret waiting so long for me to start my career. 

One thing that I learned from this book, is why it is so important to 
“Think outside the box”. Plain and simple. 

It is so important, and at the same time, it is incredibly important to teach our kids that (to those that have kids). 

I want to teach my son to be better. To think about creating and building something of his own. However, I am teaching him that by leading by example. You will find that in the book!

Deluxe Executive Envelope System (Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University) 

this is another book that not only have I lived by, but its helped me achieve financial freedom through my work. I think it was quite interesting, especially when it came down to seeing how people manage their money. When I began blogging, i’m actually ashamed to say that I was in debt. Not much, but enough to have me take my blogging more seriously, when I started to land paying clients. 

Slowly, I began to notice how even though I was making a considerable amount of money, I was still always short on cash. It was one of those things that make you wonder. You know?

I came across this book, because a really good friend of mine recommended it for me, once she heard about my financial problems. She told me and I quote “it will change the way you see money, and how you spend it”. I’ll admit, its scary how right she was. 

I don’t know about any one else out there, but I was shocked to see where all my money was going. I hated counting my paychecks to the penny, but now, I realize how important it is to do that if you want a deeper control of your finances. 

Here is a small preview of what I have learned from the book: If we took a look at our finances, and saw where all of the money we work for is going, we would all have more savings than debt.

I’m not going to ruin the book for you (you might hurt me!), but I do recommend it, especially if you are making more money, and you want to think about investments, or you are starting to think about investing more in your business.

Read the book!

One of the books that I am constantly referring back to whenever I make a financial decision is More than Enough: The Ten Keys to Changing Your Financial Destiny. I have not been very smart about my finances in the past, and to this day I regret a lot of the decisions that I made when it came to money. 

Dave Ramsey is really a fantastic Author who will open up your mind and answer a lot of the questions that you may have about money, spending habits, investments. etc. I recommend his books if you want to read more about how to be more financially secure!

Here is a link to all of the books mentioned in the post. I hope you enjoy these books as much as I did!

More than Enough: The Ten Keys to Changing Your Financial Destiny
Rich Dad Poor Dad: What The Rich Teach Their Kids About Money That the Poor and Middle Class Do Not!
Deluxe Executive Envelope System (Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University)

*if you want to purchase any books not mentioned on this post, feel free to use the amazon search box on the upper right hand corner! Thanks for the support! *

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