And yes, it is learnt not learned (In my British voice) LOL. If you don’t know what I’m talking about – read the title again.
So, I got banned by MailChimp.
Sikes, (HANG MY HEAD IN SHAME).
I did nothing. I mean nothing wrong.
No, I wasn’t sending spam emails.
And no, I wasn’t emailing a list I imported into MailChimp.
And yes, I was emailing readers that subscribed directly through my blog.
So, a few months ago, I logged into my MailChimp account to send an email to my readers (as you do).
There are 8 tools I use in my business that I cannot live without.
Sounds a bit dramatic, I guess I should just say there are 8 tools that have made my life easier since I’ve been blogging.
In fact, I wish someone introduced these 8 tools to me, when I first started blogging years back.
I can’t remember where I was when I opened the email from Sumo, formerly Sumome stating that they recently bought the domain name Sumo.com for 1.5 million dollars.
But I remember what my reaction was.
Here’s how I reacted to the news…
- I immediately stopped what I was doing to read the article
- I fell out of my chair and broke my leg
- I screamed
- I cried. Why didn’t I think of registering Sumo.com? I could have been sitting on $1.5 million right now and laughing all the way to the bank
Shoulda. Woulda. Coulda. But I didn’t.
I have been blogging for a very long time and I have made lots of mistakes. Most of the mistakes, I made could have been avoided if I had a mentor or an experienced blogger to help me out when I hit a brick wall.
My vision is to see 1000’s of millennials, discover their purpose and start successful online businesses.
So, I decided to reach out to 11 expert bloggers to share their lessons learned. I asked them to share what they would do differently if they had to re-do their blog business journey all over again. And what they wish someone told them when they first started.
I would like to thank each one of them for taking the time out to help my readers learn more about how to be a better blogger.
Are you thinking of starting a blog? I have designed a short mini-course to talk you through how to start a blog, from the best blogging platform to choose, to how to design your blog. Click here to sign up.
So I always get the question, how can you make money from a blog?
It’s a million dollar question.
The truth is a lot of bloggers do not make a lot of money from their blogs.
Yet they invest blood, sweat and tears and don’t make enough money to blog full time.
So you’ve just launched your blog or website on WordPress and you’re not sure what to post?
You’ve come to the right place. Park your car, grab a seat and get some popcorn.
Now the real work begins.
Right now, you’re probably brimming with excitement and you can’t wait to launch your blog or website to the world.
So you want to design an amazing WordPress blog or website?
Let’s have some fun, shall we!
You’re gonna need a big bowl of ice cream; massive sprinkles of patience, toppings of creativity and you’ll need to pull out your ‘gut feeling’ out the bag.
When you design your website you should always go with your ‘gut feeling’ otherwise, you will spend 4 months building a website that nobody is going to look at because it hasn’t been launched yet! Don’t procrastinate – just go ‘with your gut feeling’.
Choosing a web hosting provider is one of the most important decisions you will make as a blogger, you really don’t want to mess it up.
I chose the wrong web host for one of my popular blogs, which eventually killed the blog. My blog kept going offline every day and their support staff was clueless. You don’t want that to happen to you.
I did a lot of online research before I found the web hosting company of my dreams lol WebHostingHub. I literally read more than 100 reviews before I decided to go with them.
So what’s a domain name?
A domain name is what you type to visit a web page i.e. www.empowee.com.
When it comes to running a successful blog, the name of your blog actually matters; it can actually help or hurt your brand.
If you want to take your blog from a hobby to a blog business then you need to take the time out to research the name you want to choose for your domain name.
So you’re thinking of starting a blog?
Choosing the wrong blogging platform could destroy your blog brand and prevent you from monetizing your blog.
There are loads of blogging platforms that will allow you to easily create a blog.
Here’s a cute list of popular blogging platforms.
- Tumblr (FREE)
- Blogger (FREE)
- Wix.com (FREE)
- WordPress.com (FREE & Paid Plans)
- SquareSpace (Paid Plan only)
What if you want to self-host your blog?
- WordPress.org (best choice)