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6 Tips On Why You Should Not Become A Blogger.

You are a new blogger looking at the different mommy bloggers that are making 5-figure monthly salary from their blog. Wondering how are they making this money  blogging and I am not. Wishing and hoping that something will spark in one of your blog post to make it go viral. Fantasizing that your blog will get some type fairy dust put on it to get  views to your your blog.

Even though you dream of becoming a blogger there is more to blogging than typing words on your computer. I am going to give you 6 Tips On Why You Should Not Become A Blogger

Blogging

6 Tips On Why You Should Not Become A Blogger

 

1.   Time.  If you don’t have the time or not willing to put in the time to work on your blog you should not be become a blogger.  Just like with any business you have to put time into it to make your blog to grow. Working on your blog once a week or once a month is not a business for you but a hobby. Blogging requires consistency and having a schedule on what to post, when to post and how often to post. If you want to be a true blogger then you need to put in time to help your blog grow.

Blogging requires consistency and having a schedule on what to post.

 

2.   Not Writing For Your Audience. This will take time to learn if you are willing to read your page reviews. I have put out blog post that I knew was going to get me great reviews and people would love. You not know happen…….. it falls flat. When I write a post that technical or I feel that is to wordy I get all kinds of page review. That is the thing you have to write a blog that caters to your audience.

There is nothing wrong talking about your personal life something but most time readers want something that is important or valuable to them. Think about when you go on Pinterest and search for something. You are searching for something that is valuable to you. Not about little Johnny who lost his first tooth day (not saying little Johnny doesn’t look cute). It is so important to read your audience. This will give you the idea on what to post on your blog and what not to post on your blog.

 

It is so important to read your audience. This will give you the idea on what to post on your blog and what not to post on your blog.

 

3.   Patience. I know you have read where some bloggers who got 10k view in 1 month. But, what if that does not happen to you. Do you give up…..NO. Blogging is not an overnight success it take a lot of work and patience. If you are not willing to have patience to grow your blog then blogging is not for you. The key thing to remember about blogging is that you are building a brand. With any brand you want to make sure it is a brand that is informative and relatable to the audience of your choice.

It is a hard pill to swallow when you see new bloggers get success so quickly. My recommendation is go to their blog. See what they are doing to get that type of growth. They maybe posting more blog post than you. Or, they may have a title that is more SEO friendly than yours. The key point is to not give up because you did not get 10K in one or even two month. It just to be patient with yourself and your blog and learn from the process.

You want to pick a niche that is easy for you to blog about.

 

 

4.   Pick A Niche. Some people may go against this but I think it good to have some type of niche in mind about your blog. Picking a niche is a way to target in on the audience you are trying to reach. In addition, you want to pick a niche that is easy for you to blog about. Check out my post about picking a niche right here

For example, I was trying to make my blog a lifestyle blog. I love to cook and try different thing but I dread writing a blog post about it. Taking pictures and writing step by steps instruction was just not my thing. So my blog went neglected. I love to write about blog growth and social media marketing. Teaching other moms how to start a blog. How to reach an audience and how to find the brand that is right for them. When I realize that was my niche I stuck with that niche. Yes, there are time I may have writers block and don’t know what to write about but it does not mean I need to change my niche because of my temporary writers block.

Social Media is the bread and butter for a blogger.

 

5.   Let Your Self Be Known On Social Media. If you don’t like using social media of any kind then blogging is not for you. Social Media is the bread and butter for a blogger. Social Media is how your blog grow, reach new audiences and give you an idea of what you should post onto your blog. There are wide variety of social media to chose from when trying to become a blogger.

The all favorite of most bloggers is Pinterest. Yet don’t sleep on Instagram it has also become very popular with bloggers as well. The thing to remember is to find a social media outlet that you are comfortable with and use that to market your blog. Once you have become comfortable with that social media outlet then go to another social media outlet to reach your audience from there.  If you are intimated about social media marketing and how to grow your blog try out Traffic Transformation Guide.  It is really great at teaching you how to growing you blog with social media.

What I had to learn is that this is my business and if I want to grow my business then I have to take classes that cost money to help with my blog.

 

6.   Taking Courses To Grow Your Blog. As a blogger I am always taking classes on how to grow my blog. Let’s be honest knowledge is power when trying to grow your business. If you think you can grow your blog by not learning from season bloggers…then you are sadly mistaken. I know……I use to take the cheap way out and look a free stuff online to try get a glimpse on how to grow my blog.

What I had to learn is that this is my business and if I want to grow my business then I have to take classes that cost money to help with my blog. One of the classes I have taken is Adventures In SEO by Lena.  It taught me a lot about SEO growth. Venture out in taking paid courses to grow your. The perk of taking paid courses is that you can always go back to them and take refresher on anything you may have missed.

Hopefully these simple types will guide you on whether or not blogging is for you. If this post has help you any way please share.

 

 

Until Then My Friend

Cookie.

Back To School Shopping Saving Tips

Back To School Shopping

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It is that wonderful time of the year of SCHOOL SHOPPING. Are you on a budget and trying to saving money during school shopping.  If you are on a budget and need help with saving money on school shopping let me offer you 10 school shopping tips on how to save money on back to school shopping.

How to Save Money on School Supplies

 

  • Shop early. The biggest mistake we make during back to school shopping is waiting to the last minute to buy school supplies. That is a big mistake. One reason it most of the times school items at the low-price stores are sold out or picked over. Then you have you to settle with a higher brand product or must wait for another shipment to come in.  Another reason shopping at the last minute is not good because it will cause you to buy school supplies at a higher end store when you could have gotten the item cheaper.  I feel that some higher end stores prey on last minute shoppers because they know we are desperate and we want to make sure that our children have their school items. To avoid this, shop a month early for school supplies. This will help you stay on budget for school supplies and stock up on additional supplies to have throughout the school year.
  • 2) Buy in bulk. This must be one of my favorite saving tips. Buying in bulk is a great way to have extra school supplies at home as needed throughout the school year. Plus, it offers you a way to save money than buying individual items. For example, my son needed dry erase markers for school. The dry erase markers at Wal-Mart was $7.00 for a pack of 12 for a generic -brand. Whereas a pack of 16 dry erase markers at Amazon was $6.00 for a name brand.

 

Best Time to Buy Back to School Clothes

  • When shopping for school clothes shop clearance items. Shopping clearance items is another great way to be a smart shopper and save money. My local Wal-Mart currently have their summer clothes for 50% to 70%. Which is great because I can stock up on summer clothes now. Great back to school saving tip I learn is the best time to buy school clothes is off season. For example, now is the perfect time to buy back to school clothes. With summer ending this is a good time to stock up on spring and summer clothes for next year. Where I live in Georgia it does not start getting cool until mid-November.  When is start getting cooler I would have purchase light jacket and sweater during November and December because most stores or moving out their fall clothes out to make room for their winter clothes.
  • Check out thrift store. Goodwill has been lifesaver for me. When shopping on a budget thrift stores is a great place to shop for school items. I have bought my kids school clothes and school supplies from my local thrift store. One year I even bought my daughter a brand new bookbag from the thrift store. My local thrift sometimes has clothes they get from our local retailer that still have tags on them. Don’t sleep on your thrift stores you can save a lot money shopping there.
  • Online Consignment Stores. Online Consignment stores has help me with budget. One of my favorite online consignment store is Swap.Com. With an online consignment store I am able to stack up basic school clothes items such as basic t-shirts and pants. Some online consignment stores give back to their local community or local school.  One online consignment store that gives back is Schoola . My children school is sign up with Schoola to get a percentage of items that I purchase from them. Plus, Schoola offer some great name-brand clothes for a budget conscious family.

Smart Back to School Shopping Tips

  • Set a budget. Every year me and my husband set a budget on how much money we are going to spend on school supplies and clothes. We make sure that we are not overspending, and we are saving money in every possible way. Setting a budget is a way to hold yourself accountable on not overspending. Plus, it also makes sure that you are getting the best deal for your money.
  • Make a List. Write out everything your children need for school. Having a list of things, your children need for school is a great way to keep track of spending. I print out the school supply list from our children local school and mark off all the supplies that I purchase.
  • Shop at home. When I buy school supplies or clothes it usually carries me over for another year. To save money on school shopping start shopping in your home for school items. For me, I start looking at my children previous school clothes in July just to see if they can get any other use out of them for the next school year. I also look at my children school supplies when school lets out for the summer to see what can be save for next school year. Back to school saving tip shopping at home allows you to stay within your budget when shopping. If your child has a book bag that is in good condition, then pass it on to another sibling or let the child use it for the next school year to help save money.

Other Back to School Shopping Savings.

  • Use saving apps or rewards program. I cannot tell you how the Cartwheel app has saved me money on my school shopping. With my Cartwheel app I can use my Target coupon at the store or online. Target have help me save money on school supplies because they have coupon on name brand product on their Cartwheel app that I can use at checkout online. With the reward program with Ebates the money I spend at different stores allows me to get cash back. Which is good when school shopping on a budget. The money I accumulate throughout the year on Ebates is used toward my children Christmas shopping.
  • Shop the dollar store. Some people will disagree with about shopping at the dollar store, but this is great way to save money when you are on a budget. One back to school saving tip I recommend about shopping at the dollar store is buy school supplies for home. There is always some type of project that my children need: crayon, markers, or construction paper. I have a school supply bag that I use to store all the extra school supplies I got from the dollar store. The dollar is also a good place to buy paper product for school. My children school require paper towels, Kleenex, and paper plates. By me shopping at the dollar store I am save money and but a larger quantity for a low price.

I hope some of these backs to school shopping tips will help you save money. Let me know what you do to save money on back to school shopping I would like to hear back from you.

 

 

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