Five Straightforward Ways to Build a Business Around Your Blog (and Two Ways Not To)

Do you want to know the fastest way to make money blogging? Think of your blog as a business. Offer a service, or create a product, that you can sell directly to your readers. It really is as simple as that. You don’t need an MBA. You don’t need any start-up capital. You don’t need to make a single cold call, or attend networking events, or do any of the things that you might think running a small business involves. How do I know? Because I’ve done this myself. I started out with nothing Read more [...]

5 Best Business Practices & the Tools You Need to Succeed

There are a lot of things that go into a successful business and having your peers respect you as a professional and an authority. Some things are tangible and others less so. Sometimes all it takes to get the job is to make sure you have a reputation of respecting your customer. I've run into many instances where so-called professionals stopped at what they considered to be "good enough". If my expectation of good enough differed from theirs and I asked them to go further (but not past what we Read more [...]

RSS: How do I include advertisements in my RSS feed?

Over the past few weeks I've shown you how to set up and use Feedburner for the syndication (RSS) of your blog. This is the final post in this series and today I'll point you to resources for including advertisements within your feed. Last week, in the discussion about whether to use full or partial RSS feeds, one of the arguments for partial RSS feeds was that bloggers wanted to entice their readers to click over to their site so they (the blogger) would have more pageviews and thus more Read more [...]