How to Get Ideas for Blog Posts – No Matter What Your Niche Is

How to Get Ideas for Blog Posts – No Matter What Your Niche Is

Do you sit in front of your computer with a blank page while you struggle to figure out what to write your next post about? You may have promised your readers to post new informative articles at a certain rate – maybe once or twice a week, for example.

But it can take a lot of persistence to adhere to a schedule, no matter how realistic it seemed when you set it. Seems that there are always distractions or actual emergencies.

Below are some tips that work in any niche to get your brain cells developing helpful posts that will get your readers coming back for more.

Tell Your Readers What Has Frustrated You Recently

Did you run into something difficult in your niche? Chances are that many of your readers have run into the same problem.
  • Did you find a solution? Share the solution with your readers and ask if anyone had a better solution.
  • Are you still looking for a solution? Describe the problem along with your attempts to solve the issue. Then ask your readers whether they’ve come up against the same problem and how they solved it.
Even if they did not have the same problem, readers will generally be interested in learning about it so that they’ll be prepared – just in case.

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Share Information You Wish You Had Known When You Started in Your Niche

Think back over all you have learned about your niche during the time you’ve been involved in it. A lot of that knowledge came in a step by step fashion – things that you couldn’t have known before starting out.

But you’ll probably recognize some details that would have been good to know at the beginning.
  • How expensive is the niche?
  • How much time do these niche activities require?
  • Can I do this on my own or will I need a partner?
The answers to these questions may seem obvious to you at this point. But did you know these answers before you got started? What other information can you think of that beginners might not realize when starting? Share whatever you come up with and ask other readers to chime in.

How to Get Ideas for Blog Posts – No Matter What Your Niche Is

Point Your Readers to Products that Make Participation in Your Niche Easier

Do you use some tools, apps, or software programs that have become indispensable to you? Share them with your readers. Give each one a full review so that your readers understand that you’ve really tested each one for its benefits.

Your readers may have found alternatives that they think work better. Ask them to share.

Share Some Articles About Your Niche That Would Benefit Your Readers

Some bloggers are afraid to share articles from another blog. They’re afraid that their readers will leave them in favor of the other blogger.

The opposite is actually true. Your readers will appreciate that you’re willing to share the spotlight with others who have good information. In fact, your readers will trust you more when they know that you’re willing to point them to information from ‘competitors’ when appropriate.

Just be sure that you give a very thorough review of the article that you’re directing them to. You can point out:
  • How it helped you
  • Which points you see as most important
  • Which parts of the article you might disagree with

Interaction Is Paramount

Getting your readers to interact with you by sharing information will make them a part of your online family. They’ll be loyal and keep returning to your site. And they’ll recommend your site to their friends. You can’t beat word-of-mouth recommendations.

You can be an influencer in your niche. Learn how in this article: How to Become a Successful Influencer.

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Author: Kate Benzin

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How to Turn Your Hobby Into a Small Business

How to Turn Your Hobby Into a Small Business

Hobbyists often daydream about making money from their hobby, but most don’t do more than dream. You might be the exception. Just keep in mind that once your hobby becomes the way you make a living, you’ll have to:
  • Do it even when you’re not in the mood
  • Meet deadlines
  • Shift your attitude from enjoying a hobby to earning a living
If those issues don’t dissuade you, then let’s take a look at how to proceed.

Look at Your Competition

Do you know people who are successfully making money from your hobby? Is your talent in performing this activity equal to or better than theirs?

Let’s say your hobby is showing your dogs at dog shows. Maybe you’ve even showed some of your dogs to their championship. And let’s say that people have watched you handle your dogs and complimented you on how professional you are. Maybe some friends have asked you to show their dogs as well, and you’ve showed some of them to their championships.

It makes sense that you would think about earning a living from this activity that you love so much and giving up sitting at your computer in a cubicle five days a week.

Check out other handlers to find out:
  • How much they get paid
  • How often they have to go to dog shows
  • Whether they keep the dogs in between shows
  • What kind of transportation they use
  • How far they have to travel
  • How they market themselves
  • What they like and, more importantly, what they dislike about the work
How to Turn Your Hobby Into a Small Business

Make the Switch

If you still want to make a business out of your hobby, it’s time to make some decisions.
  • Choose a name for your business – something that’s easy to remember and reflects the nature of the activity. Eventually, you’ll make a website for your small business, so this would be a good time to go to SimpleSite to check whether that business name is available.
  • Register your business name in your local area, and obtain any necessary permits or licenses.
  • Your goals:
    1. Make an itemized list of the expenses you will have in your new business.
    2. Decide what you will charge for your service or product.
    3. Determine how much income will you need from your new business before you can quit your regular job.
    4. Determine who your target market is. Read How to Define Your Target Market to help you with this.
    5. Plan how you will reach your target audience. If you haven’t built a SimpleSite yet, you’ll need to do it at this point. You can get started for FREE. Just click the green button.
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Brand Yourself

Build a brand for your service.
  • Make business cards and start passing them out everywhere.
  • Establish a professional online presence on your SimpleSite. Use this site to:
    • Display photos of your hobby-turned-business
    • Write posts that help others in this activity
    • Establish yourself as the person everyone can go to for advice on this activity
  • Use social media to let the world know about your business. You probably already have a personal account at Facebook, but this is the time to make a business page. Read How to Make a Business Page on Facebook – Part 1 to get advice on doing this easily.

Don’t Give Up!

“You just can’t beat the person who won’t give up.” – Babe Ruth
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Author: Kate Benzin

How to Make a Business Page on Facebook - Part 2

How to Make a Business Page on Facebook - Part 2

Part 1 of this article gave you instructions on how to set up your Facebook Business Fan Page. If you haven't done that yet, please go back to read How to Make a Business Page on Facebook – Part 1 and follow the instructions to get it set up.

Part 2 will help you make your site more appealing to viewers. If your site is too boring, people won't stay long enough to find out that you've got a great solution to one of their problems. So, make it attractive.

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Here are some tips to improve your Facebook business page.

Add Photos

Part 1 of this article stressed the importance of visual elements on your fan page because studies have shown over and over that people love photos. They're much more likely to remember a site or product that had images relevant to their problem or solution.

Add photos to your page that will:
  • Reinforce your brand/product
  • Help people understand your brand/product
For example, if you're a life coach, you'll want to have photos of happy people on your page. If you sell homemade dog biscuits, include some photos of a dog happily chewing away on one of your biscuits.

Please be aware that bad photos can have a negative impact on your ability to sell your product. If you are all thumbs when it comes to photography, maybe you can enlist the help of a friend who's better at it. If necessary, find a professional photographer to help you out.

Fill in Other Details

If you have a physical business, you'll want to include:
  • Your contact information and map
  • Hours of operation
  • Other pertinent details
Don't wait to fill in this information. Facebook is often the first place people go to get information about your product. If they need to buy it now but can't find your hours of operation, they'll look for another place that lets them know they're open right then.

Tell Readers Exactly What to Do

Hopefully, one way or another, you'll have lots of visitors. Your page won't have all the information they need, but you can set up a Call To Action button in order to direct them wherever you want them to go to:
  • Sign up for your newsletter
  • Purchase your product
  • Visit your website
Facebook makes it easy for you to do this so that you can take advantage of the traffic that visits your page.

How to Make a Business Page on Facebook - Part 2

Review Your Settings

You can access your Facebook Business Page to make changes via the 'settings' button. It's is a dark down arrow located to the right on the dark blue ribbon that runs across the top of Facebook. Go through each of the settings to make sure they are optimized to your needs and wishes.

Promote Your Page

Whether you decide to advertise your page on Facebook to get 'likes' or invite family and friends, do not let it sit idle. Post on a regular basis so that viewers want to visit your page for entertainment and new information.

Add the Facebook 'follow' button to your website. Place it wherever it can be seen by the public.

In addition to making sure that you've read Part 1 of this article, please read How to Boost Engagement with Facebook – An Introduction to Facebook's Newest Tools

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How to Make a Business Page on Facebook - Part 1

How to Make a Business Page on Facebook - Part 1

You probably have a personal Facebook account to connect with friends – both ones that you know in person and also ones that you've connected with via Facebook and have never met in person. So you know just how Facebook has taken the world by storm. It seems that everyone is using it.

Facebook claims to have an estimated 750 million unique visitors every month. That's a lot of traffic. That kind of traffic gives you a great opportunity to publicize your small business, gain new customers, and increase your cash flow. By default, your Facebook business page is public. Everyone can 'like' your page and become a 'fan' without the need for admin approval.

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Suggested Reading: How to Become a Successful Influencer

Step 1 – Get Started

Setting up your business page is actually very easy. Go to http://www.facebook.com/pages/create.php to begin the process by choosing the type of page that best describes your business. Once you click on the category you prefer, that box will ask you to:
  • choose a classification that narrows your type of business
  • input your brand or product name
How to Make a Business Page on Facebook - Part 1

Step 2 – Describe Your Business

Facebook then will give you the opportunity to describe your business in a few sentences to help your website show up in search results. Don't worry if the right words don't come to you right away. You can always modify it later.

Fill in your website url and choose a unique username for your page. The username can be your business name or a shortened version.

Step 3 – Add a Photo

You'll want your page to be visually appealing so that people are inclined to stop and spend some time on your page. The first step in making it attractive is to add a profile photo for your business.

You can use a logo if you have one. Alternatively, you could use a photo of yourself or a promotional image. Choose whatever you think will resonate best with your audience. Submit a photo at 180x180.

Step 4 – Add to Favorites

You don't have to do this, but if you add the page to your favorites list, it will appear on the sidebar of your Facebook homepage. That makes it easy for you to access it quickly whenever you like.

Step 5 – Choose Your Preferred Page Audience

Facebook lets you specify a target audience for your new page. You'll choose audience probable location, age, gender, language, and possible interests. Making these choices means that Facebook will be more likely to show your page to the right people.

Step 6 – Submit a Cover Photo

Your page is now live, but a bit boring to look at. It's time to spruce it up a bit more. The profile photo that you already submitted gives a bit of visual interest to your page, but you can make it far more attractive by submitting an 828x315 cover photo. Go to your new Facebook page. Click on the button that says 'Add a Cover.'

Your cover photo is a great opportunity to add a visual element that promotes your branding and grabs attention. Be sure that the most interesting aspects are in the center because Facebook strips off part of the right and left sides for mobile devices.

Step 7 – Start Connecting

You now have a Facebook business page. See our next blog post to learn how to enhance your page to attract more fans.

In addition, please read How to Boost Engagement with Facebook – An Introduction to Facebook's Newest Tools

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Author: Kate Benzin