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Femmetrepreneurs Spotlight Friday – Alicia Kee

Happy Friday, Femmebabes! I hope you have had a great week! Did you have the opportunity to participate in the Boss Babe Societe Giveaway? Check it out here!

This week’s Femmetrepreneurs Spotlight Friday Femmetastic Femmetrepreneur is Alicia Kee with Oil Thyme.

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Alicia Kee started her essential oil business one and half years ago. She began her business with the goal of helping others live a toxic free lifestyle. Oil Thyme is a community for people who want to live healthier lives. At Oil Thyme, Ms. Kee helps families evaluate their health needs and replace toxic items with essential oils. She wants families to be educated and able to be their own health advocates. The Oil Thyme motto is “There is always Thyme for Oils.”

Ms. Kee decided to go into business for herself because she has the same goal that many of us do: to be financially free. She has found that in this journey as a business woman her greatest obstacle has been not being taken seriously.

Before starting Oil Thyme, Alicia attended Humboldt State University where she received a Bachelors of Science degree in Biology with an emphasis in Marine Fisheries.

Ms. Kee lives with her daughter and son. She says, “Though our family is small, we have created a family with friends that have come into our lives.” When she isn’t working Alicia enjoys watching movies, playing volleyball, and participating in roller derby. In her life she has had the opportunity to study in Baja, Mexico and swim with whale sharks.

“Do it!” Ms Kee says when asked what advice she has for women who want to break into the business world. “It might be scary at first but completely worth it in the end. Find others to grow with, most of the time family and friends will hold you back to ‘protect’ you.”

Her favorite motivational quote or mantra is:

“Everything happens for a reason.”


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Leadership and Professional Growth through Purpose

Happy Friday, Femmetastic Femmes! I hope you had a chance to read Femmetrepreneurs Spotlight Friday. Supporting each other in our work and celebrating our successes together is what the Femmetrepreneur Community is all about. That’s why we say, “When we work together, we succeed together.”

Today we are continuing our series on Leadership and Professional Growth. Today’s topic being Purpose.

Life requires that we continue learning. Some of the most important learning happens when we look inside of ourselves. We make incredible discoveries when we look into our own minds and emotions. For example, our perception of the world and the way we react to situations stems from our experiences in the past, and from the knowledge that we gained from those experiences. All that information is stored deep inside our minds. We analyze our own minds we can make new discoveries, develop ideas, and come up with solutions that can be used for professional growth. pexels-photo-724994.jpeg
From the time of our birth, we wander through the developmental phases drifting in an out. It seems to become an aimless journey that drifts us into the stream of confusion. Many people stay within these boundaries.

Instead of being stuck all your life, climb out and see what the world has to offer you and what you have to offer the world.

Our inner self has all the answers we need to find the pathway to a life outside the boundaries and one of these pathways is Purpose. If you are willing to take the adventure inside the mind you can discover your life’s purpose.

We can discover Purpose by meditating, self-examining, or self-exploring.

During your meditation and self-exploration ask yourself the following:

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  • What energizes you?
  • What are you willing to sacrifice for?
  • Who do you want to help?
  • How do you want to help?
  • What do you love to do?
  • When are you most happy?
  • What do you most value?

 

Finding your life purpose is a life-long journey. It’s okay to take it one step at a time. It’s normal to pause and reevaluate regularly. And it’s okay to feel overwhelmed. Nothing worth doing is easy, and this will not always be easy.

You will encounter frustrations and challenges along the way. Some days, you’ll throw your hands up in the air in defeat. But often times on the journey to find our purpose, we often miraculously stumble into it. We find that we have somehow been acting out our purpose all along.

I feel that my life’s purpose is to help others through love, encouragement, and entertainment. I discovered this was my purpose after I had already began writing and blogging. I entertain people through my books. I encourage and express my love for my audience and friends through my blog posts and social media posts. One thing I do for example, is a Buddy Check 22. It is for my fellow veterans and active duty military members. Twenty-two veterans commit suicide every day, so on the 22nd of each month I tag my friends in a post reminding them that I care about them and are there for them every day. Your purpose in life can be lived with activities as simple as that.

But why is it important to find your purpose? And what does it have to do with business?

There is a thing called alignment. Alignment, when speaking about life, is the state when your thoughts, feelings, and actions are all working toward the same goal. Your actions fully support your intentions.pexels-photo-694133.jpeg

Therefore, to live a happy and successful life it is best to live in a state of alignment – where everything is working together for the same goal. Which means, finding your purpose and applying it to your business life can help you live in a state of alignment. For example:

If your purpose is to heal people, you would be living out of alignment if you were a professional boxer. Instead of healing you would be hurting someone.

But, if your purpose is to heal and you got a job as a nurse or a doctor, then you would be living in alignment.

Knowing your purpose and living your purpose in your business life will be more rewarding than if your work is in contradiction to your purpose.

So, do some self-assessment. If you are not happy at your job or running your business, ask yourself if it is aligned with your purpose. Do you know your purpose? If not, time to figure it out.

Here are some books on the topic of Purpose and Alignment:


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Femmetrepreneurs Spotlight Friday – Hannah Stenson

Happy Friday, Femmetrepreneurs! I hope this week has been another profitable and productive one for you.

This week’s Femmetrepreneurs Spotlight Friday Femmetastic Femmetrepreneur is Hannah Stenson with Rebuilding Foundations.

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Hannah Stenson is the owner and operator of Rebuilding Foundation where she helps individuals build a solid professional foundation. She is a Human Resources educator and coach who actually enjoys interviews! Interview strategy, interview prep, teaching the theory behind interview questions, how to ace a phone screen, interview mindset work, how to clean up your resume, post-interview debriefs, the basics of LinkedIn, and diving into your work personality type are just some examples of different education or coaching sessions that Ms. Stenson offers individuals who come to her for help at Rebuilding Foundations. Along with helping people get the job or promotion they are seeking, Hannah also teaches business owners how to interview candidates, how to create a great interview process, and she offers interviewing and candidate screening services as well.

When asked why she got into the HR business, Hannah replied, “There is so much information, and often times bad information, about how to interview, how to make a resume, etc. I love to introduce the basics, create a solid foundation, and watch each person grow from there. Interviews should not be this unknown, scary thing. You can walk into an interview prepared with an arsenal of excellent interview answers, a killer resume, and a clear vision of what the interviewer needs from you – and I can help with that. I want people to have wild success in their life, and for many, that starts with their career.”

Before starting Rebuilding Foundation in August of 2017, Hannah Stenson got her Human Resources Management degree from Baylor (where she also met her husband). She has continuously worked in the HR field since 2015. She worked for two Fortune 50 companies and a luxury car dealership as well as consulted on projects for entrepreneurs, a large hospital, an insurance group, a tech startup, and many individual professionals. After conducting hundreds of interviews, Ms. Stenson repeatedly saw well qualified people fail to get the job they interviewed for due to fixable mistakes that they made during the interview process. It was this realization that led her to create her own HR coaching business.

In the future Ms. Stenson want to create more businesses. She says, “I love creating and setting them [businesses] up as well as meeting all the new clients. My next project is a feminine health physical-product-based company.”

Boundaries are what Hannah names as her biggest obstacle as an entrepreneur. She quotes Brene Brown saying “’daring to set boundaries is having the courage to love ourselves.’ When you are a young, female professional often times people will disregard your experience. Be kind, but never second guess your skills.”

Ms. Stenson offers this advice for women looking to start their own business:

“Make a plan and find someone to keep you accountable. Procrastination and not meeting your goals is completely avoidable. Always be ethical- in how your business operates, how much you pay your employees/ contractors, how you gain a following… trust is so easy to break, and nothing is worth compromising for. Surround yourself with other business owners and share your knowledge. Almost everything can be found with the right Google search so save someone the time and answer the question. Keep a list to see how far you have come. Often, we forget that we started at zero, and it makes a great motivator for the hard days to see how far you have come.”

When Hannah isn’t busy coaching people for their dream job interview she enjoys cooking and baking. She also loves yellow flowers, dinosaurs, and drinking a cold margarita while munching on chips and salsa. She also dreams of owning a Doodle puppy one day.

Her Favorite Motivational Quote Is:

Ten years from now, make sure you can say that you chose this life, you did not settle for it.


Learn more about Rebuilding Foundations at rebuildingfoundations.com


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Leadership and Professional Development through Preparation

Hello Femmetrepreneurs! Thirsty for Coffee Thursday is here. Grab a coffee refill and pexels-photo-302899.jpeglet’s get down to the business of Leadership and Professional Development through Preparation.

365 days each year, many people spend most of their time running around and making sure, they did not leave anything out. Throughout their busy schedule, they spend much of their time consumed in thinking about what they are going to do after work, trying to find a piece of paper that they thought was in their briefcase, and driving back to their house for the snack they forgot to bring to the kids’ practice. They are reminding themselves that they need to do the laundry or wondering what they’re going to for cook dinner. They are searching their office for the sticky note they wrote their next appointment’s information on. Now, statistically speaking, if 3000 people, 365 days each week spent 8 hours in a day thinking about things other than the task they are supposed to be working on -16,653.125 estimated wasted time spent each day on something they have no control over at the time. Since we have over 5.5 billion people in the world, this figure is actually exponentially even larger.

If even half of the 3000 people spent more time focusing on their jobs at hand it would also create more available time for these individuals to do something that is positive or constructive.

This leads us to see the importance of preparing. Preparation helps us to save time and money by allowing us to stay focused on what we need to accomplish. Let’s see how it can save us time by preparing and focusing on what we need to do. Take the same example above. Per se, 3000 people each day head off to work and during work, their main focus is centered on what they need to finish first. The estimated amount of time saved each day – 16,653.125 plus 16,653.125 = 333, 062.5 and you would calculate half this figure, multiplying it because additional time would be saved by the 3000 people completing their tasks in a timely manner. Thus, time is added to this picture and money is saved. This would equal about 66 million minutes of time saved in each year. Wow!

Now, if you prepared you could add some more time saved on to this figure, which means that your boss (or your clients) would love you and you would likely get a raise and promotion (or more future business from your very pleased client).

During this time that you have saved you could focus on improving your skills and professional development or focus on growing and improving your business in new and exciting ways.

Since each of us is different, it is up to you individually to figure out how you can each be best prepared for each day ahead of you. Of course, you can’t expect to be able to anticipate every situation that you will encounter each day. Life is a little too random for that. However, by being better prepared for the ones that are foreseeable will allow us to save time and prevent stress.

Preparing is one of the biggest secrets of Time Management, and it is different than just planning your day. Planning is the scheduling but preparing is the action part of getting ready. It is doing your homework and ensuring that you are ready to tackle your daily tasks.

Preparing, by doing your homework:

  • Appointments – gathering the necessary items.  Ever show up to the doctor or DMV without all your paperwork?
  • Meetings – Reading the agenda and reviewing documents in advance.   You will find your meetings are more productive and shorter in length.
  • Tasks – Ensuring you have the items required to complete.  You will not try to do a task only to discover that the information you need is sitting on your desk at home.

Some simple things you can do to prepare for your day:

  • Make you lunch the night before.
  • Rehearse your presentation
  • Review your calendar and To-Do List the night before – Identify your most important tasks
  • Lay out the nonperishable ingredient you will need to make dinner.
  • Check you planner and confirm appointments at the start of your day.
  • Have your notes and thoughts that you want to address in the meeting written down and prepared before the meeting starts.
  • Visualize your day before you even step foot out of bed.
  • Research necessary information for an upcoming meeting, appointment, or presentation

Getting ready for your day will not only increase your efficiency, but also reduce stress.  Planning is good. Preparing is better. Being prepared for anything is a sign of a good and organized leader. The more prepared and organized you are the more reliable and dependable you will be. This will lead to greater respect for yourself as a business woman and a leader in your work environment.


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Leadership and Professional Growth through Time Management

Leadership and Professional Growth through Time Management

Happy Hump Day, Femmetrepreneurs! I hope you enjoyed our previous blog series all about Blogging. And did you have a chance to try out the Power Lead System we covered yesterday in the Product of the Week segment? Today we are starting our new blog series on Leadership and Professional Growth, starting with Time Management.

Time is essentially valuable to us all. We want to learn how to use our time wisely by cutting back some of the things that only hold us back from finishing other duties. Therefore, it is wise to start working toward professional growth by setting up a time management plan. The better your time management, the more effective and productive you will be. The time management plan will give you insight and knowledge that you can use to make progress and eventually prepare, organize, and set up an effective time management schedule.

How to set up a time management plan:

First, we are going to take stock of how we are currently spending our time. I want you to break everything down and make a journal or list as you answer these questions. Think about your daily duties. Think about what you do when you finish your tasks. Next, think about what you do when you are not managing your projects. How much time do you spend on these tasks and duties? How much of your time is spent handling a single task? How much time do spend working in total? How much time do you spend sleeping? How much time to you spend on entertainment? What about activities or family time? And how much time to do you spend mingling with friends?

 
Once you have finished answering each question, sit down and reflect on your answers. Make sure that you write them down where you can review your notes later. Once you have finished reflecting on your answers, take some time to go over your notes.

Now, make a list of your things to do. Write down the time you spend on each task. Record the time you spend outside of work with family, friends and entertainment. Continue until you have calculated how much time in 24 hours each day is spent on a single action.

Use your list. You want to cutback on time, so make sure that you mark on your list the most important tasks you must complete each day. How much time can you save by managing one project at a given time? How can you clear up time by preparing for the project ahead of time?

Continue, until you have a well-written list of, to do tasks, which are most important. Each day take care of your most important duties first. Prepare before you start. Keep your desk clear of clutter so that you are sufficient prepared to finish your major task in a timely manner. Have your accessories, such as pens, paper, paperclips and other items handy. This will cutback some time, since you will not be looking around for them or trying to work around clutter. After you finish your major task, start working through your list until you complete each task.

Monitor your time spent per task without allowing it to interfere with your responsibilities. Use a timer. With each task finished, record the time you spent working on the task. At the end of each day take some time to see if you managed the project in a timely way, or if you could find other ways to cutback on time by finishing the task sooner. Stay focused while you work through create your time management schedule. Take each step slowly, yet progressively so that you are effectively capable of cutting back time.

Next, move to your home. What do you do once you arrive home? Do you spend hours watching television? Do you spend time with family and friends while putting off other responsibilities? Try this…when you come home, do your chores first. Get the household responsibilities taking care of and then spend some time with your family. Have a nice family dinner with each of you seated around the table. Spend time communicating. Find out how each family members day went.

Once you are finished, you may want to relax. Spend an hour watching television with your family and then get your “next day,” clothing and ideas prepared. Take the set of clothes you intend to wear the following day out of your closet and sit them somewhere where you can get to them quickly in the morning.

 

Continue to monitor and take stock of the way you are managing your time until you feel you have found the right balance and time management schedule that works best for you and the life that you want to live. This should be a schedule that allows you to be effective and productive at work while still allowing you the rest and relaxation time you need for self-care, family, friends, and entertainment outside of work.


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Product of the Week: Power Lead System

Hello, Femmes! Happy Tuesday to you! Today we are starting a new weekly blog series called Product of the Week. Once a week we will be telling you about a product that can help your online business in some way. Either another way to make money online, a way to get more traffic, or create content, etc.

This week’s Product is Power Lead System.power lead system product of the week make money online

What is Power Lead System?

Power Lead System is a platform that makes it simple for anyone to create lead capture pages (squeeze pages) with conversion tracking, start an email autoresponder list, run a live webinar, and create a sales page, along with much more like voice and text messaging. Power Lead System is also marketing training product with an affiliate program. It teaches people how to earn traffic and promote affiliate links through various platforms.

Power Lead System Affiliate members are entitled to the weekly marketing webinars. Webinars are excellent for learning how to promote affiliate programs because you can usually ask questions at the end of the webinar.

The Power Lead System is simple and straight forward to set up.

 

Who is Power Lead System Intended For?

If you have a business you need Power Lead System. Whether you have small local power lead system back officebusiness and want a way to build a list and offer goodies to your customers on a professional looking site, or you are involved in direct sales, MLM, or especially online affiliate programs, this system can work for you. In fact, the back office is set up so that you can select your business from 100’s businesses already listed and have a custom autoresponder email campaign created instantly.

Whether you’re an online marketing virgin or experienced with list-building, you’ll find the ease of using their professional lead-capture pages refreshing.

 

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I know there are a lot of lead capture page creators out there that you can use, and a lot of webinar hosting platforms, but unless you’re using PLS, you’re either going to add another big monthly bill and complicated system to your toolbox, or you’ll be stuck in techie geek purgatory trying to figure out how to set up WordPress hosting, install the plugin, make sure it’s compatible and working properly with your WP theme, and then finally get around to designing a lead capture page.

With Power Lead System, you simply log in and create a new page. (Easy-Peasy!) You can either choose from a huge selection of templates, which will often even integrate with your company’s replicated sales pages, or you can build your own. Conversion tracking happens automatically! No need to sign up for yet another service.

The autoresponder works similarly, and the great thing is that it is integrated into the lead capture page system. It’s simple and eliminates the need for yet another monthly subscription. (Who needs another one?)

(If you already have AWeber or GetResponse set up, you can integrate those systems pretty easily also and have the option to collect leads in PLS as a backup.)

What if I don’t have a business?

If you’re looking at Power Lead System as a business opportunity to stand on its own, you’re in luck. This is a product and service you can offer that will also be a legitimate way to make money online. There is a generous compensation plan built into the program that allows you to create incredible leverage with your income, especially when you have all of the products.

Heck, there’s even a FREE lead system you can give away to get people started!

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What Training Does Power Lead System Offer?

When you’re a Gold member (Silver + affiliate), you immediately receive the Endless Free Leads 11.0 training system ($297 value). This reveals how to grow a massive network on Facebook and get incredible exposure. The step by step directions are simple for people who are brand new to Facebook to follow, and also have tips that experienced marketers will benefit from employing.

The tactics work and will help you WIN the online marketing game.

Beyond the Endless Free Leads system, the Silver and Gold membership levels offer training on a wide variety of other marketing approaches for online and offline marketing.

Master Traffic Academy

  • Free for Silver and Gold Members
  • Facebook, PPC, and Unlimited Exposure training for results.

Weekly Live Training

  • 2x/week live training webinars to learn how to market online, use your PLS tools, and grow a business.

 

PLS makes additional products available for a one-time investment.

These will equip you with additional skills and ways to earn. You may use these skills as a local business consultant to help other business owners grow online or use them

Diamond Level – Free Ad Secrets

When you purchase the Diamond Level training, it is a one time investment which also enables you to earn leveraged commissions.

This training has innovative ways to reach mass markets for FREE and grow your business exponentially. If you’re doing any sort of marketing, or haven’t started yet, this training lays out how to increase your exposure and reach more prospects fast.

Platinum Level – Social Profit Academy

This is high level Facebook ad training that will enable you to learn more about Facebook and how to promote any program you desire.

Power VIP Club

Expand your social media reach to professionals, millennials, and retail buyers with CPA (cost per action), Youtube, Snapchat, and Facebook, and remarketing. No matter what niche you’re in, these training sessions will help you generate more leads, sales, and get to the heart of your target market.

So what are you waiting for? Try Power Lead System and start making money with lead capture pages and email marketing!

 

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Make Money From Your Blog

Hello Femmetastic Femmetrepreneurs! We’ve reached the blog post you have been waiting for since we started the Blogging series.make money blogging

How do I make money with my blog? That’s what you all want to know, right?

If you have given your blog the proper promotional treatment, it will likely give you the income that you need.

 

Establish Authority First

Before you even start focusing on earning money out of your blogs, make sure to establish the following things first:establish authority blogging

  • Great content
  • Good traffic
  • An authority figure in your niche
  • A loyal following
  • A blog design suitable for ads

 

Many bloggers often ask whether to start with zero ads or to introduce some to their audience right at the start. But the decision is entirely up to you.

If you keep your blog ads-free at first, you might turn off some readers when you introduce them later.

If you also choose to post ads right from the start, this will show your audience that you intend to monetize your blog. This will also help you explore your revenue sources. However, this might limit your traffic since there are readers who don’t want to see ads cluttered on the blogs that they’re going to read.

But the bottom line is to establish your authority as an expert in your niche first by posting great content. You can worry about money later.

 

Earn from CPM Ads

CPM is cost per mille, wherein you can earn for every 1,000 impressions left on the ads.

Some popular CPM networks include Uber CPM, AdBuff, Media.net, and BuySellAds.

Most CPM banners found in blogs are the 300×250 rectangle ads, the 728×90 leaderboard, and the 160×600 large skyscraper.

To make the most money out of CPM ads, design your blog to accommodate all types of banners above your blog’s fold. This is the position that will earn you premium rates.

 

Use Google AdSense

If you want to earn from Google AdSense, you need to drive high traffic to your blog. Make sure that at least 70% of that traffic is search engine traffic. This is because this traffic is often composed of people who are likely to click on ads.

Once you are assured of these requirements, you need to pick the right AdSense units. The most profitable ones are the 300×250 rectangle, the 336×280 large rectangle, and the 160×600 large skyscraper.

In choosing a position, you have to prepare for a possible reduction in user experience. Your readers might not like it if you have to blend the ads with the content instead of putting them in the sidebar.

 

Profit from Sponsorships and Direct Advertising

Once you have established a good following for your blog, you can sell ads directly to your audience and earn more from it.

You need to clearly tell advertisers that you’re ready for their ads by putting an “Advertise with us” page.

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The pro of this method is that you can determine how and where the ads will be placed and you can earn more by not using a middleman. However, the con is that you need to put in more work to manage all the ads and transactions with the advertisers by yourself.

So, should you go to the advertisers or will you wait for them to come to you?

If you are just starting with direct ads, you have to find and contact the advertisers first. Start with creating a list of relevant advertisers, the ones that have already made use of online ads and are selling products or services that your readers use.

You can find such advertisers by looking the advertisers on the other blogs in your field, by searching Google using your keywords and looking at the companies in the “Sponsored Links,” and by signing up for advertising networks, such as BuySellAds.com or SponsoredReviews.com.

You can then contact these potential advertisers. Make sure to introduce your blog and yourself, talk about how you are willing to accommodate their ads on your website and how their product/service is appropriate for your readers, show them some basic stats about your blog, especially subscribers and traffic, and highlight the advertising features that you can offer, such as the banner formats, position, and rates.

 

In calculating advertising rates, it might be a good idea to start with charging $0.50 CPM for advertising 125×125 banners on the sidebar. If you get 200,000 views per month, you can charge these banners in this position $100 per month. Use this calculation as a rule of thumb for calculating the rates of other ads in different positions.

Check your blog’s real page views to calculate your rates. Use Google Analytics to do this.

 

Try Affiliate Marketing

Affiliate marketing can complement your earnings from your blog.

First, check all the products and services that you’re using and find possible affiliate programs related to them. You can write reviews about them and put in your affiliate links.

Write honest reviews about the product or service to establish your credibility. This will help you earn your readers’ trust and confidence in your posts.

Keep track of the latest products and services that your readers might be interested in. If you find one, contact the product/service provider and ask if they offer an affiliate program.

You can also sign up for affiliate marketing networks such as Commisionology, Power Leads, Commission Black Ops, The Fan Page Money Method, or JvZoo.

 

Bank on Email Marketing

You can connect to your audience better through emails and forge relationships with them. The bigger your email list is, the more advantageous it will be to you, especially if you decide to do email marketing.

If you don’t want your emails to be classified as spam, use email marketing services. The most reliable ones are iContact, Aweber, and ConstantContact. I personally use MailChimp and find it very user friendly.

Explore all the methods that will encourage people to subscribe to your email newsletters and to respond to you.

Establish a steady email relationship with them by sending at least one email every week, or every two weeks. Don’t forget to include valuable information in each email.


You can make money out of your blog using all the strategies discussed above. These tips were also used by bloggers, who are now living comfortably from the money that they earned from their blogs. However, you have to put in a lot of hard work, time and patience while preparing to monetize your blog.

It is a common mistake to treat your blog merely as a source of acquiring money.

Remember that a blog is more than just a website with dollar signs posted in the header, footer or sidebar. Its biggest function will always be to connect you to the rest of the world.

Aside from making money out of your blog, you should also use it to make new friends, build a community of readers, and establish relationships with people that can help your blog and your readers. Use your blog to establish your authority in the field and to explore new ideas that will drive traffic to your blog. Don’t waste the opportunities that your blog brings to find partners and to start useful projects that will benefit you, your audience, and your network.

While you should focus on making money using your blog, don’t be blinded by all the benefits that you can get out of it.

The best thing about blogging is that you don’t even need to think far ahead into the future. If your blog becomes popular with a top position in your niche, you can use it for just about any venture. It can be a great platform to publish a book, to get your dream job, or to launch a product.

 

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Don’t Let It Just Sit There, Promote Your Blog!

Hey Femmes! I hope you had a great weekend full of rest, relaxation, and restoration to get you prepared for the grind and hustle of the week.

Today we are continuing our blog series on Blogging.

It is not enough that you write great content if you want to have a successful money-making blog. You have to promote your blogs to increase their exposure. There are several methods you can use to do this.

 

Exchange Links

Link exchanges, contrary to popular belief among bloggers, are still effective. If you do them right, they can drive traffic to your blog and increase your search engine ranking.

However, you need to be careful not to break any of the search engine’s policies regarding exchanging links.

Make sure to exchange links only with blogs that are relevant to your niche and that will be helpful to the readers for a broader understanding of your topic.

It is also important not to prioritize optimization in choosing the anchor text. Make it natural by using the name of the blog that you will link to.

If you want to avoid being penalized, choose the rel=”nofollow” attribute on the links and ask the other blogger in the exchange to do the same. This will assure the search engines that you’re not exchanging links to share search engine juice, but you will still get traffic.

You can put the exchange links under “Recommended Blogs” or “Friends,” for instance. Some blogs put them in the RSS feed, with a message.

 

Write Blog Comments

You can promote your blog through blog commenting.

Choose blogs that are relevant to yours and leave helpful, funny, or even controversial comments to pique the interest of the audience of that blog. Make sure to leave your link in that comment, so when these readers click on it, it will lead them to your blog. These readers will likely be interested in your content too, since they found you after reading a blog relevant to yours in the first place.

To ensure that you will hook readers to follow your comments to your site, be patient in posting comments on as many relevant blogs as possible and do it several times per day.

However, don’t write useless comments. Every comment must add information or raise big questions about the topic being discussed.

Make sure not to optimize your comment with your keywords or blatantly use your blog’s name to avoid being categorized as spam.

You can use the name of your blog but use it with your name. This will make your comment more personal and you need that to connect with people.

 

Guest Blog

This is a popular practice in the blogging world, wherein you write an article for another blogger. The other blogger gets a free article, while you, the guest blogger, get more exposure. You can also gain traffic for your blog by including your link in the byline of your guest blogs.

 

Use Social Media

Social networking sites are great toils to connect with your audience and gain new visitors.

You can try Twitter, given its massive population. Create an account and use it to update your followers whenever you publish new content or find relevant links from other sites or blogs. Each tweet should be valuable to your followers.

You can also use Facebook. Create an account for your blog and take advantage of all its features by posting articles, photos, and videos. You can even start a community in it.

Pinterest is the perfect social media platform for promoting your blog content, especially if your content demonstrates or teaches people how to do or make something.

There are more than 400 social networks that you can explore. Consider which networks have great ties to your target audience and use them to promote your blog.

 

Use Social Bookmarking Sites

Social bookmarking sites let you save and share bookmarks of web pages. These sites often rank popular submissions and bookmarks. The most popular ones are often shown on the front page.

Some of the popular bookmarking sites that you can use are Digg.com and StumbleUpon.com. Blogs and websites that are featured on Digg.com often get 20,000 to as many as 100,000 visitors within 24 hours. However, there are lower chances of getting to the front page because of the stiff competition among web pages.

StumbleUpon.com, on the other hand, requires users to install its toolbar on their browsers. Its biggest advantage is that even a few votes will boost your website traffic for several days.

You may also want to try Reddit.com, Fark.com, or Faves.com.

 

Promote Killer Content

You can capitalize on your killer articles to further promote your blog. You can follow these tips to promote your blog as it is and your killer articles:

  • Inform other bloggers and website owners about your killer articles through email.
  • Ask friends for help in submitting your killer articles to relevant social bookmarking sites.
  • Post about your killer articles in your social media accounts.
  • Ask your friends to vote for your articles on the social bookmarking sites.
  • Link to the article from your other sites or blogs with a relevant topic. Invest in link building efforts for your killer articles.

 

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How to Forge Relationships with Your Audience

Happy Friday, Femmetrepreneurs! I hope you are enjoying this series about Blogging. Only three more posts left! And don’t forget that today we also are doing the Femmetrepreneurs Spotlight Friday article.

Now, back to blogging –

In any field, building relationship is always important. It holds true even in blogging. Your relationships with other website owners and bloggers will help bring new readers and buyers to your blog. This is how important networking is and this post will teach you tricks on how to build a network online.

The most important thing that you need to remember is to forge genuine relationships. Don’t befriend people because they are famous or important in your field. Instead, connect with them because you like their work, respect them, and believe that they can help you broaden your connections.

Real networking is about finding mutual relationships. You get help from other people as you lend them help too!

The first step in networking should be about making a list of relevant, active and popular blogs. The number of blogs you might find depends on your niche. For instance, a popular niche, such as technology or fashion, might have many blogs that you can connect to, while a less popular topic might have fewer blogs to network with.

You can start your list by looking into these websites to find relevant blogs for you:

After making a list, prepare to talk to these bloggers. Introduce yourself first. You can contact them via the email address listed on their site or contact form.networking

When you create your introductory message, be direct to the point and state who you are. Talk about how your blog shares a niche with theirs. You can even include the URL to your blog in the message or in your signature. If you like the other bloggers’ post, ask for permission to link to it.

Before you even ask other bloggers to help you by linking their site to yours, make the first move. You can find appropriate posts to link to if you subscribe to all the blogs that you listed. If you find one that you like, write a relevant post, share your opinion about the topic, and provide a link to the other blogger’s post.

Always remember that links to quality, relevant posts will help your readers and your ranking. It’s wrong to assume that doing so will ruin your Google Page Rank or traffic. On the contrary, your readers will surely love you for pointing them to other valuable articles through the external links.

Aside from linking to the other bloggers in your network, you can also help them by referring other people to their site or blog, nominating them for an award, recommending them for an interview, or sharing their posts on social media. These actions will prove that you are their friend, hence the start of a good relationship.pexels-photo-886465.jpeg

Now, taking care of good relationships will surely pay off in terms of getting them to do a favor for you. For one, you can ask them to share your best content to their audience. Choose your killer articles for this purpose.

However, it’s wrong to beg them for a link. Just casually mention that you have an article that they might like. With a straight forward message, the other bloggers might read your article. If they like it, they won’t hesitate to link to it. But if they don’t, it means that you need to put in more work to create compelling articles that will easily earn the links of the other bloggers in your network.

Other ways to forge connections with you blogging peers include joining Blogging Facebook groups, following bloggers on Twitter and Instagram, and reading and commenting on blogs that you come across.

To forge relationships with the people already reading your content it is all about communication. Reply to comments that your readers leave on your posts. Genuinely consider any suggestions that they might make, answer questions that they ask. Follow people back who follow your blog or follow you on social media. Ask your followers questions to answer in the comment section. Let your readers know that they matter to you.


What do you think readers? Did I leave anything out? Is there anything more you would want me to do to connect better with you? Tell me in the comments!

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Femmetrepreneurs Spotlight Friday – Jessica Stadler

Happy Friday, Femmes! Another week of hustle and grind is coming to an end. I hope, as always, that this week has been productive and profitable for you.

Today’s Femmetrepreneurs Spotlight Friday Femmetastic Femmetrepreneur is Jessica Stadler with Ass by Jess.

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Jessica Stadler started Ass by Jess almost two years ago but has been in the fitness industry for roughly six years. Ass by Jess is a fitness program designed to help you lose fat and build muscle to gain sexy curves. The Ass by Jess motto is: “Ass is a must; the rest is a plus.” Jessica explains the meaning behind the motto, “Meaning that I focus on booty workouts because who doesn’t want a booty? But I also focus on other exercises to tone abs, upper body, cardio, etc.”

Ms. Stadlers says that she got into the health and fitness industry because she loves teaching others how to feel confident, sexy, and strong through workout programs, nutrition, apparel, etc. “I love helping others see results physically, mentally, and emotionally throughout their process of working with me. I train clients to build habits and live a balanced life while learning these tools for long term results.”Jessica Stadler Femmetastic Femmetrepreneur

Eventually Ms. Stadler wants to manage multiple trainers that would be in charge of her virtual training sessions. When asked about her ultimate life and business goal, Jessica’s goals are similar to many women who go into business for themselves. She wants to be able to travel while still having the business run properly. Jessica says, “I want to build a team of amazing people that have the same vision and want to help more people feel strong, confident, and sexy.”

Also, Ass by Jess now offers fitness boxes! Every three months you will be sent fun fitness surprises to help you along your fitness journey. You can find more information here.

Before starting Ass by Jess, Ms. Stadler worked for multiple corporate gyms and country club gyms. She made sure that she was working somewhere and getting income before she started her company. This way she was able to focus on her business as a side hustle without having to stress about money while building it. Jessica also used to be a model, a photographer, and she coordinated weddings. She received her Associate of Arts Degree from a design school.

Her greatest obstacle in business has been seeing the business shift. She has had to maintain an open mind regarding her vision for the business. “Things change and you have to be willing to adapt and grow with the changes, so I have learned to be flexible and allow my business to develop the way it’s meant to develop. This is hard because I don’t always like the changes but I’ve learned to seek the greatness within obstacles.”

Ms. Stadler offers this advice for women who want to go into business for themselves:

“Be patient. (This one took a long time for me to grasp….) Enjoy the process and the journey of developing a business. It is going to shift constantly, be up and down, and basically be an emotional roller coaster. LOVE what you do! If you don’t love it and you are not passionate then you will not stick with it when its not a rainbow kind of day. Surround yourself with people who will love and support you because it will not be easy and it will take sacrifices. If you are around similar people then they will support every part of this journey with you and offer their help and advice.”

In her free time Jessica enjoys exploring and going on adventures, trying new things, going for walks, and socializing with friends.

Her favorite motivational quote is:

“Be the kind of woman who makes other women want to up their game.” Bossbabe.inc


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