How Video Can Help Build Your Brand and Grow Your Online Presence

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Do you ever feel like you’re invisible online? You post great content, but it seems like nobody’s noticing. The good news is that there are things you can do to help people see you and your work. One of the best ways to get noticed and build your brand is using videos.

According to Wyzowl’s recent research, 93% of marketing personnel that use video says it helped them increase brand awareness. People are also interested in learning about new products and services through videos. Seventy-three percent of those surveyed said they’d prefer watching a short video rather than reading text on the page or listening to an audio version.

Video is one of the most powerful tools you have at your disposal, but many people are unaware of how to make use of it or what it can do for them. In this blog, I’m going to show you how it can be used as an effective strategy for building brand awareness and growing your online presence.

Video Content Ideas

Unlike traditional text-based content, videos are visually engaging and help capture potential viewers’ interest. To create effective video content, you need to come up with various interesting ideas. Here are some content ideas to get you started:

1. Introduce yourself and your brand

With regard to growing your online presence, nothing beats a great video introducing yourself and your brand. Regardless if you’re just getting started or an old business looking for new exposure, video can be a key component in exponentially growing both yourself as well as what it stands for.

First, think about what makes your brand unique. Are you known for your high-quality products? Or maybe you’re known for offering excellent customer service? Either way, focus on highlighting those key strengths in your video. Once you’ve imposed who you are as a brand, it’s time to introduce people to your team members.

If possible, try to get interviews with your employees to showcase their talents and personalities. Add some dynamic music or cool graphics if you want to really ramp up the energy level of your video. And most importantly, be sure to hit all the big takeaways at the end so that viewers remember what makes you special.

2. Showcase your products or services in action

This could be a short commercial explaining how your product works. Keep in mind that potential customers will be watching your video, so you want to make sure that they come away with a positive impression of your business.

You can also do a live stream product demonstration. This is an excellent way to show off your product in real-time and answer any viewers’ questions. People generally have short attention spans, so you want to make certain you can hold their attention throughout the entire video.

Remember to test your device camera before you do the live stream. You don’t want any unexpected issues popping up while you’re on live. And finally, make sure that you have good lighting and sound quality so that viewers can see and hear what you’re doing clearly.

3. Share customer testimonials

Many businesses are choosing to rely on video testimonials as a way to showcase the positive experiences of their customers. These videos allow potential customers to hear firsthand accounts of how well your product or service works, and they serve as an effective tool for promoting brand awareness.

Furthermore, video testimonials engage viewers uniquely and personally, allowing them to connect with others who have used your product in question. When selecting customers to feature in your testimonial videos, choose those that are articulate and have a strong story to share.

4. Make videos that are funny or entertaining

Funny or entertaining videos are a great way to create a buzz online and promote your brand. After all, who doesn’t love to laugh? While you want to make sure that your video is entertaining, you also don’t want to lose sight of your overall message.

Your video should be related to your brand in some way, so be strategic about the topics you choose. For example, if your company sells cat toys, try creating a funny commercial or sketch that incorporates cats somehow.

The key is to think creatively and find ways to approach your content from an unexpected angle. Just make sure that it’s still on-brand! You can even consider doing a live stream of your employees doing something silly; just be sure to keep it light-hearted and fun.

5. Create a behind-the-scenes video

People like getting a behind-the-scenes look at how things are being done. Your customers will be interested in seeing what you’re all about, so don’t be afraid to give them an inside peek.

You can do this in multiple different ways. For example, you could create a video that takes viewers on a tour of your company headquarters or production facility. If your business is online-only, you can still share a behind-the-scenes look at how the product is being made and shipped to customers.

Creating a Successful Strategy

Let’s say you now have your video content in place, and you’re ready to get started. Now what? The first consideration should be your overall strategy. Here are some tips to make sure that you’ll get the most out of your video content:

1. Upload your videos to YouTube and other video sharing platforms

By uploading your videos to multiple platforms, you’ll be able to reach a wider range of people. Not only will this give you a larger audience for your content, but it can also help you to attract new viewers and subscribers. It will also give you a chance to interact with other brands and build up your network.

2. Optimize your videos for search engines

Just like with written content, there are a number of ways to make sure your videos are as search engine friendly as possible. Start by doing your research and using keywords throughout your video title, description, and tags. You’ll also want to make sure your videos are high quality and engaging – after all, that’s what people are looking for when searching online.

3. Embed your videos on your website and blog

By embedding them directly into your content, you allow visitors to easily and quickly engage with your videos without leaving your site. Furthermore, the more visitors watch and interact with your videos, the better they will rank in search engine results. This helps to boost traffic to your site, increase brand awareness, and grow your audience overall.

4. Share your videos on social media

Start with the platforms you’re already using. If you’re active on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook, share your videos there first. Find some relevant hashtags and use them when you post. This will help people searching for specific content find your videos more easily.

Bottom Line

When people see faces and hear voices, they get a sense of who you are and what your brand is all about. This is why video becomes such an important tool if you want to grow your online presence and build your brand.

By producing engaging video content and creating a successful marketing strategy, you’ll be on your merry way to increasing views and engagement across the board. And with all the benefits video offers, there really isn’t any reason not to start planning your shoot today.

About the Author Jennesa Ongkit is a content writer for VEED.IO. She has a passion for writing and enjoys exploring new ways to communicate ideas. Jennesa has a background in marketing and advertising, and she loves using her skills to help businesses grow. When she’s not writing, Jennesa enjoys spending time with her family and playing with her pets.

Student Loan Costs: Are You Feeling the Crush?

Feeling the crush of student loan costs? This guest post from Money.com may help.

Maybe you’re a high school senior looking forward to graduating and attending a fab four-year college next fall. Or a college grad hoping to maximize your skills base and earning potential by pursuing a graduate degree. I don’t blame you—or your parents, if they’re helping to finance your education—if you’re stunned by the cost of higher education today. Or perhaps you’re just one of the 43 million Americans who currently carry student debt and wake up every morning wondering how you’re going to manage to pay off your loans. The average college graduate in the US today has somewhere in the neighborhood of $40,000 in student debt.

That’s a big nut to crack. But by most accounts, it’s worth chewing on. A recent report from the Georgetown University Center on Education revealed that college graduates are likely to earn more than $1.6 million in their lifetimes than their high school graduate friends. That’s a big incentive for getting that diploma to hang on the wall.

But like a million ads for a million different products have asked before, “Why pay more?” Whether you’re just investigating college costs or already sitting on a bunch of student loans, you need a strategy. The goal? Paying as little as you can for the high-quality education you deserve. Let’s take a look at a few of the steps you can take to put that plan into action.

Best Tip of All: Let Someone Else Foot the Bill

No, we don’t mean your parents—though many students do rely on their folks for financial support while they’re pursuing their degrees. And that’s okay! Moms and dads want to do their best for their kids. Let them do their loving parent thing. It’s why you were born. But keep in mind that you can reduce the financial burden on them—and yourself—by pursuing scholarships, fellowships, and other financial awards. The organizations that fund these scholarships run the gamut from colleges and universities themselves to corporate entities like Coca-Cola to labor unions and professional societies. According to a 2022 report, more than 1.7 million such grants are awarded every year. Private scholarships alone total of $7.4 billion annually. Students who receive scholarships receive an average of more than $7000 per year. So do yourself a favor. Seek out websites that aggregate and organize scholarship information for you. Put your name on some scholarship alert mailing lists. And make friends with the financial aid officers at the university you choose to attend. When you’re trying to fund your college education, free money is the best money.

The Wild World of Student Loans

Granted, you might not be able to fund your entire college education through scholarships. That’s when borrowing money comes into play. The vast majority of students take out student loans. In fact, 79 million Americans have taken out student loans. Students borrow an average of $30,000 over the course of their college careers. Some loans are funded privately, but many students also take advantage of federal student loans. Each type of loan has its pros and cons

So what’s the best kind of student loan for you? That depends on a few factors.

Federal Loan Perks Explained

A well-qualified workforce drives the US economy so it’s no wonder that the federal government supports higher education. How much support? There are about 1.7 trillion dollars in federal student debt out there. Students flock to federal loans because they offer some significant perks. Let’s run through them.

  • Applying for a federal student loan is easier than applying for a private loan. Forone thing, there’s no need to supply a credit history when you apply. That’s especially important for younger students who have not accumulated or paid off any debt. Most high school seniors don’t even have a credit score yet.
  • You don’t need a co-signer to apply for a federal student loan. So if your parents or another family member can’t back you up on a loan, you can still get the money you need to pursue your degree.
  • Federal loans come with fixed interest rates. That means you can lock in a rate for the term of your loan. Interest rates are relatively low right now, but they’re predicted to rise precipitously—and soon. So it’s likely that locking in a low rate now can save you thousands over the lifetime of your loan.
  • Federal loan interest rates are typically lower than private loan interest rates. Right now, the rate is hovering around 3.73% for undergraduate students. Private loan interest rates vary according to your credit score and the term of the loan you take out. And they vary from day to day. For the month of April 2022, the average private student loan interest rate was 4.78%. The rates for a 20-year loan are higher than that. Federal student loans may offer loan repayment terms up to 30 years. If you choose a longer term, your monthly payments will be lower, but the lifelong cost of your loan will be higher.
  • The interest on a federal student loan may not begin to accrue until you graduate. That varies on the type of loan you take out. This feature is attached to Direct Subsidized federal loans only, which are granted on a needs basis. With most private student loans, interest begins to accrue from the date you receive your funding.
  • With a federal loan, your repayment options may be income-driven. So when you’re just starting out in your career and aren’t earning as much as an experienced employee, your monthly payments may be more affordable.
  • Federal loans may be more forgiving than private loans. For example, when the economy tanked at the beginning of the global pandemic, the government paused loan payments to give students and borrowers a chance to recover. Payments on federal loans are still paused. They’re scheduled to begin again this August, but some experts are predicting that the pause may last into 2023.
  • Federal loans offer deferment and forbearance options. Let’s say you hit a rough patch: you lose your job or suddenly have unexpected medical bills to pay. Federal student loans offer the option of suspending—sometimes for up to a year— while you’re resolving your financial problems. Keep in mind that interest may continue to accrue during this period.

So Why Would Anyone Take Out a Private Loan?

Given the many advantages that federal loans offer, why might you consider investigating private student loans? For one reason, it’s just good business to educate yourself on all of your options. But there are other reasons, too.

  • Private student loan rates range widely, even from the same lender. The interest rate you’re offered will depend chiefly on your creditworthiness. Sometimes, particularly if you have a co-signer with a terrific credit profile and take out a relatively short loan, a private lender may offer you a lower rate than the government can. Private student loans are best for borrowers with excellent credit histories.
  • Private loans have higher limits. The amount of money you’re allowed to borrow from the federal government may not cover the entire cost of your education. In fact, it likely won’t. As an undergraduate, you can borrow about $31,000 in federal money. Even if you attend a public university, you may have to spend considerably more than federal loan limits allow. If you’re attending a private college and have not secured any scholarships, that’s almost a dead certainty. With private student loans, you can typically borrow up to the full cost of your education.
  • Private loans offer greater term flexibility. If you’re in a position to take out a very short-term loan, you can pay a low rate and also decrease the overall cost of borrowing money for your education. Private lenders offer variable loan terms and there’s no penalty for early payment.
  • Private loans are available with fixed or variable interest rates. Federal loans are only available as fixed-rate loans. So depending on where interest rates go, you could wind up spending more as you repay your federal loans. If you take out a variable-rate loan through a private lender, your rate will fluctuate periodically. That can be a blessing or a curse. When interest rates go down, the interest you pay on a private student loan will probably decrease.

Managing the Debt You Already Have

Whether you’re mid-stream in your college career or mid-stream in paying off your loans, you can often find a way of shrinking the chunk of money you pay in student debt. It’s a good habit to periodically investigate whether student loan refinancing can save you some cash. When you refinance your student loans, your lender will pay them off. You can then start fresh with a clean slate.

You may find yourself in several circumstances that could make refinancing your student loans a smart move:

  • This one’s a no-brainer: you took out your student loans when rates were higher than they are now.
  • Your finances have improved and, along with it, your credit score. You may be earning more now. Perhaps you’ve been diligent about making on-time payments on all of your credit accounts. That’s the kind of thing lenders take positive note of and reward you for with lower rates.
  • You can afford higher monthly payments now. Refinancing into a shorter-term loan can earn you a better interest rate.

Next to a home mortgage, your student loans may well represent the largest debt you ever take on. Understanding the ins and outs of education financing will help you make better decisions for yourself, whether you’re taking out new loans or refinancing existing loans. There are vast resources available online to help you get up to speed. And if you can’t find the answers you need online, don’t be afraid to ask questions—whether you bring them to the financial aid office of the school you’re attending, your lender, or your financial advisor. And as you would when considering any large purchase, before you take out a loan, make sure you shop around.

Author Bio:

Susan Doktor is a journalist, business strategist, and principal at Branddoktor. She covers a wide range of personal finance topics, including debt and investing. Her contribution to this blog comes to us courtesy of Money.com.

101 Best Affiliate Programs for Bloggers 

101 Best Affiliate Programs for Bloggers 

Are you a blogger who wants to earn passive income on the side? If so, it’s time to get into affiliate marketing! Below is a list of 101 of the best affiliate programs for bloggers. Let’s dive in!

  1. A2 Hosting
  2. Adobe
  3. Amazon Associates
  4. Awin
  5. Barefut Essential Oils
  6. Barkbox
  7. Beautylish
  8. BestSelf
  9. BH Cosmetics
  10. Bluechic
  11. Bluehost
  12. Blurb
  13. Bonsai
  14. Booking.com
  15. Buzzsprout
  16. CBD Relief Authority
  17. Chewy
  18. CJ
  19. Clickbank
  20. Clickfunnel
  21. Cloudways
  22. ConvertKit
  23. Creativebug
  24. DestroyDepression
  25. Dreamhost
  26. eBay Partner Network
  27. Elegant Themes
  28. Elementor
  29. Engage Bay
  30. Equifax
  31. Etsy
  32. Fitbit
  33. Fiverr
  34. Flexjobs
  35. FlexOffers
  36. FoxyNails
  37. Freshbooks
  38. Generation Tea
  39. GoDaddy
  40. Gold Medal Wine Club
  41. Grammarly
  42. Greater Minds
  43. GreenGeeks
  44. Health IQ
  45. Hello Fresh
  46. HoneyMoney
  47. HostGator
  48. Hostinger
  49. INeedMotivation
  50. Interact
  51. Jillian Michaels
  52. Kinsta
  53. LiquidWeb
  54. Makeup Geek
  55. MindBodyRecovery
  56. Mindvalley
  57. Mosaic Weighted Blankets
  58. Namecheap
  59. Native Remedies
  60. Nomatic
  61. Nordstrom
  62. Online Therapy
  63. Overstock
  64. Panic Away
  65. Pepperjam
  66. Petco
  67. Physician’s Choice
  68. PicMonkey
  69. QuickBooks
  70. Rakuten LinkShare
  71. Razer
  72. Scrapbook
  73. SellHealth
  74. Semrush
  75. ShareASale
  76. Shopify
  77. Simple Truths
  78. SiteGround
  79. Skillshare
  80. Skimlinks
  81. Skyscanner
  82. Spocket
  83. StitchFix
  84. Styled Stock Society
  85. Sunbasket
  86. Tailwind
  87. Target
  88. Teachable
  89. The California Wine Club
  90. Thinkific
  91. Thrive Market
  92. TransUnion
  93. Travelpayouts
  94. Tripadvisor
  95. Tula
  96. Twitch
  97. Ultimate Bundles
  98. Vitamix
  99. Wix
  100. WP Engine
  101. Zazzle

Solar Generators for Survival

Are you prepared for a power outage or emergency? This guide will teach you everything you need to know about solar generators and how to choose the best one for your needs.

Solar Generators for Survival

Given everything that’s going on in the world, more people are aware that they need to be better prepared to take care of themselves. People are learning how to create a food supply, how to store water for emergency use and the importance of relying on themselves.

One area that men and women are looking at being prepared for has to do with the loss of electricity. There’s a growing concern over what might happen if the grid happens to go down indefinitely.

Some states and countries have already experienced upheaval in their electrical grids. If you’re wondering how to prepare in the event of a long-term outage, there are some things that you can do now.

Never Rely on the Grid

Some people believe that the grid going down is a remote possibility. They think that it won’t happen in their lifetime or that if it does, power companies would have them up and running in hours, or days – worst case scenario.

During a war, each side fights to cripple the other’s way of life. They want communication cut off. They want electricity cut off. That’s one thing that is a real threat in today’s society.

Wars are being fought that are seeing impacts to the way of life and now and in the future, wars may not be traditional. Instead of going to the front line to fight face to face with another country’s military, what’s happening are strategic online attacks.

The power grid is online. The enemy can shut down a nation simply by hacking into the system and taking control. This type of sabotage isn’t something that’s done on a whim. It’s carefully planned and then carried out so that it causes the maximum amount of loss and distress.

Wars in the future will wreak havoc on the grid. This deliberate execution is done to cause harm to the economy. As soon as the grid does go down, those in charge of the system will get to work and try to undo the damage.

But the problem is that an online attack isn’t easily figured out. Sometimes code can be placed during an attack and when someone tries to fix the hacking, it can make matters worse and cause further disruptions.

When the power goes out right now, the electric company sends out trucks. The workers go and start checking the system to find out where the break is. Once they do, they can usually get the power restored within just a matter of hours.

It’s not like that when there’s a deliberate attack on the grid. This type of damage isn’t something the electric company can just send a truck out to fix. Because of how complicated it is, the disruption of electrical services may last awhile.

In some cases, the loss of electricity could last for months – or even years. You might think that you’re somewhat prepared. If you’re like most people, you probably have a supply of flashlight and batteries.

But batteries and gas powered sources like a generator aren’t a very good option. Batteries will die at some point and you won’t be able to get more because they’ll be in short supply.

When the grid goes down, you can’t get gas for a generator because gas pumps need electricity to run. Plus, the entire supply chain might be broken, so you’ll only have power for as long as your current supply lasts.

Solar Generators Could Prevent a Personal Catastrophe

Because everyone is so used to having it, when the power goes out, it’s a real inconvenience. But because it usually comes right back on, the inconvenience is just a minor issue.

Most people just wait it out. Once the power resumes, life carries on just like it did before. But in the event that the grid goes down, it’s not going to happen like that. Life as you know it will come to a halt.

Many people will become painfully aware of just how much their life centers around having electricity and trying to cope will be difficult. There are so many areas of life that will change if there’s no power.

Most grocery stores operate their doors using electricity. The doors won’t open without it. For stores that do have a way to open the door and let the customers in, it won’t do any good because the food supply in stock is quickly going to run out as people become desperate to just take the items.

Those who deliver the food supplies to the stores won’t be able to fuel up their trucks and get the food across the states. So bare shelves will remain bare. The food that’s in the store before it’s taken won’t be able to be sold because cash register machines can’t operate without electricity.

The debit card that you use all the time now will become as worthless as a piece of a plastic. The store can’t swipe it. The ATM won’t be working, and the bank won’t be able to give you any money because they can’t access your account without electricity.

When you’re at home, you’re going to be impacted by the loss of power. There won’t be any air conditioning to cool the blazing heat of the summer. Of, if the grid is down during winter months, you won’t have a way to heat your home.

You’ll be physically uncomfortable in more ways than one. Your stove won’t be any use when there’s no electricity. So you won’t be able to cook. The hot water heater won’t work, so there won’t be any warm showers.

Some people rely on electricity for more than just their regular way of life. They must have access to power due to medical needs. Many people have machinery such as oxygen concentrators that require electricity.

Without power, those machines won’t work and it could endanger lives. For those who use a CPAP machine, it’s the same issue if the electricity goes out. It’s stressful when something disrupts your norm in life, but even more so when you have a medical issue or someone you love does.

This is why you want to invest in a solar generator. You don’t have to fret about not having power when you need. This can prevent the hardship of being without and give you peace of mind.

The Benefits of Owning a Solar Generator

There are so many benefits to having a solar generator. You don’t have to worry about getting gas for it. You don’t have worry about batteries or electricity. Having a solar generator can help you to keep your life a little more normal during something chaotic like the grid going down.

For example, if you have one, you’ll be able to stay in communication with the people you care about. You’ll know what’s going on in their lives and if they’re okay. If you work online, you can still do that with a generator because – if cell towers are still operational, you can use mobile hotspots.

You’ll also be able to find support if you can use your laptop. There will be other people going through the same thing and this is a good way for you to be able to gain as well as share information.

You can find out where food is if necessary and what areas to avoid in case there’s chaos that makes them unsafe. A solar generator can do more than just allow you to be on your laptop for communication or work purposes.

You can use one to help restore as much of your normal way of life as possible. For example, if you have a solar generator, you can hook up your stove. This means that you’ll still be able to cook for yourself or your family.

You’ll be able to heat up canned goods or make fresh foods. Being able to cook can bring comfort to yourself as well as your family. Besides being able to cook, you’ll also be able to run your refrigerator like you usually would.

This will allow you to keep your food safe from going bad. Plus, it will allow you to keep your food longer so you’ll be able to have leftovers if needed and you can hold out with stuff from your freezer in the event you can’t find the items that you need.

You won’t have to sit in the dark once the sun goes down. A solar generator can be used to light your home in more than one room. When your normal way of life is interrupted where you don’t have light, not only can boredom quickly set in, but a dark home is more likely to be targeted by thieves.

A solar generator is something that can also be of use for you when there’s no emergency power situation going on. When you have a generator, it creates power for you that you don’t have to pay for.

So you end up saving a lot of money. It’s one of the best investments that you can make to protect your way of life as well as your home during a chaotic event. You’ll have peace of mind and the generator is quiet, so your neighbors won’t know that you have a solution.

How to Shop for the Right Solar Generator

You want to carefully consider the solar generator that you purchase and make your decision after weighing certain factors. Cost may be the deciding issue for you. You want to choose one that works with your budget but is also able to meet your electric needs.

In addition, you’ll also want to look at how much space it’s going to take up and where you’re going to place it. The panel sizes and set up will be different, depending on which brand you end up buying.

Another thing that you need to consider is the weight of the generator. You want one that you can move around. You want to make it easy to change locations with it. If it’s too big and bulky, then you’ll have a harder time.

You can find a wide variation in sizes and it would be a lot easier to move one weighing 60 pounds than one weighing over 200. When selecting the generator, you want to check out how easy it is to use.

One that’s so complicated it would take a scientist to figure out isn’t one that you’re going to easily use or be happy with – especially if you can’t figure out how to operate it when you need it.

Some generators have touch screen controls that will walk you through what you need to do in order to set it up and get it running. Next, you’ll need to look at the generator’s ability to charge.

Some of the brands are great at charging in normal weather when the sun is bright. Others struggle when there’s cloud cover. If that’s the case, then if you have periods of overcast days, you might not have the charge that you need to run your home.

People talk about products they’ve purchased. When you’re searching for a solar generator, you’ll want to weigh the opinion of others. So check out the reviews of each of the generators.

With every product, you’re going to have a couple of unhappy buyers. That’s normal. But if there are hundreds of people negatively reviewing the product about the same issue, then that could be a problem with that generator.

When looking at reviews, pay attention to the ones that have home photos showing the generator in use as well as ones that are verified purchases. You’ll want to check out the generators across the brands, too.

Some brands have more durability and have been proven over time. That doesn’t mean one that’s newer to the market won’t be the same. But if there’s no track record and no reviews, you do want to be a bit more careful about buying it.

Some of the more well-known brands have good models to choose from. These would be ones in the EcoFlow, Jackery, Bluetti or Renogy line. Finally, you want to consider the amount of energy the generator can produce.

It’s a lot different shopping for one that can provide for one or two people versus one that needs to produce electricity for a family of five. So shop based on price, size, ease of use and needs.

Tips on Setting Up and Using Your New Solar Generator

Having a solar generator means you’ll be able to have a more normal lifestyle in the event that the grid goes down. These devices are quieter and cleaner for the environment as well.

But in order to get the most out of your generator, there are some things you need to keep in mind. First, you need to pay attention to the positioning. Where your panels are located will make a difference in how they gather power.

When you put the panels in place, you can’t just set them up at any type of angle. The angle of the panel has to be situated so that it’s able to take advantage of the sun’s rays.

That means that this angle is going to change depending on the time of year. For example, the higher the sun is, the lower the angle can be. Understanding latitude can help you know best where the angle should be.

For example, during the months of March, April and May, your panels can be set at a 45 degree angle. You also need to be sure that your generator stays in top working condition.

If you have a “set it and forget it” mindset toward it, then the lifespan of the machine will be shortened. You always want to make sure that it’s clean. Being outside causes dust and other debris to block the sun’s rays.

You have to clean off the panels and keep the generator clean as well. You want to watch for unnecessary power use from the generator. When you set it up, only use what you absolutely must have.

If you’re not using the TV or a lamp, then unplug it so that it’s not using the power. Because they’re solar, some people think these types of generators are difficult to set up, but they’re not.

They’re actually a lot easier to use than fuel powered ones are. All you have to do is start it, hook up whatever items you need electricity for and then use your items. It’s that easy.

What you want to pay attention to is the amount of power your generator has from the stored energy. You don’t ever want that to go below around 80%. Solar generators that bottom out can take awhile to regain a full charge.

The way you use the solar generators isn’t going to vary much according to size. The positioning of the panels and care of the generator is the same regardless of whether it’s a small or large machine.

There are many different types of solar survival supplies that you can buy to give you power. From a small solar phone to a large solar generator that has several large panels and can provide power to a refrigerator, you can find something for every purpose you want.

Start out with what you can best afford, for your most pressing needs. If you need a way to cook, there are solar cookers. If you just want your phone charged or a radio to work, get something small.

But set aside funds to get a large solar generator for a major SHTF event, when the grid isn’t expected to come back online anytime soon. This will provide your family with the ability to survive in comfort.

9 Ways to Increase the Monetization of Your Online Business

If you are looking for a way to improve your online business, this is an excellent place to start. These nine strategies will help you increase revenue and get more out of each customer.

9 Ways to Increase the Monetization of Your Online Business

If you are an online marketer, chances are you’re a self-starter who prides yourself on being driven in the pursuit of a successful entrepreneurial career. But even those who have no struggles with productivity or with learning the ropes can hit a wall when it comes to maximizing their profit potential.

What often happens is a niche marketer will immerse themselves in the tasks presented to them to complete a business model. For example, they might start off launching a blog as an affiliate marketer or create an info product that they sell on a third party platform.

What they don’t know is that there are additional ways they can boost the revenue that funnels into their bank account. Most of these options take very little added effort, but they must be activated in order to start working for you.

Below, you will find nine different strategies you can use to quickly increase your earnings and gain an edge over the competition. With this added income, you can outsource or delegate tasks you no longer want to do, reinvest in your business by getting new tools and taking new courses, or simply use it to enhance your lifestyle in any way you see fit.

Engage in Ongoing Affiliate Recruitment

There are many digital info product creators who have come online with a desire to share the information they know with others. This is a lucrative business model for many different niches.

You can launch a digital course on how to grow tomatoes, how to lose weight, how to start an online business, how to care for your pet, how to prevent your body from aging fast, and many thousands of other topics.

For most digital product creators, their focus is put on brainstorming an idea that will sell, making sure the information is thorough and valuable enough for the buyer, and learning how to technically put the pieces together so that the course goes live and people are able to buy it.

What you may be neglecting is one of the most lucrative aspects of your task list as an info product creator. Having a JV (joint venture) page in place is not enough to put a powerful affiliate strategy in your corner.

You have to identify and nurture relationships with top affiliates in your niche who will sign up to promote your product when it launches. Not only does this increase your immediate income, but it adds a huge number of subscribers to your list that can be profited from at a later date.

The key in activating this simple tip is to be strategic in how you look for and communicate with these prospective affiliates. You want to look on leaderboards, launch lists (aka: your competitors), and ask others who would be the best affiliates to have in your corner.

You have to take a little bit of time to get to know what they promote, how they promote (so that you can provide them with all of the readymade materials they need), and what kind of perks they’re looking for when they agree to send their list to your offer – then deliver for them.

Don’t rely on the simple task of creating a JV page and hoping the right people will sign up. Unless you have built an amazing reputation for your brand, chances are it will get ignored unless you are proactive in targeting the right affiliates.

Host a Contest for Your Launches

Another thing you can do to increase the monetization of your online business is to make sure you are hosting contests whenever you launch a new product. There are specific launch calendars available to online affiliates so that they can choose which promotions they engage in based on whether or not the vendor is offering prize money.

If you’ve never hosted a contest for your launches before, there are a few things you need to remember so that you don’t soil your reputation in the process. First and foremost, you always want to make sure that you have the funds to pay out the prize money at the end of the launch.

There is nothing worse than an affiliate giving it their all to promote you and help you make sales, only to not be rewarded in the end because you spent what should have been their prize money.

One way you can avoid this is to set minimums on the prizes. For example, first place may have a $500 prize attached to it, but the affiliate has to have a minimum of 100 sales.

As the money is coming into your online accounts, make sure you leave in enough to be able to payout the prizes. So if you know you have $750 in prize money to pay out, and you have taken in $2,000, you only want to withdraw $1,250 and leave the remainder in your account to send to the winners.

Don’t host a contest where the only winning prize is whether or not someone gets bragging rights. This is an embarrassment to both you and the affiliate. The prizes ideally should be cash, but sometimes vendors will offer things like laptops, smartphones, or even a trip somewhere.

If you do offer vacations or products, you will also want to have an alternative, equivalent monetary prize that they can choose if they don’t want that item. You will have to choose whether or not your contest is based on the number of sales someone has, such as 100 sales total, or if you want it based on the revenue earnings they brought in, such as $2,500.

You might have someone who wins who has fewer sales, but who has earned more because they heavily pushed the upgrade offers in your funnel. All of this can be determined when you technically set up the contest on the platform of your choice.

You want to make the prizes enough so that it’s worth it for an affiliate. Having a $25 first place prize is usually not enough to entice top affiliates to get onboard. At the same time, you don’t have to offer a $10,000 prize for a simple eBook course that you are selling for $17.

You can have more than one contest during your launch. You might have one for the first 24 hours, the last 24 hours, or one in the middle of the launch to help with lagging sales.

Check Past Content for Links that Convert

If you want to increase the income of your online efforts, you may want to spend time going back to fortify the profit potential of every piece of content that you have published for your brand.

Early on in your journey, chances are you neglected to add things like hyperlinks to your own products that you now have, offers that you are an affiliate for, and even banner ads that could be strategically positioned within the content to help you earn more.

Some people may only want to go back a week or two in an effort to check their content, but in terms of search engine optimization, you will want to go back to the very beginning.

Content that has been around longer may have had a better chance of being indexed and ranked in search engine results pages (SERPs) then newer content that you have recently published, that may not have been crawled by search bots yet.

This is a good time for you to check for broken links or outdated links that are pointed to products you may not want to promote anymore. Log into the dashboard of your blog and start at the beginning with the very first post, working your way toward the more recent content.

On each blog post, you want to make sure that you have included hyperlinks to your products or those you are an affiliate for. You may need to add a little bit of text if you don’t currently see any opportunities on that post for monetization.

You want to do the same with any kind of multimedia that you have online. This may include going back to old YouTube videos to add profit potential to your descriptions, or to your podcast episodes to do the same.

You can also go to your social media posts on sites like Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, Pinterest, and the elsewhere and double check to make sure that they are all monetized and that you have left no stone unturned.

Another place you want to check is in your email autoresponder system if you are utilizing follow up emails that are dripped out to your subscribers over time. Make sure your emails are all current and up-to-date in terms of the information they provide, and monetize each one in some way – whether it’s a link to one of your own products or to someone else is that you are an affiliate for.

Secure Special Deals for Your Subscribers

If you’re looking for a very quick and easy way to increase your online earnings, look no further than your competitors. The people that you are going up against in your niche will be launching products that you can promote as an affiliate.

What happens to most digital info product creators, is they launch a course or membership program that may or may not do well during the launch period. After that initial release, the product is often set on the back burner where it doesn’t make them as much money, if any.

Many digital info product creators have to continually release new products in order to keep their income flowing. You can look at their back catalog and find products that they have released in the past that you feel will be beneficial for your subscribers.

Reach out to these vendors and see if they can arrange for a special deal for your list. This can be for an evergreen, permanent promotion such as a blog post review – or, it can be a temporary promo code that they set up for you for a short time that you can email your list.

Sometimes, they will put the product back to launch pricing for you, which can be a significant discount for your subscribers. Other times, they may take more than one of their products and bundle it up together with others that they have and discount it as a whole.

There are some digital info product creators who, once a product launch period is over, take it off the market completely. Periodically, they may take it out of the vault for a short sale, and they may be able to arrange something like this for you and your list.

Allow Sponsors to Leverage Your Content

Another easy way that you can monetize your online business is to enable sponsors the ability to leverage your content for their own promotions. You want to be selective about who you allow to sponsor your content.

Obviously, you don’t want to allow anything unsavory or offensive. Ideally, the sponsor should be aligned with whatever niche market you are in. It wouldn’t make sense to have a sponsor involved in the toy niche if your niche is all about anti-aging.

When you allow sponsors to have a spot in your content, it can be done with text, image ads, with video or verbally. It all depends on where you are hosting your content and what makes the most sense.

For example, if you have a podcast that you want to allow sponsors to promote on, then that will be a verbal ad placement that is spoken at the beginning, middle, or end of the podcast.

If you are allowing someone to sponsor your TikTok account, then you will usually be creating short videos for their brand that you then upload to your channel. You can use hashtags and text along with the video to let people know it is a sponsored post.

You can do the same on other social media sites, such as Instagram, Snapchat, and even YouTube. You might be able to charge a different fee based on the placement of the sponsored ad or the length or size of the ad itself.

Turn on Creator Funds Whenever Possible

Many social media sites have built-in creator funds that you can tap into if you are a proficient content creator. Not only do you have to have good content that viewers, listeners, or readers feel is valuable, but you need to be releasing content on a regular basis.

If you have a large following on social media accounts, they will often invite you to be part of their creator incentive program. These are often not immediately lucrative to small accounts, but for those who have a large following, you can earn a lot of money.

Facebook now owns Instagram, but both sites have incentive programs as does Snapchat, Pinterest, TikTok, YouTube, Spotify, and Twitch. Go to the social media platform of your choice and look to see if they have a creator incentive program and find out what the requirements are in order to participate.

You also want to make sure that you are abiding by any rules that they set forth so that you don’t mistakenly lose your account and become ineligible for further monetization on their platform.

Then, begin researching strategies that are ethical and above-board (and allowed by the platform) to help you get more views and ultimately, more money from your content efforts on these social networking sites.

Host Live Events and Let Your Expertise Rake in Money

If you enjoy hosting live events on your social networking accounts, then you may want to use this talent to help you earn more with your channels. TikTok is probably the best example of a social networking app that allows creators to go live and profit from it.

With a minimum of 1,000 followers, you can begin going live on this app to your followers and also end up in the feed of people who don’t yet know you as they scroll through their For You Page.

If you are providing an entertaining or informative live event, they have the ability to send you gifts or tip you at that time. You can also put strategic monetized links in your bio that they can follow when you verbally give them a call to action to check it out.

There are many people who are raking in a lot of money with live TikTok streams who are doing nothing more than creating arts and crafts, scratching off lottery tickets, eating in front of the camera as if they are chatting with a friend over lunch, or giving great insight about a specific niche topic.

Before you start creating your own live events, make sure you get on the app and see what other people are doing so that you can beat the competition with something viewers find more engaging and also know how to prevent trolls from getting the best of you.

Flip Private Label Rights with a Goal of Pure Profits

If you have space online, whether it’s a blog on a domain that you own or social media profiles, pages and channels, then you have the ability to take what is called private label rights (PLR) content and monetize it without having done the work yourself.

You want to find a PLR producer who has a similar style to the content that you already upload to your accounts. That way, you have very little tweaking, if any, to do. Take the content and insert your own affiliate links or links to your products so that you can have a great return on your investment.

Private label rights are very inexpensive and you can find content in many different media formats. While text PLR is most prevalent, you can also find images such as social posters, video PLR, and even audio content that you can claim as your own and monetize any way you see fit.

30 Day Marketing Monetization Plan

Learn how to monetize your online marketing business and start bringing profits to your website in 30 days with this 30 Day Marketing Monetization Plan.

30 Day Marketing Monetization Plan

When you think of an online entrepreneur, you most likely automatically assume that the individual pursuing this type of career would maximize every chance they get to monetize their business.

The truth is, most online marketers get so wrapped up in the minute details of niche selection, content creation and launches that they fail to seize every opportunity to earn profits.

Many Internet marketers fail to succeed just because they forget – or don’t know how – to monetize their business. When it comes to earning, they primarily have tunnel vision for product launches and short term affiliate promos, and some aren’t even doing that yet – they’re just slapping up blog content and being baffled that it hasn’t converted for them.

The fact is, there are many opportunities that are overlooked, which could add up to a hefty sum of money streaming in on autopilot. These passive and proactive profits are what set experienced marketers apart from green ones.

Day 1: Find the Gaps in Your Online Monetization

When you are starting the process of monetizing your marketing efforts, there are a few days in the beginning where you have to analyze what you’re currently doing and take some steps to make sure you are generating a profit.

On day one of your 30 day plan, you will be conducting an audit of how you have currently been setting up your business for success financially. You need to look at your blog, your email autoresponder system, your products, your lead magnets, and all of your social media accounts and pinpoint exactly how often and how you are setting up some sort of monetization.

You might be shocked to find that very few of your blog posts have any type of link that would help you earn money in them. You may find that on social media, you are active and engaging, yet have no form of profit potential being shared.

For now, you just need to take stock of what you have done in the past and what kind of profits that has generated for you. After the 30 day plan is complete, you will be able to monitor the changes in your income and see how the improvements have helped.

Day 2: Gather the Links to All of Your Products

On the second day of your 30 day journey, you want to gather the links to each and every one of the products you have created and sell online. Whether they are links to content packs, courses, memberships, printable or even tangible products, you want to have all of the links readily available at your fingertips whenever you need them.

Make sure you have them organized in a way that is logical (with a short description to act as a reminder of what it is) so that if you need to pull a link to use in your online communications or content, it will only take you a split second.

If you make it difficult for you to find, you might end up passing up the opportunity to monetize a situation. You might be in a rush or tired, and instead of sharing the link that would earn you money, you simply send your product as a freebie or share the name of it.

Day 3: Apply for and Organize Links to Affiliate Programs

To get you ready for maximum profit potential, you need to take a day to find products that you feel will convert well with your target audience and apply to their affiliate program.

As you do with your own product links, you need to organize these affiliate links in a logical manner. For example, you might have a category for courses that teach people things, a category for tools they may want to invest in, and so on.

These are going to be links to affiliate products that you can promote on an ongoing basis. This is not where you will be housing affiliate links for a specific, temporary launch that someone is having.

Day 4: Set Up Strategic Coupon Codes for Your Products

Even if you don’t use these regularly, you want to set up an evergreen coupon code for each of your products that you can give to a specific affiliate or customer directly whenever you feel it is appropriate.

You can place these codes in a separate file of their own, or beside the links to each of your products that you have organized. You might want to make more than one discount code, such as one that takes a little bit off the price of the product, or one that takes a significant amount off.

It’s good to have these coupon codes readily prepared and available for you to use anytime you need them so that you don’t have to stop what you’re doing and go through the process each and every time.

If you are regularly communicating with your target audience, and you recognize that some people maybe on a budget where they can’t afford your product, you’ll be able to quickly pull the coupon code to share with them and make the sale rather than miss it.

Day 5: Approach Vendors for Special Deals that Benefit You and Your List

In addition to having your own discounts for customers and for affiliates to use with their audience, you want to spend a day securing evergreen coupons with some of the vendors whose products you will be recommending on a regular basis.

Make sure you specify that you would like it to have an indefinite activation, and not something with a beginning and end date. This will work best for evergreen courses and tools, but not so much for short-term launches.

Sometimes, you will find vendors who can set up a separate sales page and listing on a third party platform that is specific for your customers. These will usually begin with some sort of wording such as, “For Friends of (your name)…”

Day 6: Turn Your Posts Into Partial Product Reviews

Now you are going to begin the process of going through your existing, current, and future content and updating it with whatever form of monetization you feel would work best.

First, start by going back through the blog posts that are performing best for you in terms of traffic. They may not be converting into cash for you yet, so you need to study each one and see where you have failed to monetize it so that you can add a bit of revenue.

One of the best ways to add a form of income to your blog posts is to spot those moments where you have mentioned some sort of product or strategy. For example, you may have mentioned in passing that you conducted some keyword research.

Take time to create a call out or separate section of that blog post that explains which keyword tool you use, and why. Make sure you link to it with an affiliate link and any type of discount code that you have for your readers.

As you continue publishing now and in the future, have a step on your publishing checklist that course is you to pinpoint somewhere within the content that you can find a product to create a mini review of within the post.

Another example would be if you created a blog post about how you lost wait after turning 40. You may have traditionally just shared your story as a way to bond with your readers, but now you want to find an opportunity to include a few lines that point them to a product that you recommend to help them with the same.

You can include a short segment that introduces them to a course or tool that will help them if they are on the same journey and are struggling. You don’t need to turn the entire blog post into an infomercial, but understand that your audience has landed on your page for help, so you want to go above and beyond your storytelling and give them direction they can act on, even if that means sending them to a product they need to buy.

Day 7: Monetize the Tip Articles You Publish

Whenever you are sharing tips on your blog, such as, “How to Lose 10 Pounds in 14 Days,” you are conveying valuable information to your readers at no cost. The key is to make sure that your content is effective enough that if your reader closed their browser and walked away, they would be content with what they learned.

However, when you add some form of monetization, such as a hyperlink to a product that you are an affiliate for, or one of your own products, you are helping them reach their goals faster and easier than if they only implemented the tips that you have shared.

You may have read various articles in magazines or online about tips for adhering to a keto diet plan, for example. These are usually one or two sentences long, and are meant to intrigue the reader so that they want to find out more.

You want to find the meaty courses that will take them by the hand and walk them through all of the intricate details of the direction they need to be on. For example, a simple tip blog may have advice that says, “Brace yourself for experiencing the keto flu.”

It might expand on it a little bit by explaining what the keto flu is. A full course about the keto diet would help the reader prevent the symptoms, and add more details about what they can do to quickly get over this issue.

Day 8: Use Case Studies Strategically Two Ways for Profits

Another way to monetize your online efforts is to use case studies as a way to generate profits. There are two different ways you can use these to your advantage. First, if you are an affiliate for a product (such as a course) that you, yourself want to go through, consider offering and in depth case study as a bonus for those who buy the product through your link.

Not only are you earning commission off of the sale of the product itself, but many people will buy through your link solely to access the case study where you share your thoughts about the implementation and results of using the product.

Another way that you can use case studies to your advantage is to conduct open case studies on your blog. These are perfect for evergreen products. you have to be careful not to share the details of the course (in terms of what it is teaching exactly) when you conduct a public case study for people who may not have purchased the product yet.

You can be fairly generic about it when you blog openly about your case study. You always want to include your affiliate link in the beginning, middle, and end of your blog post.

When you speak about the actions you have taken, you can tell the reader which section or module or chapter you are working on that day, how much time it took, what your opinion is of what you learned, and what the results were.

What you don’t want to do is give them a step-by-step account of what you did, because then you are not only infringing on the vendor’s knowledge that he or she expects people to pay for, but you are shooting yourself in the foot when it comes to affiliate commissions.

Day 9: Monetize Your Image Inserts on Blogs

Many bloggers understand the importance of breaking up long blocks of text with whitespace or with images. However, there are too many who use random niche relevant images and don’t take time to monetize them.

For example, if you are writing a blog post about how important it is to optimize your site for search engines, you might have traditionally gone to DepositPhotos or iStock Photos and downloaded an SEO stock image.

While this may help you achieve your goal of breaking up content and giving the readers eyes a break, you are missing out on the ability to add some form of revenue with this one action.

Instead of using a simple stock image, you can find an image such as any cover or course image on the joint venture (JV) page of a product that you want to promote and use that in the middle of your blog post.

Make sure that you hyperlink the image so that it directs your readers to the product using your affiliate link. You want to make sure that the link opens in a new tab so that you retain the customer on your blog without losing them.

They will have the opportunity to follow the new tab and purchase the product that you are recommending, and after the purchase is completed, exit that screen and continue reading your blog.

Day 10: Make Money with Your Sidebar Ads

Depending on the blog theme that you are using, you may have the opportunity to monetize your sidebar. The sidebar can be on the left or right side of your blog, and gives you ample space to include hyperlinks to products that you promote as an affiliate as well as links to your own products.

You can use text links or images that are either square or vertical. Just make sure that the dimensions fit accurately. Again, you want to make sure that these links and images open in a new tab so that you don’t lose your customer.

Many vendors and affiliate programs will provide you with readymade code that you can paste into your blog’s sidebar. They will be populated with your affiliate link. Make sure that you center the links and ad images in your sidebar so that they line up nicely.

Day 11: Cash in on Blog Post Banners to Other Offers

While you may be using banners in your sidebar, you can also use them underneath your header as well as directly in each piece of content that you publish on your blog. Consider linking out with banner ads to products that you feel are well known and respected.

You want to make sure that the products you are linking to using these banners will be around a long time. You don’t want to have to go back through hundreds of blog posts to update outdated affiliate links.

So for example, you may want to use a banner ad to something like HostGator, Aweber, or something else that’s been around for years. What you don’t want to do is use a banner ad under your header or in a blog post that links to the bestseller of the week on a third party platform.

These are the types of products that are often not supported by the vendor for very long, even if they have thousands of sales in the beginning. You don’t want to find out months down the road that you have a high traffic pulling blog post that has been linking out to a dead product, causing you missed sales.

Day 12: Don’t Forget to Monetize Your Lead Magnet

Whenever you are starting out as an online marketer, you may have big dreams of quickly and easily building a list of high converting subscribers. You do your very best to conduct research about their pain points and what type of lead magnet would pull them in and convince them to hand over their contact details.

You work hard to create something unique that your readers or viewers will find value in, regardless of the fact that it is a free gift. But did you know that you can also monetize your lead magnet?

For example, if you are in the online marketing niche and you want to build a list of newbies who are just starting out so that you can teach them the ropes, your lead magnet might be a free guide for how to start a business using a blog.

Make sure that you initially sit down and write a soup to nuts report that will knock their socks off and endear them to you. After you have completed the creation of your lead magnet, go back through each individual page and look for opportunities to add a hyperlink that will earn you money.

With the example mentioned above, you might link out to a domain registrar, a hosting company, a package of themes or plugins, a keyword tool, and even a private label rights (PLR) store so that they can hit the ground running with plenty of content for their blog.

Day 13: Include a Profit Strategy with Your Welcome Email

When you have a new subscriber opt into your list so that they can receive the free gift, you want to take time to welcome them to your list and explain a little bit about what it’s like to be on the receiving end of your emails.

You might talk about how often they should expect to hear from you, what types of content you will be providing to them, and invite them to connect with you directly so that you can meet their needs.

But what you can also do in the welcome email is add a single monetization link. you don’t want to have a spammy welcome email that starts off on the wrong foot. But, you can add a message such as, “Ready to get started? If you want to build your blog today, read my free gift about blog opportunities for WAH moms and then sign up for my newest blog course here to walk you through every step.”

This is not an in your face method of promotion, but instead allows the new subscriber to decide whether or not they are ready to take the next step. People like to be presented with choices, and this is something they can bookmark and come back to if they feel it’s too soon.

Day 14: Have a Profit Plan for All of Your Broadcast Emails

Everyone has a different strategy for how they send out emails. Some upload a series of follow up emails, while others prefer to use broadcast emails that only go out to those who are subscribed at that very moment.

Whenever you are sending out broadcast emails, you want to always ensure that you are providing some sort of value to the reader, even if they don’t purchase anything that day.

Start off with some personalization where you either discuss something about your own life or ask them about something to do with theirs. Then, you can follow that up with both a value based tip email and a recommendation for a product that you have either launched or that you are an affiliate for.

Because these are broadcast emails, and will not be seen by future subscribers, you can use these two promote short-term launches that are occurring on a regular basis. Check the launch calendars on Muncheye, JVZoo and Warrior Plus, and sign up to the affiliate list of the vendors that you like to promote so that you can recommend the 72 hour to one week launches to your readers.

Day 15: Check to Make Sure Each Follow Up Email Is Monetized

Even if you are using follow up emails as your preferred communication with subscribers, you still want to make sure that each follow up email is monetized in some way.

You can create a mixture of value packed tip emails that go out to your subscribers with a mention of a product and straight review emails, but you need to make sure that everything is evergreen so that your links will work months or years down the road.

It’s a good idea for you to create a spreadsheet or list where you keep track of what is being promoted on what day of your follow up email series. That way, if you find out that a certain product is now defunct, you can quickly go in and change the hyperlink to a different product that is currently active.

Day 16: Monetize Your Video Channel

If you are using video as one of your media formats online, you need to make sure that each one of your creations is monetized both on screen and in the description area. The reason you want to make sure it is hyperlinked on screen, as well as verbally mentioned, is because many marketers will embed your video into their blog, cutting out the description area that may contain the live hyperlinks.

Video editing software makes it very easy to include callouts within the video during the presentation that don’t interrupt the flow of speech, yet will stand out to the viewer so that they can make note of it or click through to whatever you are recommending.

Depending on where you are using video, such as YouTube, you may be able to turn on the option to monetize your video channel based on the number of views that you get. If you start seeing a heavy dose of traffic to your videos, you will want to monetize the views to add an additional income stream to your content creation efforts.

Day 17: Profit from Each of Your Podcast Episodes

Many people have not yet chosen to test their abilities with podcast publications. This is an extremely easy and free media format that all niche marketers should be using to the best of their ability.

You can use a platform such as Anchor.fm to host and syndicate your podcast, and it won’t cost you a penny. What’s better is that they have a built in ad platform that you can use to earn from your episodes.

You can also secure sponsors on your own who will pay to have a mention on your podcast, and you can set the pricing according to when and how long the mention will be.

For example, you might charge more for a mention in the middle of the program than you do at the beginning or end, or vice versa. Another way you can monetize your podcast is too verbally send listeners to a specific page where you have an offer, or add the link to the description area so that they can click on it and go to the page easily.

Day 18: Use Your Facebook Profile to Generate Income

Many marketers are using their Facebook profile, not to connect with just family members and offline friends, but also to network with other marketers and even customers in their niche.

You can monetize your Facebook profile by using Facebook Live videos, where are your friends can listen to you as you are speaking, and you can send them to specific offers or pages that you know will earn you money.

You can also use your profile to post whenever you have a launch, a blog post that you have monetized, a new video that you can profit from, and more. By using your profile in this manner, more people can see it based on the engagement it gets, and it also has the ability to be shared by others.

Day 19: Set Up a Facebook Group That Earns for You

A Facebook group can also be very strategic for niche marketers. Where a profile is meant for a mixture of business and personal life posts, a Facebook group can be a place where people join with a specific intent to learn more about a certain topic.

In your Facebook group, you can share links to your blog and videos, and you can also post affiliate links and links to your products directly in the feed of the members. What you don’t want to do is have a group that includes nothing but affiliate link spam.

You still want to make sure that you are providing value to the group members so that existing members want to stay, and the group grows with new members who have joined because of the size of the group and the activity level you are providing.

Day 20: Turn Your Facebook Page Into an Informative Profit Puller

You can set up a Facebook page that represents your brand and allows you to promote your products, talk about projects you have in the works, make recommendations as an affiliate, and so on.

If you are going to be running paid ads that will give you a good return on your investment, then you can use your Facebook page to do that with. Of course, you always want to make sure that your page is a representation of the value you provide to your target audience as a leading niche expert.

Day 21: Monetize Your Instagram Account

There are many different ways you can earn money from an Instagram account. This is a more aesthetic account than other social media networking sites. Of course, you can make money as an affiliate marketer or as a vendor who recommends your own products.

But you can also earn money by accepting sponsors who pay for you to share information about their products as part of your Instagram stream. You can even get paid to make a video or upload an image and simply give a shout out to a product or brand.

There are many people who engage in collaborations with other Instagram influencers. Together, you can monetize your accounts for an event or product launch that you are doing together.

Day 22: Use a TikTok Account to Increase Your Income

There are many niche leaders who are making money using TikTok. On this platform, you are free to discuss your products or those you recommend as an affiliate marketer. You can have a link in your bio.

You can also enable your account to get paid for the video views that you received using the TikTok Creator Fund. You can accept sponsor ads, engage in collaborations with other TikTokkers, and more.

They even make it easy for you to accept tips from your viewers, and viewers can send you gifts whenever you are hosting a live video. There are certain requirements you need for your account in order to be able to use some of these monetization features, but if you continue putting out good content and grow your channel, you should be able to profit from it quickly.

Day 23: Profit from Niche Pinterest Boards

Pinterest is a great place for you to promote your products directly as well as the blog post in which you recommend other peoples’ products as an affiliate. The one thing that will make you stand out on this social networking site are the Pins themselves.

You can make gorgeous Pinterest graphics using a free tool like Canva and upload them with strategic hashtags to help targeted visitors find and follow your Pin links. Make sure you join group boards too, so that your monetized links are shared widely.

People and brands pay for sponsorships if you end up having good success with your Pins, so be open to having others pay to be placed on your boards if you have lots of followers.

Day 24: Release a Viral Freebie with the Intent to Make Money from It

Many marketers mistakenly forget that they can release viral freebies on a regular basis. Instead, they make one free gift and use it as a lead magnet to build a list. You can create short, targeted reports that others can rebrand with the links intact.

That means they can put their name on it And use the PDF to send out to their own subscribers as a valuable gift. You are helping them provide value to their audience, and they are helping you by leaving your links intact that will help you earn a commission or direct sales.

If you are a vendor who has a large list of affiliates, you can even create these re brandable reports that will be populated with your affiliates’ links, so that you both benefit financially from the process.

Day 25: Monetize Your Forum Signature Files

If you are a niche marketer who is routinely involved in visiting forums online and helping your target audience achieve their goals by answering their questions and concerns, then you want to make sure that you have monetized your participation using a signature file.

A sig file, as it’s more commonly known, is a text or image that is shared below every comment that you make on a thread. Many forums allow you to hyperlink your signature file so that it links out to your own site or one that you are an affiliate for.

If you are heavily involved in a forum that does not allow signature files, you can always sign your comments with instructions to check the link in your bio, if the site allows you two have a link to your domain there.

As you are immersing yourself in the community and people are finding value in what you share, they will want to follow the links to see what else they can learn from you, whether it’s free on your blog or in a paid product.

Day 26: Turn Private Label Rights Content Into a Profit Machine

There are many Internet marketers who purchase private label rights content that they can use on their blogs, in emails, as lead magnets, on social media, and even as products that they can sell.

Unfortunately, most people simply copy and paste the content into their blog or wherever they are using it, relieved to have readymade content at their disposal. You want to make sure that you go through each piece of PLR that you are using and add hyperlinks (and additional text, if necessary) so that you monetize the content and get a return on your investment.

Day 27: Make Sure You Monetize Your Members’ Area

If you are successful enough to have launched a membership product, you don’t want to stifle your profits by neglecting to monetize the dashboard of the new member. There are many different ways you can monetize your members’ area.

You can include banner ads from sponsors that’s around the core content that they have paid for. You can also include upsells or cross sells for additional products that you have or that they originally passed up when they first purchased the front end offer.

In each lesson or segment of your members area, you can also include links to affiliate offers that relate directly to what you are discussing in that module. You can also elevate your income and present them with a one on one coaching opportunity.

Day 28: Create Additional Income from Your Coaching Business

Regardless of what type of coaching business you have, there will be many ways you can monetize your coaching business. Every time you have a discussion with a client, make a note about the things they need specific help with.

As part of your coaching process, send them a summary after the coaching call that includes what you discussed along with a list of resources that you feel can help them further.

For example, you may be coaching someone about business success, but they mention how sluggish they feel due to a poor diet. In your follow up call you may instruct them to work on their nutrition, and also provide them with a link to something that will help.

There are other ways you can add revenue to a coaching program. Usually, if someone is able to afford one on one coaching, they may also be able to afford mastermind groups or retreats that you host at a higher price point. And of course, you can provide them with links to other courses that you have in your online empire.

Day 29: Cash in on Kindle Books After the Sale

If you are a niche expert, you may be using Amazon Kindle to self-publish online. Please be aware that they do not allow you to link to a lead magnet page where you are collecting customer information.

However, you can mention the name of your website You have to be careful with live links because Amazon is very selective about what they allow you to send their readers to.

If you send them to your main website, make sure you have something specific on that page that welcomes readers and give them a call to action on what they should do next, such as where to find your in-depth courses or recommendations.

Day 30: Take Time to Earn Revenue from Your Customer Service Replies

This last strategy is something that you may not have considered, and it may not work every single time you communicate with someone. However, it’s worth noting that when someone reaches out to you directly – whether it’s a generic inquiry or a specific question, you have an opportunity to profit from the exchange.

You never want to do that in lieu of providing value and assistance to your customer. But you can add it to your communication. Some people add a call to action, a teaser, or a straight hyperlink to another product that they have created in their signature.

But another way that you can monetize your customer service replies is to spend a few moments being thoughtful about what it is the customer needs help with. They may need more than just a simple, brief answer from you.

You can give them some basic advice and then also direct them to the courses and tools that can help them get past whatever obstacles there facing and achieve the success they desire.

When it comes to monetizing your career as an online marketer, get in the habit of not rushing the publication of content or your engagement with others, and stop to consider whether or not there’s anything you can present at that moment that would result in a sale or commission for you.

The one thing you want to make sure of is that you are not adding links that don’t contribute to the other person’s journey, just because you want to increase your own earnings.

Every time you monetize a piece of content or a communication, it should be with the purpose of helping others so that you elevate your brand as one that can guide people to the tools and courses they need to succeed.

Over time, you want to check the links that you have positioned on your blog, in emails, and even on social media and update them so that they are providing the best option for your followers.

Even if the link is still active, you may have found a better product or tool that would benefit your readers more. By staying organized with your monetization efforts, this will be an easy project that you can even outsource to a virtual assistant.

30 Day Launch Jacking Profit Plan

Need to make money fast? Here’s a simple, step-by-step launch jacking profit plan that can help you start generating income immediately.

30 Day Launch Jacking Profit Plan

When it comes to earning commissions from product launches in particular, not evergreen products that you happen to want to showcase, it can be tough to carve out any sales when you’re competing with other hungry affiliates who are all promoting on the same day at the exact same time.

It seems like those with the biggest lists and heavyweight reputations are able to take the lion’s share of sales, leaving newer affiliates and those with smaller lists to barely eke out a few small commissions – hardly making it worth their effort to promote.

But there is one strategy that puts everyone on a level playing field, and because many don’t know about it – or don’t take the time to implement it – you’ll have an increased ability to stake claim to more commissions and climb the leaderboard for cash prizes.

Below, you’ll find a 30-day plan of bite-sized tasks you can implement on your blog and on social media to make this approach work for you. You can use it week after week to promote the launches you feel are worthy for your subscribers.

Day 1: Make Sure Your Blog Is Filled with Relevant Niche Content

In order to get the full benefit of implementing a launch jacking strategy, you have to set yourself up for success as an affiliate with the vendors you plan to promote. Unless the vendor is already acquainted with you, then you will be an unknown affiliate and possibly have no known stats that they can check out ahead of time.

A launch jacking strategy requires you to have advanced access to certain information that will help you position yourself in the search engine results pages and elsewhere early on.

So if you are approaching a vendor as an unknown or inexperienced affiliate, you want to be able to refer to a flourishing blog in your communication with them so that they can see that you are serious and have expertise in the subject matter.

Not only will this sometimes sway their decision on whether or not to approve you as an affiliate if you are lacking proven stats on the platform that they are selling on, but it can also help you secure an advanced review copy of the product, which will help you with your launch jacking strategy.

If you don’t have time to create a massive amount of content, consider publishing some private label rights (PLR) articles on your blog to help beef up the quantity before they go take a look.

Make sure that you invest in well written PLR content that will represent you in a positive light. You can either publish the PLR as is or tweak it so that it has your personal insight added to it.

Day 2: Spend Time Analyzing the Buying Habits of Your Target Audience

As you make plans to embark on a launch jacking campaign, you want to begin analyzing the previous purchases of your target audience. If you have a record of sales or commissions, you can look at your own conversion rates to see what people were buying through your links.

But even if you have never sold or promoted a single item, you will be able to look at listings on third party platforms to see what has been sold recently in large numbers, and what the conversion rate looks like.

You can do this on sites like Warrior Plus, JVZoo, and ClickBank. You can also look at things like social media chatter and forum posts to see what the audience is buzzing about when it comes to digital download products.

Day 3: Conduct Some Launch Jacking Keyword Research

In order to effectively run your launch jacking promo, you will need to have some keywords on hand that will help you post to your blog in a way that elevates your content to the top of the SERPs (search engine results pages).

You can use keyword tools or look on other affiliates’ and vendors’ websites and social media accounts to see what keywords and tags or hashtags they are using in their product reviews for related products.

To find these, look for a similar product that has launched on one of the platforms and go to Google and type in the name of the product and the word review. You can go to some of the blogs that are positioned on page one and right click and select View Source.

Here, you will be able to find the keywords and tags that are used to help this particular blogger rank high in the SERPs. this will be beneficial in helping you map out your own content for upcoming launch jacking promos.

Day 4: Study the Upcoming Launch Calendars

In order to plan your first launch jacking campaign, you have to first know what is coming up for a launch in the near future. You don’t want to select anything that is launching days away.

The idea is for you to be able to publish your review content early enough for it to get indexed by search engine bots and ranked well early on. Try to find something at least two weeks, but preferably three weeks away.

If you have a blog that routinely gets indexed on a daily basis, then you may be able to get away with a shorter timeline. But you need to know how often Googlebots are visiting your site and plan for the longer term.

You can find launch calendars for digital info products on sites like Warrior Plus, JVZoo, and MunchEye. Some vendors are good about giving plenty of advanced notice on these sites, while others do it at the last minute.

Be aware that there are also some vendors who will plan to launch something weeks away, and then fail to complete the launch without removing the listing, which will leave you with nothing to promote. So you want to make sure that you are targeting the launches of productive and reliable vendors.

Day 5: Get Signed Up to Affiliate Lists of Those You Want to Promote

Another way that you can get notice about what types of launches are releasing is to sign up directly to the affiliate list of the vendors you know you’ll want to promote. Most successful vendors have separate lists for their buyers and for their affiliates.

You can also see if they have a Facebook page or group for their affiliate program, and begin networking with them on a personal level so that you stay informed before the masses.

Day 6: Choose Your First Upcoming Launch to Dominate

When you are looking at the various launches that will be released within the next three weeks, you want to take several different things into consideration before making your choice.

First, you need enough time to prepare your review content and bonus and give it time to rank in the search engines. So the date of release will be your first criteria. The second thing you want to consider, is the quality of the product that you will be promoting.

You may not know what the exact quality is yet, if you haven’t seen the product, but you can get an idea of whether or not a target audience will enjoy the product based on the reputation of the vendor.

If they are known for releasing top quality products, then that would be a safe bet. You want to make sure that the product you are considering is highly relevant to your target audience, whether those are your blog readers, email subscribers, or social media followers.

Another thing you want to consider is whether or not the product is going to be priced right for the consumers you are promoting it to. If your list is made up of a majority of newbies on a budget, then promoting a high ticket, advanced product will probably not succeed, even if you are launch jacking.

After you have considered everything that will benefit the customer, you want to look at your own perks. Is the vendor paying enough in commissions to make the launch jacking process worth it for you?

If you have two similar products that you are considering, and one is only paying 10% commissions on a low cost item, and another is paying 50% commissions, then you’ll want to choose the one that works in your favor.

Lastly, you want to see if the vendor has set up a contest with cash prizes that will provide another level of profits for you. Some people will have a contest listed, but the prize is simply bragging rights, so make sure you check out the fine print before selecting your product for this activity.

Day 7: Study the JV Page Carefully

On day seven, you want to make sure you go over the joint venture (JV) page with a fine tooth comb. Here, you will find many of the details that you will need in your upcoming launch jack review.

It should have everything from the exact date and time of the sale (from beginning to end) to a layout of the funnel so that you can see how the upgrades and downsells flow and what your commission is on each.

Keep this page bookmarked so that you can refer to it quickly and easily as you create your launch jacking content. You also want to go ahead and submit your request for approval to promote the product so that the vendor will have your links ready as soon as possible.

Day 8: Reach Out for a Complimentary Review Copy

Today, you will want to reach out to the vendor or their affiliate manager and request an official complementary review copy or advanced access to the course. Not every vendor is willing to go this route, so it’s important that you find out early on whether or not you will be able to see the product.

It is still possible to conduct a launch jacking campaign without an advanced review copy. The only difference is the level of details you will be able to provide, but it doesn’t vary too much, because you never want to give away what’s inside the course anyway.

You can still set up an official launch jacking review campaign, and then purchase the product yourself on day one of the launch and increase the details of the reviews that you have published on your blog.

When you approach the vendor asking for a review copy, keep in mind that many freebie seekers also hit them up for a free copy, with no plans to promote. Therefore, you may want to tell the vendor what your plans are, including the fact that you would like to prepare an in depth review ahead of time.

Some people are afraid of admitting that they are engaging in a launch jacking campaign. Any competent vendor will be appreciative of your advanced efforts because it means they will see a surge of sales that can put them on the best seller list and increase the number of affiliates who get onboard.

Day 9: Make a Decision About the Type of Review You’ll Create

There are three different types of promotions that you can use to make sales with a launch jacking campaign. You need to decide which of the three you want to pursue. The first one is a straight promo, where you are not reviewing the product, but simply letting others know about it.

This is a very surface level promotion that does not provide the buyer with any deep insight about the product. Still, you will see some sales if you are able to rank your posts well.

A real review will include your insight about what is included in the course, along with the quality of the information being provided. You can go over the pros and cons of what you find, and the benefit of owning this particular course.

Lastly, you can create the most in depth launch jacking campaign possible. A case study can be used as either a broad account of what you experienced, or as a private, in depth account where are you showcase what you did and what the results were to those who buy the product through your link.

You can refer to this in all of your upcoming blog posts as an exclusive bonus reserved for your buyers. This is not even something you have to do ahead of time period you can purchase the product on the day of the launch, and rip your case study out to your buyers over the course of several weeks.

Day 10: Create a Bonus for Your Launch Jacking Promo

If you aren’t using a case study as a bonus, then you will want to come up with some other type of bonus that you can use in your launch jacking promo. There are many people who will specifically search online for bonuses that are being released with the launch.

Your bonus can be anything that pairs well with the original product. For example, if you are promoting something for bloggers, then you can provide them with some niche private label rights content that they can use on their site.

If you are promoting a course that informs people about how to do something, you can also create a bonus that goes above and beyond and teaches them additional tips or something related to the original topic.

Day 11: Understand the Rules of Promotion Posts

Before you start promoting anyone or any product, you need to understand the rules of your affiliate review posts and promos. Usually, these rules are placed at the bottom of a joint venture page for affiliates, but many don’t see them and end up breaking the rules and having their affiliate approval revoked.

First of all, most vendors do not want you sending any spam from any traffic sources that could cause them problems. They also don’t want any kind of negative language used in the promotion of their products.

You’ll sometimes see affiliates use click bait headlines, such as, “Is (product name) a scam?” Or, they might say something like, “Don’t buy (product name) until you read this!”

These are the kinds of posts that many unknowing consumers will see and assume the worst of the vendor or product. They don’t know that it’s a specific keyword strategy, so it’s understandable that vendors don’t want you to engage in this behavior.

You want to make sure that if you do have to buy the product on launch day, you clear your cookies and don’t purchase through your own link. Many vendors will ban you as an affiliate if they see you doing that.

You also want to make sure you are not bribing people to buy through your link with things such as a cash rebate. It’s okay to offer a bonus that adds value to the purchase, but not a cash discount.

Day 12: Create a Teaser Post and Spread the Word

One of the first pieces of content you want to create as someone who is conducting a launch jacking campaign is a teaser post. This is something where you are simply giving your readers or followers a heads up that there is something on the horizon they are going to be very interested in.

You can let them know a few basic details, such as something the product will help them with. But don’t tell them everything, including the product name, because then they will begin searching for more information about it and may end up following another affiliate.

Once you have your teaser blog post published, you want to send a link out to both your email subscribers as well as placing it on all of your social networking profiles and groups that you operate online.

Day 13: Write a Generic Keyword Post for the Type of Product It Is

The second piece of strategic launch jacking content that you will create is one that capitalizes on a generic keyword or phrase. This will be something that the target audience will type in when they are searching for this type of product or course.

For example, they may go to Google and type in best page building tool. So you want to create a blog post about that keyword phrase, if that is the type of product that you are going to be promoting during this launch phase.

In this generic, strategic post, you do not want to name the product yet. You also don’t want to link out to any specific products. Instead, use the keyword phrase and some variations of it to help you rank high in the search engines and discuss things in a broad nature.

For example, you may cover things like what a page building tool it can be used for, who needs it for their online sites, the approximate price range of most page building tools, and so on.

You will not be sending links out to your list yet for this post and the ones in the immediate days following this. These posts are specifically for search engine bots to crawl and begin ranking for you.

Day 14: Write a Review Keyword Post for the Product

On the third day of your strategic content for the launch jacking process, you will write a review keyword post for this particular product that you will be promoting. This is usually no secret at this time because people will have started to hear a buzz about a big launch on the horizon.

You want to use the product name and the word review in your title and throughout the content, along with variations of that phrase, such as, a review of (product name). You still do not want to include your link just yet, but allow readers to get a little more insight about the fact that you will be thoroughly reviewing with the product in the coming days.

You can tell your readers who the vendor is, and what you know about previous products that they have launched in the past. Let them know why you are going to be conducting a review of the product when it releases.

Again, do not send this to your list or post it on social media just yet. As search engine bots crawl and index your content, it will be closer to the date of the real launch, if not during it, and your links will be live during that time.

Day 15: Write a Review Post for Who Would Benefit Most from the Product

On the fourth day of your content creation process for the upcoming launch jacking strategy, you want to create a review for the product based on who would benefit most from owning it.

With digital info products in particular, as well as tools, buyers often want to know if the product is a good investment for everyone, or just newbies or advanced marketers. It can be very frustrating for a consumer to purchase a product, only to find out everything in it is very basic and covers things they already know.

Likewise, it can be just as annoying for a newbie to purchase a digital course, and discover that the content inside is addressing information they are not yet familiar with, which is too advanced for their level of skill.

Make sure you are using the name of the product in this post, but do not include your affiliate link yet, because the launch will not be live. Again, do not share this post with your list or social contacts yet, that allow it to be crawled by Googlebots.

Day 16: Write a Review Post About What the Product Is

Your fifth day of content creation for your lunch jacking process is to write more about what this particular product is. You want to explain to your readers a little more than what normally goes into a sales page for many vendors.

With digital info products in particular, vendors will often choose some sort of snazzy product name that doesn’t tell the buyer anything about what it does or what it is. For example, if it is an AI program that creates content, it might be named AIMER stand for artificial intelligence marketing earnings revolution, or something equally ridiculous.

Likewise, the sales pages that your buyers will be landing on are often so vague that the buyer gets to the end of the page and is no more informed about what the product is than when they first landed there.

Sometimes, the JV page is more informative about what the product is than the actual sales page that consumers will be reading or watching. The only thing you want to be careful about with this particular review post is that you don’t give away any information that is actually part of the product or course.

Day 17: Write a Review Post About the Differences Between This Product and Others

On the sixth day of your content creation process for the launch jacking strategy, you will be writing a review post that talks about the differences between this particular product that is launching and other ones that are like it in the marketplace.

For example, you may have seen dozens of puzzle creation tools being launched on sites like Warrior Plus. Each time one is launched, even if it is by the same vendor, you need to take time to pit the new one against others that are on the marketplace and tell what makes it better than the others.

Day 18: Write a FAQ Post About the Product

On the seventh day of your content creation for your launch jacking campaign, you want to create a FAQ (frequently asked questions) review post that answers any and all potential questions or concerns people would have about the product.

For example, one time the most common questions consumers like to know about digital courses is whether or not they will need to spend more money on tools to implement the strategies that are being taught in the course.

Sometimes, vendors will give the information in the front end, and make it apparent in the upgrade offer that the strategy will not work unless the buyer also purchases the upgrade.

Day 19: Write a Post for Tips on Using or Getting the Most Out of the Product

On the eighth day of the content creation process, you want to create a very helpful post as part of your review campaign that provides additional tips or information about how the consumer can get the most out of their purchase.

For example, if the vendor has a string of upgrades, such as five to six offers, then you might explain to your readers which ones you think are most viable and helpful. Or, you can discuss a tip specifically about the front end product.

For example, if you are promoting a plugin that automatically builds review pages for niche blogs, then you might offer an additional tip about adding more content into each page that is created so that it’s not so thin and will rank better.

Day 20: Write a Review of Your Experiences with the Product

On the ninth day of your review process, you want to create content that shares your own experience with the product. This does not have to be an in depth case study, but just and opinion generated piece of content that lets people know whether or not you feel it is a worthy purchase.

This will only work if you have received an advanced review copy. If you have not been approved for an advanced review copy, but you have purchased products from the same vendor before and enjoyed them, then you can make this post about that previous experience and what you hope to find in the new product.

Day 21: Create a Similar Review Series for YouTube

Once you have your text based content written and uploaded to your blog so that it can begin being indexed by search engines, you want to work on creating a similar review series for your YouTube channel.

Some marketers are comfortable being on camera and discussing products in this manner. But if you are not comfortable with that, you can create a slide presentation using a free tool such as Canva end use a screen capturing tool to record yourself talking about it as a narration to the slides.

For screen capturing, you can either use a tool like Camtasia – or, use a freeware version like CamStudio. Make sure you edit it so that it is polished and professional before you upload it to your channel.

Day 22: Embed the Videos with Your Text Reviews

Today, you are going to capture the embed code for each of your review videos and embed them on the corresponding text post that you uploaded to your blog. You can place these in the beginning, middle, or end of your post.

This will help your human visitors who arrive on your site and have a preference of one of the two media formats. If you have time and want to go above and beyond, you can even extract the video and upload it as a podcast that you embed on the blog as well.

Day 23: Plan Your Emails Based on the Contest(s)

If the product that you are promoting is hosting a contest (or multiple contests within the launch), then you will want to plan your emails according to the timeline of when you would win the most prize money.

For example, a vendor may only have one specific overall contest based on the volume of sales or the total revenue. If you are involved in a revenue based contest, then you will want to push the upgrades heavily in your promotions, since those are usually priced higher than the front end.

Or, they may have an opening contest where the first 24 hours determine the winner. They might have periodic surprise contests sprinkled throughout, and a contest for the final 24 to 48 hours so that they can see a big push in sales before their launch ends.

You can strategically plan when you send out specific mailers based on how hard you want to promote the product according to the contest timelines. You definitely want to include a strong call to action and a sense of urgency in certain emails, such as the final 24 hours.

Day 24: Create a Set of Social Media Posts with Images

Today, you want to go ahead and create a set of social media images that you can use in the posts that you place on sites like Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and more. You can also whip up a short text based posts to go along with it, if applicable.

You can schedule these to go live on the day of the launch, or upload them manually. make sure you include the link to the product as well as any and all hashtags or keywords that will help your post get found by interested consumers.

Day 25: Launch Day To Do Tasks

On launch day, you want to be up and ready before the launch actually goes live. About an hour beforehand, you will want to go in and add your affiliate links to the blog posts and videos that you have already uploaded for Googlebots to begin indexing.

Now that they have had time to get indexed and rank well in the SERPs, having a live link is imperative because when the launch goes live, people will begin using search engines to find out more information before they spend money.

This is when they will find your high ranking blog posts and videos, find out about your bonuses and in depth reviews, and purchase through your link. You want to make sure you queue up your emails for your subscribers and share the social images and posts at lunchtime if you are doing it manually.

Day 26: Play Up the Bonus Offer in a Follow-Up Email and Promo

If you have created or are going to offer a bonus to those who buy through your link, you want to play up this slant heavily in all of your communications. Many consumers will buy through your link specifically because you are offering a bonus and someone else is not.

There are a few people who will be loyal to a marketer based on the value that they provide, regardless of whether or not they have created a bonus. But with human nature, most well find the person with the best bonus to buy from.

Day 27: Promote the Upgrade Offer(s) Heavily

Another thing you want to do is promote the upgrade offers in your emails and posts. Even if it is not tide into the contest prize money, it’s important that you urge your readers to consider the upgrades, assuming they are worthy of the investment.

Some people claim to hate one time offer upgrades, but the fact is, it is a chance for consumers to get a big discount on something relevant to what they just purchased, so it’s a win-win for everyone.

If you want to, you can introduce a new bonus for the various levels of upgrades. For example, you might offer a bonus of a 5-page report if they buy the front end through your link.

If they buy the first upgrade offer, you might offer access to an in depth case study that you have created. If they buy a higher ticket upgrade offer, such as coaching, then you might offer something bigger, such as a custom item or access to a membership.

Day 28: Send Out an Urgent End of Sale Reminder

Regardless of whether or not the contest is based on a final 24 hours push. You want to send out an urgent reminder whenever the sale is drawing to a close. There are many subscribers and followers who will initially read your review and make a mental note to buy it later that day or in a few days.

Having the reminder and the urgency is beneficial for those who don’t want to miss out on the purchase of the product, along with the discount that they will be getting with launch pricing.

Day 29: Select the Next Product You Plan to Launch Jack

As the launch jacking process is winding down, and you are collecting your commissions and prize money, you want to immediately begin planning the next launch jacking promo that you will be doing.

Take a look at the launch calendars and see how products have been promoting recently with your target audience. You want to keep an eye on your email inbox for any concerns or questions your buyers had so that you can tweak and perfect your launch jacking process each and every time.

Day 30: Publish a Teaser About Your Next Launch Jacking Promo

To keep up with the momentum and excitement, you want to immediately publish the next teaser about whatever launch you have chosen to cover in the coming weeks. Be sure to send this out to your new and existing email subscribers and get to work on the content and research that you will need to carry out to succeed with the next launch.

One of the biggest perks to mastering the launch jacking process is that vendors will begin to sit up and take notice of your ability to dominate their launches and when prizes.

This will turn into additional opportunities where vendors are having their affiliate managers contact you ahead of time to see if you will promote their product. They will automatically hand over an advanced review copy, and may provide you with additional perks such as a bump in commission and a spot for an ad on their download page.

30 Day Online Business Plan for Kids

This 30 day online business plan is designed specifically for kids, and will help them learn the ropes of starting and running their own successful business.

30 Day Online Business Plan for Kids

One of the greatest things about the world of online marketing is that it has no boundaries when it comes to the age of who can begin building a business. In fact, many parents are registering their child’s names on social media accounts and domains as early as birth, to ensure they are always able to stake claim to their virtual real estate brand.

As your child grows up and is old enough to talk, you may want to get them involved in a business online – eithers one you do together, or something they can pretty much take over on their own with your overall supervision and approval.

The concept of raising a child entrepreneur is not only wonderful because it’s an endeavor that you can do together. But it also contributes to a healthy self-esteem, is a great educational project, and gives them something to grow into adulthood for financial stability.

If you question the ability of a child to earn major money from their online efforts, look no further than 10-year old Ryan Kaji, who started a YouTube channel called Ryan’s World featuring toy reviews that release once per day and earns anywhere from $11 million to $26 million per year.

That’s just one sensational story, but in households around the world, kids of all ages are working with their parents in their online home business and earning good money with niche websites, review channels and products.

Using the plan below, you can help your child navigate the ins and outs of building an online business that delivers for them in terms of personal satisfaction and profits. Some tasks will need your involvement more than others, but it’s good to have them involved in every step so they learn as you help them launch and grow their business.

Day 1: Pick Your Child’s Brain About Their Interests

Before you ever present the idea of owning their own business to your child, you want to casually find out what it is they enjoy being involved in. It might be a sport, arts and crafts, video gaming, cooking, fitness, pets, and more.

It’s important that you don’t insert yourself into their answers. You want a genuine response based on their interests, not what you think is best for them. Unless you want them to eventually get bored and leave you with the responsibilities, let them voice their interests with you alerting them to the fact you’re asking about a potential business opportunity, which could sway their replies.

Day 2: Test the Skills of Your Child to See What They Can Monetize

Without discussing the business yet, you want to see how easy it will be for them to monetize their niche options. For example, have them write an article about one of the topics.

Would it be viable as blog content? Would people pay money to read it and feel they got quality content? What about graphics – can they draw pictures for things like coloring books or printables?

To find out, just get them to draw something like a simple animal. You might even bring home a toy or other product and ask them to record a video of them unboxing it and using it, giving their opinion of it.

These should all be fun tasks – not for any reason other than you just want to see how well they do with it. Don’t guide them just yet. You need to see their raw talent to gauge how much revision or tweaking you’ll need to have done, if any.

Day 3: Take Time to Consider the Attention Span of Your Child

Not all kids have the same ability to focus on tasks for any length of time. Especially after a full day of school, with homework on the horizon, they may not have anything left to give for a business.

At the same time, teens often find after school jobs, or work on the weekends, so they might be old enough and focused enough to handle the responsibilities of running their own business.

If you have a child who is unable to sit still or finish projects, then this may not be a good option for them yet. You may need to wait until they reach a level of maturity that allows them to handle work.

Day 4: Present the Idea to Your Child Correctly

Now is the time to introduce the idea of a business to your child. You can either present it as something you’ll be doing with them – or as something you want to help them get started so they can operate as their own business.

Don’t start with astronomical earners like the child YouTuber earning tens of millions of dollars, because kids may assume everyone who does review videos can earn that. They may not have a concept of the time and effort it takes to grow the business.

Mention to them that you’ve seen their skill for writing, drawing or making videos and you know they have an interest in whatever topic they told you. You can tell them you’d be willing to help them make money off their interests if they want you to.

You don’t want to force this on your kids. It shouldn’t be a chore. They have to be enthusiastic about their business or it won’t convert into profits for them. If they decline, say okay and let it sit on the backburner for now.

You might be able to periodically show them examples of people earning with the same types of skills and interests, but don’t nag them. As they sit and think about it, their interest in the idea may grow, and they’ll come back to you whenever they’re ready.

Day 5: Spend Time Brainstorming Money Opportunities with Your Child

If your child is receptive to the idea, take some down time when they’re bored and invest it in brainstorming the money making opportunities they have. For example, if they love toys, they could do YouTube videos and/or a niche toy review blog.

If you have an older teen who loves fitness, they could do YouTube, a fitness blog, write fitness info products, promote fitness gear as an affiliate, etc. If the child loves to draw, they could sell graphics as PLR (private label rights), as a service, as Etsy printables, and more.

Basically, you want to consider what they can earn if they created an info product about it, if they created digital downloads like low content printables, if they promoted products as an affiliate, if they had a service for it, or even if they monetized a social media channel for the topic itself.

Day 6: Have Them Come Up with a Brand Name for Their Business

A brandable name is an important step in developing a real business online. This should have some thought put into it, not something they blurt out in seconds. Have them make a list of possible brand names for their business.

It might be something including their name, like the YouTubers do. Or it might include a keyword phrase, such as Instant Homeschool Printables, where they draw or write pages that homeschooling moms and dads can print out for their kids in a variety of subjects.

After they’ve brainstormed to the best of their ability, make a list of your own and sit down with them and have them ruminate on the list to pick whichever one stands out to them the most.

Day 7: Set the Business Up Legally and Financially

You don’t know ahead of time how much your child will be earning. Their channel or business could take off quickly and you want to be ready for that. Set up an LLC or S-Corp for them in your state.

It may be as simple as claiming a DBA (Doing Business As) moniker. You may need to legally be involved or at the helm of this business, so check to see how it works in your state or country.

Don’t forget to set up a bank account and payment processors for the earnings in the business. You don’t want this mixing with you or your child’s personal financial accounts. It all needs to be separate.

Day 8: Consider Investing Seed Money in Their Business If Needed

To get started, your child may need a little start up help. For example, registration of the business, any product creation tools they may need, outsourcing expenses, and even things like an email autoresponder account, domain and hosting will need to be paid for before the business is bringing in money.

You can keep track of the expenses you provide and have the business repay you for them, or simply do it as a gift to help your child get started with a business of their own. Make sure you look for free options, like Canva or CamStudio before you spend a lot of money on Photoshop or Camtasia.

Day 9: Have Them Register a Domain for Their Brand

You need to have them register a domain for whatever brand they devised a couple of days ago. Even if they’re doing a YouTube channel initially, you want them to own the domain for it as well.

If the channel takes off, someone else will go grab the URL and can siphon off your child’s customers easily by attracting them to their website, telling them the channel name has changed, etc.

Day 10: Help Them Sign Up for Hosting

If the plan is to launch a website or blog, then they’ll need a hosting plan. This shouldn’t be an expensive plan – just a basic one that allows for one site. Later, if they want to grow their online business, they can increase their hosting plan with ease.

Day 11: Teach Them to Install and Set Up a Blog

Installing WordPress for a blog is very easy. Once the hosting and domain are connected, they can use QuickInstall to place a blog on their site in seconds. Make sure you keep a copy of the site’s login details in case your child ever loses it.

Help them get the blog set up with a Contact page, an About page (but be careful about how much information is shared with strangers), and a Services or Products page, if applicable.

Day 12: Register for a List Building Account for Their Business

Depending on their business, list building may be an important tool for growth and profits. It’s not necessary for all niches, like toys. But if you have a niche like pet care, health, etc., then being able to contact subscribers is important for your child.

You may need to register this yourself and screen any and all messages being sent, since this is something that could be problematic if your child accidentally sent a spammy message to their list.

Day 13: Register the Social Media Accounts for Their Brand

Just as you need to claim the domain, you also want to claim the social media accounts for your child’s business. If they’re older, they can do this themselves. But if they’re younger, you’ll need to claim it as your own.

Be sure to grab accounts on YouTube, Instagram, Facebook, TikTok, SnapChat, Pinterest and anywhere else your child’s audience may lurk. Even if you aren’t having them use it right away, it’s a good idea to claim the brand name on it.

Day 14: Have Them Create or Order the Branding Graphics for Their Business

Graphics for the brand are important for conveying a professional business. Whether they’re selling info products or services, reviewing products or something else, a recognizable brand will be good to have across all platforms.

You can put it on the third party selling platforms they’re using, on their website or blog, and in all social networking profiles they’ll be using to promote their business. If they’re talented, let them take the reins and create something themselves, but if they’re not, simply outsource it on Fiverr and allow them to voice the kind of look they want for their brand.

Day 15: Get Them to Time Their Creation Process

Whether they’re creating products as a service for others or to sell to consumers, you need to know how long it takes them from start to completion. Even if they’re recording a video, the process has to be timed before you can price it and set a schedule.

Some kids might take hours to write one page, while others can do it in ten minutes. You have to make sure that their ability to create matches what you’re able to price the item for, or else they’ll lose money.

Make sure you time it when they’re free of disruptions and distractions. If they’re working while chatting with friends, it might drag out much longer than the true cost of time it takes them to handle the task.

Day 16: Help Them Set a Competitive Price Sheet for Their Products

Prices may be something your child needs a lot of help with. They can easily under or overprice their products and services without your guidance. This is an area even adult marketers struggle with.

You don’t want to undercut the competition to the point where it looks like your products are subpar. But you can’t price them too high – especially when you’re an unknown newbie.

Look at current prices for similar projects and talent and help them price things like printables, full eBooks, services, and more. If they sell something like single sheets, make sure you also help them price a bundle of items at a slight discount and explain why.

Day 17: Have Them Map Out Their Reviews or Products

In the upcoming days, your child will begin the process of creation – whether it’s text, images or videos. To help them get an idea of what they’re capable of, have them map out a list of things they plan to finish this coming week.

For example, if they’re creating homeschool printables, they might plan to create one sheet per day, for a total of five if they only work weekdays. Make sure they list what they’ll be working on exactly each day.

For example, they might do a second grade math sheet on Monday, reading sheet on Tuesday, science sheet on Wednesday, and so on. Or they might do a coloring sheet of a dolphin on Monday, a giraffe on Tuesday, a sloth on Wednesday, etc.

They may only be doing one item per week, which is fine. Just have them make a list of what will be coming up in terms of topics or types of projects they want to work on. These could be subtopics of one broad topic, too.

Day 18: Set Up a Workspace for Them

For some kids, merging the worlds of relaxation and work will be a problem. But for others, such as teens, it may be perfectly fine, depending on the type of topic and business model they’re involved in.

You want them to have a dedicated work space if needed. It needs to be a quiet area where they can think or record, and also one clear of clutter so that their creativity is not stifled by their surroundings.

Day 19: Brainstorm a Schedule for Them with a Week’s Worth of Tasks

Having a schedule for the types of projects or topics they’ll be covering is one part of the planning process, but they also need to have a schedule for other tasks involved, too. These include things like research, writing or recording, editing, blogging, sharing on social media, etc.

For example, if they plan to review products as an affiliate marketer, they need to plan the task they’ll be doing each day. That might include things like find a product to promote on Monday, research the pros and cons on Tuesday, write or record the review on Wednesday, edit and publish the work on Thursday, and share it on social networks on Friday.

Day 20: Have Them Create Their First Product and Give Feedback

On this day, let your child know that this is the real deal. They’ll be creating a product for sale or an official product review in an effort to make money. It’s important that you alleviate their fear of making sure it’s perfect.

There are editing tools they can use for both video and text that will clean up most problems or mistakes. Have them finish the work and then give it to you for honest, constructive criticism that will help them become better, if needed at all.

Day 21: Set Up Third Party Platform Accounts for Them to Sell on

Depending on what kind of products or services your child will be selling, go ahead and get their business account set up there. This may be places like Warrior Plus, JVZoo or ClickBank for info products or PLR.

Or, it might be Etsy for printables. You may even have them set up on sites like UpWork, Fiverr or Udemy, so make sure you research where it makes sense for them to have a listing.

Day 22: Help Them Learn How to Create and Publish a Listing

Most third party platforms have a knowledge bank that explains exactly how to create a listing. Help them take their first product creation and publish the listing on the platform where they’ll make sales.

Sometimes, this can be a big learning curve until the process has been done repeatedly. It might help to make a screencast video of you going through the procedure so they know how to do it themselves from that point on.

Day 23: Sign Them Up for Affiliate Marketing Programs

Even if they start off as product creators, becoming an affiliate can add more revenue to their online business. For most niches, you can have them make recommendations or even just link to products they’re discussing in a blog post or video that can result in commissions.

You can sign their business up on Amazon, Commission Junction, Share-a-Sale, JVZoo, ClickBank, Warrior Plus and many other vendors who have affiliate programs built in to their sites directly.

Show them how to grab their affiliate link whenever they’re writing a blog post or publishing a video on YouTube so they can link to it and earn money whenever someone buys through their link.

Day 24: Teach Them to Research New Ideas and Competition

Part of being a successful online entrepreneur will be their ability to come up with innovative ideas and to track trends so they can meet the needs of their customers. For example, if they wanted to get into creating coloring books, they’d want to see what trends are selling well on Amazon, such as mandala coloring books.

You can teach them to look at the competition – not so they can copy them, but learn from them. You can also give them access to a paid or free keyword tool that can help them look for search trends.

These will be especially helpful in niches like video games, toys and other niches where trends change quickly compared to evergreen niches like pets or gardening. Even cooking has trends that they can capitalize on, such as when Instant Pots or Air Fryers take the cooking world by storm.

Day 25: Show Your Child How to Repurpose Their Creations

Many kids get burned out on work, as do adults. One great thing about online marketing is that you can help them take their existing for and repurpose it to help their business grow.

You might show them how to take a YouTube product review and turn it into a transcript for a text-based blog post with hyperlinks to affiliate products. Or vice versa – show them how to take their text blog post and use Canva presentation slides and a screen capture tool to make a video review.

If they’re creating things like journal pages or other simple printables, show them how to start working from a readymade template so they can tweak little elements along the way and have new products with very little work.

Day 26: Help Them Learn How to Use Private Label Rights and Public Domain Content

Some shortcuts can be a blessing when your child starts feeling the burden of their workload. Private label rights can help them with blog posts, emails, social networking posts, or even info products.

And public domain content can be a great foundation for them to use, whether they’re working with text, images, video or some other media format. Explain to them the rules of using these types of content, and how it can serve as a springboard or replacement for their work when they need a break.

Day 27: Filter and Sort Through Offers That Come Their Way

Kids are very adept at using social media – more so than most adults. It’s very possible they’ll grow a huge following, quickly. So you need to be onboard to help them sift through the incoming offers and messages.

Some may come directly through their website’s Contact page, while others might come to their social media inbox. The messages might be from people wanting to purchase something, from competitors who want to collaborate with them, from prospective joint venture partners, or even sponsors who want to pay them for an ad.

And unfortunately, if a child of any age is representing the business, you may find some horrible individuals who engage in unsavory or even illegal behaviors. You want to protect your child from these people as well as from any business agreement that’s not a good fit.

Screen the messages for your child’s account, or (if they’re older), have them send serious offers to you to vet, and report anything else that’s offensive and harmful on the platform.

Day 28: Have Them Analyze Their Stats to See What’s Working and What’s Not

Watching statistics is an important part of growing a business and keeping your child from making mistakes and losing money. Details in the statistics can show who is buying, where they’re from, what kind of content keeps them engaged, and so on.

They have analytics built into their cPanel in their hosting account. They also have some insight built in to certain platforms, like Warrior Plus or Etsy, for example. You can see what’s selling, what the conversion rate it, what the refund stats look like, etc.

If they have an Etsy printables shop, for example, and they see that elementary school printables are outselling high school printables, then they may want to focus on making more of those to increase their revenue and prevent wasted time on things that aren’t as lucrative.

Day 29: Consider Having Them Monetize the Story of Their Child Entrepreneurial Efforts

As they embark on this journey, there’s another avenue they can go with their talents. Starting a blog, podcast or YouTube channel strictly about their journey of making money online is a wise investment of time.

Not only can this result in many opportunities from reputable sources who want to interview your child about their business (since it’s something many have interest in, but most don’t know how to pursue), but it can be a profit puller, too.

For example, if your child is discussing how they started a blog, they can link to the domain registrar, the hosting company, the page builder, and more and earn commission off of every person who buys the same through their link.

They can also start putting out info products about making money online. These can sell to kids like them or adults who have struggled and are looking for inspiration from others who achieved success.

You don’t want to overburden them with too much, since they’re in school. But they might want to make a weekly vlog or podcast about being a child entrepreneur. The following they gain might also translate into opportunities in their other niche from potential partnerships, sponsors and more.

Day 30: Check in to See If They’re Satisfied with Their Business

If they business model they’ve been working on is not delivering for them in terms of happiness, don’t be afraid to let them switch gears. You might try something we’ve already discussed above, or something new, like allowing them to self-publish fiction books on Amazon.

From early readers to complex young adult fiction, they can write, edit and publish a fiction book at no cost upfront. This is a great way to help a child tap into their creativity and get rewarded from it at the same time.

Raising a child entrepreneur takes patience. You have to approach things in a way that lets them feel like they’re in control, not being forced. You have to motivate them and help them find their enthusiasm.

You’ll need to protect their interests, and be a teacher as they learn how to navigate the technical and social complexities of running an online business. But if it succeeds, they will have gained a massive amount of confidence and knowledge that can help them power through any obstacle in life.

50 Survival Prepper Tasks for Beginners

When you’re starting out as a prepper, it can get overwhelming quickly as you begin to take stock of everything that has to be done to ensure you and your family’s survival. From basic decisions to purchases and action-oriented tasks, it takes time, money and strategic thinking to succeed.

First of all, know that getting started is a first step that most people sadly never take. So you’re already farther ahead than most. And this isn’t something you have to stress out about and have done in a day.

Survival prepping is a long haul effort, where you’ll be gaining ground with every task you accomplish. It’s something you can do on your own, or as a family, and in fact, it’s wise to include others so they know how to handle things in any event.

Below, you’ll find fifty tasks to get you started in your journey of survival prepping. You can do one per day, or as you find time. The key is to learn what needs to be done and begin making progress so that if and when a SHTF event occurs, you won’t have to panic – because you’re well-prepared.

Task #1: Start a Survival Supply Journal to Track Your Stock

Keeping track of your supplies will be one of the most fundamental tasks you’ll need to carry out. This prevents you from letting supplies go to waste or spoil, but it also ensures you don’t overbuy in one area, while underbuying in another.

You don’t want to use an electronic spreadsheet for this task. If the grid goes down, you’ll need to have a manual journal or tracker you can refer to. You can buy a digital printable one or order some sort of book designed for tracking supplies.

Be sure to mark down the item, size, number of items you have in stock, and the date they must be used by. Keep in mind that everyone needs to update the journal if they use some of the supplies or throw them out as expired.

Task #2: Get a 72-Hour Bug Out Bag Packed for Each Family Member

At the very least, everyone in your family needs to have enough supplies to last them for three days. A 72-hour bug out bag is perfect for taking on the run in the event you have to escape your home to go elsewhere.

It should have enough food, water, clothing and medical supplies to last at least this long. You may be able to add shelter onto the bug out bag, but make sure everyone has something for warmth at night if sleeping outside.

A bug out bag needs to be camouflaged and fitted to the size of the person carrying it. You don’t want to get a seven year old child the same sized bug out bag as an adult, because they won’t be able to carry it.

Task #3: Carve Out a Safe Space for Your Supplies

In your home or somewhere nearby, you want a cool dry place to store your food supplies. You don’t want a hot environment like an outdoor shed where food will spoil faster.

You’ll also need room in your home for other supplies you can access, like first aid, water, camping gear and more. This is a great time to do some Spring cleaning and get rid of stuff you no longer use or want to free up space for must-have equipment.

Task #4: Begin Stocking Up on Long-Term Water Supplies

Long-term water supplies can be a mix of things. For example, you might often have individual, plastic water bottles on hand. But for the long haul, you’ll want things like rain barrels to capture water months down the road.

You will want survival water straws that you can stick into any body of water and drink directly from safely. You want water purification tablets, too. You can find things like water bladders that fill an entire bathtub, and color-safe water containers that hold seven gallons of water, that you can stack up in a cool, dry place.

Task #5: Make a List of Shelf Stable Foods You Can Start Buying

Every time you go to the store, you want to begin adding a few items here and there that will eventually make for a wonderful survival supply. Things like rice, beans, sugar, flour, salt, spices, coffee, hard candy and more are great for addressing the nutritional needs and wants of your family.

Canned good are okay, too – but they’re not going to last as long as some other foods. You’ll want to purchase items your family currently enjoys, so that you can rotate the stock as you use them.

Whenever something gets near to the expiration date, use it in a family meal and replace it with a product that has a longer expiration date. You’ll want to make sure your food is stores safely from pests and any other hazard – and don’t forget to stock up for your pets, too!

Task #6: Order Extra Prescriptions You May Need

Before you get too far into your survival prepping efforts, take note of any prescriptions your family has – whether it’s contacts, allergy medicines, blood pressure pills and more – and see if you can stock upon the prescription in case a SHTF event takes place and pharmacies are inaccessible.

Task #7: Get a Hand Crank Radio That Keeps You Informed

A hand crank radio (which can also be battery operated) is a great tool to have on hand in case of a major survival event. You may not be able to log onto the Internet or turn on the TV to find out what’s happened or what you need to do.

Emergency services will be broadcasting on the radio and you can access that with a solar powered, battery operated or hand crank radio. The hand crank option ensures you’ll always have the ability to tune in, while solar and battery options may not be available 100% of the time.

Task #8: Make a Plan for Cooking without Power

If you were to lose power today and not have it again indefinitely, how would you cook each night? You need ways to start a fire – to boil, and fry, grill and bake food for your family.

You need fire starter equipment as well as gear that can handle outdoor cooking. You might use a grill, but that requires you to have charcoal or wood to put in it. You’ll need flint and matches, and more.

Task #9: Invest in a Sturdy Survival Knife for Multi-Purposes

When you’re having to live in a survival situations, you’ll find that a knife comes in handy for many reasons. From skinning animals that you’ve killed for meat to whittling wood and even as a defense mechanism, knives are an important tool.

You might need it for helping you build a shelter or even for first aid purposes. Make sure you have access to a multi-knife tool or a variety of knives that can help you survive in any situation.

Know the different between a fixed blade and a folding blade. Have a way to sharpen your knives, too. If the survival event lasts a long time, the knives will become dull and useless over time.

Task #10: See How You Can Fortify Your Home from Intruders

Some survival events will mean your home becomes a target by unsavory individuals, Whether it’s a short-term civil unrest situation or a long-term survival event where intruders are trying to access your home to steal your supplies, you want to ensure that they can’t get in.

Start by checking the durability and sturdiness of each door and window in your home. You want strong locking mechanisms on them. If you have any weak entry points, replace them with something made of stronger materials.

While things like a Ring camera might come in handy in a short-term event, you may lose electricity, so it would be useless in a SHTF situation that lasts awhile. Make sure you have a way to check to see who’s on your property (like a peep hole) before you open the door to anyone.

Task #11: Join an Online or Offline Prepper Community

Prepper communities are great for keeping you informed about upcoming possible events as well as teaching you things you may not know about survival prepping. There are many people who join these communities and have plans (based on their camaraderie) to build homestead communities near one another.

Make sure you use a pen name on the forum or in person and never give out your location or specifics. Every time you share information with others, it puts you at risk for having your supplies stolen.

Task #12: Get the Supplies Ready to Seal Up Your Home

There are some events where you’ll want to seal up your home more than just locking it properly. Even the best weather seal might let something in. In the event of a nuclear fallout, you want to have your windows and doors sealed quickly to prevent anything from getting in.

Task #13: Prepare for Cold Weather to Keep Your Family Warm

Cold weather events can be treacherous, even if you’re inside your home. If you lose power and it’s freezing outside, it will soon drop to the same temperature indoors. You want to have things like a tent, warm blankets or sleeping bags, and other ways to keep you and your family warm if this happens.

Make sure you have a safe way to warm up food inside, even if it means using MREs (meals ready to eat) with heating elements inside of them. You’ll be amazed at how comforting warm food can be in a cold weather event.

Task #14: Set Aside Cash for a No Power Event

If the grid goes down, not only will ATMs not work, but you won’t be able to walk into a grocery store and charge supplies onto your debit or credit card. Many places will be cash only establishments from that point on, and most people rarely carry cash anymore.

Make sure you have enough on hand to help you secure what you need in the immediate moments of a major disaster. Supplies will go fast, and you don’t want to have to wait for any banking options to get what you need.

Task #15: Go Over an Escape Plan with Your Loved Ones

There will be situations where you can’t stay at your home. You may not be with or near your family when this happens. So everyone needs to know what to do in the event that they can’t stay or return to your current home.

Have a place to meet up, and make sure there is more than one option given, depending on the circumstances. For example, if the city is under attack, fleeing to a nearby wilderness may not be an option if it’s caught fire.

Make sure everyone knows how to get from point A to point B without staying along the main roadways, too. These may be compromised or have people who aren’t safe to be around.

Task #16: Pinpoint the Whereabouts of Natural Water Sources Nearby

Before the power is down, go to Google Maps and do a visual search for natural water sources near your home, within walking distance. These could be rivers, lakes, streams, and more.

When and if the power goes down, your water may not work – or if it works, it may not be safe to drink. If there’s no water, you want to know exactly where to go to access water that you can purify. Print out the birds-eye view so you’ll remember.

Task #17: Consider Keeping Animals for Survival Purposes

Animals can be a handy resource in the event of a survival situation. Some people don’t like the idea of butchering an animal, but you don’t even need to do that if you don’t want to.

You can keep hens to lay eggs, use various animals for milk, use them for wool if you need blankets or clothing, and more. Of course, if you did end up needing to use them as food, you could if the alternative meant starving to death.

Task #18: Look at the Solar Survival Gadgets Available and Save Up for One

There are many solar gadgets for survival that you want to consider investing in. Some, you might even be able to make yourself – such as a solar cooker. They have readymade ones, too.

You can also find solar powered generators, solar phone chargers, solar lights and more. These may cost a little more upfront, but you won’t need electricity or batteries to use them from this point on, so they’ll pay for themselves in the long run.

Task #19: Make Sure Every Member of Your Family Can Be Armed

You have to check the laws in your state or country, but in many areas, you can purchase and teach your children how to safely and carefully use firearms. Many kids in states like Texas are raised this way.

Gun safety is paramount to carrying out this task. Without it, the potential for a catastrophe is heightened. Begin purchasing firearms, ammunition and a large safe to store this gear.

Task #20: Get Every Loved One a Paracord Bracelet

A paracord is a survival bracelet that can come in handy for a multitude of reasons in a survival situation. From helping you erect a shelter to assisting you with food, these are a tool every man, woman and child should have at their disposal.

Task #21: Purchase Used or New First Aid Books and Start Learning

There are many first aid books that will teach you how to do everything from dealing with minor scrapes and bruises or a headache to setting a broken bone or performing CPR.

You can buy first aid books to have on hand so that you can not only start learning them yourself, but teaching your loved ones. You don’t want to have to take a book with you or stop and learn on the go.

Look at used book stores, or purchase new ones and make a plan to start going through the lessons page-by-page. Have each family member practice the steps of applying first aid in certain situations, and if you find that you don’t have a needed supply, put it on your list to get.

Task #22: Make a Survival Garden Plan for Your Current Space

Growing your own food is an important task that everyone should do. Whether you live in a cramped apartment and only have a balcony for a container garden, or you have an acre or more of land to grow on – start the planning and planting process.

Grow foods that are rich in nutrients and calories, whenever possible. You want foods that grow fast (such as radishes that only take three weeks) and those that will deliver a lot of results, such as potatoes.

Task #23: Learn How to Can Your Own Food

Canning food is a skill that people used to pass down from one generation to another but it’s become somewhat of a lost art now among the masses. If you’re growing your own food, it will help to be able to can your fruits and vegetables for later use.

Task #24: Teach Survival Stealth and Self-Defense Measures to Your Family

Being stealth during a survival event can help keep you alive You have to teach your family how to stay quiet, how to move without being detected, how to not draw attention to yourself, and other stealth measures.

You also can’t be unprepared if the worst-case-scenario takes place and someone or something attacks you or your family. Be knowledgeable about and prepared for attacks by wild animals as well as individuals, even if it means enrolling everyone in a self defense course.

Task #25: Start Stocking Up on Personal Hygiene and Toiletries

As we witnessed at the start of the pandemic, the strangest things can go early. While you may have thought food and water would fly off the shelves first, it was toilet paper that was sold out in stores across the globe.

Make sure you don’t neglect the toiletries your family needs and uses when you’re planning your survival supplies. From contact solution to deodorant, toothbrushes and toothpaste – and more – it’s all going to be sold out if a major event occurs.

Task #26: Identify Natural Food Sources in Your Area

You can hire a guide or find this out yourself, but you want to start looking into the naturally occurring foods you can forage off the land in your local area. This may include plants you can eat, berries that are safe, nuts and more.

It’s also important that you learn and teach your family what is unsafe to consume. There might be berries that smell wonderful, and look delicious, but are poisonous when eaten.

Task #27: Have a Supply of Non Electric Entertainment Options

People often get so focused on their life or death needs that they forget there will be tons of down time in a survival event. There will be no access to video game consoles or smart phone games.

Your kids (and yourself) will need to have things like cards and board games, jump ropes and outdoor play equipment to have fun with. Make sure you have books everyone enjoys, too.

Task #28: Consider Investing in Educational Resources for Kids

When the pandemic hit, schools came to a grinding halt until they were able to scramble and find a way to get everyone online. But in a major survival event, you may not have access to online education.

If you have children who are school aged, make sure you have some sort of learning tools you can use to continue their education and make sure they don’t fall behind on important skills like math, reading and more.

Task #29: Teach Your Family the Importance of Survival Silence

Silence can save your life in a survival situation. Whether you’re bugging out in the wilderness or trying to get home safely from work during a civil unrest situation, you have to teach your family how to be quiet when it counts.

There’s more to it than just being quiet around strangers, too. You can’t have your kids bragging to their friends about your enormous survival supplies because they’re bound to put a target on you when the SHTF and there are no supplies to be found anywhere.

Task #30: Consider Your Outdoor Shelter Options

There may be times when you can’t stay home, but have to leave and live outdoors for a time. If you have a tent to camp in, or a camper, that’d great. But not everyone will have access to that all the time.

You need to be able to make a shelter out of simple things like a tarp and rope – or even from sticks, mud and other supplies you can find in the outdoor landscape. Teach yourself how to build shelter from the land, and pass that knowledge on to your kids.

Task #31: Buy a Compass and Land Map for Each Person

Being able to navigate by land is an important skill to help you and your family get around safely and find resources that you may need. We have become so reliant on apps and automated GPS, but that may not help you in a survival event.

Invest in a small compass for each individual and buy land maps that you can use to find out which direction you’re going. Have everyone in the family practice leading each other from one place to another via the compass and map.

Task #32: Have Lighting Options for Nights with No Power

When the grid is down, it gets extremely dark at night. There is no more light pollution that can illuminate the nearby surroundings, and there’s only moonlight on clear nights. So you want to have a way to light up your room when necessary.

You can use kerosene lamps like they did in the old days or use the pop up solar lights that are made for indoor or outdoor use. Keep in mind that people outside your home will know there are people there if they see a light, so be cautious about when to use it.

Task #33: Start Accumulating Different Ways to Travel

If you need to go to an area where walking would take too long or isn’t feasible, you may want to have multiple forms of travel options. You might not be able to simply jump in the car and take a highway to where you need to go.

You might want to have a vehicle that’s good for off-roading, like a truck or sturdy SUV. You can also have motorcycles and 4-wheelers, bicycles and even horses to get around on.

And don’t forget travel by water, too. You might be able to use a kayak, boat, canoe or other means of transportation to get around. If you can afford it, invest in a camper and trailer to help you bug out if needed.

Task #34: Make Sure You Have Good Hand Tools

You might be used to plugging in a drill at home or using battery operated or electric outdoor tools. But if the grid goes down, these will be useless. You want to make sure you have hand tools – pliers, wrenches, screwdrivers and more. Don’t forget bigger tools like saws in case you need to cut down a tree or build a shelter.

Task #35: Check to See If Everyone Has Ample Survival Clothing

Survival clothing is something every person needs to weather a long-term or even a short-term event. The clothes should protect you from cold and blistering sun and even offer some protection from insect bites, too.

Make sure the clothing is purchased for layers. That way, in case you start out cold in the early morning, but end up hot by late afternoon, you can remove layers to stay comfortable.

Invest in clothes that offer protection from the elements, like a jacket that not only provides warmth, but protection from rain, too. Make sure they’re durable and waterproof and camouflaged to reduce the chances you’ll be seen.

Task #36: Print and Laminate Instructions You May Need

Anything you need to know but may not have a book about (or need to pack in a bug out bag), make sure you print it now and laminate the pages to prevent weathering or damage.

This might include instructions on how to cook certain things like beans or how to make bread from scratch. Even if you know how to do these things, your family may not, and in a worst-case scenario where they lose you, you’ll want them to have these instructions.

Task #37: Start Investing in Long Shelf Life Survival Foods

It’s always wise to pick up some extra groceries to stock away for survival reasons, like an extra bag of flour or sugar. But you also want to begin investing in some 25 and 30-year survival foods.

There are buckets of survival food you can buy that last one person an entire month – a 30-day supply. All you have to do is add water and heat them up. There are also MREs you can buy that are military grade.

You can buy 72-hour kits and 1-week kits as well. You can buy these kits where they include a main meal, side items, dessert and drink. But you can also buy individual items, like a can of dried whole egg powder that will last you 10 years.

Task #38: Prepare for Old Time Methods of Cleaning

Borrow the knowledge from your ancestors and learn how to do everything on your own. That includes making your own disinfectant and cleaning materials and using them without the luxury of a dishwasher or laundry machines.

You want to know how to make and use soap, have bleach on hand and use a laundry board with a bucket of water. Make sure you have a cable strung up to dry your laundry, too.

Task #39: Get Familiar with Cast Iron Cooking Over an Open Flame

Cast iron pots and pans are a great investment that can be passed down to your offspring. Taken care of, they will last a lifetime, and they’re perfect for cooking food over an open flame.

These aren’t the best for bugging out on foot, because they weigh a lot. But if you’re building a homestead or want to put some in a camping trailer, they’ll be perfect for when you have to cook without power.

Task #40: Start Shopping for Survival Supplies Strategically

Part of being a good prepper is learning how to shop smart. That means looking for sales on important items. You might find certain things like cold weather gear being slashed in price once the weather starts warming up, making it a perfect time to buy.

You also want to start buying in bulk to save money whenever possible. Look for brand and store coupons you can use to get more of what you want for free – or for a fraction of the price.

Don’t feel like everything you get has to be brand name, either. You may use a brand name food in your daily life, but when you stock up on survival food, knock off brands are just as good if they have the same shelf life.

Task #41: Consider Stocking Up on Items You Can Use to Barter

Not everything is purchased for your personal use. You might stumble upon a great sale for something you never use, like cigarettes. During a survival event, when smokers are desperately looking for them and can’t find them, you might be able to trade or barter with them as your currency.

This goes for any kind of luxury items – alcohol, chocolate, or even toilet paper! You want to make sure you have everything you need first, but you also want to keep an eye out for things you may not need, but would be a great in-demand item in a SHTF situation.

Task #42: Begin a Family Plan of Fitness and Health for Survival

Having supplies and knowing how to use them is half the battle. In a survival situation, your body will be put through the ringer. Whether you’re walking a lot, defending your property, chopping down wood for a fire – or something else, you need to be fit and healthy.

Don’t make it an unpleasant experience, but start some goals for each family member to improve their fitness and be able to survive with ease. For example, take the family on a hike and see how everyone fares before setting improvement goals.

Task #43: Start Learning Craftsmanship for Construction and Repairs

When society is broken for a long time, you can’t just call a mechanic, roofer or plumber. You have to fix things or build them yourself. So you have to be skilled at this in order to be able to confidently do it yourself.

You can watch YouTube videos or buy books, even study as an apprentice with someone to learn the ropes. Think about the skills you may need most and then little by little, learn them and pass the knowledge on to your loved ones.

Task #44: Learn How to Hunt for Food

If you’re starving and can’t forage enough berries, plants and nuts, you may have to become a hunter instead. This can range from fishing to trapping and preparing small to large prey.

You’ll want to learn how to fish without a fishing pole and bait. You want to learn how to set traps, kill or skin an animal and properly prepare it to feed your family. You might be using a rifle and ammo, a knife, bow and arrow or your bare hands, so prepare for everything to help you stay alive.

Task #45: Teach Your Family How to Tie Knots and Use Ropes

Ropes come in very handy in a survival situation. You can use it to drag things from one place to another. You can leverage it to help build shelters, you can trap things in it and more.

Make sure you invest in a variety of ropes and learn how to tie knots in them. Test the strength of the knots and also practice undoing the knots, too – which can also come in handy.

Task #46: Take Your Family on Practice Survival Runs

Nothing prepares you more for a survival event than practicing. When something really does happen, most people will be in panic mode. They often forget what they need to do.

But practicing things makes them come naturally. So take your family campaign and practice bugging out without the usual luxuries in life. Have everyone learn to start a fire and cook for themselves.

Do the same indoors, too. Turn off all electricity for an entire 24 hours and make everyone learn how to survive boredom, how to make sure the house is secure, how to eat during this time, and so on.

Task #47: Look for Signals That an Event Is on the Horizon

Staying abreast of the news and events in the world can help you be prepared long before others are. For example, when citizens on one side of the globe began chatting about toilet paper shortages, some in the states had been watching, and were able to be prepared early on instead of trying to do last minute hoarding.

The signals you want to watch for can include weather events, supply shortages, and even something as severe as war. Don’t just listen to main stream media, either. Watch for chatter on social media and in forums, as well.

Task #48: Ensure You’re Planning for Stress-Relief When Needed

Not only can a survival situation take a physical toll, but it takes a mental toll on everyone – young and old alike. Even if there’s not a severe, immediate threat, the constant worry about something worse happening may be enough to cause sadness, anger or depression.

Everything from worry about food to lack of socialization – health issues and more – can impede someone’s ability to relax, regroup and maintain a positive mindset. So make sure you have supplies for relaxation and recovery as well as a plan to help everyone have a positive outlook.

Task #49: Make a Specific Prepper Budget and Start Buying on a Regular Basis

As you begin carrying out the tasks listed above, you start to get a better grasp on how much things cost, how to shop smart, and what items you most need for the comfort and survival of your family.

Now, you can create a budget for your ongoing purchases as well as big ticket items you want to have. This may include a homestead property, tornado shelter or panic room, camper and more.

Start a savings for the big ticket purchases and begin funneling in small amounts as you can. Look for ways to pay off debt and put those minimum payments toward your bigger survival purchases.

Task #50: Start Looking at Specific Homestead Property

If you’ve been prepping at home this whole time, in the suburbs or urban areas, you want to make long-term plans to have an official off-the-grid homestead out in the country – in the middle of nowhere – so that you’re safe from the chaos of an unruly crowd.

This spot should ideally have its own water source, like a river, stream or lake. You want plenty of land for raising animals and planting crops. You can build using a variety of supplies, such as an official second home level of luxury or something like a wooden cabin or shipping container survival home.

Start stocking the property with supplies of its own, so that you don’t have to try to transport the ones in your current home. And spend time on the property learning how to live on the land.

As you can see, there’s a lot that goes into preparing for a survival situation. From little things like having extra canned vegetables on hand to large decisions like where to build a homestead – you can go through them one by one, getting closer to your goals of self-sufficiency and preparedness.

11 Ways You’re Sabotaging Your Site Rankings

Your enthusiasm for being a site owner and online entrepreneur can sometimes inadvertently impede your ability to strategically think about things you’re either doing or not doing that can hurt your business.

One of the most important tasks Internet marketers have is to ensure their home on the ‘net – their website – is able to rank well in the search engines so they can generate free, targeted traffic that results in sales.

Unfortunately, many niches are fiercely competitive, and too many marketers don’t take time to understand what it takes to beat the competition in the SERPs (search engine results pages).

Right now, there are at least eleven different things potentially sabotaging your ability to get your site ranked well for important keywords and phrases. As you go through the list below, check to see if you’ve analyzed these issues and considered whether or not they could be burying you in the rankings.

If so, you’ll be able to quickly and easily follow the advice to help you remedy the problem and climb up to a page one ranking, where your site has a competitive edge over other niche marketer domains.

Problem #1 – You’re Focusing on the Wrong Thing When Choosing a Domain

Choosing a domain name has generally been based on who can get the shortest URL with the best keyword. If you were lucky enough to grab a URL like money.com, you could have sold it for millions in a strategic flip.

For some, keywords will still be important, but it’s not said to be a strong indicator of future SEO rank by itself. You can rank a branded site with no specific keywords in it just as well.

For years, people emphasized the importance of buying an existing domain that had already had some work put into it. Longevity is a factor in rankings for websites, but existence alone is not enough to help you.

Only sites that existed with a positive and healthy role on the web have benefitted domain buyers. You can easily shoot yourself in the foot by buying a domain URL that has a bad history attached it – simply because you didn’t know this could be a problem.

What constitutes a bad history for a domain? Well, the content itself could be problematic. You may be purchasing a website that was once used to house adult content.

That webmaster may have tricked people into clicking on their URL, and the site got buried in Google and other search engines because they were intentionally misleading people or hacking them if they clicked on the link.

You can use the Way Back Machine and investigate the domain in other ways to ensure it has no negative reputation before you buy it and put in a lot of effort building a business on it.

Problem #2 – You’re Not Ensuring Search Bots Can Find and Index Your Content

When you first set up your domain, you may have not realized there was a setting on your blog dashboard that tells search engines not to index your site. You want to make sure you go to this setting and disable it.

You can find it under Settings in the Reading section. At the bottom, it says Search Engine Visibility and it should be unchecked where it says “Discourage search engines from indexing this site.”

In addition to making sure they can index it, you want to use a plugin to help create an XML sitemap for you to submit to Google and other search engines. This will be an automated tool to help them navigate your content and find and index every page on your domain.

You can also create a sitemap manually, but there’s a lot of knowledge that goes into creating one that successfully helps them index your entire site and all of its media. Try using a tool like Yoast SEO, Jetpack or Google XML Sitemaps to help you create and submit your sitemap for proper indexing.

Problem #3 – You Haven’t Made Sure People Feel Safe Visiting Your Site

Have you ever visited a domain and seen a warming flash on the screen that you’re about to enter an unprotected website? It looks very precarious and most people will not use the option where it asks if the person wants to visit the site anyway.

Most will choose the “go back to safety” option and avoid the website completely. This is what can happen if you haven’t gotten an SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) certificate for your site.

There are many ways you’ll establish trust with your audience, such as by providing ethical, informative content and guidance. But before they even land on your blog to read what you have to say, the SSL certificate gives them peace of mind that you won’t be hacking them or putting their files and information at risk.

To get an SSL on your site, where the “Not Secure” warning will disappear from the browser bar next to your domain name, and instead show a lock that identifies it as a secure site, you’ll either add it for free or buy a paid version.

Some companies (hosts or domain registrars) will give you free SSL and install it for you. Others will make you buy it and install it yourself. There are free online tutorials that will walk you through the process if your host or domain registrar doesn’t do it for you.

Problem #4 – You Didn’t Set Your Site Up for Flawless Viewing

Google is all about a visitor’s experience. That includes everything from the content they find to the technical ease of use. You may not have thought about making sure your pages load quickly – and while they may load faster for you, they may drag for others.

If your site is taking over three seconds to load a page, that’s a problem. People have short attention spans and no patience for slow loading sites. They can simply exit your page and find one that will load faster for them.

Therefore, since Google takes responsibility for being the one who sent you there, if they find a slow loading page, they’ll bury your listing so that faster loading sites can shine instead.

Go to https://pagespeed.web.dev or use another tool to check your page loading speed. This will show load times for both mobile and desktop users and it’s easy to use because you just type your URL and let it do an analysis.

Tools like this won’t just tell you what’s wrong, such as a slow loading time. They’ll usually give you pointers about how you can improve things on your site. Make note of what it says, fix the issues and then run another analysis since it’s free to see how it’s improved.

While you’re working on making sure your site is viewed flawlessly, make sure you spend time checking it on other browsers than the one you’re used to. You might be using Chrome, and see your site just fine.

But other visitors might be using Firefox, Safari or a number of other browsers, and what they see might be a mangled and distorted mess. If you’re on a desktop, make sure you check it visually on laptops, iPads and smartphones as well.

Sometimes, it could be something as simple as you having chosen an outdated theme that’s not responsive to mobile use. Plus, an iPhone might deliver it differently than an Android, so you have to check every gadget and browser possible.

Google makes it easy for you to check. You can enter your domain URL at https://search.google.com/test/mobile-friendly and the will tell you if your site is mobile-friendly and if not, what to do about it.

Problem #5 – You Haven’t Helped Your Audience Find and Understand Your Content

If your content isn’t easily found, then you won’t be able to see the kind of monetary return on your blogging efforts that you were hoping for. There are several ways you may have been sabotaging yourself when publishing content on your site.

First and foremost, have you been writing effective titles for your posts? You have to think like the consumer thinks and title it the way they’ll be searching. For example, a blog post can be titled, “What’s the Best Diet for Women Who Want to Lose Weight Over 40?”

This has a nice mix of conversational dialogue and keyword strength. It tells the reader exactly what it is they’re going to find on that post. There’s no guesswork. If you’ve been using titles like, “A Question Everyone Keeps Asking,” then that tells the person searching nothing regarding what your post is about.

Use your favorite keyword tool (free or paid), go to forums to see how people are asking questions about what they need to know, and look on social media so you can craft titles that pull people in.

The title is going to show up on Google in the search results, so use it strategically. While you have your keyword list out, make sure you create clusters of related keywords to weave into the content piece itself.

You don’t want to use the exact same phrase over and over again relentlessly because it will cause the blog post to read awkwardly. Using variations of the phrases will still help you with SEO, without sabotaging the quality of your work.

Another thing you may have not been doing to help your content get found is writing meta descriptions. These HTML tags are what viewers will see right beneath the title and link to your page on search engine results pages.

You have to basically sum up your page’s content in about 140-160 characters, max. That’s because that’s all that will show up before the next site is shown in the listings. Your meta tag will look like this: <head> <meta name=”description” content=”This is where you write the blurb about your page content.”></head><br/><br/>.

Now Google doesn’t take your meta description into account when figuring out your SEO ranking. But if your description is effective at garnering the attention of their users, they will take notice, so it does have an impact in a way.

Have you been publishing your content without bothering to categorize the post? Many bloggers have a bad habit of doing this. Go into Posts from your blog dashboard and then click on Categories.

Here’ you’ll be able to type in a category name and slug (URL version, like countertop-blenders), and decide whether it’s a parent (broad) category or if you want it to go under another category in a hierarchy.

You can also give it a description, and while not all themes will show the description, some will – so write it carefully. You can create categories and then each time you’re about to publish, choose what category it best fits under.

This way, both humans and search bots can navigate your site and find the information they’re looking for. Don’t have too many categories where it overwhelms your visitor. Just outline your niche topic and have several main categories and a few under each one.

While you’re categorizing your site, you also want to see if you’ve been neglecting to use tags on your posts. Keyword tags are keyword identifiers that help people find your content on your domain using the search function.

You might also have a tag cloud widget in the sidebar, which can show visitors what the most widely searched for topics are on your blog. These can be broad or long-tail keywords, and you should use no more than ten per post, max.

Another findability issue is with the images on your site. Have you failed to use alt text for your graphics? This helps Google and others understand what topic the pictures are about.

So for example, if you have a picture of a weight loss graph, your alt text would be <img src=“weightloss.jpg” alt=“weight loss graph for one week” title=“weight loss”>.

This way, whenever search bots crawl the page, they can see keyword-based identifiers for the images you’re using. And when human visitors land on the page and hover over the image, they’ll see the description in your alt tag.

Problem #6 – You’re Not Publishing the Best Content for Your Readers

There are many ways to make sure your content is worthy of a top spot in the SERPs, but until now, you may not have been giving it that much thought. Instead, you were finding what looked like profitable keywords, cranking out a set number of words for a content piece, and publishing it so see if it would turn a profit for you.

That’s the wrong way to go about trying to rank well with your blog. Google is increasingly concerned with the quality and value of the content they put forth for people to examine, so if your site is lacking, or you’re continually publishing what’s known as “thin” content, you won’t find your site anywhere near the top.

Marketers have routinely found a specific keyword and written a post about it, hoping that because it’s so narrow and targeted, they’ll rank high for it. But now, you might want to go a different route.

Instead of many small blog posts that are narrow, take related topics and turn them into longer pieces that are packed with value and well-rounded for the site visitor. These pillar posts will go a long way in helping your site rank well.

If you’re not sure what else to put in a post, use Google to help you get started. Type in a word or phrase that you want to blog about. For example, you might have a dog site and type in potty train puppy.

If you scroll down a bit, there are two sections to help you gather more relevant content. You’ll see questions people are asking like, “What’s the best age to potty train a puppy?” and “ What’s the easiest way to potty train a puppy?”

You’ll even find very specific methods, like, “How do you housebreak a puppy in 5 days?” Scroll further and you’ll see related searches, like training by age at 8 or 12 weeks, training in certain types of places like small apartments, and more.

When you’ve been publishing content, have you been looking at evergreen topics only? Because it may be a mistake that you’re making not to scout out trends and breaking news and blog about that as well.

The reason you want to go this route is because when something is new in terms of having a buzz about it, there won’t be as much competition to fight with when it comes to search engine rankings.

You want to create Google alerts and stay tuned to the news in your niche via sites, magazines and other media formats so you can blog about trends as they’re on the rise for the audience.

One reason your people will follow you as a niche leader is if you can prove to them that you’re a great resource of information. Sometimes, this means you show them where to find great information that you didn’t create yourself.

Have you failed to highlight other experts in your niche? That’s a big mistake when it comes to SEO. Google loves to see authority sites sharing great resources, and you can do that by creating curated posts.

A curated content piece is when you gather small pieces of content from many different sources and showcase them with a common theme. For example, a museum curator who is putting together an exhibit on a certain culture, period of time or place can gather exhibit pieces from many sources.

They then showcase them in one exhibit, and add commentary about what the visitors are seeing. You’ll be doing the same, only in blog format. You might include a quote from one expert, an infographic another person published, embed a video by another professional, and share a paragraph from a piece someone else published.

They key is to take small snippets, not the entire thing – and then link out to the original source so your visitors can see it in its entirety. Most bloggers are afraid of link leakage, but that also means they’re too frail to build a reputation as a strong resource.

Problem #7 – You’re Not Listening to What Search Engines Want from Your Posts

You may be using keywords and publishing here and there, but have you really looked at the current needs and wants of search engines like Google – as well as your followers?

It’s important not to ignore the changes or what they deem important, because failing to pay attention can send you to the back of the search engine results pages. For example, search engines like to refer their users to sites that are up-to-date and frequently publishing content.

They’re less inclined to send people to sites that sit stagnant for long periods of time, even as long as a week or two. So the more often you can publish quality content – the better!

Every time a Googlebot comes to your site to crawl it and index new content, it makes a note of how far in between you uploaded new content, and it comes back sooner the next time until it’s on the same schedule as you – even if that means coming to index your content several times a day for fast-paced niches.

You may not have paid much attention to whether or not people stick around for any length of time on your site. Site stickiness is an important component in whether or not your domain is given a higher ranking.

You want people to find content they stick around for. One way to do this is to use multiple forms of media, like a text-video hybrid. If you have a 10-minute video embedded on your site, and someone is staying there to watch it, that contributes to your site stickiness.

Of course, long blog posts that are very thorough and comprehensive, overdelivering to the reader is also a wonderful way to get people to stay longer – because they become absorbed in the content.

Have you ignored the increasing demand for voice search when it comes to SEO? This is another thing Google is looking for that you may not have paid attention to. People use Alexa and Siri to look up information, and your site should cater to the conversational manner in which people vocalize their needs.

It’s different form how people search when typing something in. For example, someone might type into Google the words cook low fat, but they would verbalize it as, “Hey Siri! How do I cook a low fat meal?”

You want to be weaving those conversational phrases and sentences into your content. That means use lots of longtail keyword phrases instead of just broad, short words strung together.

You can use the previous methods mentions to create clusters of content questions people may ask that are related to the original one, and then create a long blog post that answers everything in one fell swoop.

Google doesn’t expect perfection. But you may have been sloppy when creating and publishing your online content. You need to make sure visitors will enjoy their experience, which means you have content they don’t struggle to read.

Don’t use language that’s over-the-top. Keep it at a low grade reading level, about 8th grade or so. Be conversational. Don’t write in a stuffy manner as if you’re trying to impress a college professor.

Break up the content strategically so the readers’ eyes don’t glaze over. You can do this with images and also with shorter blocks of text, too. Instead of a paragraph with twenty sentences in it, stick to 2-3 sentences before moving on.

If you’re using images, make sure they relate nicely to the content. It might be an infographic that sums up your main points, a quote poster that extracts and highlights an important piece of information, or something else.

Problem #8 – You Haven’t Implemented a Strong Link Strategy

Failure to implement a good linking strategy could have the competition beating you at every turn when it comes to SEO. You have to have links being pointed at your site to identify it as an authority site.

You also need to be linking out to other sites to show that you share good information and great resources. And you also want to link within your site, from one page or post to another, without overdoing it.

Don’t engage in shady practices to try to get backlinks. But you can do things like interview an expert who might share a link to your post with him or her from their own blog.

If you’re creating stellar content, people will naturally begin linking to you, so make sure you share your pillar blog posts on social media sites and send them to subscribers so that you get more eyes on them.

Most marketers forget to even notify their list about new blog posts, but chances are, they haven’t bookmarked it and are referring to it daily. You have to let them know so they can find the value in your posts and help you generate traffic and backlinks to it.

Problem #9 – You’ve Been Ignoring Technical Issues with Your Site

Technical issues can be a huge reason why your site isn’t ranking. You probably go through the publishing process without giving it much thought. But making sure your visitors have a positive experience is important.

Start by helping the load time of your site with images that are compressed and sized right. Run them through a free tool like https://imageresizer.com/image-compressor to resize them for you, and try to use files that aren’t size hogs (like PNGs are).

Being a good blogger and earning better rankings means you’re on the lookout for problem areas. You can go to your analytics that are built into your site and pinpoint exactly where people are bouncing.

A poor bounce rate will tank you. It tells Google that when they send people to your domain, they leave almost as soon as they get there. So they will simply stop sending people there altogether.

You might be sending them to a page that’s not mobile friendly, or that has poorly written content. Spot those problem areas and go fix them before it’s too late. You don’t have to just accept that certain pages don’t perform as good as others – fix them!

Problem #10 – You Haven’t Exhibited a Strong Authoritative Presence

Keep tuned into Google’s ever-changing algorithm messages. They will announce upcoming changes so that site owners can prepare for them. Sometimes, whatever it is they’re doing is going to automatically benefit you, sending spammy bloggers to the back of the SERPs.

But other times, it can hurt your site because you weren’t enacting something they thought was important. Remember to adhere to their EAT guidelines. EAT stands for expert, authority and trust.

You want to showcase your expertise by creating valuable content and showing your readers that you care enough to provide links to other great resources, too. A true expert isn’t afraid to share the stage.

If you need to build authority, you have to become worthy enough of securing those backlinks from others. Creating pillar posts that are chock full of great information is a good way to do that.

When it comes to sharing links to other resources, don’t forget to do it with product promotions as an affiliate, too. Google has an update called MUM where they specifically advise you to start giving consumers multiple options of where they can get a product – not just one.

Of course, that may not be possible with a digital course or tool, but with tangible items, you can often promote on a variety of retail sites by using links from Amazon, Share-a-Sale and Commission Junction.

You can also highlight information about what makes you the go to person in your niche. Maybe you have experience with the topic that can help others, or a credential that helps you serve your audience.

It might be others who gush about your amazing insight, so don’t be afraid to ask for testimonials and product reviews so that Google and other search engines can sit up and take notice of what people think about you.

Trust is easily built. The SSL certificate is one way, but just practicing good, ethical marketing habits for your business is another. Make sure you update WordPress and all of the elements on it so that you don’t leave your site open to hackers.

You want to keep your site visitors safe when they land on your page. You also want to leverage social media to help you achieve your goals with Google’s EAT program. Sharing your advice on social networking sites and linking back to your pages of in-depth content is a great way to generate awareness for your brand and position yourself as a strong authority figure in your niche.

Problem #11 – You’re Not Shoring Up Your SEO Efforts Over Time

Another way you may have failed yourself is by only paying attention to your SEO efforts in the very beginning, and then ignoring them from that point on. Optimization of your site is not a one and done ordeal.

It’s on-going maintenance and strategy that you have to tend to over time. Periodically, go through your site content and freshen it up if anything is outdated or if links are broken. Maybe you talked about a site or tool as a resource that no longer exists, so fix it.

If you notice your site traffic is all but disappearing, find out why. Are the competitors posting more often? More in-depth? Did Google release another algorithm update? Don’t rely on SEO for sales, only to wake up one day and your ranking has plummeted. Take time every week to stay abreast of SEO news and apply it to your site.