6 Blogging Tools For Beginners

6 Blogging Tools

For Beginners

 

If you were able to follow through my last blog on how to create a blog from scratch, perfect. Now, let's move on to the next steps in setting up the blogging tools for beginners to set up and maintain a blog.

Here are the top 6 blog  tools I use for my blog:

Google Analytics is a free analytics offered by Google to track and report a website's traffic,

Canva.com is a tool for graphic design needs.

Google Keyword Planner is a tool used to identify a set of keywords needed for content creation.

Yoast SEO is a tool used to make your website search engine friendly

Backup & Restore Dropbox is a tool used to backup and restore your website using Dropbox.

Pixabay.com is a tool used to get images for your blog post.

 

 

 

 

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How To Create a Blog from Scratch – Step By Step Guide

How To Create a Blog from Scratch – Step By Step Guide

You may have wanted to know how to create a blog but for some reason, you haven't get started. Probably because you don't have the time or maybe you always think there is still time or maybe you are just too lazy to do it. Oops, wait, you are not alone, that's actually me, I always think but I really never do it.

Importance of Blog

Until I realized how important a blog is for my business and as a freelancer. Learning how to create a blog gives  me the following benefit :

  • There is proof that I can showcase to my clients.
  • While learning the process, it gives me an opportunity to make this one as another way to earn money online as an Affiliate Marketer

Let me take you on my journey of creating an affiliate website where I can share with you how I can monetize a website in 3 different ways.  Are you ready to take a journey with me? Then let's get the ball rolling.

What are the things needed to create a blog?

We need a domain name and website hosting. A  domain name is an address you type into the browser, such as janemaghanoy.com or besthomes.review.com. A website hosting is a space or the physical location where you store your website files.

Domain Name and Hosting

Where to buy domain name and hosting? The most popular provider is Godaddy.com, Bluehost.com, or Hostgator.com. However, if you want to support a local hosting provider, feel free to check JassOnlineSolutions.com, it's my new baby 🙂 . 

Let's do it now. Let's make it one a step at a time. Remember, "you don't have to be great to start but you have to start to be great."

Do you still want to know more about what are the next steps? Post your question at the Courageous Wahms Community, HERE.

SEO Jobs Work At Home Moms Can Get Started Easily

SEO Jobs Work At Home Moms Can Get Started Easily

 

Are you looking for best jobs for stay at home moms with no experience? Or probably you are looking for a non-voice online jobs? SEO jobs might work for you.

Learning SEO ( Search Engine Optimization) can be hard, confusing and overwhelming but there is no reason  you cannot learn  if you really take into your heart to learn anything you want to know.

"If you love to read, you can learn anything you really want to know.- Zig Ziglar".

Yes, it can be overwhelming but the good news is you can make it one step at a time, one job at time.

I started doing SEO jobs way back Y2009 but I really don't understand the whole picture of doing the task but as I was exposed more on the job, I learned that it was part of an SEO campaign strategies.

Here's a list of SEO jobs work at home moms can get started easily :

1.Forum Posting / Management

The first SEO job was for me to register and participate in Forums.The objective of the task was to  join in the forum conversation , build conversation and finally get a signature link, just like the image below.

paid forum poosting

2. Social Bookmark  Creation

The task was to register on social bookmark accounts and then post a short description about the website. Example of social bookmarking sites are reddit.com and sumbleupon.com. Mind you, I was able to get an hourly rate of $7.78/hour for that social bookmark publishing work.

forum posting

Easy jobs, right? Unfortunately, these are old SEO strategies but some are still using it. Visit Upwork.com, enter those keywords and you might encounter these type of job.

Learning SEO is fun and I never stop learning even at this point while writing this post 🙂  .  Reading alone is not enough, I ensure to implement what I learned and I really invest on it. I invest on setting up my websites for case studies and I invest my time in learning more about SEO. Truly, it is worth investing as I was able to get higher rates  and different type of SEO jobs.

Here's other SEO jobs :

3. Keyword Research & Analysis

Here's a brief background on SEO Keyword Research Jobs.

 

4. Link Building

5. Website Audit

6. Competition Analysis

7. Content Audit

blog outreaching

outreach

SEO Job Type

SEO Job Type

keyword research

Indeed SEO can be overwhelming but the best thing you can actually get started with a few and simple tasks.

If you want to explore more about these opportunities, please join me on October 12, 2020,  4 to 6 pm for a live webinar  on Keyword Research and Analysis.

Invest on Yourself, Invest for an SEO Training, Register HERE.

How To Become A Virtual Assistant Part 4

How To Earn As A VA Part 4

WHERE TO FIND DIRECT CLIENTS

Finding a direct client is one of the most exciting and at the same time something that will challenge you as a Virtual Assistant. This is because you have to do everything on your own, and in return, you will get to receive a higher payment since there would be no third-party website to do the work deal for you. You might be wondering now, where can I possibly find a direct client.

1.  Referrals

You may ask your friends or people that you previously knew if they know someone who is currently looking for a helping hand online. You never know, maybe a common friend is what you are ideally looking for as an online client.

2. Free Job Platforms

There are job marketplaces that will not get any centavo from you as they offer a different business model.  The most popular platform is www.onlinejobs.ph. It's a platform for Filipino applicants only and the clients pays the platform by subscription so they can get access to database of applicants. Here's one thing to remember, getting direct client has the risk of not getting paid but you just have to take precautionary measures to prevent of not getting paid.

3. Social Media Networks 

    Joining Facebook, Linkedin groups and Forums are other ways to acquire direct client. There are job threads posted on sites that you can get accessed to.

4. Online Marketing Strategy 

    Implementing online marketing strategies like SEO, Social Media Marketing  and Advertisements can also be helpful when generating leads for your virtual assistance services.

COVER LETTER PREPARATION

At times, online freelancers fail to land a job because they come up with “undesirable” cover letter. It is either the client finds the message too boastful or too dull. So how are you going to do it?

Keep it short. There is no need for you to say a lot of unnecessary things just for you to look knowledgeable or worthy of the job. Just keep it formal short, and simple.

Next thing to note is that keep your tone formal. Yes, I understand that you would like to look cheerful and positive through writing. But there is a line that separate professionalism and the personality of being cheerful. So, keep it professional by being formal in tone.

Introduce yourself, be direct to the point by stating your objective in writing, give a brief yet informative details about your field of expertise, and say thank you. That’s it! No more, no less.

PORTFOLIO PREPARATION

If you do not have your website to hold your entire portfolio, an online file box will do to organize your portfolio. You may make use of Dropbox or Google Drive or any other online file storage. The key here is to make your files organized. For example, come up with a specific folder that contains all the spreadsheets that you had, another table for letters, and another table for other clerical jobs you have done in the past. Rename the files correctly so that the client can quickly go over your data and see the quality of your work.

Just note that in doing this, the files that you are going to include are those that you have rights over and not those that belong to the previous companies you’ve worked for if there are any. Organize your files, create a share link, and send it to the client and showcase what you got.

Ready to become a Virtual Assistant?  Go, explore and enjoy the journey of becoming a virtual assistant.

How To Become A Virtual Assistant Part 3

How To Become A Virtual Assistant Part 3

Payment Method Options

 

Enjoying the first virtual assistant salary is the happiest result of hard work. Withdrawing your hard-earned payout from your freelancing job is one of the things that we are looking for as freelancers. Why not? We get to receive the fruits of labor, and we get to spend it with people dear to us! But what are some of the payment gateway that you can use in withdrawing your money?

 

First in the list is Payoneer, a global payment solutions that is already on it’s 12th year, in fact I am happy to be a Payoneer user for 10 years. It allows you to receive your payment through online banking transfer or if you wish, you can also use it for online shopping! Isn’t amazing? You can now receive your payments from all over the world without worrying about how to get it because you can do it in varied ways. Plus, it is also a safe gateway all in all.

The second in the list is Paypal, the top payment gateway for all the freelancers in the world. Just like Payoneer, you can also withdraw your payments through bank or ATM,

 

The third and the last on my list is withdrawing payment through local bank transfer if you are using Upwork platform.

 

Building your Virtual Assistant (VA) Profile

 

The greatest secret in building your VA profile is by making sure that you put all your skills which you think are necessary for a virtual assistant job. Skills like organizational skills, keen to details, prompt to schedule, communication skills, fluency and accuracy in working on documents, and the likes. Remember that clients would like to get to know you and what you are capable of doing because they would like to be sure that they are hiring the right person that they need for their job. So, putting all your desirable skills and other pleasant things about you will more likely sell like hotcakes to the clients.

Don’t forgot to add portfolio, platforms such as Upwork allows you to add it.

 

Two Ways to Get a Client

 

There are two ways on how you can get a client in the Freelancing world. First is through a job marketplace acquisition while the second one is through the direct client acquisition. The first one entails you signing up for a specific website and doing a complete profile. After that, you will have to go through different job posts and do your best to send an application and eventually once you are considered as one of the applicants, do an interview. The catch is, the site will be the one to receive and release the payment for you because they are the one managing the site and they get to earn by making job deals. So more or less, a percentage of your payment will go to the website, and another portion is by sending the payment through your preferred method. It is also a safe way of getting a client since the payment will be done and will be on an escrow (hold period) before you start doing your job.

The second type is through direct client acquisition where you will personally look for clients online through job posting websites. You will have to apply and negotiate on your own, and the site does not necessarily take a percentage from your earnings. The client will send the payment to you directly, and the agreement about the job will be between the two of you. The catch in this way is that there is no guarantee that the client will send the payment once you are done in the task since there is no such thing as escrow or hold period while you are doing the job.

Do you want to know where to find direct clients? Read the next post!

How To Become A Virtual Assistant Part 4