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9 Reasons Why Blogging and Ecommerce are a Match Made in Heaven

Who among us can resist a great bargain on that pair of jeans with the perfect amount of fade? It’s no wonder that ecommerce accounts for nearly 12% of US retail sales with over half of all Americans being avid online shoppers.

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What’s more eye opening is the fact that 61% of Americans have made a purchase on a blog post.

See the connection? People love shopping online. Blogs influence people’s shopping decisions to a large extent. Result: online shopping and blogs are a great combination.

Let me give you 9 more reasons why blogs can help your ecommerce business spread its wings and soar. Read More

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5 Tools to Keep Track of Your Online Writing Business Finances

How did you start out as an online writer? Perhaps you got odd jobs here and there, and you didn’t really see what you were doing as a business. If you’ve been doing this for several years now, your client base has probably expanded, and you might even consider what you do as a small business.

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When your online writing activities transform into a legit business, things get better, albeit with some more responsibilities. While you may have more revenue streams, you may have more expenses as well. You might have to tap into savings, consider credit card balance transfers if you have existing credit card problems. According to Jeffrey Weber of SmartBalanceTransfers.com, this is one of the most effective and cost-efficient ways to manage credit card debt and starting anew.

You may even have to learn how to manage your own books. You can always take on the services of an accountant, but that will only add to your expenses.

If you need a little help tracking your online writing business finances – expenses and earnings both – here are some tools which can make things easier for you without having to outsource this aspect of the business.

1. Google Spreadsheet

By far the simplest and easiest way to keep track of income and expenses is to create a spreadsheet. You probably already have a Google account, so you only have to access your Google Drive and create a spreadsheet which you can use to monitor your online business finances.

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Above is a simple example of what you can do: just create tabs for earnings and expenses, indicate the client/source and expense item, as well as the amount. With spreadsheets, you can use formulas so that amounts are automatically added or subtracted as needed.

Note: This tool is the most basic you can use, and for many it works. If you need more features like bank integration, read on.

2. inDinero

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inDinero packs a whole lot of features. Not only does it help you with accounting, but it can also serve as a tool for taxes and payroll. Even if you’re the only employee of your business, help with taxes is a big plus already.

The downside is that the service is not free, although they have packages for small business (1-30 employees). Additionally, they don’t just take on clients indiscriminately. That says a lot about how they take care of their customers. You have to request for an invite and see how things work out for you.

Related: How to Make It Through Those Lean Months

3. QuickBooks

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QuickBooks is already one of the most popular finance tracking software out there, and it offers more than simply monitoring your earnings and expenses. Just like inDinero, if you have other employees, you can run payroll with QuickBooks. You can even do client invoicing via the platform, making sure you do not forget to do this at the appropriate time. Even more, having a system like this in place helps your professional image.

QuickBooks for Small Business starts at $12.95 per month, but you can try it for free first.

4. Zoho Books

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“Smart Accounting for Growing Businesses” is the tagline of Zoho Books, and it also enables you to send invoices, track expenses, as well as connect your bank account for automated transactions.

They have one pricing for all their features, which is a good thing, but you’ll have to shell out $24 per month. That’s still cheaper than keeping an accountant on a retainer basis! And, you can try it for free for 14 days.

5. FreshBooks

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If you have no accounting background at all, and you feel that you can use all the help you can get, then FreshBooks is a good option. It is made for non-accountants so that you can easily send invoices, while at the same time keep track of your online writing business finances without having to worry about missing a single detail. They offer a trial of 30 days, which is perfect so that you can see how it works for you for a month. The cheapest package, Seedling, costs $19.95 per month and limits you to 25 clients.

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Categories: Blogging News

5 Benefits of Being a Blogger for Hire

Blogging for yourself gives you a sense of achievement and self-fulfillment that may be hard to beat. It, however, doesn’t always rake in the big bucks. There is always that possibility, but more often than not, the average individual blogger finds himself in financial problems at some point. This is especially true if you’re only relying on your own blogs for revenue.

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Due dates for bills are not flexible. Credit cards continue to earn interest, maybe even to the point that you may have to consider other options to successfully manage your credit card debt. In fact, Jeffrey Weber of SmartBalanceTransfers.com recommends that people with almost maxed out – or maxed out – credit cards should look at getting a new one with a good rate on balance transfers.

Then there are those emergencies that always crop up at the wrong time.

That is why, if you’re relying on your own sites to earn, maybe it’s time you consider being a blogger for hire. While there may be some people who do not like the idea, there are benefits of being a blogger for hire. Here are some of the most compelling ones. Read More

Categories: Blogging Sense

4 Tips to Guarantee Steady Long-Term Search Traffic to Your Website

Are you tired from trying to keep track of the latest online marketing trend that seems to contradict all you’ve learned? Are you frustrated by Google algorithm changes and how they affect SEO and traffic to your site? What percentage of what you’ve tried has brought success? Do my questions awaken feelings of disappointment as you reflect on what seems to be time wasted on SEO? Well cheer up and brush yourself off, it’s not as difficult and dreadful as it may seem.

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Regardless of how technology advances and marketing demands more dedicated professionals who understand the native language of users, there are certain concepts that remain true throughout the ages. Essentially, the fundamentals prove their value. They key is to sharpen your focus on the key principles that affect service quality and user experience because truthfully, there’s hardly anything new in marketing and gaining the attention of users and delivering value in search engines. Read More

Categories: Marketing

Easy Steps to Add a Welcome Pop-Up Box on Your Blog

Anything that pops up on the web is sure to attract attention regardless of its content. But one can be more enticed to read through the content if the pop up box appears on a site you really intend to visit.

Bloggers and publishers can do this via their WordPress site particularly through the widgetized welcome popup plugin. This tool allows a popup window to show automatically when a person visits your site.

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About the Welcome Popup

The welcome popup window has many uses. It can be utilized to introduce your business or your expertise. You can use it to notify visitors about an interesting development in your business, an upcoming event or a new product. Additionally, you can use it to include a call to action or an opt-in form for your visitors.

It is also possible to edit the content using the WYSIWYG editor and shortcodes are allowed. In addition, you can set the frequency of showing it on your blog or website such as once per visit, once fore very few days or every time.

Customization of the popup window is another great advantage. This means you can adjust the window size, overlay colors, font scheme color, background image, number of widget areas, autoclose time and content. The CSS can also be edited.

How to Install the Plugin

To use this plugin in your WordPress site, you need to follow some simple and straightforward steps. Just install and activate it. Once it is activated, a menu item entitled Welcome Popup will show under the Settings section.

Click the menu Settings and Welcome Popup and choose your preferred display mode, color, size, autoclose time, number of widget areas among others.

You can then proceed with selecting the pages where you want the welcome popup to display. Choose between the “homepage and particular posts/pages” or “particular posts/pages” display mode. To assign a particular post or page, just go to the post/page editor and set the welcome popup checkbox.

If you want to add widgets in the welcome popup, you can do so by going to the Appearance section on the left column then go to Widgets. On the widgets page, drag and drop your chosen widgets into the welcome popup area.

There’s a wealth of plugins available today including the WordPress video plugin that are sure to make your blog or website more interactive. Using them is a great way to drive traffic moving forward.

Categories: Blog Design, WordPress Plugins

BloggingPro Job Board Highlights (June 23-27)

Job board highlightsGood morning, folks!

Here are the job board highlights for this week. Have a lovely weekend.

Blogger for Cyber Security + Personal Privacy and Protection

GoodBlogs are a soon-to-be-launched crowdsourced blogging platform and are looking for multiple freelance bloggers. They are looking for bloggers to contribute articles and posts under various topics.
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Categories: Jobs

8 Personal Finance Blogs to Follow If You Want to Succeed in the Niche

Personal finance blogs are big. The niche is huge, but also rather crowded. There are already a lot of established names in the scene, but that doesn’t mean you cannot start your own personal finance blog at this point.

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There is always something new to share, especially with the economy going up and down like a rollercoaster ride. If you have a strong interest in personal finance, and you want to share your knowledge, thoughts, and ideas with others, it is a good idea to know what’s already out there. More so, you should pay close attention to those that have a good following. That means they’re doing something right, and you can learn a thing or two from them.

So here are eight personal finance blogs to follow. Read More

Categories: Blogging Resources

Last TV Season’s Biggest Twitter Moments


The TV season has ended, and we’re all stuck with watching reruns of our favorite TV shows. There’s the alternative of catching up on TV shows that we didn’t have time to watch during the season, of course. Then there’s the possibility of actually going out of the house and discovering what the outside world has to offer.

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However way you’re handling this downtime in TV, we know one thing: last season had a lot to offer the TV enthusiast – from the big HBO hit Game of Thrones (which turned many a non-fantasy fan into avid viewers) to Netflix’s Orange is the New Black (which caters perfectly to the binge watching crowd) to Breaking Bad (which most people agree is the best TV show ever) to The Oscars to The Grammy Awards. Read More

Categories: Infographic, News, Social Media

9 Vital Considerations Before Purchasing or Downloading a WordPress Template

One of the most important steps to take when launching a website is deciding a theme or design that is perfectly suited for your style, goals, niche and target audience. For me, this decision making process can take up to 3 weeks before I finally chose a direction and idea that I am confident and comfortable with. Even then, there’s a chance that I may end up feeling for a change because of a new development and perspective. Nevertheless, it’s a crucial step in brainstorming and developing your site. Whether you’re designing it from scratch or purchasing a template.

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Having been in web development and online publishing for a while, I’ve come across the good, bad and ugly in WordPress theme development and design; and have seen many site owners spend money on templates they live to regret. Read More

Categories: WordPress Themes

Is It Still Worth Starting an Online Publication Today?

With the millions of blogs, web sites, and online publications to be found today, is it still worth your time to join the fray? Or is too late to join the game?

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The answer is actually simple: yes.

The point where it gets complicated is what you mean by “worth it” and the reasons you want to enter the world of online publishing. There are a multitude of reasons one might want to start an online publication at this point.

One, you want to make it big and be rich like famous probloggers.

Two, you need an online platform to reach a wider audience for your business, no matter what size, brick-and-mortar or eCommerce.

Three, you just want to have a place online where you can write and share your thoughts, with the hopes of building an audience with profit not being the main goal.

Whichever reason you may have (it may not even be one of those three), I do think that there are enough justifications to support anyone who wants to start an online publication. Read More

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