How to Come Up With Blog Post Ideas

Last time, we talked about the importance of creating your “home base” for promoting yourself and establishing your own distinctive brand online.

Once you’ve created a WordPress blog as your “home base”, it’s time to begin adding fresh content. This is where many people stumble and draw a blank. It can be challenging to come up with things to write about, especially if you are fairly new to blogging. You understand the concept of promoting yourself as a leader, not just pitching your network marketing opportunity, but what do you blog about to accomplish this?

Don’t feel bad if you struggle at first to come up with topics for content. I believe that just about everyone doing this will occasionally experience times when they just don’t really know what they should write about.

ideas for blog posts and website articles

As home business builders and MLM network marketing leaders, we want to provide value and insight to our readers so that they have reason to keep coming back for more. Bear in mind that some visitors to your blog will be serious opportunity seekers, and many will visit a few times and review your content before they feel comfortable contacting you. Thus, you really want to put some thought and effort into this.

Here are a few ideas about what you can write about, which will work well for home business builders and network marketers. You have to use some imagination and integrate these ideas with your own personal experiences, but they can help you get started.

Think about your experiences in building your business and how you’ve overcome obstacles, and write about them. Talk about how and why you got started, and things you’ve learned along the way.

Many of your prospects will ask the same questions over and over – take these “frequently asked questions” and talk about how you answer them. Some common questions might be:

How much money can I make in network marketing?

How much time do I have to put into it?

Can I do this if I have a very tight budget?

Can I really build a business if I work a full-time job?

And so forth…you can build an entire post or article around questions like these.

Read a book or good article about MLM, home business, social networking, or self development.  Pick out parts that resonate with you, and write about them from your own experience and perspective.

Share and comment on a video (from YouTube or elsewhere) that you’ve seen that encouraged you or gave  you insight that helped you in your business.

When you read something online that inspires you, perhaps a business building tip or something that motivates you to action, create a post that relates it to your own personal experience. Don’t just copy it.

Create a “how to do something” post. This can be about anything you’ve learned to do for your business. For example: “How to Set Up an Autoresponder Follow-Up System” or “How to Notify Your Warm Market About Your New Network Marketing Business“.

Go to Google and search for keywords like “MLM message boards” or “network marketing forums”. Visit these boards and scan the topics. Look for questions and problems that networkers are asking about, and write posts for your blog with comments and answers.

Create list type posts. These tend to draw interest and attention, but don’t overdo them. For example: “Top 5 Things to Look For in an MLM Product” or “Ten Top Questions to Ask About a Network Marketing Opportunity“.

These are just a few ideas you can use to get your creative juices flowing. An important thing to keep in mind – just relax and be yourself. Write from your own perspective and experience, and don’t worry about being perfect. You’re not trying to be a professional writer, but rather a communicator. Prospects visiting your blog are interested in learning more about you and who you really are. Be yourself.

Creating Your “Home Base” for Online MLM Success

setting up your own blog for online MLM succcessAre you ready to create a successful online MLM business? Let’s talk about the first thing you need to do in order to get things rolling in the right direction.

In order to effectively promote your opportunity online, what you want to do is to create a name, or a “brand” for yourself. For long term success, your objective is to brand and sell yourself, not your specific business opportunity.

Typically, there are two traditional approaches to getting started with online MLM.

  • linking to and promoting a company replicated site that promotes your products and business

Problem: these replicated sites offer little ability to customize, and one looks pretty much like another. This won’t help you stand out from the crowd.

  • starting your own blog or website with emphasis on your MLM products or opportunity

Problem: this type of site is okay to use as a secondary site, but shouldn’t be your primary online base.

A key to ongoing success in MLM, both online and offline, is establishing yourself as a leader and creating relationships with people. You don’t want to be known as “that person who sells the XYZ products”. Rather, you want to be known as “Joe or Jane…successful home business owner…”.

See the difference? You are your own best asset. By branding yourself and focusing on building relationships and what you can do for others, you are setting yourself up as a leader who will naturally attract people seeking opportunity.

The first thing I recommend that you do, when beginning to seriously promote your MLM business online, is establish a “home base” that will be your primary site. This is where people will go to learn more about you and what you can do to help them. What you’re all about.

Ideally, your home base should be a domain with your name in it – for example, mine is “eldonbeard.com”. If you find that yourname.com is already taken, try to find something by putting other words around your name or use a dash.

joesmithonline.com

janet-jones.com

There are other possibilities too. Just be creative. Do a Google search for keywords related to home business and MLM, and see what others are doing. You can brainstorm and get lots of ideas this way.

Once you’ve chosen and registered your domain name, set up a WordPress blog. The blog format is very interactive, and allows visitors to leave comments and have discussions. This is what you want. By posting to your blog frequently, you increase your chances of getting visitors through search engine traffic.

One common question I hear is “if I start a blog, what do I write about?” For many people, this can be a struggle. I can assure you, though, that you don’t have to be a professional writer to write decent blog posts. Blogging by nature is not supposed to be rigid or formal – it’s more an expression of you, your personality, and your own unique style.

Next week, I’ll be back with some ideas and “post starters” to help you come up with topics to write about when your mind is drawing a blank. Stay tuned!

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Blog Commenting – An Easy Way to Boost Your Online Presence and Credibility

How often do you visit different blogs in your niche and leave comments to posts you read there?

There are different viewpoints on the value of “blog commenting”. As a network marketer and home business builder, you might wonder whether taking time for this is really worth the effort.

A lot has been taught over time about the value of leaving blog comments. Most blogs allow you to leave a link to your own site when you make a comment. At one time, this was highly promoted as a way to increase your search engine rankings, because you could create literally dozens of links back to your site in a fairly short period of time. However, as usually happens when an easy way to boost search engine rankings is discovered and publicized, spammers showed up and ruin the party for everyone.

In the case of blog commenting, different types of automated software came on the market which made it easy to leave lots of worthless comments with a link back to a target site – all automated. Google, and smart bloggers, caught on and took steps to stop the abuse. Google devalued the importance of these links, and bloggers started to change their settings so that (at a minimum) comments from first time contributors had to be reviewed and approved before going live.

In today’s online environment, spending time leaving blog comments isn’t really worthwhile for purposes of increasing search engine ranking for selected keywords. How often have you seen comments, with the author’s name (this is the text of the link) being “MLM Guru”, “Make Money From Home”, or something similar? When you see that, you know in most cases that the commenter is shooting for better ranking in Google for that keyword or phrase. It used to work really well, but no longer.

So, is there still value in commenting on other peoples’ blogs? Yes!

The idea now, though, is to boost your online social presence and create credibility. If you’re using social media to build your personal brand and develop relationships, and you should, blog commenting is one simple part of an overall social media strategy that you can use.

Here are a few tips for making blog commenting work for you.

  • Look for network marketers and other entrepreneurs who are active in social media – visit their blogs and bookmark those you like for commenting later.
  • Visit popular blogs focused on success, motivation, and mindset – these will be frequented by home business builders and possibility thinkers just like you.
  • Don’t worry about software that promises to find blogs that allow “do follow” links – this is a throwback to the days when commenting was all about getting backlinks to your own site, and that isn’t the best strategy now.
  • Remember that your focus is on adding value to the post – short comments like “great post, I’ll be back soon” are obviously there to get a link back to something. Many blog owners won’t even let these go public. Focus on making intelligent comments that show you really read the post and got value from it.
  • Intelligent comments with substance encourage blog visitors to click the link back to your site – and this is your ultimate goal. Make a good impression, get that click.
  • Use your real name, not a keyword or phrase, unless you are building your brand around something other than your name.
  • Get a gravatar http://en.gravatar.com/ so that your picture will appear next to your comments, instead of a generic graphic.

Finally, make blog commenting a part of your overall social strategy, but don’t put a high percentage of your available time into it. The key is getting exposure as many different ways as you can. People might see you active on Facebook, then visit your blog, read an article you published somewhere, then later see your comments and picture on other peoples’ blogs. It all adds up and creates the “YOU” brand that separates you from the crowd.

About the Author

Eldon Beard is a network marketing and home business coach who enjoys helping others achieve the lifestyle that they truly want. Visit his blog at eldonbeard.com and discover a balanced and professional approach to network marketing and home business success.

How to Avoid Getting Sucked in to the Facebook Time Trap…

How many times have you gone into Facebook to check your messages, or post a status update only to get pulled in much further? Several hours later you emerge wondering where that time went?

You remember that you only had 3 hours to spend on your business today, and that time is almost gone! Showing people that you care on Facebook is one thing, but you might have gotten sucked into the Facebook Time Trap!

It’s not just Facebook that this can happen on. The online world is FULL of distractions and as business owners, we need to rise above it in order to SUCCEED.

So, here’s one of the ways I overcame it…

Habits, routines and systems are incredibly important in my life right now. It’s taken me several years of working on them consistently, tweaking them to fit in with other things I’m doing and testing new routines I can apply to my life and business.

I’ve created habits for all areas of my life including health, spirituality, business, Facebook, blog writing and content, syndicating content, commenting and many other things I do on a daily or weekly basis.

In this post, I’m going to talk about my Facebook routine as a social media strategy and it may be something you’d like to think about and adapt.

Why Use Routines?

I realised a long time ago that there were many things I did on a regular basis which basically had the same actions each time and that I was wasting a lot of time by not being regimented and creating a system out of those actions.

If it was something I did regularly then surely it was something I could standardize, write down and then follow the system each time I did the routine. This would save me a lot of time because I’d know exactly what to do and when to do it.

Most of us have habits that we do pretty much the same time every day, and almost in exactly the same way. Such as, getting up, eating breakfast, brushing teeth, going shopping etc.

My Facebook Routine

Each day, I log-in to Facebook I run through a very similar routine to this. (Sometimes I add other parts to it, or remove depending on the amount of time I’ve got to spend in there)

  • Look at the birthday’s section on the front page, click on the person’s name and leave a happy birthday message or video
  • Reply to all unread messages
  • Look through my latest notifications to see what content people have commented on and then I comment back and add to the conversation
  • Process any outstanding friend requests
  • Make friends with 10-15 new Network Marketing related friends, and send them a personal hello message to introduce myself
  • Go through my recently added friends tab and write a thank you for becoming a new friend or a thank you wall post, which shows that I care about that person and that I’m different
  • Go to my Facebook Fan Page and check through the wall. I reply to any new posts
  • Go through several lists of people I’ve created and leave a few comments, like’s and share’s

That’s pretty much it…

It can take me 30 – 60 mins depending on how much content there is, how long I have to spend in there.

Always know your outcome. Why are you spending 60 minutes on Facebook? What is your purpose?

Your outcome could be one of the following, or something different:

  • To brand yourself
  • To drive people to your blog or capture page
  • To drive traffic to your business opportunity
  • To make friends and connect with people
  • To pull people off Facebook and onto Skype or telephone so you can talk with then and find out their challenges?

It’s so easy to waste time and lose several hours without clear boundaries… before you know it, your day has vanished and you’ve not really achieved anything productive.

What do your regular routines look like? If you can share your comments, feedback and routines with the community, we can help impact more people’s lives 🙂

How to Create a Custom Branded Blog in 4 Minutes 10 Seconds

Depending on your technical skills, setting up a custom branded blog can either take a few minutes or several hours. Yes anyone can get a free blog on WordPress or Blogger, but that is more effective for syndicating your content onto a remote blog than building your personal brand.

So whether this is your first MLM blog or if you are simply looking for a remote blog for linkbuilding and content syndication, you are going to love this! Plus, you can have your custom branded blog setup in under 5 minutes flat! Well, 15 minutes if you are really taking your time.

This video will show you how to:

  • Setup your own personal or remote blog with thatMLMbeat.com
  • Choose from more than a 100 super blog themes that are already uploaded for you
  • Add your own, personal blog header in minutes without having to upload any files
  • Use your own domain name so that you can stay focused on building your personal brand instead of ours
  • Have an active, growing audience waiting to read your blog posts

If you already have a blog and you want to expand your readership, generate backlinks and increase your traffic by the power of our growing community, then head be sure to watch the movie on how to add your existing blog with thatMLMbeat.com.

Any questions? Please ask in the comment section below. Good luck!