5 reasons why you should run competitions on your blog

Competition

Running competitions and giveaways on your blog are great for lots of reasons. Here are my top 5 ways that giveaways will benefit you and your blog. Let me know if you’ve come across any other benefits to offering competitions!

1. Giving something back

Offering your readers the chance to win themselves something nice is a great way of thanking your readers for being loyal. They might not win, but somebody has too and everybody likes to feel appreciated!

2. Get engaged

Are people reading your blog but very few people are actually leaving comments? If you run a competition where readers have to comment to enter, it breaks the ice and those people are more likely to comment again on your other posts. Blogging is much more rewarding for everyone when you establish a dialogue with your readers. Continue reading

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That tricky first step…

You’ve got your blog. You’ve been creating unique, insightful and engaging posts and building your audience, you’ve got yourself some followers. You’re ready to take the next step.

Not that simple though is it? More often than not you’re not even sure what the next step should be, although I suspect most of the time it includes wanting to start earning some money from your blog.

Walking, taking off hat, ca. 1884-1887

But how do you get started?

If you’ve started off with a free WordPress blog there are a few steps which will help you reach that next tantalising (and money-earning) level.

1. Get your own domain name:

This is pretty crucial really. A domain name is the techy way of saying web address. If you’ve got a free WordPress blog your blog’s web address will be http://WhateverYourBlogNameIs.wordpress.com. This is fine, but if you want to start earning money you’ll need to get your own web address.

The simplest way of doing this is by going to your WordPress Dashboard and clicking on the ‘Store’ option. See the ‘Add a Domain’ option below? That’s what you’re looking for. Just follow the instructions to buy your domain name – this might not be the cheapest way of buying your domain name, you could probably save a few pounds doing it somewhere else, but it will be the easiest so if you don’t want to mess around with DNS settings and Nameservers just go with this option. Continue reading

Is it possible to make money blogging?

Money

I bet you’ve asked yourself this question. In fact I’m guessing that’s why you’re here in the first place, which is great because it’s why I’ve decided to start this blog.

To answer my own question (and I realise that I’m having a conversation with myself) it certainly IS possible to make money blogging, but it’s not easy. In fact be prepared to work very hard at it and don’t think your success will be instant, it won’t. But don’t be downhearted!

As the editor of 2 successful blogs, I’m finding more and more that I’m being asked HOW to do it. It seems that blogging is the new novel-writing. It used to said that everyone had a good novel in them, but now I think it’s more the case that everyone wants to have their own great (money-earning) blog. Continue reading