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Make More Money With These Smart Blogger Moves

If you’ve been blogging for a little while, you might be wondering how you can push forward to make more money from it. Not all bloggers are in a position to give up their day jobs. Many people who write on their own websites do so as a hobby. But if you think that now is the time to earn enough income from your writing passion for quitting your job, what is your plan of action?

Yes, it is possible to make money from writing. And yes, it is possible to make enough from it that you could quit the day job. It might all have started as a hobby, but now your blog has found its voice and its audience. Your website is receiving more traffic than ever, and you’re pushing out plenty of articles per week. Monetizing your work will be the biggest reward for your effort.

There are a few ways you can earn money from your own website or blog. Selling items here is easier than you think. You simply need to write relevant articles that naturally offer information or links to the things you want to sell. You could also invite donations to your pages, particularly if you write articles that provide help and advice. This can be done quickly and easily with a PayPal plugin on your WordPress site.

Why not collate all your articles into a helpful ebook? You can sell this on Amazon, or sell it directly from your blog site if you have a shopping cart facility. Mail order is also possible, but this can put people off buying from you. Limited access websites or content can also help you generate income. You might charge a nominal sum to give readers a password to allow them access to your most valuable content.

Now you’ve been writing for a while, you’ve probably picked up speed. You’ve overcome all those startup challenges, and you’re writing good quality articles more often. Why not write for other successful websites? Here is how you get paid to blog for other sites:

  • Focus on your niche – You know what you know, and you know it well. Stick to it as this is where your strengths lie.
  • Be prepared to write a proposal for any articles you’re thinking of submitting.
  • Always read what’s on the site you want to write for so you can be sure your work will appeal to their readership.

Promoting your own site can be done for free, but you might choose to invest a little money into some paid advertising. Whichever way you choose to do it, make sure the internet is your go-to provider. Your blog exists online and is open to the whole world. Limiting your resources to offline media and advertising is unlikely to reap many rewards. Once you have increased your traffic, you’ll be able to command a higher price for other advertisers. You may be able to achieve sponsorship or be asked to write product reviews. This too could lead to more income.

Ally Gonzales is the founder & editor-in-chief of RunningSoleGirl. Along with blogging she is also juggling attending college and majoring in Exercise and Sports Science.

Photo Perfection: Get The Best Shot

When you’re not a trained or a professional taking the perfect photo can be nothing but a chore. It can be frustrating to have see a constant reel of bad photos coming up, one and the other and each worse than the last. But there are ways around this, ways that you can ensure the photos are better and make you and the people you’ve taken a photo of happy. You may already use some of these tips, but they can give you ideas and stoke your creative spirit, giving you a new motivation to re-enter your passion and stick at it, getting the photos you’ve always wanted. Here’s how to get the best shot.

Don’t Rush The Holiday Snaps

If you rush the holiday snaps you could go home feeling disappointed. Quick fire photos are sometimes okay, but usually you’ll pick something up that ruins the shot. Take your time. Stop for a moment to take the picture you want and retake it if it isn’t what you wanted. Sure, you may be on the clock, but it doesn’t take too long to take a photo.

If you’re s specific camera user, for example, a FujiUser, then check out tips that relate back to that brand. It’s much easier applying specific tips. You should also think about the lens when you are on holiday. Primarily because you don’t want the biggest one to lug around but you do want a decent shot, so take something half decent. Take your time, wait for the right angle and don’t want. You want memories to cherish, not awful photos that you have to look back on.

Don’t Be Afraid To Edit

Sometimes there will be something inevitable in the way of your shot or that one little blemish that ruins everything. In this digital age why not use everything that is at your disposal. Upload your photo to the computer and use some kind of editing technology, such as photoshop, to make it what you want. Certain purists argue against this, ignore them. You want the best photo then make it the best photo. It’s done by everyone all over the world. You can pull out the annoying bird who flew across your range just as you pressed the take button, or beef up the brightness a little bit. Whatever you decide to do, don’t forget that is a legitimate option.

Light Is Your Friend

The more light you have the better the shot will be. If there is a cloudy day, come back when it is sunny. Light makes all the difference in photography. You want to take the brightest photos you can. The same applies indoors. If you look at the professionals they always seem to use light rigging to get the photo they want. Just turn the lights on before taking the snap. Ensure it is the one you want it to be. The recipient will be happier with this too. Light is every photographer’s ally, expose your shots to it as much as physically possible.

Ally Gonzales is the founder & editor-in-chief of RunningSoleGirl. Along with blogging she is also juggling attending college and majoring in Exercise and Sports Science.

What I Wish I’d Known Before Starting a Blog

When you first set out to start a blog, there are many different things to consider. To make a success of it, whatever your end goal is, then there are several different things that you should do. Some will make success more likely than others. Or they will make things happen for you more quickly than others will. So here are my top tips of things I wish I’d known before starting a blog.

Go Self-Hosted

There are a few different blogging platforms to start a blog on. But the most popular two are Blogger and WordPress. The thing is that there are some restrictions on those platforms. The free WordPress.com, for example, is restrictive on how you can earn money. Because, basically, it is against their terms of service to do so. So if you want to start your blog to earn money, then it is a good idea to get self-hosted WordPress. So will need your own domain and a web hosting service, like Godaddy, SiteGround or TSOHost, for example. Then you just need to start setting up Godaddy or SiteGround web hosting (whichever host you have chosen). Not only will it help to make your blog look a lot more professional, but it will open up your potential a whole heap.

Use a Domain Email

There have been several studies carried out about trustworthiness when it comes to email addresses. Many people see a service or a blog that has a @gmail.com email address and don’t see it as reliable or professional as using your domain email address. So it would be something like name@yourdomainname.com. It looks a lot more professional. So if you want to contact brands or want to start selling things through your blog, it looks much better. When you set up a domain, it will come with one or several email options. So just check with the web hosting provider that you choose.

Get Social Media Savvy

You can be writing amazing content, but if there is no way for people to find it, then it can be completely wasted. So share your posts through social media. Having a few different options is a good idea, as you’ll capture different audiences with each type. Twitter is important for working with brands. So if that is a focus of yours, then make sure you are on there and start to build up a following.

Know Your SEO

If you’re completely new to the Blogosphere, then SEO can be a little confusing. What does it even stand for? Search Engine Optimisation is key to getting your posts seen when someone searches for something. If you’re a travel blogger and want your packing tips to be seen, for example, then making your post SEO-friendly will help when someone searches for that. People are quite likely to search for that kind of thing online. So you want your post to be the one that they click on. There are plugins like Yoast that are a good idea to install, as they can guide you to what is good SEO for a post and what is bad.

What’re Your Thoughts?

Ally Gonzales is the founder & editor-in-chief of RunningSoleGirl. Along with blogging she is also juggling attending college and majoring in Exercise and Sports Science.

How to Pace Yourself

Learning to run properly can be challenging enough, which is why learning to how to pace yourself is important to get right.

If you’ve ever laced up your shoes and headed out the door unsure of what pace to run; you’re not alone. Here are some tips to help you figure out how to pace yourself.

Whether you’re a beginner, elite, or anywhere in between, we can all face the same problem in any given week. The schedule says Tuesday should be hard, Thursday should be steady, and you have heard that most of your long runs should be at an easy effort. You find yourself asking as you run down the road, what is hard and how should this feel? How can a long run ever be easy?! No matter how slow I run, it NEVER seems easy!

Here’s an easy way to figure out and look at effort levels.

Contrary to popular belief this sport doesn’t have to be exhausting, and each run shouldn’t leave you tired for days. Your early runs where you’re learning to cover distance and time should be completed at the speed of chat. Meaning you should be able to talk to the person next to you while running. This is called the “talk test” and is one of the most common ways to gauge effort level.

For those who are more experience, running at “the speed of chat” is how your easy runs should feel in a training week. You should feel totally in control, relaxed, and able to talk while running. Easier to check while running with a friend, but if you’re by yourself, you may find you are running along the street talking to yourself; not a bad thing as long as it helps you gauge your effort! If you want to give this running a score as an effort level 1-10 (1 being the easiest), it could be a 6/10.

The next level

Steady running. This is the backbone of training for the more experienced. It’s not complicated but does require you to be completely honest. You can push this area too hard and run junk miles that leave you too tired for clever sessions that we’ll cover next. This area is perhaps a 7/10 on your scorecard and is still conversational, although the chat is slightly strained.

Threshold running

We can all train like Mo; even if you’re new to the sport, and this is how you do it. This is called “uncomfortable running” or “controlled discomfort.” The key is that you can still talk between each breath, but it’s only 3-4 word answer effort. If you can utter a couple of distressed words; you are working too hard, and conversely, if you can say most of a sentence, you’re not working hard enough. This is running uncomfortable, but with control! It’s certainly not sprinting or running to exhaustion.

You might only be ready to include a few 3-minute blocks of this in a run each week, but it can grow; you can build the volume over the months. We call this running the bedrock to becoming a better runner, and it feels like 8-9/10 and 3-4 word answer effort.

An experienced runner using a heart rate monitor might run near to 85% of their maximum heart rate to remain in this zone. To know exactly how high your heart rate should be; grab a lactate & Vo2 max test from your local Sports Science department or university.

A couple of examples of threshold running sessions are:

5 x 5 minutes at threshold effort built into a 45-50 minute run with a 90-second jog recovery between each block.

This can build to a 6 x 5 minutes then 3 x 10 minutes and eventually you could be running 25-30 minutes of continuous threshold in the last part of a 45-minute run each week. The key is to keep feeling like a 3-4 word answer pace and not progressively harder until you feel like you are in the final stages of a 5k or 10k. Stay in control.

Interval Training & 5K-10K race paces naturally follow on from threshold as being the next level of pain.

It’s time to visit the hurt locker; although if new to running, your 5k or 10k effort will be your easy running pace or maybe threshold if progressing and a few races further down the road.

To a certain point, how the 5K/10K effort or interval training feels is up to you. You could be wise and hold back slightly letting the pace and intensity prescribed build the pain for you, or you could be the headbanger who loves to hit it harder and hang on. The choice is yours but remember to be consistent in this zone.

It’s meant to hurt and sessions such as 6-8 x 1km or 6 x 4 minutes off 75-90 seconds recovery can hurt. They will boost your VO2 max, and make your heart stronger. Keep in mind though that you can’t visit this zone too often; maybe once a week in a training plan once already experienced, running threshold each week and feeling good.

Little Tip –

Join a running group, club, or friends to complete these sessions. Completing weekly interval sessions with others adds competition, company, and disguises the pain and mental strength required.

So next time you leave the house; have a planned route and know what you want from your training. Have a purpose and listen to your body.

Just remember these four levels/zones:

  • Easy Run – Fully conversational at the speed of chat and about 6/10 (60-65% max heart rate).
  • Steady Run – Conversational, controlled, but slightly strained and about 7/10 (70-75% max heart rate).
  • Threshold Running – Controlled discomfort and 3-4 word answer pace or 8-9/10 (80-85% max heart rate, but get tested to be sure!).
  • Interval Training & 5K/10K effort or quicker – No time to chat here and 9/10 or more as the session progresses. It’s 1 or 2 word answer time and perhaps more of a grunt (85 – over 90% max heart rate… ouch!)

Make every run count!

What’re Your Thoughts?

Ally Gonzales is the founder & editor-in-chief of RunningSoleGirl. Along with blogging she is also juggling attending college and majoring in Exercise and Sports Science.

How to Do a Blog Audit

One of the many things I did during the holidays was a blog audit. Was it fun? Nope. Easy? Not really. Completely necessary? Yes. Do I recommend you do one? Yep. I think anyone with a blog should do one, at least yearly. I typically do one every six months, but I had so many personal things happen at that time, I wasn’t able to. Plus a yearly audit is always more intense than a six-month audit. These are just the facts. So I thought I’d help you out with a post on how to do a blog audit.

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Ally Gonzales is the founder & editor-in-chief of RunningSoleGirl. Along with blogging she is also juggling attending college and majoring in Exercise and Sports Science.

How to Survive Thanksgiving

We all know the struggles of Thanksgiving. So many delicious foods, but the entire time standing there thinking ‘if I eat this my button is going to pop across the room.’ Which is why I decided to share 4 of my favorite tips on how to survive Thanksgiving.

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Ally Gonzales is the founder & editor-in-chief of RunningSoleGirl. Along with blogging she is also juggling attending college and majoring in Exercise and Sports Science.

How to Recover From an Unproductive Day

Hey lovelies, for the past few days my family and I have constantly been on the go. We spent all day Friday, and Saturday in a car, driving around town. Needless to say, Sunday was a lazy day. However due to the lazy day, and the exhausting two days running around town, I’m tired. This little introvert can only take so much being around people constantly. Therefore I thought I’d share my tips for how to recover from an unproductive day, so that day doesn’t become a week, then several weeks, etc.

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Ally Gonzales is the founder & editor-in-chief of RunningSoleGirl. Along with blogging she is also juggling attending college and majoring in Exercise and Sports Science.

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