5 Tips from Top Sellers to Make More Money on Fiverr

Fiverr is honestly one of my favorite websites in the whole world. It provides a level and, dare I say it, friendly playing field for budding entrepreneurs of all levels to compete for customers.

The best part is that, by operating your Fiverr account in the same way you would any other kind of business, you can dramatically increase how much money you make on Fiverr.
What I want to discuss today pertains to doing that. I want to discuss a few tips that will help you run your Fiverr business like you would a real business, which will help you make significantly more money with Fiverr and to find even more success.

Fiverr Seller Success for Beginners

Frankly Making Money Tip: If you haven’t already, be sure to check out my Comprehensive guide on How to Make Money on Fiverr for Beginners.

 

1. Choose a Username that Sells

The name of something is the first and last thing potential customers will always remember. Think of any business, and you’ll see that this is true.

Your username on Fiverr is much like “Walmart” or “McDonalds”. It represents what people will expect to purchase from you, which means that a suitable username will help people recognize what you provide them.

Choosing a Fiverr Username

You can pick a username that mirrors something more like a company name, such as Frankly Making Money would be, or you can choose something more personal like FranklySamSEO.

While this step is technically optional if you already have an established customer base, it may be worth pursuing if you find that you’re not getting quite as many customers as you’d want.

 

2. Make Specialized Gigs

Imagine that you were to start your own business tomorrow. Say that you wanted to develop a company that primarily sold cookies. How would you double, triple or even multiply your sales by a hundred?

Easy, – you release different flavors of cookies. Chocolate chip, raisin, crème sandwiches, and so on. The idea is that, if one customer likes one flavor of cookie, they’ll try another because it’s got your brand on it.

Fiverr works in much the same way. Your Gigs are much like the cookies in my example.

Take a seller that sells social bookmarks for a Gig. How would they ensure more buys from customers interested in SEO services? He could create Gigs that offer:

  • SEO-Optimized Article Creation
  • SEO Audits
  • Manual Blog Commenting
  • On-Site Optimization
  • Keyword Analysis
  • Penalty Removal

… and so on, and so forth.

The idea is that related Gigs will multiply your sales, which adds up when you begin to attract more and more customers who like your services because of the quality you provide.

 

3. Make Efficient Use of Your Time

Making Efficient USe of Your Time with Fiverr GigsMany people start out with Gigs that take them 20 or 30 minutes to complete. While this isn’t a bad thing by itself, it’s certainly not the best way to earn $4 per Gig in the long run.

The idea is that you should offer Gigs that you can quickly complete, or you should work on accumulating Seller levels until Fiverr says that you can offer numerous Gigs or higher-priced Gigs. This will allow you to get paid more for the same amount of time.

If you choose to work more efficiently, then ensure that the quality of the product you deliver to your Buyer is still superb. Quick and dirty sales are one thing, but ensuring that you can develop lasting relationships with your satisfied customers is something that will benefit you much more in the long run just like it would with a real business.

 

4. Make an Exquisite Gig

Making a Gig and making a Gig that sells well are two different things.

What can you do to ensure your Gig sells better? Below are a few things to pay attention to when creating your next Gig or tweaking an older one:

  1. Make the name of your Gig sell itself. You want to use the right keyword and craft your title in such a way that potential customers click your Gig. One glance should tell them everything that your Gig is about.
  2. Sell why your service is the best in your Gig’s description. Here’s where you really sell yourself. You want to explain who you are, what you provide, and why what your customer is buying will be better than anything they could purchase from another seller on Fiverr.
  3. Make your Gig’s picture rock. It doesn’t matter if you use an example of your work or a picture that highlights briefly the advantages of your Gig over others. You just need a picture that excites your potential customers.
  4. Videos are awesome. Interactive media forces your customers to stop and look at your Gigs for the duration of your media. This greatly improves the chances that your customers will buy your product while ensuring that your Gig looks even more professional.
  5. Employ the proper tags. While your Gig’s category should be pretty easy to find, it’s the tags that will make it even easier for Buyers to find. Make sure your tags are accurate to ensure the right people find and buy your Gigs.

 

5. Promotions on New Gigs Boost Sales

The hardest part of creating a brand new Gig is ensuring that you have those first few Buyers to make your Gig popular. You then need to impress them enough so that they leave reviews and top ratings on your Fiverr Gig.

That’s one of the biggest keys to making money on Fiverr, and it applies even in the world of real business.

Providing Your Fiverr Gigs with Boosts by Providing a Bonus.

Providing Your Fiverr Gigs with Boosts by Providing a Bonus.

To accomplish this, add a bonus incentive in for the first few buyers. This incentive can be anything, so long as it makes Buyers want to choose your Gig over other Gigs on Fiverr, even established ones. Extra favors, free Gigs for the first ten customers, and so on are all ideas that will help seed your Gig with positive reviews.

 

Making Even More Money with Fiverr

I hope the tips I’ve shared on this post will help you in your Fiverr endeavors. They’re listed here so that you can understand that Fiverr can be your first step into the world of real business.

When you understand that, you’ll see that your Fiverr Gigs begin to become increasingly profitable.

But what if you want to make even more money with Fiverr? The answer is that you should subscribe to my blog and to take a look at my Comprehensive guide on How to Make Money on Fiverr for Beginners. You’ll learn new tips, tricks and other helpful pieces of advice that will help your Gigs achieve success.

Do you have other tips for making money on Fiverr? Do you have questions about anything I’ve listed here? Feel free to comment in the comments section below! Frankly, I love hearing from my readers!

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5 Mistakes that Could Sabotage Your Facebook Marketing Campaigns

Social media is the Midas Touch of modern marketing techniques. You can turn something seemingly hard to get off the ground into a campaign that’s both recognized widely and extremely profitable to you.

The problem is, that much like the legend behind the Midas Touch, it can also be a curse. Simple social media mistakes can drag your campaign down to the realm where nothing you do will ever amount to anything.

It’s really an easy way to run yourself ragged.

To avoid those common social media mistakes, I’ve decided to take a look at 5 of the most blaring Facebook marketing mistakes that companies tend to make. Just keep in mind that these mistakes are unique to the other 3 Common Facebook Mistakes I posted about previously.

 

1. Incomplete Profiles or Pages

The foundation of a home shares many similarities to the foundation that a proper social media marketing campaign should have; unless the foundation is solid, it will inevitably collapse.

That’s why filling out your entire social media profile is a thing that you have to do.

Business hours, an address, photographs of your products and employees, and everything else that will help your potential and actual fans learn about your company should be on your Facebook Fan Page.

Even the vanity URL you use should be something that looks aesthetically pleasing while being informative about your business.

 

Nike Football's completed Fan Page gives Fans everything they need to know and then some.

Nike Football’s completed Fan Page gives Fans everything they need to know and then some.

 

2. Posting Too Much

When it comes to social media, even your best audiences can get enough of you. Posting too much in too short of a time period will lead to less positive reception by your fans, to the point where they might ignore everything that you have to say in the future.

But wait, – what about keeping ahead of all the other Fan Pages they have flooding their feed?

Don’t worry about competing in terms of quantity. Compete in terms of quality, as posts with my interaction will naturally rise to the top of Timeline feeds.

 

3. Bad Cover Photos

The prevalence of Cover Photos that violate Facebook’s terms of service is astounding. This can result in suspension, removal of your page or removal of your ability to administrate your page.

None of those are things you want. Plus, when you review what isn’t allowed, you’ll understand that these things can just make your Facebook Page look plain tacky.

Under Facebook guidelines, you’re not allowed to have the following in your Cover Photo on your Facebook Fan Page:

  • Price information, discount codes or anything other text that could be construed as incentives for Liking your page.
  • Any calls to action, which include to Like, share, comment, download, share, refer your friends, or actions that would otherwise benefit you.
  • Contact information, which includes but isn’t limited to: phone numbers, email addresses, physical address or website forms.

What should you use as a cover photo? Coca-Cola has an amazing example of the type of Cover Photo you should use.

Coca-Cola's Cover Photo is an example of what your Facebook Fan Page should have.

Coca-Cola’s Cover Photo is an example of what your Facebook Fan Page should have.

In other words, you want something that showcases your products without actively telling your fans to buy them. If you can’t manage that, then go with something that showcases your company’s intrinsic values or the employees that work for you.

Remember that a picture’s worth more than just a thousand words on social media.

 

4. Focusing on Likes Too Much

While it’s true that Likes will likely drive your Fan Page towards success when the right people Like it, it’s not the end-all-be-all of Facebook marketing.

This is where a firm understand on how Facebook’s Fan Page mechanics work comes into play.

Likes by themselves only drive content up on a person’s Facebook Timeline so much. It’s comments and messages from other users to the Fan Page that allows it to show up on friend’s feeds and the like.

When it comes to obtaining more Likes, your best bet is to deliver exceedingly quality content that your fans share with like-minded people.

For more on how you can learn about this, see my Facebook Wealth Formula review. It covers a course that will likely provide you with the benefits you need to make your next Facebook marketing campaign a critical success.

 

5. Posting Unrelated Content

This is one of the biggest mistakes that small businesses tend to make. They think that they lack the type of content their fans want to see, so they post anything and everything they can find in the sheer hope that their fans will interact with their content.

This rarely works for building an audience, and it will only create an ineffective following when it does finally give you one.

That’s why you should always focus on on-brand material that works to ultimately promote yourself and the voices of your Fans.

Simple, to-the-point and effective. This is how your Fan Page posts should look.

Simple, to-the-point and effective. This is how your Fan Page posts should look.

 

Avoiding the Most Dire of Facebook Marketing Mistakes

Just keep these Facebook marketing mistakes in mind when you start your next campaign, and you’ll likely avoid any dramatic recoil that will hurt your social media marketing efforts.

When you employ the various time-tested Facebook marketing principles that I tend to write about, you’ll have a solid understanding of how Facebook marketing works and the things that will drive you towards success.

What social media mistakes do you think might be holding your social media marketing campaigns back? Let me hear in the comments below!

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Boosting Your SEO Rankings With HTTPS/SSL

Google recently announced that they’re adding another point into their ranking equations, – SSL/HTTPS.

Google Adds SSL Signal to their Search Engine Algorithm

Google Adds SSL Signal to their Search Engine Algorithm

The reasoning behind this is that sites secured with a 2048-bit SSL key will likely provide users with more relevant results. Websites the implement this oft-tedious yet important security measure also tend to be ones of trustworthy quality.

The important thing to understand about this new search signal is that it carries less weight than other signals that Google currently uses. While Google has announced that they may weight this factor heavier in the future, it will likely only affect about 1% of the total websites listed in Google.

Should you bother with implementing HTTPS/SSL? That’s what I want to explore with you today, especially if you want to implement it purely for SEO-related reasons.

 

The Problems with HTTPS/SSL

The first thing you should know about switching from HTTP to HTTPS is that there are a number of potential problems hiding in the woodwork. You may end up with numerous error pages, problems loading content from third-party sources, and you may ultimately face ranking drops if these aren’t addressed in a timely manner.

The bottom line is that you don’t want your website to suffer, nor do you want your visitors to encounter additional problems purely for the sake of SEO.

 

Three Persuasive Reasons to Switch to HTTPS/SSL

HTTPS/SSL implementation on your website offers a heightened level of security to your visitors while giving a few additional benefits that may help your website perform better overall.

Below are the 3 reasons you should switch:

  1. SSL implementation makes your website look more like an authority source. This provides an additional measure of trust for your visitors.
  2. SSL can stop man-in-the-middle attacks, which is especially important if your website deals with sensitive information like credit card details, society security numbers or anything that might make your users a juicy target for cybercriminals.
  3. SSL makes your website more attractive to link to. Not only is it more secure, but other webmasters will more readily recognize your website as an authority source. This makes obtaining even low-value links like social bookmarks and social network mentions far easier.

Benefits of SSL

Addressing Those Concerns

If you’re set on switching over to SSL, then there’s a few things you can do to prevent SSL from becoming a problem:

    Decide whether you want a single, multi-domain or wildcard SSL certificate. This will impact what measures you need to take.

  • Always use 2048-bit key certificates. These are the most secure SSL certificates available, and the only ones Google’s new search signal will register at this time.
  • Always use relative URLs when linking to secured same-domain resources.
  • Use protocol URLs when linking to other domains or resources that may be hosted outside your SSL certificate’s coverage.
  • Don’t block spiders from crawling your HTTPS site with your robots.txt, .htaccess or the “noindex robots” meta tag.

 

What do you think about Google adding HTTPS/SSL as a search signal? Do you think it’s a wise decision? Has it affected your rankings? Comment below!

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Crafting the PERFECT Blog Posting Plan for 2015

It’s been a while since I’ve started Frankly Making Money. I’ve actually learned a lot in the process, especially when it comes to the interactions I’ve had with you, my dear readers.

One of the most important things I’ve learned pertains to creating a blogging schedule. I feel I touched upon this in my post about Running Your Blog With Just 12 Hours a Week, but now I really want to explore the topic of creating a comprehensive blogging agenda for 2015.

I’m going to explain what my plan is, and how you can create your own successful blogging plan without too much effort.

 

1. Commit to a Frequency

Consistency is something that’s required for blogs. You need to (try to) post at a set frequency, that way your readers know to keep coming back to you for updates.

Crafting the Perfect Blogging Plan

Crafting the Perfect Blogging Plan

If you’re hosting your own blog, you might want to very carefully consider a few things to decide upon what frequency you should blog.

A business that focuses on something like plumbing may only need four or five blog posts a month to cover seasonal issues and some rudimentary explanations about topics like drains and sewer replacement.

A blog run by a business in a fast-paced field like information technology may want to post 4-5 blog posts a day. This will enable them to keep up with the latest changes in technology while drawing in more readers from search engines as they become an authority source.

Ultimately, it only matters that you pick a blogging frequency that fits your blog and that you stick to it.

 

2. Dedicate Time to Researching

Research is something that I feel a lot of articles pertaining to blog planning in 2015 fail to address correctly. They only skim over it and say that you should be accurate on the information you provide your readers, but I feel like this is inadequate.

You should always dedicate time to research, as this allows you to include the most updated information available about your given blog topic.

In doing so, you’ll be doing an amazing service to your readers by providing them with information that may be hard to find elsewhere. Do this enough, and your blog may even get picked up by sources like Google News, which could be an amazing boost in both traffic and readership for your blog.

 

3. Pick Your Topics

Knowing what to talk about has been key to drive traffic to my blog. It’s not just about picking topics that I’ve found relate to the main theme of my blog, but those that reinforce other posts I’ve written and current events that are related to those topics.

For example, I recently covered the Google Panda 4.0 Update. This coincided with the previous SEO-related posts I’ve written about, which made it possible for me to interlink them within the post.

Inspirational Quotes About Proving Yourself

I’ve done similar with my posts about Facebook marketing and everything else.

You should try to replicate this.

For example, say you have a blog about something like vacuum cleaners. You could expand what you talk about in your blog to posts about keeping your home clean, reducing the dust in your house and even the benefits of having an efficient vacuum cleaner.

Knowing what topics to write about comes down to knowing what your audience wants to read the most. If you’re just developing a following, then it should be topics that bring the type of readers you want to have in to you.

 

4. Take Some Time to Beautify Your Posts

Blogging isn’t just about getting information out there, – it’s about ensuring that your readers stay hooked on your every word.Marketing that Stops Working Puts You in Trouble

A wall of text will likely leave them confused and uninterested in what you have to say. That’s why it’s important to take the time to beautify your posts with images, infographics, videos and everything else that you can find.

Having the right multimedia to support your posts should be a part of your planning process.

 

5. Craft Intriguing Headlines

While it’s a relatively minor nuance compared to having amazing content, creating the right title will draw in the right audience.

This is especially true when it comes to publishing your blog on social networks, social bookmarking sites or even just things like the WordPress.com Reader. Your title will be the thing that gives your readers a thousand words about your post before they even take the time to read it.

If you’re struggling with headlines, then I recommend that you take a look over at my two-part post about them. Start with Blog Titles: Part One.

 

6. Take the Time to Respond to Your Community

The amount of research and effort you put into your posts should be the hallmark of just how important quality posts are, but you’re still missing one very important part of the blog equation: your readers.

You-Need-Certain-Qualities-to-Make-Your-Own-Business-SuccessfulIt’s important to schedule some time into your blog planning to respond to your readers and to foster a sense of community. This is the only way to create a readership that will repeatedly come back to your blog to enjoy the things that you have to say.

In your planning, you should check at least once or twice a week, if not daily, for new comments to your posts. You want to take the time to address any questions and concerns your readers have about your information while responding to any compliments that you might receive.

 

Building the Perfect Blog Posting Agenda for 2015

I’ve laid out all the steps that I take when I work on this blog in an attempt to help you do better with your own. My advice applies to personal blogs and business blogs, so make sure to take it all to heart

Is there something else special that you do when you create your blog plans? Let me hear about them in the comments!

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Where’s Samantha Franklin Been as of Late?

I have to really apologize for disappearing for so long. While I’ve been responding and approving comments for quite some time, I haven’t really had the opportunity to sit here and craft blog posts on a regular basis for the past few months.

Why? Various things had happened. I had a brief stay in the hospital in July, and I’m only really now starting to make progress towards recovering now.

At the end of August, I recently started a joint venture project with someone to create a high-quality and extensive authority website for a certain topic. (As you might guess, I don’t like to announce the specifics of things until everything is said and done. I’m sure I can discuss why at a later date.)

In this project, I’m responsible for proofreading and deciding on how a large amount of the linkbuilding goes. This requires me to oversee web 2.0 creation, assess the tiered linkbuilding strategies we’re using, create social bookmarks and a plethora of other things.

Anyway, I’m finally now finding some time to come back to Frankly Making Money. I already have a blog post planned for Thursday that address planning your blog posting, so I hope you will find it useful.

As always, feel free to leave comments and questions below. I want to hear what you have to say!

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The Comprehensive Guide on How to Make Money on Fiverr for Beginners and the Experienced

I feel like there’s so many methods, books and online courses that want to impress on you that you have to earn large dollar amounts with your online business efforts or you’re not earning.

This is counterproductive to everything I’ve ever learned through experience, because every single penny that you earn matters when you’re just starting out.

Think of it like your first summer job, if you had one. You’re only earning $20 per lawn you mow or $5 for watering someone’s lawn, but it’s worth it. You grasp tightly onto that hard-earned money that you earned through your own efforts while saving up to purchase something.

Those first few dollars work to teach you that you can be successful. You get physical proof that what you’re doing works, which is why I feel that so many people underestimate them.

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Fiverr’s one of those useful sites where anyone can actually make money without being forced to buy in to expensive products or unreliable services. That’s why I love it.

Today, I’m going to discuss Fiverr and sites like Fiverr in an attempt to give you an understanding of how you can begin earning money online right now. These sites make earning an online living accessible to everyone whom has something worth sharing.

While it’s unlikely that you’ll earn enough money to fill Scrooge McDuck’s vault, you will learn the skills you need to be successful in making money online. You’ll also learn what it takes to start, establish and run your own business while gaining first-hand experience in customer relations.

I’m going to run you through the following things in this MVP-style guide:

  1. What is Fiverr? – Learn what Fiverr is, how it works and how you can make it work for you.
  2. How do you make money on Fiverr? – How does Fiverr make you money, and why should you use it?
  3. How can you optimize your Fiverr Gigs to make more? – Learn how to maximize the conversions of your Gigs while increasing how many buyers you have.
  4. How much money can you make on Fiverr? – Is the sky really the limit when it comes to Fiverr, or is it just for small-time entrepreneurs?

So if you’re just starting out online, if you want a taste of Internet business, or you’re just looking for a sure-fire way to turn hard work into revenue without buying into some over-inflated e-marketing course, then read on with this post. I wrote it with you in mind.

 

What is Fiverr?

Fiverr is sort of like a Craigslist in terms of the products and services you can sell, but it’s a place where everything can be paid for in multiples of $5 amounts. This makes it a place where frugal people can browse for services that they otherwise wouldn’t be able to afford, and a place where people are more liable to spend their money for certain services.

When answering “What is Fiverr?”, think of it like this: You’d have to go through the trouble of finding a professional speaker to record himself for a fifteen-second advertisement or greeting on your website. This could cost a pretty penny.

Or you could go to Fiverr, where you can get that done by a high-rated seller for $5.

 

But How Do You Make Money on Fiverr?

The idea behind how to make money on Fiverr is fairly simple: You offer unique or services with a better value than most other people with the $5 price tag.

As your Gig, which is what jobs are referred to on Fiverr, begins to pick up in popularity and to receive positive reviews, the amount of work that you’ll see will begin to increase. Over time, you’ll become a higher level seller, which enables features like multiple gig orders and extra gig features that you can charge anywhere from an additional $5 to $50 for.

The reason I like bringing up Fiverr to people who may not have found success online is that the sky is the limit with this website, even if you really do have to start small. You can also create multiple Gigs, which allows someone who may not be sure of their own talents to try different things until they find something they like.

That means when you learn how to make money on Fiverr and that money actually begins to start to flow in to your Paypal account, you’ll have material proof that you can make money online. The best part is that the turnaround rate for Fiverr is 1-2 days after you’ve completed your Gig for someone.

 

So, How Do You Get Started Making Money on Fiverr?

The first step of the process is creating your Fiverr account. Luckily, this process is easy as can be due to Fiverr’s new-style interface.

You just need to click on the following button or “Join” in the top-right corner to get started.

Begin Creating Your Fiverr Account By Clicking on This

 

 

The next pop-up will prompt you to join with your Facebook account, your Google+ account or just your email.

Three Ways to Join With Fiverr

You can join Fiverr with your Facebook account, your Google+ account or just an email.

 

 

I recommend that you join with whichever account works the best for you. Fiverr offers some basic integration with Facebook and Google+, which can make it easier for you to get word out about your services if you already have developed accounts or you want intertwine social media marketing with your Gigs.

When you sign up, you’ll be able to choice a user name You should pick one that reflects that type of services you plan to offer or a professional name or synonym.

While “PinkPrincess417”may be okay for voice over work, you’ll likely lose potential Gigs, especially early on when they’re the most crucial, if you opt for a professional topic like online marketing or writing.

 

Getting Personal with Fiverr

One of the best ways to inspire confidence in your customers is to add a personal touch to your work. This lets them know that you’re a real person who cares about the problems that they’re hiring you to solve.

The best way to do this is by customizing your Fiverr Public Profile.

An example of a quick profile I set up for Fiverr.

An example of a quick profile I set up for Fiverr.

For the Profile Photo, use something that’s a professional photo of your face or something that represents the kind of business you plan to conduct. For example, you may want to go with an illustration of a globe if you choose something SEO-oriented.

The next thing you’ll want to address is the “Something About You” field. You’ll have 300 characters to essentially sell yourself to your customers and to reassure to them that you know what you’re doing.

The last thing you’ll need to change is to add any additional languages you can communicate in. This can be a big boost, as around one-third of Fiverr’s clients prefer to communicate in languages other than English.

 

Setting Up Your First Fiverr Gig

At the top right corner of Fiverr.com, you’ll see a button that says “Start Selling”.

You can click on that to be introduced to a new screen designed to promote the creation of your Fiverr gig.

Once there, you just click on “Create a Gig” and you’re off.

Create a Gig with Fiverr

A quick Gig I created to help you understand what yours should look like.

 

 

While what you add to your Gig will depend heavily upon what you plan to sell and whom you plan to sell you, you should embellish it as much as you can. You’ll want to ensure that your Gig title stands out, that your description is compact but comprehensive, and that you include detailed instructions for the buyer that won’t lead to a single drop of confusion.

You’ll also want to put up an attention-getting picture and ensure that your tags are accurate for anyone trying to find the service or product you’re providing.

Need Gig Ideas? Check outObtain your copy of this book for 13 in-demand gigs, and a step-by-step process to optimize your Gig for traffic and conversions.

 

How to Make Money on Fiverr by Improving Your Gigs’ Performance

While I think that Fiverr is one of the best ways for you to start out with your own Internet business, that doesn’t meant hat you’ll always be working for pennies. You can raise the price on your Fiverr gigs to appropriately reward yourself with the kind of money that you deserve for them, but only if you provide excellent services that your customers love.

To that end, I’ve put together a list of 6 tips that will increase the effectiveness of your Fiverr Gigs.

 

1. Work With Your Customers

Because Fiverr is viewed as a site for ‘value’ services by many, you’ll find that the type of customers you get tend to vary widely in their communication skills. Some might use plain, easy-to-understand English while others might take a few messages back-and-forth to understand.

Don’t be afraid to ask your buyers questions about what they want. After all, the customer is (usually) right.

 

2. Make Extensive Use of Buyer Instructions

Addressing the problem of communication should be your chief concern when it comes to Fiverr. By using clear buyer instructions broke down into a detailed list, you can reduce how many conflicts you have with your customers.

A quick way to ensure that your instructions do this is by asking things like:

    1. What type of service do you want?
    2. What color/subject/field do you want it to be in?
    3. Do you have any other special requests?

3. Add a Personal Touch

Fiverr is yet another place where treating people like people will win you favors. Don’t be afraid to introduce yourself or to ask your customers their names in the buying instructions.

A simple greeting can be enough to motivate your buyer to do favorable things like leaving you a positive review.

 

4. Be Patient

You’ll likely run into many bumpy patches and confusing customers when you first start out, simply because your Gig won’t have the highest rating to start with. If you continue to work through it, you should find that you begin to obtain customers whom are easier to work with and generally less demanding.

Whatever you do, don’t give up when it comes to Fiverr.

 

5. Over Deliver (Just a Tiny Bit)

Although this is hard to do if you’re delivering with physical products, you should always try to add in a little extra.

For example, say that you’re offering 300-word articles. You can make them 325+ words in length to ensure that your customers get a little more bang for their buck. The positive relationship building you’ll receive from those few words will add up down the road.

 

6. Don’t Be Afraid to Ask for Feedback

One of the most important aspects of your Fiverr Gig is how much positive feedback you have. Most people will be reluctant to order from people whom only have a small bit of feedback, which is why you need to encourage your customers to leave a review after every Gig.

If you follow the above tips, they’ll be that much more likely to do so.

Feel like you want to make your Fiverr success a sure thing? Take a look at this Fiverr Guide to learn how to make your Gigs sell like hotcakes.

 

Can You Really Make Serious Money in Fiverr?

The last thing to address is just how much money you can earn on Fiverr. Although the minimum amount is $5 per Gig, you can eventually start to add features that cost $5 or more to each of those Gigs in addition to offering multiple Gigs per order.

This means that you can make more than $5 per order, which means that you have a lot of wiggle room for increased profits when it comes to Fiverr.

How much money can you make on Fiverr? That’s a tough one. You can browse through the site to see sellers with 2,000+ Gigs completed with each gig costing just $5. This means that they’ve earned $10,000 or more through their Gigs. There’s even stories of sellers earning enough through Fiverr alone to fund their own start-ups and to buy rather large, comfortable and fully-furnished homes for their families.

The ultimate answer is that how much you earn on Fiverr is up to you. You can run your business here, develop a relationship with your customers and then use that as a take-off point for your online business later. This is just one of the few ways that you can make money online right now while having tangible proof in your hand (in other words, dollar bills) that shows you can be successful.

 

If you feel that you want to earn big bucks with Fiverr or you’re confused about making your first Fiverr Gigs, then my advice is to take a look at this limited-release Fiverr Guide.

It shows you how to make Gigs, how to draw in traffic, and how to optimize your Gigs for conversions.

That means money in the bank for you.

What do you think of Fiverr? Have you tried it before? Do you agree or disagree that it’s a good place to start your online business? Leave a comment below!

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Do You Have What It Takes to Make Your Business Successful? 17 Entrepreneur Qualities You Need to Have

It doesn’t matter if you’re a solo entrepreneur, work-at-home mom or someone just trying to make an income using affiliate marketing; there’s a certain level of excitement that comes with running your own business.

You-Need-Certain-Qualities-to-Make-Your-Own-Business-SuccessfulYou’re in charge of every decision that you make, and, unlike traditional jobs where you work for someone else, you have to take credit for every success and failure.

Today, I’m going to cover something rather ordinary with a personal touch. I want to address everyone who’s trying to start their own Internet business or who might be interested in the idea by going over some of the things I’ve discovered while working with my own business.

I’m going to go over 5 core principles that you need to have to be able to ensure that you’ll be successful with your ventures, and walk through 11 characteristics that you’ll want to have as your own boss.

Do you have what it takes to be successful? Let’s find out!

 

The 5 Core Principles of Running Your Own Internet Business

While Internet businesses come in all different sizes and shapes, one thing remains the same among them all: You need to have the right set of core principles to ensure that you’ll persevere until you find success.

Below are the 5 core principles that I believe anyone needs if they want to be a successful business owner:

  1. You need to be able to make prompt decisions. – Whether you’re demonstrating it to your customers or your employees, you need to be able to give off an aura of leadership. Making difficult decisions quickly, including the kind of decisions that could make or break you, is something you need to be able to do.
  2. You need to be able to adapt. – Few things ever go as planned in life, and business is one thing that conforms to this statement. That means you need to be able to change your plans to work no matter what surprises business has in store for you.
  3. You need to be creative. – The biggest problem I encountered when I began working in Internet marketing is that I only knew how to copy others and to follow instructions. I learned the hard way that you need to be creative, and, even if you do follow someone else’s plan, you need to be able to add your own unique spin to things. You’ll fail otherwise.
  4. You need to be enthusiastic. – Another reason that so many people fail when they begin running their own business, Internet marketing especially, is that they’re in it for the money. You need to be in it because you love what your business is about, not because you have dollar signs in your eyes.
  5. Above all else, you need to be bold. – If you want to see big gains, then you need to make bold statements. You need to take risk and embrace new opportunities if you really want your business ever to succeed.

Do you have these core principles in mind? If you’re slightly off when it comes to one or two, then that’s no real challenge. You just need to find a way to make those qualities work or to help yourself change.

 

What Other Characteristics Do Successful Internet Marketers, Work-At-Home Moms and Business Owners Have?

Like you might expect, there’s plenty of other things that will contribute towards the success of your own Internet-based business. The core principles I’ve laid out above give you a rock-solid start.

Let’s take a look at #NUM# of the characters that I’ve personally found that business owners tend to have. These should really help you decide if owning your own business is really for you.

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1. Do you do what you enjoy?

Even though you need money to live, doing something because it provides you with money is wrong. Your business will ultimately fail if you don’t do exactly what you’re enthralled by.

If you want to start your own business, then you have to do what you love. There are no exceptions to this rule.

 

2. Do you plan to take your business seriously?

I’m going to be Frankly honest about this, but the first few months I started doing Internet and affiliate marketing were the absolute toughest times I’ve ever had with any job in my life.

This is coming from someone whom worked full-time during the night in a busy, bustling cafe while studying for her college degree without the support of anyone.

The challenge is that you won’t have anyone looming over you and measuring your results. You have to take your business seriously if you want it to succeed. Half-hearted efforts will only lead to disappointment.

 

3. Do you know how to manage your money?

Remember the point I touched upon concerning what you should invest in when I wrote 3 Signs that Buying that Next E-Book or Internet Marketing Course is a Bad Decision?

In case you don’t, I said that you should invest in things that you or your business needs. These things have to be high-value objects that continue to work for a prolonged period of time, which means that they should contribute towards your business’s capital.

With all the products and get-rich-quick schemes out there, it’s absolutely vital that you know how to manage your money. You need to tightly clench onto it when you catch wind of products that likely won’t help you, but you need to know when to let go of it when you do need to purchase something.

 

4. Can you focus on the customer?

I’ve touched on it multiple times, but the most important part of your business has to be your customer. Without them, your business is all for naught.

So remember that while it’s important to try to make sales and to produce profits, your customers and solving their problems should always come first.

 

5. Do you know your customers?

Customers, customers, customers. Your business is about your customers.

One of the biggest reasons that people don’t succeed with their own business is that they forget this. They stop focusing on what their customers want in order to get what they need, which is usually money.

Learn to love your customers by fostering relationships with them. My recommendation is to make ample use of social media to accomplish this.

 

6. Can you promote yourself?

One thing I’ve learned through the years is that you need to be the top promoter of yourself if you ever want to succeed. Nobody’s going to follow you or even respect your business unless you can do that for yourself already.

The only caveat you need to realize about this is that you need to stop promoting yourself before you become obnoxious. If you can’t do this, then you’ll begin to foster distrust among your customers and even other businesses that should be helping you to succeed.

 

7. Can you handle being recognized as an expert?

I’ll be Frank on another well-hidden truth: nobody wants to follow someone whom they don’t regard as an expert already.

That’s why my first action when I started Internet marketing was to spend hours upon countless hours reading everything I could, even if I was mostly restricted to things that were free because of my rather tight budget and unfortunate living circumstances at the time.

From the moment you commit to building your own business, you need to commit yourself to becoming an expert in your field. Learn, read, digest and interpret everything as best as you can because you’re going to need to begin proving to people that you are an expert about something.

 

8. Are you willing to invest in yourself?

I touched upon this in the third characteristic listed here, but I feel it deserves its own section. You need to be willing to invest in yourself, because it’s ultimately you that is the person whom determines if your business succeeds or fails.

It’s not your customers, it’s not luck, and it’s not some divine power. It’s you and only you.

That means you need to be willing to invest in yourself however much that you need to so that you can succeed. You’ll need to take classes to learn how to become an expert in whatever field you choose to conduct business in, be that Internet marketing, gardening, self-help or any other field that you could ever hope to pursue.

The thing to remember here is that investing in yourself is a sure thing. You are capital to your own business efforts, and that means anything you invest in yourself will always be a life-long asset for you to use.

 

9. Are you comfortable talking one-on-one with people?

Phone calls, emails, in-person chats and even interaction on social media requires that you be comfortable conversing with other people. You need to know how to act, how to conduct yourself and what to say to ensure that things go smoothly.

I’m going to be brutally honest about this characteristic. I didn’t really have it when I started doing business. I had (and still do have) severe social anxiety, but I’ve learned ways to cope through it so that I can feel more comfortable talking business with the people whom I need to do so with.

 

10. Are you willing to make sacrifices?

Running your own business requires you to make many, many sacrifices. You’re going to be working hard hours in the beginning with few profits that you’ll actually be able to bank, as most of what you earn should be reinvested into further expanding your business.

That means you’re going to bleed and sweat like you’ve never done before. The Frank truth is that this is a requirement for business that gurus don’t want you to know, because it might scare you off.

The good news is that after those initial sacrifices and when you find your first few pots of real success, everything gets so much easier. You begin earning in a way that only gets easier.

 

11. Can you take a break?

Another unfortunate truth I found out when I first started working as an Internet marketer with my own business is that it’s so easy to burn yourself out that it’s not funny. I’d work hard for days and weeks at a time, then I’d reach a point where I didn’t want to do something as small as getting up out of bed.

My passion for what I Was doing was just gone.

Eventually, I learned that you have to take smaller strides with your business. You need to learn when to work and when to take a break.

It’s not easy, even if that’s the way that it has to be done. One of the most difficult things I found was saying, “I’ve done enough for today. I’ll do the rest tomorrow.” when I was knee-deep in doing something thrilling that I loved like working on a social media campaign or designing banner ads for that next big product marketing campaign I had in mind.

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Do You Have What It Takes to be Your Own Boss?

I hope that I didn’t scare you away from the idea of being your own boss with your own business, but everything I’ve stated in this post is absolutely true. You can ask around if you don’t believe me, though you may find it hard to get straight answers out of people who want to simply make a profit like most “Internet gurus” do.

The good news is that I’m sure you have at least some of these core principles down and you already have some of the 11 characteristics I listed under your belt. That puts you off to a great start to start your own business, or, if you’ve already started your own but you haven’t quite found success yet, to be the most successful person that you can be.

So, do you have what it takes to be your own boss? What qualities do you think are the most important? What do you think that you need to work on before you find that sparkling gem of success that will propel your business forward into tomorrow?

Leave a comment below! I want to hear everything you have to say.

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Google Panda 4.0 – Everything You MUST Know

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It’s official, – Panda 4.0 has finally been implemented, and sites are about to go through the most rank-changing ‘Google Dance’ we’ve seen since Penguin was originally implemented.

Let’s find out what this latest major change to the Google search algorithm means for search users and websites.

 

What’s So Important About Another Algorithm Update?

Search engine traffic is one of the best ways to create traffic to your website. When harnessed properly, you can see visitors that you could otherwise never afford to bring to your website with methods like pay-per-click advertising or even social media marketing.

The best part is that ranking in search engines is technically free. That’s what’s attractive about it, especially when you take topics like content marketing into consideration.

But what’s so important about algorithm changes?

Simply put, they represent alterations in the way Google categorizes websites and how Google calculates a website’s relevance to any given search term using some 200 points of data.

 

What is Panda 4.0?

Google Panda Updates in a NutshellThe primary focus of Panda 4.0 will be to root out low-quality and spammy websites from search results. This means that things like autoblogs, website that steal content and other insidious, less-helpful websites with stolen content should begin to swirl down the proverbial drain while websites with amazing content that people find useful get pushed to the top.

But what does this mean for search engine users, and what should websites do to prevent losses in their rankings?

 

What Does Panda 4.0 Mean for Search Engine Users?

The new Google Panda 4.0 update will be the turning point of how searches work. This is big for everyone, search engine users and websites included.

Here’s how Matt Cutts explains the Panda 4.0 update:

Matt Cutts Explains Panda 4.0 in a Twitter Tweet

This means that searches should get a lot more friendly for people whom try to use them. Results should begin to be more accurate and more sensible as the Panda 4.0 update begins to complement the semantic search features implemented with Google Hummingbird and the content-oriented Penguin updates.

 

How Can Websites Prevent Being Hurt by Yet Another Google Update?

While every other Google update has brought about the same kind of ‘Panda’-monium as four horse riders wearing dark hoods would,this is likely one of the very few updates where I honestly wouldn’t recommend that you change anything of what you’re doing with your website if you want to keep your rankings.

Why is this? Because a number of websites whom focus on the time-tested strategy of creating amazing content with their blogs and posting new, helpful articles have reported astounding gains since the implementation of Google Panda 4.0 on Sunday.

The only thing I would recommend is that if you’re not already focused on doing so, then begin writing new content and cross-promoting it on your social media marketing platforms. If you haven’t already looked at my Most comprehensive List of Web 2.0 Sites, then I recommend starting there. This will ensure that positive signals get sent to your content, which in turn will allow your websites to rank that much better in an era where content is still king.

 

What do you think about the Google Panda 4.0 Update? Has it hurt you or helped you? Are search results more useful and accurate? Leave your voice below in the comments.

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The Most Comprehensive List of Web 2.0 Sites Ever Created (2014)

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Web 2.0 sites are in high demand. They make for excellent properties that you can use as a basis for everything from content marketing to off-site SEO.

The main problem that businesses and individuals have when it comes to Web 2.0 sites is deciding which ones to use. Contrary to what most people will want you to believe, the PageRank has a minimal impact upon how effective they are.

In this post, I’m going to go through a comprehensive list of the 46 most popular Web 2.0 sites. While I’ll arrange these by PageRank, I will add a separate portion that rates how useful these Web 2.0 sites are and give a recommendation as to how you should use them.

 

What Can You Use Web 2.0 Sites For?

There’s a lot of things that you can use Web 2.0 sites for. Below is just a short list of the things that they can do:

  • They rank highly on their own. This means that you can use them to squeeze out your competition for low to medium competition searches.
  • They convey a sizable chunk of domain authority. That makes them useful for SEO purposes. You can further increase the domain authority by being an active participant on some of these Web 2.0 sites.
  • They can generate traffic on their own. Some, but not all, of these Web 2.0 sites can generate traffic on their own through internal mechanisms. For example, Hubpages has things like related hubs that can drive traffic to your pages from other related pages that you may not own.

The List of the Best Web 2.0 Sites

Without further ado, let’s take a look at the most comprehensive list of Web 2.0 sites available on the Internet.

Let’s start off with addressing the top 20 Web 2.0 sites you want to use with a quick analysis of each.

 

1. WordPress.com – PR 9

WordPress.com is a blogging platform that makes it easy to use WordPress without having your own website. Things like the WordPress Readers, comments and the ability for registered and unregistered users to follow your blog make it a versatile Web 2.0 website.

What you need to watch out for is that you can only promote your own products on a WordPress.com blog. Your blog can be terminated at a moment’s notice if you spam backlinks to it or violate any of the WordPress.com terms of service.

Rating: 9.0/10
Suggested Use: Multi-purpose with a focus on traffic generation.

 

2. Blogger.com – PR 8

Blogger is a Web 2.0 site run by Google. This means that it has the unique ability to integrate with your Google+ profile, which you may find more useful if you’ve done work on it. Pages and posts published on Blogger tend to be indexed quickly and tend to rank above average in search engines with little or no extra off-page SEO.

The one downside about Blogger is that it seems to be made more for SEO than for anything else. You can use it as a secondary blog for your main site, but I would only recommend this is you have an excess of content to post here.

Rating: 8.5/10
Suggested Use: Off-site SEO or Blogging

 

3.LiveJournal – PR 8

LiveJournal is a relatively unique Web 2.0 site. While it has a high PageRank, it has a relatively low value for businesses and Internet marketers looking to complement their existing digital presence. Live Journal pages not only tend to rank low, but they tend to draw minimal traffic (save for certain special cases) and tend to look poorly.

Rating: 7.5/10
Suggested Use: Strictly SEO

 

4. Tumblr – PR 8

Tumblr stands as a stark contrast to the previous Web 2.0 site. Not only does it have a superb traffic generation ability, but it also tends to pass domain authority fairly well.

The one caveat is that Tumblr needs an active hand for you to see consistent results from it.

Rating: 8.5/10
Suggested Use: Content and Social Media Marketing

 

5. TypePad – PR 8

TypePad, for all intents and purposes, is more similar to WordPress.com than anything else. You have a feature similar to the WordPress reader and the chance to be featured on the front page of the website.

The only thing that I’ve noticed about TypePad that isn’t’ so spectacular is how it passes domain authority. It seems both hard to collect authority from TypePad through commenting and cross-posting and like TypePad doesn’t want to pass that authority off-site so well.

Rating 7.5/10
Suggested Used: Content Marketing and Blogging

 

6. Weebly – PR 8

Weebly is one of my personal favorites to use when building off-site web properties. Not only do Weebly sites tend to rank fairly well on their own, but they pass link juice and tend to respond well to multi-tier link building strategies.

The only downside is that Weebly tends to not generate traffic on its own like the other Web 2.0 sites listed here.

Rating: 9.0/10
Suggested Use: Secondary Websites, Content Marketing and SEO

 

7. My.Opera.com – PR 8

My.Opera.com used to be a fairly lucrative Web 2.0 property website to use. It provided a way to organically attract visitors while creating pages that ranked fairly well in search results.

However, this Web 2.0 property has been closed since March 3rd, 2014.

Rating: N/A
Suggested Use: None, as it’s closed.

 

8. Squidoo – PR 7

Squidoo is another Web 2.0 site that will work to naturally produce traffic on its own from internal sources. Related pages will drive visitors to both your Squidoo lenses and your links.

The one thing to watch out for is that there are certain stipulations about what sites you can link to on your lenses and how often.

Rating: 8.5/10
Suggested Use: SEO and Content Marketing

Squidoo’s registration is currently closed after HubPages acquired it. Avoid until further notice.

 

9. Tripod – PR 7

Tripod has been around since times ancient as far as the Internet is concerned. It’s still a valid place to build a mini-site, but you may want to do so only if you have to.

The simple reason is that Tripod contains a lot of ads and passes on little SEO value due to the numerous outbound links that tend to be sponsored by Tripod.

Rating: 5.0/10
Suggested Use: Avoid unless you need another property

 

10. Bravenet – PR 7

Bravenet has come a long way since its more humble beginnings. It’s now a fully-fledged website builder that’s capable of making decent-looking websites on the fly.

The downside is that unlike many of the other Web 2.0 sites listed here, there’s little in the way of traffic generation. This means that you’re on your own if you plan to use it for anything more than SEO.

Rating: 8.0/10
Suggested Use: SEO or Mini-Site Building

 

11. Multiply – PR 7

Multiply used to be my preferred Web 2.0 site to use over options like Jimbdo and Weebly, but it has since closed down. It had a decent amount of mechanics that made traffic generation easy.

Rating: N/A
Suggested Use: None, Multiply has closed.

 

12. Webs.com – PR 7

Webs, formerly known as “Freewebs”, is a step or two above Tripod in terms of website creation. You’re given a number of nifty utilities such as a guest book and gallery.

The downside with Webs is that any domain authority that would get transferred to your links tends to bleed out through the numerous advertisements shown on the pages. These advertisements make it hard to use Webs as a mini-site.

Rating: 6.0/10
Suggested Use: Secondary Property for SEO

 

13. Jimbdo – PR 7

I personally like Jimbdo for the numerous features you gain access to without paying. You’ve got a great website builder that can work to create a decent mini-site for your business.

As far as setbacks go, Jimdo has very few. You still have links in the footer to Jimdo’s main page and a handful of ads. You also don’t have any type of natural traffic generation on Jimdo unless you pay for it.

Rating: 8.5/10
Suggested Use: Multi-Purpose

 

14. Wikispaces – PR 7

Wikispaces is probably the best place to create your own Wiki. The only catch is that it should be a wiki geared towards education. You can probably red between the lines here to see what that would be.

With that being said, spammy wikis tend to be deleted on a regular basis.

Rating: 7.5/10
Suggested Use: Content Marketing

 

15. Xanga – PR 7

Xanga is a social networking websites that has been around since the days of MySpace. The only caveat is that, unlike MySpace, they have evolved their website to be more of a blogging platform combined with the features that Live Journal provides.

The only drawback to using Xanga is that it’s not a solution for businesses. It’s best to take the “personal blog” approach if you plan to do so, as it will make your efforts go further.

Rating: 8.0/10
Suggested Use: Blogging or SEO

 

16. Yola – PR 7

Yola makes for a decent Web 2.0 property. While there’s no internal flow of traffic like there are on other websites and you’re fairly limited unless you pay a regular subscription, Yola’s still worthwhile when it comes to SEO uses.

Without paying, you get access to 1GB of bandwidth, 1GB of storage and 3 pages for your Web 2.0 site. This is why I recommend it for SEO rather than anything else.

Rating: 8.5/10
Suggested Use: SEO

 

17. Quizilla – PR 7

Quizilla is another website like Live Journal It’s not suited for making anything professional on it unless your audience coincides with that of the teenage audience that tends to use Quizilla.

With that being said, you can still use Quizilla for link-building purposes.

Rating: 7.5/10
Suggested Use: SEO or Content Marketing in Special Cases

18. Gather – PR 6

Gather is something closer to an article website than anything else, but it still qualifies as a Web 2.0 site. You can dress up your author profile page akin to one, which makes it useful for businesses.

As far as drawbacks go, there are few. You have traffic generation and pages that will have a decent chance to rank in search engines on their own for low to medium competition keywords.

Rating: 8.0/10
Suggested Use: Content Marketing with SEO Secondary

 

19. Hubpages – PR 6

Hubpages is one of my favorite Web 2.0 sites to use, but not because there’s any outstanding link building benefits to it. It’s the fact that you can leverage it to paint yourself as an authority among like-minded individuals, which in turn can allow you to draw more traffic than you ever would have thought possible.

The main problem I have with Hubpages is that your fellow authors tend to be rather cut-throat. This may be a side effect of Hubpage’s popularity to be used as a “Post and Dump” place for blackhat link building schemes, or it may just be due to the competitive nature Hubpages tends to foster. Be careful of what you post here.

Rating: 8.0/10
Suggested Use: Content Marketing and Targeting Low-Competition Searches

 

20. Blog.co.uk – PR 6

Blog.co.uk is yet another blogging website. You get all the standard blogging features with a little bit of internal traffic being driven your way.

The reason that Blog.co.uk doesn’t rate higher with me stems from the fact that it tends to be highly prone to prolonged periods of downtime. This can make it problematic, which is why I recommend that you use it purely for SEO purposes.

Rating: 6.5/10
Suggested Use: SEO with a Touch of Content Marketing

 

But What About the Other Web 2.0 Websites?

No list of Web 2.0 websites could call itself comprehensive without listing the other Web 2.0 sites out there. Just keep in mind that many of these websites are transient, – which means that they may be here today but gone tomorrow.

For everything listed below here, I recommend that you use these are tertiary or further websites if you’re dealing with tiered link building. Don’t invest too much in these Web 2.0 sites since you have better alternatives available to you.

 

The List of Every Other Web 2.0 Site

  1. Blog.com – PR 6
  2. Diaryland.com – PR 6
  3. Blogspirit.com – PR 6
  4. Zimbio – PR 6
  5. SOSBlog.com – PR 6
  6. Gather.com – PR 6
  7. Weblogs.uk – PR 5
  8. Blogdrive.com – PR 5
  9. Thoughts.com – PR 5
  10. Blogtext.org – PR 5
  11. InsaneJournal – PR 5
  12. TBlog – PR 4
  13. 20Six.co.uk – PR 4
  14. Blog.ca – PR 4
  15. BlogSkinny.com – PR 4
  16. Blurty – PR 4
  17. Free-Conversant.com – PR 4
  18. FreeFlux.net – PR 4
  19. Blog.com – PR 4
  20. BlogHi.com – PR 4
  21. BlogStudio.com – PR 4
  22. WikyBlog.com – PR 3
  23. Blogigo – PR 3
  24. JournalFen – PR 3

 

Which of these sites is your favorite to use? What purpose do you use it for? Did I miss your favorite Web 2.0 website? Did you just appreciate the list?

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The Secret to Amazing Headlines Without Having to Think – Blog Titles: Part Two

In my previous post about How to Write Headlines and Blog Titles, I tried to address the big problems that I see with titles and what elements go together to make an exciting title that keeps your readers hooked on your post.

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Now, we’re going to go over how to step-by-step craft the best titles you’ve ever seen. I’m going to even add n a special no-brainer, fill-in-the-blank bonus section at the end of this post, so stay tuned if you wanted to learn the secrets of amazing post titles!

How do You Start Writing Amazing Headlines?

As you likely already know, the secret to bringing new visitors to your blog through search engines and things like the WordPress Reader is to write amazing headlines the force readers to inquire within.

The process of learning how to craft amazing headlines and titles is a long and arduous one, but I’ve tried to condense it into a few tips that will help you expedite that journey. Just be careful when you use these tips, as you don’t want to write headlines that will force what audience you do have already to abandon you.

1. Write Multiple Headlines

You know how people say that you’re unlikely to do something on the first try? Headlines and blog post titles are a lot like that.

Seldom will you ever see an amazing title that someone created on the first try.

To get on your way with writing titles that will excite, panic and motivate readers to read your posts, you should try to write multiple titles for every piece of content you create. Brainstorm and think of different titles that address the points I’ve already discussed about headlines.

2. Dissect Headlines

There’s no better way to get familiarized with amazing headlines than to seek them out and pick them apart so that you can see how they work.

Ask yourself the following questions when you’re dissecting titles:

  • What grabs me about this?
  • What words make me want to read this?
  • Does it have a lead-in?
  • What makes this headline better than other similar headlines?

Looking for a source of headlines to study from? Then take a look at one of humanity’s oldest pieces of print: newspapers!

Newspapers are a great place to start dissecting headlines. You’ll notice that the main headline of a newspaper is always phrased in such a way that you almost have to pick it up and read the full story. Take note of how they do this.

3. Start With Something That Already Works

I know that everyone, myself included, wants to be able to write their own headlines without relying on other people, but you have to paint by numbers before you can paint like Picasso.

What I mean by this is that you should start by using something that already works. Use headline templates, fill in the blanks and see how effective they are.

When you come across posts that give you these templates (just like this one does), bookmark them! You’ll need them for later.

BONUS: My Lost List of Headline Templates and Examples

It’s hard to come up with original post titles all the time, especially when you’re just beginning to write amazing headlines. It’s going to take some serious time to be able to build a title that makes your readers chase your posts for more.

So, how can you start writing amazing titles today? Easy! Use the templates I’ve included below.

1. “X Top/Best/Most Popular”

People love lists. They’re easy to digest, you can start and stop whenever you need, and the information typically tends to be provided in a format that anyone can understand.

That’s why these work. Your readers will know what they’re getting as soon as they see the headline.

Some Headline Templates:

  • X Top Reasons Why ________
  • X Best _______ (Great for Product Reviews)
  • X Most Popular _____ Among ______
  • X Things You Wouldn’t believe ______ Does
  • X Tips to ________ (For example, 10 Tips to Make You Famous Overnight)

2. “How To”

You know what kind of title naturally draws people because it hints that their curiosity will be answered? “How To” headlines!

You know exactly where the post is going as soon as you read the headline. This leaves people interested in learning more to click it while other people will pass it up.

It’s one of the most beautiful ways to address your post!

Some Headline Templates:

  • How to ___________
  • How to __________ and __________ (Do this, do that)
  • How to __________ Even When __________ (How to do something even when people believe that they can’t do it)
  • How to ___________ in __________ (How to do something in less time)
  • How to ___________ without __________
  • How to Become __________

3. “You Can Do This Too!”

You Can Be a Millionaire Too! It works great to grab people’s attention, right?

Some Headline Templates

  • If ________ Then _________ (If you can do something basic, then you can do something amazing.)
  • Why ________ Always _________ (Why Dedicated People Always Get Rich)
  • _________ Like __________ (How to Become Famous Like Your Favorite Celebrity)
  • The _________ Guide to _________ (The Ultimate Guide to Crafting Amazing Headlines Without Any Effort)
  • __________ Without __________ (Becoming Famous Without Having to Invest a Fortune)

4. Warning Headlines!

Nothing works like an attention-getter than big red letters warning of impending danger! You can see this at work in tabloids, some major media and other scandalous prints.

The key to making these headlines work is to make it “Us Against Them”. Pick the group of people you want to identify with and then pick another group whom tends to take advantage of them.

Some Headline Templates:

  • X Mistakes ________ Want You to Make and How to Avoid Them
  • X Lies That ________ Want You to Believe So That You Will _______
  • The Secret _________ Don’t Want you to Know About ________
  • The ________ Scam
  • What ________ Doesn’t Want you to Know [About ________]
  • Lies ________ Want You to believe [About ________]

5. Easy Street

The Internet is full of people whom want instant gratification. Why not give it to them?

The best way to tell people that you plan to give them short, simple and easy ways to achieve their dreams is to do so with lists, templates and guides. Let’s take a look at some titles that help compliment this.

Some Headline Templates:

  • X Ways to _____
  • X Tips To Make You _____
  • The _______ Guide to ________
  • Learn How to ______ (Step by Step, Without Thinking, Etc.)
  • _____ing Without Having to ______
  • X Ways to _____ While Avoiding ______

What Great Headlines Can You Come Up With?

It doesn’t matter if you have to fill in the blanks! Practice posting the very best of your best headlines and blog titles below. You can comment with anything.

Post your practice headlines and titles below. Don’t be afraid to critique or offer suggestions to other people!

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