Dealing With the Stress of Being an Entrepreneur

You know that it’s always my goal to be as frank with you as possible. That’s why I try to be as honest as I can about the life of entrepreneurship.

One of the biggest challenges I’ve face has to be dealing with the many factors that lead to stress.

I mean, you’re doing so many things when you take building a business into your own hands. You’re responsible for every success and failure you experience. You have to think of ways to succeed. You have to cultivate a loyal audience that will support you no matter what.

Dealing with Entrepreneurial Stress.I’m still trying to do all those things. I get stressed out between running multiple website and dealing with the many shenanigans that ensue.

Consider some of the things I have to deal with as an entrepreneur. Continue reading

Frankly Blogging 102: Writing to Engage Your Readers

You’ve done it. You’ve finally made your blog. You’ve picked a name. You’ve filled out your information. You’ve followed every step in Frankly Blogging 101: Creating Your First Successful Blog.

Now you can write whatever you want, right? Wrong!

You need to start planning what you will post, how you’ll post it, and how it will interact with your blog’s potential audience. Only when these things come together will you be able to make that terrific blog that earns you plenty of visitors and a sufficient amount of passive income each day.

Let’s take a look at everything you ever needed to know to write amazing blog posts.

Step One: Starting With an Idea

The first logical step that I pursue when I begin crafting a new blog post is to start with an idea. I’ll start with something broad, then slowly define where I want to go.

For example, consider this post. I’m creating a definitive how-to series on blogging that will slowly expand into something more. When I finish it, and I use that term incredibly loosely, I’ll begin writing small posts that offer tips for blogging alongside some answers to questions I receive.

This enables me to make helpful content that my readers will find useful for some time to come. This is a win-win situation for both myself, the blogger, and you, the reader.

Step Two: Introductions

I don’t just jump into a post. I sit around and let the idea I want to pursue ferment like fine wine.

This post, for example, started a few weeks ago. I’ve been thinking about it for days, though I haven’t done so actively. I’ve thought about how I want to start it out, how I want to format it, and how I want to logically proceed through it with you.

These things all need to be nailed down before I can write my introduction, as they help me decide how to introduce the topic to you in a way that compels you to read more.

When you finish your introduction, perform the following quick checks:

  • Does it grab your attention from the first sentence?
  • What does it say that your post is about?
  • Does it state what your reader will get from reading your post?
  • How “Above the Fold” is it?
  • Would you keep reading?

If you can’t answer these questions, then keep rewriting your introduction until it’s compelling. It’s the part of your post that helps you really get your foot in the door, so making it superb is something you need to do.

Step Three: Start Writing

You’ve put everything together. Your proverbial ducks are now in the neatest of lackadaisical rows.

What do you do now?

Easy! You start writing.

Start with your most important logical point first, then progress until you reach the end.

Take this post as an example of that. I introduced a problem, which is the difficulty in writing a compelling blog post. I then began to list step by step how to conquer blog posts until you’re able to write something compelling.

I follow this same process in every blog post I make. I write an introduction, which I can use as a prompt, then I began to logically answer the problem or address the situation. Your posts need to have a similar composition if you want to connect with readers whom have problems.

When you’re writing, ensure that you take the time to make your content scannable. You want to make it easy for readers to skim through your content to acquire a quick overview of what your content is about before reading every nitty gritty detail.

One thing I would suggest is to take a look at these proven formulas for successful content. They’re the kind of things that your readers will love to read.

Step Five: The Conclusion and Your Title

I know that it doesn’t make much sense at first, but I wait until I’ve finished my blog posts before I go back to write a conclusion and a title.

I write the conclusion last, as it allows me to reiterate any important points I may have merely touched upon in my writing. This part is logical. It’s tying the bow that wraps up the creative process in a neat way that allows my readers to know exactly what they’re taking away from my posts.

The title is similar. I find it significantly easier to create an engaging blog title when I wait until the end, as I know both what my post is about and what should make others read it.

Step Four: Enriching Your Content

You’ve written an astounding post, but you’re nowhere near done yet. Now you need to go over your posts to minor out any flaws and to enrich your content.

When I revise my content, the first thing I do is to look for grammatical or spelling errors. While I try to do this in the process of writing, sometimes my posts can take several hours to compose. This leaves them prone to the occasional error.

The next step is to re-read your content for the proper flow. You want your readers to be able to take small bites of your content at a pace that they can set.

The last step is to enrich your content. You need to add images, format your post and make things amazing. Consider this step the part where you put the cherry on top of the whipped cream.

What’s Next to Making Your Blog Successful?

In this post, we’ve covered a good chunk of what you need to know to write amazing blog posts. You’re going to want to practice doing this over and over again, until you’re able to make masterful posts that your readers naturally want to read.

Remember that a good blog starts with amazing content.

The next step in my Blogging Series will teach you how to promote your blog. We’re going to look at social media, bookmarking, guest blogs and a number of promotional vehicles that you absolutely must use if you plan to create a successful blog.

What content writing tips do you have for other bloggers? What challenges have you encountered when creating blog posts of your own?

Share, discuss and ask questions below. You’ll help other readers facing similar problems while finding answers that will help make your blogs even better.


Frankly Blogging 101: Your Guide to Starting Your First Successful Blog for 2015

Creating a bustling enterprise from scratch is one of the most common dreams alive. You, me and every person within whom the entreprenurial spirit’s flame burns inside wants to create this something from nothing.

Blogging is hands down the best way to do that.

The problem is that starting your own blog from scratch is more than just a simple challenge. It’s a momentous task, – I would know from personal experience.

That’s why I’ve decided to start a brand new section to my blog with a comprehensive guide to blogging. I’ll try to maintain some sense of order and cohesion by grouping every tip, trick and strategy I know about blogging into this series of post.

This post is Frankly Blogging 101: A Guide to Blogging in 2015. You’re going to learn about setting up your first blog, explore your options for setting it up, and discover how to erect the foundation of building a strong blog that people actually want to read.


1. What Kind of Blog do You Want?

There’s two major types of blogs: the kind you host and the kind that someone else hosts for you. The choice between the two is something that you’ll want to make before you even start dreaming about what kind of blog you want to run.

Self-Hosted Blogs

Self-hosted blogs utilize things like WordPress, b2evolution and Ghost. You’re given complete freedom in the type of plugins and themes you install on these platforms and how you use them, but you’re responsible for hosting, backing up your content and ensuring that your blogs stay updated.

If you plan to run a blog in conjunction with a business website or as your primary means of income (at a later date), then you should likely choose this option.

If you don’t yet have hosting, then I highly recommend that you go with HostGator. They regularly have deals, such as $1 for the first month’s hosting, that are extremely advantageous to the thrifty business or individual. They also have an amazing support system that has yet to fail me, even when I’ve had to contact them for technical questions.

Hosted Blogs and Blogger are two examples of hosted blogging platforms. What you can use on these platforms and even what you say must fall within the policies dictated by the hosts, but this is the option you will want to go with if you don’t have the time or expertise to run your own blog.

Do keep in mind that you will pay down the road if your blog ever becomes a successful hit. Domains, extreme storage and custom themes tend to cost a pretty penny, which means that it’s definitely worth learning how to manage your own blog now rather than having someone else do it for you later.

A Quick Cost Comparison: Self-Hosted Versus Hosted

Self-hosted blogs are incredibly cheap to run int he beginning. You can pay around $5 to $10 for a top-level domain and $5 to $10 per month for the actual hosting. You don’t (and probably shouldn’t) pay any more than that until your blog becomes a bustling hit.

Hosted blogs require quite a bit more. While are free to begin with, they’re also minimal versions of what you could have. Domains can cost $20 to $30 per year in addition to the actual cost of a domain, extra storage can cost $10 to $50 and “premium” themes can cost $50 to $200 or more.

My recommendation is to go with a self-hosted blog. Again, HostGator is my recommendation for hosting.

2. What Do You Want to Blog About?

Once you have the logistics out of the way, the next step is to decide what you want to write about. This is the one step that can change over time, but you should generally try to stick with the topics you choose.

Here’s what you don’t want to do when you’re choosing a blog topic:

  • Don’t pick a subject because it seems profitable or just because other people are writing about it.
  • Avoid topics that you intensely care about, but few other people are interested in reading about. The rights of marsupials in kitchens, for example, is something that you should probably avoid.
  • Don’t choose something that seems boring to you. You’ll burn yourself out quickly and your blog readers will see right through your posts.
  • Refrain from jumping around multiple topics. Related ideas are fine on occasion, but big shifts are generally bad ideas.

Pick Your Topic

For your first blog, you want to choose something that you enjoy writing about. You want to choose something that you can create a unique viewpoint on. You want to pick a topic that other people will love to read about.

Take my blog as an example. I love entrepreneurship. I enjoy business. Internet marketing is my thing. I find social media and such fascinating. I love helping others.

So, I made Frankly Making Money. I wanted to offer a unique and trustworthy viewpoint that few other Internet marketers wanted to reveal.

It’s as simple as choosing something you love to write about. You’ll never go wrong when you do that.

What Happens If You Can’t Come Up With a Topic?

There’s going to be times when you can’t come up with an idea that generates traffic. You may flounder about while trying to reach the perfect theme for your blog.

That’s okay.

If you’re in that stage, then you might just keep trying things until they work. Some of the best blogs on the Internet were originally personal blogs filled with poetry and feelings about politics that slowly grew into realizations about life and business.

When you pick an idea, just make sure to stick with it. Give it three months before you jump to a new idea.

If you find yourself lacking enthusiasm or visitors at the end of those three months, then try something new. You’ll eventually hit your mark.

3. How Do You Set Up Your First Successful Blog?

When you start your first blog, here are the five things you need to address before you begin writing your first post:

  1. Your Blog’s Name – This may be linked to your blog’s address, so you should definitely come up with something.
  2. Keywords – These can change over time, but you should have some keywords to describe your blog. You’ll want these when you craft your first few posts and decide upon things like your blog’s motto.
  3. An About Page – Every blog needs an “About” page. You can write about your blog, your company or yourself. This allows readers to connect with you.
  4. Privacy Policies – While creating this is beyond the scope of this post, you will need a privacy policy. You can use Google to find some templates that will suffice.
  5. Affiliate Disclosures – The FTC now requires websites to have affiliate disclosures where appropriate. If you don’t plan to monetize your blog, then you won’t need to worry about this.

4. Your First Post

Now that you have everything else in order, it’s time to finally craft your first post. It doesn’t have to be anything groundbreaking, and I honestly don’t think it should be. It should be something to let people know what to expect from your blog.

“Hello, World!” posts are ideal for this. You can brainstorm topics while working on your blogging persona.

If you have keywords, make sure to use one or two of them here. Don’t focus on keyword stuffing, but do use them where they’re appropriate.

What Comes Next

In Blogging 102, we’ll cover how to begin working on your first few posts. We’ll also briefly touch upon a few tools that you might want to use while trying to build your blog from the ground up in the year 2015 and onward.

Interested in learning more about blogging? Take a look at my Learn About Blogging page!

A Little Update

Hello everyone! I know it’s been quite some time, but I’ve had my attention scattered across numerous projects. I’m finally at a point where I can start writing about each of them, so let me know what you want to read about next on my blog.

Do Amazon minisites interest you? Blogging in general? Mobile monetization? Something else? Let me know int he comments below!

Aside from that, I’ve also been hard at work drafting new content for the Learn About Blogging part of my website. I’m going to create numerous pieces of content and an exhaustive list of all the tools you need to be a successful blogger. My goal is to make this list as useful to the individual blogger, such as myself, as it it to big businesses.

Stay tuned for more!

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!

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!

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!

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 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!

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!

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, 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!