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

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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.

 

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 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!

Crafting the PERFECT Blog Posting Plan for 2016

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!

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.

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.

Secrets-of-Writing-Amazing-Headlines-that-Will-Entice-People-to-Read-Your-Blog

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!

Learn How to Write Headlines and Titles That Will Keep Visitors Glued to Your Blog for New Posts – Blog Titles: Part One

One of the most crucial parts of running this blog is reading other people’s blogs. I use them as a way of creating backlinks, generating traffic, and, most importantly, creating relationships with other readers and blog owners.

Secrets-of-Writing-Amazing-Headlines-that-Will-Entice-People-to-Read-Your-Blog

The one thing I’ve noticed, and I’ve seen this even in my own posts, is that posts tend to have boring titles. They’re simple and to the point, but they tend to make people whom see them say, “So what?”

Let me clarify what I mean.

Which one of the following two examples make you really want to read it?

15 Reasons You Want More Customers

15 Persuasive Reasons Your Small Business Needs Social Media to Bring New Customers to Your Doorstep and 5 Secrets That Will Allow You to Utilize Social Media Marketing Successfully

The answer should be that the second headline is far more enticing. It’s due to a few things, which I’ll describe at length in part one of this two-part post about titles.

What Makes an Explosive Headline?

In my Frank opinion, an amazing headline is able to answer the following questions before a reader even begins reading the rest of an article. Those questions are:

An Example of Explosive Headlines That Readers Have to Read

An Example of Explosive Headlines That Readers Have to Read

  1. What is this blog or article about?
  2. Who should read this post?
  3. What will I (the reader) obtain from investing my time and effort into reading it?

If your headline falls flat at any point, you’ll receive less exposure than you should. Not only will visitors just glance at your posts if they’re using something like an RSS feed, but they’ll tend to ignore them altogether when your post pops up in a search engine like Google.

These three questions are vital if you want anyone to be click on your post and read it all the way through.

Learn How You Can Create Effective Titles for Your Blog With These Tricks

Remember when I said I’d be dividing this blog post into two parts? This one is just a short prelude post that addresses the problem and gives you an insight into what successful blog titles have.

In part two of this post, here’s what I’m going to go over:

  • How to Create Amazing Headlines and Titles for Your Blog
  • Researching New and Effective Ways to Create Titles
  • Addressing the Right Audience
  • The Trick Behind Dissecting Other Titles

What do you think makes for an amazing blog title? Are there certain words that you think make your post go a step further? What blog titles are irresistible for you to read?

A Note About the Delays This Week

I have to apologize to all my readers. Monday’s scheduled post went out on Tuesday, and life had me too bogged down to get one out Wednesday.

Starting with tomorrow’s routine post, everything should be back to normal. No more flat tires, broken lawn mowers or house cleaning to get in the way.

Take care, and look forward to tomorrow’s post!

3 Common Facebook Marketing Mistakes You Can (and Need to) Avoid

Can-You-Really-Make-Money-using-Facebook&alt;em>Lots of marketers turn Facebook marketing into places where crude, jumbled billboards litter the social networking site. They put too much information, give their readers too many choices, and act as if everything is okay, even when the sky is really falling.

You want to avoid all these things, because they all work against your main goal: attracting new users and keeping the ones you have.

Let’s go over 3 of the most common Facebook page mistakes, and how you can quickly remedy them.

 

1. Making Long Posts

Let’s face it, people prefer messages that are short, simple and to the point. Nobody’s going to sit there and read something that looks like this:

Long, wordy Facebook posts tend to be received poorly by your Fans.

Long, wordy Facebook posts tend to be received poorly by your Fans.

The problem with these posts is that they’re an overload of information. You want to keep your message shorts, concise and to the point.

Here’s how to fix this: Follow Twitter’s 140-character limit when you make your posts, but allow yourself to go a few characters over.

If you still have a block of text after trimming down your words, then make use of white space. Facebook is wonderful because it allows you to utilize new lines.

 

2. Including More Than One Link Per Post

In your Facebook post, your link is your call-to-action. It’s what drives your connections to visit your website and allows you to monetize your Facebook marketing.

Here's an example of how you should avoid using links in Facebook posts.

Here’s an example of how you should avoid using links in Facebook posts.

Multiple calls to action, such as the one above, will only work to confuse your followers. They’ll get lost in your post almost immediately and disregard at least half of it.

Here’s how to fix this: Only include one link per post. If you have multiple links, then make multiple posts.

 

3. Promoting Products on Your Own Page

One of the absolute biggest mistakes the businesses and marketers make on Facebook is that they promote their own products directly to their audiences.

Nobody, I repeat, nobody wants to see your productspromoted by you in their Facebook Timeline feed.

You’re pushing advertising in someone’s face that likely isn’t wanted. You will end up hurting yourself if you do this.

Here’s how to fix this: It’s okay to promote your own product when you have some value added to your post.

Lowe's Home Improvement shows Facebook marketers how self-promotion should be done on Facebook.

Lowe’s Home Improvement shows Facebook marketers how self-promotion should be done on Facebook.

This example from Lowe’s Home Improvement showcases such a situation. They’re promoting their sprinklers, but they’re offering something with entertainment value to it by helping their fans think about a time they had fun in their lives.

 

Wrapping It All Up

These 3 common mistakes are among the most detrimental to your Facebook marketing efforts. They’ll prevent you from attracting new followers, and achieving brand loyalty. You may even repel your fans and turn them into people whom are disgusted with your brand’s very mention.

Have you made one of these mistakes? To that point, what mistakes do you think Facebook marketers make? Leave a comment and let’s discuss them!