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7 Signs It’s Time For You to Create an Online Course of Your Own

55 years ago, a timid, unassuming high school student changed the world forever.

After his uncle had been killed by a burglar, he took it upon himself to hunt down the perpetrator. Soon after starting his search, he found the burglar, and as they stood face-to-face, he realized something …

The criminal was someone he’d seen before. In fact, the teenager had the opportunity to stop the burglar before, but he had failed to act.

Now, if you’re wondering what this story has to do with starting an online course, here’s the tie in:

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You Can Boost Blog Traffic Using These Simple Blogging Tools


Blogging is so flexible and allows for a lot of creativity and exploration, but losing focus all together can cause trouble. Here are seven tools for bloggers to stay productive and improve blogging experience.

If you’re starting to get serious about blogging, it always helps to have an editorial calendar and an idea of where you want to take your blog. So planning is a must-have technique for every blogger.

Today I thought I’d share the nine tools I use every single day as a blogger. For me, these are the must-haves in my blogging toolbox!

Blog Topic Generator

Some writers would not admit, but many struggles when it comes to creating titles for their work. Titles are important especially since readers would look at the titles before they even spend time looking the first part of the text. With Hubspot’s blog topic generator, you no longer have to think as to what blog title you should use. You can just provide the files with nouns that you want to write about, and the platform generates relevant titles that you can use.

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Make Money Blogging – 15 Things You MUST Do On Every Blog Post

It’s no secret bloggers are earning a full-time income. A common question people often ask how bloggers make money? Beginners have a question in mind, “How can I make money with my blog posts when I have low page views?” In this blog, we have covered many times how bloggers making passive income and how you can earn too.

Do you write a blog post and click publish?

What are bloggers? What do you think about them?
Most of the people think bloggers are just a writer. But NO! Writing is just a tiny part of blogging. Bloggers are an entertainer, teacher, marketer, designer, creative thinker, advertiser and so on…. The list is really big if you try to define a blogger’s qualification.

Just writing and publishing won’t make you money. You need to do many more things to get revenues from blogging. You have to grow your blog’s audience to increase its income. So you have to do a certain thing before and after publishing a blog post.

Make sure your blog adds value to your readers so that they will return and perhaps become one of your loyal customers.

15 things you MUST do on every blog post:

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How to Double Blogger Requests for your Book #h2e

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You probably have found lots of discourse on the publishing industry that boils down to one thing – it’s hopping. We certainly talk about it a lot, what with more than 4,500 books published every day.  That said, book bloggers are still reviewing and promoting books – and some books still generate a lot of buzz.  If you haven’t tapped into the buzz yet – and want to know why, then we’ve written this article for you. Pitching bloggers, while not difficult, can be intimidating. Whether you don’t know how (and we’ll teach you), or you don’t like rejection, rest assured, book bloggers really do want to know about great books! So here are some of best practices for generating blogger interest!

Why Live Video Needs To Be Part Of Your Visual Marketing Strategy #h2e

Apparently, 2017 will be the biggest year for video marketing yet. In fact, video is expected to take up over 70% of all internet traffic by the end of the year, with video consumption increasing more than 100% from 2016.

But with these numbers comes a big change. We are now seeing a shift from pre-recorded video (of the kind seen on YouTube) to live, raw video feeds.

While pre-produced, traditional videos are still very popular, live video is definitely on the rise.

5 Easy Steps to a Successful and Effective Blog #h2e

Blogging is one of those tasks for an author that gets a bad rap. It’s chalked up to something you have to do but don’t really see the point.

Kind of like when you were a kid and your mom would tell you to do something and you’d say, “But whyyyyy?” And she’d respond with a “Because I said so!”

When it comes to blogging, the best reason comes in the answer to “why”.

There are five important reasons for putting time and effort into a blog:

7 Things to Consider Before Starting a Blog via João Lello

7 Things to Consider Before Starting a Blog

So, you’ve decided to channel your creative and thoughtful mind into starting a blog. Congratulations! Making that commitment is the most important step in setting your blogging dreams in motion. It’s now time to start your blogging adventure!

But, Where do You Begin?

Diving into something new (especially if you’re not quite sure how to start) can be daunting and intimidating. Rest assured, we are here to help you with your journey. Before you begin, we want to take you through our unique guide that is geared towards helping you make the best of your blog.

I think it’s safe to say, as bloggers, we all want the same basic outcomes. They are to:

  • Have fun!
  • Have our voices heard.
  • Become a part of a community.
  • Help others and possibly our-self’s as well (financially, that is).
  • Learn new things in our area of interest, as well as pick up some new skills.
  • See an opportunity or dream come to life.

Although anyone can start their own blog and all these objectives are within your grasp, you need to keep in mind, it takes time, dedication and the willingness to learn new things in order for your blog to be a success!

Don’t Worry, it’s Still Going to be Fun!

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How to Build Your Email List, Be More Productive and Rank Better in Search Engines [ProBloggerPLUS] @Problogger

D_Rowse-162G’day from ProBlogger HQ.

This week’s ProBloggerPLUS is a little late because I found myself in every blogger’s worst nightmare this week – we went away for a few days break where I expected to work in the evenings and…. we were in a dead spot for mobile phone connectivity and I couldn’t get online!

I’m happy to report I survived and the resulting few days away was even more relaxing than I intended!


Event Reminder: The early bird offers for this year’s ProBlogger events end in the next few days for our Australian Events and at the end of the month for our US event.

How to Build TWO Successful Blogs (and the Pros and Cons of Doing so)

I’m regularly asked about whether I’d recommend having two blogs or if it’s better to just focus upon one. I’ve managed to juggle two myself but while there are certainly benefits there are some risks and costs too. In this episode and transcript I share the pros and cons as well as a few tips on how to do more than one (if you choose that path).Read the Full Post

Has Google’s ‘Fred’ Update Left Your Rankings Dead?

Recently, Google’s ‘Fred’ ranking update hit the search pages. While Google hasn’t confirmed the update, it’s certainly live. Here’s our post on what Fred is, it’s impact, who is affected and what to do if you’ve been hit.Read the Full Post

3 Email List Building Techniques You Need To Use in 2017

If you are building your email list as a way to help grow your blog and business you’ll want to read this post from Jawad who shares 3 list building techniques that you’ll see many smart marketers use in the coming months.Read the Full Post

5 Steps to Creating a Productive Blogging To Do List

Most bloggers I talk to ask for tips on how to be more productive in their work. In this post Nicole Avery (the planning queen) shares 5 simple steps to a more productive blogging experience by mastering a strategy that most productive bloggers use – the to do list.Read the Full Post

The Complete Guide to HTTP Codes and Redirects

If SEO is important to you then understanding HTTP codes and redirects are very important. It all sounds a little geeky but if you put this in the to hard basket you could well be hurting your search engine results and rankings.Read the Full Post

5 Blogging Tips From A Social Entrepreneur

If you consider yourself to be a ‘social entrepreneur’ then you’ll find this article by James Aschehoug to be useful. In it he shares his top 5 blogging tips. This is good solid advice – particularly useful to those starting out.Read the Full Post

Don’t ROCK Fear – Promotion Mindset 7 Day Challenge: People Will Ignore My Promotion – Crickets… @Sormag #Blogtour #bookpromo


Thanks for following the Don’t ROCK Fear Blog Tour.

Welcome to day four of the tour.  I would like to thank Sylvia for letting me share with you today.

Today’s Promotion Fear – People Will Ignore My Promotion – Crickets

Sometimes this fear is real, you post a promotion and you get crickets.  No one buys anything, not one likes it or shares it.

You have to realize that’s the promotion game.  It’s nothing personal and I wish I can say this fear goes away, but it will always be there when you share promotion.

My best advice is to continue sharing.  Most times people don’t click or buy or share, because they don’t know you, so they haven’t decided if they trust you enough to click or purchase.

You build up your trust by sharing more promotions.  If you are sharing to the right audience, something in your promotion will intrigue them to want to click for more information or click to buy because the book is exactly what they want to read.

Yes you will get crickets every now and then.  Even the best promoters get crickets so you are not alone in your fears.

Now you don’t have to ROCK this fear anymore.  Move on to the next promotion and hopefully you hear the bling of payments instead of crickets.

I would like to invite you to register for the Don’t ROCK Fear – Promotion Mindset 7 Day challenge and kick fear in the butt.

This challenge is for writers, business owners and anyone who is dealing with fear.  Don’t let fear ROCK You.


You are also welcome to join the See Ya On The Promotion Training Group, where we teach you how to be a social butterfly.


Are you dealing with promotion fears?  Leave one of your fears in the comments for a chance to win registration to the Don’t ROCK Fear – Promotion Mindset 7 Day challenge.

LaShaunda C. Hoffman took her love for books and turned it into an award winning online magazine, Shades of Romance Magazine.  Her mission in life is to introduce as many books as she can to readers. She’s happily married mother of three who believes in dreams and working hard to achieve them.  She has a promotion strategy program – Virtual Tea With LaShaunda where writers and business owners learn how to create promotion strategies for their online promotions.

In 2015 she published her first book, Building Online Relationships – One Reader At A Time. A book to help writers stay consistent with their promotion by building relationships with their readers.

Catch her online: SORMAG –, See Ya On The Net, her personal site – , Facebook or Twitter – sormag, Instagram – lashaundahoffman

Don’t ROCK Fear Blog Stops

Learn more about Promotion Fears on the blog tour. 

The person who visits all the stops and leave a comments will be entered for a chance to win registration for the Don’t ROCK Fear – Promotion Mindset  7 Day Challenge

March 20. Nothing But Books –

March 21 –  The Literary Entrepreneur –

March 22 – Tracee Garner-

March 23 – Sylvia Hubbard –

March 24 – Rose Jackson-Beavers –

March 27 Ey Wade –

March 28  – SORMAG’s Blog –

March 29 – Michelle Stephens –

March 30 – Read You Later –

March 31 – Patricia Saunders –

Check out & Support LaShaunda’s Book Page on amazon. Must reads!!!



Ways to market your book to double your sales. #bookmarketingstrategy #authors #video #Howtoebook

16 Ways to market online to max book sales


16 Ways to Market Your Book to Double Your Sales

Questions? Do you have more tips? Links to share? Please comment below.

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  1. Build an attractive and easy to use website
    1. Have social media logos above the fold
    2. Have newsletter signups above the fold
    3. Use WordPress
    4. Have an about, product and contact page
    5. Use excerpts
    6. Have ecommerce, plus links to outside sites such as amazon, bn & smashwords


  1. Prioritize blogging
    1. Blog at least once a week
    2. Minimum of 500 words
    3. Add related pictures (you own)


  1. Work on your SEO
    1. Find 5 keywords (as nichey as possible)
    2. Use them every day on your website, blog or social media


  1. Build your email list & send emails regularly
    1. At least once a month


  1. Use Other Channels to seel your book
    2. com


  1. List your literary site on local directories
    1. Find other author listings in your genre and do link exchanges.
    2. If you also review books (which you should) list your site at book review sites.


  1. Us Facebook Groups & Blog Posts Comments on other websites effectively
    1. Search for FB groups that are active and participate in discussions
    2. Follow blogs about the literary world and comment about the topic not about yourself


  1. Build a strong Social media presense
    1. Be a resource
    2. Don’t digital flyer drop (just go around FB and post your ads in random readers groups)

*Suggested: used book marketing influencers at to do this for you.


  1. Create Video
    1. Use your phone or a special DLS camera
    2. Insert a great thumbnail at the beginning of video (use free)
    3. Work on editing skills.
      1. Suggested: If you don’t have an Apple product, you can you Windows MovieMaker for free and should be loaded on all Windows based computers. If you have a Chromebook, you can use the youtube editing software or other apps available in their store. On your phone, you can buy the professional version of Vivavideo (only 2.99) and edit videos.
    4. Consider Paid Advertising on Social Media
      1. Go for the free first and only if you have tried one through nine above
      2. Buy Carolyn Howard Johnson’s book, The Frugal Promoter


  1. Buy Banner Ads on relevant sites
    1. Book Club and Book Reviewers often have small ads available for as low as $5 for monthly ads.
      1. Suggested for the free: Do Banner Exchanges especially for local events that are relevant to your book.


  1. Partner with Influential bloggers
    1. These are book bloggers that have popular sites about books in YOUR genre.


  1. Create an affiliate (or referral) program
    1. com – see example here: (See the Share and Earn blue area to the right side)
    2. – see example here:
      1. (At the bottom is an affiliate program link)


  1. Collaborate with other author in your genre
    1. Link exchanges, banner exchanges, blog exchanges, feature exchanges… the list can go on!


  1. Try Google Adword
    1. Use the free first!
    2. Try going for Google Analytics first, study what your ROI (return on investments) from one through fourteen) and then do your own ads in places that really work.


  1. Never stop learning!
    1. Feedly is your friend (download app and get the paid version).
    2. Follow expert blogs in your field

Here’s the video where I talk about these tips and more.

Questions? Do you have more tips? Links to share? Please comment below.

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I also said I’d mention the radio show with CK Webb who is always looking for various genre of authors.

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The fiverr ad I mention is right here. She has a quick turnaround too.


(even though she’s from Canada, we’ll still give her a chance) 🙂

By the way, these ideas were helped by this post I found on pinterest that I geared toward books



Questions? Do you have more tips? Links to share? Please comment below.

Don’t forget to like and share this post! Thanks in advance!