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Hobbies That Make Money #BlogchatterA2Z Challenge 2019

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We all have things we like to do in our spare time. But have you ever thought about making money from that hobby? Yes, it is possible to have a side hustle that brings in the money for those trips you always wanted to go on or for that party dress you must have!

Writing & Publishing:

Online writing can make you money. Show your expertise in the topic and you may be able to sell your services as a freelance writer. There is always demand for good writers. Content writing is in demand, with websites needing good writers. Get trained, join a good freelance service website like Upwork and look for jobs. You can also reach out to blog websites for jobs. If you have the patience to build up a reputation, you could even start your own blog. A friend of mine has a blog about child care with even outdoor activities explained.

Learn how to attract visitors to your blog using Social Media platforms.

Designing:

Graphic designers are often freelancers. If you have the talent for design and a good sense of colors, you have the potential to make money and enjoy your hobby. There are other ways to make money like starting your own clothes design or t-shirt design business. If you can create catchy designs and know how to sell them online, you don’t need to have a brick & mortar store.

Photography:

A good camera and wandering feet can make you a lot of money while you enjoy the world. Take photos and sell them or get assigned by a website or magazine to take photos. Instagram is a great place to showcase your talent as it is meant for photos. Build up a following and become an Influencer or use it as a platform to sell your photos.

Gaming:

Believe it or not, gaming can make some serious money! Don’t scold your teenager for hanging out online palying games, he may be amking a lot of money. Expert players compete in this fast-growing industry. The money may not be steady, depending on the skills you have and luck too. But it is something to consider when you need a side hustle. Twitch is a gaming platform from Amazon that gamers love.

Comedian

Twitter, YouTube and Facebook have a lot of talented comedians. DO you make people laugh? If you can write good jokes and get it out there the right way, you can end up with an interesting career in comedy. Its so much easier to be ‘discovered’ now with online opportunities.

The Digital nomad life could get addictive and you could find yourself getting out of your 9-5 and digging in deep to do more with your hobby! If you want to play it safe, that’s possible too, and you can enjoy your hobby as much as you want. Online opps means the sky is the limit in the 21st Century.

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Ways to Grow Your Email List #BlogchatterA2Z Challenge 2019

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You can develop a great relationship with people in your email list with careful strategy. Use honest, plain & simple language to connect with the target audience. Be honest and natural in the way you write. Utilize this connection to get a CTA or Call-to-action that will get leads that convert. Of course, for all this to happen we need an email list in the first place. How to grow your email list so that you reach a wider audience? Here are some pointers to get that list started, so that you get more leads and conversions on the way!

A bigger and better lead magnet: Almost everywhere you look there are lead-magnets promising the Earth and the Moon – if you can find one that is better, higher, stronger – do I sound like the Olympics?! – then you get more sign ups

Enticing content that need a sign up: Make a part of your content so useful that subscribers willingly sign-up in order to get to it

Webinars: Have a webinar with valuable content that everyone will want to attend. Hit them with your sign up form that includes their email.

Quizzes and Giveaways: Use tempting quizzes or prizes to get the audience to sign up with their email in order to get the results or to win.

Coupons: Discount coupons are in demand so offer one for a sign up with email.

Free Tool or software: A sign up that attracts clients is to offer a free tool or software when they sign up with an email address.

Meet-ups: Host a local meet-up and collect email addresses this way.

Pop-ups: When you get a visitor to your page entice them with an offer, a free something and have a signup form capturing email addresses either soon after they land or when they leave your page.

CTA: A prominent Call-to-action on your website is also a way to get people to sign up with their email addresses.

These are a few of the popular ways to get email addresses. You can find a lot more ways to get people to sign up so that you can hit them with your newsletters and offers. So do some more research. The important thing to remember is that any sign-up form must have a place for them to add their email addresses, without which they cannot get the promised service and you wont be able to grow your email list! Happy growing!

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A Guide to Copy Writing For Blogs & Websites #BlogchatterA2Z Challenge 2019

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So, What Exactly is Copy Writing?

You know all those pamphlets and emails you get that sell you something? Those were written by a copy writer somewhere. Not just these, but a copy writer writes what comes on websites, billboards, advertisements, a catalog or a brochure tempting you to go on vacation to Bali or Norway…

What is a Content Writer?

Glad you asked that question. The content writer is there to write stuff that will entertain you and keep you on a website longer. So they hope to maybe even gain your confidence enough to buy something from them or to keep you loyal to the brand you already buy from by giving you information that you value.

What Skills Do I Need to Be a Copy Writer?

Today, with the Internet bringing people together you need to be really good at writing. So, don’t let that get you down, it’s a skill you can develop. Because you can train yourself to be better or even the best. Polish up your English grammar, vocabulary, your spelling and punctuation or sign up for a refresher course if you must.

You could be a college graduate or even a high school kid or drop-out. What’s necessary is passion, interest in developing your skills, and the ability to learn from your mistakes. Either you could work from home or work in a sophisticated multi-million-dollar agency. Ultimately, the choice is yours.

There are a lot of good training courses online. This means, do some research and find one that suits you.

Here are a few skills you need to be a great copy writer:

Learn where and when to use verbs and adverbs for greater effect. But use adverbs sparingly, if you can find a verb that fits, then use that instead of a sprinkle of adverbs. It makes your copy stand out and gives it clarity.

Learn to write like you are having a conversation with a close friend or family. Your sentences shouldn’t be stilted. A good trick is to say it out loud and see if it sounds casual. If not, then return to the keyboard and keep at it till you get it right.

Use simple words, and don’t be ambiguous. No one uses complicated words in real life, so don’t use them when you are trying to connect with an audience.

Flow: Time and time again you would have heard how sentences have to flow into each other. Indeed, even paragraphs must. So, what do they mean by that? Just make sure that you finish talking about an idea and then go onto the next. Don’t jump from random thought to random thought. By having a connecting sentence that links a paragraph with another, it makes the meaning clearer. This is where smart editing comes in, as a beginner, you may need several drafts to get the right placement of sentences and paragraphs. Thank goodness for cut and paste right? Today, with good document software like Google Docs or Word, you can easily move words and sentences around.

Be Prepared to Do Some Research

Don’t think you need to know everything before you can write copy. What you need to have is research skills. So, be ready to do enough research, so that you have enough knowledge about the topic you need to write copy for. Finish up reading whatever you can about the topic, ask questions, understand and then start to write.

In this way sentence flow is easier, you know what you are writing about, and even better, you are writing the truth and not some myth or story.

Remember that you shouldn’t promise something you cannot provide.

Know where to go to find information. It may not always be in a Search Engine, but you may need to read up a book or magazine, ask questions to the right person and you need to find the truth. Is the person, book or website telling you the facts? Are they reputed? Know where to look for accuracy.

Finding Great Ideas

After you have done all the research and learned everything you need to learn, now you need ideas. How do some people come up with an idea all the time? One way is to look at websites of your competitors. Look at blogs on the topic, see what’s trending in the industry. Make notes as you go. What makes their words interesting? How can you improve on it? How many photographs will you need? Write down a list of ideas. Now, take a break, come back and decide what you want to talk about.

Think Of Your Customer & Empathize

Think of what your reader needs. Find the words to empathize with them, fulfill their needs. How can your product be useful to them?

Use words that play on their emotions – their happiness, their fears, beliefs, successes. Things like:

  • What motivates them
  • Have solutions to objections they may have
  • How can the product could help the customer?
  • Pointers to how much better your product is compared to XYZ competitor.
  • Its critical to put yourself in the customer’s place and forget about your own prejudices.

Conclusion:

Now you know how to get to the top, but remember that change is always happening and keep improving your skills. Innovate, adapt and be better.

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