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You know I advocate using ONLY Wordpress for your site, you can read my post eons ago here about what I think about Wordpress – I know, that was a long time ago but since that time Wordpress has only gotten better and better. You shouldn’t even consider any other way to set-up your site.
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When it comes to internet marketing you will find that you must be able to produce content for your website. Some people are natural-born writers, all they have to do is hold a pen up to paper and the words start flowing. And then there are people who struggle to write even a few paragraphs.
Developing your own unique writing style will help set your writing apart from others, even if you fall into the group of people that finds writing difficult. Here are five suggestions to help develop your writing style.
1. The best writers have a love of words and are avid readers. Believe it or not, reading is a great way to develop your writing style. The types of things you enjoy reading are probably things you would enjoy writing.
Reading other peoples’ writing will also give you insights on your own writing. As you read, some authors’ styles will seem to pop out at you as very good or very bad. You probably have a writing style similar to the authors you enjoy reading.
2. What are your writing strengths? Some people are great at writing news-oriented stories, while some people prefer to write reviews and opinion pieces. If you like to teach people things, your writing strength could be how-to articles. If you enjoy coming up with slogans and catchy headlines, you might be a natural when it comes to copywriting. There are many types of writing to explore.
3. In order to develop your writing style, you need to practice. Try writing something everyday. The more you write, the easier it will get. Experiment with different styles and techniques. You will see some types of writing come easier to you. Blogs and journals are a great way to get writing practice.
These “practice writings” don’t need to be masterpieces, and you can delete what you write if you want. The point is to keep your writing muscles flexed by exercising them a little each day. Your natural strengths will come out as you try different forms of writing.
4. Embrace your personality and voice as you write. Use words that you would use when you speak. If your writing sounds unnatural and awkward, your reader will be turned off. Let your personality come out in your writing. Have a conversation with your readers as you would with someone you were speaking to face to face. If you like talking about certain subjects, write about them.
5. Free writing can also help you develop your unique style. Sit down in a quiet place and set a timer for five to ten minutes. Clear your head and start writing what comes to your mind, and keep writing until time runs out. Don’t worry about grammar or spelling. Just write whatever you think of.
When the timer goes off, read over what you have written. It may not make sense, but it can give you ideas for other things to write about.
Writing is a necessity for an online business. Even if you think you will outsource your writing, it is still important for you to be able to put an article or blog post on the screen, or reply to an email. Use some of the suggestions above to strengthen your writing skills and make your online business better for it.
Until next time ~
It’s been quite a while since I posted on this site but I always knew I’d be back. Over the years I’ve had a bunch of sites and year before last year I went through my files and took them all down, all but this one. I didn’t take down this site because I LOVE internet marketing, I guess you could say it’s my passion.
At the time when I decided to take down my sites, I had just been promoted at my job and it was taking a lot of time and energy to get my new department turned around. I didn’t have any energy left to do internet marketing. I’d get home at 7 or 8 at night after being at the office for up to 12 hours that day. I had nothing left. So, I had to decide where my focus would go and at the time it was to my day job, which pays me a good salary.
Now fast forward to the present, my day job is the same job but my department is under control and has been for a while. I know the systems and processes I implemented like the back of my hand. I arrive at 8 in the morning and leave promptly at 5. Since we moved closer to where we work, I’m home at 5:30. Additionally, our daughter graduated from college where she played volleyball for four years, and we don’t even travel to watch her play any longer. I now have some time and I’m feeling the itch to come back and build my online empire !
So I thought I’d make this post to let anyone who might be subscribed to my feed know that I’m back and they will start seeing posts again. Sometime in the next couple of weeks I’m going to sit down and make a plan and set a direction for this site and I’ll post that information then. I would be working on it this weekend but on Tuesday morning my hard drive crashed so I ordered a new computer (the one that crashed was old, I really needed a new one anyway). I should get it tomorrow and I imagine I’ll spend the weekend downloading my stuff from Carbonite (I LOVE CARBONITE) and loading up all my software. I’m not sure what I’ll do about all my saved passwords but oh well, I guess I’ll figure them out as I go. Once all that’s done, then my mind will be free to do some planning.
I want to thank everyone (if there is anyone) who is reading this post. Thank you for sticking with me, I know I’ve been a little undependable. I’m hoping to correct that image of me in your eyes.
I’m also going to send out this post as an email and give all subscribers the opportunity to unsubscribe.
Thanks again and I’ll be talking to you again within the next couple of weeks.
I haven’t read much about the new FTC rules that became law yesterday, but I thought I’d pass on a couple of good links to other blog posts talking about the subject. I’ll update this post with more links as I run across them and comment when I know more about how to deal with the rules.
The Internet Marketing Sweetie line of fantastic products is expanding again. Just a little while back I talked about the Information Product Sweetie course and was going to get back to you with a review. Please forgive me that I never got back with the review, my daughter’s college volleyball season started and we’re so busy traveling to watch her play that I can’t see straight (she’s a senior, it’s our last year).
Since then, Melissa Ingold has taken the reigns and launched a new product that I think is important to let you know about since it teaches something that I’m not very good at, email marketing. I thought maybe some of you might need training in that area as well and this new ‘Sweetie’ product fits the bill, it’s called Email Marketing Sweetie.
Yeah, I’m guilty. I have a list, many of you have subscribed, but other than the initial emails you get when you first signed-up, you’ve never heard from me. That’s because I prefer to post here, on my blog, it just seems easier for me. But establishing a quality, long-lasting relationship with my subscribers is important to me, so I’m going to be making some changes soon. I hope you will learn from my experience and start using email to better the relationship with your readers and customers as well as increase your revenue along the way.
For me, and maybe for many of you, establishing that relationship may seem like a daunting task, but I’m learning from Email Marketing Sweetie that it is absolutely critical in order to maintain a successful online business. Heck, I get emails from marketers all the time and they aren’t intrusive in the least, in fact, I enjoy getting most of the information that is sent out. Selling can be intimidating for many of us and selling to your list can be even harder. But if you want to have an online business, tapping into your customer-base is one of the most lucrative resources you have. Not utilizing that resource can be detrimental to your success.
Now, if you have not yet made an attempt to promote your business to your subscribers, you can’t act hastily by inundating them with an onslaught of email promotions. Start out slow and test the waters first. An initial email letting them know you will be sending them valuable offers will open the lines of communication and lessen the shock value of advertisements appearing in their in-boxes. This is an opportunity to sell yourself and your business while gaining their trust before the “sales” even begin.
I was informed of an upcoming membership launch that could prove to be very valuable to my readers. Before that launch (that I’m going to promote by email), I plan to send out an email letting my subscribers know that I’m going to start sending them emails more often. That will ease them into the fact that they will begin to hear from me on a more regular basis. That way any subscriber who truly is not interested in receiving my promotional offers will have the opportunity to unsubscribe.
Is it scary? Sure, but if I want my internet business to flourish, I will need to get over the fear. The information I plan to send is very useful and my readers will miss out if I don’t let them know about what’s happening in the internet marketing world that could help them further their businesses.
And that’s the good news, most of the people on my list, and yours too, will most likely appreciate the information. Now, this does not mean that I’ll be sending out multiple offers on a daily basis until my address is exiled to the world of SPAM. Please, never do that to your list, I know how it feels and I usually unsubscribe, however, it does mean that I will have to stay on top of contacting my list and make a point of doing so frequently enough to stay current and fresh in their minds without filling their in-boxes with clutter.
It is also important to maintain a balance between content-driven emails and those containing promotions. That means that I’ll have to create more content so I have enough to post here on the blog as well as send out to my list. Selling to your list requires a delicate balance. I’ll need to mix it up without mixing messages. In other words, my emails will need to alternate between information and advertising without blending the two. I do not want to take the risk of my message getting lost. I want to continue to be a voice my subscribers can trust without becoming too sales-driven. I also want to make sure my promotions are clear without getting lost in content.
I’m thinking it will be good to send one promotion for every two or three information-driven emails. This way, I will not come across as overbearing but will still be taking advantage of possible revenue-building opportunities.
So join me in my new endeavor and don’t be afraid to promote to your list. It can and will prove to be a lucrative decision.
If you feel like you need help learning how to do email marketing to your list, check out the new Email Marketing Sweetie course. It’s only $27.97 until October 9th, after which it’s regular price will be $47.95. But even if you’re reading this post after October 9th, the course is well worth the regular price.
I’m going through the information now and will report back in a few days with a review.
Only $27.95 through October 9th!
Until next time.