Feb 172014
 

I get a lot of questions about how I’ve used a blog to market my business. In answering these questions I have found that many people are confused about the differences in a blog Vs. website. If you are one of these people, don’t feel bad; I too was not completely educated about the differences when I began my work from home journey. 

Let’s just start by pointing out that blogs and websites are completely different creatures. They can, and do, have similarities, but contain different elements and have very different purposes. To know which creature you need, blog Vs. website, you must first understand how each differs from the other so you can decide which one is best for you and your business. 

Content

When you frequent a blog, you will notice that the content changes—if it is updated properly. The content (or blog posts) will change depending on the blog writer’s content schedule. They may update their blog once per day, twice per week, twice per month—but the content will update and change. If you visit entrepreneur Michelle Shaeffer’s blog, the first page you see will contain a summary of her latest posts. Click on the title of any of the posts from that day and you can read the entire post. Blogs showcase content in reverse chronological order, meaning that the freshest content will be at the top of the blog summary page—with older posts being being underneath based on the post date.

At the bottom of each post you will also find a place where you can comment on her content. You can share your opinion, ask questions or simply thank her for the information. Comments make a blog interactive. They give the reader the opportunity to share their views on the content and can allow the blog owner the opportunity to expand their thoughts and begin a real conversation on the subject.

When you visit the main page of a website you will see static information. I’m going to use the Jenny Craig website as an example; only because it is that time of year when everyone thinks about getting healthy and geared up for Summer. The website shows off information about the Jenny Craig program. When you click on the tabs at the top of the page you are taken to pages of “static” information that tell you all about the program and offer tips and hints for your weight loss journey. While the content will most likely be revamped over time, it doesn’t include content that is updated on a regular basis. I do want to point out that this website does host links to weight loss blogs, although it isn’t an actual blog. 

Unlike a blog, there is also not a place to leave a comment regarding the information on each page. This website is here to show information about the program and to sell products and services. It is an online advertisement. And other than the forum that this particular website offers its viewers, the communication only goes one way—from the website owner to the website viewer. 

Overall Feel

Websites normally have a more professional feel. The content is often written more formally. Blogs, however, are often written in a less formal way. The goal of a blog is to put out informative/educational information about a topic. The topics may vary depending on what is going on in the blogger’s life or what topic the blogger wishes to educate her readers about. While websites can also offer educational/informative content, it is normally geared toward the service or product the website is showcasing. 

Conclusion

Simply put, think of a website as an online storefront—where you go to purchase a service or product—and think of a blog as an online magazine—where you go to read regularly updated information about a topic or somehow related topics—example: a parenting site that talks about topics related to babies and children. 

I hope this has helped clear up some of the differences between blog Vs. website. If you still have questions, please leave a comment or contact me at info@mcaworkfromhome.com.

Have a blessed day!

Nov 302013
 
Money for Christmas 300x129 Is It Time for Extra Christmas Cash?

Do you need to earn extra Christmas Cash?
Image courtesy of imagerymajestic / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

The Thanksgiving Turkey is now an afterthought (except for the leftovers) and Black Friday has come and gone. Now what? If you are like most people, you may be wishing you had a little extra Christmas Cash for the holidays. If you fall into this category, I can help. 

MCA, also known as Motor Club of America, can help you earn that Christmas Cash just in time to save your holiday festivities. If you have visited my website before, you may know that I have been able to earn a pretty good living with MCA. If you have not, please check out this article, How I Made Over $9,000.00 with MCA in August!. 

Making that much money with MCA seemed impossible to me at the time; now, I know that nothing is impossible with this company. Now, I can’t promise you that you will make $9,000.00 for the month of December; however, I can promise you that if you put strong effort into the marketing of MCA, you will see results. 

I want to help you make the Christmas Cash that you need to help make this the best Christmas ever for you and your family. Do yourself a favor; check out the article I’ve linked to above and then sit down and write some questions you have about the company. I will be happy to answer your questions. Please leave your questions in the comments section or email me at info@MCAworkfromhome.com. 

You have nothing to lose by asking questions. I am here to help anyone who wants to work with a legitimate company and earn some extra money. You don’t have to stop at Christmas Cash. You may choose to continue to work MCA and bring in extra income throughout the year. So, what are you waiting for? Let me help! 

Merry Christmas!

My total income for the month of August 2013.

Sep 212013
 

August of this year was a banner month for me. A lot of people have been following my success and asking questions about my August 2013 income. I want to point out that this was an exceptional month and while it will most likely fluctuate, my goal is to raise my income even higher over the next six months by adding more multiple streams of income.

While MCA is my biggest income earner, it is not my only stream of income at this time—and is not the only contributing factor to my August 2013 income. I also participate in a referral program for GWP (Get Weekly Paychecks), GWP is my capture page used to capture the attention and information of individuals interested in the program I am offering—in this case MCA. GWP pays me for every referral I send to them that actually signs up to use the GWP capture page.

I also have my website monetized with Google Adsense. Adsense supplies the ads featured on my website. If an individual sees an ad they are interested in on my website, I receive a few cents—depending on the particular ad. As I said earlier, I am working on some other streams of income to help me raise my monthly income amount. If you put all of your eggs in one basket, you won’t have much if those eggs get broken. My August 2013 income has grown because I choose to have income coming in from multiple areas.

Below is a list of My August 2013 income and the sources.

MCA (Motor Club of America)                                                     $ 9,323.08

GWP                                                                                           240.00

Google Adsense                                                                            850.03

Total August 2013 income                                                      $10,413.11 

As you can see August was a very good month. Please check out the video below that talks more about my multiple streams of income and how I’ve earned this money with my blog.

If you would like more information, leave a comment or drop me an email at info@MCAWorkFromHome.com

 

 

 

Sep 052013
 

 

ID 10091645 Three Reasons Blogging is Worth the Effort Even if Your Viewer Count is Low

Contuining to Blog when you have a low amount of viewers will eventually pay off! Image courtesy of Stuart Miles / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Many people are under the assumption that a blog is only worth something if you have a large amount of viewers—I say those people are wrong. Let’s be honest; we would all love to have a million viewers a month who adore our writing and praise us on the Internet. The cold hard fact is that most of us do not have anywhere close to this many viewers. So does this mean that we should just give up blogging and find another way to spend our days? Absolutely not—let me tell you why.

 

It takes time to build up blog viewers. This “if you build it, they will come” strategy doesn’t always work when you are talking about blogs. It will take time to build up a following and to gain unique views through search engine searches. The main thing is to not give up on your quest. Enjoy blogging and sharing information with the world, and eventually you may just hit those 1 million views. Below are three reasons blogging is worth it even if your viewer count is low.

 

1. Reaping the benefits of search engines. If you are ever going to gain an abundance of viewers, you need to improve your rank in the search engines. While we want to write our content for our viewers and not for the search engines, we must realize that ranking well will bring us more viewers. Provide relevant, fresh content on your website—keyword optimized, of course—and you will reap the benefits that come from ranking well in search engines—even if it sometimes takes a little while.

 

2. Stand out from the competition. If you are continually updating your blog with useful information, you will get noticed. Whether you are selling a product, providing a service or simply sharing information, you want to stand out from the hordes of blogs that offer the same thing you do. Continuing to provide your current readers with valuable insights and information will help produce word of mouth advertising, which may come in the form of your readers sharing your blog posts online.

 

3. Create a never-ending advertisement for your product or service. As long as your blog is up and running—and unless you remove the post—your content speaks as a continuous advertisement for what you are offering the online world. Other forms of advertising eventually end—newspaper ads, TV spots or magazine advertisements. While views of a specific blog post may drop off as you add more content and the blog ages, viewers may end up finding your post in the search engines two years from now. Don’t think of your blog posts as a short term investment. Realize that you may gain viewers months or years down the line simply because they stumble upon a post you wrote ages ago.

 

If you continue to add quality content to your blog, you viewership will grow. Just remember, even the most popular bloggers had to start somewhere.

Aug 222013
 
ID 100128912 Why I Started the MCA Work at Home Website

My goal is to help people earn a living at home with my MCA work at home blog. Image courtesy of Stuart Miles/ FreeDigitalPhotos.net

D7YTJWC7J8SR

 

A lot of people ask me what I do to advertise my MCA business, and while I do have other advertising outlets, my MCA work at home website is my number one means of advertisement. I started my blog because I wanted to get the word out about my business and how it could help people make an income while at home. Along the way, I decided that I would share other types of information with those looking to earn an at home income. Information such as Why You Aren’t Making Money Online and Tips for the Work at Home Mom or Dad.

While I started the MCA Work at Home blog with the initial thought of increasing my MCA income, I quickly saw the potential to help other people. When I began working at home, years ago, I knew nothing about how to make money online or how to sift through the many opportunities on the Internet. I had to learn. I read all that I could, I made friends with individuals who were trying to make money online as well and I tried lots of different business formats. It took time to find things that really worked—but I have.

I hope that all of you, my viewers, find my MCA work at home blog useful—not only for MCA, but also with all of your work at home challenges. I hope to bring you more useful information in the future—information that will help you learn how to better run your work at home business and maybe even help you find other ways of earning money online—like my MCA work at home website has done for me.

Aug 202013
 

Last week we talked about finding your niche and to go about choosing a niche that you can effectively write about week after week. Today, I want to talk about how to find the perfect audience for that niche. Finding the right audience is extremely important if you are to have any success with your blog—no mater the function of your blog or website.

Finding your niche audience means finding people who are interested in your service, product or information. Think about it this way; if you are selling skateboards, your target audience will not be females between the age of 60 and 80 who like to knit. Likewise, if you are offering information on homeschooling, your target audience will not be men between the age of 18 and 30 who enjoy paintball. Before you can have a successful blog, you have know exactly who your blog is being written for and where to find those individuals.

When attempting to identify your target audience, ask yourself these questions:

  1. Who is looking for the product, service or infomation you provide? Who would benefit most from what you ahve to offer.

  2. How is your product, service or information different than the other similar items on the market? What is the benefit to those looking for these items?

  3. What is the common element between the individuals who will want what I have to offer?

While there are other questions that will help you further determine your target audience, these questions help you sort through some of the obvious issues. Knowing who your niche audience is helps you to provide them a quality product or service and also helps you to develop blog posts that they will find interesting and helpful.

Aug 022013
 
ID 100109829 Work At Home Tips – Finding Your Niche

Want to start a blog? You will need to find your Niche!
Image courtesy of FreeDigitalPhotos.net

I have had a lot of people ask me about making money online, so I have decided to do a series on work at home tips. While I frequently tell you about my MCA business, I also want to help you make money in other ways. MCA is an awesome business, but it isn’t for everyone. Some people enjoy affiliate marketing, reviewing products or simply blogging for money. In this first blog post, I want to talk about blogging and finding your blogging niche.

If you have considered starting a blog, but weren’t sure what to blog about, this post is for you. The first thing you need to do when starting a blog is to figure out what niche you fall into. So, let’s get started!

What Exactly is A Niche?

A niche is the term used to describe what your blog is going to talk about. What will the main topic of the blog be—for many people, this can be hard to figure out. While I share the wonders of MCA with all of you, my main niche is “work from home”. I chose this niche not only to advertise my MCA business but to help people who want to start a work from home career, but don’t know how. The niche you choose will depend on what you want to share with the world. The type of business you are running—if you are running a business. And, the things you are passionate about.

Niche Examples

  • Entertainment
  • Crafts
  • Books
  • Weight Loss
  • Work at Home Ideas

The possibilities are truly endless; however, your niche needs to relate to something that you are truly interested in or you will become bored with blogging.

Before you choose your niche, think about what is important to you. Do you home school your children? Are you an avid crafter? Do you love Hollywood Gossip? Any of these topics would make a great niche blog.

I would suggest that you make a list of all of the things you enjoy or have an interest in—begin with the most important and work your way down. Think about each of these topics and ask yourself if you are going to be comfortable with writing about this topic on a weekly basis. If you aren’t, move on to another topic.

Once you have chosen your niche, it is time to research. Which we will talk about next time.

Question to all of my blogging friends. What niche do you write about?

pixel Work At Home Tips – Finding Your Niche