How to Add Hashtags (#) to YouTube (Plus Everything you want to know!)

Grow your YouTube account with hashtags.

Hashtags are EVERYWHERE. Twitter, Instagram, Facebook (with limited benefit), and Pinterest use them. Now even the major platform, YouTube, has added them.

However, not many people understand how, why, or where to add them.

That’s why I’ve decided to put together a guide on JUST HOW to use hashtags on the YouTube platform. I’ve also put together a long list of the frequently asked questions surrounding YouTube hashtags that I know so many of you are asking!

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT HASHTAGS ON YOUTUBE

The goal of YouTube hashtags is to help make your video more searchable. It groups similar videos together, helps users find relevant videos when searching, and helps tell YouTube what your content is about. It’s a new feature in the YouTube algorithm and it shouldn’t be ignored.

Has it really caught on in YouTube?

In most niches, I would say not yet. Obviously YouTube has a plan for them or else they wouldn’t be there at all. However, adding hashtags aren’t going to revolutionize your account. What they can do; however, is assist in your videos being found by more people. Therefore, helping you grow your account over time.

Also, if YouTube took the time and expense to add them to their platform, it’s in your benefit to use them. There is likely a longterm plan on implementing them.

How many hashtags should you add?

Well, for starters only three will be added above the title. As for tagging more…

Here is a direct quote from Google (who owns YouTube):

Over-tagging: Don't add too many tags in a single video. The more tags you add to a video, the less relevant they become for users who are searching. If a video has more than 15 hashtags, we'll ignore all hashtags on that video. Over-tagging may result in the removal of your video from your uploads or from search.”

I recommend adding 3 total.

Where should you add hashtags?

You should add them to the the description of your video as shown below. Although some people recommend adding them to the title, I do not. They don’t look as neat that way. Instead add them only to the description (anywhere you want in the description).

Add hashtags to the YouTube description


Although it’s pretty straight forward, I DID make a tutorial for you to follow below.

STEP BY STEP GUIDE TO ADDING HASHTAGS ON YOUTUBE

As mentioned Hashtags can be added in the description or title; but, I highly recommend you just put them in the description. When you put them in the description, the first 3 will automatically appear in the title as shown below.

You can find my outdoor YouTube channel here:  Nicole Stone Outdoors

You can find my outdoor YouTube channel here: Nicole Stone Outdoors


  1. When you begin, find out which hashtags have quality videos. For example, below I checked the #icefishing for videos.

Above is an example of a YouTube hashtag (#) search.

Above is an example of a YouTube hashtag (#) search.

2. Pick at least 3 hashtags to the end of your description in your video (in the YouTube editor studio) as seen below.

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3. Once you have added hashtags (I recommend only 3, but anything over 15 will be discarded), save your description. The hashtags should now appear as a blue link.

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4. After you have added them and hit save, check your title to see if they show up above it. For an example, check out the image below!

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That’s it! You’ve done it!

Easiest tip ever, right?!

I also recommend going back to old videos and doing the same.

Growing Your YouTube Account

Social Media success is made through an accumulation of small steps over time. By taking your time to work on these small details, invest in your audience, and produce quality content your account WILL grow. Most accounts don’t go viral, instead they depend on small details like these to develop into large brands. Best of all, the audience you will build this way will be engaging and hard earned.

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5 Hacks to Rapidly Grow Your Facebook Page for FREE

Facebook pages are one of the greatest resources for bloggers and businesses in any niche. This is because Facebook’s CTR (link click through rate) is incredibly high compared to other platforms. This makes Facebook invaluable.

For those who aren’t familiar, CTR is the metric representing the number of people who click on a link you share. This link can be a blog post, website, YouTube channel, email list, product for sale, and more. For most businesses, this link is the purpose behind having a Facebook page in the first place.

However, one of the biggest misconceptions about Facebook is that you have to “pay to play” now. This is absolutely not true, and I’m going to break down why this isn’t the case below.

facebook’s incredible return on investment

I started playing around with a Facebook page about a year ago. At this point I had little knowledge on how the platform actually worked (outside of my personal account). However, I didn’t let this stop me and instead kept posting and taking notes on the patterns that I noticed.

Then… I took Hannah Hudson’s “Beating the 1%” seminar (and eventually course) and my Facebook page engagement and growth went through the roof.

To further your knowledge you can check out Hannah Hudson’s website here - and if you want to learn more about the algorithm make sure to enroll in her HSH Teachable course.

I now reach tens of thousands of people for FREE. I did this by giving Facebook what it wants (organic content) and providing an interacting platform. You can check out my outdoor Facebook page here as evidence.

Over the course of roughly one year I’ve EARNED all of my likes and follows; therefore reaching tens of thousands of people.

For example, check out the post below:

I reach tens of thousands of people with 5,000 hard earned followers.

I reach tens of thousands of people with 5,000 hard earned followers.


I reached 25,989 people organically. Much of this is from my followers and then my followers sharing on their pages and in groups. Sharing is only a benefit if you:

1) Have built up quality followers and reach of your own (not just friends and family)

2) Your followers who share have built up engagement of their own.

Therefore having quality accounts engage in your content is essential to organic growth.

You have to earn your engagement or Facebook won’t show your content to anyone - even if it’s shared to a group.

To achieve this level of engagement, remember the golden rule: Facebook wants you (and everyone else) on their platform to stay on their platform for as long as possible. As I’ve discussed in numerous other posts this means:

  • Don’t treat Facebook as a billboard

  • Don’t pull from it frequently

  • Content is king - the more people who like the content you are posting, the more people your content will be shown to

  • Organic/native content is a must

In conclusion, you need to post high quality, original content frequently and then interact with the followers who interact with you.

Growing Your Page

Now, having 100,000 Facebook page ‘likes” or “follows” is useless if you reach no one. Unfortunately I’ve seen this time and time again with big accounts. I determine that:

1) They bought their followers

2) They ran their account to the ground by using it as billboard

You don’t want this. Take your time and do it right.

Now that we have established a baseline, below are 5 ways that you can grow your page and engagement for free.

5 free ways to grow your facebook page

  1. INVITE PEOPLE TO “LIKE” YOUR PAGE

This is a simple and an incredibly efficient method to grow any page. The key to this strategy; however, is to post quality content consistently. Don’t post links, re-shares, memes, or other content randomly. Instead, post organic/native content.

This is the content Facebook prefers and therefore will freely promote to other individuals. This allows more likes on each post. The more likes you have on a post, the more people you can invite to like your page as shown below.

Invite people to like your page when they like your post.

As you can see above, once you click on the “Likes” it will open up a platform to “Invite” people to your page. Do this by clicking the “Invite” button as shown by the red arrow above.

Do this on every Facebook post you choose to publish. Don’t be afraid to go back to old post and invite other people as well.

SHARE POSTS DIRECTLY TO LARGE GROUPS

Facebook groups are incredibly beneficial to any marketing strategy. They help individuals make connections, support each other, ask questions, and even grow their Facebook pages.

In fact, I have an in depth article on Facebook groups called the “Secret Way to Explode Your Blog Traffic” if you wish to learn more.

One of the biggest ways it can help you grow your page is through sharing directly from your page to the group. The key to this is “sharing” and not directly posting. Many people organically post to groups, which is great, but not going to help you in this particular goal.

To help clarify I have added a tutorial below.

Share high quality Facebook posts directly to groups to reach more people and receive more views.

Share high quality Facebook posts directly to groups to reach more people and receive more views.

The post above has been shared in Facebook groups, thus leading to over 11,000 video views. Exposing this video to groups has also led to more views, increased engagement, and a significant increase in Facebook page likes and follows.

In case you aren’t familiar, I have set up step-by-step instructions to do this below:

  1. Go to the bottom right hand corner and select “Share” as shown in the image below.

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2. Next, you are going to want to select “share in a group”. This is NOT the default, therefore make sure you select the right one.

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3. Finally, type in the box the name of the group you want to share to and add a quality caption as shown in the image below.

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4. Then hit “post” as shown in the bottom right corner in the picture above.

That’s it! You have successfully shared a post to a Facebook group.

Just keep in mind that not all Facebook groups allow this; therefore check the group rules before posting.

PARTICIPATE IN FACEBOOK GROUP THREADS

In the blogging world, participation threads are common and incredibly beneficial. These groups are dedicated to bloggers for blogging. Often times, social support and Facebook page growth are part of these threads. For example, check out the Blogging for New Bloggers thread below:

Above is an example of a social media share thread where you can  share your Facebook page  with others.

Above is an example of a social media share thread where you can share your Facebook page with others.

This thread encourages social media sharing. As a member, you can drop a link to the social media platform of your choice while reciprocating engagement with five others. This is easy to do and very beneficial.

I have numerous posts dedicated to this that I recommend you read in-depth to learn more. These are:

USE LARGE AND ENGAGING PAGES

Just like with big Facebook groups, shares from big (and engaging) pages are essential to growing your page quickly. For instance, when a large Facebook page such as Wide Open Spaces share my post, I have access to a big chunk of their audience. If this audience likes my content, it generally leads to more Facebook page follows and likes. If Wide Open Spaces gets a solid response from their followers (likes and comments) they will keep sharing my content and therefore more of their followers will keep liking my page. This can bring sustainable page growth over time.

When large accounts share my post, my page link gets shared as well - leading to more followers.

When large accounts share my post, my page link gets shared as well - leading to more followers.

So how can you get large Facebook pages to share your content? Well first of all it takes posting quality content consistently. Then I recommend you try a variation of the following:

  • Reach out to a variety of large Facebook pages

  • Post in large groups (as mentioned above)

  • Actively comment and promote their page to get their attention

  • Get an account that they consistently repost to share some of your content

Trying a variety of these tactics can often help gain the attention of larger brands and pages.

USE YOUR PERSONAL PAGE TO GROW YOUR BUSINESS PAGE

Did you know you can invite your personal Facebook friends to like your page?

If you are willing to sacrifice your personal account for your brand or business then this can be an incredible way to grow your page (and improve your engagement).

This is one of the things I do.

I accept friend requests from everyone who has a profile in my niche and looks respectable. I then invite these individuals to “Like” my page as shown below. I find that the crossover allows me to have a higher reach as well.

To do this, you need to locate the community tab on the right hand side of your Facebook page. Under this tab there should be an “Invite Friends” button as shown below.

Invite Facebook Friends to Like your Page

After you tap the “Invite Friends” button a feature should open up allowing you to invite your friends to like your page. This is demonstrated below.

You can invite your  personal  Facebook friends to like your Facebook page as shown above.

You can invite your personal Facebook friends to like your Facebook page as shown above.

Then simply tap the “Invite” button next to all of your friends names. That’s it!

Conclusion

These tips can work for everyone. However, let me continue to emphasize that NONE of this matters if you don’t focus on two things first:

1) Quality content

2) Consistently posting this quality content

Learn what your audience wants and when. If people don’t respond well to a post then take a note of it.

It's through posting quality content in a consistent manner that you can build a real and engaging following.

If you’d like to learn more bout this I recommend that you read my post on understanding what social media wants:

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The 5 BEST SEO Keyword Tools For FREE (Gain Google Traffic!)

Use the right Google SEO Keyword tools to boost your organic reach with your blog or website.

Google is the best place to receive abundant and sustainable website traffic. Keyword research is one of the biggest “keys” to finding success in doing so. This works by identifying the common words and phrases that people type in the search engine. By using these common words, you can help tell Google what your content is about and therefore improve your chance at ranking.

For example, if you want to write an article on social media, make sure the phrase “social media” is strategically embedded throughout your post.

So what’s the catch? A lot of websites are trying to rank for “social media” so it’s up to you to find what words your website is capable of ranking for. One of the subjects I rank for is “ Become an Instagram Public Figure” . Considering there was no way I could rank for “Instagram” finding a phrase people search (with less competition) was important.

SEO KEYWORD BASICS

Once you find the right keywords (which we will go through shortly) they should be embedded within:

  • The URL

  • The Title

  • One or Two Headings

  • Throughout the Post (however, don’t “stuff” them in there)

  • Photo Title/Captions (alt. text)

These keywords need to be naturally placed, not forced.

It’s also important to note that keywords are far from the only factor that contributes to rankings. At the end of the day, Google simply wants to put the best content in front of its users; therefore, keeping people using the platform. To do this, the algorithm considers:

  • Time Spent on Page

  • Backlinks

  • Domain Age and Authority

  • Bounce Rate

  • Mobilization

  • User Experience

  • and More!

In fact, I go more in-depth on this subject in my Google SEO article found here.

Of course none of this matters if Google doesn’t understand the purpose of your content. That’s why this article will focus solely on keyword research tools to help you do just that.

HOW KEYWORD RESEARCH WORKS

Understanding keyword research is an important part of any marketing plan. Use these 5 keyword tool to help you on your way!

Keyword research works by finding keywords your website can rank for. For example, if you want to write about purse shopping then your blog should include the words “purse shopping” throughout it. However, a lot of websites are competing for that phrase - that’s why it’s important to use longer phrases.

As a new or small business or blog, this generally means using long-tail keywords. Long-tail is simply a phrase or a sentence (usually with more than 3 words) that have less competition and more possibilities.

For example:

  • Become an Instagram Public Figure - Long-Tail

  • Instagram Public Figure - Long-Tail

  • Instagram - Keyword (tough to rank against big websites)

It is possible to rank for any or all of these words. However, it’s going to be a lot easier to rank for “Become an Instagram Public Figure” and “Instagram Public Figure” then it is to rank for “Instagram”.

This is because there are many different sentences that the word “Instagram” can fall into. However, “Instagram public figure” is much more direct.

For example, when someone wants to know about the Facebook algorithm, they will type in “Facebook algorithm” into the search engine. If you have an authoritative website (one that has built up engagement ) you therefore might rank in Google.

If you don’t have an authority website (yet) then you may want to focus on longer phrases such as “How to Understand the Facebook Algorithm”.

Keyword research is an essential part to ranking in Google.

That’s why proper Google keyword research is one of the biggest keys to ranking on the platform.

To find these keywords it’s important that you utilize a keyword research too. There are 4 tools I recommend everyone try out. These are:

  • Jaaxy

  • Moz

  • Google Keyword Planner

  • Keyword.io

  • Keywords Everywhere

Picking between these depends on your budget and level of understanding.

Sometimes affordability and simplicity are the two best tools for any business just starting out in the SEO world.

THE KEYWORD TOOLS

JAAXY

Jaaxy is my first and favorite keyword research tool. It’s intuitive, instructional, and provides an abundance of beneficial information. Therefore, it not only works as a tool but as a source of information for those who are looking to rank on Google.

ABOUT JAAXY keyword tool

Above is a sample of the Jaaxy dashboard and metrics.

Above is a sample of the Jaaxy dashboard and metrics.

Jaaxy is LOADED with metrics. That’s really where its value comes from. These metrics help you determine the best keywords for your topics, thus improving your odds at gaining Google traffic. Below I list and explain some of Jaaxy’s main metrics.

  • KEYWORD

This is simply the keyword you are trying to find information on. However Jaaxy also gives you a long list of alternatives. These alternatives all show the comparative metrics (as shown above). This helps you decide which keyword phrase works best for you.

  • AVG

    “AVG” is the the average number of searches a keyword gets in a given month. This is definitely an estimate, but still beneficial for identifying trends. The higher the number the more searches a keyword (or phrase) receives.

  • TRAFFIC

    Traffic is the estimated amount of traffic you will receive if you rank on the first page of Google. It’s important to note however that at times I find this to be incredibly inaccurate - so definitely take this metric with a grain of salt. If the phrase shows it’s been searched fir - don’t be afraid to use it.

  • QSR

    QSR is the metric that shows the number of websites ranking for this exact keyword. Your goal should be to have a QSR of less then 100 and therefore a better chance to rank!

  • KQI
    KQI is a unique Jaaxy tool used to help you evaluate the quality of the keywords. It helps you determine the odds of ranking based on the previously mentioned results. Green means the keywords are quality while red means you will likely not rank. Try to target the green KQI words.

    • Green=Great

    •  Amber=Normal

    • Red=Poor

  • SEO

    The “SEO”power indicator determines the odds of ranking on the first page of Google - the higher the number the better. It means competition is low and the returns n the keyword or phrase is high. Use it as a general guide but don’t get too hung up on it.

  • RELATED

    • Jaaxy also has a “related” tab that can come in handy when determining which keyword phrases may perform better then the phrase you chose.

Pros:

  • In depth analysis of keywords

  • Lots of keyword alternatives

  • SEO informational content

  • First 30 searches are free

  • Affiliate program (who doesn’t love making money while gaining website traffic?)

Cons:

  • Can be pricey after trial

  • Can be overwhelming to new users

MOZ KEYWORD EXPLORER

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The best part of the Moz Keyword Explorer is that it can be free - if you only need ten searches a month. It’s also one of the easiest platforms to understand. It even allows you to see which websites are ranking for the terms you search (helping give you headline and content ideas). This is found under SERP analysis.

The Moz keyword explorer has 4 main features as pictured above:

  • MONTHLY VOLUME

    The amount of estimated searches the keyword gets in a month. The higher the number the more traffic you will receive but the more difficult it is to rank.

  • DIFFICULTY

    Difficulty is how difficult it is to rank for a given keyword. The lower the number the easier it is to rank.

  • ORGANIC CTR

This is the organic click through rate - meaning how often people click these words to find what they are looking for. A higher CTR score, the better the odds of an organic click through to your post.

  • PRIORITY

Priority is the metric that sums the results of all of the previous metrics. The higher the priority - the better overall you are of gaining traffic with these keywords from Google. This is similar to the “SEO” score in Jaaxy.

Use these metrics to help you determine the quality and competition of your keywords.

Pros:

  • 10 Free Searches Every Month

  • Easy to Understand Metrics

  • In Depth Metrics and Suggestions

Cons:

  • Only 10 Searches a Month

  • Paid Plans Can Go From $99 to $199

GOOGLE KEYWORD PLANNER

Google Keyword Planner is the perfect FREE SEO tool.

Google Keyword Planner is the perfect FREE SEO tool.

For people on a budget, Google Keyword planner is your best bet because it’s entirely free. It’s also Google’s product; therefore there is some merit behind the information you are receiving - since the number one search engine in the world IS Google.

However, getting to Keyword Planner can seem confusing and misleading. Let me emphasize, this is completely FREE. When it asks for your payment method don’t worry - it’s simply to sign up the account.

To start you are going to have to go to the:

  1. Google Keyword Planner site (click here)

  2. Sign in with your Google account (most people have a Google account, it’s also your YouTube, Gmail, GSuite account). If you don’t have an account make one.

  3. Next you are going to have to fill out information about your business - don’t worry you won’t be buying anything, just follow this step so you can access the keyword tab.

  4. You will come to page asking you about your first campaign. Throw a few keywords about your blog in and continue on. I promise - you still won’t have to buy anything. This page will looks like this:

Main page for Google Keyword Planner.

5. After you have scrolled to the bottom of this page, you will be redirected to billing. Yes, you will need to enter your bank account information and agree to their terms and service, but I promise you still won’t have to pay.

6. After linking your bank account and accepting their terms of service you will finally be able to access Keyword Planner (trust me, it’s worth all of this hassle).

You will come across this page:

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7. Click on the box that says “Find new keywords”.

8. You’ve MADE IT! Type in your words and you will see results that look something like this:

Screenshot of Google Keyword Planner!

Screenshot of Google Keyword Planner!

As you can see, not only does the Google Keyword Planner give you competition and average monthly searches, but it also gives you tons of long-tail phrases! I have 2,000 pages of content to choose from. How amazing is that?

Pros:

  • Free

  • Easy to understand

  • Google’s product

Cons:

  • Confusing to access

  • Lacks advanced metrics

  • The lack of metrics can make some searches seem too easy to rank for

Although it lacks a few of the more in depth metrics, it’s hard to beat Google Keyword Planner for the average blogger and business owner.

KEYWORDTOOL.IO

Keyword.IO is a simple SEO tool.
Find long-tail keywords for Google Keywords.

If absolute simplicity is what you need then Keyword.io is perfect for you. This is because:

  • It’s easy to access

  • You don’t need to link your bank account

  • There are advanced metrics you can pay for if you wish

  • The basic version is easy and free

However, it shows you NO competition (or any metrics for that matter) in it’s free version. Instead it works more as a suggestion tool - helping you quickly find long tail keywords to use in your content as pictured below. It’s a super easy way to come up with blog topics that you could potentially rank for without the clutter and confusion in some of the other platforms.

Cons:

  • Not as in-depth as other metrics

  • Keyword.io works great as a quick solution to finding keyword phrases to rank for; however, it isn’t nearly as comprehensive as the other options.

You can find Keyword.io by clicking here.

KWFINDER.COM

The KWFinder is the latest tool I’ve started utilizing, and it is quickly becoming a favorite. It is an intuitive and easy to use platform that is perfect for beginners and avid website owners alike.

KWFinder has both a free and paid option. The free option allows for 5 searches within 24 hours including all metrics and 50 suggestions. This is all the average blogger or small business owner would likely ever need.

However, for those with higher demands there are plenty of paid for options available as well.

It’s also loaded with metrics. The most prominent metrics on the site include:

  • Keyword Difficulty: Keyword Difficulty is the KWFinder’s metic to help you determine how difficult it can be to rank.

  • Search Volume: Search volume on KWFinder is similar to other platforms and is simply the monthly searches this term receives.

  • CPC: Unless you are wondering what the cost per click (CPC) is for paid advertising, CPC is not going to be much use to you. In most cases you can ignore this factor.

  • PPC: PPC is the level of competition per click (called pap per click). If you aren’t interested in paid advertising on Google, then this can be ignored as well.

  • SERP (pictured below): As mentioned in the MOZ section, SERP stands for “search engine results page”, which is really just the list of websites that rank for these terms. This is beneficial because it shows you just how difficult ranking for certain terms can be (good luck trying to rank against entrepreneur.com) while also showing you the stats that each site has in their favor.

    Take some time to browse the SERP feature and learn the metrics shown below. This can be incredibly beneficial when trying to properly understand SEO and what it takes to have a successful blog.

Google SERP can be used to see what blog posts are ranking for the keywords.

Google SERP can be used to see what blog posts are ranking for the keywords.

Which Keyword Tool is the Best for You?

Finding out which tools are right for you is highly dependent upon your skill level, budget and workload. The higher end products such as Moz or Jaaxy come with an incredible assortment of features to help you succeed at your highest level. However, their upgrades come at a price and a learning curve.

For those who are new and on a budget, sometimes sticking with Google Keyword Planner is the best option. Just be prepared for signing up and setting up your Google Adwords account.

Perhaps the perfect solution for you is simply using a combination of the free features on all of these platforms. Try each out, learn about their differences, and then decide if upgrading is right for you.

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Top 5 Hacks for Working on the Road!

Below is a guest post by Outdoorsy, sharing with you 5 hacks for working on the road. As someone who is still learning how to navigate working on and off the road - this is helpful post for seasoned and new freelancers alike.

Top RV Hacks for Working on the Road

For most people, traveling is a time to get away from work and spend time relaxing. Yet for those who love extended travel or want to take their work with them, working on the road has many advantages. Once you overcome the initial struggles of a mobile office, a whole new world unfolds before you. Working from an RV while on the road poses many challenges but offers even more rewards. These challenges can include finding space to work, gaining the necessary connectivity to the outside world and find work to do. Here are 5 hacks to help deal with these issues so you work successfully while on the road.

UNLIMITED MOBILE HOTSPOT

Mobile hotspot is a must for traveling on the road!

Getting reliable internet access while on the road is critical for most jobs. It is also one of the most challenging things a worker on the road will face. One of the best solutions is an unlimited mobile hotspot. These differ from your standard cell phone hot spot connections in that they are not throttled back to unusable speeds after a certain GB of used data is reached. Finding one can also be tricky because most cell carriers do not offer them directly, or they don't make them obvious choices in their product lines. The trick is to look for pre-paid plans, where you buy the equipment upfront, pay an activation fee and then pay monthly in advance for the service. Generally, there is no contract or plan length requirements. Verizon offers a MiFi hotspot that is unlimited, but only under their pre-paid program. Other providers to look at include unlimitedLTEdata which sells prepaid unlimited T-Mobile hotspots. Unlimitedville also offers prepaid unlimited plans on Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint or AT&T.

Check the coverage maps before deciding what you are going to buy to make sure they will offer service where you plan to travel. When you are living and traveling in different places you will want to have extended coverage. With these services you can have good, reliable, and unlimited internet access for your work while on the road.

Wi-Fi HUB/BOOSTER

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Wireless networking is a great technology for an RV when working on the road. Many RV parks offer Wi-Fi which you can connect into for free, or a small fee. The long, narrow, sectional designs of most RV vehicles do not make them the best spaces for wireless networking. The outside walls can also weaken the park's Wi-fi signal enough to make it unusable inside. This is where a Wi-Fi hub and booster comes into play. These units have better antennas to pick up weaker signals. The hub can connect to the park's wireless connection through its superior antennas and then devices inside the RV can connect to the stronger signal sent out by the hub. This offers three advantages for those working from their RV. First, you get better signal strength and coverage throughout the RV for all your devices. Second, the Wi-Fi hub allows you to have a wireless LAN so you can connect multiple computers, printers and other devices and share data between them privately. Finally, a lot of parks limit the number of connections to their Wi-Fi from any given site. In many cases, you will only be able to connect one device. These devices will connect using that one connection provided by the park and allow multiple devices in your network to share that connection.

There are many suppliers of these devices including Alpha Networking, Linksys and Netgear.

FLEXJOBS FOR MORE WORK

Use flex jobs to make money online while traveling.

If you are a freelancer or contract worker, you can add to your client base with services like FlexJobs and other online platforms. FlexJobs is unique in that it is a website-based job listing board which charges the job seeker a small fee. That fee is used to cover screening of the jobs listed on the service to ensure they are legit and available to remote workers. This is a great service that drastically reduces fraud and helps to ensure you are not applying for jobs where the job provider would never hire you because of your remote location status. Jobs listed can also be broken down into permanent hire, temporary hire, freelance and contract so you can match jobs specific to your needs. Working from the road is easier when you have a hub to search for jobs that fit the lifestyle.

USE YOUR TELEVISION AS A MONITOR

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Most RVs have built in large screen TVs that work great as large screen computer monitors. This allows you to setup a larger workspace without having to dedicate extra space. Connecting your laptop or PC to a flatscreen TV is pretty easy assuming it is a newer TV with HDMI ports, or a USB port for a ChromeCast dongle. Add a wireless keyboard and mouse and you can set your Laptop off to the side (or even in another room) and work from the couch. This is one example of the mentality of everything having multiple uses, which is crucial for working on the road.

SMALL INVERTERS

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Keeping your devices powered while on the road can be an issue. This is the case while driving and when staying in locations that lack shore power. One solution is to buy a generator, but that can be excessive and expensive just to charge a laptop or briefly run a printer. You also can not use a generator while you are driving and pulling trailer. In these situations, look at a small 12 V compatible inverter. Inverters of up to 1000 watts can be often be run from 12V auto accessory ports and will give you enough power to charge a laptop or run a small printer. These can also be tied into your RVs electrical system so you can use those devices from the house batteries. You will want to get a pure sine wave model, these are more expensive but produce the clean power many electronic devices need.


Shelley Trupert works for Outdoorsy, an RV marketplace for consumers and pros. She has been camping for almost 20 years and is always looking to find the next hike, off the beaten path. While she used to enjoy tenting in the wilderness, she prefers to camp in an RV now—whether it is a Class C or a teardrop trailer—to enjoy a little comfort after a long day outdoors and the ease of travel it provides. Her goal is to hike in all of the national parks in North America.

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5 Facebook Groups That EXPLODED My Blog and Business Traffic!

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*Yes I have affiliates - it' show I help keep this free information FREE! However, it's products that I beleive in and comes at no extra cost to you.

Facebook is an INCREDIBLE source of website and blog traffic.

I recently wrote a post how Facebook groups started my blog off on the right foot. It helped drive traffic, increase Pinterest rep-ins, gain Pinterest follows, and increased my Google SEO rankings. However, I must add that it also brought my Facebook page to life. In face, my Nicole Stone Outdoors page now has thousands of followers and reaches tens of thousands of people per post.

However, as I mentioned in Facebook guide, it’s about the quality of the groups - not the quantity.

That’s why I’ve compiled a list of my FAVORITE groups. These groups have ACTIVE members and keep well-managed collaboration threads.  

You can also learn about my 5 unique strategies for building traffic (what’s helped me break the 50,000 pageview mark).

THE 5 GROUPS YOU NEED

Facebook Groups you NEED to join!

BLOGGERS UNITE

I use Blogger’s Unite as many times as possible during the week. This is because it is the ultimate group for Pinterest users.  There are active “re-pin threads” ever single day.  This gives you tremendous opportunity to share your pins that need a boost and build long term momentum. It also has over 7,000 members and is continuously growing.

Check out Blogger’s Unite by clicking here.

BLOGGING FOR NEW BLOGGERS

One of the best ways to generate Pinterest authority is through pinning directly from your website/blog.  Groups like Blogging For New Bloggers allows you to share these links with fellow bloggers.

The group offers numerous different blog comment and share threads including a generic “Share Day”, a “Blog Share Day” “Comment Day” and even “Social Share” days (when you can share any social media platform of your choice).

This is one of the BEST groups for building an audience.

Blogging for New Bloggers is ran by Lucrezia and Marina from https://tinylovebug.com/. You can join Blogging For New Bloggers here.

MAKING SENSE OF AFFILIATE MARKETING

This is one of the most, if not the most, beneficial group that exists on Facebook.  Michelle is world known for making millions of dollars from blogging. Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing is her Facebook group.  

She not only gives you access to very high quality collaboration threads but also gives you direct access to HER. It’s like having a free consultant - FREE advice from someone who has literally made millions at blogging.

She answers questions, helps motivate you, and has some of the world’s biggest bloggers in her group.  This is a must have for success (it’s also my favorite group).

You can grab Michelle's course and INCREDIBLE Facebok group "Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing" here.

BOSS GIRL BLOGGERS

Boss Girl Bloggers is huge. It has over 30,000 members and is growing.

It also works by providing tons of exposure to both your blog and your brand. However, where Boss Girl Blogger’s stands out is in its Instagram promotion. There is even a sister group that is exclusively Instagram collaboration threads. Therefore if Instagram is your thing - then DEFINITELY take advantage of this group. Of course, the weekly blog promotion and general conversations are bonuses as well.

Members are very active and passionate - and you will get a solid return on your time investment.

You can check out Boss Girl Bloggers by clicking here.

Improve your ENTIRE social media :

SOCIAL MEDIA NETWORK GROUP

The social Media Network Group is for the serious influencers who want to build up their followings in ALL social media and search engine platforms.  It has over 18,000 members and focuses on more specific goals such as improving your Alexa ranking and building up your YouTube ranking.

It’s important to note that these require reciprocating with everyone. I normally suggest people shy away from such large time commitments; however, the shear amount of promotion that this group offers makes it well worth it.

You can sign up for the Social Media Network Group by going here.

THE KEY TO FACEBOOK SUCCESS

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The key to success is staying consistent.  These groups all offer HUGE benefits. Therefore participating in them as much as possible should be your goal.  Remember, these groups only work if you work. Therefore reciprocate with others, make friends, and most importantly don’t be afraid to ask questions!

You can find my in depth Facebook suggestions by visiting my article “How to Explode Your Traffic With Facebook”.

Also check out How I Made My First 1,000 Blogging to learn my early blogging secrets to how I went full-time.

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Life Began at the End of My Comfort Zone: My Story to Becoming an Entrepreneur

One of the lowest days of my life left me sitting on my friend’s kitchen floor bawling my eyes out.  I was tentatively out of a home, out of a boyfriend (he left to work in Alaska for 5 months), and completely out of money. I was miserable despite successfully graduating from the most difficult challenge of my life: college.  I had no career plans, no marriage plans, and no money. I had nothing but childhood dreams that I had to make magically happen: with nothing.

My friend, seeing me in distress, let me stay at her apartment. She was my last standing hope of emotional sanity and a comfortable night’s sleep.

As I persevered through one of the lowest points of my life, she never once judged me, criticized my decision, or asked anything in return for her hospitality. Instead, she made me breakfast, packed me a lunch and promised me it was all going to work out.  Guess what?

It all worked out.

WHERE I BEGAN

My Husband, Mom, Dad and Brother.

My Husband, Mom, Dad and Brother.

I’m the product of a loving family and farming lifestyle. My parents were solid partners, both as parents and in business.

They were loving, they were tough, and they made me work for everything throughout life.  Ask me what the best quality anyone could have is and I’ll confidently tell you that it’s being able to work yourself from the bottom back up. This is a trait that I will always thank my parents for.

As a kid, I grew up attending school events, helping on the farm, hunting, fishing and that was about it.  Then there was the weather. As a kid, I was obsessed with the weather.

I’d always loved storms and when I was 10 years old I PROMISED myself I’d get my degree in it.

So I did.

When I graduated high school, I attended college for Atmospheric Science (aka weather). This was an incredible opportunity that let me do things such as fly through thunderstorms, attend research conferences and be around people who truly believed in me even when I didn’t even believe in myself.

Ask me what the best quality anyone could have is and I’ll tell you that it’s being able to work yourself from the bottom back up.

I ended up graduating early.  This was an incredible feat for someone who barely crawled through physics-based calculus. However, the taller the wall, the higher I would climb (even if that climb was a crawl).  It’s almost like I lived for the pursuit even if I didn’t actually love the final result.  Tell me I couldn’t do it and I’ll show you all the reasons why I can.  

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A WOMAN DOING A MAN’S JOB

Nicole Stone a Change of Career

Growing up I always thought that after graduating college everything would magically come together. However, it didn’t work like that for me. As much as I wanted to feel excited about my newly earned degree, I couldn’t.

Meanwhile I was booted from my on-campus housing, had a temporary position that couldn’t pay the bills, and was spending my free time applying for jobs I never dreamed I’d actually get.

You see, we have now caught up to the beginning of my story - on my friends kitchen floor.

This is where my life truly started to begin.

After a couple months of despair it started to come together. I was eventually given a “real” job at a university as a research specialist. This was where I was able to continue my education while working full-time.  In the blink of an eye, my entire world changed and I LOVED IT. I was given things such as

  • benefits

  • job security

  • retirement plan

  • money, money, and more money…

For someone who learned to live with nothing, this was a real revelation. I was suddenly handed all of these things with a simple signing of paper. I could pay my bills, travel, and buy things. Oh how it felt so good to be able to buy things.

I had gone from incredibly broke and in debt (I paid for my own college this way) to what I had considered luxury living with a job I never dreamed I’d have.

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You see, I always hated “girly” things. Therefore, having a career where I was able to make a living driving a pickup, working with my hands (and my mind) in overalls, cutoffs, and jeans was a dream come true.

For a young woman with too much ambition, I was on cloud nine. I was able to build a new sense of identity and self-worth from the labor I would put in.

I also loved the element of surprise my existence brought to the world I was entering. It’s amazing the people who struggled to comprehend a young woman working with tools, trucks, and electronics. What others may have found insulting, I found empowering.

SURROUNDING YOURSELF WITH BETTER MAKES YOU BETTER

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I also continued to work with people twice my age (at one point three times my age) for which I credit my “growing up fast” to.  

My greatest mentors and friends have almost always been older, wiser, and critical of me. Looking back, these things made me wiser as well. As a young adult, I had gone through a large evolution of character in a small period of time - and something I couldn’t be more thankful for now.  

BUT… goals, dreams, and ambitions can’t stop when life gets comfortable, and for me, it started getting too comfortable.

After a couple years complacency sets in. Things become more of a grind than a pursuit. I figured this was the time (when you feel like you got what you always wanted) when people get bored with life, with each other, and with their career.. but really they are just bored with themselves.  I was bored with myself.

At this point, all I could think about was “where does my story go from here?”

So I decided to rewrite it.

I told my husband and family I was quitting my career (and my nearly finished master’s degree) to create an opportunity for a “better home life for my future family”… but really I did it for me.  I needed to do it for me.  To be a better me.

I needed to feel a rush of the unknown, of goals, challenges, changes, and pursuing things I didn’t know I wanted yet. I wanted to build something from the ground up.  I didn’t know exactly how, or what, or where it would lead: but I needed to do it anyways.

I wanted to take the most important things to me and see what I could do with them.

I knew that what I had was good but it didn’t stop me from wanting better.

Taking Chances

So just like that, I quit.  I told my boss that I needed a change, to pursue something that was exhilarating for me.

He never judged me, criticized me, or asked anything in return for his years of advice. He simply wished me the best and in his own way, reminded me it would all work out.

He was right… it worked all out.

It’s OK to know what you have is good and still decide you want better

WHEN IT’S WORTH THE RISK

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As a human, comfort is our greatest sense of relief. However, it’s our discomfort that reminds us that we are alive and reminds us to keep pushing to be better.

In the span of my very short tenure as an adult, I’ve been able to educate myself, fly through airplanes, run a 3-state mesonet, travel the country, and leave a great life for an even better one.

Most importantly, I’ve learned that my own happiness is up to me. It isn’t up to my husband, my parents, my friends, or my job. Only me.

I make my own money, my own dreams, and I make my own happiness, with nothing buy hardwork and learning how to be comfortable with discomfort.

Perhaps most importantly however, I’ve learned to embrace the people who have always chosen to believe and drown the rest of the criticism out.

Hopefully someday I can invest my knowledge and support in someone I owe nothing to, too.

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10 Ways You Can Make Major Money Online In 2019

10 ways to make money online!

Making money online has never been easier than it is now.  With more companies focusing on remote opportunities, the freelance market is on fire.  With unlimited resources, contacts, and platforms .. 2018 is your time to break out in the online world. 

Whether you want extra spending money or a whole new career, I go through the ten best ways you can make a money online this year (and they aren't surveys!)

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1. FREELANCE WRITING

Freelance writing is one of the BEST ways you can make money online.  

When I started out, I made hundreds on the side freelance writing.  It was something I enjoyed and could do on my own time. It can also pay very well.  It's not uncommon for quality writers to get between 100$ - 300$ per 1,000 word post, some even get more.

To get started, you need to create a digital portfolio.  To learn more about this, I've included my completely FREE freelance email course you can enroll in below.  

2. BEING A VIRTUAL ASSISTANT

Being an online VA is one of the most underrated methods for making money online.  Not to mention, it has one of the largest job markets, Why?  Because every business, blogger, and industry needs someone to help them with their everyday tasks.  This means opportunities are endless. 

Examples of virtual assistant jobs include:

  • Data Entry

  • Call Service Support

  • Social Media Assistants

  • Pinterest Assistants

  • Chat Representatives

  • Executive Assistants

  • And more!

There are tremendous training opportunities for people looking to be a VA.  To get a better idea of job availability, you can check this Virtual Assistant Website, where you can take online training courses, apply for jobs, and get a better idea of the market. 

3. TEACH ENGLISH ONLINE

How would you like to teach English to kids in China? While making $17 - $22 an hour to do so?

VIPKID already has 20,000 teachers working with them and they are looking to add more! The best part?

  • They provide all of the training

  • You get to work at home

  • You work on your OWN time

All you need to do is fill out this simple application.   Many teachers are currently making over $2,000 a month from their efforts. 

 

4. STARTING A BLOG

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Blogging is a fantastic way to make an extra 100/mo or an extra 100,000/mo.  It just depends on how much effort you want to put into it.    My favorite "rich" blogger of all time makes over 100,000 a month, with over 50,000 of it being from affiliate sales alone (which we will go over next).  That is a lot of passive income.  

You can find out exactly how she did it here. 

Other ways blogger's make money is through ads, sponsorships, products, services... you name it!

If it's something you'd like to learn more about, my post: How Blogger's Make Money, will walk you through all of the details.  

Start your blog today (It's one of the ways I make money!)

5. UTILIZING AFFILIATES

So what exactly is affiliate marketing? Well, you simply get a commission every time you recommend a sale.

Affiliate marketing goes hand in hand with blogging. However, you don't need to be a blogger to make an income from affiliates.  Social media, word of mouth, and email are all fantastic ways to gain affiliate income as well.

In fact, many Youtuber's make significant money from affiliate marketing without ever having to make a website.  They simply leverage the benefit of video to make the sales.  And the reality is, video has higher a chance of converting than writing.  So, if video is your thing (and writing long, lengthy posts are not) your just as well off in the affiliate world. 

You can also learn how Michelle make 50,000 a month from affiliates right here. She also offers a course where she teaches you exactly how to do it for yourself.  I took it and I highly recommend you do too!

6. SELLING ON AMAZON

Anybody can sell on Amazon if they are willing to find an "in demand" product at wholesale price. If that product can appeal to the amazon market, they can set themselves up to make an incredible profit. 

 Creator's can also make profit if they can find a large enough market (with low enough competition) for their creations. Although, I found choice number one to be the more popular of the two choices.

There are numerous Amazon FBA courses available that can help you navigate the process.

I posted the video above for entertainment purposes, but it's actually quite motivating. 

Now, I'm not saying that every video on Youtube is legit because that's definitely not the case. However, common sense says the platform wouldn't work if there wasn't significant profit to be made. These two also sound like they know their stuff. You can learn a lot about the process if you give it a listen.

If you like the idea of creating or simply redistributing, products on the side, then Amazon might be right for you. 

7. SELLING ON ETSY

Etsy is a popular platform for creators.  If you are into crafting or art, it's a perfect platform to try out the eCommerce world.  You simply list your items in the Etsy store and use the site's audience to make sales (which is easier than trying to start your own online store). 

I'm not an Etsy expert, but I've heard of many women making a killing with their products.  This article by around.io does a good job listing the items you can profit on with Etsy. 

8.  FLIPPING WEBSITES

Have you ever heard of Flippa? Well, it's this nifty site where you can buy and sell websites. 

Obviously, you have to have a decent knowledge of marketing and SEO to make this profitable. However, there is a huge benefit to using aged domains over new ones: they rank better in Google. 

Some of the websites on the platform are junk, while others are diamonds in the rough.  They simply need someone to shine them up for a new audience.  

If you are good with marketing and have a decent knowledge of Wordpress (the most common platform on the site) you will do well flipping sites.  

You can find out more at flippa.com.

9. DROP SHIPPING

Drop shipping is like having a retail store without all of the physical headaches. 

Essentially, drop shipping is where you get to sell items without stocking them yourself.  It's almost like a hybrid between affiliate marketing and Amazon sales.  You do the marketing, promotion, sales, etc... but the wholesaler does the shipping.  This saves you both money and space.

The best part is that you can sell your favorite retail products from anywhere.  All you need is an internet connection. 

To find out more about drop shipping, watch the video below and check out this article by Shopify. 

 

10. CONSULTING

If you have knowledge where people need it, you can profit from it. That's right, selling your knowledge is the real deal. 

There are so many different topics you can consult on.  All you need is a platform to selly our knowledge and an audience to buy it.  

Examples of online consulting services include:

  • Fitness/health

  • Life Skills

  • Business

  • Finance

  • Marketing

  • Tech

  • Real Estate

  • And many more!

WHAT YOU NEED TO DO NOW

So what is the one requirement for all of these opportunities? Having an online presence.  You should be active on social media, you should have some sort of medium for people to view your brand, and you need to build people's trust.  

Below I included my FREE online writing class. It's not only geared at writers, but also anyone looking to build an online presence and portfolio.  

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When to Quit Your Job to Pursue Your Own Business (What You Should Know!)

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Knowing when to quit your job to pursue your own dream as a business owner is a serious question.  So much so, that it needs to be answered by a person who already has quit their job to pursue a business.  

I fit the bill.

However, it's important to keep in mind that these are only my opinions (based on experience) and you are responsible for making your own decision based on your own situations.

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With that said, I'm excited to share my experience with you.  

A year ago, I wrote this article about how I quit my job to pursue my dreams.  

It's been over a year now and I haven't gone back to a traditional "9-to-5" job (not that I exactly ever had one).  Rather, I've been on the most exhilarating, stressful, and adventurous period of my life: entrepreneurship

I’ve also been ridiculously lazy at times, unproductive, and procrastinated. I’ve also overworked myself,

It's taken sacrifice, disappointment, and plenty of mistakes to make it here. It hasn't been easy but it's definitely been worth it!

First, let me start by saying there isn't an absolute "right way".  There are only recommended paths. Some may be longer and more difficult than others, but with a responsible mindset and a good work ethic, you can end up in the same place: success.   

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My Business 1 Year Later

My original plans (of making my income solely from blog posts) have deviated to assure I make money in the short term as well.

I’m not alone. This is something that many bloggers to do make ends meet.  At the moment, I'm running a media business consisting of numerous different money making entities:

  • Blogging (my FAVORITE)

  • Freelance Writing

  • Website Creation

  • Promoting Brands/Business

When I stay on track with these, I make a nice monthly sum of money. As long as I don’t spend to much time… fishing. If you follow me on social media you know what I mean.

I also somehow have managed to create numerous different websites in numerous different niches and therefore do a lot of unpaid, no return work. I guess you could say I love blogging (or simply playing around with computers) just that much.   However, only one project has been the bread winner: this one. 

My Nicole Stone site (and brand) took numerous niche changes, improvements, months of marketing. This was quite the investment to make work.  But guess what? Now it works.

WHAT IT WAS LIKE TO QUIT

Quitting my job has been the most stressful, rewarding, exhilarating, and overwhelming experience of my life. It's not only made me grow but given me freedom I hadn't had before. 

For instance, I can now take as many fishing (if you have been getting to know me on here you know I love my fishing) trips as I want. This has been a huge bonus for me but it's also been a bit of an expense.  

For example, every day that I choose to fish I'm not getting paid. There is no more "paid leave".  Instead I have to make a choice: money or fishing. 

That can be quite stressful considering fishing costs money.  However, it's a perfect example of the sacrifices business owners have to make, especially in their developing years. I have freedom to do the things I love, but that freedom comes at a literal cost. 

This is one of the most important things you need to be aware of before you decide to make the switch: money doesn't earn itself and time definitely equals money.

Having more time to do what I love. One of the many benefits of entrepreneurship.

Having more time to do what I love. One of the many benefits of entrepreneurship.

Other Things to Consider

We all have our dreams and "ideas" of what we think entrepreneurship and working from home looks like.  Well, here is where "real life" comes into play. 

  • Nothing happened quite like I thought it would. My goal "A" turned into a different goal "B" then "C" and so forth. Where I started out isn't where I'm at (which is a stressful but a good thing!)

  • Everything took way longer then I thought it would (like way, way, way longer).

  • I said I was going to work 60 hours day. Didn't happen.

  • Going to the gym is no easier now then it was at my old job. Should it be? Sure... but it doesn't work that way.

  • The online community can be a brutal one. I've made some incredible friends and also have gone through some excruciating criticism, threats, and more. I wasn't mentally ready for it at the time but I eventually had to be.

  • Rejection became normal.

  • All of my insecurities had to be left in the dust.

  • It's true that the "squeaky wheel gets the grease". If you don't go after it than someone else will. If they get it then you don't.

However, for every disappointment there is a much bigger reward.  Here are the a few of the many incredible benefits about taking the leap and working for yourself:

  • I pick my own schedule.

  • I pick my own clients (if I don't like them I don't work for them).

  • Building something out of nothing is incredibly rewarding.

  • I've had time to pursue my other passions, which has led to personal accomplishments (such as guesting on a TV show, being invited to media events, receiving gear deals, etc...).

  • Receiving enough sleep when I need it (if I'm really not feeling good - I stay in bed until I do).

  • I learned to me more dependent on what I think of myself then what other people think of me.

  • Most importantly, I stopped dreading the other five days of the week.

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KNOWING WHEN QUITTING IS RIGHT FOR YOU

Now that you know these details, you are still wondering when the right time to quit for you is.  

Well here is the thing, there isn't exactly a right or a wrong.  In fact, I've heard of bloggers who waited until they vastly exceeded their previous job's income before going full-time. I've also heard of others who decided to quit, sell everything and start with nothing.  Both became successful. 

However, keep in mind these are both on the extreme sides of the spectrum. Despite this, they still had one thing in common when they quit their "9-to-5": a plan. 

If you don’t start you can never grow”

When You Have a Plan in Place

It's important to create a plan and be productive!

Therefore the first step into leaving is to have a plan. You will end up changing your plan but it will at least keep you on track initially.  It will also give you ambition, connections, and "mini" goals that will help train yourself to actually work.   It will also get you at least started in the right direction. 

Most importantly, you can't edit a blank slate. You need a plan to start with first to be able to build upon. If you don't start you can never grow. 

A few additional things to consider when plannning:

Are you planning on being a blogger? If so, consider the following:

  • Have you started your blog? Creating a blog takes money and time.

  • Have you built up an audience? You don't need thousands of views yet but you need to have an understanding of how to get some.

  • Do you have affiliate programs or services setup? Applying to programs takes time, and promoting those programs take even more time.

Are you looking to freelance or sell different services? Then be sure to consider the following:

  • Have you built a website? You will need one of those. It will need to be professional and maintained.

  • Do you have a portfolio? Start one now. Add your relevant work experience, education, and samples.

  • Do you have a marketing plan in place: Having a website, copy material, and marketing presence is essential. I recommend starting these well before you even get serious with your job.

 

WHEN YOU CAN RELY ON YOUR SAVINGS

The next thing you should be considering is your current financial situation. Working for yourself means there is no guaranteed income.  This means there are times when there is even NO income at all.   Want to take a vacation? Then be ready to lose money from it. 

That's why building up a savings is crucial to your success. 

Matt and I had paid off some debt and had a years worth of my salary saved up to help support us.  Not too mention, he stayed with his job.  Having his income still kept us secure.  Therefore, I could work on my business, still have a life, and still sleep at night.  

Most importantly, I wasn't forced into an employee position when the first setback occurred (of which many occurred). 

When You Have Already Made Consistent Money

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I highly recommend making some money before making the switch.  If you have at least made something, even as little as $500, it can help build your confidence and help you know your limits.

Whether it be from freelancing, blogging, surveys, etc... knowing you can put money in your pocket when you need to is a crucial step into building your confidence and your business

Consider Alternate Money Making Methods

Even if your goal is to become a full-time blogger, you may not be able to make enough income right away. However, there are many other ways you can make money. This includes:

  • Freelance writing

  • Website development

  • Virtual assistant work

  • Website rating

  • & so much more. You can read my entire article on ways to earn money online right here.

WHEN IT'S ALL YOU WANT TO WORK ON

You need to love. You will need to be obsessed with your business otherwise you won't work on it.  When I mean obsessed, it's what you should be thinking about, learning about, and trying to do no matter how little of time you may have during the work week. 

WHEN YOU CAN COME TO TERMS WITH THE RISK

You may not sleep, or live, as comfortably as you once did.  Why? Because you will now experience a lot of uncertainty. You won't know exactly when your next pay check will come, you aren't guaranteed pay, and you will certainly risk spending more then you make.  

Therefore, it's important to understand the risk and if it's right for you. Some people excel under this stress while others don't. 

Here is my advice to you:

Explore Your Options before you go full-time

Unless you are making a liberal amount of money already, try to diversify your income out of the gate.  The easiest way to do this is to offer a service such as freelance writing, social media marketing, consulting, etc...

It's important to know that in the beginning you will most likely need more than one source of income.  This will help you not only make sure you are making enough income, but will also provide you with important connections that will benefit your business in many other ways. 

PUTTING IT TOGETHER

I recommend putting together a plan and a list of goals.  Write down your income goals, work hour goals, and savings plan. Then I recommend a way to reward yourself when you reach those goals. This helps you keep yourself accountable and helps you create an employee and employee relationship with yourself. 

In summary, it's important to focus on:

  • A plan: Make a business plan for yourself. Include:

    • Goals: Write down income goals, productivity goals, and outreach goals.

    • Rewards: Determine how you will reward yourself when you meet these goals.

    • Structure: Determine how you will structure your day/weeks/months to meet these goals. It's easy to get side tracked everyday if you don't.

  • Making a Profit First: Learn how to make a profit before you quit.

  • Having Money for Security: A generous savings account will make this whole process a lot easier.

  • Having a Healthy Mindset: Know that this will take risk, time, and dissapointment. You will need to improve yourself, your plan, and your skills overtime to be successful.

To learn more about the ways you can make money, also check out:

Finally believe in yourself.  No one can make your own dreams happen but you. Understand the preperation, sacrafice, and effort involved in success.

However, also remember that you will more than likely regret NOT doing it.  You have one chance at your own life so make it count. 


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What to Do if Pinterest Blocks Your Website (Complete Guide!)

There has been an influx of websites marked as "spam" on Pinterest lately.  This means people's websites are becoming blocked and every one of their links being considered spam.   If this is you, don't worry.  I have the solution.

I woke up one ambitious morning only to find that Pinterest had marked my site as spam.  That's right, it blocked every single pin on Pinterest (I have hundreds). The message I received in return? "Sorry we blocked this link because it may lead to spam".  There is absolutely nothing "spammy" about my site.  

The dreaded message I received when Pinterest blocked my website.

The dreaded message I received when Pinterest blocked my website.

Pinterest is my second biggest source of traffic (next to Google) so a loss of Pinterest is a major hit to my business.   The other issue that concerned me was with customer service.  Social media platforms have terrible customer services. Pinterest is no different.

There is no:

  • Direct Customer Support

  • Chat Windows

  • Numbers to Call

There is literally no direct help.  There is only a FAQ page which will eventually lead you to a button that you can click on that will redirect your to a form...  You will need to get to this form.  To help you out, here is the link: Pinterest Help Center. 

Once you are there, follow these instructions:

FILL OUT THE "WHAT DO YOU NEED HELP WITH?*" BOX

You will see "What do you need help with?*" box. Make sure to click on "Business accounts". 

Pinterest for Business Help

 

FILL OUT THE "TELL US MORE*" TAB

When the "Tell us more*" box pops up, be sure to click on "Pinterest blocked my site".  

Pinterest Blocked My Site

 

CLICK ON "I STILL NEED HELP"

Pinterest will then notify you of why they think your site should be blocked.  Don't bother with this. If you know your URL is good, scroll to the bottom and hit the red button that says "I still need help".

Pinterest "Still Need Help" Buttom

FILL OUT THE POPUP FORM

Once you click on "I still need help" you will receive a form box to your right as shown below.  You will have to fill out that box.  For title put " Pinterest incorrectly blocked my site" or something similar. 

In "Description" put " My site was incorrectly blocked..." with a short detail.  If your WHOLE site is blocked (every pin is marked as spam) then be sure to add that to your message. 

Also, you MUST add:

  • Your Website URL

  • A link to a pin that is showing that it's blocked

Then (this is ** important**) copy that exact description you just wrote because you will need it again. 

Above is an example of the Pinterest Help Form that appears when trying to appeal the block.

Above is an example of the Pinterest Help Form that appears when trying to appeal the block.

SUBMIT THE INFORMATION

After you hit submit you NEED TO WAIT to receive an email confirmation.  This may take some time to hit your inbox; however, you must be ready when it does (be sure to check spam, social, or promotional folders if you don't see it). You will need to respond in a timely matter. 

PINTEREST WILL SEND YOU AN EMAIL

Responding to this email is ESSENTIAL to them fixing the issue.  Be sure to watch for the email (it may end up in spam).  

Pinterest Website Spam Response

RESPOND TO THE EMAIL

Copy and paste your original message.

See below: 

What to do if Pinterest blocks your account

Send it and you are done!

This should be addressed within 48 hours. If it isn't, then try to contact them again.  Another piece of advice I received from a blogger was to also have other bloggers report the issue for you and/or have Tailwind (if you have an account) help you out as well. 
 

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