5 Headline Tools That Will Give You Killer Titles and More Blog Traffic

Not getting enough page views on your content? Your headline might be to blame.

Headline’s can make or break a blog posts success. Therefore, if your post isn’t performing, one of the first things you should check is the quality of your title.

That’s because nobody will read your article if they don’t want to click on your headline. Headlines are a significant factor in the number of page views a certain website will receive. Quality content of course matters, but not if people don’t click on the title to read the content first.

Qualities That are found in a Great Headline

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Headlines that convert into readers have a variety of important factors. These include:

  • Proper Keywords (to rank in Google!)

  • Emotion to Draw Attention

  • Lists When Relevant (i.e. 5 Ways to Grow Your Page)

  • Answer a Question/Problem (i.e. How to…)

  • Are Easy to Understand

However, combining most of these features into a perfect sentence can be rather difficult. That’s where this list of free tools comes in.

Below are 5 headline generators every blogger, freelancer, and business owner should be utilizing.

And… if you don’t enjoy reading the details of every single generator, here is a list you can copy and save for future use.

  1. CoSchedule

  2. Portent’s Content Idea Generator

  3. Hubspot Blog Topic Generator

  4. Tweak Your Biz Title Generator

  5. Impact Blog Title Generator

Also learn how I sky rocketed my traffic to thousands of views a day.

HEADLINE GENERATORS

CoSchedule Headline Generator

CoSchedule’s headline tool is one of the most popular tools for bloggers. It works not by generating ideas, but instead by analyzing your headline and producing a report. It tells you what works and what doesn’t.

All you have to do is enter your title into the generator box and it will produce report with the results. An example of this is below.

CoSchedule Headline Analyzer.

CoSchedule Headline Analyzer.

 

Portent’s Content Idea Generator

Portent’s Content Idea Generator is just that - an idea. It’s a simple and fun platform that gives you a variety of ideas to work with. Very rarely do I find it to be the end all to my blogging struggles; however, I do find it to help give me much higher performing ideas.

As you can see below, all you need to do is type in your topic where it says “enter your subject here” and it will kick you out a combination of fun and interactive sentences.

Portent's Content Idea Generator
 

Hubspot Blog Topic Generator

Hubspot Blog Topic Generator is my personal favorite. Type in a noun and Hubspot will kick you out a list of headlines that will last you a month or even a year.

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As you can see above, you simply have to type in a noun into your blog ideas generator shown above. Then you will be give a short free list. However, to gain hundreds of ideas surrounding that topic, all you need to do is enter your email address into their newsletter. As you can see below, they gave me 250 blogging headlines that I can download as a spreadsheet and keep in my records.

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Tweak Your Biz Title Generator

Tweak Your Biz title generator is similar to Hubspot. It works by giving you a long list of headline suggestions based on your topic of choice. The nice thing about Tweak Your Biz is that you are able to select “noun” or “verb”. You will then receive a long list of suggestions. You can see an example of this below.

Tweak Your Biz Title Generator.

Tweak Your Biz Title Generator.

This is the Tweak Your Biz Title generated list.

This is the Tweak Your Biz Title generated list.

 

Impact Blog Title Generator

Impact Blog Title Generator

The Impact Blog Title Generator is similar to the Potent Blog Content Generator mentioned above. It’s clean, simple, and is perfect to quickly create a catchy title when you need one.

 

Which Headline Generator is Best For You?

Picking the right headline generator depends on a few things:

  • Your topic (some topics work better with certain generators)

  • The amount of time you have

  • The brainstorming or refining stage (do you need ideas or do you need a title tweak?)

I sometimes find that using a combination of all of these generators work the best. For example, I might pick two or three from the list above and then refine them in CoSchedule.

The key is to understand that blogging and freelancing is all about consistency over time. Your blog will grow, you will become better at writing, your income increases over time. Therefore using the tools mentioned above are great for not only improve click through, but keeping a long and consistent list of blog topics to write about.

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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. However, be very careful to not have any promotions running (this has happened to me before). When it asks for your payment method don’t worry - it’s simply to sign up the account. If; however, you have setup advertising you will get charged.

Therefore, Google is a fantastic resource, just be cautious!

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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5 Facebook Groups That EXPLODED My Blog and Business Traffic!

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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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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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