Christmas Challenge Day 8

The 8th day of advent carol in

The 8th day of advent carol in the Christmas Challenge is

Ding Dong Merrily On High

Don’t forget to sing this once alone,

once in the home, and once in a

public place!

Ding dong merrily on high

In heaven the bells are ringing

Ding dong verily the sky

Is riven with angels singing

Gloria

Hosanna in Excelsis

Gloria

Hosanna in Excelsis

Christmas Challenge Day 7

The 7th day of advent carol in

The 7th day of advent carol in the Christmas Challenge is:

While Shepherds Watched

Don’t forget to sing this once alone,

once in the home, and once in a

public place!

While shepherds watched their flocks by night

All seated on the ground

The angel of the Lord came down

And glory shone around.

Fear not said he for mighty dread

Had seized their troubled minds

Glad tidings of great joy I bring

To you and all mankind.

Christmas Challenge Day 6

The Carol for the 6th day of advent is:

Deck The Halls

Deck the halls with boughs of holly

Fa la la la la la la la la

Tis the season to be jolly

Fa la la la la la la la la

Don we now our gay apparel

Fa la la la la la la la la

Troll the ancient yuletide carol

Fa la la la la la la la la

Christmas Challenge Day Five

The 5th day of advent carol for the

Christmas Challenge is We Three Kings:

We three kings of orient are

Bearing gifts we traverse afar

Field and fountain moor and mountain

Following yonder star

Oh star of wonder star of night

Star with royal beauty bright

Westward leading still proceeding

Guide us to thy perfect light.

Christmas Challenge Day 3

Today is the first Sunday in Advent and the day 3 in the Christmas Challenge.

Today’s carol is Little Donkey:

Little donkey, little donkey

On the dusty road

Got to keep on plodding onwards

With your precious load.

Been a long time little donkey

Through the winter’s night

Don’t give up now little donkey

Bethlehem’s in sight.

Ring out those bells tonight

Bethlehem Bethlehem

Follow the star tonight

Bethlehem Bethlehem

Little donkey little donkey

Had a heavy day

Little donkey carry Mary

Safely on her way

Little donkey carry Mary

Safely on her way.

Remember you must sing each carol once alone, once in the home and once in a public place!

Christmas Challenge Day Two

Today’s Christmas Challenge carol is a Negro spiritual song that proclaims to the shepherds that ‘Jesus Christ is born’.

Go Tell It On The Mountain:

‘Go tell it on the mountain

Over the hills and everywhere

Go tell it on the mountain

That Jesus Christ is born.

While shepherds kept their watching

O’er silent flocks by night

Behold throughout the heavens

There shone a holy light

Go tell it on the mountain

Over the hills and everywhere

Go tell it on the mountain

That Jesus Christ is born’.

A Christmas Challenge That Won’t Cost A Penny!

So, as everyone probably knows by now Mandy loves all things Christmas.

This year she has set her friends a Christmas challenge that you might like to join in with.

Everyone must sing a Christmas carol each day in Advent, which starts today on December 1st.

Each day you will get the first verse and chorus of a carol that you must sing once in the home, once alone and once in a public place.

Today’s carol is The Holly and the Ivy:

‘The holly and the ivy,

When they are both full grown

Of all the trees that are in the wood

The holly bears the crown

O the rising of the sun

And the running of the deer

The playing of the merry organ

Sweet singing of the choir’

Have fun singing your heart out today!

 

Enjoy the journey!

Three Questions To Ask Before Picking The Perfect Blog Niche For You

According to many statistics, 90% of online startups fail, and blogging as a money making route is not an exception.

No wonder the percentage is so high, as most of them have been started from emotional decisions, with no proper feasibility study, and the result is tons of expired domains and a huge loss of money.

Yes, like any startup you might consider offline, you should do a feasibility study, prepare a lot of documents, and do a lot of calculations, just to know if this is a feasible opportunity for you, or not.

You need to do a good analysis breakdown before selecting the proper niche that will hopefully bring in the money.

To analyze a blog niche you need to answer the next extremely important questions: 

1. What is the niche that you really like?

The niche that you select to write a hundred posts on should be something that you really like and know a lot about. That will make your job a piece of cake.

But it is not an easy journey, right?

No it is not and you need to work hard, as you are not the first person who will write in that niche.

You have to find out what are the needs of the audience and represent the topic in a creative way.

So, your blog must not be just “Another WordPress blog”. You have to be unique, to stand out from the crowd otherwise your blog might be caught in the Google sandbox for a very long time.

And if you are not passionate about the niche your goal will not be easy to achieve.

You might say, ”I will hire a writer to do the job for me”!

Assuming that you have enough budget to outsource the content creation, you need to know about the niche to evaluate the delivered content for quality sent to you by your writer.

Otherwise, you will just accept anything, and end with a blog full of content which makes little or no sense, or at least not up to the targeted audience’s par.

Another advantage of targeting a niche that you already like and know about is that you will be already connected to some bloggers in that niche, so building strong relationships with these bloggers is much easier for you, and you could get some nice backlinks too.

2. Is it worth targeting that niche?

You might like a niche, or be passionate about it, but there may be no money in that niche!

Yes, that could happen, here are some of the reasons:

Not Enough Commercial Intent Keywords

Commercial intent keywords are those keywords that expect the intention is to buy the product.  For example: “Best cable modem”, or “top cardio machine reviews”.. etc.

If most of the keywords you have found in the niche are informational, you will end up by only monetizing your site with Google AdSense, and it will not work for you unless you have huge amounts traffic, which is not the case when you are starting, nor at least for a year.

There Are Some Products With Good Keywords, But They Aren’t Worth Your Time

If the niche you do love has cheap products it will not be a lucrative niche site.  Most people will try to buy those products offline, as the savings, if found, online will not be that much.

3. How is the competition?

The list of niches is a very long one.

You might have great experience in something, or are extremely passionate about it, but when you search using the money keywords on Google, you find the niche beasts there.  Will it be a good decision to compete with these giants?

For me, I’d leave that niche, and find another niche, unless there are a lot of keywords that have low competition, but you might ask yourself how do you check the keyword competitiveness?

Find long tail keywords of 50 monthly search volume and above.  As they are long tail keywords, there will be enough variations and you will get good amount of traffic.

Check the Keyword on Google and see the top 10 results.

The keyword is great to target if there are at least two competitors on page one which have a DA/PA less than 30, or a TF/CF less than 25/35 respectively.

You will likely be able to beat such competitors, especially if they have few backlinks.

If you can find a list of 50-100 keywords, then you have a niche to target, otherwise you should skip that niche.

Bottom Line:

So we have seen what are the main questions that we need to ask ourselves to ensure that your time, effort, and money will not be wasted.  Now, it is your turn.  If you see that there are more checks and analysis that can be done to ensure that a niche site will be productive, just let me know in the comment box.

Hussain Omar has built his expertise as a knowledgeable and experienced SEO strategist, he’s the founder of Hustaw SEO, and the guy behind Cost Effective SEO blog. He is an addict to anything related to SEO, Search Engine Marketing, Internet Marketing, and Blogging.

How To Use Influencer Marketing To Build Your Business Part 2

In this post we continue from Part 1 of How To Use Influencer Marketing, which you can read here.

So, who is an Influencer?

Influencers can come in different forms. They can be journalists, Professors, Industry analyst, Celebrities (Artist/Artiste), Professional advisors, Motivational beings or Brand advocates. Often, they are people who have a great grasp of their various industries. People know, like and trust whatever they say or share with them. They have risen far and above everyone else in their industry and hence, people love, appreciate, and buy their ideologies, products and services.

Influencers such as Emeka Nobis, Tony Robbins, Ramit Sethi, Ryan Biddulph, and Lesly Federici are folks who have enormous audiences.  Building connections with them and getting them to share your message can make you stand out from the crowded Facebook Ads, Google Adwords and other advertising platforms, and help you get massive value and grow your brand.

Why you should turn to Influencer Marketing

Based on my findings, I discovered that there are about 685,000 searches and results on “Influencer Marketing” on Google and this happens in the space of 0.48 seconds. I don’t know the science behind this result but I do know that a lot of people are searching for that term. And you know what, that tells me simply that influencer marketing is important and that it is okay to deploy it into my marketing strategies.

Below are some of the reasons you and your business should turn to Influencer Marketing

  • It’s more Authentic: When you are just starting out as an entrepreneur, people don’t know you and it is usually very difficult to get them to opt-in on your offers. This is where leveraging on the influence of authority people in your niche comes in. If you dream of publishing a book and making it a bestseller, you will want to hire a Michael Hyatt or a Ramit Sethi to write a review about the said book to publish on their blogs. That way, it would get maximum attention and sales.
  • It’s cost effective: Well, it depends. But if you know how to really connect and build solid and likable relationships with authorities in your niche, you can be sure to get them to talk about you and your business for a small amount of dollars. And if they like you well enough, some might even decide to promote you FREE of charge.
  • It helps your brand image: You are your brand and when people constantly see and read about you from other people, especially top guys they love and respect, they automatically gravitate towards liking you and hence, do business with you. It is that simple.

How can I build relationships with Influencers?

Building relationships with influencers in your niche is relatively simple but requires a lot of work and time. If you have the time and you are willing to give it all takes to research and read blogs and comment on them, you will be on your way to growing your brand and getting repeat customers.

However, aside from blogs, there are other channels, social channels like Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and LinkedIn which are capable of helping you to connect and build relationships with highly influential people.

Platforms to connect and build good relationships with influencers are (but not limited to):

• Weblogs
• Facebook
• LinkedIn
• Twitter
• Googleplus
• Mention
• Pinterest
• Klinkk
• Kingged
• Instagram
• Baddo
• Meetup, and their likes.

When I started out fully as an online entrepreneur, I immediately connected Harleena Singh, Sue Neal (She no longer blogs) and Adrienne Smith (She also shut down her blog some months ago) via their blogs. I had previous learned the importance of building relationships via the many eBooks I consumed about “How to Become a Successful Blogger” and so had visited and contacted these beautiful folks. Their support and advice have been what has kept me going all these years (4yrs).

Basically, I would search, visit, read and comment on the blogs of both influencers, the average and the newbie bloggers in my niche. I didn’t know how I was building the blocks that would erect and make my business hugely successful.

Consistently showing up and actively engaging with bloggers via blog commenting helped me to build my own know, like and trust factor and that made all the difference.

As I said earlier, it’s very easy to connect and build relationships, you just need to map out what you want to achieve with the relationships you are trying to build and let it motive, be right and accurate.

Where and How to Deploy “Influencer Marketing” into your business

There are various ways in which you can deploy influencer marketing as a strategy into your business.

Here are some of them:

• Inbound Link: When an influencer mentions you or your brand on their platform, it spurs their audience to run to your blog, consume what you share and buy your ideologies and offers.
• Content visibility: Your words and brand easily spreads like wildfire to places you’ve never been and calls and contracts begin to roll in.
• Audience Building: Growing your blog’s traffic and loyal audience becomes easy as you are exposed to an even larger audience.
• Content Collaboration: You get to create products for market consumption with authority figures and then share the profits together.
• Publishing Opportunities: You get the opportunity to guest post for highly influential people on the merit that they know, like and trust you to deliver a powerful learning experience for their audience.

Conclusion on “Influencer Marketing”

Now, what I have shared here with you is exactly how I leverage and use influential marketing to build my own successful online business. Every day, I get out there with the intention of meeting new people, starting a conversation with them, getting them comfortable and familiar with me, making them like me and finally keep them assured that they can trust me to tackle their projects or something like it. Doing this religiously has afforded me the opportunity to build my own influential status.

So if you are serious about this subject, I would implore you to do exactly what I have shared here and I can bet that you will come back and leave me a “Thank You” message.

If there’s anything you feel I missed out, please do share your thoughts using the comment box and I will be back to respond to them. Yes, you are free to ask questions and share this post with your friends. Thank you!

 

About Author: Sam Adeyinka is a freelance writer, digital marketing strategist and social media enthusiast who loves to help young adults with strategies of starting, launching and growing their own online business. He writes a business blog at Income Splash.

How To Use Influencer Marketing To Build Your Business

Influencer Marketing

Influencer Marketing

How to use influencer marketing to build your business is a 2 part series by Sam Adeyinka.  Today we showcase part 1.

Have you just started a business and want so badly for it to grow to that point where it becomes extremely successful?

If you answered yes, then you might want to consider leveraging on what I like to call “Influencer Marketing” as it is a very powerful way of meeting, exchanging words, contacts and contracts with people, thereby building a thriving business in the process.

What I wish to achieve with this post is simple; I want to get you to understand what influencer marketing is, what it is not, who an influencer is, how you can start a relationship with them, and how you can successfully deploy the phenomenon into your marketing strategies and campaigns.

What is Influencer Marketing?

As defined by Influencer Analysis, “An influencer is an individual who has above-average impact on a specific niche process. Influencers are normal people, who are often connected to key roles of media outlets, consumer groups, industry associations or community tribes. Influencers may or may not be aware of your company, but represent control of an audience segment that is important to your business.”

And based on my layman’s understanding of the phenomenon, I define Influencer marketing as a type of marketing hinged on connecting and building solid relationships with industry leaders with the singular purpose of getting them to know, like, and trust you enough to help present your products or services to a larger audience.

Influencer marketing in some ways can be linked with two other forms of marketing which are, Social Media Marketing and Content Marketing.

Most influencers turn to social media outlets such as Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn to propagate their messages to their followers and as a result of their high social influence, they are able to influence hundreds of thousands of people to take actions they otherwise would not have taken. And throughout that process, what is uniquely deployed is CONTENT. Remember, “Content is King”.

Influence marketing is NOT a “hack” or a “get-rich-quick-scheme” strategy. No, but it is a process that requires patience and willingness to connect, reconnect and exchange content with top influencers in your niche.

What are the Key Components of Influencer Marketing?

Via influential marketing you can build a profitable business that helps you travel the world and to places you’ve always dreamed of going with your significant other. However, for these strategies to work for you, you will need to deploy a few unique components:

Figure out before what your brand needs are and use it to tailor your request to the influencer.

Identify key brands or product influencers through social media outlets. Facebook & Twitter are the best ones.

Reach out to them but in a very polite manner and be sure to give them in depth details of what your business is about and how you want them to come in.

Effective communication before, during and after the job is a key component in influencer marketing.

Let me guess, the components are self-explanatory. Do them and thank me later. 🙂

About Author: Sam Adeyinka is a freelance writer, digital marketing strategist and social media enthusiast who loves to help young adults with strategies of starting, launching and growing their own online business. He writes a business blog at Income Splash.

Look out for part two of this post next week!