When Is The Best Time To Launch A Blog (And Make Money)?

When Is The Best Time To Launch A Blog (And Make Money)?

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When is the best time to start a blog? The answer is NOW. With the recession coming in 2020, there is no better time to start a blog than now. Follow this guide.
When Is The Best Time To Start A Blog

Should I Start A Blog Now?

You are at home and probably under quarantine by the government because they wanted to stop the epidemic of the Covid-19 virus. You had heard and read financial experts talking about the great recession in 2020 and you are dead worried. How do you cope up with the financials? Lucky for you, read this post and I'll show you two powerful strategies to beat the upcoming recession ... but you need to take action right now.

Do you know that starting a blog is also a good way to build passive income during hard times? Here's the thing.

Starting a blog been a long wish for you and you heard about bloggers making money online.

"Is this the best time to start a blog?" You thought to yourself.

The answer is probably a resounding "yes".

The best time to start a blog is right now. Scroll down to learn how to get started right now.

Step By Step To Launch Your First Blog

If you want to start a blog, follow these steps and I'll show you exactly HOW you can start a blog under $30 or less.

And under 60 minutes.

Deal?

1. The basics

The basics includes finding a topic that you are super interested with. It can be something boring or something scientific. It doesn't matter.

You need to be passionate about the topic.

Once that is done, head over to BlueHost to get yourself a domain name and web hosting.

Why BlueHost?

BlueHost offers free domain name, 1-click WordPress installation, superior uptime and above everything affordability. It costs you under $4 a month and there is no better offer than this!

Click here to get started.

2. Setting Up Your WordPress Blog

Here's the beauty of using BlueHost for your web host. It is close to automatic and support is just a click away. Right after setting up your domain name and hosting, you should be ready to setup your WordPress blog.

This step includes:

  • Installing a WordPress theme (find free ones from the WordPress respository)
  • Installing essential WordPress plugins

If anyone had told you that starting a blog is complicated, they are dead wrong. It is a simple 2-step process as above.

Step 3: Publish your first content

Now that your blog is up and running, you need to publish your first content.

Forget about what others had said about SEO and stuffs. You just need to be yourself and share information based on what you know.

A wide range of topics could include:

  • The top 10 things you didn't know about [your interest]
  • How to start [your interest] under X days
  • The ultimate guide to [your interest]

The sky is your limit. So, don't be afraid to go overboard!

4. Informing Google

The last step is where many beginners make the same mistake. There are millions of blogs and Google takes time to discover them all.

To fast forward the 'application' and 'signal sending' process, make sure you register your blog with Google Analytics and Google Search Console.

When you do this, you are telling Google that your blog is new (and it exists) and they need to take at your blog right now!

Summary: 4 Steps Simple Process To Start A Blog Right Now

I had said this a zillion times now. There is no better time to start a blog than now.

With recession and all the economy woes coming our way, we need to step up and take financials into our own hands. And you need to take action right now.

 

Bonus: Two free masterclasses to help you prepare for the great recession in 2020

Recession is coming and you need to be ready. Today, I want to help you get started—and here are two free offers for you right now.

Reginald Chan

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A meticulous entrepreneur by nature, Reginald is a sought-after success coach, digital marketing consultant and TEDx speaker from Asia. Currently, he teaches others how to make money online for free.

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How To Start A Blog In Malaysia [The ULTIMATE Guide]

How To Start A Blog In Malaysia [The ULTIMATE Guide]

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Malaysians, how to start a blog in Malaysia and MAKE MONEY ONLINE? This guide explains clearly how you can become a blogger in Malaysia and make money blogging.
How To Start A Blog In Malaysia

How To Start A Blog In Malaysia?

How to start a blog in Malaysia? In this article, I’m going to show you exactly how you can start a blog under RM250 per year and generate over USD$25,000 with a blog.

If this sounds too good to be true, it is not.

I will share with you my exact earnings I had generated in 2019 and how you can replicate the exact same success like I do.

Let us start with a quick introduction on myself and a table of content.

Table of Contents

Who Is Reginald Chan?

Born and raised in Malaysia, Reginald started blogging back in 2004. It all started as a leisure hobby and turned out to be a full-fledged business that made me not only financially independent, 

I was given the opportunity to become a TEDx speaker and other speaking and coaching gigs around the world.

And now, I want to focus my time with my fellow Malaysians. This guide, How To Start A Blog In Malaysia [The ULTIMATE Guide] is just one part of it!

How Much Can You Earn As A Blogger In Malaysia?

I love Malaysia (KeranaMu Malaysia) and I love the conversion rates even more. As a blogger, I work with overseas brands, mainly in the United States, United Kingdom and Europe. This allows me to enjoy a higher payout, one which deem to be ‘cheap’ for foreigners.

As a blogger in Malaysia, it is rather hard to get money transferred to our local bank accounts (Strip is STILL not available in Malaysia). So my only options are PayPal and Payoneer.

Here’s my earning from PayPal for the year 2019.

Blog Earnings In 2019

I made $17,299 and after conversion from USD to MYR, I made approximately RM69,368.99 (with the conversion rate 4.01). On average, I make around RM5,780.75 per month from blogging alone.

Let’s see how much I made through blogging in 2020 (report taken was from 1st January to 13th March 2020).

Blog Earnings In 2020

I made $4,366 and after conversion, I made approximately RM17,900.60 (with the conversion rate of 4.1). Not bad, huh?

How Do I Make Money From Blogging?

One of my primary blogs generates over 150,000 views and with over 100,000 unique per month. With this stats, I started reaching out to companies to either collaborate in writing reviews or publishing promotions for them. This is where your make money blogging kicks in!

But wait!

You might be a blogger (already) and your thoughts that “it is really tough”.

Yes, you are right. It is not easy to make money but it is not impossible.

Carry on reading to find out how I do that (and all you need is to copy and paste).

Setting Up Your Blog For Success

How To Setup A Blog For Success

The first step of making money with a blog in Malaysia is to set up your blog for success. This means that you start by choosing the right platform to blog with.

I know many bloggers in Malaysia who go with Blogspot, but the trick here is NOT to use Blogspot.

If you want to make money with blogging in Malaysia, you need to build a strong brand name for yourself (and your blog).

Let’s face this.

Most of us (not only Malaysians) are visually convinced. This means that if website visitors will have more trust in you if they land in a well-designed blog.

Website development can be fairly expensive (costs around RM1,000 to RM5,000 per project). But, here’s the cheaper option to start a blog in Malaysia.

Follow this steps.

Step 1: Get a domain name AND a web hosting service

Get A Blog Domain Name

Choose a blog name and next, subscribe for a web hosting service. At this point of writing, Exabytes is offering an awesome 15% discount on .com domains (RM53.46 per year) and premium WordPress hosting at only RM 16 per month.

Let’s do some math.

  • Domain = RM53.46 per year
  • Web hosting = RM16 per year
  • Total investment = RM245.46 per year

To be honest with you, investing RM245.46 per year is really low compared to what you can potentially earn in return. For example, one of my website is hosted on Exabytes SSD VPS (Plesk SSD VPS) that costs around RM6,000 a year. I am willing to spend such value because the amount I am generating from the blog surpasses what I had invested in.

If Exabytes is not your cup of tea, you can consider using BlueHost hosting that comes with domain and web hosting at $3 per month (really, really affordable for beginners). Click here to try BlueHost.

Step 2: Setting Up Your WordPress Blog

How To Setup A WordPress In Malaysia

The next step is important. Every successful blog has:

  • Professional layout/design works
  • Landing pages
  • Contact us page
  • Categories
  • Newsletter sign up form

Here’s how to setup your WordPress blog in Malaysia without spending more money.

Free WordPress Theme. There are many free WordPress themes that you can download directly from the WordPress repository. I recommend you to install WordPress themes created by WordPress themselves. For example, the Twenty Twenty theme.

Premium WordPress Theme. If you are affordable, using a premium WordPress theme helps you to create beautiful WordPress themes that are unique to your brand. Plus, it also removes the hassle of trying to modify or customize the theme as most premium WordPress themes come with drag and drop builder. Two popular options are Thrive Themes and Divi Theme.

Plugins. WordPress plugins are used to ensure that you can enjoy several advanced features without using a single line of code. There are several essential plugins that you should be using. Here is the list:

Step 3: Decide The Type Of Content To Publish

Publish A Blog Post In Malaysia

This is a crucial step. You need to determine the type of content you are going to publish on your blog. Of course, you would have a strong idea on the overall/general niche. 

Therefore, I’m not going down with the route that you should do go for the best paying niche because if it is a niche that you don’t have interest in, you are not going to perform well.

The best way to find a topic that you are interested in and build content topics around it.

This steps involves doing some keyword research for SEO.

How To Do Keyword Research Properly For Your Blog?

  1. Use SEO tools to search for keywords with low competition keywords
  2. Focus on general keywords with has large number of searches
  3. Using the same keyword, add other forms of 'multipliers' such as best, top, cheap and location 

For example, the term "paintball boots" garners thousands of searches each month. 

By focusing on a specific keyword such as "best paintball boots for beginners" or "cheap paintball boots under $50" will help your blog post ranks fast and higher on search engines.

What is the best SEO tool for bloggers in Malaysia?

Most SEO tools are charged in USD (thus, it is like 4x more expensive). But SEO tools are important if you want to rank well in blogging.

Here are the best SEO tools I had used and I highly recommend you to check them out:

Not sure how to use them? Here are two resources for you.

Bonus: Before hitting the publish button, make sure you use free grammar checker to check on your blog post content. For this, I use Grammarly and by far, it is the best (for value) in the market.

Step 4: Get Google Adsense

Make Money Blogging In Malaysia With Adsense

When you first start your blog, you won't get much traffic and Google Adsense won't be much help.

BUT ...

You still need to install Google Adsense to ensure that you are keeping every opportunity to monetize your blog available.

A blogger makes a lot of money from Google Adsense when the blog is generating over 100,000 visits a month. Plus, you stand higher chance to earn better earnings if majority of the blog traffic comes from United States, United Kingdom or Europe.

Google Adsense is great because for a Malaysian, the exchange rate from USD to MYR is very good. 

How much you earn is based on the industry you are in. For example, if you are blogging about financials and banking, you stand a higher chance to earn more money (few dollars per click) compared to the blogging niche (under one dollar per click).

Step 5: Affiliate Marketing

Malaysian Bloggers Make Money With Affiliate Marketing

If you are a blogger in Malaysia and want to make some money online, affiliate marketing is definitely the way to go.

Affiliate marketing is a term used by bloggers who promote certain products on their blogs. It can range from reviews, advertising banners and many others.

You only get paid for every sale you make. 

Affiliate marketing is my top method of generating thousands of dollars each month with minimum effort.

How to find the best affiliate marketing for your niche?

Head over to Google and type this into the search column: "your general keyword" + affiliate program.

The approval process could be a pain the ass for some companies, but trust me, it is worth the time!

I recommend you to work with overseas companies because of the conversion rates. 

Same amount of work = Higher earnings

Step 6: Create Newsletter

Use Newsletter To Earn Money As A Malaysian Blogger

Last but not least, keeping your website visitors is an important step for bloggers.

With Google algorithm keep changing, it is challenging to constantly be on the top of the search ranking.

So, how to start a newsletter campaign as a Malaysian blogger?

Let's be honest.

The best email marketing solution is charged in USD and it is really expensive for Malaysians (especially when you are just starting to become a bloggers).

Your answer is to use MailChimp. MailChimp offers free email marketing up to 2,000 email subscribers and and 10,000 email deliveries per month.

While I use MailChimp for some of my smaller blogs, it is important to understand that affiliate marketing is not allowed in MailChimp. This means that you cannot promote products using MailChimp if you have no affiliation to them.

I use AWeber for all my blogs and I totally love it. It may not be the cheapest in town, but it is by far the most reliable one that I have tested so far! Click here for free 30-days trial (no credit card required).

Step 7: Finding Opportunities

Find For Opportunity To Make Money Online Malaysia

The last step involves finding opportunities to make money for your blog.

Starting a blog in Malaysia and making money from blogging requires you to be constantly aware of the opportunities that arise. 

For example, if you have a blog with high number of visitors (more than 50,000 visits per month), you need to focus more on ways to monetize your blog. 

This means that you need to find for other options that will help you make more money with the same effort.

For blogs with decent amount of traffic, you will start getting requests for sponsored posts. SEO agencies will reach out to you and ask if you are able to publish a blog post for them and linking back to their client's site.

How Much Can I Earn From Sponsored Posts?

The charges for sponsored posts depends heavily in your blog domain rating. On average, you can earn a decent $20 to $200 per sponsored blog post.

Tips For Sponsored Posts

Google and other search engines are NOT fond of sponsored posts. Therefore, you need to make sure that you are careful with the link backs and you only hand pick the links.

Plus, it is important to use sponsored posts as a supplement to your daily, weekly or monthly blog publishing, and not just to start a blog in Malaysia to earn money through sponsored post.

Summary How To Start A Blog In Malaysia And Make Money Online?

Starting a blog in Malaysia is by far the best decision I had made in the online marketing career.

Not only that this had helped me to be financially independent, it had opened many doors for me, including speaking opportunities and networking with the best entrepreneurs in the world.

I hope that you find this article useful and ask me anything in the comments below.

Reginald Chan

Reginald Chan

A meticulous entrepreneur by nature, Reginald is a sought-after success coach, digital marketing consultant and TEDx speaker from Asia. Currently, he teaches others how to make money online for free.

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How To Launch A Success Self Hosted WordPress Blog Under 15 Minutes?

How To Launch A Success Self Hosted WordPress Blog Under 15 Minutes?

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How To Start A Self Hosted WordPress Blog Under 15 Minutes Or Less

How to Start a Self-Hosted WordPress Blog in 15 Minutes or Less

You want to start a self hosted WordPress blog and it can be for a variety of reasons—make money blogging, passion, affiliate marketing and for business. While the Internet been quite helpful in tutorials and guides, you are probably lost thanks to the enormous amount of guides out there.

I get it. The choice is very real and you read that WordPress is the right blogging platform for you.

But, there's a little problem. There are over 75 million blogs on WordPress, one of several platforms that helps you to publish online. This number, according to one source, represents only 43% of all blogs, making the total somewhere around 180 million blogs. (I recently heard this number could be as high as 400 million).

These blogs are viewed by an audience of over 410 million people each month — and that’s only one place people are connecting online. 

You know that a self hosted WordPress blog is the way to go—but how to go around with this? More importantly, how do you start a self-hosted WordPress blog? How do you create a WordPress blog from scratch?

The opportunity here is very real and is definitely something you wouldn't want to leave out. We all have something to say. Blogs not only make that possible, they make it easy. All you have to do is act. It’s time to dive in and figure out what it takes to get your message heard, to see your cause spread. Of course, with the opportunity to make money on the side too.

Setting up a self-hosted blog sounds technical but is, in fact, easy to do. And yes, I think it’s worth investing a little money into having full control over your website. I’m going to show you exactly what you need to do (if you already have a blog set up like this, feel free to share this post with a friend).

In the next few minutes, I'm going to show you (exactly) how you can create a self-hosted WordPress blog under 15 minutes or less. The first stop would be a quick video on "why you need a self-hosted WordPress blog", followed by an awesome infographic before ending up with a simple 5 step tutorial in creating your first self hosted WordPress blog.

P.S. Do you know that my primary goal of creating a WordPress blog is to own a personally-branded website I could have control over. And I put more effort into the blog,  opportunities started flowing in—more than I could ever imagine.

Do I Really Need A Self Hosted WordPress Blog?

Getting a self hosted blog is YOUR choice and it is certainly not the end of the world.

Personally, starting a self hosted WordPress blog is probably the best blogging decision I had made.

And here are four reasons why. Watch this quick video to learn more.

What Is A Self Hosted WordPress Blog?

This is by far the most common I often get from others.

  • What is a self hosted WordPress blog?
  • What is the differences between blogging on WordPress.com to WordPress.org?

In a nutshell, self hosting your WordPress site means downloading your own copy of the WordPress content management system (CMS), finding a domain provider, and signing up for a hosting service to host your site on the Internet.

I hope the explanation below helps you clarify the matter.

Self Hosted WordPress Blog Differences Between WordPress.com and WordPress.org
WordPress.com vs WordPress.org

Self hosted WordPress blog a.k.a. WordPress.org. Here, you can download the WordPress CMS and install it on your own hosting server. Your URL would be something like this: yourdomain.com.

Hosted WordPress blog a.k.a. WordPress.com. This is NOT a self hosted WordPress blog. You partially own the domain and you are bound to the rules (such as no monetization etc.). Your URL would be something liekt his: yourdomain.wordpress.com.

Infographic: 5 Steps To Launch Your Self Hosted WordPress Blog (Without Coding Skills)

How To Start A Blog [Infographic]

Tutorial: 5 Steps To Create A Self-Hosted WordPress Blog

If you prefer reading text versus viewing a video, here are the quick steps you can take:

  1. Get a reliable web host. A web host is where your website “lives.” You own it, but you pay a small fee to keep it online (kind of like paying property taxes to the government). I recommend Bluehost for only $2.95/month (a special rate for my readers). It’s one of the most popular web hosts on the Internet, comes with 1-click everything (no coding skills required) and offers excellent, 24/7 customer service via live chat, email and phone.
  2. Register a unique blog name (domain name). You can get a domain name (e.g. www.reginaldchan.net) through your hosting company. I recommend doing it this way, so you can keep everything streamlined. With Bluehost, this service is free with a hosting plan (as opposed to paying extra through a service like Godaddy.com). Take a read at this article on the 16+ ways to choose a blog name (don't worry, you can thank me later). The trick of finding a good domain name is focus on a short and easy-to-remember brand name. Check out this video for more information.
  3. Install WordPress. Blogging requires software, and the best that I’ve found is WordPress. It’s easy, quick, and best of all, free. You can set up WordPress through your host (Bluehost does this for you for free through it's easy 1-click automatic installation and setup). Otherwise, you have to go through WordPress.org to download the software and then upload it to a host. It is important to note that WordPress.com and WordPress.org are two different blogging platforms.
  4. Get a theme. When you start using WordPress, you get access to a bunch of beautiful blog designs (called “themes”), many of which are free. For those just getting started, I recommend Twenty Nineteen; it’s a simple, neat, well coded, mobile friendly and above all, an elegant WordPress theme. If you are serious in making started a self hosted WordPress blog for blogging business, I recommend you to use Divi by Elegant Themes (read the review) instead. This tool allows you to build blog posts without touching a single line of code. Take a look at the demo here.
  5. Log in and start blogging. The URL for your dashboard (which redirects to the login page if you’re not logged in) is yourblogname.com/wp-admin/. Once logged in, click “Posts” on the left-hand sand, and then select “Add New.” Write a title and create some content for your new blog, and you’re off to the races!

And that’s it; now you’re blogging. Which is where the hard, but good, work of writing begins. If you’re ready to jump into this world of blogging, click the image below to get started with Bluehost.

See you on the other side!

What if you have already have a domain name?

This is a great question. If you already have a domain name and probably a web hosting, moving to BlueHost (or any other web hosting companies) is not that hard. Seriously.

Most web hosting companies offer free migration and make sure you ask the support team about it. The standard way to move a domain successfully from one web host to another is through changing the nameservers or IP address. In most cases, changing nameservers is the safest and highly recommended solution.

This is how you can change nameservers when moving your domain to BlueHost.

If you’re ready to get started blogging with Bluehost, you can use my affiliate link to get a little extra off the normal $5.99 price (only $2.95/month). They’re a top recommended host by WordPress and have great customer service. I’ve worked with them before and been very pleased with the service.

Click here to get started with setting up your own self-hosted WordPress blog on Bluehost.

Reginald Chan

Reginald Chan

A meticulous entrepreneur by nature, Reginald is a sought-after success coach, digital marketing consultant and TEDx speaker from Asia. Currently, he teaches others how to make money online for free.

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Start A Weight Loss Blog: Do's and Don'ts for Weight Loss Blogging

You are planning to start a weight loss blog and you are ready to fire up the pistons. It is either due to passion, or you are a niche blogging who is trying to make some money online.

I'm sure you had done your research and you realized that the weight loss niche is highly profitable. For starters, the idea is perfect and the number of search intent is massive.

The exact keyword, "weight loss" has over 1.4 million results and there are 368,000 searches related to this every month.

Bu there's a little, tiny bit of challenge that you almost certainly will face—one if you overcome it will help you build a super successful weight loss blog.

The weight loss blogging space is really heavy on purely promotional sites, deceptive sales messages, or even scams desired solely to earn some quick money. 

All this makes it really hard to build a credible brand that stands out from the crowd.

There's always a silver lining in anything and same goes to the competitive weight loss night.

There are those who made big money thanks to weight loss blogging and here's a simple list.

Recommended Resources

MindBodyGreen.com

MindBodyGreen was founded by Jason WachobCarver Anderson, and Tim Glenister—all wellness experts and enthusiasts. Their team is one of the best in the business. From top yoga instructors to wellness gurus, and weight loss experts, there’s something for every interest and ability level on this blog.

NowLoss.com

A very successful blog in the weight loss niche by Andrian Bryant. NowLoss.com now helps over 1.5 million monthly visitors look good naked by losing weight, getting curves, and/or building muscle. NowLoss.com is the #2 weight loss website in the world behind commercial giant Weight Watchers.

A Black Girl’s Guide to Weight Loss

A blog where you can join Erika in her journey from 330lbs to personal trainer. Everything she shares comes from her personal experience. An great blog with lots of personal touches.

Now, let’s focus on how you can join the ranks of these quality weight loss blogs.

Use Your Own Name And Personality

In this complex and heavy niche, the only way to rise above the competition is by creating a personality or a brand name that the public can trust.

One of the common things such marketers do is that they never use their real names. Instead, they showcase some lame brand name, like HowToLoseWeightFast, or something.

With the influx of content on the web, building a strong brand for yourself is crucial. 

How to build a personal brand for your weight loss blog?

1.

Branding and name choosing the most complicated one of all time. There is no right or wrong and I would recommend you to find a name that resonates well with your overall concept.

2.

Search for the availability of the name on social media (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn etc.) and if they are available, make sure you get them as soon as possible.

3.

Use the same name in everything you do (blogging, outreach etc.) so that it is visible to the public. Brand building takes time, so be patience!

Avoid Promising (In Weight Loss)

There is nothing definite in life, including weight loss. Anyone can lose weight, but how fast you can lose weight is determined by many factors such as:

  • Determination

  • Strategies

  • Food intake

  • Beverages intake

  • Types of workout

Therefore, you want to be legit — and there should be no magic formula when it comes to weight loss. Your weight loss blog should focus on more workable solutions such as guided dieting, yoga, exercises and other weight loss strategies.

“People are very careful now when it comes to believing any sort of promises. Whenever you say that something will bring massive results you’re immediately becoming suspect.”

Always Get Started With A Name

This is about the name of your site.

Now, you can take one of two possible paths here:

  1. Get a custom domain at godaddy.com (or some other registrar) and your own hosting account.
  2. Register your blog at wordpress.com and get a free subdomain.

Both approaches have their pros and cons. The first one is obviously more expensive. You have to spend $10 a year for the domain, and around $6 per month for hosting.

But what you get in exchange is better credibility and a more serious look from the get-go.

Custom Domain vs Free Domain

See the comparison below to compare the custom domain to free domain.

Custom domain

  • More control over content

  • Not tied down to any terms or conditions

  • Better credibility

  • Costs around $10 per month (or less)

Free domain

  • Lesser control over content

  • There are rules an regulations to follow

  • Lesser credibility

  • Free and premium packages available

Conclusion:

If you are serious in starting a weight loss blog, I highly recommend you to get a custom domain for yourself. Looking for a better deal?

BlueHost is a prominent web hosting company that offers hosting services that start at $2.99 per month, and comes with free domain name! Click here get the deal.

Always Focus In Building Credibility

There are thousands of weight loss blogs in the market today, and you don't want to get lost in the sea of information.

Trust is the rarest commodity in weight loss blogging. If people don’t trust you, they won’t listen to your advice, and might even find it hard to believe your stories.

Here are some powerful ways to build trust and become an authority in the weight loss industry.

  • Create a real profile of yourself,along with complete biodata and photo/avatar

  • Consider using storytelling and sharing personal insights to create a voice for your weight loss brand

  • Display trust elements to build strong authority by displaying honorable mentions from other relevant blogs or influencers within the same niche

Be Honest — Talking About Negative Things Are Okay!

There is a taboo in the blogging niche—that we should only talk about the good things.

As in life, in weight loss, too, there are good and bad days. Good and bad products. Good and bad people.

"Be strong in telling your story—whether it is good or bad. Do enough of this and you will create a trust worthy brand that others look up to."

Avoid Using Too Many Ads

There is no denial that advertising is the most intuitive way to monetize a website. However, too many ads on your weight loss blog will just make it look bad and less authority.

Your goal is to create a reputable weight loss blog that offers credibility and knowledge — and having too many ads is not going to help either one of them.

Displaying too many ads will bring your credibility down very quickly. Just one block for AdSense ads (or any other provider) in the sidebar is really enough.

Since you are using limited ads placement, it is important to ensure that you are placing ads on the right spots.

Here are the best ads placement for most blogs.

Publish Only Real Reviews

There is no denial that reviews are great ways to get a lot of sales. However the growth of technology also allows multiple fake reviews which hampers the entire review process.

This is especially visible in the weight loss space where, as we all know, there are hundreds of products available … pills, diets, training programs, training equipment, DVDs, you name it.

If you are planning to start a weight loss blog, focus in publishing on real reviews because it will help you to be more creditable.

More importantly, ensure that reviews are done through proper research or through trusted sources.

Here are some quick tips:

  • Always list the bad sides of the product (there surely are some)

  • Provide pictures of the product taken by you (or better yet, pictures of you using the product if that’s possible)

  • Get in depth to the core benefits the product delivers

  • Don’t quote any of the information from the product box or the official website

  • Give an honest final opinion

Use Different Types Of Content

Do you know that there are many weight loss blogs on the Internet that are spam?

Spam-bloggers publish only simple 400-word blog posts providing no actual advice. You can differentiate yourself pretty easily by looking at the topic of blogging much more broadly.

Here are some blog contents that you can use for your weight loss blog:

  • Infographic (example, top 10 tips to lose weight)

  • Healthy food recipe download

  • Workout updates

  • Recommended weight loss plans

  • Workout videos

  • Podcasting on healthy lifestyle

Now it’s your turn! 

What do you think about using a blog as a way to document your weight loss story? Are you a weight loss blogger? What tips and advice can you share?

What To Do During Government Shutdown? 5 Money Making Activities You Need Right Now

5 Guaranteed Money-Making Activities You Can Do During Government Shutdown

Government shutdown sucks. 

Limited income, frozen pay from the government and everyone is a super bad mood.

Yes, I feel you and I totally understand.

That's why I created this article for you. Here, you will find the top 10 money-making activities you can do during government shutdown.

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Organize Garage Sales During Government Shutdown

All of us keep junks in our garage. Seriously.

During government shutdown, clearing your garage (and organizing garage sale) is the best activity that you can do.

Garage sale is able to help you earn some income by selling things you no longer require.

Do Dropshipping During Government Shutdowns

Dropshipping During Government Shutdown

Want to make some money during government shutdown?

Dropshipping is your best way to make some money especially when you are not working (and in need of money).

Why is dropshipping an awesome business idea?

  • Easy to setup (using eCommerce tools like Shopify)

  • Don't cost a bomb (free and paid versions available)

  • No inventory or buying the stocks

  • You get paid only when you manage to sell a product

And if you are not fond of starting your own eCommerce store, you can do it manually using Instagram or Facebook. The downside, you need to do the order processing manually (which can be time consuming).

Organize Experiences Using Airbnb During Government Shutdown

Government shutdown doesn't affect tourism — and you can certainly leverage this.

Take a look at some the experiences on Airbnb as below (I did a test search using "Washington" as the keyword).

AirBnb Experience Opportunities To Make Money

You can become an Airbnb host (homes or experiences) using this this link: Become an Airbnb host for free!

Start A Blog During Government Shutdown

Starting a blog is not a magic wand that allows you to make money overnight. But if done correctly, blogging can help you build a smooth and passive income.

Launching a blog takes some effort (and time), and since you have a lot of time during the government shutdown — there is absolutely no harm on that!

How to start a blog during government shutdown?

  • Find a topic you are interested in (gardening, financing, stock market etc.)

  • Get a domain free domain name when you sign up for BlueHost hosting (click here to grab this deal and save money)

  • Use WordPress (using the 1-click WordPress installer on BlueHost)

  • With your new blog, it is time to publish some articles

  • Place in Google Adsense code (for ads banner) and some Amazon links to it for affiliate sales

There you go! That's how you can start a blog during government shutdown.

Start Vlogging During Government Shutdown

What is vlogging?

Vlogging is a term for video-blogging — instead of publishing contents on your blog, you use YouTube and upload videos.

With an average adult spends at least 82 minutes on YouTube daily, there is no denial that vlogging is a great thing to do during government shutdown (that helps you make money).

How to start vlogging during government shutdown?

  • No fancy camera (just your iPhone or any smart devices would do)

  • Get a tripod (I use this and costs only $21 on Amazon)

  • Editing a video is a good bonus but not required for beginners

Pretty easy, right?

Don't go broke during government shutdown!

We hate government shutdowns and we always hope they don't last (if they happen).

And when times of need, get started with some of these money-making tips during government shutdown to get your financials right!

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5 Steps To Launch A Blog To Success

Want to launch a blog to success but not sure where to start? In this article, you will find the simple 5 steps you can take to start a blog and make it into a huge success.

If you didn't know, blogging is a lucrative passive income and side hustle for many. Anyone can start a blog in just a few hours and start generating passive income on the side. Blogging has long been a great past time for students and I've even seen bloggers who went from hobby to full time writers!

Without any delay, here are the 5 steps you need to take to launch a blog to success.

1. Find a domain name

A domain name is important as it represents your brand (don't worry if you don't have a brand now). When it comes to blogging, you should find a domain name that suits your niche.

For example, it is always better and recommended to have the keyword of choice in your domain name.

There is no wrong going for a self-named domain name like I do (www.reginaldchan.net). Even dot com, dot net or any form of TLD is fine. End of the day, it boils down to your self preferences.

The cost of buying a domain name is cheap, typically under $10 per year. When it comes to domain names, my first and only choice is NameCheap.

To make it easier for you, just use the widget below to find your ideal domain.

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2. Choose a reliable web hosting service

There are many web hosting services that you can choose from — but reliable ones? Only a handful to be honest.

If you are brand new to blogging and want to get the best value for your money, HostGator is the best option. With web hosting that starts under $5 per month, there is no better deal than this one.

Important note: Remember that cheap web hosting services doesn't mean good.

If you are looking for a more reliable web hosting service with superior performance, WP Engine and Kinsta are two of the best heavyweights in the market. By going for either one of these web hosting services, you are getting excellent support, along with bulletproof security and server performance.

3. Install WordPress and plugins

WordPress is a powerful CMS and there is absolutely no reason why you shouldn't be using it for your blog. Using web hosting services such as HostGator, WP Engine and Kinsta, installation of WordPress can be done in just a single click.

Here is a list of WordPress plugins you should install on your blog:

  • Yoast SEO / All In One SEO Pack

  • Contact Form 7 / Ninja Forms

  • Akismet

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    AMP

There are thousands of WordPress plugins that you can choose from, but you do not need to install many of them. Keeping your plugins to the minimum is always a great way to ensure your website loads fast.

4. Publish your first blog post

Publishing a blog post is not about simply writing a long-form content and hit the publish button. It involves checking, analyzing, research and of course, 'beautifying' the content.

Most bloggers I see do not take enough time either in doing research or making the content much more readable.

Research

Doing research on a blog topic involves search engine optimization (SEO) and the easiest way to do proper SEO is by using KWFinder. You can create a free account and use it to search for relevant keywords (so that you rank higher and faster).

Beautifying

We all hate boring blog posts. Imagine the wall of texts. Those are seriously boring and unattractive. Beautifying a blog post could involves coding skills to make your content looks more attractive which is the hard way — or the much easier way by using visual builders such as Thrive Architect or Divi.

5. Build fan base and followers

The last step is critical for your blogging success ... especially when you are looking to be successful in the future.

From the first day of blogging, you should focus in building an email list to encourage readers to sign up. You can offer them perks such as eBooks and downloadable materials to help you get the ball rolling faster!

The trick here is to start collecting emails as early as possible in your blogging career.

Want to start an email list? Here's what you need to do:

  • 1

    Signup for an email marketing provider such as AWeber

  • 2

    Integrate with your lead generation plugin (I highly recommend OptinMonster or Thrive Leads)

  • 3

    Create popups and different forms of perks to attract sign ups

  • 4

    Send daily or monthly emails to keep your readers engaged

Are you ready to launch a blog to success?

I hope you find these 5 steps easily and useful. Have a question? Ask me in the comments below!