15 Things Every Entrepreneur Should Know About Email

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Almost every entrepreneur uses email throughout the day, but not that many know how to mitigate risks, make it more efficient, and take it to professional levels.

Whether you are negotiating a new deal, making fresh contacts, or trying to build a mailing list to sell your products, there are a few tips you should know to maximize your chances of success.

And as someone who receives a lot of emails from individuals and mailing lists, it’s clear there are a lot of people out there who aren’t using email as cleanly as possible.

Here are a few things I’ve learned over the years on how to send, manage and work with email. I hope they help you and, as always, please leave a comment below if you think the list is missing anything important.

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6 Ways to Make Your Blog More Beautiful (and Effective)

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Even the best content runs into trouble when the blog it’s on is so ugly that readers leave before giving it a chance.

The good news is that there are lots of ways we can spruce up our blogs in order to make them more appealing, effective and engaging by taking advantage of plugins, tools and some little tricks of the trade.

It’s amazing what a few cosmetic changes can do for your blog’s performance and your readers’ satisfaction.

Oh, and make sure you read to the end if you’re feeling really brave!

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Is it Time to Change What We Put in Our Website Menus?

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Your menu is still one of the primary ways that traffic navigates around your site. Deciding what to put in it, however, may be a little more complicated than first thought.

In the old days, a website would have four main links: About, Blog, Contact, and a Home button. But as technology improves and changes, it’s now possible to do a lot more with the humble menu.

Today I’m going to show you a few things I’ve been testing in my own menus as well as some interesting examples from around the web. Hopefully they help you build a menu that’s a little bit more effective.

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How to Hire a Freelancer and Grow Your Blogging Empire

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hire a freelancer for your blogIf you want to build a successful blog you might just need to hire a freelancer.

In fact, if you look at almost any blog or website that is making six-figures or more they all have one thing in common: a team of awesome people helping them out.

Hiring a full time staff member, however, can be a bit daunting and, as such, many people opt for freelancers to help outsource tasks like editing, writing, maintenance, and more.

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14 of the Best WordPress Plugins to Make Your Blog More Professional

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Last Update 3rd October, 2017

One beautiful thing about a WordPress blog is the never-ending ability to add plugins that completely change the way your blog looks and functions. It’s absolutely essential for successful blogging.

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A lot of these plugins would cost thousands (or even tens of thousands) if you wanted to pay someone to build those features in to your blog individually.

For example, before e-commerce plugins came about, you’d need a team of developers constantly working on your online store. These days you can do it with a few clicks.

Here are some of the best WordPress plugins that you can install to make your blog instantly more professional. It’s not the biggest list in the world, but we’ve only selected the very best.

Disclosure – There are two affiliate links in this post. I’ll let you know which ones they are below. I earn a small commission at no extra cost to you if you purchase through that link. I use both plugins myself and would have included them with or without an affiliate program option. Thank you for the support, but feel free not to use my links if it bothers you.

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A Complete List of Blog Sites

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Welcome to the complete list of all the blog sites on the web (that we could find!) where you might consider starting a blog for the first time.

The goal is to give you a list of all the options out there so you can start researching to determine what is the best for your budget, goals, technical requirements, etc. We’re going to keep adding to it and updating it each week.

Oh, and this whole page doesn’t contain a single affiliate link, but it does have a cool scrolly graphic to watch over and over!

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What Will You Sell if You Give Away Your Best Blog Content for Free?

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If you give away your best blogging content then what’s left to sell?

It’s a very interesting question that a lot of bloggers worry about when it comes to deciding how they are going to make money from their blog in the short and long term.

Many of us get concerned that if they post all of their best stuff there will be nothing left to say when it comes time to creating a paid product.

So, what’s the solution? Let’s take a look.

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How to Get More Backlinks and Rank Higher on Google

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Backlinks are still the major indicator Google uses to determine the authority of a blog. The better your backlinks, the better you’ll rank in search results. But they sure aren’t easy to get.

Building backlinks is a tricky business because many of the “easy” ways go against Google’s terms of service.

What’s more, if you build them in a way that even looks artificial you run the risk of getting a penalty that can be hard to undo.

Today we’re going to take a quick look at the good old backlink – the good and the bad – and talk about a few ways you can start to get more.

Hope it helps!

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How to Write More

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I remember setting up my first WordPress blog and then sitting back and thinking nervously to myself: this is going to be a lot of work.

It’s quite interesting to note that, while many new bloggers have trouble with technical aspects like plugins, getting a blog host, optimizing for Google, and so on, it’s actually the practical aspects like finding time to write blog posts that can cause the most stress.

And while I confess to being a big lazy procrastinator, I have managed to find a few little strategies that help me be a more efficient blogger. Actually, maybe the laziness is why I went looking for them!

In today’s post I’m going to try and help you figure out how to write more, and discuss why you’d even want to do that in the first place.

I hope it’s useful!

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Revealed: These Tactics Will Help You Win at Guest Posting

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Guest posts form an integral part of any blogging strategy. But can you still get them in today’s overcrowded environment?

Actually, the issue of guest posting is not an easy one to cover.

Some blogs that used to offer guest posts are now totally closed to the idea. Others that would never dream of accepting them are opening up to the idea of having multiple authors.

So how do you get a guest post in today’s blogging landscape? And do you even want to still try and get them?

Let’s take a look.

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