Friday, March 21, 2014

7 Types of Blog Posts

1. List Posts

List posts are fun to write and they can often be written in under an hour. You can write Top 10 Best lists on just about everything, from books to cell phones. Other lists title headings might start off as:

  • 8 Great Ways to
  • 20 Tricks to
  • 5 Amazing Secrets
  • 10 Tips
  • 25 Must See

2. How-to and DIY Posts

People love, love, love to learn new things and be shown how to do things on their own. You can write how-to articles on just about everything, from fixing the kitchen sink to baking cookies. How-to articles bring in a lot of clicks. The downside to writing how-to articles is that they take more time to write than most other posts.

3. Review Posts

I began writing book reviews well over a decade ago. I have since moved on to include product and movie reviews in my blog posts. These posts do especially well because people want to read other people's experiences with things before buying something.

Review posts do not need to be long. In fact, keep your reviews simple. For my blog on Kindle writing, I use a formula for writing ebook reviews that include a summary, pros, cons, and personal thoughts. My review of Nonfiction Book Ideas by Ian Stables shows my book review formula.

4. Opinion Posts

Opinions are like… bellybuttons. Opinion blog posts are the easiest posts to write. Choose something to write about and give the world your opinion. You can give your opinion on television shows, how your school handles bullies, or why marriage is overrated. Whatever comes to mind, write about it.

5. Interview Posts

Interviewing people is fun and creates quick, unique content for your blog. Back when I was interviewing authors I would contact either the author's publisher or contact the author through her website and ask her if she would spend a few minutes answering a couple of interview questions through email. I was never turned down by any of the writers I contacted.

6. Controversial and Attack Posts

Controversial posts are similar to opinion posts, but with the sole purpose of stirring up trouble and disagreements. Attack posts are posts that attack a person or thing. I don't care to write either of these types of posts. If you do write these posts, do so sparingly. You may wind up losing more readers than gaining readers.

7. Research Posts

Research posts are posts that were researched and teach readers about something. Examples of a research post include:

  • The history of the Christmas tree
  • Origins of the Easter bunny
  • Women in the Civil War

These types of posts take time to write, but they are important staples for any blog. They give the blogger an air of authority on his blog topic and show the reader that this blogger isn't some dumb schmuck off the street.

Saturday, January 11, 2014

How to Make Chili Powder

Making chili powder is very easy. This simple and basic chili powder recipe can be slowly altered to suit your own tastebuds.

2 Tbsp ground cumin
2 tsp crushed red pepper
2 tsp dried oregano
2 tsp onion powder
2 tsp garlic powder
3/4 tsp ground allspice
1/8 tsp ground cloves

Put all ingredients into the blender and mix. Store in a clean container and use in recipes that call for chili powder.

Friday, January 10, 2014

Shopping with a List and a Calculator

Shopping lists are a great way to not only remember what you need to buy at the grocery store, they are also a way to help save you money. I admit, I have to use a shopping list when I head out. Otherwise, I wind up forgetting things. The worse thing is when I make up a shopping list and then wind up forgetting the list. The habit is becoming easier now as I double check that I have everything before I leave the house.
I also keep a calculator in my purse so that I can keep myself within my food budget. I don't like getting a shock when I ring up my items at the register. Having the calculator also helps me know when I am under my budget and have extra money to spend on building up my stock pile for emergencies. We don't eat many snacks and prefer to make our own (which saves a lot of money), so we know longer have those items on the grocery list.

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Is Kindle Self Publishing Worth the Effort?

Having been on the internet since 1997, I have tried out a lot of different things to make money with my writing. From websites to content mills to micro-tasks, and now I am doing Kindle self publishing. Of all the methods for writers to make money online, I have found Kindle self publishing to be the most lucrative.

The website I ran did great while it lasted. I monetized using (my top money maker on the site), Commission Junction, and AdSense. On the downside, I had a lot of problems with content theft and, after much battling with every teenager who wanted to build a site similar to my own, I gave up and got rid of the website.

I went on to work for the content mills. I drilled out a lot of content with only a tiny bit of return. I was not making close to what I made on my main website and I was doing 5 times the work.

My latest online job is writing books for Kindle. I have 4 active pen names that I write under, and I am earning more from Kindle than I did with the website and writing for content mills.

Is Kindle self publishing worth the effort? It is for me. I self publish non-fiction books that are roughly 50 pages in length each. I am making a decent living off the sales, and I am anxious to get more published.

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Can You Make Money Publishing an Ebook?

Many people ask this question while dreaming of seeing their name in print and bringing in the millions. I have news for you, this seldom happens (the millions of dollar part). But, if you tone down your dreams and work to build good, interesting, well-written books, then yes, you can make a decent amount of money publishing ebooks.

Most people who make a living wage publishing their ebooks have well over 20 ebooks up for sale. If you are aiming to make 6 digits a year, you will need to write more books - perhaps over 100 books.

The more ebooks you publish, the better. That is my personal motto.

Friday, December 13, 2013

Can You Make Money Writing a Book?

I publish Kindle books under various pen names. Yes, a person can make money writing books. The trick is to be able to write well. If you are a terrible writer or English is a second language for you, chances are slim to none that you will be able to make money publishing books. If you are determined, you will need to hire a good editor who can read through and correct your grammar and trim up your sentence structure.

If you are good at writing, you will next need a topic to write about. Non-fiction writing is a popular "sport" because many people find research and writing easy to do. There are others that write fictional stories and sell them for 99 cents on Kindle. You won't make a lot of money on just one book, but if you have 50 or more fictional works up for 99 cents and they are good, quick reads, you will make a nice chunk of change.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

How to Freeze Muffin Batter

The majority of muffin recipes make 12 or more muffins. If only one or two people are going to be eating the muffins, a dozen or more muffins are simply too much to make at one time. Besides, you like the muffins when they are fresh out of the oven. One way to make the most of your muffin batter and always have freshly baked muffins is to freeze the muffin batter.

First you will need to fill a muffin tin with foil liners, not the paper ones. Fill the liners with the muffin batter and freeze. Once the batter is completely frozen, an hour or more, transfer the frozen muffins, liner and batter, into a freezer bag. Store in the freezer until ready to use. When ready, remove the amount of muffins your want to bake. Place them back into the muffin tin, and bake as you normally would, adding an extra 8 minutes or more to the time. Bake until done.