Build a Better Home Business by Blogging

These days every penny you spend needs to bring a return on your investment. Well, there’s good news. It costs very little, if anything, to boost your website traffic by adding a blog. A blog will bring you more and better targeted website traffic than spending the big bucks on advertising, building you a better home business through your blogging.

When you regularly publish blogposts to a properly configured blog on your website, every time you post it creates backlinks into your website. Backlinks are the gold standard of the web. The more backlinks you have into your website, the closer to the top you will show on the Search Engine Return Pages for keyphrases which will get you the traffic that will buy your product. So the more regularly you blog, the better your site will do in the search engines, and the better your site’s visitors will convert into buyers!

How does this work? When you add a blog to your site, using a popular tool like WordPress, you can configure your blog, through the administration area, to notify the Update Services every time you post, so the more often you post about things pertaining to your area of expertise or product, the more one way inbound links into your site you create. Adding backlinks sets off a flurry of search engine spider activity, since the spiders follow the backlinks to your blog post. This gets your post indexed quickly for those important niche key phrases.

Another tool that most blog software, including WordPress, uses to make your keyphrases stronger is tagging. When you add an article, you have the option to add “tags”. Tags allow you to stress what you feel are the most important subjects a blog article is about in such a way that it emphasizes those tags to the search engine spiders. Do this for keyphrases of secondary importance to the chosen keyphrase. You can make these tags even stronger by turning those tags into Technorati Tags, which can be done in wordpress using a plugin, and which then creates more backlinks into your blog from the Technorati website once you’ve signed up for Technorati and claimed your blog.

There’s another way to create backlinks in programs like WordPress, and that’s by making it easy for folks who visit to add your blogpost to digg or the social bookmarking sites. Using a service like AddThis works well, and wordpress has a plugin that automatically adds AddThis to every one of your blogposts. Every time someone creates a social bookmark to one of your blog posts, it’s a backlink for you.

The key to making a blog work effectively for your business or organization is to blog regularly. Once a month is okay, once a week is great, a few times a week is stellar. If you’re one of the rare people who can blog daily, you can generate huge amounts of traffic. It’s amazing how this works. If you watch your website statistics using a program such as Google Analytics or awstats, you can correlate spikes up in traffic to your blogposts. It has happened on every website I’ve tracked. And the more pages and posts you add, the more your traffic will steadily increase month by month. Each blog post becomes a back door into your site, bringing you highly targeted traffic.

The right web traffic means more money in your bank account. Do you want a better home business? Add a blog.

Top Home And Garden Magazines

There is no place like home.

It’s a cliché but it’s true. It’s your home so make it look great.

All across the world, homes are decorated differently. They want to stand apart from everyone else in the neighborhood. A house down the street has a fountain in their yard. Your brother-in-law’s finished basement is a dream come true for a sports fan.

You’re left asking yourself, “How did they do that or how did they think of that?”

There are endless possibilities with how you can decorate your house or your yard. Most of them are pretty easy to accomplish. The trick is coming up with an idea of how it’s to look when done. Would your home look better with a Southwestern theme or possibly a look that resembles Asian culture?

Well, magazines devoted to topics such as decorating homes or garden tips are located in bookstores across the country. You can also find magazines on these topics at websites such Mags For Less at magsforless.com.

Here are some examples of home and garden magazines with some brief descriptions, plus they’re all available at the cheap magazines site I mentioned earlier.

  • Better Home and Garden Magazine – Contains how-to tips in planning and creating the perfect dream house. Each issue features creative solutions for your home; ideas for decorating, cooking, gardening, building, remodeling, etc.

  • Horticulture Magazine – This is the definitive magazine for the serious gardener. It will inform and inspire ideas to create a garden like no other. Each magazine includes articles on garden design, landscaping, soil nutrition and the latest in planting techniques.

  • Country Living Magazine – Caters to readers who appreciate the traditions on the country, wherever they may live. The magazine brings a country approach to a wide range of topics, from decorating, building, and restoring old homes. It also covers cooking, entertaining, gardening, travel and more.

  • Good Housekeeping Magazine – An American icon of consumer protection and quality assurance since its inception. Ever issue delivers a mix of independent investigation and trusting reporting along with personal stories. The magazine offers a rich editorial tradition embodying a commitment to the modern home and a woman’s quality of life.

  • Elle Décor Magazine – A colorful, imaginative magazine applies international style and ideas to home design. It features information on interiors and architecture, and in-depth profiles of today’s top designers. The magazine is a cosmopolitan approach to home and design, furniture, and shopping for the perfect pieces to fill any home.

With a little luck and hard work, maybe we can see your home gracing the pages of these magazine subscriptions. Someone else will be looking at their own home wondering how to make it look more like yours.

7 Ways to Make Working at Home Productive and Enjoyable

1. Create a daily routine- This is very important. Without a daily routine, the chances are very good that you will not be able to get to your work due to other external factors distracting you from it. I like to do my work during the mornings between 8 and 10. This is more than enough to stay on top of your business.

2. Do not forget to exercise – I can guarantee you that you will become less interesting in your online business if you do not give yourself some time to go to the gym or take a long walk. This is an excellent method to enhance your creativity and it will reflect in your business.

3. Make sure you are not distracted when busy working – You will definitely have more time available to spend with your family if you are successful with your online business. Therefore, it is not wrong to ask your family not distract you from your work during the two hours per day you have set aside for your online business. It will definitely help to improve your productivity and your relationship with your family will most certainly benefit from it.

4. You must be able to make a mind shift – This is a very important point. When you finished your work for the day, enjoy the rest of it spending time on your hobby or hobbies. Spend quality time with your family etc. Make working at home productive and enjoyable.

5. Read about your niche – You must become a guru in the specific niche of your online home business. Read as much as you can on your chosen topic. The more you read the more knowledge you will have to share with your readers. This will also enhance your specific brand because readers will come back to your site for information and answers on their questions. You will be able to give them informative answers.

6. Remember to socialize – This is a very important point. What I mean is that you must make sure you leave your office (house) and meet with your friends. I love to do it at least once a week. This will recharge your batteries.

7. Keep on going – If you are new in the business; do not become negative when things look a bit difficult. You will feel lost in the beginning. You have to learn so much and when you eventually start with it, the results will disappoint you. The important strategy here is to focus and do not let disappointments distract you from your main goal. Believe me, when you feel like nothing is working, then just keep on going with what you have to do and you will succeed.

I know you will succeed in your online home business. Make use of these 7 ways to make working at home productive and enjoyable. As I developed my own routine in my business, I got used to it and things just got better. Enjoy your online business at home!

Jan