Mondays in PJs https://mondaysinpjs.com A resource for online business owners Mon, 22 Jun 2020 11:47:51 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.4.2 https://mondaysinpjs.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/cropped-pinkM-32x32.png Mondays in PJs https://mondaysinpjs.com 32 32 Mondays in PJs is Turning One! Let’s Take a Look Back at our Most Popular Posts of our First Year in Existence. https://mondaysinpjs.com/10-most-popular-posts-year-one/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=10-most-popular-posts-year-one Mon, 22 Jun 2020 11:48:00 +0000 https://mondaysinpjs.com/?p=5751 While our posts in the archives may be dated back to March of 2019, we didn’t actually go live until[...]

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While our posts in the archives may be dated back to March of 2019, we didn’t actually go live until July of last year. So you know what that means, right? Mondays in PJs is turning a year old in just a few weeks! In honor of the business birthday, I’ve sifted through the analytics and pulled up our 10 most popular posts of the year.

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The votes are in, and these 10 posts had the most views and shares between July 2019 to (almost) July 2020. The posts have been divided into the two categories that our archives are split into, which are: business, and working from home.

Most Popular Business Posts of the Year

Mondays in PJs exists to help you earn more money from your business, and connect more meaningfully with your customers (and potential customers.) Here are some of our best business posts from our very first year being live.

Post 1: How to Choose the Best Social Media Platform for Marketing Your Business

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Trying to juggle social media pages for your business on every major platform can be exhausting, believe me, I know. Luckily, you don’t need to maintain a presence everywhere, so long as you’re in the same place as your target market. For instance, if you’re selling products that would mainly be of interest to women, you’ll definitely want to be on Pinterest, since more than 85% of users are female – and because it’s an awesome search engine. This post breaks down more of the pros (and cons) of using each major social media platform for marketing your brand.

Post 2: 20 Ways to Improve Your Blog and Drive More Traffic to Your Site

I don’t want to come off as salesy when I say this, but it’s true; blogging is such an excellent way to drive organic traffic to your site time and time again. But, there are some steps that you’ll need to take to see the kind of traffic you’re hoping for. In this post, I dive into different ways that you can improve your blog to connect with more of your target market.

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Post 3: The Best Digital Marketing Tools for Business Owners

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This year has been pretty chaotic thus far, and it’s definitely called for some pivoting as far as digital marketing campaigns are concerned. But just because the world as you know it has come to an end doesn’t mean your business can’t still thrive. I’ve laid out some pretty awesome marketing tools in this post that will help you boost your brand’s presence online. The best part? They’re pretty much all free.

Post 4: 10 Digital Marketing Tips to Help you Boost Your Brand’s Presence Online

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Now’s a great time to revamp your brand’s digital marketing campaign, and really dig into your current strategy to figure out what’s working and what could use some improvement. Head to this page to check out some techniques that will help you boost your online business.

Post 5: How to Rank Higher on Google and Boost Your Site’s SEO

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SEO is crucial when it comes to being found online. When a potential customer heads to Google in search of the types of products and/or services you have to offer, you want them to find your website before they find your competitor’s. Here’s how you can improve your site’s SEO and rank closer to the first page of Google’s search results.

Most Popular Work From Home Posts

Aside from our online business section, Mondays in PJs offers plenty of remote work resources and ways to help you earn steady money from home. Here are some of the best work-from-home posts from our first year in existence.

Post 6: Online Jobs That Don’t Require a Degree or a Deposit

Looking for ways to earn a steady online income, but not sure where to start? Mondays in PJs has you covered!

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Post 7: Survey Says: The Best Paid Survey Sites That Actually Pay

Not all paid-survey sites are worth spending the time to sign up for them. However, there are some legit sites in existence that allow you to earn a few extra bucks here and there. Survey junkie is one of the best, for sure, and these other companies are worth checking out as well.

Post 8: Make Money Teaching English Online From Your Phone With PalFish

Teaching English online is a fun and easy way to earn money from home. PalFish makes it easy to earn up to $22/hour teaching from your phone. If you want to learn more about working as an online English teacher with PalFish and/or sign up, head here now. And hey, if you have no interest in building up your own online business and you enjoy talking to people, you can always move to Costa Rica and live solely off of your ESL income. There are quite a few tutors who choose that path, though many of them work for multiple companies, like PF and Cambly, to create multiple streams of income.

Post 9: 10 Ways to Earn Money From Home Without Spending Any of Your Own

If you’re still getting your online business up and running, you may need to supplement your income by taking on some additional remote jobs. Check out the post to see a few of the opportunities you’ll find at the moment.

Post 10: Interesting Online Side Hustles to Help Pass the Time and Earn Money From Home

The Coronapocalypse has flipped the world upside down and shaken everything up. Now’s the perfect time to start a new digital side hustle and earn some extra money from home. But these aren’t just any old side hustles. You can actually have fun doing most of these, and if you wanted to, you could turn most of them into full online businesses.

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Online Businesses You Can Start Today Without Spending a Ton of (or Any) Money https://mondaysinpjs.com/online-businesses-you-can-start-today/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=online-businesses-you-can-start-today Sat, 13 Jun 2020 14:35:03 +0000 https://mondaysinpjs.com/?p=5667 Sure, the world may be in complete and utter chaos, but that’s a good thing. Why? Because everything that’s going[...]

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Sure, the world may be in complete and utter chaos, but that’s a good thing. Why? Because everything that’s going on right now is sure to cause some much-needed changes to our system, which has been very obviously broken for a long time. But, just because things may be a little different at the moment doesn’t mean you can’t still be successful in your work, it just means you need to create a situation that allows you to earn money from home. Why not start that business you’ve been thinking about for a while now? Here are just a few of the online businesses you can start today without spending a ton of money.

Online Businesses You Can Start Today Without Making Any Major Investments

Let’s face it; most of us aren’t in a position right now where we can drop a ton of money on our online businesses. But that just means that we need to get a little more creative and really put in the work where it’s needed. So, let’s take a look at some inexpensive online businesses that you can start today!

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Blogger

Blogging is an awesome way to earn money from home while at the same time, having a creative outlet and platform that’s entirely your own. There are several ways that you can monetize your blog, including selling ad space, using affiliate links, selling digital products and/or services and more. While you probably won’t start making a ton of money just after starting, if you stick with it, you can turn it into an ultra-profitable online business.

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Online Teacher

If you’ve got marketable skills that would be of interest to children or adults, you can always create some online courses, and teach on a platform like Udemy. There are a lot of people who are looking for some fun and educational new activities to keep them occupied in their free time these days. You can teach everything from English to music and so much more. Anything that you can turn into a useful lesson for others can earn you some online money with Udemy.

Mask Dealer

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It’s rare that you’ll encounter a situation these days where a ton of people are out without masks on. They’re everywhere, and very much in-demand all around the world. Disposable masks are flying off of the shelves and people are searching out more stylish and comfortable options on Amazon. So, if you’ve got sewing skills and a sewing machine, why not open up an Etsy shop, or sell masks on Amazon and/or eBay? If you’ve never made a mask, there are plenty of tutorials out there to get you started. Just make sure you create a unique angle to your business and masks that allows you to stand out above your competitors.

Affiliate Marketer

The sky’s truly the limit with affiliate marketing, and it doesn’t require you to spend any money to get started. If you have a solid network, whether it’s your personal network or you have tons of followers on social media (or a blog,) you could earn a substantial income from home as an affiliate marketer! The products and/or services you choose to represent should be based on you and those who you’re trying to sell to.

While most companies have an affiliate program, if you join a network like ShareaSale, they’ll do most of the work for you, and all you need to do is sign up once (for FREE) and start searching for one of the many amazing companies they have listed in their network! They have everything from mattress and furniture stores to paid survey sites that will pay you for every sign-up! This may be one of the quickest online businesses you can start today, and without spending a single cent.

CBD Slinger

If it seems like everyone and their mom’s are selling CBD, it’s because they are. But that doesn’t mean that you can’t run a successful online CBD business. CBD (cannabidiol) is a chemical compound found in cannabinoids, but doesn’t include enough THC to make one feel “high.” Instead, it offers many of the medicinal benefits of the plant, including natural pain and anxiety relief. If you choose to start selling CBD, don’t just jump on the first opportunity you see – and, there will be a lot of them. Make sure you choose a reputable company with good products and reviews, like CBD FX.

Consultant

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Do you have skills in any particular area of life that others may want to learn, too? This could be professional or personal, as consulting businesses can range from being a digital marketing consultant like me, to life-coaching and teaching things like how to be more assertive and get what you want. Plus, consulting could be one of the easiest (and cheapest) methods of launching your home-based business. You can always start by selling to your personal network, or jump right in and create a website and social media pages to promote your services.

Social Media Manager

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Are you super-skilled when it comes to gaining followers and engaging on any of the social media platforms? If so, why not try your hand at running social media management for business owners? While many of them may be trying to handle things on their own these days, it’s just not possible in every situation. You’ll definitely have some competition if you choose to go into this field, so make sure you’re marketing yourself in a way that makes you stand out. Perhaps by offering some type of discount package, and featuring your own killer social pages.

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10 Digital Marketing Tips to Help you Boost Your Brand’s Online Presence https://mondaysinpjs.com/digital-marketing-tips/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=digital-marketing-tips Wed, 03 Jun 2020 15:55:04 +0000 https://mondaysinpjs.com/?p=5587 There’s no denying that over the course of the past several months, the world that we once knew has come[...]

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There’s no denying that over the course of the past several months, the world that we once knew has come to an end. Perhaps you’ve already been running an online business long before Corona struck, or maybe you’re just building one up now. Regardless, now is the time to be ultra-innovative when it comes to your brand’s online marketing strategy. Here are 10 digital marketing tips to help you expand your presence on the web.

Digital Marketing Tips for the New World

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Use Video

YouTube is the second most popular website in the entire world, trailing just behind it’s older sister, Google. There are more than 2.2 billion logged-in users on YouTube every month, and this year alone, more than five billion dollars will be made in advertising on the platform. Video has shown to drive more than twice the ROI as text and image-based ads, which means you definitely want to get a piece of that pie.

Create a Professional Website

If you don’t already have a website for your customer base to find you, now’s the time to build one, or have one created for you. You can sell successfully from social media, but a website is another crucial point of contact between you and your target market. In order to fully own your site, you’ll want to go the self-hosted route and use WordPress.org (not to be confused with WordPress.com.). WP Engine is a great choice of hosts, and they’ll help you get all set up, so even if you’re not familiar with building sites on WordPress, it should be quick and easy. You can learn more about WP Engine here.

Build an Email List

There are so many reasons to create an email list for your business, the first of which is that you know without a doubt that the people signing up are interested in what you’re offering. So, once you’ve got that list, you have a loyal base of potential customers to pitch your products/services to. You can use a plugin like Hustle to create ways for subscribers to sign up. If you don’t have much luck in the beginning, try adding an incentive, like a free download. Mailerlite has a free option and is a wonderful alternative to other programs, like Mailchimp.

Know Your Audience

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The social media platforms you use to market your online business should be based largely on where it is your target market frequents most. Check out my post about how to discover the best social media platform for your business to help you decide and see more digital marketing tips for social media campaigns.

Use Pinterest

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No matter what age range your target market is comprised of, if it includes women, you want to be on Pinterest. While many people may think it’s just a place where lifestyle bloggers post recipes and fashion tips, it’s so much more. It’s essentially another search engine, and a huge one, which can drive a crazy amount of traffic to your website, if utilized correctly. One thing about Pinterest is, you need to post several times per day to drive that traffic; between 10-15 is the current recommended number. If you have no time for that, you can always use a social media scheduling tool like Tailwind, which will do all of the posting for you.

Optimize for Search Engines

And, speaking of search engines, let’s talk about why it’s so important to optimize your content for them, a process that’s otherwise known as SEO. SEO is a crucial step in content marketing, because if that content isn’t optimized, it’s just going to get buried under the pages and pages of sites from your competitors that are. There are several things you can do to get your site SEO-friendly, including keyword research and using a plugin like Yoast on your site. Check out my post on other things you can do to boost your SEO and Google search rankings here.

Make it Mobile Friendly

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A person’s smartphone is basically a part of them these days. One can do everything from their phone, and usually, that’s exactly what they do, including purchasing from online businesses. If your site isn’t mobile-friendly, you’re going to drive these potential sales away and straight to a competitor’s door. However, if you’ve got a design that makes it easy for users to navigate through your sales funnel on their phone, there’s a 74% chance they’ll come back to buy again.

Talk to a Creative Consultant

If you’re feeling stuck when it comes to your brand’s digital marketing strategy, you can always talk to an expert, and learn more about what you can do to connect with more of those potential customers. A creative marketing consultant will help you work through any struggles you’re facing in your current campaign, and design a new one that works best for your business.

Monitor Your Analytics

Using Google Analytics to monitor the success (or lack thereof) of all of your content. You’ll be able to see which of your pages or posts are attracting the most visitors, which referral sources they’re coming from, and more. This will enable you to continue to shape your content marketing strategy in a way that brings you more traffic and potential customers.

Engage Your Market

Engagement is a big part of running a successful digital marketing campaign, and requires that you spend a substantial amount of time connecting meaningfully with your followers, influencers, and other major players when it comes to the success of your brand. Make sure you’re not only posting your own content on a regular basis, but share things that others have posted, and like/comment on posts that are relevant to your industry.

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Read next: the top Digital Marketing Mistakes and how to Avoid Making Them.

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Make Money Teaching English Online With PalFish https://mondaysinpjs.com/make-money-teaching-english-online-with-palfish/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=make-money-teaching-english-online-with-palfish Sat, 23 May 2020 14:52:58 +0000 https://mondaysinpjs.com/?p=5475 If you’re looking for some great new ways to earn money from home without a bachelor’s degree, online teaching is[...]

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If you’re looking for some great new ways to earn money from home without a bachelor’s degree, online teaching is a fantastic option! As long as you’re a native English speaker with a solid internet connection and mobile device, you can make money teaching English online with PalFish.

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How to Make Money Teaching English Online

PalFish is a China-based ESL platform that connects young learners (ages 3-12) with native-speaking English teachers from the US, UK, Australia, or NZ. With this company, you’ll earn between $14-$22/hour, with payments being sent out once per month (between the 1st and the 7th) and going through Payoneer. So, if you don’t already have a free Payoneer account, you’ll need to set one up to get paid.

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Getting Started on the Platform

Once you’ve gotten your app installed, it’s time to start booking classes! PalFish has two types of lessons that they offer; the freetalk course, where you basically just have a conversation with your student, and the official kid’s course (OKC,) which has set slides that you teach throughout the span of your session. Since they’re based in Beijing, peak hours are usually early AM EST time, and then more of the days/nights on the weekends. They ask that you open up at least seven slots during their peak hours to continue teaching the official course, but you can open as many as you’d like.

Job Requirements

If you’re a native English speaker with experience in working with children, you’ll be able to teach the freetalk lessons without any issues. However, in order to teach the OKC, you do need to possess some form of teaching certificate, such as either a TESOL or TEFL. If you don’t have one, don’t panic! You can find them online at (seriously) affordable prices. The International Open Academy often runs 90% off sales on their certs, which means you can earn your TESOL for less than $20! Now, that certificate may not fly if you try and teach at a brick-and-mortar school, but it’s perfect acceptable for most online learning platforms, including PalFish.

What You’ll Need

Unlike most of the online ESL platforms, PalFish is operated on a mobile-only basis. So, you’ll need to use your phone, or an iPod or iPad, etc. Obviously this also means that the app works fine with wiFi, but you’ll still want to make sure you’ve got solid enough internet that your calls won’t be dropping left and right. The company also requires that you wear a blue shirt for teaching. It doesn’t matter what shade of blue, as long as it’s blue and appears professional (t-shirts are fine, just nothing too revealing, etc.). And finally, you’ll need to print out a copy of the PalFish logo and hang it up in the background of your teaching space. Considering you’re going to be teaching off of your mobile, keep in mind that you’ll also want some way of propping your phone up in place, and being able to control its balance as you navigate from slide to slide. This can be accomplished with a small tripod or stand like this one for your phone.

What They Pay

The pay rate works out a bit differently between your official kid’s course lessons and those that are freetalk. OKC lessons are 25-minutes long, and start out paying $7 per class. You’ll also be able to rack up some bonuses, but that’s your base pay. After you’ve taught so many and get positive ratings, you’ll move up a level and your pay will increase. For free talk lessons, you can set your own rate between 1-5 yuan/minute, which works out to be $0.14-$0.70/minute, and PalFish will take a cut of 20%. The money you make from OKC is all yours to keep, and you’ll be able to track your earnings in real-time by keeping an eye on your wallet in your account dashboard. Keep in mind that the lower you set your rates, the more bookings you’ll get. Especially when you’re first starting out.

Preparing for Your First Lesson

Once you’ve opened up your schedule, make sure to keep an eye on the platform, as it’s pretty easy to miss notifications about bookings. Try to check your app at least a few times per day, and more if you’re looking for last-minute schedulings. Once you see that a student’s booked a lesson with you, you’ll be able to enter the classroom way ahead of time to take a look around and familiarize yourself with the slides and functions. You can also find a ton of helpful YouTube videos, many of which are specific to each level of trial. For instance, if you see that you’re teaching a level 2 trial (Hello Monkey!) you can search for something along the lines of, “teaching PalFish level 2 trial” and you’ll find videos of other teachers going through the entire class, so you can model yourself off of them if you’re feeling nervous.

Teaching Trials

Each OKC trial lesson is scheduled for a 30-minute block of time, although you only need to teach 25 minutes of each. This gives you enough time to easily make it to back-to-back sessions. There are five levels, with beginners of course starting out on level one. Students are supposed to take an assessment to place them in the correct level for trials, though sometimes parents will take them, so you’ll wind up with a student who should be on level one attempting a level two class. You’ll want to go through every slide within your 25-minute time span. This means you’ll be spending between 1-2 minutes on each. Bring your best TPR (total physical response,) props, and high energy to keep your students engaged. PalFish also offers some great filters and other features you can use to make classes more fun.

Bonuses

In addition to your starting pay rate of $7/25-minute class, there are several ways to earn bonuses to ramp up your income each month. The first is to be on time to every lesson. If you show up at least a minute early to class, you’ll automatically earn a $1 bonus. For not missing any of your classes, you can earn an additional $30, and for each new teacher you refer to the OKC, you’ll score $45.

Deductions

It’s true that there are plenty of ways to earn bonuses with PalFish, but be careful, because there are also ways for them to subtract earnings from your account. If you show up late to class, you’ll get dinged $1.50. Miss the session all together? Say goodbye to two classes worth of earnings ($15). And, if you cancel a class on short notice, they’ll remove $7. So, make sure to keep an eye on your schedule, and if you absolutely need to cancel, do so with at least 24 hours of notice.

Ready to Start Earning Money With PalFish?

If you don’t yet have an account on the platform, you can head here to sign up and get started now! And remember, even if you don’t have your teaching certificate at this point, you can still open up your schedule for free-talk sessions!

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13 Must-Have Items for Your Home to Stay Comfy and Entertained on Lockdown https://mondaysinpjs.com/13-must-have-items-for-your-home/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=13-must-have-items-for-your-home Thu, 14 May 2020 01:28:01 +0000 https://mondaysinpjs.com/?p=5387 Some of us actually prefer spending most of our time at home – it’s introverts, we’re us. Extroverts must be[...]

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Some of us actually prefer spending most of our time at home – it’s introverts, we’re us. Extroverts must be losing their minds without being able to surround themselves with others, but everyone has got to be getting at least a little bored being stuck inside all this time. Luckily, there are things you can do to keep things as comfy and fun as possible. Here are 13 must-have items for your home in this new world of ours.

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Must-Have Items for Your Home to Keep You Comfy and Entertained While You’re Stuck Inside

While you’re stuck at home anyway, or, if you just prefer to stay at home, why not turn your place into your ultimate hideaway? Your space should make you happy and should play into pleasing all of your senses and keeping you ultra-comfortable. These must-have items will keep you comfy and entertained while you’re hanging out at home, whether it’s by choice or necessity.

Cooling Gel Mattress

Must-have items for your home: cooling gel mattress

Gel foam mattresses can cost a fortune, especially when they come equipped with cooling technology. But this queen-sized memory foam mattress from Classic Brands can be delivered straight to your door for less than $290 and will come just in time to keep you cool all summer long. And, if you have Amazon Prime, you don’t even need to pay for shipping. Score!

Mini Trampoline

Even if you’re not someone who’s used to working out on a regular basis, an indoor trampoline can be an excellent (and fun) way to release some energy. This quiet model from DARCHEN can safely hold up to 450 pounds and is small and sleek enough to fit nicely in any room you choose.

Ultra-Luxury Bamboo Body Pillow

Must-have items for your home: cooling bamboo body pillow

This 54-inch long pillow from Snuggle-Pedic is crafted with hypoallergenic and cooling bamboo, so it naturally breathes and keeps you nice and cool throughout the night. It’s been named the best body pillow in several publications. And, the creators are so confident that once you try it, you’ll never want to go without it, that they offer a 120-day love it or return it (for free) policy.

Wii Console and Sports Games Package

Considering the fact that everyone’s been stuck at home and unable to participate in the sports they’re used to playing, this can be an awesome way to release some energy while having fun, whether you’re by yourself or others in your home. This renewed package on Amazon comes with the console, a remote, nunchuck, and the Wii Sports Resort and Motion Plus bundles.

Kindle

Amazon is full of amazing e-books that can keep your mind occupied for as long as you need the distraction. Have a Kindle sent to your house and start reading within the next few days. It comes along with three months of free Kindle Unlimited.

Nikon COOLPIX B500 Camera

Must-have items for your home: Nikon COOLPIX

Now’s the perfect time to start that new blog or YouTube channel you’ve been thinking about. Whether or not you plan to monetize it, it can be a great way to stay busy and showcase your creativity. But, to do either of those things, you’ll want some solid visuals. Even if you don’t plan on sharing, taking photos, whether you’re at home or out in nature, can be both relaxing and fun. This Nikon bundle on Amazon comes with the B500 with Super Zoom capabilities, along with a memory card, carrying case, tripod, and plenty of other bells and whistles to help you get started.

Standalone Virtual Reality Headset

Must-have items for your home: Oculus Go Standalone VR

This 32GB Oculus Go Standalone VR headset allows you to meet up with friends in virtual reality for all types of adventures, without the hassle of carrying anything or dealing with any wires.

Weighted Blanket

Must-have items for your home: weighted blanket

The ZonLi weighted blanket is made with 100% cotton and glass beads to provide a cooling and comfortable alternative to your ordinary comforter. Weighted blankets have been proven to reduce stress and anxiety and provide a deeper sleep.

Adjustable Height Desk

If you’re working from home these days, you’re likely spending a ton of time at your desk in front of the computer. And, since sitting for long periods of time can wreak havoc upon your lower back, a desk that can be raised and lowered so that you can either sit or stand at it is definitely one of the must-have items for your home and a wonderful addition to your home office. You can check out some more of my ergonomic office furniture suggestions here.

Back Relief Deep Tissue Massage Pad

Has your back been feeling tight lately? Or maybe you’re sore from all the time you’re spending hunched over in your chair these days. Well, this portable massage pad goes on top of any chair to provide a relaxing and therapeutic experience. Aside from being fully adjustable with different types of deep tissue massage options, there’s a heat option for the cooler months as well.

Inflatable Coleman Hot Tub With Jets

Must-have items for your home: personal spa

Looking for the ultimate way to relax at home? This portable hot tub by Coleman is available on Amazon and comfortably seats up to four adults. It’s easy to set up and operate, as well as take down when you decide you’d like to put it up for the year. Or, you can just leave it up and chill in it all year long.

Sewing Machine

This simple, lightweight sewing machine from Singer may not look like much, but this little thing is capable of producing some amazing things, time and time again. If you’ve got the time to sew and you either already know how or are planning on teaching yourself online, sewing is a great way to pass the time and make unique pieces for you, and your friends or family, or even for sale as a part of your new online business venture. You can both make and repair all types of things, from masks to clothes, and so much more.

Noise-Canceling Headphones

Must-have items for your home during lockdown: noise cancelling headphones

A good pair of noise-canceling headphones can mean the difference between a great mood and a terrible mood when it comes to being trapped around noises and other external stimuli that are out of your control. This pair by Avantree is Bluetooth enabled and comes with a mic so you can use them for work calls, gaming, or just talking to friends and family. If you’ve never heard of binaural beat therapy, next time you have a migraine hit YouTube with your new headphones and give one of the videos a shot. You’d be amazed at how quickly sound waves can make you feel better. Interested in learning more? Check out my post on lockdown wellness tips next!

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Blogging is an excellent addition to any online business. It gives you a way to reach your readers with engaging content, and through great SEO, it allows you to remain visible on major search engines like Google and Bing. And, though it may not break the bank to run a blog, it does require a few investments if you’re serious about your site, like some of the best blogging tools below.

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The Best Blogging Tools for Business in 2020

If you plan to blog as anything more than just a hobby, it does take plenty of effort and energy, though you’ll need to spend a little bit of money to get started as well. There are more than 600 million blogs in existence, so you want to make sure that you’re nurturing and growing yours to a point it stands out above your competitors.

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Tools for Bloggers

These tools can help you create a professional blog that brings readers back and allows you to earn money in multiple ways from one convenient place.

1) Laptop

Even though you may be able to tap/type at the speed of light on your phone, it doesn’t mean it’ll be easy to create full posts for your blog from it. You’ll need formatting and other abilities that won’t work on your mobile. Plus, if you’re serious about your blogging business, you’ll need plenty of storage space as well. You can find plenty of quality, affordable laptops on Amazon, like this powerful 14-inch model by HP.

2) WordPress.org

WordPress.org, or self-hosted WordPress, is the most popular content management system in the world. In fact, 35% of the internet is powered through it. If you don’t already have a website for your blog, you’ll definitely want to set yourself up on WP. It doesn’t cost a thing to get set up, though depending on how tech-savvy you are, you may want to skip ahead to the next item on our list to make the installation a bit easier. Although, if you’re confident in your abilities you can always try it yourself.

3) Web Host

Every website that’s up on the internet needs its space to exist, which is where your hosting provider comes into play. There are several good options out there, depending on what you need for your business. Plus, most hosts will have an option to auto-install WordPress so that you won’t need to take care of it separately. I’m a bit biased since I’m a fan, but I think Hostinger has some of the most affordable rates on the market, not to mention some pretty great customer service. You can read more about Hostinger and what they have to offer here.

4) A Good Camera

Visuals are crucial when it comes to the best blogging tools in 2020. Depending on what type of content you produce, there are different types of cameras to suit your needs. If you’re a travel blogger and/or you shoot a lot of video or photos on the go, you’ll want to consider an action camera. The GoPro Hero8 is a favorite that delivers HyperSmooth video from anywhere in the world. If you’re looking for more of a stationary camera to snap pictures of things like yourself, food, animals, or other people, you may want to opt for something more along the lines of the Canon PowerShot SX740 instead.

5) Tripod

Best blogging tools: adjustable phone tripod

If you’re just starting out and you don’t have a team working on your content, it’ll be up to you to shoot your own photos and videos. And, unless you want them all to look like you shot them yourself, you’ll definitely want to invest in a tripod. You may also want to consider a mini-tripod to stabilize your phone, if you use it for shooting, as well. You can find them in kits like this one where they come with a Bluetooth remote, too, which you can then attach to your larger tripod for some shooting scenarios.

6) Lighting

Best blogging tools: studio lighting kit

If you’ve already been taking photos and videos for your business, you’ve likely noticed how important it is to have good lighting on your subject. A studio lighting kit like this one on Amazon can really help transform the quality of your images and/or videos and make them look much more professional.

7) Canva

Canva is one of the best blogging tools on the market, and it comes available as a free version so you don’t even need to pay to use it. Create stunning graphics of all kinds for your blog and social media pages, logos, business cards, t-shirt designs, and many more. Although you can do all of that with the free version, they do offer an upgrade that comes at a price of around $12/month and offers more elements, fonts, stock photos, and other types of content and features to use.

8) Tailwind

In order to drive a good amount of traffic to your blog and connect with your target market, you’ll want to share your posts as much as possible. Since sharing manually can be time-consuming, a scheduling tool like Tailwind can make things a lot easier. Add each social media platform and schedule your posts all at once so you don’t need to keep posting. Plus, they offer a Smart Bio feature for Instagram that enables people to click direct URLs to each individual page, rather than only being able to send them to the main link in our Insta bio. Head to this page to sign up for your free Tailwind account and create your own Smart Bio now.

9) Grammarly

Even if you hire a ghostwriter for your blog, Grammarly can be beneficial to help you edit both on your site and across your brand’s social media pages. The extension catches spelling and punctuational errors with its free version, and if you choose to upgrade to the premium version, it can assist with grammar and helping you choose the best wording.

10) Google Analytics

In order to keep track of your visitor’s interactions on your site, you’ll want to use Google Analytics. The program will allow you to follow along with where your visitors are coming from (both physical location and online point of access,) and which pages or posts they’re frequenting while on your blog.

The Next Step

If you’re looking for more ways to improve your blog, why not talk to a creative consultant? A consultant can help you decide where to go next, and how you can best take your online business to the next level.

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How to Structure Your Conversations While Tutoring on Cambly: Post-Corona Edition https://mondaysinpjs.com/how-to-lead-a-conversation-tutoring-on-cambly/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=how-to-lead-a-conversation-tutoring-on-cambly Mon, 27 Apr 2020 10:00:00 +0000 https://mondaysinpjs.com/?p=5124 Tutoring on Cambly is unique when it comes to online ESL (English as a Second Language) companies. The California-based entity[...]

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Tutoring on Cambly is unique when it comes to online ESL (English as a Second Language) companies. The California-based entity connects native-speaking tutors with students all over the world that are looking to perfect their conversational skills. For the most part, students are just looking to talk and work on their fluency, which is nice for most tutors because it means they don’t need to worry about structuring a lesson for a 30 or 60-minute block of time. But, that also means that you need to figure out how to keep a conversation going for that long.

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How to Structure Your Free-Talk Lesson on Cambly

Small talk may come easy to most extroverts, but for some people, the thought of leading an hour-long conversation with a stranger can be pretty unnerving. As an introvert and someone who fully understands those sentiments, I’ve created this guide to help you breeze through the time while tutoring on Cambly.

The Greeting

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If ever a time to make the most exaggerated greeting ever, this would be it. And, you know how 99% of the time when someone tells you their name it goes in one ear and out the other? Try to avoid that. You never know when the student that you talk to on priority hour will return for a reservation a few days later, and you’ll want to remember their name. I always start with a simple “hi,” usually followed by a, “hello,” and a quick wave. Ask them for their name and repeat it back to them if you were able to understand it enough to try.

If you’re not sure, you can say, “is that correct,” and they’ll typically let you know if it isn’t and repeat it back to you. If you have zero clues what they said and you’re not even comfortable attempting the pronunciation, just move on by telling them your name and letting them know you’re happy to meet them.

Note: you should also ask each student early on if they would prefer corrections after each mistake or if they’d like for you to make notes and wait until the end of the lesson, etc. If your reservation was scheduled in advance, you can check their preference on their profile, but if you’re on a priority hour, you may want to ask just to be sure.

Where in the World?

After you’ve said the niceties, the next topic to refer to would be their location. Ask them where they’re from if you’re on priority hour and you’ve never spoken to them before. If they’ve scheduled an appointment in advance, you can check their profile by clicking through on your reservations page. It’s better to know in advance, and that’s because of what comes next.

If you know very little about the country that your student is from, it can be beneficial to open a new tab and use Google to pull it up. Or, at the very least, keep the search engine tab open so that you’re able to look something up in a moment’s notice.

What’s Going on?

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We’re living in very strange times. Our world is shifting into a dystopian version of its former self, which calls for different measures than before when it comes to your conversations on the platform. The Coronavirus has united everyone across the globe. Each country may be responding differently, but we’re all facing the same threat – at least when it comes to the virus.

And, that threat gives you a common bond among each and every single person you talk to on the platform, or anywhere else for that matter. I check the numbers for the United States every morning, both for my reference and because that’s one of the first things I’m asked when I’m tutoring on Cambly. Then, I check for my state, and I check New York state because, damn. All of which will help you get the ball rolling for a conversation with your student, as long as they’re at an intermediate level or above.

What do you do?

Even with the new way of the world, “what do you do,” is one of the first things I like to ask in a Cambly convo. Knowing what your student does will give you some more small talk ammo to arm yourself with. Once they tell you what they do, unless they offer it up, ask them if they’re working from home these days or if they’re still able to work at the office (or factory, etc) like usual.

School’s out for Summer

If they’re a student, that opens up another door that you can walk through for a few minutes, too. Unless they were already an online student, things have changed for them immensely, and they’ll probably have a lot to say about it. I’ve spoken to a few people who’ve been pretty screwed over by the current situation, and they’re more than willing to open up to a listening ear about it. That’s good, you want to get them talking as much as possible as that’s pretty much the entire point of the lesson when you’re tutoring on Cambly.

Come Here Often?

Ask your student about their experience with Cambly, and speaking English in general. Do they speak English at work, or are they just learning for fun? How long have they been using the platform, and how many tutors have they spoken to? What’s the most memorable conversation they’ve had? Before moving on to the next subject, I like to thank them for giving me a shot over all of the other tutors they have to choose from. You can also give them any tips you have that may help them in their quest to speak English fluently.

We Still Have to Eat

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Even with everything that’s going on, one thing remains the same: we all still have to eat to survive, and we’re all trying to stick to our normal eating habits as much as humanly possible. Ask them about their favorite foods. How do they prepare them? What does the dish consist of? Do they like to drink anything specific with their food? You can also ask them about the traditional recipes of their country. What is the most popular food in their area? Are they a fan, or could they do without seeing it again?

Movies, Shows, or Videos?

When I’m on Cambly, I like to ask each student about whether or not they’ve tried watching any shows or movies in English. If they have and they’re pretty advanced in their speaking, you can ask them about what types of things they like to watch. I’ve noticed that in many cases, students prefer things like TED Talks and other types of educational viewing, over Netflix and Hulu, etc. Whatever they say, I dig deeper to keep them talking. What’s their favorite movie of all time? Do they use subtitles in their native language to watch?

Conversation Topic Ideas for Your Free-Talk Lesson on Cambly

  • Current events
  • Work/school
  • Culture
  • Food
  • Entertainment
  • Animals and pets
  • Hobbies

If you’re looking for some great icebreakers or more conversation topics, check out this awesome list of questions you can ask your students throughout the lesson.

More Ways to Earn Money Online

Everyone that’s tutoring on Cambly knows it’s pretty hard to make a full-time income doing so. So, if you’re looking for some other online side hustles to add more money to your bank account these days, check out this article next.

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Ways to Honor Earth Day at Home https://mondaysinpjs.com/ways-to-honor-earth-day-at-home/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=ways-to-honor-earth-day-at-home Sat, 18 Apr 2020 01:49:48 +0000 https://mondaysinpjs.com/?p=5155 If you’re lucky enough to live somewhere where you can experience the outdoors without coming into too close of contact[...]

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If you’re lucky enough to live somewhere where you can experience the outdoors without coming into too close of contact with anyone, celebrating Earth Day is as simple as hitting the trails or strolling along the beach near your home. But, if you’re like most humans right now, you’re pretty much stuck inside, which limits you a bit in what you’re able to do to honor the planet, though it’s not impossible. Here are a few ways to honor Earth Day at home this year.

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How to Celebrate Earth Day at Home

Earth Day may or may not be a big deal to you and/or your family, but since it’s the planet that we all call home, why not at the very least spend a few minutes doing something to learn about it or make it just a little bit better?

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Plant Trees Without Leaving the House

Okay, so if you’ve read many of the other posts I’ve written about different ways to help the world, I always include Ecosia. That’s because it’s something that takes no money and very little time but has the potential to make a huge impact on the environment. The lovely people behind this search engine plant a tree somewhere in the world for every 45 searches that are performed through the site. They’ve already planted more than 90 million trees, and the counter rises every second.

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You can use Ecosia.org or install the extension which makes searching a breeze. Even if you don’t do a ton of searches per day, there’s a little personal tree-counter that will let you know as soon as you make it to 45 and so on, so you’ll be aware the second you’re responsible for each tree being planted somewhere on Earth. It’s one of the quickest and easiest ways to honor Earth Day at home. There’s also no reason not to continue using Ecosia as your search engine to keep making a positive impact on the world without even having to go outside.

Make the Switch to Organic and Recycled Materials

There are plenty of arguments for making the switch to organic materials. But for the sake of this article and Earth Day 2020, we’ll stick with the fact that the textile industry is responsible for an extremely large part of the world’s carbon pollution. Cotton, though it may be natural, isn’t any better, as it requires an insane amount of pesticides to be used in its production. Organic cotton, however, is much better, as are linen, viscose (derived from bamboo,) and hemp. Aside from being better for the environment, these natural fabrics are also cooling and moisture-wicking, which make them excellent for those who live in warmer areas.

It’s easy to discover what the things you’re looking to buy, like clothes or bedding, are made from. If you’re shopping online, you can always search specifically for natural fabrics. For instance, if you wanted to buy cooling viscose sheets, just search them out using exact keyphrases on whatever website you’re using.

Get a Plant, or Three

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Plants are great for purifying the air around them, not to mention livening up a room. Investing in a new plant or two is one of the best ways to honor Earth Day at home this year. You don’t need to head out buy one nowadays, either, since you can always order them straight to your door from Amazon. Yep, if you didn’t know, now you know. You can get anything from a small potted plant set to a Majesty Palm Tree shipped to your house – and, if you’ve got Prime, the shipping is free. And, since most of us are getting much less fresh air these days, filling your home with air-purifying houseplants isn’t a terrible idea.

Play Around With Science

Playing around with some Earth science experiments can be a fun way to mark the occasion. Depending on what you have access to, there are several things you can do. One such thing is the Glue-Stick Sunset, which requires a penlight or mini Maglite, a few clear sticks of glue designed for a hot-glue gun, clear tape, a polarizing filter, and white background. The experiment is designed to give you some hands-on insight as to why a sunset appears red against a blue sky. If you don’t have those materials, check out some of the other fun projects Exploratorium has to offer.

Build a DIY Bird Feeder

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The seagulls and other birds that are used to tons of messy humans dropping crumbs all over the streets for them are missing their buffets. But you can help feed a few hungry bird-os by creating a feeder out of recycled household materials, like one of the many great ideas on this list by Homesthetics. Don’t worry about what to fill it with, either. You can get a five-pound bag of seed from Amazon for less than $10.

Reduce, Reuse, Reevaluate

Maybe you already recycle and are conscious of your waste habits. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t still some ways to make small changes that can be helpful to the environment. One easy way to make that change is to try and use reusable grocery and kitchen storage, rather than plastic bags to transport food and store leftovers.

Upcycle

Repurposing old household items is one of the most fun ways to honor the Earth at home. Think about all of the stuff you have lying around and the different ways you can reinvent it for future use. Since Easter just ended, you may have a ton of those little plastic eggs sitting in a bag somewhere. Luckily, they can be turned into mini-snack carriers for lunches. There are a ton of things that you can use for your plants and bird feeders as well. The sky’s the limit when it comes to all of the cool ways to upcycle your belongings.

Earth Day Cookies

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Sure, baking delicious cookies may not do a damn thing for the planet, but they can be the fuel you need to be motivated to honor her in other ways this Earth Day. Check out this five-star cookie recipe from Delish. Just make sure you store them in a reusable container.

More Ways to Honor the Earth at Home

Well, the truth is, the Earth is feeling more honored than she has in a long time this Earth Day, thanks to the historic drop in carbon emissions courtesy of COVID-19. Her inhabitants, on the other hand, are feeling a little blue. But that’s not the planet’s (or anyone’s) fault, so please don’t take your frustrations out on her or anyone (or thing) else. Looking for more ways to honor Earth day from home? Check out this great list from EcoWatch.

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Stay Healthy at Home: Wellness Tips to Keep You Feeling Your Best Throughout the Lockdown https://mondaysinpjs.com/stay-healthy-stay-home-wellness-tips/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=stay-healthy-stay-home-wellness-tips Sat, 11 Apr 2020 18:33:52 +0000 https://mondaysinpjs.com/?p=5023 Wellness Tips to Keep You Feeling Your Best During Quarantine With everyone so focused on not catching COVID-19, it’s easy[...]

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Wellness Tips to Keep You Feeling Your Best During Quarantine

With everyone so focused on not catching COVID-19, it’s easy to lose sight of other aspects of our health and wellbeing – not that catching the virus isn’t a completely legitimate concern. Still, don’t forget to take care of yourself, both mentally and physically, so that you can stay healthy at home during the lockdown. Here are some wellness tips to help you feel your best in the midst of all of the chaos.

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Wellness Tips for Body and Mind During Lockdown

While you may have a routine that keeps you well under normal circumstances, you’re likely feeling out-of-whack from not being able to adhere to it recently. And even though things may not be ideal at the moment, you just need to remember that this is only temporary. Here are some tips to keep your mind and body balanced and help you to stay healthy at home during the lockdown.

Up Your Nutrients

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It’s amazing that the first things to fly off of the shelves were meat, dairy products, and of course, all of the toilet paper and Lysol spray – but the produce section of the grocery stores have been left intact. While I’m grateful to still be able to enjoy fresh fruits and vegetables, I also wonder who else out there is working on building up their immune system to fight off any virus that comes their way. Plus, not only can increasing nutrients help keep your body healthy, but there are plenty of vitamins and minerals that are good for your mental health, too.

Don’t Forget Your H2O

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While drinking water is never a bad idea – at least, nine times out of ten, anyway, it may be easy to lose sight of these days, with everyone cutting back on gym time and outdoor workouts. But that doesn’t mean it’s not still important to stay hydrated. To keep our bodies functioning properly (AKA, to stay healthy) we’ve got to stay hydrated. 

Stay in Touch

If you were talking to your friends and family on a regular basis before this all happened, try and stick as closely as possible to your previous schedule. Try a weekly video call to virtually watch a movie together or have happy hour, etc. And, if you’re worried about missing out on the excitement of getting together, there are plenty of ways to make your virtual calls more fun.

Get up and Moving

If you’re lucky enough to live in an area where you can freely walk around without having to closely encounter other people, going for a walk every day can do wonders for both your mental and physical health. If you don’t have any intention of going outside for anything other than food, you can still get your miles in, thanks to Leslie Sansone’s Walk Fit videos on YouTube. There are one, two, three, four, and five-mile “fitness walks” that are both easy and effective and can be done solo or with the whole family.

Limit Your Media Intake

While it’s good to stay informed about what’s happening in the world around you, it’s also important that we take care of our mental health, which means limiting the amount of negative information that you take in on a daily basis. You can’t save the planet or the billions of people that inhabit it, so spending all of your time worrying about it isn’t doing anyone any good. 

Talk to Someone

Whether you just aren’t talking to many people these days or the people you are talking to don’t offer the kind of support you feel as though you need then maybe it’s time to reach out to someone who can be there to listen and guide you on the phone or online. If you feel especially depressed these days, there are plenty of options out there for you. One such option is 7cups, which offers free counseling services to anyone who needs to talk.

Use Sound Waves to Feel Better

If you’ve never tried (free) binaural beat therapy before, I highly suggest using it next time you’re feeling ill or down at all. Head to YouTube with a good pair of headphones like these and search “binaural beats for (insert ailment here).” Whether you’ve got a migraine, are feeling nauseous, or depressed/anxious, there will be a number of sound therapy videos like this one to pop up. Within 10-15 minutes of listening, you should start to feel some major relief. This can also be effective for simply drowning out background noise or falling asleep, as well.

Start a New Hobby

Sitting around and staring at the walls can turn even the most stable of minds into minefields, with thoughts waiting to explode out of proportion at any given moment. Finding an outlet that allows you to focus some of your energy and get lost in something other than negative thoughts can be an excellent way to pass the time. Depending on the hobby, this could even be time used productively, in the case of those who choose to write, paint, record music, or pursue any other type of creative ventures. 

Take Some Time for Yourself

If you’re stuck at home with someone that you aren’t used to being around all day, things can get pretty tense. To avoid getting on each other’s nerves, plan to take some time apart each day, if possible – even if that means putting headphones on and watching movies on separate screens across the room from each other. If you can get into different rooms or take the dog for a walk around the block while they watch something on TV, that’s even better. 

Chill Out

Whether you’re experienced with meditation or the word makes you nervous, it doesn’t change the fact that doing deep breathing relaxation exercises can really help clear and calm the mind. In fact, there are plenty of binaural beat meditations on YouTube that you can use, too. If you prefer a guided meditation, you can find a large number of videos like this one as well.

 

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Keep Your Space as Clean as Possible

Keeping your home clean and surfaces disinfected can also help keep you and your family physically healthy. While it’s nearly impossible to get your hands on Lysol spray these days, there are plenty of other (real) disinfectants that you can use. Wipes are a great option, as is bleach spray, although that definitely won’t work on all surfaces. Whatever you do, don’t listen to the YouTubers claiming they’re making the stuff with essential oils and it’s actually killing germs – it isn’t. Help others. If you’re feeling like you’ve got everything under control, maybe you can also use some of your extra time to help others who aren’t so lucky.

Stay Healthy at Home

Don’t let this lockdown be a drag on your physical and mental state of wellbeing. Instead, look at it as a time for healing, and try to make the most out of it that you possibly can. Focus on the positives and do what you can to stay healthy at home. This can also be a good time to start that new online side hustle you’ve been thinking about.

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Different Ways to Monetize a Blog https://mondaysinpjs.com/ways-to-monetize-a-blog/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=ways-to-monetize-a-blog Sun, 29 Mar 2020 15:13:00 +0000 https://mondaysinpjs.com/?p=4799 Blogging is a great way to earn money online. In fact, it gives you the opportunity to earn in several[...]

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Blogging is a great way to earn money online. In fact, it gives you the opportunity to earn in several ways from one convenient place. How much you earn will depend on a number of factors, like what your view counts look like, and the types of things or services you’re selling. But there are plenty of different ways to monetize a blog to set yourself up for earning multiple streams of income from home.

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Here are a few Different Ways to Monetize a Blog

Making substantial money through blogging isn’t something that happens overnight. But if you implement enough ways of earning and continue to grow it, it’s definitely possible. Here are some of the ways to monetize a blog and make money off of your website.

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Sell Physical Products

There are a few different ways you can use your blog as a platform to sell physical products. The simplest would probably be using an e-commerce plugin like WooCommerce, which makes everything from setting up your storefront to shipping a breeze.

Sell Services

One of the quickest ways to monetize a blog is by using it to sell your services. For instance, we sell creative consulting services for online businesses on Mondays in PJs. If you’re a freelance graphic designer and you’re great with logos or Photoshop, create a services page and detail your offerings and prices. Then, give your readers a way to contact you if they’re interested, like by using a contact form and including your email address and/or phone number.

Affiliate Marketing

Whether you just launched your site today or you’ve been up and running for several years, affiliate marketing is one of the best (and easiest) ways to monetize a blog effectively. This can happen in all different forms, and you can partner with a wide variety of businesses, from entrepreneurs selling their services to huge retailers like Target. Most of these companies will have an affiliate section on the footer of their website where you can go to apply. If you don’t see anything, you can always send them a message and ask them directly.

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You can also join an affiliate marketing network like Share a Sale, where you will only need to apply once and then you simply use their platform to get all of your affiliate links from hundreds of different businesses.

Create a Resources Page

Creating a resources page can be super helpful, both to you and your readers. To your readers, you’re giving them an easy way to find and access tools to help them in their own business ventures. And for you, it can be a good opportunity to include affiliate links. Unlike posts, which are dated, a resources page can be a solid and consistent way of making money from your blog.

Sell E-books

Selling e-books is an excellent way to earn money from your blog. It may take some time to get your book put together, but once you have something that you think your readers will enjoy, your work will be a great way to earn a passive income from your website. Keep in mind, however, that you’ll still have to put effort (or money) into marketing so that people know your book exists and you create some interest in it if you really plan on making good money from it.

Advertisements

Depending on what type of website you have, selling ad space and enrolling in pay-per-click programs may be one of the best ways for you to monetize. There are several of them out there, including my personal favorite, Media.net, and Google AdSense. You’ll get access to banner codes that you can place throughout your site. Just keep in mind that people don’t want to be bombarded with ads, and if you use too many of them, you’re likely to turn visitors off. Try and keep them to a minimum, and as relevant as possible to your content. A bunch of flashing ads for online casinos on your health and wellness blog probably wouldn’t do very well.

Sell Live Coaching Sessions

Do you have some type of skill that’s in-demand these days? If it’s something you’re able to teach online, selling one-on-one live coaching sessions is a good way to monetize your blog. Create a services page on your website, where you can display the descriptions of what you have to offer and how much you charge. You can use some type of software like Skype or Zoom to host your coaching sessions.

Members Only

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One of the other great ways to monetize a blog by means of content is to offer a membership section of your site. This usually works by having members pay a monthly recurring fee in order to access the upgraded content. You can use anything from behind-the-scenes images and videos to downloadable or printable items. There are several content-restriction and members-only plugins available to help you get your VIP section going.

Sponsored Posts

Whether you have a readership of 500 per week or 15,000 per week, sponsored posts are a great way to earn money from your site – as long as it’s something you feel confident selling on your blog, anyway. In order to earn money through sponsored posts, you’ll need to reach out to brands directly, which can be a bit awkward since you’re hitting them up and asking them to pay you. But, if you can deliver value and the product or service is a good match for your site, it’s worth a shot! Here’s a great article about how to pitch brands for sponsorships.

Donations

Asking for donations may not work for certain types of blogs, but if you have a tight-knit community and you feel confident in asking, you can use a plugin like Charitable or Give to give readers the option. Generally, this type of monetization works best if you’re operating a non-profit organization and you know that your community supports your mission and wants to help out.

Tips

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If you’re an individual blogger and you feel strange about asking for donations, you also have the option of using a plugin like Tip Jar WP, which allows you to implement shortcode that will add a form on to posts or pages of your choice that lets readers leave tips if they so choose.

Sell Courses

If you’ve got marketable skills and the know-how to lay them out for others, you can make some decent money from your blog by selling online courses. For example, if you’re a freelance photographer, you can make a mini-course about how to take stellar photos of food, or the best selfie, etc. No matter what topic you choose, you can turn it into a profitable course by using something like Udemy.

Digital Products

Maybe you don’t necessarily want to create entire courses, but you’re still interested in ways to monetize your blog by selling different types of digital products. There are multiple products you can sell digitally on your site depending on your abilities. Some things to consider include photos, software, videos, and sound clips.

More Ways to Monetize Your Blog and Drive More Traffic to Your Website

Do you have your new services pages and plugins all set up and ready to go to make money off of your website? There’s still one major factor in seeing that money come in: you need to drive more traffic to your site. Check out my article about how to optimize your site for search engines and rank higher on Google! After all, over 92% of online transactions begin with Google, so you definitely want to make sure your site is visible from their database!

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