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A new way to analyze and then dominate your competition

A New Way to Analyze and then Dominate Your Competition

(you will get massive results from this method and explode your business)

 

Regardless of whether you are just starting out in your chosen niche, or whether you have an established business, it is always important to be aware of your competitors. By doing a bit of research on your competition you can gain an advantage than can propel your business to greater success.  In the second half of this post, I am going to blow you away by showing you a method you can literally copy the social media following of your competitors. Could that give you a competitive edge? You can be sure that it would! Make sure you read this post all the way to the end, so you don't miss this revolutionary marketing method.

I highly advise it to gain a better perspective on your business, especially where you would like to be and where you would like to go in the not too distant future.

I am currently in an online business selling thousands of different products. How do I find new products to sell?  I merely look at the products that my competitors who are currently more successful than my company is and copy their product listings.  After all, they have already done research on those products. Unless they have worked out some kind of exclusive relationship with the vendor, (which is usually not the case), they should be available for resale. It is really a fairly simple formula. I don't pick the top dogs, they are too difficult to compete with. I pick companies that are only slightly more successful than my company. That is the trick. These companies will have lower hanging fruit that will allow me to easily piggy-back on their success.

Your business may have nothing to do with products. You may be selling a service of some kind. It really does not matter. The process of competitive research is basically the same. 

Now if you follow the advice of the so-called "experts", these are some of the things they will recommend.

1) Identify your competitors – 

  • Direct competition—These businesses offer the same products and services to the same clients within the same territory as your business.
  • Secondary or indirect competition¯Businesses that offer slightly different products and services or target a different clientele within the same territory.
  • Substitute competition—Businesses that offer different products and services to the same clients in the same territory.

2. Gather information about your main competitors.  Pricing, branding, marketing, etc.

3. Analyze the competition’s strengths and weaknesses

4. Identify your competitive advantage

5. Analyze their social media presence using tools such as Sprout Social, Planx, Social Blade, SEMrush, Blade, Ahrefs, Mozbar. Buzzsumo, Similarweb, or Feedly

6. Investigate their customer acquisition approach

7. What is their USP – Unique Selling Proposition?

There are many more recommendations as well.  There is nothing wrong with these methods, but as you can imagine, they will certainly take time.

Who has the time to do all this research as a solo-entrepreneur?  Unless your company is big enough to have a staff to do this research, it will be very difficult to accomplish this.  Even with a small staff, it may take you more than one week to complete all of this detailed research. You will then have to consolidate all that information and realign your business strategy to be more competitive will you new-found knowledge.

I am not saying do not use these methods.  What I am saying is to use the method I have outlined below to accelerate your current business to the point where you are considerably more successful then you are now, and then revisit these recommendations.  It may take you a month, or it may take you six months.  I have no way of knowing. There are way too many factors for me to make any kind of prediction, I just know that you will become successful using the method I outline below.

As I said previously, I have a better way. This is a major shortcut to competition analysis and vastly more effective than the time-consuming traditional methods I covered above.

As you are probably well aware, it is almost certain that you have many competitors in your particular niche. Some may be highly successful, some perhaps only moderately successful, but if they have been in business for a while, they all have customers, and we would like to directly target their customers.

Not all of their social media followers will be customers, but many of them will be.  It is their Instagram and Twitter followers we would like to target, and to a lesser extent their LinkedIn 1st level connections as well.

This is how it works.

1) Download the free version of Success Spy which I have made available for you. Note:  this free version will be available very soon – stay in touch.

2) Go to LinkedIn and search for people in your niche.  For example, if your niche is business coaches, you want to search your 1st level connections for "business coach".  This is how you do it. You first click on the tab – My Network, then type business coach into the search bar, then click on Connections, and choose only your 1st level connections, then apply.

You will probably see hundreds of business coaches listed in the search results. In my case, I have 1800 results because I have a very large network of 15,000 first-level connections.  If you do not have enough results from this search, I can help you.  I will send you profile names and LinkedIn profile addresses in your target group, and you can send them a connection request.  Most people are quite open to connecting on Linkedin.

Next, copy their LinkedIn profile address, (it is the URL at the top of the browser when you are on their profile on LinkedIn). Copy this URL to Success Spy. When you run Success Spy you will get feedback as you see on the following screenshot.

It is an analysis of all of the groups your competitor is a member of on LinkedIn.

You will need to be connected to your competitor on LinkedIn, but this is not a problem at all.  Most people will accept a connection with an attached message on LinkedIn.

Once you are connected you will need to find out their Instagram and Twitter user name.  This may be very easy to do, you may even find it on their LinkedIn profile.

You will then send me these 3 pieces of information. 

1) Their LinkedIn profile URL  – mine is https://www.linkedin.com/in/leadsonline/

2) Their Twitter handle  – their twitter URL – mine is https://twitter.com/jonlomb

3) Their Instagram username – mine is https://www.instagram.com/jonlombentrepreneur/

I will then collect all of their social media followers on LinkedIn, (up to 500), on Twitter, (unlimited), and Instagram, (unlimited)

I will send you this list, you will load it into the free software I will give you and you can follow each of the followers of your competitor on both Twitter and Instagram and automatically invite all 500 of their LinkedIn 1st level connections to connect to you.

Since, of course, there is work involved to do this, I have to charge something for this service, but for now, I am only charging a penny per lead.

This means that you could get a deduped list of 10,000 followers of any of your competitors for only $ 100.00 (less if you like as well).

This is something that has never been possible before.

Here is a video that explains in a bit more detail how this works.

 

http://hive.pe/1GP

 

Please message me here on Markethive for more information.  jonlomb

You can also send me email if you like.  jonlomb@gmail

 

 

Thank you.  Best of success in all your endeavors.

 

John Lombaerde

 

 

 

 

 

 

New York City in the Snow

New York City in the Snow

Have you ever seen New York in the snow?

On normal days,New York is not dissimilar to any other sprawling metropolis dotted around the globe. Compared to some it might have more history, it may look antiquated and quaint. But it has certain similarities to all of them, hundreds of thousands commute into New York for work every day, some may live there, some not, some will socialise there, some not, there are people living and working in New York who grew up there, but most were born somewhere else. There are over 800 languages spoken in New York City. For this reason, New York is often recognized as the world's most linguistically diverse city. 

But when the working day is over, and the people have gone home, you will see the city laid bare, it’s dirty and noisy, sometimes not very well maintained, there are good bits and bad bits. If you were to walk around New York you might think that the city is near to collapsing under the weight of the sins committed by its inhabitants. You might feel that the air pollution is a result not of the cars and trucks and buses but the exhaled breath of the buildings trying to clear their throats, or the souls in the pursuit of capitalism to which they have been subjected. Sometimes it feels that no matter what might change there is no way it could ever get clean again.

The history, the people, the businesses all combine together in a stew of greed and capitalism, similar stews can be found across the globe. But then occasionally something funny happens, something that reminds us all that it is simply a thin veneer, a mask that hides the true city and its people. It’ll snow…

New York in the snow is simply one of the most beautiful and incredible places in the world, even the most hardened of capitalists can be seen shrugging off the business mask and enjoying the sheer beauty that the falling snowflakes bestow upon the city. The news media will always predict the worst when snow hits, and people will stay away, but if you do venture in, you’ll see magic in the making. In the exact same city with added snow you see the true beauty of each person that normally day to day is masked away.

People will stop and gaze at white parks and snowflake encrusted trees and bushes, the whole city will have a glistening sheen across it that seems to promise that all is not lost, magic still lives there and all you have to do is let it in. People might smile easier and forget about the late or non-running trains when the city is graced with white flakes. There is a air of joy and relaxation that isn’t there the rest of the year.

Stop and look around you right now, where you are now, be it at work, at home on a train or plane. Does life feel magical or is it simply one more stressful situation you’re moving through to get to the next one? Wouldn’t you feel happier if you could look around and see fields of pristine white, promising you that everything is new again? That’s what New York in the snow feels like, it feels like a fresh start.

Do we honour it or lead it to ruin? In every situation, think of snow. Be it stressful or anxious, there are reasons to find joy and something to embrace and move forward with. We just have to see those opportunities as beauty and grab them, move forward not from a stressful place but from one of joy and newness, just like New York seems to when it snows…

I don't know why, headed into spring I thought of this.  Maybe it was images of the city with no traffic due to this stay at home period. The streets are empty now as though there had been a snowfall.  But the bustle will not return in a day or two like it does after it snows. There is no sense of when the city might return to it's bustling former life.  There is an eerie shadow hanging over the city right now. Even some billboards in Time Square are now empty.  New York just seems sad right now, almost like it did after 911, except that the rebound was swift and energetic after that tragedy.  This current epidemic is just silently taking hundreds of lives every day, and the statistics are heart and mind numbing.

These images of New York City in the snow are somehow comforting since they were taken under more "normal" circumtances.

The most important thing right now is to remain optimistic, as difficult as that may be. This time will pass, and although the scars still may show for quite a while, we have to believe that there is light at the end of the tunnel.  Just as our faith in God should be unchanging, so should our ultimate optimism be steadfast as a rock.  We believe in a better future because God cannot leave the world as it is.  Ultimately there are enough holy and righteous men and women on the earth that God cannot and will not abandon this earth until we see the Kingdom of Heaven on Earth as it is in Heaven.

Since you are here in Markethive, what should you do during this historical time?

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Thank you and best success in all of your endeavors!

 

John Lombaerde

 

 

You are your own Economy

You are your own Economy

Have you come to this realization yet?

You Are Your Own ‘Economy’

You are the one who will make or break your finances. You are the one who runs your world. You are the one steering your ship – no one else.

We don’t know how long this isolation will last, but it’s an almost sure bet that you have at least 60 days to focus and achieve at least one BIG thing. This could be to add significantly to your bottom line, to produce a hot selling product with a massive launch, to learn a new skill that will pay off in a big way… whatever you want to do, you now have about 2 months to totally focus on it and get it done.

This is your chance to work on your business instead of working in your business. Working in a business is just maintaining it. Working on a business is growing that business.

Most people are going to waste this precious time. Don’t you be one of them!

2 to 12 months from now, things will be getting back to ‘normal,’ whatever that means. It might be a slightly different normal, and that’s okay. We will not devolve into some post-apocalyptic hellscape, so stop watching those kinds of doomsday movies.

Humans have survived pandemics for hundreds of years and likely longer than that. We always survive. We’re kind of like cockroaches that way. Nothing keeps us down for long. This is a brief hiccup in the space-time continuum that will give you stories to tell your grandkids.

Already China is beginning to get back to normal. All of their makeshift hospitals are closed. All 42 Apple stores are reopening. China is reopening theme parks. Cases have dropped sharply in Korea. And all over the world, scientists are working relentlessly to discover which treatments, drugs and vaccines will work against this virus.

Yes, it’s going to get worse in many places before it gets better. But if China and Korea can get out the other side of this, then so can we.

Know that some people have made their FORTUNES during the worst of times. You could be the next one, but only if you turn off Netflix and get busy.

People will be selling things during this entire Covid-19 period. They will be selling day and night. And many of them will indeed make fortunes. Never before have we had so many captive people with so much time on their hands, surfing the net and looking for help, instruction and something to get their minds off what’s going on outside.

You can be reactive and react to what’s happening with a fearful mindset.

Or you can be proactive and lean into what’s happening with a hopeful, optimistic mindset.

With that in mind, here are some tips to help you succeed, whatever your goal might be:

Step 1: Program Your Subconscious

The time to position yourself for massive success when this crisis passes (and it will) is right now.

You’re most likely at home now with extra time, so let’s make the most of it.

The first step is to get your thinking where it needs to be. Focusing exclusively on the news and how terrible the situation it won’t help you to be productive in the slightest.

Limit news intake to once per day. Focus on what you want, not what you don’t want. This is such basic advice, but for most of us, it’s the advice we need right now.

Start feeding your mind positive thoughts both night and day. Did you know that 90% or more of your actions come about because of the programming in your subconscious mind? And that the best way to program your subconscious mind is to do it when you’re sleeping, relaxed, or paying attention to something else?

Find YouTube videos of affirmations that play for hours. Or you can find music that soothes and relaxes you.  My personal favorite is a jazz station WBGO.org that I listen to solely as I work all day every day.

If you’re going to bed, listen loud enough to hear and quiet enough to sleep and let it run.

If you’re awake, play it in the background while you do other things. Again, play it loud enough to hear, but quiet enough that it doesn’t distract you.

It’s amazing the difference this one simple step can make.

Be grateful. Go through your day thinking of all the things you are grateful for. Make lists and read them aloud. Express your gratitude when you wake up and when you go to sleep.

These are such simple things, but over time they make profound changes in how you see the world and how you respond to opportunity in your life.

Step 2: Choose Your Point of View

I’ve heard from some marketers who are afraid to send out a promotion during this period because they’re worried they will look heartless.

I’ve seen other marketers who are taking this opportunity to promote their products as being exactly what people need right now.

Guess which marketers are making money?

If your competition thinks this is the right time to STOP email marketing or marketing of any kind, then that’s all the better for you.

It’s not rocket science to know that if you don’t send out emails and promotions, you don’t get sales. But I also understand that you don’t want to seem like a cold, heartless person who never stops asking for the sale, either.

Basic Email Rule: When it comes to email marketing, more is always better as long as your emails don’t bomb.

While you will want to tailor and even reframe your promotions during this crisis time period it’s important that we first talk about getting your point of view to the right place.

Many, many people have been thrown out of work because of this pandemic. They need help. They need solutions. They even need distractions and entertainment. And most likely, they need YOU.

As I write this, Amazon is looking to hire 100,000 employees as fast as possible. Why are they doing this? Because suddenly the world has gone virtual, and that includes shopping for tangible goods, too.

Are you familiar with direct marketing? We’re talking about sales-letters-in the-mail kind of thing. You don’t see as much of it as pre-internet, but it’s still a huge industry.

And do you know when a direct marketer's favorite time is? A recession. Because during a recession, people are at home with nothing to do but read the mail. These people want diversions, they want help, they want answers.

And if you can give it to them, they will gladly pay.

That is the attitude you need right now; that people WANT what you are offering, assuming it’s a good product that fills a need or desire.

I don’t know what you’re selling, but whatever it is, odds are people either want it or need it right now. Do you sell online marketing info? People the world over have just discovered the importance of having an online income. They need and want what you can offer them.

Do you sell health advice? People the world over suddenly have time to exercise, to learn meditation to calm their nerves, to discover herbs to take for their health, to learn how to eat healthily and so forth. They need your help NOW.

Do you teach a hobby? It doesn’t take long for people to get sick of binging Netflix and want to do something else instead, like learn more about their hobby. In fact, hobbies are much better distractions than television, and healthier, too. What can you teach them now? What product can you offer them that they can consume while they’re waiting for this period out?

You get the point. Whatever it is that you offer, odds are there are folks who want it and need it now, in the middle of a pandemic.

Stop thinking about what people don’t want and start thinking about what they do want.

And for goodness sake, stop thinking that your marketing is somehow intruding on them at a bad time, because this could be the very best time to put your offers in front of them, especially if you add in this next step:

 

If you are promoting Markethive, and I hope you are, what better time to introduce the possibility of entrepreneurs starting a part-time gig then when they are in a situation where they have been laid off or are underemployed?  We only have a short time now on the super promotional price of entrepreneur one, but that could be exactly the thing that changes a person's entire fortune.

Step 3: Tailor Your Marketing to the Times

People are Scared right now, with a capital “S”. They want answers. They are struggling to find hope. Acknowledge that and talk about that. Tell them you’re scared, too. Be there for them.

Do your prospects or customers need extra attention or hand-holding? Do it. Is there something your prospects need from you to feel you’re there for them? Create it and send it out. It might be as simple as an email that reassures them you are in the same boat they’re in and you’re there to support them.

Be there for your prospects – some of them are terrified right now and need your calming reassurance. Be the person who sends out the friendly, “How are you doing and can I help?” message, not just once, but repeatedly in your messages. Folks will remember that you were there for them long after this crisis has passed.

And they will be much more open to listening to you right now once they know how much you care.

Most of all, be the one who is positive and raises morale among your followers and customers. Right now the media stories and social media posts seem to be 90% or maybe even 98% negative.

People don’t want to be scared all the time. It’s like going to a horror movie that never ends for weeks and months. No one would pay to see that movie, and they sure as heck don’t want to live through it.

Report good news, be positive, stay positive, make others feel positive, and be the force that people can count on to lift them out of this fear that is permeating every facet of life right now.

Back to marketing – tailor your offerings to the situation. For example, if you sell “how to make money online” products, talk about how they’ve temporarily lost their job, and wouldn’t it be great if they had an online income? Well here’s how they can do that.

If you sell health products, let them know this is the perfect opportunity to turn their health around, because without health, what do we have?

If you teach how to attract dates, tell them this is the time to study and become a pro at it, and when this crisis is over they’ll have more dates than they know what to do with.

While this is a global crisis, this is also perhaps the biggest opportunity of your life to help others. And that is exactly how you’ve got to look at this. You are not selling them stuff, you are helping them.

Yes, the end result is the same, but the path you take looks significantly different.

What can you do right now to best help your audience? You probably already know the answer. Now it’s just a matter of keeping your head in the right place and doing it.

Step 4: Have a goal bigger than yourself

This goes right along with what we’ve been saying… this is about helping your customers, not about you making sales. Don’t get me wrong, because I want you to make lots of money. But the best way to do it is to focus on helping and serving and that’s all the time, not just during pandemics.

What’s your goal? How about to help 1,000 people to do “X” in the next 3 months? If your niche is online marketing, your goal can be to help 1,000 people set up $500 a month recurring income. If your niche is health, your goal could be to help 2,000 people lose 10 pounds, or whatever.

Choose a goal that resonates with you. It should preferably be something that excites you so much, you can’t wait to get out of bed to work on it.

NOTE: It’s perfectly okay to have TWO interrelated goals. For example, to help 1,000 people start $500 a month recurring incomes, and for you to make “X” amount of money doing it. In fact, I recommend it.

Step 5: Exercise.

Yes, exercise, every single day. I know this is a weird thing to put into a list of things to do to build your business, but it’s as important as anything else here.

Find exercise videos on YouTube, such as yoga, bodyweight exercises, and so forth, and make it a practice to work out every single day. If it’s allowed where you live, go for a walk, too. Just stay well away from anyone else you might encounter. If you say hello to them, do it from at least 6 feet away.

If you don’t work out every day, you’ll go a little crazy. Your mind won’t work as well, you’ll be more inclined to watch TV than work on your goal, and when all of this is over you’ll find your thinking is fuzzy, your creativity is poor and you may have even gained a few pounds, too.

You are the architect of your reality. You. YOU. Not the people on the news. Not the government. Not the latest pandemic numbers or stock numbers or whatever the latest negative informaion in the news. You determine what happens in your life over these coming weeks.

5.5: Let the Pandemic do Your Marketing For You

Now it’s time to really have fun with this crisis. Yes, I said fun. When someone gets 50 emails screaming the world is ending and one email from you with 10 jokes about washing their hands, which one will they open?

The trick is to find ways to use the pandemic in your marketing. This is something that you will likely never, ever get to do again, so make the most of it.

I’m going to jot down a few ideas here, and hopefully you will take the ball and run with it.

• Hand washing jokes

• Pandemic jokes (in good taste)

• Isolation jokes (notice a theme here? Humor will get your emails opened and read right now, I guarantee it.)

• Beware of this pandemic scam

• 5 pieces of good coronavirus news (you can send this daily)

• How (Company X) is taking care of their laid-off employees

• 5 pandemic heroes you’ve personally met (super market employees, etc.)

• 103-year-old Chinese woman fully recovers from coronavirus

• 10 reasons to be happy about this crisis

• Feeling lonely because of social distancing? Free 15 minute coaching chat with your purchase

• 45 healthy adults test first Coronavirus Vaccine

Positive news is a great way to start an email right now.

And if you’re wondering how you’ll transition from the news to your own marketing, just use a simple line such as, “And here’s more good news…” or “To celebrate this great piece of news, I’m going to…”

Okay, there you have it. The bottom line is that you get to choose how you respond to this crisis, and what you do during your time of isolation.

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5 Reasons Why You Should Start Blogging 5 part series – Part 5

be part of a community-melody christie

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5. Want to be part be part of a community?

Blogging will help you do just that.

Many people do not get the opportunity to travel or meet new people and the internet overcomes that. Now I'm not saying to just visit any site and start a conversation.

What you want to do is find the right platform to meet people with similar interest who would appreciate your advice and cheer you on.

I read somewhere that blogging is the shy person’s stage.. and I agree. You can publish a blog post on almost any topic under the sun and I'm sure you will find people who are interested in what you have to say. In addition, everyone loves for people to comment on their posts and if your posts are helpful, useful, funny or interesting, people will!

Blogging allows you to put yourself out there, offer advice, get noticed, increase your followers and likes and gain confidence, all within the safety of your own rules and limits.

Markethive is a great place to do just that. Markethive allows you to your very own piece of internet real estate where you can share whatever interests you (and hopefully others too!), whilst at the same time gaining inspiration from others and forming friendships along the way.

Markethive also has some useful features in place where you get a notification every time you have a new subscriber or comment on any of your posts. Markethive also has built in safety features where you can easily unfriend or block a person if they're harassing you. It's not often that this happens, but it happens 🙂

So, what are you waiting for? Click here to start your free Markethive account in 1 minute flat!

Melody Christie

Where life takes me..

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Part 4 – 5 Reasons Why You Should Start Blogging 5 part series

 

4. Want to Improve Yourself?

Once you actually start, you will realise that blogging has the ability to improve your language and communication skills (especially if you are blogging in a language that is not your mother tongue). This happens automatically as you start reading and researching your post topics.

The more you write the more you'll find yourself checking for grammatical and spelling errors and trying to get the message across more effectively. You also learn how to entertain and perhaps even coax readers through your writing.

Sidebar: To help with this you can try Grammarly. Grammarly is free and it helps ensure everything you type is easy to read, effective, and mistake-free. Grammarly also has browser extensions for Chrome, Safari and Firefox. 

Blogging also gets you connected to a range of new people from various countries, with different cultures and backgrounds. Who knows, you may even form relationships if you communicate with them through the comments section. 

It is really quite exciting watching more and more people subscribe to your blog, post comments, ask questions and just start interacting with you and other members. As you get good responses to your posts it will positively impact your self-esteem which will consequently improve your life.

Stay tuned for Part 5!

 

Melody Christie

Where life takes me..

Click here to start blogging & connecting with amazing people from all over the world!

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Part 3 – 5 Reasons Why You Should Start Blogging 5 part series

Want to earn some money?

There are many ways people earn from blogging and you could too. Whilst it may take time to build a following and start earning a regular income from blogging, it is possible. Here are a few ways you can start.

1) Affiliate Programs

There are countless affiliates programs online and many of them provide you with marketing collateral like banners, images and unique referral links. If you write a post that is related to that affiliate program, you can easily add your affiliate links within the article itself. 

Alternatively, you can also add a banner at the beginning or end of your blog (similar to what I done here for Markethive).

You can also check out the Blog Posts section on my "Hacking Travel" Group to see how I've incorporated Amazon product links there and how you can do something similar.

2) Banner Advertising

Once your blog has a regular flow of visitors and you have the stats to show this, you can sell advertising space and invite companies with complementing products or services to buy a spot.

For instance, if your blog is about parenting you could invite companies that sell educational games or other children related items to buy an ad spot. 

If your blog is about places to visit in Colorado, for example, you can make a deal with your favourite local bakery and invite them to buy an ad spot or tell them you will advertise their bakery for free if they can give your readers a free croissant or coffee every Tuesday, or something like that. 

3) CPC / PPC / CPM Ads

Cost per click (also called pay per click) ads are usually banners that can be placed within your blog content or in the sidebar. Each time a reader clicks on the ad, you are paid for that click. Your reader does not actually have to buy anything from the advertiser. They only need to click the ad.

CPM Ads (“cost per 1,000 impressions,”) on the other hand are ads that pay you a fixed amount of money based on how many people view your ad. This is great if you have a high traffic blog.

One of the most popular networks that provide this type of advertising is Google AdSense. Many bloggers employ this method because they do not need to contact any advertisers as Google takes care of all that. 

You only need to place the banner on your site and Google will determine what ads are relevant to your content. When your viewers click on the ads, you will get paid by Google. That's it.

Of course, Google is not the only company to offer this type of advertising. There are other companies such as Infolinks.com and Media.net, that you can check out.

It is worth mentioning that you will not earn a large amount right of the bat, but as you continue blogging, creating a brand for yourself and establishing yourself as an expert, you will start to see the money come in.

4) Paid to Blog

Finally, there is a platform that actually pays you to blog. It's called Markethive. I personally prefer this method because my earnings are not solely dependant on anyone clicking my affiliate links or banners or ads. In addition, it allows me to earn with my very first blog post. Very few platforms in this world give you that opportunity. Plus they pay you in cryptocurrency!

Of course, my hope is that my readers find the content I provide helpful and useful and so they follow through to purchase whatever they need to through my links but knowing that I'm earning just for blogging, is nothing short of awesome! Want to start earning for every blog post? Click here.

Stay tuned for Part 4!

 

Melody Christie

Where life takes me..

Click here to start your free Markethive account in 1 minute flat!

ecosystem for entrepreneurs

Part 2 – 5 Reasons Why You Should Start Blogging 5 part series

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2. Do you want to help others?

Think about it, how many times have you desperately Googled for something and then found the answer you were looking for in a blog post?

In the same way, if you choose to blog on a topic you have some experience with, you could very well provide the answers to questions many people are searching for.

For instance, if you're an Entrepreneur, you could offer advice to others who are considering becoming one, talk about the things to look out for when choosing a business, potential pitfalls, the need to commit and spend at least a little time each day working on their project and such.

Or if you are a foodie (yes, it's a thing now), you could tell people where all the best restaurants, cafes and eateries are, the best time to visit to avoid standing around waiting for a table, etc.

Think of it as helping people. Put yourself in their shoes and consider;
– what they are searching for
– what they need help with
– what you already know
– what you are good at
– how you can help them

It's heartwarming going through the reader's comments knowing your post has helped someone.. even if it's a seemingly small thing like how to re-open a browser tab they've closed prematurely 🙂 (<– this was not a blog post but it was one of my early shares and the response was just great)

If you would like to test your blogging skills, Markethive is a free platform that provides you with everything you need to do just that. Plus it comes with a community of supportive Entrepreneurs who are happy to guide you along the way… and the icing on the cake? You get paid for every post you make! What else could you ask for?

Click here to start your free Markethive account in 1 minute flat!

Melody Christie

Where life takes me..

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Part 1 – 5 Reasons Why You Should Start Blogging 5 part series

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Blogging has become an extremely popular thing to do these days. 

What started out as someone having a kind of online diary has morphed into something anyone can use to discuss anything they like – whether it is their daily activities or promoting a business, sharing political opinions, or doing movie reviews, discussing travels, you name it!

In this series, we'll be discussing the reason why you should start a blog and how it could add value to your life or business.

 

1) Got a fantastic hobby?

If you're passionate about something, you probably won't stop blogging about it until someone pries your fingers away from the keyboard. 

Starting a blog can be confusing especially if the internet, WordPress, hosting, SEO, etc. are all new to you. 

You could start a blog very easily by using Markethive though. The entire platform is already set up for you and so all you need to do is actually pick a title and start typing 🙂

Blogging can be quite fulfilling especially when your posts gain popularity and people start to read your posts, send in their questions and comments, etc.

Blogging will also encourage you to get out and learn more and more about the subject you're blogging about thereby giving you a never-ending supply of fresh content for your blog. Plus, you can blog from anywhere!

You will be so pleased with yourself once you have a community of like-minded individuals around you, all contributing towards the success of your blog and hobby.

Stay tuned for the next article!

 

Melody Christie

Where life takes me..

Note: I have to warn you though, with the people being the way they are these days, they won't just skip your blog or keep quiet if they don't like what you're saying. There are those who seem to think it their duty to point out every error or to just be negative in the comments section, so..

DO. NOT. LET. IT. BOTHER. YOU. You just do you 🙂
 

Click here to start your free Markethive account in 1 minute flat!

 

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Bitcoin continues its steady recovery, rising above $8,000/more

Bitcoin continues its steady recovery, rising above $8,000

Other cryptocurrencies match bitcoin’s march higher

Bitcoin continued to move above $8,000 on Thursday,
taking a cue from global equity markets, which appeared to be stabilizing somewhat after a week of extreme volatility. The price of a single bitcoin BTCUSD, +2.72% gained 6.7% to $8,091.23, bouncing off a session low of $7,576.25, according to CoinDesk data. The price of bitcoin remains well below a level of $10,000 seen a week ago, and its December peak above $19,000, but has recovered from a drop below $6,000 on Tuesday. Ether, the coin on the ethereum network, saw a similar rise, up 6.3% to $806.63, while bitcoin cash was at $995.25, up 3.5%. Litecoin rose 2.7% to $142.66, and Ripple gained 3.4% to 75 cents, CoinDesk prices indicated.

Winklevoss:
If you can’t see bitcoin at $320,000, you just lack imagination

‘We believe bitcoin disrupts gold’

Tyler Winklevoss and Cameron Winklevoss are still fired up about bitcoin.

‘You know the criticisms are just a failure of the imagination.’

That’s what Tyler, one of the Winklevoss twins, had to say to the skeptics — and there are many — who fail to see the massive potential for bitcoin BTCUSD, +2.33%  and the rest of the crypto space. “Cryptocurrencies aren’t really important for human-to-human transactions… but when machines-to-machines trade economic value, they are going to plug into protocols like bitcoin and ethereum,” he explained to CNBC. “They are not going to open bank accounts at J.P. Morgan… those were invented by bankers before the internet existed. Trying to use them as payments or money on the internet is a square peg in a round hole at best.” His brother, Cameron, says bitcoin will one day be worth 40 times today’s price, which is currently just over $8,000, thanks to a double-digit rally.

“We believe bitcoin disrupts gold GCH8, -0.01% We think it’s a better gold if you look at the properties of money. And what makes gold gold? Scarcity,” Cameron said. “Bitcoin is actually fixed in supply so it’s better than scarce … it’s more portable, its fungible, it’s more durable. Its sort of equals a better gold across the board. We think regardless of the price moves in the last few weeks, it’s still a very underappreciated asset.”

Neither Cameron nor his brother put a specific timeline on the prediction during the chat, but they did say they’re taking the 10-to-20 year view. The Winklevoss twins were hailed as the first crypto billionaires, after riding the hype and creating an exchange that processes $300 million in daily transactions. The brothers are currently No. 4 on the Forbes list of wealthiest players in the space, behind the Binance CEO Changpeng Zhao.

February Bitcoin futures on the Cboe Global Markets XBTG8, -0.30%  slipped 2.4%, to settle at $8,040, while those on the CME Group Inc. BTCG8, -1.52%  fell 3.6% to $7,970. Cryptocurrencies have drawn some support this week from a Senate hearing to discuss regulations for the industry , which was viewed as generally positive. But bitcoin and its rivals have been not escaped the volatility that has at times whipsawed global equity markets.

Chuck Reynolds

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