Taking a Day Off! [No New Post]

Hey loves!

Hope you’re having a fabulous start to the week so far!

There’s a lot going on this week so unfortunately, I’ll be taking a break from posting but will be back in action with a GREAT blogger feature – so be sure to check back next Tuesday to see who the lucky lady is!

In the meantime, why don’t you check out the Top 10 Blog Posts of 2016 to get some awesome freebies!

Have a great week!

Guest Post: Top 3 Most Overlooked Blog Promotion Tactics

Editor’s Note: Hey Guys! Who’s ready for our first guest post of 2017? I know I am & it’s a GOOD one! If you’re a new blogger (or even a seasoned pro), sometimes knowing where & how to promote your blog & all it’s great content seems damn near impossible! Today, Amy Lyon from Country Mouse, City Spouse is sharing 3 ways you may have overlooked to get your blog out there!

A lot of bloggers post great content that just does not get the traffic it deserves.  I have the same problems here at Country Mouse, City Spouse.  I post what I think is a great post, something that could benefit a lot of people, but the numbers aren’t as great as I would like them to be.  By trial and error, here are the top 3 most overlooked blog promotion tactics that have worked for me.

Ping Your Content Daily

So many of us promote our new post the day that we hit “Publish” and hope that the internet just runs off with it and does all of the rest of the work for us.  Unfortunately, there are so many other blogs and posts that may be similar in content that ours will be overlooked.  Of course, I ping my post the day that it is posted, but even if I do not have a new post, I go back to the archives and ping another post.  Making sure that you are bringing to center stage all of your posts, not just the new ones, encourages new visits.  Visits from people who may have forgotten that they wanted to come back and read more from your blog.  Make sure you visit and bookmark PingoMatic and add pinging posts to your daily promotion schedule.

Joining in at Link Parties

It is amazing the amount of traffic that I get in the weeks that I have a post featured at any of the link parties I frequent.  Having your post highlighted at the top of a large (or upstart) link party gets your blog shown to tons of readers that may not even be in your niche or looking for that particular topic, but one of my favorite sayings is, “Sometimes people don’t know what they are looking for until they find it.”  This is exactly what happens when you get your posts up into other blog’s link parties.  Another blogger will see your post and realize that it is something that they may like, even if they were not directly looking for it.

Make sure that you follow the rules to each blog’s link up, as they differ from site to site.  I have an EXCEL spreadsheet that I use to keep track of what parties I have linked which posts up to.  It keeps me on track and organized.  I also add any features to the spreadsheet and the date featured so I can track how many page views each feature brought to my blog.

(If anyone is interested in a copy of my spreadsheet, let me know and I will get it uploaded as a shareable file for you.)

Check out some absolutely awesome link parties on my Ultimate Link Party List page here.

Commenting on Other Blogs

This is so overlooked as a good strategy for self-promotion, but it really works.  The key is to post comments to other blogs in your niche, and make sure that you do so regularly.

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Start with finding 20 other bloggers within your same niche.  Google some of your own topics and find similar blogs. Make sure you pay attention to which ones keep coming up repeatedly and which blogs seem to respond regularly to comments.  These are the ones that you want to follow and make sure to start a relationship with.

You are not “highjacking” their blog.  The point of using comments is to not only benefit yourself but to help build a relationship with the blog’s proprietor.  (I think a lot of our success is dependent upon the networks that we build within our fields of expertise.  What better way to build relationships but to start a conversation?)

Every day, add commenting on 2 of your chosen blogs to your promotion schedule.  Make sure that you are posting personalized comments based on the post.  (So make sure you read the post!)  Because you are focusing on similar blogs, you may also be an expert on the topic, so adding a valid opinion or question that you may have been asked on the same subject matter will not only create a name for you but help the hosting blogs readers.

Make sure that you find a balance between adding your insight without offending the original poster.  The internet is a touchy place because we are reading conversations and do not have body language or tone of voice to help interpret meaning.  Be polite and respectful at all times in your commenting.

Have any other items that you think help grow your traffic that other’s may not be aware of?
I would love your input and comments on how YOU promote your posts.

Thanks again for this AMAZING post, Amy! I for one have learned a lot!

If you are interested in being a guest on the blog, head over to the Collab page & let’s get chatting!

LQB Blogger Interview: Erin Angela / Glitter & Mojitos

 

 It’s now been a little over a week since 2017 has started – how are you doing with your resolutions at this rate? Hopefully you’re all still going strong! One of my goals for the year was to feature more amazing bloggers & creative types on my blog as my theme for 2017 is growth, support & success. While I featured bloggers on a monthly basis last year, I’ve had an EXPLOSION of interest from others being featured so I’ll be featuring some amazing people over the next few weeks – be prepared to get to know some kick ass bloggers as well as Continue reading “LQB Blogger Interview: Erin Angela / Glitter & Mojitos”

It’s Official: Lifestyle Queen Bee Virtual Assistant Services + How to Start Your Own VA Business!

A new year always brings on new and exciting challenges! That’s why I am beyond excited to announce the official launch of my new Virtual Assistant business!

An umbrella under the Lifestyle Queen Bee brand, I will be offering businesses with my virtual services for their every day needs ranging from general administration to social media management to business plan development.

As I’ve mentioned before, it has always been a dream of mine to be my own boss and run my own business. Imagine having the freedom to set your own hours, work for who you want, WHERE you want without having to answer to anyone but yourself. My goal for 2017 is to create the life I want to live, on my terms – and a huge part of that is with launching my VA business.

But wait, what is a Virtual Assistant?

virtual assistant or a VA) is a self-employed individual who provides professional administrative, technical, or creative (social) services to clients remotely from a home office. Typically, VAs work for other small businesses.

If you have experience with administration and maybe even have a specialization in something such as Business Marketing (my educational background), then you can even offer these services in addition to the norm AND set higher rates for these services as they are coming to you as an expert in the field!

Sounds Awesome! How Do I Get Started?

Virtually (no pun intended!) anyone can start their own virtual assistant business but beware – being your own boss is a lot of HARD work. Once you understand that, everything else will come easily.

Here are a few great resources to help get you started on your own VA journey:

  1. How to Become a Virtual Assistant via VA Blog Training
  2. Responsibilites of a Virtual Assistant via How Stuff Works
  3. How to Set Your Rates As A Virtual Assistant via The Virtual Savvy
  4. 68 In Demand Virtual Assistant Services You Can Offer From Home via The Work at Home Wife
  5. Where to Find Clients as a Virtual Assistant via Real Ways to Earn Money Online
  6. How I Went from Zero Clients to Fully Booked in Six Months via Neesha Woolery
  7. Become a Virtual Assistant (So You Can Work From Home) via Carly On Purpose
  8. How I Organize My Client Workflow via Elle and Company Design
  9. Why There Has Never Been a Better Time to Be a VA via The VA Handbook
  10. Blog Posts Ideas That WillBlow Up Your Client List via Reese Ben-Yaacov

It also helps get you noticed & taken seriously if you register with an official organization for VAs: In Canada, that’s CAVA (Canadian Association for Virtual Assistants)I’m a member! – or for non-Canadians, check out GAVA (Global Alliance for Virtual Assistants).

 

 

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I hope this post has inspired you to get started on your own business dreams (whether it’s being a VA or not) – and if you or someone you know may need the services of a VA, please check out my Virtual Assistant Services Page where you can find my List of Services, Fee Schedule & Client Questionnaire. If you’re ready to get started, contact me today!

 

My Goals for 2017♥

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

So excited that a new year is upon us! A new year brings this feeling of improvement, fresh starts and opportunities – I love it. As this marks my first post of 2017, I wanted to share with you my goals for this year. I’ve broken them down below into 3 groups: Blog Goals, Virtual Assistant Business Goals & Personal Goals.

Here’s what I’ll be working on this year: Continue reading “My Goals for 2017♥”

Lifestyle Queen Bee’s Top 10 Posts of 2016!

While today is an off day for posting, I’ve decided to put up a special post to review my top 10 posts of 2016 (especially since it is the last day of the year)! The year was full of ups (got married, moved to Toronto, got a new puppy, started my blog) and downs (put my older dog down, left behind family & friends in Ottawa, a vital friendship fell apart), looking back on my first year of blogging not only shows how much I’ve actually accomplished this year but inspires & motivates me to make 2017 even greater!

If you’re new to Lifestyle Queen Bee, first of all welcome & thank you for stopping by my little corner on the internet! I hope you peruse the blog & subscribe to the great content that’s coming in the new year! If you’re a regular, thanks for sticking by me while my blog grew from clunky to Continue reading “Lifestyle Queen Bee’s Top 10 Posts of 2016!”

FREE Budget Tracker for Success!

Can you believe 2017 is just around the corner?! While I’m stunned at how fast this year went by, I’m ready for the next chapter! One of my resolutions for next year is to be smarter with my money & stick to a budget, especially now that I have a blog/business I am looking to transform into my full time gig. While putting my Budget Tracker together, I realized Continue reading “FREE Budget Tracker for Success!”