The Best Blogs to Help Entrepreneurs Master Their Personal and Business Finances

The Best Blogs to Help Entrepreneurs Master Their Personal and Business Finances

finances, money, dollarsAs an entrepreneurs, in most cases, you have a never ending battle to manage your personal and business finances.  How well you do it determines whether you are still in business or not.  It is hard to market or services knowing that your finances are not where they should be to be successful.  The following article was posted by on the Entrepreneur website and will share with you great blog resources for mastering your finances for success:

The more information you have, the better the decisions you’re likely to make. That goes for everything in life and business, but it’s especially important when it comes to money. Your financial IQ helps determine the best approach to spending, saving and investing your money. This knowledge can make a massive difference to both your bank account balance and your overall success.

Here’s where blogs come in, as a great source of information for growing your financial IQ. They offer information on trends, issues, solutions and tips that can change your perspective — and the strategies you apply to your business and personal finances. Topics span from credit scores, credit cards and loans to savings, retirement accounts and budgets.

The following free financial resources are regularly updated, so you’ll always have something new to read or new insights to apply.

Small Business Administration

While this government agency is known mostly for providing forms and legal information, its blog is a must-read for small business owners.

The Small Business Administration’s financing blog covers a wide range of finance-related topics, including taxes, retirement accounts and business and personal expenses, just to name a few.

TaxBuzz

The TaxBuzz blog is beneficial for small business owners who need the advice of tax professionals. Taxes can become quite complicated when you’re operating a business; you don’t want to pay too much or get hit with penalties.

The blog has a wide range of blog posts produced by practicing CPAs to guide your tax decisions.

CreditSoup

This blog comes from an expert source on personal finance, and it aims to help consumers navigate the credit world while making better and more educated decisions about purchases. Some of CreditSoup’s great advice addresses topics like the credit basics, such as selecting credit cards and using them, spending and saving money, insurance, loans and taxes.

Many of the blog posts can also be applied to the financial decisions you need to make for your business.

The Financial Revolutionist

The Financial Revolutionist invites seasoned Wall Street leaders to share their insights so business owners can understand the ongoing changes in the financial services environment.

This includes fintech and regtech, which impact financial decisions in today’s businesses.

Payments News and PYMNTS

PYMNTS and Payments News both contain a wealth of financial information about money and payments. The posts feature insights about new technology, compliance and regulations, fraud and other issues that impact a business owner’s financial position.

Money Under 30

Money Under 30 may offer advice from millennials and Gen-Zers, but the information applies to people of all ages. Topics run the gamut from home and car-purchase advice to how to reduce your debt load and use credit cards intelligently.

The content offered also includes content relevant to consumers and business owners alike.

Due

This online invoicing and payments company shares tips and recommendations from a team of money experts who share advice on how to budget, save, create a retirement fund and make decisions regarding health care and other expenses.

The Due blog’s small business content extends to business financial issues, including payments, client invoicing, pricing and cash flow.

Squawkfox

This blog comes from consumer expert Kerry Taylor. She uses Squawkfox as a platform for sharing advice on creating a lifestyle that’s free of financial stress. The focal point is personal finance topics, but much of the information crosses over to small business owners, whose work and personal lives intersect.

The blog includes multimedia content, including videos.

The Penny Hoarder

Increasing your financial IQ can be particularly effective in finding you ways to be smarter about spending money. There’s no reason to give away what you earn, and The Penny Hoarder shows you how to spend less without compromising on what you get in return.

Topics include money hacks, where to find coupons and free stuff and how to save money on things like utilities, groceries and other common expenses.

Debt Roundup

Blogger Grayson Bell created his blog, Debt Roundup, after figuring out how to pay off an incredible amount of credit card and auto loan debt. It’s more compelling to read advice from someone who’s experienced debt, and his tips show you how to make and save more money than you thought possible.

The blog also offers free money management tools.

Oblivious Investor

Oblivious Investor is brought to you by Mike Piper. Many consumers and business owners are wary of investing, and this blog helps alleviate those fears. Its financial intelligence includes advice for beginning investors, as well as those who are more experienced.

Piper shares insights about different types of investments, changes in the regulatory environment and tools to build the best portfolio.

Afford Anything

Paula Pant’s Afford Anything delivers advice from the female perspective on money management, but in the process attracts both female and male entrepreneurs and business owners for tips on increasing their earnings.

The site’s content covers real estate and income properties, creating businesses around investments and productivity strategies that help you make more money.

Man vs. Debt

This blog is really about man’s (and woman’s) struggle against debt. Adam and Courtney Baker created the blog after figuring out the best strategy for paying off their debt and creating the lifestyle they wanted.

To help others do the same with their own lives, Man Vs. Debt shows people how to not be slaves to material items (and the debt that typically comes with them).

Related: 5 Steps to Take to Start Your Small Business Blog Today

Start reading!

Visit these blogs to determine which ones work for achieving your personal or business goals. Then, you can bookmark the ones you like best, add them to your social media circle to stay updated and subscribe to their feeds.

The more you read, the more you know and the better your financial position will become.  For more information on how to become better at handling your finances as a growing entrepreneur, go to the following link:

Credit: https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/300082#

 

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Increase Blog Traffic to Your Website with These Ten SEO Secrets

Increase Blog Traffic to Your Website with These Ten SEO Secrets

seo, search engine optimization, search engine, blog traffic, bloggingBlog traffic is a constant concern of any blogger. With ever-growing blog traffic, your ideas, products, and services will have an audience. Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is the foundation for how search engines find your blog and content. If you do it correctly, your blog will be on page one of many search engines.

The following are ten SEO secrets that will increase your blog traffic and viewership:

  1. Use SEO Themes – A big factor to your blog ranking high is how fast it loads. Your blog has a better chance of ranking high if your blog loads within 1.5 seconds or faster. Look for blog themes that are efficient in the following ways:
    1. Quick load times – You can check the load time of your blog with a tool like Pingdom. You can also decrease the size of your files and increase the speed of your blog with the following plugins: WP Smush.it, WP Optimize and WP Total Cache
    2. Efficient Coding – Make sure your theme is updated on a regular basis. The older the code on your theme, the more likely hackers will breach your site. Also, again you will experience slower load times and maybe even some design issues. Make sure your theme is coded with the HTML5 and CSS3 to be on the safe side.
  2. Use Title and Meta Tags – Make sure you use titles and Meta tags within your blog and the content you use. You need to make sure you are using these with every post to get the best results. Be consistent in your use of the same keyword in your tags that you use throughout your blog!
  3. Optimize Your Images – The one area you can quickly optimize your SEO is through your images. Many graphics programs like Adobe Photoshop give you the option of “saving for the web.” This allows you save your images in the most optimized format so they load quickly on your blog. PNG is the best format for use on your website.
  4. Choose Your Keywords – Before even setting up your blog, do your keyword research. You can go straight to the source and use the Google AdWords Keyword Planner and research the best keywords for your website. Choose the top five to ten keywords and consistently use them in your content. Make sure you include it in your title, Meta tags, and as an anchor text.
  5. Use SEO-Friendly Permalinks – When you create permalinks in WordPress, you will have a default link that comes up that looks something like: http://www.yourwebsite.com/?p=123. The default does not help you in any way with your SEO. Change the Permalinks to a format that is much more SEO friendly. You can use the “Post Name” or Custom option. With the custom option, apply the following command to create an SEO-friendly URL “/%postname%/.” With these commands, the URL will automatically be changed to an SEO format.
  6. Create Quality Content. When you are writing blogs on WordPress, you need to create valuable, engaging, and interesting blog posts that will increase your readership, develop leads, create backlinks, and, in some cases, increase your bottom line. Write for your reader’s eye so that they want to come back and share your content. Use a variety of content, such as text, pictures, quotes, videos, and podcasts.
  7. Add Links – Add links to your blog that give your readers additional resources on whatever subject area your blog is about. Adding links to other outside resources will help your website rank higher on the search engines. When you link to outside resources, always make sure it is a high-quality source. The best way to tell is to get Moz’s MozBar, which helps you learn the domain authority of a website. Go for an 80 or above domain authority score. Make sure you never go below a domain authority score of 50. Consider only linking to three pages within your website to get good coverage without being considered spam by the search engines.
  8. Use Updated Plugins for Your Site – There are a wide selection and free and paid plugins available for your blog. There are many great ones and then there are some that you can do without. You don’t want to install one that wouldn’t be beneficial for your blog’s SEO. Some plugins might slow down the loading speed of your blog. Also, some plugins may cause conflict with other plugins. Do a little research before installing any plugin. See when the last time the plugin was updated. Also see what users are saying about the plugin.
  9. Use Anchor Text the Right Way – What is anchor text? It is the chosen keyword or phrase that links to whatever it is you are talking about. For example, if you are a fitness company and you are talking about exercises, your key phrase might be “exercises to increase fitness.” This would be what you want to use as your anchor text and then link to the exercises you referenced.
  10. Write in the Language of Your Readers – If you are writing to reach engineers, write in the language of your readers. This will show you are an expert in the field and your readers will come back to your blog for more valuable information. However, if you are trying to reach runners, but you use the language of engineers, you will lose your reader. Be in tune with what your readers want to gain the most exposure for your blog.
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Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is an important tool in gaining more blog traffic for your WordPress website. It is the foundation for your blog’s success. Apply the ten SEO secrets to your blog and you will be enjoying increased readership and blog traffic.

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Blog Tips: How to Create a Mobile Version of Your Blog and Increase Traffic and Sales

Blog Tips:  How to Create a Mobile Version of Your Blog and Increase Traffic and Sales

Smartphone, mobile deviceWhen it comes to your blog or website, the word is mobile for this holiday season. According to the following Response Magazine article, “Mobiles Emerges as Game Changer for Black Friday, Cyber Monday,” by Doug McPherson on December 3rd, mobile commerce is the big winner this holiday season:

IBM reports mobile emerged as a true season game changer: mobile sales increased a whopping 29.3 percent and accounted for one in five transactions. Total sales were up 8.7 percent over 2013, according to IBM.
Analysts say Cyber Monday’s results were so strong they could offset lackluster sales from Black Friday. Total Thanksgiving weekend spending declined 11 percent to $50.9 billion this year, according to the National Retail Federation (NRF). Stores saw about 6 million fewer shoppers than expected.
IBM says the Cyber Monday results indicate shoppers are becoming more digitally savvy with online coupons and rebates to find the best bargains.

Well, what does this mean? It means that you need to have a mobile version of your blog so that customers can easily buy products and services from you.
Here are three steps you can take to make your WordPress blog more mobile friendly:

  1. Use Mobile Conversion Plugins – The power of WordPress is that you can use pre-made applications called plugins that allow you to perform certain tasks on your blog. One of the best plugins to make your blog mobile-friendly is Mobile Website Builder for WordPress by DudaMobile.Responsive Devices, responsive themes, responsive websites, responsive blogs
  2. Use Responsive Themes – Responsive themes adapt to the technology it is being viewed on. Whether it is a smartphone, iPad, iPod, or iPhone, your website/blog will reformat so that it is easy to read and use.  Here’s a great resource for blog esponsive themes.
  3. Use Coupons – Discount coupons give the viewer a sense of instant savings. Your website viewer will develop a sense of urgency when you place a time-sensitive coupon on your mobile site. A great couple of WordPress plugins that easily create coupons are WordPress Coupon Widget and Cash Off Coupons. Download, install, and set up either plugin and you will be creating coupons for your mobile blog in no time.

Apply these tree blog techniques and you will gain more clicks on your website leading to more sales. More sales lead to a bigger bottom line for your business, which will lead to a happy holiday for all involved.

 

 
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