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  1. 4 ways to improve your domain authority (DA)

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    Whoop my DA is back up. Here's how I think I did it.

    DA is a minefield. I had no idea until this year that it could fluctuate so much. Last year, once I found out about DA, mine was steadily increasing month on month.  This year the opposite happened.

    I went from being in the mid 30s to 28 from December to March.  It seemed the more I tried to increase it, the lower it went!

    Luckily this month it's gone from 28 up to 33.  In this blog post I'll share how I think this has happened.

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    Now, I'm no expert and I really don't totally understand it at all, but I'll tell you what I've been doing as it may have helped.

    (Or it may not at all and next month who knows, my DA may just disappear altogether. Is that possible? I sincerely hope not.)

    Why worry about DA at all?

    I see so many arguments about this very subject all over social media between bloggers, SEO agencies and PR companies.

    I'd love to not worry about it, but unfortunately many companies offer greater opportunities for bloggers for those with a 'high' DA only. Once I dropped to 28 it meant I wasn't considered for campaigns requiring 30+ DAs. 

    When your blog is your main income you  need all the good opportunities you can get, so having a good DA becomes crucial.

    As you can probably tell I'm no expert, but I read what I can and here's what I think has upped my DA by 5 in a month:

    Remove broken links

    I will hang my head in shame as I had never done this! Oops! Apparently it can really affect your score. I had over 100 dead links so spent a whole afternoon finding them and removing them. Quite a lot were from bloggers leaving their blog URL in comments and now their blog no longer exists. It's a boring time consuming process, but a must. I'll do it once a month now and it won't feel like such a chore! Search Google for a dead link checker to find a free tool to check your site.

    Reinstate my home page

    I had a moment where I was going to remove my home page. I thought it was a bit pointless. I didn't remove it, but deleted all the text. I asked Twitter whether they thought home pages still had a purpose and luckily everyone said yes, so I kept it. Thing is I only had two images on it for a long while. I then read something saying internal links and information on a home page is held in high regard as it should explain what your website is about. So I rewrote my homepage and included lots of juicy internal links to all of my websites main topics.

    Increase back links

    This is one of the hardest things to know how to do as a blogger, but I have secured quite a few links from others this year. I'm always up for being interviewed and offering tips/captions for blog posts so I keep an eye out on Twitter/Facebook for these types of opportunities. I've also written a couple of guest posts, but must find the time to do more.  I've no idea if placing ads with other bloggers helps, but I've placed a few and it's always nice to support other bloggers with their advertising options.  They're often great value and you'll meet some wonderful bloggers.

    Add internal links

    I've been painstakingly going through my blog posts one by one in the hope of improving them both for my DA and SEO purposes (another minefield).  I've around 600 blog posts and I've gone through around 120 so far. Hopefully it's worth it! I'm moving my first image to below the first paragraph, instead of the first photo being at the very top of the blog post. This ensures the text is crawled first and not the image. I'm rewriting some of these intro paragraphs or creating them from scratch if there isn't one. I'm trying to include some key words in the opening sentences. I'm adding 2-3 relevant internal links per blog post. I'm also making sure each blog post is at least 300 words. Most are, but there were a couple that aren't. This is a mammoth ongoing task which I hope I'll get through soon! A few blog posts a day is my aim.  I've read quite a lot that internal links can boost SEO and good SEO can boost your DA.

    How is your DA this month? Do you have any tips for me?

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  2. 2017 So Far: I CAN AND I WILL

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    Believe in yourself and good things will happen

    I don’t know if it’s luck or four years of slogging away day and night at my little business and blog, but I really feel so positive this year as things are going really well.  I do wonder if a positive outlook helps people to be successful.  I’d had a pretty crappy 2016 and I’d already decided in my head that 2017 will be a great year and a great success.

    I really believe if you put the hard work in then eventually it will pay off.  Here are some of my favourite inspirational mottos.

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    1. I CAN AND I WILL

    This is my new top motto!  I couldn’t get this out of my head the other day as I was driving around the countryside mystery shopping.  It was a beautiful sunny day and I was making my own money doing what I wanted to do.  It felt great.

    I’d caught up on blog posts (for the first time in months) and felt like a change of scenery rather than sticking my head into my laptop for hours on end, as I usually do all day.  It was a beautiful sunny day, so I thought I’d check my Roamler app and Streetbees app for tasks.  There were loads so I got right to it!

    Reuben was in nursery for the morning and Bella was at school.  I managed to make £42 that morning and drive around some beautiful countryside in beautiful sunshine having a break away from the computer screen.  It was bliss.

    When I returned I’d been emailed two blog opportunities and also made £30 from some matched betting bets I’d placed in the morning.  Perfect!

    2. SHE TURNED HER CAN’TS INTO CANS AND HER DREAMS INTO PLANS

    There are so many great ways to start earning a living from home, even as a mum of two young children with a part time job.  If you put the work and dedication in you can succeed.

    I get scared this is all a bit of a dream and suddenly my self-employed income will grind to a halt, but for five months now it’s been steadily increasing and I am more determined than ever to make being my own boss a long term reality.

    3. WHERE THERE’S A WILL THERE’S A WAY

    Thanks to the internet there is so much free help and advice out there for anyone to make the life they want.  I read as much as I can every day and soak up as much information as possible to continue to learn, grow and develop.  I’m learning new things every day.  There’s never been a better time to start following your passion.  Everything is so much more accessible nowadays.

    How is your 2017 treating you so far?  I hope it is a great success?

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  3. How to set up the perfect home office *

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    Tips to create your perfect home office

    Having a home office when you work full time from home is pretty essential.  It keeps the ‘work’ slightly separate from the ‘house work’ by creating a work place.  It is also a great place to store everything work related in an organised manner.

    If you don’t have the space for a dedicated room as an office, perhaps you can turn part of a room or even a corner into your work space?  My home office is a third of my children’s playroom, divided off by their play sofa!  The plan was the children could play whilst mummy works, though it doesn’t always work out like that!  Ideally I would have a separate home office altogether, but this is something we will address once the children are older as Reuben is only two so needs to be with me at all times still.

    How to set up the perfect home office

    Here are a few tips for setting up the perfect home office:

    Position your desk near a window

    Natural light can really help to give you energy and keep you motivated.  It's much nicer than artificial light.  It can also provide a great view which is much better than staring at the wall.  If walls are your only option then pin up some of your favourite photos and motivational quotes.

    Invest in a comfy ergonomic chair

    If you work from home then you may not always sit at your desk.  I mostly curl up on the sofa with my laptop on a feather cushion, but if I have something really important to do I’ll sit upright at my desk.  It’s crucial to have a comfy well designed chair that isn’t going to break your back after a few hours work.

    Add greenery

    An indoor plant or some easy to care for succulents will instantly cheer up any desk, whilst also promoting calmness and happiness.  They’ll also give you something pleasant to look at whilst all those exciting business ideas are running through your mind.

    Keep it light

    Keep the walls and furniture a light colour and save any hectic colour schemes for the rest of the house.  Light calming colours will allow your mind to be free and concentrate on the task at hand.  If you’re a blogger like me invest in a white desk – it’s a great background for all those product shots.

    Hang a custom door sign

    Do you have an amazing business logo that you’d like to show off?  Why not consider a custom internal door sign created by a company such as Stocksigns?  This will make your workspace more professional and will definitely impress any clients who call by.

    Declutter

    Tidy desk, tidy mind, or so the saying goes.  A clutter free workspace will help to keep you more organised and focused on the task in hand.

    Do you work from home?  What are your top tips for creating the perfect work space?

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  4. March 2017 Blog Income, Stats and Goals (over £1000!)

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    How much money do I make from blogging?

    See my previous blogging income reports:
    January 2017 Blog Income
    February 2017 Blog Income

    March 2017 Blog Income: £1422.86

    EEEEEEEK!  I made way over £1000 with my blog in March and my target was only a modest £500 so I am super chuffed!  Can I officially call myself a full time blogger now?  I am spending around 50 hours per week on my blog so I guess that qualifies!  I have this fear that if I get too excited then it will all stop and the work will run dry.  I guess that’s a big fear for every self-employed person/freelancer.

    How much money do I make from blogging?  Here's my March 2017 income, stats and goals!

    I did take the plunge and reduce my evening cleaning shifts from five nights to only three.  I could finish altogether, but because of the fear above I’m not ready to take that risk just yet.  It’s also great exercise!  I started three shifts only at the beginning of March and I’ve put on half a stone since!  I guess it’s six hours less exercise a week.  So I think I may keep up with it as long as possible just for the exercise!

    Amazingly I’m also still owed £295 for blog posts I’ve completed so this is a nice start to my April blog income.  I only include the amounts I was actually paid within the month in my totals.

    I’ve just checked my Google Adsense and I’ve finally reached the £60 threshold for a payment, so this may come in April too.  It’s taken me ONE YEAR to reach the £60 so I’m making a whopping £5 a month from Google ads!  I just have one in my footer now so I’m not making the most of them, but I also don’t want to plaster them all over my website.  Especially for so little return!  I guess the people killing it with Google ads have ridiculously high traffic.

    Most of my income this month was through sponsored blog posts and reviews.  £25 was from an advert on my ads page and £60.34 was an affiliate payment.

    March 2017 Google Analytics

    My stats have increased very slightly again:

    Page Views:  15520 (Feb: 14500)(Jan: 12300)
    Sessions: 9025  (Feb: 8167 )(Jan: 6600)
    New Users: 4704  (Feb: 4600) (Jan: 4400)

    Tots 100

    I'm number 13 out of 8000 parent bloggers in the Tots 100 chart for March 2017.  This will update soon for April so the number may change!  I’ll be amazed if I’m still in the top 100.  I still can’t believe I am.

    Social Followers

    I haven’t been noting these down, so I’ll start now!  I’m really concentrating on my Instagram this year to increase followers.  I’d love to hit 7500 by the end of the year.  I never work on my Pinterest, hence the smallest number.  I literally just post my images there once I post a new blog post and leave it be.  One day I will learn how to optimise all my descriptions and give my boards a good clean up!  Twitter is still my favourite channel and I use Social Oomph to schedule tweets so I’m visible there all day.  I also check my notifications a few times a day to reply to comments.  Every now and then I’ll have a little retweeting spree too.

    Instagram: 4402 (Feb: 3150)
    Twitter: 55568
    Pinterest: 706

    Did I Achieve My March Blogging Goals?

    • Increase Instagram followers by 250 – ooh yes thrashed this one!
    • Instagram at least once every other day – nope – I’ve still been bad at trying to post a pic all the time.  My life just isn’t that exciting!
    • Make £500 from blogging – yes I whooped this one!
    • Change all ads to affiliate ads – Almost!  I’ve around 30 blog posts to change and I also decided to leave just one Google ad in my footer
    • Have a blog spring clean and clear out old irrelevant posts – yes I did this and I think I’m happy with all the content left.  I may just go through some of the older posts and tidy them up/bulk them out/improve the writing
    • Add internal links, check image descriptions and add keywords to at least 20 posts – yes I definitely did 20 of these, maybe more like 40-50
    • Research SEO for blogs – I watched a video and read a little.  It’s still a minefield to me, but I’ll be implementing some things this month.
    • Send out new blog posts daily via newsletter to test if it increases click through rate – yes I’ve started sending daily newsletters and I need to check the click through rate as I’ve not really looked yet.
    • Run two blog giveaways – yes I ran more than this – check out my Giveaway link in my menu bar ^^^
    • Revise Social Oomph blog updates – I’ve revised a few, but I really need to go through the whole lot and change the hashtags and titles

    April Blogging Goals:

    • Increase Instagram followers by 500
    • Make £500 from blogging
    • Create a catchy blog heading and add intro paragraph to every blog post before the first image (at least 50 blog posts)
    • Continue adding internal links 2-3 per blog post (at least 50 blog posts)
    • Run two giveaways
    • Revise Social Oomph blog updates

    Want to know how I find paid opportunities?  Click: 4 ways to find paid blog opportunities

     

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  5. 5 ways to manage your time effectively when working from home *

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    How to be more productive as a homeworker

    Working from home may at first seem like the dream scenario to many, but it does come with a few challenges and plenty of distractions.  If you are used to being managed you will now need to learn to manage your own time effectively.  Even if you were a manager, as I was before having children, managing employee time is very different to managing your own time with the distractions of your home environment. 

     

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    The TV, housework, children and kitchen cupboard can all provide welcome excuses from any tricky task.  Browsing a personal Facebook feed, because there are no work guidelines to say you can’t, is not the best way to spend your time when working from home!

    Here are 5 ways to manage your time more effectively when working from home:

    Create a manageable list

    We all know the saying ‘Rome wasn’t built in a day’ and it rings true when working at home too.  You cannot do everything today and will only stress yourself out if you try.  This is one I need to remind myself quite often.  I always have so many ideas and I want to do them all now.  But it’s just not possible.  Work out how many hours you have and how long each task will take, then make a manageable list.  If you can’t do it all today, then start making a list for tomorrow.

    Prioritise tasks

    Don’t put off the trickiest tasks.  Get these out of the way first thing and then concentrate on the tasks you enjoy the most.  If you have a deadline then of course this task must be prioritised.  If something has high value, then this should be prioritised.  Ensure your manageable day’s list is in order of the most important to least.

    Reduce distractions

    Turn the TV off!  As lovely as it might be as background noise, what happens when something pops on that grabs your attention?  You start to watch the TV and stop working.  Concentrate your mind purely on the task at hand and reduce all other possible distractions.

    Set yourself realistic breaks

    It is important to have a break, so set yourself a reasonable quantity of breaks throughout the day.  Take ten minutes to sit in the garden with a cup of tea and refresh your mind.  Take five minutes to pop the washing on.  If you schedule yourself allotted times throughout the day to do these tasks they will stop distracting you during the rest of the day when you should be working.

    Try not to multitask (too much)

    I’m terrible for multitasking.  Even as I’m typing this I am stopping to read emails.  There’s plenty of research to prove multitasking results in less productivity overall.  If you give a task your full attention it’s bound to be a lot better than if you’re only giving it half or a third.  Try to concentrate on one task at a time.  You’ll complete each task quicker and with more satisfaction, then move onto the next.

    Do you find it difficult to manage your time effectively working from home?  Let me know your top tips in the comments.

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