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Use Your Blogging Skills To Make Money Online

Use Your Blogging Skills To Make Money OnlineThere are ways you can Use Your Blogging Skills To Make Money Online.

Notice that I’m not talking about how to “make money blogging,” but rather how to “use your blogging skills to make money online.”

There’s a big distinction, and it’s one that people get tripped up on all the time.

 

When people think about ways to “make money blogging,” they usually think of selling ads on their blog, or writing sponsored posts where somebody will pay them to post an article on their blog that in some way links back to their business.

I’m not going to talk about those things, though, because in my experience as a blogger and as a blogging coach, I have not found them to be terribly reliable ways to build revenue.

Instead, I’m going to give you some thoughts on how to use your blogging skills to make money online.

The Blogging Skills Model

I recently interviewed Cori Ramos about ways that she helps people find “blogger jobs” online work at home opportunities.

You can learn more about the kinds of “blogger jobs” Cori catalogs from updates like these at Cori’s Blog.

I wanted to share my interview with Cori because it nicely illustrates how you can use the skills you build as a blogger, to find online work.

Developing Skill Sets

Think of the skill sets that you might develop as a blogger.

  • Writing
  • Customer Relations
  • Promotion
  • Social Media
  • Video Production
  • Graphics
  • Website Design
  • List Building
  • Email Marketing
  • Sales Funnel Development
  • Advertising

You Learn A Lot When You Run Your Own Blog

Now, I’m not going to discuss each one of these particular skill sets.

I’m not even suggesting that they are the only ones you develop as a blogger.

I just want to bring your attention to the fact that you learn to do a lot of things when you run your own blog for a while.

When I First Started Blogging…

I remember when I first started blogging, I knew how to send an email and talk to friends on Facebook.

Period.

It did not take me long to start developing some of the skills that I’ve listed above.

I Do Things Every Day That I Never Imagined I Could Do

It happened so fast, I remember after blogging for about 6 months thinking how I was doing things every day that I never even imagined I could do.

 

Blogging Opens Many Doors

Blogging opened the door to me, showing me so many things I could do.

When you blog, you usually start to get especially good at doing things you like.

For me, it meant building a list of followers and connecting with them on my various email lists.

That lead me naturally to starting to build information courses, coaching programs and a membership site where I could work with them even more closely.

Open Any Door You Want

You see, when you blog, you open the doors those places you most like to go.

But that’s just me.

I’ve always worked directly with people in a consulting capacity.

I did it offline for years before becoming a blogger.

So, naturally, I learned how to do this even better as a blogger.

 

What Doors Would You Open?

For  you, it might mean developing special skills in video production or copy writing or graphic design.

You see, we all start blogging for one reason or another, but almost always, it leads us back to doing what we like best.

Because we like it, we spend more time on it and sharpen our skills even further.

Opportunities Are Everywhere

The skills we develop and sharpen as bloggers, are very marketable.

Look at all the opportunities that Cori uncovers for you on her blog.

This is just the tip of the iceberg.

Use Your Blogging Skills To Make Money Online

Many companies offer work at home, especially internet based jobs.

The skills you learn and foster as a blogger can make you a great fit for many such jobs.

Use Your Blogging Skills To Make Money Online

Can you think of ways that you can use your blogging skills to make money online?

I’d like to hear some of them in the comments below.

While you’re at it, share this article with other people who can use this information, too.

Thanks a bunch 😃

-Donna

Donna Merrill
Donna is a well known blogger and creator of "Blogging Magic" - an intensive guide to blogging. "Blogging Magic" is for beginners who are trying to figure out how to bring their blogs to life with tons of visits, comments and social media interaction. It's even for advanced bloggers looking to reach new levels of authority and engagement with their audience.

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46 Responses to Use Your Blogging Skills To Make Money Online

  1. Philip Verghese Ariel
    Twitter:
    September 12, 2016 at 1:03 am #

    Hi Donna,

    What an AMAZING Conversation!! 🙂

    Thank you so much for bringing Cori to your page.

    Indeed an amazing post to pick a good number of tips who really want to start something special! Thanks Cori for sharing so many things from your experience from the wonderful and long journey called Blogging!!!

    Philipscom wishes you both a great time of sharing and caring in the days ahead.
    This is really a must read and listen post those who are really seeking something special to do in their spare or full time online!!!

    I appreciate Donna for bringing this lovely and profitable convo. to your readers.
    Have a great week ahead. 🙂

    Best Regards. 🙂

    ~ Phil
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    • Donna Merrill
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      September 12, 2016 at 9:45 am #

      Hi Philip,

      I am so happy that you enjoyed Cori’s interview. When it comes to giving to others, she is amazing.

      I love it when you lists jobs for people that are non bloggers as well as those who are.

      Coris sure is doing so many a great service.

      -Donna
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    • Cori Ramos
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      September 13, 2016 at 8:02 pm #

      Hello Philip,

      I’m so glad you enjoyed the interview. It was a lot of fun – Donna is really easy to talk to so that put me at ease. 🙂

      Thank you for your kind comment. I really enjoy helping others find something to do online. I truly believe there is something for everyone – bloggers and nonbloggers. 🙂

      i hope you’re having a great week! Nice to meet you. 🙂

      Cori
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  2. Sherab Tenzin September 12, 2016 at 1:20 am #

    Hi Donna,

    Many bloggers focus only on making money without giving time to study their likes, dislikes, capabilities and study-fields.

    When money doesn’t come in, their interest in blogging gets dwindled. You’re right, now we should be guided by ‘how to use our skills to make money’ rather than by ‘how to make money’. Latter seems more of results oriented without giving focus in the means.

    Happy day ahead!
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  3. Harleena Singh
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    September 12, 2016 at 3:29 am #

    Hi Donna,

    What a pleasant surprise to see Cori here! That sure was an amazing interview 🙂

    Yes, she is one blogger I’ve known since long, and have just seen her grow and progress to where she is today. She is one focused blogger! Not to mention, that she has a full family and grandkids to take care off as well – so hats off to her to be able to maintain her blog and other services she’s recently started!

    I agree, the work-from-home series are helping so many people all over, and she takes such great pains to get the real ones for us, which is nothing more than pure service for her readers. I’m sure many would be just banking on those for their online jobs as well.

    Oh yes – you definitely don’t need a blog to pick up an online job – I can say that as I started my online career as a freelance writer, and later took on to blogging!! So, now it’s a combination of both and one tries to play the balancing act. However, a blog certainly helps a great deal, just as you mentioned, as you are able to connect to a wider audience, isn’t it? More so, your social networks just keep increasing, which further helps you and your business.

    Thanks for sharing. Have a nice week ahead 🙂
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    • Donna Merrill
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      September 13, 2016 at 11:31 am #

      Hi Harleena,

      I was so happy to have Corina say yes to this interview. The service she provides others is incredible. It always amazes me how much she gives to others. And that is the essence of blogging.

      She sure does a good balancing act in her life, but I can say it is a life of fulfillment.

      Thanks so much for your amazing comment.

      -Donna
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    • Cori Ramos
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      September 13, 2016 at 10:02 pm #

      Hi Harleena,

      I’m so glad you liked the interview – it was a lot of fun to do!

      Thank you so much for your kind comments. 🙂

      I truly believe everyone has a skill and that skill to help them make money online. It’s like I mentioned to Donna in the interview. Some people think if they only have fastfood experience that they have no skill – but there are in fact many skills developed in that industry…it’s all the way we look at it. 🙂

      If anyone is looking for a sales job or something in customer service or tech support, no online presence is needed at all. For freelance writers and bloggers though, they most definitely need one.

      Thanks so much for reading and listening to the interview! I hope you’re having a great week my dear. 🙂

      Cori
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  4. Ravi Chahar
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    September 12, 2016 at 6:05 am #

    Hey Donna,

    Blogging is one of the best platforms for an online business. You have mentioned some great sets of the skills which can be developed through blogging.

    Most of the time, people enter to the blogosphere and then tend to have an explored business.

    Cori is doing a great job. I always thought ab how did she get the information about the current jobs. She is helping many people.

    Thanks for letting us know more about her.

    Have a happy week ahead.
    ~Ravi
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    • Donna Merrill
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      September 13, 2016 at 11:33 am #

      Hi Ravi,

      I am of the same school of thought with you that blogging is one of the best platforms for an online business.

      Indeed, Cori does an amazing job and I too always wondered how she got the information about all those jobs. She sure is helping so many people.

      -Donna
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    • Cori Ramos
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      September 14, 2016 at 9:24 pm #

      Hi Ravi,

      Thanks so much for your kind words here! I’m glad you enjoyed the interview, too. 🙂

      Bloggers do develop a great set of skills and the opposite – someone with marketing and sales skills can easily become a blogger. All they have to do is find a niche and start writing. I know it’s not that easy but I think you get me, hehe.

      Thanks again for commenting Ravi. I hope you’re having a great week!
      Cori
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  5. Bren Pace
    Twitter:
    September 12, 2016 at 8:32 am #

    Hi Donna, Hey Cori!

    What an awesome interview! Cori is one that I recommend to people I know who are seeking work-at-home job or a career in it. We’ve been friends for like 5-6 years now and I’ve seen her grow into, what I call, a power blogger. Anyone who is considering blogging, is someone else I refer to Cori, or at least, her website. I’m glad to see she added web design to her plate as it’s good to have a backup buddy to either bounce gigs to and/or get some techy support.

    Fabulous interview ladies. So glad to see the two of you talking about what matters most! 😉

    B
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    • Cori Ramos
      Twitter:
      September 12, 2016 at 11:46 pm #

      Hey Bren!

      I’m so glad you liked the interview – I had so much fun and Donna is just amazing – but I know you already know that. 🙂

      Thanks so much for all your support – especially encouragin me to chase my dream of web design. But I still love helping people find work from home jobs. 🙂

      Hope you had a great day!

      Cori
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    • Donna Merrill
      Twitter:
      September 13, 2016 at 11:34 am #

      Hi Bren,

      It was such a pleasure to be talking to Cori after all these years. Go figure…we get so caught up in our business and blogs and it is amazing when we get to actually speak to each other.

      Cori sure has a lot to give to others and that’s why I just had to feature her on this blog post. I wanted my readers who don’t know her to get to know her by a nice conversation.

      -Donna
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  6. Muhammad Ahmad
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    September 12, 2016 at 10:32 am #

    Hi Donna Ma’am,
    An awesome post indeed,
    I am loving all the point you mentioned about blogging!
    Thanks for sharing.
    ~ Ahmad

  7. Sue Bride
    Twitter:
    September 12, 2016 at 2:15 pm #

    For me one of the advantages of blogging is learning new skills. Although learning for it’s own sake is good too, mastering something that you can put to use is more motivating. Over time many bloggers find new areas of strength, which they then specialize in, and make money from. That’s an excellent reason to persist with blogging, isn’t it?
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  8. Cori Ramos
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    September 12, 2016 at 2:22 pm #

    Hi Donna,

    Thank you again for inviting me to share my work-from-home “stuff” with everyone. I was reading through the comments and I so appreciate the kind words – that’s what keeps me going. 🙂

    There are still a lot of misconceptions about working from home – I’m glad you let me clear up some things and I hope it enoucages people to apply when the find something that fits them. It’s a great way to supplement income while we’re growing our blog or if we’re a stay-at-home mom who wants to make a little extra money.

    I was so nervous during this interview and when I listened to it, my quality assurance hat came on and I rated myself, hehe – had lots of room for improvement. 🙂

    Passng this along on my side. Thank you again. I’m so blessed to have connected with you and watch it blossom into a dear virtual friendship. 🙂

    Have a great week!

    Cori
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    • Donna Merrill
      Twitter:
      September 13, 2016 at 11:41 am #

      Hi Cori,

      I think you did a wonderful interview. I’ve interviewed people in so many walks of life here and on other blogs and you were amazing my friend. Some “big guys” in various industries just cannot do as well as you did.

      I thank you for doing all that you do and happy that some readers that don’t know you will be able to connect with you.

      -Donna
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  9. Ryan Biddulph
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    September 12, 2016 at 3:17 pm #

    I totally vibe with the skill development aspect of making money online Donna and Cori.

    Sure you may explore streams but if you have no skills, the streams run dry.

    It’s like handing the keys of a Ferrari to a 2 month old; useless.

    Learn the skills. Open those doors. Then monetize on skills you enjoy developing. All my streams are simply profiting through my passions.

    • Donna Merrill
      Twitter:
      September 13, 2016 at 11:43 am #

      Hi Ryan,

      Ha Ha those keys to the Ferrari in two months always cracked me up laughing. There is no way in the world one can achieve that unless they came into money from some place.

      Indeed…we have to learn skills and then monetize. If we don’t have the passion, we don’t get the action.

      -Donna
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    • Cori Ramos
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      September 14, 2016 at 9:32 pm #

      Hi there Ryan,

      I had to laugh at the keys to the Ferrari to a two-month old, hehe.

      We defintely need a set of skills to be a successful blogger making an income. I love when you said to monetize on the skills we’re developing. And you’re passion does show in your eBooks Ryan…you are living proof that anyone can profit through their passions. 🙂

      Hope it’s been a great week!

      Cori
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  10. Mark
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    September 12, 2016 at 5:18 pm #

    I love your contrarian approach to online money making opportunities Donna!

    Your excellent post, definitely opens our eyes, to the many and diversified
    skills we are constantly developing and honing, simply be being profit seeking
    bloggers!

    I really like the angle you are providing here, and I know your interview with Cori will yield even more money making nuggets!Thanks!
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    • Cori Ramos
      Twitter:
      September 13, 2016 at 12:16 am #

      Aw, thank you Mark!

      Donna did write an excellent post. It’s funny but when we’re “in the zone” we don’t realize the skills we’re using and developing and how we can use those skills to make money online – whether it’s through blogging or something more traditional like customer service while our blog grows.

      Thanks for your comment! Have a great week.

      Cori
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  11. Lisa P Sicard
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    September 12, 2016 at 8:42 pm #

    Hi Donna, what a great interview – So nice to hear the both of you who I’ve known for 5+ years now 🙂 I love reading her blog about the different job opportunties.
    Blogging really does give people different skill sets – from learning your own coding, marketing, writing and networking with others to name just a few. If we look back at your blogs from 5+ years ago, you can definately see the progress that you both have made since the start of your blogging – and I have learned so much from both of you!
    Thanks for sharing this with us Donna and thanks Corina, great to hear your voice! You kinda sound like the way I thought you would 🙂
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    • Donna Merrill
      Twitter:
      September 13, 2016 at 11:52 am #

      Hi Lisa,

      Cori did a wonderful interview and it was so great to get together and do something after all these years.

      I am starting to bring more of my peeps into my blog posts lately because…well its darn time I do! After all “tribe” is after my name and I have been with you and Cori and so many others for five or more years now, it’s time we get together and all share each other’s expertise.

      I have so many readers, ones that are not commenters…and they do enjoy this blog. So why not spiff it up a bit and introduce my dear old blogging buddies with others?

      Glad you enjoyed it.

      -Donna
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    • Cori Ramos
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      September 14, 2016 at 9:44 pm #

      Hi Lisa,

      I’m glad you enjoyed the interview. It is always good to put the voice with the face, right? So, when will you be debuting your beautiful voice? Hehe. 🙂

      We sure do develop a great set of skills blogging and that can definitely turn into money-making opportunities. I never dreamed I would learn about coding – remember my love-hate relationship with html when I first started?

      I can’t believe it’s been 5+ years knowing each other. We all have grown and it’s so good to see a lot of us are still going strong. 🙂

      I can’t wait to see who Donna’s next guest is!

      Have a great night Lisa!

      Cori
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  12. Umesh Singh
    Twitter:
    September 13, 2016 at 1:29 am #

    Hi Donna,

    Blogging has changed my life. The day I have started, I am learning everyday.

    You can say it is like my love and passion. Now whenever I see any advertisement I see it as a marketing prospective and try to understand the motive behind that ads.

    It has shown that I can make money from any business all I need to understand the basics and try to understand the principle of that business.

    Thanks for sharing this nice post.

    Umesh Singh
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    • Donna Merrill
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      September 13, 2016 at 12:19 pm #

      Hi Umesh,

      I don’t think I’ll ever stop learning since I came into the blogging world. It is so exciting and I too notice ads all the time and wonder what the motive is behind it lol.

      Indeed, money can be made from just about anything, especially online where we can reach more people than ever. A good understanding of marketing is a never ending learning experience.

      -Donna
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  13. Marquita Herald
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    September 13, 2016 at 10:41 am #

    Terrific interview and topic Donna. I always enjoy learning about the path people take to finding their purpose and passion because it’s different for each of us. And I couldn’t agree more with you about the opportunities that come up in the blogging world, but that only happens when we’re willing to put ourselves out there and connect with people. My heart hurts when I see a blog that hasn’t seen a new post in months or one where the author has never bothered to respond to people who comment.
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  14. Don Purdum
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    September 13, 2016 at 11:17 am #

    Hi Donna,

    There are many variables and at the top it depends on the business, industry and business model.

    For me personally, blogging has become an explosive way to establish myself as a thought leader and it has attracted a number of highly influential people who don’t blog but want to learn from my particular skillset and expertise.

    I am beginning to morph that now whereby I’m creating an online product to sell those who may not want to hire me one-on-one.

    In addition, I see blogging as extension of my networking that allows me the opportunity at different times and in different ways the ability to spotlight my clients, prospects, partners and fellow bloggers.

    Thanks so much for sharing your insights Donna!

    Have a great week.

    ~ Don
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  15. Donna Merrill
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    September 13, 2016 at 1:03 pm #

    Hi Don,

    Blogging just leads us down so many paths, doesn’t it?

    I like the one you’re on, and of course the key is that it’s the right one for you.

    We must all find our path, as you have done, and just keep evolving and as you say “morphing” into a more complete picture of what we are as bloggers.

    All these skills and lessons learned will be with us wherever we go.

    -Donna
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  16. Chery Schmidt
    Twitter:
    September 13, 2016 at 10:28 pm #

    Hello Donna!

    I loved your interview with Cori here today, I was kind of surprised that I have never met her before! I will stop on over and check her blog out after I comment here!

    You both are Amazing..
    Keep up the great work..
    Chery :))

  17. Dana
    Twitter:
    September 15, 2016 at 10:52 am #

    Hi Donna,

    You’re talking to one of my favorite people 🙂

    I think Cori is doing such a wonderful service – and she’s an awesome person as well. A real friend who I’ve gotten to know personally.

    I think her story and reasons for doing what she does are inspiring. It’s so tough out there. More challenging by the day to make a living. Cori goes above and beyond to help people find ways to succeed online.

    I think both Cori and Brenda (Pace) are super talented in the web design department as well. Everything they create is just so eye catching.

    Thanks for putting this together Donna. And Cori, thanks for being you 🙂
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  18. Sonal Talwar
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    September 16, 2016 at 2:04 am #

    Hi Donna

    Its very true that blogging is a great platform for online business.

    Really enjoyed the interview Cori. You are doing a fantastic job!

    Thanks for sharing.
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  19. ikechi
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    September 18, 2016 at 7:23 am #

    Hi Donna

    Love your interview with Cori. I have known Cori since I followed Harleena’s blog but my knowledge of her was on the surface.This interview is just awesome. Cori is really remarkable an it is no wonder she is making so much difference

    I do agree that running a blog can make you develop marketable skills. Strangely it is through blogging that I came to learn Web design, Email marketing and the rest.

    Thanks for this post. Take Care
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  20. Atish Ranjan September 19, 2016 at 4:04 pm #

    Hi Donna,

    If you have read one of my oldest post where I have written about why do I love blogging, I mentioned that I love blogging as I can use all of the skills in it sooner or later.

    And, you are right, we can use our various skills to earn well. Sometimes, I offer content writing to some of my good clients, I do it to improve my writing skills, and at the same time, I earn as well.

    Thanks for writing such a nice post.

    Hope you are well now! 🙂
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  21. DexterRoona
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    November 4, 2016 at 8:05 am #

    as Sue says for me also its about learning. i have learnt seo from blogging which has led to my articles being well structured and well received by google
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  22. Mitch Mitchell
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    November 23, 2016 at 11:53 pm #

    Well, I’m gonna admit that I’ve never really used my blogging skills to make money, though I’ve thought about it often enough. I’ve mainly used blogging for two reasons; one, to show my expertise in certain fields; two, because I have a lot to say. 🙂

    However, I’m getting to the point where I’m starting to think about it more often because I’d rather be able to stay home and make most of my living staying here (except for speaking engagements) rather than traveling all the time and helping companies make millions of dollars for the “pittance” I might make (we’ll talk about that one of these days lol). So, I really need to think about this more often and come up with a real plan of attack… even if I hate trying to capture email addresses! 😉
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