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Almost Magical Open When Letters For 700,000 Pages

Okay, what's the deal ? Magical ? Really...

Well if you’ve been blogging for any amount of time, you’re eventually going to get frustrated. It’s a basic and simple truth and reality. This may not be all that surprising for most, but on the other hand did you know that if you search for blogging frustration in Google you get nearly 700,000 pages of results and in Bing it’s over 2 million. Crazy right ?

The message is clear. There are a lot of frustrated bloggers out there.

In the same arena of frustration, notably not that long ago, I came across something called open when letters and loved the concept behind them and wanted to make it applicable to bloggers, however we’ll get to that a little later on in this post.

Blogging Frustration Open When Letters Cards Topics And Ideas

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It goes without saying that blogging has it’s high’s and low’s, but at the core of it all is that you need to persevere if you’re going to make it in your respective blogging journey.

I have talked about the blogging journey and I’ve even written on motivation for my fellow bloggers, but who knew there was so much frustration out there with respect to blogging.

With that said, this will be one of those posts that isn’t so much about strategy, traffic or monetization but moreso a conversation and yes, an exercise of sorts to address those days when we don’t feel like writing and need that inevitable pick me up to get us back on track.

Whether you’re an experienced blogger or someone quite new to it, you are going to hit those walls where blogging just sucks and isn’t desirable and you just want to throw in the towel.

When those days come, that’s when your open when letters might help you put one foot in front of the other and get you out of the unfortunate and self-defeating this isn’t working rut and back in pursuit of your blogging goals and dare I say.. dreams.

I don’t consider myself much of a story teller, but I can tell you that one big appeal to blogging is that it gets to be something that you own just by talking about what you know. How many other instances in life do you get the opportunity to do that ?

It’s facts like that which make it so worthwhile if you just stay the course.

So with so many pages of results generated in Google and Bing to satisfy answers to the blogging frustration query, what is it that you do when you get frustrated blogging ?

Personally, I’m all about motivation and perspective. I need something to take me out of the blogging space that I’m immersed in that makes me feel like I’m not writing each day to a dead in. I need something that makes me smile. I need something that even as silly as it sounds gives me hope and refocus about what I’m doing.

I need something that takes me back to why I started doing this and to why I’m still doing it. I need to be reminded of the goals I had in the beginning and the possibilities..  

I want to always remember the excitement that drove me to take on this blogging challenge.

Now maybe an open when letter doesn’t solve it for everyone, but it should definitely be part of the refocusing toolbox for any blogger.

Open when letters can be written for literally anything but I thought that it was a nice twist to apply it to bloggers because the impact of open when letters are so wide reaching for any group of people, for any occasion and for business in literally any niche.

These are typically written by other people, but for our purposes this is going to be self motivation or self pick me up’s for ourselves.

Remember earlier in the post when I said that this was going to be somewhat of an exercise ?

Well here’s where we get to that. While it does require a little setup work, don’t worry ! it’s all for a good cause. Trust me that these letters will come in handy when you need them.

So now that we’ve got the bad, but actually good news out of the way, here’s some sample scenarios we can write about in our open when letters.

Open When Sample Letter Card Ideas For The Frustrated Blogger

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Here are 10 sample blogging related topics to consider (and you will certainly have your own experiences to use for this activity too).

Open when:

  • You checked your Google Analytics and you don’t see any traffic for that day.
  • You checked Facebook ads and there hasn’t been one conversion.
  • You checked your blogs latest blog post and no one has left a comment.
  • Your Google Adsense account still hasn’t reached the threshold to trigger a payment.
  • You sent out 100 emails to niche influencers and only one person responded.
  • You opened your Google Webmasters account portal and see that you’ve been hit with a Google penalty.
  • After the latest Google algo update, you lost 20% of your traffic.
  • You’ve been blogging for 6 months and haven’t made any money.
  • You can’t seem to rank even for the easy low hanging fruit keywords.
  • You don’t have any more ideas about what to write about.

So now that we have our occasions for “when” we’ll open the letters now we have to move on to what we’re going to put in the letter.

Here’s one that I did:

The one that I chose was: You checked your blogs latest blog post and no one has left a comment.

My rationale for it: The reason I did this one in particular was because this happens to me a lot.  

My open when letter:

There are going to be good days and there are going to be bad days, but always keep your head up. You’re a blogger and you know how talented you are. If you write and you don’t get a comment today, it doesn’t mean that you won’t get a comment on the next post you write. The difference between you and other bloggers is that you don’t give up. It might take a week, it might take a month, it might take another year, but the comments are going to come and it’s only a matter of time.

NOTE: I also added a picture of two people digging for diamonds. One guy gave up and turned away and the other on his next strike of his digging tool will find the diamond. I added that photo to my letter to depict “perseverance”.

With that said, we all need a pick me up for each scenario we face no matter what we are doing or trying to accomplish in life.

With hundreds of thousands of pages of results in Google to address the blogging frustration query, an open when letter may just one solution among many to help you address yours in your blogging journey ahead.

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Adsense Alternatives A Seriously Popping Kind Of Network

If you own a blog there’s one thing that unites blogs in just about every corner of the online arena. Every blog wants to make money. But how do you do it ? How does a blog make money online ?

Make Money Online With Google Adsense Alternatives Clickadu

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I’ve written various pieces of content on this blog on how to make money online but so have many others on their respective blogs too. However, one thing that I haven’t really talked about is one well known method which is Google Adsense.

Even with that said, I’m not going to delve heavily into adsense today. I’m actually going to address a less known but good opportunity for those that are seeking out adsense alternatives.

While Google Adsense is a big player, there are many people that have done well and still own their accounts, have been banned by the Google Adsense network or simply may not have content that is eligible for the adsense program.

Now don’t get me wrong, there are a number of other scenarios that exist too that I won’t even begin to get into, but this post is going to address the huge number of websites online that are always on the look out for an alternative to adsense that could help them to monetize their blogs and content.

Consider this.. what if you’re a blog that wants to monetize and Google Adsense says no to you ? What if you made a mistake and they closed the doors on you ? What do you do now ?

Well here are some alternatives to consider:

  • Amazon Associates
  • Skimlinks
  • Viglinks
  • Chitika
  • Infolinks

Amazon Associates is mentioned without question because of it’s sheer size, diversity and brand recognition. As with Google, when you monetize your blog with this name, people recognize it and are quite willing to make purchases. The only problem that I think many bloggers run into is that some are turned off by the low commission rates, but that discussion in particular is for another day.

Nevertheless, Amazon is still a very popular alternative to the Google Adsense program.

Skimlinks and viglinks are very similar but I wanted to list them here anyway because they are still very good methods to make money online with your blog and content. Both programs turn your external / outbound links into affiliate links. Pretty different from other adsense alternatives, but definitely changes the game to some degree. Make a sale, make a commission. That pretty much sums up these two programs in a nutshell.

Chitika is pretty similar to the adsense network in that it’s contextual based, but you do have traffic / pageview thresholds to meet to get into their program to get their better ads. Beyond that, the content and traffic you’re getting has to be higher quality too. They’ve been around for a while and are a bit picky about who they let in, but if you can get into their network, they are a great alternative to Google Adsense.

As for infolinks, these guys have been around for a while as well and they are very well known. However, I think the one thing that sets them apart from many other ad publishing companies is that they don’t care if you’re a new blog or a well established blog, they will allow you to use their platform. There’s no minimum on traffic but they do want quality, but I’m sure that’s to be expected no matter who you decide to run with in monetizing your blog or in how you make money online with your content.

With all of that said, the one that I really want to talk about today is Clickadu.

Clickadu Title Page Google Adsense Alternative Pop Under Ad Network

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Here’s what I can tell you about them. They are a pop under advertising network. The nitty gritty about this network is that they aren’t a contextual based network in the way they serve ads and it’s a cost per mile network as well.

If you’ve ever seen CPM that’s what I’m referring to and that cost per mile pertains to what you’re paying for every 1000 impressions received whether or not your ad converts or not where it’s being shown.

Considering that there are millions of blogs that exist online, the type of content is far and wide as to what and who wants to monetize what they are publishing. Clickadu does serve up traditional and non-traditional ads so in full disclosure, understand that you may get ads that are mature and adult at times. I’d venture to say that this network is best suited for those websites that are struggling to get accepted into other ad networks. Clickadu will work with nearly any kind of traffic. So while I’ve mentioned that this will work best for blogs that have either been banned from adsense (depending on your content) or are struggling to get into other networks, NOTE that if you are indeed a blog that wants yet another method of monetizing your blog (in the event you already have an adsense account) and choose to run with Clickadu, this will potentially put your adsense account at risk as they are not compatible programs.

To be more straightforward in what I just said, don’t run this alongside Google Adsense.

With that said, once you’ve been approved to the Clickadu network, you’ll see a straightforward dashboard that will include access to statistics, your sites, average CPM and more. It’s all fairly standard. Be sure that you add your website to the sites and zones once you’ve logged in.

After you’ve added your website, you get some HTML code that you’ll have to add to your blog. Now of course this changes with the platform that you use, so if you’re not sure just Google how to add html code to your source code. This code will go after the html head tag of your website. This will authenticate and connect your blog to the Clickadu network.

Once this has been done successfully, you will receive an email from the Clickadu website simply stating that the verification of your website or blog has been done without any problems. Additionally, understand that you can leave the code in once your blog has been verified or you can remove it, but of course the caveat is that you must leave it in the blog code until the site authentication has been completed.

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Site authentication does not mean that you’ve been approved though. You will have to wait for a manual review of your blog and once that step has been completed by the Clickadu network then they will let you know by way of email if you’ve been approved or not. Upon receiving that email, you’ll get the final code that will start the ad serving process through their network to help you start to make money online with your website. 

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Trigger Your Traffic Geyser And Watch It Grow Grow and Grow

It’s time to grow your Pinterest account like a magical beanstalk. It may sound too good to be true, but I’ve stumbled across a new tool that can unlock your Pinterest super powers. If you’ve read any of my posts regarding other tools I’ve used and reviewed, you know that more often than not I like to share products that I think are truly going to be helpful to you and your goals in the blogging that you do.

With that said, if you’re not using Pinterest because you haven’t been able to wrap your head around it yet, I understand. It’s so massive and has so much potential and it can be hard to find a good traffic source that doesn’t take weeks or months to experience the full benefit of the platform.

Seriously, let’s think about this. How often have you tried this strategy or that one only to grow frustrated wondering what is it that you’re missing that someone else has figured out.

What would it look like if you had the same access to the cool tools that the big boys use ?

What’s the new stuff online that everyone else seems to get access to before you ?

Truly.. all good questions and honestly, even I’ve asked them before too.

At the end of the day there is some truth, in fact a lot of truth connected to the reality of pure hard work and diligence. But even with that said, there’s also something to be said for being in the right place at the right time as well. There’s nothing wrong in admitting that you need a little luck and that in nearly every scenario and in most success stories, sometimes happenstance is a part of their success stories too.

Needless to say, today I think you’ve happened to find yourself in the right place at the right time with respect to this post.

I’m going to introduce to you a new Pinterest (pin it) growth and management tool. The best part about this tool is that it’s a set and forget solution for your Pinterest growth whether you want to manage just one account or several.

Now there are many reviews online about this product, but I haven’t really seen anything so far outside of the typical template styled reviews where they hype up the product, list a few pros and cons and then tease you with a load of other software that they’ll give to you free if you purchase the product so they can earn their affiliate commission.

As for me, I’d like to take a more informative approach because what’s the point of purchasing a product if it’s nice, shiny and interesting but really doesn’t do anything at all to make your life any easier.

With that said, let me introduce you to Board Commander. (click here to just skip to the Board Commander links)

Let’s face it, growing your Pinterest account takes time.. I mean a lot of time. Ugghhhh.. I don’t mind “some” automated products as long as they aren’t garbage and actually work the way they are supposed to. After having used Board Commander for just under a week, I have to say I’m legitimately pretty impressed with it. It’s not perfect, but it will save you time completing the manual tasks associated with Pinterest.

This first image is going to be your login page.

Pinterest Board Commander Growth Management Tools Login Page

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Once you’ve logged in, you’ll be introduced to your dashboard (some information has been redacted for privacy). 

Needless to say, what you will notice are the following core areas of your Board Commander dashboard that include:

  • Campaigns
  • Follow Tool
  • Unfollow Tool
  • Find Group Boards
  • Manage
  • Reports
  • Tutorials
  • Support

 

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Campaigns section:

This area allows you to manage your campaigns and lets you see what campaigns you have started. If you want to start a pinning campaign this is where you want to be. You will simply select the board where you want your pins to be placed.

In the settings menu, you can choose how many pins per day you want pinned to the board(s) that you have chosen. Additionally, you will need to set the time when this campaign will start and when it will end. You will also need to choose the days when you want pins to be placed on the selected board(s). There is also an option that allows you to avoid pinning the same pin for any selected amount of days too.

Another feature that I love about the pinning aspect of Board Commander is that you can choose where to get your pins from. Being able to target your pining from where you choose is a feature that allows for a degree of focus that yes.. can certainly be achieved on your own “manually”, but this way simply expedites the activity without a ton of intervention on your part.

In the most basic of terms to simplify and clarify what I mean is that this makes your life a lot easier and allows you to accomplish the task much faster than you or I could without the help of the Board Commander software.

Nevertheless, once you’re done just activate your campaign.

(click here to just skip to the Board Commander links)

Follow tool:

You’ll want to navigate to the new follow task button. Here’s where you’ll specify how many users to follow to start building up your personal Pinterest fan club of individuals that want to follow your board and pins. This is a tough and extremely time consuming task to accomplish for most. Some niches are easier than others to get followers, but that’s just the nature of Pinterest.

Needless to say, Board Commander really does make it pretty easy and effortless on you. I’d love to be able to say that there’s more to it than that, but hey if it’s not complicated I’m not going to say that it is. I started out pretty conservative with my numbers in the follow campaign that I started only asking the software to follow at minimum 30 people and at maximum 101 people and I’ve tweaked the numbers to where they are now so even though my follower count is low, the caveat here is that I started with 2 followers and it’s grown to 19 in 5 days. Another caveat is that I’m not just picking up random followers which is also affecting my overall performance too, but I’m way okay with that.

To explain that a bit more, after setting my minimum and maximum followers per day, I went to the other options available to me in this section and ticked the “follow by account” box because I wanted to only follow users that were connected to my niche. I would recommend that you do this too.

NOTE: there’s no point to having a huge following if they aren’t engaging with your boards and pins. Targeting like boards will also prove to be more useful than not targeting boards that are similar to what you’re pinning. You want to go after the right audience and the right pinners.

For the account I’ve been working on, I added 16 different accounts to target (e.g. http://www.pinterest.com/<account-name>/)

I set the days that I want it to follow and chose Monday through Sunday and that’s likely going to be the same for you as well, but you do have the option to pick and choose your days to enable this follow task.

Other options that are available to you include:

  • Follow by keyword
  • Follow by board
  • User to never follow

Once you’re done just click on the start button to make your follow task active.

 

Unfollow Tool:

I like that while using this particular aspect of Board Commander, you can specify how many days in between unfollows the software should operate the task. After you’ve set the time, days, minimum and maximum unfollows per day and optionally.. any protected accounts, then you’re done with this tool. Clicking save will activate the task.

 

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Find Group Boards:

This is very straight forward. This section allows you a search function to help you find group boards where you can contribute pins to for extra exposure for your boards if you are accepted as a contributor.

I would like to see more in this section. Quite frankly, Pingroupie does a better job in finding group boards because they lay out much more information that is useful for those of us seeking group boards. While I understand that Board Commander is new, this area is lacking in a big way and if group boards is your focus, you’ll be disappointed in Board Commander’s offering for that function, but certainly hope that they will beef this section up in future updates of their software.

 

Manage:

This section simply lets you manage the Pinterest accounts you have associated with the software. NOTE: you can only have one account unless you opt for the upsell “unlimited accounts upgrade”.

 

Reports:

In this section you get access to some analytics data provided free as part of your purchase if you choose to acquire Board Commander. Currently the reporting section covers: pinning history, board performance and follower growth.

 

Pinterest Board Commander Growth Management Tools Training

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Tutorials:

This section currently provides you with 7 videos to help you get started with their platform. I do not know if there are plans for additional videos. I’d personally like to see this area refined a bit as well. The videos are informative and will provide enough information to get you started successfully with Board Commander in no time at all. Additionally, the videos aren’t very long and basically serve as a quick start guide if you think you’ll need information beyond your own tinkering and experimentation that you’ll likely do yourself.

 

Support:

Clicking on the link will take you to a separate page where they hold the knowledgebase for Board Commander. Through this portal you can submit tickets and get access to their customer support. I have not used this function so I cannot attest to the quality of it, but I do know that you have to set up an account in order to use this section of their page even after purchasing Board Commander.

With that said, Board Commander has helped me to grow one of my inactive Pinterest accounts in a matter of days and with the help of this software it will continue to grow without any intervention from me. Such a huge time saver and I am in love with it and I’m not so easily impressed with many software packages online today, but this one in spite of a few necessary tweaks that I hope the developers will make in future releases is a software package that is worth every penny they are asking for.

I am definitely a fan of this software and therefore became an affiliate as well to promote their product and share it with you.

 

Here are the Board Commander links if you’d like to make your own purchase.

Base Product of Board Commander (single user account)

Board Commander Unlimited (upsell) for unlimited accounts

Board Commander Graphics Suite (for pinning)

I certainly hope you’ve enjoyed this overview and insight into this Pinterest growth and management tool. Time is something we can’t get back and while I fully understand the manual mindset as I promote that often myself, Pinterest actively sees millions of people per month and that’s a traffic source that cannot be ignored hence my recommendation of this tool. It will help you get recognized much faster than doing it on your own the “manual” way for your blogs and content websites.

 

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Additionally, make sure that you follow Pinterest limit rules as well. We are all subject to their limits whether you automate your accounts or not. These limits will help you in setting your minimums and maximums on Pinterest as you use Board Commander.

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