Finding Your Niche

FIND YOUR NICHE

Let’s face it, the world of arts is vast.  There’s no way to cover all of the possible niches.  However, any creative passion can be shared online with your own website.  I believe anyone can bring income with their particular creative niche.  My creative interests may be different than yours, but I think the same steps I take to build income from my interests can be applied to most creative interests.

I think the first step is creating your own website to showcase your creativity with the world.  Really, think about that.  Having a website makes your niche available to the world. You could have a home studio, a mom and pop business, or brick and mortar business for your local marketing if that is a possibility for you.  However, you can also have your own website to reach far beyond a local business.  You can create a photo gallery of things you make.  You can share pictures of the process of making things and the final product, write or video how-to tutorials, you can create things and sell them online via your site or Etsy.  You can market your creative skills for potential clients and showcase your work.  You can also promote relative products you use in your art on your website.  I have been inspired by many websites that have done just that.  I believe you can do it too!

Your fist step is to find your passion and make it your own special niche.  Make a list of all your creative interests, things your good at, things you often help others to do, and the things unique about your personality.

This took me sometime to nail down and I still change it as I grow and learn what my readers need.  Don’t forget we can always have more than one website. 😉 I first wanted all my interests together in one website, but I soon learned that it makes my information easier to search for and find if I keep a smaller audience in mind.  Then, I changed it to one of my current projects that I’m doing in my home and that was decluttering and selling my unwanted stuff online.  First off, it wasn’t a very creative niche.  As I researched how to go about getting this done for my own home I realized it was not something I wanted to do or write about long term.  Then I went with creating images for bloggers with photography and web design.   I wanted to encourage others to be able to work from home, online and doing something creative.  By finding 2 or 3 of my favorite interests and making them work together I found something I love and really want to share with others how they can do it too.

So, don’t get discouraged if you don’t know what your special niche is right away.  Pick something you love and get started.  The rest will come to you.  Don’t put the kind of pressure I did when I first started.  I wanted everything to be perfect before I ever launched my site.  The best and most freeing advice I was given by Kyle and Carson at WA is to just get started and don’t overthink every little step.  Your ideas and opportunities will grow as you grow and learn.

Once you have your idea and a niche, then you are ready to build a website.  This does not cost a lot of money and it does not take a lot of time, nor does it take a brain surgeon to do.  I have the steps for you on my Build a Website page.  So, click the the link and get started.

Comment below with your the things you are interested in and if you’d like to work from home doing just that!

Have You Considered Your Personality Type When Choosing Your Niche?

Wealthy Affiliate Review

Wealthy Affiliate Review

  • Before Wealthy Affiliate.  I had been building my own website for over a month at this point using several blogs and their, newsletters, ebooks and posts, etc.  These blogs are awsome.  I was inspired by these women and the businesses they have built online.  I learned a lot from these blogs and I still visit them often and receive their newsletters.
  • How I found Wealthy Affiliate.  I came across Wealthy Affiliate (WA) on Pinterest as I was reading posts about how to build and monetize my own website.  Actually, I believe it was a specific post about the Amazon affiliate program.  I found a link about Wealth Affiliate and how they teach you ways to monetize your site and has the tools to help you do it.  What!?  There are tools??  Yep.  It turns out there are lots of them out there.  And, I could become a member at Wealthy Affiliate for free, no obligations.
  • Wealthy Affiliate Reviews.  It took me a few days before I joined, because I was checking out their site and any reviews I could find.  I never found any bad reviews.  They all highly recommended WA and they are a BBB, Better Business Bureau, member.  I didn’t want to get scammed or waste my time.  So, I joined for free.  What could it hurt?
  • Quickly set up a website.  I immediately started the classes.  I started a new website and I accomplished in 2 days what took me over a month to accomplish on my own using various sources.  Each step is laid out in simple tasks with a video of an instructor’s computer screen showing you exactly what to do.  All the tasks are in logical order of progress. Each class is the same steps everyone of the thousands of fellow students take. You can ask question,  participate in a discussion or start  a discussion thread for each lesson at anytime.
  • Getting started is easy.  As a free member I completed the course called Getting Started which covered 10 lessons about finding my niche, setting up my website,  how to find topics to write about, understanding how to make money and optemizing my site for search engines (Google, Bing and Yahoo), creating pages and posts and writing quality content.  By the time I had finished I wanted to become a premium member because all the steps, resources, tools and support was all right there in place at WA.  Plus, it is very affordable to be a premium member of this great online community.
  • Support avaliable 24/7.  The community network is available to you 24/7 with all levels of experience and progress.  You can follow/unfollow whomever you choose and build your own unique network. Everyone has their own personal blog where you share your personal bio, websites, WA posts and WA training you’ve created.  Everyone is encouraged to create posts and training tutorials for the your fellow WA students.  Everyone is also encouraged to ask for and give feedback on each others sites, posts and training.
  • Affiliate program.  As a member of WA everyone is offered the opportunity to participate in the WA affiliate program.  It makes it such a no-brainer to recommend to others what I’ve found here at WA.

Now, that I have the foundation of my site in place I will continue to add content so later I can implement all the knowledge I’ve gained from WA to continue to grow, optimize and monetize my site.  I plan to not only use and reuse all the knowledge and support available at WA, but also gain the experience to give back to the WA community what they’ve given me.

So, what are you waiting for?  It is free to become a member and find out what it’s all about.  Go check it out!  You’ll like what you see.

 

How to Set Up Your Website

10 Steps to Building Your Own Website in One Day

Ready to build your own website?  Setting up a website doesn’t take that long, nor does it cost a lot of money.

  1. Create your Niche. – First you want to decide what you want to make your website about.  This is called your niche.  A niche can be anything you want it to be.  You will need to do some brainstorming about your passions and intersests, the things you are good at, the things you enjoy doing to find your niche.  I find making a list of these things is helpful. Research your interests to find what you have to offer that people are searching for.  Skills, knowledge, inspiration, community, support, etc. Maybe some of things people are willing to pay for??Then, narrow that list down to two or three topics and find a creative way to make them work together.  The best advice I was given is:  Just get started.  Don’t overthink this.  A niche will grow and evolve with you.  It will never be perfect.
  2. Now, come up with a name for your site. www.yourownwebsite.com or (.net) or (.org)or (.uk), etc.  It is better to find a .com marketing wise, but hey, it’s yours, you can name it whatever you like!  It’s best to have a name relevant to your niche, but you can be creative and have fun with it, too.  Don’t get stuck on a name for your website. Find one that fits best and go with it.  You can always start as many sites as you like.  It’s important to keep moving forward.  So what if it’s not perfect.  It never will be, but it can be wonderful and fun.
  3. Register your domain name. Once you a have a few names in mind you are ready to buy a website and register your domain name.  This does not have to cost you an arm and a leg.  I used Namecheap.com via Bluehost (a hosting company) to purchase my domain and cost me, in the fall of 2015, a whopping $12.  Now, I use  SiteDomains on SiteRubix.com at Wealthy Affiliate.  Their link will walk you through the process. Some hosting companies also sell domains or will direct you to a site to do so. These type companies offer a variety of services.  A hosting site is where your files will live in cyber world.  Similar to when you go out and buy a computer and you buy a certain amount of memory space and the amount of processing speed, as well as a variety of support for your site.  The more memory and speed and the more support you require the more the computer costs.  Well, the same is true when you have a website, just on a larger scale.  And typically a new website does not have a lot of traffic or content at first.  That is something you can worry about as your site grows.  Usually host companies have a basic plan for new sites for less than 5 bucks a month, however you usually have to pay for the whole year (or two) up front.
  4. Downloading WordPress would be your next step, assuming you will using WordPress as your platform, which I do and I highly recommend.  WordPress is what you use to make your site look like you want and do the things you wants.  It is simple to use and they have YouTube tutorials that walk you through any step if you need it.
  5. Now your site is ready to design.  You will pick out a theme (free or paid for) and activate it. Themes are designed to give your site a certain aesthetic look and there are thousands to choose from.  WordPress makes it simple to preview a theme on your site and you can change your theme at any time, however they all work a little differently.  Changing your theme not only changes the colors and the fonts, but it can change where and how your menus, posts and images are displayed, too.  Most of themes have some customizing options built in, as well.
  6. You will need a few recommended plugins, next.  That is an option on your WordPress dashboard menu.  It will take you to a library of thousands of plugins, some are free and some are not.  You only need the free kind that will stop spam, and such.  I’ll update these shortly, as I want to verify the names and functions first.
  7. At this point, I suggest you learn to use WordPress by playing around with the options, adding some legal jargon to cover your @&&.  There are some free copy and paste options on the web.  A few common ones are a privacy policy which states that you will not sell or spam your followers emails, a disclosure which states that some of the content they interact with on your site pays you a commission at no extra cost to them.  A disclaimer claims you are not responsible for their actions (basically).  And if you have digital content to sell such as digital images, ebooks, downloads then you will want a copywright page.  I suggest making each of these their own page and link the page where needed throughout your site as well as somewhere on your home page or landing page.
  8. Now, you have the option to launch your site and let the world watch your site grow or some people prefer to build their site first and launch it at some point they are more comfortable with being exposed to the world.  It is sometimes recommended that you have atleast 10 posts and 3 pages before you launch.
  9.  Add Content.  So, build it and they will come!!  Have fun, don’t stress, make an outline of your content structure, make a list of post ideas, make a plan with several different deadlines throughout the next year, and get busy!  It is said that it takes about a year or so to create a decent amount of content for a site.
  10. You still have MUCH to learn and do at this point.   You can learn to monetize your site, use Google Analytics software to learn what works and doesn’t work on your site to bring in traffic, you can set up pages on social networks for your site to network all your content and get more readers.  I have found that having a site with enough content to share on several social medias first before you can do any of this in step 10, otherwise you look like a spammer to Google if you don’t know what your doing.  Google is key if you want to monetize your site.  We are all trying to do the things that makes Google like us.  And Bing and Yahoo, too!  Those two still get, I think 30%, of search traffic.  That is called SEO or search engine optimization. There are tons of websites out there that teach this stuff.  I use Wealthy Affiliate, they are a all-in-one-build-your-own-website site.  They are an all-in-one because teach how to build it, monetize it, and have the tools to do it.

It all starts with an idea.  Play around with some ideas.  Maybe you’ll find your niche, too!

Knowing Your Personality Type

Have you considered your personality when trying to narrow down your niche? Meyers Briggs Type Indicator, or MBTI, is the perfect personality test to see what is the best niche for you. Actually, there are a lot of tests out there on the internet that are based on the same process but are free.

Your personality is good to know. It helps you understand yourself better.

Isabel Meyers Briggs developed this personality typing based on a concept developed by Carl Jung’s, the father of analytical psychology, philosophies.

There are 16 personality types. Each consists of 4 possible traits.

Each of us have a preference of the following personality traits:

Introversion (I) or Extroversion (E)
Intuition (N) or Sensing (S)
Thinking (T) or Feeling (F)
Judging (J) or Perceiving (P)
Introverts look inside first (themselves) while

Extroverts look outside first (surroundings and others)

Intuitives focus on concepts while

Sensors focus on experiences

Thinkers focus first on the use of things while

Feelers focus first on the meaning of things

Judgers like to plan and act first while

Percievers like to explore and respond

Personality tests asks a series of questions about what you would feel, think or do in certain situations. Your answers reveal which traits you favor. All personalities are made up 16 possible combinations of 4 traits. For example, my personality is INFP.

Once you know your personality you can find out all sorts of interesting information about your personality such as what careers you would enjoy most or hate the least. 🙂 And other things, like what other personalities you might be more compatible with or least compatible with, which is helpful in jobs and relationships.

I’m not sure if this is legal here at WA, so I’ll remove it if it is not.

One of the many websites that have a free and simple (some are very extensive and costs money) is humanmetrics.com. Or, you can just Google ‘MBTI personality’ and you’ll find a plethora of sites and tests. They are a lot of fun and enlightening.

So, go see what your personality is and what career fields would be a good fit for you.

It is useful information to help decide on your niche. It has helped me.

Don’t forget to comment about what personality type you are and if you agree!

Carla

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Why I Chose the Canon T6s Over The T5i & T6i

Take careof your bodyWhy I Chose the Canon T6s Over The T5i & T6i

I originally bought the Canon T5 camera and I’m going to tell you about why I sold it to buy the Canon T6s.  My photography skills need a lot of practice, and I just wanted a decent camera for learning and practicing photography skills.  At that time, I really didn’t want to buy a camera with all the bells and whistles.  All those extras seemed like they would make the learning more complicated.  The T5 was the best choice for the price and my needs…..I thought.  Once I bought it I immediately started practicing with it and reading more about it.  It was great.

Then, my daughter had her first recital for her musical theater class  The other parents had their cameras set up on tripods in the middle of the seating area while they sat relaxed in their seats and their camera was filming their kid’s performance.  I knew I would start right away learning the video capability of my nifty T5.  That’s when I came to understand where my T5 fell short.

Canon T5

  • The T5 was not able to auto focus in video mode.  So, if I were to set up the camera on a tripod at my kids next recital and got a nice focus on the stage before the show, it would not keep her in focus as she was moving around on stage.

Another little tidbit that seemed unimportant to me when I bought it, was:

  • The T5 does not have a flip out screen that rotates.  A screen that flips out and pivots enables you to be in the frame and see what your camera sees at the same time.  This is great when you are doing self photos or videos for something like tutorials for perhaps a blog.  I could also set up the camera in more convenient places to video a show on stage and still see the screen from some other angle than just directly behind the camera.  I started researching what other cameras had to offer.

Canon T5i

  • The T5i would have been perfect.  It has video auto focus. However, the T5i couldn’t offer all the features a newer model could , I felt like I would want to update it sooner than would be financially feasible.

Canon T6i

  • Next, I compared it to the T6i and there wasn’t any major improvements that seemed worth the money, compared to the T6s.

Canon T6s

 

Then, I found the Canon T6s  and it was the obvious answer for me because it offers much more for the price.  Since I would eventually end up buying a video camera for my daughters performances.  It made sense to sell the T5 and put that money toward a camera that had better video features.

  • This camera would give me a lot of the latest technology in both video cameras and dslr camera function.
  • The T6s has the flip out and rotating screen, and did I mention, it has a touch screen?  Yep.  Pretty Cool.
  • It also has the auto focus in video mode for recording my daughters performances.  Yay!
  •  A few other cool features I like about the T6s camera is the Wi-Fi and NFC capabilities.  I can send pictures to other wi-fi/NFC devices instantly, like a cell phone, computer, a printer and even social networks.
  • There is also an app, Canon Camera Connect App, that I’ve downloaded on my phone that gives me remote control for a few of the settings and the shutter.
  • I also like the extra settings view screen on the top of the camera.  I’m able to see the ISO, Apeture and Shutter Speed at all times. This is a great feature while I’m learning to see the results of any changes I make to the settings.
  • The easy selection wheel on this camera makes it much convenient to change the manual funtions, too.

 

 

 

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Work From Home With Your Own Website

Work From Home With Your Own Website

Our kids grow up so fast.  I am fortunate I can stay home and be here for our daughter during her teen years.  No more having to ask to leave work early or come in late to get my kid to her activities or orthodontist appointments, or whatever.

We are still learning to adjust to living off one income since I quit work.  We keep up with every penny and are being much more frugal than we’ve ever had to be.  There are many ways stay-at-home mom’s (STAHM) can make money. One of the most exciting ways I found is work from home with my own website where I will be blogging about one of my creative interests, photography for blogging.  I’ve never had the support to do this until now and I am super stoked about it!

There are many ways to monetize your website.  You can promote your own creations or someone else’s products. You can teach, entertain, inspire others via posts.  You can offer support to others who have the same problems as you.  It doesn’t have to be about Photography.  It can be what ever your little creative heart desires!  Once you establish your niche and your website you can also write posts to share your creativeness on the internet via your website and other social medias.

I compare a blog to an online magazine and the posts you write are comparable to the articles in a magazine.  A website can also be like a online store catalog where you sell your craft by custom order.  You could list all your inventory and prices and you can offer sales and promotions with the posts you write. You can share your other favorite creative websites, too!

There are all kinds of affiliate programs out there that can add to the monetization of you site.  Some posts you write may be relevant to a product sold by the many other companies with affiliate programs.  This is a program where a company you are affiliated with pay you a commission when someone clicks that companies website link on your post or blog and makes a purchase from that company at no extra cost to the buyer.  Two of the most well known affiliate programs are with Amazon and Google. Yep, those big guys can help you bring in some dough!  And they make easy for you.  Those Amazon and Google ads you see on peoples websites?  Yep, that’s what I’m talking about.  I compare to magazine ads.  Magazines make money off the ads.  Just like you can make money off of ads on your website.

It’s not a get rich quick way of making money.  There is a lot of work to building and managing a blog, but with the right help anyone can do it and be successful at it.  And that is where my favorite affiliate program comes in. Wealthy Affiliate.

Wealthy Affiliate is basically a site that teaches you to set up your website for free in the least painless way (believe me on that).  No contracts and no obligations and you can get free help to set up your website……..but, there’s so much more made available to you. With no obligations still!  The opportunities offered to you at Wealthy Affiliate are the best I’ve found and are very affordable.  I can stop anytime I want to.  I can come back anytime I want to.  That was huge for me.

I had spent over a month on Pinterest reading many blogs about how to build my own blog.  I had no idea what I was doing and really needed some encouragement that I was doing it right…..or wrong.  So, when I came across Wealthy Affiliate, while doing some research on one of the steps I was working on.  After doing some research about WA and their reputation online and seeing what they had to offer and how affordable it is, I joined, for free.  You can become a member free, ya’ll!  No obligation.

My favorite affiliate website, by far, is Wealthy Affiliate. WA gives you the resources to build your own website.  It’s basically an online school. The course syllabus is streamlined so you know each step to take.  You follow along with co-founder, Kyle, in the video while he shows you exactly what to do.  You also have fellow students with all stages of experience and expertise that you can reach out to for help or encouragement and a huge searchable database of topics if you get stuck.  I started a brand new site when I started the WA courses and I accomplished in 2 days what took me over a month to achieve without WA.  Another WA best assets is their keyword search resources.

The most valuable information to have for a successful website is to know how to find and use keywords.  This is called SEO, or search engine optimization, and WA gives you the best resources to find the best keywords for your niche.  WA has the best resources to find keywords that will help and your website about your niche get on that first page of results with Google, Bing or Yahoo search engines.  This SEO information is what makes you site show up on the first page when someone does a search related to your site.  This is HUGE, if your looking to monetize your site.

Maybe you are interested in quitting the 9-5, being home with more time for your loved ones, or maybe you already stay home, and you would like to indulge in your creative side and earn income online.  Building your own website could be your answer, too.  The possibilities are endless.  Think about the things that inspire you and how that can help others.  This could be your niche.  You could build your own online business doing something you love.  I encourage you to do your research. Research your niche and  then see if you can find a better resource than WA to teach and support you to do what you love!

 

I hope to see you around at WA,

Carla

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