What Is An Abundant Life?
What is abundance? To me, abundance is creating the life I’ve always dreamed of. This means being in control of my time, my environment, and my energy. I like to call it “Life By Design:” setting my own schedule, spending time with people that resonate with my vision, and living a life that is authentic to my nature. Sounds pretty awesome, right? You can live a life by design too. What is an abundant life, and what does it mean specifically for you?
A Day In My Life
I begin my morning with meditation and stretching. This sets the tone for my day, and gives me the time and space to access what tasks I need to get done, and in what order. By the time I sit down at my desk, I know exactly what I need to do. Here’s a sequence of what a typical work day looks like for me.
I’m an affiliate marketer and as all internet entrepreneurs know, blogging is foundational to this type of business. Blogging is essential for brand awareness and authority, website traffic, and visitor engagement. I blog at least two times a week. I do this because I know it’s imperative for my business. Content creation is definitely one of my top business priorities. I have a list of blog post ideas, on my notes app on my phone, so coming up with topics isn’t too much of an issue. I jot down ideas whenever a good one comes to mind.
Once I have my idea, I begin by finding relevant images to enhance my posts. I also decide on my headings or subtitles, kind of like creating an outline. Once I have my headings in place, my post is formatted. I aim for at least a 1,000-word article. This is important for search engine optimization as Google and the other search engines like long-form content. With these parameters in place, I can start researching and writing. I use Site Content to create my posts. It makes writing enjoyable, and I love the spell check and word count.
I usually set the timer on my phone for an hour. It’s amazing how much content I can produce within that time frame. I then take a break, giving both my mind and body a time out for a few minutes. When I come back to my work, I’m focused, refreshed, and mentally clear. Read my post on the Pomodoro Technique to learn why I work in increments of 45-60 minutes with 15 minute breaks in between.
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You know those headings I talked about in the previous paragraph? Well, those need to be keyword-rich. Keywords are what people plug into Google when they’re searching for something. A great keyword is one that a lot of people are using, but not too many, which would make it too competitive. Keyword research is a vital part of digital marketing, and is simply the process of finding and selecting phrases that will most likely show up in the search engines.
Writing niche-specific content, rich with related keywords, is the best way I obtain free organic traffic to my website. More traffic means more sales, so spending time finding the best-converting keywords, is a good use of time. Depending on my article, I’ll spend at least 20-30 minutes on finding long-tail keywords with the potential to convert. Long-tail keywords are not individual words, but phrases specific to what people may be searching for. They are a valuable SEO metric, and a necessary component to increase the chances my posts will appear in Google.
As an example, a single word like “desk,” that is typed into Google is going to generate a ton of different searches. A long-tailed keyword, however, like “walnut desks under $500.00” is going to come up with much more specific results. The goal is to find and use these types of keywords. A keyword research tool is a must for effective research. I use Jaaxy. It’s user-friendly, and I’ve found hundreds of amazing keywords using it.
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Every single day I answer comments and engage with my readers. Interaction is an important factor for SEO so I make sure to answer every comment I receive. SEO aside, it’s just good practice to reply to comments, and builds trust with my followers. When I engage, they see me as a real-life human being with a voice and opinions. Commenting on other blogs, within my niche, is also a good way to establish my brand and build authority.
On every post I write, I put a call-to-action at the bottom, inviting people to leave a comment. This not only adds content to my article, but shows Google my readers are interested in what I have written. Comments also provide another dimension that I can’t produce within my content. I don’t know about you, but when I read an article of interest, I love reading the opinions and views of others who have read the same article. Comments add a unique perspective that can’t be achieved any other way.
Affiliate marketing is an incredible opportunity to promote merchant products and services via affiliate programs. When I market and sell a company’s product, I get a commission and they make a sale. It’s a win/win situation for both of us.
That’s why I add two or three affiliate links to my posts. If someone clicks on one of my links, I make a commission based on what that specific merchant is offering. Providing links to useful products also helps my readers because they can decide to purchase, based on my recommendations, without having to put in the time to research the products they’re looking for.
Each affiliate link I place pertains to my content. People visiting my website do so based on my particular niche or area of interest, so my links are relevant to them. Affiliate marketing is automated technology at its finest. It helps me monetize my website, while providing a great resource for my visitors.
I use Share-A-Sale, one of many affiliate marketing networks, which is a hub for both merchants and affiliates. I like working with affiliate networks, because I can see all the merchants I’m promoting, in one convenient location. ClickBank is another network I use, but is a little more complicated in how merchant services and products are marketed.
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Watch this video on the basics of affiliate marketing by one of the owners of Wealthy Affiliate.
Google And Bing Webmaster
Once I’ve completed my article, and checked to make sure all my affiliate links are working, I then head over to Google Console and use the Fetch as Google Tool. I put in my post URL so Google will index it, which means it will hopefully show up in the search engines.
I also submit my URL to Bing Webmaster Tools. This increases the likelihood that my article will be indexed, and eventually, ranked, in both Bing and Yahoo. These two search engines are now connected. Submitting your URLs to the search engines is like saying: “Hey, I just wrote an article, can you crawl it so people can read my content?”
Social Media Sharing
Once I’ve submitted my URL to the search engines, I turn my attention to social media sharing. I share my content to Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest. Sharing on social media gets my article in front of thousands of eyes, helping to grow my business, along with my social media following. I’m dedicated to this step because I know how important it is to the success of my business.
For Pinterest, I use Canva, to design a pin that’s compatible for pinning. On the other platforms, I just post my link, and the photo from my content magically appears. Pinterest is a little different, in this regard, as a vertical graphic is required.
Canva is a free online graphic-design tool that is great for a variety of applications, such as social media graphics, invitations, infographics, banners, posters, and presentations. I use it every day. Check it out if you’re not familiar with it. You’ll never not use it once you start! The idea behind social media marketing is to get the people reading my content to visit my website, and eventually become converting customers.
Social Sharing Tools
Automation tools make social sharing easier and less time-consuming. I like Tailwind for Instagram and Pinterest. It’s a management system that lets you schedule and manage your pins. I use it every time I post a pin. A feature of Tailwind, Tailwind Tribes are Pinterest users who are categorized into groups. These groups then promote each others’ content. I post all my pins to Tribes. SmartLoop is a new feature of Tailwind that is amazing for repurposing and recycling (looping) my content. I’m just beginning to use it.
Uber Suggest is a keyword research tool that I use for finding hastags, Hashtags are now allowed on Pinterest, and help people find what they’re looking for. It’s free to use. These automation tools are essentials in my tool kit.
Time For Learning
Every day, I set aside at least an hour for learning related to my business. I like to be up on current trends, and learn new ways of doing things. This learning may have to do with blogging, affiliate marketing, keyword research, email marketing, or social media marketing. Whether it’s a YouTube video, a podcast, or an online course, I make it a priority to learn new ways of working online, or at least enhance the strategies I’m already implementing.
My Ideal Life
Keep in mind, while I’m writing and working, I’m also taking power breaks where I’m able to catch up on housework, prepare meals, and exercise. Working full time did not resonate with me. I was exhausted when I got home, I was constantly tired, and felt like I was ineffectively plowing through the myriad of tasks I didn’t have energy for. It was like I was in a fog, and operating on autopilot. Now I feel productive, motivated, and rested. I feel blessed to be able to set my own hours at the pace that works for me. If something unexpected comes up, I can take care of it by easily rearranging my schedule.
Abundance may look a little different for all of us, but certainly includes freedom, health, prosperity, and nurturing relationships. Working from home enables me to work hard at a job I love, enjoy the comfort of my own home, set my own hours, and not be accountable to anyone else but myself.
It’s also amazing for my health because I’m not on a strict 9-5 schedule. I can exercise and make nutritious meals during my breaks, take care of my pets, and catch up on household chores. And the best part? I can work from anywhere. I love traveling whenever I want, without stressing about having to work overtime to make up lost hours. What’s better than that?
What does your ideal day look like? Let me know in the comments:)