Today I'm shaking in my cowgirl boots because I get to introduce you to one of my best biz pals. (Okay, just kidding, this Montana girl doesn't wear cowgirl boots -- but I am legit excited.)
Say hello to Adobe InDesign.
You can do a lot with the app -- like make e-books, pamphlets, mini-mags, brochures, posters, planners, and other printables -- but today I want to show you how you can use it to easily make your own pro, custom worksheets.
(That you then might want to give away as your email opt-in gift, include within blog posts, or sell for [real!] money.)
To go with this tutorial I've also included a free InDesign file download at the end of this post so that you can play around with a pre-made worksheet; be sure to pick that up before you go.
Oh, and if you don't have InDesign yet? Check it out here (btw, not an affiliate link) -- it's $19.99/mo on its own or $49.99/mo if you want Photoshop, Illustrator, Lightroom, and all the other Adobe apps included.
You can also get a 30-day free trial if you want to play around with it first. Plus: it works on PC and Mac -- which always makes me happy.
Let's get started, shall we? We shall, my friends, we shall!
Here's how to create your own worksheets in Adobe InDesign:
Hello again, friends. :) Since absence makes the heart grow fonder, I just know that right about now you consider me your greatest online love.
This month marks the Olyvia.co 1 year birthday -- wild, right?! -- and to celebrate with you I wanted to create something cool + helpful you could use to refresh your blog + social media accounts + brand reputation (and look 10x more pro online).
So, for the last 2.5 weeks I've been buried in InDesign + Illustrator + Mailchimp working (fun, but I missed you!) -- and what I came up with is this:
A 21 day free detox for your brand's online spaces.
(Henceforth known as "The 21 Day Brand Impressions Detox" -- because I like to make things sound all official like that.)
It's for new and intermediate level bloggers, freelancers, creative business owners, coaches & consultants, solopreneurs, and anyone with a personal brand online who wants to:
1. Make certain that their online presence screams "modern" and "professional" -- not "dated" or "amateur"
2. Do a serious, effective cleaning of their digital spaces so things look bright + clean, not dull or junky
3. Get a (virtual) kick in the derrière to take their brand up a notch, and have some laughs along the way (totally at my expense, I assure you)
Here's how to get started:
Dear Woman Entrepreneur,
I'm pretty sure I heard you say you've been looking for a new podcast that will help you learn how to do more cool, online business things.
Soooo naturally I thought, "Hey Erika, that would make for a great blog post."
And now here we are.
I love you, too.
As part of my blog traffic + income report this month I'm sharing some tips on a topic I hear people voice frequent worries about:
"I want to try to make some extra money as an affiliate for companies and/or people I support, but I'm scared to actually share the links on social media. I don't want to sound like I'm greedy (or a sellout)!"
This is a valid concern in affiliate marketing.
(We've all seen the scammy-looking accounts on Twitter or Facebook where their feed is overrun with "SAVE $19.42 - LilyDoo Makeup Compact, Gold Stripes $36.27" advertisements, and it's not pretty.)
But happily, it doesn't have to be this way -- and you CAN promote affiliate links on social media without looking like a ShamWow salesman.
Below are the 3 principles I live by when sharing my referral links so that I'm not obnoxious to others:
In assurance to makers, doers, and dreamers everywhere, they say "if you build it they will come."
But I'm about 102% certain that whoever the heck "they" is never had a blog.
(Picture who you may at this point, but all I see in my head is a young, baseball-playing Kevin Costner.)
See, I don't know about you, but I've built a large number of websites in my day.
And only a handful came to most of them.
(Especially that fun -- but ohhhmyugly -- "I-am-so-darn-fed-up-with-Britney-Spears!" site I created as a 15 year old. Ha.)
Along the way I did learn what it takes to steadily attract website visitors and get noticed online, but getting blog traffic is -- to continue our corny baseball + Costner theme we have going on here -- like only getting to first base on the baseball diamond.
So what's second base?
Getting engagement (otherwise affectionately known -- probably only by me -- as blog comment luv).
Before I "pitch" you the steps to get more blog comments (oh I crack myself up), let's be clear: simply because you don't have much engagement on your blog DOES NOT mean you can't make money from it or that it's one colossal failure.
You can monetize and sell successfully through your website as soon as you've started bringing in some visitors, and the fact you have little to no comments coming in right now doesn't necessarily mean your blog is failing you.
HOWEVER, there are good, business-y reasons for wanting engagement on your blog, which I will explain to you later on in this post.
With that, let's get to the 5 secrets to getting more blog comments!
I know how it goes down.
You're busting your (sometimes) manicured nails on your blog, staying up until 1 a.m. hustling for business, and trying to convince yourself that:
1. you DO have something worth saying,
2. you ARE capable, and
3. gosh darn it, people like you.
And then, just when you think you've found your groove, what happens?
Someone comes along to tell you just how ridiculous, incompetent, fraudulent, and ignorant you really are.
(Or at least that's how negative online comments feel, yes?)
The experience can be horrifying.
And worse, it can make us want to be horrifying in return.
But I have a better way to deal.
(Because there's only ONE thing more destructive for your biz or blog reputation than critical, complaining, and rude comments, and that's a poor response to them.)
This is how to handle negative comments online, Chief Olyvia style. Ready to roll with me? Let's go!
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