I Have A Few Questions For You

Hello Dear Readers

I have a few questions for you. With 2018 almost at an end I decided to ask my readers a few questions.

Please do leave a comment because I really would like to know your thoughts.

1. Which article(s) did you like the most and why?

2. What type of subjects are you interested in reading more about?

3. A lot of blog site now have pop up adds. Do you have adds on your blog site? Does it bother the person reading your post?

4. Have you ever been a guest blogger, or had someone be a guest writer on your site?

5. Are you a blogger? What do you write about?

I hope you will participate in my questions. (This could end up in a blog round up post). Be sure to add your comments below. If you would rather email me, you can send it to connectwithalicia@gmail.com.

Gain The Advantage,

Alicia Osmera

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Top 5 Hacks to Create Smarter Blog Content that Sells in 2019 – ♫ Donna Merrill Tribe

One of my fellow PAC Author’s Donna Merrill.

http://donnamerrilltribe.com/2018/10/blog-content-that-sells-in-2019/#comment-92434

This definitely makes me think about things I need to be doing right now with my bolg.

I hope you enjoy it.

Gain The Advantage,

Alicia Osmera

Happy New Year 2017

Another year behind us and a new one lies infront of us.  I love new beginnings.  A new year brings us just that.

A chance to wipe the slate clean, pick ourselves up, moving forward into a bright new future.

I’m going to breakdown the meaning of all three words.

Happy

According to Google happy is a feeling or showing pleasure or contentment. 

How does one show a feeling?  A smile, a post with happy faces, babies, puppies, kittens a favorite teams win.  

When someone says; ” I just want you to be happy” what are they really saying?   Can we be happy without smiling, posting positve and uplifting sayings on social media?

I’ve learned to be content with my life just the way it is.  I may not have big fancy houses, top of the make in motor vehicles and all the material things that people associate with “happiness”.  What I do have is a loving husband, children, grandchildren, family and friends.  That makes me rich in happiness.

New

New is defined by Google dictonary as not exsiting before; made; introduced, or discovered recently or now for the first time.

Every day brings a new beginning. It is up to us to make it count.

Year

Merriam Webster defines year as

a :  the period of about 3651/4 solar days required for one revolution of the earth around the sunb :  the time required for the apparent sun to return to an arbitrary fixed or moving reference point in the skyc :  the time in which a planet completes a revolution about the sun <two Mercury years>

The whole of life is but a moment of time. It is our duty, therefore to use it, not to misuse it. -Plutarch


How will you use this year to your advantage? 

I wish you all a healthy, positive, prosperious 2017!

As always…..

Gain The Advantage,

Alicia Osmera



Learning To Take Actions

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Three years ago I decided to start blogging more seriously about internet marketing, entrepreneurship, being an independent business owner and some things about life.

Decisions

Making a decision to change a technique, business ventures, careers or anything takes action. Deciding to become  a series blogger,  one of the first steps I took was to search the internet for blogs and blogging advice.  

According to WordPress.com  How many posts are being published?  (There are about 58.3 million new posts and 43.8 million new comments each month). MIND BLOWING!

My Improvements

How was I going to improve upon what I started?   Searching and searching the internet is confusing, and overwhelming to say the least.  During my search I found a little community called MLSP My Lead System Pro which lead me to eventually meet a community called the Power Affiliate Club.   Yes I write about PAC a lot.  Search my blog and you will understand why.  PAC’s Infectious Mission

Action Creates Learning

Taking the actions necessary to become a better writer, author and presenter has led me to where I am today, an expert Power Affiliate Club Author. Looking back over the last three years, I have looked at my articles from when I combined my two blogs.  Honestly I now see the major difference in my tenacious appetite to become the best.

I had to learn how to make words flow together, to include images, improve my blog site by adding more content for readers to view and hopefully interact.

 When  you consider the  fact that there are over 58.3 million new blog posts a month and over 43.8 million views, how can a blogger survive?

Necessary Steps

Finding the necessary steps to my journey started with a thought.  Searching throughout the world-wide web for answers.  Being teachable, willing to learn and implementing those concepts and ideas.

Becoming more involved with the blogging community, reading positive mindset books, listening to CD’s.  Basically doing anything to improve my mindset as well as my blogging skills. When a person does the  investigating and implementing then a true learning curve can begin.

These are the actions that I took necessary to achieve my goal to become a writer and blogger.

GAIN THE ADVANTAGE!

Alicia Osmera

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Liebster Award

I am so overwhelmed today.  I opened up my blog site to sit down and write and found out that one of my readers  ( Sweta Ojha) has nominated my blog for the Liebster Award.  Thank you Sweta Ojha for this honor.

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The Liebster Award is an award that exists only on the internet, and is given to bloggers by other bloggers.  The earliest case of the award goes as far back as 2011.  Liebster in German means sweetest, kindest, nicest, dearest, beloved, lovely, kind, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing and welcome.

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My tasks of questions:

  1. Given a chance to introduce a fictional character in your life, who would it be?

Betty Boop- America’s Sweetheart.  She is my fictional idol.

2.  Whose blog do you relate with and why ?

     Lesley Federici – She is the owner and one of the co-founders of the Power Affiliate Club.      Her passion is to help beginning and experience bloggers become better.   PAC Lesley Federici also her personal blog site is http://leslyfederici.net

3.  Given an option to choose between traveling and books, what would it be?

      Travel of course.  See the world, write more books and blogs.

4Where do you see yourself five years from now?

I’ve always hated this question! Even at job interviews.  I don’t even know what tomorrow is going to bring let alone five years from now.

5. Which is better – to speak a lie that saves or a truth that kills?

I see it depending on the situation.  

6. How often do you find yourself day dreaming and about what?

Daydreaming is good for the soul.  It leads to imagination and that leads to writing.  Often means once or twice a day for me.

7. Define beauty.

Beauty to me is a caring person, a loving touch, a child’s smile and something I look at that just amazes me.

8. What is the worst part of your daily routine?

Alarm Clocks!

9.  They say money can buy happiness, how correct is the statement for you?

Whomever started that saying is an idiot!  Money buys necessitates and wants and desires.  Money does buy happiness, you just need to know your spending limits.

10.  Which is better – writing as a career option or writing as a hobby?

      Writing for pleasure.

11.  If you go invisible for a day, what might have changed the other day?

I could be a “fly on the  wall” and see what people are saying.

nominees

Lesly Federici – http://leslyfederici.net

Monna Ellithorpe – http://monnaellithorpe.com/bluejeanwritervoice/

Purple Wolf 07- https://wolf4915.wordpress.com

William O’Toole- http://williamotoole.com/

Mike Senczyszak- http://senczyszak.wordpress.com/

https://mybloomsite.wordpress.com/

Chris Green Organic Princess Shouse- http://chrisshouse.com/

Mandy Allen- http://www.mandyallen.com/

Alisha Shrestha  – http://www.seowonderworld.com/

Mel Choyce- https://en.blog.wordpress.com

not sure if this will count but I have to nominate the PAC BLOG- http://www.poweraffiliateclub.com/blog/

 

Random Facts About Me:

 

  1. Published Author
  2. Wrote articles for my highschool newspaper The Aurora Central Trojan
  3. I love the Dallas Cowboy’s Football Team
  4.  I see the glass always full,  even when the Seagram’s 7 or Vodka is half gone.
  5.  Ride a 1997 Harley Davidson Softail with my husband David Osmera.
  6.  Play BINGO
  7.  Texas Hold’em is my game. One I will play in the WSOP!
  8. My fifth Great Uncle is James Butler AKA Wild Bill Hickok -Yes I can prove it.
  9.  I love horse’s, dogs, and all around animal lover.
  10.  Married to my husband David J Osmera for 34 years 
  11.  Life life to the fullest

 

Last My Questions For You:

  1. If given the chance, would you change anything about yourself?
  2. Who is you mentor and why?
  3. When did you first become interested in blogging?
  4.  What advice would you give to a new blogger?
  5.  Define Perfection
  6.  Do you prefer to give advice or get advice?
  7.  Where would you want to travel to next?
  8.  What inspires you to write?
  9.  Favorite Color
  10. What kind of bird would you be and why?
  11. Is there anything you haven’t done that’s on your bucket list?

 

Again Thank You For This Honor.

Gain The Advantage!

Alicia Osmera

 

 

 

Raise The Bar Of Your Posts With Pictures

I am a member and expert author on the PAC Community Blog.  This was my post for them.

From the Editor,

This is Alicia’s first published article on the PAC Community Blog! After many drafts we finally have a finished post. What’s important to note here is PAC helps new bloggers, as well as seasoned ones, to hone their blogging skills. Writing is a big one to master – if it ever is. It’s an ongoing skill that is constantly revisited and explored. PAC gives new bloggers, like Alicia, the opportunity to enhance their writing skills, experience as a blogger and what’s involved, and writing for the PAC Community Blog.  We all start somewhere and we only get better at what we do through experience. Congratulations Alicia!  We look forward to more posts from you!
Lesly Federici

A  picture is worth a thousand words …

We’ve all heard that saying before.  However, is it true when it comes to writing your blog?

Pictures tell stories …

Images bring a certain essence to what the writer is trying to convey to their readers.

Articles with images get 94% more views.  Visual stimulation grabs the reader’s attention and draws them into the article.  A large percentage of the brain is dedicated to visual processing.  When we see a picture we analyze it within a very short period of time, knowing the meaning and scenario within it immediately.

Five Reasons to Consider Using Pictures

  1. Pictures grab the reader’s attention and helps them commit to reading the content.
  2. Rests the eyes from reading.
  3. Gives your readers a memorable experience.
  4. Images communicate information to readers faster than words.
  5. Images add VALUE!  They add valuable SEO (search engine optimization) traffic to your site because the images displayed in search results relate to the images within your blog post.

 

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SEO  (Search Engine Optimization), is the process of generating traffic through keyword searches by people seeking a particular topic.

Images are easy to find and use. Using your own images are best because of copyright laws.  Obtaining images for your site gives that personal touch and flare to your website.

5 Sites For Picture Images

 Flickr  this site is owned by Yahoo.com. Flickr offers 1,000 GB of free photo storage.  They will help you automatically backup your entire collection.

PicsArt  allows you the ability to edit photos, share and store them.

Free images  provides over 2.4 billion pictures you can use (some you can use for a small fee.

 Public Domain  (PublicDomainPictures.net) is a repository for free public domain images. Download high quality – HD photos or upload your own. Make money from your hobby, gain popularity and improve your photographic and graphic skills.

Lastly you can always use Google Search Engine  . Just be careful as you search not to use copyrighted pictures without permission.

PicsArt is a great application to use for editing and adding quotes and your own signature to your images. It’s easy and convenient for you to use.

Some audiences prefer to view written content then visual images. Some audiences are interested in more visual images then written content, and that’s okay.

Both styles assist the reader in offering both quality and value. Work on improving your skills, and don’t be afraid to get help from an outside professional who can give your blog the extra sprucing up it lacks.  What is the goal that you’re trying to achieve with your audience?

There are many ways to engage with your readers. Images and writing – the most valuable type of content driving marketers to use.

Imagine  the photographs in your mind, then search for the right one which will add meaning to your article.  Colorful photographs such as red, yellow,  purple draw more attention to your readers eyes.

Be creative

Don’t be afraid to let your creativity flow in your posting and keep the images coming.

Alicia Osmera

Becoming a Power Affiliate Club Author

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My journey to becoming a PAC Author started about a year ago.  What is the PAC Community?  The PAC (Power Affiliate Club) Community  is a welcoming website where writer’s and blogger’s can come to learn how to write more effectively, develop new blogging skills, meet other fellow blogger’s from everywhere in the world.

Have you always wanted to have a place on the internet that served as a public “About Me” or ‘Business Card” where people could find out more about you at a glance? Especially on a community website where readers are visiting from all over the world?

Becoming a “TOP PAC’r” allows you to:

  • Create a spectacular “About Me Page”
  • Promote your personal website and affiliate links
  • Write articles
  • Create a training program
  • Post videos
  • Increase your visibility online

The Power Affiliate Club was started by Lesly Federici and Monna Ellithorpe.  Together they have collaborated with other writers and bloggers to make this unique opportunity available to others.  

I have learned how to make my blog more effective and efficient for my readers and followers through their training and patients.  There are many ideas on this website to give a person a creative edge above the rest when it comes to “writer’s block” on what and when to post to a blog.

Other Author’s include; Donna Merrill, Joy Healey, Barry Evans and more.  Are you looking for a way to improve your blog?  Gain more knowledge with writing?  

Then I suggest you check it out today.  Click the link at the top of my page and it will take you right to it.  

Gain The Advantage!

 

 

 

Free Blog Sites vs. WordPress.org

I am fairly new to the blogging community.  I have two sites one  (www.connectwithalicia.wordpress.com) the one your currently reading and  (www.tradingdimesfortime.gblogger.com) after setting up both of these sites it was brought to my attention that there are paid blog sites.  Having a paid site makes a “true blogging guru” seen as a serious writer with a WordPress.org behind the name or any other paid blog site. 

 

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What is WordPress.org vs. WordPress.com?  

According to WordPress.com, Word Press was founded in 2003 and Word Press has grown to become the largest self-hosted blogging site in the world.  It is used by millions of people all over the world.   

What are the options one can use with the WordPress.com? 

This site is a free service which offers a beginning blogger ( like me) a chance to develop a site you can design on your own, and all with the added convince of being able to avoid paying the fees to having someone else build your blog site for you. 

Being a new blogger I have had challenges as I am sure you have too.   When you first establish your   name then you can proceed forward with developing your site.  The difference between a blog address   and a blog domain name gives you an edge in the development of the site with strategic solutions to meet your needs.   

WordPress.com gives you;  

Ecommerce, a Custom Site Address, Space, No Ads, Custom Design, Video Press, Premium Themes , Google Analytics, Support, 3 GB and it’s Free for Life. 

WordPress.com Premium gives you all of the above and 13GB, Direct email.   Costs $99 per year. 

 WordPress.com Business gives you all of the above with Unlimited Features, Live chat.  Costs $299 per year.

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Allows the blogger to set up a more professional website blog and have it hosted; which in turn gives the blogger more freedom to be creative with their content allowing them control what is being published. 

Features with WordPress.org include: 

 You’re the owner of your blog domain, Content Management System (CMS) software for free.  A CMS is a computer application that allows publishing, editing, modifying, and organizing, deleting, and maintaining content from a central interface (per Wikipedia). 

 Of course with the software comes the responsibility of hosting your site. 

 1 A web hosting service is a type of Internet hosting service that allows individuals and organizations to make their website accessible via the World Wide Web. Web hosts are companies that provide space on a server owned or leased for use by clients, as well as providing Internet connectivity, typically in a data center

Word Press has its own hosting site called Blue host.   Blue host is one of the largest and most trusted web hosting service providers.  

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Of course then you will need to set up your theme, your plugin’s, how a reader can contact you, email list (if you choose to do one).  With WordPress.org the author has full control over what they are publishing and creating.  With WordPress.com you are limited and they monitor the content that can be published.  You can’t use third-party advertising, you’re limited on storage space and no FTP access to your files. 

  Which Word Press should you use? 

 First I recommend looking at the layout you want to create and then decide if you’re writing more for pleasure, to attract business, marketing a product, or more for informational purposes. 

 The one thing I have found with WordPress.com is that I can upgrade to WordPress.org at any time and still design the site the way I choose.  

Secondly choosing how to write your blog depends on your style.  Are you a colorful person?  Photographs make your articles pop and stand out to the readers. Be creative with it, don’t  follow what other people are doing.   

 My final thought.  —- Do what’s best for you and not what other people are telling you to do This is your project!  

 Gain The Advantage!