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Postby Monna Ellithorpe » Sun Mar 01, 2009 8:49 am

Thank you for your condolences.

Those are two areas I hadn't thought of yet.

I was beginning to think it might be too broad of a subject for me as a beginner to try but maybe not.

I was told by someone in another group it was too broad and highly competitive of a subject and that I needed to narrow it down to more of a single niche but there are so many things that evolve and have evolved from losing a spouse.

life insurance, military paperwork and benefits, finances, job, being a single parent again (not in my case though), the funeral and memorials, adjusting to being alone, support groups, other family members, books on grief, stages of grief, dealing with other people, medications, Hospice,

and as you mentioned other areas I haven't thought of yet or situations I haven't come across yet.

I haven't actually started working on it yet, except for my blog and on paper. I just am not sure what to do. :( :?
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Postby chriscobb » Sun Mar 01, 2009 2:08 pm

Monna,

Since you are targeting folks just like yourself, just ask "What would I like to see on a blog?" and "What information would I buy from a trusted blogger?"

So start creating that trust among your readers which it sounds like you are doing. Be sure to link your ezinearticles back to your blog through the resource box.

If you like writing articles, get on Jeff Herring's list
www.thearticleguybonus.com. You'll get a couple of his article templates for free and then will get notice of his free teleseminars.

All the best for you,
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Postby Monna Ellithorpe » Sun Mar 01, 2009 5:01 pm

Good point.

I have an article at Ezine now waiting approval that links to my blog.

I think I have already signed up for Jeff Herring's list too (I will double check).

I know I need to do some more keyword searching because if I do go with this, I would like to have an actual web site. Blogs are great to start but you are limited by them, IMO.

Thanks for your encouragement.
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Postby chriscobb » Sun Mar 01, 2009 5:06 pm

Monna,

Here's another resource to check out. I have not used this product myself but I know one of the guys giving a testimonial and I know he liked it.

It's a turnkey way of getting a Wordpress blog on your own domain up and running.

http://www.expertwordpress.com
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Postby Monna Ellithorpe » Sun Mar 01, 2009 5:13 pm

Thanks Chris,

I will check in to that. I have to go to my regular job (Yuck) right now. I hope to one day say this is my "regular job".

Even if I could get just a little coming in per month and only have to work part-time at this job I HATE, that would be great too.

Thanks again for all of your help. Anything else you think of would be appreciated.
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Postby angienewton » Sun Mar 01, 2009 10:56 pm

Monna,
We can definitely help brainstorm keyword phrases. Just let us know when you're ready. Maybe start another thread in the SEO-Search Engine Optimization part of the forum.
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Postby lisamariemary » Mon Mar 02, 2009 11:28 pm

Monna - I am so sorry for your loss and I am uber impressed with your ...uh - you know, just dealing with things! Going to work, getting on with things, and most especially, starting this blog with the thought to not only help yourself but also others - and that it could become an income source for you, too. Wow - that is just really impressive, as I don't do well at all with grief and/or sadness.

Here's my opinion on the whole thing, which seems to be far different from everyone else. LOL Since it sounds to me like you've lost your husband fairly recently, on the one hand - and also because, you have expressed concerns for the ethics of this venture - my suggestion is to just let it flow from you, to start out with.

Don't worry about keyword research, don't worry about who your advertisers might be, etc etc

In order to have this project be truly organic, just post. Just post.

If you're having a bad, sad day - post about it. 'Write yourself' through it. If you're having a together day and you've found something that is helpful to widows/widowers, post about that.

Just let it be truly organic for a while, without thought of how it's going to measure up to be a business.

Kind of like a painter or a writer (Deb, you can chime in here) goes through their creative process...just let it flow....then when it's nice and meaty - you can add more stuff that has more of a monetization-centric focus. And you can also go back and re-work old stuff to make it further benefit you.

The posts on my blog with the most traffic are the ones that just came out of me, with no monetization strategy in mind. Drives me crazy sometimes, but, it's true. I plan on going back to them, though, and now adding in stuff that might benefit me - or taking those certain topics and expanding on them, and linking back to the original posts, etc.

Anyway - that's my 2c ;)
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Postby Monna Ellithorpe » Tue Mar 03, 2009 9:07 am

Thank you for your support.

I hadn't thought of it in that way either. I started working on the web site last night (only the banner so far but started).

Maybe I will just start out that way but do a little bit of keyword search because I do need people to be able to find me.
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Postby angienewton » Tue Mar 03, 2009 10:06 am

I think it's great to go the way Lisa is saying because it's coming straight from the heart with no promotion but I also think it's good to get out there and start learning the ins and outs of SEO and keyword research so you can understand it and possibly get traffic from it.

Great input, Lisa Marie! You're so smart.
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Postby tknoppe » Tue Mar 03, 2009 10:58 am

I would tend to agree about writing from the heart. That's what will draw in readers - and it's genuine. Blogs are forms on online journals, so that writing style, especially on this topic, I believe is appropriate. It could be a way to help YOU through the grieving process and over time, I believe your writing style and focus for the site will change. But whatever you would naturally write about, and would flow from, your grief, would naturally contain the keywords folks would search. ;)
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Postby DJSFran32 » Thu Mar 12, 2009 2:21 pm

Hello Monna, I too am a widow of 16 years and in the beginning I had always said there are self help books for everything from raising children to making things but not one book to help be be a widow. I did not know how to act or what to say. Your blog would have been a blessing at that time in my life. Good luck and I hope you proceed with this. Let me know so I can visit you.

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Postby lisamariemary » Thu Mar 12, 2009 5:07 pm

Oh, that's totally awesome input, Fran! Exactly the kind of motivation that Monna needs! Thanks for chiming in.

Monna - how are you doing with this? Are you having any problems? Do you have any questions?
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Postby angienewton » Thu Mar 12, 2009 9:07 pm

Fran,
I'm so glad that you're willing to give Monna input and visit her site.
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Postby DJSFran32 » Fri Mar 13, 2009 9:02 am

I will be happy to help as much as she is willing to accept. The first year is the worse and I won't say it will ever get better but it will change. After awhile she will learn new ways of dealing with things and eventually she will be ready to move on. Forgiving herself for living will be the first step.
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Postby Monna Ellithorpe » Mon Mar 23, 2009 1:42 pm

Sorry everyone, I kind of lost track of the posts for a while. I have started on my web site but I have 1 article published already and two more waiting for approval.

It is amazing how many readers there have been to my one article so far; about 300 in 2 weeks (may not seem like a lot to some but it is to me). http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Monna_Ellithorpe

I only have the first page of my web site started, so it will be a while before it actually goes up. I want to get about 5 pages done before I put it up and then add to it from there. I am still looking for software to work with. Dreamweaver was suggested because it can update all links on the pages at once without you having to change or correct each link manually. No way I can afford Dreamweaver right now. Anyone know of an html editor similar to Dreamweaver that will update all the links at one time?

Fran, somehow I missed your post all together. Thank you and I apologize. I welcome any suggestions or help that anyone offers.
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