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Shopify Review: How To Start Your Online Business In 1 Day


By | source: Aug 31st, 2020

Technological advancements have brought on a new era of business ownership – the online business owner. Having an online business means that you get to save money on traditional business costs, like rent for a warehouse or utilities. 

So, let’s say you decide that you want to set up your online store. How easy, or difficult, is it really to start an online business? Can you go from 0-100 in just one day? You can, if you use an online store hosting platform like Shopify. Keep reading to find out how you can start an online business in just one day. 

What is Shopify?

home page of shopify website

Shopify is an eCommerce subscription platform where business owners create their website using the site’s servers. This means that you can build and manage your online store, without the hassle of maintaining your own domain. No need to upgrade servers or update software – Shopify is globally supervised, so the site is monitored 24/7. 

Shopify has over one million users in 175 different countries. And these users aren’t just small-time business owners. There are dozens of big-name companies, like Heinz, Red Bull, Harper Collins, Nestle, and Hasbro that have websites hosted through Shopify. Even these major brands understand the benefit of outsourcing website management responsibilities. 

How does it work? 

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Using Shopify is relatively simple. If you already have a domain name, you can connect your existing domain to Shopify using two methods. This is possible whether your website is fully operational or still in the developmental phases.

  1. Transfer your domain

A domain transferral gives Shopify full management of your site. Once transferred, you will pay for and renew your domain through Shopify, and not the previous host site. You also will be able to adjust your domain settings directly from your Shopify admin account.

  1. Connect your domain

If you prefer to keep your domain hosted elsewhere, you can simply connect it to Shopify without the need for a full transferral. The payment for your domain, its renewal, and settings will continue to be facilitated through the third-party.

If you have not already purchased a domain for your business, you can purchase one through Shopify. Your domain will be registered for one year and can be renewed yearly until you move hosting from Shopify or delete the domain. The domain is yours to keep, even if you decide to cancel your account.

How to set up your Shopify account in one day

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There are various ways to use Shopify, so it can be a bit difficult to determine which use is best for you. To decide how to utilize the site to its full potential, you can ask yourself a few questions:

  • What type of products or services am I selling?
  • Do I plan to sell only on my site or also in person, an online marketplace, and/or social media?
  • Will I be selling my own products or dropshipping?
  • What payment providers are available in my country?
  • Will I package and ship my items myself?
  • What is my budget for a monthly pricing plan?
  • How many staff members do/will I have?

Once you have these base questions answered, you can choose the Shopify pricing plan that both suits your budget and your needs. But – let’s not get ahead of ourselves. Follow the four steps below to kickstart your journey to a fully functioning online store.

Getting started

Step One: Signup for a free trial

signup form for shopify free trial

Shopify starts off every user with an automatic 14-day free trial. This means your first two weeks will be commitment-free! All you have to do is head to the Shopify homepage and click the Start free trial button in the top right corner. 

You’ll be directed to enter your name and email address and sent an email confirmation. Confirming your email will open a separate window where you’ll have to answer a few questions to help Shopify customize your store.

Step Two: Answer basic store queries

shopify's 'about your business' questionnaire

This section is critical for your store, so take your time as you answer each question. Shopify will ask you questions such as ‘Are you already selling?’, ‘What is your current revenue?’, and ‘Which industry will you be operating in?’

Some answers will cause additional options to pop up, some of them about your logo, brainstorming names for your business, and signing up for business webinars. If you are interested in any of the additional options, you can click to select them and move on to the next question. 

Step Three: Add your address

shopify address questionnaire

The next page is where you’ll need to enter your address. Even if you only plan to work online, without entering your address you can’t be paid. So this part is important! If your business is already registered, you can click the box in the lower-left corner to indicate this.

Step Four: Explore your admin page

admin page of a sample shopify store, Jane's Flower Shop

After you’ve entered your address, your administration page will load and appear. This page is directly reflective of the way you answered the questions in the first step. You’ll see prompts offering to help you complete actions such as finding products, customizing your store’s theme, setting up local delivery, and adding online tipping. 

You’ll also have access to Shopify Compass, a free training offered (one-on-one!) to help you set up your store. Using Shopify Compass will help speed up the learning process and make your one-day setup goal all that much easier.  

Customizing your store

free customizing theme options for a shopify store

Once you’ve made it to the admin page, you’re well on your way to finalizing your store. Shopify will automatically create a domain name for you that will look something like your-store-name.myshopify.com. Your next big step will be to add a customizing theme to your online store. 

Shopify has 70+ beautifully designed themes in its Theme Store to choose from, each of which is fully customizable. If you’re tech-savvy and feeling a bit creative, you can even edit your theme using HTML and CSS codes. All you need to do is choose a template, add some unique personal touches, and then you’re ready to launch! 

Don’t worry, we haven’t forgotten about your store’s inventory. Adding your products and services is the next step.

Adding your inventory

shopify product addition page

After you’ve designed your store to your liking, you’ll need to add your products. This process may be the most time-consuming, so block out a few hours – just in case.  

First, you’ll need to upload your product images. Thankfully, many of the nitty-gritty’s of this section (like resizing product photos) are automated for your convenience. After upload, fill out the item’s detailed description, like its title, price(s) and available size(s), and color(s). You can even import your inventory in bulk from eBay, Magento, and/or an Excel or CSV file.

Indicate in the shipping section whether your product is physical and if so, its size and weight (if you know it). This section is also where you’ll need to state if you plan to ship your items yourself or use a fulfillment center. 

If you need to add a dropshipping option to your site, you can do so now using the Shopify App Store. There are over 200 dropshipping apps and services available! Just create an account on the dropshipping platform of your choice and head back over to Shopify to integrate the platform’s app. 

Setting up your payment processing

shopify payment provider explore page

You’ll need to add a payment provider to your site so you can receive customer payments. The way to do this is to enable the payment providers you wish to accept. Shopify Payments is a payment system that removes the need for adding a third-party provider. If you’d like to use Shopify Payments, you can create an account with your business details and banking information.

Since PayPal is one of the most trusted global payment providers, Shopify has made it default for each store. Another perk to setting up Shopify Payments? If you have a Shopify Payment account, you won’t be charged any additional fees when transacting through PayPal. 

Not interested in using Shopify Payment? You can deactivate this feature and accept credit card payments from over 100 credit card providers. If you decide to do this, just note that this may decrease your customer base, since credit card use is limited in some parts of the world.

Managing your domain

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A vital part of your business lies in establishing a domain for your site. Although Shopify generates a generic URL when your site is created, you’ll want to get a little more personal. Having a personalized domain also assures customers that your business is trustworthy and credible. 

shopify domain explore page 

As mentioned previously, you can buy a domain through Shopify or connect or transfer an established domain. If you have a subdomain, you also add this to your site. A subdomain is essentially a part of your primary domain and can direct your customers to your website’s store. 

Rather than directing to a page on your primary domain, a subdomain allows you to create an entirely new website subsection for your store. An example of this is store.yourwebsite.com – the ‘store’ portion is the name of the subdomain, hosted on the ‘yourwebsite’ section. 

Editing your site’s Content Management System (CMS) 

shopify 'add page' section

The ‘About Me’, ‘Contact’, and ‘Home’ pages of your site shouldn’t be overlooked. You can get creative with the way you title these sections of your site. Instead of an ‘About Us’ page, you can have a ‘Getting to Know Us’ or ‘What We’re All About’ page. 

These small changes can help set your site apart from your competitors, in originality alone. You should add descriptive text and links and visually appealing photos and videos to these pages to aid your customers in understanding your brand. 

Setting up shipping details 

shipping and delivery options with shopify

How you set up your shipping will depend on where your store’s items are shipping from. If you are in the US or Canada, you have access to Shopify Shipping. Shopify Shipping can be managed from within your admin and provides you with predetermined rates and shipping labels for your items. With Shopify, you don’t have to worry about managing shipping once your business grows. You can ship items from up to 20 different locations!

If you are outside of the US or Canada, you can add your local shipping option instead. Just head to the Shopify App Store to find shipping providers in your country that meet your criteria. Remember to create shipping zones only for locations you are willing to ship to. Want to attract more customers to purchase items? Consider using basic shipping strategies, like free shipping over $100, to encourage customers and help finalize sales. 

Understanding taxes and billing

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As an online business owner, you are responsible for maintaining your own tax information. You may be new to handling your own taxes, but the Shopify Compass portal can help guide you in the right direction. Shopify helps to automatically calculate these taxes by using default tax rates from around the world. 

You’ll do well to check with your local tax authority or an accountant to ensure that you are complying with your country’s tax laws. Making a mistake on your taxes can cost you greatly in the long-run, so be sure you are well-informed about the payments required of you.

Launching your store!

woman standing next to shelving on homepage of shopify store

When you have finally made it through the last stages of site planning, you are ready to launch your site! Shopify has a “test order” option where you can simulate a real order to ensure that all your features are functioning. You’ll need to activate a paid Shopify plan to actually do the test order, so now is the time to choose one. We’ll talk about the options for plans in the Pricing section of this article a little later. For now, let’s cover the launch essentials. 

There are three ways to create your test order: using Shopify as a ‘bogus gateway’, using an actual payment provider, or using Shopify Payments. You’ll get further guidance for this test order when you get towards the end of the Shopify Compass video guides.

When you’ve done your checks and balances and your store is ready for launch, the process is swift and easy. Your site is automatically password-protected so that it can’t be accessed by customers while you’re still constructing it. To remove the password protection, head to Online Store, Preferences, and then Password protection. Click the check next to Enable password to turn off the feature and save the changes to complete the action. 

And, just like that, your new Shopify site is officially launched and live to customers! You can keep updating and editing your site as needed, but customers can now browse your site and place orders while you continue your site’s evolution. 

Five reasons why eCommerce shop owners use Shopify

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#1 – You don’t have to worry about choosing the ‘perfect’ server – Whether you choose to transfer your domain or buy it through Shopify, your hunt for the ‘perfect’ server is over. Unlike with many third-party servers, Shopify is designed to be the optimal online store hosting platform. Shopify has features for every site detail you can imagine – you’re guaranteed to have the best server possible for your online business.

#2 – The Shopify App Store connects you with 1,200+ useful app integrations – The Shopify App Store is utilized by over 80% of Shopify users to integrate different applications to their stores. These apps often make managing your store much easier, and help you focus on growing and building your business. 

Install apps for everything from social media marketing, to dropshipping, to inventory management. Apps are both paid premium and free, so you can choose which options fit both your budget and your needs.

#3 – Server security and reliability are almost guaranteed – When you manage your own site, its reliability is completely up to you. Many business owners know nothing about website management, and have to hire costly web developers to handle the more tricky, technical aspects. Security updates, software upgrades, and data analytics are all handled with Shopify – which leaves you free to manage your business.

#4 – The size of your online store isn’t a factor – You don’t need to have 100,000+ site visitors or hundreds of inventory items to have a successful online store. Shopify gives you all the tools you need to thrive as a business owner, even with a smaller-size store. You may only be selling three or four products and you’ll still have access to all the same amazing features, and benefits as larger stores. 

 #5 – Shopify’s interface is user-friendly and easy to navigate – Your customers need a website that isn’t overly complicated. No matter how great your product is, if your customers have a hard time navigating your site, they’ll likely never make it to the ‘submit payment’ stage. Shopify stores are all optimized for mobile use, so customers can comfortably shop from any of their devices.   

Shopify pricing vs Competitor pricing

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Before you decide to put all that effort into setting up your Shopify account, let’s compare its pricing plans to those of its competitors.

So, who are some of Shopify’s major competitions? There are quite a few, but we’ll be focusing on the top three most popular options: Wix, BigCommerce, and Squarespace. 

Here’s a quick table breaking down the three main tiers of pricing at each platform (in USD). 

 

Shopify Wix BigCommerce Squarespace
Basic $29 $17 $29.95 $26/annual

$30/month

Standard $79 $25 $71.95/annual

$79.95/month

Premium $299 $35 $269.96/annual

$299.95/month

$40/annual

$46/month

 

As you can see, the Shopify and BigCommerce plans are comparable in cost, while Wix and Squarespace have similar pricing. This is likely due to the fact that both Shopify and BigCommerce cater to customers interested in scaling their businesses. 

Online store owners who intend to increase their revenue without increasing costs (which is what ‘scaling’ entails) need specialized support and features to do so.

Wix and Squarespace

Both Wix and Squarespace are website hosting platforms that allow an online business website, but neither is directly designed for eCommerce. Their pricing is much lower than Shopify or BigCommerce to reflect less advanced features. A less complicated interface is certainly a positive for beginners, which is why both platforms are still solid Shopify competitors.

A significant downside? Both platforms offer less backend control than Shopify. This means that while your site may be easier to create, you have decreased flexibility in terms of your site’s functionality. 

BigCommerce

BigCommerce has a complex interface that both attracts and deters users, depending on how tech-savvy they may be. As an eCommerce platform, BigCommerce is formatted for online business owners that want a more streamlined start-to-finish service. In contrast to Shopify, BigCommerce is a fully integrated platform – removing the dependence on apps.

Although it sells itself on integration, BigCommerce has a complex interface that isn’t suited for beginners. The learning curve is a bit steep, but if you are more advanced or willing to put in the effort, it can be worth your while. 

Are there cons to using Shopify?

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No platform is without downsides.  Shopify is no exception to this rule. If you are looking for a cheap online store-building option, you’ll need to look elsewhere. Shopify also can be a little complicated to navigate without the help of its many tutorials and guides. Other platforms may offer more design themes than Shopify, which are easier for you to customize and add your own personal flair. 

Here’s a shortlist of some of the main points of contention that users have expressed about Shopify:

  • Shopify Payments is only available when selling from certain countries
  • Transaction fees are unavoidable when using third-party payment providers
  • Only nine of Shopify’s 70+ design themes are free – the rest require a one-time payment of $180 for use
  • The apps in the Shopify App Store often come with their own associated fees
  • No free version available, only a 14-day free trial
  • 24/7 tech support is available through live chat and email, but some users find these services slow and have to rely on community forums 
  • Changing your store’s theme requires you to reformat your site since many of your formatting is not automatically integrated

So, is Shopify the right hosting platform for you? 

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In the grand scheme of things, the downsides of Shopify are minor when compared to its benefits. You’ll need to be comfortable investing more money into your company than the average eCommerce platform might require, but the payoff is a powerful platform at your fingertips. 

Do you need to start an online business in just one day? Then Shopify is the easy, hassle-free, user-friendly eCommerce platform for you. There are plenty of other online business hosting platforms, but Shopify wins in the areas that matter. It continues to outperform its competitors in design flexibility, help and support, sales features, and customer satisfaction.

Your online business deserves the best backend and frontend development possible. Shopify offers you amazing, state-of-the-art web development services, perfect for setting up, launching, and growing your online store. 

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Construction Injury Rates In 2022


By | source: May 10th, 2022

The construction industry ranks second in the United States for fatal injuries to workers under the age of 18, according to the US National Library of Medicine. Since one in ten workers is injured each year, these figures are not a surprise. Working in construction can be dangerous even if safety precautions are taken. Construction is a necessary part of life, especially as it relates to the growth of sustainable cities and communities. It is important to know the risks and the laws of the industry, and know the best practices to follow to avoid injuries.Read More

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Five Reasons to Visit Germany in Summer Months


By | source: Apr 2nd, 2022

Are you someone who doesn’t like extreme temperatures? Then, visiting Germany in the summer months would be a treat for your soul!

Germany is one of the countries you can’t miss while on a Euro trip. From going on a pleasant hike to strolling in unspoiled countryside to spectacular beach spots to numerous outdoor activities. The country has everything all together to make your summer holidays memorable and better than ever!

Get to discover Germany like never before with five reasons to visit the dynamic country during summer months:

1. Neuschwanstein Castle

If you want to witness the real charm of Germany then you should visit the Neuschwanstein castle in summer months. Why? It is one of the most popular tourist attractions. And it’s not the only reason to visit the dreamy castle. The castle was built in 19th century and almost 1.5 million visitors go there to fulfill their Disney movies fantasies come true!

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Did you know that Sleeping Beauty’s castle was inspired by the ever-popular Neuschwanstein castle? And also the castle is known to be the most photographed building in the world. 

Since there is no bad time to visit the incredible castle. However, it is said that mild weather, school holidays, and longer hours of summer months make the experience of visiting Neuschwanstein castle far more fun and exciting!

In the states of Bavaria and Baden Wurttemberg, you’ll get to visit numerous wonderful castles there! Henceforth, Germany has no shortage of other fascinating castles as well. The best way to explore Neuschwanstein castle is by car. This way, you’d get to see all the wonderfulness of Germany’s castles, at affordable prices.

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2. Sankt Goar

Are you into UNESCO World heritage site or famous historical attractions? Then, you should add Sankt Goar to your summer holiday places to visit in Germany!

It is one of the best places to visit in Germany during summer season. The picturesque town is located by the bank of the Middle Rhine. Sankt Goar would be the perfect escape from the mandatory life routine. Explore the Rhine valley region and visit the cute small town to reward your summer holidays.

Rhine Cruise is the best way to discover the beautiful small town and fill your memories with the spectacular views of fairytale castles. The little town has a lot more to offer from the vineyards, rolling hills to the famous festival of The Rhine in flames to witness the charm of the stunning firework display, to Stefan Wine Paradise (one of the most loved stops by travelers), popular museums and a lot more. The views are cherry-on-top on a sunny day. So, make sure to check out the small town to make your summer holidays unforgettable!

3. Berlin:

How can any trip to Germany be completed without mentioning Berlin?

reasons to visit germany in the summer

The capital of Germany is home to many famous tourist spots. But there is a lot more to the city than modern, diverse architectural sites to River Spree or Berlin Wall. If you are someone who loves art then the city central borough aka Mitte is the place you should check out definitely.

The rich history of the country can be experienced through cultural institutions, art galleries, Museum Island, and a lot more. The freezing temperatures of winter make it nearly impossible to even reach the castle. Therefore visiting Berlin to create memories is during the summertime. 

4. Frankfurt Book Fair

Frankfurt Book Fair is known to be one of the best as well as most important book fairs in the world. 

The first-ever Frankfurt Book Fair was held in 1949. It still holds its values as Frankfurt Book Fair is known globally as a marketing event for launching books, to new authors get the chance to be recognized and connect with publishers to gain knowledge regarding international publishing rights.

Almost, 110 countries get the opportunity to exhibit and nearly thousands of books, audiobooks, e-books, and digital products are launched at the Frankfurt Book Fair. It is no less than a magical event for all bibliophiles out there. Apart from various reasons to visit Germany in summer, the Frankfurt Book Fair remains one-of-unique reasons!

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5. Explore  New Horizons

Do you know of a country in Europe that has extraordinary beaches as well as breathtaking mountains? Well Germany has it all! This is country situated in central Europe that provide you with different horizons in one land. 

There is a lot more to Germany than beautiful castles or rich historical architecture. If you want a pleasant escape from mundane city life then, you should check out the undeniably artistic German landscapes. 

reasons to visit germany castle

The delightful horizons are a treat to the eyes. Southern Germany has a wide range of mountains. It’s a perfect spot for all the summer activities. Enjoy your vacations in stress-free zone with the pleasant walks in countryside. You can also go for a swim in lakes to take a hike to your favorite destination spot. You’ll come with lifetime memories!

Be it café-sitting, park lazing or visiting rich historical sites, to a lot more. A Euro trip can’t be completed without visiting Germany.

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About the author 

Monika Meyer is an auto parts consultant, who enjoys traveling by road to different Germany tourist spots. In her spare time, she likes to read and write posts about German travels and road trip safety precautions.

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Best Business Ideas for 2022


By | source: Mar 2nd, 2022

Do you wish to start a new business in 2022? Starting a small business is a perk on its own. It gives you freedom from 9 to 5 jobs. But, at the same time, it provides you enormous opportunities to earn income passively. You’re lucky enough if you’ve landed here. Why?

We’ve compiled the list of best business ideas that are worth trying. To stop this, you don’t need to make such considerable investment and require little expertise.

So, what are you waiting for? Let’s get started.

1. Blogging

Would you like to start a business without investing any money? Blogging is the simple answer. To be a successful blogger, you can start your blogging website or write guest blogs for other sites. Blogging would be a great idea for women, college students, and people who want to generate passive income.

2. Sell Courses Online

Do you have a specialty in any of the courses? Then you can sell courses online on platforms like Coursera, Udemy, and other online platforms.

Even if you have simple DIY hack expertise and any other talent you want to share and earn maximum income, start recording video and earn income. You can start recording videos with your smartphone and sell your courses online.

3. Food Delivery Services

Starting a small restaurant is challenging, especially when you need to compete with huge restaurant chains. One way to stand out is to start a food delivery service. It will take minimum investment and run your business even from your home.

You might have seen many people migrate to other cities for work and studies. But, they prefer to have home-based food to eat. So, it would be great to start your food delivery services and prepare quality meals to serve the clients.

4. Maryland Betmgm

Maryland Betmgm is a sportsbook platform that is also best for earning income online. This is a legal sportsbook platform to bet online and make passive income. However, you will be at greater risk of losing money online. So, play safer.

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5. Freelance Content Writing Business

The freelance content writing business is in great demand these days. It requires only a robust internet connection and computer/laptop. On the contrary, you only need to have a good command of English, and there is no other specific degree requirement.

But it would be a plus to have prior experience in writing; then, freelance content writing is excellent. In addition, there are platforms like Freelancer, Upwork, and Fiverr. You can also build a network to start your writing business without paying any cost.

6. Virtual Assistant Services

Many small company owners and solopreneurs are desperate for assistance and are willing to pay for it. What’s wrong with taking advantage of this opportunity by providing virtual assistant services to such busy business owners?

You may assist them with scheduling appointments, sending and responding to emails, making phone calls to clients, answering customer questions, and much more. The greatest feature is that you really can accomplish all of this without ever having to leave your house.

7. Home Tutoring/Online Teaching

There is a drastic change in the studies platform in a pandemic crisis. Schools start taking online classes on Zoom and Google meets. If you would like to start your own business, then home tutoring/online business ideas would be great to start.

You don’t need to invest in starting this business. All you have to do is join an online teaching platform and start teaching online. If you have any teaching specialty, choose the course and start teaching online. It will help to earn passive income.

8. Sell Handmade Crafts Online

Today, people prefer to have handmade crafted things to decorate their homes. Moreover, handcrafted things are excellent for gifting purposes. If you have any skills in designing handicraft items such as beaded bags, mittens, and any other handicraft items, start selling them online on platforms like Etsy.

Moreover, you can also create your online business account on social media platforms like Instagram and start selling your handmade crafted items online. First, you have to create the list, build the network, and start selling.

9. Social Media Management Services

Many social media influencers hire social media managers to manage their websites. So, if you are good at handling social media accounts and post, comment, and update on behalf of the influencers, then it would be a great way to start your small business and earn passively through social media platforms.

10. Affiliate Marketing

Affiliate marketing is perfect for 9-to-5 employees, stay-at-home parents, and anybody searching for a side hustle. You locate a real or digital product that you want to market, attract attention to it, and hope to earn a sale. You are paid a commission every time that product is sold.

For example, you can join the Amazon affiliate program and sell products. For each visitor who purchases the products from the link, you will receive a 10% commission.

Bottom Line

Starting your own business is a lot of fun and riskier at the same time. So, here are the nine best business ideas which you can start with least or no investment. Therefore, it would help generate profitable outcomes and give you freedom of earning.

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How to Successfully Blog About Food in 2022


By | source: Feb 23rd, 2022

Maybe you enjoy getting creative in the kitchen and are inspired by ingredients? Keep reading to find out how to make it a success.

What are the advantages and disadvantages of blogging about food?

Food blogging is a huge industry experiencing continual growth. Before starting your food blog, consider the pros and cons detailed below.

Advantages:

  • Food blogs are a huge market with the potential for expansion
  • Allow you to focus on a special diet or particular niche area of interest
  • Total creative freedom to create the content you want
  • It can be easily monetized to make a profit
  • It helps to improve your cooking skills and work on new recipes
  • Develops your skills in photography, writing, and social media marketing
  • An opportunity to follow your passion and live your dreams
  • Can connect with a like-minded community of followers and collaborators
  • Huge audience market as everyone eats food

Disadvantages:

  • It takes time to grow your brand and be viewed as an authority in your niche
  • The effort is needed to continually create new content to engage your readers
  • A high level of discipline is required to commit to blogging 
  • Risks need to be taken to make sure your blog is successful
  • It is an area with a lot of competition
  • A resilient and patient mindset is needed
  • The saturated market may feel overwhelming
  • To make money, you need to treat it as a business

Different ways to blog about food in 2022

With such variety in the food blog market, selecting a niche is the first – and most important – step to creating a successful food blog.

Here are some ideas to get you thinking.

  • Diet-related such as vegan, gluten-free, or low-carb
  • Travel food blog with content related to holidays
  • Cuisine type such as Italian or Asian
  • Meal-related such as desserts or entertaining
  • Sustainable eating practices to reduce waste or carbon footprint
  • Specialize in a type of cooking equipment such as an air fryer or instant pot
  • Audience-related content, for example for students or busy moms

4 Best types of food blogs

There are a wide variety of different categories of food blogs. Here are four types of food blogs including examples to help inspire you on your food blogging journey.

Keto and low-carb blogs

Ketogenic and low-carb diets are popular with people wanting to lose weight, improve their mental function, and benefit their health. However, it can feel quite restrictive and difficult to adapt to. 

A good keto/low-carb blog focuses on how to transition to a keto diet and what to expect. They include information about the health benefits of adopting a low carbohydrate diet. 

This type of food blog can also demonstrate how to prepare enjoyable and indulgent meals. 

Lowcarbdietitian

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Source: Screenshot from Lowcarbdietitian.com

Lowcarbdietitian.com is written by a dietician and is full of advice on the health benefits of low-carb eating. In this blog, you’ll find lots of proven accurate, useful information and support if you’re trying to control your blood sugar and achieve a healthy weight. In addition, you’ll find tips to help you improve your overall health and vitality, and of course, there are lots of great low-carb recipes you can try.    

Carbophobic

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Carbophobic.com takes you through the basics of starting a keto diet with lots of beginner tips. If you’re wondering whether keto is the right diet for you, you should be able to find the answer right here. As well as learning the basics of keto, there are lots of low-carb recipes you can try for breakfast, dessert, or your main meal. 

Marks Daily Apple

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Marksdailyapple.com is full of articles, fitness tips, and recipes related to the keto diet. The blog is run by Mark Sisson, a practitioner of the Primal Blueprint approach to health, wellbeing, and weight management. He founded the site in 2006 to fulfill his personal mission to empower people to take responsibility for their own health and enjoyment of life. He was one of the first bloggers to write about the Paleo movement.  

Broader food blogs

Broad food blogs are not restricted to certain diets or eating practices. They cover information that a wide audience can relate to. 

There are options to provide informative articles, how-to guides, and recipes. This makes it a popular choice if you don’t want to restrict your blog to one particular food area.

There are opportunities for collaborating with other bloggers and featuring a range of content types.

Chefs Pencil

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Chefspencil.com is an international food magazine aimed at cooks of all levels. It was launched in 2009 by a Dutch chef based in Australia, and you’ll find how-to guides and recipes from chefs at the height of their profession. Whether you’re a home cook or professional chef, you’ll find lots of exciting recipes, news from the culinary industry, professional cooking advice, and lots of tips. There’s even some help if you’re looking for a culinary school in your area. You can also follow them on Facebook, Pinterest, or Instagram.   

Justapinch

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Justapinch.com contains a wealth of tried and tested recipes with seasonal cooking ideas for home cooks. Just a Pinch is more than just a recipe site. It also provides a network of tools to help you prepare some amazing meals. Sign up and become a member and you can search, rate, and comment on thousands of recipes. It’s quite a community of hometown cooks. 

Easyrecipedepot.com

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Easyrecipedepot.com was created to showcase easy-to-make recipes that taste delicious and save time. Carrie is a busy mom, wife, and small business owner, and her goal is to deliver delicious dishes anyone can make easily and quickly. Carrie also runs several other blogs in which she shares more recipes, home decorating ideas, new craft ideas, and much more. 

Broader health blogs that cover food

This category offers the opportunity to combine an interest in food with a particular health perspective. 

It can include different lifestyles or fitness practices. Some examples include yoga, personal training, or the treatment of health conditions.

There is plenty of variety within this category which means you can tailor your blog to suit different readers.

Flaxseedsandfairytales.com

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Flaxseedsandfairytales.com is created by a meditation teacher who shares tips and recipes that promote relaxation. As a certified group fitness instructor, meditation coach, and health blogger, she’s helped thousands of people achieve their goals of optimal health and happiness. The recipes she includes on her site are keto recipes for beginners, healthy recipes for weight loss, paleo pie recipes, vegan keto recipes, and much more.   

Freshnlean

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Freshnlean.com delivers healthy meals to your door along with a blog about recipes, hacks, and health. Modern life is very hectic and finding the time to create healthy meals can be a challenge. The meals you can get from Freshnlean are designed to maximize your time, energy, and wellness. You can also sign up for their newsletter and get healthy recipes, tips, and more delivered to your inbox.   

Diettogo

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Diettogo.com creates health-conscious and affordable meals and provides information about diet options. Diet-to-go is another meal delivery company that focuses on making healthy eating both easy and affordable. In addition to their ready meals, there are also some interesting and easy to prepare recipes in the blog section of the website.

Everydayhealth

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Everydayhealth.com is packed with health articles along with recipes to benefit different health conditions. The blog covers topics such as alternative therapies, fitness, relationships, and various health topics. In addition, the food and eating section includes recipes suitable for a variety of diets including Atkins, DASH, Low-Carb, Paleo, Mediterranean, and MIND diets.

Fitfoundme

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Fitfoundme.com shares fitness workouts and healthy, balanced recipe ideas to improve your wellbeing. When it comes to food, Stephanie, the owner of the blog, shares 30-minute quick meal ideas, clean eating recipes, desserts, keto, and low-carb recipes. 

Purition

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Purition.co.uk sells nutritional meal replacement products and shares informative articles to help you reach your health goal. As well as lots of useful advice for anyone wanting to lose weight, there’s also a recipe section that contains lots of tasty, healthy, and easy-to-make meals.   

Verywellfit

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Verywellfit.com is a huge resource of research-backed health and fitness information. As well as fitness, nutrition, and exercise topics, there are also stacks of healthy recipes to try, whether you’re looking for low-carb inspiration, gluten-free, vegan, vegetarian, or recipes that are diabetes-friendly.

Makeyourbodywork

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Makeyourbodywork.com features fitness tips and dietary advice for weight loss from a personal trainer. Dave has been working in the fitness industry for almost 20 years, and his mission is to help others overcome their unhealthy fixation on their appearance. His aim is to help people improve their fitness and reach their weight-loss goals. 

Broader lifestyle blogs that include food and recipes

Food blogs are often featured in the lifestyle blog category. They are not the only content to feature but work well alongside other lifestyle content.

They are personalized to the writer’s interests and are inspired by their lives. 

Lifestyle blogs can cover a wide range of topics from becoming a digital nomad to creating balance in your life.

This offers plenty of opportunities to link with food-related content. Some examples for the topics above might include cooking from a camper van or stress-free entertaining. 

Carrieelle

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carrieelle.com includes resources to help plan your life from meals to holidays and everything in between. You’ll find tons of printables, planning help and inspiration, family travel destinations, and tips. The blog runs alongside the eCommerce shop that she runs with her husband. She says that blogging has given her a unique medium in which she can express herself and share the things she’s best at. 

Annesage

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The lifestyle blog Annesage.com has a focus on interior design, but also includes recipes and style advice. Anne has been a blogger for more than a decade. Her success is all down to her signature smart yet stylish approach to interiors, entertaining, wellness, and more. As well as writing her blog, she also runs a very successful business that offers client services in interior design, art direction, and photo styling. 

Conclusion

Food blogging is extremely popular in 2022. To capture the attention of your audience, you need to create content from a unique perspective, and learning how to promote your blog on social media can help boost traffic. Whichever route you take, if you provide valuable information for your readers, they will keep coming back for more.

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What benefits do you get after buying adjustable dumbbells?


By | source: Feb 15th, 2022

There are many reasons to use home gym equipment. In this case, we have listed the main benefits of adjustable dumbbells and why you could use them at home during any weight lifting session.

#1: An adjustable dumbbell set can save you money on gym equipment

This is one of the main benefits of adjustable dumbbells.

Although adjustable dumbbells cost more than your average set of fixed dumbbells, they take the place of not one set of dumbbells, but several sets. For example, Nüobell has ranked as one of the best adjustable dumbbells by hundreds of fitness enthusiasts thanks to its innovative system to get the desired weight range in a matter of seconds with a simple twist.

This innovative fitness equipment can be adjusted up to 80 pounds in 5 lbs ranges. That’s the equivalent of 16 sets of traditional dumbbells, each of which would normally cost $60-$100, which compared to adjustable dumbbell prices that start from $595, you’ll potentially save several hundred dollars by making a one-time investment in a more versatile piece of equipment.

#2: With NÜOBEL adjustable dumbbells, you can meet the needs of multiple household members

Another reason to choose adjustable dumbbells is to meet the need of multiple household members.

It’s one thing to purchase gym equipment that meets your specific needs when you live alone. But when you live in a household with other family members, your ideal home gym has to allow everyone to do any strength training they want according to their fitness needs.

An adjustable dumbbell set allows anyone in your home to approach a localized or full-body workout safely and in a way that’s appropriate for their level.

#3: Work out multiple muscles appropriately

Some workouts train muscles you use daily, while others strengthen muscles you don’t use as often. Having the possibility to adjust your dumbbell weight plates as you like will give you the freedom to go from one exercise to the next without losing your workout motion.

This is a great experience that only some home gym equipment can actually provide. You can aim to strengthen muscles with heavier weights and stabilize muscles with lighter weights, which can improve your overall fitness more than training with heavy weights alone.

#4: Save space on workout equipment in your home

Some people are lucky enough to have dedicated home gym spaces in their homes. But for many people, fitness can be a space-saving challenge. If you’re trying to fit a workout space into an already crowded family home or small apartment, adjustable dumbbells allow you to fit a lot of equipment into a very small space, a perk that fixed dumbbells wouldn’t allow.

#5: Make Your Investment Last Longer

Over time, your muscles become stronger and workouts become easier. To get the most out of your workout, you need heavier dumbbells to challenge your stronger muscles.

If you only purchase dumbbells in the size you need right now, you’ll soon outgrow them. This leaves you either working out with dumbbells that are too light for your needs or needing to invest in a new set of dumbbells while your old dumbbells become obsolete.

Expandable dumbbells eliminate this issue. You can improve progressively your bicep curls or any other exercises and reduce waste in the process as you allow your investments to last their longest possible life by having dumbbells with the ability to expand alongside your strength and abilities.

There are simply no excuses to reach your goals, and the only shortcut you can take is having the best fitness equipment and using it properly.