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5 Ways to Get Your Name Published Online

5 Ways to Get Your Name Published Online
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There are plenty of us who want to be writers. Having your name on a published piece is an amazing feeling. Some of us want the fame, others want the bragging rights, and some just think it’s great to see your name on something.

The good news is that you don’t have to go through a traditional publisher and create a full-length novel that gets sold in bookstores to be published. Aside from self-publishing a print book, there are various ways of getting yourself published online that will give you similar personal satisfaction as traditional authorship (minus holding the pages in your hands.)

1. Write guest posts

Guest posting is writing for another website, often for free, and it’s a great way to get your name out there.

Many websites are open to guest posters and they often attribute the article under your name. Very rarely will a website not mention your name, but just to be sure, look at places you want to write for and read their previous guest posts. Do they mention the author? If yes, that’s a good sign.

If you want to increase your chances, you should read through all of their most popular articles and figure out if you can improve on an idea that their audience really loved. Try your best to fit into their preferred writing style.

Aside from the benefit of getting your name published, it’s a great way to establish credibility, make people aware of your skills, and build a following (if you direct the traffic in your author bio.)

So how do you find guest posts opportunities?

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Offer to write for websites you admire and follow.

A lot of websites have guidelines that list exactly what they’re looking for. Read them and follow the instructions as closely as possible to maximize your chances of being accepted.

For example, take a look at Lifehack’s guidelines.

Google.

Using Google’s advanced search modifiers, you can find websites that openly advertise the fact that they’re looking for guest contributors. It’s not as complicated as it sounds, so don’t be afraid of the guide below.

How to Find Blogs to Guest Post by Using Advanced Search Queries in Google

Utilize automated services to find posting opportunities.

Instead of conventional methods to get guest posts, such as emailing and blindly shooting out requests, you can use networks that cater to guest posters and blogs.

PostJoint has the benefit of taking out the hassle of logistics and allows you to write the article then have several blogs offer to publish the content on their blog. You don’t have to do anything but write the post, and PostJoint takes care of everything else.

The blog owners only see an excerpt of the article until they give you an offer and you both agree.

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Get Started Guest Posting With PostJoint

2. Start a blog

One of the most rewarding things that I accomplished in the past year was starting my own blog. It’s something that keeps you motivated if you aim to create the next greatest thing.

If you want more control and consistency than what guest posting has to offer, you can start your own website. You own the content and you decide what to publish.

Plus, it’s pretty amazing to be able to say, “Hi, I’m _______ _______ and I’m the author of ______.”

How do you get started? Check out this in-depth guide that walks you through every single step, from registering your domain to getting started with the WordPress software.

The Complete, Step-By-Step Guide to Creating a Successful Blog

3. Write as a freelancer

Aside from guest posting (which is usually free,) you can also look to make money as a professional writer. Does this sound scary? It can be, but if you utilize the two tactics I talked about above to build credibility for yourself, it will be a lot easier.

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Here are a few guides to dive into freelance writing.

How to Start Freelancing With No Experience

30 Best Resources for Beginning Freelance Writers

How Carol Tice Made 6 Figures as a Freelance Writer in 2011

4. Start a podcast series

This is a little different because instead of writing, you’re creating an online presence for yourself with your voice. It’s a little more complicated than writing, but you’re still published.

Podcasting has various formats you can use, but regardless, you’ll probably want to start up a website so that you can link to your content in one place.

Here are a few guides that will teach you how to get started:

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If you’re a video person: Learn How to Podcast and How to Start a Podcast – Pat’s Complete Step-By-Step Podcasting Tutorial

Podcast on how to podcast: John Lee Dumas on How to Launch a Podcast

5. Read the above again, don’t make excuses, and dive right in

I’m willing to bet that while you were reading this you went through a series of emotions. First you were inspired and excited to get started. Then you were just about ready to take action as you read through all the links I gave you above.

Then, you started making excuses, got scared, and started telling yourself why you couldn’t get published online.

Trust me, it’s definitely worth diving into. It’s frightening and you will face rejection on occasion, but the reward is worth the pain.

Don’t buy into your own excuses and get stuck wondering what could have happened. Read the above again and decide which path you want to go. Get published online.

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The Importance of Reminders (And How to Make a Reminder Work)

The Importance of Reminders (And How to Make a Reminder Work)
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No matter how well you set up your todo list and calendar, you aren’t going to get things done unless you have a reliable way of reminding yourself to actually do them.

Anyone who’s spent an hour writing up the perfect grocery list only to realize at the store that they forgot to bring the list understands the importance of reminders.

Reminders of some sort or another are what turn a collection of paper goods or web services into what David Allen calls a “trusted system.”[1]

A lot of people resist getting better organized. No matter what kind of chaotic mess, their lives are on a day-to-day basis because they know themselves well enough to know that there’s after all that work they’ll probably forget to take their lists with them when it matters most.

Fortunately, there are ways to make sure we remember to check our lists — and to remember to do the things we need to do, whether they’re on a list or not.

In most cases, we need a lot of pushing at first, for example by making a reminder, but eventually we build up enough momentum that doing what needs doing becomes a habit — not an exception.

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From Creating Reminders to Building Habits

A habit is any act we engage in automatically without thinking about it.

For example, when you brush your teeth, you don’t have to think about every single step from start to finish; once you stagger up to the sink, habit takes over (and, really, habit got you to the sink in the first place) and you find yourself putting toothpaste on your toothbrush, putting the toothbrush in your mouth (and never your ear!), spitting, rinsing, and so on without any conscious effort at all.

This is a good thing because if you’re anything like me, you’re not even capable of conscious thought when you’re brushing your teeth.

The good news is you already have a whole set of productivity habits you’ve built up over the course of your life. The bad news is, a lot of them aren’t very good habits.

That quick game Frogger to “loosen you up” before you get working, that always ends up being 6 hours of Frogger –– that’s a habit. And as you know, habits like that can be hard to break — which is one of the reasons why habits are so important in the first place.

Once you’ve replaced an unproductive habit with a more productive one, the new habit will be just as hard to break as the old one was. Getting there, though, can be a chore!

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The old saw about anything you do for 21 days becoming a habit has been pretty much discredited, but there is a kernel of truth there — anything you do long enough becomes an ingrained behavior, a habit. Some people pick up habits quickly, others over a longer time span, but eventually, the behaviors become automatic.

Building productive habits, then, is a matter of repeating a desired behavior over a long enough period of time that you start doing it without thinking.

But how do you remember to do that? And what about the things that don’t need to be habits — the one-off events, like taking your paycheck stubs to your mortgage banker or making a particular phone call?

The trick to reminding yourself often enough for something to become a habit, or just that one time that you need to do something, is to interrupt yourself in some way in a way that triggers the desired behavior.

The Wonderful Thing About Triggers — Reminders

A trigger is anything that you put “in your way” to remind you to do something. The best triggers are related in some way to the behavior you want to produce.

For instance, if you want to remember to take something to work that you wouldn’t normally take, you might place it in front of the door so you have to pick it up to get out of your house.

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But anything that catches your attention and reminds you to do something can be a trigger. An alarm clock or kitchen timer is a perfect example — when the bell rings, you know to wake up or take the quiche out of the oven. (Hopefully you remember which trigger goes with which behavior!)

If you want to instill a habit, the thing to do is to place a trigger in your path to remind you to do whatever it is you’re trying to make into a habit — and keep it there until you realize that you’ve already done the thing it’s supposed to remind you of.

For instance, a post-it saying “count your calories” placed on the refrigerator door (or maybe on your favorite sugary snack itself)  can help you remember that you’re supposed to be cutting back — until one day you realize that you don’t need to be reminded anymore.

These triggers all require a lot of forethought, though — you have to remember that you need to remember something in the first place.

For a lot of tasks, the best reminder is one that’s completely automated — you set it up and then forget about it, trusting the trigger to pop up when you need it.

How to Make a Reminder Works for You

Computers and ubiquity of mobile Internet-connected devices make it possible to set up automatic triggers for just about anything.

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Desktop software like Outlook will pop up reminders on your desktop screen, and most online services go an extra step and send reminders via email or SMS text message — just the thing to keep you on track. Sandy, for example, just does automatic reminders.

Automated reminders can help you build habits — but it can also help you remember things that are too important to be trusted even to habit. Diabetics who need to take their insulin, HIV patients whose medication must be taken at an exact time in a precise order, phone calls that have to be made exactly on time, and other crucial events require triggers even when the habit is already in place.

My advice is to set reminders for just about everything — have them sent to your mobile phone in some way (either through a built-in calendar or an online service that sends updates) so you never have to think about it — and never have to worry about forgetting.

Your weekly review is a good time to enter new reminders for the coming weeks or months. I simply don’t want to think about what I’m supposed to be doing; I want to be reminded so I can think just about actually doing it.

I tend to use my calendar for reminders, mostly, though I do like Sandy quite a bit.

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Reference

[1] Getting Things Done: Trusted System

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