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5 Ways to Get Your Name Published Online

5 Ways to Get Your Name Published Online

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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Last Updated on September 28, 2020

How to Create an Action Plan and Achieve Your Personal Goals

How to Create an Action Plan and Achieve Your Personal Goals

There’s no denying that goals are necessary. After all, they give life meaning and purpose. However, goals don’t simply achieve themselves—you need to write an action plan to help you reach your goals.

With an action plan, you’ll have a clear idea of how to get where you want to go, what it will take to get there, and how you’ll find the motivation to keep driving forward. Without creating a plan, things have a way of not working out as you waver and get distracted.

With that in mind, here’s how you can set goals and action plans that will help you achieve any personal goal you’ve set.

1. Determine Your “Why”

Here’s a quick experiment for you to try right now: Reflect on the goals you’ve set before. Now, think about the goals you reached and those you didn’t. Hopefully, you’ll notice a common theme here.

The goals you were successful in achieving had a purpose. Those goals you failed to accomplish did not. In other words, you knew why you put these goals in place, which motivated you to follow through.

Simon Sinek, author of Find Your Why: A Practical Guide for Finding Purpose for You and Your Team, explains:

“Once you understand your WHY, you’ll be able to clearly articulate what makes you feel fulfilled and to better understand what drives your behavior when you’re at your natural best. When you can do that, you’ll have a point of reference for everything you do going forward.”

That, in turn, enables better decision-making and clearer choices.

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I’ll share with you a recent example of this in my life. Earlier this year, I decided to make my health a bigger priority, specifically losing weight. I set this goal because it gave me more energy at work, improved my sleep, and helped me be a better father—I really didn’t care for all that wheezing every time I played with my kids.

Those factors all gave me a long-term purpose, not a superficial short-term goal like wanting to look good for an event.

Before you start creating an action plan, think about why you’re setting a new goal. Doing so will guide you forward on this journey and give you a North Star to point to when things get hard (and they inevitably will).

2. Write Down Your Goal

If you really want to know how to create an action plan for goals, it’s time to get your goals out of your head and onto a piece of paper. While you can also do this electronically through an app, research has found that you’re 42% more likely to achieve your goal if it’s written down[1].

This is especially true for business owners. If they don’t schedule their time, it’ll be scheduled for them.[2]

When you physically write down a goal, you’re accessing the left side of the brain, which is the literal, logical side. As a result, this communicates to your brain that this is something you seriously want to do.

3. Set a SMART Goal

A SMART goal pulls on a popular system in business management[3]. That’s because it ensures the goal you’ve set is both realistic and achievable. It can also be used as a reference to guide you through your action plan.

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Use SMART goals to create a goal action plan.

     

    By establishing a SMART goal, you can begin to brainstorm the steps, tasks, and tools you’ll need to make your actions effective.

    • Specific: You need to have specific ideas about what you want to accomplish. To get started, answer the “W” questions: who, what, where, when, and why.
    • Measurable: To make sure you’re meeting the goal, establish tangible metrics to measure your progress. Identify how you’ll collect the data.
    • Attainable: Think about the tools or skills needed to reach your goal. If you don’t possess them, figure out how you can attain them.
    • Relevant: Why does the goal matter to you? Does it align with other goals? These types of questions can help you determine the goal’s true objective — and whether it’s worth pursuing.
    • Time-bound: Whether it’s a daily, weekly, or monthly target, deadlines can motivate us to take action sooner than later.

    Learn more about setting a SMRT goal here: How to Set SMART Goal to Make Lasting Changes in Life

    4. Take One Step at a Time

    Have you ever taken a road trip? You most likely had to use a map to navigate from Point A to Point B. The same idea can be applied to an action plan.

    Like a map, your action plan needs to include step-by-step instructions on how you’ll reach your goal. In other words, these are mini goals that help you get where you need to go.

    For example, if you wanted to lose weight, you’d consider smaller factors like calories consumed and burned, minutes exercised, number of steps walked, and quality of sleep. Each plays a role in weight loss.

    This may seem like a lot of work upfront, but it makes your action plan seem less overwhelming and more manageable. Most importantly, it helps you determine the specific actions you need to take at each stage.

    5. Order Your Tasks by Priority

    With your action steps figured out, you’ll next want to review your list and place your tasks in the order that makes the most sense. This way, you’re kicking things off with the most important step to make the biggest impact, which will ultimately save time.

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    For example, if you have a sedentary job and want to lose weight, the first step should be becoming even a little more active. From there, you can add more time to your workout plan.

    The next step could be changing your diet, like having a salad before dinner to avoid overeating, or replacing soda with sparkling water.

    Learn these tips to prioritize better: How to Prioritize Right in 10 Minutes and Work 10X Faster

    6. Schedule Your Tasks

    Setting a deadline for your goal is a must; it prevents you from delaying the start of your action plan. The key, however, is to be realistic. It’s highly unlikely, for example, that you’ll lose 20 pounds within two weeks. It’s even less likely that you’ll keep it off.

    What’s more, you should also assign tasks a start and end date for each action step you’ve created, as well as a timeline for when you’ll complete specific tasks. Adding them to your schedule ensures that you stay focused on these tasks when they need to happen, not letting anything else distract you.

    For example, if you schedule gym time, you won’t plan anything else during that time frame.

    Beware the temptation to double-book yourself—some activities truly can be combined, like a run while talking to a friend, but some can’t. Don’t trick yourself into thinking you can both write and catch up on Netflix simultaneously.

    While you can use a paper calendar or planner, an online calendar may be a better option. You can use it to set deadlines or reminders for when each step needs to be taken, and it can be shared with other people who need to be in the know (like your running buddy or your mentor).

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    7. Stay on Track With Healthy Habits

    Without healthy habits, it’s going to be even more challenging to reach your goal. You could hit the gym five days a week, but if you’re grabbing burgers for lunch every day, you’re undoing all your hard work.

    Let’s say your goal is more career-oriented, like becoming a better public speaker. If you practice your speeches at Toastmasters meetings but avoid situations where you’ll need to be unrehearsed—like networking gatherings or community meetings—you’re not helping yourself.

    You have to think about what will help transform you into the person you want to be, not just what’s easiest or most comfortable.

    8. Check off Items as You Go

    You may think you’ve spent a lot of time creating lists. Not only do they help make your goals a reality, but lists also keep your action plan organized, create urgency, and help track your progress. Because lists provide structure, they reduce anxiety.

    There’s something else special about lists of tasks completed. When you cross off a task in your action plan, your brain releases dopamine[4]. This reward makes you feel good, and you’ll want to repeat this feeling.

    If you crossed out on your calendar the days you went to the gym, you’d want to keep experiencing the satisfaction of each bold “X.” That means more motivation to go the gym consistently.

    9. Review and Reset as Necessary

    Achieving any personal goal is a process. Although it would be great if you could reach a goal overnight, it takes time. Along the way, you may experience setbacks. Instead of getting frustrated and giving up, schedule frequent reviews—daily, weekly, or monthly—to see how you’re progressing.

    If you aren’t where you’d hoped to be, you may need to alter your action plan. Rework it so you’re able to reach the goal you’ve set.

    The Bottom Line

    When you want to learn how to set goals and action plans—whether you want to lose weight, learn a new skill, or make more money—you need to create a realistic plan to get you there. It will guide you in establishing realistic steps and time frames to achieve your goal. Best of all, it will keep you on track when you stumble, and we all do.

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