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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 October 15, 2019

Is Procrastination Bad? The Truth About Procrastination Revealed

Is Procrastination Bad? The Truth About Procrastination Revealed

Procrastination is very literally the opposite of productivity. To produce something is to pull it forward, while to procrastinate is to push it forward — to tomorrow, to next week, or ultimately to never.

Procrastination fills us with shame — we curse ourselves for our laziness, our inability to focus on the task at hand, our tendency to be easily led into easier and more immediate gratifications. And with good reason: for the most part, time spent procrastinating is time spent not doing things that are, in some way or other, important to us.

There is a positive side to procrastination, but it’s important not to confuse procrastination at its best with everyday garden-variety procrastination.

Sometimes — sometimes! — procrastination gives us the time we need to sort through a thorny issue or to generate ideas. In those rare instances, we should embrace procrastination — even as we push it away the rest of the time.

Why we procrastinate after all

We procrastinate for a number of reasons, some better than others. One reason we procrastinate is that, while we know what we want to do, we need time to let the ideas “ferment” before we are ready to sit down and put them into action.

Some might call this “creative faffing”; I call it, following copywriter Ray Del Savio’s lead, “concepting”.[1]

Whatever you choose to call it, it’s the time spent dreaming up what you want to say or do, weighing ideas in your mind, following false leads and tearing off on mental wild goose chases, and generally thinking things through.

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To the outside observer, concepting looks like… well, like nothing much at all. Maybe you’re leaning back in your chair, feet up, staring at the wall or ceiling, or laying in bed apparently dozing, or looking out over the skyline or feeding pigeons in the park or fiddling with the Japanese vinyl toys that stand watch over your desk.

If ideas are the lifeblood of your work, you have to make time for concepting, and you have to overcome the sensation— often overpowering in our work-obsessed culture — that faffing, however creative, is not work.

So, is procrastination bad?

Yes it is.

Don’t fool yourself into thinking that you’re “concepting” when in fact you’re just not sure what you’re supposed to be doing.

Spending an hour staring at the wall while thinking up the perfect tagline for a marketing campaign is creative faffing; staring at the wall for an hour because you don’t know how to come up with a tagline, or don’t know the product you’re marketing well enough to come up with one, is just wasting time.

Lack of definition is perhaps the biggest friend of your procrastination demons. When we’re not sure what to do — whether because we haven’t planned thoroughly enough, we haven’t specified the scope of what we hope to accomplish in the immediate present, or we lack important information, skills, or resources to get the job done.

It’s easy to get distracted or to trick ourselves into spinning our wheels doing nothing. It takes our mind off the uncomfortable sensation of failing to make progress on something important.

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The answer to this is in planning and scheduling. Rather than giving yourself an unspecified length of time to perform an unspecified task (“Let’s see, I guess I’ll work on that spreadsheet for a while”) give yourself a limited amount of time to work on a clearly defined task (“Now I’ll enter the figures from last months sales report into the spreadsheet for an hour”).

Giving yourself a deadline, even an artificial one, helps build a sense of urgency and also offers the promise of time to “screw around” later, once more important things are done.

For larger projects, planning plays a huge role in whether or not you’ll spend too much time procrastinating to reach the end reasonably quickly.

A good plan not only lists the steps you have to take to reach the end, but takes into account the resources, knowledge and inputs from other people you’re going to need to perform those steps.

Instead of futzing around doing nothing because you don’t have last month’s sales report, getting the report should be a step in the project.

Otherwise, you’ll spend time cooling your heels, justifying your lack of action as necessary: you aren’t wasting time because you want to, but because you have to.

How bad procrastination can be

Our mind can often trick us into procrastinating, often to the point that we don’t realize we’re procrastinating at all.

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After all, we have lots and lots of things to do; if we’re working on something, aren’t we being productive – even if the one big thing we need to work on doesn’t get done?

One way this plays out is that we scan our to-do list, skipping over the big challenging projects in favor of the short, easy projects. At the end of the day, we feel very productive: we’ve crossed twelve things off our list!

That big project we didn’t work on gets put onto the next day’s list, and when the same thing happens, it gets moved forward again. And again.

Big tasks often present us with the problem above – we aren’t sure what to do exactly, so we look for other ways to occupy ourselves.

In many cases too, big tasks aren’t really tasks at all; they’re aggregates of many smaller tasks. If something’s sitting on your list for a long time, each day getting skipped over in favor of more immediately doable tasks, it’s probably not very well thought out.

You’re actively resisting it because you don’t really know what it is. Try to break it down into a set of small tasks, something more like the tasks you are doing in place of the one big task you aren’t doing.

More consequences of procrastination can be found in this article:

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8 Dreadful Effects of Procrastination That Can Destroy Your Life

Procrastination, a technical failure

Procrastination is, more often than not, a sign of a technical failure, not a moral failure.

It’s not because we’re bad people that we procrastinate. Most times, procrastination serves as a symptom of something more fundamentally wrong with the tasks we’ve set ourselves.

It’s important to keep an eye on our procrastinating tendencies, to ask ourselves whenever we notice ourselves pushing things forward what it is about the task we’ve set ourselves that simply isn’t working for us.

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