Special Guest: Are You Ready to Blog Like a Boss?

Today I have a very special guest to share with you, Cori Ramos of Not Now Mom’s Busy. Cori and I met through blogging about six years ago and I have to admit, I’ve learned a lot from her. We have built a beautiful and supportive friendship that I cherish with all my heart.

Part of being a member of the blogging world is building Communities and Relationships. These are things that can last a lifetime. I have a very tight-knit group of friends in the blogging world that have crossed over into my real-time life. These women and men have been very supportive in my many adventures and in my business so I felt I wanted to give back to them by having them promote on my site.

Without further adieu, please join me in Welcoming Cori to my site!

Special Guest: Are You Ready to Blog Like a Boss?

Ladies, Are You Ready to Put On Your Big Girl Panties and Blog Like a Boss?

Have you ever read a fellow blogger’s income report post and think, that’s great for her but what the heck am I doing wrong?

It’s not like you’re the green-eyed monster because she made $10K or more in the last month and you can’t even pull that in a year. You’re not trying to take anything away from her – you just want some of that too.

Okay, maybe a teeny tiny little piece of you is envious and it makes you want to ramp up your game.

The way I see it, it’s okay to want to feel a little competitive with your blogging comadres (that’s Spanish for girlfriends). Sometimes we need a fire lit under us to get us going.

After all, it’s the World Wide Web we’re talking about here – there’s plenty of room for all of us. And as long as it’s a healthy competition and you’re not bashing or being all like “she sucks” and wishing for gray hair to kick in, it’s all good.

Seriously, I’ve seen play it out within a particular niche on social media and all I have to say about that is wow – grown women going all high school on each other. It’s crazy and unprofessional. But like my daughter says “you do you and Ima do me boo-boo.” Sigh.

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So tell me, ladies, are you ready to put on your big girl panties and blog like a boss? I know you are and that’s why I’m here to help.

I’m about to go over some important things about your blog and other steps you should be taking in order to achieve boss blogger status. Beginning with your blog set up followed by your content and finishing up with boss-like behaviors.

When you put all these elements together, that’s what makes a boss blogger. Some of these pointers might be a reminder and some may be new to you. All that matters is that it’s part of your blogging plan.

Let’s start with your blog set up.

Blog Set Up

You might be wondering what your blog set up has to do with blogging like a boss but it does.

If you’re going to talk the talk then you have to walk the walk. Meaning, if you blog about blogging you have to set the example. For instance, you can’t blog about the importance of a mobile responsive theme if your blog isn’t one.

To make sure your blog is set up properly, here’s a quick checklist to make sure:

  • Are you using a mobile responsive theme?
  • Is your blog designed with colors and images that are easy on the eyes?
  • Do you have a nice balance of ads on the sidebar or footer of your blog? I know as bloggers we have to make money and banner ad placement is one of the ways to do it but you don’t want to turn off your visitors with too many of them.
  • Do you have a “contact me” page so visitors can easily reach you?
  • Do you have the latest plugins activated and configured to give your visitors the ultimate visitor experience?
  • Is your blog formatted with H2, H3 titles, and eye-catching images to make it reader friendly for visitors?
  • Do you have a social media sharing bar displayed before or after your blog post?
  • Are your social media follow buttons set up and the links are pointing to the right page?
  • Do you have a comments section set up?
  • And finally, can your readers instantly tell what your niche is when they land on your blog or is it all over the place with niches other than the one your site description says it is?
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Now let’s move on to your content.

Your Content

The good thing about blogging is you don’t have to have a background in writing to blog and you can skip the professionalism and keep it friendly – conversational.

But that doesn’t mean you can throw some words together add some links, an image and publish it. There are some things about your content you should remember and never forget.

Your content should be of great value to your visitors. It should be relevant to your niche. And it should solve a problem or answering a question for your visitors.

Ask yourself…

  • Is the tone of your content conversational? Will visitors feel like you’re telling a story to connect with them – does it have a touch of Ryan Biddulph? Or does your content sound like a sales pitch?
  • Is there a call to action at the end of your blog post to spark engaging conversations with your visitors?

That’s what your content should be all about. Now let’s talk about those boss-like behaviors I mentioned.

Boss-like Behaviors

When I think of the term boss-like behaviors, I think of the movie Scarface. Tony Montana was a mobster who was highly respected in his line of business. He was a Kingpin. But to achieve that status, he had to act a certain way and behave a certain way.

As a blogger, what I mean by boss-like behaviors is, are you:

  • Sticking to your blog schedule?
  • Engaging with your visitors and blogging comadres on social media?
  • Are you replying to comments on your blog posts?
  • Are you replying to messages from your contact form?
  • Do you visit and comment on blog posts of your fellow bloggers?
  • Are you sharing the work of your blogging compadres ?
  • Are you sharing valuable tools and resources with your visitors?
  • Do you help out visitors and fellow bloggers by answering questions posted on places like Facebook groups or Twitter?
  • Speaking of Facebook groups, if you’re a member of some are you actively participating on their threads?
  • Are you keeping up with your skills by continuing to learn and improve your writing?
  • And finally, are you reaching out to other bloggers to guest post on their blog?
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All the things I described above plays a major part in how successful you are as a blogger and whether others will describe you as a great blogger or when they see your post on social media or guest posting on other blogs will they think, “she’s definitely a boss blogger.”

When you pair these strategies up with your current blogging plan along with the right tools and work at it consistently, you can definitely achieve boss blogger status!

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Over to You

So tell me, ladies, are you ready to blog like a boss? If you are but you still need a little help, I put an eBook together called How to Become an Expert Blogger and Blog Like a Boss in No Time that shows you how to become an expert boss blogger in easy to follow steps you can apply today and take your skills from great blogger to like-a-boss status.

Now let’s get the conversation going. What are you doing to achieve boss-like status and how has it worked for you? Tell me about it in the comments section below.

If you have a blogging compadre who is ready to blog like a boss please share this post with her. You know we have to look out for each other!


 Hi there, I’m Cori.  I’m a blogger, freelance writer and I do a little web design on the side. I left my job in Corporate America so I could work from home and be with my family.

Now I blog about the different ways to make money from home with anyone who is ready to leave Corporate America and create something of their very own.

I also love helping new bloggers improve their skills. I recently published an eBook titled How to Become An Expert Blogger and Blog Like a Boss In No Time to help new bloggers go from just a blogger to a boss blogger in no time.

I’d love to connect with you. Follow me on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram. And stop by my blog Not Now Mom’s Busy for the latest about blogging and making money from home.


28 Comments on Special Guest: Are You Ready to Blog Like a Boss?

  1. Dana
    August 21, 2016 at 2:11 pm (1 year ago)

    Hey Cori, Hey Bren,

    So cool to see you over here Cori. It was only a matter of time that you’d be sharing your insights everywhere you could.

    Figure you’ll be my guest soon too 😉

    I’m so inspired by you in many ways. While I feel your book is chock full of tips to help all bloggers succeed, I’m glad you shared some of your personal story as well because that’s what I know so many of us will relate to.
    I sure did.

    I’m so glad I’ve met both of you and can call you my friends.
    You know I passed this around already.

    Enjoy your weekend Ladies!

    Reply
    • Cori Ramos
      August 21, 2016 at 3:12 pm (1 year ago)

      Hey Dana,

      I love your comment – you are too sweet. I’m so glad we met and got to be such great friends too. I don’t know what I’d do without you two. 🙂

      I really hope people can relate to me. I know how it is to be at a job you hate because you need the money. I’m a testimony that there is life after you leave a job but it’s up to us to make it happen – sink or swim.

      Am I rolling in money – heck no – but I love that I can be with my family – especially now that my mom needs me and I can enjoy life and not be chained to a desk for 12+ hours a day.

      Thanks for coming by to read my post and for your awesome share on social media! It’s been a crazy weekend – lots of rain but it’s all good. Hope you’re having a great weekend as well gf.

      Hugs!

      Cori

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    • Bren
      August 22, 2016 at 5:36 pm (1 year ago)

      Hey Dana,

      Cori is popping up everywhere, isn’t she? Nothing like your blogging community pulling together to help promote one another. I’ve learned a lot from Cori and I’m sure I’ll never stop learning. The “Brainstorming” we do is so helpful for me. I hope you feel the same. I’m also so happy we hooked up in the bloggy-sphere and anxiously await the day we meet in real-time.

      Enjoy your week, gf! I hope it’s a productive one!

      Bren

      Reply
  2. Ravi Chahar
    August 21, 2016 at 2:31 pm (1 year ago)

    Hey Cori and Bren,

    It’s good to see you here Cori.:)

    There is a hidden side which let us envy when we see the income report of any other blogger. Though it doesn’t matter because as you have mentioned, there is an enough space for all of us.

    Starting a blog isn’t so hard, running it with the quality is harder. The bloggers need to choose the theme which can work properly on the mobiles.

    You have mentioned many necessary things here.
    Thanks for sharing with us.
    Hope you both are enjoying the day.
    ~Ravi

    Reply
    • Cori Ramos
      August 21, 2016 at 2:59 pm (1 year ago)

      Hi Ravi,

      Thanks for coming by to read my post. 🙂

      I agree with you 100% – starting a blog is the easy part, it’s managing a quality one that’s the challenge.

      Nowadays when everyone is one their mobile phones – a mobile friendly theme is a must. Hard to believe there are still site out there who don’t have one yet.

      Thanks again for reading this post and for your comment. I hope you’re having a great weekend. 🙂

      Reply
    • Bren
      August 22, 2016 at 5:34 pm (1 year ago)

      Hi Ravi,

      You nailed it when you said “running it with the quality if harder”. You of all people know this. You can write awesome content, like you do, but the promoting is the harder part, no? I hope you enjoyed Cori’s post and I look forward to your feature next month!

      Have a great week, my friend!

      Bren

      Reply
  3. Donna Merrill
    August 21, 2016 at 10:56 pm (1 year ago)

    Hi Cori and Bren,

    Congratulations on your book Cori…I just ordered it and can’t wait to read it. You’ve come a long way baby and have learned how to blog like a boss.

    Setting up a blog is a snap, but keeping it up while marketing products and/or services is another story. I look at it as a business because that’s what it really is!

    You have done a great job here and see you on your blog.

    -Donna

    P.S. When I look at income reports I never take them seriously. It can be tweaked. But even if it is true…it is their business not mine. Plus who the heck wants to shout out to the IRS? LOL

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    • Bren
      August 22, 2016 at 5:31 pm (1 year ago)

      Hi Donna,

      Isn’t Cori great? Her book is super awesome and very informative. I love the way she writes. It’s in real-talk language and easy for anyone to understand. It’s funny you mention income reports. When I first started seeing them, I read them. I quickly got disgusted and frustrated. Mind you, good for them that they are making that much money, but I had to think about the quality of their life. Are they constantly sitting at a desk writing, marketing, creating, and missing out on the rest of life? I applaud those who are making $10k plus a month. Major kudos. However, like you, I wouldn’t be posted it on social media. 🙂

      Hope your leg is healing! Have a great week ahead!

      Bren

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    • Cori Ramos
      August 22, 2016 at 8:27 pm (1 year ago)

      Hi Donna,

      Aw, thank you Donna, you are a major part of the reason why I’ve stuck it out and have grown. I could never thank you enough. 🙂

      Thank you so much for picking up the ebook – I appreciate your support! By the way, I mentioned you in the eBook as someone who I’ve learned from back when I started. 🙂

      I told Harleena in my comment to her that it looks like we all agree starting a blog is the easy part, it’s maintaining it and throw in marketing and making our products/services is the hard part. But when you know you’re helping new bloggers start out with the right tools, it’s so worth it. 🙂

      LOL – you’re right, I wouldn’t want to make my earnings public for big brother to see. 🙂

      I agree with you there – the reports can always be edited.

      I did one post about how I make money blogging. I included the highs and the lows – like when I made $50 in a month. It wasn’t to show off my income, it was to show new bloggers that it takes time to make money and there will be great months and bad months as we go.

      Thank you again for all your support Donna. You being proud is a major compliment. 🙂

      Have a great week!

      Cori

      Reply
  4. Kimsea Sok
    August 21, 2016 at 11:59 pm (1 year ago)

    Hi, Bren and Cori.

    You know? I hate boss why I quit my job. LOL.

    It’s awesome! Now you teach me to be a boss. Sure. I love what you said in the article.

    Blogging is quite busy and difficult for me and others as well as you. right? There are lots of things need to be done almost every single day. You know? Sometimes, I don’t know when to do what and even forgot the holiday.

    I remembered. This month, I read a Facebook status and said happy August. You know? it’s a shit. The last time I remember about the date, it’s on 24th Saturday in July.

    You can manage those busy works unless planned and focused on accomplishing your daily checklist. I knew you did that’s why you succeeded in blogging.

    Thanks for sharing us and congrats for your book.

    Reply
    • Bren
      August 22, 2016 at 5:28 pm (1 year ago)

      Hi Kimsea,

      I’m sorry to hear it was that bad for you at your job and you felt like you had to quit. Now the only one you have to answer for is yourself. There is a lot of things that come along with blogging, as you know. It’s just not sitting there and writing a bla bla bla article. Much more than just that in blogging.

      As long as you’re staying busy in blogging, you must be doing something right. Keep networking like I see you doing on social media and writing awesome content. I appreciate you stopping by to read Cori’s post.

      Have a great week ahead.

      Bren

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      • Kimsea Sok
        November 12, 2016 at 9:03 pm (1 year ago)

        Hi, Bren.
        How are you doing today? Hope you’re doing great.

        Actually, I don’t feel bad because of the job. I just don’t to work anymore.

        At the beginning of this year, I was contacted for general manager position at local casino in my location. I went for the interview, but I didn’t plan to accept the job. LOL! I just want to take that interview, but not the job.

        Recently, my friend call and discuss about the human resource manager position, but I told that him I consider that.

        I want follow my dream. I planned for 2017 blogging and promised myself to keep up on what I’m doing.

        Also, thanks for advice here. I will try to active on building network.

        Thanks for responding…

        Reply
    • Cori Ramos
      August 22, 2016 at 8:12 pm (1 year ago)

      Hi Kimsea,

      LOL – I wasn’t too crazy about my boss either Kimsea. 🙂

      Yes, blogging is a very busy business and I think that’s one of the reasons why bloggers quit after only blogging for one year. You really have to be committed to be in it for the long haul.

      I’ve lost track of the time myself. We’ve got blogging on the mind so much that it’s no wonder we forget what day it is. 🙂

      I can’t tell you how important being organized is. You’re right – there is so much to do in a day to manage our blog so a daily to do list is a must.

      Be sure to pencil in some time for yourself. It’s important to take care of mind and body to reset ourselves.

      Thanks for coming by to read my post and for your comment. Have a great week!

      Cori

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      • Kimsea Sok
        November 12, 2016 at 9:15 pm (1 year ago)

        Hi, Cori. Nice to meet you again here, and thanks for responding to the comment.

        I do agree what you said and thanks for advice.

        Honestly, I have a serious dyspepsia so I couldn’t sit too long in front of the notebook and work. Need often breaking. I want to vomit while I’m trying to work hard.

        To take our health is some important to success in blogging career as well as other career. When we’re healthy, we’re creative.

        Also, I would to share a reason why a new quite in one without earning.

        The most reason they quitted is they less value their dream. They think it’s impossible.

        You know? I spent 3 years to make my first $25 from blogging.

        that’s bullshit, right?

        I thinks so. But the reason I keep up with blogging is I believe my dream is achievable.

        It’s now my vision.

        Reply
  5. Harleena Singh
    August 22, 2016 at 2:36 am (1 year ago)

    Hi Cori, and welcome to Bren’s blog 🙂

    Yes, this time on the other side, and definitely blogging like a boss! Loved all your points, which are so essential for every blogger, especially when they are starting off.

    Starting a blog is not difficult, it’s the maintaining that takes time and effort, isn’t it? Similarly, I find writing content to be an easy task, as compared to the promotion, which again, takes a LOT of time and effort, because if your posts don’t reach the masses, it’s as good as being invisible!

    Thanks for sharing all of this with us. Have a nice week ahead, both of you 🙂

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    • Bren
      August 22, 2016 at 5:25 pm (1 year ago)

      Thanks Harleena,

      I know you’ve watched both Cori and I grow our businesses and I hope you’re proud of our accomplishments. Cori is nailing it with this “Blog like a Boss” thing and her ebook! I couldn’t help but not ask her to guest on my site and promote herself. She’s going to be HUGE someday soon!

      Thanks for stopping by to the comment. I hope you are enjoying your week thus far.

      Bren

      Reply
    • Cori Ramos
      August 22, 2016 at 8:05 pm (1 year ago)

      Hi Harleena,

      Thank you for all the support you’ve given me all these years. I’m so glad we connected five years ago and that we’re remained so and now even friends. 🙂

      It looks like everyone agrees that starting a blog is easy – it’s maintaining it that takes the effort. I hope there are new bloggers reading through the comments as well.

      For the most part coming up with content is pretty easy for me – only, lately I haven’t been so fortunate – the good news is my writing funk inspired a post for it. 🙂

      Thanks for coming by to read my post and for your comment. Have a great week.

      Cori

      Reply
  6. Lisa Thomson
    August 23, 2016 at 12:32 pm (1 year ago)

    Hi Cori & Bren, Great article. I’m doing some of these things but definitely could work on some…sigh. I’m not ‘boss’ status yet but hope to be one day. I AM wearing my bi girl panties though, so that’s a start! Thanks for the tips, and thanks Bren for hosting Cori!

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    • Lisa Thomson
      August 23, 2016 at 12:45 pm (1 year ago)

      oops, I mean my ‘big’ girl panties not ‘bi’.

      Reply
      • Cori Ramos
        August 23, 2016 at 5:20 pm (1 year ago)

        LOL Lisa! No worries. 🙂

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    • Cori Ramos
      August 23, 2016 at 5:16 pm (1 year ago)

      Hi Lisa,

      I’m glad you liked the article. As long as you have your big girl panties on, ready to work and have the drive – you’ll hit boss blogger status in no time!

      If there are some things you want to work on, I’d be more than happy to help. Email me and we can set up a SKYPE or even by phone or chat on Google. I would love for you to hit boss blogger status – you’re a great writer! 🙂

      Thanks for coming by to read the post and for your comment. Have a great rest of the week!

      Cori

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      • Lisa Thomson
        August 24, 2016 at 5:00 pm (1 year ago)

        Aw, that’s so sweet of you to offer, Cori! I’m going to start by buying your ebook.

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  7. Lea Bullen
    August 23, 2016 at 8:50 pm (1 year ago)

    Hi Bren and Cori,

    It’s so awesome that you two were able to build such a great relationship through blogging and I can’t even believe how far back it goes. That’s really great!

    To blog like a boss I’ve come up with a schedule to stay productive and even though life can throw little curve balls I’ve trying to stick to it. I’m even adding things little by little so I can effectively expand on all the things that I do.

    Great post! Wish I came across more resources like this when I was starting out.

    ~Lea

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    • Cori Ramos
      August 24, 2016 at 8:45 am (1 year ago)

      Hi Lea,

      Yes, Bren and I go way back and I intend on keeping her in my life forever. 🙂

      I know what you mean about life throwing curve balls – going through that right now but I see a light at the end of the tunnel so I think the worst part is over. It’s not to say life won’t get me again – so schedules are a must. I follow mine as much as I can and even work nights to get work done – that’s if my carpal tunnel doesn’t act up. It’s always something, hehe. 🙂

      Thanks so much for coming by to read my post and for your comment. Happy blogging!

      Have a great day!

      Cori

      Reply
  8. Ryan Biddulph
    August 31, 2016 at 10:12 am (1 year ago)

    Cori and Bren,

    Thanks SO much for the mention.

    The check list really works for me. I look over these factors, from having an easy to read blog, to being engaging, to answering questions on social media and all that good stuff.

    So key to engage in order to blog like a boss….and both you ladies are definitely blogging like bosses.

    Ryan

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    • Cori Ramos
      August 31, 2016 at 3:08 pm (1 year ago)

      Aw, thanks for your comment Ryan. Coming from you that is a major compliment. 🙂

      This checklist can be a great reminder for seasoned bloggers as well. Sometimes we get caught up with new p;rojects and endeavors that we forget little things like this. 😉

      Glad you came by to read this post. Thanks again for your comment! Hope it’s been a great week. 🙂

      Cori

      Reply
  9. Dani
    January 5, 2017 at 8:57 pm (1 year ago)

    Just the boost I needed to get me in gear for a new year! Awesome ideas!

    Reply
    • Bren
      January 6, 2017 at 5:56 am (1 year ago)

      Hey Dani! I think we all have a BOSS inside us somewhere. It’s just a matter of finding it and pulling it out. Your going to rock in 2017, girl. I just know it!

      Happy Friday!

      Bren

      Reply

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