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How to Write About Sensitive Topics on Your Blog

I feel comfortable writing about emotional eating and anxiety and depression and eating disorders because not only have I been around a lot of people with them and done my research, but I have experienced them myself.

This might not be the case for you, so if you want to talk about sensitive topics on your blog and don’t have personal experience to share (or are a little weary about discussing it), these are my tips.

  1. Always Include a Disclaimer

This goes for everyone, whether you are discussing your own experience with eating disorders or mental health, or you are using PLR on your blog. Some content you add to your blog might be worded in a way that makes it sound like you are giving advice. Be careful! Make sure your readers know you are not a medical or mental health professional.

  1. Be Careful About Using the Word ‘Treatment’

This is something I learned just recently, so I have since adjusted how my titles and content is written. I advise you think before you tell your readers about natural options for treatment. With this type of angle, I would personally use ‘manage’ or ‘cope’, instead of insinuating they can fully treat or cure an eating disorder without medical intervention.

  1. Stay Neutral About Natural VS Medical Options

There are a lot of things people can do on their own to help cope with an eating disorder or mental health issue, but that doesn’t mean it will help everyone, or that they should only rely on that.

This is where this topic gets tricky. I know many of you are like me where you tend to lean more toward natural and holistic options.

Personally, I do a lot of journaling and self-care at home, but I also have a therapist. I don’t medicate and do talk therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy instead, but this isn’t for everyone.

This is why I would stay neutral. Of course, you can do whatever you feel comfortable with, but if you are a little weary about the topic, I would mention ALL options. With eating disorders, I highly, highly recommend encouraging them to also get help from a professional for treatment (see what I mean about treatment?).

Eating disorders are potentially life-threatening – so it’s okay if you don’t agree with my approach – but that is the only way I would personally feel comfortable talking about it.

  1. Do Research on Proper Wording

This one is more about being sensitive and not wanting to offend someone. It is really hard researching your own eating disorder or mental health issue when so many blogs or sites will use wording that makes you instantly feel worse.

I think the best place to go to figure out how to word this type of content is blogs or social media of people who have these issues. Not just someone offering advice – but those actually suffering from it. Look through their posts and see how they personally like to talk about it. You can learn a lot just by spending a little extra time learning about the sufferers themselves.

Quick Tip: Look up things like “what not to say to someone with an eating disorder” and similar phrases in Google. You should get some good ideas of what not to say with those results as well.

  1. Know the PLR Providers Beforehand

The reason I feel comfortable promoting Susie & Geoff after they wrote about eating disorders is because they write (most, if not all) their own content, and they do their research. I would absolutely trust them to take their time making sure the content is not half-assed, and approaching this type of topic with kindness.

Other PLR providers have attempted this type of topic, and I refused to promote because I didn’t like how they talked about eating disorders or mental health. So my last tip is to really know who you are buying prewritten content from when it comes to highly sensitive topics.

I hope this helped! Let me know if you have any questions.

 

Earn More Money From Your Blog With PLR Cheat Sheets

 

Jenn here from Health & Wellness PLR. Today, I want to talk to you about using cheat sheets, specifically when you buy cheat sheets as PLR – or prewritten content. These cheat sheets come with private label rights, allowing you to customize them with your own information, but keep you from having to create them from scratch.

Keep reading to find out what cheat sheets are and how to use them for your blog. I also have some awesome ones for you if you are interested in adding content about natural skincare.

What is a Cheat Sheet?

Cheat sheets are essentially fact sheets that provide brief, summarized information of the topic. They become an easy reference for anyone that just wants to look up basic info about a topic without actually reading through a long article or report.

I like to think of them as a bigger version of an infographic – they are very similar, except cheat sheets are usually a page or so long as a document, while infographics are smaller and for visual purposes.

 

5 Ways to Use Cheat Sheets – How to Use PLR Cheat Sheets to Earn More Money From Your Blog

I highly recommend buying cheat sheets as PLR whenever you can. These provide good templates to start with and all the essential information, but they are always editable, so you can add in your own customization, change the wording, and add your own logos or graphics.

Here are my 5 tips for using PLR cheat sheets:

Tip #1: Use Them as a Free Opt-in Gift – Everyone wants more subscribers, right? You can create a new opt-in page on your blog or site that uses the cheat sheet as incentive. Give it away for free when they sign up for your list.

Tip #2: Give it Away to Your List – If you want to tell your current subscribers about the new content you have on your blog, whether it is a series of blog posts about skincare, or you want to send them to your report or eBook opt-in page, you can give the cheat sheet (s) away as content upgrade.

This gets them to open up your email, and become more interested in the topic.

Tip #3: Create Infographics for Social Media – When you buy cheat sheets that are less than a page long (like the skin condition fact sheets here), they are perfect for converting into infographics.

Once they are turned into graphics, you can then share them on social media, and have them linking to your landing or opt-in pages, or just blog posts about natural skincare products you are trying to promote.

Tip #4: Add Them to eBooks or Reports – Do you want to customize the natural skincare reports or eBooks you just purchased? You can insert one or multiple cheat sheets into this content to make it more unique and increase the length.

I think the skin condition cheat sheets I have in my skincare upgrade PLR package would be perfect for this. You could use each one as a chapter image, since there are 5 chapters in the eBook about these skin conditions.

Tip #5: Promote Products with the Cheat Sheets – Regardless of which method you choose, don’t forget to customize the cheat sheets with your own information, and add affiliate links.

Each one of them mentions products, especially with the first cheat sheet you get (see it here), where you can link to the products mentioned and get some affiliate sales while also providing a valuable resource.

My Natural Skincare Cheat Sheets – All Ready For You to Customize!

In my most recent PLR package, Natural Skincare PLR Special, I have 1 cheat sheet created in the main prewritten content package, with another 5 in the upgrade offer. Here is a preview of these cheat sheets so you get an idea of what they look like:

Choosing Natural Skincare Products – This is the cheat sheet I created for the main product here. This entire PLR package is all about switching to more natural, toxic-free products for skincare and beauty, so I put together a super handy cheat sheet that covers the following:

Toxic Ingredients to Avoid
Derivatives and Preservatives
Natural Skincare Products
Drugstore Natural Skincare Brands
Additional Tips

Skin Condition Fact Sheets – Then for the upgrade here, which is about chronic and common skin conditions, I included 5 fact sheets about each skin condition I covered, which are rosacea, eczema, psoriasis, acne, and seborrheic dermatitis. These have the following sections:

What the Skin Condition is
The Risk Factors
Common Triggers
What it Looks Like
How to Manage it

I hope this helped you understand prewritten cheat sheets a little better! They are a great tool for earning more from your blog, whether you are selling content packages, getting more subscribers, or promoting products with them.

Jenn

Why You Should Use the Pretty Link Plug-In

 

 

Hello everyone!

If you use WordPress for your blog or website, I highly recommend using the Pretty Link plug-in. It has saved me so much time and is an awesome way to cloak links when you are promoting.

This is a super easy plug-in that you can install on your blog in a flash and not have to deal with any complex settings to configure before using it. Here are some different things I like about it.

Benefits of the Pretty Link Plug-In

So why should you use Pretty Link? I’ll tell you!

You Can Shorten Your Links

One thing that gets super annoying when you are using links in your blog posts or emails is that the links are always so long. These can be complicated and make your emails look messy if you are not hyperlinking text. Plus, affiliate links are even longer! Have you seen the length of Amazon affiliate links? It is long enough just with the product link, but then all that extra text is added to the end when you are promoting something.

With Pretty Link, you are choosing what you want the link to be, so that it is going to be a lot shorter.

It Helps You to Cloak Links

Both the lite version and Pro version of Pretty Link will give you options for cloaking links. The lite version lets you choose how you want the links to look, so if you add a link to one of your emails or blog posts, they don’t see the affiliate link, but instead the link you created.

For example, my link for Pretty Link now looks like this: http://healthandwellnessplr.com/deals/prettylinklite

Much better, right?!

Then if you choose the Pro version of Pretty Link, there are some other features, like cloak redirecting.

It Can Help With Targeting Your Website

This is something you might not have considered. When you create a Pretty Link, it usually starts with the domain of whatever blog or website you are using it on, as you saw with my example. So every time you add this link to something, regardless of what it is, your website domain is going to be in there. This is automatic backlinking and targeting for your site. YES.

Pretty Link Helps You Organize Links

This is actually the reason I got Pretty Link in the first place. I was losing track of my affiliate links, and then links fo rmy different PLR product pages. It was becoming a major headache. So I asked a friend, who pointed me toward this plug-in. You can create different Groups and name them whatever you want, helping you to organize and keep track of all your links. If you use it often enough, you won’t have to keep a spreadsheet with your links because they are all right there. There is a search function in Pretty Links to find a link super quick.

It is Easy to Use

I don’t know that it could be any easier to use! You have the quick version of adding links right on your dashboard:

This is my main WordPress dashboard, with a little box letting me quickly add a link. Or you can follow the directions below for the standard version.

Basics of Using Pretty Link Lite

Here is the basic method for adding a link to Pretty Link. Once you install the plug-in and choose either the Lite or Pro version, you will activate the plug-in. Go to your dashboard on WordPress, and look on the left-hand side for Pretty Link.

If you hover over it, the following box appears.

 

It shows you some different options, like creating a new link or viewing the current ones. Go to Add New Link.

Now you will see this screen. As you can see, I have filled in my information to create an affiliate link for Pretty Link, so I can show you how it works.

Add the URL of the link you are using to the top box, then create your link text. I originally started just naming the link what it is, but it got confusing. So I recommend using a sub-category, then the name of your link. I use ‘Deals’ for all affiliate links because it is easier for me to keep track.

At the bottom, you will see some other options:

This shows Advanced Options, like choosing a Group or adding one. I have a few groups, but you can see I selected Affiliate Links for this one. Go ahead and create as many groups as you want!

You will also see the Pro options at the bottom if you choose that version of the Pretty Link plug-in.

When you’re done, just click the blue Create button and you will see this screen.

This shows you a list of all the links you have created. How easy is that!

What You Get With Pretty Link Pro

You can get started with Pretty Link just by installing the free plug-in and use the basic features. That is what I used for this example. Or you can get the Pro version. Here are some additional pro features of the plug-in:

More redirection types

Alternate Base URL

Expire links

QR codes

Automation features like importing/exporting links and rotating URLs

.. lots more!

Check out Pretty Link Pro here or comment on this post for any questions!

5 Ways to Find Topics For Your Niche Site

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When you have a niche blog or website, coming up with future blog posts is sometimes difficult to do. You want to make sure your blog posts are relevant, but also that they are going to be popular and shared often. Here are 5 easy ways to find more blog post ideas based on the topics that are trending now or in the near future.

Twitter

I highly recommend using social media to find blog post topics because all of the latest trends are going to be talked about there. Sometimes it does take a little big of searching, but with the right methods, you can use it to your advantage. With Twitter, aside from just seeing what people you follow are talking about, I highly recommend checking out the Twitter Moments feature. This is a relatively new feature that shows all the topics talked about the most. Sometimes you need to be patient so you can get past all the news topics not relevant to your niche, but you can definitely find some good stuff there. Also try simply entering a hashtag for your niche and seeing what comes up.

Recycle Old Posts

If your niche blog has been around for a while, take a look at some of your older posts and see if you can write an updated version. There are a few ways you can do this.

  • Update the old post with new information that is trending today
  • Write a brand new post about the same subject, but from a new angle
  • Use old posts as inspiration for sub-topics you have yet to talk about on the blog

Local News Outlets

Looking through the news is by no means a new way of finding trending topics, but sometimes people don’t realize the potential that is there. I don’t recommend going to CNN or other major news websites, because they are going to be riddled with politics, finance, and a lot of other topics that might not fit within your niche. A better option is to find the sub-categories on the news website, particularly with your local newspaper. I live in San Diego, so I popped over to SanDiegoUnionTribune.com to see what was there. Instead of looking at the front page, I went to the categories, clicked on Lifestyle, and Home and Garden. There I noticed that two of the top stories were on growing mini roses and fall gardening. A quick Google search told me that when the weather gets cold, you can’t grow these roses outdoors, but there were resources one could use to write about growing mini roses indoors. There you have your next blog topic if you have a home and garden-type blog.

Other Blogs

I don’t generally recommend duplicating blog posts others have put out already since you want to be original, but blogs in your niche or related niches can provide the inspiration you are looking for. Check out websites that will list a lot of the recent blog posts so you can do a quick scan and look for what is most relevant to you. Bloglovin.com is one of my favorites to use since it is easy to add blogs or just browse through the latest posts.

My Own Life

Yes, I am one of those people that gets inspiration for topics from my own life. Not all topics I write about are directly related to things I have gone through, but I do like to use things I do and see, or people I know, as a way to guide me toward the next blog topic. When you start paying more attention to the environment and people around you, the ideas will never stop flowing.