HAPPY BLOGAVERSARY TO ME!!!!!

 

I can’t believe it!

I’ve stuck with this thing called blogging for two years and I’m still going strong! I can honestly say that I’m proud of my accomplishment because I can think of a few times when I almost gave up! When I published my first blog post in 2015, a state of euphoria took over me. I had finally come to do what I’ve wanted to do besides writing novels.

2 years later, and I am a lot more polished than I was back then. As a blogger who I still consider relatively new to the game, I have studied and nurtured my craft as a blogger and I will continue to do so. Since starting my blogging journey, I have changed the direction of this blog quite a bit, but those who are riding with me and have been since the beginning…y’all are the real MVPs. I will forever be grateful to my faithful readers who stuck with me through all the changes.

I’m in a position now where I can say I am content with the direction LN is taking. Less celebrity life and drama, more relatable and quality content. As I mentioned here, I changed the direction of my blog by getting rid of most of my content about celebrities/entertainment, because I felt I was drifting away from writing content that I felt was most important to my readers. I was also sucked into creating content that was scandalous in nature and emotionally exhausting because it gave me more hits than my light-hearted content. I no longer want to add to the destruction of black images on social media, and I feel it’s my responsibility to create quality content that reflects us more in a positive light.

So there you have it, beautiful people. As long as there is the internet, Lakia Nichole is here, with content that will continue to focus on what matters most to my readers. In the next year, my goal is to reach more of the masses as a content creator with my blog site, as well as contributing to other reputable sites.

As I said in my piece celebrating my 1st year, I am just a lady from Baltimore, Maryland that has a dream bigger than her nine to five as a dental assistant. My TRUE passion is writing. As an author who owns a small publishing company, I put writing novels on the back burner, so I could fully focus on blogging. I absolutely love blogging so much, I can’t even see myself doing anything else.

Thank you to my faithful readers and any one who opens a link, takes the time to read an article or two and shares my links on social media. It means a lot that you consider my material share-worthy.

I look forward to celebrating the 3rd year with you guys.

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Everything great in this world was created with passion. Passion is the key ingredient to building a successful business, but it also takes a high level of entrepreneurial spirit.
I would certainly hope my friend who is reading this doesn’t plan to work for others forever. Everyone has a niche; a creative side; a talent; something that they could turn into a lucrative career. The main question is… how high is your entrepreneurial spirit?
Whether you want to write a book, make music, start a pastry business, or start your own fashion line…this piece  will surely help you determine if you have AT LEAST the passion to work on your dreams, thrive, and prosper as a business owner/entrepreneur.
Here are a few questions to ask yourselves about what you want to accomplish…

Does it reflect who you are?

Is it unique?

Does it come from your heart?

Is it pertinent to the lives of others?

Will it provide life-changing opportunities for yourself & others?

Are you willing to keep striving, even through difficulty?

Do you have a plan of action?

If you’ve answered yes to ALL of these questions, then you’re ready!

 

Believe it or not, starting a blog is fairly easy. It’s having enough time and dedication to keep it going is what matters most. As a blogger who is going into her 2nd anniversary as a professional blogger, I can vouch when I say it’s a lot of work, but I know it’ll be all worth it.

Soooo, you want to be a blogger? That’s awesome! Just make sure when you start your blogging journey, you aren’t starting it to get rich. If making money quickly is your main goal, you will fail miserably. Building your online presence as a blogger and making income from your site could take months. Maybe even years if you’re not hardcore with it! You have to have a lot of patience!

Now that I’ve got that out the way, let’s talk about how it IS possible to make money as a successful blogger.

It comes down to three major components!

Consistency

Niche

Advertising

 

Before we get into those, let’s first choose a host and domain for your site.

A domain is the address of the website…think website address, equivalent to the address of your house. What we see in the search bar on Google is the website’s “address”. (i.e http://www.yourname.com). There are many sites where you can register a domain, but I prefer GoDaddy. Catch a good deal on a good day and you can register a domain for as cheap as $1.00!

Sidenote: Please invest in a domain/URL. It will bring you a lot more exposure in search engines as opposed to using a blogger account that will have your domain like this -> www.yourname.blogspot.com. So unprofessional!

Your blogging home should allow you to choose from a variety of plugins and features that will help put life into your blog site. I would go with WordPress, which is the biggest blogging host in the US. Just think…your own domain registered to your own blog (not owned by Google). You’ll have more control and freedom to blog without fear of Google’s Blogger getting shut down, or YOU getting shut down for going against their policy.

Go to WordPress.Org or simply install WordPress after your domain register on Godaddy. The process is simple and easy with one click!

Niche

Now we are down to the nitty-gritty!

You’ve got your domain linked to your WordPress site and you’re ready to go! But wait! what will you blog about?

Blog about what interests you! What you do that you can teach others how to do!

What’s your niche? Cooking, photography, writing? Talk about how you got started in your niche and blog about the steps to become what your niche is! Folks with similar interests love to read about how the success of others can benefit them. Your blog can motivate them and inspire them.

Don’t have a particular niche? That’s fine! Talk about what you’ll think will intrigue folks!

I have a niche as a writer, but if you’re a hefty reader of my blog, you already know writing is not all I blog about! I’m into pop culture and celebrities! I like to talk about music, relationships, parenthood, and personal awareness. I also like to talk about fashion, beauty, what inspires us, and topics that make us think! I’ve incorporated all of my interests under one roof…lakianichole.com.

 

Consistency

I’ve learned many things about being a successful blogger. One of those things is nothing tops consistency. Believe me when I say it could get frustrating to work hours on a blog post, only to post and publish and feel like no one is reading what you put out. You have to promote your site constantly on social media. Whatever social media platform you use, utilize it as much as you can. Not spammy but enough to grab the attention of your potential readers. Make sure your site have share buttons that you can use to send links to your pages and for others to share, as well. If you can’t blog every day, make it your mission to blog at least three times a week. Consistency attracts faithful readers and will gradually increase traffic.

 

Advertising

This is where getting paid to blog comes into play. It’s all about advertising. Advertising on your blog can be done three ways…Adsense, Affiliate Marketing, and Brand Partnerships.

Google Adsense is easy to use and is perfect for beginning bloggers looking to monetize their site.  It allows publishers (that’s you) to display text, image, and rich media ads anywhere you choose to place them. Be careful, though. Google reviews your content closely, and will not approve a site that doesn’t meet the guidelines.

If this happens, just resolve the issue and resubmit. Click here if the directions are like a foreign language. FYI, make sure you choose ads that go with the theme of your blog. Adsense has a way for you to choose what kind of ads you’d like shown on your site. Be sure to do that before you generate your ad codes and past them to your site.

 

There are two ways to make money from AdSense:

Impressions – this is based on the number of pageviews of pages or posts with ads
Clicks – this is based on how many people click on the ads

In other words, you must have a huge blog following to make good money. Otherwise, it could take months to make even 5 bucks! Once you get to a minimum threshold of $100, Google will either send you a paper check or make a direct deposit into your bank account.

Affiliate Marketing is a great way for bloggers to earn money. We place ads promoting a product and/or service in exchange for a commission from the sales or leads that these ads drive. This is accomplished by the blogger strategically placing a banner ad, button, or link on their site. I really like this, because we get to pick the products that we think are “hot sellers”. I prefer Amazon Associates, however, there are a few companies to choose from. Just do your research.

 

Brand Partnerships is a huge form of advertising for companies who are looking to expose their products/services to lots of people. This is particularly why they reach out to popular blogs with a huge following. That blogger will be compensated with big bucks because they are promoting the product to their thousands/millions of followers. That could be you in about three or more years. Until then, it doesn’t hurt to start looking into which companies to reach out to. I’ve just signed up with Webfluential. You can look into Famebit, as well, although they look for those with a high number of followers on their social media/website.

 

Happy blogging!

 

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When we browse Youtube for makeup tutorials, we typically look for artists in our age range, because they’re more experienced, right?

Well, Aliyah Muse has definitely proven that age ain’t nothin’ but a number! Aliyah is a Youtube and Instagram sensation with makeup skills impressive enough to beat the faces of celebrities. Aliyah’s portfolio can hang with the professionals half her age! She’s even taught her mom how to apply makeup!

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I love how she explains in detail the techniques she uses and why, helping those who need help in trying to create a particular look.
Check her out in action below!

She even does special effects makeup!

 

Little mama is great now! By the time she reaches adulthood, no one will be able to touch her!

You hear of stories like this and your heart just melts! This just goes to show that this young man will grow up to become a very thoughtful human being.

According to ABC News, 8-year-old Jalen Bailey of California stated his bakery business with one primary goal; to earn enough money to buy his mother a new house.

Via ABCNews:

“I just want one that me and my mom can be happy in,” Jalen Bailey, 8, told ABC station KFSN-TV in Fresno.

Jalen makes the cakes, cookies tarts and muffins out of his and his mother’s home in Fresno.

“He’s very excited,” mom Sharhonda Mahan told ABC News. “It seems like the more orders he gets, the more excited he gets and the more serious he gets about his business.” 

Mahan said that her son has been baking for two years. Recently, he decided he wanted to begin raising money so he and his mom can move into a larger home, something that makes Mahan emotional, she said.

“I guess I would wrap it into feeling overwhelmed with joy,” Mahan added. “I’ve always wanted to raise him to be a selfless individual.”

On July 1, Jalen’s Bakery officially opened for business, complete with its own website. Baked goods are priced from $5 to $15.

With his mother’s help, the young, aspiring entrepreneur had to obtain permits in order to prepare goods in his private kitchen.

Jalen’s specialty is his peanut butter cookies, Mahan said, proudly.

Recently, Jalen went to his first business mixer, where he networked with other local bakers and raised money for his back-to-school drive for homeless children. One man offered to donate an oven so Jalen could bake even more cookies, KFSN-TV reported.

“I said I wanted to be a millionaire, I thought that wasn’t possible, but now I think it is,” Jalen told KFSN-TV.

Jalen’s business has been booming from of all the media attention. He has filled 40 orders in three days, his mother said.

In the future, Jalen has dreams of competing on a cooking show.

“I hope that when he grows up, he keeps the same values at his core,” Mahan said of her son.

 

Myleik Teele is a former celebrity publicist turned successful entrepreneur. As the owner of curlBOX which she’s started in 2011, Myleik makes it her mission to help educate women of color all over the country on hair care while sharing awesome products.

curlBOX

curlBOX was featured in publications such as Essence, In Style, and Madame Noire. She’s on Twitter with over 40,000 followers (personal and curBOX combined), over 300,000 followers on Instagram (both accounts combined), and over 100,000 fans on Facebook (personal and official page combined). Myleik also has a podcast at MyTaughtYou.Com, an inspiring space for young, multicultural women.

This [MyTaughtYou.Com] is a truthful, honest space where I’m going to delve out my best advice, quotes, stories and podcasts for YOU! Some women have no idea how to navigate office politics. You will learn that here. Some women haven’t mastered their style. You will learn that here. Some women don’t have a mentor to encourage them to follow their dreams. You will GET that here.”

How curlBOX works:

curlBOX is a monthly subscription service. Once you subscribe to the service, you will be sent up to seven natural hair care products that have been vetted for women with multi-textured hair.

With so many natural hair care products on the market, it’s easy for women to have trouble trying to find the right products for their hair. It’s Myleik’s job to inform and educate the members on how to discover these products and help them choose which products are best for their hair type.

 

FOLLOW MYLEIK!

ELLE recently published a featured article on these beautiful women, and I was so intrigued and inspired, I had to share the story.

It’s awesome when ANYONE starts a business. It’s fantastic when the business owner is a woman. It’s sensational when the business owner is a woman of color! This story of three African-American women who started a law firm together makes me prouder of my people!

Because one woman, Yonde Morris, decided to step out on faith, she and her friends Keli Knight and Jessica Riddick, are working for themselves and guess what…they used the social media giant, Twitter, to help turn their dream into fruition.

By Elle:

Every business has its Hollywood origin story—the wee-hours revelation, the “Eureka!” moment, the so-crazy-it-just-might-work experiment. But the tale that the partners of the African-American- and female-owned KMR Law Group like to tell isn’t some blockbuster epic. It’s made of about 140 characters and one very consequential tweet.

“I had been doing some work that I definitely didn’t love,” explains Yondi K. Morris, a founding partner of KMR. “Technically, I was a contract attorney, which means I went into law firms to help them with whatever they needed for some period of time.” Newly installed at a law firm that she is too polite to shame, she was on the clock when a partner went over to check in on her progress.

“He just looked at me and said, ‘Okay, slave, get back to work.'” She was the only person of color in the room. “I looked around and just waited for someone to catch my eye,” she remembers. No one met her gaze. Worse still, no one looked surprised.

“For me, honestly, I wasn’t just insulted as an African-American woman. I didn’t want to be viewed as a worker bee anymore.” She went home and logged on and tweeted, “I need to start my own firm.” Keli L. Knight wasted no time. She replied right away, writing, “Let’s meet to discuss.” They did, and invited Jessica Reddick, an old friend that Morris had known for a decade, to join. “We got together one day in Starbucks and that was the first meeting,” Morris says. “We just all clicked—our personalities, our dreams, our ambitions. In that moment, it all made sense.” Adrenaline and caffeine flowing, they sketched out a provisional logo on scrap paper and drafted an informal business plan to start a law firm in Chicago. “We decided we were going to do it,” Morris says, “and haven’t looked back since.”

Read more here

 

See what happens when you step out on faith?

These three sistahs are making it all happen for themselves.

I knew Twitter would be good for something!!

Check out the website for more information on KMR Law Group here

Meet Moziah Bridges

Moziah is a 14-year-old entrepreneur who started his own business as a bow tie creator. Mo’s Bows was established when Moziah was only 9.

I couldn’t find fun and cool bow ties, so one day I decided to use my Granny’s scrap fabric to make and sell my own. I like to wear bow ties because they make me look good and feel good. Designing a colorful bow tie is just part of my vision to make the world a fun and happier place.~Moziah

Because of his gift of hand-crafting bow ties, Moziah landed an opportunity to be featured on ABC’s Shark Tank, a show dedicated to entrepreneurs pitching their businesses/ideas to potential investors. According to The Biz Journal, didn’t get an investment when he stood before Shark Tank’s panel of five angel investors looking for financial help to grow his bow tie business. He got something much more—a mentor in Daymond John. Daymond is one of the investors on the show and the man behind the brand Fubu.

Moziah has also made history as one of Time‘s most influential teens of 2015. Check out the article here.

 

Need more info on Moziah and his ties? Go to his website

 

Reporting about teenaged  entrepreneurs always fills my heart! When I read about Essynce Moore in Black News, I was totally impressed. This young lady started her career as an entrepreneur at the tender age of six. Now, as a teenager, she is the owner of Essynce Couture, LLC, Essynce Couture University (ECU), Essynce Couture Publishing, and the center of growing channels of branding that includes careers in motivational speaking, acting, writing, and fashion. Essynce is also the author of the recently released 6th Grade Middle School Chronicles.

The spa is located at:
Essynce Couture Spa & Boutique
71 Market Street
Passaic, NJ 07055

 

About Essynce Moore:
Teenpreneur, children, tweens and teens stylist/fashion designer, actress, motivational speaker, and author Essynce Moore has been in various fashion shows, pageants, and karate tournaments. She was showcased in NY Fashion Week, and Atlanta Kids Fashion Week, featured in several interviews in magazines, TV, news, print, conferences, and is a member of the New York Youth Chamber of Commerce.

I’m so proud of this young lady and other teens like her who steps out of the box by making their own money. Read more about her story here

Check out her website here.

Remember when we were in school and out teacher placed a “gold star” sticker on our best work? Well, Lupe Fiasco’s latest project was graded a 100%, so he definitely deserves his gold star!

The accomplished Hip-Hop artist has teamed up with business entrepreneur Di-Ann Eisnor and a tech executive to help those aspiring entrepreneurs start their businesses. According to The Root, the plan is to start a charity fund/competition called the “Neighborhood Start-Up Fund”, which supports entrepreneurs from working-class communities.

Lupe and Eisnor are on a mission to help these aspiring business owners into successful entrepreneurs. Each competitor will have a chance to win $5,000 towards turning their business into a reality.

Read a statement released on their website.

 

 

“We need more diverse entrepreneurs bringing fresh ideas and new innovations to life. So, we’ve created a neighborhood-specific fund to support entrepreneurs and start-ups from underserved areas and of course so the best new ideas won’t go wasted. We provide access, network, workshops, mentoring and of course funding.”

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