MailChimp vs ConvertKit – Which One is Right For You?

This post includes affiliate links which help support and maintain FBL. One of the most popular pieces of advice floating around online for bloggers is to build your email list. There are thousands (millions?) of articles about how to build your list, what to create as an opt-in offer, how often to communicate with your list,…

9 of my Top Must-Have WordPress Plugins

Recently, I was chatting with a blogging friend of mine and I casually mentioned a great WordPress plugin I’ve been using for a while. She had never heard of it, which shocked me. In the days that followed I reached out to a few different blogging friends and found that a lot of them didn’t know of or…

How to Pitch Brands for Sponsored Posts with a Small Blog

There is a lot of information out there about how to pitch brands for sponsored posts and almost everything I read repeats a few things that I’ve found to be untrue. For example, the articles and courses I’ve taken have said: You should have at least 500 – 1,000 daily visitors  You should never work for product…

The Top Tax Deductions for Bloggers

This post includes affiliate links. Thank you for supporting the companies that support Far Beyond Love. XOXO As the year start to draw to a close, every blogger I know is beginning to stress about taxes. Ideally you wouldn’t wait until this late in the year but I know that it’s a hard thing for some…

Why You Need to Set Office Hours for Your Blog

One of the major traps of working at home or running your own business is failing to set office hours. Ask any solopreneur and they’ll tell you the same thing. It’s just too easy to let yourself give into thinking that you’ll just work an extra hour or two so you can finish up a couple quick…

Why I Use Dubsado (a CRM for Creatives)

One of the things that people have a tendency to overlook when they are starting out as a new business is a powerful CRM (Client Relationship Management) tool. I’m regularly shocked by the number of small businesses that prepare their contracts manually, send invoices manually, and process each step of their workflow…manually. Who has the…

The Top Tools and Resources I Use to Run My Blog

This post contains affiliate links and I am paid a small commission if you make a purchase through these links. Thank you for supporting the companies that support Far Beyond Love! I know so many people that start blogging thinking, “Omg, it’s going to be so fun!” #NoLie, blogging is fun but it’s also a…

How to Write an About Page (My 7-Part Process, 3 Things to Avoid, and a FREE Checklist)

Get your FREE ‘About’ page checklist from FBL and write your best page yet! If you’re anything like me, when you find a blog or a biz that piques your interest, you hop over to the About page to find out a little bit more about this fascinating new discovery. You have so many questions! Questions like, “Who is…

My Best Resources for Stock Photos

This post includes affiliate links and I will receive a small commission if you make a purchase through them. Thank you for supporting the brands that support Far Beyond Love.  A few nights ago I was speaking with a blogging friend when she complimented me on my blog photography. As soon as she said it,…

The Top 3 Reasons You Should Stop Reading a Blog

Lately I’ve gone through a phase of disconnecting from some of the blogs I read; some of them I’ve read for years. There are no hard feelings between me and the other bloggers, no offensive posts or disagreements, there’s no reason really other than we just don’t jive anymore. Once upon a time we clicked, and…

FreshStart Your PC with a Company that Gives Back

When I’m blogging I use my laptop for: Creating my editorial calendar (using CoSchedule) Scheduling my social media (also using CoSchedule) Managing Pinterest (using BoardBooster) Preparing my newsletter (using MailChimp) Creating graphics (using Canva and PicMonkey Pro) Drafting my posts Engaging in Facebook groups Writing new eBooks (using Microsoft Word and Adobe Acrobat) Obviously, my…

How to Niche a Lifestyle Blog

I refuse to accept that a lifestyle blog is somehow not acceptable in the blogging universe. I’m tired of hearing lifestyle bloggers be told that they have to find a niche. I hate that so many of my blogging friends have given up saying, “Oh, it was nothing, it was just a lifestyle blog.” WTH?! When…

Can I Monetize a Faith-Based Blog?

Is it possible to monetize a faith-based blog? It’s a question I’ve seen come up repeatedly in faith-based groups I’m involved with on Facebook, LinkedIn, and SheWrites. As expected, there are two widely differing perspectives on the matter. There is one side that says that your focus should be on your ministry and if you are…

Three Things You Must Do to Become a Christian Blogger

There is no requirement that you must attend a Christian college before becoming a Christian blogger. There is no requirement that you graduate with a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Bible Studies or Christianity. Jesus never said, “Thou shalt study my Word for 4 – 6 years in an institution of education before sharing the gospel…