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Episode Info: What should you do in a world of changing algorithms? Should you be directing people back to your blog instead of your social media platforms? Can you adapt and adjust in the world of online business? That’s what my friend Camile Whiting and I are talking about in today’s episode. Camile has a blog called Friday’s We’re In Love, where she documents the dates she goes on with her husband every Friday night.  We talk about how to stay nimble as an entrepreneur in an online world that is constantly changing. Camille has a unique perspective on how to be flexible and continue to test new things in her business.  How to Monetize a Blog  Camile has four main ways that she monetizes her blog:  Sponsored posts  Ad network Affiliate links/product recommendations Services and consulting  Right now, Camile is focused on growing her traffic.  A year ago, Camile was working hard on her Instagram. But after seeing how the platform was changing and not serving her as well as it could, she decided to be flexible and seek out other avenues.  Camile uses social media because it’s fun to her, but she is serious about her site and using it to grow traffic.  Shifting Toward Growth Camile is not one of those people who wastes time whining about algorithm changes. As a matter of fact, as a user, she appreciates the algorithms and how they work to make her experience better.  The algorithm changes do act as a wake-up call for her business though. It serves as a reminder that nothing is constant. We, as bloggers, know that things change constantly.  So Camile asked herself a question: With social media changing all the time, what could she own that wouldn’t change? And the answer was email.  She’s had an email list for a couple of years but this year, she shifted toward more of an owner mentality. She realized the reach she has with her list; that her message is not limited in any way when she communicates with her email subscribers.  A Big Company Mindset  Camile believes in copying big companies’ strategies.  When she first started seeing blogs take off and make money from their readers, she also had the advantage of being in a group of Fortune 500 companies who were experimenting with their own websites and social platforms.  Camile got to watch these businesses spend millions of dollars just trying new things. That’s where she gets her experimental mindset.  What new things can you afford to try or implement?  Big companies go above and beyond to serve potential customers; they give away freebies, etc., before they try and make a sale.  Right now Camile is trying to continue growing her audience, as well as fortify the relationship she has with her current audience, so she can make more sales.  SEO Strategy  Camile has switched up her use of Google Analytics to find out what people want to read from her, not just what she wants to write for them.  In past years, Camile would only write about her passions, but people were looki...
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