Examples of Blogs – Inspiration for New Bloggers

If you’re thinking of starting your very own blog, but just don’t have a clue on what to blog about, then fear not!

In this article, I have included a whole load of blog examples from a wide variety of different niches.

Since the beginning of the internet, millions and millions and millions of blogs have been created. Many have died due to lost interest or their owners giving up on the idea, while others have thrived and continue to grow, making money and earning their owners a steady income. It’s a constant evolution of content that keeps people coming back for more, especially if these blogs contact highly resourceful material that people find useful and interesting.

Each example listed in this blog post are all different in some way and all bring something unique to their readers & subscribers. I want to show you what is possible and how you can take inspiration from them and create an awesome blog of your own.

Some of these blogs make over $100k a month, others are just a hobby for their owners, but all have the same purpose at their core… the love of writing and sharing information.

Remember that it doesn’t cost the earth to start your own blog. You can be up and running for as little as $1.45 per month with Hostinger.

Bluehost offer web hosting, Free SSL, Email, web builder and a FREE DOMAIN for as little as $2.95 a month.

How Much Does Triple Threat Texting Cost?

The Basics

Triple Threat Texting has a range of money-saving monthly plans that will fit your needs.  Click here for current pricing.

  • 1 credit = 1 text message sent to one recipient
  • UNLIMITED incoming text messages

  • Forward your messages to any email address or cell phone

  • You may stop using the Triple Threat Texting system at any time. For more information on canceling your account, click here.

Optional Features

  • Rent a Keyword on one of our shared short codes. Most Keywords are $25 per month per Keyword, but many of our monthly plans include one or more Keywords for free. For more information on keywords, click here.
  • You can use API at no additional cost. For API documentation, click here.
  • For Dedicated Short Codes and Premium SMS, feel free to schedule a time, or call us directly: (888) 995-5408.

How Long Does It Take to Verify Your Account?

Account verification is a normal procedure, and is designed to protect our user community. It usually takes less than 30 minutes. During non-business hours, this may take more than 30 minutes. You should also receive a message via email and/or SMS when this process is complete. If it is within business hours, you may give us a call at (303) 777-2905 if you have any questions about your account.

We appreciate your patience.

Choosing A Password

Make sure you create a unique password to help keep someone from breaking in to your account. Here are a few tips for creating your password, and keeping it safe:

  • Never tell anyone your password.
  • Never write down your password.
  • Even though your password will look random to others, think of a way to remember it so that you don’t have to write it down.
  • Change your password periodically.
  • Don’t choose a dictionary word as your password. Be creative.
  • Include punctuation marks. Mix capital and lowercase letters. Use numbers. A variety of characters makes it harder to guess a password.

Note: Passwords must be between 6-20 characters.

Signing up

Creating an EZ Texting account is easy:

  1. Fill out the short form with your basic account information
  2. Customize your account with more details about your organization
  3. We will verify your account and then you can start texting!

A Guide to Text Message Marketing Compliance

Introduction

Text message marketing is an excellent way to reach your target audience and promote your brand. Texts get read faster and more often than emails, which can balance

out low open rates on email campaigns. Not surprisingly, we’re big believers that it’s the best, most cost-effective way to connect with customers!

That said, text marketing has some established compliance rules and best practices that you should understand to avoid angering customers and incurring regulatory attention. We’re not offering legal advice, but we’d like to share some best practices for maintaining text message compliance.

What Regulations Are in Place?

The most important thing to understand is that texting   is a form of permission-based marketing. In other words, consumers should only receive your messages if they provide explicit written consent, and if they opt out, you have to comply. Signing up for your service and providing your phone number does not mean someone has given permission to be texted (per the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA)). Customers must actively volunteer to receive your messages. If you text people without their explicit permission you are spamming them. Don’t be a spammer!

How to Get Permission

You can get subscribers in a number of ways. Have you seen promotions where you have to text a keyword like SUBSCRIBE to a number? These promotions are a way to collect consent to text. You can put the keyword and number on a billboard or other advertisements to encourage people to subscribe.

You can also get written consent through email or even through a physical form. For example, if you manage a dental office, you can have people opt in to receive appointment reminders when they physically come into the office. This serves as written consent. Make sure to save records of the in-person opt-in.

Double Opt-In

One of the safest ways to gain consent to text is for someone to text your keyword into an Triple Threat Texting shortcode. Triple Threat Texting offers an enhanced feature set to ensure consumers know what they’re opting into, such as the Double Opt-In feature. What exactly is a Double Opt-In? It is essentially a two-part method for making sure the consumer wants text messages from you.

Here’s how it works. After the initial sign up, or first opt-in, the consumer receives a second text that says:

Thanks for reaching out to Triple Threat Texting. Respond ‘yes’ if you want to learn more about Triple Threat Texting’s services.

The consumer then responds “yes,” completing the second opt-in and making it a double opt-in.

The Double Opt-In works best when the method of the opt-in is a non-text medium, like a web form or sign in sheet. Although a Double Opt-In is not a requirement, it’s a best practice. This is why Triple Threat Texting offers this service to users to ensure they have the right level of comfort in designing their opt-in strategy.

How Do Consumers Opt Out?

Triple Threat Texting’s robust solution handles opt-outs for you!

If a consumer texts STOP, QUIT, END, or UNSUBSCRIBE in response to a text message you’ve sent, that number will be opted out and will not be sent any further messages. This is a CTIA best practice and a regulatory requirement.

It’s worth noting that the acceptable  average  opt-out rate is 2% or below. If you’re seeing campaigns you’ve sent getting an opt-out rate higher than 2%, it’s time to rethink your marketing strategy and ensure the messages you’re sending are wanted. If they’re wanted messages, people are less likely to opt out.

Requirements When Sending Financial Offers

If you offer financial services and want to text message customers about an offer, you must use a dedicated short code. Financial services messages cannot be sent on a shared short code due to carrier policies.  An exception  to this is if you’re working for a financial institution and  are sending information to existing customers such

as payment reminders, low-balance notifications, or information about an existing service; these are OK to send from one of our application’s shortcodes.

If, however, your company plans to offer a new financial service, please contact us at (303) 777-2905 to talk about getting a dedicated short code. The following categories are considered financial offers:

  • LOAN ORIGINATION AND MATCHING
    • PAYDAY LOANS
    • SHORT-TERM LOANS
    • AUTO LOANS
    • MORTGAGE LOANS
    • STUDENT LOANS
  • DEBT CONSOLIDATION AND REDUCTION
  • INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITIES
  • CREDIT REPAIR PROGRAMS
  • TAX RELIEF PROGRAMS
  • WORK FROM HOME PROGRAMS

How to Maintain Permission to Text

After a consumer signs up for your text message program, you must send a confirmation text. Let them know  exactly what types of messages they will receive (ads, event announcements, etc.), estimated text frequency, and what they should expect from the campaign.

When sending a text confirming an opt-in, you must include language which explains what the campaign is doing, that standard message and data rates may apply, and that subscribers can opt out or request assistance whenever they want. Tell subscribers exactly how to opt out or ask for help, such as by replying to the text with the word “STOP” or “HELP.”

Below is an example of a compliant confirmation message indicating a subscriber has opted into your messaging.

Thank you for subscribing to Triple Threat Texting alerts and notifications. Up to 5msg/mo. Msg&DataRatesMayApply. For help text HELP, to quit text STOP.

To inform people they can opt in with a keyword, many users will advertise their keyword in a call to action (CTA). It’s worth noting that STOP and HELP in texting CTAs must be bolded, according to the Cellular Telecommunications Industry Association (CTIA) Best Practices. While you don’t want people to unsubscribe,

it’s important to remain compliant and to follow the rules. Here’s an example of a compliant CTA:

To join our Triple Threat Texting alerts and notifications, text JOIN to 858585

* You will only be contacted in regards to Triple Threat Texting specials, your privacy will be protected and your information will not be shared. Up to 5 msg/mo. Reply HELP for help or STOP to cancel. Msg&DataRatesMayApply. Terms

ACCORDING TO CTIA BEST PRACTICES, A COMPLIANT CALL TO ACTION WILL INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING:

1. MESSAGE FREQUENCY

2. SERVICE DESCRIPTION

3. BOLDED HELP AND STOP COMMANDS

(OR EMAIL ADDRESS OR PHONE NUMBER)

4. PRIVACY STATEMENT

5. THE TERM “MESSAGE & DATA RATES MAY APPLY”

6. TERMS OF THE PROGRAM

Best Practices for Your Text Marketing Campaign

When you advertise your text message campaign, make your intentions as clear as possible. Let people know specific details, such as:

  • What types of messages you’ll send (special offers, discount codes, exclusive events, )
  • Your text campaign frequency, such as daily or weekly
  • Which days you send text messages (if you have a consistent schedule)
  • How consumers can learn more (i.e. by texting a word like “help” or calling a support number)
  • How consumers can opt out from receiving future texts

People enjoy receiving text messages from brands they like.

Remember, a customer giving you their phone number isn’t the same as them giving you consent to contact them via text. They must first understand exactly why you’re collecting their info and agree to receive text messages. Otherwise, you’ll be non-compliant and potentially susceptible to legal action; this is why written consent is so important.

If you’re collecting phone numbers via an online or offline form, you can include a checkbox (or something similar) that the consumer can check to request text messaging. This checkbox must explicitly state that the consumer is agreeing to receive text messages and that opting in to receive text messages is not a condition of their purchase or the promotion. This is important to note since it is a TCPA requirement. An example of a CTIA compliant web opt-in checkbox is below:

Check this box to receive special offers via text message from Triple Threat Texting alerts and notifications. Your consent to receive text messages is not a condition of purchase and is optional. You will receive up to 5 messages per month. Msg & Data Rates May Apply. You will only be contacted in regards to Triple Threat Texting specials, your privacy will be protected and your information will not be shared. Text STOP to 858585 at any time to opt-out. Text HELP to 858585 or call (877) 945-9268 for more info. Terms

After you’ve collected phone numbers and received consent, follow the terms and conditions that you outlined. If you make a change, let your subscribers know via text. You can ask them to text back their continued consent with a word like “continue” or “yes.”

Making Your Terms and Conditions Clear

It’s important to add your text message marketing terms and conditions and privacy policy in as many places as possible. Post it anywhere a keyword CTA is listed, on your website, and on any landing page that you use to collect opt-ins.

Complaints sometimes arise when consumers forget that they’ve signed up for text message marketing from a business. To prevent this, you can send a monthly text that reminds the consumer that they have opted into your text marketing campaign. Keep your messages as

consistent as possible so users don’t forget, identify your company in each message, and don’t send messages outside of normal business hours unless there’s a significant need.

Keep in mind that these standards apply no matter how you advertise your texting program. You could takeout a TV or radio ad, for example, to get more opt-ins, but you still need to include everything in the CTIA recommended CTA.

Getting the Highest ROI From Your Text Message Marketing Campaign

Once you’ve got a robust subscriber list, use your text message marketing campaign to build their trust. Send them offers only when you said you would, and make sure that there’s a clear benefit in every message you send. Sales, promotions, special events, and coupons are great reasons to text. Remember, these are people who are already interested in your company and are therefore more likely to convert.

Conclusion

At Triple Threat Texting, we do our best to help our customers remain compliant while they build their subscriber lists and improve ROI with text message marketing. If you’re unsure about any aspect of your campaign, we recommend reading the CTIA’s Guide to Text Message Marketing Compliance and Best Practices

Curious to learn how text messaging can drive company growth? Sign up for free and start reaping the benefits today! 

Do Keywords Cost Anything?

If you are on the Pay & Go plan, each keyword costs $25 per month in the US and $30 per month in Canada. Each auto-reply sent back to the user costs the same as sending a regular message on your plan. Triple Threat Texting offers bulk rates for keywords if you are renting 20 keywords or more. Please contact our billing department for a quote. We also have a number of monthly plans you can choose from that include one or more keywords for free.

Adding A Keyword

Step 1. From the left navigation panel, click Keywords & Textable Numbers.

Step 2. Click Get Started if this is your first keyword or Add Keyword if you already have at least one. 

Step 3 – Type the keyword you want in the text box, and then click Search. Since you are creating a demo keyword your keyword will have the letters “EZ” in front of it.

If you are creating a demo keyword (as part of your free trial for example) your keyword will have the letters “EZ” in front of it.

Step 4. If the keyword you want is available, we’ll let you know and you can click Activate Keyword to secure it. Depending on your package, you may need to add billing information to pay for the keyword.

Step 5. Next, add your keyword contacts to a Group.

Step 6. If you’re setting up a new group for your new keyword (recommended), we’ll walk you through creating an auto response for contacts that text your keyword. Please note that this is required by the wireless carriers and must always include opt-out instructions.

Step 7. As part of the new group, we’ll give you the opportunity to set up customized Reply Settings and Advanced Features.

Step 9 – This is another optional step where you can configure Advanced Options, such as forwarding opt-ins and configuring an API. When you are done (or if you want to skip this step), click Continue.