As a blogger, you should understand the responsibility that comes with writing posts online. You are not just a wordsmith who turns thoughts into words, but also an influencer who can move needles with every post you publish.
In a way, you are like a teacher who shares your expertise about your subject to your target audience who act like your students!
Therefore, you need to make sure that every post you write is grammatically impeccable and flawless to communicate your ideas clearly. More importantly, all your content should be jam packed with value, so your readers will be compelled to come back for more
To make all these happen, below are tools that you should use to help you write and publish outstanding blog content for your readers.
Brainstorming for content ideas can be a pain, especially if you have writing for a blog with over hundreds worth of published content. While it would appear as if you have covered everything about the topic, a tool like Content Forest Ideator will help you uncover different angles about the topic to write about.
The tool not only aggregate results from social media containing your keyword, but also shows ideas from Reddit and Quora, both of which are valuable sources for questions that you can answer in your content. Read this review I wrote about Content Forest Ideator for the full scoop. Note: As of writing, the site is currently down it seems. However, I suggest that you watch out for the site once it goes live.
One of the best and most reliable content creation tools in the market, BuzzSumo is a must-have for bloggers. The tool helps you find the most shared content on social media that you can build on your post to create a much better version of it, which could help drive more shares to your blog. You can perform competitive research by looking at a page’s backlinks so you can acquire the same links as your competitors.
Finally, Buzzsumo helps you find Twitter influencers in your niche based on different factors such as retweet ratio, reply ratio, and average tweets. Find influencers with the best metrics and reach out to them with your content so you can enjoy more social shares in return!
Among the different metrics that Google observes when ranking content, uniqueness is arguably at the top of the heap. The search engine values the ability of bloggers to come up with never-seen-before content. However, if you are collaborating with other others on your blog, there’s a chance that they may have copied text online and presented as their own. If you publish copied content, then it won’t rank on Google and other search engines.
To prevent writers from copying content, whether inadvertently or not, Plagiarism Check is the tool that’s perfect for blog editors. Running the content using the text will help you check and see if the content is not copied from a different source. This will save you the heartache from finding out too late that the content submitted by one of your team is duplicate content.
This premier Q&A site is a great source for content ideas. You can search for your keywords in the search bar to reveal questions asked by users. Once you have found the most relevant issues, create posts based on them and link to your content as answers on Quora. Doing so allows you to increase visibility and traffic of your posts.
When optimizing your content for search engines, you want to target keywords with the most search volume to increase your chances of being found and clicked on (assuming that your post already ranks for that phrase).
The tried and true keyword research tool from Google lets you search for keyword phrases according to their search volume. Also, each result reveals tens and hundreds of keywords you can also use and target if you want to tackle more specific topic on your posts. The only drawback of this freemium tool is that it does not reveal you the competitiveness of a keyword.
If the results from Google Keyword Planner aren’t enough for you, TinySuggest helps you find more alternatives. You can then export the keywords to check and see if they have higher search results on Google’s keyword tool. If you are running a premium keyword tool like SEMrush or Long Tail Pro, the results from TinySuggest can help you find the keyword that you should optimize for.
Once you’re in the process of writing, you need to keep distractions in check so you can focus on writing the best version of your article and finish on time. Often, bloggers check their social media and browse the web instead of writing, which robs away time from getting the post done at the soonest possible time.
When it comes to getting rid of distractions, Write! is the tool for you. The distraction-free application comes with powerful productivity tools to keep check of your progress when writing your posts. Write! is perfect when you are writing with a team – you can save the document on the tool and share the unique link to your collaborators, who can then make changes to the document on the fly.
Hemingway helps you compose simple and straightforward sentences for better communication, just like Ernest Hemingway does in his classic novels. The web-based tool helps grade the readability of your article to let you know if it is too simple or technical to your target audience. Hemingway also identifies sentences that are difficult to read and those with better alternatives so you can rewrite them and make them better.
If you enjoy Hemingway, you can download a desktop version just like Write! at a price.
When managing a blog with a team of writers, you want to get on top of things by developing an editorial calendar. It will help you identify the content that your team needs to write in advance so you can brainstorm for topics and review the article before scheduling it for publishing.
CoSchedule makes it easier for bloggers to set up articles to be written and scheduled in the future using its intuitive visual calendar. Also, the tool lets you promote your articles on social media by planning them automatically on specified dates. This function takes away the work of separately scheduling your posts on social using another third-party tool.
If you’re not aware, blogging is not only confined in words. There are times when images and visual content will help you communicate your ideas better and more efficiently. At the same time, images help capture the attention of your audience in a way that words cannot.
However, the problem posed by visual content is that you need to learn a bit of design to be able to create beautiful and stunning images for your blog.
Thankfully, with Canva, you can just click a pre-designed template and customize the appearance to your liking, no design experience needed! The drag and drop builder also lets you add elements to the images to give it a more personal touch from you.
Wrapping it up
At the heart of blogging is your ability to affect and influence people with the content you write. While you probably won’t be using all of the tools mentioned above, make no mistake that they can nonetheless make your job much easier so you can focus on crafting content on your blog that matters.
Why Does It Take Time to Be a Successful Blogger?
Successful bloggers implore you: it takes time to succeed.
I advise following your fun, helping people generously, trusting the process and seeing the blogging journey through. I mention in my eBook how time saving tips make your journey easier. But in the same regard, this journey takes time. Impatient bloggers weed themselves out. Generous, patient, persistent bloggers succeed. Sometimes, successful bloggers realize not the time element and how it works, and never explain in detail why it takes time to succeed. Why do you need to be patient? Why does it take time to succeed? I uncovered 3 reasons why it takes time to be a successful blogger.
1: It Takes Time to Practice a Skill So You Become Really Good At It
Today, I can write 10 to 20 blog posts daily if I so desired. I could easily create 20 videos daily.
10 years ago, I could write 1 blog post weekly and feared doing videos, to where, I never recorded videos as a newbie blogger.
Generous practice plus time made me prolific. Nobody gains skills in 1 day. Humans gain skills practicing 1 craft daily for months, then years. I love basketball. A handful of NBA players disclose how terrible they played after picking up a ball for the first time, 5 or 10 years, prior. Patient, persistent practice and time polished their skills to the point they became successful enough to go pro. Blogging is no different. Successful bloggers practice daily for years before being skilled enough to become a pro.
2: It Takes Time to Gain Big Exposure
Gaining big exposure for success takes time. Every creative act expands your presence a little bit more but those little bits add up over time. New bloggers blind themselves to this concept, believing 1 day and 1 blog post gives them successful exposure enough to make money and gain clout. Nope. Time reveals persistently generous bloggers because getting massive exposure requires months to years of generous, patient, persistent service.
No human can begin blogging at 8 AM as a new blogger and land a Forbes appearance by 12 noon. Nobody knows you. You have no exposure. Humans require time to create and connect in enough spots to gain success promoting exposure. Relax. You are on the way. But allow for time and generosity to leverage your presence. Time is required to be seen in many places.
3: It Takes Time to Uncover and Feel and Release Fears
Do you want to know why I wrote this post? I uncovered this reason a few moments ago. I noticed one income stream yield lesser amounts over the 2 days prior and felt a tiny but palpable surge of fear. Aha! I got you. Feeling fear, I released it and proceeded. I blogged for 10 years. I still feel tiny fears if an income stream yields less money, day to day, based on my expectations. But I needed to face this fear to make more money. New bloggers generally have deep fears concerning money, success and freedom. It takes time to feel and release fears concerning making more than $1 a day until you vibe at the $100, $1000 or $10,000 monthly – or more – level of blogging income.
Time unearths fears for feeling and releasing, to reach the next level of blogging success.
Time is a great blogging ally.
All you need flows to you over time.
Generously create, connect, follow your fun and nudge into fears.
Success is yours.
What Does Your Blogging Network Look Like?
I do nothing on my own.
Everything is a team effort.
As I teach in my blogger networking eBook, the way to increased, ever-expanding blogging success is to look for, grow and tap into a huge, loyal network of blogging friends through the power of generosity. Be generous. Help people. Shout out fellow bloggers. Release expectations. Get super connected. Most of us understand this is how to succeed online; be generous and get connected because 100 is better than 1. 100 friend efforts are far better than your effort alone.
One basic problem arises for most new or struggling bloggers: overcoming the deep fear of networking. For odd reasons, humans cling to pulsating fears concerning reaching out to other human beings. Bloggers fear being rejected, failing, being criticized or giving up credit for their blogging success. Honor that fear. See how far you get on your own steam. Not only that, the agony of micro-managing makes you sick, broke and quite dumb, if you are honest with yourself. How silly of you! Why do everything on your own today? Why not comment genuinely on a few blogs, retweet a few blogger blog posts and mention a few bloggers on your blog? Begin networking. Build a network. Succeed online.
What’s It Look Like?
Be honest, my blogging sweet robbins. What does your network look like? Is it even there? Do you even have a network? Many bloggers publish a post, share it to Twitter and Facebook and sit there, dumbfounded. Do you honestly believe your network just materializes out of thin air? Nope. But if you buy my eBook, follow my 13 steps and build your blogger buddy network by being generous, you can land on famous blogs, earn coin and drive traffic to your blog, too. Everything hinges on your honesty. Admit having only 1, 3 or zero blogging buddies. Truths set you free to network generously and successfully.
How to Grow Your Network
Simple. Be generous. Begin now. Publish a thoughtful, personalized comment below. Be seen. I cannot read all comments but the thousands of people who read blogging tips tend to read comments. Somebody eventually reads your blog comment if you comment genuinely and generously every day on Blogging Tips after reading posts. Someone clicks your link because they love your comment and want to meet you. One visit to your blog later, you may have a blogging buddy, or even a client or customer. Or maybe you have a loyal reader. This is networking 101; be generous, engage people and you build your network.
But do not stop after commenting on Blogging Tips. Branch out. Go wide. Read and comment genuinely on other blogs in your niche. Make more friends. Life gets easier and easier if you have more blogging friends in your corner because these folks inspire you to keep going, plus your friends amplify your presence exponentially.
Be generous and genuine. Reach out to more bloggers every day. Networking is a bit uncomfortable sometimes if you look for immediate returns but gliding through these temporary feelings helps you tap into something special with your blog. Connected bloggers have no issues growing their blogging business because 100 is better than 1. Remember that they next time you try to go lone wolf with your blogging campaign.
Are You Leveling Up with Your Blog?
Every time I reach a new level with my blog, I notice another level invites me. I do not work harder. I never work longer. I love what I do and keep generously helping people but think of how to go wide as I level up. Think of that one for a moment: consider how to go wide, and what it means.
I write and publish multiple posts to my blog. Each post gains views. Going wide. 4 quality posts beats 1 quality post. But I go even wider by writing and publishing multiple guest posts daily. I speak to 2 or 3 or more different blogging audiences, going wider and wider, increasing my exposure and expanding my presence online. But I go even wider as I level up; I contribute on Quora and on the Warrior Forum daily. Leveling up is uncomfortable sometimes but always freeing. Leveling up helps you see greater success versus hitting blogging ceilings.
Be More Generous to Make More Money and to Avoid Lulls
I speak to bloggers who suffer lulls. One client signed up 4 months ago but no clients signed up since. The appearance of a 4 month client drought, or lull, simply indicates a lack of leveling up and a lack of generosity. Even if no clients signed up during your 4 months of leveling up, your eBook sales would triple. Audio book sales would jump, too. Plus you would open 2 new income streams. This just happens. Be generous and blogging will be generous to you.
Being more generous by helping more folks across multiple platforms feels uncomfortable sometimes. Who wants to go wide when doing so means leaving your comfort zone on a daily basis? I love blogging. But I feel uncomfortable writing my third post on a train ride to Connecticut. I will go super wide when I reach the destination though, publishing a combo of posts and guest posts to level up effectively, reaching more people in less time.
Most Bloggers Never Level Up
Most bloggers write and publish a post to their blog weekly. Struggles ensue because they never level up after publishing weekly for 3-6 months. Be more. Serve people generously. Go wide. Publish blog posts and guest posts more frequently to expand your reach. Increase blogging traffic and profits.
Why do you think most bloggers never make $100 during their careers? Few bloggers regularly level up, playing small to be comfortable, dodging their fears. Of course, their fears manifest as 0 dollars and 6 blog visitors daily for the next 12 months UNTIL they level up, go wide, be generous, leave their comfort zones and face their fears. This is not a fluffy, pleasant process but we all pay a fear tax to level up and to become successful bloggers.
Pay Up to Level Up and to Play Up
Pay up by spending time and generous energy reaching as many people as possible through blogging. Guest post. Publish more frequently to your blog. See increased blogging responsibility as more fun and freedom and service. I enjoy freedom offline because I level up online. I pay up, level up and play up in higher blogging circles because all top bloggers paid the same dues to reach the top. Why do top bloggers hobnob with one another? Top bloggers respect how other top bloggers pay their dues on this blogging journey and connect deeply with one another, co-promoting each other’s success.
The fun and freedom you experience through blogging is well worth the effort and discomfort of leveling up.
If you need a guide for facing blogging fears, grab my blogging mindset eBook on the way out.
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