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The 10 Commandments of Blogging

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Whether you’re blogging for fun or profit, there are rules you want to abide by. This will make sure your blog has the best chance of getting discovered.

In this post, we’ll go over the ten commandments of blogging. Following these rules will give your site a shot at success.

Are you ready to start a blog? Let’s begin.

1. Thou Shall Follow Google’s Best Practices

As a blogger, you want your site to show up in the search results. And the best way of doing that is by sticking to Google’s best practices.

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Google’s Webmaster Guidelines has all the information you need to start on the right track.

2.  Thou Shall Post Regularly and Frequently

You need to set up a posting schedule. And you need to stick to it once it’s established. That way, your audience will know when to expect fresh content to arrive. It’s also good for SEO.

Once a week would be a good starting point.

But as you go on, you would want to post more often than that. If you can, try to publish a new post everyday especially if your blog has other contributors.

3. Thou Shall Find Your Voice

It’s also important to find your voice. Do not copy how other successful bloggers write. You need to stay true to yourself.

How do you do that?

Start by setting rules that you have to adhere to. Then look at your audience and see what they’re looking for. More often than not, you’ll find that someone else has already written about the topic you want to write about. In that case, find a unique angle and give your own take.

4. Thou Shall Leverage Visual Content

Having images, videos, infographics, charts, graphs, and other forms of media on your post will help retain your reader’s attention. It also promotes user engagement and helps you tell your story more effectively.

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Venngage is a great tool for developing images and infographics for any type of post.

5. Thou Shall Engage With Your Audience

Find a way to interact with your audience through social media, forums, or the comments section. Answer their questions or simply say thanks. If they’re confused by something you wrote, use this chance to clarify what you meant.

If you have an analytics tool installed on your blog, you can refer to the data to find more about your audience.

You can invite loyal readers to contribute to your blog. Not only is it a good way of connecting with them, but you’re also able to publish new content.

Ask your followers to promote your posts on social media. It’s a fantastic way of getting new eyes on your blog site. If you have a mailing list, ask a reader for an email address where you could send newsletters.

6. Thou Shall Choose a Good Domain Name

A great domain name can make a great difference. For bloggers, their domain name is their brand. So you should choose your domain name wisely.

  • What makes a great domain name? Here are some pointers:
  • Use a .com domain extension as much as possible.
  • Do not add special characters like hyphens.
  • Avoid having numbers in your domain name.
  • Keep your domain name short and easy to remember.
  • Check if other brands or businesses are using a similar domain to avoid confusion.

Profit Blitz has a post on domain name ideas if you’re looking for inspiration.

7. Thou Shall Not Steal Content From Other Blogs

For obvious reasons, plagiarism is not cool with the blogging community. So only post original content. Search engines like Google punish sites that steal content once caught. It’s just not worth the risk.

8. Thou Shall Perform Keyword Research

Keyword research plays an important role in any type of site. You want to post content that people are actively searching for.

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You can use free tools like Google’s Keyword Planner or Ubersuggest to see what search terms are being used in your niche. Then base your articles around those topics.

9. Thou Shall Check for Typos and Clarity

A post that has a crazy amount of typos can make your blog look unprofessional. Fortunately, there are online tools you can use to check your articles for misspellings and other grammatical errors.

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You can use the Hemingway App or Grammarly to quickly scan your document. Both tools send alerts when they find problems and offer suggestions on how to fix them.

10. Thou Shall Make Your Posts Easy to Read

Your readers will most likely use a phone to read your posts. So having long paragraphs might be a turnoff for them. Try to keep your paragraphs two to three sentences long.

Don’t make it hard for readers to scan through your post.

Christopher Jan Benitez is a freelance writer for hire who provides actionable and useful web content to small businesses and startups. In his spare time, he religiously watches professional wrestling and finds solace in listening to '80s speed metal.

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How to Develop Super Human Confidence in Your Blog

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Baby steps, my Young Blogging Padawans.

New bloggers, baby step your way to being super human confident in your blog. Being wracked by doubt, with a little wild excitement mixed in, you cannot gain unreal confidence in your blog today. But slowly and steadily gaining clarity gives you the foundation upon which to become a highly successful blogger who feels bold, knowing your blog rocks.

I am about super human confident in my blog. I am developing the same level of confidence in my eBooks and courses, too. Why? Believing in my blog and premium offerings helps me to help more people and I also make more money too, which is neat, considering I live a worldly life.

Follow these tips.

1: Feel and Release Fears-Doubts Aligned with Your Blog

Before you become confident, you need to purge any lack of confidence. I know this feels bad but tis a necessary step to become super duper confident in your blog and in your premium offerings, too. Sit with doubts, those nasty traitors. Be with your fears about self, your writing ability and your blog presentation. Feel these unpleasant energies. Clear the energies. Proceed from a clearer, more confident, space. Confidence is borne of clearing a lack of confidence. Do messy energy work to become uber confident in your blog and in your blogging abilities.

2: Surround Yourself with Loving Bloggers

Loving, caring, compassionate bloggers see brilliance in you when you cannot seem to see it in yourself. Although all confidence issues flow inside-out, you need a network of supportive people around you who believe in you, versus being around haters or negative nellies. Never, ever, ever surround yourself with poverty conscious, failure conscious bloggers. Are you running a cyber charity? Are you a therapist? No! Negative people stuck in fear and failure throw negative cross currents into your being, shaking your already fragile confidence in your blog.

Hang with folks who believe in you and who believe in your blog. Pros share where and how you can improve but they always believe in someone who follows their dreams, and will instill that faith in you, and in your blog, too.

3: Write Your Butt Off and Publish Content Like the Dickens

Writing and publishing content is like breathing to me. I do not lose confidence in my ability to breathe because this is an automatic, auto-pilot, process. I just breathe without thinking about it. Ditto for writing and blogging. I wrote and blogged for 20,000 to 30,000 hours so now it is an automatic, easy process I have super human confidence in. I do not even think about it because I do it routinely, automatically, on a type of auto-pilot borne of making writing and blogging a habit.

If someone criticizes my blog, it is like someone criticizing my breathing; sounds weird, or funny, but it stirs me not, because I have equal confidence in each.

4: Do Energy Work

I do not play around; 3-4 hours of energy work daily allowed me to face, feel and release blog doubts, to become the clear, confident blogger I am today. Consider meditating, or doing yin yoga, or doing Kriya yoga, and power walking. Or do it all. I spend 3-4 hours doing each – collectively – daily, to expand my awareness so I can feel and clear doubts and so I can blog mainly from an abundant, generous, relaxed, detached vibe.

Be confident guys. Believe in your blog. Follow these 4 tips to succeed and to become super human confident in your blog.

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Should You Search for New Blogging Niche Ideas?

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Why?

Ask yourself that question and you will get an answer that best suits you.

I went with the blogging tips niche for people who want to circle the globe. But I did not go for this niche to be new, edgy or different. I had lived that life for many years. This made sense for me. I was being genuine, honest and as authentic as one can be. Perfect match. But if I chose a new niche from an energy solely of financial gain, being popular or some other fear-based driver, I would have fallen flat on my blogging face.

Why would you ask someone for new niche ideas? What is the energy or intent there? Do you want the fast track to success? Or are you in a creative space, wishing to do something different? I see searching for new blogging niches as being a waste of time considering the endless, established niches we already have at our disposal. Why waste time and energy searching for some niche if you have all the niches you need right before your cyber eyes? Toss in the fact that you need to research the niche inside-out if you have no prior knowledge and you invest a significant amount of time just to get the blog off of the ground. Makes no sense to me.

What do you love talking about? What is your biggest passion? Start there. Select that niche. You already have an ample supply of information in your noggin and the confidence to discuss the niche in clear, cogent fashion. Who cares if the niche is new or old? The blogging tips niche – my main niche – has been around for a few decades. Who cares? There is nothing new under the sun blogging-wise but thousands of new bloggers join our ranks daily. I also find that I seem to be converting people to blogging the more I persist in creating and connecting, keeping at this gig, being present, helping spread awareness about a pretty cool blogging niche, and, about a pretty cool way to help people and to free yourself.

Go with What You Know

When it comes to picking a blogging niche, go with what you know. Pick a niche inside of your blogging and knowledge wheelhouse because being armed with knowledge, experience, and a pulsating passion for discussing the niche makes you stand out from the blogging crowd in a major league way. I created this blogging course in under a day. Imagine that? 6 hours of recordings and oodles of blogging knowledge, packaged into a course that I created in under 24 hours. Imagine how much I needed to know about blogging and how confident and clear I had to be in myself, to ship in 24 hours? I go with what I know; sure doesn’t hurt me.

But when you pick a new blogging niche you have no knowledge of, it takes you 2 months to create and ship the course. Not good. There is the quick, and the dead, in the blogging world. We need be patient, persistent and generous to succeed online but in the same regard, adding years to your learning curve by deviating from what you know is a foolish blogging idea. Why? Go with what you know to prosper mightily over the long haul and to hit the ground running.

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But Is It Worth the Time?

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One of my favorite check up blogging activities involves asking if some blogging action is worth the time. Someone may ask me to do something to benefit them. Sometimes, I do it. But often, it is not worth the time I would put into the action. Why? My time is precious. All time is precious. Thinking how a specific action leverages your presence in a specific amount of time gives you clarity in making a decision.

Someone may ask me to guest post on a blog completely out of my niche. Is it worth the time? Almost always, nope. But even if I do it once I likely never do it again because I only have so much time daily to work with, and I cannot spend 1 second trying to connect with an audience who has zero interest in what I have to offer. Just my gig. I have too much to do daily, to do anything otherwise. The secret for any new blogger is to learn this time posture tip and to put it into action before your schedule gets filled with clients and speaking to customers and creating and connecting. New bloggers believe they possess all the time in the world but this ain’t true. New bloggers need be as ruthless with their time or else other people will trample all over their time.

Imagine if someone asks you to self-publish an eBook on an unknown platform because the person enjoys reading eBooks on the platform. Would it be worth the 3 hours it took to write and proofread and ship the eBook to put it on a platform for one person? Nope. Waste of time. But you would be surprised at how many new bloggers or struggling bloggers make this foolish decision, choosing to waste their time for one person with weird, exotic tastes. What WOULD be worth your time? Write the eBook, self-publish on Amazon and gain access to an audience of hundreds of millions of people. This is smart use of your time because 3 hours of work gives you access to millions of people. Do you see why I promote my Amazon eBooks all day long?

Speaking of, buy my eBook:

5 Tips for Learning How to Say “No” to Online Partnerships

because this read melds perfectly with the topic of this blog post. We need turn down or release certain online partnerships that do not resonate with our blog, brand, schedule and overall energy. I released a few of these over the years because I was not resonant with the gig. Accepting out of a sense of guilt, or, loss of opportunity-money, would have completely wasted my time. I would have needed to own that one, big time, because if you say “yes” to an opportunity you do not vibe with, you waste time every split second you engage with the business partner, or, in the business opportunity itself.

Check your value filter. What do you most value? Before you do anything with your blog, ensure this activity aligns with your values. I value writing to help people, I value promoting my eBooks and I value promoting my course, too. Which is why you see me guest posting here and on a gazillion other blogs while publishing 5 or more posts to Blogging From Paradise these days. I spend time on what I value to help more folks, to succeed and to have fun enjoying the ride.

Do the same before you decide to engage in any blogging activity.

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