If 2017 is the year you plan to get with started guest blogging, you may have no idea where to start. Fortunately, other businesses have blazed a trail ahead of you, creating demand that has led to a large selection of tools you can use to make your efforts a success.
When combined with a sound marketing plan, these tools can help you make 2017 your best year ever.
A large part of making your content marketing campaign a success is reaching out to the right blog host and making a positive impression. Guestpost.com helps you find guest blogging opportunities and track your submissions. With this tool in place, you’ll have the help you need as you attempt to find the perfect sites to place your posts. Perhaps the most useful tool, though, is the list of sites that are currently accepting guest posts, which will likely save you hours of research.
As a powerful CRM, project management, and social CRM tool, Insightly can help you effectively manage all your clients, leads, and contacts as well as stay on top of all the various projects you have in the air at one time. You will be able to improve your productivity, performance, and communication with clients as well as gauge how you are doing with your own business objectives.
The first step toward a successful guest blogging strategy is to create one. To start, you’ll need to be fully aware of the goals you hope to reach with your campaign. GoalsOnTrack lets you set and organize your goals directly from your mobile device. Enter goals and a list of tasks to accomplish to achieve each of them. You can also use the time tracker to show you how much time you spend on each task. The app is designed to motivate you to work toward your goals every day.
Once you have a goal in mind, you’ll need to brainstorm the best approach to take. Whether you’re doing this brainstorming alone or with a team, a mind-mapping tool can help. Coggle is a free solution that you can use to create a visual action plan for your guest blogging efforts. As you’re developing the mind map, you’ll likely think through your strategy and come up with ideas you didn’t originally consider.
You’ll need a constant stream of topics to maintain a regular guest blogging strategy. Alltop brings you the best blogs for a wide selection of topics, allowing you to keep up with what others are interested in reading in your subject matter area. As a result, you’ll be able to generate article ideas that will make blogs eager to host you.
Tweak Your Biz
A click-worthy title is essential to getting attention for your posts. The Tweak Your Biz Title Generator provides a long list of suggested headlines for blog posts related to the keywords you enter. You’ll receive a selection of listicle suggestions, titles that start with the word “Best,” how-to topics, question-based topics, and more.
As you put your new content marketing strategy in motion, you’ll need a way to manage everything. An editorial calendar will help you schedule and oversee your content the same way professional media outlets do. There are many editorial calendars, both free and paid, but WordPress’s Editorial Calendar plug-in will likely be the easiest option for those who already use that platform. You can plan your posts, add team members and manage assignments, and more.
While you’re working hard to build a strong guest blogging presence, it’s important to also keep an eye on the competition. SEOQuake integrates with your browser to provide a site’s Google rating and Alexa rank, among other factors, which can help you determine what might be missing from your own efforts. You can also use this tool to identify blogs that might be high-profile sites for your own guest posts.
In order to determine whether your content marketing efforts are working, you’ll need a tool that can measure your results. Google Analytics will show where your own website’s traffic is coming from, which will help you determine which blog posts are sending customers your way. You can also use this tool to monitor the search terms that lead customers to your site, which will help you determine whether or not your guest blogging efforts are paying off.
Due is a useful tool that provides a way to send online invoices and receive payments, making it an ideal solution for any billing services you may need to handle. While guest blogging does not necessarily involve sending an invoice and getting paid for the contribution, you can use Due’s platform for other clients as well as leverage their time tracking tool so you understand how much time you are spending on producing a guest blog post.
Guest blogging is a great way to get the word out about your brand. However, without a solid strategy, you may find that your efforts are wasted. With the right tools in place, you can set up a content marketing campaign that gets results, making the most of every guest post you write.
How to Develop Super Human Confidence in Your Blog
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.
Should You Search for New Blogging Niche Ideas?
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.
But Is It Worth the Time?
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:
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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