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10 Tools That Guest Bloggers Can Use

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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.

Guestpost.com

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.

Insightly

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.

GoalsOnTrack

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.

Coggle

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.

Alltop

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.

Editorial Calendar

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.

SEOQuake

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.

Google Analytics

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

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.

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Writing: Your Best Blogging Friend

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Writing helps you succeed with blogging. Because writing gives you credibility. Credible bloggers land clients, sell eBooks, place sponsored posts and drive steady traffic, too. Write your rear end off. Write 500-1000 words daily. Write to be confident. Write to be clear. Write to gain credibility in your blogging niche. Of course, most bloggers struggle because few bloggers practice writing offline, daily. Bloggers only write when they publish a blog post or guest post. BIG mistake. Most bloggers publish posts infrequently, meaning you get in little writing practice. Not good.

Why do you believe you can just show up, write and publish a post and become successful quickly? If blogger were this easy, guys like me could have gone pro within weeks of buying my domain and hosting. Alas, it took me thousands of hours and years to go full time because I had to practice writing, creating and connecting to be REALLY good at blogging. Skills, exposure and credibility flow to bloggers who tirelessly practice all aspects of blogging. Everybody else fails and quits.

All money you make through blogging flows to you because people trust you and your blog. Writing skillfully – with confidence and clarity – is the only way people trust you and your blog. The more you write, the more skilled a writer you become. The formula is genuinely simple. But quite uncomfortable to put into action, sometimes. Few bloggers want to practice writing with nobody watching. Some bloggers foolishly skip writing practice because they believe writing offline for practice wastes their time. This is like saying you waste your time practicing shooting hoops in a lonely, empty gym if you aspire to make it to the NBA. NBA stars practiced 10,000 hours or more, often times in quiet, lonely gyms, and always *in private, out of the public eye, with nobody watching*, to become skilled enough to go pro. Expect to take a similar journey in order to become a professional blogger.

Writing is your core skill. If you write well, you make money online. If you write poorly, you do not make money online.

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Every way to profit – out of these 15 strategies – can work quite nicely if you practice writing offline daily. Practice to become confident. Practice to become clear on your writing. Confident, clear writers write with authority. Writing with authority inspires trust in your readers. Again; this is a simple process. But sometimes, this process feels uncomfortable. Nudge through discomfort. Write, write and write some more. People who trust you based on your writing skills tend to buy your eBooks, hire you to coach them, hire you to freelance write for them and buy sponsored posts on your blog. Be diligent in writing. The money flows to you based on how much you practice writing. Plus, practicing your writing makes you prolific. Being prolific increase your blog traffic and blogging profits, too. No downsides exist to writing offline daily. Only upsides. So….write!

Practice in private. Shine in public.

Any successful blogger you envy now practiced writing so diligently that you would never envy their writing practice. After having written millions of words both online and offline, nobody envies the work I put into going pro. But being free to circle the globe? Worth it!

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Do You Assume too Much?

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One of the biggest problems in blogging; bloggers assume too much. Perfect example is someone emails looking for your best sponsored post price. Right away, most bloggers fear losing money to a cheapie because they ASSUMED someone looking for the best price is cheap. Based on past experience. NO! Do NOT do this. Because based on NOT assuming, but being open and in the moment, more than a handful of folks looking for the best price placed orders at my full price, when I shared it was my final price. I rarely if ever assume because assuming cuts you off from traffic and money, based on past experience and future expectations.

These days, I am more in the moment. I am open. Let’s say a blogger quotes their sponsored post price as being $100. A blogger outreach service pro asks for a lower, better price. In that moment, you can do one of two thing: make a foolish assumption that the individual cannot afford $100 or simply share how $100 is your flat, final price. Assuming they cannot afford $100 INSTANTLY robs you of $100. I mean, instantly. Labeling their email as spam or being nasty with them immediately robs you of $100, based on your ignorant assumption. Choosing not to assume anything opens you up to making a quick $100. Wealthy people with large budgets sometimes seek the best price. Rockefeller would be worth $280 billion today – by estimates – and he balanced his books to the penny. He sought the best price but had billions to invest and did invest billions to be the wealthiest person the world has ever known.

This is why I wrote Creating the Mindset of a Successful Blogger for you. How you choose to think and feel dictates how you act. How you act dictates your success. Failures cling to the past and wander into the future by assuming future scenarios based on past experience. But wise bloggers remain grounded in the present, never assuming. Of course, many cheap bloggers willing to pay only $5 for a $100 sponsored post emailed you with “the best price” reply, in the past. But never rob yourself of $100 by assuming these folks do not have $100 to invest in your guest post. I leave no stones unturned. The way I see it, spending 1 second to read a “Give me a sponsored post for $5” email here and there is worth the “OK, let’s place it for $100” email I see more often these days. Assuming cuts you off from abundance. Being open-minded tunes you in to abundance. Make more money. Be open-minded. Stop assuming.

A few moments ago, our Uber driver told us he originally hailed from Jordan. He has been in the USA for 20 years. My silly mind made a quick assumption; he must live in NYC, like many folks do who immigrated to the USA over the past few decades. He still had a heavy accent. But I refused to assume this and asked him where he lived in the USA. He said in the same New Jersey suburban development where we lived. Small world! Not assuming opens you up to fun, fascinating experiences. Stop assuming online. You’ll make more money, too, and will enjoy your blogging journey.

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Blogging Success Is YOUR Choice

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Blogging success is your choice. Blogging failure is your choice. YOU choose. Never blame anyone or anything for your blogging failure. Everything in life begins and ends with you because life follows your thoughts and feelings. People or things may *appear* to slow you down or get in your way. But all appearances are illusions. Illusions are not real, not true. You and you alone choose to succeed based on your chosen thoughts and feelings, independent of situations or circumstances around you.

For example, I had a tough time falling to sleep last night. Didn’t pass out until after 6 AM and only slept to 9:30 AM. Tossing and turning, my mind raced with fears. I feared being exhausted and getting sick. I feared work I’d be behind on, today. I also feared simply sitting with my racing thoughts and feelings, being in bed for hours, since I lay down in bed at midnight. I could choose to lay in bed to observe the fears or I could watch Netflix. I chose to observe fears. Eventually, I chose to get up and write my first blog post of the day at 5 AM. I feared waking to work due to fatigue. But nudging into the fear allowed me to create content, positioning myself to expand my success.

I also chose to wake at 9:30 AM after limited sleep to do 20 minutes of intense Kriya yoga, to meditate for 30 minutes and to spend 30 seconds in an icy cold shower. Heck yeah I feared doing each on 3 hours of sleep. But successes CHOOSE to BE the people that succeed. Life unfolds as a series of personal choices. Either you make comfortable choices based on fear, struggle, fail and quit blogging. Or you make uncomfortable, freeing and usually fun choices based on love, leading to your blogging success. You choose. No one can choose for you. No one can wade through fear for you. No blogger can glide through the discomfort for you. This is an intimately personal experience that you need to face, embrace and live, to succeed in blogging, all based on your choices.

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I observed these cute little – actually big – guys during my 4 month trip to Savusavu, Fiji. The little dog men swooped in every night like clockwork, working the papaya trees on the front lawn on dusk. The fruit bats never missed a night; their survival depended on feasting at sundown every single evening. Develop the same attitude with your blog to guarantee success. Be like clockwork. Show up daily. Work. Shine bright in a world of blogging failures who choose to work in fits and starts before choosing to quit. Blogging feels uncomfortable but the journey gets easier success-wise by choosing to wade through scary, unpleasant periods. You have a personal choice to make: generously help people for hours daily over years to succeed online. Or choose not to, guaranteeing your failure. You choose. I believe in you. I know you can choose success. Choose not to fear burnout. Choose to be happy about your future blogging success.

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