Earlier this week I wrote about the importance of choosing a good motif for your blog. Today, I would like to follow up by discussing a few pointers on selecting that motif for your blog. It is important to have a good motif for your blog because it goes hand in hand with the branding of your online publication. Such an integrated aspect of your blog has an impact on your audience’s ability to recognize your content and more readily become familiarized with it. Your blog motif also sets the ton for the future potential of your blog, from topics covered by yourself and other contributors to the companies that will be able to advertise on your site.
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I have found that many people seeking advice prior to launching their own blog have a hard time selecting a good motif because they are unfamiliar with the blogging process overall. Understanding the way in which blogging works is a helpful guide, even in selecting a blog motif, as it helps you make your decisions regarding a blog you are about to launch. See here for my initial post on why a good blog motif is important, and read BloggingTips regularly to gain additional perspective on how the blogging process works.
When choosing a blog motif, a good exercise to do is to sit back and consider the things that you are passionate about. If you are thinking of starting a blog, you most likely have a topic in mind. There is already something you want to write about–already a topic you feel is important enough to share your relevant thoughts with the world. Stick with this initial thought process and begin tweaking from there.
Cash In on Missed Opportunities
I recommend tweaking your ideas around your initial topic of choice because your topic has most likely been covered by another successful blogger already. I am not suggesting that you avoid a topic for this reason–just about anything you think of as a blogging topic has been covered already by another blogger. Yet checking out their blog may give you a few points of inspiration for the manifestation of your own blog. See what the other blogger has done successfully, and where they can improve regarding the implementation of their blog motif.
One common opportunity for this is to see what areas of that blog motif other bloggers have missed. Let’s say your blog is all about cereal. Another blog with this motif may cover the basics of the best and worst of our favorite breakfast food. Perhaps your blog could cover cereal with a multimedia twist, adding a tab for videos of cereal-eating contests or unboxing a new cereal box prize every week.
Go Outlet Shopping
Shop around for other sites that can help you promote your blog. This is part of the exercise of letting the blogging process guide your initial topic-tweaking. Once you launch your blog, where will you promote it? Which sites out there are akin to your topic of choice and can help to support your blogging efforts?
Seek out forums where individuals are already discussing topics related to your motif. Groups on social networking sites offer similar media outlets for promoting your blog. Not only will this help validate or further prompt you to tweak your motif, but it will also give you a glimpse at the areas of interest within your motif that can be addressed on your blog. What concerns are people discussing, and would you be willing to cover these concerns on your blog? If so, you know that you already have interesting content that your target audience will be willing to read and share on these other media outlet sites.
Going through this process can help you think about the larger implications of the topic you initially considered blogging about, and will help you become more creative about its promotion once you have launched your online publication. Consider this an opportunity to hit the ground running.
Back to Square One
If you simply want to blog and you have yet to think of an initial topic, an exercise I have found helpful is to spend a few days nothing your thought process. What to you find yourself thinking about for a large portion of the day? What topics do you discuss with your coworkers, family and friends? What kind of observations do you make to yourself or to the person sitting in the car with you?
A great way to do this exercise is to simply tweet. Begin tweeting whenever you think of something interesting that would be worthy to share with the world. If you already tweet regularly, go through your profile and see exactly what you spend all day talking about. You may be surprised what the majority of your thoughts stream about. Perhaps you thought you may want to blog about cereal, but it turns out that you talk about shoes far more often. Do some research in the type of shoes you tweet about the most and make yourself a niche expert for this motif. Now, begin your blog.
Lastly, don’t be afraid to screw up your blog motifs. There is always room for evolving your blog, including its motif. In fact, a successful blog needs to evolve in order to remain fresh and appealing to a new potential audience base. Play around with some different motifs on Twitter or Facebook notes, as this can give you an idea of the blogging process before you purchase a domain name. And have fun!
Landing Page Optimization Tips for Better Conversion
Properly designed and optimized landing pages often generate more leads than those that are poorly built. Overall layout and design of a landing page should support your compelling copy and also work great with other elements to persuade landing users to take an action you want. Whether you want to build a landing page for your next digital marketing campaign or simply want to optimize an existing one for better conversion, you can make use of the following landing page optimization tips to generate more leads.
Be Sure to Craft Convincing & Catchy Headlines
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A perfect landing page always has a headline that describes an offer or product clearly. You can make a headline compelling and catchy too by adding some strong and convincing words in it. By doing so, you will successfully be able to persuade your audience to read the full copy. You can also test different headlines to find out which one works well for you.
Design Makes the Difference
A landing page sounds like a virtual shopping window for each your visitors, and if it is appealing enough to grab the attention, it will make your service, product or offer look great too for them. Simple yet creative and pleasing to eye design and a well-written copy are the most important elements of a winning landing page. These both should work together in order to encourage visitors to take action. After choosing a perfect design, you need to make sure that content is also placed in the right order to make sense. You can also visit https://landingi.com/blog/create-landing-pages-that-convert to create landing pages for better conversions.
Choose Typography Prudently
Typography can make a huge difference between an appealing and ugly landing page. That is the reason you should choose the typography for your landing pages carefully to make the content more logical to the visitors. A well formatted and easy to read copy keeps the visitors focused and also reduce the efforts required to read.
Compelling & Scannable Copy
Clean and crisp tone should be used to create a compelling copy for a landing page, in order to convey the value of your offer or product. Majority of the web users usually scan the web content to find exactly what they need to know. That’s why the copy create for a landing page should also be scannable for the visitors. Use of the different font sizes is a superb idea to differentiate between the more and less important contents of a landing page.
Optimize for Search Engines
Make your landing page appear in top search engine results by using different on-page SEO tactics. Optimizing your landing page for search engines is the best way to get a huge amount of organic visits. Creative use of target keywords in the content, personalized URL, meta tags, meta description and image alt tags are some best-known SEO practices to increase the visibility of your landing page in search engines.
An attention-grabbing CTA
You have to be careful while making and placing CTA (call to action) on your landing page because the design and location of the CTA matters a lot. The core purpose of a call to action is to get visitors excited about the offer by letting them know what they are going to get. Adding it on the page too early can irritate and even scare your visitors. So, find out the best time and location to add CTA ingeniously into the page.
A/B testing is the way to compare two different designs or pages in order to find out which one is more effective and fertile as well. After getting the test results, optimize each and every element of your landing page to make it work the best for you.
If you want to improve your blogging or affiliate marketing earnings and conversions, be sure to start implementing each of these methods above into your content creation and marketing strategies.
How to Do Blogger Outreach Right
Blogger outreach confuses most bloggers.
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People reach out in desperation.
Or bloggers reach out trying to get something from influential bloggers.
I either block or ignore most blogger outreach emails because people want to use me for my blogging platform. Sure I am promised a rich link, a valuable post or some other enticement, but most bloggers using crappy outreach tactics:
- are unknown
- offer little value
- want to use me and my blog for their gain
- are not connected
- are not influential
- have no clout
- have not paid their dues
- have not helped people freely
- have not earned the right to appear on my blog
Observe Bubbie Gunter. Follow him. He does outreach right.
He reaches out to me by helping me. He is generous. He focuses on me. What does this prove? He wanted to befriend me because he was interested in me, NOT in what I could do for him. Naturally, I happily promoted him, we became friends and one neat benefit is we keep helping each other. Bubbie also purchased some of my stuff; bonus points, my Young Blogging Padawans, if you want to stand out in my mind.
I get emails from bloggers all the time who want to appear on my blog but who complain about spending money for sponsored posts. Other bloggers complain about spending money for a freaking 4 dollar eBook. Other bloggers complain about spending money on my 350 dollar blogger course. How in God’s name do you expect to impress me if you complain about what I offer? Thousands of people complain. I ignore these thousands of people. A handful of generous, kind bloggers like Bubbie promote me and buy my stuff. Can you see why he gets a link on Blogging Tips?
I trust him because he did blogger outreach right. He helped me. He did not reach out, to manipulate me to help him. He did not reach out cold. He did not reach out as a stranger. He reached out generously, warmly and genuinely. He did blogger outreach right.
Picture break; check out my current street in Chiang Mai, Thailand.
Blogger Outreach Is Helping and Hugging Not Asking for Hand Outs
Most bloggers reach out to bloggers, asking for a hand out. Hey, can you help me out? Hey, I need a link on your blog. Hey, I need a link to my business but even though I love your blog SO much, your rate does not fit into my budget. Lame.
A few bloggers reach out to help me and hug me. Warm and generous, these wise bloggers retweet my post, buy an eBook and email me to connect deeper. Help and a hug. Meanwhile, all other bloggers find my spam folder or simply give up after I ignore their 3 follow up emails.
Strangers fade away. Friends thrive.
Strangers vanish. Friends prosper.
Self-serving, greedy or desperate bloggers fail. Generous, connected bloggers succeed.
Watch my recent live video from Thailand:
Alonzo Pichardo, Jan Verhoeff and Monna Ellithorpe watched my video and chatted with me. No agendas. Not trying to GET anything. Doing what friends do. I take care of my friends. I love giving my friends oodles of links on my blog and via my guest posts. I love helping them. Organic, pure, powerful blogger outreach in action. Help people, make friends, have fun, prosper.
The alternative; try blog on your own, as a stranger. Reach out cold. Get pissed off when you only deal with strangers pitching you, said strangers not respecting you because they do not know you.
You can be on the outside looking in. Or you can do blogger outreach right and be connected.
Before we go, you can grab my blogger outreach eBook here:
1 Uncomfortable But Necessary Step to Making More Money through Your Blog
10 years ago I relied on 1 prospering stream.
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Today I rely on no income streams.
I figured out; helping people for free and being detached about 5 to 10 to 15 income streams helped me make more money through my blog.
Making this journey from attachment to one stream, to detachment from many streams, felt incredibly uncomfortable. I felt terrified to gradually release different income streams on the journey too. I loved freelance writing. Made some nice coin through the income channel. But intuitively, I knew I had to let it go to move toward eBooks, courses and a 100% passive income model because going passive helps me focus exclusively on creating content and earning money around the clock as I traveled the globe.
Heck yeah I enjoyed trading time for money many years ago because doing so felt comfortable and familiar. Heck yeah I feared trusting that my passive income would grow if I added many passive streams to my blogging portfolio and if I focused on creating content.
But here I am. Living in Thailand for months.
Eventually, to make more money through your blog, you need to add a passive or semi-passive income model and get incredibly busy helping people for free, because few folks on earth charge $50,000 or more per hour. I have no idea about Tony Robbin’s hourly coaching rates. But I know he ain’t charging only $1000 per hour. He is the most famous coach on earth. He coaches former presidents and the best athletes on earth. Outside of being the most famous or most skilled human on earth in your niche, you WILL hit an earnings ceiling trading time for money solely via an active income model.
But if you add 1, 2 then 10 passive income elements to your blog, earnings potential has no ceiling. Someone can buy my blogging course in the next hour. $350. 10 people can buy my eBooks, priced at about 4 smackers. Someone may advertise on my blog. Another blogger buys 3 of my audio books. All buys occur while I write this post or perhaps fall within a window where I write 3 posts for my blog.
Passive income can increase exponentially through as many channels as you open, at any time, from all over the globe.
Photo break; me by the roof top pool here in Chiang Mai, Thailand.
Owners do not trade time for money. Owners invest money and energy, and build a fortune passively. Why? Owners know passive income potential has no limits, with exponential growth over time. Every one of the top 1,000 wealthiest people on earth worked for FREE for many years to set up passive income that made them the wealthiest people on earth. Although some of these icons may make coin through sky high hourly consulting rates, the billions of their net worth flowed in passively, due to their free service, free help and generous value shared.
Leave the employee mindset of trading time for money behind.
Embrace the owner mindset of opening 1, 2 or 15 passive income streams. Give 99% of your time and energy to creating helpful content and building bonds with top bloggers like Kulwant Nagi. He teaches you how to make money blogging through passive income models and is a fabulous dude too. Follow him.
Feel free to keep an active income model open. Coaching, freelance writing or consulting can be lucrative streams, for sure. But every hour you spend trading time for money, I am creating free content that expands my reach and helps me earn money through 15 passive income streams.
I learned from the great Bob Proctor that multiple sources of passive income can help you live a life of freedom. Years ago, Bob had already opened and earned through 220 passive income streams. No; that is not a typo.
Are you trading time for money, solely?
You better open passive streams and get busy helping people for free.
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