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How To Create Super Engaging Blog Content

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Content is still the king of a blog and it will always be.

Having a blog with great readership gives better results than a blog with huge traffic yet no engagement. If you’ve noticed blogs like BasicBlogTips, AdrienneSmith etc., each of the blog posts gets hundreds of comments and the discussion keeps going. It is because, they engage with the readers.

Even Google loves blogs with good readership and engagement. We all know, after all, it is content that makes up a blog.

We’ve been reading the same write-epic-content articles since ages.

When I was a newbie, just like most of the others, I Googled several times with different keywords to find some ways to create some extraordinary content, so as to get readership, engage, rank well and everything. Fortunately, I found dozens of articles and ironically, none of them worked with my blog. I experimented with my blog and then, I got some results. My latest blog, which is just a baby, is getting around 20 and more comments, which is not bad at all. Moreover, ignoring the traffic stats for a second, my bounce rate is very low- which indicates that READERS ARE ACTUALLY READING my blog.

An average person who lands on your blog while searching for something, just wants an answer to his query. Most of such people do not entirely read the article. They just scan it. It has sometimes become hard to keep them reading the series of your blog posts.

It is actually not so difficult to engage with readers when you write so. But how?

Use Catchy Headlines

Write Super Epic ContentLike discussed earlier, when a reader lands on your blog while searching for something…wait! Why should someone land on your blog?

There are two obvious reasons for a person to visit your blog through search engines. Out of the top ten results, why did he/she chose your blog?

  1. You are either familiar/famous
  2. Your post title dragged the person

The first point completely depends on the hard work you do and the strategies you follow. Well, let me complete this too. Start guest blogging, build a loyal audience, be active on social media, interact with readers and promote yourself. These points will obviously create a brand for your blog.

Now, let’s get back to the point. When you have a killer title, the subconscious takes over the conscious part. Because, you don’t actually know what’s inside the post and still, you are likely to read it.

Always write the MOST attractive headline to grab readers. If you notice the term MOST; I want you to use the superlative degrees in your post titles so as to grab readers’ attention. Here’s an example.

  1. 10 Good Ways To Promote Your Blog
  2. 10 Better Ways To Promote Your Blog
  3. 10 Best Ways To Promote Your Blog

Among the three, which one tells you that it has the BEST content. And, no one would ever like to read something which is useful, everyone wants the MOST useful, EASIEST, SIMPLEST; in short, the BEST content.

I’ve recently written an article for ProbloggingSuccess. I’m sure, you’ll change the way you write titles.

How To Write Killer Headlines

Have A Writing Style

Why do you think Seth Godin has such a massive following?

Of course, his writing has the richest value. Also, he has his own unique style of writing, which no one else has.

In his recent interview published on Copyblogger, read his response.

I seldom read his blog and if I were asked to list out three blogs that I regularly follow- he stands top!

So, the ultimate point is- have a write style of your own. Let others inspire you, never let them influence.

Write like you talk! The users will so get connected with your content. Eh, connection! This reminds me of Ravinder Singh, a famous Indian author. If you have never believed in the fact that a piece of writing can make someone cry, I highly recommend reading his books.

Use Short Paragraphs

Refer above paragraphs.

It is because, human brains have a tendency of stepping back on seeing something which takes time or which looks tough.

And, longer paragraph always fall in this category. They might not actually fear. But, they’ll definitely (mostly) skip reading it.

Use short paragraphs and no matter how long your post is. You still have shorter paragraphs and so does the reader keeps reading your content.

Add Humor

Content that Makes People LaughWho doesn’t like to laugh? Kristina Stewart, this one is not for you.

A human brain always looks for refreshment and laughter is one of the best, you could do. When you add a little humor to your blog posts, you may soon go viral too.

Please keep in mind that forced-humor is always different from the humor. Yeah! I know, Hollywood movies have taught this as well.

Start With A Bang

People who STILL read newspapers know the structure of an article. The important thing is all covered in the very first paragraphs and then, they continue with the details.

But, it is not the same in case of writing for the web. We should first create an impression and carry on the recency effect till the end and, put the stuff in the end (I hope, you understand what STUFF means).

The format, while writing for print and the web are completely different.

Key Points

It is already proved that having something catchy at the beginning, makes the audience read the entire post.

Either put up some relevant quote or an interesting statistical date to grab the audience attention. Asking question also isn’t a bad idea, is it?

Use Images

Even while putting images in a blog post, have a style. Some people never add stock images, while some others like me do.

Some bloggers always like to use textual graphics and some others go with vectors. And, TheBadBlogger? You know what he puts.

Read my interview with him either on Koundeenya.com or TheBadBlogger.com (Yes, it is on both the blogs).

But, why should you use images in your blog posts?

Because, sometimes, you may not have words to exhibit data and most of the times, graphics always speak better than words. Infographics can be the best ever example.

Moreover, when you have a page full of content without any headings, images or highlights, I’m gonna mistake it for a thesis paper and so do the readers. We are not here to write reports, we have blogs, write posts and, it needs a format.

When you have a relevant image in your blog post, it attracts more readers.

Even on social media, the great impressions and clicks go to those posts, which have a featured image.

Use Subheadings

As I said earlier, people just look for answers. So, when you use subheadings in your blog posts, it will make it easier for them, to understand and for you, to increase readership.

Make sure, you are not completely giving out the whole contextual message in the subheading. Give them a clue and leave.

They’ll definitely read the entire thing.

Ask Questions

What’s your take?

What do you think is the most important thing to create engaging content?

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My name is Foxy, and my job is to sniff out the good guest bloggers from the ones who aren't. This post was written by a contributing author to Blogging Tips. If you would like to learn more about becoming a writer (not one-time guest blogging) for BloggingTips.com, please contact us.

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Who Do You Surround Yourself with in Your Blogger Network?

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Some bloggers cannot see the forest for the trees, like the beautiful, lush, thriving national park I visited in New Jersey recently.

The masses tend to be caught up in fear, pain and struggle because they cannot see the big picture.

Birds of a feather flock together.

You have heard that one, right?

I circle the globe and change time zones like most folks breathe. Would I be wise to surround myself with people who tremble at leaving their home town or home neighborhood? Nope. Such people would teach me the world makes for a scary, dangerous place. I would get advice like play it safe, be comfortable, get a job, buy a home and take it easy, from such folks. Such folks also live a bland life because if you rarely or never leave your comfort zone, you cannot:

  • grow
  • thrive
  • face your fears
  • serve humanity
  • be a bright light for people to follow
  • live your deepest, wildest dreams

Obviously, I chose to surround myself with bloggers who happily circled the globe as successful bloggers. I also surrounded myself with happy, successful, home body bloggers too; to learn the basics of building a rocking blog effectively. I learned how to succeed from my blogger friend network, sponging up their knowledge, inspiration and insight.

Meanwhile, if you surround yourself with new, struggling or failing bloggers you will get advice on how to struggle, fail, or flounder through your blogging day.

Do bloggers around you complain about losing $50 on blogging? Lose these zero’s immediately and surround yourself with bloggers who invest thousands of dollars on their blogs. High rollers teach you to succeed. Broke jokes teach you how to fail.

Do bloggers around you see making $25 as being a huge amount of money? You better lose the low-aiming crowd to surround yourself with bloggers who see $1000 and $10,000 and more as making coin.

Do bloggers around you circle the globe as swash buckling travelers? Check out this photo from my trip to Vietnam. Kong: Skull Island was filmed here.

Time to ditch the comfort zone crowd to hang with adventurous types.

Don’t get me wrong; I celebrate every cent I make online. But if you think I’m placing a sponsored post for less than $1000, you are insane. Like a famous super model who said she didn’t get out of bed for anything less than $10,000 a day, you need to develop a prosperity consciousness that demands big money and ignores appearance of poverty, lack, limitation and fear.

Who Do You Hang With?

Who do you count as blogging buddies? Happy, highly successful, prospering bloggers? You better, to increase your success.

For example, observe my blogging paperback on profiting. The aftermarket price is $45 USD. If most or all bloggers in your network would feel uncomfortable receiving $45 in royalties for a paperback, you better lose that network and surround yourself with bloggers who believe in abundance. I know John Chow feels comfortable receiving $45 for anything he offers online. Who cares? It is just money. It is only money.

Surround yourself only with bloggers who:

  • have posture
  • have authority
  • charge top dollar
  • profit freely
  • prosper freely
  • exude confidence
  • have a highly developed prosperity consciousness

You learn from the best, gain inspiration from the best and become the best by surrounding yourself with the best bloggers on earth.

But you need to be honest in who you choose to hang with in your blogging circles. Be clear. Be truthful with yourself. Maybe you feel comfortable trading comments with struggling bloggers you befriended 10 years ago but nothing spectacular happens for you if you surround yourself with struggling bloggers, being firmly fixed in your comfort zone.

Release all bloggers who are not happy and prospering.

Fill your blogger friend network with empowered, inspired, happy, successful, prospering bloggers.

Nothing personal.

Just your blogging success at stake.

 

 

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Are You Chasing the Flavor of the Month?

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My first fundamental of successful blogging focuses you on being present.

All of our power resides in the moment.

None of our power resides in the future or past because neither exists.

Time is illusion.

Only Now is real.

Look at that brilliant featured image. I snapped it from the front porch during our trip to Fiji. Sweet things happen when you are in the moment, focusing all power on the present.

This marks my 796th blog post on Blogging Tips. I feel grateful to Zac for the opportunity to serve you. Plus I feel grateful for all success that flowed to me through these guest posts.

How in the heck did I write and publish nearly 800 guest posts on one blog?

I am in the moment, mostly. I am present. Plus I never, never, ever chase the flavor of the month.

Bruce Lee and Blogging

Alonzo Pichardo and I often chatted about being patient, persistent and present during the Online Success Chats Podcast.

Being patient, persistent and present helps you tap into immense powers, including the power of being creative *and* prolific. See my 800 blog posts on Blogging Tips as evidence of such power. Toss in my 2,008 articles (between posts and pages) on Blogging From Paradise and you understand: focusing on one core task, or core purpose, in the present, leads to amazing things.

Bruce Lee spoke of fearing not the man who practiced 10,000 kicks once, but he did fear the man who practiced one kick 10,000 times. He embodied this mindset in his genius, Renaissance Man type ways.

Lee’s wisdom and physical prowess are both timeless because he understood and lived this great truth: do 1 thing so frequently, with a focused energy, being in the moment, that you do it incredibly well. He understood the truth of how I live my life: where your attention and energy goes, grows.

The Flavor of the Month

Most bloggers struggle because they practice 10,000 kicks once, chasing hot niches, running after trends, and choosing to blog today, and podcast tomorrow, because everybody runs a podcast these days. Wait a second; live video reigns supreme? Time to become a live video expert. Meanwhile, as you jump from niche to niche, and from blogging to podcasting to live videos, I just wrote and published 800 posts on Blogging Tips alone. Plus I wrote and published 1,000 more guest posts on other blogs.

While most bloggers chase hot trends, profitable niches and the latest game changing opportunity, guys like Alonzo and I thrive by doing one thing alone so we do it incredibly well.

Success is yours, but success is not an overnight or week-long endeavor.

Stop chasing hot niches. Visualize your dreams in detail. Focus on your blogging wins. Invest in coaching and courses from top bloggers. Surround yourself with positive vibes and positive people.

Write, publish and connect with top bloggers by helping top bloggers.

Success Finds Specialists

I took a nap this afternoon. A calm, peaceful breeze kisses my face right now as I write and enjoy the day.

Imagine if you could work from home every day? Visualize that fun and freedom.

Sweet, right?

Specialists are the only folks who work from home full time. People who do 1 thing persistently, practicing this skill, so they become super skilled in a single, specialized niche.

I gave all of my professional energy to being a blogger for the past 10 years. I became really skilled at blogging because I never chased the flavor of the month.

Avoid program hopping, niche hopping and all forms of flavor-chasing.

Do one thing. Do it well.

Succeed.

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What Is the Incredibly Easiest Way to Drive Blog Traffic?

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Drive traffic to other blogs.

Give what you want.

Help people get what they want and people help you get what you want.

I have found this to be the easiest way to drive traffic to my blog because friends I made through cross-promotion promote me around the clock, 24-7, 365. Easy peasy.

I checked my Twitter a few moments ago. During the past 3 hours I noticed 11 mentions, engagements and retweets collectively. 3 hours, 11 engagements, more blog traffic.

I drive a heavy amount of traffic to my blog by driving a heavy amount of traffic to fellow bloggers who drive a heavy amount of traffic to Blogging From Paradise every day, all day long.

The more you give, the more you get.

The hardest way to drive blog traffic is to try to do it solo. Imagine publishing one post and hitting social share buttons. Even if I do a fine job writing the post, gaining traction solo is tough because successful bloggers know: 1000 is better than 1. 1000 blogging buddies promoting you 24-7, 365 beats you promoting yourself or you trying to write and publish 5 to 10 or more posts daily.

I used to publish 60 posts daily between 2 blogs. Short videos and short posts created the bulk of the content. I had a difficult time succeeding because you can only do so much solo. I published 60 posts in a cyber cave. Nobody listened to me because I did not listen to anybody. But making friends by driving traffic to other blogs made blogging easier and easier for me.

My blogging buddies – who appreciate me promoting them – freely:

  • link to me on their blogs
  • retweet my posts
  • share my posts on Facebook
  • share my posts on LinkedIn
  • send my blog posts to their email list

That my friends is a lot of traffic flowing to my blog easily, freely and exponentially.

Every time a blogging buddy promotes you to their tribe you gain exposure to one more large, targeted audience. Imagine when you gain exposure in front of 10, 50, 100 and 1,000 or more audiences daily? This is serious traffic! Plus it is easy traffic because your prime duties of reading posts and tapping social share buttons, or, linking to fellow bloggers on your blog, are quite easy.

How to Drive Traffic to other Blogs

I spent a fair chunk of today driving traffic to other blogs.

I promoted some of my blog posts linking to my blogging buddies. I also retweeted and Facebook shared posts from other bloggers.

Each share lays the foundation for new blogging friendships and fortifies old blogging friendships. Every time I promote Donna Merrill or Alonzo Pichardo, we bond more deeply. Easy way to keep friendships strong and to grow your blog traffic exponentially.

You Will Run out of Time Solo But You Never Run out of Friends

Eventually, I ran out of time each day trying to do it all by myself. No human is super human. No human can be in a billion places at once, by their own steam.

But you never run out of friends if you are generous. During a reasonable lifetime, no blogger will befriend all 7 billion humans. You will however keep meeting friends every day if you drive traffic to other blogs every day.

As more folks befriend you, more folks promote you. What an easy way to increase traffic to your blog. Your ever expanding friend network does much of the legwork for you and also drives traffic to your blog:

  • when you sleep
  • when you travel
  • when you spend time offline with family and friends

Sounds sweet, right?

Give freely.

Drive traffic to your blog easily.

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