What is something all bloggers love? Blogging tips. What do bloggers hate about blogging tips? Every blogger on the blog sphere has some tip or the other to offer. What does this mean to you? Well it’s like watching an awesome sitcom – you just have to keep watching episode after episode, year after year. The blogging tips may be good but you have to keep weeding out the junk or time gobblers.
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So what is the solution? You need expert blogging tips that are hand-picked. Even the expert blogging tips take time to read, what if the tips are in an elegant infographic that is like an awesome painting? Now you are talking…
Buckle up, enjoy the fun ride and check out this Infographic on YourEscapeFrom9to5.com which lists 24 Blogging Tips by 24 of the top bloggers in the world. The panel of experts include Adam Connell, Amit Shaw, Amy Lynn Andrews, Ammar Ali, Ana Hoffman, Brian Clark, Chris Brogan, Corbett Barr, Daniel Scocco, Darren Rowse, Glen Allsopp, Ileane Smith, Jane Sheeba, Jeff Goins, John Chow, Kiesha Easley, Neil Patel, Pat Flynn, Rand Fishkin, Sue Anne Dunlevie, Yaro Starak, Ramsay Taplin, Rob Cubbon and our very own Zac Johnson; who are at the top of the blogging food chain. One tip from each of these experts make up this epic list of blogging tips.
1. Adam Connell – Provide Additional Content to Get More Social Sharing or for Subscribing
There are plenty of blogs and websites that provide free eBooks for signing up. How can you stand out from the crowd? Provide premium content of course. The advantage of providing additional content like checklists or PDFs are:
- These can be updated easily unlike some eBooks that rarely get updated.
- You can ask viewers to socially share your blog post to get access to the premium content specific to a post. You can see examples of this in Adam’ site.
When you start out the premium content area will be small but it can grow over time and become a huge library. BloggingWizard.com
2. Amit Shaw – Your SEO Rankings May Suffer with the Wrong Web Host
We all know website speed depends a lot on the web host. A slow website or blog may lose search engine rankings because of a slow web host as Google now takes load time into consideration when ranking pages. It is important to select your web host with this important SEO consideration in mind. Choose a host that is fast, reliable and provides good up-time. iTechCode.com
3. Amy Lynn Andrews – Use a Tool to Manage Your Usernames and Passwords in a Central Location
Use online tools like LastPass or 1Password to store your login credentials all in one place. Your online journey will open many doors and you need to keep all your keys safe. AmyLynnAndrews.com
4. Ammar Ali – Host a Contest or Provide a Giveaway
You can promote your contest or giveaway and build traffic to your site or even collect email subscribers. Contest ideas could be to provide free hosting, a theme, a plugin or even advertising space on your blog. Contests are a great way to promote a brand and increase awareness. Hopefully the participants get something useful at the end of the contest. AllBloggingTips.com
5. Ana Hoffman – Find Your Own Voice and Personality
A voiceless blog is a useless blog as it does not have personality or unique voice. Use your voice and tone to stand out from the crowd. Don’t be afraid to put forward your opinion. The worst that could happen is someone may leave a negative comment. Take heart, this person read your post and you always have control over which comments to approve. TrafficGenerationCafe.com
6. Brian Clark – Begin with the End Goal
Imagine starting a road trip, can you get to your destination without defining it first? The same is true with a blog. You need to have an idea of what the end goal is. Is blogging a hobby or do you want an income? What is your first goal? What is the end goal? These are questions only you can answer. CopyBlogger.com
7. Chris Brogan – Your Reader’s Time is Precious
Do not waste your viewer’s time. Post only time worthy content. Link out to the best content and not with an attempt to get a link back. Keep it short and get to the point. ChrisBrogan.com
8. Corbett Bar – Plan Your Content on a Weekly Basis
Set aside some time every week to think and plan your content. Write down topics and directions for each piece of content. Each piece of content should be treated like a small piece of the puzzle. All the pieces put together should tell a story. Fizzle.co
9. Daniel Scocco – Grab Viewers Attention with the Intro
Write an awesome intro to get engagement and attention up front. If your intro sucks your content will sink. Did you know most visitors to a website just scan through? If you have an awesome intro you can turn the scanners into readers. Having an eye catching image when the page loads will also help the scanners take note. Dailyblogtips.com
10. Darren Rowse – Spend 90% of Your Time Doing and 10% of Your Time Learning
New bloggers focus on creating and marketing their content. They tend to forget or postpone learning. If you don’t learn then you are not going to get ahead. In other words spend some time each and every week on learning. This not only applies to new bloggers, it also applies to bloggers who have been in the game for some time. You don’t want to become extinct, do you? ProBlogger.net
11. Glen Allsopp – Target the Busy Bees and Give Them Bite Sized Content
The majority of people are busy and they do not have time to read a 6,000 word articles. They want something quick and actionable. Why not target this kind of busy group of people? Think about the fast lanes in the freeway, fast checkout at the super market or even fast food. You can use images and Infographics to catch this group’s attention. Whom do you think this Infographic is targeted at? ViperChill.com
12. Ileane Smith – Create a Number of Articles on the Same Subject
Ileane is NOT talking about spinning the blog post into multiple posts. She is talking about creating a series of posts. This gives you the chance to dig deep on a topic and demolish it. You can create a series of 3 or 5 posts, build up anticipation and promote the series of posts. You can build up to the last post of the series and create excitement. BasicBlogTips.com
13. Jane Sheeba – Your Sales Page Should be Accessible from Any Page
Jane is NOT referring to selling in every page, she is merely saying your sales page should not be hidden. If you are wanting to make money with your blog your website visitors have to get to the sales page. Make sure you don’t overdo it but make it visible. ProBloggingSuccess.com
14. Jeff Goins – Create Posts that are Not Complete and Ask Readers to Complete It
This is the quick fire combination of user engagement and guest blogging. Beware the story can go in any direction but you do have some control as you are in charge of approving content and comments. GoinsWriter.com
15. John Chow – Find and Use a Plugin that Displays Related Articles
A plugin that displays your internal related posts is the best internal linking and cross promotional tool you could have in your blog. When viewers get to a post from the various traffic sources they may not read your other posts. When you show related posts you are significantly increasing the chances of them sticking around. You can also display your most popular posts. JohnChow.com
16. Kiesha Easley – “White Space is Sexy in Blog Design.”
“Don’t clutter it by using every widget under the sun.” Well said Kiesha. This also applies to ads on you site as well. Make sure your blog is not cluttered and has a good amount of white space. WeBlogBetter.com
17. Neil Patel – Always Publish Posts between Mondays and Thursdays
Avoid Fridays and Weekends as these days generally have about 15% to 20% decrease in traffic and social sharing. Test what works for you. If you are getting the most traffic for articles published on Friday so be it. QuickSprout.com
18. Patt Flynn – Create a Get Started Page and Showcase Your Unique Selling Proposition
Most new bloggers start with an ‘About’ page and then straight into content mode. Anyone wanting to know about your site needs a starting place. This page is not about you rather it’s about the viewers. Provide some details as to why your site is different or unique among the many blogs in your niche. SmartPassiveIncome.com
19. Rand Fishkin – A Title that Makes People Click is More Valuable than One with Many Keywords
Your objective is to get people to click on the title so they consume your content. The whole content cycle starts with a click. If there is no click then there is no action, no tweets, no comments etc. Moz.com
20. Sue Anne Dunlevie – Network with Fellow Bloggers
Your content’s visibility depends on your network. The bigger the network the more the reach. It may be daunting to approach fellow bloggers especially if they are authority bloggers. Go to them with a WOW piece of content. Do not send them each and every piece of content you produce; they did not sign up to your mailing list. Make sure you value their time and your WOW content will get attention. You can also reach out to upcoming bloggers and not just authority bloggers. SuccessfulBlogging.com
21. Yaro Starak – Use Author Bio Box to Call for Action
Even if you are the only author in your blog you can still have a call to action like sign-up to my mailing list or follow me on twitter. The call to action is even more important if you are guest blogging in an authoritative site. The author bio is very powerful as it is prominent in every page of content you produce. It makes a final reminder to the viewers to take action. Entrepreneurs-Journey.com
22. Ramsay Taplin aka Blog Tyrant – Send People who Comment for the First Time to a Thank You Page
The thank you page can have a list of your popular pages and an email opt-in form. Another tip from the Blog Tyrant is to use a plugin so people who leave a comment get notified via email. The default WordPress feature for this sucks big time so better use a plugin for this.
23. Rob Cubbon – Generate Content Ideas and Promote Your Content to LinkedIn Groups
LinkedIn is an underutilised source for both traffic and ideas. LinkedIn also has a large pool of talented professionals, so tap into their wisdom and leverage the groups they hang out in. RobCubbon.com
24. Zac Johnson – Run Your Blog Like a Business
If you intend on making money with your blog then it is a business. A business needs time and money upfront. It will also have down times. Record you income and expenses and keep an eye on the bottom line. The expenses can run wildly and add up if not kept under check. Blogging.org
To cook like a chef we need to follow their recipe. Similarly to blog like a pro we need to follow their tips and tricks. Regardless of how many tips you read if you don’t use them, then you will be invisible in the ever so crowded blog hemisphere. So take action and create a list of tasks that need addressing in your blog. Keep an eye on performance when implementing the tips as some have performance impacts. The tips are not one size fit all so choose wisely and pick what is relevant for you. Don’t put it off as later never happens. Take one tip at a time then aim and shoot, reload and keep going.
Keep the spirit of blogging alive and happy blogging!
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Discover How to Build Your Website for Free with Mobirise
Have you been thinking about designing a new website, but you’re worried that your technical skills are not up to spec? Would you rather avoid looking at any code whatsoever, instead working within an intuitive visual interface where you can drag-and-drop website elements, easily adjusting their parameters and specifics with just a few quick clicks of the mouse? And maybe you want to do all of this without spending a dime?
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You’re in luck. Mobirise is a free website builder software package that is “perfect for non-techies who are not familiar with the intricacies of web development.” And every website you build with Mobirise will already be mobile-friendly, easily adapting to almost any screen for an excellent user experience. And yes, it really is free.
The Offline Website Builder
There are many aspects that separate Mobirise from other similar website builders, but perhaps one of the most important is that it functions as an offline app. Simply download the installer package for Windows or Mac.
What you’ll find with a lot of other website builders is that they are browser-based, meaning that you need to have an active Internet connection. This also means you’re at the mercy of potentially limited server-side resources too. What’s more, many of these website builders are heavily integrated with specific paid services. If you want to use XYZ site builder, you need to buy a hosting package from XYZ, for example.
That’s not at all the case with Mobirise. It’s locally-installed software on your computer, running like any other local program. What this means is that you are much more in control of your creations. The offline app is perfect for creating small and medium websites, landing pages, business pages, online resumes, portfolios, and even online stores.
Once the software is installed, you simply login with Facebook or Google. Alternatively, you can create a new account with just an email and password. They don’t ask for any other information and you can get started right away.
Designing a Website
By default, you’ll be shown a sample page when you first launch Mobirise on your computer. This is a good way to play around with the features and options before designing your own custom website. The interface is minimalist and very visual.
Website design is completed with “blocks” that you can drag and drop into the web design. There is a button at the top for switching between desktop and mobile view, so you’ll know what your website looks like on the two sizes of device displays. For each block, if you click on the “gear” icon near the top right, you’ll be presented with a series of block options and settings.
For the intro block above, for example, you can choose which elements to display. There’s also the option to change the background to an image, a solid color or a video. In the case of the last one, you simply provide a link (like to a YouTube video) and you can even add an overlay to the video with your choice of opacity. This is very useful for ensuring your intro text remains clearly legible.
Block Choice and Customization
You can choose to create a new website from scratch or, more likely, you can start with a template or theme that you can then customize to suit your needs. All said, you can expect to find over 1500 website blocks, templates and themes.
To add a block, you click on the “plus” icon near the bottom right of the interface. This brings up the block menu. The blocks are organized into a number of categories, including headers, counters, images & videos, animated features, pricing tables, timelines & steps, forms, contacts and more. Simply drag a block onto the page to add it. The blocks are easily reordered and moved on your webpage by clicking on the up and down arrow (“drag block”) near the “gear” icon for that block.
Once you’ve added a block to your website design, you can click on any of the elements in that block to edit them accordingly. Text is straightforward enough. In this example where I added a group of products, clicking on an image lets me change that image. You can upload your own, browse a free online library (via Pixabay), or look at the site library for images you’re already using.
The image can then be linked too, including linking to a block on the homepage. That’s perfect for single-page designs, as might be the case for your online business site or portfolio page.
While you can choose from a huge variety of blocks, and the blocks can be heavily customized, I did encounter at least one limitation. Continuing with the example of the shop block, I can change the background color behind the cards, change the number of cards and so on. I can change the spacing above and below the block too.
However, the text description on each card cannot really be moved. You can see here that the left-align is right up to the edge of each card. I would’ve liked the ability to resize and/or move the text areas to address odd formatting and spacing issues like that.
You can view the whole site creation process and the many benefits of Mobirise through the video below.
Check Out the Demo Sites
A great way to see what is possible with Mobirise is to take a look at some of the live demo sites. If you scroll about three-quarters of the way down the main Mobirise webpage, you’ll find several live demos available.
The HTML eCommerce Website Template is a great example of using background images, a variety of blocks, and a professional-looking parallax effect on scroll. There’s even a great hover effect on the “meet our team” profile pictures for linking to social media. It looks really professional!
Is It Really Free?
The core Mobirise product is completely free to use, including a great number of blocks and features you can use to customize your website. However, once you start building your website, you’ll find you have the option to purchase a number of “extensions” and other upgrades.
These are all relatively affordable, typically around the $39 mark each, and they can unlock new themes, blocks and other functions that you may want to have on your website. The additional premium features and functions are not at all a requirement; they’re completely optional and since the app is offline, you can always build with the core framework.
You really have nothing to lose. If you’re looking to create a new website that’s mobile-friendly and great to look at, consider using Mobirise. It’s easier than you might think.
How to Drive Blog Traffic through Facebook: 7 Tips
I drive oodles of blog traffic through Facebook.
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Easiest platform for building blogging success because Facebook makes it simple to build bonds 1 to 1.
As the crickets serenade me on this fine evening in Thailand, I feel at peace. Everything comes together more quickly blogging-wise and I see win after win.
Facebook played a role in my blogging success. Seems to be the best platform for making friends and sharing value.
How to Drive Blog Traffic through Facebook
Facebook blog traffic converts. People addicted to FB follow my updates and Like freely, expanding my blogging reach far and wide.
I see it as a simple channel for helping folks and making friends.
1: See Yourself Successfully Driving Traffic through Facebook
As within, so without.
Speed up your Facebook success. Paint a mental picture of your blogging success on FB.
Clearly see your latest post registering 100 Likes. Read the 40 comments in your mind’s eye. Have it, by seeing it and feeling it to be real. Having a vision moves you into relaxed, calm, confident blogging actions accelerating your success.
Everything flows according to your focus. Visualize success. Success follows.
2: Share Blog Posts Aligned with Your Reader Dreams
I noticed a quick surge on Facebook recently.
Not only do my success-themed posts vibe with my readers, my selfies in the world’s most stunning tropical spots inspire readers to follow my blog diligently, to buy my stuff, to hire me, to endorse me and to become rabid fans.
I share how I spend months in places like Fiji, Bali and Thailand and back it up with a picture. Facebook folks love images. Eye candy.
My readers dream of seeing the world. I supply the dream through my example. Engagement jumps and my Facebook blog traffic increases.
3: Keep Updates Positive
I only post positive, uplifting content to Facebook. Doing so aligns me with positive people, positive circumstances and greater success because where your attention and energy goes, grows.
Inspire people to live their dreams. Be warm. Share your inspired blog posts. Follow up with positive images and stories. Motivate people with love and fun. Drive traffic by being a bright light in the world of Facebook.
4: Respond to Like’rs
I find this to be the easiest way to drive blog traffic through Facebook successfully.
I go to where I am loved by responding to folks who Like my blog post status updates. Addressing Like’rs by name builds bonds. Plus every comment response boosts engagement and increases your exposure in the main feed.
1 to 1 engagement gives your attention and energy to readers who see your success. Observe as your success expands in response to giving fans and friends your attention and energy.
Check in 2-3 times daily as Likes grow. Give your energy to fans to expand your fan base. Increase your blog traffic.
5: Respond to Comments
Respond to comments on status updates. Boost engagement. Increase your blog traffic.
Someone comments on one of my status updates linking to my blog. One engagement alerts Facebook; people are talking. I respond. Facebook gets alerted again. Plus I engage someone 1 to 1 to build a stronger friendship.
Responding to comments is easy on your phone. Type a few words or speak a few sentences via voice to text to boost your blog traffic through the concept of engagement.
Answer comments. Give your energy to users who enjoy your content. Increase the size of your tribe. Watch how more visitors find your blog through Facebook.
6: Post Inspirational Updates in Blogging Themed Groups
I share a few inspirational updates to blogging themed Groups daily on Facebook.
New folks find my blog through these updates daily.
People crave inspiration. If everybody zigs by sharing links and business opportunities, stunningly successful bloggers zag by sharing an inspirational update and a link of them living their dreams.
Folks have been going gaga over my New Zealand pictures recently. For good reason; this may be the most gorgeous country on earth. Picture the eye-popping Southern Alps, the semi-tropical North Island and rolling pastures filled with grazing sheep and cows.
This is from my 3 month trip to New Zealand.
Of course anybody who sees me in New Zealand sharing inspiration wants to follow my blog; more traffic for me.
Be inspiring. Share uplifting updates on blogging themed Groups.
Answer questions too for a nice blog traffic post.
7: Give Your Energy Only to Positive Facebook’ers
I only engage and follow positive folks sharing uplifting updates. As I align with success I notice success finds me easily on Facebook and through all channels online.
Where your attention and energy goes, grows. Giving your energy to positive, inspired people increases your blog traffic and profits. Positive folks are prospering folks. Inspired people freely buy your products and services. Plus these successful people endorse you and promote you for a nice blogging success surge.
Follow bright lights closely. My successful, wise readers Like my updates quickly, hungry for an inspirational boost. I noticed my latest blog post status update garnered 6 Likes in minutes. People want positive bloggers in their stream. Super successful bloggers keep it positive all the time on Facebook.
Be positive, focus on success and the sky is the limit for your Facebook blog traffic.
Blogging Mindset: How to Go from Survival Mode to Servant to Stunning Success
Tropical birds provide background music for me as I write these words from Thailand. How’s that sound for developing successful blogging mindset?
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The sun shines brilliantly. My home office feels cool and inviting.
A cold drink sits on the desk.
I am a stunning success now but did live in survival mode for a bit. I also became a humble servant. Servants do not get paid well. Ask a maid or butler.
The best blogging role you can play in this life time is that of a stunning success.
Success is your birthright. Success is yours now. Take it. Seize it. Give your energy to success. See your wins. Accelerate your blogging growth.
Realize this: being successful is as simple as shifting your focus to positive ideas. After making that shift everything changes, from your thoughts, to feelings, to actions.
Example; you are reading this post. See this as being positive. Stunning success is yours because you are learning from a guy whose life reads like a movie. Big time win. Easy win too.
Check out this photo I snapped from my 4 month trip to Fiji.
What 10 positive things happened blogging-wise today? You published a post. I see that as a positive. You broadcast live on Facebook. Make that a positive. You feel better about your blog, right? Good. You have success within and feel successful so you will see success in the physical world. Where your energy goes, grows.
How to Leave Survival Mode and Servant Mode Behind
Kill 2 birds with one stunning success stone: leave both poverty conscious states of mind behind by developing a vision of your dream life.
This step involves sitting in a quiet room and allowing a picture of your dream life to appear in your mind. Either narrate the picture to yourself or let the image pop up in your mind.
Add details to make it feel real. Visualize your success.
Relax and listen to intuitive nudges.
The split second you see your dream and feel it as being real, the dream expands into physical form, for where your attention and energy goes, grows. See success. Success expands. Quite simple.
Exit survival mode – just trying to get by and pay bills with your blog – and leave servant mode while you are at it. Success seekers become the best in the world in their blogging niche. Forget trying to just survive. Leave behind the self-image of being a humble servant, a less than slave, putting people on a pedestal or not seizing your success, your brilliance, your most spectacular dream.
Success is your birthright. Grab the spotlight. Make more money. Help more folks. Step up into stunning success as you move higher and higher in blogging circles.
Create and Connect
Create uplifting content to inspire your readers.
This is from one of my many trips to Bali.
Connect with top pros in your blogging niche by helping them.
Following these practical tips becomes easier and easier after you give your sole attention to:
- your dreams
- your success
- positive thoughts and feelings
Focus on success. Watch how quickly success expands in your experience.
Creating and connecting is the work part of blogging but if you focus on positive ideas the work becomes easy because it is simple. Listen to your readers. How can you help them? Serve up valuable content through your blog posts.
Connecting with top pros is as simple as reading their posts, commenting genuinely on their blogs and promoting them. Easy.
World Famous Features
I landed features on Fox News among other world famous sites by building a vision of a fun, freeing life.
Do the same to see stunning success.
Features on famous blogs follow positive focused bloggers who know they are succeeding now. Focus on the moment. Feel good about every blogging win you see today. Feel good about your success. Success is as certain as the night following the day because you were born into a legacy of success. Let go any mental image of being a struggling servant or someone desperately trying to survive.
Step into your most spectacular dreams now.
Spectacular is ordinary in my life because I see spectacular as normal. Who knows if I am going to Bali or Malaysia next? Maybe I will just fly back to New York City. We will see.
I visualized this dream life and followed my intuition. My intuition nudged me to take certain actions from a chill, relaxed energy.
Energy is everything guys. Your life follows your energy. Focus on your dreams but do so from a relaxed, peaceful, chill vibe. See your vision as if it is real, already. Know you are succeeding now.
If you have this picture in mind you can relax. No need to work hard, to panic or to hurry. No need to rush or force things. Survival mode bloggers panic and hurry because these folks have no vision or dreams; survival mode bloggers just want to survive, being desperately driven by circumstances.
This is from one of my many trips to Thailand.
You know better.
You follow Blogging From Paradise.
Slow Down and Calm Down Because Success Is Already Yours
Your vision tells you to slow down, to calm down and to allow stunning success to flow your way in calm, confident fashion.
I spent most of today offline. After watching the latest episode of Game of Thrones – second time – with expat buddies here in Chiang Mai I am settling in to finish this post. My mental image makes it happen. My focus on success allows my blogging success to expand.
You get to have a life offline – and a rich one at that – as your online success expands. Seize this chief benefit of developing a winning blogging mindset. Exit survival mode and cease being a lowly servant by using your mind power to picture immense blogging success. Move into calm, confident, relaxed action to allow this success to come into form.
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