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7 Things You Should Add to Your Blog Posts Right Now

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It makes me sick when people use useless elements on their blog.

In the previous blog post, Ryan wrote about the things you should clean up from your blog. That was cool!

What should you replace the useless elements on your blog with? That is what this post is about.

No matter how greatly you paid attention to the design and quality of your blog. There are certain things that are missing in your blog. You may argue that you included all the important elements on your blog that are important. You think that you’ve paid attention to every detail of your blog. Yet, you are missing something! Some of the aspects of blogging are overlooked by you.

Personally, when I started a blog, until a year I thought that  “Well, I’ve included all the important things that a blog should have.” But I was wrong.

I’ve researched some of the most effective elements that should be needed by a blog, but yet most of the times ignored by you. I’ll present you those things.

Include popular posts

Popular posts widget is the must for a blogger. According to 80-20 rule, 20% of your blog posts drive 80% of your blog traffic. Including those 20% of the posts on your sidebar works great.

It helps you to decrease the overall bounce rate of your blog. Readers who finish reading the current blog post, more likely find it interesting to look at your popular blog posts.

On my blog, when I analyzed the heatmap, the most viewed and clicked element is the popular blog posts widget.

There are various plugins on WordPress that can help you add popular post widget to your WordPress blogs like WordPress Popular Posts and Top 10.

I advise you to add popular posts widget manually if you know the basics of HTML.

Popular post widget

As you can notice that the above widget of my blog is very attractive as it contains visually attractive images.

I applied “Gaussian Blur” to background images so that text will stand out. I got plenty of positive responses to the widget.

Include a page for tools you use

Many of your readers will be interested in knowing all the tools, that you are using on your blog. A toolbox page on your site helps greatly to them and also increases your affiliate sales. For Pat Flynn, his toolbox page accounts for more than half of his affiliate sales. It was no surprise to me.

Tools I use

Create a WordPress page with a name like “My Toolbox” or “Tools I trade”. Include all the free and premium tools you use on your blog for building it. Make it attractive.

Now publish the page.

Include the page link in your primary navigation menu.

Make it stand out of other menu items on your navigation bar.

Include your face on the sidebar

This is important. Many of the bloggers don’t include an avatar of theirs on their blog. Or they include the picture of theirs only on the ‘about me’ page of their blog. They are missing a lot.

By including your picture on the sidebar, you add humanistic flavor to your blog. Readers build a bond with your personality. Readers aren’t robots. They too are humans.

Don’t make your blog a lonely place for your readers by not including a picture of yours. Add some bio and your avatar in the sidebar, so as to increase the readership of your blog.

Include a subscribe form above the fold

Readers come to your blog and then they like your blog. They now want to get email alerts whenever you publish a blog post. They are not that savvied to set up RSS alerts for themselves. What do they do? They quit. You lost a reader!

Bloggers tend to only stress on building their list. They push their visitors and readers only to sign up for their newsletters.

Stop.

On the majority of the blogs, there is no subscribe form to get alerts on new posts.

You need no extra plugin to setup this.

This feature comes along with the default Jetpack plugin of your WordPress site.

Subscriptions activate

You need to activate the feature under Jetpack settings.

Subscription widget

Now you need to enable the widget under appearance section of your account.

That’s all. You’ve created a blog post alert subscription form widget for your blog. After setting up this widget, you’ll wonder how many people are interested in getting notified for every new post of yours.

Include an Alexa widget

When your Alexa rank is too low, you may resist to include Alexa rank widget on your blog.

But wait. You should include the widget to increase your Alexa rank.

The fact is that Alexa only counts the traffic from visitors who have Alexa toolbar installed on their blog. If you want Alexa to count all the visitors on your blog, then it makes sense for you to include Alexa widget on your blog.

There’s a plugin called Alexa Rank Widget that lets you easily add the widget to your WordPress blog.

I came to know about this in an article by Yaro Starak from Entrepreneur’s Journey.

Add opt-in box above your recent posts

If you want to grow your list fast, I suggest you add an opt-in box widget at the top of your page below the navigation bar.

It should be visible when people land on your homepage or even a post.

In many blogs, this widget offers the most conversions.

Include an advertise page on your navigation bar

You may be unaware of how popular your blog is until you include an ‘advertise’ page on your blog.

Create an ‘advertise here’ page on your blog, and link to it on the homepage.

You need to include the following things on your page.

  • Alexa rank
  • Your social media fans
  • Your daily unique visitors
  • You need to also include the rates for the various dimensions of the ads.
  • Guidelines for direct advertisers

This page attracts you a lot of direct advertisers to your blog and thus increases your revenue.

Up to you.

Make sure you include all the above elements to your blog, it build it super-fast. Once you did it, you’ll notice the real difference.

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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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