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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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Pro Blogging Tips: Write for a Successful Audience

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I Googled “pro blogging tips” and noticed my post on page 1:

Pro Blogging Advice: Filter Opportunities Skillfully

OK; I just spent the past 5 hours relaxing in bed. We experienced a severe thunderstorm that knocked the power out.

Rather than write like mad during my time offline I took it easy. Chilling out accelerates my success because I emit a calm, cool, confident vibe. People seek calm, cool confidence. I sell more blogging courses. Readers flock to my blog. Google has been good to me too. All because I blog from a relaxed, detached, prosperity conscious vibe, enjoying my world travels. I had more fun watching frogs hop around the backyard versus slaving over the laptop during the outage; blogging is an energy game. Vibe high and succeed in vibing with a successful, prospering audience.

I am a pro blogger because I filter opportunities with a fine toothed comb and because my writing vibes with professional, top, big dawg bloggers.

My message vibes with pros because I focus on success and speak their language.

Pro Blogging Tips

You know by now; where your attention and energy goes, grows. Focus on success. Success expands. Successful people seek you out. Successes follow you. Successful bloggers:

  • buy your stuff
  • promote you
  • endorse you
  • spread your word
  • inspire you to live your dreams

I attracted successful bloggers because I keep things positive. Treating my readers in an empowered light helps me sprint higher in blogging circles.

Do the same. Speak success. Blog success. Keep things positive by teaching your readers how to succeed. Inspire. Uplift. Influence from a positive energy. Succeed.

Visualize a Successful Reader

Who do you want your message to vibe with?

Upwardly mobile, successful, driven folks, of course. Driven folks begin blogging as success seekers. Success seekers always have money to:

  • invest in your course
  • invest in your eBook
  • invest in your coaching
  • invest in anything you offer

Boost your blogging income by visualizing a successful reader following your blog. You want to vibe with this crowd. No tire kickers allowed because you have no interest in connecting with folks quick to make excuses and slow to spend money.

Here I am during my 3 month trip to New Zealand.

Take your time building a clear mental image of your perfect reader. See profits not pain points. Focus on someone free to invest money in their dreams. Build a success seeking following hungry to live their dreams through your blog and premium courses.

Observe Pros in Action

Top pros who reach the peak of their niche usually focus on a successful readership to grow their profits and to live their dreams.

Do the same.

Carefully watch pro bloggers who empower and inspire their readers. Notice closely how the most prospering pros keep things positive.

Teach people to succeed. Never teach people to avoid failure; where your energy goes, grows. Avoiding failure vibes with a fear-filled, failure-ridden crowd. Teaching readers to succeed vibes with an abundant, success-seeking or already successful blogging crowd.

Well known bloggers have purchased virtually everything I offer from my premium stable of products and services. I vibe with top pros because I patiently built a vision of top pros following my blog diligently.

As within, so without.

Tips for Writing for a Successful Audience

Keep a few things in mind:

  • visualize wealth moving in to your experience to vibe with successful readers
  • build a mental image of your prospering, well-heeled readership
  • paint a picture of your perfect, prospering reader with details like age, occupation and varied interests
  • only give your attention and energy to the top bloggers in your niche and to readers who go gaga over what you do

Vibe with a wealthy readership by seeing your wealthy readership in great detail.

Check out the otherworldly views from my trip to Turkey.

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Clearly see these folks and how they live their lives.

Think of it this way: if I intend to write for a multi-millionaire readership, would I lead off posts asking my readers if they were sick of being broke? Of course a multi-millionaire is the farthest thing from broke; a millionaire many times over loves my lead in to this blog post because:

  • I showed off my success by sharing my Google skills; prospering folks love to know they can learn from a blogger
  • I showed off my movie-worthy dream life here in Thailand; more than one millionaire blogger envies me and my globe trotting lifestyle, me being as free as a bird

Each tactic serves as millionaire bait. Successful people wish to learn blogging from successful bloggers who live their dreams.

Where Your Energy Goes Grows

Take that statement to heart; where your energy goes grows.

Give your energy to successful readers. Watch your success expand.

I enjoy following this simple, easy tip to blog inside out successfully.

Keep this concept in mind as you visualize your ideal reader and craft posts resonate with this rocking individual.

If you give your energy to pain points and struggle and underdogs, each grows in your experience. You become the pained, struggling underdog who blogs and attracts pained, struggling underdogs.

If you give your energy to success and dreams and fun and prosperity, each grows in your experience. You become a successful, prospering, fun-loving blogger who lives your dreams and attracts prospering, successful readers.

Everything is 100% on you and where you shift your focus.

The crickets are chirping in this sleepy Thailand village.

The day winds down as the night takes over.

How would it feel to be here with me right now?

Paint that mental image. Step into this life, in your mind’s eye.

Position yourself to vibe with a prospering, successful reader through your blog posts.

Accelerate your blogging success.

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Blogging for Money: How to Increase Your Profits

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Gordon Gekko embodied blogging for money. He said what is worth doing is worth doing for money.

I agree with that idea. Not with his insider trading.

Old GG clues you in to how to boost blogging profits.

If you blog you should make money blogging because you live a worldly life.

I see monks on alms every morning here in Northern Thailand. Monks do not need money. Buddhists give to the cloth, supplying monks with food and goods. A dazzling looking wat, or temple, sits 1 minute from the house. I hear gongs each evening at 6 PM, bringing the monks to some ritual. You should hear it too; quite serene and commanding, at the same time. I love living in foreign lands.

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If you live like a monk you can shun money because you shun material things and a life of leisure. If you choose a worldly life just get comfortable receiving money through your blog. Or receiving more money through your blog.

Money helped me travel to New Zealand, where I snapped this dazzling photo.

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Money is a car, a home, my plane tickets to Thailand, food, movie tickets, all that good stuff.

Blogging for money simply helps you live your dreams through blogging.

Whether you made millions online or are in a different tax bracket the same tips apply to making money with your blog.

See yourself as being successful. Money flows from within. I see this more daily. I feel good about my prospering. Money flows to me. My outside world reflects my focus on success. Feel successful. See your blogging wins. Observe your blogging wins, success and profits expand beautifully.

1: Focus on Money Flowing to You Easily

Million dollar bloggers and billion dollar entrepreneurs believe clearly that money flows to them easily. I concur.

Money is an inner game. Money begins in mind. As Bob Proctor says; money is in consciousness.

Warren Buffet has been one of the richest people on earth for decades. He said he never doubted he’d be really rich. His belief became so.

See money flowing to you easily. Visualize it. I do this multiple times daily. I affirm freely. I feel money flowing to me easily and see money around me, appearing out of the ethers.

Money flows to me easily these days. Plus money making ideas flow to me easily. I execute the ideas. The results rock.

My blog post ranks on Page 1 Position 3 for “advanced blogging tips” super quickly. I just published the post a few days ago.

Click here to read the post:

Advanced Blogging Tips

Plus I noticed how I nailed down 5 positions on page 2 of Google for “pro blogging tips” the other day.

Why?

I affirmed my wealth, felt more and more money flowing to me easily and saw more money flowing to me easily.

Do this is you are a 6 figure earner looking for greater profits. Money is an inner belief.

2: Learn How to Make Money Blogging From Top Pros

Top pros teach you how to become successful, full time bloggers.

Top pros teach successful, full time bloggers how to make more and more money.

Study wealth acquisition from wealthy people who live their dreams. Acquire wealth. Simple and quite easy way to prosper freely.

This tip is how most bloggers gain wealth quickly. They focus on advice offered by prospering bloggers and follow it from an abundant, dream-focused, success conscious vibe.

Read pro blogs. Invest money in pro courses. Hire pros to coach you. Profit.

I learned from top pro Alonzo Pichardo to create content and let it do what it does. Have posture. Know you succeed, now. Know your content will carry far and wide.

I shared this success conscious view with my readers via this video, which Alonzo promoted to his Facebook Page:

Pros remind you success and prospering is your birthright. Top pros offer proven practical tips for prospering but share the most important mindset tips to align you with blogging profits. Listen to them.

3: Count Money Wins

Count every single money win you recall from the past few years. Making $1 is a money win. Making $1,000,000.00 is a money win. Money loves you. Money loves being recognized. Recognize money. See your wealth acquired.

Sit down right now. Count your clients, course sales, affiliate sales and eBook sales. Be thorough. Money loves if you love noting money you made.  Where your attention and energy goes, grows.

Give your attention to money you manifested to make more money through your blog. Make more money.

4: Create on Topic and Inspire

Create on topic content to inspire your readers.

Stick to your niche. Be known in specific blogging circles.

Inspire readers to live their dreams through your:

  • blog posts
  • live broadcasts
  • podcasts

always infusing your positive, can do, success conscious energy into your posts.

Me by a massive yacht during my trip to Qatar. Pretty sweet boat.

I love adding my tropics selfies to every blog post. I make sure my readers soak up my life here in this sleepy, tropical village in Northern Thailand, pausing for a few minutes during videos between advice offered. Top bloggers love my delivery because many still seek the key to freedom; I help boost their profits and free them from a successful but confining lifestyle.

I also inspire top bloggers who live their dreams vicariously through me; maybe a few even decide to up and travel as well.

As these big dawg blogging pros promote me I boost my blogging profits.

Success Is Yours by Default

You are born into success.

Success is yours by default.

Seize your heritage.

Profit through your blog.

Develop your money mindset. Your energy and focus dictate your blogging income more than anything else. Successful bloggers speak their success into existence by visualizing their good and calmly, confidently seeing their success come into form. New mind, new blog. New mind, greater blogging profits.

Go within to see a new world. Go within to change the without.

All of your blogging success is an inside game. Since you succeed by default you simply go within, see your dream life unfolding before your eyes, in your imagination, and you know it will be so.

Prosper.

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Pro Blogging Advice: How to Filter Opportunities

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I ensure that freedom is A1 in my life. Take this pro blogging advice to the bank. Literally.

Freedom helps you make more money, help more folks and feel good as your success expands. Freedom means making freeing choices all day long.

Freedom means filtering blogging opportunities according to:

  • giving energy only to opportunities promoting your freedom, success and dreams
  • giving no energy to all other opportunities flowing your way through email or Messenger or wherever

I spent a few minutes this morning making the bedroom in Thailand nice and cool. Freedom. Considering outside temps are toasty I figured having a cooler work space feels better, more freeing and helps me work from a chill – literally – relaxed, prospering energy. I had the time to do that because I only pick a select few opportunities flowing to me daily.

Pro Blogging Advice

Imagine Gordon Gekko’s line; I see 100 opportunities daily and choose 1.

I see quite a few and choose only successful opportunities that work for me and the other party.

Here I am during one of my Thailand trips.

This is how to filter opportunities to accelerate your blogging success. Give all of your attention and energy to:

  • success
  • opportunities vibing with your dreams
  • love
  • fun
  • harmony
  • peace

as you filter through:

  • pitches
  • asks
  • co-creating opportunities
  • interview requests

and you will become more successful while enjoying the ride and having tons of time offline to do what you love doing offline. Or to engineer your room in Thailand to make it cooler.

Pro bloggers save themselves hours daily and accelerate their success by only giving their energy to success and freedom expanding opportunities.

Every filter is a personal, intimate choice. If something feels fun to you, assess how you see the opportunity expanding your growth. Does it feel like it’s a way to expand your success and dreams? Seize the opportunity from a detached, chill, energy. You’ll see more success.

If the opportunity feels like it cannot expand your success then give it zero energy. Save yourself time, energy and the heavy, burdened feeling weighing down most bloggers who give more than a bit of their attention and energy to anything other than their success and dreams.

How to Filter Opportunities

Let’s say you just opened Messenger or your email inbox.

Scan the title of the first email. Within 1-2 seconds you instantly know if the opportunity moves you toward greater success and happiness and freedom. Respond with 1-2 lines if this is the case. Give no energy to any other opportunity.

If the Message or email feels like fear, give it no energy after 1-2 seconds of scanning. If it lacks clarity, give it a few seconds of scanning. If you vibe with the core message, respond. If not, release.

I tend to give most of my inbox no energy and a few opportunities minimal energy to save literally weeks of email time over years. You instantly know what to respond to and what to let go after a few seconds of scanning. We all do.

A Few Pointers

Keep these ideas in mind:

  • only pursue opportunities with positive, success-focused bloggers
  • only pursue opportunities that feel fun and freeing and success promoting
  • partner only with heart-centered bloggers
  • give your attention and energy to success-seeking newbies who literally put their money where their mouth is
  • think through how much time and energy interviews require before agreeing to do interviews with any blogger

For me, for an hour long interview, Tim Ferriss or Joe Rogan will do. Leveraging.

If not, that hour is best spent at the movies or going out to eat here in Thailand or writing an SEO-optimized post. Rest and relaxation and offline play is the foundation of all my pro blogging success. Getting a life makes you a successful blogger; you vibe abundantly by having a well-rounded, peaceful, abundant, interesting, fascinating, multi dimensional life, as all genuinely successful bloggers have.

I do not gobble up any opportunity. I clearly see if the opportunity aligns me with greater success and more successful folks because where your energy goes, grows.

This is a chief reason why I have circled the globe and lived a movie worthy life for 8 years. I give my attention and energy to success so success expands.

Success Seeking New Bloggers

Have blogging posture.

Sprint up the energetic ladder and see greater success by going to the top of your niche, networking solely with top bloggers in your niche.

Network with bloggers like Jeff Goins. Learn from him. Make an impression. Promote him. Move into higher blogging circles. Learning from the best and following their advice is a way to cut your learning curve by years.

It makes perfect sense to:

  • surround yourself only with highly successful folks
  • learn from only highly successful folks
  • align with only highly successful folks

If you seek health you seek out a highly skilled, successful doctor.

If you seek blogging health and success you seek out only highly skilled, successful bloggers.

Networking only with successful bloggers puts you on their radar, inspires you to practice writing, influences you to create and connect and you will see how your opportunity filter mirrors a pro’s filter; you learn from the best so do as the best do.

Only make room for blogging success.

Pursue success-expanding opportunities.

Network with successful bloggers.

Filter out all else.

Where your energy goes, grows.

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