As a blogger, you should understand the responsibility that comes with writing posts online. You are not just a wordsmith who turns thoughts into words, but also an influencer who can move needles with every post you publish.
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In a way, you are like a teacher who shares your expertise about your subject to your target audience who act like your students!
Therefore, you need to make sure that every post you write is grammatically impeccable and flawless to communicate your ideas clearly. More importantly, all your content should be jam packed with value, so your readers will be compelled to come back for more
To make all these happen, below are tools that you should use to help you write and publish outstanding blog content for your readers.
Brainstorming for content ideas can be a pain, especially if you have writing for a blog with over hundreds worth of published content. While it would appear as if you have covered everything about the topic, a tool like Content Forest Ideator will help you uncover different angles about the topic to write about.
The tool not only aggregate results from social media containing your keyword, but also shows ideas from Reddit and Quora, both of which are valuable sources for questions that you can answer in your content. Read this review I wrote about Content Forest Ideator for the full scoop. Note: As of writing, the site is currently down it seems. However, I suggest that you watch out for the site once it goes live.
One of the best and most reliable content creation tools in the market, BuzzSumo is a must-have for bloggers. The tool helps you find the most shared content on social media that you can build on your post to create a much better version of it, which could help drive more shares to your blog. You can perform competitive research by looking at a page’s backlinks so you can acquire the same links as your competitors.
Finally, Buzzsumo helps you find Twitter influencers in your niche based on different factors such as retweet ratio, reply ratio, and average tweets. Find influencers with the best metrics and reach out to them with your content so you can enjoy more social shares in return!
Among the different metrics that Google observes when ranking content, uniqueness is arguably at the top of the heap. The search engine values the ability of bloggers to come up with never-seen-before content. However, if you are collaborating with other others on your blog, there’s a chance that they may have copied text online and presented as their own. If you publish copied content, then it won’t rank on Google and other search engines.
To prevent writers from copying content, whether inadvertently or not, Plagiarism Check is the tool that’s perfect for blog editors. Running the content using the text will help you check and see if the content is not copied from a different source. This will save you the heartache from finding out too late that the content submitted by one of your team is duplicate content.
This premier Q&A site is a great source for content ideas. You can search for your keywords in the search bar to reveal questions asked by users. Once you have found the most relevant issues, create posts based on them and link to your content as answers on Quora. Doing so allows you to increase visibility and traffic of your posts.
When optimizing your content for search engines, you want to target keywords with the most search volume to increase your chances of being found and clicked on (assuming that your post already ranks for that phrase).
The tried and true keyword research tool from Google lets you search for keyword phrases according to their search volume. Also, each result reveals tens and hundreds of keywords you can also use and target if you want to tackle more specific topic on your posts. The only drawback of this freemium tool is that it does not reveal you the competitiveness of a keyword.
If the results from Google Keyword Planner aren’t enough for you, TinySuggest helps you find more alternatives. You can then export the keywords to check and see if they have higher search results on Google’s keyword tool. If you are running a premium keyword tool like SEMrush or Long Tail Pro, the results from TinySuggest can help you find the keyword that you should optimize for.
Once you’re in the process of writing, you need to keep distractions in check so you can focus on writing the best version of your article and finish on time. Often, bloggers check their social media and browse the web instead of writing, which robs away time from getting the post done at the soonest possible time.
When it comes to getting rid of distractions, Write! is the tool for you. The distraction-free application comes with powerful productivity tools to keep check of your progress when writing your posts. Write! is perfect when you are writing with a team – you can save the document on the tool and share the unique link to your collaborators, who can then make changes to the document on the fly.
Hemingway helps you compose simple and straightforward sentences for better communication, just like Ernest Hemingway does in his classic novels. The web-based tool helps grade the readability of your article to let you know if it is too simple or technical to your target audience. Hemingway also identifies sentences that are difficult to read and those with better alternatives so you can rewrite them and make them better.
If you enjoy Hemingway, you can download a desktop version just like Write! at a price.
When managing a blog with a team of writers, you want to get on top of things by developing an editorial calendar. It will help you identify the content that your team needs to write in advance so you can brainstorm for topics and review the article before scheduling it for publishing.
CoSchedule makes it easier for bloggers to set up articles to be written and scheduled in the future using its intuitive visual calendar. Also, the tool lets you promote your articles on social media by planning them automatically on specified dates. This function takes away the work of separately scheduling your posts on social using another third-party tool.
If you’re not aware, blogging is not only confined in words. There are times when images and visual content will help you communicate your ideas better and more efficiently. At the same time, images help capture the attention of your audience in a way that words cannot.
However, the problem posed by visual content is that you need to learn a bit of design to be able to create beautiful and stunning images for your blog.
Thankfully, with Canva, you can just click a pre-designed template and customize the appearance to your liking, no design experience needed! The drag and drop builder also lets you add elements to the images to give it a more personal touch from you.
Wrapping it up
At the heart of blogging is your ability to affect and influence people with the content you write. While you probably won’t be using all of the tools mentioned above, make no mistake that they can nonetheless make your job much easier so you can focus on crafting content on your blog that matters.
What Is the Incredibly Easiest Way to Drive Blog Traffic?
Drive traffic to other blogs.
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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?
Drive traffic to your blog easily.
What Are 2 Powerful Qualities of Top Bloggers?
John Chow and Bigfoot.
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No correlation exists save this post. Although John is super tall. I met him in person during Affiliate Summit East.
Both JC and Bigfoot taught me 2 incredibly powerful qualities of top bloggers.
John taught me how to think abundantly.
Bigfoot taught me to be open-minded and to think for myself.
A while back I recall reading a post on John’s blog.
He explained how being an Amazon Associate creates a steady passive income stream.
For an example, he showed how linking to a product your audience finds useful – in the proper context – leads to blogging profits. At the time, I admired his strategy but could not get why you’d link to an affiliate product for a measly $2 commission. But of course, John thinks like, feels like and is a multi millionaire so he thinks of acquiring increasing wealth versus thinking of how little he makes on certain commissions.
$2 adds to the John Chow millions. Plus, even if JC began blogging yesterday, at zero, he thought like a millionaire well before becoming a millionaire, so he would have made his first $2 on his way to millions.
These days, I think, feel and act abundantly. I celebrate every penny I make online because where your attention and energy goes, grows. Top bloggers think abundantly. If you think, feel and act abundantly, at year’s end, the $2 commission per sale yields $500,to $1000, to $5000 per a single income stream because the more you celebrate money and feel rich, the more money you make.
Top bloggers think: money. Open 5, 10, 15 or more income streams. Seize every opportunity to prosper. $2, there, and 100 sales later, you made $200. Top bloggers think abundance – versus lack – and make money.
Be Open Minded and Think for Yourself
As you know, I love studying the creature Bigfoot.
Most humans are closed-minded and follow the herd, being lazy thinkers, and simply agreed with the herd; naturally, these folks believe Bigfoot is a myth.
A handful of YouTube videos of Bigfoot scientifically breakdown:
- the size of these creatures: 7-10 foot tall, up to 5 feet wide, and 500-900 pounds
- the physiology of these creatures; compliant gate, 90% knee flexion, absence of neck, hulking trap muscles, heavy brow ridge
- the sounds these creatures make; clearly not within our current animal kingdom
If you are open-minded and think for yourself, you clearly see a huge, primate-type creature with some human-like qualities appears in these videos. Truth reveals itself to clear, deeper thinks.
But if you are closed-minded and agree with the herd, you become blind to the truth and see a guy in a suit, or hoax, in these handful of legit Sasquatch videos.
Like the small group of humans who know Sasquatch exist, top bloggers are both open-minded and do their own thinking. Successful bloggers open up to new strategies and new income streams. Plus these top folks never agree with the herd just because most people think a certain way; these pros think critically, for themselves.
I think incredibly deeply about blogging, and mindset, and see parallels no blogger on earth sees, save me. Why? I am open-minded and do my own thinking, for myself, never being swayed by the general public and its poisonous, limiting skepticism.
You almost have to be insane *not* to believe in Bigfoot after scientific video breakdowns and tens of thousands of credible eye-witnesses prove these encounters are with large primates, not humans in suits. Even a 300 pound, pro bodybuilder would look like a 5 year old trying to fit in his dad’s suit if he tried to wear a suit with dimensions for a 9 foot tall, 800 pound being.
In the same breath, you really need to be out there, if you are so closed-minded and agreeing with the poor masses, that you are blind to the truth of abundance around you, as a blogger.
Open your mind.
Think for yourself.
What Should You Ask Yourself Before Using a Pop Up or Slider Form?
Before you use a pop up or slider form, ask yourself:
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“Do I want to ask the reader for something or tell the reader to do something before I give them what they want?”
Yesterday I clicked on a link based on the blog title promise. I found the title and link on Twitter.
Since I wanted to see the solution based on the title-promise, I looked forward to reading the blog post. I wanted content; quick content, easy to access content, and simple content.
But I was quickly disappointed.
One second after arriving to the blog to read the post, I saw a pop up form. The blogger wanted something from me; my name and email. The blogger asked for my information. I did not click the link to volunteer my information. I clicked the link to get what I wanted; content. Oh well.
Mildly annoyed, I closed the pop up form to finally get what I wanted: helpful content promised via an attractive blog post title. But then I had to deal with a slider form; yep, the blogger asked me to click a box if I agreed with my personal information being stored via cookies. I have no idea why you do this as a US blogger; the European Union and its laws have zero jurisdiction in the US. Mass fear tends to goad the weaker minded to do silly stuff.
Anyway, this marked the second time the blogger asked me for something or told me to do something before giving me what I wanted. 99% of the time, I close the window and leave the blog forever. I have no time to waste. But to see how far this blogger would go, I closed the slider form and stuck around. Until 2 seconds later when, I kid you not, the blogger used a corner slider form calling me to do something else. Some ask; some command.
I immediately closed the window and left the blog; never to return.
One of the biggest mistakes bloggers make is promising readers helpful content, then, before giving readers what they want, asking them once, twice or three times to do something, before giving readers what they want.
Most or all readers will exit your blog and never return. Who wants to jump through hoops once, twice or 3 times before getting what they want? Readers get my content immediately. I use no pop up, slider, or barrier to content. People get what they want immediately and also buy my stuff. Good for me. Good for you.
Jeff Bezos became the wealthiest human being in modern times because he made it incredibly easy to get what you want immediately. His net worth is $150 billion because:
- he enabled one click buying
- he offers 2 hour to overnight delivery for many products in urban and suburban areas
- he uses few or no pop ups or other barriers to giving customers what they want
Why do you think I have 170 plus products on Amazon? Dude makes it easy for me to make money. No barriers to buying.
Do you want to give readers what they want quickly and easily so you succeed more quickly? Remove all pop ups, sliders and other barriers to content and buying. My blog took off like the dickens when I removed everything so readers could read my content fast and buy my stuff fast.
Stop trying to get what YOU want (names, emails) and give readers what they want – quickly – to become a successful blogger.
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