Using infographics for your blog is one of the best ways to communicate ideas to your audience. Not only is it more appealing, but it also makes your blog more understandable.
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Take for example Grammarly’s 15 Grammar Goofs that Make You Look Silly. It generated over 263k shares since it was published. The result speaks of infographics’ ability to engage and get a reaction of its audience.
Therefore, if you’re planning on generating more blog traffic, you need to publish infographics. In this post are tips on how to make a great infographic that captures the imagination of your readers.
Identify your audience first
Come up with an infographic idea based on what your audience wants.
Even if you design the best infographic out there, it won’t mean anything to your audience if it doesn’t resonate with them.
By creating an infographic that speaks to them, you can maximize the results of your audience and drive more social shares and blog traffic.
To achieve this, you need a firm grasp of your audience.
Ask yourself this question:
Who are your readers?
What makes them one?
Answering these two simple question will tell you a lot about your blog.
From there, you can come up with ideas on how to brainstorm for infographic ideas.
And while infographics are great for generating backlinks, that’s not their main purpose. Instead, they should solve your audience’s problem. Your infographic present information they don’t know yet in a fun and visual way..
Plot it out
Map out on a piece of paper what you want to convey to your audience.
Create an outline and write every idea down. Brainstorm and decide on which kind of images are most capable of illustrating the ideas you want to convey.
It should convey what your product is or what the topic is all about. Explain why people should try it. Splash in some humor, facts, or perhaps a comparison.
You can do this by simply drawing the infographic on a piece of paper or use an online wireframe tool to help bring it to life.
At this stage, some of your ideas will be very rough. But it’s part of the process so making errors along the way is normal. Just make sure to fix the mistakes before you settle on a design for your infographic.
Most infographics are made to present data. It’s a smart way of conveying something to people. After all, we are better at processing visualized stats and figures compared to just seeing plain numbers.
However, it’s important to stay accurate and factual. Your sources should be reliable and your graphic representations line up with your numbers.
All of the best infographics have figures that backup their claims. It’s the best way to make a compelling case to your audience and make them believe you.
Not to mention, you can present facts and figures in a livelier way through graphics than by just painting the numbers. It’s a win-win for both parties!
Express everything visually
Let the visuals do the talking. Keep it simple.
Make sure that your infographic is easy to look at. Words should be easily read and your points easy to understand.
However, don’t give everything away in your infographic because they won’t have any reason to visit your site. Your infographic should just entice them to read more and open your blog.Also, see to it that your infographic shows up properly on phones and tablet.
Your infographic won’t mean squat not until you share it to your audience.
There are lots of ways to do this, apart from the fact that there are lots of social media channels to share to. Instagram, Facebook, and Pinterest are some of the best avenues for you to share your infographic.
You can also reach out to influencers in your niche and ask them for a feature. Also add social plugins to your infographic to make it shareable.
There are lots of good infographics that are left in the outskirts of the web because its creators didn’t promote them.
I can’t stress this enough:
Don’t waste your infographic.
It’s arguably the best type of content out there if you’re serious in growing your blog.
Therefore, share and promote as much as possible to make the most out of them.
Examples of great infographics
1. Ways to Improve Back Posture
This is a good example of a great infographic because of its readability and design. The words can easily be read and its thoughts are well laid out. In other words, anyone can understand what the infographic is all about.
The way this infographic about improving posture is organized also makes it more enticing for viewers to keep on reading. It follows a dynamic layout where viewers are compelled to read from top to bottom.
2. The Growth of Artificial Intelligence in eCommerce
Single-color themes are also a great way to create a stunning infographic. See how this effectively utilized the different shades of blue in its background and font.
The robots also reflect what the infographic is all about — artificial intelligence. It also follows proper spacing as the words and images aren’t cluttered in one single spot.
3. How Steve Jobs Started
Create a well laid-out timeline of an influential person such as Apple founder Steve Jobs and you’ll have hundreds if not thousands of people sharing your infographic. As big as a legend he is, there’s no doubt that everyone will take a peek at your infographic. Apart from that, you can also see how simplicity and proper designing are implemented.
Infographics are still up and running, even in this “full-blown media world” we’re in.
If there’s anyone saying they’re dead, then they’re seriously misguided or still haven’t seen the real good ones. You can create a great infographic, though, by keeping our tips in mind.
Also, creating an infographic doesn’t require you to be a great designer. There are graphics editing tools out there like Canva and Visme. They help you build infographics from their wide selection of beautiful templates. You can then edit them as you please before publishing them to your blog.
So really, there is no excuse for you to not make a great infographic. The information is out there – it’s time for you to take action and create something special for your audience!
5 Must-Do Tips Before Publishing A Lifestyle Blog
Running a lifestyle blog can be very profitable. You can make a steady stream of passive income writing about everyday topics that you are passionate about. The best part is that lifestyle blogs are pretty simple to take on and keep going. Your blogs can be about travel, daily life experiences, or even a vlog (video blog).
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However, prior to publishing your blog online, you need to adhere to a few important, yet simple principles. The most important step is finding your niche. Choosing the right niche can save you a tremendous number of headaches down the road. Once you selected the perfect niche, there are some other factors you need to keep in mind while finding your voice. We compiled a list of must-do tips for anyone ready to publish a lifestyle blog. Let’s dive in!
1 – What niche is best for your lifestyle blog?
Before you begin any work toward launching a lifestyle blog, you need to carefully define your niche. Some blogs have very broad niches, while others are much narrower. The blogs with a broader niche can generate a lot more revenue if they become prominent enough. However, it is difficult to succeed with a very broad niche without a massive budget and a willingness to create thousands of posts. If you are trying to get results more quickly and on a smaller budget, then you should stick a tighter niche.
If you plan on writing about your world travels, your niche could be traveling the world while blogging. If you plan on traveling by boat only, maybe your niche can be sailing and blogging. You can draw from a number of best boating blogs for inspiration on this.
Whatever your niche, be sure to have it clearly defined before doing anything else. Why? Having a solid niche market and idea in place will dictate the type of content you plan on publishing. It also helps keep your content unique and authoritative. People do like to read, but they would rather be entertained and engaged when doing so. Defining your niche can do just that. It also helps you stay focused down the road as well.
2 – Identify your ideal target audience
You can write until your fingers bleed, but if you don’t have a clearly defined target audience that is easy to monetize, it is all just a waste of time. If you aren’t specific enough when defining your audience, then you will not be able to create content that resonates with any of them. What steps should you take to define and get a better understanding of your target audience?
Aim for 1,000 true followers and the rest will fall into place. By having a very defined target audience, you can essentially write just for them. That is why 1,000 people should be your hallmark. Because if you can get 1,000 people truly engaged in your content, you can get 100,000 people later on. That’s because it is the same process, only scaled. And your 1,000 true followers will help you reach 100,000 by becoming advocates for you and your content.
3 – Have a clever blog name and tagline
You are not simply creating a blog and writing content for your target audience. You are creating a brand. You are your brand, and every successful brand has a clever name and tagline. This is essential if you want to have growth and success with some passive income rolling in.
With your niche on your mind, start brainstorming name and tagline ideas. It is best practice not to rush this process. By the end of a few hours of brainstorming, you should have at least 50 names and taglines on paper. After that, narrow it to 10, then three, then just one. Feel free to get family and friends advice too, because you may not be seeing something they can. Once you have it, check to make sure it is available for use on WordPress and social media channels.
4 – Choose The Right Blogging Platform For You And Your Budget
Once you have chosen a domain name and outlined the general direction of your blog, you should choose a blogging platform and content management system (CMS) that works for you. One of the best is WordPress. With WordPress, you can get a paid or free blogging website. It is best to go with paid, because you can lock in your domain name, serve up ads, and have more control of the user experience (UX) you deliver to your target audience.
5 – Do Detailed Keyword Research And Write 10 Blogs
This is going to be the hardest part of starting your lifestyle blog. You can’t just start writing content that you think readers will like. It needs to get attention and help you build your audience. Content is certainly great, but ensuring your content is ranking well on search engines, like Google, as well as having enough content for site visitors to browse is critical.
For example, if you attract a visitor to your site via one blog and they love it, but can’t find anything else, they will probably not subscribe to your site, or visit again. You just lost one of your 1,000 true followers right from the start. Instead, write 10 blog posts and have them ready to go when it is time to publish your blogging site online.
And do your due diligence when it comes to keyword research. There are plenty of platforms out there you can use to find great keywords that have low ranking difficulty with reasonable monthly search volume. Google Keyword Planner is useful for this, and free.
Good Luck With Your Lifestyle Blog!
Starting a lifestyle blog is exciting. The above must-do tips can serve as your quick startup guide, but they are certainly not all the aspects you need to know. Do your research and be sure to put your best foot forward when you decide to publish your lifestyle blog online. What is your top blogging tip?
Every Blogger Starts Somewhere
The NBA all star game went down during the past weekend.
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Kyrie Irving, Ben Simmons, Joel Embid and D’Angelo Russel all made the all star team. These 4 bright, young stars share something in common; each was coached in high school by Kevin Boyle.
Kevin Boyle is one of the top high school coaches in the nation. Coaching 4 players who would be all stars during the same year is an unreal feat, when you consider the odds. Well before Kevin became a superstar coach at Montverde Academy in Florida or at St Pat’s high school in New Jersey, I remember him stalking the sidelines as a high energy, sometimes nutty, but always passionate, grammar school coach at St. Joe’s in Roselle, New Jersey, in the mid 80’s.
The coaching superstar who coached 4 future NBA all stars once coached little kids during a CYO game in gyms with capacity of, say 30 people.
As a grammar school CYO all star, I remember this intense coach trying to get his guards to trap me into a turnover. I had handles back then, so I danced through his press. Anyway, that passionate grade school coach persistently asked the athletic director at St. Pat’s for the soon to be open coaching job. Kevin was no veteran, but still hung out at the American Legion, where the AD spent time. Eventually, the athletic director hired Boyle, and Kevin built St. Pat’s into a national power, spawning NBA talents like Al Harrington, Sam Dalembert, Kyrie Irving and Michael Gilchrist. He made the move to Montverde, coaching stars like Simmons, Russel and Embid, as well as current Duke star Rowan Barrett.
But 35 years before he coached 4 NBA all stars, he stalked the sidelines as a grammar school coach, persistently pressing for a high school coaching job of a St. Pat’s program that had struggled for a decade.
We all start somewhere in life, blogging-wise, and often, the beginnings are humble.
I was an unemployed security guard who did not know the definition of blogging, 10 years ago. Yet today, I circle the globe through blogging, having been featured on world famous sites. Struggling bloggers wrongly assume I was always successful, but 10 years ago, I was a broke, laid off security guard, not a successful blogger.
We all start somewhere.
Virtually all of us start from humble beginnings.
Never assume successful bloggers:
- had it easy
- were connected
- were always successful
- never had to face daunting obstacles
- had everything handed to them
You need to be:
to succeed with blogging. You need to have a vision, too. Kevin Boyle did not see himself as just a grammar school basketball coach. He saw himself building St. Pat’s into a national power, landed the job through being persistent and being passionate about the game, took some lumps, and eventually helped build the basketball team into one of the top 5 or 10 teams year in and year out, before heading to Montverde and turning that program into the dominant power in high school basketball.
Fools assume that he was always connected, that he got lucky and that everything fell into place for him. I can personally attest; seeing him stalk the sidelines in 1985, at tiny OLP in New Providence, New Jersey, I knew he was different than any CYO coach I had seen. I eventually followed his St. Patrick’s program for some 15 years after my high school career and still keep tabs on his success at Montverde.
The high school coach who turns out more NBA all stars than Coach K at Duke had the most humble beginnings. Remember this, if nobody seems to read your blog, right now. Develop a vision. See through blogging obstacles.
We all start somewhere, seemingly light years away from where we will be down the road.
1 Mental Block that Plagued Every Blogger Who Ever Blogged
Unless you are the Dalai Lama, you, at one time or another, became highly attached to a single blog post. I do not care who you are. 8 figure bloggers allowed their fears to attach them to a blog post. 8 cent bloggers allowed fear to attach them to blog posts.
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Now, the happiest, most successful bloggers face, hug and release this fear, for sure. But every blogger allowed fear to goad them to TRY LIKE HELL to drive traffic or profits to a single blog post. Or, being human and foolish, we allow fear-attachment to goad us into thinking that publishing a guest post on a blog with a million member community instantly leads to millions of dollars in blogging profits.
I recall being featured on Virgin Dot Com. Floored and humbled, for sure, but I was kinda detached about the feature, being more grounded in love and gratitude, and less fear-attached to any single platform, post or opportunity.
Happy, successful bloggers own this fear-attachment, let it go and adopt an abundance mentality. While most bloggers publish a single post and try to SQUEEZE as much out of it as possible, due to fear and attachment, I developed an abundance mentality and published 700 posts on Blogging Tips Dot Com. Heck; I have published 70 guest posts on the blog of Enstine Muki. For most bloggers, publishing 70 guest posts in total is quite a feat. I published 770 guest posts….between 2 blogs alone.
How am I so prolific?
I have largely conquered the fear of trying to GET as much traffic and profits as possible through any single blog post. I blog from an energy of love, fun and abundance, mainly, not fear, tension and scarcity. Few bloggers have mastered this mindset; only the happiest, most detached bloggers become so prolific, it makes our heads spin.
You Are Human
Of course you become a little attached to any one blog post. This is not a problem. But you need to be honest; the attachment is fear, and as the attachment and fear grow, you move from abundance and worldly success, to scarcity and blogging struggle.
A Good Mindset for Abundance Mentality
Alonzo Pichardo wisely advises to publish content, and let it do what it does. I agree. I never check metrics. Genuinely; if blogging is energy and if I am having fun, I reached my goal. Increasing success is imminent. I trust my feelings, not inanimate numbers on a screen. This is the abundance mentality in action.
Why this Mindset Prospers
I appear to be in a million places at once because I never attachment to any one post or video. Per Alonzo, I let the content do what it does. Not being shackled by stats, I keep creating, expand my presence, appear to be all over, and see greater success. Meanwhile, most fear-scarcity bloggers write a single post and waste their time and energy:
- trying to GET as much as possible through it, promoting it in thousands of places over the next 30 days
- obsessively checking post metrics every few minutes, or, every hour, after publishing the post
- panicking and bailing on proven strategies when a single post does not meet their expectations
All while this crowd makes all these mistakes, I am publishing hundreds of pieces of content over the same month, and also, meeting tons of new bloggers through genuine blog commenting, enjoying the ride.
Publish a post, promote it in a few spots, then move on to the next post, video or blog comment.
Develop an abundance mindset.
See increased blogging success and enjoy the ride.
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