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10 Resources for Bloggers Who Want to Take Their Blog to the Next Level

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Blogging resources can be powerful. If you find the right blogging tool, it can effectively improve your website’s performance.

The only problem is, there are so many resources available for bloggers. It is not easy to pick the right tools to take your blog to the next level.

Over the years, I’ve used so many blogging tools and resources to bring more traffic to blog and increase sales. If you are looking for the best tools to build a better blog, this post is exclusively for you.

Let’s find out the top blogging resources to stay ahead of your competition in every way.

Top blogging resources to help you succeed

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1. WordPress

If you are thinking to start a blog, I strongly recommend you to prefer WordPress over any other blogging platform. WordPress is not only the #1 CMS (Content Management System) in the word but majority of the blogs worldwide run by WordPress.

WordPress allows you install a lot of themes and plugins to take your blog to the next level. Most importantly, WordPress is search engine friendly. So you don’t have to worry too much about tweaking your blog design or other technical stuff to bring more traffic from search engines.

WordPress does a better job at allowing every single page to be indexed than every other CMS.  And there are a lot of plugins and tools available on WordPress to boost your search engine rankings and traffic. So what else do you need from a blogging platform?

Did I forget to tell you that most successful marketers who are making a living from blogging are all on WordPress? Zac Johnson, Darren Rowse, Neil Patel, Brian Clark, Pat Flynn are to name a few!

Unfortunately, most beginners find it really hard to install WordPress on their sites, if you are one among them try to search for someone who will install WordPress for you. You can even search for free WordPress installation services if you want a hassle-free experience. I’m actually doing this job at my blog, if you want it, once have a look at it.

2. Portent

Are you finding it difficult to come up with new blog post ideas? I know how difficult it is to come up with latest and incredible ideas to post on a blog. If you are blogging for a while, you already know the pain of coming up with new post ideas. Fortunately, Portent is a great tool that helps you easily come up with unlimited post ideas.

Just enter any keyword you want to rank for and it will display you all the possible results based on your keyword phrases. You can take any one of them, tweak it as you like and publish on your blogs to get more click through rates.

3. Buffer App

Looking for ways to schedule your posts to post on social media sites like Twitter and Facebook? Your search ends at Buffer. It is one of the best social media tools to spread great links across social media sites. It’s not only free but it also allows you to post at the best times on social media sites to get more retweets and visibility for your links.

4. Google’s Keyword Planner

If you want to boost your traffic from search engines, you need to find the high ranking keywords for your blog posts. Keyword research is perhaps the only way to boost your search traffic when you have a fairly new blog.

Whether you know it or not, bringing more traffic to a new blog from search engines is really hard and takes a lot of time because search engines don’t trust new blogs and don’t give enough importance on Google search results. So you need to find the low competition keywords and use them wisely on your blog posts to bring more visibility from search engines.

If you are a beginner, I’d strongly recommend you to start using Google’s keyword planner as it helps you easily find the great keywords for any niche. It’s also free so what are you waiting for?

5. SEMrush

One of the best ways to get ahead in getting more search engine traffic to your blogs or website is to spy on your competitor’s keywords. But it is not always easy to find the best performing keywords for your competitors.

This is where SEMrush comes into play. It’s one of the widely used SEO tools by most SEO experts to track their competitors keywords and estimate website traffic.

Here are few amazing features of SEMrush tool.

  • Performing site audit
  • Backlink Analysis
  • Finding link building opportunities
  • See competitors’ best keywords
  • Discover new organic competitors
  • Get long-tail keywords
  • Explore multinational and multilingual environments

6. Buzzsumo

If you are looking for ways to increase your traffic, social media shares and incoming links to your blog posts, you need to write content that goes viral. How can you do that? By writing content that is proven to bring you results. It’s widely known as Skyscraper technique.

You need to find and create better content in your niche. Then reach out to the right people to get more social shares and links. That’s how you will get more exposure and traffic to your blog posts.

But how can you find better content ideas that will make your blog posts go viral? There’s a great tool called “Buzzsumo”, it helps you analyze the top content in any industry. Just enter a keyword around your niche and it will display you all the results that got more social shares and backlinks.

7. Bluehost

Did you know that your website speed and many other factors depend on your hosting provider? If you are hosting your site on a cheap hosting server, it will break your blog’s success by giving you frequent downtime issues.

You need to invest money on getting a reliable and faster hosting from hosting companies like SiteGround, WPEngine. But the problem with these hosting services is they cost you a lot. If you are just starting out paying so much money is not recommended for hosting. So the best option for beginners who want to get an affordable hosting that is both fast and secure is Bluehost.

I’ve been using Bluehost for over 5 years now and I never got an issue with their hosting services, they are industry leaders when it comes to hosting. You’ll also get a free domain name when you host your blog with them for one year.

8. Evernote

If you are blogging for awhile, you already know how hard it is to organize your ideas at one place. We all know, we come up with a lot of ideas every single day but keeping them at one place is the surefire way to work on your ideas.

So the simple way to organize your ideas at a place is Evernote. Evernote is the perfect digital workplace to collect inspirational ideas, write great words and move your important stuff at one place.

9. WordPress SEO by Yoast

Are you a newbie to search engine optimization? Don’t know where to start at SEO? If you are struggling hard to increase your website traffic from search engines, you should definitely need WordPress SEO by Yoast. It’s one of the widely used and most popular WordPress plugins that is useful for all SEO users.

The plugin’s functionality is plain and simple. You can easily optimize your blog posts and web pages for search engines by using this plugin even if you know nothing about SEO.

10. GetResponse Or AWeber

Email marketing is the key to online success. If you want to make passive income from online, you must start building a newsletter. Email marketing gives a better ROI than social media sites like Facebook and twitter combined. For every $1 you spend on email marketing gives you $41. That’s really an awesome number if you consider the benefits that email marketing produces.

But choosing the right email marketing software is always a pain if you are especially a beginner to email marketing. I strongly recommend you to either choose AWeber or GetResponse because they provide you a lot of features including beautiful templated, 99% delivery rate, great customer care etc.

Final thoughts about blogging resources to build a better blog

You can’t build a successful blog without having the access to the right blogging resources. You should definitely invest some money to get the premium tools like SEMrush, a good web host and getting professional WordPress services from experts.

After all, it takes money to make money online. If you are not willing to invest the time and money, you will never be able to build a profitable blog that makes you money.

So what are you waiting for? Make sure to give it a try to all the blogging resources mentioned in this article to get the most out of your blogging efforts. Let me know if I missed anyone of your favorite blogging tools.

Anil Agarwal is the guy behind Bloggers Passion blog where he blogs about blogging, SEO, affiliate marketing, making money online and Black Friday deals like Bluehost related topics.. He also owns HostingMonks.com, a blog dedicated to web hosting solutions.

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What Is Your Blog Post Publishing Frequency and Why?

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From time to time, assess how frequently you publish blog posts. Ask yourself why? Sit. Wait for an honest answer.

I publish 4-5 blog posts daily. Sometimes I publish 6 posts. Why? I share oodles of helpful videos, podcasts and articles but on a deeper level, I intend to get my 124 eBooks in a billion hands or more. Yes; I wrote and self-published 124 bite-sized eBooks. Publishing 6 posts daily allows me to promote 6 different eBooks daily on my blog. I also publish 3 or more guest posts daily to share value and promote my eBooks in more spots. Note; that is 3 or more eBook promotions, in addition to all of my eBooks I promote on social media.

Promoting 124 eBooks daily is no joke. I needed to raise my vibe, practice writing and video and podcasting and get clear on upping my post frequency to drive traffic and business through an approach. I see my blog more as a high volume, blogging news portal, like CNN or Fox News, and less a blog for publishing weekly and leaving it at that. Hey; that is just me, though.

You may be different because all bloggers hold different intents and vibe at different frequencies. Imagine blogging once monthly. Today, you set an intent to publish 5 posts daily between videos, articles and podcasts. Seems foolish, right? Few humans make this quantum leap without putting in years of writing practice and also giving substantial attention and energy to energy management, or, mindset work. Never raise your blog post frequency from energies of fear and delusion; burnout and failure await.

But do bump up frequency if it feels fun, relaxing, prospering and generous to publish more frequently.

On the flip side, pull back on blog post frequency if your current schedule feels heavy, tiring, exhausting and overwhelming.

Only you know how frequently you post and why you post at that clip. You know the honest answer. Be straight with yourself.

Optimal Blog Post Frequency

None exists.

Follow your fun and relaxation.

What feels really good and fun and relaxing, but maybe a bit uncomfortable, to you? Run with it. Daily? Awesome. Weekly? Cool. Twice daily? Great. One post, one day, and 3 posts, the following day? Why not? If readers enjoy your content they read your content, keeping up with what they can keep up with. Trust your gut.

I advise publishing at least weekly in most cases unless you publish a long form post monthly ranking well on Google, genuinely knocking folk’s socks off. Why? People forget you as you vanish from the stream for a month at a time. Blogs are news portals for your niche. News should not be published monthly. Weekly at a minimum works fine for news updates.

Making Money and Frequency

In my eBook:

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I break down how you find buyers for your business online.

Pondering post frequency, money flows to frequent posters and less frequent posters. Everything money-wise depends on your clarity with receiving money and following your frequency strategy because your energy dictates your income. Feel good, and at peace, and relaxed, about your blog post frequency. Success will find you based on your money energy and life energy, independent of your blog post frequency.

Do the inner work and the outer results expand freely and easily over time.

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Blogging Income Tip: How Do You Feel about Money?

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As I promote my eBook:

11 Techniques to Conquer Anxiety

I ponder one massive source of anxiety for most bloggers: money. Most of you grew up with money limiting beliefs. Money does not grow on trees. Money is not easy. Money is hard to get. Money is scarce. If you want money, get used to owning and facing each money fear because blogging full time requires you to work for free, generously, for a while, and no human with money fears works for free. All humans clinging to heavy money fears only work for pay. What is working for pay? Jobs. Working for someone allows you to get paid for every hour you work because being employees guarantees payment, per work, per your contract.

Guess what? Blogging is a different animal. Nobody gets paid to be an individual, business-owning blogger because blogging is a business. Business is about building something to boost skills and exposure to where your streams of income yield cash for you. Complete 180 from being an employee because you need face money fears, release fears, and proceed from a generous energy to gain skills and exposure enough to earn a full time income through your blog.

How do you feel about money? Does money feel scarce to you? Do you fear running out of money? Be honest guys. Being straight with yourself allows you to make money because before you make money through your blog, you need to face, feel and release money fears. Why? You never move into actions required to make money being burdened by the heavy fear of losing money, a yoke that saddles most of humanity.

I have noted how Gary Vaynerchuk did 2000 YouTube interviews before he began to get major media and TV coverage. He worked for free for 2000 interviews because he was not burdened by the terror of losing money, vibing abundance and generosity and trust. Most of humanity is so scared to lose all of their money that they never give one interview for free; these people work jobs to guarantee they get money for what they do work-wise, but sacrifice their fun and freedom in the process. You cannot live your dreams through blogging if you have no vision for the future and you cannot create a vision if you feel weighed down by the fear of money loss. How can you dream big dreams if you secretly feel terrified to lose it all? The fear of losing it all dominates your mind, body and actions so you will just work a job to get money and you will treat your blog casually, because your blog does not yield money, like your job.

Of course, your blog does not yield money because you vibe a poverty consciousness and poverty-vibing folks never do the generous giving – working for free, for a sustained period of time – to position themselves for success, a’la Gary Vee and his 2000 YouTube interviews. I have written and published nearly 1000 posts on Blogging Tips. Nobody paid me directly for writing and publishing these posts but the traffic and links and money I gained indirectly through these nearly 1000 posts helped me live a neat life. I began giving generously the moment I faced my money fears.

Expect to do the same if you want to live your dreams through blogging.

 

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What Few Bloggers Understand

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I live a pretty sexy life. I have circled the globe for the past eight years through blogging. Pretty cool, right?

But my blogging duties are seemingly mundane, not too sexy at all and in moments, quite boring. I genuinely love blogging. I have fun doing what I do. But I am also a human being experiencing a wide range of emotions on an hour to hour basis. Sometimes, I just want to go to sleep for a little bit because I feel tired and a bit bored with the blogging process. But if I intuitively know it is time to write a blog post I just write the blog post. In these moments, blogging feels boring and mundane and plain and not too sexy. But doing the seemingly mundane things in boring moments lays the foundation for living a spectacular dream life through blogging.

Few bloggers understand this basic fact of sometimes boring activities laying the foundation for a spectacular dream life. Most bloggers believe I do exciting, inspired and amazing things all day long to live an amazing life. This is 100% not true and nothing could be further from the fact. Blogging is fun for me most of the time but sometimes blogging feels boring. Even when blogging feels fun I am not doing anything earth-shattering or jaw-dropping anytime I write and publish blog posts and comment on blogs and promote one or all of my 100 plus ebooks. Does tapping a retweet button and sharing one of my eBooks on Twitter seem earth-shattering? Nope. Simple. East too. But few bloggers understand simple blogging activities lead to great blogging success.

Most bloggers believe you live your dreams through blogging by trying to knock the ball out of the park with viral blog posts and partnerships with the top bloggers on earth. Nope. You live your dreams by simply publishing helpful content, building friendships with top bloggers by being generous and asking for nothing, and by opening multiple streams of income from an abundant, trusting energy. Each of those steps is simple to put into action but sometimes taking each of those steps feel scary or highly uncomfortable. Nudge through the fear. Take the step. Simple, generous actions eventually lead to spectacular results because all meaningful blogging ventures begin with simple, generous actions. Do not believe top bloggers hit home runs everyday. We hit singles again and again and again and again for 10000 to 20000 hours until all those singles add up to something dazzling over the long haul.

Think in terms of tiny impressions made multiple times daily. I could have tried to write a viral guest post on this blog 3 years ago when I first published posts here. But I just chose to do a solid job writing a simple post some 900 times. Now I have written and published 900 + guest posts on this blog which means on a single blog alone I have 900 links or more, based on the ebooks of mine I link to as well. 900 + links leads up to something pretty sexy and spectacular but it was the simple, generous actions I took daily over 3 years of my life that led to the stunning long-term success. Blogging is doing simple things generously for hours daily for years of your life to build something special and meaningful.

Never believe that top bloggers hit home runs every day for a few weeks before they made it big. Anybody who makes it big does seemingly little things with love and generosity every single day over the course of years of their lives. Imagine 10000 to 20000 hours of doing simple things and you get an idea of what it takes to live a spectacular dream life through the medium of blogging.

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