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How to Create SEO-Friendly Content for Greater Blog Traffic

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How to Create SEO-Friendly Content for Greater Blog Traffic

Nowadays, creating great content is not always enough. Sure, you’ve crafted a very valuable source of information, but if you want to achieve greater traffic, you need to make sure that it can be easily ‘understood’ by the search engines.

When you optimize your content in a way that it’s SEO-friendly, you will get better ranking. Meaning, you are not only creating a quality content but you are also making it easier for your target audience to discover you.

Here are some of the basic must-haves on creating an SEO-Friendly content on your blog.

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Draft the structure of your post

Plan first before writing. Writing is a skill many possess but not everyone can write and get the audience’s attention at the same time.

When you create a structure, you’ll have a clear path to where your content is going. This also makes your post clearer for your audience to read well.

Here are the things you should keep in mind when preparing for your structure:

Captivating introduction

You’ve probably heard in your English class that you should always start with an introduction when you are writing. Same goes for your blog.

This is the first part of your blog, make sure to capture their attention. This should all be familiar to anyone that already has a content marketing plan in place.

You don’t have put everything in the introduction just yet. First, tell something about your chosen topic subtly and show them what to expect in the coming sections of your blog.

Informative body

The body is where your post’s main message should be found. In here, you should write everything you want your audience to know about your post.

Summarized ending

A conclusion is a good way to end your blog post. This is the part where you summarize the important ideas you have shared in your post or just simply conclude about a topic you have tackled.

After listing down what you want to share on your blog in all these three sections, you can now start combining all your ideas and make your post. Read along for more info on how to properly position the points on your post.

Format your post well

Once you’re done arranging the contents of your post, you can then start writing it out. We’ve mentioned that your post should have the intro, body, and conclusion parts, right? Now, add these things below to increase its readability.

Use headings

Headings are what your readers see first. Aside from it’s bigger, it’s short and is what the next sentences are all about.

Aside from this, headings are essential for SEO purposes. When your headings contain keywords, searching it is easier and can help with your SEO ranking.

Use paragraphs

Paragraphs are essential when writing in order to avoid a clump of too many words that can be overwhelming to your audience. But keep in mind to follow the right way on when you should properly add your paragraphs and not just adding it for the sake of separating your sentences.

Use bullet points

Using bullet points is great whenever you want to list things or when you want to emphasize some things. Grammarly explained how to create powerful bullet points and showed how it can catch your reader’s attention.

Readability is one of the most important parts to keep in mind when writing a content. According to Yoast, readability is not a quick upgrade to your site’s rank. However, when people read your content and stay on your website longer, you’ll get higher conversion rate in the long run.

Create a schedule for new content

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Come up with a list of blog titles and add them to your calendar. Search engines love fresh content. The more you create new posts, the more they’ll crawl your website. This will then give you a higher opportunity to rank.

Once in a while, you can try to do a bit more to your website. For instance, the “10x content” also known as the “Skyscraper Content” is a content that is ten times better than any other posts published in your niche. This content is not a walk in the park. You will be doing tons of researches and reading, but the results are going to be rewarding.

Having better and fresher content have an edge that can improve your search rankings.

Optimize the length for readability

The longer or shorter the better? Not really.

When it comes to blog posts, quality is always better than quality. You can create a 2000-word article, but without substance, there’s really nothing to it than length.

There are no limitations to how long or short your blog posts should be. In fact, Seth Godin writes blog posts that are shorter than 150 words and yet he’s one of the most popular authors out there.

But in order for it to contain some keywords and link, you can try and make 300 words as your minimum for now.

Remember that you can’t always please readers by the length of your content but rather, with the quality of your writing.

Add internal links

Internal links are those that point to your website. When a visitor reads something on your site and you provide other sources of information, you are more likely to get them to stay longer.

Don’t expect people to dig inside your blog, instead, make it easier for them.

Use a plugin

If you use WordPress as your website platform, then we recommend installing SEO plugins that are dedicated to helping you with your SEO needs.

WordPress Plugins by Yoast

Yoast is usually the crowd’s favorite. It has different metrics that checks if your content is SEO-friendly.

All in One SEO Pack is yet another great plugin with over 3 million downloads. It generates meta tags automatically along with other useful features.

Any of these plugins will help you assess if the contents you write on your blog are okay in SEO standards.

Conclusion

Creating an SEO-friendly content is not really time-consuming, in fact, once you’ve become adept at this, creating your future ones will be a breeze.

If you are aiming for your blog to reach a wider audience, start optimizing your content so search engines can easily find you.

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Are You an Organized Blogger?

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How do you organize your blogging day? Do you work off of a to-do list? What do you do to be organized?

As I promote my eBook:

How to Organize Your Blogging Day for Maximum Efficiency

I ponder blogging problems arising from being disorganized. Mental clutter leads to blogging clutter. I prefer to clear my mind with meditating and Kriya yoga, in addition to yin yoga. Thoughts and feelings seem to flow smoothly after my mental science sessions. Of course, making a simple, blanket decision to be organized allows your day to progress gracefully. Consider working off of a to-do list to begin organizing effectively.

Create a To-Do List

Creating a to-do list adds order to your mind. Orderly, focused-thinking bloggers proceed in organized fashion. I memorized my blogging routine. No need for a to-do lit. But I stick to my basic strategy of publishing blog posts and guest posts in alternating fashion daily. I publish a blog post. I publish a guest post. Works wonders for me. I stick to these basic tasks, tossing in networking generously to expand my blogging reach. Simple. Powerful. Effective. Organized. Work from this list to avoid mental chaos. Human beings experience some 40,000 plus thoughts daily. Do you think an unenlightened being like yourself can hold a core list of blogging tasks in mind amid those 40,000 thoughts, along with the adjacent feelings? Fat chance. But working from a list makes blogging quite easy. See concrete items to do before your eyes. Hold these ideas in mind. Execute. Be organized.

Maintain an Orderly Home Office

Clean up your home office. Maintain a clear space. Physical clutter often creates mental clutter manifest as disorganization. But cleaning and clearing things up helps you feel better about work. Feeling better about work lends an organized air about what you do. See a clear environment. Instantly, your thoughts and feelings proceed in organized fashion. I always clean up my home office before beginning my work day. Ditto for clearing the office space. I never tolerate messiness. Papers need to go. Clothes need to be folded and stowed away in drawers. I blog with my Chromebook and phone by my side. Nothing else distracts me. Can you see why I wrote and self-published 126 eBooks? I do not play around when it comes to being organized about my blogging day.

Study Organized Bloggers

Most pro bloggers blog on the ball from an organization perspective. Pay attention to these pros. Study their ways closely. Most established pros follow morning rituals to prepare themselves for busy work days. I do 20 minutes of Kriya yoga and meditate for 30 minutes to clear my mind for a productive blogging work day. Virtually all pros follow rituals enhancing their peace of mind and organizational skills. Of course, feeling good plays a chief role in succeeding and in organizing your blogging day for maximum efficiency. Do what you can on waking to max out good feeling vibes. Nudge into your work day from a relaxed, peaceful, organized energy. Observe established pros. Closely study how they plan their blogging day. Do you notice how busy pros tend to do only a few things but spend 8-12 hours doing these few things generously, patiently and persistently? Being organized often involves trimming fat in the form of old, worn out, inefficient blogging activities. See how pros trim fat by letting go blogging strategies as they gain greater clarity. Follow their lead to get better organized with your blogging campaign.

As within, so without. Heed this ancient wisdom to be a better organized blogger. Organizing your thoughts and feelings leads to organized blogging actions.

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Every Blogger Walks a Different Path

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Neil Patel walks a different path than I. I walk a different blogging path than you. Just like no two snowflakes are alike, no two bloggers walk the same exact path. We take different routes. Different journeys require different strategies, detours, tactics and strategies. Neil walked an SEO-rich path. I do not. I chose a prolific, SEO-free path. No one mimics a fellow blogger perfectly because no two humans have the same experience. We succeed by differentiating. Never believe you need to walk the same path as some blogging pro to succeed. Of course, doing so proves fruitless because no two bloggers walk the same blogging journey. Never try to do the impossible. Stop believing you need to do the same things top bloggers do to succeed like top bloggers. I broke many traditional blogging rules to circle the globe as a pro blogger. Of course I created a blogging course, eBooks and audio books. Content? Check. Connections? Check. I honored fundamentals to succeed but never tried mimicking the same journey as any top blogger.

Walk your blogging path. Take your blogging journey. Your blogging path separates you from the herd. My travel stories and blogging lessons make me different from any blogger. Ditto for you. We all have different experiences to call upon for becoming a successful blogger. Respect your uniqueness. Find your blogging flow. I do not enjoy doing SEO to drive Google traffic. Why would I force a blogging journey trough some strategy I disliked working?  I should just work a job if I did something for money versus working for passion. Of course, I never took a path like Neil Patel because I do not enjoy SEO-optimizing posts. I succeeded through another strategy. Never believe you need to walk the same path as pros to become successful as pros. New bloggers swing and miss daily by believing success is writing 4,000 word, SEO-optimized posts dominating competitive keywords on Google. Are you nuts? Neil Patel dominates competitive keywords on Google after 10,000 plus hours of practice-work-creating-connecting. You have 5 or 10 hours or maybe 100 hours of practice-work-creating-connecting. Relax. Slow down. Calm down. You have another 10,000 hours of blogging work to do before being skilled, creative and connected enough to dominate page 1 of Google for 1 – let alone 20 – competitive keywords.

But you may dislike SEO all together. Take a different blogging path. Find tactics resonant with you. Perhaps building bonds with bloggers and creating helpful content feels fun to you. Take that route. But know your path differs from any blogging path because we each fly solo and learn different lessons for specific parts of our blogging journey. No two bloggers walk in the same blogging shoes. No two bloggers walk the same blogging path. Two bloggers may walk similar blogging journeys. Bloggers sometimes walk similar blogging paths. But nobody walks identical paths because bloggers have different experiences to learn from during our blogging journey.

Respect your path. Honor your progression. Accept how you blog in the perfect place, at the perfect time, now. Do not resist your blogging path. Everything brought you here to this point now. Accepting your present state of blogging growth reduces resistance to future growth. Surrender serves as a powerful concept. Be completely at peace with your blogging growth now. Hug your progress. Walk your blogging path. Of course, note wins. Celebrate success. Avoid comparing yourself to bloggers. Bloggers experience different situations to benefit from different circumstances. We all have different lessons to learn on our respective blogging journeys. Honor this truth. Cultivate peace of mind. Position yourself to succeed. Walk your one-of-a-kind blogging path to experience your greatest success.

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Hobbies Change for Habits to Change

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Over a decade ago, I woke up, watched TV, grabbed breakfast, hit the gym for bodybuilding and returned home to watch a DVD movie. At 2:30 PM I prepared for work. I drove to my security guard job. By 10:30 PM on most nights I drove home. Evening movie. Sleep. Rinse, wash and repeat the following day. I worked a security guard job. My hobbies consisted of lifting weights and watching TV. But my hobbies and habits changed the moment I became a blogger. Morning breakfast vanished. I stopped going to the time-consuming gym. Watching movies every day? Fat chance. My bodybuilding workout and movie hobbies had to change for me to begin the habits of meditating, doing yoga and expanding my awareness daily. Hobbies change before habits change.

New bloggers often struggle because newbies cling to old, worn out, failing hobbies like:

  • watching TV for hours nightly
  • mindlessly cruising the internet for hours nightly
  • mindlessly gossiping on the phone or with family for hours nightly

These low-energy hobbies need to change pronto for you to develop fun, freeing, higher energy habits like meditating, doing yoga, blogging generously and engaging in some form of exercise. Picture those 4 hours you waste on watching TV each evening. How do you find time to engage in different habits? Change your hobbies. Out goes TV, or, TV just consumes 45 minutes per evening. Enter 20 minutes of meditating. Release some hobbies. Fill the time with different, empowering, freeing, sometimes uncomfortable habits. Imagine watching the idiot box for 3 hours nightly. 3 hours pass. Nothing profitable, productive or empowered happens watching the television. But for you to be a pro blogger you need to spend those 3 hours meditating for perhaps 10 minutes and blogging for the remaining 2 hours and 50 minutes. Change your hobbies to create space for changing habits. Changing habits accelerates, colors and influences hobby changes too. My hobbies went from watching TV to circling the globe on meditating more deeply, doing more yoga and spending more time in serious introspection. Life became more uncomfortable but far more fun and freeing as my hobbies and habits changed. I preferred to wander around Ubud, Bali versus watching an episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm. My hobbies changed for the better. I respect how we all travel different paths but if your hobbies and habits never changed, you are either enlightened, and never needed to change your meditating and yoga habits, or you have been making fear-driven, comfortable, confining choices wasting your life.

I have yet to see a genuinely happy, peaceful, powerful, prospering person who watches more than 2-3 hours of TV every single night. People call TV the idiot box because television makes you an idiot. Mindless, bland, non-stimulating TV watching does nothing for your growth, happiness, fulfillment, peace of mind and overall abundance. Empowered bloggers cannot spend 5 seconds on idle, mindless, dingbat-style activities. Stop spending hours watching TV each evening. Start spending hours blogging and working on your abundance mindset. Buy a blogging eBook. Surround yourself with pro bloggers. Learn from these pros. Mimic their ways. Gain inspiration from their example. Fill time not with garbage but with goal-achieving, fun, freeing and sometimes scary blogging actions. First, the hobbies change. Gone goes watching TV, gossiping and wasting time on low energy actions. Habits change with the hobby vacuum being void. Begin meditating. Start doing yoga. Awareness-expanding activities unearth fears, nudge you toward love, amplify your generosity and accelerate your blogging success.

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