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Grow A Blog In 30 Days – One Simple Idea Spark Up Your Blog!

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You just couldn’t break-in. Every effort you put into your blog proves abortive, what exactly is wrong with your nice blog, and all the unique contents you have written – you question?

Becoming the go-to resource is all you ever wanted, to solve problems, land profitable consulting and freelance projects and pay your bills.

Does it mean you can’t make money blogging – even when you’ve accessed several success stories of people who are making a living blogging?

Well, if I’ve painted a picture of you, I know the angle you’re coming from and you’re not the only blogger whose blog is still buried in the ocean of failure. But it doesn’t have to be this way.

The problem with blogging is that we tend to deviate from the core things that matters.

I want to reveal the best way to push your blog to the top in 30 days or less. By this I mean, the only thing you should be doing – it’s worked for others, your blog won’t get bumped again.

How Successful Salespersons Are Made

Being a salesperson earned me the opportunity to meet influential personalities in my world. I’ve learnt so many things that can make any business excel. It’s a trait that has set creative salespersons apart. They understand how people relate to marketing offers; make decisions and the chemistry that goes on within their minds.

This is how successful persons are made: “they pick only one idea, study and analyze the potentials of success and failure in it, run with the idea until the visions becomes real.”

Blogging is not different from selling. In fact, both are closely-connected and what applies to one, applies to the other. Growing a blog is the same thing as growing a seedling – you water, you tend it, you provide enabling environment as much as you can and leave the rest to “Mother Nature.”

Run With One Idea for 30 Days

Thirty days isn’t three days, and if we want to achieve a goal of growing blog readership, influence and earning value, we need to further break this ‘single idea’ into 4 different highlights and run with it.

Here are the 4 highlights you should run with:

– Decide on the idea (when an idea drops on your mind, it’s left for you to run with it, produce results from it and grow your blog. but the idea must be legit, and success-driven)

– Give the idea a ‘form’ (by impressing a form on the idea, the source of nature will speed up the attainment-process.)

– Leverage (A lot of things are in place to help your blog grow. You shouldn’t blog in isolation, there is help somewhere – find it, use it!)

– Have a landing page (there is no guarantee you’ll retain fresh visitors on your blog, why not have a strong and efficient landing page to convert readers into future customers?)

This is pretty straight forward and we’re on our way to growing your blog: you get natural link love, social media juice, active readers, engagement and…(Money)!

Decide On the Idea

There are several ways to grow a blog. You can decide on what’s best for you, but for the sake of achieving our goal in 30 days, we need to stick with a proven system that works at all times. Several pro bloggers like Danny Iny, John Morrow, Ana Hoffman et al are actively using it.

In fact, these bloggers have built strong and engaged audience with a single idea. Gone are the day when it was extremely difficult to become influential on the internet – but this marketing system has caused a revolution. You know what I’m talking about, don’t you?

‘The best idea to grow your blog in 30 days is via “guest posting”’.

Traditional article marketing doesn’t work as it used to. The frequent Google frequent updates were a big blow on article directories, and guest posting became the best alternative. That’s the single idea you should run with in this 30 days challenge.

Give the Idea a Form!

We’ve all seen the impact of contributing on another blog. Whether the blog is A-list or B-list (upcoming blogs), guest posting is expected to produce results. Unfortunately, a lot of people are not reaping the great dividends, because ‘guest blogging’ is an abstract term.

You need to give it a ‘form.’

What exactly do you want to achieve? Every blogger who sets out to write a post for others should have clear goal of what he wants.

Some blogs already have engaged readers, but the person behind these blog is still guest blogging. Do you think he needs more engagement – maybe, but I think he has a greater vision; to increase conversion rate, generate sales leads easily or build a resource center.

The moment you ‘form’ an image of where you’re going with every guest post you write, the future becomes brighter – this 30-day challenge becomes vivid and attainable. That’s why goal setting is important. A goal highlights the things you want to achieve, and a plan leads all the way to getting results.

Here are few questions to ask before you guest blog. It would form an image in your mind right away:

  • – What is my ideal blog?
  • – Who is my target audience?
  • – What problems do they face and why?
  • – How can I solve the problem and entertain readers?
  • – What would be my gain if I solve a problem?

Do you see the impact of these questions on my mind? I’m sure you know exactly what to do right away – which is, to research blogs that accept guest post and pitch helpful and relevant topics. Would you try that out?

Leverage

A great way to push your blog to the top in 30 days is via leverage. See what the Dictionary has to say about “leverage.”

“Power to get things done: power over other people, especially something that gives an advantage but is not referred to openly.”

The power to get things done lies in ‘outsourcing’ and ‘networking.’ These two marketing terms are powerful, and I’m sure you already know what they mean. We’ve agreed that to grow a blog as quickly as possible, guest posting is the key. You also need speed; the ability to churn out valuable articles for syndication across the web is a rare skill.

You can only do your best in 24 hours and this might not be enough to push your blog to stardom. So, what do you do – outsource a part of writing to capable hands. There are prolific writers who are willing to accept this offer, provided you’ve a budget for it (off course you should).

Once you’re armed with creative guest writers, focus on networking with other bloggers. Follow them on twitter, Read and comment on posts they make. Read their books, and attend a webinar if you can. As a blogger, you should be used to these simple tasks and building a relationship isn’t as difficult as it seems.

You need to connect and share with other bloggers – get to know them. In 2 weeks, most of the probloggers would start addressing you by name – until then, keep sharing and supporting their opinions. While other guest bloggers struggle to get published, yours will be picked, reviewed and approved within 7 days – but you’ve got to build the relationship first.

Have a great landing page

What makes a landing page great?

Contrary to what bloggers think, a great landing page has little to do with colors, or long copy. The ability of a page to convert its readers into subscribers is what counts.

Unfortunately, a lot of guest bloggers are making a big mistake. I see people who link to their homepage, where there is no provision for converting readers.

The success of your online business lies in the number of prospects you’re able to reach with the click of a button” – Ewen Chia.

The first guest post I did for FreelanceSwitch brought 218 targeted subscribers within 3 days. I would have converted more of these 647 daily visitors if my landing page was persuasive enough. What’s the guarantee that your first time targeted reader would visit again – think of the time investment in writing a unique post, which was approved eventually – but has no conversion-base in place.

Ensure your first time readers are not lost, create a unique and compelling landing page to capture and build email lists – that’s how to succeed online being a blogger.

30 Days Challenge: Your turn

This is a wake-up call to you, not a whip on your ass! You’re the CEO (Chief Executive Officer) of your blog, and the sole responsibility of growing it, lies with you. Challenge yourself to build a go-to resource in your niche. Create the perfect blog-space and help others succeed.

“Success without a successor is failure” – (unknown)!

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Michael Chibuzor is an entrepreneur, a freelance writer and the founder and CEO of Content Marketing Up. If you want to grow your blog, drive targeted traffic and make more money, hire Michael to write for you.

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7 Habits That Can Make You a More Efficient Blogger

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Starting a blog is exciting, whether you’re using it as an extension to promote your current business or you’re just trying to maintain the blog as a personal endeavor. In any case, part of your success will depend on your ability to write new blog posts at an efficient rate; if you aren’t producing new blog posts fast enough, your audience could lose interest in your content. Similarly, if it takes you too long to write a new blog post, your profitability is going to decrease.

The solution is to focus on improving your efficiency as a blogger, so you can accomplish more in less time and end up with more raw content as a result.  

The Best Habits to Improve Your Efficiency

These are some of the best habits to improve your efficiency as a blogger:

  1. Dress professionally. If you’re working from home or blogging in your free time, you’ll be tempted to wear the most comfortable clothes and lounge in the living room while writing. But if you want to be successful and work efficiently, it’s much better to dress professionally and establish a professional work area. The idea is to treat your blog work like it’s your job. You’ll take your work more seriously, and you’ll be less inclined to follow distractions. It may also change how you think about your work and how you approach problem-solving.
  2. Practice good hygiene. While you’re at it, make sure to practice good hygiene—especially if blogging is your full-time job. The most obvious habit here is to shower regularly, but you’ll also want to keep your clothes clean, take good care of your environment, or as 14K Gold Teeth suggests, clean accessories like custom gold grillz. You’ll feel more professional in your environment and will have less clutter to distract you.
  3. Stick to a routine. Routines are vital for improving your efficiency. They help you establish consistent processes, which you can follow to save time and refine your habits. They give you something predictable to work with, so you aren’t scrambling to figure out what to work on next. They also reinforce your most productive habits, so you can continue working without thinking too much about it—in other words, they’re procrastination-busters.
  4. Set a strict schedule. While you’re developing your routine, try to create and stick to a strict schedule. For example, you might set a timer for one hour to read the latest news, a half hour designated to preparing an outline, and another hour to finish your full first draft. These temporal limitations help you avoid Parkinson’s law, which states that the amount of time it takes to do a task will swell to fill whatever amount of time is allotted to it; in other words, the tighter you set your timetables, the more efficiently you’ll be motivated to work.
  5. Keep an editorial calendar. Create a high-level editorial calendar as early as possible, and stick to it the best you can. This will help you ensure your high-level goals and priorities never fall out of your sight, and make sure you never run out of work. Set target dates for drafting and publication, so you’re always working toward something, and jot down your new topic ideas whenever you get them.
  6. Stay organized. This should go without saying, but the vast majority of new bloggers suffer from not being organized. They read new material that could serve as inspiration for a new post, but lose the original article. They set goals for themselves, but forget them or change them too frequently for them to take effect. Create a system for taking notes and keeping track of your high-level priorities, and stick to it.
  7. Keep reading on a regular basis. Reading is one of the best ways to consistently and reliably improve your writing, so make time for it in your schedule. Reading work like yours can help you generate new ideas, improve your vocabulary, and increase your fluency, so you can write faster.

Learning and Improving

It’s a good idea to track your time while working on blog-related tasks. It will allow you to gather data on your productivity habits, and ideally, see how they improve over time. If there’s a particular task that takes up a disproportionate amount of your time, you can drop it or focus specifically on improving it. If you notice a strategy is making you more efficient in one or more areas, you can use it more frequently or apply it to different areas.

In any case, the real secret to becoming a more efficient blogger is committing to improve over time. Pay attention to how your habits develop, and continually refine your approach.

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Oh, Now I Get It! How to Explain Complex Topics to Your Audience

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Technical writers have a great number of skills, but perhaps the most important is the ability to adapt your language to the level of comprehension your audience has. A highly technical and complex article can overwhelm readers or even bore them.

“But it’s impossible to delight my readers and keep them engaged when I’m talking about the

IEEE 802.11ac principle of broadband technology,” We hear you cry. And, we get it. Turning a technical article into a sexy piece of content can feel like a daunting task, but it’s not mission impossible.

Here are a few content creation tips that will help you explain complex topics to your audience in a delightful manner.

Imagine That You Are Explaining the Subject to a Non-Tech-Savvy Friend

One of the most important things when creating technical content for a more broad audience is consistency. So, as much as possible try to use the same tone, level of knowledge, complexity of vocabulary, and so on. The easiest way to calibrate your writing style is to imagine that you are writing for a friend or a relative that has nothing to do with your area of expertise.

Imagine you are trying to explain a particularly complex topic to them, in a friendly and light discussion. How would you approach the subject? What elements you think would bore or frustrate them?

What helps you in the real world is adapting your style and vocabulary to the other person’s knowledge. You know that you don’t have to explain what an Internet browser does, but you might have to tell them more about the coding behind it when discussing responsive web design, for instance. Use common words and keep them engaged with a lighter, friendly style.

Adapt Your Vocabulary and Structure

Let’s take a look at how you can flip your technical writing to be more approachable. First of all: use concepts that your audience is familiar with or at least has a general idea about them.

A good start is to check what search words visitors use when browsing your website. You will identify commonly used terms that are related to the technology that interests them. Use those keywords yourself to keep visitors on your page.

Also, be careful about the structure of the text when writing online, especially when you are trying to explain something complex. Make sure to split your text into readable chunks. You can also help the reader understand the subject better by using titles and subtitles to separate the main ideas of your article.

Build up the Knowledge of Your Audience, from General to Detailed

Once you have established a common language and vocabulary between you and your target audience, start methodically presenting your topic, from general level information to more detailed aspects. Applying this rule will help you readers understand the topic better without wasting too much time. Online readers tend to ignore content that is, irrelevant or hard to understand.

While it is important to get the basics straight before getting deeper into your subject, make sure to summarize the purpose of your article at the very beginning, as it will let your audience know what they will learn about after going through it.

Use Style Tools That Help Your Audience Relate to the Topic

The fun part of writing about technical topics for a general audience is getting creative with it. Because you can’t use the “boring,” “stiff” technical jargon, you must come up with expressive comparisons, examples, and analogies. You can even evoke anecdotal evidence to support the facts since they are highly relevant for many of the users.

Helping them relate to the topic you are writing about is the key to grabbing their attention. Use day to day examples for the systems and processes you are describing, or mention the best-known similar thing. Give them examples of possible situations when they can come across the topic you are writing about and enable them to talk about it themselves.

Ultimately, is all about correctly identifying the level of knowledge your audience has. Encourage them to comment and ask any questions and keep the conversations alive.

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IT Management Solutions: What is the Key to Improving Employee Efficiency?

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There are many ways you can improve your employees’ efficiency. From decluttering the workspace to encouraging a stress-free environment, there is a whole range of things you can do to make your work life run smoother. One such technique you need to adopt for your company is an IT management solution.

What Does It Do?

An IT management solution such as SysAid takes all of the day-to-day programs that a business will use and consolidates them into one easy-to-use package. Every employee should be able to log on and complete all their work without having to leave the initial program.

It can contain such subsections as project management, customer relationship management, billing and invoicing, and a whole host of other features.

Why Should Employers Implement Such a Solution?

A system such as this allows managers to have better visibility over the company as a whole. They will be able to tell if an employee is completing their daily tasks to the best of their ability and will also allow them to see where they are lacking.

The data from the completion of these daily tasks can easily be tracked and analyzed to see where employees are struggling with efficiency. With some adjustments, efficiency can then be improved in these areas.

Project Management

One of the key reasons to install an IT management solution is for the project management aspects. A good project management program lets all employees know where they are with their projects at all times. Whether you are just working on the project or a project manager, you will be able to see the stage that the project is at and all the steps and processes that still need to be completed.

This collaborative nature helps improve speed and efficiency and stops the project becoming grounded in a lack of communication. If you are not yet using a project management system, you will notice that many small but important problems like misuse of resources will be greatly reduced.

Customer Relationship Management

By having your customer service staff use one portal for all their needs, you will see a great improvement in efficiency when it comes to handling customer enquiries. An IT management solution can contain a database with all your customer’s information. This means that if a case needs to be passed from one team member to another, there is little to no chance of any relevant information being lost in the transfer. Everything should be in place in the one database.

Invoicing and Billing

Keeping your various accounts and invoices in different places can lead to items being forgotten or double-charged. By using an IT management software, your managers and accountants will be able to successfully keep track of all costs and reduce unnecessary spending. This will improve efficiency as multiple enquires are not being made to complete invoices and other reports.

There are just some of the ways an IT management solution can improve your business. If you feel you need to improve your company’s efficiency, consider implementing one today.

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