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How to Create a Professional Post that is Useful and Gets you Involved in the Blogosphere

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One of the most important things to consider when writing your blog posts is how well they will read, provide quality content to your audience and if they will actually be shared across the major social networks. In this post we are going to cover many of these topics and help you write posts that get people involved in your own blogosphere and social network.

Recently I wrote the post top 25 make money online guest post blogs which took me several days of research, formatting, writing, proof reading and adding and editing images. But all that work paid off in spades in the end, it got several retweets and facebook likes and I had a noticeable spike in traffic after it was published. It just shows that a little bit of extra effort in both making your post and promoting it afterwards can go a long way. Here is how I created it and what tools I used to help me along the way.

Research

For this kind of post where you need to give information about other blogs the research is the most important factor. If you get any of your facts wrong your post will be flogged in the comments section and on social sites and you will also put off the blogger that you mentioned in the post. Luckily for me I knew a lot of the bloggers and their sites well but I still needed to make sure that everything was correct.

First of all I needed to find and carefully read their guest posting guidelines. I had to do this so that I could boil down the critical information that my readers needed. Website visitors are notorious for their need to get through articles quickly and so it was necessary to put the information in its most condensed form.

The next thing was to scrawl through the about me page looking for the name of the webmaster of the site. I thought this was important for the readers so that they could make contact with the webmasters without having to read the other blogs about me page as well. This adds value for the readers because it will save them those valuable seconds that we all crave to get back.

There are a couple of tools that I used as well to find out what the pagerank and the alexa rank of the particular blogs. This is useful because it gives you an idea of the value that the backlink to your site is going to provide in terms of SEO and the alexa rank will give you an idea of the kind of traffic that you can expect. I use the alexa toolbar  firefox addon  which shows both of these at the top of the site. If you don’t use Mozilla or don’t want to download any addons then the online tools http://www.prchecker.info/ for pagerank and http://www.alexa.com to check the alexa rank work just as well they just take a little longer.

Images

I decided for this post that images of the blog logos were important to the overall look of the post. It would allow the user to get some continuity between my website and their click through to one of the top guest post blogs. This is because if they see the logo on my site and then click through they should see the logo as soon as they hit the guest post blog.
Also the pictures add a nice attractive finish to the post that it wouldn’t otherwise have. I didn’t want to add a picture at the top of the post so these images were my chance to make it look good.

How I Got the Logos

Believe it or not the logos were quite difficult to get hold of. I wanted all of them to be the same width and also they were not all available on google for me to get hold of straight away so I had to be a little creative.

I wanted to do it without buying any software so photoshop was out of the question. The first thing that I did was to print the screen and then paste it into paint. Then I cropped the logo out of that image. After this to adjust the image size I needed a more specialized program so I found and downloaded Gimp 2. It is a great free alternative to Photoshop and it allows you to resize images easily as well as adjust the quality to save the loading time of your site. You select the option in gimp 2 to create from clipboard and it will show you the image of the logo on its own. Then you simply resize the image to the width you want (I chose 300 pixels) and then it was ready to upload and place within the post. If you don’t want to download the gimp 2 software then there is a free online tool at http://www.resizeimage.4u2ges.com/ where you can resize your images.

One last thing, make sure that you export your image so that you can save it as a .jpeg image rather than a .PNG. This will save you space and save your users the extra loading times.

Promotion

Now that the post was ready and looking how I wanted it, it was time to try and get people to read it. This is arguably the most important part of any post because if no one comes to read it then what’s the reason for spending all that time writing it?

The first thing I did was to publish it to my own social networks which should be standard for any post that you write. Then I took it a little further and searched for relevant facebook groups to post the link into. To do this it is a good idea to write a small but unique comment to introduce your link, this way your link doesn’t look like spam and facebook users know a little bit about the post before they click through.

My next method for promotion was to email the webmasters of all of the various sites that I had mentioned and tell them about it. This isn’t a usual method of promotion but because of the nature of this kind of post it was definitely worth a go. In the email I, very politely, explained what the post was about, that I had included a couple of backlinks to their site and asked them if they would be able to mention the post on their social networks. Believe it or not the response was really good. People are always happy to hear that they are among the best and about 10 out of the 25 emailed me back with a positive reply.

Now the final method of promotion I am using right now is to write articles (like this one!) that will both send traffic to the post as well as improve its SEO potential. My personal preference for this method is to do this kind of promotion slowly over the long term and increase this posts potential over time. If however you want to get a huge spike in traffic over a short period of time you could put more effort into preparing these posts beforehand. First finish writing the flagship post and before you publish it prepare a series of other posts that you can send of for guest posts on other blogs. While it is out of your control when these are published you can send then off on the same day so that you have the most chance of getting a large boost in traffic.

The benefits of this kind of post were really worthwhile. I have developed my relationships with other bloggers, I got a lot of traffic for that particular post and it has provided a permanent resource for both me and my readers to use. It is this kind of post that is going to launch your blog into the blogosphere so put in that little bit of extra time and effort and you will definitely notice the results.

This post was written by John Burnside who writes in the internet marketing and make money online niche. If you want to learn how to earn an income online then please follow him on twitter @moneyin15.

My name is Foxy, and my job is to sniff out the good guest bloggers from the ones who aren't. This post was written by a contributing author to Blogging Tips. If you would like to learn more about becoming a writer (not one-time guest blogging) for BloggingTips.com, please contact us.

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How Do Blogging and Fitness Relate?

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I spend 3 hours daily honing my mental and physical fitness.

In truth, you can and will succeed online following simple fundamentals from a generous, detached energy. No need to be fit to go full time blogging. But if you feel bad because your body feels bad and your mind fears losing it all, have you succeeded? I do not believe so.

I wrote an eBook sharing my daily regimen to explain what many of you readers want to know: how do I do it all? I am no blogging god. I am just human. But I write and connect quite a bit. People wish to know how I wrote 100 plus eBooks in addition to all the other stuff I do while circling the globe. Well, blogging and fitness are 2 peas in a pod for me. Both play a big role if you desiring leveling up and feeling good predominantly as you enjoy the ride.

Blogging and Fitness

Let’s say you wake up on a Monday morning as a full time employee who blogs part time. Feeling terrible and dreading work, why write and publish a post? Too busy. Do it later. Put off the post until tonight. But you feel too tired that night. Repeat this cycle for 3 months. 90 days passed. Still no blog post. Why? You filled your mind with fear and pain. Manifesting as blogging loss, backburnering the post for 3 months indicates fear in mind. Why fear? 100% of the time, fear dominates minds of people who spend zero time on mental fitness, never meditating or doing deep yin yoga or observing their thoughts and feelings. Most of the time, these same folks dominated by their own fears never commit seriously to being physically fit through exercising.

Feel good by caring for your mind and body. Vibe higher than fears crippling most bloggers. Imagine the above scenario with one difference: you devote 1-2 hours daily exercising and raising your energy via mindset training. Devote 30 minutes to power walking and 30 minutes to deep yin yoga. On waking that Monday morning, either a blog post idea finds you and you write the post, or after a few uncomfortable moments and feelings, the idea flows to you and you write the post.

I cannot explain this process logically because it flows 100% emotionally, feelings-wise. Visualize yourself in moments you feel really good. All seems possible. Ideas flow to you. Opportunities flow to you. Why? Feeling good magnetizes you to freeing, success-promoting ideas. Being fit mentally and physically is the easiest way to feel good most of the time. Plus in those moments you feel bad mentally and physically, you face, feel and release the bad feelings, quickly, because you feel mentally and physically fit, predominantly.

Gratitude

Being fit naturally alerts you to the success-promoting idea of gratitude. Gratitude builds blogging success because seeing every penny of income, every blog comment and all interest in your blogging courses feels awesome to you. Feeling awesome inspires you to blog for years generously. Blogging generously for years makes you successful.

Corey at the Good Oil Marketing retweeted my blogging course recently. I feel grateful he spread the word for me considering he is a successful, high level marketer. I feel these feelings and build on my success because I feel grateful. I feel grateful because I trained my mind and body to feel good, through being fit daily, in order to tune into appreciation easily.

Get fit.

Don’t quit.

Be a successful blogger by being mentally and physically fit.

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Why Doing this Works Better than Asking for Business Referrals

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After I released my flagship eBook – How to Retire to a Life of Island Hopping through Smart Blogging – I noticed something neat. My sales increased 12 fold the day I published a guest post for a highly successful blogger.

Seeing this spike clued me in to the quickest, easiest way to increase business: help people for free. Being generous improves skills, increases exposure and expands your business. Greater traffic and profits follow generous bloggers because helping people for free helps you be skilled and see, two qualities in every prospering blogger who reaps sweet blogging profits.

A large set of bloggers goes in another direction. Some ask for business referrals from trusted blogging buddies to drum up business. Feel free to take this route but know referral fishing is an ineffective way to drive profits because of two clear reasons:

  • referral-seeking seems to be time-wasting
  • referral-seeking rarely inspires trusted bloggers to take clear, business-building action, for you

I know 20 plus web developers. A few trusted blogging web developer buddies have reached out to me, seeking referrals. Two issues arise:

  • the referral seeker has no idea if I know bloggers needing web development; non-targeted campaign
  • I already know 20 plus developers, trusted buddies all, so I could never choose one to refer to someone if 20 seem qualified

Top Bloggers Become Ruthlessly Effective with their Time

Versus seeking referral business by asking blogging buddies if they know someone requiring your service, spend 20 minutes to write and publish a quality guest post for a blogger in your business niche. Instead of pitching 1 human, show off your web development skills for free, via a guest post, for 1,000 people. Do you see what I mean? Leverage. Do not ask for business. Serve for business. Although time needs pass and generosity needs inclusion in blogging business-building, helping for free is the quickest, simplest way to increase blogging business because you reach large, targeted audiences of clients with your attention and energy versus asking 1 person for business in non-targeted, ineffective fashion.

12 Times Daily Sales

I recall the day vividly, 5 years ago. I created and launched Blogging From Paradise. Before writing 100 plus eBooks, I wrote one. I did drive some sales through my blog but guest posting woke me up; why not leverage my presence and grow business by helping people for free, via different platforms? Eye-opener for me. Instead of asking, I gave. How easy? Giving freely is the easiest way to get freely. I observed a 12 times daily sales eBook increase for good reason that day: helping people generously through sites other than your blog is a simple way to grow your blogging business.

The simplest, direct, effective way to grow your business is to help people for free. Asking for referrals leads to a client or customer here and there, but full time bloggers are not in the “here and there” business as far as growing your venture. Pro bloggers drive steady profits through their blog by being generous on their blog and on other platforms.

Be helpful for free. Publish posts. Submit guest posts. Run a podcast. Broadcast live on Facebook. Help people for free to help people for pay. Versus untargeted referral-seeking, this is the effective way to grow your blogging business from a generous, genuine energy.

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Why Does It Take Time to Be a Successful Blogger?

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Successful bloggers implore you: it takes time to succeed.

I advise following your fun, helping people generously, trusting the process and seeing the blogging journey through. I mention in my eBook how time saving tips make your journey easier.  But in the same regard, this journey takes time. Impatient bloggers weed themselves out. Generous, patient, persistent bloggers succeed. Sometimes, successful bloggers realize not the time element and how it works, and never explain in detail why it takes time to succeed. Why do you need to be patient? Why does it take time to succeed? I uncovered 3 reasons why it takes time to be a successful blogger.

1: It Takes Time to Practice a Skill So You Become Really Good At It

Today, I can write 10 to 20 blog posts daily if I so desired. I could easily create 20 videos daily.

10 years ago, I could write 1 blog post weekly and feared doing videos, to where, I never recorded videos as a newbie blogger.

Generous practice plus time made me prolific. Nobody gains skills in 1 day. Humans gain skills practicing 1 craft daily for months, then years. I love basketball. A handful of NBA players disclose how terrible they played after picking up a ball for the first time, 5 or 10 years, prior. Patient, persistent practice and time polished their skills to the point they became successful enough to go pro. Blogging is no different. Successful bloggers practice daily for years before being skilled enough to become a pro.

2: It Takes Time to Gain Big Exposure

Gaining big exposure for success takes time. Every creative act expands your presence a little bit more but those little bits add up over time. New bloggers blind themselves to this concept, believing 1 day and 1 blog post gives them successful exposure enough to make money and gain clout. Nope. Time reveals persistently generous bloggers because getting massive exposure requires months to years of generous, patient, persistent service.

No human can begin blogging at 8 AM as a new blogger and land a Forbes appearance by 12 noon. Nobody knows you. You have no exposure. Humans require time to create and connect in enough spots to gain success promoting exposure. Relax. You are on the way. But allow for time and generosity to leverage your presence. Time is required to be seen in many places.

3: It Takes Time to Uncover and Feel and Release Fears

Do you want to know why I wrote this post? I uncovered this reason a few moments ago. I noticed one income stream yield lesser amounts over the 2 days prior and felt a tiny but palpable surge of fear. Aha! I got you. Feeling fear, I released it and proceeded. I blogged for 10 years. I still feel tiny fears if an income stream yields less money, day to day, based on my expectations. But I needed to face this fear to make more money. New bloggers generally have deep fears concerning money, success and freedom. It takes time to feel and release fears concerning making more than $1 a day until you vibe at the $100, $1000 or $10,000 monthly – or more – level of blogging income.

Time unearths fears for feeling and releasing, to reach the next level of blogging success.

Be patient.

Time is a great blogging ally.

All you need flows to you over time.

Generously create, connect, follow your fun and nudge into fears.

Success is yours.

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