What is something all bloggers love? Blogging tips. What do bloggers hate about blogging tips? Every blogger on the blog sphere has some tip or the other to offer. What does this mean to you? Well it’s like watching an awesome sitcom – you just have to keep watching episode after episode, year after year. The blogging tips may be good but you have to keep weeding out the junk or time gobblers.
So what is the solution? You need expert blogging tips that are hand-picked. Even the expert blogging tips take time to read, what if the tips are in an elegant infographic that is like an awesome painting? Now you are talking…
Buckle up, enjoy the fun ride and check out this Infographic on YourEscapeFrom9to5.com which lists 24 Blogging Tips by 24 of the top bloggers in the world. The panel of experts include Adam Connell, Amit Shaw, Amy Lynn Andrews, Ammar Ali, Ana Hoffman, Brian Clark, Chris Brogan, Corbett Barr, Daniel Scocco, Darren Rowse, Glen Allsopp, Ileane Smith, Jane Sheeba, Jeff Goins, John Chow, Kiesha Easley, Neil Patel, Pat Flynn, Rand Fishkin, Sue Anne Dunlevie, Yaro Starak, Ramsay Taplin, Rob Cubbon and our very own Zac Johnson; who are at the top of the blogging food chain. One tip from each of these experts make up this epic list of blogging tips.
1. Adam Connell – Provide Additional Content to Get More Social Sharing or for Subscribing
There are plenty of blogs and websites that provide free eBooks for signing up. How can you stand out from the crowd? Provide premium content of course. The advantage of providing additional content like checklists or PDFs are:
- These can be updated easily unlike some eBooks that rarely get updated.
- You can ask viewers to socially share your blog post to get access to the premium content specific to a post. You can see examples of this in Adam’ site.
When you start out the premium content area will be small but it can grow over time and become a huge library. BloggingWizard.com
2. Amit Shaw – Your SEO Rankings May Suffer with the Wrong Web Host
We all know website speed depends a lot on the web host. A slow website or blog may lose search engine rankings because of a slow web host as Google now takes load time into consideration when ranking pages. It is important to select your web host with this important SEO consideration in mind. Choose a host that is fast, reliable and provides good up-time. iTechCode.com
3. Amy Lynn Andrews – Use a Tool to Manage Your Usernames and Passwords in a Central Location
Use online tools like LastPass or 1Password to store your login credentials all in one place. Your online journey will open many doors and you need to keep all your keys safe. AmyLynnAndrews.com
4. Ammar Ali – Host a Contest or Provide a Giveaway
You can promote your contest or giveaway and build traffic to your site or even collect email subscribers. Contest ideas could be to provide free hosting, a theme, a plugin or even advertising space on your blog. Contests are a great way to promote a brand and increase awareness. Hopefully the participants get something useful at the end of the contest. AllBloggingTips.com
5. Ana Hoffman – Find Your Own Voice and Personality
A voiceless blog is a useless blog as it does not have personality or unique voice. Use your voice and tone to stand out from the crowd. Don’t be afraid to put forward your opinion. The worst that could happen is someone may leave a negative comment. Take heart, this person read your post and you always have control over which comments to approve. TrafficGenerationCafe.com
6. Brian Clark – Begin with the End Goal
Imagine starting a road trip, can you get to your destination without defining it first? The same is true with a blog. You need to have an idea of what the end goal is. Is blogging a hobby or do you want an income? What is your first goal? What is the end goal? These are questions only you can answer. CopyBlogger.com
7. Chris Brogan – Your Reader’s Time is Precious
Do not waste your viewer’s time. Post only time worthy content. Link out to the best content and not with an attempt to get a link back. Keep it short and get to the point. ChrisBrogan.com
8. Corbett Bar – Plan Your Content on a Weekly Basis
Set aside some time every week to think and plan your content. Write down topics and directions for each piece of content. Each piece of content should be treated like a small piece of the puzzle. All the pieces put together should tell a story. Fizzle.co
9. Daniel Scocco – Grab Viewers Attention with the Intro
Write an awesome intro to get engagement and attention up front. If your intro sucks your content will sink. Did you know most visitors to a website just scan through? If you have an awesome intro you can turn the scanners into readers. Having an eye catching image when the page loads will also help the scanners take note. Dailyblogtips.com
10. Darren Rowse – Spend 90% of Your Time Doing and 10% of Your Time Learning
New bloggers focus on creating and marketing their content. They tend to forget or postpone learning. If you don’t learn then you are not going to get ahead. In other words spend some time each and every week on learning. This not only applies to new bloggers, it also applies to bloggers who have been in the game for some time. You don’t want to become extinct, do you? ProBlogger.net
11. Glen Allsopp – Target the Busy Bees and Give Them Bite Sized Content
The majority of people are busy and they do not have time to read a 6,000 word articles. They want something quick and actionable. Why not target this kind of busy group of people? Think about the fast lanes in the freeway, fast checkout at the super market or even fast food. You can use images and Infographics to catch this group’s attention. Whom do you think this Infographic is targeted at? ViperChill.com
12. Ileane Smith – Create a Number of Articles on the Same Subject
Ileane is NOT talking about spinning the blog post into multiple posts. She is talking about creating a series of posts. This gives you the chance to dig deep on a topic and demolish it. You can create a series of 3 or 5 posts, build up anticipation and promote the series of posts. You can build up to the last post of the series and create excitement. BasicBlogTips.com
13. Jane Sheeba – Your Sales Page Should be Accessible from Any Page
Jane is NOT referring to selling in every page, she is merely saying your sales page should not be hidden. If you are wanting to make money with your blog your website visitors have to get to the sales page. Make sure you don’t overdo it but make it visible. ProBloggingSuccess.com
14. Jeff Goins – Create Posts that are Not Complete and Ask Readers to Complete It
This is the quick fire combination of user engagement and guest blogging. Beware the story can go in any direction but you do have some control as you are in charge of approving content and comments. GoinsWriter.com
15. John Chow – Find and Use a Plugin that Displays Related Articles
A plugin that displays your internal related posts is the best internal linking and cross promotional tool you could have in your blog. When viewers get to a post from the various traffic sources they may not read your other posts. When you show related posts you are significantly increasing the chances of them sticking around. You can also display your most popular posts. JohnChow.com
16. Kiesha Easley – “White Space is Sexy in Blog Design.”
“Don’t clutter it by using every widget under the sun.” Well said Kiesha. This also applies to ads on you site as well. Make sure your blog is not cluttered and has a good amount of white space. WeBlogBetter.com
17. Neil Patel – Always Publish Posts between Mondays and Thursdays
Avoid Fridays and Weekends as these days generally have about 15% to 20% decrease in traffic and social sharing. Test what works for you. If you are getting the most traffic for articles published on Friday so be it. QuickSprout.com
18. Patt Flynn – Create a Get Started Page and Showcase Your Unique Selling Proposition
Most new bloggers start with an ‘About’ page and then straight into content mode. Anyone wanting to know about your site needs a starting place. This page is not about you rather it’s about the viewers. Provide some details as to why your site is different or unique among the many blogs in your niche. SmartPassiveIncome.com
19. Rand Fishkin – A Title that Makes People Click is More Valuable than One with Many Keywords
Your objective is to get people to click on the title so they consume your content. The whole content cycle starts with a click. If there is no click then there is no action, no tweets, no comments etc. Moz.com
20. Sue Anne Dunlevie – Network with Fellow Bloggers
Your content’s visibility depends on your network. The bigger the network the more the reach. It may be daunting to approach fellow bloggers especially if they are authority bloggers. Go to them with a WOW piece of content. Do not send them each and every piece of content you produce; they did not sign up to your mailing list. Make sure you value their time and your WOW content will get attention. You can also reach out to upcoming bloggers and not just authority bloggers. SuccessfulBlogging.com
21. Yaro Starak – Use Author Bio Box to Call for Action
Even if you are the only author in your blog you can still have a call to action like sign-up to my mailing list or follow me on twitter. The call to action is even more important if you are guest blogging in an authoritative site. The author bio is very powerful as it is prominent in every page of content you produce. It makes a final reminder to the viewers to take action. Entrepreneurs-Journey.com
22. Ramsay Taplin aka Blog Tyrant – Send People who Comment for the First Time to a Thank You Page
The thank you page can have a list of your popular pages and an email opt-in form. Another tip from the Blog Tyrant is to use a plugin so people who leave a comment get notified via email. The default WordPress feature for this sucks big time so better use a plugin for this.
23. Rob Cubbon – Generate Content Ideas and Promote Your Content to LinkedIn Groups
LinkedIn is an underutilised source for both traffic and ideas. LinkedIn also has a large pool of talented professionals, so tap into their wisdom and leverage the groups they hang out in. RobCubbon.com
24. Zac Johnson – Run Your Blog Like a Business
If you intend on making money with your blog then it is a business. A business needs time and money upfront. It will also have down times. Record you income and expenses and keep an eye on the bottom line. The expenses can run wildly and add up if not kept under check. Blogging.org
To cook like a chef we need to follow their recipe. Similarly to blog like a pro we need to follow their tips and tricks. Regardless of how many tips you read if you don’t use them, then you will be invisible in the ever so crowded blog hemisphere. So take action and create a list of tasks that need addressing in your blog. Keep an eye on performance when implementing the tips as some have performance impacts. The tips are not one size fit all so choose wisely and pick what is relevant for you. Don’t put it off as later never happens. Take one tip at a time then aim and shoot, reload and keep going.
Keep the spirit of blogging alive and happy blogging!
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What Bosch Products and Dishwashers Can Teach Us About Business
Business is what makes the world go round. It’s not just about the money that is generated from a business, it’s the service provided and also learning how to better cater to the needs of your audience, while also evolving over time.
Whether you have an offline retail or service business, a website or blog, or even working as a freelancer to start making some money on the side and doing your own thing — they are all unique in their own ways, and also providing you with a journey that you learn from day after day.
Bosch, one of the most popular electronics and service businesses in the world today has created some of the more important products in millions of households around the world, while also building quite the reputation for themselves.
With this in mind, I thought it would be interesting to take a look at their latest Bosch 800 Series Dishwashing Machines, and comparing it’s features to that of an online business, or to the life of an entrepreneur.
After all, these products are all created for the ideal usage from their customers, which is the same way your blog, brand, or business should be built as well.
What Every Entrepreneur Can Learn from a Dishwasher
When you think of a dishwashing machine, you probably just think about how you have to load dirty dishes into and then click a button.
Much like a business or a marketing strategy, there are many different components to a dishwasher to make sure it’s always working, cleaning as much as possible, and also worth the monetary investment that someone has to make to acquire one.
With all of this in mind, lets take a look at some of the more important features, settings, and factors in place that make Bosch’s line of dishwashing machines not only top of the line, but also for comparing a business to a dish washing machine as well.
Bosch 800 Series Dishwasher Highlights and Features:
Building Your Business Like a High-Quality Dishwashing Machine
Sure, the idea of business your business off the same elements of a dishwashing machine might seem a little off the wall or crazy, but it actually isn’t.
Think about all of the moving cogs and components that make up some of the most important electronics and appliances in your house today. Now think about your business and how many different moving parts are built into that as well.
The more efficient and optimized your business is, like that of a quality dishwashing machine, then the more likely you are to find success with your overall business.
The next time you are loading up your dishes and about to turn the dishwashing machine, why not think about how each peice is similar to that of your business as well?
Do You See Yourself as a Struggling Blogger?
Yeah. Good luck succeeding if you see yourself as a struggling blogger. You cannot outrun your self-image. You cannot outmaneuver your energy. How you see yourself is how the world sees you. If you emit a struggling blogger vibe then people will see you as a struggling blogger and choose to stay away.
In essence, you wave a big red flag that tells people to avoid you because nobody wants to get advice from a struggling blogger. What does a struggling blogger know how to do? Struggle. Why would bloggers want to learn how to struggle? We want to learn how to succeed. We follow successful bloggers. But in the same regard, do not brag about yourself all day long as the most successful bloggers put their attention on their readers most of the time and allow their community to spread their successful word for them. People who brag about themselves all day long just do not believe in themselves. This is low self-esteem at play.
Bizarre bloggers carry some weird idea that bragging about their struggles makes them proud, or attractive, or someone to follow, for other people who struggle. This is a stupid idea. Guess what happens? You and hundreds of other struggling bloggers all get together and complain, whine and moan about your struggles as you struggle forever because nobody is teaching each other How To Succeed. Does that sound like a fun blogging career? I do not think so. I sometimes see these groups on Twitter and Facebook. Struggling bloggers crying in each other’s beer. Who cares? I have compassion for struggling bloggers but I have enough respect for them that I see them in an empowered light. The problem is they are a little bit lost. As a matter of fact, it is because I have compassion for these bloggers that I see them in an empowered, not struggling, light.
Ultimately, nobody cares that you struggle because people want to win. Nobody cares that you struggle because people want to succeed. People will simply exit your blog and follow a winning, successful blogger to learn how to succeed and how to live your dreams. Sure you can share some of your struggle but don’t build your entire freaking brand on being a struggling, broke blogger or you will get to be a struggling, broke blogger for your entire career because where your attention and energy goes, grows. You create your blogging struggles and you create your blogging success depending on where you put your attention and energy. A hundred percent of the time you are the source of your blogging struggles and you are the source of your blogging success. What would you rather do? Struggle or succeed? Any sane human being would rather succeed and live their dreams and live a fun, freeing life over struggling.
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Lose the struggling image. Adopt a new, fun, freeing, successful image. Focus on abundance. Count your blessings. Release the starving artist image and you will also release fellow struggling bloggers who only hold you back, in your comfort zone. These are not true friends. These are fear filled folks who say they mean well but only hold you back because they are not teaching you how to succeed, but how to struggle like them. Let them go. Allow them to find their own way. Your job is to be an empowered, abundant, grateful, generous servant who creates and connects their way to the top of your blogging niche. Why? You get to help other struggling bloggers in increasing numbers leave their struggles behind so they can live their dreams.
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The Blogger’s Guide to Launching an eBook
eBook marketing is a powerful way to build your personal brand, optin list and even some income (if you do your job right!)
Therefore many bloggers write eBooks in an effort to come up with alternative and self-serving blog monetization method.
However writing an eBook is only first part of the task, arguably the easiest one.
What happens next?
It is time to start preparing your ebook launch… yay! Is there anything more exciting or nerve wracking? The excitement of what could be on the horizon for you. Will the book sell well? Will people like it? Could this be the beginning of something incredible for you?
All of these questions are probably filling your head, and you have every reason to be giddy by the prospect.
But don’t let that giddiness stop you from taking advantage of the moment. There is a lot to consider when preparing for a book to launch. You can improve your visibility, which is turn will improve sales and hype, weeks before your book hits shelves (or ebook databases).
Here are some tips for your pre-launch, which are just as important as the launch itself.
Be prepared for disappointment
It is sad but true: first time authors are rarely given a leg up. Sure, you hear about these writers who publish a novel and explode onto the scene. But they were writing well before that point and already had a foot in the door. Their publishers, whom they had gained before hand, took care of a lot of the work in the PR category.
Besides, the landscape of publishing has changed a lot, thanks to the Internet. If you are publishing digitally, don’t expect a sudden rush of fame and recognition. That has to be worked diligently towards.
Set realistic goals
This goes along with the above tip. When you are preparing to launch, you should have a clear set of goals in mind.
What do you want to accomplish? What are you hoping for, in terms of readership? Profits? Eventual payoff in the long term?
Keep your goals manageable and small (especially if this is your first ebook), and then build on those successes later.
This will keep you from getting discouraged and will motivate you to keep moving forward.
After all, the Internet has given everyone an ability to become a published author, so it is not easy to stand out. It will take a lot of time, work and possibly investments.
Create a powerful landing page
This is crucial. Everything else you do to market your eBook needs to start and end here. You need an ultimate resource talking about you, your book and which problems it solves.
The page needs to be compelling enough for your future readers to optin to receive a free chapter (or to buy/download the book right away).
It is a good idea to get the page ranked in Google for it to become a traffic sources of its own. For that, you will need to identify keywords and optimize its copy.
Use Text Optimizer to build your landing page copy. Text Optimizer is the semantic analysis and search intent optimization tool helping you write content that matches Google (or Bing) users’ expectations. It’s also a great way to optimize your content for it to rank higher in Google:
Get hype started early
The earlier buzz begins to build for your book, the better. Whether you are a blogger launching an ebook, or an author publishing a novel, you want people talking about it.
A couple of months is a good starting point, but a couple of weeks can make a lot of difference, as well. Use social media platforms.
- Share with Facebook followers little excerpts.
- Brand a hashtag. Hold a tweetchat.
- Have giveaways so a few people can get free, advanced copies of the book.
- Share a free chapter.
- Set up an email newsletter to build a community of your loyal readers
- Ask for people to share your updates, and remind them regularly about the coming book.
Get your readers excited.
Remember that gaining readers is more important than profits
This is especially true for first time writers. If your book is good, it will sell. But in the beginning, it is a lot more important to get your work out there and build an audience first.
For example, 1000vultures was a Reddit user who began a long term story on the subreddit NoSleep. He gained a large following and buzz continued to build about his story.
One day, he announced that he would be selling a more complete version in novel format on Amazon, under the name Dan Auberbach. His novel, Penpal, has become quite popular and exists in a physical format.
But he gained his readers before he ever made a profit. That is why so many Amazon ebook writers will allow their works to be lended out as part of the Prime library, or sell for $0.99
Focus on building community and your optin list (while keeping GDPR regulations in mind) rather than getting rich overnight.
Take advantage of connections
Do you know some other bloggers or social media influencers? Start cashing in those favors, because they are going to be important to getting the word out about your work.
Ask bloggers to read and review the book ahead of its release. Offer to write blog posts and include information about the book in your byline. Ask pages to promote it on Facebook, Twitter and other social networks.
Even better, if you have the skills or resources to create sharable content, you will see even better results.
A perfect example of this can be seen in this Guide to Google Analytics, which is presented in a unique infographic form.
Look at the type of industry you are in, and then compile a ton of stats and create a unique infographic of your own.
Do something quirky
When Random House was promoting the book Zone One by Colson Whitehead, they began to post Twitter updates featuring the hashtag #RHZombies that had to do with the undead.
This quirky little bit of promotion was popular, and led to thousands of favorites and retweets.
Likewise, don’t try to get published. You can start selling your ebook without ever publishing it. There’s no need to follow a traditional route. You can come up with your own!
Think outside the box, and you will be more memorable, and successful.
Have you ever tried to write an (e)book? Do you have you got a tip or two for an ebook pre-launch? Let us know in the comments!
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