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 Does Your Blogging Network Look Like?
I do nothing on my own.
Everything is a team effort.
As I teach in my blogger networking eBook, the way to increased, ever-expanding blogging success is to look for, grow and tap into a huge, loyal network of blogging friends through the power of generosity. Be generous. Help people. Shout out fellow bloggers. Release expectations. Get super connected. Most of us understand this is how to succeed online; be generous and get connected because 100 is better than 1. 100 friend efforts are far better than your effort alone.
One basic problem arises for most new or struggling bloggers: overcoming the deep fear of networking. For odd reasons, humans cling to pulsating fears concerning reaching out to other human beings. Bloggers fear being rejected, failing, being criticized or giving up credit for their blogging success. Honor that fear. See how far you get on your own steam. Not only that, the agony of micro-managing makes you sick, broke and quite dumb, if you are honest with yourself. How silly of you! Why do everything on your own today? Why not comment genuinely on a few blogs, retweet a few blogger blog posts and mention a few bloggers on your blog? Begin networking. Build a network. Succeed online.
What’s It Look Like?
Be honest, my blogging sweet robbins. What does your network look like? Is it even there? Do you even have a network? Many bloggers publish a post, share it to Twitter and Facebook and sit there, dumbfounded. Do you honestly believe your network just materializes out of thin air? Nope. But if you buy my eBook, follow my 13 steps and build your blogger buddy network by being generous, you can land on famous blogs, earn coin and drive traffic to your blog, too. Everything hinges on your honesty. Admit having only 1, 3 or zero blogging buddies. Truths set you free to network generously and successfully.
How to Grow Your Network
Simple. Be generous. Begin now. Publish a thoughtful, personalized comment below. Be seen. I cannot read all comments but the thousands of people who read blogging tips tend to read comments. Somebody eventually reads your blog comment if you comment genuinely and generously every day on Blogging Tips after reading posts. Someone clicks your link because they love your comment and want to meet you. One visit to your blog later, you may have a blogging buddy, or even a client or customer. Or maybe you have a loyal reader. This is networking 101; be generous, engage people and you build your network.
But do not stop after commenting on Blogging Tips. Branch out. Go wide. Read and comment genuinely on other blogs in your niche. Make more friends. Life gets easier and easier if you have more blogging friends in your corner because these folks inspire you to keep going, plus your friends amplify your presence exponentially.
Be generous and genuine. Reach out to more bloggers every day. Networking is a bit uncomfortable sometimes if you look for immediate returns but gliding through these temporary feelings helps you tap into something special with your blog. Connected bloggers have no issues growing their blogging business because 100 is better than 1. Remember that they next time you try to go lone wolf with your blogging campaign.
Are You Leveling Up with Your Blog?
Every time I reach a new level with my blog, I notice another level invites me. I do not work harder. I never work longer. I love what I do and keep generously helping people but think of how to go wide as I level up. Think of that one for a moment: consider how to go wide, and what it means.
I write and publish multiple posts to my blog. Each post gains views. Going wide. 4 quality posts beats 1 quality post. But I go even wider by writing and publishing multiple guest posts daily. I speak to 2 or 3 or more different blogging audiences, going wider and wider, increasing my exposure and expanding my presence online. But I go even wider as I level up; I contribute on Quora and on the Warrior Forum daily. Leveling up is uncomfortable sometimes but always freeing. Leveling up helps you see greater success versus hitting blogging ceilings.
Be More Generous to Make More Money and to Avoid Lulls
I speak to bloggers who suffer lulls. One client signed up 4 months ago but no clients signed up since. The appearance of a 4 month client drought, or lull, simply indicates a lack of leveling up and a lack of generosity. Even if no clients signed up during your 4 months of leveling up, your eBook sales would triple. Audio book sales would jump, too. Plus you would open 2 new income streams. This just happens. Be generous and blogging will be generous to you.
Being more generous by helping more folks across multiple platforms feels uncomfortable sometimes. Who wants to go wide when doing so means leaving your comfort zone on a daily basis? I love blogging. But I feel uncomfortable writing my third post on a train ride to Connecticut. I will go super wide when I reach the destination though, publishing a combo of posts and guest posts to level up effectively, reaching more people in less time.
Most Bloggers Never Level Up
Most bloggers write and publish a post to their blog weekly. Struggles ensue because they never level up after publishing weekly for 3-6 months. Be more. Serve people generously. Go wide. Publish blog posts and guest posts more frequently to expand your reach. Increase blogging traffic and profits.
Why do you think most bloggers never make $100 during their careers? Few bloggers regularly level up, playing small to be comfortable, dodging their fears. Of course, their fears manifest as 0 dollars and 6 blog visitors daily for the next 12 months UNTIL they level up, go wide, be generous, leave their comfort zones and face their fears. This is not a fluffy, pleasant process but we all pay a fear tax to level up and to become successful bloggers.
Pay Up to Level Up and to Play Up
Pay up by spending time and generous energy reaching as many people as possible through blogging. Guest post. Publish more frequently to your blog. See increased blogging responsibility as more fun and freedom and service. I enjoy freedom offline because I level up online. I pay up, level up and play up in higher blogging circles because all top bloggers paid the same dues to reach the top. Why do top bloggers hobnob with one another? Top bloggers respect how other top bloggers pay their dues on this blogging journey and connect deeply with one another, co-promoting each other’s success.
The fun and freedom you experience through blogging is well worth the effort and discomfort of leveling up.
If you need a guide for facing blogging fears, grab my blogging mindset eBook on the way out.
1 Warning About Blog Site Speed and Successful Blogging
I know blogs should be fast loading for becoming a successful blogger.
But successful blogging depends not on site speed alone.
Before you go bananas trying to make your site as fast as possible because you believe you cannot succeed sans a razor sharp, lightning fast loading blog, get this: a handful of bloggers I came across yesterday made $10 grand, $20 grand or $30,000 monthly – or more – running relatively slow-loading sites heavy with ads and images. Far from being lightning fast loaders, the blogs took a while to render on my Chromebook. Why does someone make $30,000 monthly with a kinda slow loading blog? How clear you are on your blog determines how much you succeed with your blog.
I feared publishing high volumes of content for worrying the posts would slow down my lightning fast blog. I held back. But hugging the fear of slowing down my blog, I decided to publish more content and experienced greater blogging success. Traffic and profits rose. Even though my blog slowed down a little bit, people did not care. Like the $30,000 a month bloggers, I got clearer on my blog loading more slowly and saw greater success because I hugged the fear of having a slow loader, and proceeded in that direction.
My blog does not load lightning fast and I experience increasing success. But when my blog loaded blindingly fast, I did not see as much success because I stopped posting generously due to my fear of posting too much and slowing down my blog. Do you see how insidious fear is? Do you see why I wrote an entire blogging mindset eBook? Blogging struggle is fear. Blogging success is feeling fear and letting fear go, to blog from abundance, love and trust, being generous with your time and talents.
Slow Blog Big Bucks
I have seen legit slow loading blogs run by bloggers who make hundreds of thousands of dollars every year. The blogger proves: if you let go fear in any area of your blog, success is yours. I betcha these bloggers did not have the fear of a slow loader in their ear; these bloggers have posture, knowing loving readers read their content if said content loads in under 1 second or in 10 seconds. Seriously; some blogs load 10 seconds or longer for me and the bloggers owning these blogs make serious bank and have serious clout online
By all means, speed up your blog. But do not make the common mistake of trying desperately to preserve lightning fast load times at the expense of increased blogging profits, increased blog traffic and stunning success over the long haul. You can always upgrade hosting too; the option is available at any time. But do not foolishly believe blogging success is a simple speed test. I vividly recall feeling proud how fast my blog loaded, publishing 1 post every few days, and seeing my lukewarm to not so hot at all blogging success. I had fun generously increasing my posting frequency, then, voila! My blog slowed down some but my traffic skyrocketed and profits grew fast too.
Never allow someone’s fear – including your own – dictate your blogging campaign direction. Bloggers who make serious coin run some slow-loading blogs. People stick around and read your blog if you fear not it loads slowly. Simple energy thing. But the clarity needs to come from within if you want to make a lasting change and get super clear of this destructive, failing energy.
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