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Top 5 Ways To Source Content For Your Blog

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Blogging is not that easy and you have to continuously keep coming up with new ideas to write about. There may be times when you may not have any ideas to write about which we bloggers term as bloggers block. If you are suffering from bloggers block you should read about the tips to get out of it.

Coming back to the point ideas are not always easy to come by and having a steady source of information helps you to easily build up on newer ideas. Today we will look at the the top 5 ways to source content for your blog which will help you in keeping you creative juices flowing.

Bookmarking Sites

Many users tend to bookmark interesting sites and articles. You may find lots of new and interesting information that has been bookmarked by others. Bookmarking is also a never ending process and you will find lots and lots of resources from these sites. You can use these bookmarking sites to leverage information for your own blog.

Here is a simple way on keeping abreast of the latest news from Del.icio.us.

  • Login to your Del.icio.us account.
  • Go to the subscriptions page start adding tags that you want to gather information about. For example "utilities".
  • Once you have finished adding tags that go to http://del.icio.us/subscriptions/(username) replace (username) with your username.
  • At the bottom of the page check for the RSS button for the current page usually it is http://del.icio.us/rss/subscriptions/(username) replace (username) with your username.
  • Add the RSS feed to your personal feed reader.

Once you have done that you can regularly check for resources in the RSS feeds, believe me you can get at least 5-10 ideas everyday from this source. You can also follow other bookmarking sites so that you are never short of ideas.

Here is a list of bookmarking sites you can use to gather information from

Social Networking Sites

Social networking is an extension to blogging and many users religiously use the social networking sites. Due to the high user penetration there are bound to be interesting ideas you can land up on.

Sites like Digg, Reddit, SlashDot and TechMeme provide you with a multitude of information and like bookmarking sites much of the information can be translated into new ideas.

Talking about gathering information you can always subscribe to the upcoming news section in the social networking sites. Many a times you will land up with a gem of an idea which you can blog about.

Here are few social bookmarking feeds you should have in your feed reader

Information Alerts

Getting alerted about information is one of the best resources for gathering information. In this case you get regular emails about the information you are looking for. I generally subscribe to daily emails for certain keywords using Google Alerts. You can also use Live Alerts to get your regular does of information. Yahoo also provides you with a alerting service.

That said I prefer to use Google Alerts as it is the best and most relevant and best of all you do not need to have a account with Google to use their alerts. Here are the instructions to start using Google Alerts.

  • Figure out the keywords you want to get alerted about.
  • Select the type of alerts you want to receive.
  • Select How Often you want to receive the alerts.
  • If you are using a email id other than Gmail to receive alerts you will have to authenticate your email account to receive alerts.

If you want a detailed instruction on receiving Google Alerts you can head to my post on my blog to Get Alerts for your targeted keywords.

Press Releases

Press releases from major players definitely find their places into many blogs. The best way to get information about new and upcoming products is to subscribe to the official blogs from the top players in your niche.

I definitely get my post ideas from these press releases which help not only help me to keep in touch with new things that are happening but also allow me to use the services and post my opinions about them.

Top Bloggers

One thing that I kept for last is getting information from Top Bloggers in you niche. The reason is that many people do not take this source of information seriously. There is no hard and fast rule to say that you are replicating information.

If you find the information from top bloggers interesting you can definitely write a post in your own words about it. Every blog have their own readers and it is not necessary that what is written by a top blogger may eventually be read by your own readers.

I started experimenting on writing posts based on what top bloggers say in my niche and my readers definitely liked it. One thing though never copy or replicate their content, take inspiration from it and write in your own words.

Summarizing

To close it all I want to tell you that whichever source you pick always link back to the original article. I have seen many people replicating content but never linking back to the original source. The immediate action I take is to unsubcribe from such feeds. There is no real obligation in doing that but it is really a good practice to link back to original sources. Someone has spent time in writing an article and they deserve the link back. Imagine someone doing it to you :-).

I use various other sources to get information from and am always looking to add to it. I would love to hear about the sources you use to get your information from. Nothing better than learning from you. The comments form is below so start telling me about it. You can also use the same comment form to tell me your views about this article, brickbats and love all is welcome.

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Do You Base Blogging Success or Failure on Your Email Inbox?

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I clung to such a weird blogging habit for many years of my online career.

I based my blogging day success or failure solely on the number of emails I received. I sometimes did the even more foolish thing of digging deeper and based my success or failure on money emails. You know what I mean. Emails leading directly to profits like landing clients, selling eBooks or landing sponsored post opportunities. This was one of my biggest blogging mistakes for years because I held on to a predominant vibe of fear which deluded me into believing my success or failure depended on emails in an inbox.

I am as happy and free as I have ever been as a blogger and some days I receive a bunch of email and other days I receive little email. Email has nothing to do with your blogging success because email is 1 of a billion to an infinite number of channels through which you could tune into success and through which you can help people. For some bizarre idea, most bloggers base success or failure on their email inbox, checking their email every few minutes or every few hours. Meanwhile, I just wrote a hundred plus ebooks and promoted those suckers during all those hours you were needlessly checking email, trying to figure out if you were successful or not. I let go the email obsession a while back. Now it is time for you to let go your email obsession in order to free yourself and to become a more successful blogger.

I found out something neat after releasing my fear concerning email. I did not even want email. I wanted as few emails as possible because my prime intent is to profit 100% through passive income streams. Particularly, I intend to profit through my 100 + ebooks. This is why I promote one of my ebooks or more through every piece of content I create and publish daily. I enjoy receiving passive income through royalty payments via Amazon, Selz and Gumroad. Do I need emails to do that? Of course not. I can profit and spend a few seconds or a few minutes checking my email daily and that is pretty much my dream day. This dream day has been moving into form AKA happening quite a bit recently as I moved towards a passive income model slowly and let go the time sapping activity of scanning and responding to email.

Even when I do check email and respond I always include a link to one or more of my eBooks. I do not even specify in most cases the e-book itself. I respond to the email and drop my link. Inquiring minds may want to know, and click, and I receive another potential ebook sale. I am still building my passive income even as I actively check email but I needed to let go the email scarcity thing or the email judgment thing to enter into this space persistently.

Email has no meaning save the meaning you assign to email in mind. I talk about this in my blogging mindset ebook:

Creating the Mindset of a Successful Blogger

…. not so much specifically but in the general concept that you succeed or fail based on the vibe you maintain or based on the mindset you cultivate. Succeed as a blogger by thinking, feeling and acting like a successful blogger. To do this you need to create a successful blogger mindset in most cases because we tend to think, feel and act like failing bloggers as newbies or struggling bloggers. Face your fears. Feel your fears. Clear your fears. Lay the foundation for a successful blogging campaign.

Develop an abundance mindset, as I discuss in this video:

Email is just one of a billion to infinite streams through which you can help people and receive money. Let it go. Do not judge your blogging success or failure on numbers on a screen. This is lunacy. Follow your fun. Nudge into fears. Create and connect. Monetize through multiple income streams. Be generous. Trust in the blogging process. Success will find you.

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What Bosch Products and Dishwashers Can Teach Us About Business

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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:

• CrystalDry™ (only available in 800 Series) | The ultimate clean. The ultimate dry, including plastics. The new Bosch 800 Series dishwasher delivers a sparkling clean and dry with advanced PrecisionWash technology and patented CrystalDry technology. Patented CrystalDry technology transforms moisture into heat up to 176F for the ultimate dry, even for plastics
– Not all dishwashing machines are the same, nor are the millions of businesses in the world today. With Bosch, they put a ton of work and effort into making sure their machine provide the ultimate cleaning experience, while also having implement advance trying methods and the ability to place plastics for wash in the machine as well. In short, if you are looking for a dishwasher, it’s a name that is going to be associated with top rated products. Now in reference to your business, this is something that one should be striving for as well — not just to provide the best service possible, but to be able to boast about it, and deliver every time.
• With PrecisionWash, intelligent sensors continually scan and check the progress of dishes throughout the cycle, and powerful spray arms target every item of every load, for the ultimate clean.
– If you were to look at the history of washing machines over the past several decades, it would be quite amazing. From just having a bucket and soap to manaually washing your dishes, or using any of the first generation washing machines, it’s been quite a journey. Now through the power of great advancements in technology, dishwashing machines are even better and more computerized than ever before. Just like how Bosch is creating dishwashing machines that use intelligent sensors to scan the progress of it’s washings, businesses also need to rely on advanced artificial intelligence, the internet of data, and automation to get more done. If you are, then your business or brand might quickly find itself lost in the mix.
• Extremely quiet operation (42 dBA)- incorporates 18 unique sound-reducing technologies such as multiple insulation layers, grindless food filtration, and a sound absorbing base. Large interior provides the loading flexibility to easily accommodate 16 place settings, and Bosch’s largest 3rd rack- the MyWay rack provides additional loading space for cereal bowls and large utensils. Every Bosch dishwasher is ENERGY STAR qualified and meets or exceeds federal guidelines, for year-round energy savings.
– Look at any of the top dishwashing and home appliance brands today, and you will find some common ground with all of them (in the eyes of the customer). We all want them to be quite, energy efficient, and also to work for many years to come. This is nothing new, but it is something that might be hard to find when comparing so many different products and solutions out there. Bosch makes this process easier by highlighting these features and letting the end customer know exactly what their products have to offer. As a business owner or entrepreneur, this is something one should do with their own services or products as well. Remember, it’s not just about getting a new client, it’s about also making sure they completely understand everything they are getting and what they are paying.
As you can imagine, these are just a few of the many features and highlights that are available from Bosch’s extensive line of products, but just a handful that we wanted to highlight today in this entreprenuer and business comparison guide.

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?

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Do You See Yourself as a Struggling Blogger?

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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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