Blogging Tips http://www.bloggingtips.com Blog Themes, Blog Design & Daily Blog Tips Thu, 29 Jan 2015 15:37:44 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1 Top Earning Blogs and How they Make Money Blogging [Infographic] http://www.bloggingtips.com/2015/01/29/top-earning-blogs-money-blogging-infographic/ http://www.bloggingtips.com/2015/01/29/top-earning-blogs-money-blogging-infographic/#comments Thu, 29 Jan 2015 15:37:44 +0000 http://www.bloggingtips.com/?p=35928 The top earning blogs in the world are generating millions of dollars every month. However, blogging is not just about million dollar blogs… actually the majority of blogs on the internet don’t make more than $2,000 per year. Understanding how these blogs make money, what the end goal for their sites are and how they turn their content into a business is what’s most important for bloggers of all niches and sizes to understand. That is exactly what we are going to be covering in this post — and even more exciting, we have an infographic to break down the key points as well! Breaking Down the Different Types of Bloggers in the Blogosphere There are well over 100 million blogs in the world today and thousands of new content pieces and articles are going live every hour. This means you are up against a world of competition when you ...

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The top earning blogs in the world are generating millions of dollars every month. However, blogging is not just about million dollar blogs… actually the majority of blogs on the internet don’t make more than $2,000 per year.

Understanding how these blogs make money, what the end goal for their sites are and how they turn their content into a business is what’s most important for bloggers of all niches and sizes to understand.

That is exactly what we are going to be covering in this post — and even more exciting, we have an infographic to break down the key points as well!

Breaking Down the Different Types of Bloggers in the Blogosphere

There are well over 100 million blogs in the world today and thousands of new content pieces and articles are going live every hour. This means you are up against a world of competition when you start a blog, so it’s extremely important for you to quickly discover what type of blogger you are going to be and where you would like to be six months to a year from now.

Which of these blogger types would you fall into?

  • The Part-Time Professional
  • The Hobbyist
  • The Full-Time Professional
  • The Corporate
  • The Entrepreneur

Still not sure where you fit into the blogging mix? Be sure to check out our 15 Great Blogger Interviews that Will Blow Your Mind post to learn from some of the best blogging experts in the world today!

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How Much Are Bloggers Earning with their Blogs?

As mentioned, most blogs simply don’t make enough money to be considered a full time job or a legitimate source of income. Stats show that only 14% of bloggers are actually earning any money through their blog at all. This could be for a number of reasons, such as blogs being for non-profit, a hobby or the blogger simply has no idea how to get started or isn’t getting enough traffic to their sites.

Let’s take a look at this breakdown of how much bloggers are actually earning with their blogs:

  • $24,086 is the average annual earnings
  • $33,557 average annual earnings for corporate bloggers
  • $1,000/year is what the average blogger earns when they are getting paid to post content to their site.

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However, for those blogs that are generating revenue off their content and traffic, there are many different methods for them to choose from.

The most popular blog monetization methods are through Google Adsense, direct banner advertising and affiliate marketing. The good news is that these monetization methods scale across all niches and platforms, which means anyone with a blog and a loyal audience can start generating revenue with their blog as long as they put in the time and effort.

A perfect example of a blog that went from nothing to making over a million dollars per year, is PerezHilton.com. If you take a look at the site you will notice that there is a lot of banner advertising on the site. Perez could be monetizing his traffic through various different methods such as trying to sell his own products or merchandise, but instead the focus is on paid banner advertising.

When visiting their site, be sure to scroll down and see how many different ad placements are located throughout the site. Banner ad sales for PerezHilton can easily top over $45,000 per month for a single ad campaign.

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Bloggers are coming up with new and creative ways to monetize their content and traffic all the time. If you’d like to learn from over 50 different professional bloggers and how they are monetizing their audience, be sure to check out our Meet the Bloggers series.

Top Earning Blogs on the Internet

When you think of blogging, you probably don’t think of names like Huffington Post, Mashable and TechCrunch… but they are blogs and they are all running off the WordPress platform.

With that being said, not only are these legitimate blogs, but they are making millions of dollars per year through the use of their content and growing audience.

We all visit these sites on a daily basis. Now it’s time to discover how much some of them are making!

Top-Earning-Blogs

  • Huffington Post $2,300,000
  • Mashable $560,000
  • Perez Hilton $450,000
  • TechCrunch $400,000
  • Smashing Magazine $190,000
  • Timothy Sykes $150,000
  • Gothamist $110,000
  • Tuts Plus $110,000
  • Car Advice $70,000
  • Venture Beat $62,000

Of course this is just a small sampling of the many blogs out there that are making money. I could probably add another ten to the list that I know are generating over $100,000 a month easily! Just look at John Chow for example… his blog went from $0 to $40,000 per month in it’s first few years, to now generating over $1,000,000 a year now!

How to Start a Successful Blog & Make Money in the Process

Now that you’ve seen the money being made by some of the top bloggers in the world today, I’m sure you are now more excited than ever to get things moving in the right direction!

Here’s a quick breakdown of everything you will need to consider when getting started and planning for your longterm blogging success.

  • Pick a great domain name for your blog. Stay away from numbers, hyphens and non-.com/.net/.org TLDs.
  • Always go with a quality web hosting company. Web hosting is cheap, so there is no need to go with an unknown company.
  • When you start to monetize your blog content, don’t sacrifice your user experience for a few dollars. It will hurt your blog in the long run.
  • Affiliate programs are a great way to monetize your audience, as you will earn commission on products and services that you may actually be using.
  • At the end of the day, the success of your blog comes down to your content, audience and brand. Niche down, create killer content and build a brand that people can trust.

For anyone who is looking to get started on the right path or bring their current blog, brand and business to a whole new level, I highly recommend you check out blogging.org, which is our premium online blog marketing training course.

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Lastly, I want to give a shout out to ignitespot for creating this very high quality infographic, which has made the process of breaking down the blogconomy that much easier. You can view the full infographic below.

Highest Earning Blog Infographic

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3 Free Content Graders to Measure Content Value http://www.bloggingtips.com/2015/01/28/free-content-graders/ http://www.bloggingtips.com/2015/01/28/free-content-graders/#comments Wed, 28 Jan 2015 13:10:12 +0000 http://www.bloggingtips.com/?p=35912 In a previous post, I listed 4 free website graders essential for any site to analyse its technicalities and make changes. In this post, I am going to list 3 free content graders which will analyse how your site content is performing and what improvements are necessary. 3 Free Content Graders for your Blog Here they are: 1) Clarity Grader (Link) It’s a linguistic analysis tool, which goes beyond marketing and technical aspects to analyse the site content. The free 7-day trial account lets you analyse 20 pages to determine the use of passive language, readability score, spelling mistakes, use of clichés and use of jargon. 2) LinkedIn’s Content Marketing Score (Link) As the name implies, the data is an analysis of how your content is performing on LinkedIn channels. The score considers three factors: one, the measure of engagement in LinkedIn posts, updates and groups; second, the impression and ...

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In a previous post, I listed 4 free website graders essential for any site to analyse its technicalities and make changes. In this post, I am going to list 3 free content graders which will analyse how your site content is performing and what improvements are necessary.

3 Free Content Graders for your Blog

Here they are:

1) Clarity Grader (Link)

It’s a linguistic analysis tool, which goes beyond marketing and technical aspects to analyse the site content. The free 7-day trial account lets you analyse 20 pages to determine the use of passive language, readability score, spelling mistakes, use of clichés and use of jargon.

Free Content Graders

2) LinkedIn’s Content Marketing Score (Link)

As the name implies, the data is an analysis of how your content is performing on LinkedIn channels. The score considers three factors: one, the measure of engagement in LinkedIn posts, updates and groups; second, the impression and views resulting from LinkedIn’s target audience; third, the impression and views resulting on competitor’s content marketing efforts.

The three factors give you a report on how your content is performing, peer benchmarks and scope of improvement. You can filter the data based on industry, company, seniority, region and job function.

3) One Metric (Link)

This is not a product per se but a VERY USEFUL Excel sheet which scores content to give a comparative chart of how a particular post is performing against others.

It took me about 6-7 hours to set it up because I don’t understand formulas but let it not deter you. I recommend everyone reading this post to use it.

Simply follow the instructions given on the linked page and setup your personal brand of metric page on Google Drive. With this tool, I can view how many Pageviews a blog post URL is getting, along with comments and social metrics from Twitter, Facebook and Google+.

Moreover, sync you blog’s RSS feed with IFTTT to automatically add new posts into the Excel sheet.

You’re automating everything and just hitting ‘Refresh’ to see content score. I am amazed that Moz isn’t developing this into a premium product or perhaps they are, we just don’t know it yet J

Conclusion

All the free content graders are good to keep handy to analyse blog content. Content and marketing should work simultaneously to fulfill targets. If you skipped it before, read the list of 4 free website graders and choose tools from there too, and create a complete site monitoring package.

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How Create a Quick How-to video help You Get 100x More From Your Post http://www.bloggingtips.com/2015/01/27/create-quick-howto-video-100x-post/ http://www.bloggingtips.com/2015/01/27/create-quick-howto-video-100x-post/#comments Tue, 27 Jan 2015 13:00:45 +0000 http://www.bloggingtips.com/?p=35826 So you spent a lot of time writing the highest quality post out there. You’re afraid to publish it, and then you get no ROI for the time you invested, either in the short term, or in the long term. If that’s the case, this post is for you, so continue reading. Content upgrades are a great way to help you get more ROI with just fraction of the time you spent on creating the post. In the past few weeks, I shared with you 3 techniques to apply content upgrade. Today, I share the 4th. Yes, it’s another simple one and very valuable for your audience. But make sure to check previous post, so you don’t miss the good stuff there. Why Email is Important to Build Sustainable Lucrative Business How to Get More Email Subscribers Overnight? Tip #1 How to Boost Your Email Subscribers? Tip #2 How to ...

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So you spent a lot of time writing the highest quality post out there.

You’re afraid to publish it, and then you get no ROI for the time you invested, either in the short term, or in the long term.

If that’s the case, this post is for you, so continue reading.

Content upgrades are a great way to help you get more ROI with just fraction of the time you spent on creating the post.

In the past few weeks, I shared with you 3 techniques to apply content upgrade. Today, I share the 4th. Yes, it’s another simple one and very valuable for your audience.

But make sure to check previous post, so you don’t miss the good stuff there.

The How-to video

Have a great article that shows people how to do something  is really great.

Sometimes, readers maybe overwhelmed and yet, can’t do what you shared in the post. They would like to see a video of someone doing that live in front of them.

All you need to do is record your screen of you doing it and that’s it. That’s the short of it.

Here’s the long form it.

How to create it?

1. Outline what you’ll do in the video. It makes it easier for you, when you start the recording, so you don’t go out of the topic.

2. Record the video at one take. Don’t cut it. Just shoot it, and if you do a mistake, wait for few seconds and then repeat the last sentence again. Don’t redo the whole stuff again.

You could edit later.

Here’re the tools you may need:

  • use camtasia to record screen and voice together.
  • your iphone microphone could do the job.

3.trim dead space. Always cut dead parts at the beginning and the end, also delete the parts you did wrong in your video.

Use screenflow if you’re on mac, or use camtasia, to do all this stuff for you.

An example?

Bryan Harris did a good job in his post, Expanded Guest Post: How to 100x the effectiveness of your next guest post.

He recorded a video showing people how he do the expectation part. Here is an image of the page he posted the video on.

The Content Upgrade

Note: You don’t need to create the video on the whole article. Just create it on the part that is hard to apply, even after reading the article. Demonstrate it live for people to do it later.

It’s your turn

So how are you planning to apply this technique? Share this in the comments below.

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How to Continue Facebook Page Engagement post-January update? http://www.bloggingtips.com/2015/01/26/facebook-page-engagement/ http://www.bloggingtips.com/2015/01/26/facebook-page-engagement/#comments Mon, 26 Jan 2015 12:31:48 +0000 http://www.bloggingtips.com/?p=35906 Facebook marketing was tough but it just now turned into a Herculean task, which can spell doom for many brands depending on Facebook to promote products and services. In a statement issued in January, Facebook will inflict harsher punishment on brands using the Facebook Page newsfeed to deliver overly promotional content. This is bound to crush Facebook Page engagement for many brands. Specifically, Facebook will target sweepstakes and contests posts, and posts asking for likes, comments and clicks blatantly. Using Facebook for business is no doubt getting harder each passing day. What is the solution? Answer – focus on Facebook Page content. You can continue to improve Facebook Page engagement by concentrating on the quality of content posted on newsfeed. Here are some pointers that will help for sure. Improve Facebook Page Engagement Post-January 2015 Update Let’s see what they are: 1) Facebook Exclusive Images What we often do is ...

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Facebook marketing was tough but it just now turned into a Herculean task, which can spell doom for many brands depending on Facebook to promote products and services. In a statement issued in January, Facebook will inflict harsher punishment on brands using the Facebook Page newsfeed to deliver overly promotional content. This is bound to crush Facebook Page engagement for many brands.

Specifically, Facebook will target sweepstakes and contests posts, and posts asking for likes, comments and clicks blatantly. Using Facebook for business is no doubt getting harder each passing day.

What is the solution?

Answer – focus on Facebook Page content.

You can continue to improve Facebook Page engagement by concentrating on the quality of content posted on newsfeed.

Here are some pointers that will help for sure.

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Improve Facebook Page Engagement Post-January 2015 Update

Let’s see what they are:

1) Facebook Exclusive Images

What we often do is share the images posted on blogs on Facebook during post promotion. According to the FastCompany.com report, between Facebook images and text-based posts, image posts get 120% higher engagement.

I recommend you to create Facebook exclusive images for content promotion. You can DIY through Photoshop or hire an image developer in your team. The exclusive image should complement the post content.

2) Keep the Copy Short

According to this other FastCompany.com report, short copy gives 60% higher Facebook Page engagement. As such, keep the short copy below 250 characters.

Always remember that an ideal content marketing strategy should include both short form and long form content marketing ideas. While your blog host long form content, the social media shares should be short form content.

3) Link Preview

When posts are shared on Facebook directly from the blog social share button, Facebook pulls in data and the image may sometimes get misaligned. We often see wrongful image-preview on Facebook, isn’t that true?

Therefore, even if you’re unable to create Facebook exclusive images, use the post image but ensure it is configured to display correctly. If you use the Yoast SEO plugin, you can upload a specific image size or while sharing directly from Facebook, upload the image every time the post link is shared.

Paid Facebook Page Engagement

Since organic real-estate is almost ‘nil’, try getting organic traffic and if it doesn’t work, try the paid Facebook Page engagement platform.

Facebook is heavily maximizing the platform to earn advertising revenue. If you have a budget, try paid advertising.

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32 Famous Brands Using WordPress CMS http://www.bloggingtips.com/2015/01/24/32-famous-brands-wordpress-cms/ http://www.bloggingtips.com/2015/01/24/32-famous-brands-wordpress-cms/#comments Sat, 24 Jan 2015 17:03:52 +0000 http://www.bloggingtips.com/?p=35921 Blogging isn’t for everyone… and when you mention the word to anyone who isn’t already in the internet marketing space or a blogger already, they might think you are a joke and have no idea what you are doing! However, blogging has changed a lot over the years and this can be mainly attributed to the growth and success of the WordPress platform. WordPress has eliminated the need for anyone to get their hands dirty with coding, touching HTML, needing to learn FTP or even how to setup your own web hosting service and more… in short, WordPress makes blogging easy. WordPress has also made site and content creation easier than ever, and their platform now powers more then 20% of the top sites in the world today. 20.9% of the top 500,000 sites listed on Alexa are currently using WordPress to power their sites! – HackerTarget.com It’s also important ...

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Blogging isn’t for everyone… and when you mention the word to anyone who isn’t already in the internet marketing space or a blogger already, they might think you are a joke and have no idea what you are doing!

However, blogging has changed a lot over the years and this can be mainly attributed to the growth and success of the WordPress platform.

WordPress has eliminated the need for anyone to get their hands dirty with coding, touching HTML, needing to learn FTP or even how to setup your own web hosting service and more… in short, WordPress makes blogging easy.

WordPress has also made site and content creation easier than ever, and their platform now powers more then 20% of the top sites in the world today.

20.9% of the top 500,000 sites listed on Alexa are currently using WordPress to power their sites! – HackerTarget.com

It’s also important to note that WordPress isn’t just for those looking to create a blog and build their own little spot on the internet.

No, not at all!

Instead it’s actually powering some of the largest brands in the world today — such as Wall Street Journal, CNN, Mashable, The Rolling Stones, Sony, NASA and many others!

Be sure to check out the infographic (from WooRockets) below to see how many of your favorite news, education and entertainment sites are also using WordPress to power their business, brands and online communities.

Famous Brands Using WordPress

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4 Free Website Graders You Should Use http://www.bloggingtips.com/2015/01/24/free-website-graders/ http://www.bloggingtips.com/2015/01/24/free-website-graders/#comments Sat, 24 Jan 2015 12:17:16 +0000 http://www.bloggingtips.com/?p=35903 It is no mystery that a perfectly optimized blog adds tremendous value to its search engine ranking. Unless you’re an expert who knows all the technical aspects of a website, you will need a checklist to compare a blog’s online positioning. Keeping this in mind, I share a quick list of 3 free website graders that will analyse the URL and generate a quick checklist informing how the URL is performing and its value. 4 Free Website Graders for Your Blog Here they are: 1) Quick Sprout Website Analyzer (Link) A cool nifty tool, the Quick Sprout Website Analyzer, analyses your website and compares it with three other competitors (optional) too. It grades the website, content and social media presence. The tool generates a score for traffic, speed, SEO and social share. Visit the website, add the URL/s, sign in with a chosen Google account, and run the test. You ...

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It is no mystery that a perfectly optimized blog adds tremendous value to its search engine ranking. Unless you’re an expert who knows all the technical aspects of a website, you will need a checklist to compare a blog’s online positioning. Keeping this in mind, I share a quick list of 3 free website graders that will analyse the URL and generate a quick checklist informing how the URL is performing and its value.

4 Free Website Graders for Your Blog

Here they are:

Free Website Graders

1) Quick Sprout Website Analyzer (Link)

A cool nifty tool, the Quick Sprout Website Analyzer, analyses your website and compares it with three other competitors (optional) too. It grades the website, content and social media presence. The tool generates a score for traffic, speed, SEO and social share.

Visit the website, add the URL/s, sign in with a chosen Google account, and run the test. You can get the test results emailed as a PDF file.

You get drilled down reports on each SEO factor and recommends things to fix.

2) WooRank (Link)

WooRank is known among free website graders as one of the most comprehensive website analyzers. It analyses seven aspects of a website, which are usability, social, technology, mobile, SEO, local and traffic. The report is generated on a scale of 0 to 100, and the report can be downloaded as a PDF file.

The tool analyses keywords and states whether the keywords appear on strategic places or not, such as the site title, site description and heading tag.

3) Nibbler (Link)

On a scale of 0 to 100, the Nibbler tool analyses the URL on more than 24 characteristics and creates a checklist of areas needing improvement. The tool creates a word cloud to show which words are often used in titles and heading.

4) HubSpot Marketing Grader (Link)

HubSpot is an amazing marketing agency and among free website graders comes their Marketing Grader tool. Just enter the site URL and the email address to receive an overall score of the site, based on five categories – social media, SEO, blogging, lead generation and mobile. Each section will suggest recommendations to make changes on the site.

Try out these free website graders and improve your site performance.

Personally, I highly recommend the Quick Sprout tool because you can analyse the competition too and see what they are doing right and you are not.

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15 Great Blogger Interviews that Will Blow Your Mind http://www.bloggingtips.com/2015/01/21/15-great-blogger-interviews/ http://www.bloggingtips.com/2015/01/21/15-great-blogger-interviews/#comments Wed, 21 Jan 2015 16:45:47 +0000 http://www.bloggingtips.com/?p=35888 In the world of blogging, we all pretty much know each other in one way or another. Most of the time this is through reading each others blogs and seeing names mentioned here and there. A much better way to meet with bloggers is through meet up events, conferences or if you are lucky… even through face to face conversations. Content and pictures are always great to help you learn about other bloggers, how they got to where they are today and their life story… but listening to real interviews is even better. This week I just released my 50th episode of the Rise of the Entrepreneur podcast series. Since the first episode I’ve had the opportunity to interview some awesome people, great friends of mine and of course many successful bloggers as well. As a recap I wanted to highlight some of the best blogger related interviews for you ...

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In the world of blogging, we all pretty much know each other in one way or another. Most of the time this is through reading each others blogs and seeing names mentioned here and there.

A much better way to meet with bloggers is through meet up events, conferences or if you are lucky… even through face to face conversations.

Content and pictures are always great to help you learn about other bloggers, how they got to where they are today and their life story… but listening to real interviews is even better.

This week I just released my 50th episode of the Rise of the Entrepreneur podcast series. Since the first episode I’ve had the opportunity to interview some awesome people, great friends of mine and of course many successful bloggers as well.

As a recap I wanted to highlight some of the best blogger related interviews for you below.

Be sure to check them all out and feel free to leave a review within iTunes to help the podcast grow even more!

15 Great Blogger Interviews that Will Blow Your Mind

Jeremy Schoemaker Shoemoney Check

Jeremy Schoemaker and the “ShoeMoney” Brand

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Jeremy is one of the most well known bloggers in the affiliate marketing space. Once launching his blog at ShoeMoney.com, he started to build a brand for himself and he never looked back. When Jeremy posted a picture of his $100,000+ Google Adsense check, a huge boost of traffic and credibility came to his blog and is still one of the most trafficked areas of his sites today.

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Syed Balkhi, the Wizard of WordPress

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Syed is the main behind the scenes at sites like List25.com, WPBeginner.com and of course OptinMonster — which is one of the best ways to grow your mailing list over night. Each of these sites helped Syed become the mastermind and entrepreneur he is today.

Ian Cleary

Ian Cleary, The Social Media Tools Guy

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With the blogging space already saturated, Ian knew he had to do something different to stand out from the crowd, so he did just that. Ian is now an expert in social media tools to help online businesses and brands grow… take note of how I said “social media tools” and not just “social media”…

John Chow

John Chow, the Master of Blog Monetization

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Probably the most well known blogger in the make money online space, John Chow has a massive following online. What started out as a simple blog to keep his family updated with personal updates and pictures on what he ate, is now a blog business that generates over one million dollars per year!

Dave Taylor

Dave Taylor Pays His Mortgage with Google Adsense

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Google Adsense is one of the best ways to make money as a new blogger. It’s actually worked so well for Dave Taylor that his whole blog business is still based around it today… so much so that he started to pay his mortgage off with his Google Adsense earnings from years ago!

Daniel Scocco BlogWorld

Daniel Scocco Shares His Daily Blog Tips

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All bloggers are looking for new ways to grow their blog and take it to the next level. Daniel Scocco created DailyBlogTips and has not only been helping bloggers grow their brand, reach and audience… but has also built a nice business of his own in the process.

Neil Patel Podcast

Neil Patel – Entrepreneur, Angel Investor, and Analytics Expert

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One of the top SEO and marketing experts in the world, Neil Patel has built out a massive brand of his own while also helping sites like TimothySykes.com and TechCrunch bring their business to a whole new level.

Spencer Haws

Spencer Haws and Dominating Your Niche

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Niche blogging is an excellent way to focus your efforts on a smaller site and audience but reap big profits and success in the process. Spencer Haws is one of the leading experts in this space and is also the creator of LongTailPro, which is currently used by thousands of site owners to find the best keywords to rank their sites.

Dan Schawbel

Dan Schawbel and the Power of Personal Branding

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When it comes to create a successful blog and business, you also need to think about how it can build your personal brand. This is exactly what Dan Schawbel specializes in. Dan has helped thousands of business owners and individuals build their name and brand through the use of online content generation.

Jeff Bullas

Jeff Bullas and Blogging the Smart Way

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Jeff Bullas is a very successful blogger who has a massive social following online. After leaving his job and looking for what was next, Jeff fell into the world of blogging and has never looked back. Still trying to find your niche and success with blogging, Jeff Bullas can help you out!

Jeni Larson Hott

Jeni Hott and Becoming a Seven Figure Blogger

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Not all blogs need to be in the make money niche or even associated with your name. Jeni Hott created a blog that was focused on the weight loss and diet niche. With the perfect combination of killer information, amazing search results and Google Adsense… Jeni quickly found herself a seven figure blogger.

Mike Thomas Mike from Maine

Mike Thomas Interviews His Way to Success

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Mike Thomas is a blogger that has built a business model around the concept of interviewing other business owners, bloggers and entrepreneurs. Every day Mike interviews a new person on his site and learns more about the products and services they offer. With each new interview, Mike builds up his content and generates commissions in the process.

Brian Warner

Brian Warner Talks Celebrity Networth

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Some of the biggest sites in the world are running off of WordPress. One such site is CelebrityNetworth.com, which is also one of my favorite sites. I reached out to the site owner, Brian Warner, and we did an awesome interview on how it all came together and grew into the mega celebrity site it is today.

Chris Guthrie

Chris Guthrie & How to Make Money with Amazon

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Everyone is a customer of Amazon.com, so wouldn’t it be perfect if you could make money from their site as well? Good news… you can! Chris Guthrie has been making money with Amazon through their affiliate program for years, then he created his own software to help site owners make more money with Amazon by making it easier to do niche keyword and product research. Today Chris is working with Amazon again, but this time he’s created his own product and is selling over figure figures worth every month!

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John Lee Dumas’ Seven Figure Podcasting Empire

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John Lee Dumas is a very well know podcaster, who started Entrepreneur on Fire, a podcast that interviews a new entrepreneur daily. In addition to his podcast, he also has a blog that showcases each episode and documents his business success in the process. With over 700+ episodes recorded and a private members program to help inspire his audience, John is now generating over $300,000 per month in sales!

Awesome Blogger Interviews…

And that’s it my friends… 15 awesome blogger interviews that are sure to inspire and blow your mind!

If you loved any of these episodes, I would love to hear about it. Feel free to leave a comment below and also be sure to leave a review within iTunes and help the podcast reach an even larger audience.

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How Giving Few More Tips Would Increase The Value of Your Post 100x http://www.bloggingtips.com/2015/01/20/giving-tips-increase-post-100x/ http://www.bloggingtips.com/2015/01/20/giving-tips-increase-post-100x/#comments Tue, 20 Jan 2015 14:00:09 +0000 http://www.bloggingtips.com/?p=35822 In the past 2 weeks, I had shared with you 2  techniques to help you apply the content upgrade thing. The best part is that they could take you less than 10 minutes to apply it and you’ll have 100x better results. In today’s post, I share with you another technique. It’s used by some of the popular bloggers. With just sharing few more tips, you could have 100x better results. I think it’s worth it, if you’ll share 100 tips and then add another 5, right? So continue reading. Make sure to check previous posts, so you don’t miss on the pure gold out there. Why Email is Important to Build Sustainable Lucrative Business How to Get More Email Subscribers Overnight? Tip #1 How to Boost Your Email Subscribers? Tip #2 How to Boost Your Email Subscribers? Tip #3 The most important tip to make your incentive drive more ...

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In the past 2 weeks, I had shared with you 2  techniques to help you apply the content upgrade thing. The best part is that they could take you less than 10 minutes to apply it and you’ll have 100x better results.

In today’s post, I share with you another technique. It’s used by some of the popular bloggers. With just sharing few more tips, you could have 100x better results. I think it’s worth it, if you’ll share 100 tips and then add another 5, right?

So continue reading.

Make sure to check previous posts, so you don’t miss on the pure gold out there.

The Technique: Give Additional Premium Tips

As you know, having a content upgrade could bring you much more better results.

Sharing content is great, but people don’t value them a lot because they’re free.

Giving more tips and asking people to subscribe to get them, will make the tips look premium for the readers, even if they didn’t pay you money. They paid their email, and you must value it.

Again, they paid their email, and you must value it

But if you do this wrong, people will feel that you scammed them because you should have posted this in the article, so continue reading to know how to do it, effectively.

How to apply it?

Don’t make it seems your post is incomplete. It’s additional part, that provides more value. Get this wrong and everything else won’t work.

After you find this additional tips, do the following.

1. Write these tips in a new page. You could name it (topic) bonus.

2. Publish it. If you publish it as a page, it won’t appear on your blog timeline. That’s what we want.

3. Subscribers are redirected to this page, when they’re subscribed.

An example?

I can’t think of a better example than Noah Kogan’s We Analyzed the 3,000 Most Successful LinkedIn Publishing Posts.

In the post, he cover the data he got and what does that mean for you as a publisher.

Then he offered a bonus section. It shows you additional tips. They’re not covered by data, but they’re proven to work. Got the idea?

It’s your turn

How are you planning to apply this content upgrade strategy? Make sure to share in the comments below.

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A Valuable Content Upgrade That is Just One Page Long http://www.bloggingtips.com/2015/01/13/valuable-content-upgrade-page-long/ http://www.bloggingtips.com/2015/01/13/valuable-content-upgrade-page-long/#comments Tue, 13 Jan 2015 13:00:05 +0000 http://www.bloggingtips.com/?p=35812 Did you setup your first content upgrade? In the previous post, I showed you the first technique for creating content upgrades. It was really simple that it should take no more than 10 minutes. You just create a pdf of your post and people will want it. But the problem is? People who read your post may not want it. They already knew what they want and that’s it. With today’s technique, it also shouldn’t take you a lot of time and people will need it. You’ll know why, so continue reading. Before you continue, make sure to check previous posts in this series. Why Email is Important to Build Sustainable Lucrative Business How to Get More Email Subscribers Overnight? Tip #1 How to Boost Your Email Subscribers? Tip #2 How to Boost Your Email Subscribers? Tip #3 The most important tip to make your incentive drive more subscribers How ...

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Did you setup your first content upgrade?

In the previous post, I showed you the first technique for creating content upgrades. It was really simple that it should take no more than 10 minutes.

You just create a pdf of your post and people will want it.

But the problem is?

People who read your post may not want it. They already knew what they want and that’s it.

With today’s technique, it also shouldn’t take you a lot of time and people will need it. You’ll know why, so continue reading.

Before you continue, make sure to check previous posts in this series.

The 1-page document that people will beg you to create

Reading a post full of great content, especially if it’s long, 3000+ words or more, seems overwhelming.

People will feel great after they read it, but what after that?

They’re going to leave without taking action. Right?

A simple way to prevent this to happen is to create a checklist of actions they need to take.

It’s just a checklist, so it doesn’t need to be more than a page. If you want to cover some details, it’ll also be small.

Anyway, it shouldn’t take you more than 20 mins to create it. You should actually create it in less than 10 minutes.

Here is how you could do it?

1. Outline the action steps of the post: What should people do after they read the post to reap the benefits. Simple.

2. Give some details: You may need to cover some details on how they could do it. Don’t make it long. Just few details and refer to the article at the end.

3. Format the checklist: You need to make it look decent. Don’t spend a lot of time on this. You could also pay someone to do it for you, if you want to make it pretty.

4. save as pdf: After you finish everything, save it as pdf.

Take action

If you want your readers to take action, you should also take action.

This few minutes that you spend after hours of creating great content could bring you at least 100% increase in subscribers number. Just take action and you’re good to go.

Did you like this technique? How are you planning to implement it?

Waiting for your comments.

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Best WordPress Plugins for Bloggers in 2015 http://www.bloggingtips.com/2015/01/10/wordpress-plugins-bloggers-2015/ http://www.bloggingtips.com/2015/01/10/wordpress-plugins-bloggers-2015/#comments Sat, 10 Jan 2015 23:34:35 +0000 http://www.bloggingtips.com/?p=35880 WordPress plugins bring blogs to life, and are just one of the many reasons why bloggers continually choose WordPress and the standard platform for creating blogs. Through the use of plugins, any site owner can turn their basic WordPress site into an interactive, engaging and powerful source for information… and even a full fledged business in the process. In short, plugins make every day tasks like seo, stats tracking, ad management, security, caching, monetization and much more easier. Another big reason why WordPress is at the top of the minds of every blogger, is that new plugins are coming out all the time. What was hot last year most likely isn’t going to be hot this year. Best WordPress Plugins for Bloggers in 2015 With that being said, we are delighted to profile a new “Best WordPress Plugins for Bloggers in 2015” infographic which can be seen below. (source: Devrix) Be ...

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WordPress plugins bring blogs to life, and are just one of the many reasons why bloggers continually choose WordPress and the standard platform for creating blogs.

Through the use of plugins, any site owner can turn their basic WordPress site into an interactive, engaging and powerful source for information… and even a full fledged business in the process. In short, plugins make every day tasks like seo, stats tracking, ad management, security, caching, monetization and much more easier.

Another big reason why WordPress is at the top of the minds of every blogger, is that new plugins are coming out all the time. What was hot last year most likely isn’t going to be hot this year.

Best WordPress Plugins for Bloggers in 2015

With that being said, we are delighted to profile a new “Best WordPress Plugins for Bloggers in 2015” infographic which can be seen below. (source: Devrix)

Be sure to run through the list below, update any necessary plugins that are currently out of date in your WP dashboard right now and also see if any of the plugins below might be a good fit for your blog in the new year!

Feel free to add any of your favorite WordPress plugins in the comments section below.

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Which Links Should You Disavow? http://www.bloggingtips.com/2015/01/08/links-disavow/ http://www.bloggingtips.com/2015/01/08/links-disavow/#comments Thu, 08 Jan 2015 15:09:31 +0000 http://www.bloggingtips.com/?p=35848 Traffic dropped? De-indexed from Google? Performing a routine link audit? Whether you fear your site may be suffering at the hands of an algorithmic penalty, you are in the process of manual penalty removal or you have simply noticed a dip in rankings and suspect foul play, you can take comfort in the fact that you have got Google’s Disavow Tool to take care of damaging links – but knowing which to disavow is the trick. Last year I published an article on How to Remove Bad Backlinks that Penalized Your Website – the process that comes after this is disavowing the links that you were unable to remove. In a nutshell, disavowal is the distancing and disapproval of particular links which Google eyes unfavorably. It tells the ‘Big G’ that, whether knowingly or unknowingly, intentionally or unintentionally, you don’t want them to take a selection of ‘bad’ links into ...

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Traffic dropped? De-indexed from Google? Performing a routine link audit? Whether you fear your site may be suffering at the hands of an algorithmic penalty, you are in the process of manual penalty removal or you have simply noticed a dip in rankings and suspect foul play, you can take comfort in the fact that you have got Google’s Disavow Tool to take care of damaging links – but knowing which to disavow is the trick.

Last year I published an article on How to Remove Bad Backlinks that Penalized Your Website – the process that comes after this is disavowing the links that you were unable to remove.

In a nutshell, disavowal is the distancing and disapproval of particular links which Google eyes unfavorably. It tells the ‘Big G’ that, whether knowingly or unknowingly, intentionally or unintentionally, you don’t want them to take a selection of ‘bad’ links into account in their search engine ranking algorithm.

Putting the power of link-building back into your hands, as a webmaster, is critical in our increasingly competitive online world. It must be warned though that the disavowal process is not for the fainthearted or ill-informed.

As you might have already learned from investigating a penalty, or trying to recover from one, you will know that it is not always possible to cleanup all offending links following a full-scale audit by politely requesting removals – repeatedly.

You’ve experienced it. Some Webmasters never respond; and those that do might only offer abuse or request money for removal.

So, in late 2012, to combat this and the rise in cyber commercial warfare (negative SEO), Google introduced the Disavow Tool firmly placing the power of the internet’s largest search engine results pages back into your hands. Webmasters rejoiced!

With great power comes great responsibility though: one wrong move may nullify a healthy link and prove fatal to your Google rankings, waving goodbye to your site’s organic visibility and the consequent free traffic it brings to your business.

When might you disavow a link?

Simply put, if you suspect your site’s ranking is being harmed by poor quality links and practices that you have no control over, you should ask Google not to take them into consideration.

It is important to note that it is by no means a ‘get out of jail free card’. Google states in its warning before you disavow links:

“You should still make every effort to clean up unnatural links pointing to your site. Simply disavowing them isn’t enough.”

Let us list a number of scenarios where you might think you need to disavow a link.

Disavow Links message

Scenario 1: Investigating a suspected Google penalty

A sudden, unexplainable dip in sustained organic search traffic or conversions would be justifiable cause for concern.

Some webmasters can be over-zealous in their assumptions of a penalty, when no such penalty exists.

How to investigate a manual link penalty is not straight-forward. There are a number of reasons for which your site might have experienced a drop in traffic, but won’t require you to disavow links:

Transitional rank – a loss in traffic can occur when your site has gone through a significant change. A redesign, including a switch to Flash; restructure affecting your permalink configuration; or a full content re-write could all be culprits.
Indexing issues – a recent change to your site’s structure, a poor internal linking structure or an out-of-date sitemap could be at fault.
Search behavior – sometimes terms fall out of fashion in Google’s searches, particularly in fast-changing industries like technology.
Site usability – poorly implemented site design changes.
Competition – a new competitor may have entered the market, or an existing one may have ramped up their direct marketing efforts.
Problem content – ‘thin content’ or duplicate content will make your site less searchable in Google’s index.
Seasonal trends – there may be certain times of the year where you know business or certain lines aren’t traditionally busy (for example, coats in summer – bad example for British readers, but you get the gist).

If there’s no immediately obvious reason from those above, or you have knowingly initiated in some questionable link-building that my contravene Google’s guidelines (whether yourself or through an SEO agency), then it is possible you have been hit with a manual penalty.

Scenario 2: Recovering from a Google manual penalty

The sure fire way to know you have been hit with a Google manual penalty is when you access your Webmaster Tools account.

If you have been hit, an alert giving an ‘unnatural link warning’ – or words to that effect – will appear at the top of your dashboard as soon as you login. It may also appear in Manual Actions under the Search Traffic tab.

Now, if you have any hope of recovering your site, you will need to perform a link audit to see exactly what backlinks are pointing towards your site and disavow those which are causing the damage.

Successful Manual Google penalty recovery

Scenario 3: Negative SEO attacks and spam

Even when unprompted by the need to remove a Google manual penalty, you should be performing a weekly link audit. If you don’t already, then you should.

It might reveal something sinister gnawing away at your organic search results behind the scenes. Above all else, it serves as an effective preventative measure to your site’s long-term future in Google’s rankings.

Particularly in a site and business’ infancy, it can be very easy for a domain to be flagged by Google due to unethical competitive practices – like negative SEO.

An example of negative SEO is when a site is fired with hundreds or thousands of automated unnatural dofollow exact match anchor text links from article directories, forums and blog comments loaded with spam. Similarly, a site can be hit with anchor text unrelated to its industry, knocking it out of its local search.

Whilst the practice isn’t commonplace, it is important to be aware of the threat, and how you can safeguard against it, particularly when working online in competitive industries. Performing a link audit regularly and disavowing these links will help you keep on top of this worrying trend.

Link audit: categorizing links to disavow

Now we know when you might want to disavow links, but how do we do choose which ones to disavow?

A full link audit must be carried out. Start by downloading a copy of your backlinks using checkers such as Ahrefs or Majestic, then compile those links with your Google Webmaster Tools’ known backlinks in an Excel spreadsheet.

All links can be categorized as follows, and all types could be feasibly disavowed within context:

• Text link
• Profile link (on social media or a forum)
• Forum link
• Directory link (can be broken down into ‘paid’, ‘unpaid / unpaid options’ or ‘free’)
• Article / Article Directory
• Scraper site
• Social network
• Comment spam
• Spam site
• Malware / Adult Content
• Banners (dofollow / nofollow)
• Paid link
• Footer / Sidebar
• Spun content
• Links on penalized sites
• Penalized / De-indexed domain
• Hidden links
• Gateway / iFrame
• Owned property (for microsites, one-page sites and tiered link-building)
• Gone (used when a link has since expired, or been removed)

The best guideline to follow when choosing what to do with a link is if it is:

• Natural and within guidelines – keep
• Unnatural in appearance, but within guidelines – keep and change
• Natural but violates guidelines – change / flag for removal (and / or) add to disavow
• Unnatural and violates guidelines – flag for removal (and / or) add to disavow
• Gone – if the domain has caused problems before or would cause problems if the domain linked to your site again, add to disavow

First flag for removal the links that violate Google’s guidelines (whether natural or unnatural), then disavow those that you cannot get removed or those found on dodgy domains that may cause you headaches again.

Natural backlink but violates guidelines

If you are able to change a natural backlink that violates guidelines, all the better. If it’s unnatural, like an unpaid high PR anchor text-rich directory link, you are better off changing that to a more natural branded link, or failing that, flagging it for removal..

Another example of a natural backlink that may fall foul of Google’s guidelines may be a similar scenario where you have commissioned an anchor text rich link to your site from a high PR blog.

Dofollow links from banners, whether part of your display advertising campaign, or your affiliate marketing programme, violate Google’s guidelines and should be nofollowed. If your creation has somehow appeared on a domain without prior approval, it could be disavowed if a request for removal falls through.

Image scrapers and social media scrapers are quite harmless sites built by online bots that trawl the net. The reason you may want to disavow these kind of links is you may not want to share the same neighborhood as some of the other domains shared on that site.

Unnatural backlink and violates guidelines

Exact match anchor text backlinks to your site (namely the homepage), from clearly spun article directories, should be flagged for removal. If it is as a result of an automated process, and lots of other spammy articles are listed on there, it is nigh-on impossible that you will get it removed by a webmaster.

You can safely add any automated links from spun articles, forum posts, directory listings and blog comments to your disavowal list.

Link schemes like link wheels and tiered link structures are unnatural. Once identified, if they weren’t solicited by you but by the hands of a bad SEO agency, you should get them removed. Failing removal, these could be disavowed too.

Google unnatural link warning

Backlinks now gone or suspect domain

If an unwanted backlink has now gone, despite being picked up by a backlink checker or Google, it would still be best to disavow the whole domain, as you never know whether the site may be reinstated as well as any future links.

If you find multiple links from the same spammy domain, churning out spun content/blog comments etc., you should always list the whole domain for disavowal. There is a very real threat that the site will offend again.

Google’s Disavow Tool in practice

Once you have identified the backlinks you want to disavow, the next stage is to save your list in a format that Google’s Disavow Tool will understand.

Saved in a CSV or TXT file, you should list your offending links with a note or reason punctuated by a hashtag (#) at the start.

In the case of a bad domain linking to your site on multiple occasions, disavow it at domain level.

# contacted webmaster of baddomain.com on 12/17/2014
# asked for link to be removed, ignored
domain:baddomain.com

If the backlink is a one-off offender, you can list the link on its own.

# appears to be a negative SEO attack

http://baddomain.com/spammy-content.html

Google isn’t obliged to read your notes, but it helps if you are carrying out a reconsideration request for the purposes of manual penalty removal.

If part of your regular weekly link audit, you may see the effects of disavowal in the SERPs from as little as a few days to as long as six weeks later – once Googlebot re-crawls the offending sites and webpages.

To speed up the process, you might want to pump your list of offending links and domains through a pinging service, letting Google know to quickly re-crawl and index them again.

When you go to upload your disavow file, it is important to note that you should apply it to www and non-www versions of your domain, as well as any mobile versions of your site, for peace of mind.

The disavow file is a living and breathing single file, so you must treat it with care. If you need to add more links and domains following another audit, make sure you add these to your previous list and re-upload, overwriting the list that came before.

Best practice is to upload your file as the current date e.g. Disavow-List-01-05-15.txt so you know when it was last updated.

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Top 5 Useful White Label SEO Tools You Should Definitely Try Out http://www.bloggingtips.com/2015/01/07/top-5-white-label-seo-tools/ http://www.bloggingtips.com/2015/01/07/top-5-white-label-seo-tools/#comments Wed, 07 Jan 2015 17:07:48 +0000 http://www.bloggingtips.com/?p=35842 Running a SEO business, it is the first thing to try do-it-yourself solutions. Mostly, it is hard to build up a well-customized solution from the jump to meet some requirements of your business. In many cases, all these attempts can be a reason for failure. Today a business uses a White Label software that gives an option to use its own brand, rather than the name and the logo of the White Label software you use. For SEO veterans and internet marketers, this white label software can provide a wide range of SEO work and save your time. These solutions play a great role for marketers that help to find the best solution according to their SEO needs. So, if you work in the market and look for the White Label SEO software, here is the following scan of the best solutions for today: SE Ranking SE Ranking’s white label ...

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Running a SEO business, it is the first thing to try do-it-yourself solutions. Mostly, it is hard to build up a well-customized solution from the jump to meet some requirements of your business. In many cases, all these attempts can be a reason for failure.

Today a business uses a White Label software that gives an option to use its own brand, rather than the name and the logo of the White Label software you use. For SEO veterans and internet marketers, this white label software can provide a wide range of SEO work and save your time. These solutions play a great role for marketers that help to find the best solution according to their SEO needs.

Search Engine Optimization - Blogging SEO Keywords

So, if you work in the market and look for the White Label SEO software, here is the following scan of the best solutions for today:

  1. SE Ranking

SE Ranking’s white label SEO software provides a great round up of SEO tools: rank tracker, website auditor, online marketing plan, advanced keyword analysis, snippet checking, competitor’s monitoring and branded reports. This solution will give the ability to research, organize and track your SEO work with ease.

  1. Bright Local

Bright Local is a 100% white label SEO tool that enables their customers to create profiles, add logos, brand names and customize their SEO reports. The clients can make the most of a suite of local tools, including the Google +Local Wizard tool, local SEO check-up and stay tuned into the SEO needs of clients with ReviewBiz and ReviewFlow features.

  1. 6Qube

It is a SEO white label innovation from 6Qube that are specially designed for entrepreneurs, sales managers and SEO experts. It perfectly fits companies that use WordPress, Drupal, Joomla platforms to provide their marketing services. 6Qube come with call tracking white label capabilities, call recording, seo lead tracking, search engine rankings, explicit analytics reporting and total lead management.

  1. AgencyPlatform

This tool offers white label SEO tools that are well-designed for small and local businesses, larger agencies and enterprises to get high rankings in competitive niches. AgencyPlatform contains a bunch of great options: SEO and PPC audits, local search optimization, website content management, status monitoring, social media administration and branded PDF’s reports.

  1. MarketBandit

MarketBandit contains lots of white label online marketing tools and services that allow you to manage all SEO things in a proper way. It helps to promote your brand, forward all your word and send branded reports to your clients. The tool offers a suite of useful tools: website audit, project management, link reporting, ranking tools.

White Labeling is the future of e-commerce. It is going to get popularity and even a good alternative to affiliate marketing for companies that value branding and trust.

White Label solutions are a perfect option for you due to these points:

  • Increase your branding and identity in competitive industries;
  • Easy to work with clients that make them happier;
  • Save time and money to speed up their investing in an existing solution;
  • Concentrate on your business’s core activities.

Choosing these solutions you can easily focus on building up your brand and promote your services that can simplify your conversion path for your clients.

This post was contributed by Kelly Wilson of the BloggingTips.com writing team.

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5 Ways to Know a Freelance Writer that will Turn Your Blog into a Sales Tool http://www.bloggingtips.com/2015/01/06/5-ways-freelance-writer-blog-profitable/ http://www.bloggingtips.com/2015/01/06/5-ways-freelance-writer-blog-profitable/#comments Tue, 06 Jan 2015 20:12:13 +0000 http://www.bloggingtips.com/?p=35838 We’ve heard times without number, content is king. Yes, it is. However, not all contents are kings. And the thing is, only “king contents” will convert most readers to customers. But the question is: who’s going to write these contents? With the pace at which the internet is going today, where people are daily having problems they want solutions to, only websites with quality blog posts will stand a chance. So you may need the help of savvy freelance writers to help you out. Good writers have all the time to provide the “king contents” that today’s readers hunger for. It’s their job. They give quality time and attention to it. They know what works and what doesn’t. They know the right dictions, topics, keywords and from experience, they can turn your blog into a sales machine. So, that’s a glimpse of what a good freelance writer can do for ...

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We’ve heard times without number, content is king. Yes, it is. However, not all contents are kings. And the thing is, only “king contents” will convert most readers to customers. But the question is: who’s going to write these contents?

With the pace at which the internet is going today, where people are daily having problems they want solutions to, only websites with quality blog posts will stand a chance. So you may need the help of savvy freelance writers to help you out.

Good writers have all the time to provide the “king contents” that today’s readers hunger for. It’s their job. They give quality time and attention to it. They know what works and what doesn’t. They know the right dictions, topics, keywords and from experience, they can turn your blog into a sales machine.

So, that’s a glimpse of what a good freelance writer can do for you. But then, how do you spot these writers? How do you make sure you don’t fall in the hands of writers that would damage your blog with low-quality contents? Here are five tips that will help you out.

Write Great Blog Posts

  1. The writer specializes in your niche

If you’re in the marketing niche, for instance, a freelance writer that specializes on marketing (or something very close) should be your best option. He’s definitely going to have more value to provide than a freelance writer who claims he can write anything writeable.

The truth is: there are some tips only experience can teach. A good writer in your field has a much better access to these tips. A random freelance writer can only gather ideas from other experts, but he doesn’t practice it. He has limited experience. If you really need a freelance writer that will supercharge your site with great contents, look around your niche.

Sometimes, finding a writer in your niche can be tasking. But if you ever manage to find a good one, he can turn your blog into a sales machine.

  1. They charge a premium

A quality writer will charge a premium. He knows what he has put into coming up with the article. He has spent quality time, resources and all. He knows that just one article he writes can get you sales that’s far more than the rate you’re paying him.

This gives him confidence, and under normal circumstances, he really doesn’t want to charge peanuts for his work.

  1. He knows how to write unique and useful contents

Of course, the writer would show you some samples, so this is something you should look out for. Does the writer writes unique and useful contents? Or he just writes useful content.

Writing unique content means writing contents that has not been published elsewhere. This uniqueness compels people to click through your blog posts and learn something new. While the usefulness of the unique article is what converts them to subscribers, customers, etc.

Hence, if you can’t find any uniqueness or usefulness in the writer’s samples, it’s an indicator that he may not be able to get quality posts for you.

Keep Your Blogging Goals on Target

  1. Hes really wants to know what your goal is

For example, you emailed a writer and the very first thing he talks about is how many articles you need him to write and how much are you willing to pay. He probably checked your about page and feels he’s okay with the information.

Nonetheless, I think the first question any writer should ask you is how do you want me to help? (Regardless of whether he checked your about page or not). He wants to know what you do so he can know how to work along.

  1. Hes not scared to take a trial

A good writer would agree to take a trial if he’s really sure about his quality. For example, I met with a client who asked me to do a sample (of course, at a specific price). He promised if the trial goes well, he’d sign up for a bulk order.

At first I didn’t agree to it. I thought he already saw my writing sample on a popular site, what else does he want? But then, I had a re-think and found no reason to refuse the trial. After all, he needs be assured of my quality before he risks his hard-earned cash, and come to think of it: he didn’t ask me to do it for free! A good writer should be able to take a trial.

Quality contents are what rule the internet today. People will talk, share, buy and talk about contents that make people’s life better. Hence, you don’t just need a writer; you need one that would turn your site or blog into a sales tool.

 

Victor Ijidola is a professional freelance writer copywriter and guest blogger. You can find more sales and marketing tips or learn more about his freelance writing services on his website. On Twitter @veeblogs

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The First and Easiest Technique to Create Content Upgrade in 10 mins or Less http://www.bloggingtips.com/2015/01/06/easiest-technique-create-content-upgrade-10-mins/ http://www.bloggingtips.com/2015/01/06/easiest-technique-create-content-upgrade-10-mins/#comments Tue, 06 Jan 2015 13:00:04 +0000 http://www.bloggingtips.com/?p=35809 Have you setup your first content upgrade? In the previous 2 posts, I showed you how to setup content upgrade in mailchimp and how to not mess up with code using leadpages. Hope you were able to get things done. If you didn’t, tell me in the comments and I’ll try to help you. If you didn’t create your first content upgrade, I’m sure this post, will help you to create your first content upgrade in less than 10 minutes. Are you ready? Make sure to check previous posts in this series and boost your subscribers with the beginning of the new year. Why Email is Important to Build Sustainable Lucrative Business How to Get More Email Subscribers Overnight? Tip #1 How to Boost Your Email Subscribers? Tip #2 How to Boost Your Email Subscribers? Tip #3 The most important tip to make your incentive drive more subscribers How to ...

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Have you setup your first content upgrade?

In the previous 2 posts, I showed you how to setup content upgrade in mailchimp and how to not mess up with code using leadpages.

Hope you were able to get things done. If you didn’t, tell me in the comments and I’ll try to help you.

If you didn’t create your first content upgrade, I’m sure this post, will help you to create your first content upgrade in less than 10 minutes.

Are you ready?

Make sure to check previous posts in this series and boost your subscribers with the beginning of the new year.

The 1st technique: Create a PDF of your post

Yes, it’s that simple. Your content upgrade doesn’t need to be complicated.

It can just be the pdf of your post.

Maybe you’re wondering, why people would give you their email address to have a pdf of your post.

I found a lot of bloggers using this technique. Actually, that’s how the content upgrade has started to take off.

What I found in the comments of these posts and after asking the owners is that:

1. It has higher value. Which would be of higher value? An ebook or a blog post. I’m sure you’re saying the first.
2. It’s much easier to carry it anywhere on my mobile or lap and not have to worry about remembering the url of the post.

3. And the most important reason is that it takes less than 10 mins to create it and it gets a good percentage of subscribers.

Want an example?

Kim Roach has been using this technique for a while now on any of her resources post. The following is the pdf of her post Top 60 WordPress Plugins of 2014.

It’s simple right?

The Content Upgrade

The question now is how to do it?

How to Apply This Technique in less than 10 mins?

Here are the steps you need to follow.

Step 1: Create a new Google Doc or a new word file on your computer. Not that hard, right?

Step 2: Copy and paste your entire article into the Google Doc or the word file.

Step 3: Fix all formatting issues (images sizing, chapter divides etc.) Make sure it looks great. You don’t need to spend a lot of time on this. Just a quick scan and fix the things that appears in fron of your eyes.

Step 4: Export the file as a PDF.

And you’re done.

Yes, it’s that simple. So make sure to take action. What do you think about this technique? Share in the comments below.

 

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Best WordPress SEO and Social Media Plugins [Infographic] http://www.bloggingtips.com/2015/01/05/wordpress-seo-social-media-plugins-infographic/ http://www.bloggingtips.com/2015/01/05/wordpress-seo-social-media-plugins-infographic/#comments Mon, 05 Jan 2015 20:12:01 +0000 http://www.bloggingtips.com/?p=35834 WordPress continues to deliver the most differentiated and empowered wed admin experiences to users, courtesy some feature-laden and power packed SEO and social media plugins, two of the prime elements of modern website management and traffic development. Implementing strong SEO and social media controls over your WordPress content isn’t something that will necessitate the services of an SEO or web marketing expert for your website; WordPress SEO and social media plugins are your solution. Better content preparation and content adjustment for SEO advantage, detailed page analysis for SEO fine tuning, meta elements and link elements manipulation for better SEO results, generation of XML sitemaps and automatic or custom submission to multiple search engines – all these are best handled by using all-in-one or dedicated WordPress SEO plugins. Aligning your SEO strategy to Google Panda and Penguin by using grammar and content quality analyses plugins along with internal and external linking ...

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WordPress continues to deliver the most differentiated and empowered wed admin experiences to users, courtesy some feature-laden and power packed SEO and social media plugins, two of the prime elements of modern website management and traffic development. Implementing strong SEO and social media controls over your WordPress content isn’t something that will necessitate the services of an SEO or web marketing expert for your website; WordPress SEO and social media plugins are your solution.

Better content preparation and content adjustment for SEO advantage, detailed page analysis for SEO fine tuning, meta elements and link elements manipulation for better SEO results, generation of XML sitemaps and automatic or custom submission to multiple search engines – all these are best handled by using all-in-one or dedicated WordPress SEO plugins. Aligning your SEO strategy to Google Panda and Penguin by using grammar and content quality analyses plugins along with internal and external linking analyses plugins respectively is also a blessing for WordPress users.

Blending your web content effortlessly with social networks is best done using social media plugins. Helping you organize all social connections at one place on your website, enabling users to Like, Tweet, Share, and Follow your content right from your websites, and automating social sharing of your new posts’ links – WordPress social plugins deliver you the power you seek to make your websites successful.

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