Blogging Tips http://www.bloggingtips.com Blog Themes, Blog Design & Daily Blog Tips Sat, 20 Dec 2014 15:40:34 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0.1 Meet Marcus Taylor of VentureHarbour.com http://www.bloggingtips.com/2014/12/20/meet-marcus-taylor-ventureharbourcom/ http://www.bloggingtips.com/2014/12/20/meet-marcus-taylor-ventureharbourcom/#comments Sat, 20 Dec 2014 15:40:34 +0000 http://www.bloggingtips.com/?p=35766 One of the most exciting things about blogging is the actual journey and story behind many of the blogs we know and read today. Blogging has been around for over a decade now and it’s drastically changed the landscape of the internet, how people build businesses and brands, while also inspiring others around us as well. The same can be said for Marcus, who was running his own indie record label and then found himself in the world of blogging — everything after that was history! Learn more about Marcus and his blogging journey in this latest edition of Meet the Bloggers. 1.) Please tell us about yourself and how you got into blogging? Hi Zac, first of all thanks for having me as a guest here. I first got into blogging about seven years ago when I was still working in the music industry. I was running an indie record label at ...

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One of the most exciting things about blogging is the actual journey and story behind many of the blogs we know and read today. Blogging has been around for over a decade now and it’s drastically changed the landscape of the internet, how people build businesses and brands, while also inspiring others around us as well.

The same can be said for Marcus, who was running his own indie record label and then found himself in the world of blogging — everything after that was history!

Learn more about Marcus and his blogging journey in this latest edition of Meet the Bloggers.

1.) Please tell us about yourself and how you got into blogging?

Marcus Taylor Hi Zac, first of all thanks for having me as a guest here.

I first got into blogging about seven years ago when I was still working in the music industry. I was running an indie record label at the time and I heard that blogging was an effective way to build an audience for an artist. I became so fascinated by blogging and digital marketing that I shut my label down and spent three years learning as much as I could at a digital marketing agency.

These days, I run my own digital marketing studio called Venture Harbour, which owns a portfolio of online businesses, as well as offering consulting services.

2.) What is the focus of your blog and why did you choose that niche?

I have a few different blogs, but the main one has to be the Venture Harbour blog, which focuses on various aspects of digital marketing and growing online businesses. Despite there being no shortage of online marketing blogs, I find it’s a good way for me to think out loud, keep in touch with other marketers, and also drive leads to our consulting services.
The other blogs that I actively contribute to include a luxury lifestyle blog called Qosy, WhatisMyComfortZone.com, and most recently, BrokerNotes. They’re all very different which helps me keep an open mind and learn about new things.

3.) How are you currently monetizing your blog traffic?

I’ve tested virtually every monetization method imaginable. In short, what works for one blog may not work for another.

On Venture Harbour, for example, the monetization is through lead generation. By helping people solve problems and learn about digital marketing, we occasionally receive leads that turn into paying customers.

For blogs like Qosy, we focus mostly on affiliate marketing. On WhatisMyComfortZone.com, we use Adsense. On MusicLawContracts.com we sell our own products.

VentureHarbour

4.) What do you know now that you wish you knew when you first started blogging?

Blogging is a long-game. While there are cases of blogs reaching 7-figure audiences within 12 months, in my experience it’s almost always a multi-year adventure of peaks and plateaus. The plateaus can be frustrating to work through, but you just need to remember that providing you’re creating exceptional content and promoting it well, you’ll soon see another peak.

5.) What are three blogs that you visit almost daily?

While I don’t visit them daily, my favorite blogs are Sivers.org (Derek Sivers’ blog), ConversionXL (Peep Laja’s blog on conversion optimisation), and Food Matters (a great Australian blog on health & nutrition).

6.) Can you give us three recommended tools/services that you use with your blogging?

I’m sure most readers will be aware of the mainstream tools I use, so I’ll share a few less-known ones that I really like. The first is Sniply, which allows you to overlay a link back to your site when you share someone else’s content on social sites. The second is Buzzsumo, which is a really powerful tool for finding the most shared content on your competitor’s sites. The final tool is SiteLiner.com, which is a really good tool for checking on-site optimization issues.

7.) What advice would you have for someone who is just starting with their first blog?

Be very specific in choosing your niche. It’s extremely difficult nowadays to gain authority as a travel, yoga, or recipe blogger. If you want to build a successful blog out of those niches, you’ll probably need to choose a niche within a niche, like Vietnam travel, ashtanga yoga, or raw food dessert recipes.

8.) What’s the best advice or tip you’ve discovered about blogging since getting started?

One of the most helpful concepts I’ve come across is the aggregation of marginal gains. This method helped Dave Brailsford coach the British cycling team to win the Tour De France. In essence, it suggests that if you make 100 decisions to improve some aspect about what you’re doing (blogging) by 1%, they will compound together to create exponential growth. When you create a blog, there are so many things you can work on (writing new content, SEO, design, social, email marketing) that it can be overwhelming. If you commit to improving at least one thing by 1% every day, you’ll set yourself on a good path for exponentially growing your traffic and revenue.

9.) If you only had $100 to start a new blog, how would you use it?

Presuming that I’d already validated that the niche I was entering was profitable, I think I’d spend about $30 setting up a hosting account with a decent web hosting provider like Media Temple, and then the remaining $70 on a robust, fast, responsive and beautiful WordPress theme.

10.) How can readers of the blog get in touch with you?

My blog can be found at https://www.ventureharbour.com/blog/. You can also find me on Twitter at @MarcusATaylor.

Thanks again to Marcus for taking the time to share your advice and story with the Blogging Tips community. If you would like to learn about other bloggers and how they are finding success online, be sure to read through our blogger interview series.

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10 Examples of Top Bloggers Using OptinMonster http://www.bloggingtips.com/2014/12/15/10-examples-top-bloggers-optinmonster/ http://www.bloggingtips.com/2014/12/15/10-examples-top-bloggers-optinmonster/#comments Mon, 15 Dec 2014 16:06:36 +0000 http://www.bloggingtips.com/?p=35748 OptinMonster is a wordpress plugin that explodes subscribers to your mailing list overnight. While that may have sounded like a sales ad copy or promotion… it’s actually the truth and the complete focus on this post. Blogging is all about creating great content that caters to your audience while also building a long term following. However… of all the people that come to your site for the first time, 70% of them are never coming back. It’s a sad statement, but it’s the truth — and it actually has nothing to do with how good or bad your site it either, it’s simply that there is way too much content out there already. So how can you keep your audience coming back for more? Simple, focus on your mailing list! OptinMonster is making the process of growing mailing lists much easier and faster for blogs of all sizes. What’s even more ...

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OptinMonster is a wordpress plugin that explodes subscribers to your mailing list overnight. While that may have sounded like a sales ad copy or promotion… it’s actually the truth and the complete focus on this post.

Blogging is all about creating great content that caters to your audience while also building a long term following. However… of all the people that come to your site for the first time, 70% of them are never coming back. It’s a sad statement, but it’s the truth — and it actually has nothing to do with how good or bad your site it either, it’s simply that there is way too much content out there already.

So how can you keep your audience coming back for more? Simple, focus on your mailing list!

OptinMonster is making the process of growing mailing lists much easier and faster for blogs of all sizes. What’s even more exciting is that you will start seeing the effects of the plugin right after you install it for the first time.

In this post we are going to take a look at how seven different bloggers are using OptinMonster to grow their mailing lists and how you can do the same.

7 Examples of Top Blogs Using OptinMonster

When browsing through the list of featured blogs below, your first thought might be to copy or steal these ad copies — however, I recommend you don’t. Instead of trying to steal the ad copy, look at how each of them is targeting to their own audience differently and how you can do the same with your audience. Look at the different colors being used, headline copy and also the different incentivization methods being used to get people to join their mailing lists.

BloggingTips.com - http://bloggingtips.com

To kick things off, we can first take a look at the OptinMonster popup we have running on BloggingTips.com. In my OptinMonster review post, I wrote about how important it is to split test between different images, text and call to actions in your popup subscribe forms. I’ve seen a 100% difference in conversions by simply playing around with different headlines and images!

BloggingTips Popup

Entrepreneur on Fire – http://eofire.com

John Lee Dumas is a well known podcaster, but he also runs a blog that offers a ton of value to his audience as well. Most of his audience is entrepreneurs and podcasters who are just getting started. To incentive the signup process to his mailing list, John simply offers his “Top 12 Internet Resources” guide to anyone who signs up.

Entrepreneur on Fire Popup

John Chow – http://johnchow.com

John Chow has a great looking OptinMonster subscribe form on his site. To create this, all John needed to do was select the OptinMonster template that has them form on the bottom and the ability to add an image in the top section. Like many sites, John uses the incentiviation of giving away a free ebook or guide to incentivize his audience.

John Chow Popup

Matthew Woodward – http://matthewwoodward.co.uk

Matthew Woodward has an award winning blog that was highlight by many sites such as Affiliate Summit, ProBlogger, SearchEngineJournal and many others. One of the reasons why Matthew’s blog has done so well is because of the indepth content he creates and offers to his audience. With a well trusted brand and quality content out there, it’s a no brainer for anyone who already knows of the site to join his mailing list for his latest updates. The popup window you see below might be ugly, but it definitely grabs your attention!

Matthew Woodward Popup

Entrepreneurs-Journey.com - http://www.entrepreneurs-journey.com

Yaro Starak is a well known blogger who has helped thousands of others start blogs of their own as well. Through Yaro’s OptinMonster popup you can see he added a big red call to action on the top, while highlighting the benefits of joining his mailing list and keeping is personal by adding a picture of himself as well. This is a great way to add value and be personable in the process — something to consider for all of your personal branding experts out there.

Entrepreneurs Journey Popup

OptinMonster – http://optinmonster.com

Of course, it only makes sense for OptinMonster to be running their WordPress plugin on their site! It also makes sense that the majority of people visiting their site are interested in how to grow their audience and make more money, which is why they create a free guide that they give away to their audience when they join their mailing list. Check out the awesome and simple headline… “Yours Free!” — might be worth trying out on your site too!

OptinMonster Popup

RazorSocial – http://razorsocial.com

Ian Clearly is the social media and blogging expert behind RazorSocial. On his site he dives into the world of social media marketing tools and how to make the most out of the best tools on the market today. This is something you can clearly see through his popup call to action as well — “Sign Up and Get Effective Twitter Strategy”… another great example of a free report catered to a specific audience. If you aren’t using this method, you are missing out big time!

RazorSocial Popup

ShoutMeLoud – http://shoutmeloud.com

One of the top blogs out of India is also one of the top WordPress resource blogs in the world. From the most basic steps to setting up your own WordPress site, to mastering the art of making money online… ShoutMeLoud has it all. Join the SML mailing list and you’ll get instant access to their Free WordPress Guide and weekly blogging tips.

ShoutMeLoud Popup

Social Media Examiner – http://socialmediaexaminer.com

While most sites take a simple approach with their popup mailing list forms, Social Media Examiner takes it to a whole new level by adding seven lines of text with no images. I would think most people would close this one out, simply because nothing pops right out and grabs your interest… though it’s been running like this on their site for a while now, so it must be working!

Social Media Examiner Popup

WPBeginner - http://wpbeginner.com

WPBeginner is a WordPress resource site that was created by Syed Balkhi, who is also the co-creator of OptinMonster. Be sure to check out the site for everything there is to learn about WordPress, while also checking out his high converting “Do you want to Learn WordPress?” popup window.

WPBeginner Popup

Now it’s your turn!

Let us know what you think of these OptinMonster popup windows and which call to actions are your favorite.

If you haven’t already, you can get a copy of OptinMonster by clicking here.

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[2015] 5 Event Blogging Strategies to Consider http://www.bloggingtips.com/2014/12/15/2015-event-blogging-strategies/ http://www.bloggingtips.com/2014/12/15/2015-event-blogging-strategies/#comments Mon, 15 Dec 2014 09:43:58 +0000 http://www.bloggingtips.com/?p=35682 Event blogging helps to gain traction and visibility towards an event. By event blogging, I don’t mean niche sites created for events like Christmas or Valentine, where the purpose is earn quick money through AdSense or affiliate marketing. By event blogging, I mean hosting (optional) and promoting an event with certain objectives like: ticket sales mainstream media exposure viral response Promoting an event blog is tough mainly because the same event won’t happen regularly unless they are regular seminars or workshops. Event blogging needs a different approach which is dynamic and responsive. 5 Event Blogging Strategies to Consider Here are 5 event blogging strategies for you to consider. 1) Paid Social Media Exposure A lot of people think that ‘free marketing’ works. Well, surely it does if you start promoting an event a year in advance! For targeted market exposure, opt for paid social media exposure through mediums like Facebook ...

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Event blogging helps to gain traction and visibility towards an event. By event blogging, I don’t mean niche sites created for events like Christmas or Valentine, where the purpose is earn quick money through AdSense or affiliate marketing.

By event blogging, I mean hosting (optional) and promoting an event with certain objectives like:

Promoting an event blog is tough mainly because the same event won’t happen regularly unless they are regular seminars or workshops. Event blogging needs a different approach which is dynamic and responsive.

5 Event Blogging Strategies to Consider

Here are 5 event blogging strategies for you to consider.

Event Blogging Strategies

1) Paid Social Media Exposure

A lot of people think that ‘free marketing’ works. Well, surely it does if you start promoting an event a year in advance!

For targeted market exposure, opt for paid social media exposure through mediums like Facebook ads and LinkedIn ads.

2) On-Page SEO

Surely, you’re going to host the event on an online page. You’ve to mention details of the events like speakers, event modules, event fees (if any) and more.

The event page should be optimized according to ‘on-page’ SEO factors. If you’re using WordPress CMS platform, plugins like Yoast SEO help.

The purpose is that whenever anyone searches for the event with the specific event name or any generally associated keywords, the event page should rank!

3) Headline

Again, headlines are very important! You read a piece of news only when the headline is interesting enough.

Similarly, the event name / headline should convey its purpose. For instance, bloggers are well acquainted with WordCamp events which are hosted to teach people about WordPress CMS.

4) Send out Feelers

Connect with industry influencers associated with your event. You can take the help of event speakers to market the event.

You can connect with other industry leaders and expert voices, and send event feelers to them. If the event purpose is good, many of them will be glad to share it on social media feeds and even send personal recommendations.

5) Do Content Marketing

Curated content marketing is an excellent promotional method. Target publishers in your event niche and connect them with the proposal to promote the event. It could be paid or unpaid, depending on the scope and budget of the event.

The publishers will cover the event on their site and your event will benefit in the form of traffic and branding.

Endnote

If you’re a blogger who wants to reach the ‘next level’, host events or market any event well. Event blogging can establish your authority in the chosen niche.

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Meet John Hunter of CuriousCat.com http://www.bloggingtips.com/2014/12/14/meet-john-hunter-curiouscatcom/ http://www.bloggingtips.com/2014/12/14/meet-john-hunter-curiouscatcom/#comments Mon, 15 Dec 2014 03:10:05 +0000 http://www.bloggingtips.com/?p=35761 Every blog has a story. Whether they were started as a side project, by mistake or just something that was thrown together for fun… each blog is special in it’s own way. Some of the best blogs in the world are ones that started as one thing and ended up as another. That’s what’s amazing with blogging — anyone can start a blog and there are no rules that you must follow once you get started. John Hunter kept trying to convince his work that they should get into the world of blogging, but he kept hitting the wall. Instead John took things into his own hands and started a blog of his own and never looked back. Learn more about John and his series of blogs in this latest edition of Meet the Bloggers. 1.) Please tell us about yourself and how you got into blogging? My background is ...

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Every blog has a story. Whether they were started as a side project, by mistake or just something that was thrown together for fun… each blog is special in it’s own way.

Some of the best blogs in the world are ones that started as one thing and ended up as another. That’s what’s amazing with blogging — anyone can start a blog and there are no rules that you must follow once you get started.

John Hunter kept trying to convince his work that they should get into the world of blogging, but he kept hitting the wall. Instead John took things into his own hands and started a blog of his own and never looked back.

Learn more about John and his series of blogs in this latest edition of Meet the Bloggers.

1.) Please tell us about yourself and how you got into blogging?

John Hunter of Curious CatMy background is in improving performance of the organization (management improvement). From there I moved into software development as I had difficulty getting the IT departments to deliver what was needed and found it easier to just create it myself. Over time my official role moved into the software development department; while I also retained responsibilities for management improvement.

I actually got into blogging when I suggested my organization should create a blog for the benefit of the organization and repeated attempts to make that happen failed. I just decided to create my own blog. This was similar to how I had decided to just create my own software solutions – though in this case I did it outside of work.

At that time (2004) I had my Curious Cat Management Improvement website. I decided to start with a science and engineering blog (I worked for an engineering association) and one for management improvement. I wasn’t really sure I would have that much to say about science and engineering so I wanted to give both a try to see if blogging would be a good fit for me. I started on blogger to get a quick and easy feel for how it would go and if I wanted to continue.

After a few months I decided I liked it and launched self hosted blogs using WordPress: Curious Cat Management Improvement blog and Curious Cat Science and Engineering blog.

As part of the launch of the self hosted blogs I also decided to also launch a 3rd blog: Curious Cat Investing and Economics Blog. I have been active with those blogs for 10 years now. I also eventually convinced work to launch a blog, though it is dormant now.

I authored a book based on my management blog – Management Matters: Building Enterprise Capability. I used Leanpub which does a good job of automatically converting your blog to a draft of a book. Then I had to do fairly heavy edits, but it was a great start. I discussed the process in a podcast with Leanpub.

2.) You author several blogs in different niche, why did you choose those niches?

I write about what interests me, that is how I decide. I have added numerous blogs for that same reason over the years. If I keep wanting to write posts that I don’t think fit in an existing blog and decide it is worth a new blog I create a new blog.

A couple that I started on topics that interested me had a duel motive; I was also motivated to see if they could bring in some cash. Years before I started my digital nomad lifestyle I was planning for that idea (or something similar) and so I was trying to build up some sources of income.

That experiment, to bring in cash from the blogs, hasn’t worked very well for me. A couple of web sites have done much better in bringing in money for me over the years. I just think that is how it worked for me not some innate difficulty in making money from blogs.

Over time the topics of those first 3 blogs, and one new one topic (travel), have remained the main topics that I have an interest in blogging about; still I have launched several new blogs in niches under those topics, and a couple outside them. The Curious Cat Blog Network has grown to 18 blogs. I would say about half are fairly active, over one post a month, and others are less active but still worthwhile (in my opinion).

Orangutan with babyOrangutan with baby at Semenggoh National Park, Borneo, Malaysia by John Hunter

3.) How are you currently monetizing your blog traffic?

Not very well. I use AdSense and Amazon and occasionally direct advertisers contact me. I don’t do any monetization on a majority of the blogs.

I think the experience and reputation may well provide benefits for a career that outweigh direct monetization (consulting, freelance work, being hired, giving seminars, etc.). I probably have benefited that way, but it is hard to measure what success is due to.

4.) What do you know now that you wish you knew when you first started blogging?

The only thing I wish I knew that I can think of, I still don’t know: which is how to find someone to find direct advertising for me. Just waiting for people to contact me about advertising brings in the more money that other streams of revenue. I believe it has to be profitable to pay someone knowledgable to bring in more advertising. Marketing and seeking advertisers doesn’t interest me much. My attempts to find a service that finds advertisers has not worked and attempts to hire someone to find advertising for the blogs has also failed.

5.) What are three blogs that you visit almost daily?

I use Inoreader daily to manage my blog feeds and read lots of blogs; but I don’t have clear leaders or any individual blogs I visit daily.

Daily, I read: Reddit, HackerNews and Twitter.

6.) Can you give us three recommended tools/services that you use with your blogging?

I use Inoreader to organize blog feeds, WordPress to power my blogs and Hootsuite to schedule tweets.

Curious CatScreenshot of the Curious Cat Science and Engineering Blog

7.) What advice would you have for someone who is just starting with their first blog?

Write about what you are passionate about. Most blogs fizzle out fairly quickly. I think largely because people tried to write about something they don’t care about – or they just don’t really want to write. Finding out blogging isn’t for you is fine. But not giving yourself a fair chance to like it is a shame. And that often happens when someone picks a topic they are not passionate about.

Most success takes time, and more time than most people think. Prepare yourself for a marathon, don’t think you are going to do a great job for 2 months and be hugely successful (though if you have some other huge following you could – musician, comedian…).

8.) What’s the best advice or tip you’ve discovered about blogging since getting started?

The best advice is what I mentioned above; write about what you are passionate about. When you are passionate you are not only able but excited to learn about the topic and then share ideas that are worthwhile with your readers.

9.) If you only had $100 to start a new blog, how would you use it?

I would use to pay for hosting a WordPress blog on my own domain.

10.) How can readers of the blog get in touch with you?

John Hunter web site
My newest blog: Curious Cat Travel Destinations Blog
Twitter: @curiouscat_com
YouTube: Curious Cat Travel
John Hunter online (Google+, Reddit, Trip Advisor, Wikimedia…)

Thanks again to John for taking the time to share your advice and story with the Blogging Tips community. If you would like to learn about other bloggers and how they are finding success online, be sure to read through our blogger interview series.

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The Simple Technique to Get More Subscribers from Your Guest Posts http://www.bloggingtips.com/2014/12/12/more-subscribers-from-guest-post/ http://www.bloggingtips.com/2014/12/12/more-subscribers-from-guest-post/#comments Fri, 12 Dec 2014 14:26:29 +0000 http://www.bloggingtips.com/?p=35741 Have you guest posted before? If you go to any expert now and you ask him how to get more email subscribers, he will tell you to guest post. He’ll tell you to do it because it worked for him. Now, most of the blogs don’t accept guest posters, or it’s saturated with guest posts that you don’t get results as before. It’s hard to get great results as before. Yet, Bryan of VideoFruit was able to get 500 subscribers from one guest post. He used one technique to get much more subscribers than any other blogger who guest post forever. If you want to know it, continue reading. It’s easy to apply, so don’t worry. Before we dive deep into this post, you may like to take a look at the previous posts of this series. Why Email is Important to Build Sustainable Lucrative Business How to Get More ...

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Have you guest posted before?

If you go to any expert now and you ask him how to get more email subscribers, he will tell you to guest post.

He’ll tell you to do it because it worked for him.

Now, most of the blogs don’t accept guest posters, or it’s saturated with guest posts that you don’t get results as before.

It’s hard to get great results as before. Yet, Bryan of VideoFruit was able to get 500 subscribers from one guest post. He used one technique to get much more subscribers than any other blogger who guest post forever.

If you want to know it, continue reading. It’s easy to apply, so don’t worry.

Before we dive deep into this post, you may like to take a look at the previous posts of this series.

The technique Bryan used to get 500+ subscribers from one post

Bryan named this technique as expanded guest post.

If you would like to take a look at the post which generated 500 subscribers, click here, A Tale of Two Launches: One Made $43,380 and the Other -$1,385.

It’s interesting BTW. Check it and notice the difference between this post and any guest post you read.

How to apply the Expanded Guest Post technique?

In his post Expanded Guest Post: How to 100x the effectiveness of your next guest post, Bryan says that to apply this technique you need to follow 3 steps:

1. Use the phrase “For Example” a lot:

To make your post more effective, you need to provide a lot of value that you shock your readers and make them read the post more than a time.

One way to do this is to use this great phrase “for example.”

This enables you to provide much more value by giving live examples for people on how others did something and so on. They see what others did and start doing it themselves.

That’s why you need to use this phrase in your writing, not only in your guest posts, but also on posts you write on your blog.

2. Create expectation and Climax:

 

You need to build anticipation in your guest posts for readers to check your site at the end.

Bryan did this in his post on leadpages.

People would wonder, why did he share 3? Where are the other 7?

Of course, everyone reading this would want all the tips… that’s how he build expectation.

3. Offer a content upgrade:

one thing a lot of marketers do wrong is that they offer incentives not related to what they post.

Offer an upgrade that is related to the topic your published.

Here is how Bryan did it:

But how to create this content upgrade?

That’s what I’m going to cover in the next post.

For now, tell me what do you think about this idea? Will you try it? Post the link of the site you want to guest post on in the comments below and tell me how you plan to apply this techniqe.

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ClickMagick Review: How to Make Every Click More Profitable http://www.bloggingtips.com/2014/12/11/clickmagick-review-click-profitable/ http://www.bloggingtips.com/2014/12/11/clickmagick-review-click-profitable/#comments Thu, 11 Dec 2014 16:39:51 +0000 http://www.bloggingtips.com/?p=35726 When you decide to spend some of your hard-earned cash on an advertising campaign, you want to make sure that you are getting value for your money. In the age of Internet marketing where you can buy ads from a variety of sources, like Google AdWords or Facebook, it is critically important that you track all of that traffic and see parameters are providing you with the best return on investment. Click trackers play an important role for any Internet marketer and ClickMagick claims to be one of the best. In addition to providing the basics like supporting link rotators and link cloaking, ClickMagick also comes with a large selection of even more features to help further boost how far your ad dollars can go. The Smarter Way to Track Boasting 19 profit-boosting features you can’t get anywhere else, ClickMagick guarantees “to make every click you get more profitable.” It’s ...

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When you decide to spend some of your hard-earned cash on an advertising campaign, you want to make sure that you are getting value for your money. In the age of Internet marketing where you can buy ads from a variety of sources, like Google AdWords or Facebook, it is critically important that you track all of that traffic and see parameters are providing you with the best return on investment.

Click trackers play an important role for any Internet marketer and ClickMagick claims to be one of the best. In addition to providing the basics like supporting link rotators and link cloaking, ClickMagick also comes with a large selection of even more features to help further boost how far your ad dollars can go.

The Smarter Way to Track

Boasting 19 profit-boosting features you can’t get anywhere else, ClickMagick guarantees “to make every click you get more profitable.”

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It’s not restricted to use with any one advertising platform, working anywhere that you advertise. ClickMagick offers intelligent split testing, using a proprietary algorithm to instantly notify you when you have a statistically valid split-test winner. It also offers advanced retargeting, dynamic affiliate links, automatic traffic quality analysis, auto traffic-bot filtering, geotargeting and mobile targeting, and compatibility with Google Analytics.

Simply tracking the number of clicks you get is not enough; you want to extract as much value as possible out of those clicks and ClickMagick provides you with all the robust tools and statistics that you need to make those educated decisions.

Setting Up the Tracking Links

The basic layout for the ClickMagick user dashboard is reasonably easy to follow, providing obvious sections for links, rotators, pop ups, bars and timers. The process starts with setting up your links.

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It helps a lot if you are already familiar with a lot of terminology associated with Internet marketing and click tracking, but ClickMagick does provide a series of tutorial videos to guide you through the process too. You set up the tracking link with where you want it to direct, whether you want it be cloaked, and so on. Above this, you can see all the key pieces of data too, like total clicks, unique clicks, actions, sales conversion rate, CPA and EPC.

To maximize your use of ClickMagick, you will want to take advantage of the advanced settings too. This is where you can define the maximum number of clicks (defining a backup URL); defining the traffic cost on a CPC, CPA, daily or monthly basis; setting up your geotargeting parameters on either a whitelist or blacklist basis; and adding retargeting and other pixels.

Pop Ups and the MagickBar

It would be impossible for me to go over every feature that ClickMagick, so I will highlight one of the most important. They call it “Money Layer Technology” and what it does is allow you to display your own custom information on top of any website. This technology comes in three forms: the MagickPop, Countdowns and the MagickBar.

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The example that I’m displaying here is the MagickPop and it is a custom pop-up for my book, Beyond the Margins, that I am overlaying on the official Apple iPhone website. That’s right. You don’t need to own or have real access to the website, but you can still collect leads, promote products, and offer bonuses to visitors who go through your tracking link.

The custom pop-up can be created using the WYSIWYG editor built into the ClickMagick user interface or you can provide it with a webpage from which to pull that information. You then also define the size of the pop-up, the length of the cookie, and when the pop-up should appear. It’s really quite robust and, because you can overlay it on any website, it’s really versatile.

The MagickBar works in a similar way, adding a notification bar to the top of any website. You can use it to include whatever information you’d like, including the aforementioned Countdown feature, as well as opt-in forms.

How Much Does ClickMagick Cost?

ClickMagick currently offers three pricing plans, all of which come with a 14-day free trial.

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The starter plan allows for up to 10,000 monthly clicks and provides basic email support for $17 per month. The standard plan is $47 per month, bumping the number of monthly clicks to 100,000 and boosting email and live support to under 12 hours of turnaround. The pro plan is $97/month for 500,000 clicks per month and sub-2 hour support via email, live chat or Skype. All of these prices are reduced by 30% when you bill annually.

There is no minimum commitment and you can move between plans at any time. If you’re serious about click tracking and want to extract as much value as possible out of your paid traffic, give ClickMagick a try today.

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Make Money Blogging with these 3 Simple Tips http://www.bloggingtips.com/2014/12/09/money-blogging-3-simple-tips/ http://www.bloggingtips.com/2014/12/09/money-blogging-3-simple-tips/#comments Tue, 09 Dec 2014 15:40:52 +0000 http://www.bloggingtips.com/?p=35736 You want to make money with your blog, but why are over 90% of the sites out there failing to make any money at all? The answer is simple… content is king, but if it’s not created the right way, it isn’t going to make you money. Here are three simple steps to make money blogging through content that actually provides value and gives the user what they want. Reviews When people use the internet, they want one of three things; to either be entertained, to buy something or for research. If you aren’t providing to these three angles, you are already falling behind. The most profitable of these three methods is targeting an audience who wants to “buy something”. They are already in buying mode, so providing your audience with quality reviews and easy to find buy buttons is one of the best ways to convert your site traffic ...

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You want to make money with your blog, but why are over 90% of the sites out there failing to make any money at all?

The answer is simple… content is king, but if it’s not created the right way, it isn’t going to make you money.

Here are three simple steps to make money blogging through content that actually provides value and gives the user what they want.

Blogging for Money

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When people use the internet, they want one of three things; to either be entertained, to buy something or for research. If you aren’t providing to these three angles, you are already falling behind.

The most profitable of these three methods is targeting an audience who wants to “buy something”. They are already in buying mode, so providing your audience with quality reviews and easy to find buy buttons is one of the best ways to convert your site traffic into sales.

Don’t have anything to sell? No problem, this is what affiliate marketing is for!

List Posts

Everyone loves a good list post, and the good news is that they can be applied to almost any niche or audience.

Where most list posts go wrong is that they create a killer headlines, build out the content and images for their post and then when someone gets to the end of their article… they simple let them leave.

Instead of ending your list post with the latest numbered item on your list, end it with a call to action. Something as simple as “Of all the methods mentioned above, my favorite is _____.” — and give your audience something they can take action one.

This can be as simple as sending them to another page on your site, joining your mailing list or pushing them off to a product you will earn a commission on when someone signs up.

How To Articles

We covered how to target an audience that wants to buy something and also those looking for entertainment, now we can cater to the information research audience as well.

Imagine how many people search Google everyday starting with the keywords “How to…”? It’s well into the millions.

Now think about how you could provide value and cater to this audience.

In many occasions, a “how to” post usually provides a walk through process and an end solution. This end solution in many cases is an alternative solution or method that you could refer your audience to. Once again, affiliate marketing is a huge asset here.

For example, when I created my How to create a niche blog series, I walked through the process of creating a site from beginning to end. Along the way I recommended many of the different services I use to create the site, such as hosting, list hosting, social plugins and so on. This same method can be applied to millions of other topics and niches, so don’t focus too much on WordPress and blogging “how to” articles, which have already been written millions of times over.

Create Content that Provides Value and Makes You Money

We all want our blogs to be successful and many people seem to be scared of try to make money with their blog or web site at the same time — don’t be!

To create a quality blog, you need to put in massive time and effort — which you should be rewarded for. Look at your audience, think about what they need and provide that demand.

Implement these methods into your site to create content that people will find value in and also appreciate your personal recommendations on services and tools you use, while earning a side commission in the process.

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[2015] 7 Niche Blogging Ideas to Consider http://www.bloggingtips.com/2014/12/05/2015-niche-blogging-ideas/ http://www.bloggingtips.com/2014/12/05/2015-niche-blogging-ideas/#comments Fri, 05 Dec 2014 08:33:59 +0000 http://www.bloggingtips.com/?p=35679 ‘Blogging’ as a niche is redundant. If you’re thinking of starting another blog on ‘blogging’, I strongly recommend rethinking it and read Should You Start a Blog in 2015? Rather than wasting time and resources on another ‘blogging’ blog, you should opt for niche blogging instead. 7 Niche Blogging Ideas to Consider In this article, I give you 7 niche blogging ideas to consider. 1) Green / Clean Technology Environmental concerns like the harmful effects of pollution on the human race and survival issues are rising high. It is good time to start blogs on green and clean technology, talking about how clean technology methods like windmills and solar power can positively impact our Earth. 2) Wearable Gadgets After Smartphones and tablets, wearable gadgets are getting quite popular with the masses. People are adopting technology like there is no tomorrow. A blog on wearable gadgets will have high ROI. 3) ...

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‘Blogging’ as a niche is redundant. If you’re thinking of starting another blog on ‘blogging’, I strongly recommend rethinking it and read Should You Start a Blog in 2015?

Rather than wasting time and resources on another ‘blogging’ blog, you should opt for niche blogging instead.

7 Niche Blogging Ideas to Consider

In this article, I give you 7 niche blogging ideas to consider.

1) Green / Clean Technology

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Environmental concerns like the harmful effects of pollution on the human race and survival issues are rising high. It is good time to start blogs on green and clean technology, talking about how clean technology methods like windmills and solar power can positively impact our Earth.

2) Wearable Gadgets

After Smartphones and tablets, wearable gadgets are getting quite popular with the masses. People are adopting technology like there is no tomorrow. A blog on wearable gadgets will have high ROI.

3) Cryptocurrencies

In the last couple of years, cryptocurrencies have become quote popular in the online markets. Cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and Dogecoin are used by gamers and internet marketers to buy and sell goods and services. A news blog on cryptocurrency will be a good blogging niche.

4) ‘Stories that Matter’

There is no definite term to identify this apart from the fact that they appeal to people’s emotion. Blogs like ViralNova.com have millions of visitors and followers. They write stories that touch people’s emotion. Often, these are multi-category blogs featuring stories on science, technology, people, history, anomalies and more.

5) ‘How to’ Education

People are mad about ‘how to’ guides. Well, extend the ‘guide’ notion a bit and start a fully functional education site. You can feature in-depth guides on doing certain things or taking actions. For instance, subjects like ‘how to learn Chinese’ or ‘how to create software’ works well.

6) Lifehacks

A blog on lifehacks like Lifehacker.com and ProductivityLiving.com is a good way to build a wide audience base. Everywhere, people are interested to learn about productivity tools and hacks which improve their lifestyle. A blog on lifehacks is certainly recommended.

7) EMD Blogging

Exact Match Domains were brow beaten by Google in 2012 but they are slowly rising once again. Search Google about any past or upcoming events, you’ll already see a lot of EMD blogs ranking on top of search engines. If you have products with market demand, try out EMD blogging.

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Don’t limit yourself to these ideas only. Niche blogging is a huge field. Explore your interests, learn the current market about those interests and choose your niche. Niche blogging also has huge money earning potential so if money is your mojo, do niche blogging.

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5 Secret Apps to Hide Your Personal Photos http://www.bloggingtips.com/2014/12/04/5-secret-apps-hide-personal-photos/ http://www.bloggingtips.com/2014/12/04/5-secret-apps-hide-personal-photos/#comments Thu, 04 Dec 2014 07:58:30 +0000 http://www.bloggingtips.com/?p=35707 Secrets Apps to Hide Your Personal Photos Each and every one of us likes to take his/her photos and make an album. Some pictures are personal and you don’t want others to see them. You like to make sure that your personal photos are not shown to anyone and you like to take the steps which can make this happen. Some of the best secret apps (also check out best student apps) which can help you in safe storage of your personal photos are: Private Photo Vault This app let the people import photos in to the albums and then hide the personal photos behind a Pin lock. This app not only gives basic password protection for personal photos but also gives bonus features including decoy password and break in report. This app takes secret photo of the person who tries to enter the app and it also log the ...

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Secrets Apps to Hide Your Personal Photos

Each and every one of us likes to take his/her photos and make an album. Some pictures are personal and you don’t want others to see them. You like to make sure that your personal photos are not shown to anyone and you like to take the steps which can make this happen. Some of the best secret apps (also check out best student apps) which can help you in safe storage of your personal photos are:

  1. Private Photo Vault

Private Photo VaultThis app let the people import photos in to the albums and then hide the personal photos behind a Pin lock. This app not only gives basic password protection for personal photos but also gives bonus features including decoy password and break in report. This app takes secret photo of the person who tries to enter the app and it also log the GPS location to let you know who tried to get access to your personal photos. Decoy password let you set password which launches various set of photos.

  1. Galley Lock Lite

Galley Lock LiteGalley Lock lite is an app which let you put app icon in stealth mode which will make it invisible on your phone. You then need to access an app by typing asterisk, password and pressing the call. This app also capture the picture of any person who tries to get access to your personal photos after three unsuccessful attempts. Free version of this app only allows you to hide specific limit of photos but you can buy an upgrade if you want to get access to all the features of this app.

  1. Best Secret Folder

Best Secret FolderIf you don’t like to let other people know that you downloaded a privacy app then Best Secret Folder is a perfect app for you. Icon is made is disguised in my utilities which makes it sure that no one gets an idea that personal photos are hidden in your phone. You need to set a password when you open an app and mail it to yourself. Main drawback of this app is that if you forget your password then you cannot reset it later. This app let you see the pictures of nosey intruders by capturing photos and recording their location. It also gives an option to export photos to the cloud, Dropbox, email and more.

  1. KeepSafe

KeepSafeIf you want to have simple app with basic level of protection for videos and photos then you need to opt for KeepSafe. You just need to type your PIN and import photos to the albums in this app. You need to make sure that you delete personal photos from the gallery after importing them as KeepSafe app does not delete them from the gallery. Bonus features like fake PINs, customized passwords for individual albums and break in alerts can be obtained in the premium version after making upgrade to the app.

  1. KYMS

KYMSWhen a person download KYMS then its icon is disguised as calculator on your phone. Completely functional calculator appears at the launch of an app and it demands 4 digit PIN number and the equal sign after which you can access an app. This app allows you to hide PDFs, word documents, excel spreadsheets and PPTs along with photos. This app let you import media from your computer and it also provides Wi-Fi support to synchronize your collections between the devices.

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OptinMonster – The Best Way to Grow Your Mailing List Fast http://www.bloggingtips.com/2014/12/03/optinmonster-grow-mailing-list-fast/ http://www.bloggingtips.com/2014/12/03/optinmonster-grow-mailing-list-fast/#comments Thu, 04 Dec 2014 00:59:36 +0000 http://www.bloggingtips.com/?p=35692 Growing your mailing list is one of the absolute best ways to find success with your blog and business. The unfortunate sad truth is that 70% of the people that come to your site for the first time are NEVER going to come back. You can try and get them to follow you on social media and join your Fan Page, but we are know nobody really checks these pages or even sees your updates through Facebook anyway. The ONLY and TRUE way to get people to keep coming back to your site time and time again is by getting your visitors on your mailing list. I’ve been adding emails to my mailing lists since the mid 90s and I know a thing or two about how to get people to take action and submit there email. Over the years I’ve seen a lot of different methods, tools, tips and ...

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Growing your mailing list is one of the absolute best ways to find success with your blog and business.

The unfortunate sad truth is that 70% of the people that come to your site for the first time are NEVER going to come back.

You can try and get them to follow you on social media and join your Fan Page, but we are know nobody really checks these pages or even sees your updates through Facebook anyway.

The ONLY and TRUE way to get people to keep coming back to your site time and time again is by getting your visitors on your mailing list.

I’ve been adding emails to my mailing lists since the mid 90s and I know a thing or two about how to get people to take action and submit there email. Over the years I’ve seen a lot of different methods, tools, tips and tricks… but at the end of the day, nothing works better than the OptinMonster WordPress plugin!

OptinMonster Explodes Conversions Immediately!

So we know that 70% of the people to your site are never going to come back… so how can we get subscribers to join our mailing list when they get to our site.

The most common methods for getting mailing list subscribers are the following:

  • Using text to ask for a subscribe at the end of each post
  • Adding a sign up form on your side bar
  • Creating a unique landing page

Each of these work, but also have their own faults as well.

With OptinMonster you have a wide variate of ways to increase your subscriber count, but the most effective way is through the lightbox popup window that appears over your site when someone visits for the first time. You can see an example of this in the screenshot below.

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The example in the screenshot above is actually from WPBeiginner.com, which is owned by Syed, who is the co-creator of OptinMonster. Syed also reported that once he setup the popup plugin on his site he was seeing an instant increase in subscriber growth by over 600%!

If you think that number is high, you should hear some of the other numbers from sites using OptinMonster and reporting over 1,200% increases in signups!

How OptinMonster Works

Setting up OptinMonster is extremely easy. Once you install the plugin you go through a simple 4 step process.

  1. SETUP – Select the type of lead generation you would like to create. In most cases this would be the “Lightbox Popup” solution.
  2. CONFIGURE – Here you put in the specs of your lightbox popup, such as how often it should display and after how many seconds.
  3. DESIGN – Now you get to choose a template and design your lightbox popup window. With a few simple clicks you can also connect OptinMonster to your mailing list solution, such as Aweber.
  4. OUTPUT SETTINGS – The last step is to make any final specifications to your popup such as pages you might want it (or not want it) to appear on.

Once completed you can start running the popup on your site and do some split testing as well.

You’ve probably seen the OptinMonster popup we’ve had running on BloggingTips.com for a few months now. You may also have seen that we were running two different variations for split testing.

Here are the two different variations we’ve been running.

OptinMonster Split Test Windows

Without reading on… which do you think performed best?

Here are the results from that split test.

OptinMonster Split Testing

Not only was the comparison between the two not even close… it would actually be quite detrimental to the success of a site if it was to stick with one design and not split test.

As you can see, the clear winner was the “My Secret Blogging Success Video Course has been Leaked“… by nearly double the conversions as the “Want to Buy a Car with Blogging Profits?“.

Split testing is just one of the many easy to implement features of OptinMonster.

The Amazing Features Within OptinMonster

The example above was the most basic form on what OptinMonster has to offer. Here are the many other features built within the plugin.

  • Beautiful Optin Form Designs – I’m not a graphic designer or coder and it’s likely that you aren’t either. One of the main reasons why OptinMonster is such a great tool for site owners and bloggers across the board is because of it’s built in design editor. All you need to do is find a template you like and then click and edit the different areas to match the look and feel of your site. Dead simple to use and awesome for split testing.

OptinMonster Design Creator

  • A/B Testing – I already showed you the importance of split testing in my example above. OptinMonster makes it extremely easy to create split tests. All you need to do is create one template, then click on the split test button and make a few tweaks. The system will then start serving each of your different ad copies to see which performs best. Once you have the data you need to see which performs best, simply click the OFF button and let your best ad copy continue to do it’s magic!
  • Page Level Targeting - In most cases, you are probably going to have your popup window appear on all pages of your site. However, there might be some areas you don’t want it to appear, such as your CONTACT or ABOUT ME page. You may also want to setup different popups for different pages, such as creating a unique popup and call to action if someone is on your SALES page or about to leave your site. All of these amazing features are built right into OptinMonster for you to play around with.
  • Exit-Intent Technology – I keep mentioning that 70% of the people to your site are never going to come back again. OptinMonster has an exit-intent feature that will show your popup when the visitor scrolls their mouse to the top navigation bar when people are trying to leave your site. There is simply no better way to make a last section effort to get someone on your mailing list than when they are trying to leave your site. Try it out and you will be amazing with the results!
  • Analytics – You can split test and do all the different crazy features that OptinMonster has built in, but if you didn’t have the stats to back it up, then you are right back to when you first started. The good news is that OptinMonster already has all of the analytics features built in, so you can do all of the split testing you want and you don’t even need to mess with Google Analytics to get it done. Run all the crazy tests you like, see what works best and dominate the traffic coming to your site!

As you can see, there are plenty of amazing features built within OptinMonster. One of the major reasons for the success of the plugin and why it’s built with some many amazing features, is that it was co-created by a professional online marketer and WordPress expert — Syed Balkhi.

OptinMonster – Created by Syed Balkhi

OptinMonster was co-created by Syed Balki, who is not only an internet marketing and WordPress expert, but he’s also a good friend of mine that I’ve known for many years now. You can learn more on Syed in my video interview with him as he is one of the Featured Experts within the Blogging.org Mastermind community.

As the creator of OptinMonster, Syed has been able to work with some of the largest sites online and help them with tweaking their ad copies and popup windows to get the maximum perform. During my interview with Syed, he tells us that free gifts and “secret tools” pdf reports work the best across the board (which we also saw through my internal split testing above).

Syed Balkhi Interview

In addition to my video interview with Syed, he also appeared on my Rise of the Entrepreneur podcast. No matter which you decide to check out, both are packed with a ton of value and ways to further monetize your site, blog and mailing list.

Grab Your Copy of OptinMonster

You know the value in growing your mailing list and you’ve seen the results Syed and myself have achieved thanks to the power of this plugin. Each day that you don’t have OptinMonster running on your site, 70% of your traffic is leaving and never coming back.

I already know OptinMonster is going to work as well for you as it did for me, but if you are still on the fence, OptinMonster offers a full 14 day money back guarantee. This means you have no reason not to try it out!

Click here to claim your copy of OptinMonster.

Get OptinMonster Today

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InternetReputation.com Reviews Best Online Reputation Tips http://www.bloggingtips.com/2014/12/03/internetreputationcom-reviews-online-reputation-tips/ http://www.bloggingtips.com/2014/12/03/internetreputationcom-reviews-online-reputation-tips/#comments Wed, 03 Dec 2014 22:00:24 +0000 http://www.bloggingtips.com/?p=35685 When it comes to the online reputation of your personal name, business or brand — nothing else comes close! What people find out about you or your brand online will instantly leave a lasting impression in their mind and a first impression is not something that you can take back or do again. With that being said, most “first impressions” online are through the search results. When someone searches for your personal name or business, what are they going to find? The good news is that cleaning up the search results isn’t impossible and there are also many other ways that you can improve your online reputation in the process… such as creating your own content, getting active on social networks and knowing how to address any negative press, reviews or comments you might already have out there. InternetReputation.com has some experience in this space and they’ve actually released a new ...

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When it comes to the online reputation of your personal name, business or brand — nothing else comes close! What people find out about you or your brand online will instantly leave a lasting impression in their mind and a first impression is not something that you can take back or do again.

With that being said, most “first impressions” online are through the search results. When someone searches for your personal name or business, what are they going to find?

The good news is that cleaning up the search results isn’t impossible and there are also many other ways that you can improve your online reputation in the process… such as creating your own content, getting active on social networks and knowing how to address any negative press, reviews or comments you might already have out there.

InternetReputation.com has some experience in this space and they’ve actually released a new infographic that covers three of their most recommended methods for protecting, improving and managing your reputation online.

Their three recommended steps are:

  1. Monitor any personal or brand name mentions across the internet
  2. Creating active social profiles across all the major networks
  3. Build a blog around your name or brand to create valuable content

In addition to their infographic (which can be seen below), I’ve also broken down each of these methods in detail as well.

InternetReputation.com Reviews Best Online Reputation Tips

As mentioned earlier, the success of your online reputation is a lot more than just what appears in the search results — it’s also about knowing where you or your brand is being talked about, how your content is portrayed online, your reviews on other sites and of course your social media activity.

Follow the advice and steps below to make the most of your online reputation and how other’s see you and your brand.

Developing a Brand that People Can Trust

1.) Monitor Personal and Brand Name Mentions

If you Google your name, what appears in the search results? Mostly likely a lot of content… but how many of these rankings are actually specific to you and your brand, and even more important, how are you going to make your way through all of this content? Manually is not the answer!

Through powerful tools like Google Alerts, you can setup free keyword monitoring to track your personal name, brand name, products, services and even your competition. Whenever Google ranks a new site or places a piece of content in their search results and it has the triggered keyword you are monitoring, Google will send an Alert right to your email with the title and link to the site.

Google Alerts

Not only is this an effective way for you to monitor personal and brand name mentions, it’s also free. This is a great tool for any businesses or services that has to constantly monitor online reviews for the products, services or businesses.

Knowing when and where your name and brand is being mentioned is extremely important when trying to manage your online reputation!

2.) Utilize Social Networks to Improve Rankings

With over 2 billion users spread across the major social networks, it’s no wonder why so many brands are rushing in to build a social audience.

In addition to tapping into potentially thousands if not millions of new online fans, brands are using social media to improve their search engine rankings while also protecting their brand identity at the same time.

The good news is that it isn’t just brands that can benefit from social networks, but also every day individuals as well. Let’s face it… there’s probably a bunch of other people in the world with your exact name, which means ranking at that number one position or even on the first page might be quite a task. However, with an nicely put together social profile network this could be a lot easier.

Let’s take a look at “Katy Perry” in the search results for example…

Katy Perry Search Rankings

While there might not be a lot of competition out there for other well known individuals with the name “katy perry” — there are millions of sites who are writing about her and trying to rank for her name on a daily basis.

When you look at the search results for her name, you will notice that her main site ranks number one, wikipedia ranks number 2 and three through five are all her social profile pages. This is almost acting like a protective wall around her brand, and they are all social properties that Katy posts to directly.

Take these same principles and apply them to your name by joining all of the major social networks with accounts for both your personal name and your brand name.

3.) Blogs are a Brands Best Friend

There are currently well over 100 million blogs in the world today… if anything, this should tell you how powerful WordPress and blogging. In addition to the many individuals throughout the world who are building out their own content, over 60% of brands now have a blog to grow their reach as well.

Nearly 40% of US companies use blogs for marketing purposes. (eMarketer, August 2010)

Blogs are a great way to provide original and quality content to your audience and customers, while also building your own platform online. Many businesses such as The Huffington Post, TechCrunch, PerezHilton and others are generating millions of dollars per year, but the start of their sites were based off the simple format of blogging. (source: list of 40+ big brands using wordpress)

Top Brands Using WordPress

BBC, The New Yorker and TechCrunch are all running off WordPress

In terms of protecting your online reputation, blogs can do wonders for that as well.

Google loves blogs because they are usually created with original and compelling content on a daily or weekly basis, which is something Google is always looking for. Blogs also rank well in the search results because of their formatting and setup. It’s also very easy for users to visit your blog and leave comments or share your content with their social audience and friends.

In short, blogs are one of the best ways to grow and protect your brand online.

Best Ways to Protect Your Online Reputation: A Visual

No matter the size or interest of your business or brand, it’s extremely crucial to monitor how you are perceived online. The same holds true for your personal name as well. The next time you apply for a job or are up for a new position within a company, there is a very good chance they are going to search for your name and see what they can find.

We covered a lot of different ways to monitor, improve and protect your brand online and these apply for both businesses and your personal name.

On extra tip that was covered in the infographic below, would be to register the exact match domain for your personal name (or business name) if you haven’t already (ie: JohnSmith.com). There are 7 billion people in the world today and it’s very likely a bunch of people share your same name… protect your name by securing your domain name while you still can!

Follow these simple tips and the next time someone searches for your name online, they’ll find exactly what you want them to find!

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Infographic source: http://internetreputation.com

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[2015] 5 Best Practices for Live Blogging http://www.bloggingtips.com/2014/12/02/2015-best-practices-for-live-blogging/ http://www.bloggingtips.com/2014/12/02/2015-best-practices-for-live-blogging/#comments Tue, 02 Dec 2014 08:29:41 +0000 http://www.bloggingtips.com/?p=35676 Live blogging is the ‘in’ thing. With blogging and related events being hosted around the world more frequently than before, a blogger needs to learn the best practices for live blogging because the concept offers the following benefits: enhancing online presence as a blogger drawing high traffic, even if its short-term gaining prominence networking with industry influencers Let’s hit the road. What is Live Blogging? Live Blogging is the act of updating your blog as an event happens rather than ‘after’ it happens. Obviously, you need to be physically present at the event to do ‘live’ blogging. 5 Best Practices for Live Blogging Follow these. 1) Setting up the Platform Reach the event venue well in advance and setup the instruments. Check if the laptop is charged and talk to the event organizer/s for Wi-Fi connectivity, and check its reception. Open the blog, login and be ready to live. You ...

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Live blogging is the ‘in’ thing. With blogging and related events being hosted around the world more frequently than before, a blogger needs to learn the best practices for live blogging because the concept offers the following benefits:

  • enhancing online presence as a blogger
  • drawing high traffic, even if its short-term
  • gaining prominence
  • networking with industry influencers

Let’s hit the road.

What is Live Blogging?

Live Blogging is the act of updating your blog as an event happens rather than ‘after’ it happens. Obviously, you need to be physically present at the event to do ‘live’ blogging.

5 Best Practices for Live Blogging

Follow these.

Best Practices for Live Blogging

1) Setting up the Platform

Reach the event venue well in advance and setup the instruments. Check if the laptop is charged and talk to the event organizer/s for Wi-Fi connectivity, and check its reception. Open the blog, login and be ready to live. You can prepare a format also because in live blogging, you can’t write long posts. They have to be crisp and to-the-point.

2) Headline Matters

A lot of other bloggers will be covering the event. One of the best practices for live blogging is to choose a catchy and attractive headline under which the live updates will display. Choose a title that encapsulates the essence of the event.

3) Sync with Social Media

One of the purposes of live blogging is to get traffic and reach out to new and old readers. Updating the blog with live blogging event isn’t useful if no one gets to know about it. To ensure otherwise, you can follow some of these steps:

  • Email your subscribers 3-4 days in advance and let them know you’re going to attend the event and how it is beneficial for them as well. On the D-day, share the live post link with the subscribers. Interested readers will click.
  • Send shout-outs about it on social media platforms. You can use tools like JustRetweet and HootSuite to schedule social media updates.
  • Since you’ll be writing, partner with someone to send ‘live’ tweets about the event, with hashtags.

4) Infuse Your Personality

Yes, you’re reporting an event but you don’t need to use journalistic style. The writing shouldn’t be staid and rigid; instead, use conversationalist tone. Be humoristic. Infuse your personality in the live blogging updates. It need not be boring or seem as if you’re just reporting.

5) Include Images

As the event unfolds, take lots of images and post them as updates. The main idea behind the best practices for live blogging is to make the content short, crisp and engaging. What better way is there than to let pictures do their talking!

Endnote

If you’re a serious blogger, vow to attend as many blogging events as possible. Cover it live and follow the best practices for live blogging. If you want a detailed guide, check this.

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Using Direct Mail as a Marketing Tool http://www.bloggingtips.com/2014/11/30/direct-mail-marketing-tool/ http://www.bloggingtips.com/2014/11/30/direct-mail-marketing-tool/#comments Sun, 30 Nov 2014 12:14:46 +0000 http://www.bloggingtips.com/?p=35644 In these modern times, contacting a large customer base has been mainly relegated to mass emails that have an impersonal touch. Although it may seem old-fashioned, direct mail is still a viable option for marketing success. By making the mail content personal, you strike a chord with each individual customer, from colorful postcards to exciting flyer mailers. Using postal mail to market your product or service takes consideration of your audience, and engaging their minds. Consistent Timing People feel comfortable with familiar things, from a favorite childhood soda to a reliable dish detergent. To create familiarity throughout your customer base, your mailing habits need to be consistent. Don’t just mail one flyer every six months. Customers are more prone to throwing it out. Instead, mail flyers once a month, or even every other month. Even if you do not gain a sale off the first flyers, customers are seeing your ...

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In these modern times, contacting a large customer base has been mainly relegated to mass emails that have an impersonal touch. Although it may seem old-fashioned, direct mail is still a viable option for marketing success.

By making the mail content personal, you strike a chord with each individual customer, from colorful postcards to exciting flyer mailers. Using postal mail to market your product or service takes consideration of your audience, and engaging their minds.

Consistent Timing

People feel comfortable with familiar things, from a favorite childhood soda to a reliable dish detergent. To create familiarity throughout your customer base, your mailing habits need to be consistent. Don’t just mail one flyer every six months. Customers are more prone to throwing it out. Instead, mail flyers once a month, or even every other month.

MArketing

Even if you do not gain a sale off the first flyers, customers are seeing your brand or logo on a constant basis. If they are in need of that item in the future, they automatically think of your business as the first choice.

Target Specific Customers

Sending one specialized flyer to your entire customer base may not be the best strategy. The customers that do not feel the information applies to them will quickly dismiss the information.

Pinpoint a particular customer base to send your mail strategically. For example, examine your recent c sales that included printer purchases. Send a mailer for a printer ink sale several months after the printer sale.

You are offering a product that the customer is already pricing or will need soon. This targeting strategy saves you money on mail costs while increasing potential sales.

Create a Storyline

People enjoy a good storyline, regardless of the format. Create a fun cartoon that centers around your business, such as an office cubicle scenario or coffeehouse setting. Use stick figure characters to form a small storyline that continues on to the next mailing.

Add all your pertinent business information on the mailing to add context to the funny or interesting storyline. Customers will start to look for your mailings each month just to see the storyline. As a side effect, they will also start purchasing your products or services, especially if it means more mailers to come.

Endnote

Engaging the mind, and making your marketing clear and concise, gives you a strong chance at high sales off of mail marketing. Analyze your customers and business culture to find the right marketing strategy for your products or services, bringing ample business to your accounting books.

 

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How to Hyper your Blog Growth by Saying Thank You http://www.bloggingtips.com/2014/11/28/hyper-blog-growth/ http://www.bloggingtips.com/2014/11/28/hyper-blog-growth/#comments Fri, 28 Nov 2014 13:41:49 +0000 http://www.bloggingtips.com/?p=35671 Did you say thank you? There is a huge list of ways to get more traffic and more email subscribers, like SEO, guest posting, PPC, facebook marketing, twitter, slideshare, writing great content, linkedin, networking at events, podcasting, commenting and so on. Some of these strategy will work for some people and other strategies will work to other people. Many people were able to use the power of guest posting to build huge businesses on. Others were able to use the power of podcasting to build their businesses on. Others were able to use facebook marketing only to build their businesses on. Many people on the internet prove that these strategies work and others prove they don’t. The only strategy that everyone proved that it works always is saying thank you. Make sure to check previous posts with strategies that are proven to work… always: Why Email is Important to Build ...

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Did you say thank you?

There is a huge list of ways to get more traffic and more email subscribers, like SEO, guest posting, PPC, facebook marketing, twitter, slideshare, writing great content, linkedin, networking at events, podcasting, commenting and so on.

Some of these strategy will work for some people and other strategies will work to other people.

Many people were able to use the power of guest posting to build huge businesses on. Others were able to use the power of podcasting to build their businesses on. Others were able to use facebook marketing only to build their businesses on.

Many people on the internet prove that these strategies work and others prove they don’t.

The only strategy that everyone proved that it works always is saying thank you.

Make sure to check previous posts with strategies that are proven to work… always:

 

Why is it such a powerful strategy?

When you help me and I say thank you, what do you feel?

When you thank someone for doing something, they’ll feel the power of what they’re doing and they’ll keep doing it.

It’s that simple.

Did you see how powerful this strategy is?

Who do you thank?

  • Thank your readers for reading your posts.
  • Thank your commentators for commenting on your posts.
  • Thank your subscribers
  • Thank your mentors who were behind you till you succeeded
  • Thank anyone who helped you do something, when they weren’t in the need of doing it
  • Thank your family for supporting you.

The list goes on. You know who to thank.

It’s about giving and that’s how you achieve what you want.

How to do it?

  • Send them an email.
  • Link to them in your posts.
  • Tweet them and @mention them

JUST SAY IT. ANYWAY.

You now what I want to say thanks, here.

Thank You

Thanks for taking the time to read the post. Thanks for following along my articles on the site. Thanks for your time to comment on my posts.

Thank you.

And thanks Zac for giving me the permission to contribute to this awesome community. Thanks a lot.

It’s about giving, even with a word

This word matters a lot.

If you didn’t yet, then start thanking everyone who helped you in the past.

You could even thank them below in the comment section.

Again, thank you for following a long with me.

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Top Ten Apps for Students http://www.bloggingtips.com/2014/11/25/top-ten-apps-students/ http://www.bloggingtips.com/2014/11/25/top-ten-apps-students/#comments Tue, 25 Nov 2014 21:37:02 +0000 http://www.bloggingtips.com/?p=35660 Whether you are a college or high school student, or are the parent of a student, there are certain apps that you have to grab for this school year. They are geared to help you spend less, stay ahead, get more done, and study effectively. Mybullfrog offers these top 10 apps for students: 1. RetailMeNot Stop wasting your time looking through coupons or the Penny Saver. When you download RetailMeNot, you get information about discounts for your favorite stores. Fit yourself out for school properly with discounts on clothes, electronics, and school supplies. 2. Study Apps High school and college students alike find that study apps are important in learning everything from math to new languages. Some of the most popular apps are AccelaStudy, Graphing Calculator, iFormulas, The Chemical Touch, The Elements, and Anatomy & Physiology REVEALED. 3. Wolfram Alpha Wolfram Alpha is one of the most widespread learning resources ...

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Whether you are a college or high school student, or are the parent of a student, there are certain apps that you have to grab for this school year. They are geared to help you spend less, stay ahead, get more done, and study effectively. Mybullfrog offers these top 10 apps for students:

1. RetailMeNot

Stop wasting your time looking through coupons or the Penny Saver. When you download RetailMeNot, you get information about discounts for your favorite stores. Fit yourself out for school properly with discounts on clothes, electronics, and school supplies.

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2. Study Apps

High school and college students alike find that study apps are important in learning everything from math to new languages. Some of the most popular apps are AccelaStudy, Graphing Calculator, iFormulas, The Chemical Touch, The Elements, and Anatomy & Physiology REVEALED.

3. Wolfram Alpha

Wolfram Alpha is one of the most widespread learning resources available. This app contains information for math, history, statistics, medicine, engineering, culture, technology, media, linguistics, other sciences, and more. Open your iPhone or iPad up to nearly endless information. Math students also appreciate the keyboard with mathematical symbols needed to type the problems that you must solve.

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4. Khan Academy

Get more from your tuition money by supplementing your class lectures with Khan Academy. Whether you need it to catch up on lectures you missed or you want to hear a topic discussed in a different way, turn to this app for help.

5. Evernote Peek

Flashcards are a thing of the past now that Evernote Peek is on the market. It works with the iPad 2 Smart Cover. However, the Virtual Cover ensures that you can enjoy this app even if you don’t have Smart Cover. Quiz yourself on topics and then peek under the cover to see if your answer is correct. Evernote is one of the top applications among top bloggers and entrepreneurs online. It’s simply the best way to document those important sites and ideas you simply can’t afford to forget!

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6. Dictionary.com

Ever get caught wondering what a word means while you are studying? Dictionary.com lets you look up practically any word in both the dictionary and thesaurus. Even find scientific and medical terms without going to a different source. For those studying foreign languages, this app also lets you translate to any of 30 languages.

7. myHomework

Keep on top of your class schedule and all your homework assignments. Use myHomework to ensure that you never forget about a due date again. Best yet, this app syncs your iPhone and computer so that whatever device you are on, you know what’s due. This application would also be very useful to bloggers for scheduling in new ideas and important posts for their blog scheduling.

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8. Evernote

Evernote updates note-taking for the modern era. Record notes and related photos in this free app, and sync them to all your devices. Whether you want a picture of the syllabus or a study chart in your class notes, you are easily ahead of students who take notes the old-fashioned way.

9. Dropbox

Do not risk losing papers and files. Download Dropbox with 2 GB for free, and keep all your assignments and files in a place where they are always safe. This universal app works on any devices you have, which keeps your data at your fingertips no matter where you are. Dropbox is one of the go to applications for bloggers of all sizes, as you can upload data and access it instantly from anywhere. Highly recommended!

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10. Find My iPhone

Make your iPhone and iPad easy to find and protect with the Find My iPhone app. Use this app to play a sound that helps you locate the misplaced item. If it is truly lost, you can even lock the device remotely and erase data to protect yourself from prying eyes.

No matter what mobile applications or blogging tools you are looking for, the iPhone App store has thousands for you to choose from. When browsing through the iPhone store, be sure to short by most downloaded, featured and latest titles. Also be sure to check out the latest user reviews to see what people are talking about and the features they most enjoy.

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