Blogging Tips http://www.bloggingtips.com Blog Themes, Blog Design & Daily Blog Tips Mon, 29 Sep 2014 16:07:27 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0 6 Easy Strategies To Help You Grow Your Twitter Following http://www.bloggingtips.com/2014/09/29/6-easy-strategies-grow-twitter/ http://www.bloggingtips.com/2014/09/29/6-easy-strategies-grow-twitter/#comments Mon, 29 Sep 2014 16:07:27 +0000 http://www.bloggingtips.com/?p=35365 Let’s be honest. Most of us care about how many followers we have on Twitter. More or less, but we do care. It’s flattering to know that there are thousands of people who care about your opinion and it feels great when you tweet for help and get it from someone you don’t even know. And yet it’s not that simple to grow a large following on Twitter. So some people may end up buying fake followers for a quick boost of their social proof. But buying twitter followers doesn’t make sense since those people don’t listen to you. And in fact most of them are not even “people” – they’re fake accounts. So if you were looking for some tips on how to grow your Twitter following in the most natural way – read along… 1. Become a Niche Authority People choose to follow others who have a clear ...

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Let’s be honest. Most of us care about how many followers we have on Twitter. More or less, but we do care.

It’s flattering to know that there are thousands of people who care about your opinion and it feels great when you tweet for help and get it from someone you don’t even know.

And yet it’s not that simple to grow a large following on Twitter. So some people may end up buying fake followers for a quick boost of their social proof.

But buying twitter followers doesn’t make sense since those people don’t listen to you. And in fact most of them are not even “people” – they’re fake accounts.

So if you were looking for some tips on how to grow your Twitter following in the most natural way – read along…

1. Become a Niche Authority

People choose to follow others who have a clear authority on any given subject. For example, if you think a person is the go-to source for all information pertaining to a certain topic, you will end up following them on Twitter.

Trying to be an authority on a broad subject will not work out as well. So instead of trying to become an authority on a wider topic like ‘online marketing’, choose a more niche topic like ‘Twitter cards’ or ‘Twitter ads’ to prove your expertise in.

Everyone who wants to learn more about your niche topic will turn to you in large numbers.

2. Pay It Forward

Twitter is all about reaching out to people and responding to those who reach out to you.

One sure-shot way of increasing your followers is to ensure that you follow people and companies that retweet you, share comments with you and make your tweets their favorites.

Simply speaking, the more you reach out to people and reciprocate, the more people will pay it forward and do the same for you.

3. Write Quality Content

If your content is great it helps you get more followers in two ways:

1. Great content spreads on Twitter naturally. Meaning you reach lots of people who might get interested in you and become your followers;

2. Great content has impressive numbers of social shares that your readers will see. This works as social proof for you and your readers are more likely to follow you on Twitter when they see that your content spreads well there.

There are plenty of tactics that help you craft a piece of content with a high chance of being viral. Just to name a few:

  • Give your readers a piece of content that is either of extreme value, or highly provocative, or amazingly entertaining;
  • Learn to craft headlines that people can’t help clicking;
  • Place your social sharing buttons in front of the eyes of your readers;
  • Fill your articles with “tweetable quotes” using ClickToTweet or TweetDis;
  • And of course simply ask everyone to share your piece – this really works!

Practice this stuff and you’ll notice that each new post is getting more and more social shares and your Twitter account is getting more and more followers.

4. Don’t be Afraid to Tweet Often

Many people on Twitter are afraid to repeat themselves and tweet the same message twice. They think that behaviour like that might irritate their followers.

And yet numerous studies have shown that accounts with more than 15,000 tweets have between 100,000 to 1 million Twitter followers! So the more you tweet, the more visible you become and the more followers you get!

5. Make Influential Tweeters Tweet About You

If I were to write Twitter Marketing for Dummies book, I’d start it with that tip:

Other people are more likely to follow you when they see that influential tweeters tweet about you, your products and services.

And luckily there are plenty of tips and strategies that you can use to get authorities to tweet about you. Appearing on the radar of Twitter influencers is not easy, but it is worth the effort you will put in.

One great way of doing this is to retweet the content shared by influencers and letting them know about it using @mention.

6. Promote your Twitter Account Everywhere

Your Twitter handle is your calling card. Ensure that you mention your Twitter handle just about everywhere!

Put it up on your blog, the company website, and in every piece of content you write. Adding your Twitter handle to your business cards and email signature is also a great idea.

If you are on your way to a business conference and intend to use custom printed t-shirts, put your Twitter handle on them too. Your Twitter followers could be anywhere. How will they follow you if they don’t know you exist on Twitter?

All the fake Twitter followers you buy will do nothing to improve your influence on Twitter. And after you’ve read the tips from this article, you know that it’s not that difficult to grow your following in a natural way!

Good luck becoming the next twitter influencer!

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Meet Aaron Lee of AskAaronLee.com http://www.bloggingtips.com/2014/09/28/meet-aaron-lee-askaaronleecom/ http://www.bloggingtips.com/2014/09/28/meet-aaron-lee-askaaronleecom/#comments Sun, 28 Sep 2014 17:01:50 +0000 http://www.bloggingtips.com/?p=35356 Blogs have become a great way for people to brand themselves while also promoting their current job positions and expertise in the process. This can clearly be seen by all of the domain names that are used in referenced to personal names. However, what about when someone else own’s your domain name? Do the next best thing, get creative and throw another word in front of it! This is exactly what Aaron Lee did with his blog. Discover how Aaron is using his blog for personal branding and sharing his passion and expertise for online marketing in this latest edition of Meet the Bloggers. 1.) Please tell us about yourself and how you got into blogging? Good day! My name is Aaron Lee or better known as @askaaronlee on Twitter. I am the Grand Master of Customer Delight at Post Planner. My blogging journey started out back in 2008 when ...

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Blogs have become a great way for people to brand themselves while also promoting their current job positions and expertise in the process. This can clearly be seen by all of the domain names that are used in referenced to personal names. However, what about when someone else own’s your domain name? Do the next best thing, get creative and throw another word in front of it!

This is exactly what Aaron Lee did with his blog. Discover how Aaron is using his blog for personal branding and sharing his passion and expertise for online marketing in this latest edition of Meet the Bloggers.

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

Aaron Lee Good day! My name is Aaron Lee or better known as @askaaronlee on Twitter. I am the Grand Master of Customer Delight at Post Planner.

My blogging journey started out back in 2008 when I was writing about my passion which is drinking and telling about coffee.I wrote nearly 100 blog posts so I can learn about the craft of blogging. The following year, I learned about how I could drive traffic with Twitter. I registered there, followed people and tweeted.

When someone responded to my tweet, I knew this was going to be huge. I gave up my coffee blog and I started askaaronlee.com 6 months after that to write anything about social media.

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

Since I was so active on social media, I constantly get social media related questions especially about Twitter. After constantly answering the same questions over and over again, I thought it would be a great idea to answer questions by writing blog posts.

I didn’t really choose the niche, I guess the niche chose me. I was also good at it which helps me to become a social media blogger.

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

I used to offer services like social media management, consultation services and paid ads to monetize my blog.

After doing those for a while, I’ve decided to move on to work for an agency and several startups like Post Planner where I am currently working for so I can start my own company with my girlfriend which is the women’s apparel line.

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

I wished I learned and knew about growing my email list sooner. I probably wasted 99.9% of my traffic because I did not do it before. It was one of my biggest regrets in blogging.

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

That is tough! I read so many blogs. If I could only pick three, I would say, Forbes, Business Insider and Fast Company. They have great business and marketing insights.

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

Three blogging tools that I really love are Click to Tweet, Scribe SEO, and Flare (a WordPress plugin).

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

I would advise them to write at least 10 blog posts first before fully committing into blogging. One mistake bloggers make is they are so focused on the design which results in actually ignoring writing quality content.

It’s like waiting for the perfect business card before you actually start your business. Write 10 blog posts first then later on, focus on the design. If you can’t commit to 10 blog posts, you’re most likely won’t continue blogging or give up even before you start blogging.

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

Use Twitter. As briefly mentioned earlier, when someone responded to my tweet, I knew Twitter was powerful. It allowed me to easily connect with people from other parts of the world. This allowed me to build relationships and generate traffic.

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

While $100 isn’t much to start off, it’s definitely do-able. I would get a nice domain from Go Daddy, hosting from HostGator and I would get Genesis framework and a simple free Genesis theme.

Domain: $7.99
Hosting: $0.01 first month
Genesis framework: 59.95
Theme: Free
Total cost: $67.95

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

You can easily reach me at @askaaronlee on Twitter to read my works at Post Planner and Ask Aaron Lee.

Thanks again Aaron 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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Meet Paul Shapiro of SearchWilderness.com http://www.bloggingtips.com/2014/09/27/meet-paul-shapiro-searchwildernesscom/ http://www.bloggingtips.com/2014/09/27/meet-paul-shapiro-searchwildernesscom/#comments Sat, 27 Sep 2014 17:33:32 +0000 http://www.bloggingtips.com/?p=35352 Blogging has always been a great way for online marketing experts and professionals to build a voice for themselves while also showing off their expertise and passions. The same holds true for Paul Shapiro, who is a professional SEO, but also covers all aspects of online marketing. Paul’s blog is also a perfect example of quality content with a minimalistic design approach, and also makes him the perfect choice for this latest edition of Meet the Bloggers. 1.) Please tell us about yourself and how you got into blogging? I’m a professional SEO but I concern myself with all of digital marketing, blogging included. I’m an SEO Director at Catalyst in Boston. I write on my blog, Search Wilderness, and run a Reddit SEO Community. I started blogging, I believe in my senior year of college at Rutgers, just before starting to look for jobs. That was the original motivation behind my ...

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Blogging has always been a great way for online marketing experts and professionals to build a voice for themselves while also showing off their expertise and passions. The same holds true for Paul Shapiro, who is a professional SEO, but also covers all aspects of online marketing. Paul’s blog is also a perfect example of quality content with a minimalistic design approach, and also makes him the perfect choice for this latest edition of Meet the Bloggers.

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

Paul Shapiro I’m a professional SEO but I concern myself with all of digital marketing, blogging included.
I’m an SEO Director at Catalyst in Boston. I write on my blog, Search Wilderness, and run a Reddit SEO Community.
I started blogging, I believe in my senior year of college at Rutgers, just before starting to look for jobs. That was the original motivation behind my blogging, getting hired in a difficult economy. I will still recommend this as a must do for any recent or impending graduates. You need to find your way to stand out, blogging is one such way.

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

The focus of my blog is Digital Marketing, SEO, and Social Media; Specifically, Social-SEO, Technical SEO, and data analysis. It wasn’t always that way though. I originally started out writing about social media and technology, a much broader topic. As I advanced in my career, I started focusing my writing on it. I write where I have expertise, where my opinions are most valid, and where I can make the most impact.
It’s always been very important to myself that I think for myself and innovate and not rely too heavily on the thoughts of my predecessors. I try writing about digital marketing in new and exciting ways, discussing ideas and concepts that people haven’t addressed before. I’m constantly are on the prowl for new ideas. In fact, I keep an active Trello board (recommended tool) for ideas. I divide it into 4 categories: Ideas (I dump most into this category), Good Ideas (If an idea still seems good later on, I move it into this category), Done (for the ideas I ended up writing about), and Scrapped (where I throw away ideas that seemed good in the moment but didn’t live up to my standards).

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

I don’t try and monetize my blog at all. I have tried in the past, but after very little time spent, I decided it wasn’t for me. The goal of my blog isn’t to make money, directly. The goal of my blog is to increase my industry authority, to build my personal brand. Loading my site up with ads isn’t the way to do that. This also isn’t to say that I don’t make money from my blog. As more and more people know who I am and respect my opinion, I get business leads and I get industry recognition which leads to other paid opportunities and jobs.
I do collect email addresses for my newsletter, a new endeavor for me, but the goal is to just establish a more loyal following. I’m not using it to directly monetize my blog with silly affiliate links.
SearchWilderness

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

I gave this advice in a recent post of mine on OkDork about publishing on LinkedIn (http://okdork.com/2014/09/09/linkedin-publishing-success/), but it also applies to your personal blog. Spend 20% of your time writing and 80% promoting! It will get you the most bang for your buck!

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

So, I actually read other blogs, lots of blogs, like a mad man. I still actively use RSS. If you’re interested in the blogs I follow, I’ve make my Feedly OPML file available. You can import it into your RSS Reader of choice and read what I read :-)
If RSS isn’t for you and you’re looking to stay current, check out /r/BigSEO, Inbound.org, GrowthHackers.com, and News.YCombinator.com. These sites do a pretty awesome job of aggregating the hottest reads.
If I was FORCED to do a top 3 (nor particular order): Moz.com, Backlinko.com, and either BlindFiveYearOld.com or Seo-Theory.com. There’s so much more that you really should be reading daily though and I wouldn’t confine myself to these.

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

This is tough. I actually use a lot of tools. I’ll do two-sets for this one.
Fist set: For content ideation, I’ve been using a combination of Faqfox.com, BuzzSumo.com, and WikiGrabber.com.
Miscellaneous second set:
I really dig Noah Kagan’s free Sumome.com tool set for collecting email addresses. For some reason, I just get a better conversion rate from it than some of the other similar services I’ve tried.
GetSidekick.com for any outreach you’re doing.
R-project.org, for data analysis.
Your readers are free to reach out to me further for any other suggestions. I have plenty.

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

Don’t fixate too much on your design or getting your blog set-up perfectly how you want it at first. It’s more important to just start and write. I’ve found, especially when talking to to others, that there is just this large mental barrier to overcome when getting started. It disappears once you’ve written your first post. Write that initial post and then tweak things.

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

Many people will tell you to blog regularly or on a particular schedule. I say that’s BS. Blog however often you want, but when you do, make it good. Quality will always trump quantity in today’s landscape.

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

After scoring some hosting and a domain name, write a couple pieces of some nice content using Brian Dean’s Skyscraper technique, and throw the rest into a giveaway or two in order to build your email list. Alternatively, you can put it towards developing a tool and hiring a developer on elance (if you can’t swing it yourself) and then promote it in conjunction with your blog.

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

I’m super easy to get a hold of. You can use the contact form on my blog to email me or via their social network of choice. I’m @fighto on Twitter (https://twitter.com/fighto). I’m big into Twitter.

Thanks again Paul 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 most important tip to make your incentive drive more subscribers http://www.bloggingtips.com/2014/09/26/important-tip-incentive-drive-subscribers/ http://www.bloggingtips.com/2014/09/26/important-tip-incentive-drive-subscribers/#comments Fri, 26 Sep 2014 15:50:14 +0000 http://www.bloggingtips.com/?p=35349 Building an email list. This had been a topic I had been discussing on this blog for few weeks now and I’ll still continue discussing it for few weeks more, if not months. If that means one thing, it means that building an email list is crucial for your success online, or I wouldn’t have done it at all, right? And this means I care about you, yeah, I really care about helping you build a blog that boosts your business by blogging the smart, simple way. That said, let’s dive into this post. Oh, and if you forgot to check previous posts, make sure to check them, especially the last one, because it’s related to this post.   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 ...

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Building an email list.

This had been a topic I had been discussing on this blog for few weeks now and I’ll still continue discussing it for few weeks more, if not months.

If that means one thing, it means that building an email list is crucial for your success online, or I wouldn’t have done it at all, right?

And this means I care about you, yeah, I really care about helping you build a blog that boosts your business by blogging the smart, simple way.

That said, let’s dive into this post.

Oh, and if you forgot to check previous posts, make sure to check them, especially the last one, because it’s related to this post.

 

Today’s tip:

in the latest post, the tip I discussed was creating a narrow-niche incentive.

If you didn’t  check that post, please stop reading this post and go check it first, everything in this post is based on what we covered in the latest post, so make sure to check it and then come back here.

So you finished it? Great.

In the post, I discussed with you why having an incentive is important to get more subscribers. I also discussed why it should be narrow-niche incentive.

After that, I showed you how to create it.

I just want to reinforce the point that it doesn’t need to be long. You just need to go narrower in your niche, 10-pages is more than enough.

Now, you finished writing the incentive, the question now is…

How to sell the incentive for your visitors?

Sell?

Isn’t the incentive free?

Yes, it’s free, but again many other bloggers have incentives, some will even be like yours… you need to sell them the incentive to get them to subscribe.

Even, if they’re not buying it with money, they’re giving you their emails and that’s what you want. You need to sell them the incentive, that they enter their email address without thinking.

But how? How to sell the incentive for your visitors?

Well, the answer is very easy and simple.

Benefits not features.

Yes, when you create your landing page, it doesn’t need to be long, a few bullet points with benefits is enough. Don’t share features… Benefits sell, not features.

But what is the difference?

Here is an example of what features could look like:

  • it is 23 pages long
  • it has 4500 words
  • the sections include this, that and the other
  • etc.

But here is what benefits could look like:

  • guaranteed to change the way you look to blogging
  • 10 strategies that will help you make more money this year
  • an eBook that you can’t miss if you want to grow the traffic of your blog.

I think it’s obvious why benefits sell. People don’t know how long the ebook is or how many chapters in the book, all they need is how this ebook will help them, what change they’ll have after reading the ebook.

That’s it.

So start doing the work

If you’ve an incentive already, re edit your copy and think like you’re selling people to subscribe, show them the benefits and not the features.

If you don’t have an incentive already, create one, as I showed you in the previous post, and then apply the above technique.

It’s really simple, but it could help you boost your conversion rates.

So tell me, what are the benefits of your incentive, even if you didn’t create it, this will help you keep track of what you want to share in the ebook, so share it now below ;)

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How To Make More Money From Your Mailing List In 48 Hours http://www.bloggingtips.com/2014/09/23/make-more-money-mailing-list/ http://www.bloggingtips.com/2014/09/23/make-more-money-mailing-list/#comments Tue, 23 Sep 2014 09:03:56 +0000 http://www.bloggingtips.com/?p=35336 I’m sure you must have read many blog posts on building a massive email subscriber list. You may already have a big email list yourself. But have you made any real business progress using it? Have you made any money from it? In one of my recent blogging consultancy sessions, I was surprised to meet a blogger who had more than 1000 subscribers, yet he made very little money from them. His list was largely disengaged from his business, and the only attempts he made to monetize it was by offering freelance writing services. Naturally, that offer failed since the majority of his subscribers were freelancers themselves and did not need his services. What’s the solution then? Without going into the details, the easiest and most profitable way of monetizing your email list, and making a sustainable passive income from it, is by creating a digital product that fulfills a ...

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I’m sure you must have read many blog posts on building a massive email subscriber list. You may already have a big email list yourself. But have you made any real business progress using it? Have you made any money from it?

In one of my recent blogging consultancy sessions, I was surprised to meet a blogger who had more than 1000 subscribers, yet he made very little money from them. His list was largely disengaged from his business, and the only attempts he made to monetize it was by offering freelance writing services. Naturally, that offer failed since the majority of his subscribers were freelancers themselves and did not need his services.

What’s the solution then?

Without going into the details, the easiest and most profitable way of monetizing your email list, and making a sustainable passive income from it, is by creating a digital product that fulfills a core need of your subscribers.

Understand your subscribers first, analyze their preferences and needs, and create a product that addresses their problems with the most actionable advice possible. Don’t give them opinions. Give them solutions.

With this in mind, here are two kinds of digital products that you can create within 48 hours and sell them to your mailing list.

1. Offer a Premium Email Course

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Email courses are much easier to create as compared to eBooks. You don’t need to write 40-50 pages to create an email course. Instead, you can create a series of highly actionable emails, spread over 8-10 weeks, accompanied by additional resources and links to exclusive content on your blog.

Some of the most successful internet marketers, bloggers and freelancers have used free email courses to build their email list. But many others have extended their free email courses and created exclusive premium versions with additional content and tools for their subscribers.

The success secret in email courses is focus. You need to focus on a single problem, instead of a wide range of issues. For example, your email course can be about “How To Attract 1000 subscribers in 8 weeks” or “How To Feature on The Top Blogs in Your Niche in 2 weeks”.

Pick one problem, and offer in-depth, detailed and highly actionable advice on it. Spread your emails over a period of 8-10 weeks. Add a list of actions, at the end of every email, which your subscribers need to complete.

Bundle a 1 hour consultancy session for the buyers who purchase your email course. That will add further spice to your product.

Since you already have a sizeable email list, I’m sure you’re either using AWeber or Mailchimp. It’s easy to create auto-responders in both these services.

Create a good looking advertisement image of your email course and put it in your blog’s sidebar. Float it to your mailing list with a time limit. For example, the first time you introduce your email course, announce that the registration is open only for one week.

Always time-cap your offers – they produce the maximum impact.

2. Sell Highly Actionable Video Tutorials

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As I said, selling email courses is a great way to make money from your email list, and many people are already doing it. But just in case you want to create something more unique, you can create a short and effective video tutorial series.

Sounds difficult doesn’t it?

That’s precisely why many bloggers never explore this option.

Creating and selling video tutorials is not as hard or time taking as people think. Best of all, people love to purchase video tutorials and the conversion rates on video products is significantly higher than eBooks and email courses.

Skilled designers, academics and IT professionals are earning thousands of dollars by selling tutorials on websites like Udemy. But with your own email list, you can replicate their success without having to share your revenues.

Here are a few examples of bloggers and designers who’re successfully selling video tutorials to their subscribers.

The content formula for video tutorials is quite similar to email courses and eBooks – you need to focus on one problem.

The only difference is in the way you deliver this content.

You have two options in this regard.

  • If you’re not shy, and have prior experience of creating videos, then get in front of the camera and deliver the content yourself, looking directly in your buyer’s eyes. This creates the highest impact and also gets you closer to your subscribers. You can mix it up with screenshots from your computer, where needed. But make sure you write down the main points of your tutorial on a piece of paper and structure your tutorial properly. After a brief introduction and opening, get down to the business.
  • If you tend to freeze in front of the camera, then use a screencast with your voice in the background. This works well for technical tutorials that require a lot of tool configuration, coding etc.

Once you create your video tutorial, give the final touches in an editing tool. I personally use the Windows Movie Maker. It’s a free, yet extremely useful, tool and should be enough for your editing needs. But in case you need to explore more tools, here’s a good list.

The next challenge is to sell your video tutorial.

There are many digital product selling tools like E-Junkie, Shopify, Easy Digital Downloads etc. but none of them is tailored for video selling. The only service, which I could find, that had separate video selling features was Selz. You can upload videos of up to 15GB on your free Selz account.

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Once the video is uploaded, you can embed the Selz video selling widget in your WordPress website. From there, buyers can directly pay you for the tutorial on your website, using Master Card, Visa or PayPal, and choose to download or stream the video tutorial online.

Conclusion

Having a sizeable email list is one of the basic needs of any online business. But in order to make sustainable income from your mailing list, you need to create the right product for your subscribers. The two product types I mentioned in this post are not only easy to create but also have the potential to offer massive value for money. If your product has enough value for the buyers, you will not only make a lot of sales with your mailing list, but also attract many referral subscribers and customers to your blog.

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15 Vital Tools for the Content Creator’s Arsenal http://www.bloggingtips.com/2014/09/22/15-vital-tools-content-creators-arsenal/ http://www.bloggingtips.com/2014/09/22/15-vital-tools-content-creators-arsenal/#comments Mon, 22 Sep 2014 16:51:32 +0000 http://www.bloggingtips.com/?p=35286 Every writer knows the feeling. You sit down to work on a project and … nothing. Nada. Zip. Your deadline is approaching and your page is blank. You have encountered, once again, the content creator’s arch nemesis: writer’s block. As awful as writer’s block can be, there may be something worse. Even after all is said and done, you’ve dotted your i’s and crossed your t’s, and you put your work out there for the world to enjoy, it doesn’t always get the attention it deserves. In this Digital Era content is about much more than the words on the page. The endless possibilities for formatting, images and interactive elements are enough to make anyone’s head spin. But take heart! You’re not on your own. The following 15 apps and programs will do just about everything you need to create outstanding content. And best of all, most of them are ...

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Every writer knows the feeling. You sit down to work on a project and … nothing. Nada. Zip. Your deadline is approaching and your page is blank. You have encountered, once again, the content creator’s arch nemesis: writer’s block.

As awful as writer’s block can be, there may be something worse. Even after all is said and done, you’ve dotted your i’s and crossed your t’s, and you put your work out there for the world to enjoy, it doesn’t always get the attention it deserves. In this Digital Era content is about much more than the words on the page. The endless possibilities for formatting, images and interactive elements are enough to make anyone’s head spin.

But take heart! You’re not on your own. The following 15 apps and programs will do just about everything you need to create outstanding content. And best of all, most of them are free. From writing content to choosing fonts to taking screenshots to editing graphics to creating video, this arsenal of tools will set you up for the success your hard work deserves.

Writing and Content Creation

Online content may be more than just text, but the actual words on the page are a necessary foundation. Content must be clearly written, well-worded and free of typos and grammatical mistakes. These tools will help you build a solid foundation for your content.

Write or Die

writeordie

Whether you are best motivated by the promise of reward or the fear of punishment, Write or Die will offer the necessary incentives to keep you on task as you are writing. Inspire yourself with music and background images in Stimulus Mode, incentivize yourself with cute puppies in Reward Mode, or risk losing all your vowels if you don’t meet your goals in Consequence Mode. Try the web version for free or buy the desktop version.

GoProofReading

goproofreading

Even the most talented writer misses a typo now and then, and few things are more frustrating than finding an error right after posting your finished work. GoProofreading is an online proofreading service to the rescue. In addition to checking spelling and grammar, Goproofreading can check for plagiarism and even makes style and vocabulary suggestions to improve your writing. Also you can use free proofreading analogue  – paperrater.com.

EssayMama

essaymama

If you find yourself up against an impossible deadline and the words just won’t come, put EssayMama’s team of expert writers to work on your project. EssayMama writers are highly educated native English speakers just waiting to provide you with research and writing assistance for the perfect essay. Check out their competitive pricing for writing assignments, or visit the EssayMama blog for free tips and resources.

Quabel

quabel

For the easily distracted writer, Quabel eliminates all the bells and whistles of most word processing programs. Using the straightforward online interface a writer can set goals, track progress, and simply get it done. When you are done writing and ready to add in all the fancy formatting, Quabel allows you to export documents in multiple file types.

Styles and Fonts

Before readers can become captivated by your brilliant content, you first have to catch their attention. Displaying your content in a unique font is a perfect way to do just that. You can increase the immediate visual appeal of your content by using a memorable and distinctive font—and the options are practically endless.

Dafont

dafont

If you’re bored with the dozens of fonts available in MS Word, check out Dafont and choose from over 25,000 fonts. You can sort the fonts by popularity to see what’s hot right now, or find that one-of-a-kind font by browsing themes such as Graffiti or Decorative.

Google Fonts

google font

What if instead of browsing all the options you could just do a quick Google search and find your perfect font? Well, Google Fonts essentially lets you do just that. Pick your category (Serif, Sans Serif, etc.), specify your desired thickness, slant and width, and watch as Google presents you with an eye-catching font to match your writing.

Tools for Screenshots

Screenshots often provide a necessary supplement to your content. Whether you are writing a how-to article or sharing an entertaining Facebook comment on your blog, a screenshot elevates your text to the next level. Do more than just hit the Print Screen button your keyboard with these free programs.

Monosnap

monosnap

Monosnap is a free, easy-to-use app for capturing and editing screenshots. It allows you to capture all or part of your screen, add text and arrows, blur parts of the screenshot to keep them private, and save your final product to the cloud or to your device. You can even capture short videos of what you are doing on your screen.

Awesome Screenshot

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If you need to capture all or part of a web browser page (including more than just the portion visible on your screen), Awesome Screenshot will do just that. This browser add-on also lets you modify your screenshot with text, arrows and blurring. Upload your customized screenshot to the app’s website and access and share it via a unique URL.

Jing

jing

Jing allows you to capture still images, animation and basic video up to five minutes long from your screen. Enhance your image with captions, and share it quickly and easily via IM, email or social media.

Images and Design

Every content creator is likely to have a project that requires more graphics than just screenshots. The following tools allow you to add a professional-looking graphic design touch to your work without paying for a complicated design program. Free and simple-it doesn’t get any better than that.

Canva

canva

Canva is a free online tool that makes design straightforward and accessible. Simply create your free account and get started making stunning graphic designs with your own photos or Canva’s library of hundreds of images and fonts.

ThingLink

thinglink

Take your graphics straight from Canva to ThingLink to create interactive images to make your content stand out. ThingLink allows you to create links within your image and embed it in a website or social media. Readers can interact with additional information via your graphic without ever leaving your page.

PicMonkey

picmonkey

PicMonkey lets you edit and touch up photos, design pictures for banners, cards, etc., and create collages. The PicMonkey Blog has dozens of tutorials and how-to articles to provide tips on both the basics and more in-depth use of PicMonkey.

Infographic and Video Creation

If a picture is worth a thousand words, how much is a video worth? Put the finishing touches on your content with these free tools for creating infographics and video. Your work is sure to leave its mark.

Vizualize.Me

vizualize.me

Do you love to write cover letters and resumes? No? Welcome to Visualize.Me. This site is a free tool to create a visual resume. Skip the conventional bullet points and present your skills and qualifications in a unique, unforgettable infographic.

Wideo

wimeo

Wideo markets itself as an online video tool that is both easy and fun. Users can choose from a selection of video templates to customize or start from scratch to create and share animated videos. Wideo provides tutorial videos and easy step-by-step instructions to create the ideal video for your project.

Piktochart

piktochart

Transform your plain text into a memorable, interactive infographic. Piktochart offers 100% customizable themes to create your own infographics and build your brand. When how you say something is just as important as what you say, Piktochart can help your content go the extra mile.

Now that you have an arsenal full of tools to defeat writer’s block, boring formatting and lackluster text, go forth and create awesome content for the world to enjoy!

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Meet Gini Dietrich of SpinSucks.com http://www.bloggingtips.com/2014/09/21/meet-gini-dietrich-spinsuckscom/ http://www.bloggingtips.com/2014/09/21/meet-gini-dietrich-spinsuckscom/#comments Sun, 21 Sep 2014 15:29:43 +0000 http://www.bloggingtips.com/?p=35296 New blogs are going live every second. Some from individuals, but many are business and brand related as well. Gini started her blog at SpinSucks.com over eight years ago as a component of her existing communications business. Years later and it’s evolved into such much more and a huge asset to both her personal brand, business and company. Read on to discover how Gini is making the most out her blog in this latest installment of Meet the Bloggers. 1.) Please tell us about yourself and how you got into blogging? Truthfully, we started blogging eight years ago to see if it was something we could include in communications campaigns for clients. We didn’t go into it thinking we’d have this blog that people actually read. 2.) What is the focus of your blog and why did you choose that niche? The blog is called Spin Sucks because, as a ...

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New blogs are going live every second. Some from individuals, but many are business and brand related as well. Gini started her blog at SpinSucks.com over eight years ago as a component of her existing communications business. Years later and it’s evolved into such much more and a huge asset to both her personal brand, business and company.

Read on to discover how Gini is making the most out her blog in this latest installment of Meet the Bloggers.

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

Gini Dietrich Truthfully, we started blogging eight years ago to see if it was something we could include in communications campaigns for clients. We didn’t go into it thinking we’d have this blog that people actually read.

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

The blog is called Spin Sucks because, as a communicator by trade, it drives me crazy that the perception of the PR industry is one of liars or spin doctors. While the industry has some unethical people (doesn’t every industry?), most of us are pretty ethical and don’t lie for a living. So it’s written to change that perception and the good majority of our audience are other communicators.

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

I own a communications firm and Spin Sucks drives about 80 percent of our new business there. We also have sponsorships, which generates a bit of revenue.

SpinSucks

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

SO MUCH! I wish I knew how to categorize blog posts, how to optimize for search, how to think about content strategically, how to write for an audience…pretty much everything we learned by doing.

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

Medium because I love the varying topics and different voices; James Altucher because he’s smart, funny, and very self-deprecating; and Six Pixels of Separation because Mitch Joel makes me think about things in my industry differently.

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

I use Google + the keyword planner with every, single blog post to help me optimize and find the exact, right words to use. I use the social networks for distribution—Twitter, Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn, Buffer, StumbleUpon, and Pinterest. And I use my iPhone to take photos that we own.

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

Just jump in! No one’s first few blog posts are good. In fact, ours were so bad, I republish them on our anniversary every year just to remind people you have to just start. If you wait for the perfect topic or until you feel like you’ve learned as much as you can, you’ll never do it.

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

Stand true to your mission or vision. A few years ago, I got wrapped up in the blogosphere popularity contest and, while it was fun for my ego, it did nothing for our readers.

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

On a custom-designed theme.

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

The best place is on the blog at spinsucks.com. All of our social networks and various ways to contact us are there.

Thanks again Gini 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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Meet Richard Marriott of Clambr.com http://www.bloggingtips.com/2014/09/20/meet-richard-marriott-clambrcom/ http://www.bloggingtips.com/2014/09/20/meet-richard-marriott-clambrcom/#comments Sat, 20 Sep 2014 15:02:43 +0000 http://www.bloggingtips.com/?p=35289 With over a billion sites on the internet, they are all unique in their own way. Blogging is one of the most exciting areas to be in right now because you can create content based on whatever you like. Some of the best blogs out there today are ones that walk through the steps and process of finding success. New people are finding out about the power of the internet for marketing, business and much more and a blog is a great way for them to share their stories, document their learning process and also building a brand for themselves in the process. This is exactly what Richard Marriott of Clambr.com did with his own blog — reading everything he could on SEO, then starting a resource site of his own. All of this and more in the latest interview in the Meet the Bloggers series. 1.) Please tell us ...

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With over a billion sites on the internet, they are all unique in their own way. Blogging is one of the most exciting areas to be in right now because you can create content based on whatever you like. Some of the best blogs out there today are ones that walk through the steps and process of finding success. New people are finding out about the power of the internet for marketing, business and much more and a blog is a great way for them to share their stories, document their learning process and also building a brand for themselves in the process.

This is exactly what Richard Marriott of Clambr.com did with his own blog — reading everything he could on SEO, then starting a resource site of his own. All of this and more in the latest interview in the Meet the Bloggers series.

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

Richard MarriottI didn’t even know what blogging was until I stumbled across Quick Sprout in the summer of 2012. Up until then I’d never even thought about making money online and was happy to just order a “Gong Bao Chicken” and watch prank videos on YouTube after the daily 9 to 5 grind. But Quick Sprout opened my eyes to a world I’d never dreamed was possible – and I wanted in.
One year later – after reading literally every guide on blogging and SEO under the sun – I launched my first blog in March 2013. It’s called clambr.com and it’s all about clambering up Google!

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

My first few posts were a mixture of jokes and weird ramblings. I had no idea what I was doing. The blog was supposed to document my clamber to wealth online but instead I was talking about fish balls.
But then…after stumbling across a guide written by Brian Dean and Neil Patel I found focus. I decided to concentrate on SEO case studies and my first case study would be about making my blog appear out of nowhere by doing an expert roundup on link building tools.
Loads of legends got involved, including Zac (much appreciated mate!) and clambr suddenly got on the map.

After that I continued to focus around the SEO / link building side of things and recently launched a couple of videos revealing how I build links.

Clambr Blog

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

The blog makes the bulk of its money from affiliate links in a couple of expert roundup posts and link building tutorial videos.
In the roundups I asked dozens of expert bloggers to reveal their favourite tools for link building and blog promotion. The result was two lists withthe top tools for success (like this one):
Top link building tools
I then added my affiliate links into the list of top tools, ranked the posts on Google and now consistently make commissions when anyone finds those posts and buys those tools.
But…this is not how I intend to continue making money from the blog. VERY soon I will be working on building a heavily engaged email list (more info on that below) and promoting products through that with high quality training.
I’ve been building lists in other niches and have found emailing to be the most profitable way of piling up the casheesh!

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

I wish I’d built my blogs upside down. As in…I wish I’d created content beneath the surface first – that only subscribers have access to – rather than creating the content that attracts traffic to the blog first.
Let me explain…
If you wanted to open a pizza restaurant would it make business sense to send flyers around town advertising your restaurant before you’ve even built it? Before you have any actual pizzas to give your customers? NO!
Instead you build the restaurant first and have everything ready to go before your very first customer steps in the door. You build the business first – then attract the customers.
This may sound obvious but believe me – SO many blogs are guilty of not doing this – myself included. In fact I’m blushing as I type this because currently clambr.com has no engaged mailing list.
That’s right. I focussed on getting traffic through the doors first. On being the next best thing. And I’m paying for it. Because there’s no business behind the site. There’s no more iceberg beneath the tip!
Sure, I make a few sales from cold traffic, but it’s not a business – it’s more like a lemonade stand set up by a bunch of kids on a hot summer’s day.
Anyway, I had this big “A-Ha” moment a few months ago when I was scratching my head wondering why the HELL none of my sites were really banking much, despite my ability to get lots of organic traffic like this:
Traffic Since Rebrand
So what’s the solution?
Create all your “membership” content and your sequence of 30~ emails BEFORE you even launch. I’m talking ebooks, video tutorials, private training, whatever it is you want to sell. Do all this before you even begin designing your blog!
Then, the very day you launch, you can be pretty certain that if you can get people to sign up – you can start making money – rather than spending weeks or months on trying to attract people to an empty pizza restaurant with nothing to sell them except a few cups of lemonade outside.
Since having this big “A-Ha” moment, I launched my first highly targeted email list a couple of weeks ago on a niche site of mine. There’s this one post on the site that gets an average of 1,500 of visitors each day so I found out what their main pain was and created a mini-course around solving that pain (exclusive to subscribers) with a product recommendation to go one step further.
That one blog post generates around 120 confirmed subscribers per day now and an average of $150 per day in commissions…
You can probably guess how much that post was making before I implemented this right?
Yup, zero dollars and zero cents ;)
So it just goes to show the POWER of a highly targeted list.

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

Backlinko – Brian Dean inspired me to do my first ever expert roundup post, walked me through the whole link building process and then featuredthe results of my roundup as a case study on his blog. He’s a legend and I wouldn’t be where I am today without his guidance.
Selfmadebusinessman.com – This is a relatively new and fast growing blog by Dave Schneider. I love it because Dave packs it full of case studies all about getting traffic to your blog and increasing conversions. It’s kind of like a case study within a case study.
MatthewWoodward.co.uk – Matt is a master when it comes to SEO and his video tutorials blow everyone else’s out the water. If you want to learn how to build a heavily engaged audience and make a ton of money in the process, he’s the guy to follow.

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

I use SEMRush to find out what keywords bring in my competitors the most traffic…
Ahrefs to crawl all the backlinks pointing to my competitors’ sites…
And BuzzStream to reach out to people linking to those sites and land links on the same pages.
I don’t use any tools for social media because I find emailing people directly and nudging them to share my stuff gets all the shares I need.

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

Choose a niche where you can constantly recommend new products. Don’t choose a niche where one product solves ALL their problems.
Stop thinking about how you’re going to make the most dazzling, amazing, blow your socks off epic blog out there. In fact don’t think about YOU at all. Just think about your customers.
Step into their shoes. Become your ideal customer.
Work out what your ideal customer REALLY wants. Get to the bottom of their pains, their desires and the barriers that are preventing them from getting to where they want to be.
This cannot be guessed. It requires digging.
Forums are a great place to start. Just dig, dig, dig until you have a clear picture of your target audience, because once you know what they’re struggling with and what they really want, they’ll eat up your copy like a shoal of hungry piranhas!
And then simply show them step by step how to get to what they want and you will have them.

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

Get good at emailing people – I mean REAL good.
It’s literally all you need to do to get all the shares and links you desire.
If you’re worried about p*ssing people off simply use an alias! I go under many names…including Elena, Bonnie, Damon and Klaus (all characters from the Vampire Diaries which I’m embarrassed to admit I used to watch).
Pretty lame right? ;)

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

It’s funny because I actually started out with only $100.
Spend $10 on a domain name, $6/pm on hosting, $60 on the Genesis Framework, $19/pm on an auto responder service like Aweber and the remaining $5 on an ice cold beer!

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

Head on over to clambr.com and follow me on Twitter @clambr.
Thanks again Richard 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 Importance of Responsive Web Design http://www.bloggingtips.com/2014/09/19/importance-responsive-web-design/ http://www.bloggingtips.com/2014/09/19/importance-responsive-web-design/#comments Fri, 19 Sep 2014 20:40:14 +0000 http://www.bloggingtips.com/?p=35321 Responsive web design is quickly changing how sites are viewed on the internet and on mobile devices. Back when I first started making money online in the mid 90s, everything was so basic and simple with web design… it was pretty much all HTML. Then in 2007 I started using WordPress to create my first blog and the rest of my sites there after. However, this was only the beginning. Now with everyone so focused on using mobile and other various devices to browse the internet and with the wide range of desktop sizes for viewing, it’s now more important than ever to make sure you have a site that is capable with all solutions. I still find it amazing that I can look up sites on my phone or iPad and still come across sites that aren’t mobile optimized or that don’t load correctly. It’s quite a shame and ...

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Responsive web design is quickly changing how sites are viewed on the internet and on mobile devices. Back when I first started making money online in the mid 90s, everything was so basic and simple with web design… it was pretty much all HTML.

Then in 2007 I started using WordPress to create my first blog and the rest of my sites there after.

However, this was only the beginning. Now with everyone so focused on using mobile and other various devices to browse the internet and with the wide range of desktop sizes for viewing, it’s now more important than ever to make sure you have a site that is capable with all solutions.

I still find it amazing that I can look up sites on my phone or iPad and still come across sites that aren’t mobile optimized or that don’t load correctly. It’s quite a shame and something that really needs to be fixed immediately. Statistics show that 25% of internet users only access the internet via a mobile device. Have you checked how your site loads on a mobile device lately?

Thus bringing us to responsive web design

Responsive web design refers to a website designed to adapt to whatever device a visitor is using. The same applies for desktop viewing as well. You can make the browser bigger or smaller and the content on the site will continue to adapt to your viewing solution.

Most premium wordpress themes are now responsive as well, as it’s almost become a requirement for site owners now.

When it comes to designing and coding wordpress themes, I’m the last guy that wants to deal with these issues. Fortunately there are designers and teams dedicated to mastering the art of design and wordpress.

For those of you who are wondering how responsive sites are created and the various tech specs involved, be sure to check out the infographic below from verveuk.eu.

What is Responsive Web Design

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How to Boost Your Email Subscribers? Tip #3 http://www.bloggingtips.com/2014/09/19/boost-email-subscribers-tip-3/ http://www.bloggingtips.com/2014/09/19/boost-email-subscribers-tip-3/#comments Fri, 19 Sep 2014 12:29:23 +0000 http://www.bloggingtips.com/?p=35283 Getting more email subscribers. Building an email list is what you’re after, if you’re a smart blogger. If you’re not building your email list, then sorry to say that you’re dumb. If you’re building it, welcome smart blogger. But it’s a hard thing, it’s very hard especially for beginners, it takes a lot of hard work to grab your first 1000 subscribers than it’s to grab the next 2 or 3000 subscribers. That’s why I’ve created this series of posts, where every week, I’ll share a post with you and each post contains one specific tip, why to apply it and how to apply it. In this post, I’ll share with you the 3rd tip to boost your email subscribers lists. If you had missed any of the previous posts, make sure to read them, here are the links for previous posts:   Why Email is Important to Build Sustainable ...

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Getting more email subscribers.

Building an email list is what you’re after, if you’re a smart blogger.

If you’re not building your email list, then sorry to say that you’re dumb.

If you’re building it, welcome smart blogger.

But it’s a hard thing, it’s very hard especially for beginners, it takes a lot of hard work to grab your first 1000 subscribers than it’s to grab the next 2 or 3000 subscribers.

That’s why I’ve created this series of posts, where every week, I’ll share a post with you and each post contains one specific tip, why to apply it and how to apply it.

In this post, I’ll share with you the 3rd tip to boost your email subscribers lists.

If you had missed any of the previous posts, make sure to read them, here are the links for previous posts:

 

It was easy to get a subscriber

In the old decades of the internet, people were pumped to subscribe to any newsletter. Email was a new thing and they were getting a small amount of emails.

It was enough to have a newsletter where you email people weekly or so on and people will subscribe, conversion rates was huge at that time.

Now, in this busy internet marketing world, we receive a lot of emails. People now guard their email list as gold.

That’s why you need to bribe them to subscribe to your email list.

You need to offer them an incentive to give it to them when they enter their email address and subscribe.

Today’s tip: Offer a narrow-niche incentive:

People now get tens or hundreds or even thousands of emails each day. Tim ferriss get 4000 emails each and every day.

To be able to convince people to subscribe to your email list, you need to have an incentive to get them subscribe to your blog.

But there’s one thing here, offer a narrow-niche incentive, don’t go broad with topics like internet marketing, self development, personal finance and so on.

Instead, go with very narrow topics like blogging to boost your internet marketing, or even go with how to build your email list.

Got the idea? You could even go deeper with topics like how to write your about page and so on.

The format isn’t that important. People use ebooks, I don’t prefer it, because it became very popular. Try to stand out from the rest, but if you’re starting and you don’t love to do video or audio, no problem with going with ebooks.

Don’t make this stop you from creating it.

What to do now?

  1. Think of the topic you want to cover as your incentive, try to be as narrow as possible, you don’t need to write 100-pages ebook about broad topic.
  2. Think of the format that would be best for you to create and for your audience to absorb the info.
  3. Set a deadline for when to finish it.
  4. Do the planning in one day and then try to finish all the other stuff in less than a week.

And that’s your plan.

So what are you planning to do? What is the topic that you think would be great for your readers to cover as an incentive for them to subscribe?

Share your answers below, I’d be happy to give you my feedback.

 

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Premium WordPress Themes at TeslaThemes http://www.bloggingtips.com/2014/09/18/teslathemes/ http://www.bloggingtips.com/2014/09/18/teslathemes/#comments Thu, 18 Sep 2014 19:43:37 +0000 http://www.bloggingtips.com/?p=35277 When you think of the word Tesla, you probably think of one of the most innovative cars ever created and it’s gaining in popularity every day. This is probably the same feeling that bloggers have about their own web site and how they would like to be perceived by others. One of the best ways to make a lasting impression when someone visits your blog, is to make sure you have an amazing WordPress theme. This is exactly why TeslaThemes created their site, along with their assortment of quality and custom WordPress theme. Remember Your First Premium WordPress Theme? As a blogger, we have a lot of pivotable points during the long journey of blogging. These consist of the first time we register our domain name, going live with our first article, seeing visitors come to our site and also when we find the time or money to invest into ...

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When you think of the word Tesla, you probably think of one of the most innovative cars ever created and it’s gaining in popularity every day. This is probably the same feeling that bloggers have about their own web site and how they would like to be perceived by others.

One of the best ways to make a lasting impression when someone visits your blog, is to make sure you have an amazing WordPress theme. This is exactly why TeslaThemes created their site, along with their assortment of quality and custom WordPress theme.

Remember Your First Premium WordPress Theme?

As a blogger, we have a lot of pivotable points during the long journey of blogging. These consist of the first time we register our domain name, going live with our first article, seeing visitors come to our site and also when we find the time or money to invest into a quality WordPress theme.

Inspiration Behind Your Blog

Bloggers always have a lot on their minds… especially WP content and themes!

The reason why everyone wants to invest time and money into a premium WordPress theme is because no one wants to fall into the crowd and get lost. With out a billion sites on the internet and thousands  of new WordPress blogs going live daily, it’s now more important than ever to spend some extra time and money on your blog to make sure it’s not only professional, but worth the time your visitors are putting into it.

With that said… we can now take a look at some of the exciting themes available though TeslaThemes.com.

Premium WordPress Themes at TeslaThemes

As with all WordPress theme sites, the type of themes available and their unique designs mean everything. TeslaThemes has a great selection of 20+ themes on their site, covering all niches from food, sports, photography and news sites, to WordPress resource and Magazine based theme designs.

Once you browse through each of the themes in the gallery, you will also get some neat ideas on how customize each of them to match the existing look and feel for your site or business.

TeslaThemes

Each theme is also running off the TeslaThemes Framework, which allows you to easily manage custom ports (such as navigation and sliders), use pre-defined templates and designs, have easy customization of colors throughout the theme, integrate social media profiles, contact info and more.

How much do TeslaThemes cost?

There are currently four different pricing structures for TeslaThemes. Whether you want to purchase one theme ($39) or have access to all themes ($49-$69/year), there is a package on their site that is right for you. If you are a designer or own multiple sites, you can also purchase a lifetime membership for only $345, which gives lifetime access to all themes, usage on unlimited domains, tech support, PSD files and more.

Before spending a few hours browsing the various WordPress theme sites on the internet, be sure to check out TeslaThemes and see what they have to offer.

 

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How to Remove Bad Backlinks that Penalized Your Website http://www.bloggingtips.com/2014/09/18/how-to-remove-bad-backlinks/ http://www.bloggingtips.com/2014/09/18/how-to-remove-bad-backlinks/#comments Thu, 18 Sep 2014 16:47:35 +0000 http://www.bloggingtips.com/?p=35267 The success of the internet and its search engine King, Google, is built on links. Links are what the ‘web’ is made of, and, without them navigation would be impossible. It is a search engine’s responsibility to stay on top of how these links work and what they are communicating about sites. Google’s PageRank is the most-famous system for link rating; it uses links to decipher which sites are more authoritative than others, making Google’s search listing an accurate and worthy place to be found. However, what if Google takes a look at the links connected to your website and decides that they are not worthy? If the search engine finds a link they consider to be ‘spammy’ you’re increasing your chances of being penalized. This penalty will negatively affect your position in the search engine results and, in turn affect the number of users that will make their way ...

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The success of the internet and its search engine King, Google, is built on links. Links are what the ‘web’ is made of, and, without them navigation would be impossible. It is a search engine’s responsibility to stay on top of how these links work and what they are communicating about sites. Google’s PageRank is the most-famous system for link rating; it uses links to decipher which sites are more authoritative than others, making Google’s search listing an accurate and worthy place to be found.

However, what if Google takes a look at the links connected to your website and decides that they are not worthy? If the search engine finds a link they consider to be ‘spammy’ you’re increasing your chances of being penalized. This penalty will negatively affect your position in the search engine results and, in turn affect the number of users that will make their way to your website when searching relevant search terms. A Google penalty is a search marketers’ nightmare; SEO efforts require long-term attention and penalization can undo months of work.

Been penalized? Don’t try a quick fix

If you have been hit with a Google penalty, set a firm marketing objective – clean your site link profile. Try fighting Google’s latest algorithm with a quick fix and things will only get more complicated for you. It is rarely worth trying shortcuts; if a penalty has been given, there is a high probability your site has other frowned-upon backlinks that are soon to be acknowledged. Plus, the traffic you will be missing out on due to a Google penalty is far too valuable to waste on risky shortcuts.

Show Google you are doing everything you can to cleanse bad backlinks and you will be on your way back into their favor.

Bad backlink removal requires a methodical and structured approach, with lots of research. Here is an in-depth approach that has worked for us:

Identify your penalization

Identify the Problem

Is it a manual penalty?

A manual penalty will be straightforward to identify. In your Google Webmaster Tools account, you will receive an ‘Unnatural Link Warning.’ If you do not receive this notice, but your traffic has fallen with no clear reason, check under the Webmaster Tools “Search Traffic” tab – here you can see if you have any Manual Actions. The typical manual action warnings are:

  • warning against your site’s performance in organic search
  • warning against inbound links, rather than on your site

It is worth recognizing that manual action penalties used to have a fixed duration (30, 60,or 90 days were common) but, now manual penalties are likely to be continuous, which means if you do not work to remove the penalty; your site is not likely to ever recover its previous Google ranking.

Manual penalties can impact on your site in the following ways:

  • One or more of your site’s pages disappear from Google’s search results
  • Your whole website has a drop in organic impressions across all search terms
  • Your site disappears from Google’s search results when searching your brand-related terms, including brand name
  • You receive a fixed demotion of a certain number of places (50 places is common)
  • Your site is removed from Google’s index (de-indexation)

The resolution for manual penalties is to submit your site for reconsideration when you can outline exactly which steps you have taken to rectify the issues.

Is it an algorithmic penalty?

Google makes a staggering number of changes to its search algorithm each year and, with algorithmic changes, algorithmic penalties are inevitable. We find that following a major Google algorithm update – such as the introduction of Google Penguin in 2012 – a site is affected for specific keywords or landing page.

Unfortunately, algorithmic penalties last indefinitely. You will need to look closer at your Google Analytics data to understand your penalty in full.

Find and review link data

To get the most-comprehensive understanding of your link data, there are three data sources we’d recommend:

MajesticSEO

Majestic SEO – This should be your starting point. It has crawled over four trillion unique URLs so far. You can choose from the Historic Index or the Fresh Index (the best choice following a Penguin penalty).

Google Webmaster Tools

Webmaster Tools - Next, download any links showing in your Google Webmaster tools account. It will rarely show all links in Google’s index and it is often out of date, however it will show a large proportion of your ‘bad’ links and it is possible that Majestic can miss some of these. Add this missed data to your Majestic list.

Moz

Moz – Though Moz has a smaller database than Majestic, there are times when Majestic will miss links, and Moz is another source to consider.

When you’ve used all three sources, carry out the de-duplication so that each link is listed just once.

Have you been working on your link building with an SEO agency? If so, now is the time to dig out any link reports they have produced for your site. If you do not have a record of their link building activity, get in touch and ask if they can assist.

When you have your link data available, next it is time to review your links and find out which ones are the spammy culprits. This is the hardest part of backlink removal and, it can be extremely long-winded. So, sit tight. You need to have some technical know-how and a good understanding of Google’s guidelines. If not, it is worth investing in professional help. If you are doing it alone, here’s what you are looking for:

  • links that serve no other purpose than for the passing of ‘page rank’
  • links that have been paid for and were not using the ‘Nofollow’ tag
  • too many links that contain identical anchor text
  • links to sites that host malware or adult content

Keep in mind that some links are considered ‘low quality’ but are not breaking any of Google’s guidelines and are not responsible for your penalization. You only want to remove truly ‘bad’ links.

Remove/change links that violate Google’s policies

When you have made a list of all the links that are violating Google’s policies, you need to contact the site owner and ask them to change or remove the link.

As you approach webmasters, you should stress that bad links can be damaging to their site as well as yours. Provide details of the link/s or ask that all links to your site are removed from their site.

Keep details of all communications with webmasters, you’ll need these records when submitting a reconsideration request. You may need to make contact a few times before you receive a response. Don’t be disheartened by low response or link removal rates. On average, we find that we only have removal by one-third of the webmasters we contact.

When it is not possible to remove offending links, you will need to use the Google Disavow tool – which will nullify unwanted links. It can take up to six weeks for this re-crawl to take effect.

Google Disavow Tool

If applicable, submit a reconsideration request

For those whose site has been hit by a manual penalty, you will want to submit a reconsideration request. In this request, you must recognize you have broken Google’s guidelines. Create a document that details exactly what you have done to rectify the issue;

  • project overview & summary of activity
  • all links found
  • all links you have tried to remove
  • all links successfully removed
  • all relevant email communications
  • a list of links you could not remove and have added to the disavow tool

Upload this document to Google docs and make it available to “anyone with the link.”

Then include this link with your covering letter explaining your penalty and the action you have tried to take, along with a request for reconsideration.

Finally, wait. The response time can vary from a few days to several weeks but, if you have worked meticulously, the chances are you’ll have your penalty lifted and, your extensive efforts to remove bad backlinks will be rewarded.

For more in-depth advice on removing any penalty and getting back into Google, I recommend reading the Receptional guide to removing a Google link penalty.

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How to Stop Shopping Cart Abandonment http://www.bloggingtips.com/2014/09/15/stop-shopping-cart-abandonment/ http://www.bloggingtips.com/2014/09/15/stop-shopping-cart-abandonment/#comments Mon, 15 Sep 2014 18:46:59 +0000 http://www.bloggingtips.com/?p=35231 Shopping cart abandonment is one of the biggest problems for online retailers. It’s also something that we are all guilty of — we visit a site and find something we like, we start filling out the order form and then when it’s time to put in our credit card we end up leaving the site all together. This can happen for a variety of reasons: distractions loss of interaction change of heart looking for coupon code No matter the reason why people fill out only a portion of their information and then leave your site, it’s still costing online retail and lead generation sites billions of dollars every year. It’s not just the online retail industry and lead generation space that are feeling the hurt from lost ROI from cart abandonment, but also many of the blogs on the internet that were created simply to bring awareness to services, products ...

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Shopping cart abandonment is one of the biggest problems for online retailers. It’s also something that we are all guilty of — we visit a site and find something we like, we start filling out the order form and then when it’s time to put in our credit card we end up leaving the site all together.

This can happen for a variety of reasons:

  • distractions
  • loss of interaction
  • change of heart
  • looking for coupon code

No matter the reason why people fill out only a portion of their information and then leave your site, it’s still costing online retail and lead generation sites billions of dollars every year. It’s not just the online retail industry and lead generation space that are feeling the hurt from lost ROI from cart abandonment, but also many of the blogs on the internet that were created simply to bring awareness to services, products and brands online.

The practice of increasing conversion rates and getting people to complete their shopping cart process is something companies spend millions of dollars on every year. Amazon.com in particular is one of the leaders on making the process seamless and easier to complete. Just the smallest fraction of a percent in improvement can result in millions of dollars in profit (instead of loss) for many of the largest retailers online. During peak holiday shopping hours, Amazon.com can have over 500+ orders being placed on their site per second!

In the infographic below provided by Monetate, they’ve listed some of the best ways to avoid shopping cart abandonment. I’ve also listed a summary of the best methods that you can implement on your site and check out process right now.

  • Don’t force customers to register on your site
  • Always provide the shipping costs and don’t try to hide it
  • Remove any coupon code areas, as people will look for codes and never come back
  • Provide a trustworthy price and support guarantee to keep customers happy
  • Run your site and checkout process with a reliable system
  • Allow users to save their shopping cart progress if they wish to continually browse your site
  • Post customer testimonials to improve conversions, engagement and confidence

Shopping Cart Abandoment

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How to Effectively Use Social Media for Blog Interaction? http://www.bloggingtips.com/2014/09/15/effectively-social-media-blog-interaction/ http://www.bloggingtips.com/2014/09/15/effectively-social-media-blog-interaction/#comments Mon, 15 Sep 2014 11:50:00 +0000 http://www.bloggingtips.com/?p=35207 Social media is something that every blog would require in order to grow their reader base. With the ability to concentrate on a wide userbase and their problems, social media works like a magic wand. If this magical wand is used appropriately, it can make your blog readers stick with you for long. Let’s see how you can effectively use social media such as Facebook, LinkedIn or Twitter for blog interaction.  Advantages of Using Social Media for Blog Interaction There are three: Provides common interface to interact with various users through social media. Readers are actively using social media. It has the ability to bring in valuable readers. How to Effectively Use Social Media for Blog Interaction? Now, it’s time to talk about the strategies that you should follow in order to gain interaction from your followers. 1) Investment of Time in Social Media Most of the readers are already active ...

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Social media is something that every blog would require in order to grow their reader base.

With the ability to concentrate on a wide userbase and their problems, social media works like a magic wand. If this magical wand is used appropriately, it can make your blog readers stick with you for long.

Let’s see how you can effectively use social media such as Facebook, LinkedIn or Twitter for blog interaction.

 Advantages of Using Social Media for Blog Interaction

There are three:

  • Provides common interface to interact with various users through social media.
  • Readers are actively using social media.
  • It has the ability to bring in valuable readers.

How to Effectively Use Social Media for Blog Interaction?

Now, it’s time to talk about the strategies that you should follow in order to gain interaction from your followers.

Social Media to Increase Blog Traffic

Social Media to Increase Blog Traffic

1) Investment of Time in Social Media

Most of the readers are already active on social media and investing your time in the interaction with them would give beneficiary results.

Before investing your time, you must get some knowledge, do research and find out what are the techniques that are best suitable your blog. What are the ways that are making your blog interaction more productive? What is the time when you get most reactions/interaction from your readers?

These are the questions that you should ask yourself before investing your valuable time.

Once you’ve the answers to such questions, you yourself would be able to decide on number of hours that you should allot to your social media blog readers.

2) Presentation

There are quite a few techniques to present your or start your interaction. The best way to know which techniques are working out – TRY THEM ALL!

For example, when Facebook comes in picture, a simple status update might not get attention but a status update along with an eye catchy image might attract attention and trigger your interaction. In case of Twitter, there aren’t many choices left but what about having a catchy headline?

This task isn’t simple but requires thorough trials. Things that did work in the past for one social media may not work for another. You got to keep trying and at the same time, keep an eye on which style worked well.

3) Meaningful Reader Interaction

At the end of the day, what counts is that the blog readers are satisfied with the kind of content delivered by your blog. Focus on making the content reader-friendly and engaging.

Once the reader initiates interaction, you should ensure to make it lively.

Endnote

Social media is driven by PEOPLE who are eventually your blog readers. If they like your blog engagement then there is a possibility of spreading word about the same.

You must be aware how important a Facebook Like is? If gone viral, it can reach thousands of people in few minutes. In the same way, other social media platforms also have their own advantages. The only thing you need to dig in is how to use them perfectly.

The biggest mistake most of the bloggers make is sharing on social media without knowing what their readers love.

Finally, I would simply suggest to research thoroughly and put your time and money on the right strategy to build and manage blog reader relationship as it is the backbone for the blog’s success.

Use every social media network at your disposal.

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Using Social Media Profiles to Rank Higher in Search Results http://www.bloggingtips.com/2014/09/14/social-media-profiles-rank-higher-search-results/ http://www.bloggingtips.com/2014/09/14/social-media-profiles-rank-higher-search-results/#comments Mon, 15 Sep 2014 01:56:42 +0000 http://www.bloggingtips.com/?p=35256 Experts in digital marketing often specialize in search engine optimization, social media outreach and online reputation management. While providing professional services, such Internet gurus also use Web-based platforms for personal use. Social network pages allow successful IT entrepreneurs to connect with friends, relatives and co-workers. On a personal profile, it’s still a good idea to post official information about employment history and current status. Social network users sometimes seek services provided by fellow friends. In a sense, personal social media profile pages allow individuals to make professional connections. At the same time, such profiles could also be used to make friendly connections with fellow colleagues and co-workers. These days, it’s common for employers to find out more about each other by checking out social network pages. Additionally, social networks allow co-workers to stay in touch with each other in an indirect way. Making direct phone calls to newly acquainted co-workers ...

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Experts in digital marketing often specialize in search engine optimization, social media outreach and online reputation management. While providing professional services, such Internet gurus also use Web-based platforms for personal use. Social network pages allow successful IT entrepreneurs to connect with friends, relatives and co-workers. On a personal profile, it’s still a good idea to post official information about employment history and current status. Social network users sometimes seek services provided by fellow friends.

In a sense, personal social media profile pages allow individuals to make professional connections. At the same time, such profiles could also be used to make friendly connections with fellow colleagues and co-workers. These days, it’s common for employers to find out more about each other by checking out social network pages. Additionally, social networks allow co-workers to stay in touch with each other in an indirect way. Making direct phone calls to newly acquainted co-workers might be considered somewhat disruptive, but browsing online is quick and discreet.

social media and blogging

When it comes to getting online exposure, entrepreneurs should understand that their professional websites and other profile pages should overshadow personal ones. When people search for specific businesses online, official websites are expected to appear on the search engine results page. Potential customers can confidently contact businesspeople and ask about the services offered. By contrast, it would be inappropriate to contact a business owner via a personal profile page on social media.

An entrepreneur like Brent Franson and other businessmen are examples of SEO experts who use social media for personal and professional reasons. If you were to search for “brant franson” in the search results, you would clearly see the power of social media profile ranking and how it helps your name or brand stand out from others who might have the same name as you.

brent franson google results

Search engine optimization is used to ensure that official websites and networking profiles appear on the top of results pages in search engines. There is usually no need to buy advertisements for keywords that only contain the name of a business person. Instead, organic SEO methods can be used to enhance professional sites. HTML tags can be optimized with proper descriptions that clearly identify the person being featured on a site. It’s also important to put an actual human face on the landing page of a professional website for a business person. High-quality images featuring head shots should be embedded into landing pages that provide brief information.

Entrepreneurs should ideally use a nickname or alias for their personal profile pages on social networks. This allows the professional sites and networking pages to have better chances of appearing on the results pages of search engines. When a user searches for a full name of a businessman, the social network profiles with aliases would not appear in the results. A virtual alias creates a barrier between personal and official identity online. It’s sometimes important for businesspeople to protect their privacy in order to prevent any scandalous accusations and rumors with the abuse of controversial personal photos or statements.

Social media can also be used to do much more than just provide official contact information for an entrepreneur or business. Calls of action can be posted on official profile pages that promote products and services offered online and in local brick-and-mortar establishments. High-quality images and descriptive articles can be posted on social media pages that are dedicated to building a loyal customer base.

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