Blogging Tips http://www.bloggingtips.com Blog Themes, Blog Design & Daily Blog Tips Thu, 23 Oct 2014 14:19:21 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0 32 Great Benefits of Blogging http://www.bloggingtips.com/2014/10/19/benefits-of-blogging/ http://www.bloggingtips.com/2014/10/19/benefits-of-blogging/#comments Sun, 19 Oct 2014 19:32:06 +0000 http://www.bloggingtips.com/?p=35532 I love blogging and I could give you 300+ reasons why blogging is so beneficial and how it can massively change your business and branding forever. Instead I will just give you a list of 32. Why 32 you ask? Because it’s my favorite number and it grabs attention. 32 Great Benefits of Blogging Build a platform for your audience to leave comments and engage with your comments. Enable social networking sharing links right within your site and content. Finally put that yourname.com (personal name) domain to good use and build a brand It’s one of the cheapest and most effective ways to build a brand online Google loves blogs because they usually create unique content more often than static sites WordPress makes the process of setting up a blog super easy There are over 100 million blogs in the world… shouldn’t you also have your own If you can create compelling ...

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I love blogging and I could give you 300+ reasons why blogging is so beneficial and how it can massively change your business and branding forever. Instead I will just give you a list of 32. Why 32 you ask? Because it’s my favorite number and it grabs attention.

Benefits of Blogging

32 Great Benefits of Blogging

  1. Build a platform for your audience to leave comments and engage with your comments.
  2. Enable social networking sharing links right within your site and content.
  3. Finally put that yourname.com (personal name) domain to good use and build a brand
  4. It’s one of the cheapest and most effective ways to build a brand online
  5. Google loves blogs because they usually create unique content more often than static sites
  6. WordPress makes the process of setting up a blog super easy
  7. There are over 100 million blogs in the world… shouldn’t you also have your own
  8. If you can create compelling content that provides value, it shouldn’t be hard for you to make money with a blog
  9. Using a blog as your online resume and source for individuals to find all of your information and social profiles is super easy
  10. Billion dollars companies are paying a ton of money to rank at the top of the search results, a quality blog post with a few links could do the same
  11. Blogs provide you with an outlet to talk about something you are passionate about
  12. Become an expert at something you love, while inspiring others
  13. If you don’t want to get your own domain name or hosting, you can start a blog completely free through Blogger or WordPress sites
  14. Expand your reach and meet new people everyday throughout the world from people who are finding your content
  15. Blogging makes you a better writer and more knowledgable in any given topic
  16. People share and link back to content on your site that they find value in
  17. Build a mailing list and create a loyal following through the use of newsletters and rss feeds
  18. Give away free ebooks and course through your blog to provide extra value outside of just blog posts
  19. With your own blog you can start a trend, following, business and concept… you just need to reach the right audience and get something going
  20. Build a platform and following through your blog that could lead into products, coaching and speaking gigs
  21. Learn how to use WordPress, make money online or anything else you might like by documenting the process on your blog
  22. Get a better job by building out industry related content on your site and connecting with fellow workers/companies online
  23. Become a published author by starting with a blog, then growing your following and eventually self publishing your own book through Amazon or possibly be approached by a huge brand
  24. Protect your online identity and reputation by having your own sites come up for your personal and/or business name in the search results
  25. With a blog you can established yourself as an expert in any field or topic. You only need to know 1% more than your audience to be perceived as an expert.
  26. Master the art of SEO. Web sites and blogs are the future and ranking in the search results is always going to be important — all of which can be learned while launching a blog of your own.
  27. Create a product, reach out to other blogs and make money off of what you are an expert in.
  28. Every day millions of people go to Google to look for answers to there questions. You can help people by creating a blog on detailed topics that you might already be an expert in or have experience with.
  29. Spread awareness for events, causes and charities that you are passionate about.
  30. Put yourself out there and see what happens. Blogging has changed the lives of many and how can it change yours?
  31. Connect with mentors, idols and celebrities through engaging content and in-post interviews
  32. Web sites and blogs are selling for lots of money. Create something of value and you could quickly cash in

How many blog benefits can you think of?

Now that I’ve ran through a ton of benefits to blogging that I’ve just randomly come up with off the top of my head, why don’t you add some of your benefits of blogging.

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Meet Steven Jacobs of EDMSauce.com http://www.bloggingtips.com/2014/10/19/meet-steven-jacobs-edmsaucecom/ http://www.bloggingtips.com/2014/10/19/meet-steven-jacobs-edmsaucecom/#comments Sun, 19 Oct 2014 16:54:20 +0000 http://www.bloggingtips.com/?p=35455 The world of blogging is vast and deep. While many readers of this blog will focus their blogs on “wordpress and blogging tips”, with over 100 million blogs in the world, we are a mere fraction of the blogs out there. The majority of blogs in the world are entertainment based, covering all ends of music, movies, celebrity, television and of course gossip. Today’s blog falls right into that category, as it’s a quite success music resource site. The CEO and founder of the site EDM Sauce is here to share his story and tips for you in this latest edition of Meet the Bloggers. 1.) Please tell us about yourself and how you got into blogging? Hey Blogging Tips, appreciate the interview here. My name is Stevo and I’m the CEO and Founder of EDM Sauce. Coming from an online marketing background, I decided to branch out into my ...

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The world of blogging is vast and deep. While many readers of this blog will focus their blogs on “wordpress and blogging tips”, with over 100 million blogs in the world, we are a mere fraction of the blogs out there. The majority of blogs in the world are entertainment based, covering all ends of music, movies, celebrity, television and of course gossip. Today’s blog falls right into that category, as it’s a quite success music resource site. The CEO and founder of the site EDM Sauce is here to share his story and tips for you in this latest edition of Meet the Bloggers.

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

Steve Jacobs Hey Blogging Tips, appreciate the interview here. My name is Stevo and I’m the CEO and Founder of EDM Sauce. Coming from an online marketing background, I decided to branch out into my own project and try something where I can build a brand. My first blog was a blog centered around reviewing restaurants and bars in the Orange County area. I was young and broke after college, so it mainly was an idea to try and get free drinks from some of my favorite restaurants in the area. In 2012, I had a passion for EDM (Electronic Dance Music) and decided to start a blog talking about the new music I enjoyed.

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

The niche is EDM (Electronic Dance Music). I chose this niche after rediscovering my love for this type of music. It truly is a life changing type of music and scene.

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

I currently monetize the website by using AdSense, an online store and premium advertisers.

EDMSauce

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

Too many things to list!

One thing would be that search engines love longer content. To be included in Google News and be picked up as an authoritative site, Google wants to see longer, more in-depth articles. Before I would just push out as much content as possible, but not really focusing on the length of the articles.

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

Well I love my Feedly!

Each day I read typically 200 articles, but of those I’d say some of my favorite are: Entrepreneur, Business Insider, Elite Daily, Search Engine Land, Blogging Tips and Mashable.

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

For email blasts, my favorite tool is MailPoet. This allows me to create quick and easy email blasts to my e-mail subscribers.

Google Analytics has always been one of my favorite tools on my blog, since it gives me quick and easy numbers in correlation to the traffic I’m receiving.

Finally… WordPress SEO. Yoast has done a phenomenal job at creating an all in one plugin for WordPress.

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

Don’t expect to get rich off of a blog right away. Starting a blog and obtaining a good amount of fans and followers takes a lot of work and perseverance.

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

The best tip I’ve discovered over time would be to bring on other writers as well. This helped us really expand our content, point of views and follower base.

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

For $100, I’d buy a domain name off of GoDaddy. Use a promo code though and save yourself some money. Then I’d buy a hosting package most likely through BlueHost and finally I’d purchase a good theme through ThemeForest.

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

The best way to get in touch with me is through LinkedIn or by using the contact form on edmsauce.com.

Thanks again Steven 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 Sean Smith of SnSmth.com http://www.bloggingtips.com/2014/10/18/meet-sean-smith-snsmthcom/ http://www.bloggingtips.com/2014/10/18/meet-sean-smith-snsmthcom/#comments Sat, 18 Oct 2014 16:26:34 +0000 http://www.bloggingtips.com/?p=35425 Running a blog of your own is a great way to get your message and expertise out there. Writing for other high profile blogs and media sites is an even better way. This is exactly what Sean has done through his powerful writing on top sites such as Huffington Post, CopyBlogger and others, while also writing for his own blog as well. Learn how to grow your brand and business through writing and content marketing in this latest chapter to Meet the Bloggers. 1.) Please tell us about yourself and how you got into blogging? My experience was actually pretty straight-forward honestly. I am an SEO consultant and wanted to get some notoriety in my industry, the obvious channel for doing that is through blogging. I started blogging, writing on Moz.com and some other industry publications. I also built my own (now pretty dormant) blog up with some great blog posts ...

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Running a blog of your own is a great way to get your message and expertise out there. Writing for other high profile blogs and media sites is an even better way. This is exactly what Sean has done through his powerful writing on top sites such as Huffington Post, CopyBlogger and others, while also writing for his own blog as well. Learn how to grow your brand and business through writing and content marketing in this latest chapter to Meet the Bloggers.

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

SeanMy experience was actually pretty straight-forward honestly. I am an SEO consultant and wanted to get some notoriety in my industry, the obvious channel for doing that is through blogging. I started blogging, writing on Moz.com and some other industry publications. I also built my own (now pretty dormant) blog up with some great blog posts that garnered a ton of traffic, that helped me boost my credibility in the industry enormously in my early years. Now I write about all sorts of things, from marketing to productivity. I also write on The Huffington Post, Adobe’s 99U, Copyblogger, Medium, and on my personal blog and the SimpleTiger blog.

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

Marketing, mainly. SEO to be exact. I fell into the industry, and then fell in love with it. It’s a great industry, I love the tactics, the strategy, and the constant attention to new technological updates and tactical advantages that you can find within the slew of updates Google puts out every year. I also like to write about psychology and behavioral science a lot. As a marketer, and just as a person who likes to communicate clearly that is of great interest to me. Also copywriting, I have a learning flow on Gibbon.co with over 4,000 students learning from the curated list of resources I put together for copywriting, some of my lessons included in that list.

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

Honestly, none of those. I’m a consultant, so usually clients find me through my content and want me to work with them and help their business. That’s my monetization strategy. It’s essentially content marketing for my services, though I do it genuinely to help people – which is the biggest driver. If you don’t beat around the bush, and let people know that you actually know what you’re talking about, and that you know how to put it into action – it can be massively effective, especially for any consultants in the space.

Sean Blog

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

That frequency, and actually doing the writing is more important than anything else. The content should consume 80% of your time, and only 20% should be focused on staging it – that’s the fastest way to grow your blog. Put out content, that’s it. By increasing the rate at which I put out posts, I was able to de-mystify writing. Now pushing out a blog post doesn’t take grunting and annoyance – it’s easy, and enjoyable.

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

TheVerge to get my tech fix, and because they’re simply one of the best blogs there are. Their reporting, their attention to detail, and the quality of their content and website it just perfect. Copyblogger for their copywriting prowess. Fun fact, I got started in blogging reading Copyblogger religiously. I internalized everything I read over there for so long, it was my main source of content marketing wisdom. When I had the opportunity to write for them, I was beside myself excited. Now I regularly contribute pieces to their awesome breadth of marketing content. I also love the Buffer blog, always full of great content.

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

MailChimp to get a subscriber base going (it’s free). Squarespace to have a wonderful looking website quickly that scales well and doesn’t ever break. They’re my favorite CMS, even over WordPress (despite conventional wisdom). And Twitter, honestly. This is going to sound odd, because none of those are really conventional “blogging tools” but they should all be considered when thinking about blogging. Twitter should be used rigorously to connect with people, it opens up tons of even-playing-field opportunities to write on other blogs, to connect with your readers, to push out your posts, etc. I love using Twitter and honestly I’ve had some of my biggest writing experiences come from using Twitter. Being reached out to by big editors of big publications through Twitter due to a post they read of mine, etc.

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

Get rolling on content. Pick some gripes, study them, find your own core “voice” based on your own unique strengths, and apply them. Don’t be afraid to be yourself, don’t be generic. Be authentic – otherwise you won’t stand out. Get writing.

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

I actually wrote a blog post with a ton of resources for blogging, and one of the resources were quotes from top bloggers that I gathered up specifically for the post. The one that stands out for me is a simple one from Darren Rowse of ProBlogger, and that is “Be Useful. Be Passionate. Be Yourself.” That truly says it all.

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

Set up a Squarespace site, buy a domain name, set up a free MailChimp account, set up integration with Squarespace and MailChimp, pick a topic or niche, and get writing.

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

You can either contact me through my website at snsmth.com – or through our agency’s website simpletiger.com – or connect with me on Twitter @snsmth.

Thanks again Sean 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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How to Optimize Landing Pages for Better Result? http://www.bloggingtips.com/2014/10/18/how-to-optimize-landing-pages/ http://www.bloggingtips.com/2014/10/18/how-to-optimize-landing-pages/#comments Sat, 18 Oct 2014 10:13:37 +0000 http://www.bloggingtips.com/?p=35517 The utilization of landing pages is crucial to develop a stream of online revenue. Businesses, small or big, should experiment with varied landing pages to understand the target market. Landing pages are basically a targeted page where visitors are directed using methods like search engine advertisement, email marketing, social media marketing and so on. The purpose of a landing page is singular: to sell a value. If you’re planning to create landing pages for a certain purpose, keep these optimization tips in mind. 4 Tips to Optimize Landing Pages for Better Result Here we go: 1) Believe in Minimalism The first thing that a landing page should never be is cluttered. Remember that it was created to serve a purpose. Filling the page with unrelated factors will dissolve it of its purpose. Therefore, identify what you want to achieve with the landing page and make a list of items to ...

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The utilization of landing pages is crucial to develop a stream of online revenue. Businesses, small or big, should experiment with varied landing pages to understand the target market.

Landing pages are basically a targeted page where visitors are directed using methods like search engine advertisement, email marketing, social media marketing and so on. The purpose of a landing page is singular: to sell a value.

If you’re planning to create landing pages for a certain purpose, keep these optimization tips in mind.

4 Tips to Optimize Landing Pages for Better Result

Here we go:

1) Believe in Minimalism

The first thing that a landing page should never be is cluttered. Remember that it was created to serve a purpose. Filling the page with unrelated factors will dissolve it of its purpose.

Optimization Tips for Landing Pages

Therefore, identify what you want to achieve with the landing page and make a list of items to be included in that page.

For instance, if you want email subscribers against a freebie such as an eBook or any software download, the landing page should include:

  • clear announcement of the offer
  • an image of the eBook or software
  • clear email subscription space
  • tabs like ‘About’ and ‘Disclaimer’
  • anti-spam policy
  • good design

…that’s it! You don’t need anything else.

2) Employ Tracking Tools

It is important to track the performance of landing pages. You need to know:

  • how many people are visiting the page
  • how many people are clicking on links
  • how many people are converting

Tracking is unavoidable. It will help to calculate ROI. Tools like Google Analytics, Google Webmasters Tool, WordPress plugins like Thirsty Affiliates and endless number of tools are there to help in tracking.

3) Experiment

For landing pages to deliver maximum results, get involved in experimentation through split testing. Split testing is all about creating the multiple versions of the same landing page and analyzing which version delivers the best results.

You will find that user response to these pages will vary, even if slightly. You may find users responding to a particular landing page more than others. The landing page which receives the best response should become your primary landing page.

4) Use Crisp and Concise Content

A landing page isn’t a blog or a full website. As such, the content needs to be precisely targeted into communicating the intent of the page. It should be crisp, concise and self-explanatory. The landing page title should be attractive and optimized to grab the attention of the potential visitor.

I am sure you realise that the first thing a reader notices, despite what method of promotion is being used, is the title. Therefore, spend time on deciding the landing page title.

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There are many more optimization tips for landing pages. But, these four should cover the basics. You can research further to know more on landing pages optimization.

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7 Advanced Ways to Promote Your Blog Content http://www.bloggingtips.com/2014/10/18/7-advanced-ways-promote-blog-content/ http://www.bloggingtips.com/2014/10/18/7-advanced-ways-promote-blog-content/#comments Sat, 18 Oct 2014 06:59:13 +0000 http://www.bloggingtips.com/?p=35525 Content promotion is moving away from big-box social media channels to more focused platforms that hone in on a specific target audience. To draw the attention of the movers and shakers in your niche or industry, you have to travel somewhere besides the familiar paths to promote your content. It all starts with using the right tools in your content promotion toolbox. Here are seven ways you can promote your content that goes beyond basic social media engagement: 1. Sniply  You can give context to links you share through Sniply and make them work for your content. Sniply allows you to tack a relevant message or call to action onto a link you share on Facebook, Youtube, Twitter or other major social media platforms. If you are sharing content from another source, you can also include a link back to relevant content on your blog. It allows you to include sign up form ...

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Content promotion is moving away from big-box social media channels to more focused platforms that hone in on a specific target audience.
To draw the attention of the movers and shakers in your niche or industry, you have to travel somewhere besides the familiar paths to promote your content.
It all starts with using the right tools in your content promotion toolbox. Here are seven ways you can promote your content that goes beyond basic social media engagement:
1. Sniply 
You can give context to links you share through Sniply and make them work for your content. Sniply allows you to tack a relevant message or call to action onto a link you share on Facebook, Youtube, Twitter or other major social media platforms.
If you are sharing content from another source, you can also include a link back to relevant content on your blog. It allows you to include sign up form for visitors to receive news and updates related to your blog.
Sniply has a cool feature where it lets you imbed viral content from Youtube or Vine and other popular visual content channels directly into your site. When people click on the embedded videos, it drives traffic back to you, so your blog benefits when it goes viral. This is big for beginning blogs that don’t have a lot of traction.
2. Outbrain 
When you read an article on high profile websites, you often come across a box at the bottom of the webpage containing a half-dozen images and links to other articles from around the web. Outbrain is responsible for bringing this targeted content to your attention.
Outbrain acts as a paid syndication service designed to connect content to interested audiences on high profile websites. It uses a per click distribution model. This means when your content receives a higher number of clicks, Outbrain will recommend your content on a higher number of websites. The cost per click is as low as $0.10 per article, so it offers an inexpensive option for getting many more eyeballs to see your content.
3. Subreddits 

Reddit is essentially the world’s biggest online bulletin board. Since there literally as many topics for discussion on Reddit as grains of sand at your local beach, subbreddits are useful for narrowing your target audience to a specific niche.
A subreddit is basically a niche within a content category. Self-improvement articles, for example, might be further divided into subreddits like fitness, philosophy, DIY and food. Content within these subreddits receives votes from members of the subreddit community.
A few good examples of niche subreddits:
College football: http://www.reddit.com/r/cfb
Reaction GIFs: http://www.reddit.com/r/reactiongifs
Movie News and discussion: http://www.reddit.com/r/movies
If you get positive votes, your content ranks higher in the subreddit and is seen by more people. The catch is you need to interact with others in the subreddit. If you are all about self-promotion, you can find yourself kicked out in a hurry. Troy Shanks at Blog Beast Network recommends spending 2-3 months of adding value to the conversation before dropping any self-promo.
4. Hootsuite 
Posting content links to social media platforms can be time consuming if you do it one at a time. That’s where a place like Hootsuite can be like a best friend for your content promotion efforts.
Hootsuite lets you manage accounts for more than 35 popular social networks in the same location. You can schedule when to publish links to content or specific messages to your social media followers. You have access to a wide range of analytics that track how your links are performing, so you can see what strategies work and which ones need to be changed.
The best feature is an app directory that gives you access to more than 100 popular social media apps from Instagram to Marketo, so you have a better idea on where to put the spotlight on your content.
5. Paper li
Large scale content promotion can be as simple as creating your own online newspaper. It only takes a few minutes and is totally free through Paper li. You can use Paper li to publish articles, photos and videos —created by you or others—relevant to your brand or industry.
Paper li processes more than 250 million social media posts per day and extracts more than 25 million articles from that slush pile of information. Our recent ipas2 post on Multiple Streams went viral because of the option paper.li gave us to put that piece in front of affiliate and network marketing audiences. It lets you select your sources, customize your newspaper with ads, videos and your own content and gives you access to promotional tools such as daily email digests and embedded news widgets for your blog.
6. Triberr 
Being part of a tribe isn’t just reserved for reality television. With Triberr, you can join a tribe of other bloggers to share content. Your reward is a promise of higher traffic and opportunities to earn income as a brand influencer.
Top Ten Reviews recently used Triberr to find niche specialists to cover some of their review pages…since they have over 1,000 of them. Triberr is free to use and works through 30 day influencer marketing campaigns. In this type of campaign, companies hire bloggers to promote and endorse their brand, products or services. It helps the company gain a foothold with certain target demographics. For the blogger, it is a great way to build their reputation and give their content added credibility as the ambassador of a popular brand.
7. Blog Aggregators 
Aggregators are landing pages that collect the best blog content from across the web. There are countless blog aggregators to choose from and each one offers different features and benefits for content promotion.
Blogorama functions as a free directory where your blog content can be grouped with other blogs covering the same niche or topics. Bloglines puts an emphasis on local news and groups blogs by city. You can vote on favorite blogs and the site lets you customize content feeds. AllTop is like a virtual magazine rack. It collects headlines from the latest stories on the top sites and blogs on the web. These headlines are grouped by topic into individual web pages.
Using a blog aggregator is most effective for timely content because it gets your content into the news feeds of people who are already interested in that topic.

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How to Breathe Life into Old Blog Posts and Improve Blog Traffic? http://www.bloggingtips.com/2014/10/16/breathe-life-blog-posts-improve-blog-traffic/ http://www.bloggingtips.com/2014/10/16/breathe-life-blog-posts-improve-blog-traffic/#comments Thu, 16 Oct 2014 07:12:41 +0000 http://www.bloggingtips.com/?p=35514 Bloggers spend a lot of time finding and implementing strategies to improve blog traffic. Regular content updates and social shares are the two frequently used methods. Today, let’s talk about something different. What about your old blog posts? The posts that were published a year ago or even a month back should be re-utilized to improve blog traffic. Why? Your old content will not go waste since a lot of time was spent on creating them. Your old content, if useful, can attract new readers to the blog. Frequent utilization of old content reduces pressure on creating new content on a regular basis. Old content will improve SEO balance. Given these benefits, shouldn’t you breathe life into old blog posts and improve blog traffic? 6 Ways to Improve Blog Traffic with Old Content Let’s see how. 1) Find Old Content that ‘Clicked’ Dig into the old post database and select ...

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Bloggers spend a lot of time finding and implementing strategies to improve blog traffic. Regular content updates and social shares are the two frequently used methods.

Today, let’s talk about something different.

What about your old blog posts?

The posts that were published a year ago or even a month back should be re-utilized to improve blog traffic. Why?

  • Your old content will not go waste since a lot of time was spent on creating them.
  • Your old content, if useful, can attract new readers to the blog.
  • Frequent utilization of old content reduces pressure on creating new content on a regular basis.
  • Old content will improve SEO balance.

Given these benefits, shouldn’t you breathe life into old blog posts and improve blog traffic?

6 Ways to Improve Blog Traffic with Old Content

Let’s see how.

1) Find Old Content that ‘Clicked’

Dig into the old post database and select blog posts which clicked with the readers in the past. If it clicked them, it will get good response now as well. You can select such posts on the basis of its social shares, comment count and search traffic.

Use Old Blog Posts to Improve Blog Traffic

2) Update Old Content

Breathing life into old blog posts to improve blog traffic means you need to update them as well.  Whether they are posts fitting the first point or other not-so-popular posts, you should use them to attract new traffic.

You do this by updating the old content. If they were time-centric posts, update them with new research data and news happening within that niche. For instance, if you wrote about Pinterest when it launched and you want to promote it again, you have to make a lot of changes to make the content suitable for present day.

3) Improve their SEO

Before re-sharing old posts, update its SEO peripherals. You can make changes to its title, primary keywords, add more secondary keywords, and improve H2 and H3 tags and other on-page SEO factors.

4) Index on Google

Yes, your old post is already indexed but once you update the whole blog page, log into Google Webmasters Tool and go to Crawl > Fetch as Google. Prompt Googlebot to crawl and index the newly updated page. This will boost its search rankings and improve blog traffic.

5) Automate Social Shares

Manual social sharing is awesome but time constraints move us towards automated social sharing options. You can use tools like JustRetweet to schedule tweets or software like HootSuite or Buffer to schedule social shares on multiple platforms like Pinterest, Facebook, Google and others. They will be published in a certain designated time and bring more blog traffic.

6) Share Newsletter

If you actively share newsletters with blog subscribers, you can share the updated blog posts in the next newsletter as well.

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Breathing life into old blog posts is sure shot way to improve blog traffic.

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Why You’re Not Making Money With Your Blog http://www.bloggingtips.com/2014/10/15/making-money-with-your-blog/ http://www.bloggingtips.com/2014/10/15/making-money-with-your-blog/#comments Wed, 15 Oct 2014 22:36:36 +0000 http://www.bloggingtips.com/?p=35468 When I started blogging, I had no idea how to make money. Like a lot of newbies, I got suckered into believing all I needed was a website, a few words and the overarching desire to sip Mai Tais on the beach. And while I loved the idea of freedom, the one thing lacking in most in my early education was the truth. The truth is, achieving overnight blogging success does not happen overnight. For me, it took nearly five years to finally cover all my bills through blogging. So my goal (in our short time together) is to help you avoid my mistakes and provide an actionable plan so you can start making money with your blog ASAP. Why You’re Not Making Money With Your Blog When I started blogging, my primary focus was generating traffic. To this end, I churned out dozens of blog articles weekly. And even ...

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When I started blogging, I had no idea how to make money. Like a lot of newbies, I got suckered into believing all I needed was a website, a few words and the overarching desire to sip Mai Tais on the beach. And while I loved the idea of freedom, the one thing lacking in most in my early education was the truth.

The truth is, achieving overnight blogging success does not happen overnight. For me, it took nearly five years to finally cover all my bills through blogging. So my goal (in our short time together) is to help you avoid my mistakes and provide an actionable plan so you can start making money with your blog ASAP.

Angry Man Who Doesn't Make Money Online!

Why You’re Not Making Money With Your Blog

When I started blogging, my primary focus was generating traffic. To this end, I churned out dozens of blog articles weekly. And even though I knew very little about SEO, once I published around 50 articles, my blog started to rank. As a result, my unique visitor count slowly grew and eventually surpassed one-hundred visits per day.

Once I had traffic, I was ready to make money. Like most bloggers, I experimented with Google Adsense and also added affiliate links to my blog. Over the next few months, the clicks and sales eventually generated roughly one-hundred dollars in passive income.

While one-hundred dollars is not a lot of money, the experience proved that making money with your blog is possible. At the same time, I remember being frustrated. One-hundred dollars is not a lot of money. I needed a new strategy.

Build Your Audience

If you hang around enough professional bloggers, sooner or later you’ll hear someone echo the popular marketing mantra:

“The money is in your list.”

Even though I heard this over and over, I’m embarrassed to admit it took me months to realize what it meant. But when it comes to making money with your blog, your email subscriber list is your most valuable asset. This is because most of your readers are too busy to spend more than a few minutes on your blog.

Unless you make an effort to capture contact info, you may never see your readers again.

This is where email is helpful. Email allows you to turn a casual reader into an active subscriber. This in-turn allows you the opportunity to build a genuine, caring, email relationship with each subscriber, over time. Once you have the relationship, you can start emailing exciting, valuable offers directly to your subscribers.

To add email capture to your blog, I recommend utilizing a reputable third-party email marketing service such as Aweber, Mail Chimp, Constant Contact or one of the gazillion other providers. These services makes the whole process of creating email capture forms and managing your email subscribers easy.

Simplify Your Ethical Bribe

If you are like me, your email inbox is a twitter feed. As a result, you are reluctant to give out your email address to anybody. Your audience is the same. In order to create a subscriber, you must give away something valuable. Your valuable freebie is usually downloadable and is called an ethical bribe or lead magnet.

When I first started, I spent weeks creating the perfect lead magnet. It was a 21 part mini-course, delivered over several months. The problem was, most of my readers didn’t have time to invest in yet another mini-course, no matter how awesome the promise. As a result, my initial opt-ins were abysmal.

After months of testing, I eventually came to the conclusion that less is more. Your readers want something simple and digestible. So I recommend that instead of creating a comprehensive course, you limit your lead magnet to a one page PDF “toolkit” or “resource guide” or “checklist.”

As soon as I made this change, my opt-ins doubled. And over time, I grew my list to over ten-thousand subscribers, generating thousands of dollars in revenue per month.

If you’re having trouble making money with your blog, focus first on growing your subscribers. Once you have the subscribers, you can directly market any product or service that would legitimately help them. And that’s where the real money is made.

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Why Your Blog Should Have a Homepage? http://www.bloggingtips.com/2014/10/15/blog-homepage/ http://www.bloggingtips.com/2014/10/15/blog-homepage/#comments Wed, 15 Oct 2014 09:43:33 +0000 http://www.bloggingtips.com/?p=35460 This post is a counter-argument to Paul Gannon’s Why Your Blog Shouldn’t Have a Homepage article on BloggingTips. You should read it first before reading my counter-argument. What Paul basically insists is that bloggers shouldn’t use the homepage as a typical blog roll of latest posts but should optimize it to achieve certain purposes such as offering opt-in forms or encouraging visitors to comment on posts. In short, the homepage should be purpose-oriented and so far, I completely agree with what Paul suggests but I would like to deviate a bit and present another perspective. The Relationship between Blogger and Blog In the last 4 years spent as a blogger, I have come to classify bloggers as: authority influencers (example: Zac Johnson and Pat Flynn) side kick to business websites (example: KISSmetrics.com) generic bloggers (example: about 90% of the blogging world) Now, the purpose of a homepage will find varied ...

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This post is a counter-argument to Paul Gannon’s Why Your Blog Shouldn’t Have a Homepage article on BloggingTips. You should read it first before reading my counter-argument. What Paul basically insists is that bloggers shouldn’t use the homepage as a typical blog roll of latest posts but should optimize it to achieve certain purposes such as offering opt-in forms or encouraging visitors to comment on posts.

In short, the homepage should be purpose-oriented and so far, I completely agree with what Paul suggests but I would like to deviate a bit and present another perspective.

Blog Homepage

The Relationship between Blogger and Blog

In the last 4 years spent as a blogger, I have come to classify bloggers as:

  • authority influencers (example: Zac Johnson and Pat Flynn)
  • side kick to business websites (example: KISSmetrics.com)
  • generic bloggers (example: about 90% of the blogging world)

Now, the purpose of a homepage will find varied usage among these three categories, depending on the relationship between the blogger and the blog.

How?

Let’s see.

1) Authority Influencers

Bloggers like Zac Johnson and Pat Flynn are already established authority influencers. The blogging community knows them and as such, if you look at their homepage, it is optimized to achieve a purpose.

If you see the homepage of SmartPassiveIncome.com, it introduces the visitor to Pat, to the community, to his podcasts and lastly, there is the recent blog post.

All in all, it’s a killer example homepage optimization.

Drawing on Paul’s analogy of a brick-and-mortar storefront, I think the blog homepage should function as a ‘storefront’, as a peep into what can be found ‘inside’ the store.

2) Side Kick to Business Websites

These are typically business blogs, created with the purpose of driving niche traffic and generating leads.

If you read through the KISSmetrics blog, the content is all about data and analysis, which is what their software is all about and as Paul wrote is his piece, the homepage is already optimized as a ‘landing page’ intended to build customer base.

3) Generic Bloggers

The number of generic bloggers is high in the blogging community. Not many of them cross the bridge between being a general blogger to an authority influencer. The generic bloggers are typically those whose sole purpose of a blog is to earn advertising revenue.

As such, they cannot get rid of the typical homepage because:

  • it is what advertisers expect. The advertisers wish to see updated list of recent blog posts.
  • it is needed to display sidebars for advertisements.

The kind of optimization Paul suggests will not work for this category of bloggers unless they are ready with effort and commitment to leave behind generic blogging and move into authority blogging. Unless they are ready, they cannot abandon the typical ‘homepage’.

What do you think?

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Why Your Blog Shouldn’t Have a Homepage http://www.bloggingtips.com/2014/10/13/blog-shouldnt-homepage/ http://www.bloggingtips.com/2014/10/13/blog-shouldnt-homepage/#comments Mon, 13 Oct 2014 16:12:06 +0000 http://www.bloggingtips.com/?p=35445 If you got a group of marketers, designers, bloggers, and other web professionals together to talk about homepages, you could count on at least one of them comparing homepages to storefronts. While there is some merit to this analogy, I believe thinking about homepages as digital storefronts, has caused many bloggers to miss out on a whole lot of money. Let’s think about the function of a storefront for a second. In my late teens I took a management position at shoe store at the local mall. We didn’t have a whole lot of choice of what went in the giant windows that made up our storefront, as far as signage went. However, we did get to pick a couple dozen or so pairs of shoes to be displayed in the windows on any given day. Our strategy? Display a little bit of everything. Half were men’s shoes; half were ...

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If you got a group of marketers, designers, bloggers, and other web professionals together to talk about homepages, you could count on at least one of them comparing homepages to storefronts. While there is some merit to this analogy, I believe thinking about homepages as digital storefronts, has caused many bloggers to miss out on a whole lot of money.

Let’s think about the function of a storefront for a second.

In my late teens I took a management position at shoe store at the local mall. We didn’t have a whole lot of choice of what went in the giant windows that made up our storefront, as far as signage went. However, we did get to pick a couple dozen or so pairs of shoes to be displayed in the windows on any given day.

Our strategy? Display a little bit of everything. Half were men’s shoes; half were women’s. Five basketball shoes; five skate shoes; five casual shoes; five dress shoes.

The setup wasn’t always so evenly distributed, but you get the idea. The point is, we wanted to attract the eye of whomever happened to walk by. And because we had no control over who walked past our storefront, our goal was to appeal to as many people as possible.

This is the approach taken by most bloggers and online business owners – and it’s all wrong!

Store Front like a Homepage

What’s Wrong with the Digital Storefront Strategy?

The purpose of a brick and mortar storefront is to catch people’s eyes and get them in the store. Once you’ve got them in the door, all you have to do is lead them to the right pair of shoes and make the sale.

But things are different in the digital world. Online, once people are on your homepage, they’re already through the door. If you think of your homepage as a digital storefront, then you’re still trying to get everyone’s attention, when you should be focusing on leading the people already in your store to the right pair of shoes.

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“But I Don’t Sell Shoes. Or anything for that matter!”

OK, so you don’t sell anything on your blog and rely on ad revenues instead, but surely you can think of something the visitors to your blog need to be doing in order for your blogging business to grow.

As a blogger myself, here are a few thing I want people to do when they visit my blog: 

If you can get your visitors to take action in the above three ways on a regular basis, you can grow your blog’s reach, increase ad views, and make more money.

Getting Visitor To Do What You Want

The key to getting your visitors to help you grow your blog is to think of your homepage as if it were a landing page.

By applying the methods used to create effective landing pages, you can focus on the people already in the door (on your homepage) and lead them to the right pair of shoes (shares, comments, opt-ins).

What’s the Difference Between a Landing Page and a Homepage?

While homepages are often thought of as digital storefronts, trying to grab the attention of anyone who might click through, landing pages are much more focused and goal-oriented.

The goal of a landing page is get visitors to take action, often in the form of providing their contact information or purchasing an item. However, in many cases (such as yours), landing pages can be used to promote a particular piece of content or to get that same piece of content shared via social media.

So in order to reach your goal of shares, comments and opt-ins, you need to bring focus to your homepage, and subtly lead your visitors into taking action – just like a good landing page would do.

What’s Next?

Keep your eyes peeled for a follow-up post, where I’ll cover specific tips and trick for turning your blog’s homepage into a landing page, for increased reach and revenue.

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How to Watch Netflix Outside of the United States http://www.bloggingtips.com/2014/10/12/watch-netflix-united-states/ http://www.bloggingtips.com/2014/10/12/watch-netflix-united-states/#comments Mon, 13 Oct 2014 02:09:20 +0000 http://www.bloggingtips.com/?p=35430 As bloggers and especially travel bloggers, we may find ourselves with the opportunity to travel through out the world. In addition to the many perks of being able to run your business and blog from anywhere, you might also run into connectivity issues when traveling outside your country. One specific issue that travelers may discover is there inability to access some of their favorite sites such as Netflix. Once getting their access to the internet and seeing they can’t access Netflix, but they can access other areas of the internet such as WordPress and their own sites, they may feel that Netflix, Facebook and other media sites that are being blocked is a lost cause… however, this isn’t the case. Yes! It is possible to watch Netflix outside of the States – and you can access other video streaming websites too!   ‘Orange is the New Black’ and ‘House of ...

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As bloggers and especially travel bloggers, we may find ourselves with the opportunity to travel through out the world. In addition to the many perks of being able to run your business and blog from anywhere, you might also run into connectivity issues when traveling outside your country. One specific issue that travelers may discover is there inability to access some of their favorite sites such as Netflix.

Once getting their access to the internet and seeing they can’t access Netflix, but they can access other areas of the internet such as WordPress and their own sites, they may feel that Netflix, Facebook and other media sites that are being blocked is a lost cause… however, this isn’t the case.

Yes! It is possible to watch Netflix outside of the States – and you can access other video streaming websites too!  

Blocked Access‘Orange is the New Black’ and ‘House of Cards’ are currently my two most favorite TV shows, making Netflix an online holy grail… especially when you have time to kill or for long flights that have internet access.

For those of us who live in the States, accessing Netflix poses no problem at all, however, if you happen to go on vacation, travel overseas for business or perhaps even move to another country you will have one serious issue – you won’t be able to access it.

You could end up wasting valuable time trying to figure out how to watch Netflix whilst in Europe or any other country that you may find yourself in, but I’ll let you in on a little secret. No matter where you are in the world, there is a way to unblock Netflix, plus all the other video streaming sites out there such as Pandora, Hulu and HBO.

The secret to unblock Netflix – continue reading, it’s coming!

How does Netflix know where I am in the world?

Netflix recognizes you by your IP address – it doesn’t matter what type of device you use to access it, because it checks your IP address to find out where in the world you are.  If you’re in Europe, and you connect to Netflix, it can detect that you’re outside of the United States, and it will display the message “Sorry, Netflix is not available in your country yet”. Netflix will only grant access to its services to those who are located in the States – those with an American IP address. So, you need to change your IP address to one that is located in the States.

The secret is to use a VPN (which stands for Private Virtual Network).

Using a VPN is like using a different internet service provider, no trace of your original IP address can be detected. For example, if you’re in Florida, and you connect to a VPN server in New York, your original IP address is hidden, and any website you visit thinks that you are now in New York.

While the concept and basics of a VPN might look something confusing like the image below, the complications of it all have been made quite simple by many of the different VPN server companies on the market today.

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I’ve tried several VPN providers over the years, but one that I’ve always stuck with is Hide My Ass! because a) they have thousands of IPs, b) they have more servers around the globe than any other VPN provider, and c) have the fastest servers on the market, which of course is so important when streaming Netflix.

You can use Hide My Ass! on your PC (Windows), Mac, and Linux operating systems. And you can download their free app for your iPhone, iPad, etc. via the iTune’s store, and for your Android device via the Google Play store.

Downloading the software takes a few minutes, and if you do have any questions you can contact their customer support guys who are really knowledgeable and helpful.

Currently, they have 620 VPN servers, and over 77,000 IP addresses to choose from, and they are continually adding more servers, new countries and locations to their database making them my number one choice of VPN provider.

This screenshot shows that I’ve selected a US State, which will allow me to watch Netflix.

Hide My Ass VPN

Do I need an American credit card to purchase Netflix?

You’ll find that you will be able to use your non-American credit card to pay for a Netflix account, but you will likely need a US ZIP code. It won’t stop your payment from going through, so don’t worry about that.

American ZIP codes are made up of 5 numbers, for example, 10003 is a New York one. There are a number of websites that provide ZIP all US states.

So, enjoy Netflix, and if you have any questions I would love to hear from you!

For many bloggers traveling throughout the world, the last thing they would probably think of when leaving for their trip would be what sites they might have trouble accessing at their final destination. Fortunately through the use of VPN providers this shouldn’t be an issue, especially when planning ahead.

Click here to get started with your own VPN provider.

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Meet Sean Si of SEO-Hacker.com http://www.bloggingtips.com/2014/10/12/meet-sean-si-seohackercom/ http://www.bloggingtips.com/2014/10/12/meet-sean-si-seohackercom/#comments Sun, 12 Oct 2014 16:12:38 +0000 http://www.bloggingtips.com/?p=35416 One of the biggest reasons why people find so much success with blogging and online marketing is because there are so many useful resources out there and people to help you along the way. Sean Si created his SEO-Hacker blog to help others better understand how to rank in the search results and also spread awareness about his business and WordPress too. Now that’s a great example of how to put your WordPress blog to use for you, and all of it will be explained in this week’s latest installment of Meet the Bloggers. 1.) Please tell us about yourself and how you got into blogging? Hey guys, my name’s Sean and I’m the blogger and editor-in-chief of SEO Hacker and God and You. I’m a motivational speaker who loves to read and write. Writing was always my muse since I was young. I figured to take it on the world ...

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One of the biggest reasons why people find so much success with blogging and online marketing is because there are so many useful resources out there and people to help you along the way. Sean Si created his SEO-Hacker blog to help others better understand how to rank in the search results and also spread awareness about his business and WordPress too. Now that’s a great example of how to put your WordPress blog to use for you, and all of it will be explained in this week’s latest installment of Meet the Bloggers.

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

Sean Hey guys, my name’s Sean and I’m the blogger and editor-in-chief of SEO Hacker and God and You. I’m a motivational speaker who loves to read and write. Writing was always my muse since I was young. I figured to take it on the world stage through blogging – I started my first blog, God and You when I was 19 years old. Wrote some articles there and figured out that I needed more traffic. That eventually led me to finding out about SEO and starting out an SEO blog.

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

For God and You, I blog about my beliefs as a born again Christian – things about philosophy, apologetics, love and dating, and so on and so forth. For SEO Hacker, I blog about all things SEO and inbound marketing – from news, to how-to’s to data-driven case studies.

Well for SEO Hacker, it started out as a journal of the things I’m learning about in SEO. When people started sharing my articles and asking me if I can do their site’s SEO, it quickly turned into an SEO services gig. So I kept writing because it fueled my business as I shared my expertise to other people who are interested in learning the ropes of SEO.

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

I have affiliate products such as Hubstaff, Monitor Backlinks, Cognitive SEO, Inspectlet, Pivotal Tracker, and SEMrush (who are also my business partners) as well as my own products such as SEO Hacker School and Qeryz being advertised on my blog entries, toolbox and sidebar.

These haul in a pretty good amount to pay the bills. But my main stream of income right now comes from clients – which the blog has referred consistently as well.

SEO Hacker Blog

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

A lot!

When I first started, I had no idea about SEO, Social media marketing, awesome internet marketing tools, and a lot of other things. Things that helped me get where I am today.

To make my answer a little more specific, here’s a shortlist:

SEO is all about awesome quality content but it doesn’t stop there – you have to make sure that it goes out, people read it, and people eventually link to it and/or share it over their social media properties.

Social media marketing is an amplifier. It’s not meant to drive in consistent, ‘passive’ traffic to your website. It’s better used for increasing brand awareness and spreading word or promotions to target demographics.

PPC (pay-per-click) is a brilliant form of rental. Unlike SEO where you are pretty much fixed on your website’s rankings after a good, successful campaign, PPC is a short way to get to the top – unfortunately, it’s only temporary. Once you stop paying rent, your ranking doesn’t just go down, it disappears altogether.

CRO (conversion rate optimization) is one of the best things an analytical person can play with. You can go crazy with tools like Unbounce, Google Analytics Content Experiments, Qeryz, Inspectlet and a lot more besides. In fact, this blog entry tells you all about how we’ve used the tools to improve our signups by 80% at Qeryz.

These tools make you understand your traffic in their behavior like no other – and it’s just fascinating to see them work as your visitors go in and out of your site.

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

It has changed overtime. What I’m reading now is not the same list of blogs I was reading when I was starting out. So I’ll list a combination of both in no chronological order.

  • Groovehq
  • Copyblogger
  • Moz
  • ConversionXL
  • Search Engine Land
  • Quicksprout
  • Occam’s Razor

There’s a lot more but I don’t visit them as often as the ones I listed down here. We usually give out the best of inbound marketing news that me and the rest of the SEO Hacker team reads at our Growth Hacks Top 10 newsletter.

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

For blogging one of my favorite tools is Aweber. People who subscribed to your newsletter are people who are 340% more likely to share your content over social media and email. These are your listeners who are tuned in. Email marketing has played a huge part in growing my blog.

Just recently, Qeryz has helped me out by gathering user insights which helps me publish data driven content. There’s really no better way for you to know your traffic than asking them. Qeryz helps you by eliminating the hassle of a web survey while providing your users an unobtrusive platform to give their responses – all in your website. (If you’re interested, you can sign up for free here)

Google Analytics – There’s really only a handful of ways to measure a blog’s growth and success than the traffic, pageviews, time on site, bounce rate, and subscriptions among others. Google analytics gives you all that in one place. It also helps you track goals you may have for your blog through events tracking, URL destination or browsing duration. You can check out our guide about how to start using Google analytics here.

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

Write for things you really care about.

When I started blogging, I wrote about the biggest thing in my life that I love – God. That’s one huge reason why I keep on going. There will be roadblocks, there will be dips and there will be challenges that you are going to face along your journey of blogging. The only way you’ll get through that is if you love what you’re blogging about.

Passion has a huge part to play in going through the dip.

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

Start with a laser-focused niche. Don’t blow a hole open and charge forward blogging about an entire industry – let alone a popular one.

You can’t compete with the bigger blogs – they’ve been there for a while. They have better domain age and authority than you. They have more content, thicker index, better link profiles and what have you. If you are going to go against them, you’re going on a steep uphill climb.

Rather go for a small niche, be the best at it, and when the traffic starts to roll in and people start to appreciate your work, make connections then spread out to other relevant niches.

That’s what I did with SEO Hacker. I started with SEO then spread out to social media marketing, email marketing, analytics, CRO, etc.

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

I’d buy a domain name, 1gb of hosting and start writing. No need for a good designer or for any fancy internet marketing tools. Feedburner or Mailchimp can work since it’s a new blog and I have only $100 to boot.

I guess in the end, I’ll use it for Stumbleupon ads just to be able to spend it (as your question requires). I’ll link out to all the authorities in the niche I’m trying to target and then get some traffic so I’ll get noticed by them. I’ll start tweeting them too – and work my way to publishing a guest post or two in their website.

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

The best way to get in touch with me is through Twitter @SEO_Hacker or via LinkedIn. A quick email from my personal blog will also do.

Thanks again Sean 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 Venchito Tampon of DigitalPhilippines.net http://www.bloggingtips.com/2014/10/11/meet-venchito-tampon-digitalphilippinesnet/ http://www.bloggingtips.com/2014/10/11/meet-venchito-tampon-digitalphilippinesnet/#comments Sat, 11 Oct 2014 15:12:31 +0000 http://www.bloggingtips.com/?p=35415 No matter where you are located in the world or what language you speak, there is blogging outlet for you. WordPress and blogging has taken the world by storm and the bloggers of yesteryear are helping the bloggers of tomorrow. Venchito Tampon is a blogger from the Philippines who has been building out his own WordPress and blogging site, while inspiring others along the way. This makes Venchito a perfect candidate for this week’s edition of Meet the Bloggers. 1.) Please tell us about yourself and how you got into blogging? I’ve been a freelance writer since 2011, working for a few clients based in UK, US and Australia. Curiosity just took place after writing multiple SEO articles for those clients. That led to me learning more about SEO – how it works and why it is a very important source of traffic to a certain website or blog. In early 2013, ...

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No matter where you are located in the world or what language you speak, there is blogging outlet for you. WordPress and blogging has taken the world by storm and the bloggers of yesteryear are helping the bloggers of tomorrow. Venchito Tampon is a blogger from the Philippines who has been building out his own WordPress and blogging site, while inspiring others along the way. This makes Venchito a perfect candidate for this week’s edition of Meet the Bloggers.

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

Venchito TamptonI’ve been a freelance writer since 2011, working for a few clients based in UK, US and Australia. Curiosity just took place after writing multiple SEO articles for those clients. That led to me learning more about SEO – how it works and why it is a very important source of traffic to a certain website or blog.

In early 2013, I started my link building blog, DigitalPhilippines.net (subscribe to my blog). In the first few months after launch, I published topics related to general marketing and branding, then I decided to focus on content marketing and link building after ten months of existence.

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

My focus of my blog is blogging, content marketing and link building. I decided to choose those very specific topics because I’ve found out that they were the common pains of SEOs and internet marketers (in general) nowadays.

Bloggers don’t know how to build links and SEOs don’t know how to create content and write blog posts, so focusing my efforts both on these two topics can help me tap into a wider group of readers

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

I recently promoted some products for my affiliate program in this list or resource of SEO tools page. Hopefully I can get some good commissions from the tools and products I’m promoting.

But basically, my blog is my main source of leads (potential clients) for my high quality link building (e.g. guest blogging) and content writing services.

Digital Philippines

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

Relationship building is extremely important in blogging.

Every blogger especially those who’re starting out in the industry should start investing in relationship building efforts with like-minded people who can help them achieve their desired results for their website or brand.

There are so many things relationship building can provide to a certain website or business. A few of them are:

  • Helps in amplifying the site’s internal and external content (e.g. regular contributed articles) to audiences that are secondarily targeted by the blogger.
  • Establishes a solid brand community where you can easily get some feedback about your content, website, your business and your offerings as well (products or services).
  • Reveals new ideas or topics you haven’t brought up on your blog (e.g. conversations with an experienced influencer or blogger could open some fresh ideas for content creation).
  • Helps in building your brand as a blogger since some of your connected influencers might mention your tool/content/site from their own blog posts.

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

  1. Kaiserthesage – advanced inbound marketing blog
  2. SEObytheSea – advanced SEO blog
  3. Moz – advanced SEO, inbound marketing blog

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

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

Promote your content to build relationships not only to build links to your blog.

Profitable backlinks will only be the end product of your relationship building efforts.

Become the first few persons to comment on fresh new blog posts on some of the authoritative blogs in your niche. Make them remember you through your answers to questions, discussions and forums you’re engaging with. Always leave actionable tips in all of your answers to get people to follow your social profiles and your blog/brand as well given that people always want to learn from someone who’re really good at something (one who understands the “how” of a certain thing).

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

Creating content without the effort and time to promote it is a huge mess.

Every time you publish a post (even if you don’t do it daily), you should take at least 15-30 minutes of your time to promote it.

Here are some tips for content promotion:

  • Do a Google search for the target keyword of your blog post. Reach out to all the bloggers or webmasters of the pages listed in the search results.
  • Perform an outreach campaign to people or authorities you’ve mentioned in your post (just simply share your post to them, 90% of them will share it because of the law of reciprocity).

You can check out this post about link building tips from top link building experts in the search industry.

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

Use the first $30 for the hosting and domain (year) and $70 to create well-designed landing pages.

Then just write blog posts consistently to achieve your goals (affiliate commissions, leads, adsense, etc..). Invest your first few profits to build a solid website and add some designs to it.

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

Link building and content marketing newsletter

Twitter – @venchito

Google+

Email: venchitotampon [at] gmail [dot] com

Thanks again Venchito 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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How UpCity Can Help Boost Your Blog’s SEO http://www.bloggingtips.com/2014/10/09/upcity-boost-blogs-seo/ http://www.bloggingtips.com/2014/10/09/upcity-boost-blogs-seo/#comments Thu, 09 Oct 2014 14:31:11 +0000 http://www.bloggingtips.com/?p=35396 One thing that is missing from the Blogging and SMB community is an SEO tool with easy to understand instructions, tools that are actually effective in helping you grow your site as well as easy to understand reports.  That’s why internet marketing veteran Dan Olson created UpCity. UpCity isn’t an enterprise tool like some of the name brands, but a custom built system to help SMBs, Bloggers and the Agencies that work with them.  It easily allows you to track, report and boost your SEO traffic through site health audits, easy-to-understand-tools and provides you with actionable items based on data.  All of the tools are built in house and designed to save you time while maximizing your efforts. You can try UpCity for free by clicking here, or you can continue reading to learn about the tools and how they can help grow your blog or business.  UpCity SEO Tools ...

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One thing that is missing from the Blogging and SMB community is an SEO tool with easy to understand instructions, tools that are actually effective in helping you grow your site as well as easy to understand reports.  That’s why internet marketing veteran Dan Olson created UpCity.

UpCity isn’t an enterprise tool like some of the name brands, but a custom built system to help SMBs, Bloggers and the Agencies that work with them.  It easily allows you to track, report and boost your SEO traffic through site health audits, easy-to-understand-tools and provides you with actionable items based on data.  All of the tools are built in house and designed to save you time while maximizing your efforts.

You can try UpCity for free by clicking here, or you can continue reading to learn about the tools and how they can help grow your blog or business. 

UpCity SEO Tools for Bloggers

Here are some of the features of UpCity and how you can use them to scale and grow your own blogs.

  • Backlink checker
  • Week by week reporting
  • Social media monitoring tools

The Backlink Checker

UpCity Backlink Checker

UpCity has a great tool to help you find backlinks to your blog.  By knowing where the backlinks exist you can see when they were built, where they come from and keep track of who is mentioning you.  By having this in an easy to read and export format, you can reach out when you have new resources that are relevant to the sites.  That is only the starting point of how to use this tool.

By being able to pull a report of who is linking to your site, you can also do this for competitors or pages ranking above you for key terms in the search engines.

Now that you have your competitors backlink profiles, you can start an outreach campaign to either replace your competitors backlinks with yours, or have your site added to help get the same authority that they have and outrank them.  A good starting point is with link requests and dividing up the list.

Here are a couple of tips on how to do this:

If the page has multiple outbound links, then you may want to ask the webmaster to add your resource to their list.  If it has a couple, you may want to pitch your resource and another one which is relevant.  If it only links out to your competitor, you could try pitching a similar/complementary or follow up post that could have a link to your site.

Having the list of sites is the key to helping remove your competitors rankings and helping to get your own site to show up better.

Week by Week Reporting

ranking by week

If you get hit by a penalization or rewarded, the week by week reporting tool can help with this.  The report shows you keywords and position from the time you add the keywords until you cancel your account.  If an update occurs within a specific search engine, you can track what keywords were rewarded and which ones were hit.  By having this data in an easy to see format you can know what to work on, how to fix it and have an easy way to see what is working and what is not.  (I pulled a 90 day overview in a live account I use for one of my clients, but I could go on a week by week basis as well).

If Panda hit your site and you lost some of your pages ranking, you can look at the keywords and pages that dropped to find out where to start your recovery.

If it’s Panda, the first thing to do is to find the pages that dropped and fix your onsite issues with them. If you see a lot of drops with keywords, find the page that was ranking and you have the perfect starting point.  Here’s one way to tackle it by using this report if there are 10 pages that got hit.

The first step is to create a plan to fix what is wrong with the effected pages.  If you have 10 like we mentioned above, try updating three on the same day the first week, three on the same day the next and three on the same day the week after.  You may want to leave one alone to see if it can recover on it’s own.   Now over the next couple of months you can watch as Everflux comes through and your rankings may start to come back or continue to fall.  If it’s working after a few weeks and everything is moving forward, you now have a good idea on how to get other pages to start to climb if they aren’t ranking at all.

The quick and easy to read reporting makes seeing your recovery efforts easy since you don’t have to pull a ton of data.  It is displayed right in front of you.

Social Media Monitoring Tools for Bloggers

social media monitoring tools

UpCity has recently launched a full set of social media monitoring tools to help you track traffic as well as measure and monitor the impact with conversions, SEO and to determine which channels bring the most relevant traffic for you.  Much like the other reports, the social media and traffic analysis report can be customized and appears in an easy to understand format.

You can see your sessions, the climb or decline, the source of your traffic as well as the device people are using when they find you.  From here you can really start to gather some great data to make decisions on which social channels have the best response with your site, which ones you may want to avoid spending a lot of time on and which ones may be good that you haven’t thought of working with yet.

UpCity realized there was a serious lacking of SEO and Social Media tools for SMBs and Bloggers.  By building everything in house and constantly launching new tools for Bloggers and SMBs like you, you now have a solution that is affordable and able to help you scale your site!

UpCity also has an affiliate program should you already have an existing audience that could benefit from their services as well.

Try UpCity free by clicking here!

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Meet Nick Loper of SideHustleNation.com http://www.bloggingtips.com/2014/10/05/meet-nick-loper-sidehustlenationcom/ http://www.bloggingtips.com/2014/10/05/meet-nick-loper-sidehustlenationcom/#comments Sun, 05 Oct 2014 16:18:02 +0000 http://www.bloggingtips.com/?p=35387 It doesn’t matter if you are a blogger, online marketer or even an employee at a company… it’s all about the hustle! No one gets to the top by being lazy or not giving a damn… and that’s one of the driving forces being many of the top entrepreneurs and bloggers in the world today. Nick knows all too well about the hustle it takes to make it in business, especially when it’s your own business. For this reason, Nick created his blog at SideHustleNation to help others realize the power and benefits of “hustling”… all of this and more in this latest edition of Meet the Bloggers. 1.) Please tell us about yourself and how you got into blogging? I’m Nick, and I’m excited to be the Chief Side Hustler at SideHustleNation.com. What that means is I get to help people earn money outside of their day jobs to ...

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It doesn’t matter if you are a blogger, online marketer or even an employee at a company… it’s all about the hustle! No one gets to the top by being lazy or not giving a damn… and that’s one of the driving forces being many of the top entrepreneurs and bloggers in the world today. Nick knows all too well about the hustle it takes to make it in business, especially when it’s your own business. For this reason, Nick created his blog at SideHustleNation to help others realize the power and benefits of “hustling”… all of this and more in this latest edition of Meet the Bloggers.

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

Nick Loper I’m Nick, and I’m excited to be the Chief Side Hustler at SideHustleNation.com. What that means is I get to help people earn money outside of their day jobs to create more financial freedom and independence in their lives.

I advocate the “side hustle” as a lower risk brand of entrepreneurship and that was my story. I built an online business (a comparison shopping site for shoes) nights and weekends for 3 years before I felt comfortable leaving my corporate job.

I began blogging on a personal domain in 2009, but there was no coherent or cohesive theme to tie it all together. I’d write about some online business and marketing stuff, because that’s what was going on in my life, but there would also be stories about our travels or pictures of our dog. In other words, for people who didn’t care about ME, there was very little reason to stick around and subscribe.

Still, the practice of consistently creating content, learning WordPress, and practicing my writing was invaluable.

In the Spring of 2013, I “re-branded” the site as SideHustleNation and decided to focus exclusively on content for aspiring and part-time entrepreneurs. Traffic has increased 7x since then — I guess the advice everyone says about having a well-defined niche really is true!

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

There are a lot of unhappy people in cubicles out there, and SideHustleNation aims to provide the hope and the tactics that there really is another path. If you spend your free time working on something you care about, building an asset, I believe good things will happen.

That’s been true in my life and I hope to spread that message through the blog and The Side Hustle Show podcast.

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

The site is monetized in a few different ways. The primary revenue sources are a private mastermind group I run along with private consulting services.

I also earn revenue through the occasional sponsored post and with affiliate sales.

Side Hustle Nation

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

No one cares about what you have to say. In some way, I guess I kind of fell into the “if you build it they will come” trap.

No — they won’t.

There has to be some compelling reason for people to read your content, and generally that reason is it will help them in some way.

On top of that, you have to be proactive about getting the word out. It’s easy to write amazing content and send it out into the vacuum of the Internet and have no one ever see it. I still have a hard time with the self-promotional bit, but if you’re 100% confident your material will be helpful, it’s not really spammy at all, but a community service.

Or at least that’s the way you have to look at it :)

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

I do most of my blog reading through Feedly, but 3 of my favorites are:

SmartPassiveIncome.com
TropicalMBA.com
MrMoneyMustache.com

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

1. Lately I’ve been using a combo-attack of SumoMe and LeadPages to maximize my email opt-ins. When I was flooded with traffic from a press mention, the (free!) SumoMe pop-up was converting at 10%.

2. Triberr is a cool service to band together with other bloggers to promote each other’s content, and their “Campaigns” option gives you an easy way to monetize your site.

3. I use a free plugin called Revive Old Post that tweets out my old articles once or twice a day. You can pick certain categories to exclude, but with 4 years of content in the archives, this is a cool way to breathe new social life into your existing material. Twitter is my #1 social referrer.

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

Blogging is a horrible business model. There are dozens of faster and easier ways to earn money (here are a few). If your primary aim is to make money from a blog, you’ll either need massive traffic or a really really well-defined niche you can sell products or services to or promote high-commission affiliate products.

On top of that, it’s an incredibly crowded arena. If you don’t LOVE writing, I would strongly consider starting a podcast or YouTube show instead. There’s much less competition because those channels require greater effort, but I think they’re easier to stand out in.

In fact, the podcast grew 3x faster than the blog during my first year.

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

Write Epic Shit from Corbett Barr.

If I look back on my posts that have “done well” on social media or in the comments, it’s rare to find one that’s less than 2000 words.

My most popular posts are the deep-dive case studies where I show step-by-step behind-the-scenes details of one of my projects. Sometimes they take 8-10 hours to write.

I think it all goes back to being helpful. Think of the kind of posts you share. Does the world really need another half-assed list post? (I’m totally guilty of this as well, by the way, but I’m trying to get better.)

It’s like Seth Godin’s Purple Cow — to get remarkable results, you have to build something remarkable.

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

The money really isn’t the limiting factor, because you can start a new blog for almost nothing and the $100 will more than cover your first year’s domain registration and hosting, but the time investment is.

I would really think about my long-term goals of the project — who do I hope to reach, how will I make money, and what do I hope to accomplish — and maybe a blog isn’t the best way to get there.

I’m re-reading some of these answers now and I’m realizing I probably sound kind of bitter against blogging, and that’s not the intention at all. But I would point out that my “hourly wage” strictly from blogging would be so far below minimum wage it would be illegal. I do it because I love to write and it feeds well into my “side hustle” mission, and I do expect that hourly rate to improve as the site grows.

One way to reposition this question would be to ask how to start building an online asset for $100. A blog may be a component of that asset, but it frees you up to think of it more as a business. Think of the blog as “content marketing” for your online business and the mindset shifts a little bit — I’m still undergoing this shift myself!

If I’m going to be investing the time anyway, and my primary goal is to build an audience, I would consider investing the $100 in a podcasting microphone ($50-90) and media hosting ($5-15/mo), and create a podcast instead!

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

SideHustleNation.com and The Side Hustle Show podcast.

I’m also @nloper on Twitter.

Thanks again Nick 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 Ali Luke of Aliventures.com http://www.bloggingtips.com/2014/10/04/meet-ali-luke-aliventurescom/ http://www.bloggingtips.com/2014/10/04/meet-ali-luke-aliventurescom/#comments Sat, 04 Oct 2014 17:45:49 +0000 http://www.bloggingtips.com/?p=35383 If you want to be a successful blogger, they you are going to not only need to know how to write… but most likely enjoy it as well. Writers can do pretty well for themselves in the world of the internet and technology today! Everyone needs new content and well written content isn’t cheap. This is something that Ali knows all too well, and she tells her story in this latest installment of Meet the Bloggers. 1.) Please tell us about yourself and how you got into blogging? I’m Ali Luke, and I got interested in blogging in 2007, when I was working full time in IT. (I’d had a blog or two before then, but they were very much the “personal diary” type of blogs.) I launched my first “pro” style blog at the start of 2008, and started freelancing for much larger blogs too. After six months, I ...

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If you want to be a successful blogger, they you are going to not only need to know how to write… but most likely enjoy it as well. Writers can do pretty well for themselves in the world of the internet and technology today! Everyone needs new content and well written content isn’t cheap. This is something that Ali knows all too well, and she tells her story in this latest installment of Meet the Bloggers.

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

Ali Luke I’m Ali Luke, and I got interested in blogging in 2007, when I was working full time in IT. (I’d had a blog or two before then, but they were very much the “personal diary” type of blogs.) I launched my first “pro” style blog at the start of 2008, and started freelancing for much larger blogs too. After six months, I quit my day job to make a living blogging and to study a creative writing MA.

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

My blog Aliventures is about the art, craft and business of writing. It took me a while to settle on this niche! My first blog was about healthy living for office workers, and my second was about success as a student. When I started blogging at Aliventures.com, I was focusing on personal development, but shifted to make the blog abotu writing instead.

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

Mainly through products: ebooks (The Blogger’s Guides), and my teaching / community site, Writers’ Huddle. I’ve used a lot of different monetization methods in the past, though, and if you’d like to know a bit more about them, I’ve listed them all in How I Make My Living as an Online Writer (my most popular post).

Aliventures Blog

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

I wish I’d known that you need to choose a niche you can see yourself learning and writing about for years and years to come, not one that reflects a passing interest or that you think is going to be easy to monetize.

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

I read quite a few blogs, but my current must-reads are:

www.michaelhyatt.com
www.copyblogger.com
www.thecreativepenn.com

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

a) WordPress.org, which I use for all my websites.

b) Aweber, which I use for my email lists.

c) Buffer, which is great for scheduling social media updates in advance.

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

Figure out who you’re writing for, and if you can, focus on a single individual. You might want to have someone real in mind (perhaps a friend who you’re mentoring), or come up with an “avatar” to represent your audience.

Beyond that, take things a step at a time, and don’t be afraid of the technology. There are tons of tutorials on every aspect of blogging — including videos — and a lot of tasks that sound like they could be tricky, like using widgets, are really straightforward.

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

Build an email list by offering a free incentive. My subscription rate increased dramatically when I launched my first free ebook. And an email list is a brilliant way to reach people — I get much higher conversion rates from my email list than from my blog (and both of those beat social media hands-down).

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

I’d buy a .com domain name and a premium WordPress theme (I like Thesis from DIYThemes, but you might want something a bit more “out of the box” if you’re new to blogging).

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

You can find me on Twitter as @aliventures, and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/aliventures. You’re also welcome to email me at ali@aliventures.com.

Thanks again Ali 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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