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A Day In the Life of a Software Engineer Blogger

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Most of the authors of blogging tips are sharing their day to day activities and here is the schedule I follow on a day to day basis as a Software Engineer. I have been in love with computers since early 1994 though much of my Internet life began much later in the late 90s.

I trained to become a Software Professional in 1999 and have over 7 years of experience building and deploying applications for the Internet platform. I work with Java, J2EE, PHP, XML, XSL and lots more (My Resume is actually made up of 7 pages LOL). Just in short I am a Internet Data Mining Expert 🙂

10:00 AM to 11:15 AM

I am not much of a early riser and prefer to sleep a bit late in the morning. I am more of a late to bed and late to rise kind of person. I usually get up around 10 and go on with the usual rituals by around 10.30 I leave the house for office and reach there by 11:15 AM.

While traveling to office I read fiction novels to keep my reading habit satisfied (I finish at least one novel every 2-3 weeks).

11:15 AM to 12 PM

This is the time I usually use to read emails and news papers online. Other than that I skim through my feed reader and stop to read all the interesting content taking notes for my future articles on the way.

I actually carry my notebook wherever I go since I like to take notes about interesting things which I can write about later.

12:00 PM to 12:15 PM

This is the period I go through all the things that I have to do and create a TODO list prioritizing each of the things as high, medium and low priority. I usually add this list to the backlog from yesterday and know first hand on what things I have to work for the rest of the day.

12:15 PM to 7:00 PM

Well this is the period in which I do the most of the work going through 1000s and 1000s of lines of code or writing 1000s of my own, fixing bugs, going through code submitted to me by my team, replying to emails from colleagues, helping others with their code and more.

To be frank it’s the time where I rarely look at anything else other than the computer. But my first love is computers and I really don’t mind it as I love the challenges that my profession provides me with.

7:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Travel back to home while once again satisfying the reading habit. Well to be quite frank I get quite edgy sitting idle and need to always do something or the other and reading is the perfect ploy for my idleness.

8:00 PM to 9:30PM

This is the time I do most of my freelance blog posts and personal blog posts. If I have any ideas I try to create posts for the next day during this time. I write for more than one blogs so I tend to fit most of the posts in this time.

You may say that I am giving much lesser time to blogging but I more than make up for it during weekends and holidays where most of my time is spent in creating quality posts for my readers.

10:00 PM to 12:30 PM

During this period I work on my freelance software projects I take up for clients. I usually have a huge load of work to keep me busy for a month in advance but when I have spare time on hand I work on some of my WordPress plugin ideas. I usually spend around 10 hours in a week during busy periods working on WordPress plugins.

I have quite a few of them which are incomplete and yet to be released, that said the bulk of the time is taken up by freelance software projects which I take up. Well so as you see my work does not end where it ends it just gets into a different mode.

12:30 AM to 2:30 AM

This is the time I spend chatting with family and other loved ones, since I live in US and they in India this is the best time we get to talk since it’s day time there.

I also spend some time in between to read the news papers online again (I read about 8 newspapers online) and catch up on the feed reader once again before going to bed.

Summarizing

Due to lack of personal blog posting time during the weekdays I tend to write lots of blog posts during the weekends and holidays. I usually try to post on all the ideas from my notes then as I have more time on hand and can work much more peacefully on the blog posts.

What I like about Software Engineering?

Well the best part of the job is the money I make out of it but rather than that I like the challenges about solving problems for people through software. My job provides me with ample amount of challenges that keep me satisfied with my work.

The day these challenges subside I will start looking at another avenue 🙂 so for me it’s the satisfaction in what I do is what matters most.

Should You take up Software Programming?

Software Programming is not hard to learn but hard to do, you need to have your concepts right once that’s there you will definitely enjoy doing software. There are many different programming platforms which you can choose from, most of them differ only in syntax whereas the concepts remain the same.

Other than that it’s not a stressful job if you learn to prioritize your work and divide them into smaller tasks. I have been doing this for last 3-4 years and have never felt much stress on the job. Yes you will come across quite a few pressure cooker situations where you will have to work on tight schedules which will drain you out, but that is a part of any profession you will choose.

I would definitely advise you to take up Software Programming.

Hey you can summarize you day and post it in the comments too, I would love to know what your day is like :-).

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4 Effective Tips for Boosting Reader Engagement on Your Blog

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If you want your blog to be successful and bring good profits, you need to ensure that your posts not only attract traffic but engage the readers. To do this you’ll need to experiment with content formats, open dialog with the audience, involve influencers, and above all, understand your audience’s exact wishes.

From online videos to content creation and social media, there seems to be an endless supply of new traffic out there and different ways to pull users back to your site. With all of this in focus and on the minds of bloggers everywhere, we wanted to highlight some of the best ways to boost content engagement, using many of the preferred mentions we’ve already highlighted.

4 Ways to Boost Your Blog Content Engagement Rate Fast

Post videos

Even if you don’t run a vlog, you need to post an occasional video because that’s the ‘hottest’ type of content today. Check out an aggregation of video marketing statistics offered by Forbes to see why exactly your blog needs more video content. Note that social videos generate more shares.

Live video streaming is also greatly popular today, so be sure to launch an occasional Facebook Live session to share something interesting with your followers. Then post a recording of the stream on your blog so those who missed the airing will be able to enjoy it anyway.

Research your audience in great detail

To boost reader engagement on your blog you need to understand what motivates your targeted audience to actually get into your content. You’ll need to not only consider the analytics data that will show you which of your posts are most popular. You also need to search for information on your targeted audience, such as what kind of posts are generally more popular with them.

The more precise you are in developing targeted content, the higher the reader engagement rate will be. This means that if you seek to create a diverse readership base, you might need to consider launching several websites. In that case, you’ll need to use specialized software and a hosting service that allows you to run multiple blogs. This will make managing them easier, so you’ll be able to focus on creating several posts. Bear in mind that you might be able to apply the same basic content strategy to all your blogs, even if they differ in subjects.

The differences in those strategies and individual posts will be dictated by the data you get from a detailed study of targeted audiences.

Get more influential persons involved

Influencers of any kind can help you boost reader engagement on your blog because if they promote your content, their loyal readers will want to read it themselves. You can also generate more traffic and engagement by mentioning various celebrities and popular bloggers.

A perfect example of this can be seen in one of our expert roundup posts, where 73 different online marketers and bloggers took the time to share their expertise on social media.  The benefit here wasn’t also just for our site. Each of the experts got a lot of exposure out of this, and the audience loved the content as well.

However, you’ll need to be careful if you choose to use mentions. For celebrities, you should research laws and regulations surrounding the issue. You need to be 100% sure that you won’t be sued for mentioning someone’s name or other information in your post. When you mention bloggers, you’ll need to consider those rules too as well as give them a heads up about doing this.

Having various opinion influencers popular with your target audience is a great boost to your blog and personal brand. This will also increase your reach as you’ll get an indirect contact with the influencer’s audience.

However, attracting influencers is a big challenge, especially for a blogger. You can use the tips from Neil Patel, a true marketing guru. Think carefully about how to adapt them to your situation.

Post engaging graphics

Much like with videos, you should post relevant graphics to boost reader engagement because this type of content is popular and shareable. Infographics are particularly effective for this, so be sure to create some. It will be best if your infographics have some original data on relevant topics. But, even simple step-by-step instructions can generate decent shares and likes.

Your every post should contain several images by default as they promote reader engagement and memorization. Be sure to add .GIFs as well, because these graphics are in trend now.

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Best Search Engine Marketing and SEO Practices to Follow in 2018

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Marketing often requires four basic factors: first, there should be people with unsatisfied needs; second, these people should have the desire to be satisfied; third, there should be opportunities for communication; and fourth, there should be an exchange of goods or services. A businessman with keen acumen for business opportunities would readily recognize these unsatisfied needs, build opportunities for communication with these people, and relay the service or product that could satisfy their needs. The important thing is that the prospective businessman is able to reach his target audience via good marketing strategies and tactics.

Understanding Search Engine Marketing

Marketing strategies have greatly changed since the introduction of the World Wide Web. As the Internet expands, it also provides good avenues for new marketing strategies and tactics. It also engenders new buying behavior among consumers, as contemporary consumers first search online for a product or service that they need before purchasing it. On the other hand, business owners are now required to create their own websites to be relevant online.

As highlighted in this article, writing for humans is always going to be the example to follow. It also means keeping the following SEO guidelines in mind when creating content:

  • Keep it unique. Avoid duplicating content that’s already out there. Ask yourself: what can I add to this ongoing conversation?
  • Do more research than competitor sites have done.
  • Consider all options: infographics, videos, podcasts, an interview, a step-by-step guide or even a new tool or template. 
  • Remember that longer content gets more links. If your page is supported by high-quality links, it will move up in the ranks. Although Google has stated that even a few sentences can rank, in general, you’re better off creating content that is at least 300 words or more.

One form of effective online marketing is search engine marketing. It involves website promotion aimed at increasing the visibility of your business site online. It is also designed to make your site rank higher on the search engine page results (SERP). However, this marketing form is wrought primarily through paid advertisement.

In 2007, for example, advertisers in the U.S. had spent 24.6 billion dollars on this type of marketing. Google, on the other hand, leads the pack of search engines that profited from search engine marketing. Furthermore, in the second quarter of 2015, Google got a sizeable 73.7% share of profits from search engine marketing as compared to 26.3% of Yahoo/Bing. Based on these data, search engine marketing appears to be a very profitable business that rakes billions of dollars of profit for search engines.

Social Media Marketing

Your online marketing strategies and tactics would never be complete without tapping into social media. Services like Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Baidu Tieba, and LinkedIn have also been used for marketing. LinkedIn, for example, as an employment-oriented service can be used to promote your services and get more mileage for your online marketing efforts, but keep in mind that it is primarily used to establish professional networks.

Just take a look at the screenshot below and how LinkedIn can provide such great information for anyone looking for earnings and jobs reports within any specific niche market. Not only will these same results rank and appear within the search results, they are also heavily shared through social media as well.

Search Engine Optimization

Aside from search engine marketing which makes use of paid advertising, you can also make use of search engine optimization (SEO). Search engine optimization is another way of expanding the online visibility of your site without necessarily paying for online advertisements. Search engines have organic or natural page results, known as SERP, and you can influence these organic results through SEO.

Not many, however, are experts in SEO. Hence, if you are a businessman who doesn’t have the know-how on SEO, you should visit BestSEOCompanies.com and search for the expert that fits your needs. If you want a reliable and trustworthy SEO specialist, this website can really help you with its list of the top 50 SEO services that you can immediately hire.

Business websites that are ranking high in the SERP usually gets two-pronged benefits. First, if your site ranks high in the SERP, chances are casual searchers will click on your website, and you can turn them immediately into actual clients. Additionally, if you get more clicks and visits from casual searchers, the search engine will further rank your website higher.

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What Is the Chief Benefit of Going the Extra Blogging Mile?

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10:15 PM on a Sunday night.

After waking at 7 AM I did an hour of yoga.

I followed up with 4 hours of blogging work.

Toss in another 4 hours of blogging work plus a 1 hour walk and some R and R, and where I am late on a Sunday night. Going the extra blogging mile.

I love blogging. Working late on a Sunday does not feel like going the extra mile because blogging feels fun to me. But putting in a bit more effort when I feel tired helps me to help more people. Going the extra blogging mile also makes me memorable in the eyes of readers.

I know other bloggers who go the extra mile.

My friend Ronald at Web SEO Marketers runs a first rate blog.

Beyond his super content though, he goes the extra blogging mile in the relationship-building department.

A few moments ago I saw this update in my stream when I logged in to Facebook:

Buying the paperback version of my blogging eBook would have been awesome in and of itself. But Ronald snapped a selfie holding the paperback, noted how he just received my book in the email and tagged me to let me know he bought my book and he’d see me in paradise.

Brilliant!

He perfectly embodies how you go the extra mile relationship building wise. Compassionate, heart-centered bloggers think of how they can help folks out. Generous folks always stick out in your mind because we resonate with people who are kind, helpful and genuine in all they do.

Being Memorable Helps Expand Your Presence

I noted Ronald’s rocking blog in this post because he is a skilled blogger, because he shouted out buying my book on Facebook and because both factors make him memorable. I could not fall asleep until I wrote this post and shouted him out because it feels fun to spread the love and to help you guys understand the chief benefit of going the extra blogging mile; people will remember you.

If people remember you they will feature you, interview you, invite you to guest post on their blog, or they will hire you or buy your stuff. As your features, interviews and guest posts increase you will appear to be all over the place in your niche, growing your business slowly and steadily until your generosity and willingness to go above and beyond results in exponential growth of your online presence.

Alonzo Pichardo embodies this type of massive growth over the long haul by going the extra mile.

Check out his Instagram account.

His follower growth and overall engagement levels are staggering, with 55,000 followers receiving Alonzo’s update on the platform.

Alonzo continues to get so many followers because he gave so much of his time, skills and expertise over the past decade. He did not attract 55,000 followers after a week of going the extra blogging mile. He generously served folks for a decade and continues to help folks even if doing so takes him late into the night, becoming more memorable to more folks around the world.

Be Patient

Be patient and persistent in creating value and building bonds. Good things take time.

You may not make a penny through your blog for 6 months after doing the right things with the right energy but you will succeed over the long haul. Every kind act is rewarded over time.

Keep helping people. Focus on the process, not on outcomes. Stay up late to write the guest post, linking in to your blogging buddies to increase their exposure. After you purchase a book, take a selfie and tag the author on social media. Think of how you can impact humanity in a generous, significant way, one friendship and one generous act at a time.

Go the extra blogging mile.

Accelerate your blogging success over the long haul.

 

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