I’ve been blogging for a few years now and my weight loss blog has been around for almost 3 years. One thing I’ve learned over the years is that blogging isn’t any different from other real world business and that real effort is required if you really want to succeed. Like with any other business, it is important for bloggers to realize that being smart is critical to success. This field is getting more competitive and we all have the same potential for success and to reach the same audience. You might easily set up a store in your area and not fear competition from people in another state or country, but with blogging competition is from every corner so you have to be smart. I have learned quite a lot of lessons blogging over the years and this article will be sharing some of the top lessons my weight loss blog taught me about successful blogging.
1. Results are Rewarded, Efforts Aren’t
“I wrote 15 guest posts last month”
“I published 3 articles a day on my blog last month”
“I will spend 10 hours a day on my blog for the rest of this month”
This are common phrases you will hear from new bloggers or even some bloggers who have been in the game for some time now, but the question is, is it really necessary? Do you really need to do that and how much impact will it have on your blog on the long run?
If there’s anything I have learned over the years as a result of blogging it is that results are rewarded, not efforts. In other words, you can put thousands of hours into marketing your blog in a year but that is no guarantee of success.
Of course, what this requires is that we start thinking smart, not hard. Instead of thinking about how much effort you will put into your blogging why not think about how much results you will get? This will help you change your thinking pattern and as a result ensure you only invest your time into what will really produce results.
A great example of this is the article on the best weight loss programs on my blog; it look less effort than usual to get this page ranked #1 for my desired keyword, but I was smart about my approach and I was able to increase its ranking faster than any other page.
Being smart is mostly about learning from your failures and observing other people’s success. You don’t necessarily need to test every approach, but you can bolster your results by refining what works best for you.
2. It Isn’t Really about How Much Reading but How Much Acting
I’ve made this mistake for a long time and I still see a lot of bloggers making it. Ask some bloggers how much time they spend blogging every week and some of them will tell you it is 60+ hours or more. Ask them to break down their activities for that 60 hours and you will notice more than half of that time is spent reading and on social media sites. Reading isn’t acting, and it hardly helps your blogging. The reality is that a smart blogger only need to read around 5 – 10 articles a week to be effective, and what this means is that you should watch and be careful of which blogs you’re subscribed to. In other words, reduce the amount of time you spend reading other blogs and start taking action based on what you read.
Don’t just read the top 5 traffic generation tactics, act on them and leverage them to help improve your results. Successful blogging is a lot more about acting than reading so make sure you spend your time wisely.
3. Your Headline is as important as Your Article
This is something I had to discover the hard way but discovering it has helped me shape my articles and as a result achieve more success. The reality of blogging is that it isn’t all about writing epic articles that is detailed and easy to understand; no one will even come across your article if it doesn’t have a good headline, let alone understand it. In other words, your headline is just as important as your article itself so make sure you put more time into coming up with a catchy headline.
If your main aim for an article is to get a lot of shares on social media make sure you invest at least half the time it took you to write that article on the headline. Come up with a list of potential headlines you can use and review them several times to ensure you get better results.
4. Passion Can be Your Best Friend, Yet Your Worst Enemy
“Only blog about subjects you have passion for”
“Only write articles when you have passion for it”
“Only publish new posts when you’re passionate about it”
Those are the most deadly words that can be spoken to any blogger yet it is the motto of a lot of people. The reality is that passion is a good thing but organization is even more important. Make sure your blogging growth isn’t hampered under the guise of not having passion for a particular task at the particular moment.
I know that passion is indeed key to blogging success because blogging takes time to yield results, and it is very difficult to keep investing time and effort into something you’re not that certain of. The key in this situation is to look for elements that can kick you into your passion zone and then work on artificially creating that passion. In other words, you might not be passionate all the time but you can look for an element associated with your passion and use it to kick yourself into the zone. For example, for some people music is all they need when they write. These people can hardly cope without music, but with the right music they can write non-stop for hours. In this case they only need music to enter the passion zone.
What motivates you might be different; it might be reading, dancing or doing something else. Look for that one thing that brings back the spirit in you and that makes you want to do everything to get results. Put as much effort as you can into getting the best of it and your passion will rise again for it.
This post was written by, John, a blogger and writer.
4 Effective Tips for Boosting Reader Engagement on Your Blog
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
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.
Best Search Engine Marketing and SEO Practices to Follow in 2018
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.
What Is the Chief Benefit of Going the Extra Blogging Mile?
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.
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 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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