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Blogging Tips: Confessions of a Six Figure Blogger Book Review

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This website is called Blogging Tips, so there’s a good chance that if you are reading this blog post, you are interested in either getting into blogging yourself or you already have a blog and you want to take it to the next level. You may already know that this website offers a wealth of information in this regard, but you may find it a little too overwhelming to sift through the huge archive of articles.

For a more personal spin, you might want to take a look at Blogging Tips: Confessions of a Six Figure Blogger. It’s a new book (Amazon Kindle & Paperback) written by Blogging Tips guru Zac Johnson and in it, he provides all kinds of useful information about how to get into blogging and what you need to do when you get there if you want to be a “six figure blogger” yourself. Let’s dive in and have a look at this new book.

A Story of Blogging Success

Zac is not new to the Internet. He has been making money online for over 15 years and he has been blogging professionally for a little over five years. While there are some connections, he recognizes there are differences too.

And that’s how he chooses to begin Confessions of a Six Figure Blogger. Available as an e-book for Kindle, Blogging Tips starts with a bit of a personal story about how Zac got into blogging in the first place, expanding beyond Internet marketing and online advertising into content creation by way of ZacJohnson.com.

There are many opportunities available to you and Zac wants to stress that you can “become an authority in any niche.” By way of blogging, Zac has been able to create a brand, build a business, and expand his international presence by way of appearances at conferences, as well as on ABC and FOX News.

What Can I Expect to Learn?

While Zac’s personal story may be of personal interest to you, there’s a better chance that you’d rather learn how to emulate his success and put six figures into your own bank account.

As you dive into Confessions of a Six Figure Blogger, you’ll find that the progression is natural and logical. He starts by talking about what you need to know about blogging, like why blogging is the future of the Internet and branding. He then talks about the steps that you need to take to go live with your blog, as well as many of the critical monetization methods that you need to employ.

If you’ve read other books on the subject, like Make Money Online: Roadmap of a Dot Com Mogul, then some of this material will feel familiar to you. Even so, Zac offers a fresh perspective and it’s all laid out in an easy to understand and easy to follow manner. If you’re new to blogging, then this e-book is even more valuable. While it is extensive, it is also easily digestible.

Actionable Items You Can Use Right Now

One thing that struck me about this e-book was that it was definitely on the text-heavy side of things. There really isn’t anything included by way of graphics or visual aids, but these aren’t really needed for the most part anyway.

What Zac does very well is explain what may otherwise be some esoteric information about how to blog successfully in more of an everyday language. More importantly, he doesn’t talk too much about what would work in theory or the about the philosophy of blogging. Instead, he provides directly actionable items.

In the chapter with 10 must-dos for serious bloggers, as an example, he stress the importance of having a great logo created for yourself, for your blog, or for your brand as a whole. He also suggests some logo creation services that he recommends, as well as the typical pricing from these designers. It also helps that, along the way, he also links to some of the blog posts from his archive that you may find useful and relevant.

How Much Does It Cost?

Considering the wealth of information contained in this book, you’re probably going to be surprised by the price. It’s available now in the Kindle Store for just $4.95. That’s less than five bucks and you get nearly 100 pages of incredibly useful, easy-to-read, and actionable knowledge about what it takes to be a six figure blogger. Remember that you don’t need to have a Kindle to read Kindle e-books; there are Kindle apps for PC, iPhone, iPad, Android, and several other platforms. Go get it. This is well worth more than the five dollar asking price.

Get your copy of Zac’s new “Blogging Tips” book today!

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A professional freelance writer based out of Vancouver, Michael Kwan focuses mostly on the worlds of technology, gadgets, and the Internet. You can find him blogging at Beyond the Rhetoric, among several other websites around the web.

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Simple Link Building Ideas that All Bloggers Should Do

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Simple Link Building Ideas that All Bloggers Should

Ah, link building. It’s a real pain in the ass.

I won’t lie – link building is a tedious and time-consuming process of acquiring backlinks from authoritative websites so you can increase your organic search ranking for your target keyword.

This reason, unfortunately,  is also what makes link building a vital part of your marketing strategy. You need to actively find websites where you can leave a link to your blog so you can drive more referral traffic from organic search.

“It is necessary for enhancing the SEO of any website because Google’s algorithms consider backlinks to be important ranking factors for rankings,” says SEO Resellers Canada. “It is a difficult and time-consuming process, which is why it is recommended to get it done by SEO experts.”

As a blogger, you probably don’t have any clue where to begin. After all, you’re all about writing content alone!

However, there are simple link building ideas that you can implement on your blog even if you have zero SEO experience.

In this post, I will detail the different link building ideas that you should start doing for your blog.

Optimize your content for target keyword

As a content creator, you need to make your posts the best they can possibly be. That includes optimizing their on-page factors to make your content found much easier on search engines.

To do this, you need to find the most appropriate target keyword for each post.

Assuming that you haven’t optimized your blog content yet with the right keyword, you need to find the search phrase that encapsulates what you have written about the topic. At the same time, you need to find a target keyword that people search on Google the most.

Striking the balance between both factors will help increase the chances of your blog post to rank for its keyword and attract more organic traffic.

Not to mention, you wouldn’t know which anchor text you’ll use to link out to your posts. Doing so allows you to further optimize your site and makes it easier for people to find on search engines!

To help you identify what keywords to target, Ubersuggest will not only help you find keyword ideas from your initial search, but it will also show the approximate search volume of each. It’s the first free SEO tool that reveals search volume outside of Google Keyword Planner, which only shows the range of volume search a keyword gets every month.

Ubersuggest

The information provided by Ubersuggest will help you find specific keyword phrases for your content with the most search volume. As a result, you not only increase your organic search traffic but also set the foundation of your link building strategy.

Blog commenting

Part of being a blogger is forming relationships with other bloggers.

Doing so opens up your blog to more opportunities for your blog. You can collaborate with other bloggers on a blog post, join roundup posts where bloggers feature your answer to a particular question related to your expertise and many others that will help elevate your brand and drive more traffic to your site.

To get to this stage in your blogging career, you need to comment on the posts of bloggers.

And I don’t mean, “Thanks for this post!” kind of comments. You need to actually share insights that help move the discussion.

The best blog posts help engage with their respective audiences and encourage them to comment on what they think about the post. Some comments can even go as long as a blog post due to the sheer value and information that the user shared in his/her comment.

So where link building fit into commenting on blogs?

When commenting, you can include a link to your blog when filling out information about yourself before typing out your comments. The anchor text will be the name that you entered in the form, so when people click on your name, they will be led straight to your blog. This form of link building is a great way to increase awareness about your blog by association with your name.

If you want to link to your blog posts, you can include a link to it in the comment body. Normally, you paste the URL of your blog post after introducing to readers about your post that helps you explain the talking points in your comment.

That said, you can’t just link out to any random post on your blog. The page you plan on linking to in your comment must be relevant to readers so the blog owner will approve your comment and not flag it as spam.

For maximum effect, you need to comment on at least five blogs a day. It will help you become more visible in the blogging community especially if you’re sharing super actionable ideas and insights. At the same time, you can build links to your blog and posts if done correctly!

Related: 5 Tips for Better Blog Commenting

Use Drop my Link

As mentioned, link building is a thorn in my side as a blogger. I hate it. And yet I’m compelled to do it because it’s a crucial piece of the puzzle in my blog marketing strategy.

What grinds my gears about link building is the thought process that goes into coming up with a sustainable link building campaign.

To maximize the effect of your link building efforts, you need to organize the different tactics that you will use on top of the research that you will have to conduct to find opportunities that you can capitalize based on your competition.

Just typing out how to come up with a link building strategy is already tiring me out!

HOWEVER, there’s a way around all this process:

While there’s no doubt that developing a campaign using different and effective link building tactics is the best way to go, some bloggers don’t need a sophisticated plan to be easily found on Google.

All they need is Drop My Link.

Upon signing up for a free account, all you need to do is type your keyword and choose the category and footprint to reveal hundreds of link building opportunities for your blog from Google Search.

Drop My Link

Whether it’s writing guest posts, commenting on blogs, acquiring links on resource pages, and more, Drop My Link takes away the guesswork from your link building. You can get straight to the meat by identifying sites where you can, as the name of the site says, drop your link!

Wrapping it up

It’s okay if you hate link building. However, you can’t hate it because it’s difficult to do. After all, if link building is easy, then everybody would be doing it!

The tips above should help get your feet wet on how to build links to your blog. Whether you’re a newbie blogger or just really lazy when it comes to building links (such as myself), then follow the ideas above and make the most out of your blogging.

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How to Make Blogs from Boring Niches Interesting

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How to Make Blogs from Boring Niches Interesting

Boring niches are a big pain-in-the-neck for writers. Not only are they tiring to write about, but they also lead to lower traffic.

Imagine writing a blog about metal work and flooring. Sure, there are things to write about, but it would mostly be technical stuff.

HOWEVER, it doesn’t have to be the case!

There’s a way around that, and it’s all about finding a way to make your content interesting for your target readers. When you do, you’ll be surprised that the niche you’re writing for isn’t that boring!

Read on to know how to make your “boring” niche blog appealing!

Better Content

Creating content is all about understanding your target audience’s wants regardless of your niche. Here are the best ways to spruce up your content and make a niche interesting:

1. Write in First Person

Individuals do the writing, not the company. This is where most blogs got it wrong. Write in the first-person to connect efficiently with the customers. It isn’t natural to say “we” when you’re the only one writing. Say “I” instead — common sense, I should say!

An excellent example of this is Fiskarettes, a company that makes scissors, paper cutting tools, and gardening equipment. They didn’t settle for just that as they mingled with their community of customers.

fishkarettes

This enabled them to have taglines that commonly use the word “you” to have a more personalized connection with their customers. Though this sounds simple, using the right choice of words, in this case, pronouns, has a significant effect on your business’ salability.

Give a personalized approach to your clients or readers to improve your connection with them. Also, encourage your customers to be active in the community just like what Fiskarettes did. It’s all about socializing with them, and that’s what makes their boring niche interesting.

2. Tell a story

Storytelling is a powerful tool that can make your boring niche interesting. Think of it as a dynamic strategy that motivates the reader to finish the entire article. Stories like a failed launch, a five-year-slump, or a rags-to-riches story are fascinating to read. Sprinkle these stories on your blog, and you’ll surely get more traffic.

Salesforce is a good example of a business that uses the power of storytelling to capture people’s attention. It’s a blog that gives social media tutorials. However, it does more than that as it does it by diversifying their content.

salesforce

They create how-to guides, do expert interviews, and come up with case studies which create “fluidity” in their content. Readers are then curious and motivated enough to continue reading up to their heart’s content.

Telling a story makes your content easy-to-read. Be straightforward and describe a product or issue in the simplest way possible. Strip away all the technicalities and explain it as it is. What it is, how it works, and the benefits you can get are the essential parts of an article. Also, inject a bit of fun to lighten up the mood.

3. Provide statistics

Providing statistics makes something look big. Describing how a hydroelectric power plant works won’t get you lots of readers. But if you said that this hydroelectric power plant could power 5 million homes, then that would surely capture people’s attention. Look for huge points and make a big deal out of it.

Kogan, an online electronics store draws inspiration from this strategy. They have a gimmick where they tax a client if it’s found out that they’re using Internet Explorer.

kogan

Though they don’t use numbers, it’s evident that many people can attest to the “inefficiency” of the browser.

Technical blogs are full of “unrelatable” information for common people. You can solve this problem by using stats. Find a statistic of a certain issue and use it as a title. “How One Article Got Viewed 1M Times Through Facebook” will capture everyone’s attention even if the content features a lot of technical information. Graphs, inside information, and tables are also sure-fire ways to make your readers interested.

4. Get a personality

Blogs that talk about tech, finance, and B2Bs are the less attractive of niches. The reason is that bloggers think that these areas are exclusively for their readers — tech enthusiasts, analysts, and entrepreneurs. It then becomes an “undecipherable” article that only a few people can understand. Little do they know that there are also other people who want to learn from it!

Ukelele Hunt is a site that’s all about ukeleles. And we all know that not everyone is into ukes! So what they did was that they developed their personality.

ukelele hunt

They have their distinct theme and vibe that you’ll only find in them. They also have their blog, tutorials, chord guides, reviews, and even eBooks — all with the Ukelele Hunt brand.

Talk in a personal voice, but don’t sacrifice professionalism. You can be professional, but don’t be too formal, rigid, or stiff. Talk like how a person talks to another person. Share real-life examples if needed, and always write with attitude and emotions. This gives your blog post a more personal touch to it.

Also, make your blog interactive. It makes your blog appealing. Engage with your readers and make them participate in your blog. You can do this by having viewing options where your readers can change how they want to read your article. It could be a slider, read more button, or call-to-action popups.

Design

Content is the lifeblood of blogs, but it doesn’t mean that it’s the only important thing. Web design also plays a huge role in a blog’s attractiveness. Make sure that your blog isn’t overly stuffed with unnecessary buttons and features. Keep it simple but sleek, compact but jam-packed with useful features. The header, content area, footer, and sidebar are all you need. Also be up-to-date with the latest web design trends.

Take for example Elite Legal Marketing, a digital marketing firm that specializes in web design, SEO, and content production. Their site features all these characteristics.

elite legal marketing

This makes the blog user-friendly, attractive, and more likely to get more leads. Their site entices people to avail their services even if the niche they’re specializing in isn’t that popular. It’s not about the niche; it’s about how you use that niche to your advantage!

Leave a mark on social media

You’d be missing out a huge market if you won’t use social media. There are 2.5 billion active social media users, and each of them can be your follower. Using social media makes your blog reachable, knowing that almost everyone is into it. Promote your content on targeted channels where your audience is found. Doing so makes follower interaction and acquisition easier.

Take for example Fractl, a content marketing agency that uses social media to rake in higher traffic. They have this strategy called “tangential” marketing where they write about things that aren’t offered by the business. Surprisingly, they get lots of social shares, proving that the content is interesting. This enables them to expand and make their niche more attractive.

Your niche might not be that popular, but you can use that to your advantage with the help of social media. You have fewer competitors when promoting a blog who’s niche isn’t that entertaining. Let’s say you have a blog that sells different kinds of cactus. You then create social media accounts on different networks. Getting followers and clients is a piece-of-cake. It’s easier for you to penetrate the market because there are not many cactus businesses online.

Conclusion

Everything is possible if you know how. Boring niches might be “irredeemable,” but with the help of this article, you can turn it into something more interesting. Just remember to write with attitude, be professional, and be creative as possible. A good example would be to adapt to the niche market and audience. Know what they like and give it to them. When you do, then your blog will surely gain traffic (lots of it).

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1 Painful but Exciting Blogging Concept to Master

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My email list growth seemingly slowed down recently.

But I have never been more well known online.

I also see my blogging profits steadily increasing.

Note; I am writing these words from Thailand where I will be on working holiday for 7 weeks.

Everything is working A-OK, thank you.

What gives?

Why the most exciting and maddening blogging concept to master of course:

Blogging is an energy game and has nothing to do with channels or even specific activities.

I know this sounds mad at first. But when you think about it, the idea makes total sense.

I know a hefty portion of 6 figure bloggers who have no email list. This disproves that you need an email list to make money through blogging.

I know people with huge email lists who struggle like hell. This disproves the idea that having a big email list makes you big money.

My list is not big at all. I live as cool a life as you will ever see from a blogger.

Again; I have lived for months or even years in places like Fiji, Bali, Thailand and Costa Rica over the prior 7 years.

I seem to be doing OK breaking the email list rule.

The Maddening Part

You may appear to be struggling but if your energy is awesome, meaning you’re following your fun, blogging with love, helping folks by creating valuable content, and promoting top bloggers without looking for anything in return, you’ll succeed wildly over the long haul.

The maddening part is trusting in your energy and sticking to the basics when nothing seems to be happening.

This is what Einstein meant when he noted how reality is an illusion, albeit a persistent one.

The outside appearances lag your energy. Or the results may show up months or years after you stick to the basics and inject your blogging work with a loving energy.

Even more interesting?

Becoming increasingly successful reveals how having fun and helping folks are the only 2 concepts that matter in blogging, Confusing concept, I know.

You see zero list growth but increasing profits. Maybe one day you see 1 email in your inbox. What the heck?

But then you realize the thousands of guest posts you wrote over the years drive your eBook and course profits as folks who dig your content buy through those channels.

I recall when my Blogging From Paradise podcast was new. I nabbed a handful of plays for each episode.

People who found me through that channel purchased a high volume of my eBooks.

Logically it makes no sense.

Energetically it makes perfect sense.

When you have fun and help folks, no human being in their right mind would say to self: “I will only buy this blogger’s eBooks through emails via their newsletter.”

You just buy it where you see it, whether via a podcast or guest post or email newsletter or on their blog or through social media.

People buy my stuff or hire me through 10 to 20 plus channels. Some channels net few views or visits, but who cares? Each person behind the page view or visit is a human being who cares not about stats, but the blogger who serves their needs. If the needs are served, they visit blogs, buy stuff, hire people or endorse people.

Simple as pie.

But few bloggers make it simple.

Most bloggers buy into the world of stats, illusions and limits, the world of the mind, where they believe someone only buys stuff if they get the stuff in email.

Any human being who wants something will buy it in 1 of a billion places.

Accept this idea to release the horse crap meme that “the money is in the list.”

The money is in your passion and service, wherever you offer that service from a passionate energy, online or offline.

Get excited guys!

Detach from outcomes.

No need to fear loss, or a lack of growth.

Have fun helping people through many online channels.

Promote other bloggers to build your friend network.

Be patient.

Success will find you through all directions.

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