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5 Ways to Distribute Your Video Content & Grow Your Blog




Vlogging is an amazing way to reach your audience.  You add a face to your site which lets readers know that there is a real person behind the site.  You can better connect with your following and also help to build more trust since your readers can see you using products, hear you talk about them (voice inflection is very powerful) and it shows you actually have, like and own the product; use the service or can demonstrate the content you write about showing explaining and demonstrating how to actually use, perform or execute the information you talk about.   Some Vloggers are happy with uploading the video to their blog and hoping people find it.  Others want to grow their site; but often don’t know how or have the resources to hire an SEO firm.  Here are 5 things that you can do for free that can help to grow your reach, readership and blog.

1.  Distribution

Uploading your video to your blog or one site isn’t distributing it.  If you only upload to YouTube or Vimeo and place it on your blog, you’re forgetting Facebook,, MetaCafe, Vine and a ton of other sites that could have relevant viewers, fans and subscribers.  TubeMogul released a new product line a couple of years ago and spun off a tool I used to use called  OneLoad takes the time out of waiting for everything to upload to most of the major video sites and enables you to submit to them while uploading your video to all of them at once.  Now you don’t have to worry about bandwidth, keeping browser windows opened or being logged out since they handle it for you.  When I used to use them, they had a free version of their service, but that may no longer offer one.  The service is awesome and I know numerous Bloggers that still use and enjoy Oneload.

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2.  Reach & monetization

Now that your videos are on video sharing and viewing sites like YouTube, it’s time to find ways to monetize them, grow your readership and bring people into your site or to sell the products and services that you talk about within your videos.  One tool that I currently use, and still has a free version is  Viewbix lets you take the videos you’ve uploaded or if other people allow sharing you can take their videos (great for entertainment and political sites) and add a custom skin to YouTube, Website, VimeoPro, etc… videos.

You can add up to three clickable calls to action with whatever types of links you want (including Affiliate, Google Analytics, Direct, etc…) to the button, the banner space or on your custom designed skins.  One you have the design of the skin the way you want it, you can add 20+ apps to make the player fully interactive and engaging.

The ones I use most are newsletter sign ups, the list app (I create product lists with Affiliate Links or links into specific relevant posts and sites on my other blogs), YouTube if I have a series of videos, Follow Me on social sites and there are a ton of others including coupon, skype, Google Maps, Flickr and Picassa and more. The thing that sold me on Viewbix was that when you share the player on Facebook, Twitter, etc… the functionality remains in tact giving you an almost unlimited reach.  That is why I never upload directly to Facebook.

I upload to YouTube or my Blog and then plug it into Viewbix and then share it to social sites so that people on Facebook and Twitter can shop through my links, sign up for my newsletter, see my rss, feed, etc…   If you upgrade from the free version you also get access to SEO features, Analytics from your video and more.  Plans start from free and $10/month to enterprise level.  Click here for their site.

3.  Following on YouTube and other sites

One thing that gets annoying are all of those fields and forms, etc… when you are uploading videos.  Even though many people ignore them, they are there for a reason and you need to fill them out every time you upload a video.  By doing research and filling out all fields, you can help to rank better on the actual video sites.  By ranking better you can gain more followers, subscribers and drive more website traffic.

YouTube Videos Bring Blogging Traffic

Here are a few things to do before, while and after you upload your videos to sites like YouTube.

  • Use the YouTube Keyword Tool – It’s the same as the one that used to be on adwords.  Use modifiers, general terms and find the search volume instead of guessing what it is.  They are going to temporarily disable it so it may or may not be available when you find this post.
  • Fill out and tag everything relevant for your video (you need to use a good naming structure for the video as well).  One trick here is to look at the videos showing up for the terms you want, then the videos the site recommends watching after.  Compare the two and see why the other videos are being referred when the first video stops.  This may help you show up after a viral or popular video giving your video more exposure and you a chance to build a larger following.
  • Make sure you like and then share the video.  Social triggers like likes, comments, full views, etc… can help to increase your rankings depending on the site. Plug it into Viewbix and share on Facebook and Twitter.  Then encourage people to go back to the site and comment, like and share your video.

4.  Calls to action

You have to add calls to action within your video.  Make sure to repeat your url at least once or twice in the beginning and end.  If you have a url that is hard to hear and type because it is plural, past tense, etc… try spelling it or give a reminder that it is past tense and say the ending.  Add annotations and display your url so people can see it.  Even if they don’t type it in, they can become familiar and recognize it when they see your next video.  One of the strongest calls to action is to actually tell the person what to do.

You actually say exactly what you want them to do from clicking on the link below in the summary or description, to subscribing to your channel or even typing your url or a specific keyword phrase into the search box of their browser.  It doesn’t hurt to test and see how it works and what drives results.  (You also always want to thank them for watching…unless your site is about being offensive, then you can end it however you’d like.).

5.  Social signals, images & snippets

One of the most important things to be successful with Vlogging and using video to grow your blog is to make sure you use proper SEO attributes.  Here are three things to make sure you do with every video you post.

  • Take a screen shot – If you don’t have an image you are using, take a screen shot of a funny, engaging or descriptive part of your video.  Name it properly, tag it and upload it to your post.
  • Make sure you are using and have the ability to make rich snippets, etc…  When someone does a search in Google, the little video snippet can show up next to your link and you hopefully get more click throughs if you properly code and set your site up for video.
  • Make sure people are sharing your video content, liking it and watching it.  You can use analytics, Viewbix and many other tools to determine how long your videos should be, what color clothing you should be wearing, what calls to action work best, etc…  By creating videos that get shared, liked and commented on more often, you may be able to send more social signals to the search engines and video sites so that your videos can get more traffic to them.

Videos can help with everything from decreasing bounce rates to increasing the revenue you drive from your blog.  It’s important to remember that YouTube isn’t the only video site out there and that there are a ton of tools to help you drive revenue, increase your reach and grow your site.  If you haven’t tried video yet, you may want to give it a shot and see the difference that using videos on your blog can make when you want to connect with your readers, entertain them and drive more engagement.

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How Do I Teach Bloggers if I Am a New Blogger?



I see that question popping around in your head.

The same question danced around in my head 10 years ago. How could I teach people how to blog if I did not know how to blog? Plus I had no connections. No skills either. Big time problem.

Here is how to solve your problem:

  • learn how to blog from top pros
  • write 500 words daily offline
  • publish 1-2 posts weekly, turning around and teaching what you learned
  • continue to learn both about blogging and your blogging niche

Learn then teach.

Or absorb then teach.

Jan Verhoeff published this post yesterday:

5 Ways to Broaden Your Blogging Tips for Expansion and Depth

She led off the post explaining how she watched one of my Facebook Live Broadcasts recently and delved deeper into the topic I discussed, said topic being blogging overlap.

Jan is a seasoned veteran blogger but she and I both use this concept of learning or absorbing then immediately teaching the concept to our readers. Knowledge ain’t getting stale in our brain boxes.

Newbie bloggers; I get it. You may feel intimidated to learn, then to teach. But being a blogging student is hands down your most important role as a new blogger because learning and studying gives you confidence to turn around and teach your new found knowledge quickly.

Check out my guest post on Janice Wald’s Mostly Blogging:

8 Ways to Become a Student of Blogging

Janice regularly shares this post and noted it still drives blog traffic.


New and seasoned blogging veterans alike know deep down we are all perpetual students. Plus we know that in order to teach we must first learn, being open and willing students.

Newbie bloggers; you better become a voracious reader of blogging tips and tips aligned with your niche. Learn to gain confidence and clarity. Then you better practice writing like crazy. Pen 500 words daily offline to become a confident writer.

Being armed with knowledge and improving writing skills sets the foundation to learn, then to teach.

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10 years ago when I was a new blogger I read a post on Ray Higdon Dot Com.

This iconic network marketer introduced me to the simple concept of how you can teach folks how to succeed in your niche, even as a newbie. Learn. Teach.

Allow little time to elapse between learning and teaching. Teaching does not require 10,000 word blog posts or 45 minute long videos or eBooks or courses.

Practical Examples of Teaching

Peep these examples of how you can learn a concept and teach as a new blogger:

  • record and upload a 1 minute long video on YouTube
  • write and publish a 600 word post on your blog
  • record and upload a 5 minute long podcast

The idea is to learn a concept and to be comfortable teaching the concept without being an expert. Fraud energies may arise guys. Fears attempt to shame you into remaining quiet.  Don’t trust these fears. Don’t believe these lies.

If you want to become a blogger you better get comfortable with being a teacher because blogging is teaching. If you want to become a teacher you better be a hungry student, learning the in’s and out’s of blogging and your niche and practicing your writing to more easily convey your blogging message.



Hit the ground running as a new blogger.

Nobody begins blogging as an experienced blogger.

Nobody begins blogging with blogging skills.

We need to learn and practice persistently as a new blogger to become a successful blogger.

Just don’t hesitate to turn around and teach what you have learned immediately, to drive traffic to your blog.

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Do I Look Lucky to You?



Many people believe me to be lucky.

Folks think I am so lucky to travel the world.

Like a magic fairy alighted on my shoulder, tapped me with a magic wand, and sent me to that location in Bali you see in the featured image.

As if I lucked out to circle around the globe for the past 7 years.

Not quite guys.

Luck does not exist.

Smart, generous work helped me retire to a life of island hopping through smart blogging.

Peep this link:

583 Ryan Biddulph Blog Posts on Blogging Tips

Does that sound lucky? Was I lucky to write and publish 583 guest posts on Blogging Tips alone? Am I lucky to have written and published thousands of blog posts during the past decade I spent online?

Have I been lucky to work hundreds of thousands of hours during my life, in order to retire to a life of island hopping through smart blogging?

Did luck make me a full time digital nomad? Have I been lucky to write and self-publish 126 eBooks?

Luck does not exist.

Smart, energized, years of work, this brings blogging success.

Convenience Store Luck

Back in New Jersey for a bit.

After spending a few moments at the local convenience store I saw no less than 5 people buy lottery tickets.

Folks spend money on a wing and a prayer, hoping, praying, begging to make money through a game of chance.

Forget building a sustainable online business. Forget rendering service to become successful with your blog. Don’t even bother investing money in solid vehicles.

Leave your life to chance. See if you get lucky.

Terrible mindset to have guys.

Luck does not exist. No magical fairy blesses some folks and curses other folks. Nobody suffers from bad luck. Chance does not exist.

Smart, intelligent service, persistently applied, exists. Learning and practicing the skill of blogging for 2-4 years of your life exists. Spending 10 years writing and publishing thousands of posts exists. Commenting on 50,000 blogs exists. Being generous exists. Helping folks for months before making a dime exists.

Luck does not exist.

Luck Is a Jailer

If you believe successful bloggers are lucky, that limiting belief jails you. Since you believe you are not lucky you naturally will always struggle and fail. Not a good belief to cling to guys.

Many bloggers think I am:

  • lucky
  • blessed
  • gifted
  • talented
  • a natural

but I am not. I just spent years of my life learning, practicing and mastering the skill of blogging. I wrote almost 600 guest posts on Blogging Tips alone. Does that sound like luck, or chance, or like a blessing? Smart, persistent work guys. I committed fully to blogging so blogging committed fully to me. Simple equation but goodness does this journey feel uncomfortable at times.

Early Friday evening, here I am writing this guest post as my 2 year old niece hangs all over me, bopping me on the head. Hardly a crazy challenge but still a bit of a challenge. Try thinking through a post and writing it while a hyper 2 year old does all in her power to grab your attention.

I am not writing this post because Lady Luck sent me the idea. I am writing this post because I have written 2 million plus words during the past decade of my life, so words flow easily for me.

  • Creating, connecting and polishing my blogging skills by patiently writing and broadcasting live videos daily helped me craft a neat life for me and for my readers.
  • Generously commenting on other blogs and promoting other bloggers helped me become a pro blogger.
  • Persisting through thick and thin created my blogging success.

The next time you explain someone’s success as a simple matter of luck, think again.

Luck does not exist.

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Why Use a VPN? Here Are 5 Reasons for Bloggers



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As a blogger, the internet is your second home. Your blog is literally the house you built from scratch online. The stellar content you created and promoted enabled you to engage with your audience effectively. As a blogger, you also developed professional relationships with influential bloggers like yourself.

Despite your success, you should never put your guard down when meeting people online or engaging with other websites. I’m sure you have your anti-virus and malware protection software installed in your CPU to shield you from online threats. However, there’s nothing wrong in taking an extra measure to ensure your protection not only as a blogger but also your life outside it.

In this post, you will learn how a virtual private network is and why use a VPN to protect your online activity and engagement with other websites not just as a blogger but an online user.

Why use a VPN? Below are the ways

Before we get into the different reasons bloggers must use a VPN, we need to explain first how it works for you to understand it better.

In a nutshell, a virtual private network (VPN) enables you to encrypt your information behind its servers. Whenever you visit a website, it sees information provided by the server and not the ones found on your local computer. This simple process is very beneficial for bloggers for several reasons:

1. Keeps your website activity anonymous

The most immediate advantage of using a VPN is anonymity. Website won’t be able to trace your actual IP address and location, aside from the other encrypted data about your site.

The main benefit of online anonymity is better protection from online threats. Sometimes, your protection software won’t be enough to keep hackers at bay. They’ll get into your CPU without you knowing it. And God knows what they will do with your information once they gain it. They might sell it to third-party services that will send you spam or launch random attacks to your CPU via your internet connection.

Since a VPN withholds your actual information, hackers and malware can’t successfully penetrate through your online activity and intercept data from your browser. This way, you can perform research online or visit different websites without the looming threat of hackers hanging over your head all the time.

2. Makes your transactions more secure

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If you make transactions online, then you need a VPN to beef up your security. Most websites nowadays have an SSL certificate installed to ensure customers it is safe to type sensitive information on the site. However, an as mentioned, additional protection to ensure your online safety is always welcome. This rings true if you enjoy purchasing tools and software to help boost your blogging efforts (hello, Appsumo).

By setting up a VPN, you can guarantee all your transactions are secure.

3. Prevents censorship

If you live in a country that controls the sites you can see and content you can access, then your work as a blogger is already cut out for you. You don’t need this encumbrance as a blogger – information needs to be free for all. It’s up to the person to decide what s/he wants to see online and which sites to visit. For bloggers, knowledge is power, and you cannot wield this responsibility if you don’t have the full information,

If you share these beliefs, then using a VPN will help you gain access to information that wasn’t available before. As a result, you can speak your message considering all the information there is about the subject. Doing so puts you in a position to become a credible and influential voice in your space.

4. Work in confidence

Some bloggers live a nomadic lifestyle. Because of its inherent nature where you don’t have a boss and you can work whenever or how long you want, bloggers can work anywhere. Whether it be coffee shops, co-working spaces, or even from different countries, bloggers will sustain their income as long as they get the job done.

However, they won’t be able to get it done if the WiFi connection doesn’t afford you the security and freedom to need for blogging. For example, WiFi connections in public spaces are open to everybody. As a result, anything can enter it and disrupt your online browsing, online threats included. If you’re not careful, your laptop can get infected and leave you with hundreds of dollars worth of repairs, on top of days not being able to blog due to the incident.

With a VPN, you can access the web securely so you continue with your nomadic lifestyle to full effect! Your information will be safe in public places and you can gain access to websites that might be blocked at the country you’re living in right now.

5. Unblock geo-restricted content

unblock geo restricted content

It’s normal to take time off as a blogger. You need time for yourself to sit back, relax, and live life a little. Part of living your life is watching TV shows and series from your favorite streaming sites. With so many good shows available for binging, you can lose yourself watching these shows for days if not weeks!

But it’s not fun to binge-watch if not all the shows and movies are available for viewing. For example, if you want access to the complete library of movies and shows on Netflix, then you need to be in the US to access the content. If not, there will be content unavailable in your region due to the licensing deals of these shows. If you have a running subscription on these streaming sites and you live outside the US, you don’t get to maximize the site due to incomplete content.

However, you can watch US Netflix with Smart DNS Proxy. Using this VPN services and setting it up on your devices gives you full access to Netflix shows you can take a break from blogging by watching the shows you want. Also, you unblock content from Hulu, HBO, and other streaming sites to make your binge-watching sessions more complete!

Are you convinced why you need a VPN as a blogger?

If you think VPN is just technical mumbo-jumbo, you’re dead wrong! It has practical applications for bloggers who want to continue providing their audience with content they love. Aside from living a more focused blogging lifestyle, a VPN allows people to live a life outside blogging if they’re into TV shows and movies. Keeping these reasons in mind, it’s time you should get a VPN service to take your blogging to the next level.

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