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What is something all bloggers love? Blogging tips. What do bloggers hate about blogging tips? Every blogger on the blog sphere has some tip or the other to offer. What does this mean to you? Well it’s like watching an awesome sitcom – you just have to keep watching episode after episode, year after year. The blogging tips may be good but you have to keep weeding out the junk or time gobblers.

So what is the solution? You need expert blogging tips that are hand-picked. Even the expert blogging tips take time to read, what if the tips are in an elegant infographic that is like an awesome painting? Now you are talking…

Buckle up, enjoy the fun ride and check out this Infographic on YourEscapeFrom9to5.com which lists 24 Blogging Tips by 24 of the top bloggers in the world. The panel of experts include Adam Connell, Amit Shaw, Amy Lynn Andrews, Ammar Ali, Ana Hoffman, Brian Clark, Chris Brogan, Corbett Barr, Daniel Scocco, Darren Rowse, Glen Allsopp, Ileane Smith, Jane Sheeba, Jeff Goins, John Chow, Kiesha Easley, Neil Patel, Pat Flynn, Rand Fishkin, Sue Anne Dunlevie, Yaro Starak, Ramsay Taplin, Rob Cubbon and our very own Zac Johnson; who are at the top of the blogging food chain. One tip from each of these experts make up this epic list of blogging tips.

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1. Adam Connell – Provide Additional Content to Get More Social Sharing or for Subscribing

There are plenty of blogs and websites that provide free eBooks for signing up. How can you stand out from the crowd? Provide premium content of course. The advantage of providing additional content like checklists or PDFs are:VIP-Content-Image

  • These can be updated easily unlike some eBooks that rarely get updated.
  • You can ask viewers to socially share your blog post to get access to the premium content specific to a post. You can see examples of this in Adam’ site.

When you start out the premium content area will be small but it can grow over time and become a huge library. BloggingWizard.com

amit-shaw-image2. Amit Shaw – Your SEO Rankings May Suffer with the Wrong Web Host

We all know website speed depends a lot on the web host. A slow website or SEO-imageblog may lose search engine rankings because of a slow web host as Google now takes load time into consideration when ranking pages. It is important to select your web host with this important SEO consideration in mind. Choose a host that is fast, reliable and provides good up-time. iTechCode.com

AmyHeadshot-image3. Amy Lynn Andrews – Use a Tool to Manage Your Usernames and Passwords in a Central Locationpassword-image

Use online tools like LastPass or 1Password to store your login credentials all in one place. Your online journey will open many doors and you need to keep all your keys safe. AmyLynnAndrews.com

ammar-ali-image4. Ammar Ali – Host a Contest or Provide a Giveaway

You can promote your contest or giveaway and build traffic to your site or even Give-away-imgaecollect email subscribers. Contest ideas could be to provide free hosting, a theme, a plugin or even advertising space on your blog. Contests are a great way to promote a brand and increase awareness. Hopefully the participants get something useful at the end of the contest. AllBloggingTips.com

Ana-Hoffman-image5. Ana Hoffman – Find Your Own Voice and Personality

A voiceless blog is a useless blog as it does not have personality or unique voice. SpeakUp-imageUse your voice and tone to stand out from the crowd. Don’t be afraid to put forward your opinion. The worst that could happen is someone may leave a negative comment. Take heart, this person read your post and you always have control over which comments to approve. TrafficGenerationCafe.com

Brian Clark image6. Brian Clark – Begin with the End Goal

Imagine starting a road trip, can you get to your destination without defining it Goal-imagefirst?  The same is true with a blog. You need to have an idea of what the end goal is. Is blogging a hobby or do you want an income? What is your first goal? What is the end goal? These are questions only you can answer. CopyBlogger.com

Chris-Brogan-image7. Chris Brogan – Your Reader’s Time is Precious

Do not waste your viewer’s time. Post only time worthy content. Link out to the clock-imagebest content and not with an attempt to get a link back. Keep it short and get to the point. ChrisBrogan.com

Corbett-Barr-image8. Corbett Bar – Plan Your Content on a Weekly Basis

Set aside some time every week to think and plan your content. Write down plan-imagetopics and directions for each piece of content. Each piece of content should be treated like a small piece of the puzzle. All the pieces put together should tell a story. Fizzle.co

daniel-scocco-image9. Daniel Scocco – Grab Viewers Attention with the Intro

Write an awesome intro to get engagement and attention up front. If your intro Intro-imagesucks your content will sink. Did you know most visitors to a website just scan through? If you have an awesome intro you can turn the scanners into readers. Having an eye catching image when the page loads will also help the scanners take note. Dailyblogtips.com

Darren-Rowse-image10. Darren Rowse – Spend 90% of Your Time Doing and 10% of Your Time Learning

New bloggers focus on creating and marketing their content. They tend to forgeteducation-image or postpone learning. If you don’t learn then you are not going to get ahead. In other words spend some time each and every week on learning. This not only applies to new bloggers, it also applies to bloggers who have been in the game for some time. You don’t want to become extinct, do you? ProBlogger.net

Glen-Allsopp-image11. Glen Allsopp – Target the Busy Bees and Give Them Bite Sized Content

The majority of people are busy and they do not have time to read a 6,000 word bee-imagearticles. They want something quick and actionable. Why not target this kind of busy group of people? Think about the fast lanes in the freeway, fast checkout at the super market or even fast food. You can use images and Infographics to catch this group’s attention. Whom do you think this Infographic is targeted at? ViperChill.com

ileane-smith-image12. Ileane Smith – Create a Number of Articles on the Same Subjectmultiple-image

Ileane is NOT talking about spinning the blog post into multiple posts. She is talking about creating a series of posts. This gives you the chance to dig deep on a topic and demolish it. You can create a series of 3 or 5 posts, build up anticipation and promote the series of posts. You can build up to the last post of the series and create excitement. BasicBlogTips.com

jane-image13. Jane Sheeba – Your Sales Page Should be Accessible from Any Pagesale-image

Jane is NOT referring to selling in every page, she is merely saying your sales page should not be hidden. If you are wanting to make money with your blog your website visitors have to get to the sales page. Make sure you don’t overdo it but make it visible. ProBloggingSuccess.com

jeff-image14. Jeff Goins – Create Posts that are Not Complete and Ask Readers to Complete Itunfinished-image

This is the quick fire combination of user engagement and guest blogging. Beware the story can go in any direction but you do have some control as you are in charge of approving content and comments. GoinsWriter.com

john-chow15. John Chow – Find and Use a Plugin that Displays Related Articlespopular-posts-image

A plugin that displays your internal related posts is the best internal linking and cross promotional tool you could have in your blog. When viewers get to a post from the various traffic sources they may not read your other posts. When you show related posts you are significantly increasing the chances of them sticking around. You can also display your most popular posts. JohnChow.com

Kiesha-Easley-image16. Kiesha Easley – “White Space is Sexy in Blog Design.”White-Space-image

“Don’t clutter it by using every widget under the sun.” Well said Kiesha. This also applies to ads on you site as well. Make sure your blog is not cluttered and has a good amount of white space. WeBlogBetter.com

Neil-Patel-image17. Neil Patel – Always Publish Posts between Mondays and Thursdaysweekday-image

Avoid Fridays and Weekends as these days generally have about 15% to 20% decrease in traffic and social sharing. Test what works for you. If you are getting the most traffic for articles published on Friday so be it. QuickSprout.com

pat-image18. Patt Flynn – Create a Get Started Page and Showcase Your Unique Selling Proposition

Most new bloggers start with an ‘About’ page and then straight into content Start-imagemode. Anyone wanting to know about your site needs a starting place. This page is not about you rather it’s about the viewers. Provide some details as to why your site is different or unique among the many blogs in your niche. SmartPassiveIncome.com

Rand-Fishkin-image19. Rand Fishkin – A Title that Makes People Click is More Valuable than One with Many Keywords

Your objective is to get people to click on the title so they consume your content. www-imageThe whole content cycle starts with a click. If there is no click then there is no action, no tweets, no comments etc. Moz.com

sue-anne-image20. Sue Anne Dunlevie – Network with Fellow Bloggers

Your content’s visibility depends on your network. The bigger the network the Network-imagemore the reach. It may be daunting to approach fellow bloggers especially if they are authority bloggers. Go to them with a WOW piece of content. Do not send them each and every piece of content you produce; they did not sign up to your mailing list. Make sure you value their time and your WOW content will get attention. You can also reach out to upcoming bloggers and not just authority bloggers. SuccessfulBlogging.com

Yaro-image21. Yaro Starak – Use Author Bio Box to Call for Action

Even if you are the only author in your blog you can still have a call to action like Call-to-action-imagesign-up to my mailing list or follow me on twitter. The call to action is even more important if you are guest blogging in an authoritative site. The author bio is very powerful as it is prominent in every page of content you produce. It makes a final reminder to the viewers to take action. Entrepreneurs-Journey.com

Ramsay-image22. Ramsay Taplin aka Blog Tyrant – Send People who Comment for the First Time to a Thank You Page

The thank you page can have a list of your popular pages and an email opt-in Thank-you-imageform. Another tip from the Blog Tyrant is to use a plugin so people who leave a comment get notified via email. The default WordPress feature for this sucks big time so better use a plugin for this.
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Rob-Cubbon-image23. Rob Cubbon – Generate Content Ideas and Promote Your Content to LinkedIn Groups

LinkedIn is an underutilised source for both traffic and ideas. LinkedIn also has linkedin-imagea large pool of talented professionals, so tap into their wisdom and leverage the groups they hang out in. RobCubbon.com

zac-johnson-image24. Zac Johnson – Run Your Blog Like a Business

If you intend on making money with your blog then it is a business. A business business-imageneeds time and money upfront. It will also have down times. Record you income and expenses and keep an eye on the bottom line. The expenses can run wildly and add up if not kept under check. Blogging.org

To cook like a chef we need to follow their recipe. Similarly to blog like a pro we need to follow their tips and tricks. Regardless of how many tips you read if you don’t use them, then you will be invisible in the ever so crowded blog hemisphere. So take action and create a list of tasks that need addressing in your blog. Keep an eye on performance when implementing the tips as some have performance impacts. The tips are not one size fit all so choose wisely and pick what is relevant for you. Don’t put it off as later never happens. Take one tip at a time then aim and shoot, reload and keep going.

Keep the spirit of blogging alive and happy blogging!

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Cent is a regular contributor to Social Media Today and Business2Community; he loves the laptop lifestyle and escaping the 9 to 5 through his blog SocialMediaMarketo. He has a passion for creating and marketing visually stunning content like infographics.

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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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