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10 Resources for Bloggers Who Want to Take Their Blog to the Next Level

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Blogging resources can be powerful. If you find the right blogging tool, it can effectively improve your website’s performance.

The only problem is, there are so many resources available for bloggers. It is not easy to pick the right tools to take your blog to the next level.

Over the years, I’ve used so many blogging tools and resources to bring more traffic to blog and increase sales. If you are looking for the best tools to build a better blog, this post is exclusively for you.

Let’s find out the top blogging resources to stay ahead of your competition in every way.

Top blogging resources to help you succeed

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1. WordPress

If you are thinking to start a blog, I strongly recommend you to prefer WordPress over any other blogging platform. WordPress is not only the #1 CMS (Content Management System) in the word but majority of the blogs worldwide run by WordPress.

WordPress allows you install a lot of themes and plugins to take your blog to the next level. Most importantly, WordPress is search engine friendly. So you don’t have to worry too much about tweaking your blog design or other technical stuff to bring more traffic from search engines.

WordPress does a better job at allowing every single page to be indexed than every other CMS.  And there are a lot of plugins and tools available on WordPress to boost your search engine rankings and traffic. So what else do you need from a blogging platform?

Did I forget to tell you that most successful marketers who are making a living from blogging are all on WordPress? Zac Johnson, Darren Rowse, Neil Patel, Brian Clark, Pat Flynn are to name a few!

Unfortunately, most beginners find it really hard to install WordPress on their sites, if you are one among them try to search for someone who will install WordPress for you. You can even search for free WordPress installation services if you want a hassle-free experience. I’m actually doing this job at my blog, if you want it, once have a look at it.

2. Portent

Are you finding it difficult to come up with new blog post ideas? I know how difficult it is to come up with latest and incredible ideas to post on a blog. If you are blogging for a while, you already know the pain of coming up with new post ideas. Fortunately, Portent is a great tool that helps you easily come up with unlimited post ideas.

Just enter any keyword you want to rank for and it will display you all the possible results based on your keyword phrases. You can take any one of them, tweak it as you like and publish on your blogs to get more click through rates.

3. Buffer App

Looking for ways to schedule your posts to post on social media sites like Twitter and Facebook? Your search ends at Buffer. It is one of the best social media tools to spread great links across social media sites. It’s not only free but it also allows you to post at the best times on social media sites to get more retweets and visibility for your links.

4. Google’s Keyword Planner

If you want to boost your traffic from search engines, you need to find the high ranking keywords for your blog posts. Keyword research is perhaps the only way to boost your search traffic when you have a fairly new blog.

Whether you know it or not, bringing more traffic to a new blog from search engines is really hard and takes a lot of time because search engines don’t trust new blogs and don’t give enough importance on Google search results. So you need to find the low competition keywords and use them wisely on your blog posts to bring more visibility from search engines.

If you are a beginner, I’d strongly recommend you to start using Google’s keyword planner as it helps you easily find the great keywords for any niche. It’s also free so what are you waiting for?

5. SEMrush

One of the best ways to get ahead in getting more search engine traffic to your blogs or website is to spy on your competitor’s keywords. But it is not always easy to find the best performing keywords for your competitors.

This is where SEMrush comes into play. It’s one of the widely used SEO tools by most SEO experts to track their competitors keywords and estimate website traffic.

Here are few amazing features of SEMrush tool.

  • Performing site audit
  • Backlink Analysis
  • Finding link building opportunities
  • See competitors’ best keywords
  • Discover new organic competitors
  • Get long-tail keywords
  • Explore multinational and multilingual environments

6. Buzzsumo

If you are looking for ways to increase your traffic, social media shares and incoming links to your blog posts, you need to write content that goes viral. How can you do that? By writing content that is proven to bring you results. It’s widely known as Skyscraper technique.

You need to find and create better content in your niche. Then reach out to the right people to get more social shares and links. That’s how you will get more exposure and traffic to your blog posts.

But how can you find better content ideas that will make your blog posts go viral? There’s a great tool called “Buzzsumo”, it helps you analyze the top content in any industry. Just enter a keyword around your niche and it will display you all the results that got more social shares and backlinks.

7. Bluehost

Did you know that your website speed and many other factors depend on your hosting provider? If you are hosting your site on a cheap hosting server, it will break your blog’s success by giving you frequent downtime issues.

You need to invest money on getting a reliable and faster hosting from hosting companies like SiteGround, WPEngine. But the problem with these hosting services is they cost you a lot. If you are just starting out paying so much money is not recommended for hosting. So the best option for beginners who want to get an affordable hosting that is both fast and secure is Bluehost.

I’ve been using Bluehost for over 5 years now and I never got an issue with their hosting services, they are industry leaders when it comes to hosting. You’ll also get a free domain name when you host your blog with them for one year.

8. Evernote

If you are blogging for awhile, you already know how hard it is to organize your ideas at one place. We all know, we come up with a lot of ideas every single day but keeping them at one place is the surefire way to work on your ideas.

So the simple way to organize your ideas at a place is Evernote. Evernote is the perfect digital workplace to collect inspirational ideas, write great words and move your important stuff at one place.

9. WordPress SEO by Yoast

Are you a newbie to search engine optimization? Don’t know where to start at SEO? If you are struggling hard to increase your website traffic from search engines, you should definitely need WordPress SEO by Yoast. It’s one of the widely used and most popular WordPress plugins that is useful for all SEO users.

The plugin’s functionality is plain and simple. You can easily optimize your blog posts and web pages for search engines by using this plugin even if you know nothing about SEO.

10. GetResponse Or AWeber

Email marketing is the key to online success. If you want to make passive income from online, you must start building a newsletter. Email marketing gives a better ROI than social media sites like Facebook and twitter combined. For every $1 you spend on email marketing gives you $41. That’s really an awesome number if you consider the benefits that email marketing produces.

But choosing the right email marketing software is always a pain if you are especially a beginner to email marketing. I strongly recommend you to either choose AWeber or GetResponse because they provide you a lot of features including beautiful templated, 99% delivery rate, great customer care etc.

Final thoughts about blogging resources to build a better blog

You can’t build a successful blog without having the access to the right blogging resources. You should definitely invest some money to get the premium tools like SEMrush, a good web host and getting professional WordPress services from experts.

After all, it takes money to make money online. If you are not willing to invest the time and money, you will never be able to build a profitable blog that makes you money.

So what are you waiting for? Make sure to give it a try to all the blogging resources mentioned in this article to get the most out of your blogging efforts. Let me know if I missed anyone of your favorite blogging tools.

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1 Key to Blogging Happiness and Success

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In today’s heavily charged political climate you may want to debate, outright fight or criticize people on social media.

Maybe the news seems to magically draw you in to negative, toxic headlines.

I have a little secret that keeps me happy most of the time.

Goodness knows following this secret promoted my blogging success.

The secret: I see fighting as fear so I do not get caught up in kicking a dog when it’s down.

This is code for: I largely do not engage fearful, unhappy folks. If I do engage said folks, rest assured the chats last for a few seconds, if that.

Why Doing this Makes You a Happy and Successful Blogger

Avoiding unhappy people automatically makes you happier because nature abhors a vacuum. Ignore fear. Ignore unhappiness. Loving, happy people move into your life since love is the opposite of fear and happiness is the opposite of unhappiness. Many of these happy, successful people will be clients, customers and rocking bloggers who promote you and endorse you.

Ignoring folks having a moment, or perhaps, having a tough life just allows them to find their balance on their own. You are a leader, not a savior.

If a trusted friend is going through a difficult time you can be a sounding board for a bit. No worries there. But even this sounding board stage has its limits and you eventually need to move on to allow these folks to find clarity and peace on their own. This benefits both parties.

Happiness and Success Is an Energy Thing

Folks wonder why I smile in most of my travel pictures. I smile because I am predominantly happy. I am predominantly happy because I see fighting as fear, and I do not kick a dog when it’s down, meaning I do not engage, chat with or try to convince fear-filled, fighting folks on social media, through my blog and through my email.

I do this because I have compassion for these fear-filled folks. Especially for fear-filled folks who fight about politics, religion or whatever topic these individuals are unclear on.

Typically, most of these fear-filled, unclear folks find other fear-filled, unclear folks to complain to, and they all agree in their fear and lack of clarity, and disguise their fear as passion or a love of their political party, or whatever sounds good, to soothe their bruised egos, and their unclear, fear-filled minds. Either way, the dog is down, and since I was once in the same position is life, I ain’t kicking.

Following this practice has dramatically raised my energy from fear to love. Raising my predominant vibe from fear to love has helped me be in harmony with the world, which made me:

  • generous
  • prolific
  • helpful
  • an energetic networker

Taking on these qualities accelerated my blogging success and grew my happiness, because happy, successful bloggers are generous, prolific, helpful and energetic networkers.

But you need to move up the energetic ladder to embody these traits and that involves leaving those fear-filled, unclear folks near the bottom of the ladder. Even if they appear to be successful, blogging business wise, rest assured that their political or religious fight is fear, manifest.

You can still be connected with them and chat casually here and there about blogging or other topics where they vibe love, not fear, but you will be leaving many of these folks behind until they face, embrace and release their deeper fears, to vibe more from love and clarity, so they can join you on higher rungs of the energetic ladder.

Surround Yourself with Loving, Generous Bloggers

Loving, kind, generous bloggers promote your blogging success by showing you the way.

These folks also lift your spirits, making you a happier blogger.

Seek them out. Promote successful bloggers. Comment on their blogs.

Be happier, healthier and wealthier.

 

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1 of My Secrets to Being Kinda Prolific

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I have written hundreds of guest posts for this blog.

I have written about 1000 on Blogging From Paradise between posts and travel pages.

A few moments ago I checked my DA for a sponsored post opportunity. The business owner wanted to know blog domain authority before deciding to place a sponsored post on the blog.

Blogging From Paradise has a DA of 48 and 22,457 external links in.

Not super shabby.

I am kinda prolific.

If you want to publish helpful content frequently, just run with my most basic of tips.

Do not wait around for folks to read your content, comment on your content and share your content before writing your next blog post or guest post.

Do not wait to create.

Do Not Wait to Create

The old me – and most bloggers – became highly attached to any single piece of content I created because I feared the content would not register enough shares, comments, page views and sales. Fear drove me to share this piece of content in many places to boost my stats. All well and good but because fear drove me, I resisted my prolific nature, allowing worry and lack to goad me to do stuff that led to me being the farthest thing from prolific.

Eventually, I observed how bloggers who seemed to be in 10,000,000 places at once simply prolifically created a high volume of helpful blog posts, guest posts and videos. Success found these folks because they did not wait around for readers to check out their blog posts. Said bloggers moved on to writing and publishing their next blog post.

Acting abundantly – not allowing their fears to eat into their prolific nature – promoted these blogger’s success as they created generously, publishing a high volume of content across multiple platforms.

I finally learned of this secret and used it effectively when I chose NOT to wait to create.

Now I publish 3 posts daily on Blogging From Paradise. I also publish the odd guest post from time to time. My success accelerated and my online presence expanded when I decided not to get attached much at all to any one blog post, because the next blog post called me.

No sense waiting around for folks to read my stuff because they simply will read at their own leisure. My job is to keep creating helpful content to help readers build successful blogs. As I move in this direction, everything keeps expanding for me.

All because I chose not to wait to create.

Being Prolific Impacts Folks

Peep this tweet from my friend Corey Hinde of The Good Oil Marketing:

I am humbled by such kind words from an established, super successful internet marketer. This is pretty much what happens when you are prolific; you impact folks in a positive way, and you also expand your reach and help more folks, all because you refuse to hold back.

Tips to Be Prolific

  • Blog mainly for the fun of blogging
  • Nudge yourself out of your comfort zone daily
  • Surround yourself with prolific bloggers to feast on their creative energy
  • Do not wait to create
  • Beware getting attached to any one piece of content; promote posts freely across a wide range of channels but look toward the next blog post, guest post or video to create, in order to become incredibly prolific.

Guys; this journey gets a little uncomfortable at times but if you love fun and freedom more than you fear doing some uncomfortable things you will become a highly prolific blogger.

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How to Get Your Blogging Mojo Going if You Feel Hopelessly Stuck

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I lose blogging momentum sometimes.

You may be in the same boat, being human and all.

But if you regularly find yourself saying “I need to get serious about building my blog” over the course of years it is time to own this fact: you need to get your blogging mojo going before you become permanently stuck in a blogging rut.

I was rut-stuck here and there for many years, on and off. Maybe I didn’t quit blogging totally but I’d start blogging, then stop, and continue this process for weeks on end. Not good.

You can find your blogging mojo and get unstuck by following these blogging tips.

1: Pick a Dream that Makes You Feel Alive

I am led by my dreams, not pushed by problems, because I picked a big old dream a while back. I wanted to circle the globe. Bingo!

Since I wanted to travel the world more than I feared doing uncomfortable, blogging-building things, I built a rocking blog and kept on moving, keeping my blogging mojo going.

What is your dream? Figure it out. Hold it tight.

If you need inspiration watch my video from New Zealand. I filmed this one at Mount Cook a few months ago.

2: Feel Fears Fueling Your Struggles

Some folks believe they lack motivation to blog. Others feel they are lazy. But at the end of the day, if you are not acting, you are afraid of something or someone.

Laziness is fear manifest. So find your fears, by shutting a door and sitting in a quiet room, and if you feel the deep fears you purge the energies and proceed from an inspired, loving, persistent, energized space.

I kept putting off writing an eBook for many years. Turns out I was not lazy; I just feared nobody would buy the eBook because I saw myself as a loser who knew little. I also feared people would criticize me. But I went forward and wrote my first eBook to get out of my fear-rut and to keep on moving.

Some of my eBooks do not sell as much as others and people sometimes post negative reviews of my eBooks but since I do not fear these outcomes, neither have any power over me. I just keep expanding my success, helping folks and befriending blogging pros because I move forward, unburdened by many blogging fears I faced, embraced and released.

3: Study Persistently Energized Bloggers

I am no Tony Robbins but blog persistently from an energized space.

Each day I:

  • do 1 hour of deep yin yoga
  • exercise for 1 hour
  • usually take an icy cold shower
  • focus on having fun with my blog versus attaching to money or traffic outcomes

I have written thousands of guest posts, over 10,000 blog posts (old and new blogs combined) and I have also written over 100 eBooks. Toss in the thousands of videos I created over many YouTube channels (since closed) and you see I am a pretty prolific dude. An energized, prolific dude at that.

You’d be wise to see how I go about my energy ritual daily to take a few pointers. Consider deep yin yoga to open up your body, to open your mind and to form the habit of being comfortable with being uncomfortable. Maybe meditating daily opens your awareness. Exercise is definitely a must, every single day.

Circulating your energy freely moves you from being fear-based, lazy and sluggish to being love-based, energized and prolific. I was once pretty dang lazy before I dove deep into energy work.

Wrapping it Up

Keep at it guys. I know this blogging journey feels scary sometimes but if you grab the right blogging resources and follow the above tips you will avoid common blogging ruts that appear to cripple most bloggers.

 

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