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How Increasing Internet Speeds and Coverage Effect the Blogging World

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Do you have a blog? If not, why not? Have the dragging speeds of internet technology and modems gotten you down in the past? Many users have complained about slow upload or download times while others have become frustrated with the overall speed of their connections. However, technology continues to evolve so you should no longer let the technology or the limitation of your internet speeds keep you from getting your brand out there on your blog and your websites.

Internet speeds have increased over the years, and today we are on the brink of having the fastest internet ever. This is due in part to the new web technologies, fiber optic systems, faster broadband, and more efficient technologies. For example, New Zealand has moved up the internet speed chain faster than expected because of the variety of new internet speed technologies now available. At the same time, smaller countries are quickly gaining ground on the rest of the world as well — which means more online users, and potentially even more blogs and bloggers in the years to come.

The superior speed that is available today has inspired more entrepreneurs to start their online businesses. This includes creating a stellar website and blog that will help them promote their branding. You should never allow the limits of technology to hold you back from your goals.

The key to making this work for you is to find the right platform and put your content up for your target audience to see. To start, check out some of the most popular platforms such as WordPress. People who use WordPress report that the results they get are good if they utilize the various plugins and tools that the platform offers.

If you are unfamiliar with the WordPress platform, check it out and see what you think.

Interesting Facts About WordPress

There are some interesting facts about WordPress that you might want to know. One fact is that WordPress powers around 27% of all websites. This means that WordPress has almost a third of the total online users who are creating a blog or website online.

WordPress is also an open source platform and it is free. Some people think that there is a premium fee that you must pay to use WordPress, but this is not the case. You never have to pay to be on the platform, and you can use the free tools and plugins, as well. The open source part of this means that you can feel free to change the code of any of the WordPress themes or platform tools without an obligation to ask for permission, provided you do not attempt to sell the derivative product.

Many governments, companies, and schools and universities all over the world use WordPress due to its versatility and the ability to tweak the code, share the program freely, and to inspire original programming among students and patrons.

Granted, WordPress is not the only type of online blogging platform available. But it is one of the most popular ones, and it allows you to easily create a professional website or blog in any style you choose with tons of additional resources and plugins to add to it.

You can be as creative or businesslike as you want without the worry of how you use it, which lets you have total creative freedom with your online blog and projects.

Blogger.com introduces the World to Blogging

Blogger.com is another popular format, and this is because it is owned by Google, the world’s number one search engine. You can publish a blog daily, weekly, or monthly for your followers and engage in content marketing by using their format. This is because it is automatically promoted by Google once you publish it. You also get all types of statistical analysis and metrics tools when you join Blogger due to its connection to the Google Analytics engine and platform.

The mass appeal behind Blogger is that it’s a free and easy platform to use. However, most professional bloggers do tend to recommend staying away from free hosting solutions.

At the same time, Google has brought the attractiveness of making money with a blog to individuals throughout the world as well. For example, if you were to start a website or blog, you could then start serving Google Adsense on your site and generate revenue from advertisements on your site. If you want to include Google Adsense in your posts to make money on ads, Blogger is a good choice. Again, since Google Adsense is also owned by Google. Go to the Google Adsense site to sign up for an Adsense account to get started including it with your blog posts.

A Look at the Fastest ISPs of 2016

With blogging and site creation in mind, we all can benefit from faster internet speeds and more affordable monthly packages. As the technology of internet delivery continues to change and evolve, it’s important for everyone to stay up to date on where and how the fastest internet speeds are happening and when they are coming to your area. Traditional dial-up systems can only be seen in the Smithsonian Institution. Cable and DSL systems have had to speed up their connections immensely to compete with the new fiber optic systems that are available today.

Fiber optics is the fastest type of connection currently, and many of these cutting edge systems are being offered at amazingly low prices. However, some companies have had to scramble to get new subscribers to keep their revenue ahead of the demand. With faster speeds and greater coverage happening at such a rapid pace, it’s no wonder we continue to see the same increase in video marketing and mobile usage.

  • 55% of people watch videos online every day.
  • Online video now accounts for 50% of all mobile traffic.
  • 78% of people watch videos online every week.

You can see an actual breakdown of the correlation between audio, video and media types below, along with their data speeds and how fiber optics come into play. Just imagine where these numbers will be in the coming months and years and we continue to see technology further progress.

In addition, to knowing what type of internet download speed it takes to download files based on their length and file type, it’s also a good idea to know which ISPs are at the top of the list when choosing an internet provider in your area. You can look at some other interesting information about the new technologies and the fastest internet ISPs here.

New Zealand’s Growing Technology Problem and Opportunity

When looking at the growth of internet access, improved speeds and more blogging power across the world, New Zealand is quickly becoming a huge area of interest for technology companies of all sizes. According to Stuff.nz, users of the country are blowing through traffic and data numbers like never before.

Chorus has found the average user on its network is now using 150 gigabytes per month, which was 50 per cent higher than the June 2016 average. The average Orcon customer’s use was another 60 per cent higher at 240GB, and the internet service provider predicted the New Zealand average will double again by the end of 2018.

With all of this in mind, internet service packages are also on the rise. In New Zealand, you can check out the internet speed packages at Trustpower to see the range of options available to you. From simple broadband to UltraFast Broadband, you can simplify things by combining your internet plan with your electricity, gas, or phone bill. Much like internet service is available in the United States, bundled services are also available in NZ and can save users a lot of money in the long run.

Trustpower uses both ASDL or VDSL to improve and speed up your connection so that you will have the best experience possible when you are working, shopping and playing online. Download and upload speeds are just as important as general connection speeds. Trustpower focuses on your entire home power system so that everything works smoothly all of the time, not just some of the time.

Even with all of the attention on getting New Zealand better and faster internet, they are still way ahead of many other countries in the world today — ranking 27th on the list.

New Zealand’s average speed increased by 40% within the quarter to 14.7Mbps, ranking it 27th, while Thailand reported gains of 49% to 16.9Mbps, ranking it 21st.

The Future of Blogging and Internet Speeds in Your Area

As the internet continues to grow in size and speed, while also making it more accessible for individuals around the world to get online, it’s only a matter of time before faster and more advanced internet options expand into new areas. As more people continue to get online, we will also see a continued rise in blogging and mobile usage.

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Srish Agrawal is an entrepreneur, branding consultant, and angel investor. He is also the Founder & CEO of A1 Future Technologies, which includes sites like Logo Design Team and Infographic Design Team, and has helped over 25,000 clients improve how they look online.

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How to Get Endless Content Ideas for Your Blog

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Writer’s block.

Smacked you in the head sometimes, right?

Me too.

Nothing feels worse than slamming into writer’s block. But nothing feels better than having endless content ideas on tap, making you a prolific, traffic and profit driving machine.

Content ideas abound. But you need to learn how to and where to find these ideas to become incredibly prolific.

This feels challenging at first but finding content ideas seamlessly:

  • increases brand awareness
  • gives your readers a steady stream of content to benefit them
  • increases your blogging profits through a variety of income travels
  • inspires your readers to defeat writer’s block and other mental blocks
  • helps you become a prolific guest poster
  • gives you more ideas for future blog posts

Follow these tips to get endless content ideas for your blog guys.

1: Poll Your Readers

Poll your readers via an email newsletter.

Publish posts questioning readers on their biggest problems related to your niche.

Ask readers questions to get blog post solutions.

Content ideas dance around in the minds of your readers.

Just asking my readers on Facebook or Twitter about their most pressing blogging problems is an easy way to get content ideas. Sometimes I probe into their struggles. Other times I just ask if they have blogging questions. Some days I get 10 answers or questions and other days, 1. Keep asking guys. Probing and polling readers provides ample blog post ideas for you.

2: Hang out on Niche Specific Forums

I spend time daily both answering questions and finding content ideas on the Warrior Forum.

Help folks and see what to write about by observing forums aligned with your blogging niche.

See the most popular posts. What questions do people ask? How do people struggle?

Mine content ideas in the struggles of your ideal readers.

Be an active contributor on forums to better tune into the needs of folks intrigued with your niche. By regularly publishing posts on Warrior I can see and hear problems experienced by aspiring or even professional bloggers.

3: Follow Top Blogs in Your Niche

Read top blogs in your niche. Keep an eye out for popular posts. What do folks have problems with?

Read the comment fields to get a feel on what readers are chatting about. Many commentors have few issues sharing their pain points via blog comments. Pay close attention to complaints, rants or folks who share their biggest dreams. Tune in to these emotional push buttons to find an endless flow of prospering content ideas.

Pro Blogger and Blogging Tips are 2 smart places to scan for blogging tips bloggers.

4: Become a Life Observer

I have nabbed more blog post ideas watching life than you’d ever believe.

Look at yesterday’s blog post: Blogging Outside of the Lines.

See how I spotted a blog content idea by coloring with my niece? Life presents you endless blog post ideas if you quiet your mind, relax, and become an observer of it all. The key is to cease trying to do stuff and to simply relax, and watch, life unfolding around you.

Review your last trip to the store. Who did you chat with today? What life lessons did you learn recently?

Draw an analogy between your experience and your blogging niche. Stay on blogging topic. Be on point. Speak to your readers while relating to them on a deeper level. Be a watcher. Find unlimited blog post ideas.

Bonus Tip

Meditate or do deep yin yoga.

Both practices expand your awareness, a must for folks intent on clearing their head trash to find more blog content ideas.

Wrap Up

Work these streams diligently.

Calm your chattering mind.

Find unlimited content ideas for your blog.

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11 Tips on Finding the Right Infographic Ideas for Your Brand

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Infographics have become ubiquitous on the Internet. Whether you’re on Facebook, Pinterest, or Linkedin, you’re bound to come across an infographic online.

Infographics are popular due to their ability to convert complex data and information into something much simpler, making them interesting to look at and easy to understand.

According to Hubspot’s study, infographics are three times more likely to be shared than any other type of content— a perfect investment for those who are looking to bring in traffic and generate leads.

As more infographics are published on the Internet, creating one that will stand out from the rest takes more than illustrations with charts and data. An infographic can have great design but without a compelling topic, it might as well be skimmed through.

So, how do you come up with a compelling topic people want to read?

The truth is, it’s not going to be an instantaneous process. It’s going to take time, effort, and a lot of in-depth research. There are times content creators overlook research and end up with a lackluster infographic.

Narrow Down

Figure out who your infographic is for. Knowing your target audience beforehand can make the process of choosing a topic much easier.

Avoid aiming for a wider audience. Instead, aim for a specific group of people. A one-size-fits-all approach isn’t going to work.

By creating a narrow target, it’ll be easier to create effective strategies for the specified target audience. For example, an infographic about basic exercise won’t be of interest for people who are in advanced exercise programs such as Crossfit or calisthenics.

Cook up a (brain)storm

There are a variety of brainstorming methods to use when coming up with ideas for your infographic topic, such as word association, mind mapping, and keyword research. These methods are perfect for coming up with loads of ideas by exploring different angles and connections.

Tools such as Mindmeister and Ahrefs are great for brainstorming and keyword research. Mindmeister lets you create your own mind map online. You can also export the file into different formats and share it with anyone. Ahrefs is a great tool for keyword research, helping you find high-ranking keywords to use for your infographic.

Another way to find ideas for your infographic is to repurpose existing content. These can be from blog posts, videos, or any other type of content.

Repurposing saves you a lot of time and effort. When you’ve gathered the materials you already have on hand, decide on an angle you want to display the information in. For example, if you have a blog post about 30 ways to save money, you can focus and shorten the blog post and instead, do an infographic on 10 money saving tips for impulsive shoppers.

Knowing what is currently trending can also help you come up with ideas for your infographic. A tool like Google Trends allows you to find the most searched keywords. You can see the searches on different topics and different regions.

Although it’s great to have a completely unique topic for your infographic, it’s also important to consider whether or not it’s feasible. Having a topic that’s too niche and has little to no information to support your research won’t do you any good.

A feasible topic has abundant information that’s easy to access and come from credible sources. Since infographics are meant to inform readers and provide valuable content, an abstract or opinion based topic would have little credibility and wouldn’t be very informative.

For more tips and tricks on finding the right infographic ideas, take a look at the visual guide here!

Andre Oentoro is one of the co-founder of Milkwhale, an internationally acknowledged infographic production agency. He helps businesses increase visibility on the internet with visual data and well-placed outreach campaigns. Read more on his latest guide to Viral Infographics and learn how to get the most value out of your website’s traffic.

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Are You Afraid to Color Outside of the Blogging Lines?

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I am coloring with my 2 year old niece now.

Blog post idea; after 2 photo snaps and a quick analogy realization I figured coloring with a 2 year old conveys a blogging success lesson to you.

My niece does not fear coloring outside of the lines. She is smart as a whip but has yet to master the concept of coloring inside of the lines. Few 2 year olds get this idea.

Scribbling like mad, her work consists of zags, hard lines, zigs, and you better believe she colors almost exclusively outside of the lines. She is as happy as a lark to break the rules, to just be coloring. Coloring is fun to her. Who cares if she stays in the lines?

I instantly thought of my blogging career.

I retired to a life of island hopping through smart blogging by coloring outside of the blogging lines, choosing to do what feels fun to me versus doing what bloggers said I should do.. No email list at Blogging From Paradise. Not much search traffic either because I don’t do the SEO thing. I publish up to 4 blog posts daily. No doubt; I follow certain rules and do color inside of the lines sometimes but largely succeeded because I blog outside of the box, following my fun, pursuing my passion.

You may look at me and wonder how in the heck I do it? You follow all common blogging rules diligently. Yet you may struggle. What gives?

Blogging is an energy game. If you do what feels fun to you, you will succeed wildly. Even if you break rules in the process.

Even though I promote 1 blogging eBook above all else I still wrote 126 eBooks. Big time rule breaker guys. Most bloggers only write 1 eBook and promote the stuffing out of it before moving on to the next eBook. Nothing wrong with that but this is usually a scarcity mindset in action. I preferred to think abundantly and wrote my rear end off. Coloring outside of the lines. Blogging outside of the box.

Follow Some Blogging Rules But Break a Bunch

Nobody becomes wildly successful or lives a dream life through blogging by following all the rules. Rule breakers stand out from the crowd.

Breaking some blogging rules is just like coloring outside of the lines. Some bloggers believe your blog looks a bit sloppy, or disorderly, or that you are doing things wrong, if you color outside of the blogging lines. But these bloggers are usually totally obsessed with doing things perfectly, struggling like heck because nobody is perfect and when you try to be perfect you will fail. Perfection is the fear of failure and the fear of criticism, combined. Don’t let bloggers who color inside of the lines fool you.

How to Succeed by Coloring Outside of the Blogging Lines

Follow your intuition guys.

Listen to the small, still voice.

Trust your gut.

Do what feels most fun to you; not what bloggers say you should do.

I do not build an email list. This is coloring outside of the blogging lines.

Yet I live a life few bloggers live, spending months in Fiji, Bali, Thailand and Costa Rica among other tropical paradises.

No SEO on Blogging From Paradise because I do not want to depend on search traffic. Yet I have circled the globe for the past 7 years as a full time digital nomad.

Break some rules guys.

Do freeing, fun and highly uncomfortable things. Even if doing so pulls you away from the blogging herd.

Color outside of the blogging lines guys.

Live your wildest dreams.

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