Blogging is one of the most attractive forms of content creation and site building on the internet today. It can also be a personal journal, on which the individual gives their reviews, opinions, suggestions or ideas about particular things and manages to keep updating the blog. A Blog can cover any field of life depending upon the interests of a blogger like food, fashion, trends, sports, politics etc.
If a blog is publically available it can attract an immense response, depending on its type and quality. This can best be accomplished when putting in the right time and effort to focus on the content promotion aspect of your site. Posting stuff relevant to the interests and nature of the blog keeps the blog alive., but at the end of the day, it’s going to be the social promotion and backlinks to your site that helps it gain new traffic and search rankings.
Ways to work as blogger are:
1. Blog’s nature
The first thing you need to do is target the areas of interest you are going to cover in your blog. You can choose more than one topic of interest for blogging. You must gather the significant information which represents your concern in the post.
2. Write your own blog
You must start your own blog and post the material. Initially your blog might suffer with low ratings, negative feedback or minor attention of the viewers. This can be overcome through continuous posting and giving your best shot.
3. Write for your viewers
When you get to know about your viewers and what kind of blog they are looking for. This is the time you must start focusing on retaining the viewers by hitting them at the right spot. Keeping the interest of the viewers will endure your relationship with the viewers. To know about the activities of viewers you can use many spying apps like truthspy, safe-root and mspy cell phone tracker. You can monitor which blogs are delighting their viewers, which blog is getting higher ratings and the type of topics disliked. It is very important to overcome the issues that might leave a negative impact on the viewers.
4. Market your blog
Once you have started working on your blog and gaining the viewers’ attention, you can start marketing it, through social media channels or emails. You can use keywords for making it Google friendly what we can call it SEO (Search Engine Optimization). Social media marketing can have a huge impact, but to execute promotions through social websites, need a lot of followers.
5. Earn from blogging
The best source to be independent is to start earning through blogging. But for this the ratio of viewers must be immense. You need to opt some unique tactics to ensure a user ends up following you and bringing new followers to your blog.
6. Enjoy blogging
When you start blogging, don’t take it as a burden on your shoulders. This field is not confined, it digest many ways to earn and to come up with new innovative ideas. In a nut shell, it’s a treasure box. It can serve you as a happy and joyful work. You can enjoy while writing a post because that’s what intrigues you. Blogging as a duty will never make you contented and fall in love with your work.
7. Follow other Work at Home blogs
No matter what type of blog you want to create and have success with, it’s always a good idea to follow other successful blogs within that same niche. To get started with this process, we recommend following each of these work at home blogs. This list profiles so of the most popular and successful blogs online in relation to quitting your job, or simply working from home. Each is unique in their own way, so be sure to add them to your reading list.
Be sure to run through each of the recommended steps and methods above, so you can find the most success in the competitive and saturated world of blogging!
How To Create International Blog Content & Help New Audiences
As a blogger or vlogger you might find certain niche ideas are already covered before you think of them. Grr!
Popular niches get saturated – it’s a natural cause & effect of the popularity of blogging.
But what if other countries who speak your language still need that niche topic or idea!?
By simply tailoring your how-to post (for example) with keywords and imagery for a specific country, you can enter into a whole new and unsaturated arena.
In this post we’ll look at just one example of how I took a saturated U.S. topic and brought it to India, with hopes of reaching new audiences far and wide. Let me know if you think it will work out or not!
What Niche Ideas Can You Bring to Other Countries?
Note that by “bring” I don’t mean you have to pack your bags and hop on board a flight, but you could!
There are always some niche ideas that translate better across borders than others. For example jokes about Kelly Anne Conway might not be too funny in Japan. But how to make Swiss Chocolate truffles or how to beat level 5 of Mario, now those are topics people will want everywhere and probably translate.
Topics that blog well across borders:
- How-to gaming
- How-to tech
- Latest fitness advice
- Cooking how-to
- How to make money online
- Travel guides
There are obviously many more topics which people will want to read about regardless of the country you’re in. But if you’re looking to both help internationally and increase blog traffic on the home front, you’d be smart to pick topics that appeal widely or combine popular things.
If you look at the list above you can combine a few topics like SEO, how-to tech, and how to make money online into the topic of “how to make a website”, which is exactly what I chose to do for the Indian audience.
I wanted to attract as many viewers as possible and sometimes a certain angle like “how to make money through ads” leads people to actually be interested in your website tutorial, or gaming tutorial, or whatever it is. You gotta be your own salesman!
So here’s a little more into the bread and butter, the research and execution of how I think you can create blog content for an international audience.
8 Steps to Make Your Content Internationally Friendly
1. Find a contact living there
Your journey to make content that does great with a new audience starts by simply finding one of your friends of business connections living in that particular country. If you can’t find someone in your immediate network, Google the topic you want to focus on and connect with local bloggers, or even do a joint post! In my case, I was connected with a few super nice contacts at HostGator India who told me what hosting packages Indian uses like the most, and also explained places, themes and styles people in their city are proud of.
2. Establish the need
Your next step is to really understand the need for what you’re writing, filming etc. Do people need guidance on your topic? Which people? When do they need it? This kind of understanding is a bit of legwork up front but will make it so much easier to understand what you need to actually make once you start the fun process of creating. In my case there are very few tutorials to help people make a WordPress website in India, but there is a vast growing presence of WordPress websites in general, up to 47% of all websites using a CMS. Ideally you have the lack of content and the heavy need, but it’s not mandatory.
3. Research current competition
Once you have a contact giving you some inside info and know what people need, you should see who else is making your type of content so you don’t do the same thing (and so you can do it better!) Tools like ahrefs show you detailed competitor backlinks, rankings and other strategies they might be using, but simply knowing how to read the SERPs in Google and YouTube is often enough. Can’t say my competition here, but watch out 🙂
4. Hunt down all the necessary tools
Okay so you’ve realized your competition isn’t too stiff and you see an opening for your amazing new blog post or video. Before you just start creating, see if you can use local tools to get the job done. If you’re cooking, go out and buy exactly what that person in that country would be using to make it easier on them. In my case, we chose to go with a #HostInIndia trend and use HostGator, one of the largest web hosts in India with offices in Delhi and Mangalore. It was a bit tricky signing up from Minnesota onto their India servers, but it had to be done to show the process, and it actually went incredibly smoothly. It was crucial we go with Indian servers as their are faster for local audiences, often times cheaper, are paid for in rupees and these servers use Softalicious as opposed to Quick Install (if we had used Quick Install that would have potentially confused people).
5. Use societally accepted methods and standards wherever possible
Next, any purchases done in your tutorial (you might not have any, or may buy things on your own) need to be done in the local currencies with local providers. In my case we paid rupees through PayPal which redirected us to the Indian site merchant, who then exchanged our dollars for rupees and made it all work happily.
6. Offer people choices
Now that we’ve done the grunt work and made our purchases, it’s time to setup content and what better format of content than have some user-friendly choices! Would you users like to good a vegetarian option or use meat? Would they like the 7, 30 or 90 day health plan? Simply structuring your content with options can lead to a lot more traction from the start and definitely over time than just taking people down one path and telling them what to do. In my case I let people choose to make a Indian website for free with the Elementor theme, which works great anywhere around the globe, and offered people a super premium plus option to go with Divi by Elegant Themes.
7. Pick the right time to launch
With your content tied down and edited to perfection, you lastly should be sensitive to when you launch. Gathering peoples attention is essential to a successful lifelong piece of content, and if you miss it you might think you create the wrong stuff when really it was just a timing issue. Right seasons, days of the week, and times of the day all factor in here. In our case, my deadline was Nov 1 as this is about 1 week before Diwali begins. My launch timing wasn’t great, it was midday Thursday U.S. time so people go the content Friday morning in India. If anything, I’d have rather launched it for their Monday morning! Oops! But hope it works anyways.
8. Share, Share, Share!
Last but not least, connect with your original contacts and create a gameplan for sharing! Go to the blogs, local sites even newspapers to get the word out. Just because you wrote it or filmed it, does not mean they will come! You have to get your content in front of eyeballs and even setup giveaways and other opt-in-centives if need be! Be aggressive and don’t let your hard work go unnoticed.
So What Was Our Final Product?
In the end, using the above 8-step plan I was able to create two videos and start a movement we are calling WP4India designed to help the India WordPress audience dominate in all shapes, sizes and forms!
Here is what we made:
And here is the free India website tutorial.
Of course what you create may not be a video about WordPress, you can think of things far more original to bring over seas! I hope this guide helps inspire you when you’re out of blog ideas in your national niche – sometimes none of it has been covered for people abroad, so get to it!
Do you create content that does well internationally? Please let us know a few of your strategies below!
How Committed Are You to Your Blog and Business?
I have been working on and off since 8 AM.
- wrote and published 1 blog post
- publish 1 video post
- broadcast two, 40 minute long Facebook live videos
- chatted with my friend Alonzo Pichardo for an hour on his podcast
I could turn it in, watch Netflix and hit the sack in a few hours.
But I am committed to blogging and my business.
Being committed means putting in hours of work every day.
I treat blogging like a job; not a hobby.
You can listen to our podcast chat here:
I come across some bloggers who mean well but simply do not put in the time. Bloggers who treat blogging like a passing hobby, or a fad.
How do you expect to succeed with blogging if you are not fully committed to blogging? How do you expect to outshine bloggers like Alonzo and I if we work 7 days weekly, for hours daily, and you publish a blog post every 3-4 weeks, and call it a week?
Some bloggers literally blog for 1-2 hours weekly and expect to see a full time income through blogging. Are you serious? Imagine walking into a job, sitting down for an hour, working, leaving the office and expecting a pay check every Thursday? You’d be fired, instantly. In the blogging world, you essentially fire yourself, failing and quitting because you made no real commitment to blogging.
Blogging Is a Job
Blogging is a job.
Meaning you set aside hours daily to devote to blogging. Even if you work full time, you better be spending hours daily at least, for 5 days a week, to build the foundation for a thriving blog. Then ramp it up to 5-8 hours daily on the weekend. Gotta put in the time.
I suggest setting up a work space in your home, specifically designated for blogging. Act like a professional. Enter your blogging work space daily. Get to work.
Learn from Pros
Being committed to blogging and your business begins with learning how to blog from established, pro bloggers. Follow their blogs. Invest in their courses. Take notes on their insights. Study the notes. Put the notes into action through your daily blogging work.
Sure; sometimes, you would prefer spending all of your Sunday watching football. But if you are new to blogging you gotta understand that every day counts. Especially if you work full time and only have 1-2 days off each week.
Giving up a few afternoons of football and being 100% committed to blogging helps you lay the foundation for a fun, freeing lifestyle. I got rid of cable a decade ago. I saved some scratch but more importantly, devoted much of my free time to building my blog and learning how to succeed with blogging.
I circle the globe as a pro blogger these days. Trashing cable helped me free up my time and energy so I could commit fully to blogging. Committing fully to blogging helped me create a fun, freeing lifestyle to where I could become a full time blogger who travels the world.
Fun, freedom and joy await the committed blogger. But you need to be honest about your blogging effort.
Be genuine; have you learned blogging from top shelf bloggers? Have you spent hours daily following advice from pro bloggers? If you have not fully committed simply be honest about your lack of effort and step it up, guys. If you have been all in from day 1, good for you. Expect to run circles around most other bloggers in your niche.
Blogging is good to you if you are good to blogging. Stop treating blogging like a hobby, or passing thought. Be all in so you can live a fun, freeing life as a successful blogger.
Choose the Best Logo and Brand Designer For Your Blog in 7 Easy Steps
There are many different ways to brand yourself as an expert, or as a trusted source of information or services online. Having a logo for your blog shows you’re serious about your brand. Corporations are known by their logo even if you don’t utilize their products. McDonald’s has the golden arches, Nike the swoosh, and Facebook a lower-case letter “f.”
We’ve often heard the term brand as digital marketing continues to grow. There are 3.5 billion internet users. With those numbers, it is important to stand out from the competition.
Too often new businesses fail to realize the importance of having a strong brand. They also do not fully understand all the components of building a recognizable brand.
Those businesses in a competitive field like blogging need to rise from the rest of the pack. A strong impressive logo can get you on the right path to success.
If you have a blog, continue reading for seven steps to getting the best logo and brand designer.
1. Getting Started
Starting a blog is quite simple. Come up with a catchy name, buy a domain and you’re off to the races. In the real world, it’s not that simple.
Making a living from your blog requires patience and a great strategy. Having a great blog title and matching domain is cute, but you will also need a memorable logo.
The process of creating an eye-catching logo doesn’t have to cost you a lot of money. Digital technology has put logo creation at your fingertips.
Even if you decide to outsource your logo design there are a few things you need to decide. What will be your color scheme, what font type speaks to your brand personality, and if you will incorporate a custom image?
2. Set a Budget
Nothing kills an idea faster than having unrealistic expectations. Before you go in search of a logo brand designer, have a maximum amount you are willing to spend.
Expensive doesn’t always mean better quality. There are a lot of creatives doing great work for businesses that won’t cost you a month’s rent.
3. Ask for Recommendations
Bloggers have a community of their own. Start networking with those in your industry. Visit their websites to see if you come across a logo brand design that interests you.
Copying someone else’s logo is never a good idea, but if you like their logo go ahead and ask who created it for them. If the person was easy to work with and if an introduction is possible.
You can also put a call out on your social media channels that you are looking for a logo and brand designer. You would probably be surprised to learn that there are people already following you that have the skills you are looking for.
4. Review Their Work
Once you have found a few people that can help you with your brand logo design, it’s time to evaluate their work. Ask to see multiple samples to see the range in diversity in their artistic expressions.
Five to 10 examples can give you a good idea if the designer can transfer your ideas into a logo that expresses what your brand is all about. During the preview look for recurring themes in their work that may suggest the logos were created with logo software.
If you’re paying a graphic design artist to create your logo, you want an original. Do not settle for a modified carbon copy that appears on numbers blogs.
5. Licensing is Crucial in Your Logo and Brand Concepts
Now that you have chosen your brand designer it is important to understand copyright and trademark laws. Your designer needs to have licensing rights for certain concepts such as fonts and specialized colors.
Designs involving images may be protected under copyright and will need permission before using. If possible, only use original creations. And when it comes to names and slogans do a search on KnowEm to search for the use of your brand.
It is important to understand that when it comes to copyright and trademark violations, you will bear the legal burden of using the material. Saying the brand designer told you it was licensed is not a viable defense.
6. Is it Easy to Convert
Remember, your logo is not just for your website. You will want to use it in various settings to promote your brand. You want to know how to choose a logo that is versatile and can stand out in multiple settings.
Although the logo may be in multi-color for the web, there may be times when you will need a transition to a single color image. This is important when having your logo placed on marketing materials, like mugs, hats, ink pens and more.
7. Try Logo Design Software
Logo designers can be people or simply software. There are a plethora of logo design software options on the market. But beware when choosing a logo app because they are not all created equal.
Good software will give the user a quick way to design logos and save money in the process.
You want to choose one that has thousands of images and icons so you can create something that is uniquely yours.
Fonts are an important feature of your brand design so make sure they have a good assortment.
Most logo and brand software offer a free option but don’t get drawn in by that. Once your logo is to perfection, you will want a high-resolution file that can be saved in popular file formats such as .jpg, .png, .gif.
The best quality logos will be included in their software packages. Regardless, you will still pay less than you would if you hired a brand designer.
It’s Time to Get Busy Creating your Best Logo
The best logo and brand designer will get you well on your way to building an overall successful brand.
Once you have the perfect logo begin using it to market your blog. Don’t just place it on your blog, incorporate it into your social media banners, on t-shirts and even business cards.
For additional ideas on how to build a successful brand, leave a comment and we’d love to hear from you.
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