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How Do You Compare To Serious Business Bloggers? (Infographic)

In today’s digital age, blogging has become more of a respected profession and less of a hobby.

Latest survey of more than 1,000 business and corporate blogs has revealed the fact that bloggers are investing more time to create blog posts with better quality, where 85 percent of them publish content at regular basis. Most of them publish weekly or more.

Take a look at the infographic below for more detailed insights and statistics.


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The Science Behind Most Wonderful (and Popular) Infographic

Curious on how to make a good infographic for your daily blog post? This infographic is for you.

In partnership with Buzzsumo, Siege analyzed the 1,000 most-shared infographics of the past year to find out what they had in common—and what advertisers can use to make their multimedia assets more shareable. Let’s just say this: Before you start stressing over the actual content of your infographic, there are easy format and distribution tips you can use to make your infographics pop.

Speaking of industries, infographics about health do best on Facebook and Pinterest, while infographics about social media are shared more on Twitter. Additionally, you might be able to get away with wordier infographics on Twitter, seeing as the most-shared infographics on the platform average of 442 words.

To find out more for yourself, take a look at the infographic below.


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How To Make Your Blog Stand Out In 2015 (Infographic)


“I wasted time and now doth time waste me.”

This is one of Shakespeare lines. In fact, the quotation pretty much speaks to anyone who has ever sat down to write, especially bloggers. Time management is the biggest challenge facing today’s writers, with 22 percent saying they can’t carve out the time needed to produce content, and 20 percent saying it’s tough to plan posts ahead of schedule.

This struggle shouldn’t be surprising given that the study also found that 58 percent of companies only have one person running their blogs. For a third of bloggers, it takes two hours just to complete a single article.

However, some publishing have managed to thrive by efficiently managing their time. The marketers behind some of the most successful blogs out there not only make a concerted effort to block out the time they need, but they also know how to use that time wisely. For more tips on how to make your blog stand out among the other, take a look at the infographic below.



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Six Habits Of Highly Effective Bloggers


Whether you blog as a fun hobby or as a part of a bigger and more professional business, there are six things every successful bloggers need to do.

The following six tips work regardless of which blogging niche you choose to stick with or even if you decide to keep your content general.

1. Create an Editorial Planner

Editorial planners and calendars have been used for years in the publishing and marketing world, and play a key role in the blog world. Having an editorial planner will make it a million times easier to track your blogging schedule, post ideas, and any major events and/or holidays that may influence the topics of your posts. Editorial planners also help when it comes to developing a blogging strategy that will boost your site traffic, build relationships with your readers, and get them to share your content with others.

It may serve a lot of different functions, but it’s pretty simple to put together. There are five basic steps to creating an editorial planner:

  • Determine your blogging schedule. Remember that consistency is key.
  • Figure out your blogging niche. Some bloggers argue that this isn’t entirely necessary, but most successful bloggers have carved out a niche for themselves. Blog on something you are passionate about, as that will prevent burnout and “blogger’s block.” Write for your readers, and they will keep coming back for more.
  • Determine your blog categories. Start out with a list of 5 to 10 categories, then narrow down the list to the most critical 3 to 5 categories. For each category, try to come up with 10 post ideas. This will serve as a great starting point for filling in your planner.
  • Any holidays coming up? Write down any holidays or exciting events coming up that may influence your customers and blog topics.
  • Create your planner! Schedule your blog posts 2 to 3 months out. This will give you enough structure to work with and stay consistent, but enough flexibility to change up your blog post schedule if you need to.

2. Pay Attention to SEO Techniques

Research shows that roughly 75% of all internet users never go past the first page of search engine results. Making sure your blog is search engine optimised will help ensure your blog gets on that first page.

SEO can get pretty involved when you get more into the advanced techniques, but there are some basics you can implement on your very next blog post.

  • Optimise the title. Don’t just stuff your title (and tags) full of keywords, use interesting adjectives to make your headlines more shareable.
  • Craft efficient content. Make sure your content is valuable to your readers. Include your important search terms and keywords within your content.
  • Get the most out of your images. Eye-catching images are a great way to attract (and keep) readers on your page. Employ SEO techniques by optimising the image titles with keywords. Include the same keywords within the image alt tags as well.

If you need a bit of extra help creating an SEO-oriented landing page for your blog, consider going through a professional company for help. This will help you sell your service or product, and promote your blog easily and effectively.

3. Use Social Media Effectively

Social media is the best tool you have for blog and brand promotion. From Facebook to Instagram, there are numerous platforms on which to promote your blog. Just remember to keep your content relevant and valuable. A good ratio to stick to is 80% content, 20% site promotion.

Re-share some of your old posts to bring them back to life. They will reach a new bunch of readers, and it will extend your views. Learn the best times to post on each platform you use, and make sure to share your best (and most recent) posts during those times.

Comment on other pages, blogs, and many more. Not only will this establish connections, but it will also bring you some new viewers.

4. Make Connections

One of the easiest ways to build blog traffic and form connections is to comment on other blogs. Make sure your comments are insightful, helpful, and valuable, and show that you have actually read their post. Don’t leave promotional comments, but you can include a link to your blog in the signature of your comments.

Ask to guest post on other bloggers’ blogs. Pitch them with some ideas for posts that would be relevant to their site and audience. See if they will guest post for you, as well.

Share and link to the posts of other bloggers, and let them know. They may return the favor.

5. Promote Your Brand

Your personal brand says a lot about what your blog is all about. Promote your brand (and your blog) through various ways: Business cards, stationary, office supplies, bumper stickers, etc. The possibilities are literally limitless.

6. Monetise Your Blog

Most successful bloggers do not gain their success simply because of the high traffic numbers they get. It’s not just because of the size of their social following, or because multiple people share their work. While all of this helps, the most successful bloggers are successful because they have managed to monetise their blogs.

How do you do that? There are a wide variety of options:

  • Advertising (Banner ads, sponsored posts, Twitter promotions, Facebook ads, etc.).
  • Affiliate marketing (Amazon has a great affiliate program.).
  • Selling your own products and services (ebooks, web seminars, blogging courses, etc.).

One of the best ways to go about monetising your blog is to set up a landing page that is integrated with payments. Not only does this make it easy for customers to find your blog and services, but it makes it easy to keep track of the payments you receive.

How To Create A Great Educational Blog


Most teachers aren’t the most technically inclined people. However, as the generations turn and the “old-school teachers” are replaced by newer ones, the popularity of educating via the internet continues to increase.

This has became a common thing via online university courses, online programs, online certificates, and many more. It has never been easier to share information with anyone, anywhere in the world, thanks to the internet. So how do you wield this power to make a brilliant education blog? Here are some tips you can follow:

1. Foundation

The first tip, foundation, consists of choosing your niche, setting up your domain / web hosting, and picking a theme that you will use for your blog. Without these stuffs, whatever blog you’re trying to create per se, will crumble.

  • Niche

You might have heard this word before. If you haven’t, then the best definition to think of to go along with this word is the definition: “a place or position suitable or appropriate for a person or thing.” In the world of online education the only thing that is suitable for creating a brilliant blog is your passion.

In this case, what do you teach? Are you a science teacher? Do you teach math? Do you teach english? Or are you a university professor that specialises in a specific major? A mix of majors? Do you teach theory? Or do you teach practice? Are you an elementary-school teacher so your audience is more parents? Or do you teach high school students?

These are some questions you have to figure out to make your blog brilliant. You can’t teach what you don’t know right? You will not be able to do some of the other steps in this how to guide if you do not pick the correct niche from the very beginning. If you’re not choosing something you’re passionate about, it will be recognisable and your motivation to continue to deliver the best to your audience will falter over time.

  • Domain & Web Hosting

The domain is the middle part of your www. — . com. For example, the domain name of Google is google: This is important as it’s your identity, it’s your virtual home or business address. It should be relevant to your niche and keyword. I can go deeper into details on how to do keyword research but that may slow you down from taking the most important step: the first one. So choose a domain name that is relevant to what you’re teaching, or you can choose your name. This is very common for people who are creating a website for the first time.

  • Theme

Themes are important because they are the interior design of your virtual house or business. Do you want it to feel cozy? Do you want it to feel fun and bright? Do you want it to feel more streamline, or minimalist? These are some questions that will help you find the core emotion to how you want people to feel when they come to your site, and with that in mind you can find a theme that evokes that emotion and go with it.

Unlike real house-buying, for your virtual house, the interior design (theme) may be the most costly part, rather than the house itself (the domain & web hosting). A great theme takes a lot of work for web designers and web development teams, as well as their ongoing updates and support for those themes to keep them up to date and to meet customer demands so choose wisely and go with the one that you see yourself sticking with for the long haul. Utilise the demos and scour every inch of them. Read the reviews before you make a final decision.

2. Audience Expectations

Think about the times. We have an add type of society now. Everyone wants things quick and fast, and if they don’t get what they’re looking for fast enough, they discard it quickly. Therefore, you should always have high quality content that engages and gives your reader more to think about, or is a one stop shop for them in regards to finding the information they are seeking out. There are an infinite number of possibilities that you can come up with when thinking of what to make a post about, depending on the depth of your niche.

No matter what you should always be consistent and reliable with whatever you’re posting. Reliable, whereas what you’re posting will be of high quality and provide the reader with some type of value. Consistent, whereas readers can come back and know that you’ll have some new information for them. It depends on your schedule of course and what works best for you.

Lastly, you should always link to additional resources, tools, cool websites in the niche you’ve selected and enjoy. This establishes yourself as a student of the subject and not as some self-proclaimed know it all. People like other people who they can relate with, and by positioning yourself as a student of the subject, you’ll help yourself build more trust with your audience. Be cautious on utilising affiliate links and promotions. You can easily stop yourself from acquiring a great following by promoting for a profit.

3. How to Avoid the Most Common Mistakes

The Internet isn’t far off from the greatest libraries in the world but it is so much better because you don’t have to wait for books to come, or read through so many of them to find what you’re looking for; however, you still must be very careful when trusting something you read from the internet. That’s why it is very important to utilise sources when you write, a common mistake that a lot of content creators forget to do.

Some other common mistakes are of course spelling and hiccups in grammar. In any blog that is professional or formal, these small things can sometimes be big subtractions to your overall mission as they undermine your professionalism and rob your credibility. You can avoid them by re-reading,editing and revising your work before submitting it. Reading out loud is very helpful so that you can listen for anything that doesn’t sound correct when read.

Lastly, internet plagiarism is very big. Content theft runs rampant throughout the internet, especially because there are so many users who do not properly source their articles and want to get attributed for the creation of the brilliance themselves. For this reason alone it is very important to utilise any plagiarism checker at all times. It’ll help you get answers to your question on the spot, rather than having to wait days or weeks for e-mail support at other plagiarism checkers.

4. How to Produce Unique Content & Attract Reader’s Attention

Unique content comes when the creator are having fun. When you’re having fun and enjoying what you’re writing about, the creativity flows easily. This is another reason why it’s important to choose a topic that you’re passionate about.

If you’re an educator, it isn’t hard for you to get in front of a classroom or audience, so it shouldn’t be hard for you to make some video recordings of yourself. This is 100% guaranteed to be unique. You can also do webinar campaigns, offer online tutoring sessions and post the recordings on your site afterwards if the student gives you his/her consent.

Another way to create some very unique content is to do your research. During your research you want to find the void, or the cracks in other people’s research or articles that could utilise a lot more detail. Be the plug that fills the void and you’ll definitely attract more readers attention. Source properly all the time and make connections with those other internet authorities in your subject to help elevate both of your individual missions.

84 Reputable Blogs In Digital Marketing You Need To Follow


In today’s digital era, those who can manage the information flow will hold the power among its peers.

Content is still the king with context as its queen. If you are thinking that image and appearance are the one you need to prioritise, then you are clearly one step behind your competitors. Good SEO means you need great content too. In today’s post, we will share the top 84 digital marketing blogs in the industry. We love these blogs and you will too. Take a look at the following list.

1. Search Engine Land

2. Tech in Asia

3. Hubspot

4. Moz

5. You Moz

6. Search Engine Watch

7. The Daily Egg

8. Click Z

9. Marketing Profs

10. Pixlee

11. Social Media Examiner

12. Social Fresh

13. Sprout Social

14. Marketing Land

15. Content Marketing Institute

16. Search Engine Journal

17. Social Times

18. The Next Web

19. Get Elastic

20. Express Writers

21. SEO Book

22. Reel SEO

23. Top Rank

24. Social Media Explorer

25. Simply Measured

26. Jeff Bullas

27. Mari Smith

28. Kim Garst

29. Pam Moore

30. Amy Porterfield

31. Brian Solis

32. Rebekah Radice

33. Jen Herman

34. Neil Patel

35. Noam Kagan

36. Stone Temple

37. Wordtracker

38. WordStream

39. Socially Stacked

40. Razor Social

41. Copyblogger

42. Pro Blogger

43. Distilled.Net

44. Search Engine Roundtable

45. Fizzle Sparkline

46. Portent

47. Grow

48. PPC Hero

49. Unbounce

50. Econsultancy

51. Viper Chill

52. Search Engine People

53. Tech Crunch

54. Maximize Social Business

55. Back Link

56. KissMetrics

57. Social Times

58. Venture Beat

59. Marketing Pilgrim

60. Dejan Marketing

61. CoSchedule

62. Advertising Age Digital

63. Buffer Social

64. Boost Blog Traffic

65. Post Planner

66. Mashable

67. Convince & Convert

68. Blogging your Passion

69. Ion Interactive

70. Visual Website Optimizer

71. Contently

72. AfterClicks Interactive

73. Socially Sorted

74. Seer Interactive

75. Built Visible

76. Kopywriting Kourse

77. Social Media /r/ = Reddit

78. Social Media – on Quora

79. Social Triggers

80. Digital Buzz Blog

81. Ads of the World

82. Social Media Today

83. Bazaarvoice

84. Marketing Experiments


7 Common Blogging Mistakes You Need To Avoid At All Cost (Infographic)

Have you ever realised how big the role of your company blog toward your business?

Undoubtedly, blog is one of the most important part of modern company website. With over 409 million people reading more than 17.6 billion blog pages every month, the big number is simply too good to be ignored. The problem is people who are just starting out may have received some bad advice on how to become as popular as the big sites.

Do you want to start building a solid blog for your business? Start small and keep the right track. Here’s a closer look at some common blogging mistakes to avoid and what you really need to do instead.


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How to Get The First 500 Comments on Your Blog (Infographic)


Most people think that blog comments are completely useless, so they turn them off. However, they’re also missing a tremendous opportunity to learn more about their audience.

This choice is, by no means, wrong. We just presume that people can’t get the most out of blogging without comments. The main reason is comment feature allows you to learn more about your readers. It explains how they think, the words they use to describe their problems, and even the way they see the world. The ones who can understand the way their prospective customers view things are the ones who get the most profits.

Most importantly, blogging is all about readers. Without readers, your blog is rendered worthless. So the best thing you can do is to build a community where they can interact with you by expressing their thoughts and feelings.

Now the question is how can you get more blog comments? The infographic below will show you eight steps you need to follow in order to get more people commenting on your blog.


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4 Blogging Tips You Can Try To Improve Your SEO


Latest research has revealed that there were around 47 billion web pages in Google index. However, trying to stand out among these multi billion pages is not an easy thing to do.

Online marketing is all about creating and nurturing meaningful engagement, especially for businesses with longer sales cycles. This means you need to build meaningful relationships with your page visitors so that they come to rely on you as an industry expert in your field and trust your message. This engagement is also useful to build SEO for your business.

Having a blog provides an effective platform not only for SEO, but also to enable every brand to build its brand image, increase traffic as well as raise awareness and brand reputation. A blog gives the space on which to regularly provide high-value, high-quality and fresh content for your users. This ensures you always have your visitors coming back, increasing engagement and consequently ranking.

In today’s post, we will share four reasons why blogging is critical for any content marketing strategy:

1. Fresh Content

Search engines are about providing users with the best UX. Therefore, they look for sites and pages with up-to-date and fresh content. Search engines give more weight for fresh content on current topics. They interpret recent updates as being more relevant and current than those of pages that haven’t seen updates in weeks or months. Search engines believe the former provide better user experience overall.

2. Keyword coverage and targeting

Keywords are still important item in terms of SEO. These present simple phrases or words most commonly associated with a certain field or brand. Until now, keywords have been improperly used, a technique known as keyword stuffing, in an effort to manipulate search engines and outrank competition in search results.

The result of keyword stuffing is incoherent, undeveloped content which turns away users from your brand, and which can attract penalties from search engines. Blogs are an ideal platform to generate and promote content in the right context around your targeted keywords. This can be through blogging on various topics and addressing key questions within your industry in each post. In the process, you can naturally incorporate your keywords and their variations without sounding artificial.

You can also create pages centered on various keywords to improve your page reporting strategy. Traffic driven to such pages from search engines will have used your targeted terms in their search queries. This way, you can understand how best to use queries and keywords for your content strategy.

3. Revamping your site

In the absence of a blog, a page can only have so many sites. While Google has been on recording saying that having more indexed pages in search results doesn’t mean higher rankings, larger sites are still more valuable in that you have more pages that could possibly be ranked for a certain query than smaller sites.

Running a blog on your site allows you to increase your web pages easily. Every new page is another page that can possibly rank for a certain keyword and another opportunity to provide value and engagement for users. You will have a better internal linking structure and provide more information to reduce your bounce rates and keep users on your site.

More pages mean more pages for backlinks, which can elevate your pages on search results. However, every new page must fulfill the criteria for top ranking – have high quality, relevant content with design elements appropriately applied to give the best user experience.

4. Improving the quality of your backlink profile

Each time you create high-quality, high-value content, you can actively promote your chances of securing backlinks. Readers and followers of your blog and content series will likely reference the content in other places. You can also find other resource centers that your audience frequent and asked to be included there.

Having multiple pages that provide useful information on different subjects and keywords in your niche provides linkable pages for those topics. This is the best way to earn non-spammy, high-quality backlinks from your peers and other authoritative sites in related industries.

Backlinks, despite the negative SEO, are still quite valuable, since they are endorsements for a given brand/webpage regarding its authority on the matter under discussion. What Google and other search engines want to see is high quality backlinks devoid of any manipulation. Blogs make this easy and possible, enabling you to build authority for your site through your back link profile.

Bonus: Eight fundamental lessons for running successful blogs

Maintaining your brand’s blog requires significant investment of time, financial resources and committed effort. Management of the blog will likely be through a content marketing/corporate marketing team, in collaboration with the PR team. This refers to larger, more structured organisations. For them, here are eight tips you need to understand:

  1. Research on and identify valuable keywords which have minimal competition and high query volumes.
  2. Always have a schedule drawn out for at least two months.
  3. Create a small team of editors and content writers who are always available.
  4. Ensure that every page is optimally written according to SEO best practices.
  5. Cross reference related blog content to fortify your internal linking structure.
  6. Ensure there are social sharing buttons to make sharing easy for users.
  7. Cross-promote related content within blog posts.
  8. Use social media and email marketing to promote new content as it is published.


Blogging offers useful tools through which you can provide high quality, valuable content that page visitors and hence search engines will like and reward. The additional pages just contribute to plumping up your site; they provide more space to improve SEO, drive meaningful engagement and traffic conversions as well as provide more value for clients/visitors.

Tips and Tricks to Start a Fabulous Photography Weblog (infographic)

Have you ever heard an old adage, saying that “a picture is worth a thousand words”?

It really is. With the emerge of numerous visual social media channels like Instagram, Flickr and Pinterest, beautiful pictures always win most people’s heart. If you are fond of photography, why don’t you start a photography weblog, considering the aforementioned notion as a good reason? Here are some simple tips to help you get started.


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