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Five Great Tips To Start A Successful Blog (Infographic)

One of the biggest open-source blogging tools and CMS, WordPress, reports that more than 409 million people view upward of 19.1 billion blog pages each month. On the other hand, bloggers generate about 60.1 million new posts and readers leave 61.5 million new comments every month.

The good news is there’s always an audience ready for new blog content. However, it can be an uphill climb to let them know you’re there. Becoming a successful blogger takes time, but it’s not a rocket science. Follow the five tips presented on the infographic below and you’ll be fine along the way.

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17 Blogging Tools To Ease Your Marketing Effort

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Blogging activities have developed a bad stigma for many businesses. That’s totally understandable, since with all the myriad of tasks involved, it does take a toll on you.

For each post that you’ll ever write, you come up with some research and ensure it’s worth your while; then you compose your thoughts and finally write that 1,000+ words article.

However, it doesn’t end there. You have work out your SEO, source images and schedule social shares. You do everything in your power to spread the word and hopefully, make your post viral. Quite a process, right?

How many bloggers make a living from their blog?

Bloggers can earn a decent living from their blog and it can be from multiple streams. What are the different business models for bloggers? Here is a simple infographic:

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With the blogging tools available it does not have to be that hard anymore to earn a living from blogging. Let’s take a look at some that are above the mark and can do wonders for your blog.

So here are the top blogging tools that are broken up into these seven categories:

  1. Research
  2. Blog management
  3. Social media
  4. Graphic design
  5. Content
  6. Traffic and marketing
  7. Landing pages and pre-launch tools.

A. Research

1. BuzzSumo

BuzzSumo is my go-to search engine for content research. Just put your keywords or the URL that you want analyzed and it will give you insights into the most popular content and the influencers who sharing it. Let’s say you want to know more about what’s trending for “make money blogging” subject. Let’s say you’ve got an idea for a post and want to make sure it’s killer. How do you do that? Add the keyword in BuzzSumo and see if it has any potential social-share wise.

2. Topsy

Ever wanted to make sense of the bazillion tweets on Twitter since 2006? Now you can with Topsy. Simply put, Topsy is a search engine for Twitter. You can use its search operators to search all content on a specific topic by a particular influencer, find influencers on new topics, and do a detailed social analytics for three keywords and compare them.

3. Feedly

Feedly is a daily dose of reading materials – be it a magazine, a blog or a newspaper. It’s great for content research and to keep up with what your favorite bloggers talk about. If influencers pay attention to something in your niche, you should too. Feedly saves you time from hopping from one blog to another, and gives me my content straight all in one place. You can also categorize publications based on their niche.

4. Quora

Quora is the best Q&A site online. Forget Yahoo! Answers and the like as most content posted there isn’t usable for any serious research. Basically, it’s an ever-growing user-generated database of questions and answers that can be edited by Reviewers. Questions are community-owned and can be edited by anyone.

Simply go on Quora and look for questions posted on topics in your niche. Make a list of these to convert into fresh blog posts. Since you’re writing posts based on demand, you’ll see a likely increase in your incoming traffic. And not just posts – you can create videos, newsletters, podcasts from these questions.

B. Blog Management

5. Wrike

If you run a multi-author blog and maintaining excel spreadsheets of Google docs is getting on your nerves, you’ll love Wrike. If you have a small team that writes for your company’s internal (or external) blog, Wrike facilitates direct communication between various contributors involved and saves you hours. It’s easy to use, fast and reasonably priced free for basic account or less than $10/mo/user for a five person Professional account).

You can assign tasks, add new contributors and create folders for your upcoming blog posts – everything you want in a good project management app. In addition, team members can simultaneously edit a task and @mention others to collaborate without having to leave the tool.

C. Social Media

6. Rignite

If you want to turn social activity into something more meaningful and measurable for your blog, try Rignite. You can monitor keyword search streams and schedule new social media posts from a single dashboard. However, what sets Rignite apart is the Campaigns feature. Campaigns are a guided social media strategy where you can create a series of posts across multiple platforms on social media. For example, you can create a campaign to share a blog post three times per week for 6 months.

Research says that re-sharing old posts can work magic for your blog in terms of traffic. Each post in the campaign can be slightly tweaked so as not to annoy your followers.Campaigns can be targeted to schedule a series of posts, grow your list, host contests for your fans, or promote a discount.

With their campaign-level analytics, you’ll know what’s working and what’s not.

7. Rival IQ

In today’s super-competitive online world, the gap between being a blogger and a marketer is non-existent. If you’re a blogger, you want to know how to market well. You want to be constantly analyzing what’s hot, paying attention to SEO and “spying” on your competitor’s successful digital activities. If this sounds like too much work, there’s good news.

Rival IQ is one of the most robust competitor analysis and marketing intelligence tools there is. Simply set up your “Landscape” with your blog/website being the focus “company”. You can add as many competitors as you like.

In short, in a few seconds of signing up, you get:

  • How your competitor blogs are leveraging social media
  • How well you rank in comparison to them
  • What content was posted
  • What’s working for you SEO-wise, and what’s not
  • Detailed and summary reports

Under each detailed report, you get a ton of metrics to compare (social audience, engagement, applause etc). If you’re after a deeper analysis, give Rival IQ a try (they have a 30-day free trial).

8. Triberr

Tribber is a community of bloggers and influencers who come together to share each other’s content. Think of it as a very responsive, supportive bunch of bloggers in your niche who are happy to send more traffic your way. It’s a social network for bloggers that sends over 2 million new visitors to member blogs. Just like any other social network on the web, the principle is to be nice and give before asking. However, there’s more to it – you can start your own Tribe as an expert on a certain topic. It’s natural that this will tie in tightly with your blog.

D. Graphic Design

9. Death to the Stock Photo

Did you know that the human mind craves visuals? A vast majority of us are visual learners (65%). Photos and visuals are stimulating and engaging, thus making your pages “sticky” and keeping readers hooked. But the problem is cost.

Here comes Death to the Stock Photo. It’s a free photo database that delivers a fresh hi-res pack right in your inbox each month. There’s one for every ocassion!

10. Awesome Screenshot

Awesome Screenshot is a neat little annotation tool for screenshot and picture that sits as your browser plugin. You can capture full page or the visible part, delay capture for drop-downs and menus, and capture a selected area. This tool is super-handy when you want to explain a point using a screenshot.

E. Landing Pages & Pre-Launches

11. LeadPages

LeadPages offers slick ways to create a mobile-responsive squeeze page, launch page, event registration or sales page easily and quickly. It has an intuitive user-interface that can get your new page ready in less than 10 minutes. They have some nice free templates too.

12. LaunchEffect

LaunchEffect is a free, responsive, one-page theme that you can use as a placeholder before your new shiny blog is launched and collect subscriber emails. It’s a smart way to get your blog to work even before it’s launched. Upon signing up, a visitor is redirected to a special URL that they can use to share with their friends, which you can then use to track referrers and reward them once your blog is launched. Pretty neat.

F. Content

12. Headlines

This is a cool plugin by KingSumo, Headlines lets you run A/B tests inside WordPress. It costs $99 for a lifetime and works in three steps:

  • You come up with as many relevant titles for your post
  • Readers are shown different titles as they share your posts
  • The best-performing title wins overtime.

You also get detailed, inline reports about headline performance.

13. Hemingway

Got grammar gremlins? Worry no more. Hemmingway comes to your rescue. Quite simply, the app makes your writing bold and clear. Just add your content in the text box and click Edit. It tells you whether your sentence is hard to read, very hard to read, and if you could do with simpler phrases. It also marks any adverbs and usage of passive voice. Based on this, you get a Grade out of 10.

G. Traffic & Marketing

14. WordPress SEO by Yoast

If you’re serious about blogging, sooner or later you’ll pay attention to Search Engine Optimization or SEO. If your content is optimized, search engines like Google and Bing will send you more visitors by putting your posts in the search engine rankings, thereby increasing your conversions. SEO by Yoast makes optimization easy and you can do a ton with it. Just set the parameters once and it’s taken care of forever. You have other alternatives in the marketplace too, such as the All in One SEO plugin.

15. MailChimp

MailChimp is a popular email marketing service that knows how to combine usefulness with humor. Secondly, they have a great customer support system in place which never ceases to impress me. It’s used by more than 7 million people. One of the reasons is the low cost to entry barrier with their Entrepreneur plan – send 12,000 emails to 2,000 subscribers for free (forever). As your list grows, you start upgrading to paid accounts.

H. Other Essentials

16. Amazon S3

Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) is a secure backup and archiving service for anywhere on the web. You can offload all your critical content into the cloud and pay only for storage you use. There is no minimum set up fees involved. If you have a huge blog, Amazon S3 can help you scale it without putting too much load on the servers or eating up bandwidth. No more running out of bandwidth in shared hosting accounts and no more paying extra in lump sum (as in the case of VPS or dedicated server). Pretty cool!

17. LastPass

Losing passwords is such a pain. LastPass remembers all your passwords in a simple and sophisticated manner. Just save your website’s username and password in LastPass and you’ll never have to worry about forgetting them, ever. All your accounts and passwords get stored centrally in your “vault”. When you first install the app, it shows you a list of all passwords stored insecurely on your computer that need to be imported to the vault. You’re saved form the hassle of remembering all passwords – all you need is a Master password. They also have an independent app, so you can always be carefree on the go.

10 Simple Tips To Increase Your Blog Traffic

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It’s not a secret anymore that writing more blog posts will increase your blog traffic. One may thinks if one blog post results in an average of 200 visits, then two blog posts should magically turn into 400 visits.

However, it won’t work that way. There is a way to increase your blog traffic without creating more content. Rather than using more posts to multiply the visits, you could get the same result by better optimising each piece of content that you posted. Try to blog smarter, not just harder.

The good news is that you can easily do it, too. Here are ten life hacks that you can use to optimise traffic on your own blog.

1. Make Your Content More Shareable

Everyone has social media share buttons somewhere on their blog, but what happens if you add them in your content as well? Click To Tweet links do just that by helping you to create tweetable quotes and comments throughout your post. The idea is that you are not only providing readers a way to share, but actively suggesting that they do. This naturally leads to more shares and more exposure for your content. It’s easy to install too.

2. Evoke The Emotional Value Of Your Headlines

Did you know that blog posts with more emotional headlines actually result in more shares? Therefore, you need to write headlines that have stronger emotional output. There are several tools that you can use to do this. The Emotional Value Analyzer by the Advanced Marketing Institute will give you a basic rating on the emotional value of a headline. The Blog Post Headline Analyzer will do the same, but also give you a rating on the overall quality and length of your headline. It should make it easy for you to to write awesome, emotional and engaging headlines every time.

3. Create Longer Content

Did you know that Google gives precedence to long-form content that have a total of 2,000 words or more in its search results?

Long-form content was more likely to be linked to from another site, and it was more likely to take the top spot in search results. Having a few hundred (or thousand) extra words never hurts your business.

4. Improve Your Meta Tags And Rich Snippets

There are a ton of things you can do to your blog to make sure that your content looks as good as possible when it’s shared on social media or picked up by search engines like Google. Most of this relies on a small bit of meta tag code that you should include in the <head> of your html page. This code will provide instructions to networks like Twitter, Facebook, Google+, and Pinterest by telling them which image, title, and description to use when a post goes live.

You can even preview what your own link previews look like using this handy debug tool provided by Facebook. If you’re using WordPress, the Yoast SEO plugin is a great way to make sure that most of it happens automatically. By making sure your content looks as good as possible when it’s shared, you will increase your blog traffic with ease.

5. Tell A Better Story

In 2014, helpdesk software maker Groove shut down their content marketing blog after seeking a solution that would bring them more traffic. Groove decided to shift their content from “generic evergreen content” to the story of their own success.

Groove relaunched their blog as a step-by-step telling of their journey from $20k in revenue per month to more than $100k. As it turns out, the relaunch worked! In the first five weeks of the new blog, Groove gained 5000 new email subscribers instantly, and gave us all a lesson in the power of storytelling. One way to increase your blog traffic is to actually tell your story. Make it an epic one.

6. Promote Your Content On Social Media More Than Once

One of the biggest mistakes we make as bloggers happens right after we press the “publish” button. Once a blog post goes live, too many of us only share our posts once or twice on social media—even though we are frequently producing evergreen content. The trick here is to follow a simple pattern to promote your content on social media.

  • On publish – Social messages publish when your blog posts go live.
  • Same day – Initial social messages trickle out to your accounts throughout the next 2–3 hours.
  • Next day – Messages are shared again on the appropriate social channels.
  • Next week – Another series of messages are pre-scheduled and sent the following week.
  • Next month – More social messages are pre-scheduled for the following month. This is especially important for evergreen content.
  • Next _____ – Additional messages can optionally be scheduled for the three-month mark or beyond.

By the way… make sure you add some variety to your social content so you don’t come off as just another spammer. You can read more about this whole process here.

7. Make Your Blog Load Faster

Did you know that Google considers the speed of your website when ranking your website in search results? Back in 2010, Matt Cutts announced that Google is now factoring site speed into search rankings. So, it only makes sense that you would make your blog as fast as possible. If you aren’t careful, you can easily add a bunch of crummy plugins and themes that degrade your site’s performance over time. It’s important to spend some time reclaiming that speed and improving how you rate on Google.

While it can be a bit technical, WPMU DEV has a great guide for speeding up your WordPress blog. Follow it and speed things up.

8. Optimise Your Social Sharing Buttons

The way people put these buttons can actually make a big impact on how many shares your posts receive. Recent research has found that they seem to do best near the top left of the page, but you can use free heat map tool from SumoMe to find out how readers interact with your pages.

9. Clean Up Your Sidebar

One of the fastest ways to make a big impact on your blog is to simply clean up your act. After a bit of time, most blog sidebars start getting pretty congested with ads, links, and other cool widgets. However, those widgets aren’t so cool if they’re distracting your readers from what they should really be doing. Take a minute to really decide what you want your readers to be doing and remove any clutter that you can.

10. Improve Your Call To Action

One way to determine if a widget belongs on your blog is to ask yourself if it is contributing to your bottom line. Your blog should be set up to guide readers to only two different CTAs. Users can either sign up for your email list or try your service. That’s it.

Have a a clear call to action, and a blog layout and design that accurately leads your readers to it. This is a guaranteed way to improve your blog traffic and conversion rate.

Creating An Optimal Blog Design For Your Business (Infographic)

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The appropriate design of your company blog is not all about looking “cool” or “trendy”. Instead, it should be well-optimised to increase readership and help your business gain more engagement.

Do you have any idea what a professional blog should look like? If you think that there has to be a perfect formula to manage a good blog for your business, then you are right. Using snippets, placing images in the correct location to figuring out the optimal width of your design and employing an appropriate content curation are some of the needed things in order to maximise the power of your blog.

To show you how you can create the optimal design for your blog, here is an infographic that breaks down what you need to do:

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If you implement the advices provided in the above infographic, you will see an increase in your readership. For more tips and web service, please contact us today or give us a call on 1300 911 772.

A Guide To Successful Blog Headline (Infographic)

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The hardest part of blogging is coming up with a great headline.

Great headlines are infamously difficult to come up because they need to carry out numerous things in such a relatively small amount of space. In just a few characters, you have to convey the message of your post without raising confusion. Also, the headline must be attractive enough to work for any popular social media channels like Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Google+ (and Google itself) and any other network you hope to be found on.

For those who ever consider to take the easy way, keep in mind that click baiting is not a reliable solution, as it will tarnish your reputation and damage your business in a long term. Nobody will appreciate the bait and switch.

A “good” headline is enough for the beginning, but that’s not how you’re going to be able to grow your blog and your audiences. The following infographic will give you a simple formula for marvelous headlines. Though there’s no “universal” trick that guarantees a big jolt in your traffic, the tips below should help you to fix your headlines so your posts will get the attention they deserve.

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The Best 10 WordPress Plugins To Enhance Your Blog’s Performance

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The Best 10 WordPress Plugins To Enhance Your Blog’s Performance

Most bloggers are looking for new ways to work smarter, faster, and more productively, and the compatible plugins might be the right solution for it.

Blogging is one of the most fundamental aspects in content marketing, yet most companies often overlook its potential. Scheduled posts combined with useful content will help you to boost visitors to your blog, and hopefully to your website as well. If you are using WordPress for your company blog, congratulations! In today’s post, we will share the best ten plugins to enhance your blog’s performance. These tools have their own role for your blog, such as providing easier content sharing, better posting, and many more. Let’s start our list with…

1. Scroll Triggered Box

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This is probably the most useful plugin for email capture slide-up feature. The email capture box slides up from the bottom right-hand corner of the page whenever a visitor scrolls down 60 percent of the page’s height. If a visitor closes the box, they won’t see it again for 30 days. The box itself can be completely customised with whatever HTML text you want, in case you want to sync it with MailChimp or other email marketing service providers. The plugin can be completely customised: scroll percentage, days hidden, position, width, colors, and more. You can even choose where the box is visible, e.g. frontpage, posts, and/or pages.

Price: Free

2. Digg Digg

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There are a huge number of different plugins you can use to display social share buttons on your blog post, and the best plugin is Digg Digg. Its most helpful feature is the flexibility of where you can place the share buttons: floating to the left or right of the article, pinned to the top or bottom of a blog post, or manually wherever you wish inside your theme.

Price: Free

3. WordPress SEO by Yoast

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Many SEO experts would recommend to get an SEO plugin for your WordPress blog, and the best choice is WordPress SEO by Yoast. It handles just about every element of SEO you could think of. The most direct impact of this plugin on the writers is the SEO box beneath every post. Inside the box, you can choose the most appropriate keywords for the post—a great tactic for staying focused on a topic—and add a custom title and description. The plugin will also show you in bright green/red text how your post stacks up based on the keyword you’ve entered.

Price: Free

4. Hello Bar

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Hello Bar is an amazing tool for A/B testing different CTAs and power words. In addition, it is also a great tool for collecting email addresses, too. With Hello Bar, you can collect over 400 email addresses each week. Along with the email slideup (scroll triggered box), you will have a solid email signups apparatus.

The WordPress plugin for Hello Bar is as simple as it comes: Simply download, install, and paste in your Hello Bar code. Other than that, you can also signup for a free Hello Bar account and grab the embed code yourself.

Price: Free

5. Disqus

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This is one of the easiest commenting systems for WordPress. The powerful Disqus system works right off your standard WordPress setup, allowing you to manage all comments neatly and quickly through the Disqus admin area or straight from the comments section on your blog.

Price: Free

6. WP Engine

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If you are still wondering about the best hosting for your blog, WP Engine is a good choice. You will get more goodies from them beyond just hosting. It creates daily backups and one-click restores of the blog, manages all your major WordPress updates automatically, and provides security features to keep your blog safe.

While it’s not technically a plugin, WP Engine does add a little menu item to the WordPress sidebar. Plus, you can quickly check to see error logs, change some advanced settings, or log in to our WP Engine dashboard.

Price: Starting at $29 per month

7. Pin It Button for Images

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Here’s what people seem to love: the Pin It Button for Images. This plugin adds a Pinterest Pin It button overlay on top of any image that appears in your blog post. As simple as that. You can also change the settings so that the button only shows on images on single posts, pages, index, category, and more.

Price: Free

8. Editorial Calendar

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If you blog in a team, it would be better to stay organised with an editorial calendar. The Editorial Calendar WordPress plugin is adequate for that need. It grabs all of your scheduled posts and drafts, and it places them on a neatly organised calendar so we could see at-a-glance what content is coming up.

Perhaps the most favourable feature of the plugin was the way you could drag and drop different stories around the calendar, and it would update not only the calendar, but the post itself. It was a huge help for keeping all your content organised.

Price: Free

9. WP Hide Post

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WP Hide Post does exactly what it says: It hides posts from the blog. Of course, these posts are still visible if you navigate there directly. However, they won’t show up in RSS feeds or on the main index page of blog posts. Use this plugin to publish marketing materials (case studies, interviews, etc.) that you might want to reference later with your outreach efforts or promotions. These materials typically don’t fit the content strategy you have on the blog, so you can hide them from your standard publishing streams.

Price: Free

10. MyTweetLinks

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Another plugin you should keep in the toolbox is MyTweetLinks. This plugin is a soundbite source. You can enter a soundbite or quotable via the post editor, and this plugin will create a list of Tweets to share at the end of your published post.

Price: Free

20 Inspiring Prompts To Guide You Over The Writer’s Block

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Have you ever experienced writer’s block during the search for new ideas for your blog?

The truth is, whether you are a blogger who need to post in a daily schedule or an idea starter who assign topics to others, sometimes coming up with new ideas everyday can become a painful and unpleasant experience. Most of the times, you will feel your “creative well” being empty.

Fortunately, there are several things that you can do in order to “recharge your creative well”, and one of the easiest ways is to use idea starters.

In short, an idea starter is also called a prompt or a phrase that is meant to tickle your brain and get your creativity flowing back. When you are at a state-of-loss for ideas, you can turn to the following prompts and come up with ideas for your writing. Plus, these prompts is good for SEO. Let’s start the first idea starter with:

1. A Beginner’s Guide to ___________.

Fill in the prompt above with a proper topic that someone who doesn’t understand your blog subject at all. For example, if you run a blog about digital media, then the above prompt might become “A Beginner’s Guide to Social Media Marketing.”

2. Top 5 Ways to __________.

This title is general enough that you could write on any topic from beginner to intermediate to advanced. For example, if your blog is about garage door openers, then you might write an article titled Top 5 Ways to Keep Your Garage Door Opener in Working Order.

3. How to Prevent __________.

This title prompt is a call to action. There is something in your niche that is worrisome to readers. What is it? If your blog is about action movies, then this title might become: How to Prevent Action Movie Burnout.

4. What __________ Should Know About __________.

This headline is an attention grabber for a specific audience. You will fill the first blank in with your target demographic and the second with the topic. So, if you own a car rental agency, you might write: What Vacationers Should Know About Getting the Best Rental Rates on Passenger Vans.

5. Special Report on What _________ Think About __________.

Case studies and special reports lend an air of authority to your site. Let’s say your site is about herbal remedies for dogs. You might turn this headline into something like this: Special Report on What Dog Owners Think About Milk Thistle for Liver Function.

6. 10 Lies You’ve Been Telling Yourself About __________.

This is a warning style headline. It draws the reader in because she wants to know what she’s been doing wrong. One example might be a dating website. The headline would become something like: 10 Lies You’ve Been Telling Yourself About Why You’re Still Single.

7. Best Ways to Stay Safe During __________.

This type of headline follows the same idea as a warning. It plays on our sense of wanting to be safe, smart, and happy. Let’s use the example of a security company. The article might become: Best Ways to Stay Safe During a Home Invasion.

8. 4 Stages to Gaining __________

This is a how-to type headline but with a specific number of steps for getting from A to Z. So, a construction company might write on something like: 4 Stages to Gaining a Completely Waterproof Basement.

9. Why You Should Steer Clear of __________.

This is another warning to the reader. You can fill in the blank with just about any topic imaginable. If you are an SEO specialist, you might turn that title into: Why You Should Steer Clear of Paying for Search Engine Placement.

10. Best Tips for Creating __________.

This title should be reserved for your very best advice for readers. It should come from an expert interview, personal experience, or scientific research from reputable sources. Let’s say you run a site that sells clothing. You might write the following: Best Tips for Creating the Perfect Outfit for New Year’s Eve.

11. 3 Steps to Learn __________.

This title is very versatile. To fill in the blanks for this title, think about what your readers need and want to learn and what special knowledge you have. If you run a cooking school, you might right about: 3 Steps to Learn to Make the Perfect Souffle.

12. Pros and Cons of __________.

What are some of the most common pros and cons involved in your industry? If you run a public relations company and you want to reach potential customers, you might write a topic like: Pros and Cons of Print Advertising in Today’s Digital World.

13. All You Need to Know About __________.

This is a comprehensive guide-type article. What are the big topics for your site? If you have a site about cats, then you might write something about: All You Need to Know About Introducing a Kitten to Your Other Cats or All You Need to Know about Feline Leukemia.

14. The __________ Guide to __________.

Speaking of guides, how can you provide extremely specific advice to your readers that no one else is offering? If you sell sewing supplies, you might write something like: The Teenager’s Guide to Sewing Your Own Prom Dress.

15. Increase Your __________ by __________% with __________.

Play on reader’s desire to improve themselves with this headline. Let’s say you run a site that offers financial planning advice. You might write something like: Increase Your Retirement Portfolio by 50% with Penny Stocks.

16. Fast Relief for __________.

If someone is suffering, then what do they desire? That’s right…fast relief. This title meets that need. Let’s use an example of a website parents. You might write something on: Fast Relief for Fever or Fast Relief for Sore Throats in Kids.

17. Are You Worried About __________?

“Are you” headlines are another way to touch upon a concern your site visitors might have. The article then presents a solution to that concern. So, if you run a site where people discuss political issues, you might write something like: Are you Worried About the Upcoming Election? or Are You Worried About Voting for the Wrong Person? Think like your readers and try to figure out what they are most concerned over.

18. Get __________ Like __________ (famous person).

Another technique is to use the name of a famous person to draw people into the article. Let’s say you run a dieting advice website. You might write something like this: Get Biceps Like Sylvester Stallone.

19. For People Who __________.

This title can cover a wide range of topics. The idea is to fill in the blank with a wish. So, you might write something like: For People Who Want to Lose 30 Pounds or For People Who Want to Improve Their Golf Swing.

20. 18 Proven Ways to __________.

You are offering value with this type of title. These ways are “proven” and the experts recommend them or you’ve tested them yourself. For a site about writing, you might come up with: 20 Proven Ways to Finish Your First Novel.

Good Images Is The Secret of A Good Blog Post (Infographic)

The secret of a good blog posting lies on the content. A good, updated content will (hopefully) make the blog popular as well. However, images selection plays a big role on the appearance of your blog content. Poor images can break the experience for your audience, so it’s important that you take a good consideration when choosing the right images for your blog posts. Everything from photo quality to size and placement can affect whether or not your readers will like your blog content.

So how to choose images that catch your reader’s attention, how to avoid copyright issues and how to create your own stunning images? Check out the infographic below.

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Useful 12 Guest Blogging Tips (Infographic)

Guest blogging should be a major factor of any Internet-based marketing plan. It attracts new readers and build credibility for your website/blog. However, not all guest blogging opportunities are equal. There are a lot of things you can do rather than putting together a few hundred words and looking for a place to send them.

Being a good guest blogger is a great way to “borrow” readership from someone else. It’s all about finding the new audiences for what you really want to say. With this idea in mind, you should be able to manage the process easier and more effective. Without further ado, here is an infographic containing a dozen powerful guest blogging tips that you can use to increase your marketing reach instantly.

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Three Primary Reasons Why You Should Share Your Blog Post More Than Once on Social Media

Posting the same contents or blog posts on social media more than once can be quite a discouraging thing to do. Some people don’t like this idea at all, while others suggest it sturdily. Why should you post the same content on your social media channels more than once? Here are the three main reasons:

1. Gaining More Traffic

The first and perhaps the most obvious reason to share your content more than once is to drive more traffic that the initial share. Tweeting posts from the blog more than once gives you more traffic and more engagement (favorites, Retweets). Sharing the same contents in a reasonable “gap” is effective to maximize traffic and therefore advertising sales. Each tweet gets approximately the same amount of clickthroughs. Why get 600 page views when you can get 2,400?

2. Appears On  Multiple Time Zones

Other reason you should provide content repeatedly is because people live in different time zones and have different social media habits. Even if you only Tweet the same thing a couple of times, if you spread out your Tweets (or Facebook posts, or updates on other social networks), you’ll be able to reach more people who might have otherwise missed out on seeing your content.

3. Reaching New Followers

Some if not a lot of your posts might be still relevant months after you publish them. The other thing that changes after you publish a post is that when more people follow you on social networks. So, if you repost content from your blog that’s six months old, many of your followers will be seeing it for the first time, so they will get value out of it even though it’s old content.

You can use a tool like Twitter Counter to track your follower growth, so you know when it’s a good time to repost some of your older content. When there is a big difference in engagement on a different headline like that, people usually go back to the original post and change the title itself (the URL never changes, just the heading of the blog post), so this can be a really useful learning experience for us, as well as helping you to share your content with more people.