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Blogging is now to the social media world what the Kardashians are to the reality TV show world; inseparable. These days, everybody and their mother owns a blog, many of which cover mundane and weird topics; so far there is someone out there that will read it, let’s blog it. This proliferation of blogs is largely due to the relative ease with which they can be set up. There is no need for much technical know-how, any average computer user can set up a blog and get to writing.
Many of these blogs, though, have very short half-lives, some might even start strong, but eventually, fizzle out like so many firecrackers. This is usually due to many reasons, chief of which is the fact that many of them do not understand the little things that make a huge difference in blogging. They figure they could just open up a WordPress account, choose a random theme and voila! 1000 readers per day, here we come.
That is not how it works. Blogging is an art that is inherently tricky to master, but also simple. You only need to get the various components just right, keep at it, do not slack, then you can sit back and watch your blog outgrow even your wildest projections. Let’s see if we can work these components out, shall we?
Have A Plan
Blogging is not just something you go into when you are tired of watching reruns of Breaking Bad on television, or maybe it is, but it is absolutely important for you to have a game plan when you decide to enter the highly competitive world of blogging. You need to answer these questions honestly- What am I going to be writing about? Do people want to read it? Do I have the available time and resources to be consistent? Am I willing to work hard? Is blogging something I enjoy?
Some of those questions might sound a tad deep, but blogging is serious business. It will eat up your time and energy and maybe your money too. You have to be ready to put in the work. Either you are blogging for fun or to make money, same principle applies if you want to be successful at it.
Now, that last question might seem like a no-brainer but that is not always the case. Some people go into blogging solely to make money or to get famous or for bragging rights. Of course, these things can come to you from blogging, but if they are your reasons for doing it, chances are, it won’t last. Money, fame, these things don’t just fall into your lap in a day or a week or months even, sometimes it takes years for your blog to get you there. The question is, before that happens, what sustains you? You have to actually love blogging, you have to enjoy it because that is the only thing that will keep you going when things don’t work out as you planned.
Setting Up- Get It Right
This is the foundation of your blog and it’s important to get it right. You need to get the right company or person to register your domain name and host your blog. There are several choices available, just choose one that is right for you. It is also important to choose a suitable theme for your blog, depending on the kind of content you post, either it is a more text-based or picture-based kind of site. Whichever it is, it is smart to keep a lot of white space on your blog and not clog it too much with content or graphics, choose the right font and formatting style. These things improve the experience of your readers on your blog, it is not just about the content, it is also about how the content is presented. Also, be sure to take advantage of resources that will help you in your blogging, like Feedburner and Google Analytics
Make Your Content Addictive
You have to be consistently churning out engaging content for your readers. Online readers have a very short attention span, things are always moving in the world of social media, if you lose their attention for a fraction of a minute, they find something else to hold it. It’s a “content eat content” world out there, so you have to ensure your content always beats or at least equals the hundreds of alternatives available to your readers.
Notice that I used the word “consistently” in the first paragraph. This is just as important as the quality of your content. Imagine you have a dedicated reader who loves what you write and is always looking forward to the time your content comes up, he even has a notification set up to tell him when that happens. Then he sees no post from you the first day, second, third, he is wondering what is wrong, he misses your posts, but then he couldn’t stay heartbroken forever. He eventually moves on and doesn’t visit your blog again, even when you resume regular posts. That paints a clear picture of how most online content consumers behave, you have to be consistent, always.
Be SEO and Industry Conscious
Being good at SEO (Search Engine Optimization) is a great way to drive traffic to your site without having to spend any of your money, so it behooves you to understand how it works and make it work for you. There are several SEO agencies that could provide some insight into this if it is necessary for you. It is also a great idea to be current with what is happening in your industry (whatever your blog is about), people are more likely to read articles on current happenings than dated pieces.
For example, if your blog is about cars and it so happened that the Lexus RX350 2018 car just got the grand unveiling ceremony treatment the previous day, instead of writing, say, a piece on how diesel engines are better than petrol engines (which was your initial plan for the day), you could table that and write a piece on the unveiling ceremony and maybe even tie it in to your engines article. That would make a great read for your readers, the majority of whom are most likely already seeing the car launch everywhere on their social media feeds.
These are not the be all and end all of blogging tips, but they are sure to keep you afloat in this “blogosphere”. It could also help, if you have the extra cash, to employ the services of an android app development company to polish your blog and maybe even create a mobile app for your readers so they can gain easy access to your blog right from their phone home screens, wouldn’t’ that be awesome!? Just remember, as far as blogging goes, you are the most important factor, write what you enjoy, keep at it, be consistent and above all, don’t stop.
Junaid Ali Qureshi
is a digital marketing specialist who has helped several businesses gain traffic, outperform competition and generate profitable leads. His current ventures include Progostech, Magentodevelopers.online.eLabelz, Smart Leads.ae, Progos Tech and eCig.
I saw this on one of the Facebook groups I am in today, If you are serious about running an online business then your hosting should get paid before your mortgage. As without your business you will have no money to pay anything, unless you prefer job security of course..
Obviously if the period that you stopped paying is not too long, then there is a good chance that by paying your outstanding hosting bill they will reinstate your website.
Most hosting companies will give you at least a couple of weeks after expiry before deleting all your content. If unfortunately you have waited too long and they have deleted all of your content, then the next best thing is you can Google the way back machine.
After you Google the wayback machine just enter your domain name into it. In most cases there will be a copy/snapshot of your website. You can chose what date or what year to go back too.
As long as there has been a recent snapshot of your site, you should be able to copy and paste all of your content into a new website. Or onto a document or ebook.
If you are planning to change hosting accounts in the future you can get someone from Fiverr.com t move your website over onto your new hosting account. That way you will not get your content/websites/blogs lost or deleted.
If you are a serious blogger, or someone who makes money online. You will probably realise that your hosting should get paid before your mortgage. No business – No Income to pay your living or business expenses. A business will feed you for many years, if it provides value for your clients and profit to yourself you should make sure to protect it..
Top rules for me would be to to
1. Always make sure to renew domains on time
2. Pay your hosting on time or lose business
3. Pay your autoresponder on time and do not risk losing your mailing list, always keep a copy of your mailing list as well just in case… 🙂
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Often what you can or can not get depends on your mindset and your point of view. If you believe that you can do or get something, then you will find away. On the other hand if you believe there is a problem with getting something for free or it isn’t possible then normally it will not be difficult to prove yourself right. 🙂
Below is an example of a post I made on a free website/forum just asking a simple question
In fact I actually have a method where people pay me to write blog posts for my websites as well, so you can even take it one step further than getting people to write for you for free.
I personally would be very happy to supply a website with an article for free if I knew it was in my niche and would give me some extra free advertising/exposure online for my business.
I just happened to see a post on a website this evening where a number of people where complaining about people trying to get people to write blog posts or content for free.
I know quite a lot of marketers or coaches who speak at events around the world for free. At the end of the talk they make an offer to the audience to buy their products or services. In fact one mentor of mine who I happened to see live spoke to an audience of 4000 People in Brighton UK and made £995,000 pounds in 30 mins speaking for free when he made an offer at the end to the audience. In fact I was one of the people who bought his £3500 pound program along with three or 4 other programmes that day.
As a blogger and content marketer I know a lot of other bloggers including friends relatives and colleagues who make money blogging, as well as writing stuff for free, or paying people to publish their stuff.
Many bloggers will also do reviews of products or services in exchange for being sent the product or service by the company. They just give their honest opinion about the product or service that they received. I got an offer like this yesterday but since it was a platform I do not use or want to use I turned it down. But a few weeks ago I got a similar offer which turned out to be a great hosting service, which I did a review and live training on.
In fact the hosting service was so good I have been seriously contemplating leaving my current hosting provider. Even though changing hosting accounts is generally a huge pain in the ass. And not something I do very often unless I am practically forced to.
If you are looking for some tips on how to get people to write your blog posts or content for free, here are a few things that might help out.
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I have been blogging online for well over 12 years. People think making money online is easy, but it isn’t.
It takes work it takes some initiative, and a bit of imagination, you need a desire for what you are doing if you are going to continue doing it long term.
After creating more than 1000 Blogs and websites for people online and coaching people how to blog from scratch there is one single characteristic with people who fail.
They quit before they even get started, they tell themselves this BS story. It may be some stupid excuses like I cannot afford it. I am too busy with my job. In most cases, they never even create their first blog post.
After this, they will then tell themselves another stupid BS story like I made a website but it didn’t make any money or it’s too hard. Let’s be honest here if you came to work and in order to get paid you needed to write 1000 Words per day.
And you sat on your ass and did nothing, would your boss pay you? I don’t fucking think so. So why would you dream of being so fucking lazy on the internet? Would you hire yourself to start being the content creator on your website? If not then it’s time to get your finger out.
I think some people think it is like a lotto ticket maybe. You do a draw. The draw is creating or paying someone to make you a website and then you wait for the winning numbers to come up.
Sorry my friend but until you have some content a buy button build a bit of credibility by communicating with people on your website and social media. There is no fucking lottery available, your readers, your advertisers, your buyers are your lottery money.
But if your site isn’t even selling the lottery tickets then you have no fucking chance to get paid, let’s not be an idiot here. I hope you are past the Santa Clause stage of your life and you aren’t still waiting on the tooth fairy.
The truth is if you are an adult and you still have this mentality chances are your wallet your bank account and your finances may be suffering right now. Unless you got married to the lottery or your parents gave you the Golden Goose and you haven’t sold it yet.
The thing is you only get one life I saw a very hard working colleague of mine had passed away recently I just happened to see it by accident in a Belfast Telegraph article on my Facebook feed.
If you are going to truly live an above average life then being an employee is becoming a less and less likely way to get what you want out of your life. Not only are your taxes far higher but everything is reliant upon someone else’s plans.
Let me wake you up right now, if you are reliant on a government or some business owner boss’s plans then you are heading up shit creek possibly without a paddle. Of course for someone who does not want to take on any responsibility or initiative, it may seem great.
But when you are 50,60,70 years old and are sick and broke chances are you will wish you had done things differently in your life. Don’t end up living a life of regrets, live a life full of joy, doing what you love, and take 100% responsibility for your business/businesses and your finances.
The mistake I find many employees do is they look to join other businesses companies MLM’s looking for a quick fix. Instead of building their own brand, their own business, their own customers and subscribers. In fact, many of them are so clueless they only thing they talk about is the name of the company they are in.
This is stupid for many reasons, although it is, of course, great for the company getting free advertising and getting the majority of the profits.
Before you quit your blog or website ask yourself a few questions.
If not then why are you giving up on your business before you gave it a chance to get started?
Are these steps so hard that you would prefer to end up spending your life being dictated to by an employer and working yourself to death for very little reward? Surely you are worth more than that.
If you feel you are, then get right back into it starting today.
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When I was young my parents both owned Greek restaurants and as I grew older I decided to take up catering classes in college.
After a couple of years I ended up working in two different Michelin star restaurants, in fact both of them got their Michelin stars when I was working there.
What I discovered was that the people working here where infatuated with food and their egos, as a matter of fact I remember coming back home to my grannies house one day and telling her.
They are doing it for Glory it is all about them feeding their ego, and to this day still I believe nothing has changed in this respect in the industry.
Anyone who will spend 6 or 7 days a week in a kitchen weekly, with complete disregard for their life sunshine or health . Working from maybe 6am in the morning till 2am some nights, is surely not doing it for the money it is all about glory.
And in the catering industry if that’s your thing then that’s okay. You will get a wage in fact if you are in higher positions in the business you may even be able to live quite well off the wage or money you make.
Now if you switch to Blogging if you do not have a certain mindset then you could really end up blogging for glory.
What do I mean by this? Well you might just love blogging? You may love the interaction from readers, the learning you get while researching your topic, you may love the idea of being able to do what you like from home or anywhere that you have an internet connection.
There is one little thing. If you do not learn to monetise it then you probably will not get paid. As I said earlier in the catering industry you can do stuff for just the glory, but in many cases you will still get paid.
On the other hand when it comes to blogging for glory, if there is no money coming in from your blogging, or online marketing efforts.Then your life will not be very glorious.
Do you really think that you can feel really glorious when you cannot put food on the table or keep a roof over your head? I don’t really think so, unless of course you live on an island somewhere that grows it’s own food and has an internet connection that’s free 😉 (Hardly Likely)
One thing I have discovered both from watching it on the outside and being in the position ego alone will not carry you very far.
On the other hand self improvement educating oneself on what is important and being able to provide value in exchange for money goods or services. Will give you a good ROI.
Knowing about how to add a Call To Action to your blog posts and build an email list will increase your blogging profit substantially. Which will also mean you are not dependant on handouts or job security to live your life.
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I have a confession to make, many years ago when I first started blogging I was all over the place. I made my websites or blogs and put random and different content on it all the time.
Since blogging and Internet Marketing is one of my favourite things I thought coming up with content will always be easy. The thing is it can be if you do enough research some trainings and courses regularly.
The thing is after probably 10,000 blog posts on my blogs it is getting harder to come up with new stuff when it comes to the topic of blogging.
When I named this Blog Building a Better Blog.com I decided it was going to be about blogging, now unlike my original IM Blog Ask Sotiris.com which I basically blogged about whatever I was interested in that day.
Or whatever my mood was or rants that just needed to come out. I never had any trouble coming up with content for it ever. It was easy it was just a matter of making the decision.
The truth is when it comes to talking about blogging, I have blogged about plugins, I have blogged about WordPress themes, I have blogged about SEO.
I have blogged about most of the internet tools under the sun lol.. And recently when I decide to come up with new content I just keep coming across a lot of the same type of things.
Of course there are always new tools and courses,trainings etc coming out but after a lot of trial and error I find a huge percentage of them are either carbon copies or basically BS.
So I don’t really want to make this just a blogging review site either, of course I signed myself up for a 100 Day Blogging Challenge and even if I have not been bang on time with my blog posts every day. I still intend to complete them in the 100 day’s.
The thing is probably after the 100 days rather than blogging here daily I will post good blogging content or information as I come up with it.
From recent experiences I am beginning to believe that it is better to come up with great blog post ideas which can go viral and that take maybe a few days to complete.
Than to just type generally about a subject for 10 to 60 mins daily, Would be interested to also hear your opinions in the comments section below.
And do remember as I have done this many times before, picking a niche for a blog that you can only comfortably post a few times about. Is not really a great idea for a long term blogging strategy.
The one thing I do have to say though for my 100 Day Blogging Challenge is it has now taken this blog to well over 100 posts, which will hep to give it a bit more traction in the search engines as well. 🙂
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Do you remember going back and scrolling through some of your old websites or blog posts and reading your post and asking yourself what on earth is this..
Well if you have always been a perfectionist that may not have happened to you but for the majority of bloggers I am pretty sure it has.
The thing is that the Internet moves very quickly from one year till the next. In fact the Internet can actually change even in a few months.
If you want to be a better blogger you need to frequently look at other websites and leaders in your industry and see what new changes software and plug-ins are being used when it comes to blogging.
Both blogging and Internet marketing are something that you learn from day to day in fact something that was done along time ago maybe completely obsolete on the Internet today. That is why it is imperative for you to keep studying your niche on a regular basis, failure to do this Will make your blogging look inferior after a while.
There are in fact hundreds of thousands of WordPress themes, hundreds of thousands of WordPress plug-ins and new tools and software being released daily that can completely transform your blog in any one day. First thing you Wanna do is check out the top guys,ladies or companies in your niche find out what plug-in they are using, what they are selling on their blog, and how they are making money from it. Learning these few things can make your life an awful lot easier when it comes to finding the right customers, traffic generation, getting subscribers and turning them into sales.
A mistake a lot of bloggers make is they try and learn everything on their own from scratch, the problem with this is that it can end up taking them years to end up with a successful blog. Or in the worst cases they just give up after a while. When what they do doesn’t give them the Business or success that they were hoping for when they started.
Here are some Quick tips to help you be a better blogger
I hope you found this post useful feel free to post your comments and let us know what you think below.
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