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Month: August 2017

Common Blogging Mistakes

Are You Making These Five Common Blogging Mistakes?

To blog or not to blog; that is the question. That is the eternal Shakespearean dilemma every blogger confronts in every task. The question is, why do you want to blog? Is it your passion or fashion? You need to have the clarity, because it’s the key to your blogging success. Choice is yours.

Common Blogging Mistakes

Now let’s get in to the nitty-gritty of blogging and the mistakes you make while blogging. Following are the mistakes many bloggers do without realizing and fail. Now understand these after thoroughly analyzing yourself. You’ll be closer to your goal to become a good blogger.

1. Do You Have it in You?

We all feel that we are capable of writing good blogs. But are we? What makes a good blogger? It’s passion for writing. It’s the free flow of thoughts that are condensed in to the blog. If you have to take too much time to think, or refer books on the subjects you write about, then forget it. It doesn’t qualify to be a blog. All that requires being a qualified blog writer is passion and flair for writing. Communicate from your heart, talk to your readers. If you think you have it in you, go ahead. Start your blog.

2. Choice of a Topic for Your Blog

What do you want to write about? Is it something close your heart? Is there any free flow of thoughts when you write? If not, stop and think whether you are really serious about your blog. Choose your comfort zone. Feel which topics really concern you and you are passionate about.

If you plan to write on general topics like food, travel, leisure, politics etc, then please check your competency in writing. If not, stick to core professional topics where you have sufficient knowledge and expertise. That makes all the difference. Write about something that adds value to your reader.

3. Visualize Your Readers

Who are your readers? Why should they read your blog? Taking them for granted will be great mistake. What do you want them to do? What does it provide them with – fodder for thought? Or just entertainment, or knowledge? Or fun times? Decide yourself, keeping in mind what you are going to give to your discerning reader. Your success as a blogger solely depends on what you write and for whom.

4. Are You Good in Self Promotion?

If you are adept in promoting yourself in social media, then you can brag about your blog in your social circles. If not, take help. Ask your friends to promote you. But then, give them a good reason why they should promote them. You have to convince them how you wish to add value to your audience through your writings. Go all out. Build a place for yourself in the wild web.

5. Have a Clear Format for Writing

How you write is the key to your success. Your style of narration can make or mar your blog. Are you an out of the box thinker? Are you a creative writer? Remember- Art of Writing is not that simple as you think. You need to be good wordsmith. You build your story, holding the attention of your reader to every detail you present. Add images to make it vibrant. Your stories should weave a tapestry of words. Develop your own style. Practice it well. Get your basics right. Get expert opinions. Once you feel confident, go ahead and post.

Go through the above points carefully. These are the basics of blog writing which many bloggers overlook. Do some self analysis and answer those points mentioned above, honestly. You won’t make the mistakes again. So now, get set and GO. All the best.

Blog Commenting

12 Crucial Blog Commenting Tips

Whilst blog commenting still plays a well-know role in generating traffic for blogs, but you may not know how to achieve the highest or should I say maximum capabilities of the results from one single comment.

Most people say commenting on other blogs to get traffic is a waste of time, it surely won’t give you a huge traffic spike but you are still determined to receive at least a few couple of new unique visitors.

Blog Commenting

There are some tricks you could use to increase that “few couple of” visitors into “many more” loyal readers or subscribers, whatever you want to convert them into.

1. Never hyperlink your texts

If you decide to hyperlink a word or sentence from you comment body, then your comment is doomed to be sent to the spam inbox, heck, if you hyperlink a keyword like making money online, you’re probably going to get IP banned.

2. Be unique, leave new fashioned comments

There are heaps of times you have probably seen a comment “nice post”, “great post”, or “nice tips” and then nothing. These openings are again doomed to be sent to the spam box.

Instead, you could try something new, turn your words around like;

  • “that’s a great piece of work”
  • “nice bits of information there”
  • “pretty cool stuff mate”

3. Your name isn’t “make money online”

It is true that people could get better benefits from linking their own website with the relevant keywords, search engines are likely to index these little things, so will the spam comment detection.

Use your real name, or you could doing something like John @ Cars Online, John From Cars Online, either way, it’s not like completely bad or good but worth the work.

4. Comment on all blogs

Just because that blog is Page Rank 1, noFollow or you’re unluckily the last one to comment on that <102 comments> post, it doesn’t mean you should start looking for another post. If you find a post useful or you feel the need to comment on it, do it.

5. Comment naturally

It’s something that most people don’t do, they purposely write the perfect comment and so makes it sound so nice specifically dedicated to the post, long and quality.

Whilst a valuable comment is nice, but when it is too long or unnatural, ugh, why don’t you turn it into a post instead?

6. Use HTML formatting

Most popular commenting systems on the web right now allows custom HTML formatting, this causes your comments to stand out from the crowd, here are some commonly used tags:

1.  <strong>Makes a sentence bold</strong>
2.  <em>Makes a sentence italic</em>
3.  <blockquote>Add a quote</blockquote>

4.  <ul>

<li>Make a list – point 1</li>

<li>Make a list – point 2</li>

<li>Make a list – point 3</li>



7. Directly reply to another comment

When a post gets more than five or six comments, no one is really going to scroll down and read them all, what you can now is to reply directly to the first, second or so comment, meaning your words will be in exposure to all the readers who sees the first comment.

Make sure you have literally got something to say when you reply directly to someone else’s comment, not just random stuff.

8. Comment in your usual voice

If one day, you post a relatively long and useful comment, but the next day you post something of low quality and short, it’s not going to do it, you have to comment with your own voice, this is something similar to personal branding, some things you could do;

  • Have a similar opening every time like “Hey Bill” (get personal)
  • Leave a regards, sincerely or cheers ending line and then your name
  • Mention the author in your comment (how great he is…etc)

9. Get a Gravatar profile

This is my profile (I know my picture looks really bad), go to their homepage and sign up for an account now, the sooner the better.

Gravatar is a universal system that shows the corresponding profile picture (avatar) to its email address, for example, if you leave a comment on a site with your Gravatar registered email address, on the blog instead of the default picture it will show your custom profile image instead.

This system is beneficial in terms of personal branding and image recognition as well as being personal if you upload yourself. I think Gravatar only works on WordPress blogs, I don’t know, but more than 85% of the successful bloggers out there use WordPress, so yeah…

10. Try and not to be negative towards a post

Authors obviously want conversations and discussions going on in the comments of their post, if your comment is a little big negative it is reasonable, it is not always bad to be against the author’s point of view.

Just don’t be completely against the author’s point of view, offensive and rude or attack the author.

11. Link to a post not the homepage

It is a common and obvious thing that we would insert the homepage link to our blog in the URL field, but imagine you left a link to a post instead? Let’s take a look at the advantages:

  • A new visitor will get to read a post straight away as soon as they land on your blog
  • If a person clicks your link after a long time, your old post still gets read
  • If commentluv is enabled, make sure you use it and show your recent post (same reason)

12. Not reading the post

This is a quiet obvious reason, when an author reads your comment he/she can tell whether you have actually read their post or you just randomly mumbled a few sentences to it.

Here’s a tip what you can when you don’t really want to read that article, scan the content for the key points and choose few of them and write your point of view about it, good or bad, why, how…etc If it ends up being 2-3 sentences long, you’re on the right track.

Additonally you should check out what spam words that Akismet classify as is, realistically if you are a honest natural commentator, you will never have to worry about these spam words, these are just for your information.

Have you got any extra tips that you want to add to the list?

Internet Marketing

Developing a Home Business Enterprise for Beginning Internet Marketers

It is becoming apparent to many people that home businesses can be a great source of income. The problem is that many people don’t know where to begin. To be successful, you need to learn everything that you can about home business. This article will help you get going.

Internet Marketing

Be sure to set some money aside for paying taxes. Taxes will account for about 15 or 20% of your total income so make sure you save accordingly.

A good home business tip is to look as professional as you can. If your website has an unprofessional appearance, you potential customers will not be impressed. You can garner some very useful ideas about how to create your own best website by looking at professional examples scattered all about the Internet.

Try to find a product on which to base your home business that fulfills one of your needs. Customers want to buy products that solve common problems they face every day. If it is a product that solves your problem, then it will, of course, appeal to others too.

As soon as your business is up and running, track mileage and gas on all the driving you do in relation to the business. Business-related transportation costs are often tax deductible. You can achieve significant savings on your tax bill by keeping accurate records and knowing the available business deductions.

Prepare a written business plan if you have a home-based business. Even though your business might be small, you still need to outline what your business goals are, what resources you need, and what methods you will use to reach your goal. Business plans are essential for keeping your new venture on track.

Check out any employee that you might hire to help build your home business. It is important that feel certain that your workers are both skilled and reliable with regards to the products that you are planning to sell.

If it is a viable idea and won’t distract from your website, you can earn a profit from requiring membership fees. In many cases, your site could easily implement a membership subscription that could increase your profits.

While it may seem to entice customers with discounts when you are starting a business, it is a recipe for disaster if you do it too much. Be transparent with your customers about payment terms, potential fees and interest due on late payments.

Remember that things take time. Don’t expect the home based business you’ve created to become super successful overnight. The more you work at your business, the better it will become. Being patient and consistent are fundamental building blocks for your home business.

Where are your customers located? Find out where they are and do what you can to reach out and communicate with them. Online customers and prospects are great, but many potential customers await you in the physical world as well. You can attract new business by creating a physical presence in different markets.

As you can see, it will require a little bit of work and dedication to make the jump. If you can manage to pull through and stick to the plan, you will be able to accurately represent your dream in the company’s image and create something that is long-lasting and profitable over the years.

Blog for Your Business

The Reasons You Should Launch a Blog for Your Business

Can a business still use a blog in a meaningful way, or have the new social media websites, such as Facebook and Twitter, superseded this tool? Several years ago, many companies abandoned their static, flat websites that lectured customers with facts that could have been straight out of their Annual Reports, and began including blogs. There they announced their most recent products and received customer input in return, and discovered that blogs were a valuable public relations tool.

Blog for Your Business

Dell computers have always been seen as the leader in the blogging community, is one of the initial companies to make such a change. Even though Dell had become a very successful organization, a barrier still remained between the company and its consumers, many of whom had frustrating complaints that were not being attended to. When Dell set up to receive blog comments, the turnaround in its relationship with customers was remarkable. General Motors, too, had a similar experience.

Blogs can even work in tandem with email newsletters. Businesses need to engage customers in several ways. If it’s updated regularly, the blog can provide fresh information that won’t vanish down the page quite so quickly, say, as the more ephemeral tweets on Twitter. Up-to-date business news can be posted in a friendly, casual fashion, allowing customers to ask questions or make suggestions. And their remarks won’t vanish down the page either.

Companies do need to be careful about raising customers’ expectations, however. While an almost one-on-one relationship might be feasible between a small business and its customers, bigger companies may not be able to respond to all queries or complaints, and this could ruin its good reputation if the company is not vigilant.

An additional use for a blog and one that companies might not even consider at first is for internal communication. Despite the fact that employees can keep in touch by means of email, meetings or conference calls, an internal blog can concentrate on one department or a single project, providing a central place for a group to receive daily updates or make an informal entry of their advancements. This will keep these employees up to date without their own email inbox piling up to an unmanageable level.

Even though blogs are now in a lot of ways less active, they still have a function in giving up-to-date business information and news to consumers and obtaining feedback from them. Belonging to the more tried and true internet establishment, they provide information in a more permanent form than other media, yet allow a business to remain in fruitful, friendly contact with its customers.

Untapped Sources For Dynamite Content Ideas

Three Untapped Sources For Dynamite Content Ideas

You, as a writer, ever daydreaming-ly stared at a blank wall for about a minute before getting your consciousness back?

I have, not a lot though.

Running out of ideas is almost impossible for me.

But if you are one those who experiences the writer’s block from time to time, now is the right moment to find out how you can counter it.

Untapped Sources For Dynamite Content Ideas

Utilizing Other Sources

This is always the first and the most recommended method for finding content ideas.

Of course, what other sources? Blogs in your niche, but even some where off-topic, e.g. from the news, could spark up a totally innovative idea unto your mind.

It needs no reminding that the sources you pick from should ideally be authortative, not from unknown sources, just in case you pick up false information.

So you’re only checking out posts from the front pages?

Dig up the ancient archives!

It might not be the best idea to read from the past, since not all content is timeless, meaning, some information from the past if presented now may be out of date.

What you should do is to look for timeless valuable posts, since they are still in effect and you can tweak some ideas into it and transform it to your own version.

Teach As You Learn

Don’t tell me you have mastered everything in your topic, it’s common sense that you’re learning new things almost everyday.

Then teach your audience of your understandings.

Whatever you have learned recently, wrote a post about it, perhaps a summary? Absolutely not a bad idea, ayy?

This is really my personal favorite, and anyone can generate plentiful of ideas using only this technique, but a word of advice is to teach what you only understand, truthfully. This is the reason why I never write posts about how to make money online, because I have not yet done that.

So, teach your readers what you know, with honesty.

Talk About Your Chair

Before you speak, I do know that a chair is completely irrelavent about finding ideas, I’m going to be a smarty pants here.

Just force something to make sense in your niche.

Example: If you blog about personal developement, write a post called “What Chairs Can Teach You About Life”, it works and your headline grabs attention without paying much efforts into the craftmanship.

So how can a chair teach anyone about life? It’s going to sound weird but make something up:

Struture. The structure of all typical chairs consists of four legs, and with four legs, it creates balance that allows us to put our weight on the seat without causing harm.

What this teaches us. The structure of anything plays an important role in the main object, without the structure, which is the base, you cannot put anything on top of it, meaning before you start running you need to first learn how to walk.

Quality. The material used in all chairs must pass a quality check, and to ensure it does not cause any damage to people.

What this teaches us. Whatever you do, quality is always over quantity, try to focus on making a single good than making many of average.

And so on…

Whatever you can see from a chair, make something up that has meanings in your niche (in this case personal development), and that the information you give out has valuable information.

The ideas are countless with this trick, talk about whatever you see, it doesn’t have to be about chairs, it could be about airports, buses, handbags, oranges or even ants.

Use your own imagination

The power of ideas derive from a person’s creativity, why not take the primitive ability into action?

Brainstorm ideas yourself, sometimes it’s better not to rely on other sources, but to speak your mind.

Anything in the world if added with a little bit of creativity juice can become potential content.

To me, ideas never seem to run out, there are as much as the stars in Andromeda.

If you ever tell me you ran out of something to say in your niche, first remind me that you’re out of your mind.


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