There are many methods to increase a blog’s SEO. Some of those methods are highlighted here, but most of the SEO increasing methods out there take several months of work before they pay off. However, there are certain methods to boost your SEO that do not take much time. In addition, these methods are super easy to implement. Here are the methods.

  1. Include categories for your blog posts. Categories make it easier for people to navigate through your blog. This will result in more people clicking on links and sticking on your blog. As a result, categories lower your blog’s bounce rate, and as people stay on your blog for a longer period of time, they will be more likely to buy your products or subscribe.
  2. Add tags to your blog posts. A tag is a word or phrase that someone searches into Google (or another search engine) and finds your blog. Tags work like exclamation points which means the more tags you have, the less useful they are. My recommendation is to have 2-5 tags for each of your blog posts.
  3. Include keywords in your blog posts. Keywords strengthen your tags and allow people on search engines to easily find your blog based on search terms. When you include keywords in your blog, you must avoid stuffing keywords in your blog posts. A good rule of thumb is to use a keyword at least five times, but if that keyword appears in every sentence or every other sentence, that keyword needs to be reduced. Just come up with synonyms for your keywords and you’ll be fine.

Those are the three super easy ways to boost your blog’s SEO. What are your thoughts on the list? Do you have any additional super easy methods you would like to share? Please share your thoughts and advice below.

 

Whether you are publishing one YouTube video every week or every month, it is important to have ideas in place for your next video. The quicker you get the idea, the quicker you are able to plan out your video, record the video, and publish it to YouTube. As you publish more YouTube videos, coming up with ideas that you have not used already becomes more difficult. Luckily, there are always ideas available, and here are 10 of them.

  1. Look at your blog posts. If you write one blog post every day and publish one YouTube video every week, you will have seven times as many blog posts as you have YouTube videos. That means you already have the ideas in front of you. Just take one of your blog posts and turn it into a YouTube video!
  2. Look at other people’s blog posts. See how you can combine your knowledge with someone else’s blog posts to create an original YouTube video. Reading other people’s blog posts will also expand on your knowledge.
  3. Talk about a problem in your niche. People want to know the common pitfalls in your niche so they know to avoid them. In addition to talking about the problems in your niche, be sure to provide the solutions for each of those problems.
  4. Talk about success stories. Chances are there is someone inspirational in your niche who has gone through a lot in order to become successful. You can create a success story for that individual and show others that they can be successful too.
  5. Talk about your own experiences. You may have a success story of your own or just want to talk about what happened to you yesterday. Regardless of what you talk about, you need to connect it back to your niche.
  6. Look at other people’s YouTube videos. Looking at other people’s YouTube videos will allow you to identify what kinds of videos people in your niche are uploading and which ones are the most popular uploads. This can help you identify which videos you need to publish on YouTube.
  7. Look at your past YouTube videos. Maybe you shared a tip in one of your YouTube videos that you want to expand on. It’s also possible that you liked the message in one of your first videos but don’t like the way it came out (it takes a while to get experience). You can create a Part 2 or a better version of an older video.
  8. Any new updates relating to your niche. People who want to learn more about your niche do their best to stay up to date. When something big happens in your niche, you can come out with a new YouTube video explaining what just happened.
  9. Tips about anything related to your niche. Many viewers are looking for good nuggets of information. Providing tips about anything related to your niche gets the job done.
  10. Core values. Whether these are the core values to living a happier life or getting more Twitter followers, talking about them and including “Core Values” in your video’s title will attract attention.

What are your thoughts on publishing 1 YouTube video every week? Do you have any additional ideas for YouTube videos? Please share your thoughts and ideas below.

 

In his book No Excuses, Brian Tracy mentioned something that forever changed the way I view my niche. In the book, he said that you either learn more about your niche or plateau. You can only go so far with the knowledge you already have, but in order to go further, you need to obtain more knowledge.

Learning more about your niche creates more possibilities. If you stop learning about your niche, you are limiting your capabilities. Learning about your niche will allow you to become the go-to expert in your niche. In addition, learning about your niche will give you more knowledge that you can package into books and training courses.

Make the choice today to learn more about your niche so you are able to grow instead of plateau. Never settle for where you are. Always raise the bar higher and strive for better results.

 

There are going to be some instances when your visitors will not feel like reading a blog post. Even if you make your paragraphs bite-sized, there will be some instances when your visitors will prefer to watch a video. Going from reading to watching allows the reader (now a viewer) to absorb more information just by listening.

If you are occasionally sharing your own videos in your blog posts, there are other benefits that occur. The first one is that you get more views for your videos. Getting more views will make your videos look more popular, and if those are YouTube videos, you will also be able to get more subscribers.

Imagine what would happen if your YouTube channel got 100 views every day. Then, imagine if it was more than that. Your YouTube presence would probably grow dramatically. Embedding your YouTube videos on your blog is a powerful way to grow your YouTube presence and get more engagement on your blog at the same time. This is a simple blogging and YouTube tip that few people implement, but implementing this tip will lead to better results for your blog and YouTube channel.

What are your thoughts on including YouTube videos in your blog posts? Please share your thoughts below.

 

If used properly, a blog can allow the people in your tribe to easily connect with you and each other. In an attempt to learn about using a blog properly, bloggers come across multiple blog posts that contain tips and tricks about being successful with a blog. You may have stumbled across this blog post in your epic search to discover more blogging tips. However, there are some methods claimed as effective that do not work as well. These are the tips that bloggers believe to be effective but are really big mistakes. These are the five notorious tips that stood out from the rest.

  1. Focus on SEO. This must be the biggest. lie. ever. Sure, there are bloggers who get thousands of daily visitors from search engines, but these bloggers reached that point by creating a large social media audience. It was easy for me as a new blogger to believe that SEO was the key to success. SEO is still the key to success, but getting social media traffic is what provides the flare for SEO traffic. When I started to bring in over 300 daily visitors from Twitter, I immediately saw a rise in my SEO traffic. It was not one of those rises that is hard to detect. It was one of those rises that allowed me to get 50 extra visitors from SEO overnight (which at the time was a ginormous increase). Do not focus on SEO. Focus on creating a big social media presence.
  2. Never recycle your old content. Not only is it okay to do so, but it is also beneficial. It benefits you because you have one extra blog post scheduled without writing any new content, and your readers get to read valuable content they may have forgotten. It is also important to remember that none of your readers read your blog in the order that the blog posts are published in. Many of your visitors never read the blog post you wrote two years ago, and there will be some visitors who did not read the blog post you wrote two months ago. Here is more information about recycling your blog’s content.
  3. Your blog’s loading time is not important. Few people recognize the significance of a fast blog. If your blog takes a few seconds to load, then that’s too long. Even if the pictures on your blog take a while to load, it is essential that your readers are able to see the content of your blog post. These are some ways to make your blog load faster.
  4. Valuable content is all you need to write a great blog post. There’s so much more than that. Having a bad headline, putting all of your content in one big block of text, and grammatical errors all decrease the value of your blog post. It may contain valuable information, but people must have a desire to read it in order for your blog post to be worth anything.
  5. The longer they are, the better they are. Longer blog posts have better rankings on the search engines, but that’s the only reason you would want to write a long blog post. The truth is that your readers are very busy people. They have other blogs to read, work to do, places to see, and places to be. They are not going to read a blog post that is as long as a novel. For this blog post, I could have bored you with three examples for each of these five bad tips. I’m sure this blog post could have easily been 3,000 words long if I did that, but who would read through that? Getting subscribers and returning visitors is not just about getting them to come by and read your valuable content. It’s also about getting these people to read through your entire blog posts. A 3,000 word valuable blog post that gets skimmed over typically does not provide the same value as a 1,000 word blog post on the same topic with the same methods that gets read from start to finish.

Now that you know the five worst blogging tips, you know some of the things that you as a blogger need to avoid. Which mistakes were you making?

 

Reaching this stage of the game means your blog is very popular and that you are a credible in your niche. However, few people are able to reach this milestone. I am writing about this topic because this blog currently gets an average of over 200,000 visitors every year. In other words, that’s 548 daily visitors. I am going to share with you the methods I used to get this far and ultimately make my blog become popular.

The first thing that helped me is valuable content. Valuable content encourages people to share your blog posts and revisit your blog. I recognize when certain blog posts on this blog are valuable while others are not valuable. Anything from 2012 is not nearly as good as the content that I write for this blog now. I was not providing a lot of value in 2012 because I was just focusing on survival and being able to write one blog post every day just for the sake of staying consistent. It is better to provide valuable content at the cost of losing your consistency because the more valuable content you have, the more content you can share on social networks.

Another reason I was able to reach this milestone was because I stuck with it. I won’t go into the details about my blog before it was popular. This picture does a fine job with that. Sticking with it allowed me to get better at writing valuable content and learn new methods of gaining traffic a long the way. Many people give up because they are not getting enough traffic. I almost gave up on this blog similar to how I gave up on others as well. However, I knew the growing your presence on the web niche was a niche that I wanted to be a part of. I decided to stick with it hoping my statistics would one day look like the statistics from that picture (and now, they do).

By far the biggest reason towards my blog’s success that was more powerful than anything else was social media, and Twitter in particular. Twitter has been the driving force for this blog’s growth and success. Twitter alone generates an average of over 100,000 visitors every year. In addition, when Twitter traffic picked up, my search engine traffic also picked up. That taught me a very important lesson: SEO traffic and social media traffic are correlated.

Those are the reasons why my blog now gets over 200,000 visitors every year. However, that has been rising at a phenomenal rate. My goal by the end of the year is to be able to get 500,000 visitors every year and have an Alexa rank under 100,000. Basically, I am trying to more than double the number of visitors I get within a few months, but it would not be the first time something like that happened.

 

In the big, complex world of social media, there are now thousands of social media experts. Some social media experts are very popular while others are finding their way. With thousands of people sharing advice on the same topic, there will be perspectives and methods that contradict each other. As a result, some people hear poor advice and end up implementing the wrong methods, or they implement the right methods in the wrong way.

This results in frustration because people are not getting the results they expected to get. Instead of having to guess whether certain methods are good or bad, I am going to provide for you a list of five of the worst social media tips you will ever hear. By knowing the mistakes now, you won’t make them later.

  1. Only be on one social network. If you are only on one social network, then you are not able to utilize the advantages of the other social networks. 80% of pins on Pinterest are repins which means you can take advantage of how easy it is to spread on Pinterest. You can use Twitter to take advantage of concise conversations that allow you to build stronger connections with your followers every day. Then there’s YouTube which allow you to take the advantage of being able to upload your own videos. Relying on one social network to grow your social media audience is no longer an option. You can have your best social network (for me, that would be Twitter), but do not just rely on one social network.
  2. Be omnipresent on all of the social networks. I plead guilty to using this tip. Omnipresent means being active on every social network including Kik, Yelp, and all of the other ones. Instead, that should be rephrased to be omnipresent on all of the big players. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, YouTube, LinkedIn, and GooglePlus are some of the big players.
  3. Don’t post too much. I used to reluctantly tweet every hour because I thought people would not like that I post too much. I thought I was going to get more unfollows and see my follower count spiral downward. However, after trying it out, I ended up gaining followers. On Twitter, I now tweet once every 20 minutes. Not only do I get more followers, but I also get more engagement.
  4. Respond to everyone. No matter how valuable your content is or how remarkable your story is, you will get two kinds of people: the haters and the spammers. Some people will be jealous of your success and be quick to shoot you down. These people will say things like “Your blog post was the worst thing I have ever read!” In addition, spammers are very common on any social network. Here is the typical example of a spammer on Twitter, “CLICK here to learn how I gain 550 FOLLOWERS every day,” and most people who tweet that have well under 1,000 followers. There is no reason to respond to these people because you will not be able to build the type of conversation with these people that evolves into a strong connection and potential sales.
  5. Do not follow many people. People do not know about you unless they hear about you. Clicking the follow button and following other people is a way for them to hear about you. If you want to be one of those people with 1 million followers who is only following a few of your best friends, the chances of that happening are unlikely. I’m not saying it’s impossible (some people have already done this), but you need to be famous in order to get that kind of attention without having to follow a lot of people. There was a point when I was following 12 people and had 1,667 followers. The problem with that was I did not get past 1,700 followers for about three months. Think about that. It took me 3 months to get 33 new followers. That’s horrible, and that primarily happens because I did not follow anyone within that span of time.

Now that you know the five worst social media tips, you know what you need to avoid. I did not make all five of these mistakes simultaneously, but I have made them all throughout my career. Identifying these mistakes allowed me to go on a better path and get better results for the time I put into social media. What are your thoughts on the list? Do you have any additional mistakes that you would like to mention? Please share your thoughts and advice below.

 

Recycling blog posts is a practice with no in between. Some people love it while others never want to recycle or think about recycling their blog posts. Just like numerous other people, I was skeptical about recycling blog posts. I did not want to write the same thing twice because I thought people would be disinterested in reading same blog post twice.

I had this view towards recycling blog posts until I learned that The New York Times recycles its content. Some stories on The New York Times get so much attention that the publisher publishes those same stories in future newspapers. Using the same story twice saves time (The New York Times already has one story written for the week) and allows The New York Times to get the same kind of attention they got when they published the story the first time.

Now, let’s go back to recycling blog posts. The practice looks much better knowing that The New York Times is one of the newspapers that recycles its content. As a blogger with many things to do, recycling content can save you time. As your blog gets older, there will be some blog posts that once got a lot of attention but are now long forgotten. You can bring these blog posts back to life by writing and publishing them again.

No matter how valuable any blog post is, most readers are going to gradually forget the tips and methods from the blog post. A blog post about 10 Twitter tips that was published two years ago will be long forgotten. If you are pressed for time to write a blog post, you can recycle that long forgotten blog post that provided people with value. When the recycled blog post gets published, it still provides value, but this time it gets more attention, and more people remember the value of that blog post (at least, for now).

Recycling blog posts allows you to save time while giving your readers valuable blog posts. It is still important to update your blog with new content, but recycling blog posts is a great method to remind people about valuable information they may have forgotten.

 

Chances are if you are like me, you get the occasional writer’s block bug. There are some days when I wish I could take a day off from blogging, but then there would be an indelible gap in my consistency. Each time I feel writer’s block coming by, I know I have to get out of the trance as soon as possible. I decided to look back at how homework gets done in school for inspiration.

Some of us were (or are) really good at consistently doing their homework the night before. It has received its fair share of criticism, but people continued (or still continue) doing homework the night before anyway. Doing something the night before the due date has been highly criticized. Doing the work the night before is not the right option. Planning the night before is the good (and better) option.

Now, I write all of the ideas for my blog posts when I am too tired to write new ones. For me, that would time would be at midnight when I am just too tired to write a valuable blog post. Getting the ideas at night gives me a head start for tomorrow (unless I stay up past midnight. Then the head start rolls in within a few hours).

Writing a blog post the night before it is due will result in rushed content that does not provide as much value to the reader. These kinds of blog posts get poorly constructed just so the blogger stays consistent and can say that he/she has been consistent for years. Gathering your ideas the night before so you can prepare for tomorrow will help in the quest to eliminate writer’s block.

 

What allows Pinterest to differentiate itself from the other social networks is its boards. Boards allow you to categories the content you post on Pinterest far better than any other social network. Pinterest provides numerous options with their boards. Some of these options are implemented by numerous people who other options do not get implemented as much. Here are the five Pinterest tips that will allow you optimize your Pinterest boards.

  1. Create a wide variety of boards. Some of your boards can be business related, others can contain pictures of nature, and others can be sports boards. If you think something is a good board idea, chances are it is. The more boards you have based on different topics, the more Pinterest users you will be able to attract to your boards.
  2. Create a group board. Group boards allow you to systematize Pinterest. If you have hundreds of contributors for your group board, you can rest assured that people will update that group board for you. When you are logged in, you can add pins to your other boards because a group board with hundreds of contributors is bound to get thousands of pins added to it every week.
  3. Have strong descriptions for each board. In some cases, people follow a board because it has a strong description. It may only take you a few minutes to come up with a strong description, but it will help you get more followers in the long run.
  4. Choose the cover picture carefully. The more pins you have on your board, the more choices you have for the cover picture. A good rule of thumb for the cover picture is to choose a bright, stunning picture. The light colors (red, yellow, and orange) get the most attention. In fact, yellow is the first color that registers in our brains. If you choose a bright color, you also need to make sure that the picture is something stunning so people feel more enticed to click the follow button.
  5. Pin valuable content in bulk. Boards with valuable content are more likely to be followed than the boards with not so valuable content. However, many people forget that Pinterest is similar to an online magazine. The more content there is to read, the more people stick around, and the more chances you have of providing the content that individuals in your audience want to see. You should make it a point to have as many boards as possible with over 100 pins. Once all of your boards have over 100 pins, get up to 500 pins per board, and keep on working your way up.

You cannot be successful on Pinterest unless you create boards, but if you optimize those boards, you may be able to decrease the amount of time it takes for you to reach certain follower milestones. What are your thoughts on this article? Do you have any additional tips on optimizing Pinterest boards? Please share your thoughts and advice below.

 

Many people are looking for ways to get more views on YouTube. These people believe that views play a big factor in going viral and allowing their content to spread. That used to be the case, but few people know that views are no longer the big factor towards going viral and allowing content to spread.

Now it’s the amount of time someone watches your YouTube video.

That means you can get 1 million views, but if people only watch 10 seconds of your video, then it is not engaging people in a way that YouTube would start to pay attention (and promote your video). Time retention, not views, is now the key to going viral on YouTube. In order to increase the amount of time people watch your videos, follow these seven steps.

  1. Get more people to subscribe to your channel. Did you know that subscribers watch your videos longer than anyone else? I didn’t know either until I saw some videos on YouTube Creator Academy.
  2. Have a professional introduction. Your introduction is the deciding point of your YouTube videos. The more professional your introduction is, the more people will enjoy your video.
  3. Have an incredible channel trailer. Believe it or not, there are some people who will not know who you are. You need to have an incredible channel trailer that sums up who you are in an effective manner.
  4. Make your videos shorter. Just to put it simply, would you rather watch a 1 hour video or a 1 minute video? The shorter your videos are, the more likely people will be to watch to the end.
  5. Have two camera angles. That way, it is okay to mess up. You can continue your video with the second camera. The moment you realize your babbling in your YouTube video, you can stop recording from the first camera angle and then record from the second camera angle. If you sound like you are babbling, then people will not bother watching the entire video.
  6. Your videos need to be good. People will not watch a bad video just because it has all of the other factors of getting more retention rate optimized. You need to constantly practice on improving your videos. They may be valuable now, but how can you make them more valuable.
  7. Show people that you are popular. Most people still believe viewership has a big impact on how YouTube ranks videos. That means most people think that popularity is measured by the number of views a YouTube video has. If your YouTube videos have thousands of views, people will watch those videos from start to finish just because thousands of other people have watched those videos as well. Here are some ways to get more YouTube views.

Increasing the amount of time people watch your YouTube videos will allow you to rank higher on YouTube’s search engine where you will be able to access more viewers who can possibly subscribe to your channel. What are your thoughts on this article? Do you have any tips on getting more people to watch your videos longer? Please share your thoughts and advice below.

 

One of the things most people do not like about Google products is that they are difficult to use. To some people, using Google products correctly is like trying to solve a giant jigsaw puzzle the size of the Empire State Building. Google Adsense and Google Hangouts are some of the many Google products that people have difficulty using. However, there is a bright spot, and that bright spot is YouTube Creator. For the first time, YouTube, owned by Google, decided to listen to what its users were recommending. In addition, the people working at YouTube Creator actually tell us about the changes YouTube is implementing so we can give them feedback. If only all of Google’s products were like this. Since YouTube Creator is offering something never offered before, we need to learn as much from this as possible. Here are five things that we need to learn from YouTube Creator.

  1. Allow users in the same tribe to easily communicate with each other. Ever since YouTube Creator came around, users have been commenting on numerous videos with suggestions. Some users supported getting rid of certain features while others supported the addition of other features. Regardless of what everyone said, this resulted more engagement.
  2. Ask for suggestions. If you ask for suggestions, you are opening yourself up to more ideas. Chances are someone has a great idea that you don’t know about. If that person tells you their idea, you can implement that idea for your product or service. Even the big players such as YouTube ask for suggestions. It is okay to ask for help. In fact, asking is powerful.
  3. Make a lot of information easy to access. I had to disconnect from the internet to stop exploring YouTube Creator so I could write this blog post. YouTube Creator has a sleek design and valuable information. Right when you click somewhere and think you are going to read an article, YouTube Creator gets more specific. If you are looking for something specific about building your YouTube audience, you will be able to find most of it on YouTube Creator.
  4. Identify and solve the problems. Crowdfunding campaigns to Indiegogo, Kickstarter, and all of the other crowdfunding sites would get promoted on YouTube. The problem for YouTube was that people were leaving YouTube so they could support a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo, Kickstarter, or somewhere else. One of the promised updated from YouTube Creator was that YouTube would offer crowdfunding. Now, less people are going to leave YouTube, and more people are going to go to YouTube for their crowdfunding campaigns since it gets over 1 billion unique monthly visitors and attracts an international audience.
  5. It must be easy to communicate to the people in charge. Good leadership is listening to the people who follow you. If you do not do what the followers want, those followers will leave. YouTube Creator is further strengthening YouTube’s reputation as a leader by allowing anyone (including you or me) to contact the people in charge of YouTube’s updates.

YouTube Creator is simply brilliant. If you have not seen it already, I highly recommend searching it on Google and giving it a look.