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Every blogger has that awkward feeling. It is the absolute struggle to come up with an idea for your first blog post. You can write about anything, and that’s the main reason why writing the first blog post feels so awkward–anything doesn’t really narrow it down! There are so many topics, sub-topics, sub-topics of the sup-topics, and other things to choose from. It’s just too much.

What makes the situation awkward is that people overthink the situation. Overthinking makes the entire experience more awkward because many people try to put all of their knowledge in a particular area in one blog post. In order to make the experience less awkward, I am going to share with you good limitations you can use so you write the first blog post faster.

  1. Create a blog post relating to your niche.
  2. Choose a topic you know enough to the point where you do not have to do any research.
  3. For how-to articles, make it a list of three. No more and no less.
  4. You have a 200 word limit. That will make the entire experience less awkward.

You want to write a quick blog post the first time just so you know what it’s like to be out there. Blogging becomes less awkward as you publish more blog posts for the blog. Then you will get into a comfortable groove. The first blog post is the hardest, but afterwards, it becomes easier to write blog post after blog post.

Did you write your first blog post, and if so, how was that first blog post? After you wrote the first blog post, did it become easier for you to write blog post after blog post? Are there any words of wisdom you would like to offer people who have not written their first blog posts yet? Please share your thoughts and advice below.

 

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The person in the video is someone who others would want to listen to.

The fact of the matter is that people are more busy than ever. Some people see their time as extremely precious because they are putting in a lot of work. Other people procrastinate too often, and when they are on task, that time is precious to them since they are rarely on task.

Then comes the need to learn more about the niche. The people who want to learn more about social media, blogging, productivity, and more (that would be you since you’re on this blog), there are two options for obtaining more knowledge. The first option is reading through a blog post, and the second option is watching a YouTube video.

Readers have the advantage of being able to skim through a blog post that would normally take seven minutes to read while being able to retain the main information. On YouTube videos, that opportunity is not presented because skipping through a YouTube video may possibly result in you missing out on important information. Then there’s the frustration of finding your place after you skipped through part of the video as well as the lag time for some videos and computers. This frustration leads to most people leaving the video.

That means you need to be someone who conveys information quickly and makes someone feel as if your video was worth every second. You also want to talk about a topic and talk in a way that people would enjoy watching the entire video.

We all know the difference between a good YouTube video and a bad one. I’m sure you could think of some good ones and bad ones right now (if you are thinking of mine, I encourage you to put them in the good pile of your mind). Make sure your YouTube videos are good enough to the point where your friends would want to watch them over and over again without you hounding them to watch your YouTube video “one more time.”

YouTube videos are supposed to be enjoyable to watch, not a drag. What are your thoughts on using this component for your YouTube videos? Do you have any other important words of wisdom to share for YouTube achievement? Please share your thoughts and advice below.

 

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The size of your blog audience is one of the determining factors of how far your content spreads and how many sales you make. Many of the successful bloggers who have turned blogging into a full-time income also have low Alexa ranks to boast about. The low Alexa ranks indicate that those blogs are popular and getting thousands of daily visitors. Your blog’s growth may be the difference between the sales you are getting now and the extra sales you could be getting later. In order to expand your blog audience, follow these six tips.

  1. Grow your social media audience. The bigger your social media audience is, the more people you will be able to reach. The best way to grow your social media audience is by growing a targeted following. Growing your social media audience is one of the best ways to boost your blog’s SEO.
  2. Get people to stay on your blog longer. The longer someone stays on your blog, the more likely that person is to visit your blog in the future. If you are able to get numerous returning visitors to your blog, those visitors will continuously share your content and tell their friends about you. Some of the ways to get people to stay on your blog longer are by making your blog load faster and reducing your blog’s bounce rate.
  3. Write blog posts consistently. If you are consistently writing blog posts, your visitors will have a reason to come back to your blog every day and eventually subscribe to your blog. Writing blog posts on a consistent basis will allow you to get more blog traffic, and as you add more blog posts to your blog, math will start to work in your favor. If your blog has 100 blog posts, each blog post needs to get 10 visitors every day in order for the blog to bring in 1,000 daily visitors. However, if your blog has 1,000 blog posts, then each blog post needs to bring in 1 visitor every day in order for you to achieve the goal of getting 1,000 daily visitors. You need to ensure that your blog posts are valuable enough to be something that others would want to visit.
  4. Get on more podcasts and interviews. Radio Guest List has been a powerful tool for me to get featured on more podcasts and interviews. Although my credentials help, I have been able to get opportunities from Radio Guest List that I would not have gotten before. What you can also do now is create a page on your blog that tells people you can do public speaking and get interviewed. What you need to do for the long term is build your presence so you become someone that others would want to interview.
  5. Make sure you are getting the most out of your individual visitors. It’s great to have numerous visitors, but you also want to make sure you are getting the most out of your individual visitors. If you cannot optimize on 50 engaged visitors, then how are you going to optimize on thousands of engaged visitors. Set up your blog so people would want to subscribe and buy your products.
  6. Get more people to subscribe to your blog. It is essential to get as many people as possible to subscribe to your blog. The bigger your list is, the more people there are on that list to buy your products. All you need to do at that point is send emails to your subscribers that they enjoy. Getting more blog subscribers is as easy as pie if you know how.

Growing your blog audience is an important way to spread on the web, get more subscribers, get even more visitors and get more sales. What were your thoughts on the list? Did you have a favorite tip or an additional tip (or both)? Please share your thoughts and advice below.

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With over 120,000 Twitter followers and over 10,000 Pinterest followers, growing a social media audience has become easy. Now my top priority is growing my email list. Since this blog’s creation, it has gained a few thousand subscribers. Although it’s a great start, I want to be have tens of thousands of subscribers, and several marketers emphasize how “the money is in the list.”

I have a plan in place for accomplishing this goal, and part of the plan is good news for everyone here. A free gift I give to my subscribers is the Pinterest Mastery video tutorial. In addition to this gift, I will also be writing free guides that will be shared exclusively to my subscribers. That means if I decide to write a quick guide containing 25 different methods to get more repins on Pinterest or something similar, I am going to share it with you if you have subscribed to my list.

Another big change I have already made is using iContact to deliver all messages. This gives me superior flexibility as well as a new structure for sending out emails. In the past, I used WordPress’ subscription option which sent out emails seconds after I came out with a new blog post. With iContact, I will now be sending an email to my subscribers every week with links and short descriptions for the blog posts published that week. Anyone who remains subscribed to the WordPress option will still get emailed when I come out with new blog posts, but I am going to move everyone over from that list to my list on iContact.

In order to focus more of my time into writing the informative guides for my subscribers and launching more products, I will only be writing one blog post every day. Anyone who subscribes to my email list will be sent an exclusive blog post every week via email that will never get featured on this blog. That means if you want more of my content, join the list.

Although I am putting in an extensive amount of work into growing my email list, I am one person, and I need your help. If you subscribe to my email list, you will get the free Pinterest Mastery Video Tutorial just like before. The only difference is that I am working on a guide that contains 27 different methods to get more retweets on Twitter. Right when the guide is finished, I will distribute it to everyone on the list, and anyone who wants the guide in the future just has to subscribe. I also encourage you to spread the word to your friends because there is strength in numbers in accomplishing big goals.

 

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We are all very busy people. We get swamped by the workload, have to put in hours of work every day, have family commitments, and other types of commitments as well. Many people make the common mistake of believing that being busy also means being productive. There is a difference. As a result of the mistakes people make, productivity dips. Before you decide whether you need to increase your productivity, go through these 10 signs that will allow you to know whether you’re in trouble or not.

  1. You complain about being so busy. Being busy means going to the grocery store, doing chores, and a plethora of other things unrelated to your work. If you always complain about being too busy, you are not getting the important work done.
  2. You watch too much TV. I define watching 10 hours of TV every week as too much. Some people will nod their heads in agreement while others will get overwhelmed considering that the average American watches 32 hours of TV every day.
  3. You always fall behind. Everyone falls behind on their work at a certain point in their lives. I have fallen behind, and chances are you have fallen behind too. However, if you are always falling behind in your work and it is becoming a trend, you need to increase your productivity. If you keep on falling behind, you will spend the rest of your life catching up instead of expanding.
  4. You live in the 365 day mindset/trap. New Years resolutions. Did you forget about them? Over 80% of people never get their New Year’s resolutions accomplished because they believe they have an incredible amount of time to get the job done. Let’s say your New Year’s resolution is to gain 10,000 Twitter followers. That means you would have to gain an average of 28 followers every day. That’s not impossible at all. People think that if they wait a month and start on February, they can get the same goal accomplished by gaining 30 followers every day from now through the entire year. However, some people with this goal may wait to start on the first day of September because they realize they have a lot of time left. Now, there’s only 122 days to get the task accomplished which means someone would have to gain 82 followers every day from September 1st to the end of the year. It’s so much easier to start early and stick with it.
  5. You Google it too often. If you Google anything related to “how to,” it means you want to be able to do that. The person who Googles “how to make money online” 100 times wants to make money online. If you are Googling “how to be more productive” numerous times, then you need to boost your productivity. Instead of constantly searching for more ways to be productive, stick with the methods in this blog post and you will be fine. I’m a 16 year old in high school and the school’s track team. I think I’m qualified to talk about productivity.
  6. You would never think of waking up early in the morning. I’m a night owl and early bird at the same time. I get to bed past midnight and get up before 8 am. Waking up early in the morning allows you to be more productive because you have a greater chance of starting the day off with a positive attitude.
  7. You wing the first hour you wake up. The first hour of waking up dictates how the rest of your day is going to go. If you wake up and hold grudges for the first hour, you are going to hold those grudges and have a bad day. If you read a motivational book, do a workout, or do what you love, you will have a day filled with motivation and empowerment. The first hour controls how productive you will be for the rest of the day, and if you don’t know what you do then, you need to create a schedule for what you will do for that first hour.
  8. Do have too much on your plate. I had a score card overload, and I am not proud of it to this day. I wrote down 19 different goals on the score card that each took up a significant amount of time. I thought I would be able to write 20 blog posts, proofread an entire book, write a completely different book (and finish that book), do 10 YouTube videos, write 20 scripts, and prepare for the summer bootcamp my brother and I did at Fordham University (among plenty of other high level tasks) was an impossibility. I had too much on my plate and ended up being very unproductive for the entire week. Less is more because you get to focus more of your attention on fewer things.
  9. You are striving for the wrong types of goals. If your goals are having a house and being rich, that’s a problem. You need to set more specific goals so you are able to be productive. Instead of saying how rich you want to be, throw in a number. Do you want to make $100,000 by the end of the year? In addition, ask yourself what kind of a house you want and when you will get it. Do you want to move into a three floor house this year and live in a mansion five years later? More specific goals lead to more specific paths, and those specific paths lead to more productivity. Specific goals give you something to strive for.
  10. You read through this blog post word for word. Only 20% of people actually read the blog post (the other 80% stop short at the headline). If you have been reading this blog post word for word, then that means you are looking for some tidbits on being productive and asking yourself if you really need to be more productive. If you read up to this part of the blog post, chances are you need to be more productive.

Now that you know the signs that you need to be more productive, you need to increase that productivity as quickly as possible. Luckily for you, I wrote an entire blog post with 10 different methods you can use to increase your productivity. If you liked this blog post, then you are definitely going to like the other one as well.

 

To watch than do.

To work for someone else than work for yourself.

To walk than run.

To quit than continue.

To continue doing the wrong things than quit.

To settle than thrive.

To get discouraged than feel optimistic.

To take than to give.

To live in despair than in happiness.

To want more than to be grateful for what you already have.

Just because something is easier does not necessarily mean it is better. We are constantly searching for the shortcuts to avoid putting in more time and effort. Taking shortcuts results in the final result not being as good as it could have been.

 

There are millions of blogs on the web, and hundreds of thousands of blogs get added onto the web every day. With the amount of blogs on the web rapidly increasing, more people than ever are looking for ways to become better bloggers and get more traffic. If you are one of those many people, you have come to the right place. In this blog post, I am going to provide you with the 10 steps that many bloggers including myself have used to become better at what they do.

  1. Identify your niche. You need to know what your niche is before you write your first blog post.
  2. Get comfortable with the dashboard. Getting comfortable with your dashboard means knowing how to publish a new post, publish a new page, add sidebar widgets to your blog, and more.
  3. Read other people’s blogs. Doing this will allow you to learn more about your niche. Even if you just read other people’s blog posts for 15 minutes every day, you’re ahead of the game.
  4. Get ideas from other blog posts and from idea generators. This makes the process of thinking of ideas easier. When writer’s block hits, blog post idea generators and other blog posts come to the rescue.
  5. Only write about the things you enjoy writing about. You may be writing about the same thing for years to come, so make sure you have fun every step of the way.
  6. Keep it simple. I could have added an extra 5,000 words to this blog post and convey the same messages, but I don’t think you would want to read a blog post that large.
  7. Make it easier for your visitors to read your entire blog posts. Make them shorter, make lists, use bold font so some people with busy schedules can skim through the content, and write in bite sized paragraphs instead of one giant block of text.
  8. Write better headlines. Headlines attract people to your blog post and encourage them to keep on reading. Here are some ways to write better headlines.
  9. Practice every day. If you are able to practice every day, you are naturally going to get better at what you practice in. Why not practice writing every day?
  10. Never limit your scope of possibility. Why settle with where you are when you can do something much greater and more empowering.

Implementing these 10 steps will allow you to become a better blogger and write in a style that would encourage visitors to come back. Which step was your favorite?

 

A blog is a powerful way to interact with more people, boost your presence on the web, and get more sales at the same time. Some people have been able to make full-time incomes with their blogs. However, most people have not made full-time incomes with their blogs yet. Quite on the contrary, most blogs bring in little to no revenue despite all of the work those bloggers put into writing valuable content. There are many reasons why a blog does not bring in revenue such as not being monetized or not bringing in traffic, but another reason why most blogs are not successful is because the bloggers behind them live under five myths. These myths are commonly practiced, but they are also not as powerful as they are thought to be. Here are the five myths:

  1. Writing more blog posts equates to more traffic. Most of the popular blogs just happen to be filled with content. What allows these blogs to become popular is that the blogger has developed a strong social media presence that gets used to promote the blog. Then, as social media traffic, goes up, SEO traffic goes up.
  2. SEO is king. SEO is something you should look into, but social media is more powerful than SEO. While you have to hope for the best with SEO, building a social media audience is a reliable way to bring in more blog traffic.
  3. Traffic is more important than good content. Once you get the traffic, the value of your content will determine how long people stay on your blog. It is better to get 10 visitors that stay on your blog for 10 minutes each than it is to get 1,000 visitors that only stay on your blog for two seconds.
  4. You can be a successful blogger overnight. If overnight success means a few years, then yes, it is possible. The reason there is no such thing as overnight success is because it takes a long time for people to know about you. This blog got 38 views on its first month and is now getting hundreds of thousands of views every year. Many bloggers become demoralized if they do not become overnight successes, but it is just part of the process. Here is a picture that shows you exactly what I am talking about.
  5. The knowledge you have is good enough. No matter how smart you are, there is still more information you can learn about your niche. That is why I strongly encourage you to read more articles on the web, read more books, and watch YouTube videos related to your niche.

These five blogging myths continue to deceive bloggers into thinking in the wrong way about their journey and making the wrong decisions. By addressing these myths now, you can stop thinking the wrong thoughts about blogging and continue your journey on a brighter note. What were your thoughts on the list? Do you have any other blogging myths you would like to debunk? Please share your thoughts and advice below.

Becoming an influencer allows you to become an important public figure in society. Since one of the human desires is to be and feel important, many people strive to be influencers. However, most people are doing it all wrong, and many of these people have the wrong definition for what an influencer is. An influencer is someone who changes the world, and many people would miss if that influencer went away. Nelson Mandela is someone that millions of people miss, and he changed the world. We now celebrate Mandela Day every year.

Chances are you want to be an influencer too. Whether you become an influencer at Mandela’s level or not, it is important to know how to become an influencer in the first place. In order to become an influencer, here are the four things you need to do:

  1. Identify the audience you want to change. Who is going to benefit from the changes you put in place? You need to choose who you are targeting, and if you choose everyone, then you are really targeting no one.
  2. Money comes second. Alas, everyone ignores this one. Being an influencer is about making a difference and changing the world. It’s not about ending up with some extra green cash in your pocket. If you want to be an influencer, you need to put money second. The money will come eventually, but changing the world needs to be your top priority.
  3. Make it your livelihood. If you are trying to be an influencer and are working at two jobs, things are not going to work out in your favor. In order to be an influencer, you need to focus a majority of your time on changing the world the way you want to.
  4. Get people to know about you. This is where social media is very helpful. You want to interact with the people you are trying to change. The bigger your audience is, the more your message will spread.

You have the power to change the world. YOU have the power to make a difference. By being an influencer, you will be able to change the way many people live their lives. What are your thoughts on these tips and being an influencer?

 

The sad truth is that there are more 9-to-5ers than there are entrepreneurs. The main reason there are not as many entrepreneurs is because entrepreneurship is downright difficult. Every successful entrepreneur has a story of struggle because it’s a giant struggle to become successful as an entrepreneur. However, the giant struggle that leads you to a successful, fulfilling life is better than going through your entire life living through the struggle (doing something that you do not want to do). That’s why entrepreneurship is powerful. Everyone on the Forbes billionaire list, and most of the people on the millionaire list are entrepreneurs.

The reason entrepreneurs are able to do what they do is because they are different from the typical 9-to-5er. Here are the seven big differences.

  1. Entrepreneurs do not settle. Since entrepreneurs are their own bosses, they don’t wait for someone to give them a raise. Entrepreneurs create their own raise by putting in more work and effort. The 9-to-5ers settle with where they are and occasionally get the raise.
  2. Entrepreneurs work smartly. If something can be done in less time, the entrepreneur grasps the opportunity. On the other hand, the 9-to-5er focuses on working hard and just thinking about the paycheck and driving home at 5 pm.
  3. Entrepreneurs love what they do. Sure, there are rare exceptions where some of the 9-to-5ers love what they do, but entrepreneurs get to pursue anything they want to any extent they want.
  4. Entrepreneurs have more control over their schedules. 9-to-5ers are stuck at work from 9 to 5 while entrepreneurs control their own work hours. Some entrepreneurs work while their children are at school while others wake up at the crack of dawn to get started on their work.
  5. Entrepreneurs have the potential to make more money. Most of the wealthy people in society are entrepreneurs. While the status quo has its limits, entrepreneurship has no limits to success and wealth whatsoever.
  6. Entrepreneurs are obsessed with their work. Entrepreneurs work much longer than the 9-to-5ers. Although that is because entrepreneurs are doing what they love to do, they become obsessed with their work.
  7. Entrepreneurs get to change the world. Some entrepreneurs get to change the world, and if you get to change the world as an entrepreneur, you will feel incredible about yourself. The 9-to-5ers do not get to change the world because they continue listening to and fulfilling the boss’ orders.

Entrepreneurship allows you to think outside of the box instead of staying trapped within the box. In addition, the work you put in as an entrepreneur has the potential to be very fun since you can choose what kind of business you create. What are your thoughts on the list? Do you have any other things that set entrepreneurs apart from the 9-to-5ers? Please share your thoughts and advice below.