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Blogging tools have the power to give your blog more functions, make it more valuable, and get more blog traffic. However, with a variety of options, many of the good blogging tools get overlooked. Some of these blogging tools may sound unfamiliar to you or too good to be true.

All of these blogging tools provide some value in a different area. When combined together, these tools have the power to enhance your blogging experience and get better traffic at the same time. Here are the six blogging tools that you should be using.

#1: Google Webmaster Tools

If only there was a tool that allowed you to see why your blog posts are not getting search engine traffic. This is the tool. Google Webmaster Tools explains why your blog is not getting much SEO traffic and how you can fix it.

An example of this is that http and https sites are two different things. Google will see http://yoursite.com as duplicate content of https://yoursite.com. In addition, Google sees your blog differently from you do. You also need to make it easy for Google to crawl on your blog.

To the typical newbie, all of this information sounds just like another headache. For the most part, Google Webmaster Tools comes along with valuable articles that take a part of the mystery out of SEO. If you want to get more SEO traffic from Google and ensure your articles are indexed on Google the way you want them to be, then Google Webmaster Tools is the right blogging tool for you.

#2: Optimize Press

Optimize Press is arguably one of the most powerful WordPress plugins out there. It allows you to create landing pages that match up with your emailing service (Aweber, Mailchimp, iContact, Infusion Soft, etc). These landing pages are easy to edit with the live editor. You get to change the button color of your subscription button, and what the text says. The best part is that you do not even need to know a lick of code!

In addition to coming with a variety of landing pages, Optimize Press also allows for membership site and training course creation. That means Optimize Press can bring in a big chunk of your revenue.

Just like almost every piece of technology, Optimize Press takes some time to get used to. That is why there are many tutorials that the people from Optimize Press provide for their users. If you are confused about something, chances are there has already been a tutorial done for that particular issue, and the tutorials are explained in an easy-to-understand manner.

#3: Canva

One of the most common practices is using a picture without asking for permission. Although some of these pictures have no licenses, there are other pictures that have copyright protection, and you don’t want to use those.

Instead of looking for a picture on the web and possibly (accidentally) using a picture with copyright protection, you can create your own picture. Many people, when presented with this opportunity, think of having to learn graphic design or something similar which involves a big investment in your time.

The great news is that you do not necessarily need to be a graphic designer to create stunning pictures for your blog posts. Canva is a free tool that makes picture creation easier. Canva allows for better looking pictures that when customized, can appeal to your article’s content.

One strategy that can now be utilized because of Canva is including the title of your blog post in the picture. The reason including the title of your blog post in the picture is important is because pictures grab our attention more than text.

Some people skip over the text and go straight to the picture. When this happens, your visitors can see the picture, read the title in the picture, and then know the title for your blog post. Including this picture also allows people to know what your blog post is about when they see it in Google Images or anywhere else on the web before seeing the actual blog post.

#4: Topsy

For every blogger on the web, there comes a moment when thinking of content becomes difficult. This is what has become known as writer’s block, and it is one of the worst experiences a blogger can have.

There are many suggestions to breaking writer’s block such as writing the ideas the night before or reading other people’s articles. However, there is another way to break writer’s block and get access to numerous ideas.

Topsy is a tool that allows you to see any tweet ever sent out. You may be wondering why Topsy qualifies as a blogging tool let alone a way to cure writer’s block. The answer is that since Topsy contains every tweet ever sent, it also contains numerous ideas. There are over 1 billion tweets sent out every 2-3 days which means there are trillions of tweets to choose from.

It is impossible to read all of the tweets ever sent. Life is simply too short. That is why Topsy allows you to find specific tweets by entering specific keywords. Then, you can see all of the tweets within a certain time range.

When I search phrases like “social media” and “blogging,” I get to see the headlines that other people are tweeting. If I see an article named “3 Social Media Tools For Success,” I may create a blog post called “6 Blogging Tools That You Should Be Using ASAP.”

Although I do not remember whether Topsy was the exact tool I used to come up with this blog post, I have used it to come up with several blog post ideas over the years.

#5: iContact

Although any emailing service that allows you to easily communicate with your subscribers will do, I would give a slight edge to iContact (probably because of experience). iContact gives you many emailing formats, and editing the emails you send out is incredibly easy.

One thing you can do with iContact and most emailing services is send out emails with a summary of your blog post and then the ability for your reader to click on a link to read the rest of the blog post.

Another option that iContact and most emailing services present is your ability to create any email with any type of text as long as it is neither spammy nor inappropriate. This gives you the option to notify your subscribers about product launches. You can create the buzz for your products (that you possibly create with Optimize Press) using iContact.

#6: WordPress Editorial Calendar

The more blog posts you schedule, the more difficult it will be for you to know whether all of the days are accounted for. There are many bloggers who schedule blog posts weeks or even months in advance.

This is a great strategy to get more comfortable with blogging (always being consistent will not be as much of a concern since you are already being consistent for a long period of time). This strategy becomes a problem when the blogger checks their email and does not receive a new blog post.

One of the problems I had when I was writing two blog posts every day is that when I first implemented this change, I did not realize that on some days, I was sending multiple articles to my RSS subscribers at the same time.

This problem existed for a while until I got the WordPress editorial calendar. This calendar allows me to see all of the blog posts I have scheduled along with the dates and times they will be sent out. The best part about this editorial calendar is that its function is exactly what it sounds like: you can see the titles of your blog posts on a calendar that correspond with the day the blog post is scheduled to be published.

The WordPress Editorial Calendar is a great way for you to stay organized, especially when you are writing blog posts several weeks in advance.

In Conclusion

With the right tools, you can turn blogging into a full-time income that brings in thousands of daily visitors and turns you into an influential person in your niche. The quicker you can get comfortable with your blogging experience on a technological scale, the easier it will be for you to write more content for your blog and create products along the way.

Which blogging tool is your favorite? Which tools do you use?

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With over 1 billion users, Facebook is the largest social network of them all. In addition to being the largest social network on the web, people stay on Facebook for a very long period of time. Some people are on Facebook for a few hours every day. A majority of Facebook’s users go to their account at least once per day to look for any new activity.

Facebook businesses have been able to utilize this to their advantage. Some businesses make a big portion of their revenue from Facebook while others have used it to go viral.

The great thing about marketing on Facebook is that it Facebook is a social network that encourages oversharing. Some people go through the line of posts on a particular Facebook Page and click like and share all the way through. That helps in getting more attention. In order for your content to spread on Facebook, here are seven Facebook marketing tips.

#1: Have a Facebook Page

There is a big distinction between a Facebook Page and a personal account. A personal account is great for socializing with your friends, but a business page allows you to get the professional dashboard. The dashboard that is exclusive to Facebook Pages allows people to see all of their scheduled posts as well as the extremely important Facebook Page Insights.

Facebook Page Insights allows you to know when your audience is on Facebook. That means you will be able to know when you should be scheduling your Facebook posts so they get the most likes, shares, and clicks.

#2: Post multiple times every day 

My recommendation on Facebook is to send out at least three posts every day. The reason you want to post on Facebook multiple times every day is because you want people to remember you. There are many Facebook users who scroll through their Facebook feeds, and the more of you they see, the more they will remember you.

When you are posting every day, it would be advisable to look at your Facebook Page Insights so you can determine the optimal times to send out posts to your audience. That way, your content has the power to spread and reach out to more people. The extra people your post reaches out to may decide to become a part of your audience.

#3: Post links to your own content so people remember you

Posting often on a Facebook Page is a great way for people to see you more often. However, what you post also has an impact on how people remember you. If you are posting links to popular articles such as The Huffington Post, most people will remember The Huffington Post instead.

That is why you need to provide valuable content on your blog and share that content on Facebook. Include motivational quotes that you have said. You want people to remember you for what you do which is why you cannot be afraid to promote yourself on your own Facebook Page.

#4: Post pictures often.

Facebook posts with pictures get more engagement than Facebook posts without pictures. In fact, a majority of the Facebook posts that go viral have a picture. When you are trying to choose which Facebook picture to include in your posts, be sure to choose a picture that is related to your posts.

The web is one source to get pictures as long as the pictures you choose are not copyrighted. However, there is an alternative; you can create your own pictures. For a very long time, I thought that it would be impossible to create my own pictures. That was the case until I discovered Canva.

Canva is a great tool that allows you to create your own pictures with ease. They allow you to put text in the pictures and make it easy to customize. Customizing a picture and moving certain elements around is just as easy as dragging an element from one place to the other.

#5: Interact with your fans.

There are going to be some people who repeatedly comment on your Facebook Page, like your posts, and share them with their friends. These are the people who you want to see on your Facebook Page often, so when one of them comes around, you want that person to stay around for as long as possible.

It is important to respond to any relevant comment that appears on your Facebook Page. That means you should not comment to the people who leave those spammy links about getting 1,000 Facebook Likes in one day, but you should definitely comment when your real fans do.

When you reply to a comment, also be sure to tag that person with the link to that person’s profile. Many people have their Facebook notifications turned on which means each time someone gets tagged, that person gets an email from Facebook saying they have been tagged. In the email, Facebook also allows its users to see the exact post they were tagged in.

Since most of us enjoy checking our inboxes too often, those fans will see they got a new email from Facebook, click on that email from Facebook, and realized that you tagged them.

In these emails, Facebook also makes it easy to go back to that exact Facebook post in one click. This makes it easy for your fans to see the email, go back on Facebook, and respond to you. Now you have a conversation building, and the more the conversation builds, the less likely that person is to forget about you.

#6: Host a contest or giveaway

Another great way to get your content to spread is by hosting a contest or giveaway.

A giveaway that often works is the one where you ask your audience to like and share your post in order to be eligible. $50 Amazon Gift Cards always work, but if you have your own product, that would be a better prize. Offering your own product as a prize will make sure more people remember you.

A contest that often works is the one where you ask your audience to take a picture with a hashtag. Esurance only relied on the hashtag which hurt them in the long run while Whole Foods hosts contests where users are required to use a hashtag and a picture. (Talk about the Whole Foods bike challenge)

#7: Stick with one niche.

A Facebook Page gives you the power to build an authority on the web. The reason why it is important to build an authority on the web is because many people know you for your passion.

On Facebook, it is very tempting to constantly like, share, and publish posts that are not in your niche. In order to build an authority on Facebook, you need to stick with one niche. That means if your niche is exclusively Pinterest, do not write a blog post about Instagram. They may be related, and you may know a lot about Instagram, but you need to label yourself with one niche on Facebook.

How you label yourself has a big impact on how people remember you.

In Conclusion

Facebook is a gold mine opportunity for anyone who invests their time in Facebook and posts the right content on a consistent and daily basis. Some marketers have been able to accumulate hundreds of thousands of Facebook likes. These people are getting a bulk of their traffic directly from Facebook, and some people use Facebook to promote landing pages and products that bring in the full-time income.

Is Facebook in your marketing strategy?

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Creating a blog is one of the best experiences the web has to offer. In fact, over 152,000 blogs are created every day, and there are millions of blogs on the web already. Due to all of these blogs, the web has become a giant hub for information with billions of typed words for specific topics. It is amazing how much time bloggers have collectively spent typing over the years.

Yet, there are still people who do not have their own blogs. There are still people who are not taking advantage of all of the opportunities that blogging has to offer. There are still people who are not sharing their content to the world with a blog. If you are not a blogger, here are 8 reasons why you need a blog. If you are a blogger, these are the reasons why you need to continue blogging.

#1: You Have Full Control

When you have your own blog, you get to decide your own work hours. That means if you want to wake up in the morning to write blog posts, you can. If you want to take a three hour break, you can do that too. In fact, you can take the day off if you choose.

Blogging gives you the control and flexibility that a day job does not provide. If you have a kid, and your kid’s school bus arrives an hour late, blogging gives you the option of picking up your kid at school instead of having that kid wait for the bus. If you are at a day job from 9 to 5, then that opportunity to pick up that kid from school will not be available.

#2: You Get To Stay Home

One of the big benefits of blogging is that you can write blog posts in your pajamas. You do not need to get up, put on a blazer and tie, and get to work. There is no commute with blogging.

No commute allows you to save a lot of time. It takes some people an entire hour to get to work and then another hour to get back home. If you are in this scenario, blogging will give you two extra hours to do more work.

#3: You Get To Write About Anything You Want

It is a shame that most kinds of work as associated as activities we do to pay the bills. There are many people making money from jobs that they hate. With a blog, all of that changes. Instead of being given a set of instructions and working for someone else, you get to work for yourself. You get to create your own instructions and decide what you write about.

That means you can write about the topics that you are passionate about. If you enjoy golfing, then write blog posts about golfing. If you enjoy fashion, then go for it. You can write about anything you want as long as it is not inappropriate content.

#4: The Entire World Gets To See Your Content

There is a big difference between you and your English teacher seeing your content and literally allowing the entire world to see your content. Putting your content on the big stage gives you more responsibility for your content.

In addition to giving you more responsibility for your content, it is a great feeling to publish a blog post. Your content has the power to serve anyone on the planet. Imagine getting a comment from someone on one of your blog posts thanking you for writing that blog post. It is a great feeling, but the only way to experience that feeling is by clicking the publish button and grow your audience.

#5: You Can Make A Full-Time Income

Blogging is a great way to put your content in front of the world, but it is also a great way to generate a full-time income. A blogger can make money by using his/her blog to grow an email list, interact with those subscribers, and create products along the way.

There are some bloggers who have made lucrative incomes from their content. John Chow is a blogger who makes hundreds of thousands of dollars every year. Imagine how much your life would change if you were making six figures every year from your house. Blogging gives you the power to do that.

#6: You Can Make Money In Your Sleep

The bloggers who have turned blogging into a full-time income make money in their sleep. These bloggers wake up to more sales, advertisement clicks, people who want to be consulted, and more activities that generate revenue.

It is a great feeling to wake up and start the day knowing you just made an extra $100 for sleeping in your bad. The only way to make money at a job is by being awake and active for as long as possible. At the same job, working for 40 hours every week brings in more revenue than working for 30 hours. If you turn blogging into a full-time income, you can make more money than someone working 40 hours every week in half the time!

#7: The Income You Make Is Dependent On The Work You Put In

In the status quo, wage is typically a constant. You get $10 every hour for performing a series of tasks. Not working long enough makes it more difficult to pay for the taxes. Blogging has no wage based income. That means the amount of work you put in will be a decisive factor in how much income you make.

The revenue that comes from blogging starts off very low for a long period of time, but then, after putting in the right work, that revenue will skyrocket upwards.

That’s what happened to the blogger who are now making a full-time income. At one point, they were not making any revenue from blogging, but now they are making six figures every year. Some bloggers even make seven figures every year.

#8: You Get To Connect With Like-Minded People

One of the many things every person enjoys doing is talking to someone with the same interests. If two cross country runners are talking to each other, they always go on and on about intense practices and funny moments in their running careers. There’s no question about it (I should know).

A blog gives you the power to connect with like-minded people. When these people leave a comment on your blog, you have the power to continue the conversation with that person. As the conversation develops, you and that person will develop a strong connection. It may not be like a best friend connection, but it is a connection. Some of these people may buy your products later on.

In Conclusion

Blogging is one of the best experiences that the web has to offer. The potential for blogging transcends the status quo, and some people have been able to make full-time incomes from their blogs.

Do you have a blog? If not, do you plan on starting one?

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There are more social networks on the web than we realize. There are the big names such as Twitter and Facebook, but there are smaller communities as well. With so many different social networks on the web, it becomes difficult to find articles for those social networks and know how to grow a big audience.

Each social network has its unique set of features. Twitter only permits posts under 140 characters, Facebook has no limit, and on Pinterest and Instagram, you cannot send out a post unless it has a picture. No matter how different one social network is from the other, there are three social media tips that apply to growing a big audience on any social network.

 

#1: Interact

Some people ignore interacting with their audience while other people interact with numerous people on a daily basis. This is one of the few things where there actually seems to be no in between. You need to interact with all of the people who share your tweets to their followers and ask you questions.

In addition to interacting with your audience, it is important to interact with people who are the following:

  1. Not in your audience
  2. People who would be very likely to join your audience

If you interact with these people, you will grow your audience. Better yet, your audience will consist of like-minded people. Having an audience of like-minded people will result in your articles getting more attention from your audience.

 

#2: A number is just a number

It is better to have 1,000 targeted followers than it is to have 100,000 fake followers and no real ones. This is a true fact on any social network. Some people may believe that having the 100,000 fake followers boosts credibility because of the big number. However, these people do get caught, and being caught has the power to destroy all of those people’s authorities on those social networks.

No matter how low the prices drop for fake followers (some sites offer 1,000 fake followers for $8 nowadays), never give in and buy the followers. Even if it eventually costs just $4 for 1,000 fake followers, it is not worth it. Those are fake people who will never engage with your posts or buy anything from you.

In addition, buying fake followers will make your real followers feel uncomfortable. No one goes from 1,000 real followers to 50,000 real followers overnight unless they are a celebrity. If you make that overnight transition, chances are a bunch of your real followers will unfollow you.

Some fake follower sellers have threatened big blogs on the web that expose how the fake follower industry works. One fake follower seller threatened the Daily Dot by saying if the popular blog did not remove a certain article about fake followers, the seller would get tens of thousands of fake followers to follow the Daily Dot’s Twitter account.

In other words, this seller was threatening the Daily Dot with a free “service” normally worth $800. That sounds fishy, as buying fake followers should. Here is the Daily Dot’s article about what happened.

 

#3: Post consistently

You need to post at a consistent rate so people see you often. For a majority of social networks such as Twitter and Facebook, that means sending out dozens of posts every day. I send out about 100 tweets every day, and that does not include when I am thanking someone for sharing one of my blog posts or anything like that.

The more often you post, the more your followers are going to see you. There are some disputes based on the ideal number of times to post. That varies from social network to social network, but based on what is up on the web, you should be posting at least one update on every social network every day with the exclusion of YouTube which should be once every 1-2 weeks.

 

In Conclusion 

Social networks are different in many ways, but they all share some similarities. Each time you successfully grow a large social media audience, it becomes easier to grow an audience on your other social media accounts.

Are there any other social media tips you would like to share?

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I have responded to hundreds of comments on this blog and thousands of people’s tweets on Twitter. I have a policy to respond to every comment and every person who shares one of my articles. If you combine the amount of time I have spent interacting with my audience, it adds up to a few days. Even though I may only have to type a response under 140 characters on Twitter, I had done so thousands of times throughout the course of my journey.

After spending that much time interacting with everyone, I can say that it was definitely worth it. I continue responding to your comments and tweets to this day, and I still find joy in the interaction.

The main reason why all of this interaction is worth it is because I get to know my readers. Some of these interactions have resulted in new customers and subscribers.

One of my main businesses is my Kindle business in which I self-published as many valuable books as I can so I can get a high volume of sales. One of the problems I have seen is that customers believe they must have a Kindle device in order to download a Kindle book. Amazon allows people to install the Kindle app on smartphones and has the Cloud Reader for the people who prefer to read on their computers.

This knowledge and the interaction I get is important because I get some tweets that say things like this:

“@MarcGuberti I was just looking at your Twitter book on Amazon but do not have a Kindle. Is there another way for me to buy the book?”

I have actually gotten a few of these tweets. If I did not bother responding to these people, I would have lost customers. Luckily, I ended up responding to these customers telling them about Cloud Reader and the Kindle app for smartphones. A few minutes after telling someone on Twitter about Cloud Reader and the Kindle app, I would see another sale for my book.

Some of the people who I have been interacting with for a long time have also left reviews for my books. Getting reviews for a book is very important to becoming successful on Amazon, and I know a few people who I have met on social media that would definitely leave a review for any other book I publish.

In addition, there are many people who visit this blog, leave a comment, and then come back. I see those comments, and I respond to every single one of them. Getting returning visitors is helpful because the more times a visitor returns to your blog, the more likely that visitor is going to stick around for a long time.

If you are not interacting with your audience right now, you need to set aside some time each day to interact with your audience. Your audience makes or breaks your success which is why you need to engage with that audience. Engaging with the people in your audience will result in those people remembering who you are.

How do you interact with your audience?

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I recently went from tweeting every 20 minutes to every 15 minutes. I thought tweeting once every five minutes would be absurd and annoy followers. However, the Huffington Post tweets every five minutes, and since the account boasts millions of followers and gains over 3,000 followers every day, tweeting every five minutes does not look like the problem.

I was fascinated that the Huffington Post has its big audience, tweets every five minutes, and gets dozens of favorites and retweets for each tweet. I looked at the account and concluded that Twitter must be a big part of the Huffington Post’s success.

I decided to do some digging.

Just like many big websites, the Huffington Post hides its traffic numbers. However, after I did my Twitter experiment with tweeting once every 15 minutes, I concluded I knew how to calculate the amount of traffic the Huffington Post gets from Twitter. I decided to use my own statistics as a guide and use that rate to calculate the Huffington Post’s traffic.

Tweeting once every 15 minutes with 126,000 Twitter followers at the time resulted in around 450 daily visitors. The Huffington Post tweets once every five minutes which is three times my rate. That means if the Huffington Post had 126,000 Twitter real, targeted followers, it would be getting 1,350 visitors from Twitter alone.

That is a big difference, but the bigger difference is the amount of followers the Huffington Post has. In September, when I first set off to tweeting once every 15 minutes, the Huffington Post had about 4,540,000 followers (let’s assume for the sake of the calculation that all of those followers are real). That’s 36 times more followers than me. That theoretically means the Huffington Post is getting visitors referred from Twitter 36 times more than I me if I tweeted once every five minutes.

Based on the statistics provided in this blog post, the Huffington Post gets close to 48,600 daily from Twitter alone. The Huffington Post probably gets an extra 5,000 to 10,000 daily visitors from Twitter because they tweet the news.

Here are the major ways that the Huffington Post gets tens of thousands of daily visitors from Twitter alone:

  1. They have a big audience.
  2. They tweet very frequently (once every five minutes).
  3. They tweet new content throughout the day (over 100 new articles are added to the Huffington Post every day because it has numerous contributors).
  4. They tweet about the news (many stories that make the news end up becoming trending topics. Creating and tweeting new content about news stories allows the Huffington Post to get more exposure during trending topics).
  5. They tweet about celebrities (there are millions of people who care about everything the Kardashians do. Let’s not forget about all of the other big ones out there).
  6. They use headlines that make us want to learn more. Take a look at this tweet. The headline automatically grabs your attention, and the tweet’s engagement prove that it got a lot of attention. 

     

     

    In Conclusion

    That’s how the Huffington Post thrives on Twitter. They tweet very frequently, constantly post new content that people like to read, and continue to grow their audience. More people learn about the Huffington Post as friends retweet the Huffington Post’s tweets and share the online magazine with their friends. That is how they get tens of thousands of visitors from Twitter every day.What are your thoughts on the Huffington Post? What are your thoughts on their Twitter strategy? Please share your thoughts below.

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Twitter is constantly growing, and it is getting noisier than ever. In addition, many people have been on Twitter for over a year. There are even people who have been on Twitter for almost an entire decade. That is impressive, but as Twitter continues to get older, and you continue to live your life, some of the things going on in your life will probably be completely different from what they were a year ago.

Few people follow the routine of checking their Twitter accounts to make sure everything is up to date. There are some people who entered their information but never bothered to check on it. Outdated information is a problem that plagues many Twitter users. To make sure your information is up to date, here are the five things that you need to do right now:

 

#1: Check your bio.

There may be information on your bio that no longer applies or has been changed significantly. Many people write their bios, but those bios do not get updated for weeks, months, and in some cases, years. Chances are many things have happened from the time you created your bio to now.

I like to promote my Twitter account on my other social networks, and in one of my social media accounts, I mentioned that I have 10,000 Twitter followers. I had to squeeze in that extra 0 to make the information accurate. In addition, I completely forgot to mention I was an author because when I created some of these social media accounts, I was not an author at the time. I had to change my bio to let people know that I an author so my bio would be more up to date and more people would buy my books.

 

#2: Ask yourself if you need a new avatar.

Some people look completely different from they did a year ago. Although that mostly applies to kids growing up, it is possible you now go by a new haircut style.

What is more likely of the two scenarios is that a better picture of you or your company’s logo was taken this year than the one you have in your avatar. If you change your avatar on Twitter, be sure to change the avatar for all of your social networks, blogs, and guest blog pages.

If your avatar is of a cartoon character, nature, or anything similar, put a picture of yourself as the avatar instead. We know who the cartoon characters are. We want to know who you are.

 

#3: Check the link in your bio.

There are many people who create multiple blogs before they ended up creating the main blog that they continuously update for many years to come. The people who took this approach may have a link in their bio that does not reflect their main blog.

That was the case for me, and as a result, I had to repeatedly change the link in my Twitter bio. I went from a Red Sox blog to a Yugioh blog to a Lego blog to this one. Now that I finally have this blog, I have been able to keep the link in my bio.

Another thing you want to do with your link is to make sure it still works. There are many reasons why a link would not work such as…

  1. You may have accidentally misspelled it
  2. There may be a problem on Twitter’s end
  3. You may have recently changed the URL

These three reasons may sound silly, but it is always good to double-check your link just to make sure it works. It is better to be safe than sorry.

 

#4: Check your header picture.

Your header picture needs to emphasize your expertise, an event, or a product. It is important to avoid using a default header that Twitter provides or to get a picture from the internet just for the sake of having a header.

There needs to be a reason behind the picture, and that reason should match up with expertise, an event, a product, or a combination of the three. You may have a better header picture to choose from than the one you are currently using.

 

#5: Make all of your social media bios as close to identical as possible.

I use the same avatar and nearly identical bios for all of my social media profiles. The reason I do this is because you’ll know it is me when you see my profile on Pinterest, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and any other social network as well. I always mention my main credentials as well as my hobbies.

You should check your bios and avatars on your other social networks to make sure they match up with your Twitter bio and avatar. See what you can do to make all of your social media profiles match so people know it’s you when they see you on a different social network.

 

In Conclusion

Those are the five things you need to do on Twitter before doing anything else. It is amazing how quickly certain information becomes outdated on the web, but by double checking your information, you will prevent your information from staying outdated for long.

What were your thoughts on double checking your information on Twitter? Do you have a 6th thing that you believe people need to do on Twitter as soon as possible? Please share your thoughts and advice below.

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After writing over 1,000 blog posts, I finally set aside some time to recall how this journey began. There are millions of people embarked on their own journeys, but few people take the time to go back to the roots. Few people ask questions like, “Why did I start?” or “Why did I create my own team?”

Starting blogging was one of the best experiences I have ever had. Blogging has allowed me to write about what I want to write about and reach out to countless people. The big perk of blogging that initially attracted me was the ability to do what you love at home while making a profit. I never had plans at any point in my life of what job or career I would pursue. The only thing I knew is that it was going to be a lot of fun, and blogging has definitely fulfilled that goal.

It is very important to do something that you enjoy because this will make you put in as much of your time and effort as possible. Working at a job you do not enjoy will result in you avoiding the extra mile and not seeking to improve in your work.

That is why I pursued blogging. I enjoyed it, and it brought in some extra money. Over the years, I have been able to create a blogging empire that results in more revenue and more enjoyment than a summer job. I can’t even imagine being an employee for someone else.

Surprisingly, I never thought of my blog posts as more essays to write or anything like that. Blogging gives me flexibility. I was able to talk about the Red Sox, Yugioh Cards, and Legos, and people came. All of those blogs ended up getting a few thousand visitors. This particular blog has been the gem of them all, but I got to this stage years after I started blogging.

Blogging is one of the best journeys anyone can take. Blogging gives you the power to put your content in front of the world and build an influence. I am a proud blogger, and I do not see myself stopping anytime soon. In fact, I will most likely never stop.

What was the hook that got you into blogging?

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There are countless tools on the web, but Bitly is one of the best tools on the web for marketers. Chances are you may have heard of Bitly before or have seen the Bitly links in action. Someone you know may even use Bitly. It is a tool that many marketers cannot go without, and if you do not have a Bitly account, here are five reasons why you need to have one.

  1. Bitly shortens your links. The main reason why most people run out of characters on Twitter is because they tweet the entire link. Bitly is the solution to this problem.
    Bitly takes a link of any length and turn it into a 20-23 characters link that gives you more characters to play around with on Twitter.
  2. Bitly saves those links. Unlike similar services such as TinyUrl, Bitly saves the links so you can constantly reuse them. If you recycle your social media posts, this is a great feature that will allow you to quickly relocate older articles.
  3. Bitly gives you superior statistics on those links. This third reason is what truly separates Bitly from the other link shortening services. Bitly gives you incredible statistics on your links. You get to see how many clicks you got hour by hour for a whole day as well as how many clicks you got within the hour. You can check how many clicks your Bitly links got for as far as 30 days.
  4. You can categorize your links so they are easier to find. Bitly allows you to put multiple links into one bundle. Creating numerous bundles will allow to categorize your links so you can find them with ease. You can categorize blog posts that you recycle in one bundle and the articles that you want to read in another bundle. There are countless ways to categorize your content on Bitly.
  5. You get to see how popular a link is. Some links are very popular which indicates you should be tweeting them out. Chances are if you tweet a popular link, more followers than usual will click on the link and retweet it to everyone.

Those are the five reasons why you should be using Bitly. What are your thoughts on the list? For the Bitly users out there, do you have any additional reasons why you use Bitly? Please share your thoughts below.

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Blogging can potentially be a great experience that brings in a big profit and allows you to grow a list of email subscribers who you can easily communicate with. The only way to tap into this wonderful experience and turn your content into a stream of revenue is if you know what to do as a blogger.

The journey from new blogger to full-time income takes a few years, and there is no such thing as an overnight success. There are certain things that all bloggers must do in order to make it big. Here are 14 of them.

 

#1: Utilize social media

Growing a social media audience will allow your blog posts to reach out to more people. It is important to choose one social network and excel at it instead of being bad with multiple social networks. Once you master a social network, continue mastering it while trying to master another social network.

As your audience grows, you will be able to use social proof to entice people to stick around and come back. Many people like to go back to the things that are popular. If you have thousands of followers on one social network, you will be able to use this large number to indicate that you are popular. Indicating that you are popular will result in your visitors coming back for more.

 

#2: Use an email service like iContact to communicate with subscribers

The money is not just in the list. The money is also in your ability to properly communicate with that list. A service like iContact makes it dramatically easier for bloggers to interact with their subscribers.

Interacting with subscribers is not the same thing as having them subscribed to an RSS feed. By interacting with your subscribers, you are able to develop a deeper connection. You can ask your subscribers how their day was before you mention your article. You can even promote your products to the people on your list so you get more sales. They say the money is in the list for a reason.

 

#3: Grow your email list

The larger your email list is, the more people there are who get your emails. No matter which emailing service you use, you need to get people on that list to communicate with in the first place.

There are plenty of ways to grow your email list. One of the most successful methods of growing an email list is something that many marketers refer to as the bribe. A bribe is a free prize that you give to the people who subscribe to your blog. PDFs, reports, videos, and digital books are popular bribes that result in more subscribers.

Another great way to get more subscribers is by including a call-to-action at the end of all of your blog posts. I use the Optin Forms plugin by Codeleon to easily create an effective call-to-action at the bottom of my blog posts. The plugin gives you different themes to choose from and allows you to change the colors of the optin form.

 

#4: Create Your Own Products 

Creating your own products definitely beats relying on affiliate marketing. I know that there are some people who are bringing in a full-time income from affiliate marketing, but the problem with affiliate marketing is that you are dependent on another seller. You never want your income strategy to be dependent on affiliate marketing because it is an inconsistent income stream. Even for the best affiliate marketers, there are some really good months, but there are also really bad months.

Creating products is the better approach towards building a strong income with a blog. By creating products, you are able to bring in a more reliable income. Creating your own products makes you closer to bringing in consistent revenue.

 

#5: Enhance your blog’s SEO

Although having good SEO is not a do or die stage for a blog, enhancing your blog’s SEO has the potential to bring in thousands of extra visitors.

Getting people to share your blog posts more often and growing your social media audience are two great ways to boost your SEO. In order to get more people to share your blog posts, you want to either go in depth in a certain area or be concise. My suggestion would be to have a mix of both of those kinds of blog posts so you are able to identify which ones get shared more often.

Growing your social media presence and constantly posting links to your blog posts will also boost the amount of shares your blog posts get (as long as the blog posts are valuable to your targeted audience). Writing longer blog posts also helps out in the process. Here are some more tips to help you enhance your blog’s SEO.

 

#6: Know your market

#5 kind of led into knowing your market. In order to be a successful blogger, it is important to know who the desired visitor is. This desired visitor needs to be interested in your blog’s topic before visiting your blog in the first place. Just ask yourself what kind of content you write and what kind of person would be interested in reading it.

For this blog, I pursue people who are interested in growing their online presence and making a strong income on the web. If you have been reading this blog post word for word, I know you are definitely a part of my target market.

 

#7: Write 1 blog post every day

Writing 1 blog post every day is essential to getting more traffic. Writing 1 blog post every day gives you more of your blog content to share on your social networks so you are able to generate more traffic.

In addition, the math supports writing numerous blog posts. If you have 1,000 blog posts, then each of those articles only needs to get 1 daily visitor for your blog to get 1,000 daily visitors. If your blog only has 10 blog posts, then each of those articles needs to get 100 daily visitors in order to bring in 1,000 daily visitors.

Although that is a big difference, the quality of your content is a decisive factor towards how much traffic it will get. Just because something is up on the web does not mean people will automatically come.

Writing 1 blog post every day is especially valuable to newbie bloggers. The best way to get better at writing is by writing every day. The best sports athletes in the game got to where they currently are by practicing every day. Writing is no exception, and you need to be a skilled writer to attract a large following of people who easily remember you.

 

#8: Write down blog post ideas

One of the biggest challenges that stops bloggers dead in their tracks is writer’s block. This occurs when a blogger runs out of ideas. Writing new content becomes more challenging when a blogger encounters writer’s block.

This is why it is important to write down your blog post ideas so you do not forget them. I write down blog post ideas the moment I think of them, and in most cases, I end up writing a blog post around that idea many days later. Relying on your memory to remember all of the blog post ideas is a mistake.

 

#9: Look at articles on the web about blogging

Most of my knowledge of blogging has come by looking at other people’s articles and experimenting with my own methods along the way. Since you are reading this article about blogging, then you are already ahead of the game!

Problogger and Copyblogger are two great blogs (other than this one) that provide tons of valuable information about blogging.

 

#10: Read books

The only reason I do not sound like your English teacher right now is because I’m not asking you to read Shakespeare books. Reading books as a blogger serves two major benefits:

  1. You get to see other writers’ styles.
  2. You get to learn new things (core values, things about your niche, etc).

Since you are a blogger who should be writing about what you enjoy, you should also be choosing books that you enjoy to read. The reason why people see reading as dull is because few people get to pick and choose the books they read. As a result, you should only choose to read the books that you would enjoy reading.

If you want to read Shakespeare, then go for it. If you want to read something more modern, that’s also great. Your decision should be based on what you want to read.

 

#11: Improve your blog’s speed

Google loves a fast blog which means if your blog is slow, it’s not getting as much search engine traffic. There are plenty of simple ways to make your blog load faster. One method is to show an excerpt for your blog posts. If a headline catches a visitor’s attention, that visitor can click on the headline to read the entire blog post.

Another great way to make your blog load faster is to upload smaller images. In many cases, it is the images that make a blog take forever to load. I use Smush.it which is a free plugin that has the power to shrink images.

 

#12: Create a compelling About Me Page

For thousands of years, human beings have loved a good story, and this love for a story has not outgrown us. We enjoy hearing good stories, and we remember them very well. Stories like Old Yeller and Unbroken are unforgettable to the people who read them.

Although you do not have to turn your bio into a novel, you should be sure to create a compelling About Me Page. Tell your visitors your story, where you came from, how you struggled, how to progressed, and where you are today. Make your story one of those stories that people feel obligated to pay attention to.

 

#13: Show off your popular articles

All of the people who visit your blog for the first time will have no idea what to expect. The advantage you have with a new visitor is if that new visitor likes the headline and content of the first blog post they see, that visitor will become curious.

For those curious new visitors, showing off your popular articles on your blog’s sidebar is a great way to get more blog traffic while reducing your blog’s bounce rate. If your popular articles are really good, some people will browse through all of them. At that point, you can rest assured that this person will become a returning visitor.

Showing off your popular articles is also great for the visitors that you currently have. Showing this option will give your visitors more content to browse through, and popular articles are usually associated as the best articles on the entire blog.

That means all of your visitors, new or returning, will go into those blog posts thinking that they are extremely valuable. All you have to do at that point is live up to the promise and provide your readers with valuable content.

 

#14: Make your blog easy to navigate through

One of the most under looked ways to get more blog traffic and decrease bounce rate is by making your blog easy to navigate. You must make it easy for people to…

  1. Access the pages on your blog
  2. Access your content
  3. See your popular posts
  4. See your subscription form

By making it easy for people to navigate through your blog, they will stick around longer. The longer someone sticks around, the more likely that person is to become a customer.

 

In Conclusion

Blogging is an exciting journey that has allowed many people to work at home while making a full-time income. If you do not have a blog, I highly recommend starting one, and if you already have a blog, then you’re in good shape. Always enjoy every moment of the journey and strive to raise the bar higher for yourself.

And don’t forget to continue practice writing. The more you practice at it, the better you get.

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This is my third case study about tweeting at a greater frequency. A very long time ago in a galaxy farther away than the Death Star, I tweeted once every hour and got a few blog visitors. Then, when I doubled my tweeting frequency to 30 minutes every day, I got double the number of visitors. After that, I decided to send out one tweet every 20 minutes and got more visitors.

Then, I decided to send out one tweet every 15 minutes, and as I expected, it has produced the best results out of all of the tweeting frequencies.

When I tweeted once every 20 minutes, over 300 visitors got referred by Twitter every day. Before going from tweeting every 20 minutes to tweeting every 15 minutes, I guessed that my traffic from Twitter would increase by 50-100 daily visitors and just miss 400 daily visitors from Twitter.

I ended up getting 454 visitors from Twitter on the first day I implemented the change. This was a 51% growth of Twitter traffic in just one day. In one month, that’s an extra 4,500 visitors and over 50,000 extra visitors every year! The best part is that since my Twitter audience continues to grow, I will continue to see gradual increases in traffic.

There is great potential in tweeting more often. However, I see tweeting once every 15 minutes as the fork in the road. The amount of people who unfollow my account on a daily basis slightly increased after I made the change. In the end, I always gain more followers than there are people who unfollow me (I almost always have a net gain of over 300 followers per day).

Tweeting frequently is definitely worth it because it results in more blog traffic. The two goals of my Twitter account are to interact with my audience and lead people to my blog. Tweeting more frequently makes those three goals happen more often. That’s why losing a few more followers per day does not bother me, especially when I gain more than I lose.

When I started this journey and created the case studies, one of my biggest fears was that I would annoy my followers with too many updates. A common practice on Twitter is to avoid sending so many updates in a short period of time (i.e. Sending out 10 tweets in two minutes, which is still something to avoid). Each time I increased the consistency and frequency of my tweets, my followers were still sharing the tweets and engaging with me more than usual.

Since I was tweeting more often, they were seeing me more often.

What are your thoughts on this Twitter case study? How frequently do you tweet? Please share your thoughts below.

It takes so much time

To get thousands of blog visitors every day.

To make a full-time income from YouTube.

To become a bestselling author.

To get 100,000 Twitter followers.

To make it on the web.

To make a six figure income on the web.

To make millions of dollars on the web.

To work for someone else.

To make a full-time income when working for someone else.

To find a job.

To wait for someone to choose you.

To go from job to job until you find the one that brings in a good income.

To go from job to job until you find the job you love that brings in a good income.

To drive in the middle of 9 to 5 traffic every day.

No matter which option you choose, it is going to take a lot of time. Which one have you chosen? Which one is worth it?