November 29, 2013
Years ago no one took blogging seriously. Blogging was for people who wanted to write about their hobbies or have their own little journal on the internet. Now it’s a requirement to have a blog for your brand or business. If you still don’t have a blog of your own, you are missing out big time!
In this post I’m going to tell you exactly why you need to have a blog and how you can grow your brand and reputation in the process. Before we get started, I’m going to tell you a bit about myself.
I first started making money online in the mid to late 90s, and I didn’t start blogging until 2007. This was a huge mistake to wait this long, but when I did finally start blogging, I saw immediate returns. The first blog I started was the main blog I still run today, which is at ZacJohnson.com. The blog is all about my journey in the world of online marketing and blogging. Since the launch of the blog I’ve been able to refer over $5 million in new business to my site partners, teach others how to make money online and also open up a whole new world of opportunity… such as being a keynote speaker in Australia, appearing on Fox News and ABC News, writing my own book and much more!
Enough about me… now I want to share my secrets on how you can do the same! read more
Tags: blogging tips, branding, online reputation
November 28, 2013
Founded in 2007, Tumblr quickly gained momentum and continues to serve a whole array of purposes. Its user base is huge and varied – from personal bloggers to fandom bloggers to companies geared at marketing. Some people may think that Tumblr is no longer a major player today, but even earlier this year, Tumblr boasted 102 million blogs with 6.6 billion pageviews in March 2013. If that is not relevant, then I don’t know what is!
One of the things Tumblr has got going for itself is the way it presents information. Sure, it still is blogging in a way, but it caters to the generation of short attention spans. With its themes usually highlighting visual aspects more than plain text, the attraction is çertainly there.
And, just like most other blogging platforms, Tumblr’s appearance can be customized to suit your personal preferences. Tumblr Blog Themes are not hard to find – free or otherwise. If you’re looking for something different, here are some of the best premium Tumblr Themes you can find from ThemeForest, one of the leading sources of themes out there. read more
Tags: tumblr, Tumblr themes
November 27, 2013
Every crowd has “that guy” or “that gal” who are often the subject of annoyance, and the blogging community is no exception. Here is just a small lists of don’ts, and we’d love to hear some of your annoyances in the comments below…
Don’t Ask To Exchange Links
If you have a good or decently ranked blog, chances are you’ve received requests to “exchange links,” which is basically a fancy way of saying promote me on your blog, and I’ll promote you back. Link exchanges happen all the time, and is often to help with SEO even though Google has openly commented on such practices. Other times, it’s just to try and get free promotion.
However, it’s an incredibly ineffective approach, and 99 percent of the time, the site that someone wants linked is complete crap. Back in the day, I remember getting requests for sites that had absolutely nothing to do with my own. If someone naturally enjoys your blog, and/or is inspired by something you write, they will link to you. That’s not always the case though, and asking to “exchange links” is a quick way for someone to exchange your email for something more important, like a chain email from their Aunt Betty. read more
Tags: Blogging, blogging tips
November 26, 2013
For bloggers and writers that put their heart and soul into the content they create, it can be soul crushing to find out that your content has been stolen and published somewhere else. However, there are steps you can take to prevent and monitor content theft online. read more
Tags: content theft, copyscape, plagiarism, stolen, thief
How cool would it be to have smart people write the drafts of your future articles? Where all left for you to do is add some personal touch to it and hit “Publish”. Amazingly cool, right? Well, I know at least three places with amazingly good content, that can be easily transformed into articles on your own blog. And I will happily share them with you, guys.
I’ve been using Quora to “steal” some amazing crowdsourced content for a very long time now. Just put your topic into a search box and browse the discussions by some of the world’s smartest people. But not only that! Ask your own question there; then sit down and wait for these guys to come up with infinitely valuable responses. Doesn’t it look like a great source of drafts of your future articles? It surely does, if you ask me. You may even want to follow certain topics or guys to stay up to date with the activity in your field. Kinda like “get article drafts on autopilot”. read more
Tags: blogging tips
November 25, 2013
Analytics: an exercise in number-crunching, or a pain in the neck? It depends on how familiar you are with the term and how much value you place in measuring website traffic. Analytics is the catch-all term for collecting, reporting, measuring, and analyzing data off the Internet in order to understand and optimize the information for the benefit of e-commerce.
There are plug-ins out there that measure traffic and give web masters an idea of how much users are being driven to a site, therefore giving a good idea on how effective a marketing strategy is, something that web marketers need to know. However, this sort of information isn't as important for a blogger who simply wants to know how many people are visiting their site. That sort of thing still may be nice to know, but it's not as critical.
Tags: analytics, Google Analytics
November 21, 2013
In order to be effective blogging in today’s Internet, writers also need to realize that knowing about search engine optimization (SEO) isn’t left to programmers are Internet marketers. It’s no longer enough to write amazing content and expect it to get thousands of hits every month, much less each day.
Bloggers should know basic SEO techniques and keep up with the latest search engine trends and news in order to be successful with their blog posts.
Best SEO Practices Increase Traffic
Knowing what search engines are looking for can help you maintain best practices, which should increase your chances of regular search engine ranking and indexing. For instance, did you know that Google recently released a new feature called In-Depth articles, which they give special preference to articles that are 1500 words or more? In addition, Google is also looking out for duplicate content, which is content that is appeared on a different website or the same website before, as well as relevancy of content (which is part of its freshness factor). All of these attributes contribute toward greater traffic to your blog. read more
Tags: black hat, Google, Search Engine Optimization, Search Engines, SEO, white hat
Chris Ducker is an entrepreneur, and Founder/CEO of Virtual Staff Finder and Live2Sell. In 2010, Chris ventured into blogging, and quickly became the outsourcing authority. In this interview, we talk about how he amassed a large following, the biggest blogging mistakes and more.
You’ve been very successful in business, most notably with Live2Sell, and it wasn’t until 2010 that you got serious about blogging. Were there tips/best practices that you applied from the business world?
Being original is number one in business. If you want to do anything in business now, you’ve got to be as original as possible because it’s becoming more and more complex. The second thing is just be consistent in what you’re doing whether it’s a podcast, building out a YouTube channel, or creating a blog.
I decided to make a quality design of the blog (Virtual Business Lifestyle) apparent from the outset. I didn’t want it to look just like any other blog out there. I wanted to try and stand out, and be as original as I possibly could. When I first started Virtual Business Lifestyle, I was blogging three times a week pretty religiously for almost a year, and it certainly helped to drive more traffic to the site, increase opt-ins, and overall get the blog in front of as many people as possible. read more
Tags: blogging tips, Building A Blog, Chris Ducker
After reading the recent article on making the most of our blogs, I started thinking about radio. It has the possibility of allowing even more people to interact with your blog and cultivate respect for it. Radio has been around for a long time but for 100 years it had a big problem. The communication was only one way. People listened in their homes and cars but there was always a separation between the speaker and the audience. People couldn’t connect with the speaker on a personal level and so they weren’t as engaged in the content. Internet broadcasting has solved that problem with services such as: read more
Tags: blogging tips, broadcasting
November 20, 2013
For whatever reason someone has to write a blog, the subject or topics may be controversial or the blogger wants their content to speak for itself. Other bloggers are concerned for their own safety, and don’t want online users to be able to access their private information offline. For these reasons, many bloggers have preferred to keep their name and identity a secret. Should you keep your identity a secret on your blog? There are several benefits and drawbacks to blogging anonymously, such as: read more
Tags: anonymous blogging, blogger anonymity, confidentiality