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April 16, 2014

How to Conquer Your Fear of Failure in Blogging

The only thing we have to fear is fear itself—nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance.” Thus said Franklin D. Roosevelt in his 1932 presidential election campaign speech. Powerful words indeed. They shed light to the fact that we oftentimes give in to our natural reflexes and responses without ever truly thinking about the effect of the particular emotion.

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Fear is a destructive force and those who succumb to it are defeated before the task or battle has begun. Now the most damaging effect of fear is that we either never embark on our mission, or procrastinate towards stagnation. So it is also with blogging, online marketing and every other business venture or task we take on. Our fears of rejection, failure and even success, cripple us and leave us down the road with feelings of “what if” rather than the satisfaction of “been there, done that.read more

April 9, 2014

The Future of SEO – How Every Blogger Needs to be Positioned to be Successful

Let’s face it, search engine optimization as we know it is an ever-evolving, not dying, art. Gone are the days of simply throwing up a couple targeted keywords, dumping a ton load of miscellaneous backlinks and walking straight to the bank. Google is winning the battle against search engine manipulation slowly but surely. Though the vast majority of us are so mad at Google for it’s actions against web spam through algorithmic changes and direct penalization against particular website, we need to remember: a) Google is a private company and not a public service – they can do whatever they want with their toys and b) they’re in this for the long-run to make profits and please shareholders. How dare we demand anything from Google! I may sound like I have a stake in the company, defending  them, but I don’t. I’m just facing the facts.

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Instead of whining about the all-powerful Google we should be focused on our business of blogging and online marketing, and how we can grow and evolve with the times. SEO is rough and now is the time to innovate and be deliberate with everything we do with our blogs. read more

April 8, 2014

Best Travel Bloggers Dish Out Sage Advice

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What can you learn from the best travel bloggers? Quite a bit, regardless of what kind of blogger you are, from foodie to relationship disher-upper, or even if you haven’t quite started a blog (yet). Travel bloggers provide a unique perspective, which can be challenging, considering there are over 1.3 million blogs dedicated to travel alone; only a few of them are monetized and garner enough followers to put them at the top of the class. The Huffington Post recently named the top travel bloggers around the world who blog in English, and came up with an impressive list of candidates for the top spot. read more

April 2, 2014

95% of Bloggers Ignore This Technique & Stall: Keyword Research & Targeting

Before any blogger or online marketer embarks on any venture that requires building content for a website, he / she will need to complete intensive market research and validation of interests, goals and passions. Going through the ropes of identifying needs in the marketplace, see what’s lacking, match the findings with passions and voila! You’ve got yourself an online business idea.

Keyword research for bloggers

However, there’s a critical technical step which needs to be taken that I don’t believe should be outsourced to any practitioner without first understanding its importance and relevance. That is keyword research. Keyword research is essentially using tools to gather data relating to what users are searching for in search engines, the volume of searches and to discover how tough the competition really is. read more

March 26, 2014

Your Blog Needs Its Own Video Channel – Here’s Why You’re Missing Out on Your Success

Blogging has evolved over the years from simple text based posting by hobbyists sharing their passions. It’s now a powerhouse tool for reaching billions of readers worldwide using ideas and discussion to change world views, challenge norms and sell products. As we go with the flow of the blogosphere we continuously look for ways to make our own messages stand out from the rest and gain special attention and traction. In this day accomplishing this and increasing website traffic is a difficult task as competition becomes stiffer and readers’ attention spans become microscopic.

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There is one medium able to hold the attention of this fast paced age and that’s video. The rise of video blogging has been a slow one but we’re seeing where many “vloggers” who took early advantage of sites like YouTube and Vimeo, are both rolling in the dough and enjoying rich experiences with their audiences. Online video has already started replacing cable TV viewership with more time being spent online. read more

March 5, 2014

Useful Tips on How Bloggers Can Overcome Writer’s Block

Writer’s block occurs when you just can’t seem to figure out what to write regarding the topic you’ve been tasked with. All inspiration and expertise seem to have vanished and suddenly you feel as though you’re not so qualified to have a view or express yourself about the field you’ve been working in, though you’ve mastered it for the last few years. You hit a limit where thought, ideas, action and writing are concerned.

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We’ve all been there at some point and it is a phenomenon which can easily lead you to panic, driving you deeper into an inert state. read more

March 3, 2014

Guest Blogging After the Death of Guest Blogging

When Google condemns something publicly, or makes a sweeping statement like “guest blogging is dead,” anybody who’s got an interest in Internet culture tends to sit up and pay attention. Google’s decisions and changes throughout the years have been driving forces in the blogging world, so you can imagine that the purported death of guest blogging has both professional and casual bloggers alike bracing for sweeping changes.

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February 26, 2014

Real Reasons Bloggers Flop & How to Use Failure to Fuel Your Comeback

There is no grand success without failure along the way and a wise person once said, “if you’ve never failed then you’re not trying hard enough.” Failure and disappointment are unfortunately important experiences in life which open the doorways to even greater accomplishments and enlightenment in whatever we pursue. In fact, the most attractive and enchanting stories of victory we will ever discover will always be accompanied by the antagonists’ fight to overcome obstacles bigger than they are. Its all part of life.

Reasons bloggers fail

Most bloggers never experience any great successes with their writing, its sad but true. However, its not because blogging as a practice is defunct, or that there’s some magic formula for success but its that many lack the mindset, drive, vision and attention to detail required by an industry which is driven by quality. Many bloggers hit roadblocks and simply quit before their time, some within as little as 3 months which points to a very dysfunctional approach and mindset towards the practice. read more

February 24, 2014

Creative Ways Bloggers can Build an Engaging Community Around their Blogs

What is it that makes readers want to subscribe, comment, share and read your articles or buy your product or service? What are the qualities of your site which keep them coming back for more? If you’ve never asked yourself this question then there’s no better time than now and if you haven’t received much engagement on your blog just yet then document the reasons you think that’s so and study the bloggers who’ve achieved it.

Essentially, its the blogs which consistently provide unique experiences for their readers or provide some information in a way they can’t find elsewhere or are just attached to the writing style. Building a community where readers want to engage depends significantly on the value you provide whether its through great content, awesome videos, insightful tutorials or your fun voice. However, the road to discovering the perfect mix of everything can be long and full of trials and errors. So how can you up the game a bit and increase the odds in your favor?

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Let’s discuss a few things you can try or will inspire you to do something new. read more

February 19, 2014

Try These Powerful Steps to Grow Your Blog by 500% by the End of 2014

There aren’t many guarantees in life but what I can say is that one of the most tried and proven approaches to successful personal life and business is one of tenacity and persistence to deliver results, regardless of the odds. Let’s face it, blogging is a crowded game today with hundreds of millions of voices trying desperately to make their mark. However, one thing you’ll realize is that in every saturated market, every economic depression, there are still many who discover some “secret” and find solutions to the challenges. But there’s no secret, the successful stories reveal a common nature and this is one made of persistence, patience, repetition and an unrelenting tenacity.

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