October 30, 2014
A blogger’s ability to visualize targets, plot action plans and execute on tasks that matter most will lay the foundation for success in all ventures. Many are oftentimes distracted by an abundance of tools, tactics and ideas that promise whether it’s high traffic, more signups or better conversions. Beginners especially, fall into the trap of trying everything under the sun that seems to offer some value for blog growth. The reality is, however, that it’s part of the growth process and without experimentation we won’t discover what works and is most suitable for our niche and ventures. Therefore, organization is key and spending time digesting and acting only on the most relevant data while investing time and effort on proven tactics are what will guarantee fruitful success.
With the torrent of data, tools and blog growth formulas out there it’s very easy for the average blogger to get bogged down and experience burnout as plans at the end of the day amount to zero. There needs to be a way to spend more time doing meaningful work and less time trying to figure things out. The starting point for achieving this will be learning how to use the data we acquire about our audience and niches efficiently; organizing and maximizing our days for best results. Dashboard tools are excellent for helping practically any practitioner make sense of their world. Here’s how: read more
October 29, 2014
When referring to an effective email campaign, we’re not talking about the amount of people who opt in to your list but how many of them actively engage with your messages. It’s important that you have subscribers who open your email messages because this will increase your returning visitors and conversions equaling profits. Imagine if your average open rate is 20%, this means 70% of your subscribers are not viewing your email messages. You’re essentially losing 70% potential profits that could have been generated through your subscribers. Over the years, higher open rates have been the subject of numerous case studies, and the results have been astonishing.
Let’s look at the 5 most important factors which will increase your open rate.
It’s been proven that emails with a personal touch increase open rates. Much of the success of personalized emails has to do with the psychological aspect which involves “special” treatment that has impacted the way we interact in society. It builds a level of comfort with the recipient, which translates to increased engagement with follow-up messages.
Going forward, always send your email messages including the first & last name of the recipient. You may want to add a short question after the person’s name ,as we are programmed to respond to questions more consciously than anything else.
Editor’s note: This post was written by Natalie Lehrer, a senior contributor for CloudWedge. In her spare time, Natalie enjoys exploring all things cloud and is a music enthusiast. Follow Natalie’s daily posts on Google Plus, Twitter @Cloudwedge, or on Facebook.
Blogging is this generation’s soapbox, and with the advances in technology, there is the possibility for anyone to have access to a global audience of millions of readers. The reasons for blogging are extremely diverse and has even been the subject of research studies across the world. Generally, reasons fall within the following loose categories: creativity, expertise, business or as a form of virtual therapy. For some, blogging is a fun and creative process where they can share their passions, inspire or have a platform for their thoughts and feelings. Some expert’s blog to educate or to establish their expertise and knowledge, possibly to showcase their portfolio in the hopes of finding a better job or develop a following. Some do so to engage in debates and converse with a global audience. There are a number of bloggers that do so in the hopes of marketing or selling a product or even themselves. Some do it for the ability to talk anonymously, others for the fame.
Whether you are blogging to make a difference or just to be heard, you want your content read. You hope to reach a larger audience that those immediately around you and for people to hear what you have to say. So what happens if you actually make it? read more
October 27, 2014
Social media is changing the way we promote content and generate traffic to our websites. It’s a great way to create buzz online with people who are relevant to your niche. Social media networks have allowed bloggers to increase user engagement on their blogs which is important when trying to accomplish a specific goal like email opt ins, conversions, increase traffic, etc.
However, many people don’t utilize social media as a tool in growing their blog because they fail to make use of it the right way. If you don’t know how to create a converting social media campaign, you’ll lose out on enormous growth potential, and your blog will become stagnant. read more
October 21, 2014
Editor’s note: This post was written by Steve Aedy, a freelance blogger and a content writer at FreshEssays – company that helps with writing and editing issues. Steve is addicted to literature and essay writing, he also likes to craft useful blog posts. You can contact him on G+.
When faced with the task of writing an essay, a blog post, a novel or a story, even the most experienced writer can become overwhelmed with the process of organizing their thoughts into prose. An outline can be a writer’s greatest tool for structuring ideas and arguments, and the better the outline, the easier and more fruitful the writing process.
There are many benefits to writing a good outline. Here are some of them. read more
October 16, 2014
Firstly, I know the headline seems counterproductive but there’s great truth to fact that many of us have been fighting for success with the wrong attitude and game plan. There’s tons of literature online regarding visualizing your objectives and end goals and always keeping a positive attitude about whatever it is we hope to achieve. Negativity destroys dreams and every negative thought we entertain from within ourselves and the people around us, subtracts something from our progress. We’ve got to stay focused and keep the dream in sight, whether it’s acquiring that million dollar mansion, launching the next Facebook or building a high earning and insanely popular blog. While positive thinking and maintaining an optimistic attitude to whatever we’re doing has great merit, there’s a vital set of instructions missing from the practical application of goal setting and achievement.
Though many through being positive and focused have indeed achieved massive goals, there is an even greater number of us who are still struggling and will continue to struggle until we change our game plan. Blogger burnout, depression, hopelessness and frustration can be a thing of the past if we change our attitude towards the small steps we must take on our journey to success. Indeed, the cliche, “it’s not winning that counts, it’s the journey” will have more meaning to you after reading and executing this. read more
October 10, 2014
A lot of freelance writers and bloggers have their preferred working space, where their productivity is optimal. There are times, however, when we need to be out of the house or on the road, for one reason or another.
If you can postpone work for those periods, then good for you; but what if you absolutely need to get an article done and emailed before you get home? What if you need to publish a post in an hour, and you can’t get to your computer on time? You may have your data stored in a flash drive, but how do you access it with minimal hassle? read more
September 25, 2014
Outreach, relationship and community building are vital parts of growing any audience, online or off, for profit or hobby. To evoke any response from visitors to your site or consumers you have to be able to serve, prove trustworthiness and provide value at all stages of a lasting relationship. That is why collaboration is so powerful and social networks, for the most part, have been so successful because their functions rely on what drives human beings to action; building relationships. A majority of the most successful blogs and businesses in the current new media age have one thing in common and that’s a focus on serving their community while embracing and collaborating with peers to increase the value of their content within their niche. An approach focused solely on self gain won’t last for the long run since relationships are not built by taking but giving.
July 31, 2014
Editor’s note: This post was written by Danny, a blogger for Instant Checkmate, one of the world’s largest people search engines. He is passionate about writing and is currently a student at the University of San Diego studying English and Business Administration. Find him on Twitter or Google +.
Not too long ago I started blogging for Instant Checkmate. I thought it would be pretty easy. I thought to myself, “I am a good writer; I did well in all my English classes at school; I often teach people how to write; I am passionate about writing. What could possibly be difficult?”
Well, unfortunately for me blogging is not an English class. Writing is an important part of the deal, but there are so many factors that go into blogging that the average person has no idea about. The amount of surprise I faced in the first week alone was enough to make me think I had no chance in this field. read more
July 10, 2014
Launching and running a successful online business and publishing career depends greatly on your ability to continuously acquire and please clients and securing a healthy cash flow. Satisfied clients equal greater potential for profits and success. However, getting the client through the door, closing the sales and acquiring profitable traffic are only small pieces of the puzzle. Seeing projects through to completion and delivering on the clients expectations are key.
Unfortunately, many freelancers and businesses suffer and lack the dedication and organizational skills to follow through; leading to many frustrated and disappointed clients. Many failed projects are not necessarily from lack of skill on part of the web developer, writer or designer but due to poor time and project management skills. read more