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December 11, 2014

Blogger Survival Kit: How to Deal with a Boring Niche

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Editor’s note: This post was written by Mike Hanski. He worked with many boring niches but got lucky to join Bid4papers as a blogger and content strategist, and now he writes about topics he really likes. Learn more about Mike on his blog, G+ and Twitter.

There is the only fact you should remember about your niche: it is not about boring topics, it is about boring content creators.

If you start crying about being cursed with such a “boring niche”, you are most likely do not know what to do to make it interesting for audience. And it is not a problem of the niche, it is your problem, isn’t it? The problem is your perception of this niche and your… laziness: you just do not think of what you, as a cool blogger and content marketer, can do to make this niche rock.

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Are you constantly thinking of your niche being unpopular? Yes, who does actually care about coffee cups or car discs for example? read more

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December 9, 2014

Four Ways to Boost Your Content’s Impact

Editor’s note: This post was written by Charlotte Park, the PR Lead for ClearVoice, a content marketing platform that empowers writers and businesses to connect and collaborate in a world-class content workflow environment. She graduated from Arizona State University with a degree in communications, and has since spent her time working alongside PR and social media moguls to learn the tricks of the trade.

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It’s easy to have a love-hate relationship with blogging. You might have the passion and motivation to execute the perfect blog where readers can engage in conversations and build relationships. However, without the right tools and strategies, a blog can quickly dissolve into a wasteland of the massive amount of content that’s produced each day. Whether you are blogging for personal gain or for business, your content should engage readers, create conversations and eventually develop long-lasting relationships.

Accelerate your blog strategy with these four lessons. read more

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November 27, 2014

Buzzsumo for Blogging: How to Find Awesome Content Opportunities

As a blogger, you’re always challenged to post new content frequently. That leads to another challenge: coming up with new topics that will interest your readers and, in turn, be shared. There’s now an amazing freemium tool that can make this task easier than ever before and it’s called BuzzSumo.

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What Is BuzzSumo?

At its simplest, BuzzSumo is a way to see what kind of content is shared the most, while learning about the key influencers in the industry you write about. When BuzzSumo pulls this information and aggregates it for you, you’ll then be able to view how many shares a piece of content has received across all the major social media sites. Since the goal of any of your posts might be to go viral, this is a great tool to use to see what people are reading and sharing. Plus, it can serve to inspire you in a variety of ways too. read more

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September 25, 2014

5 Essential Collaboration Tools Bloggers Can Use to Grow Their Community

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.

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September 5, 2014

Blogging and Time Management: Who Has Time to Blog?

You do have time to blog if you play your cards right. Blogging is one of those things that sounds easier than it is. If you’re starry eyed from the idea of monetizing your blog and enjoying passive income, or making millions like one of the rare YouTube sensations, it’s time for a reality check.

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Yes, you can make a decent living as a blogger but it takes a lot of time, skill, and commitment. However, the “time” part is what a lot of people struggle with. read more

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August 11, 2014

How Furthering Your Formal Education Can Help You as a Blogger

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Anyone can be a blogger, right? All you need is to have an idea – or tons of them, some clue as to the technology (what platform to use, for example), and some social media/content marketing skills. If you only have ideas, it’s still possible to blog. There is certainly no lack of  tutorials and guides for beginning bloggers, and if you want to take things further, there are more advanced guides as well.
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But what if you really want to make a splash and play with the big boys and girls? What is it that you need to do? read more

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July 31, 2014

The First 5 Things You Need to Hear Before You Start Blogging

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?”

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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

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June 19, 2014

7 Tips for Choosing the Perfect Domain Name for Your Website / Business

Brainstorming the right domain name for your business idea, product, service or blog requires a lot of imagination, strategy, originality, research and good linguistic design practices. Purchasing your domain name is quite similar to buying a piece of real estate as it truly is an investment that can help you make millions from your idea and create the sticky effect every marketer is aiming for.

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Essentially, it’s not a decision that should be quick and impulsive. Do your research, take the time to think about the name and the factors discussed below. Whois.domaintools.com is a very useful website that provides information on whether a domain is available for registration or not or you could check the registry through any web hosting provider. read more

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June 17, 2014

Do You Have These Bad Online Publishing Habits?

Habits are formed, whether good or bad; and the sensible person will accept what bad habits he has formed. More so, he will go one step further and do something to rectify the situation.

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When it comes to publishing online, bad habits are not uncommon. The question is whether or not you, the writer, have realized that you have some of those bad habits and if you are willing to get rid of them.

Here are some bad online publishing habits for you to peruse and get rid of (if you have them). read more

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May 29, 2014

3 Things You Can Do If You Have Too Much Work

Too much work? Is there such a thing for a freelance blogger/online writer? I think that, if anything, we always want/need more work. I think, though, that we may have the tendency to just want more work whenever the opportunity presents itself even if our plate is already full.

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This is probably due to the fact that the freelance writing life has a high degree of uncertainty. There are good months, but there are lean months. And what we want is to build up a nest egg for when those lean months come. One of the most obvious ways to do that is take on as much work as you can when it’s there; and that’s when the “too much work” scenario comes up. read more

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