Let’s face it, blogging is a ton of work. You’ve got to keep up with your social media profiles, create and organize tons of content (both in written and video form), and you’ve got to market like crazy just to stay relevant. Some of you have children to take care of, day jobs to go to, relationships to maintain, and so on.It’s definitely a crazy blogging world we live in, but there’s a way to tone down the craziness just a little bit.You might be thinking that you’re already pretty organized (and maybe you are), but it’d be a mistake to think you can’t benefit from new ways to organize and simplify things.
Do you sometimes feel the gigantic sucking sound of social media taking years away from your life? Most people spend too much time social networking, because they have no clue what their social media goals are. Imagine spending 15-30 minutes daily on each platform. That could easily amount to 4-5 hours every day just social networking. That in turn leads to a whole lot of nothing happening in your business, since there is little time left to do any actual work. Here are some tips and tools to keep you on track.
Most of what I’m going to share with you in this post, will benefit those of you who are using AWeber. But if you haven’t started building an email list yet or even if you’re using another email service provider keep your eyes peeled because there’s something in this post for you too. I’m not going to tell you how important it is for you to build an email list because I’m sure you have heard that a gillion times before, I’m also not going to give you a full blown tutorial on using email marketing or even AWeber. But what I am going to share with you are basic principles you can (and should) use in your blog posts, in your YouTube videos and podcasts, in social media updates and more.
Justin Germino (a.k.a. Dragon Blogger) knows his technology. He also knows what thrills kids at Christmas (having two sons, himself), as well as thrilling us bigger kids, when it comes to gadgets, games, and tech. Last year, I interviewed Justin for a holiday gift guide series and this year marks the second annual Dragon Blogger Technology Gift Guide, complete with Justin’s recommendations, based on a year of testing and reviewing these gadgets. Remember I mentioned he has two sons? All the more credibility for Justin who knows how to give the technology a run for the money, as well as keeping up on the news, the trends, and where the technology is projected to go in the future.
For the new age blogger, it’s a jungle out there… Unfortunately it’s never been harder to get the attention of your audience than right now. Distractions are everywhere. I would estimate about 97% of blogs (which are usually started with high hopes) end up becoming pretty much dead within 12 months. The main reason for this being the blog posts are dry, dull and boring. The writing usually lacks personality and sounds robotic. Or the topics have already been covered a thousand times before on the other “me too blogs.” There is a certain art to writing, that extends further than just trying to teach people stuff on your website. It’s more important than ever to utilise a combination of both information and entertainment in your writing. In a nutshell, you’ve gotta make it interesting…
Videos don’t have to be perfect but studies show that using videos on landing pages and in marketing materials bring in higher conversion for one thing videos increase the length of time people stay on your blog, giving your message longer to sink in.rates. In this post I will share 5 basic tips you can use to make outstanding video blogs to promote your products and services.
There was a time when I couldn’t care less about books. I barely read anything and I found the whole activity pretty boring. Fortunately things changed when I grew older. Once I finally realized the potential of books (especially the self-improvement ones), I really got sucked into the world of reading. Reading is beneficial for [...]
When long time blogging friend Mitch Mitchell of I’m Just Sharing asked me to sit down and chat with him via a Google+ Hangout On Air, I was more than happy to do so. It seems I’ve been spending a great deal of time in Hang Outs lately so there was relatively little fuss involved with getting things set up for the recording.
Google Plus is a platform above all others. It’s micro-blogging aspects makes the social update stand out to your follower when done in the right way. Google Plus can single-handedly bring your blog to the forefront of social marketing, however, you have to understand what to do in order to make this happen. Here’s how you will be successful with your social media marketing on Google Plus. Relationship marketing in a new form of success!
I bet you’ve found countless ways to promote your blog using RSS syndication, but you might not realize you can promote your YouTube channel with RSS syndication as well. Using an RSS feed allows you to automate the promote process in countless ways. Since this is a short blog post, I’m not going to keep you in suspense about how you can put this YouTube promotion strategy to work, the first thing you’ll need to know is how find the RSS feed for your channel…
Hiring a search engine optimization expert to write copy on your pages is overkill. Worse, it benefits one part of your business by risking the rest of the business. A search engine optimization expert will get your site higher rankings in Google and other search engines, but he might sacrifice your sites’s readability or selling strength to do it. What good is it to your site to rank high but sell poorly?
Monitoring your brand mentions and knowing your online reputation is extremely important. Not only does this apply to people who use their personal name as their business, but also for the name of your business, website or blog. For example, my personal name and blog have become a brand itself over the past several years. My name is “Zac Johnson” and my site is ZacJohnson.com, so this makes it easier for me to track the brand and monitor both my site and my personal name.
There are two things that many bloggers struggle with in the fight to grow a successful blog. The first is developing well-written, relevant content and the second is attracting high-quality backlinks. The latest search engine updates and all of the other changes to internet landscape have left scrambling to squeeze out as much of that precious link juice as we can get our hands on. You’re probably asking yourself a few questions. Who is linking to my blog now? Do I have enough of the high-quality backlinks I need? What is the anchor text that is being used for those links? I’m using Monitor Backlinks to find answers.
Starting a blog is super idea for anybody but it’s a particularly good plan for college students looking to further their employment prospects. A blog has a million and one advantages-but that would make for a rather lengthy article! So instead, I’d like to bring you five reasons why you should consider blogging as a student.