Blogging Strategic Plan: Use our plan to help your blog!

I have recently released a Blogging Strategic Plan for the next three years of this blog. My blogging strategic plan sets goals, direction, objectives and uses business management tools to help my blog succeed in my predicted direction from 2015 to 2018. I decided to develop a blogging strategic plan because businesses and even government organizations have shown that strategically planning for something usually results in success. In this article, I am going to show you parts of my blogging strategic plan and how you can adopt the plan for your own blog.

 

Blogging Strategic Plan

 

Blogging Strategic Plan: Direction and Goals

The first thing you want to tackle for your blogging strategic plan is to decide what direction and goals you want to give your blog. The direction in my plan is what I hope to accomplish with strategic planning and the goals are what I want to see by 2018 aligned with my blogging strategic plan.

 

Direction

The direction of this strategic plan reflects on four specific directions and results that Your Dream Blog wishes to obtain by years 3 of this plan.

 

– Raise the article count per week to 5 (Monday – Friday) from 3.

– Start earning revenue with blog advertising plans.

– Launch membership feature that builds a community within a community.

– Focus efforts on developing author authority with the niche.

Goals

Aligning with the direction and results of the four items above, the following goals are subject to be met by year 3 of this plan.

 

– Reach 1,000 articles by year 3.

– Earn up to $5,000 or more on advertising by year 3.

– Release monthly resources continuously on membership site by year 3.

– Be a niche leader on niche authority by year 3.

 

Now my advice to you when developing your blogging strategic plan and its direction and goals, try to minimize what you want to get done for this first plan. Try to figure out that is important the most and just put down 3 or 4 at a time. You don’t want a lot of direction and goals because you will just have to work harder to make them happen. I chose article amounts, revenue earning, membership and authority development because I felt that would be enough to do in a manner of three years.

 

When asking yourself what your direction and goals should be, you need to consider all aspects of your blog, the niche itself and your blog’s/niche’s audience as well. I have two sets of questions I ask myself before deciding on a direction and goal for my blogging strategic plan.

 

Main Questions:

  1. Will this help the blog founder and the blog stay current in the niche?
  2. Will this be useful and helpful to readers of the niche?
  3. Will this expand knowledge or features within the niche?
  4. Will this help the blog founder understand the needs of readers?
  5. Will this positively connect with the blog direction and mission?
  6. Will this positively show the blog brand when implemented?

 

Research Questions:

  1. How are other blogs in the niche obtaining success?
  2. What are audiences in the niche “hungry for” relating to the niche?
  3. Where is the niche audience going to online for most knowledge?
  4. What knowledge is the audience failing to get?
  5. Where can credible knowledge about the niche be obtained?

 

Your main questions and your research questions are important because you need to determine if your blogging strategic plan is going to be worth creating in the first place. If you focus on direction and goals that you later in future realize are not worth going for, then you have wasted strategy that could have been put on the blog in a decent manner.

 

Thanks for reading my article about developing a blogging strategic plan for your own blog. I hope this article has helped you out with your own blogging strategic plan. I see a bright future ahead for Your Dream Blog and I think if you use this advice mixed in with your own creativity, your blog will see a bright future as well. Please share this article with other bloggers and especially on your favorite social media and bookmark sites. Sharing this post will help support me for writing it.

 

Your turn to comment!

 

Have you created your own blogging strategic plan? How many years is your blogging strategic plan for? What are your direction and goals for your blog?

 

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101 Free Blog Promotion Methods: Let’s Make Your Blog Popular

Are you looking for free blog promotion methods? Free blog promotion methods are great to know about because in reality, free blog promotion methods are really all you need to promote your blog. Some experts say that you need to use a combination of free blog promotion methods with paid blog promotion methods but most of the time that is because they are trying to sell you’re their paid service or promote another paid server to gain affiliate percentages. Free blog promotion methods are all you really need to market your blog, gain traffic and readers and boost your position on search engines around the internet. And while we are on the subject, here are 101 free blog promotion methods for you to start using today!

 

Free Blog Promotion Methods

 

On-Site Free Blog Promotion Methods

These free blog promotion methods are what you would do on your blog to get more traffic:

 

  1. Link to your own sites – If you manage more than one website, then link you blog to them.
  2. Enable RSS Feeds – Enabling these feeds will allow others to keep track of your new posts.
  3. Start a Newsletter – Starting a newsletter enables others to subscribe to your blog.
  4. Send Weekly Newsletters – Screw monthly emails; send them each week to increase hits.
  5. Exclusive Posts – Post the news and big niche announcements before others post them.
  6. Debate Posts – Post articles that are controversial and will spark a debate in your niche.
  7. List Posts – Much like this post, start your own 10 or 101 Blah Blah Blah type blog post.
  8. Series Posts – Start an article series and finish with a post at the end linking all them together.
  9. Guide Posts – Create really long, well-detailed posts guiding readers about something worthy.
  10. Interview Posts Interview a big name in your blog niche and submit a post with the details.
  11. Seasonal Posts – Embrace the seasons and holidays and theme them into your posts. Example!
  12. Mention Experts – Mention experts in your niche on your posts, they will take notice of you.
  13. Mention Blogs – Mention other blogs in your niche, they and their fans will take notice of you.
  14. Add Images Add images to your blog. Use eye catching and good looking ones to spark interest.
  15. Make Infographics – Create your own niche-based infographics and share the hell out of them.
  16. Share eBooks – Create and give away eBooks focusing on issues within your niche.
  17. CTA Marketing – Call readers to perform an action, give them exclusive material for doing it.
  18. Offer Themes – Create forum, WordPress and Web themes with you credit link on the bottom.
  19. Cheat Sheets – Create exclusive niche-based secret guides and cheat sheets that no one is offering.
  20. Share PSDs – Create and give away free Photoshop Documents and images to your niche audience.
  21. Share Scripts – Create and give away add-ons and software for your niche audience and fans.
  22. Review Contest – Start your own review contest, have your readers review your blog in comments.
  23. Voting Contest – Start a voting contest where readers vote on a poll to choose the winner of it.
  24. Comment Contest – Start a comment contest where the most comments from a reader wins it.
  25. Door Prizes – Start giving away door prizes for the anniversary celebration of your blog start day.
  26. Video Blogging – Start doing video blogs and link them as articles on your blog here and there.
  27. Online Courses – Start your own online courses for your niche, this can make you profit later on.
  28. Podcasting – Start your own niche-based podcasting and online radio show with guests and all.
  29. Social Links on Blog – Add your social media fan page links all over your blog (sidebars, posts, etc.)
  30. Social Links on Newsletter – Don’t forget to include your blog social links on your blog newsletter.
  31. Interlink Content – Link to other posts you have made on your new posts to keep reader on longer.
  32. Start Page – Create a start page for new comers and link to some of your best articles on the page.
  33. Create Pages – The recent leaked Google Rating Manual says Google loves lots of pages, make them!
  34. Post a lot Submit new blog posts each day if you can or at least one for each business day.
  35. Fresh and Unique – Your blog posts need to be fresh and unique, not found anywhere else online.
  36. Useful Content – Post content that will help others with big challenges of your blogging niche.
  37. Keyword SEO – Research and maintain proper keywords on every blog post that you write.
  38. Link Love – Link to other relevant blogs and websites and show Google that you love outbound links.
  39. Fast Blog – Make sure your blog is optimized and really fast in every browser and all connections.
  40. Mobile Ready – Make sure your blog is ready and optimized for major mobile and portable devices.
  41. Mobile Applications – Develop and give away mobile applications for mobile readers on your blog.
  42. Analytics – Sign up for Google Analytics, learn how to use it and look at it constantly for more help.
  43. Sitemaps – Create sitemaps for Google Webmaster Tools and Bing Webmaster Tools, they help!
  44. Translation – Offer some form of translation to expand an audience to international levels.
  45. Niche Community – Create a message forum based on your blogging niche and post about it.
  46. Forum Activity – Be just as active on your forum if not more as you would be on your blog.
  47. Email Signatures – Add your blog link and a marketing statement to all of your email signatures.
  48. Annual Practices – Do something every year on your blog and people will expect it every year!
  49. Polls and Quizzes – Create a lot of weekly polls and quizzes on your blog focusing on your niche.
  50. Blog Network – Create your own blog network and link between other blogs in your network.

 

Off-Site Free Blog Promotion Methods

These free blog promotion methods are what you would do away from your blog for more traffic:

 

  1. Blog Comments – Make quality blog comments on other blogs in your specific niche.
  2. Guest Blogging – Become a guest blogger and write quality content on other blogs in your niche.
  3. Contest Announcing – Ask other blogs and sites in your niche to announce your blog contests.
  4. Blog Carnival – Find blog carnivals and get your blog involved with them, join other blog networks.
  5. Network – Network and connect with other experts and authorities in your niche, befriend them!
  6. RSS Sites – Submit your blog RSS feeds to RSS feed sites like All Top and Feed Burner and others.
  7. SMO Tools Discover social media optimization tools and start using them on a daily basis for free.
  8. Twitter Contests – Start your own Twitter contests and do them on a regular basis for more results.
  9. Facebook Contests – Start contests on your Facebook fan page and link to them all over the internet.
  10. Google Plus Contests – Host a contest or two on Google Plus and give away some great prizes.
  11. Pinterest Contests – Have a photo contest related to your blogging niche on the Pinterest websites.
  12. Viral Publishing – Post viral memes, images, humor-based content and so on to social media sites.
  13. Social Bookmarking – Share your new and old topics to every social bookmarking site you can find.
  14. Social Pages – Create fan pages for your blog on every social network you can find, be active!
  15. Facebook Group – Start a niche-based discussion group on Facebook and be active on it frequently.
  16. Q&A Sites – Join Answer sites and become a trusted answerer to the many question in your niche.
  17. Relevant Back Links – Get other relevant blogs and websites to link to your blog and your content.
  18. Keyword Research – Research the analytics of keywords related to your niche for use on your blog.
  19. Forums – Join message forums that are related to your blog niche and become active on them.
  20. Forum Authority – Try to answer tough questions about the niche on forums to gain expertise.
  21. Forum Owners – Befriend forum owners in your niche and their fans and members will notice it.
  22. Forum Linking – Add your blog link to signatures, profiles and posts you make with quality in mind.
  23. Squidoo – Join websites like Squidoo and Hub Pages and become an active contributor on them.
  24. Article Directories – Join article directories online and write unique articles on them about the niche.
  25. LinkedIn – Join LinkedIn and start your professional career profile based around your blogging niche.
  26. Directories – Only submit to moderated and spam-free directories related to your blogging niche.
  27. Blogroll – Try to get added on the Blogroll areas of other blogs in your niche and of your fans’ blogs.
  28. Link Exchange – Ask other bloggers if they would exchange article links with your and their blogs.
  29. Comment Exchange – Ask other bloggers if you and them can exchange comments on your blogs.
  30. Swap Banners – Ask other bloggers and website owners to swap one and other’s banner for traffic.
  31. Post Loop Join Post Loop, earn points and then add your blog to their blog comments feature.
  32. Word of Mouth – Invite your friends, family and social buddies to read and comment on your blog.
  33. How did you find us? – If you get that on an online form, fill in the field with your blog name or link.
  34. Promotion Forum – Join the many promotion forums on the internet and promote your blog.
  35. Online Classified Ads – Join free online classified ad websites and post weekly for your blog.
  36. Niche Events – Attend seminars and conventions for your niche and connect with other experts.
  37. Start Events – Start online and offline events based around your niche and invite others to attend.

Offline Free Blog Promotion Methods

These free blog promotion methods are what you would do off the internet with some creativity so that you don’t have to buy any supplies:

 

  1. Word of Mouth – Invite your friends, family and even total strangers to come read your blog.
  2. Business Cards – Get a free sample of business cards or make them and leave them everywhere.
  3. Flyers – Create some flyers with your blog information on them and post them all around town.
  4. Apparel – Get some flashy apparel littered with your blog URL on them and wear it frequently!
  5. Bumper Stickers – Get a free sample of bumper stickers and post them on your vehicle.
  6. Newspaper Ads – Look for papers that offer free ads and get a short ad for your blog on them.
  7. Magazine Ads – Look for local magazines that offer free ad spots and get your blog listed on them.
  8. Yard Sign – Create a crafty yard sign marketing your blog and post it where it will be seen by others.
  9. Wall Writing – Advertise your blog by writing it on restroom walls, use permanent markers.
  10. Sidewalk Chalk – Write your blog advertisement on driveways and sidewalks using sidewalk chalk.
  11. College – Start a local niche-based course at your local community college. You might make money!
  12. Third-Party Word of Mouth – Tell your friend and family to tell their friends about your blog.
  13. Anonymous Newsletter – Start a niche-based anonymous offline newsletter and advertise on it.
  14. Guerrilla Marketing Take a look at Guerrilla Marketing techniques and give it a shot on your blog.

 

Well, 2,000 words later, here you have it – 101 Free Blog Promotion Methods! I hope you have enjoyed reading this blog post and I hope it has helped you. Please help support me for writing it. You can do that by sharing this post with other bloggers, your friends, and your family members and on your favorite social networking and social bookmarking websites. Your ongoing support and sharing of my blog and blog articles will continue to motivate me to write more post like this one.

 

Your turn to comment!

Out of all of the free blog promotion methods, which are your favorites to use? If you were to add a 102 promotion tip, what would it be?

 

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Blog Interpretation: Step into the shoes of a reader

Blog interpretation is very important and something you should always consider throughout the life of your blog. With blog interpretation, you can decide what to do basing on what your fans are wanting in your blogging niche. In order to make blog interpretation a success, you simply need to step into the shoes of your blog’s readers and think like they do rather than thinking like you would think when it comes to improving your blog.

 

Blog Interpretation

 

Blog Interpretation by Improving Your Blog

Look at your blog; look at everything on your blog. From the type of content you serve to the way you have your pages up to the user functionality and friendliness of your theme and navigational structures. Imagine that you are your blog’s reader or fan trying to determine the right blog interpretation in front of you. How would you like to see those sections and areas on the blog, improved? What would make reading the content, pages and navigation easier and more effective? Is there any room for improvement when it comes to seeing the blog through the eyes of the reader? This kind of blog interpretation can help you decide on how you can make your good blog into an even better blog for your niche audience.

 

Blog Interpretation in the Form of Spying

Spy on your blogging success and assets and determine the blog interpretation that way. What I mean by spying is by embracing the technologies and software available to helping you look beyond the curtain of what your blog provides out of the box. Install a good heat-map tool, submit your blog web address to Google Analytics and keep a count on how many comments a post gets, what type of comments they are and what subjects are getting the most comments. This sort of blog interpretation can show you what strengths and weaknesses are present on your blog and the opportunities that are available for improvement.

 

Blog Interpretations through Honest Opinions

Ask your readers for blog interpretation studies and surveys! Ask them what they think of your blog and tell them to give you their honest opinion. Tell them that if they find anything negative, you really want them to tell you because you are interested in making your blog better for them. Don’t get upset if you get a bad blog interpretation either because negative feedback can be very beneficial for improving your blog and making it more successful. You might also find that webmaster and blogging forums on the web are helpful for this as well because many of these communities offer sections where you can have the community members give their own reviews of your blog.

 

Blog interpretation is very important when it comes to driving success to your blog. You might think your blog is a masterpiece but do your readers think of it the same way as you? You want to impress them more than you impress yourself because without them, your blog isn’t anything useful at all, right? Thank you for reading and I hope you enjoyed this article. Please share this post with your friends, other bloggers and on social media to help show me support for writing it.

 

Your turn to comment!

How do you see your blog based on your own blog interpretation? How do your readers see your blog based on their own?

 

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Drive Traffic to Your Blog by Befriending Other Bloggers

If you want to drive traffic to your blog, then you need to be befriending other bloggers in your niche. You can drive traffic to your blog with fans of these other bloggers as they will commonly mention you and your blog after you have befriending them through various means and tactics. Other bloggers can be a big source when it comes to you wanting to drive traffic to your blog. Other bloggers in your niche can help you and your blog out more than they can destroy it which is why I preach so much about why there is a need for competition in blogging careers.

 

Drive Traffic

 

Drive Traffic by Commenting on Other Blogs

You can drive traffic to your blog and befriend other bloggers in the niche by commenting on their blogs. Read each post they write on a daily basis and leave a comment on each of them. Now you need to make sure that you comment is going to get the attention of the blogger so you need to make sure that the comment is unique and full of quality. Try to spark a discussion with your comments or even an attempt to get the blogger to reply to your comment. If the blogger’s fans see that he or she is paying attention to your comments, they too will start to take notice of them and that will usually drive traffic to your blog especially when you link your blog in the URL or Website field when making your comments.

 

Drive Traffic with Social Media

Befriend other bloggers and drive traffic to your own blog using social media. Get on Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, Pinterest and the works and share and reshare the status updates and blog post links of your fellow niche bloggers. There is nothing your fellow bloggers want to see more than you sharing their content with your followers and friends. Do this enough and get the other blogger some more fans and you will soon find that blogger returning the favor and sharing your content on their social media pages as well. That can really drive traffic to your blog when it’s all said and done.

 

Connect with Other Niche Bloggers

You should also be connecting with other niche bloggers to befriend them and drive traffic to your blog. Follow them and their on social media and request that they become your friend. Email them personally about one of their posts and tell them how the post has helped you in the niche. Attend their live seminars and chat sessions if they offer them. Find them on message forums and get involved on those online communities with them. Upgrade to their premium memberships and online courses if they provide them. Go out of your way to become their good friend. Their fans and followers will notice you being their great friend and thus, it will drive traffic to your blog.

 

Befriending other bloggers in your niche is a great way to drive traffic to your blog. You just want to make sure you remain professional about it and don’t come off as a stalker. Luckily, public figures like bloggers understand that their fans are going to try to connect with them and befriend them and a blogger should understand this way before they get into blogging in the first place. Thank you for reading my article and I hope my advice will help to drive traffic to your blog. Please help support me for writing this article by sharing it with other bloggers that you know and by sharing it on your favorite social media websites as well.

 

Your turn to comment!

Has befriending other bloggers in your niche helped to drive traffic to your blog? What other tips would you give bloggers who are attempting to befriend other bloggers in their niche?

 

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Successful Bloggers Should Learn from Other Successful Bloggers

Successful bloggers don’t make their way to the top by not paying attention to the blog niche around them. If you want to join the realms of successful bloggers and see extended success with your own blog, I highly recommend that you look to other successful ventures of other bloggers in or around your niche. Successful bloggers are not really that secretive about how they are so successful either so it should be that much of a challenge for you to figure out what they did to become successful bloggers and what you should do to become one of the successful bloggers as well.

 

Successful Bloggers

 

Successful Bloggers Are Copy Cats

Don’t get offended by this statement if you are one of the successful bloggers I am speaking of. I don’t mean that successful bloggers are not unique or original, I mean that in order to duplicate the success of another blogger, you need to follow in that blogger’s footsteps and that is normal, it’s what most bloggers do. I get ideas from other bloggers and I integrate them into my blog. It’s not stealing their ideas, its embracing the success of their ideas. Now don’t go copying what they write about word for word, at that point, you should always think about being fresh and unique because your niche doesn’t want to read about the same topic more than once.

 

Successful Bloggers Follow Blogging Bloggers

Blogs about blogging like this blog, ProBlogger, Daily Blog Tips and so on are great examples of successful bloggers that you should be following and learning from. We [blogging bloggers] blog about our successful experiments and trials of our blogging experience and try to allow you to have the same luck as we have had. If you want to know how to get more readers to your blog, follow blogs about blogging. If you want to know how to make more money with your blog, follow blogs about blogging. If you want to join the successful bloggers blogosphere, again, follow blogs about blogging. These successful bloggers have one thing in mind when they publish new content – that is to help you and all bloggers become successful bloggers.

 

What do Successful Bloggers have that you don’t have?

When learning from other successful bloggers, you need to really pay attention to their blogs, pages, posts and ideologies. You need to determine what they have that you do not have. Once you determine this, you can usually tell what features you and your blog is lacking to upgrade your status to one of those successful bloggers in the niche. It could be something small to like a good start page for your readers to start out on with your blog. But then again, maybe it is something that is considered complex like a set of courses to help people learn more about your niche and how they can improve their knowledge of that niche. Just follow successful bloggers and see what you are missing out on.

 

Following successful bloggers is the same thing you want to succeed in with your own blog. You want your readers to read your blog to gain knowledge of your niche. You should be following other successful bloggers to gain knowledge of being a successful blogger. I hope you have enjoyed this article and I thank you for reading it. Please help support me for writing it by simply sharing this post other bloggers and especially on your favorite social networking profiles.

 

Your turn to comment!

How many successful bloggers do you feel are present in your blogging niche? Do you follow any of these successful bloggers at all? What good has come to you and your blog after following successful bloggers in your niche?

 

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Blog Content Lengths: How Many Words Should You Add to Your Posts

Blog content lengths are an important aspect of blogging. If your blog content lengths are too short, then you probably won’t be able to make a valid point with your posts. If your blog content lengths are too long, you might end up boring your readers. So what are the perfect blog content lengths to focus on when writing your blog posts? In this article, I want to tell you about the types of posts to write and the types of blog content lengths to be focusing on for those post types. You want to make sure that your blog content lengths are perfect, right? I mean it is you who is researching, writing and spending all that time on your blog post to begin with – so of course, you want it all to matter.

 

Blog Content Lengths

 

Short Blog Content Lengths

When writing shorter blog content lengths, you need to be careful about failing to include the right information. Usually, my shortest blog content lengths are at a minimum of 400 words and I usually keep my minimum at around the 550 to 850 word range. That range gives me a decent length to explain what needs to be explained without requiring my readers to have to spend too much time reading what I have to say to them. However, I might use a 300 word length on the occasional question-specific post. For example, I might start off a post asking “What made you get into blogging?” and then provide a short paragraph about my story on getting into blogging and then end it with a Call-to-Action asking the reader to comment with their story. I would also keep special offers and advertisement-based posts to a shorter length as well. Shorter blog content lengths should be reserved for something to be read quickly and some form of action to be quickly performed right after.

 

Long Blog Content Lengths

Like I said, my sweet spot in terms of blog content lengths is right at about 550 to 850 words or somewhere in that area because I can get out the information I need to get out without taking too much time from my readers. However, occasionally I like to writer longer blog content lengths in upwards of 1,000 to 3,000 words. I specifically reserve these lengths for guides and list-type posts. If I am writing a guide about “how to market your blog on Facebook”, I would want to include as much information as I can – the same goes with lists and bigger tip articles. But when I do write these longer blog content lengths, I try to inform the reader at the beginning by adding “Guide” or “List” to the title and headings so that they know what to expect.

 

Really Long Blog Content Lengths

I often recommend that if you decide to write a blog post that is over 5,000 to 10,000 and up words – consider writing an eBook instead. Reading that much content is going to take up some time from your audience and that isn’t always what people are looking for when they visit your blog. An eBook is simple to write because it’s just like writing a huge blog post but you need to organize it a bit better and show some extra attention to editing it to perfection. Plus, eBooks are great for marketing your blog! You can give them away to readers who subscribe to your mailing list or follow your blog on Twitter. You can even sell your eBooks and make a decent profit. Longer blog content lengths turned into eBooks will tell the reader that they are about to read something that is longer than a blog post. Don’t write really long blog content lengths only to witness them never being read simply because they are too long. If you don’t want to write an eBook, another option for longer length blogging is an article series which is also wonderful for marketing your blog.

 

Thank you for reading my blog post about blog content lengths. I hope this post has helped you out today. Please help me out by sharing it with other bloggers and on your favorite social media websites. I would also like to invite you to my forum, Another Admin Forum which has a wonderful section on discussing blogging with other bloggers. Join up and invite your friends, today!

 

Your turn to comment!

In terms of blog content lengths, what have been the shortest blog posts you have written and the longest lengths as well? Have you ever written an eBook or a blog article series before?

 

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Writing Blog Posts for Others Not For You!

Quit writing blog posts about what you want to write about! That statement sounds bad, right? It might upset you, right? Who am I to tell you what to write about, right? What if I am your audience? It would be a different story then, wouldn’t it? Quit writing blog posts about what you want to write about and start writing blog posts that your audience wants you to write about. Now that statement doesn’t sound so bad after all, does it? When writing blog posts, we write for our audience, right? So we need to make sure we are writing blog posts that our readers actually care about and not just something that we want to cover and that we assume they will care about.

 

Writing Blog Posts

 

Writing Blog Posts for Others: Finding out What Others Want

So the first thing about writing blog posts for others is figuring out what they want you to write about in the first place. But how would you go about finding out this valuable information? Simple, really – Just ask your readers what they want to see! You can ask them through means of social media. You can create a blog post that focuses on asking your readers what they want when you are writing blog posts on your blog. You can even discuss future post ideas when you are having a discussion with your readers in the comments section. A lot of times, reader comments will have hints and questions about subjects they wish to learn more knowledge about and you can work on those topics from there. If you don’t ask your readers what they want, then you will really never know what to cover when writing blog posts in the future.

 

Writing Blog Posts for Others: Remember Unique and Fresh Counts

When writing blog posts for your readers, they don’t just want you to throw down some basic information that they can read anywhere else on the web. They want something fresh and unique after reading your blog posts. So how can you make this happen? It is simple, research and research some more. Being a blogger is a lot like being a college researcher. You have to research problems and experiments at uncovering the solutions to those problems. You need to gain experience with any problems that you are researching so you truly know how to report your findings. If you provide a solution to a challenge that no one else is providing, then you are providing something fresh and unique to your audience.

 

If you’re Writing Blog Posts for You, Stick to a Diary!

Writing blog posts for your readers should be your main objective. If you are writing about topics that you are interested in blindly without realizing if that is what your fans want to read, then you are basically trying to market your content to just you. It is 2014 my friend, it is very easy to figure out what people want to see when they read your blog posts and don’t let that tip flee from your brain. If you haven’t figured out what to be writing blog posts about based on what your audience wants, then you seriously need to reevaluate your need to be blogging in the first place or just follow the tips in this article to get a better start at it.

 

Thank you for reading my blog post about how you should be writing blog posts for your readers rather than yourself. I hope this article has helped you with your own writing strategies. Please help encourage me to write more articles like this by simply sharing this post on social media and with other bloggers that you know. Your support keeps me motivated to keep on writing and it greatly appreciated.

 

Your turn to comment!

When writing blog posts, how do you determine that your audience expects you to write about?

 

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7 Useless Blog Marketing Strategies that You Should Avoid

Useless blog marketing strategies are just that, useless! Some of the useless blog marketing strategies out there don’t do anything at all for your blog in terms of marketing and promoting it. Some useless blog marketing strategies will actually harm your blog because of how search engines now look at those strategies. If you truly want effective success for your blog, then quit wasting time using these useless blog marketing strategies out there and start using strategies that actually make sense to use. In this article, I wanted to point out 7 different useless blog marketing strategies that I think are ruining a lot of blogs out there on the World Wide Web – don’t let your blog be one of the blogs I am referring to.

 

Useless Blog Marketing Strategies

 

Useless Blog Marketing Strategies #1: Website Directory Submission

If you’re as old school as I am, then you probably remember the days of trying just about everything to get your blog link accepted on DMOZ even if that meant you had to become a DMOZ editor. I was a DMOZ editor for quite a while up until a couple of years ago when I simply quit logging into it. Directories are useless blog marketing strategies these days because they are irrelevant marketing techniques. Irrelevant links are a big “No No” when it comes to search engine ranking on Google and other major search engines and besides, who surfs website directories anymore? I can’t honestly remember the last time I chose to surf a directory rather than Google!

 

Useless Blog Marketing Strategies #2: Mass Marketing Systems

Mass marketing systems provide useless blog marketing strategies because they are so easily detected these days and not just by search engines but by actual readers and niche fans as well. If you pay $1 for 5,000 Facebook page likes or $100 for a software that will give you 100,000 back links within 24 hours, expect people to catch on to what you are doing and title you as a fraud in your niche. Using these mass marketing systems is only tagging you as dishonest and lazy. If you cannot get out there in the blogosphere and market your own blog on your own time, then why bother even blogging in the first place?

 

Useless Blog Marketing Strategies #3: Spam Marketing Tactics

Do you know what I do when I see spam? Nothing, because I don’t see spam anymore! My forums, blogs and even my email accounts all have sophisticated anti-spam systems integrated within them that completely blocks out spam from ever getting within my eyesight range. Spamming to increase traffic to your blog is not only one of the most useless blog marketing strategies out there but it’s purely a waste of your own time because chances are; people are not even going to see the spam because of our lovely spam blocking advancements we have today.

 

Useless Blog Marketing Strategies #4: Generic Content Marketing

Back in the old days, content was content; any content was good content as long as there was content. You could write something extremely generic, post it and see the success of doing so. However, this was back in the days where people still read books for answering their questions. Nowadays, people primarily use the internet to solve their problems and they don’t want to find nonsense solutions that are not worth reading – search engines have identified these needs and thus, generic content joins the large list of useless blog marketing strategies. Avoid this horrible strategy by actually adding quality and unique elements to the blog posts that you are writing – try to actually solve a problem and you will get a smile and tons more readers as an end result.

 

Useless Blog Marketing Strategies #5: Black Hat SEO Techniques

Don’t try to trick Google! Google has more money that you will ever see, more experts joining their ranks each day and all sorts of technology that make us humans look like fruit flies in comparison. Black Hat SEO consists of nothing but useless blog marketing strategies. It doesn’t work and it never will. Don’t be dishonest and never lead readers to believe something that isn’t going to happen. See, if people are unhappy with their search results, they will use a different search engine. Do you honestly think Google and other big search engines are going to allow you to do that to them? Nope, they will just ban your website and be done with it.

 

Useless Blog Marketing Strategies #6: Email Marketing

This is probably going to spark a debate but I stand by my opinion that mailing lists and newsletters are out dated and useless blog marketing strategies. You send like one email a month because anymore is just going to upset subscribers and make them think you are spamming their inbox. You might say something in your last email and regret not mentioning something else. I have subscribed to so many newsletters but do I actually read them all? Not at all! However, I do read social media and that is where it’s at, friend. You can update your page multiple times a day and not offend anyone plus you have great analytics to determine where you need to improve. I use social media more than I check my email messages – so what does that say about email marketing, really?

 

Useless Blog Marketing Strategies #7: Duplicate Content Posting

Posting duplicate content has been among the useless blog marketing strategies pool for quite a while now but you need to understand what this means. If you write a blog post, it should only be posted once. Don’t copy and paste it into an article on another blog or an article directory and don’t write about the same exact thing again and again. Cover a topic and then publish it and then move on to the next topic. I will only write about the same topic again if I have something great to add to it and then I will just link the old blog post to the new blog post with brand new content, tips and strategies added to it. No one wants to read the same thing over and over again!

 

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Which of these useless blog marketing strategies have you used in the past? What other useless blog marketing strategies would you have added to this list?

 

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Blog Niche Discovery using this Simple 3-Step Method

Blog niche discovery is important because you want to be able to determine what niche you need to focus on with your blogging, right? But how would you go about blog niche discovery without employing high paying analysts and spending a lot of energy on it in the first place? Instead of wasting your money and time of paying for blog niche discovery service, I have a simple 3-step process you can follow to quickly and easily discover what you should be blogging about.

 

Blog Niche Discovery

 

Blog Niche Discovery Step #1: Determine Your Interests

Determining what you are interested in is the first step of blog niche discovery. What are your interests? What are your hobbies? What topics do you know a lot about? What subjects do you find yourself always thinking about each and every day? What do you enjoy doing for fun? Ask yourself these questions and they will lead you to a blog niche discovery that you have been waiting for.

 

I thought about this step with my blog. I really enjoy blogging and helping others enjoy blogging as well so I figured a blog about blogging would be the blog niche discovery I was looking for. So I started Your Dream Blog after discovering that I would enjoy writing about blogging.

 

Blog Niche Discovery Step #2: Determine Your Topics

Now that you have determined what you are interested in and have identified your blog niche discovery, it’s time to write some content and push it out to the world. In this step, you want to write 5-10 articles covering multiple subjects within the niche you have chosen to go with. Make sure they are subjects that you know about first so that you actually know what kind of content you need to be putting down on your blog posts.

 

So with this blog, I wrote some article about creating blog posts and what to include in your content, search engine optimization, social media marketing and earning revenue with a blog. I wrote some quality content articles, published them and then marketed them a bit by sharing the links through other blog comments, message forums and social networking and bookmarking sites. They started getting traffic and readers and I sat back and watched.

 

Blog Niche Discovery Step #3: Determine Your Niche

After writing your 5-10 articles on various subjects within your niche, marketing the articles and letting them get some readers – now you need to focus on what article worked and what article didn’t work. You do this by reading the analytics of your blog and seeing which article got the most reader attention, shares, and comments and so on. Once you realize which articles got more attention than the others, you will encounter your blog niche discovery and from then on, you will know what to write about in the future.

 

I discovered that people enjoyed my “how to” articles on getting traffic the most, so I try to cover those topics the most on this blog. Like this article for example, it’s aligned with bringing traffic to your blog because it helps to address the type of traffic you wish to bring to your blog after getting your blog niche discovery identified. And there are more topics like this to come as well.

 

Thank you for reading my blog about blog niche discovery. I hope this article has helped you with your own blog and to discover your own niche for blogging. If this article has helped you, please return the favor and help me by inviting other bloggers to read this article and especially by sharing a link to this article on your favorite social networking sites.

 

Your turn to comment!

After trying this method out, what is your blog niche discovery? Do you tend to blog about more than one subject in your niche or do you like to just stick to one specific subject? What is your niche and why are you so interested in it?

 

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Profitable Reader Engaging: Be social and get paid while doing it!

Profitable reader engaging can be very possible for any blogger out there running a niche blog, including you! This article is an instructional article on how you can accomplish profitable reader engaging and how easy profitable reader engaging actually is. It is fairly easy but it will actually require you to engage with your blog’s audience so you will need to be sure that you are doing just that.

 

Profitable Reader Engaging

 

Profitable Reader Engaging: Step #1 – The Community

The first step of accomplishing profitable reader engaging success on your niche blog is by engaging with your readers and focusing on profit later. Don’t worry, we will get to the part of actually making money from it – I promise. But first, you have to build it if you want them to come, right? Right! So focus on building a community first, and then profits, second.

 

How do you build a community, though, especially a profitable reader engaging community? The answer is simple, you simply embrace the fact that a blog is a part of the internet and that the internet is quite unlimited when it comes to the power of actually establishing a community with its features and tools!

 

Consider a message forum – A message forum integrated into your blog where readers can post questions about your niche directly to you and your other readers. Open up a free message forum using something like BB-Press if you are on WordPress and invite readers to join it. Be an active member posting questions in the form of new topics on a daily basis – develop an active community so that you can actually get to the fun part of profitable reader engaging success.

 

Profitable Reader Engaging: Step #2 – The Profit

Now it’s time to make your community a profit machine! Turn free registration off and require newcomers to pay a fee to be a part of the message forum. Offer more incentives too! Not only will they receive access to you and your readers on the message forum but once a month, you have a live chat session and you upload a new niche-based course on your paid community each week. These are just a few ideas to consider.

 

IMPORTANT WARNING: Don’t boot your current forum members off the community and make them pay for it. Grant them free access for being the beta testers of your online community. Don’t charge too much for membership, either. Once I launch a paid membership for this blog, I plan on keeping the price somewhere in the $4 to $6 a month range making it very affordable but still relatively cheap. Don’t break the bank or your readers might get discouraged!

 

The only thing that has changed about your community is that it’s no longer free! To maintain a profitable reader engaging community – you need to maintain your community activity. Always continue to be active posting on a regular basis and always try to add new things for existing members to further enjoy the community – add things that help them with their challenges and issues based around your blogging niche. Keep them happy, especially if you want them to keep paying your for the membership.

 

Thanks for reading my article about profitable reader engaging – a quite possible success with the use of developing a community that can integrate into your blog. I hope you found this article to be helpful. Please share it with other bloggers to help show me support for writing it and feel free to share it on social media as well because that will give me even more support.

 

Your turn to comment!

Have you tried profitable reader engaging on your blog yet? What other ideas besides a message forum would you recommend for developing a profitable community on your blog?

 

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