Full Time Job and Your Blogs | How to balance your time?

Having a difficult time to balance with your full-time job and blogging?

Or are you at the point of giving up blogging?

Or maybe you have already given up your blogs.

Sounds familiar? And are you fitting in any of those categories?

If so, then you are at the right point of your life as you will be discovering and learning how to manage your Full-Time Job with your blogs and write faster.

Why listen to me?

“Who the hell am I that I can to listen to you?”

If you are asking this question right now, I am Ugyen, Clinical Physical Therapist, working Full-Time in the second largest Hospital in Bhutan. And I am the founder of the blog that you are reading right now, who makes extra cash online through it.

So basically, I work Full-Time and I am a professional blogger as well.

During my initial time in blogging, especially maintaining a blog for bloggers wasn’t easy and I was exactly where you are right now. I almost gave up.

But now, just take a look at my blogs, how great it looks (AHEM! AHEM!) and how often I publish new posts. I have full attendance in my job, and in fact, I am spending more time with my patients.

How do I do that? How can I blog every day and spend more time with my patients?

Let’s get into it right away.

1. Overcome the Writer’s Block

A few months ago, I thought not getting enough time to write/ blog was the main cause of not able to blog consistently.

“If you want to write better, your fingers need to be on your keyboards.” I often said that to my friends and on my blogs.

I was wrong. The main causes were not my Full-Time job or not the fingers on the keyboard, it was writer’s block.

What is writer’s block?

You are in front of your computer’s screen, and fingers on the keyboard. You have an idea in your brain and wanted to create an awesome blog post. But you are left with the cursor blinking at you. Nothing comes up in mind to write as if your brain is been frozen. That’s writer’s block.

If you are a victim of writer’s block, there is no way you can write a piece of content even if you manage time from your Full-Time job.

How to overcome?

  •  Don’t write and edit at the same time.

Editing and writing are two different phases. Our brain works separately for each and there is no way, it can be done together.

If you write and edit at the same time, the brain has to switch often and it can make the brain get fatigued sooner.

So, write your first draft without reading back the sentences, don’t bother of punctuations, grammar mistakes, and spelling mistakes. The best practice is writing an article with disabled grammar checker and proofreader.

Finished with the first draft? Great! Then proceed with editing and proofreading your article. With that, you can avoid switching your brain going into Writing and Editing phase.

  • Choose an appropriate timing.

When do you write? Whenever you get free time, right?

Actually, that’s a wrong timing. You should not be writing every time you get free.

For instance, you don’t have work in your office hours today, and you have decided to blog. The environment of your office is for your office works, that’s what your brain has already established.

Can you write a sad scene when you are happy? Can you write a happy scene when you are sad?

Likewise, you can not write when you are in office as we don’t like doing office works at our home (Unless submission day is tomorrow).

So find an appropriate time, maybe after Office, or it can be in Lunch Break, or when everyone has slept in the evening, or when everyone hasn’t woke up in the morning. Don’t just mix up things, your office work, and your blog.

  • The wrong Niche

Imagine, a Surgeon who doesn’t like cooking is blogging on Food recipe or a Farmer who does not know how to drive explaining on car maintenance. It will be difficult for them, right? And it would take hours and hours of research and several Writer’s blocks. That’s what happens when you are into the wrong niche.

So, sit back, think properly, give time to yourself before you start a blog and choose a niche that you know the most and what interest you the most at least.

I have a full-time job and I have been blogging for three years without missing a day. Which means I know how to manage my time for my blogs along with my full-time job. So it took only 30 minutes to complete this 1500 words article (including editing and proofreading).

Hope it made sense.

2. Get accessible to more options.

Where do you blog? I mean, what device you use to blog or write your craft.

Only on your computer?

Suppose, an idea just hit your mind. You need to walk towards your computer, open and hit the power button. Wait for the computer to get booted, connect to the internet, open your WordPress site to start writing.

Bang! Half of the idea will be forgotten already.

On the other hand, what you need to do is, install WordPress on your smartphones, or use Evernote to jot down your thoughts on your phone instantly and easily as our smartphones remain with us most of the time.

You can also carry a notepad and a pen so that you are easily accessible to work with your blogs, you can write down points and ideas anytime. Don’t be limited with only one option, find ways to open the door with more options.

I prefer the laptop over desktop as it is more portable, I carry my phone which is installed with WordPress and Evernote with me always. I keep notepads all over my house, one in front of TV (if an idea comes up while watching TV), one on the dining table (to use during my meal time), and one in the balcony (Where I drink my evening tea.) Finally, my Ipad beside my bed so that I can write ideas and points before and after bed.

Those are just an examples, but you will come up with more.

3. Minimize your distraction

Our mind can get distracted easily in seconds. And nowadays, with more online Social Media and online services, it is getting even more difficult for every writer to be focused on the craft. I mean it, almost every writer (means you are not alone).

You get busy in your office hours, and the only time you get to spend on your passion is after office, or in the evening or early morning. And you waste your precious time on social media and get distracted easily.

So how can you minimize your distraction?

Put off your cell phone, disconnect your internet and use a blank page in Microsoft Word or any apps that you use for your craft.

You can even use pen and blank paper as it does not have any engaging apps or services.

And yeah, don’t research and write together as well. You might open up your browser to research on Google, but I am sure you will land up on Facebook, commenting on what your friends are doing.

4. Use tools that convert voice to text

Something I discovered lately.

There are apps like VoiceToText, Speech Notes, Dragon Dictation etc., that converts our voice to text automatically. Just google it find out such apps, and almost all are absolutely free.

Got tired of your busy office today and don’t have the energy to type?

Well, those apps are the GO.

Ever since I used those apps, I was able to write faster. Actually, it means we speak faster than we type.

So if you are thinking, that you are limited with time because of your full-time job, then you should definitely download those apps now which are available for your computer as well as for your phone.

5. Build your Writer’s Muscles stronger

Do you remember your first time playing soccer or football, or basketball, or swimming, or even a small run? How did you feel? Got tired sooner and your muscles got sore and had pain the day after, right? But you felt better and comfortable as you keep the continuation?

That happens with writings as well. If you get fatigue sooner with your blogs or not able to write faster, it means your writer’s muscle is weaker.

Same like other muscles in our body, we need to use frequently to strengthen it.

So be consistent and you should not let a day go without a thought for your craft and passion. Make a habit of writing at least of 1000 words, that’s what Ryan Biddulph says on his Blog, Blogging from Paradise. He is one kind of a guy, that every blogger on earth should refer and learn. He teaches on blogging tips which will help our Writer’s muscle get stronger. You can connect him on Facebook.

It may take a couple of hours at the beginning, but as you go along and when your writer’s muscle get stronger, you can do it in 30 minutes. Which means, you can post an amazing and engaging 1000 blog post in your 45 minutes Lunch Break.

Unfortunately, I don’t have a lunch break but my clinic gets closed by 3 PM. So, I spend time on my blogs and writing at four and ends up at five with 1500 words articles. Amazed? It’s just a practice and matter of time.

Wrap Up!

If you are one those with Full-Time Job and finding ways to be with your passion for blogging, I hope the tips mentioned above have helped you by somehow.

Don’t back off with your blogs because of your full-time job. It is just the strategies and tips you need to adjust and practice.

If you have anything more and awesome strategy, do comment below, as I would love to read them and add it to this post to help the struggling blogger with a full-time job.

How to Build an Appealing Blog Post

Lack of traffic got you bummed out?

Your blog may need packaging work.

Building an appealing blog post is pretty easy if you follow a few simple tips.

Don’t forget to add the meat though. Make your blog pretty but heavy on substance too.

Benefits of Creating Appealing Posts

1. Get more social shares.

2. Attract more comments.

3. Brand yourself intelligently.

4. Move up into higher blogging circles.

I admit; if I see a pretty-looking blog I am more likely to connect with the blogger through social media. Just the way it is since most of us are big on presentation.

5. Boost your blog traffic.

6. Increase your blog income.

Follow these tips to craft attention-grabbing blog posts.

1: Focus on Presentation and Meat

Focus on both aspects of building an eye-popping blog post: presentation and meat.

The presentation involves the pretty-ing of your site. Did you make it look purdy? Clean? Simple?

Then factor in the meat; the depth, length, and helpfulness of content on your site.

Cheap-looking blogs scare off readers. Thin posts send readers heading for the hills even more quickly.

Think through both your blog’s overall presentation and the quality and richness of the content you are offering to hit both aspects of building an appealing blog post.

Trash any ads, pages or posts that do not fully align with your blog topic and overall brand. Be ruthless as you trim the sidebar hedges, not unlike Edward Scissorhands. If you trim the fat your blog will look so much better to your readers.

2: Go Premium

Go premium. Or go home.

Appealing blog posts are associated with appealing-looking blogs. You can’t outfox your theme.

Buy a premium WordPress theme. Or hire a web developer to design a theme for you.

Either way, going the premium route emits a professional vibe which adds to the overall presentation of your blog posts.

Avoid going with free or cheap-looking, bargain-basement themes. Do you want to become a pro blogger? Or a blogging fool? It’s not cool to be a blogging fool but it is fun to be a full-time, professional blogger.

Invest in your future and create an eye-catching blog. Go with a premium theme.

3: Solve Specific Problems

Your blog’s appeal rests on how readily you solve your reader’s problems.

Maybe you passed the look test with a premium theme and clean formatting. But unless you add meat to the post and solve specific problems you won’t draw in prying eyes.

Most folks don’t judge a blog just by it’s cover. They open it up and take it for a test spin by reading a few recent blog posts.

Spend time getting to know your readers. Ask them questions. What are they struggling with? Craft answers around these questions to better connect with your audience and to publish attention-grabbing blog posts.

Publish 1,000-word posts or longer. Give your readers something to sink their teeth into.

Short posts are repelling. Ditch the thin postings. Go robust to entice your audience.

4: Use Short Paragraphs

Use short, punchy paragraphs to drill home your points and to craft a visually appealing blog post.

We filter content top down. Like following a typewriter. Writing short, punchy paragraphs helps readers process and filter your posts more easily.

Form the habit of beginning new paragraphs after writing 2 to 4 sentences.

5: Use Short and Punchy Sentences

Ditto for short and punchy sentences.

We can only process so much information per sentence before it becomes a run on creation.

Keep things short and punchy. Brief, powerful sentences are easy on the eyes and drill the point home.

6: Improve your Grammar

Post with good grammar adds authoritative, value and increase readability to make your post appealing.

If you want to improve your Grammar, there are two ways to do it. You can either hire an editor for your post or you can do it yourself.

Doing it yourself might sound so technical and difficult as English isn’t the first language for all. But tools like Grammarly can improve your grammar up to professional level.

Your Turn

How are you creating appealing blog posts?

What tips can you add to this list?

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Eight Reasons to Start Blogging

When people ask me, “What keeps you busy?” I often get a puzzled look every time I tell them I’m into blogging. Despite the millions of blogs online, a lot of people still don’t understand what makes blogging so popular, powerful and beneficial.

In this article, I would like to share with you the benefits I got when I started my own blog site:

1. Freedom to express myself

What I love most about blogging is that it gives me an avenue where I can freely share my thoughts and ideas about anything I find interesting. When I do this, it gives me a sense of fulfillment when I can share something beneficial to others. In addition, the freedom of expression that I enjoy so much also helps me create larger editorial ideas which I normally use for other purposes such as in writing eBooks.

2. Helps me improve my writing skills

As the saying goes, “practice makes perfect.” This also applies to writing where correct practice and learning from one’s mistakes leads to perfection. The more you write, the more you become knowledgeable in a wide range of topics and the more you can sharpen your writing style. Even as I have written thousands of articles and blogs before, I still learn something new with each new post or content I write.

3. Helps me build my online portfolio

My blog showcases my writing skills and gives me exposure online. If you are an aspiring author like me, you can easily refer your prospective clients to your blog if they would ask for a sample of your work.

4. Helps me grow my network

Since the time I started my blog, I have met a lot of new people including other bloggers and readers who share my ideas and passion. My new online network gives me a broader and better perspective in my fields of interest. Some of these relationships remain professional while others develop into friendship.

5. Enables me to help others

Being able to help other people gives meaning to what I am doing. I personally believe that the ultimate purpose of every blog is to give and not get. I don’t just express myself in my blog, I also write something that will benefit my readers positively. So, for this blog post, my goal is to help you understand why you should start blogging now.

Aside from these benefits, blogging can also serve many other purposes.

6. Market Your Business

Yes, a well-developed blog lets you gain online visibility, grow your lead, and ultimately grow your profit. By saying well developed, it means a blog that effectively attracts readership. For instance, if your business is about gadgets, you could create a blog that tackles on the many important aspects of gadgets. This may include how-to articles, guides or the latest industry news which may be helpful and entertaining to readers. As your blog gains more traffic, you could also redirect more people to your business website.

7. Promote Your Brand

Whether you are a startup or an established business, your blog can have a significant impact on your business growth. It can serve as the foundation of your online presence to reach out to your potential customers. Within your blog, you can advertise for free, get in touch with your existing customers and provide a knowledge base that can be useful to your readers. They are all good opportunities for promoting your brand.

8. Establish Yourself as an Expert

You can’t just start a blog one day and be considered an expert the next day. It may be hard to establish yourself as an expert online, but it will be worth all the patience and perseverance in the end. The more you write content that features your deeper understanding in one field, the more readers you will earn. Your blog will eventually not just be any ordinary blog. More readers will visit it to get your insights and ideas. In the end, you may get recognition and career or consulting opportunities.

If you love to write and plan to start a blog but can’t find any motivation to do so, I am hoping that this article will help you push through with your goal or plan. You don’t need to be an expert writer to start blogging. You also don’t need to be an expert in HTML and other programming languages. Getting started with the tips and tricks from already established PRO bloggers is also helpful, and I would recommend First Site Guide if you are are starting your first blog.

For instance, when I started blogging, I was not very knowledgeable about any programming language. For beginners, I suggest using WordPress as it is very user-friendly. This platform is customizable using a wide range of plugins. You may want to check out my previous articles about WordPress Themes and Plugin for Beginners.

If you are interested in starting your blog, get my eBook “The Instant Blogging Business in 2017” on Amazon Kindle, the right time is now.

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How to Write Headlines that Woo Your Audience?

Do you know why your CTR on search engine and social media sucks?

The reason is your headlines.

The very first thing of your blog post your audience sees is the headline. And, you have to make it maximum attractive to woo your audience into reading the complete content.

You may say. Ugyen, I know it! Still, I can’t implement what you are saying here.

Don’t worry! I have got a few tips for you.

How to Write Headlines that Woo Your Audience?

I know you are impatient to get yourself immersed into the headline tips. So, here they come.

1. Watch the Number of Words and Characters

You must count the numbers and characters of your headline. Do you know why? The primary reason being, people don’t like lengthy headlines. The ideal length of a perfect title is 6-8 words.

Why did I ask you to count the number of characters? You know search engines can’t display a long headline. If you want to bring organic traffic, you must keep the characters below 65 characters.

Only two out of ten people read pass your title. Means you need to make the title as much attractive as you can in order to increase the percentage.

2. Evoke Curiosity

Curiosity is the secret sauce of a successful headline. If you add it in the right amount, you will get tons of people flooding to your blog.

How exactly can you evoke curiosity with headline? Let me tell you two examples.

5 Reasons Why You shouldn’t Blog.

Why I Rejected a Million Dollar Offer for My Blog?

These just came to my mind now. You can create excellent and appealing headlines by giving it enough thinking.

3. Use Numbers

Trust me. Numbers are bumper elements in headlines.

I know you have read tons of articles with headlines including a number in the beginning. Exactly one year ago, I did a small study on the influence of numbers in the headlines, using online resources.

I found out that odd numbers do the best. And, a lot of people recommend using obscure numbers (not rounded figures like 5, 10, 15, etc.).

You must use the digits, not the words (9 tips, not nine tips).

4. Use Power Words

I said it in the past and I will say it again.

Power words can do wonders!

You may not know what a power word is, right? Simply put, it is a word that depicts a strong emotion. English is a language rich of words. So, you won’t find it difficult to find them

If you do, you must check Jon Morrow’s post. He has included 300+ words in it.

Here’s an example headline.

How 9-to-5 is Fooling You?

5. Bust the Myths

Every field has myths. People believe in something that doesn’t really matter. You can bust such myths in the headlines to get good click through rate.

Let me give you an example.

You don’t Need Backlinks to Get Tons of Traffic, Here’s Why

Almost every blogger knows the importance of backlinks. They work as votes to get our site into higher SERP positions.

Hence the headline came to bloggers as a shocking revelation. And, they will read the rest of the post to find out how to increase traffic without backlinks. You must bear in the mind that the title should be justified with the content.

6. Adapt Pop Culture

I am not being specific with the word pop culture. What I meant is you can mention renowned people (mostly pop stars, singers, movie actors, etc.) in your title.

But you have to ensure that your target audience knows the person you choose. (Have a look at your Analytics dashboard to find the percent of visitors from different countries).

9 Blogging Lessons from Ed Sheeran’s Shape of You

The heading given above is an example. You have to be creative. And, you need to put your best in the article.

7. Use Negativity to Up Your Traffic

Admit it. Negativity dominates our mind. That’s why we don’t find it difficult to remember a negative thing one did to us than every positive.

You can use this human psychology in your blog post. The Verge has used this methodology well in one of their articles.

You are not Going to Read This

They didn’t even give what the post is all about. Still, almost 80% of people will open up the article and start reading it.

Ankit Singla’s blog about How to be an Unpopular Blogger is one of the examples as well.

8. Brainstorm Multiple Headline Ideas

You have already read it. On average, only 20% of people who read your title go beyond.

Means, you spend your whole time for that 20%. I am not saying it shouldn’t be done. But you have to take care of the remaining huge chunk as well.

I always write the exact headlines after the content (of course, I set a rough title in my mind). If you follow the same, you can dedicate one extra day to find the best title. List out 10, and set it aside. After a few hours (7-8), come back and pick the perfect one.

Wrapping Up

During my research, I have found some blog posts with readymade title formats. Yeah, you can follow them. But if you are willing to spend some time, you can come up with your own personalized and effective formats.

So, what do you think? Do you have any headline hacks? Have you ever experiment with any of the tips given above?

The comment field is waiting for you. Why don’t you scroll down and scribble your thoughts there?

10 Sure-fire Ways to Write an Engaging Blog Post

If you don’t have readers interested in your posts then your blog isn’t successful.

Posts or articles that earn the most shares or comments whether negative or positive are a good sign that you are attracting readership.

How hard can it be to write an engaging blog post? Even among experienced bloggers, writing an effective post is no piece of cake. I personally strive to write posts that are not only SEO friendly, but more importantly, are original, engaging and add value to my readers. But it is easier said than done.

A real purpose for writing engaging posts is to attract new readers and to earn the loyalty of those who frequent your site. In this article, I will share ten surefire ways to writing engaging blog posts.

1. Write like it is for a specific person.

Your readers will stay engaged if they can feel that your post is meant for them. To do this, imagine writing to someone close to you. You’d use words that are easy to understand rather than smart words to impress.

2. Talk naturally.

While it is good that your content is SEO-optimized, your priority should be to write an easy-to-understand post that your target audience can relate to.

3. Be unique.

While it is nothing special to write a post about a topic already being discussed by other bloggers, there are still ways you can make your content unique. You could cite your personal experience, use an analogy, research deeper into the topic, or add authoritative comments. Also, don’t forget to make your content information rich, concise and simple.

4. Make your post reader friendly.

Imagine reading a post with long lines of paragraphs, no subheadings and no images. You’ll most probably just skim over that or just jump to its conclusion.

Bullets, subheadings and relevant pictures make your posts engaging and easy to digest.

5. Make every word count.

When writing for readers with an attention span shorter than that of a gold fish, based on a Microsoft study, you’d better make your every word count.

That means no ‘duh’ ideas such as:

  • If you are feeling tired, you might need a rest.
  • If your baby is acting up it means it needs you.

Those are classic examples of fillers or sentences that do not add value to your readers and should therefore not be in your post.

6. Back up with facts.

While filler words are a no-go for an effective blog post, so are broad or sweeping statements or generalizations that you don’t back up or support with credible facts. If not citing a firsthand experience, make sure all your figures or claims come from reliable sources, or your blog post could be easily dismissed or your site questioned altogether.

7. Use simple and short sentences.

Short sentences and paragraphs are easy to understand. Also, with short sentences, you are less likely to commit grammatical errors.

If you are familiar with Yoast, it is an SEO plugin that considers sentences with more than 20 words to be lengthy. When necessary, you can still have sentences longer than 20 words. However, Yoast recommends that you limit those sentences to only 25 percent of your overall content.

8. Use transition words.

Short sentences make transition words very useful. Words like ‘also’, ‘moreover’, ‘because,’ and many others would connect your sentences to make for a smoother flow of ideas. Transition words will prepare your readers to your next thought.

Using the correct transition word is important. To present additional information, you could use ‘also’, ‘moreover’, ‘furthermore’ or ‘additionally.’ To express contrasting ideas, using ‘while’ or ‘either’ is normal and expected. To present a conclusion, ‘hence’ and ‘therefore’ are commonly used.

9. Make a powerful introduction.

Start off with a question or a short but factual statement that will challenge and entice your readers to continue reading. Remember that first impressions last, so make your introduction count.

10. Write a punchy conclusion.

Equally important is your conclusion. While everything you might say is important, your reader would most likely just remember your concluding remarks. Most bloggers usually write a conclusion that summarizes the entire idea of their post. This can be a bit boring because it’s like repeating what you already said in the body.

A good conclusion has an effective call-to-action statement. Like if you got your points, what can they do now?

Another way to make your conclusion punchy is to leave a thought-provoking question or a strong statement for your readers to ponder on.

Conclusion

Whether you are just a beginner or are already an experienced blogger, you can write engaging and powerful posts with the tips I just mentioned. After all, what is the point of writing a blog that readers won’t like and remember.

How to Get Traffic to Your Blog as a Newbie?

Zero, one, two, maybe ten!

Are those figures come over and over again on your analytics dashboard every day?

You know you try your best with writing articles. Still, there is no one other than you and your friends to visit your blog.

Can you relate to this? Then, you are not alone.

Truth be told, you have to care about things like keyword research, optimizing your content for search engines, and backlinks to get tons of traffic flooding into your blog.

I know it! You can’t have all the knowledge in a day and it takes time.

So, how can you attract at least a few hundreds of people to come and read your blog? Well, you have got your answer here.

5 Actionable Tips to Get Traffic

I have collected a few working tips to attract decent traffic to your blog. You can apply these tips as a newbie.

1. Network with Other Bloggers

Let us assume that you own a blog on blogging. Means you write blogging tips. It is obvious that your target audience is bloggers. (Even if it isn’t, this tip works well).

All you have to do is reaching out to them. How can you do it?

No one is ever going to pay heed to what you say out of the blue. So, you have to get familiarize.

First, find five influencers in your niche. Don’t go for people who are always busy and delegate the work to their assistants (example Neil Patel). There are tons of popular bloggers who do all the work by themselves.

You have to find them, read their blog, share their content often, and email them occasionally to tell them about the quality of their articles.

And slowly, they will start noticing you and your blog. After a few months, you can send a link to your blog post for their analysis. I recommend you add a link to their top article. Then, you can tell them that they have been mentioned.

Once they share your content, at least a few of their massive number of followers will have a look at your blog.

2. Roundup Posts

You might have seen roundup posts featuring tons of experts. Why does they approach a lot of people, why not ten or twenty?

The higher the number of people taking part in your roundup, the greater your traffic will be.

Simply put, a roundup post is a collection of expert opinions. Before you go for this, you have to have genuine connections with those whom you want to feature in the roundup (follow the above method to make connections).

No, just don’t invite everyone blindly. All you have to do is creating an excel sheet. Then, find 50-100 bloggers.

I am not going into the SEO aspects of their blogs. What we target here is purely social traffic. So, you have to analyze the social profiles of those bloggers. If you get convinced with the engagements and fan following, you can choose him/her.

Then read their posts, share them often, comment under their tweets, and email them about the quality of their content.

After a few months, you can request them to take part in your roundup posts.

3. Social Media

You use Facebook, Twitter, and maybe Google Plus too.

Do you know there are many other social media platforms having the potential to send huge amount of traffic to our blog?

There are Pinterest, StumbleUpon, Reddit, and more. And, I don’t want you to go for all of them at once.

First, you have to target one. Let’s say Pinterest. Then, you need to read the rules of sharing your content there. And, follow the influential people in your niche. Don’t forget to share their content and engage with them.

Obviously, the followers of those influencers will notice you sooner or later. If you provide meaningful content, they will start following you and read your content as well.

Once you get some good figures on one social network, you can start another one. (Don’t ignore the first one).

4. Guest Blogging

Don’t listen to some SEO gurus. They may say guest blogging is dead. But no!

So, what is this guest blogging?

As the name says, you publish posts on others’ blogs as a guest author. Apparently, the owner of the blog wants you to share valuable content with his/her audience.

So, you must do it?

Well, how you can bag guest blogging opportunities? As a newbie, you have nothing but your blog. Hence, you need to manually reach out to blog owners with an introduction to yourself and link to your best article.

The response rate will be less. So, you have to keep on pitching bloggers.

Once you get a positive response, give your best. Most probably, they will allow you to include one or two links to your blog. Make them count!

5. Don’t Stop Learning

Google is a never ending mine of traffic. So, you have to learn SEO.

I know you are a newbie. But SEO will be fruitful for long term.

There are tons of guides you can find on the web about SEO. You can start with Moz’s SEO guide for beginners.

Changes happen often in SEO. For the same reason, you have to keep yourself updated. Follow SearchEngineLand to get the latest trends.

Wrapping Up

You have got five tips to attract good amount of traffic to your blog.

Are you going to close this tab and keep on doing the same as you used to?

No, shake of your laziness! You can grow, but only when you work hard. So, follow all these tips I have mentioned. You will thank me later.

Don’t forget to share these actionable tips with your blogger friends on social media. And, scribble your thoughts into the comment section down below.

Why Custom domain name is important for the success of a blog?

If you want to run an online business or want to start a blog, then you already know that you need, a professional domain name. But why buy a domain name when there are free domains available online?

Do you know, the domain name is the online representation of your blog or business?

Using a free domain name such as mydomainname.blogspot.com or mybusiness.wordpress.com can ruin your online presentation and henceforth your business.

But do you know why?

Today I am going to tell you why you should buy a custom domain name and why the custom domain name is so important for the success of a blog or business.

What is a custom domain name?

According to the complete Domain Name Guide, a custom domain name is the name of your own domain, which you buy online and which you actually own.

For example: If you want a new domain name for your coding website, then you can choose http://www.devilcoded.com, rather than using devilcoded.blogspot.com.

A URL consists of many things such as in above example http:// is (Hyper Text Transfer Protocol), www is World Wide Web, Devilcoded is domain name and .com is top level domain name extension.

You now know what is custom domain name, so let`s see why it is important for the success of a blog or website.

1) Branding:

When you use a free domain name, you are promoting the main domain of free domain service provider.

But if you buy a custom domain name, you promote your own brand.

For example, if you use ios.blogspot.com, in this you are actually generating value for blogspot, but if you have ioscrunch.com, that means you are generating value for your own brand, and it makes your website become a brand.

Using a custom domain name tells the user that you are a professional business and you have your own brand.

You can easily create social media profiles for your own custom domain name and promote your online presence, but if you create social media profiles for domain with blogspot or wordpress.com and mention that in your social media page, hardly people are going to trust what you share.

2) Promotion:

It is easier to promote custom domain name on various advertising platforms and social media networks, than a free domain name.

Why?

Because people trust a brand-able and custom domain name. When they see that a domain name is connected with some other website, they believe that it is nothing other than the copy of some content.

Custom domain names always look attractive and make their own place in the mind of people worldwide very easily.

It is also easy to tell other that you have this myowndomainname.com rather than telling that you have myowndomainname.blogspot.com, people never remember the second word if they are not familiar with the free domain provider site.

3) Earning:

There is no doubt that you can use Adsense on custom free domains also, But when I talk about huge earning, like earning from direct ads, clients or some other business, then you must have a custom domain name.

Why?

Because clients and ad seller sites only trust the blogs or websites with custom domain name. Advertisers love to promote their content only on those sites which use custom domain names and paid hosting.

That is why most of the world is using custom domain names.

4) Search Engines love Custom Domains:

Custom domain name tells the user and search engines what is the site all about. It is also easy to choose the desired keywords in custom domain names. This increases the chances of better ranking in search engines.

Search engines also prefer the sites with custom domains and hosting.

If you have searched anything on Google, you may have seen that 99.9% searches shows sites with custom domain name at first page. Because search engines trust custom domain names and they value the hardwork a professional is doing for buying and setting the custom domain name for his blog or business website.

Conclusion

I believe that above reasons are enough to tell you that why custom domain name is important for the success of a blog or online business website. There are people who have started their blogs on free domains, but later they had to move to custom domain names because of the user friendliness and trust issues.

It is always better that you start with a custom domain name and make your blog look professional from the day one.

It also do not cost you millions of dollars as most of the custom domain names available at the average price of $10/annually, which is really cheap. So why don’t buy a custom domain, when you can get huge benefits at a really low price.

Guest Authored By

Gaurav Kumar, professional Blogger, writer and motivational speaker. He is the founder of Devilcoded.com and many others. He is well known for his creation eAskme and guides about blogging.

How to Write a Captivating Blog Title That Will Sell to Readers

With thousands of blog posts published daily, it’s becoming increasingly challenging to get readership for your content. There are many factors that affect how people would consider your blog such as where it is posted, the number of active audience you have, and most importantly and perhaps often neglected, the kind of title it has.

Great titles will sell your content. Titles are the ones that prospective readers will see first both in social media and search engines. No matter how awesome your content is, your reader will immediately judge it based on your title.

When I just started blogging, I read a good deal of materials that teach me how to craft an attractive blog title and I thought it would be good to share them to you.

Step by Step Guide in Making a Blog Title

1. Start with a draft.

Before coming up with the perfect title, begin with a draft that will serve as your working title or guide in creating the content. Normally, I write a short draft title as soon as an interesting topic comes to my mind, lest I forget about it. A draft title, while it is not perfect and finalized, it needs to be very specific as it is the determining factor for your content

2. Make your title engaging.

Your title should be intriguing enough to make your reader want to click on it whether they see it popping on social media or in search engine results. However, intriguing doesn’t mean deceptive. It is important for the title to set the right expectations and your content should always convey the information that your title presents. If your readers think that this is not the case, you may lose potential blog followers.

Apart from intriguing, a good blog title is also actionable. This means that it will give the reader an impression that they will learn something from your content. Take for instance the title of this post which starts with “How to …” Starting with that phrase will let my readers immediately know what I am trying to present in the content.

3. Get to the details.

The following components in your blog title matter, so it would be good to spend time in deciding the right word to use. Look at some examples below:

How to Write a Captivating Blog Title:

5 Interesting Facts about Babies Every Mom Should Know

20 Unbelievable Machines You Don’t Know Actually Exist

  • Adjectives – When you have a chance, use interesting adjectives in the title, just like in the samples I made.
  • Noun – Avoid using the word “thing” in the title as it is too broad and vague. The more specific you are, the better. This especially useful when making a list post. Some of the nouns that you can use to replace the word “thing” include: facts, ideas, secrets, tips, tricks, ways, lessons and reasons.
  • Trigger words – I frequently use the trigger word ‘how’ in my titles if the content is about tips or procedures in doing something. Other trigger words you may use are when, why and what. For the readers, the trigger words will depict a valuable promise that they can get in the content.
  • Number – You can use either a trigger word or a number, but it can be awkward to use both.

4. Keep the title short.

There is no standard rule as to how short is a short blog title because ultimately, it depends on the message that you want to express. Keep your blog title short so that your reader will easily remember it. Most importantly, you don’t want your title to be cut off as it appears in the search engine results. Google sets the limit at a 70-character display per title tag. If you go past that, readers won’t be able to read your blog’s full title.

5. Include a keyword but don’t overdo it.

While it is good to include relevant keywords in the title, the goal is to make the title comprehensible and engaging. Keywords in the title can help you rank higher in search engines. However, overdoing it can negatively affect the overall impact of the title to the reader.

When searching for the right keyword to use in your title, there are popular tools that you could use for this purpose. One option is the Google AdWords Keyword Tool which helps you identify the volume of searches for search terms that may be relevant to your content.

Wrap Up!

Coming up with an awesome title can be challenging but it is something that bloggers like you and me should consider of utmost importance. An engaging title plus good content will help you earn the trust of your readers and gain followers.

7 Working Tips to Become an Insanely Productive Blogger

You are disappointed!

You know you want to work on your blog, research for keywords, write blog posts and hit that joyous publish button. You like networking with other bloggers.

Still, you can’t do it!

You are lazy. Yes, I mean it.

Do you want to shake of even that last tiny bit of laziness off your mind? Do you want to be an insanely productive blogger you always aspire to be?

Sit back and read this out. You have got your gold mine.

Productive Tips for Bloggers

You earn your bread and butter from blogging, don’t you? Or else, you like being an earning blogger so that you can quit your hectic job. Isn’t this your aim?

Then, you have to value every second. You need to do something that pulls you to fulfilling your wish.

I am going to help you shake off your laziness. Read the following tips to become an insanely productive blogger.

1. Dig a Bottomless Pit of Ideas

Do I literally want you to dig a pit?

No, I don’t! What I want you to do is to dig a pit and fill it with full of ideas.

Again, dig?

Nope. You have to keep a text file that contains blog post ideas on your computer. If you are a serious blogger, you get ideas while you are on the go too. Then, you have to keep a pen and paper in your pocket.

Once you reach home, you can copy that idea into your text file. Once a month passes, you will have tons of ideas.

Even the experienced bloggers face drought of ideas. As you have the pit of ideas with you, your blog will flourish with new articles.

2. Use that 5 Minutes

You get at least five minutes free time every day, don’t you? I know you can manage more than five minutes of time.

You must place yourself before the computer screen when you get a short break the next time. What should you do?

Well, you have to explore your idea pit (I mean the text file), pick a topic and start writing right away.

Mainly blog post topics are of two types- one needs a lot of research and the other one needs your insight from your personal experience. People combine both research data and experience too, which comes as a third class.

The point is, the articles you write from your experience don’t take much time. So, you can take such a topic from your list when you are having very short break.

3. Plan Your Day

When you fail to plan, you are planning to fail.

You have to make a to-do list for your daily tasks. Even though there are tons of apps available for this purpose, I recommend the old school method of pen and paper.

A small notepad and a pen is enough to make it your to-do list.

I know there are tons of tasks you have. What you have to do is categorize them into three on the basis of priority; high, medium, and low.

Needless to say, you must complete the high priority category first, then medium, and finally low.

4. Cut Big Task into Small Chunks

Let’s say you decided to write a well-researched blog post about ‘Google’s featured snippets’. Obviously, you should research well, collect details, and can include your personal experience with it as well.

Most probably, the post may go all the way up to 2000 words. Are you intimidated?

Don’t be!

You should divide the tasks into small manageable parts.

Let’s say, research, writing, proofreading, editing.

You can follow different methods of writing. If I were you, I would have created an outline and then go for the research part.

In outline, I could break the post down to small sections. Then, I would collect details for each section. And, I could easily complete the post by finishing sections after sections.

5. Stop Acting like You Have Ten Hands (and brains)

Everyone has two hands, so do you. Why on the earth then you act like you have ten hands by trying to manage multiple jobs at a time?

Stop doing that!

Do you want to write a blog post? Do it now. Don’t watch YouTube or visit Facebook amidst the process.

Do you have to research for keywords? Go for it. Don’t give a damn about anything else.

If you go for multitasking, you will end having no focus on either of the tasks.

6. Try Free Writing

I know you can’t tolerate the mocking cursor on the blank white screen. You want to fill the void with powerful letters, words, sentence, and finally a complete article.

Still, you can’t do it! You have the idea. No apt words coming out of your mind.

What should you do?

One thing, free write!

Yeah, write what comes into your mind. You shouldn’t be worried about the compatibility of the thoughts with the topic you have planned. Just write, write and write.

When you feel confident about stopping the blockage of words, you can go back to writing the article and woo your readers.

7. Escape from the Clutches of Distractions

We are living in a world of distractions. You have got your smartphone, YouTube, social media, and maybe your lover to distract you up to the core.

Here comes the importance of planning. Give time for everything and don’t overuse anything. When you work, turn off the smartphone and don’t go for time sucking websites.

Wrapping Up

You know you want to be productive, right?

Reading these tips won’t make you productive, but executing will.

So, get yourself up and follow these tips. I am not going to examine you, neither do you get scores.

It is your choice whether to be a mediocre blogger like you always are or a productive one you aspire to be.

Common newbie blogging mistakes to avoid

I was a Jackass all the time. It has been more than three years after starting a blog and here I am back to the very beginning. If I had not made those silly blogging mistakes, I would have been somewhere else.

Or maybe if I had met my friend Sherab Tenzin a way back before I started my blog, I would not have done those Mistakes. He is one of the PRO bloggers who has inspired me through the blogging journey.

I was really amazed by his blog article “Be a PRO from day one -tips fromPro-blogger”. Thanks to him, and it was never too late to start from the scratch.

Well, everyone makes mistakes but one need to take it as a lesson to build pillars for success.

If you are a newbie in the blogging world, you should avoid those blogging mistakes from the very beginning.

Common newbie Blogging Mistakes

1. Hurry Makes you Worry.

How simple it sound. I was in a rush and I took it as a race. As soon as I got my credit card, I purchased a hosting service and domain name, installed WordPress and started to blog. I wanted to earn online badly and get rich very quickly. Being Hurry was my first mistake and the beginning of all the mistakes.

For instance, I forgot to plan, didn’t have strategies and did not do any proper research. I wasn’t even in the right niche but kept on hitting publish button.

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I didn’t give a shit about anything else, rather than checking my analytics account. Well at the end, I didn’t even have 20 viewers a day and just forget about the earnings.

Therefore, don’t be in a hurry. Play a steady game with well-planned strategies. Make research, write down the points, ask Pro-Bloggers for help and finally start a blog. Don’t be just like me.

“How to plan your New Blog Perfectly, a post written” by Mr. Greg will be a great start. He explains in three parts, which I found it very useful and need to go through before starting a Blog.

2. Divided we Fall and United we Stand

I took blogging as a fight and as a competition with the fellow bloggers. But I was wrong. The fact is, it is a war where we need to fight together to have a Victory.

Well, what can I say, “My another big blogging mistake”

We need lots of help from other in setting our blog’s architecture, Need suggestion to improve our blogs, need referral backlinks to rank our site higher, need to interact with pro bloggers and follow their steps to make connections with them. This will make you a successful one.

3. Don’t forget to say Hi to Mr. 301 and 302 redirects.

Initially, we create and delete pages, posts, and categories too often. That’s a greatest newbie blogging mistakes everyone makes. My point here, I don’t mean to say don’t delete pages and posts. I mean for each deleted pages, categories, and posts, you should create a 301 and 302 redirects. Even for the slight change in your URL, you need to create those Mr. redirects.

This may sound so ridiculous for a newbie, but seriously I realized how important it is after deleting a post. You know, we never know when Google has indexed our pages and posts. I thought that post, which is least visited and less content won’t make a difference.

But you know what? Google has already indexed that URL, and every time I get clicks from Google towards that posts it was taken to 404 error page.

Google which is a computer robot, thinks my site is haunted place when it is landed to 404 error. That gives a very bad impression to Google.

Giving Bad impression to Google, we all know what it means.

If you are using premium Yoast SEO, it suggests 301 redirects after deleting post . But I know it is expensive to afford premium Yoast SEO plugin as being a Newbie blogger.

Fortunately, there are other options, like simple 301 redirects and Blogger 301 redirect. There are a lot more but I found those two plugins with more downloads and good ratings. But frankly, I haven’t used them so you need to check it yourself. I have recommended based on their downloads and ratings.

Create 301 and 301 redirects for every post, pages, categories you delete from the beginning of your blogging. Later on, you will land up like me, with a bad impression to Google.

4. Content is a King

Yes, content is a King and a key to everything for bloggers. Oh hello! I mean if you don’t write garbages and shits like me. All I did from the beginning of my blogging was, I kept on writing. I was misled by the concept of posting daily for Google rankings and AdSense approval. It was horrible.

I kept on writing for the sake of having more posts and making a schedule of a daily post but with garbage contents. I lacked proper research, a good quality content, resourceful contents and relevant articles.

Visitors on my blog kept decreasing and one day I realized, quality is always superior to quantity.

Content is where I expect much of the real money will be made on the Internet, just as it was in broadcasting. – Bill Gates

What Bill Gates said and the current Google algorithms work are similar. Content is a King unless you don’t write garbages. Consider writing a good quality content rather than quantity contents. After all, we all know, where garbages goes.

5. Forgot to collect Email Subscribers

What will I do with those emails id? that’s what I thought. I didn’t care unless recently I did a campaign for my personal blog, www.ugyendorji.com. That’s when I knew the true power of email content marketing. I received pretty good traffic from email referral. And I wished I would have collected the emails from the very first day.

Start to collect emails from the very first day. Just imagine, selling your contents directly into their inbox, how sexy it will be to have millions of email subscribers. One of the most important blogging mistakes everyone makes in the beginning.

6. SEO optimizations

I kept on writing without any keywords. I didn’t do any keyword research and didn’t bother about those site title, meta tags and all. And you know what, though I wrote more than 30 articles, I never got a single organic search. How sad it was, right? Not getting a single organic search after writing more than 30 articles determines how bad I am on SEO optimizations.

Download Yoast SEO, from your very first article, write it accordingly to SEO.

7. Too much Blogging ruins Everything

I worked hard, burned the midnight oil and every single day I kept on spending time for my blogging. The fact is, too much blogging ruins everything. We need a break sometimes.

This may confuse you at one point, but seriously you need a break.

Our minds get so filled with blogging stuff and don’t get enough space for our brain to work. We lack expressions by staying confined with the Blogs. The words won’t even come up in broad spectrum rather it will be a narrow one.

It is worth taking a break, forget about blogging, give some time for yourself and that’s when your brain will be fresh to start blogging again with more expressive words and creating wonderful articles.

Shut down your computer, take a day off and have an evening walk. Don’t strain your brain too much with Blogging.

Conclusion

No matter how many mistakes you make in life, what’smore important is to learn from your mistakes and become a successful one. I made a lot of mistake in my blog but it was my first pillar for success. I hope those newbie blogging mistakes I mentioned helps you to become a successful blogger.

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