10 Ways to Make Life Easier for Bloggers with Limited Time and Writing Ability

Marketing experts agree that blogging consistently is a sure-fire way to get your site well indexed by the search engines and get those oh-so-important backlinks for your site. But let’s face the reality. Coming up with fresh interesting blog content 365 days a year is darn difficult. You know it’s important but getting started is so hard. You understand you need the value that blogging provides from search engines gobbling up your content. But how? ! How do you come up with fresh blog content and find the time. Here’s some ideas to make your life easier but also to get better results for your efforts.

Ok, you know you are supposed to blog right?

1. Blog about what you know or are passionate about so the words stream from your keyboard rather then having to struggle to spit out the words and put sentences together. It’s always easier to talk about something you know or care about or that is controversial,  then technical or dry topics.

2. You don’t have to be an expert (unless you really are an expert and can offer expert content on a specific topic). Write about specifics if you can, generalities if you have to, but write about something!

3. You don’t have to be a blogger who writes with grammatical perfection. Your English teacher is not reading your blog. Stop thinking that the world is going to judge you critically if you misspell a word or don’t know all the rules of grammar. Of course you want your blog to be as good as it can be, but don’t let the quest for perfection make a 20 minute blog post take you hours to complete, or worse – never finish!

4. Ideally, to get the most benefit from search engines indexing your blog, you want to blog about topics related to your products, service or business. But that can be really tough to write about just one subject every day. Try spacing out your blogs so that some are on topic for your purpose, while others are off topic, or about current events. Add in your Resource Box at the end of every post (see point 7 below).

5. Keep your blog posts short. Keep your blog to the point, itemize, organize, number points if you have to. Do what you have to do make it easy and quick for you to write and easy and quick for your readers to digest. Sometimes less is more.

6. Let the world around you be your inspiration for blogs topics. This can include songs, newspaper headlines, nature, current events, other bloggers, daily happenings in the course of your life, things your kids say or do. Get the idea. There are NO limits. If you have a specific topic based blog (niche blog) post only content related to that topic to get the best search engine ranking. Use key words in your blogs in a natural way so that reader can find you more easily  and search engines index your site as having strong matches for your key words.  

7. Always, conclude your post with a Resource Box or Author info section with every blog. Why? So that your contact info and identifying information is tagged with EVERY blog post and not tucked away on an About page. Ensure that your Resource Box includes your name, contact details, areas of expertise, and link to your site or landing page. It is also a good idea to weave your optimal key words into your Resource Box. This way the key words you want people to find you with are associated with your blog, your name, and your company. This proves beneficial if you write about something not directly related to your business, products or services, you still get the benefit of the key word content about yourself, and a backlink to your site, or landing page.

8. Sometimes it helps to start with a really catchy Blog title. Take a lesson from the newspapers. They construct clever eye-grabbing attention getting headlines to draw you in. Start with a really bold, in your face, descriptive or reaction provoking headline to get immediate attention. Then let your content come forth from the headline. Your title can make a huge difference in getting readership and in getting search engine ranking. Key word specific titles are recommended.

9. Set a goal to blog on a regular basis. If you can’t blog every day, then do it every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Set exact dates and times that work for you. If you don’t you will always find some other distraction to convince yourself is more important. Set a goal, stick to it, do it!

10. Make the most of the time you have spent on your blog by then tweeting it, posting it to Linked In, adding to your Facebook profile and other social media sites. Maximize the power of the time you spent blogging by utilizing social media to spread the message to other sites. You can use automated tools to do this to save time. Include links to your social media sites on your blog itself for even more exposure, sharing, likes and more.

I found the LAZY BLOGGER software included in one of my favorite programs. It’s included with both the Silver Membership or our Platinum level to save enormous time when blogging.

Final point. Some of you who aren’t good writers, are good VIDEO Bloggers. So in addition to written blogs, do some brief video blog posts. The same principles and guidelines shared above apply equally well to video blogging.

Nevertheless, you can find limitless resources here beyond the lazy blogger.

P.S. Look for the Goodie Bag!

By Barton Goldsmith, Ph.D., LMFT

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What’s The #1 Thing Holding You Back?

By Matt Morris

For most, and especially in network marketing, it’s fear.
Fear of rejection is the biggest one in our profession. And before you go on saying you’re don’t have fear, consider this…
If you sincerely had no fear, you would have already talked to everyone in your life about whatever products you’re selling. (That is IF you really believe in them)
So what to do about it?
Well, I was listening to my friend Myron Golden today and here’s how he defines fear…
Fear is caution for a real and present danger.
Most fear isn’t real at all… it’s really anxiety which is caution over an imagined and future danger.
The “danger” being worried about what people think or how they’ll respond.
Maybe they’ll laugh at me? Maybe they’ll look down on me? Maybe they’ll talk behind my back? All things you completely make up in your head.
Myron’s advice, which I love, is to convert that anxiety to positive anticipation.
Since the anxiety is something you just literally make up in your head, why not make up something positive?
When you prospect the right way, here’s how it should go down…
Whether they buy your product or not, your anticipated outcome should be to strengthen your relationship with the other person.
Instead of thinking they will react negatively, have faith that they will not only admire you for having the courage to pursue your business to achieve your goals and dreams, but they’ll actually appreciate you for reaching out to them.
Doesn’t that sound a lot better than worrying about rejection?
I’ll show you how I’ve done this for almost the past almost 2 decades without ever losing a friend. It’s pretty simple… just follow these points:
• Be cool! Let them know it may or may not be for them up front and don’t ram your products or opportunity up their ass.
• Spend time hearing about them and what’s going on in their life.
• Let them know how much you genuinely appreciate their friendship and let them know how much it means to you that they took a look. And this is the key – whether they buy or not.
When you follow these simple 3 points, not only will you deepen your friendship, you might actually end up with a new customer or better yet, a new customer and business associate!
So, my friend, stop wasting today’s energy worrying about an imaginary problem.
Fear, when it comes to prospecting, is an imaginary emotion you make up in your mind. So decide to make up anticipation instead!
Now , go make that call you’ve been procrastinating on. Do it now!
In closing , I hope your enjoyed Matts’s article. I truly love Matt’s drive and passion.
In fact, I am being coached by Matt Morris in his Millionaire School! I can’t get enough of his knowledge. He keeps me centered and focused.

Signing off until next time… Sharon 🙂

Social Bookmarking Sites

In this lesson you’ll get an introduction to Ultimately Social Bookmarking Sites and how to use them for maximum SEO benefit!

What are Social Bookmarking sites?

Social bookmarking sites or ‘tagging’ sites are a way to store your favorite links online — usually publicly, hence the word ‘social’! This type of site is the epitome of web 2.0 and has become very popular, as it’s a great way for people to find new websites that they might otherwise never come across.

For internet marketers, social bookmarking sites are an excellent way of driving traffic to your website or blog.

There are two ways in which social bookmarking sites benefit marketers:

  1. They have high Google PageRank, meaning they are fantastic sites to get linking to your websites for SEO purposes.
  2. More people are turning to them to find the resources they are looking for. Once you add your sites and other people start to find them and like them, they will add some or all of your links to their list, and this can mean big traffic.

For example, Digg.com is the 89th most visited site on the web, meaning tens of thousands of people are going there every day.

Social bookmarking sites are very simple to use. All you need to do is register and start adding your favorite links to your list. On registration, most bookmarking sites require you to download a toolbar that goes onto your browser and provides shortcuts.

The first sites you add to your bookmarks will be allyour personal webpages and blog posts – don’t simply bookmark your homepage and leave it at that. Leverage these resources to the max by adding all your pages for the world to see.

Idea: Bookmarking Networks

When you have added a good selection of websites and blogs to your bookmarks, you might want to consider forming a bookmarking network, perhaps via the contacts you have made from social networking.

A bookmarking network is a group of 10 or so people who decide to collaborate on driving traffic by bookmarking each others’ websites using the top social networking sites.

This will increase the chances of other people finding your sites and adding your sites to their own lists. Pretty soon, you’ll have lots of people checking out your site, joining your mailing list and even buying products through your affiliate links.

Lesson Summary

In this lesson we’ve taken a quick look at how you can use social bookmarking sites to drive traffic to your website or blogs. We took a look at why you would want to use social bookmarking sites, as well as a brief glance at the idea of using bookmarking networks.

5 Ways To Monetize Your Blog

In this lesson we look at 5 ways to monetize your blog – simple things you can do to improve your profit!

#1. Subtle Affiliate Promotions. A blog is a great way to promote affiliate products to your subscribers who trust and respect your opinion. The key to doing it successfully is to employ a subtle touch.

Here are some general guidelines:

Ask yourself what types of products your readers might be interested in.
Think about the quality of the product — promoting just one or two inferior offerings (and there are plenty available) could be enough to destroy months of work building up trust and credibility.

A good promotion educates readers on the problem and how the product solves it. Consider ‘building up’ to a promotion by talking about a problem one week, and providing a solution the following week.
Spread out your promotions to avoid making your readers feel like they have subscribed to “1001 Ways to Part with Your Hard-Earned Cash”!

#2. Inserting Google AdSense
There is some money to be made from placing Google AdSense within your blog posts.

Google Adsense is a risk-free way to make some money as it costs nothing to sign up. As with Adsense generally, the more targeted the content and the better your use of keywords, the more relevant the ads are likely to be, and the more money you will make.

The easiest way to insert Adsense blocks into your posts is via the WordPress Adsense Deluxe plugin.

This application provides shortcuts for automatically inserting Adsense code into your blog. All you have to do then is add simple HTML comments wherever you want the three ad blocks to show.

#3. Writing ‘Product Name’ Reviews
Writing product name reviews can be extremely lucrative as they are easy to get ranking highly in Google searches on “product name” + “review”. Even better, because people are already thinking of purchasing a product when they search for a review, blog reviews usually convert very highly!

The secret to writing successful product name reviews is to be honest — and place the product name throughout the post three or four times.

Just because you are trying to make a sale doesn’t mean you have to be glowing. In fact, reviews are more believable when the author is clearly taking an objective view and commenting on the negatives as well as the positives. Everyone knows that there is no such thing as pure perfection and trying to make something appear that way smacks of insincerity and motives that are blatantly financial.

#4. Build a Mailing List
If you have a mailing-list signup on your blog, you can start to grow a list of engaged followers. Then, further down the line, you can promote affiliate products to your mailing list or even get paid to send emails for other marketers. These mail-outs that you send to your list for others are called solo ads.

This is an incredibly lucrative strategy. A large mailing list is an asset in itself. You can learn more about email marketing in the free lessons section here. All you really need to get started is an auto-responder service such as AWeber, and add a sign-up form on your blog.

#5. Sell your blogs
A site with a large readership is valuable in itself. So valuable, in fact, that some people make a living as ‘blog professionals’, setting up blogs, getting them ranking well and then selling them for anything from a couple of hundred to several thousand of dollars. If you enjoy the challenge of creating the buzz and building traffic but find that you lose interest the moment things plateau, becoming a blog professional could be a good career move.

Lesson Summary
In this lesson we took a look at five ways you can monetize your blog; these were:

  • •Subtle affiliate promotions
    •Inserting Google AdSense
    •Writing ‘Product Name’ Reviews
    •Building a mailing list
    •Selling your blogs!
  • I hope you enjoyed this post and got some value from it.

    Signing off until time…Sharon;-)