5 Things to Consider When Choosing Guest Bloggers

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All bloggers hit this wall at some point -- staring at our screen and wondering what to blog about. Sometimes the muse just isn't there and we run out of creative ideas. This is just one reason to consider inviting guest bloggers to submit content to your blog on occasion. Inviting guest bloggers to submit content is also an excellent way to enhance your blog with commentary from a different perspective. Before you race out and start inviting guest bloggers, here are a few things to consider first. Competitor or Parallel to Your Blog Niche? It's a bad idea to recruit guest bloggers who ar...

Do I Need a Blog if I Already Have a Website?

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Ask any seasoned business owner and he or she will agree: a website is no longer a luxury for running a successful business; it's a requirement. Even if you don't use it to sell a product or service, having a website instills greater trust in your target audience while helping to establish greater brand recognition. But if you already have a website, you might be wondering whether or not you need a blog -- a question that we're going to answer today. Blog vs Website Before we reveal whether or not you need a blog, let's first discuss the nuances between blogs and websites. While a blog is es...

Common Myths and Misconceptions About Blogging

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Blogs Cannot be Monetized This is one of many myths that couldn't be further from the truth. Regardless of your blog's niche, it can almost certainly generate revenue -- assuming it has a decent amount of traffic. One of the easiest ways to monetize a blog is to display cost-per-click (CPC) advertisements like Google Adsense, which pay you a small amount (usually $0.05 to $0.25 cents) for each click. That being said, don't quit your day job and expect to support yourself on blogging revenues! The vast majority of bloggers who try to earn money from blogging do not earn enough to replace a ...

Using Guest Blogging to Attract Followers

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As a blogger, you should constantly be working to increase your total number of followers. The more followers you have, the more exposure your posts will receive; it's just that simple. While there are dozens of ways to attract new followers, among the easiest and most effective techniques is guest blogging. What is Guest Blogging? Guest blogging refers to the practice of writing and submitting posts to other blogs in exchange for recognition and a link pointing back to your own website or blog. The "guest blogger" may write a post for another blog, and include a short bio at the bottom with...

Best Online Tools for Bloggers

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There are dozens of online tools available that can help bloggers write better posts. Maybe you already use some of these tools, but others may surprise you. Word Counter We all know the importance of writing blog posts with X amount of words. Depending on your niche and intent, this might be 300 words or it might be 2,000. Regardless, you'll need some way to keep track of how many words you've written. Fortunately, WordPress and most other blogging platforms have built-in word counters. If your platform lacks this feature, you can use Word Counter to check the length of your posts. Google ...

Why Your Blog Fails to Generate Revenue

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Among the most common reasons for starting a blog is to make money. Of course, this should come as little-to-no surprise given their near-limitless earnings potential. Michael Arrington's TechCrunch blog, for instance, is believed to generate nearly $15,000 per day in advertisements, while Huffington Post generates nearly $30,000 per day. If you're struggling to turn a profit with your blog, you should first check to make sure you aren't making one of the following mistakes. Ads are Poorly Blended Ads that "stand out" from a website or blog's native content are less likely to be clicked. Thi...

The 7 Unwritten Rules of Blogging

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Thinking of starting your own blog? If so, you'll want to follow these seven unwritten rules. While there's no universal standard for maintaining a blog, these rules will boost your credibility while attracting new visitors in the process. Blogging Rules: Cite Sources There's nothing wrong with including excerpts or quotes from other websites and sources on your blog. However, you should always link back to the original source. This is done as a courtesy of saying "thanks," but it also shows search engines that your blog isn't a one-way street. Use a Custom Design The great thing about bl...

The Hidden Costs of Starting a Blog

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One of the reason why so many bloggers choose WordPress is because it's free. Other blogging platforms may cost hundreds of dollars per year, but WordPress is completely free to download and use with no strings attached. However, there are other, more discreet costs to blogging that shouldn't go unnoticed. Blog Images There's a reason why every blog post we publish has at least one image: because images improve user engagement while boosting traffic in the process. If you plan on starting a blog, you'll need to find a suitable source from which to acquire images. Copyright laws prohibi...

How to Get Noticed as a New Blogger

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Did you know that there are an estimated 152 million plus blogs currently on the Internet, with hundreds more being created each day? As a new blogger, it can be difficult to make a name for yourself and attract readers. However, following the steps listed below will set you on the right path for success. Add Images to Posts If you aren't adding images to your blog posts, you are missing out on one of the easiest and most effective ways to attract new visitors. Images enhance blog posts so they are more appealing, and thus visitors are more likely to stay and read the content rather than cli...

5 Blogging Trends to Watch

Blogging is a dynamic industry that changes from year to year. What's popular and trending one year may be gone the next. This is why it's important for bloggers to familiarize themselves with the latest trends. 1) Video It should come as little-to-no surprise that video is gaining grounds in the blogging industry. Bloggers can diversify their content while creating a more attractive blog by adding videos to it. In the past, slow Internet speeds and sub-par computer hardware restricted users' ability to watch videos. But this isn't an issue now, as Internet users can enjoy seamless videos wi...