Want to be a rich blogger? These practical tips can help you

Blogging Tips

Starting a blog isn’t difficult but turning it into an income opportunity certainly requires serious efforts. Many people start blogging just because they have a passion for writing. However, they overlook other factors like technical aspects, business potential, SEO, etc. and that’s a big reason why most of the people now start their bog enthusiastically have to wrap it up within a year. In this blog, we are going to share some of the best tips to ensure that your blog won’t meet a similar destiny but would join the rank of successful blogs. 

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Put in hard work

There are millions of blogs worldwide and billions of blog posts are being written regularly. So the competition is very high. 

You need to be unique to enjoy distinguished positions. So you need to constantly learn the new things and upgrade the knowledge about your specific niche. Don’t try to dip your fingers into too many thing at the beginning.

Smart Tip: Remember, you don’t have to compete on global or national level if your main audiences are local. Likewise, if you are concentrating on your specific area (say the beauty salons in your block or the department shops in your avenue) the competition will dramatically become smaller and much easier to manage.

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Be ready to invest in the professional platform

While you may be tempted to opt for the free blog building platforms they lack the quality and professional appeal. So avoid them and go for the paid site builders with premium features and a good brand reputation. You may also hire a designer if you need a customized blog design with a specific personality.

Keep in mind that free blog platforms cost you reputation, respect, and revenue opportunities. If you weigh the things like a sharp businessman you would realize that it is much better to invest some amount rather than risking you blogging business by using free resources that, at best, can provide you a substandard blog with a DIY look- something that would neither attract readers nor convince potential advertisers.

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Invest wisely by adopting RoI based approach

You cannot escape the investment part if you are starting a blog as a business. However, you have to be careful while investing to avoid spending a pound to earn a penny. Weigh the things and think in terms of RoI. Most of the top bloggers with lavish websites started with a humble layout sans frill and fancy.

It is only after earning some income these bloggers started upgrading the design. As a beginner, the only major concern is having a professional and reader friendly design.

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Gain some level of relevant technical proficiency

You don’t have to master different technical aspects of web design and development but you need to have an average knowledge of these things to maintain the technical health of your blog. It will not only save you from recurring costs for modifying the design but will also allow you to take better control of the overall visitor experience.

On the web you can find a good amount of learning material on designing and development but you don’t necessarily need expertise. Just go through the basic knowledge and keep on sharpening it through hit and try the practice. A majority of bloggers learned that way and you can too. While ding all these things always maintain in your mind that the content is the hero of your blog while the rest factors like design and functionalities are the side characters. So, while the main objective should be to create a fine synergy among all, the major focus should be on the content and its quality. Serious readers may forgive a generic design if the content is great but they won’t tolerate a fancy, designer blog with low quality, copied, and generic content.

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Publishing consistency matters

Make a regular schedule of publishing. It is highly recommendable to write daily even if you wish to publish 2-3 posts a week. It will help you in sharpening your writing skill and build a signature style of your own that will give a distinct personality to your blog. Consistency plays a vital role in building a regular stream of readers.

If you publish 5 blogs today and then took a break of 15 days, you won’t be able to attract genuine readers. Your main objective is to build a reading habit among your blog visitors so that they can be converted to regular readers. It is also advisable not to dip your fingers into too many things at the same time. Wisely schedule things like content writing, content marketing, contacting advertisers, etc. so that one activity should not interfere with another. 

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Social media marketing

One of the easiest ways to promote your blog on your own with zero amounts is to create a good social media reputation. Just creating a Facebook page or twitter handle isn’t enough. You need to ignite the conversation and take it forward. If you would look at the social media handles of top bloggers you would observe that they are constantly engaging with their audiences. Right from creating engaging niche related social media posts to telling passionately about their latest posts and initiating discussions- these bloggers are expert at converting social media into a powerful promotional tool. To get the success you have to take inspiration from what successful people are doing. By and by you can strengthen your social media presence and constantly engage with your audience. 

Conclusion

To earn a decent regular income out of your blog it is very important to create a checklist of the major things to concentrate on. In this blog, we provided a list of the most important things that can determine the destiny of your blog. The readers are advised to carefully note these things down and follow the tips regularly. It will help them in enjoying decent success in their blogging career.

Blog your way to success by adopting these actionable tips (Part 2)

Blogging Tips

In our last blog, we shared some practical advice that you need to follow to grow as a blogger. In this concluding part, we are going to mention some more tips along with a quick list of the tools that can help you in practically following those tips without complicating your daily schedule. By following these strategies and using the mentioned tools, you would be able to constantly grow as a blogger and reach the coveted position of top 100 bloggers:

Poor grammar ruins blog’s reputation

Many writers hate grammar policing but it doesn’t mean that you can conveniently dispose of the basic grammar rules. Dedicated readers respect language and grammar is the foundation of any language.

Rampant grammar and spelling mistakes can easily annoy the readers and may also make your content meaningless. Moreover, the content with heavy spelling and grammar mistakes gives a spurious feel and compels audiences to hit back or close button- earning you a negative SEO point. Make sure that your content is free from spelling and grammar mistakes and achieves high readability scores.

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Respect those who inspire you

No blogger can honestly claim to offer 100% original content gained from the first-hand experience without any inspiration. Believe me, it is not a bold allegation but a practical reality.

It is not a bad idea to take inspiration from existing blogs but presenting that idea without acknowledging the source is simply unacceptable. You should start by openly asserting that the information you are going to share has been derived from another source and after presenting the information in the relevant format openly mention the name of the source and thank its author.

It is even a better idea to go a mile further and link to that specific blog post. It will not only establish your identity as an honest blogger but can also help you form some good relations with fellow bloggers. This strategy offers good SEO benefits as well.

No one likes copycat blogger

While we have told in the above paragraph that we need some inspirations to create high-quality blog posts, it is equally important to maintain the line of difference between inspiration and copying. Copy-pasting small portions from different blogs help you publish hundreds of high-quality posts without breaking a sweat. However, it not only brings you in the bad books of Google but also exposes you to legal actions. In the writing world it is known as plagiarism and today there are powerful tools like Copyscape to detect plagiarism.

Most of the serious professional bloggers keep a keen eye on “content stealers” and don’t hesitate to take legal action against them. Google can detect such copied content and take prompt severe action against them including permanent blacklisting of the site.

Also remember…

Many people think that they can easily fool Google or plagiarism checking tools by juxtaposing a few words/phrases here and there. This is again a wrong assumption. This, known as rephrasing, is equally considered as plagiarism and both Google and plagiarism tools can efficiently detect rephrased content and its source.

Create an appealing and reader-friendly design

Create a user-friendly, appealing design for your blog and make sure that the website design is responsive, i.e., it offers uniform visual experience across different devices and browsers.

Use minimalist design with an easy navigation structure and intuitive positioning of buttons, menus, and other elements. Make it eye-friendly by adding adequate white space, pastel colors, and retina-friendly resolution. It will encourage readers to keep exploring different topics at a stretch without feeling stress on their eyes regardless of the device they use. .

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Create a fine balance between passion and professionalism

 While blogging, in most cases, starts with a passion, you should know how to keep this passion from getting unruly. As a professional blogger, you have some responsibilities towards your readers. Your growth closely depends on your capability of aligning passion with professionalism.

Successful bloggers know how to channel their passion in a positive direction to create powerful blogs that readers trust, Google loves and advertisers prefer for promoting their brands. It won’t happen overnight but by devising and following a proper strategy along with marketing tactics you can steadily grow your blog into a dependable commercial venture.

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Best tools for bloggers

While following specific strategies allows you to develop as a blogger, you also need to have a practical, easy way to follow a systematic schedule on a daily basis. Thankfully, there are various tools that can help you streamlined your daily schedule, make it more productive and align it with your success goals. Here is a quick overview of some of the best tools that every blogger should use:

Content creation ideas

·         BuzzSumo

·         Quora

·         Quick Sprout

Idea organizing tools

·         Evernote

·         Trello

·         Google Calendar

Optimization tools

·         Keywordtool.io

·         Google Trends

·         Keyword Planner

Writing assistant tools

·         Google Docs

·         Toggl

Visual creation tools

·         Canva

·         Meme Generator

·         Share as Image

Content distribution/sharing tools

·         Buffer

·         Filament

·         Click to Tweet

Conclusion

Constant growth as a blogger needs hard work, dedication, and patience. You need to learn at every point of your blogging journey and implement your knowledge in the practical scenario. Many tools can help you as a blogger and manage different activities- right from auto-scheduling to SEO optimization. Smart bloggers combine the right tools with the right strategies to gain the best benefits with the least efforts. Following the same strategy may not turn you into the richest blogger of the world, but it can certainly help you earn a steady decent income along with a solid reputation as a blogger.

Blog your way to success by adopting these actionable tips (Part 1 of 2)

Blogging Tips

Blogging is a career that promises you a life that allows you to follow the passion of your heart. It also helps you earn a decent income with high growth potential. However, it is not a get rich quick scheme. You should be ready to invest your efforts and time into it. You need to follow specific strategies and stick to a routine- at least for the initial 6 months or until your blog is properly established. In this article, we are going to share some practical tips to turn blogging into a successful business enterprise.

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Hone your writing skills

It is a no-brainer that you need to deliver high-quality content to create a successful blog. While it is true that writing is a natural skill, you still need to hone it to write the content that precisely satisfies the readers’ queries, aligns with the guidelines of major search engines, and has decent commercial potential. 

As a blogger you need to have the following skills

·         Excellent Knowledge of Language

·          (almost) Perfect Proofreading Skills

·         Awesome Presentation 

·         Competent Research Abilities

·         SEO Hacks

·         Excellent knowledge about the niche/topic

·         Create highly readable content

·         Adapting to the latest trends

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Don’t sacrifice honesty for immediate commercial interests

One of the major mistakes made by many newbie bloggers is to allow the immediate commercial interests to influence their original thoughts. Gradually they start losing their original tone. You cannot survive as a blogger if your readers don’t support you with their trust and time. So, respect your readers and offer them honest, unbiased, and genuine information.

No amount of marketing can help you in the long run if your blog publishes false reviews, sponsored positive posts about the brands you aren’t sure about, or pushing specific products through your content. Sooner or later the things will be revealed costing your blog the authenticity and readers’ trust. You will start getting negative feedback on social media channels, mass unsubscribing may happen, and your blog will lose the traffic and ranking it has acquired after so many efforts.  

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Blogging needs dedication, no matter what

Even the topmost bloggers of today started from a dorm or a small room of their home. They had many other responsibilities, but they still managed to reserve a specific portion of time and attention for their blog- posting new content, replying to comments, and researching new topics. It is this dedication that helped them to grow into top bloggers. Your takeaway: Your blog cannot succeed if you are not dedicated, period.

If you want to be a blogger, make sure that you dedicate at least 6 months of your life to blogging. During this period acquire as much knowledge as you can.

Learn about different aspects of blogging. Practice what you learn and see how it works for you. Most likely you would need to go through multiple attempts. This hit and try approach will help you precisely tailor the acquired knowledge to meet your specific needs.

Keep on reviewing the outcomes and retain only those strategies that offer positive results while leaving the unproductive ones.

Tip

Dedication should not be limited to a “feel-good” factor but it should be interpreted into practical reality. Create a daily/weekly blogging schedule and strictly follow this schedule at least for 6 months. Punctuality promotes dedication. 

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Constant evolution is the key to success

Evolution is not an overnight incident. It is a process that comprises several of stages. In the same way, if you wish to evolve as a blogger you need to follow a process patiently and persistently. Here are the most basic requirements that you should include in your daily schedule if you wish to grow as a blogger:

·         Learn: Enhance your knowledge by learning new relevant things- latest knowledge about your niche, SEO strategies, social media tractions and other factors related to your blog

·         Try: Try what you learn and see how it works in the real world. Are you satisfied with the results that you are getting?- this should be the prime question to base your final decision.

·         Review: Review the tangible outcome of the applied knowledge to determine what works best for you to meet your expectations. Retain the best, refuse the rest.

·         Fine-tune: Different bloggers have different requirements depending upon factors like demographics, topic, competition, etc. There is no one size fits all strategy for every blogger. Don’t hesitate to fine-tune the standard strategies to make them work best for your blog

·         Create your own strategy: Many strategies might not fit into a standard definition but they still work best for some people. Think about a casual FB conversation graduating into a huge business deal or a mundane get together at home or office helping you to make high-profile contacts. Consider investing some time and brainstorming on such innovative, out-of-the-box strategies.

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Daily practice is the key to success

Just like any other art, your writing gets better if you practice it daily. Of course, there are immediate professional benefits as well. Google also loves the reader-friendly blogs that are regularly updated with the latest information.

By incorporating some keyword strategies it can also help you gradually improve your visibility. Readers also prefer the blogs that offer them the wealth of the latest information as it allows them to remain on edge.

Make it a habit to write well-researched articles on the latest topics- posting at least one article every day.

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Don’t struggle with many niches

Make sure that your blog focuses on a specific niche. You may love traveling, technology, and literature but forcing all these disparate topics in the single blog can rob it of its unique confident personality. So, before starting a blog you should find your niche. It could be travel, technology, or even history- but make sure to focus on a single niche.

Having a specific niche not only saves you from unnecessary stress but will also allow you to concentrate all your energy, time, and efforts in a single direction that will significantly enhance the overall potential of your blog.

Conclusion

To grow as a blogger, you need to be very specific about how you spend your time, efforts, and energy. Just daydreaming won’t help you. You need to adopt the actions, thinking, and schedules that align with your growth plans. Clear direction, focused efforts, well-planned strategies, and constant optimization are some major basic requirements for those who wish to join the list of successful bloggers.  

Struggling with your blogging career? Don’t give up before trying these 5 tips

Blogging Tips

Blogging can be a very promising enterprise if you follow the right strategy. However, many bloggers fail to do that and left their efforts in a middle way seeing that no progress has been made. Instead of putting in the initial efforts and then leaving a pursuit, it is better to identify the specific reasons for failure and working on them to improve your potential. An even better option is to regard your blog as a serious commercial venture right from the beginning and keep on identifying different income-generating opportunities. In this blog, we are going to reveal some of the best ways to earn from your blog even if you are a beginner.

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Offer real value to the audiences

The easiest way to start generating income from your blog is to offer expert services to your audiences. Now the term expert service is a wide term and under the umbrella you have varied fields like offering actionable advice on relevant issues, how-to guides, helping your audiences identify latent opportunities, and even offering your direct services in the fields you expertise in- digital marketing, website development, etc.

 In simplest terms, you can start by helping your readers identify the exact reason behind the tricky issues or hurdles they are facing, and even more importantly, help them overcome those challenges by providing immediately actionable practical advice.

 A majority of digital users browse content that can help them overcome their present challenges in the most practical way. By serving them such content you can build an instant rapport with this vast majority of audiences.

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Offer distinguished writing service to top brands

The reputed brands have a constant requirement for the skilled writers with demonstrated distinct capabilities. While there are numerous writers available in the world, very few can be put into the category if accomplished writers. So, developing such distinguished writing skills and marketing them in the best way allows you to join the relatively smaller community of high-caliber writers that minimize the competition. Moreover, the reputed brands are ready to pay a decently high price for each piece of writing. It not only hikes your income potential but also relieves you from the worry of living from paycheck to paycheck.

 The demand curve of skilled bloggers is going up which means that once you acquire the skills the income potential will constantly keep on rising- provided that you effectively market your skills to the right brands using right strategies.

 There are a number of writing courses available online. Carefully select the best courses. Such certification equips you with in-demand skill sets that the reputed brands are looking for. Make sure to go for certificate courses from reputed sources as the latter provides you a tangible proof to show the potential clients.

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Provide reasonably priced onine courses on related topics

 One of the best ways to get the best out of small community of potential buyers is to sell them something that assures a good revenue per sales and allows you to keep the maximum profit. One option is to sell online courses through your blog.

 Now the question comes that why people would invest in online courses when the internet is rife with free lessons on the same topics. The simple answer is comfort and trust. While people love free information, they are also aware that the quality and practical effectiveness of such information may not always be reliable. Paid courses, on the other hand, are looked as more trustable sources as the course creator is selling it for a price and is thus answerable to the learners. Also, the online courses bring multiple aspects of the same topic on the same ground and structure them in a linear, easy to understand format.

In order to attract people to your courses, you can keep the prices reasonably owner in the starting and also collect the feedback from the learners. It will offer you a wholesome review of your course identify the weaknesses strengths and work on them to further improve the quality. It will also help you improve your relations with the readers.

 It also allows you to work exclusively for your passion instead of blogging for various brands. That’s why it is the best option for passionate bloggers who wish to earn a good income without compromising on their passion or allowing commercial factors to alter their writing style/skills.

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Create e-books

 Now this advice is not directly related to the field of blogging but it is helpful nevertheless. You can create an e-book comprising your best articles that tend to the same issue. Sure, you may have to put in more effort- do some fill in the blanks, modify your strategy, and restructure the format to suit the style of an e-book. One of the best ways to sell your e-book content is through Kindle books but you shouldn’t neglect the other options either.

 One of the best factors about Kindle is that it is a part of the reputed brand Amazon- an eCommerce platform that enjoys unrivaled reputation across the globe.  

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Create a list of email subscribers

Another creative way to use your blog as an income generator is to create a list of email subscribers. In this way, you would have a list of email addresses of the people who are very likely to be interested in your topics and products.

Converting such subscribers into clients is comparatively easy and you can also employ this list to gain committed audiences, sell affiliate products, and use for other commercial endeavors. However, you need to maintain a fine balance between giving and take. You can start by offering exclusive content and more in-depth insights to your email subscribers only. It will help you bond better with such audiences. You can even ask their feedback and suggestion on the same and encourage them to interact with you through email.

Seamless communication and active interaction further strengthen the relations and make readers appreciate your proactive efforts in resolving their issues. Once you have thus fortified the relations, you can then send those emails about the tricky issues and naturally mention your affiliate products, paid courses, or kindle books as one of the best options to solve those issues.

In this strategy you follow a natural curve, starting from delivering high-value exclusive information right into the mailboxes of your email subscribers, then encouraging them to frankly discuss their issues with your through direct email communication, and then- after winning their trust- you suggest them about the best products or services that can solve their issues. It is much easier to convince people after building trust and familiarity rather than directly marketing their products.

Conclusion

Starting a blog is super easy but attracting audiences is difficult. Even more difficult is to generate income from your blog. However, instead of getting discouraged, the new bloggers can use some smart, easy, and sure-shot ways to gradually turn their blog into a profitable venture. In this article, we shared some actionable tips to help you get your initial paychecks even if your blog doesn’t attract lots of traffic.

Are these 6 blogging mistakes keeping you from your first paycheck? Take action now

Blogging Tips

Every day a large number of blogs are started worldwide by passionate bloggers and a majority of them fail within a year. On one hand, we have blogs like Huffington Post that earns $14 million every month and on the other, we have tens of thousands of blogs struggling to get a $100 paycheck- without a success. Is your blog also desperate to get its first paycheck? Then probably, you have come to the right place.

No, we won’t give you a paycheck but share some secrets and tips to help you earn a steady stream of paychecks. We have strategically created this blog to mention the challenges, tips, and a concrete corrective action plan & tools. So, be ready with your diary and pen and jot down the important points. You may not be able to follow all the tips but try to pick at least one that seems most convenient to you, and stick to it till you start observing the positive results.

No, we won’t give you a paycheck but share some secrets and tips to help you earn a steady stream of paychecks. We have strategically created this blog to mention the challenges, tips, and a concrete corrective action plan & tools. So, be ready with your diary and pen and jot down the important points. You may not be able to follow all the tips but try to pick at least one that seems most convenient to you, and stick to it till you start observing the positive results.

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Not identifying your target readers

Deep knowledge of your audience will help you find the most engaging topics and focus your research in the right direction. You would be able to highlight the aspects most relevant to them and use the conversational tone to match the readers’ profile. All these factors form the basis of a great content.

Start by studying the demographics, and needs of your targeted audiences. Understand their problems and major challenges. Identify the gaps in demand and supply where you can chip in and offer a precise solution. It is an even better idea to present multiple options to help your readers pick the one that they are most comfortable with.

Tools like Google Analytics make things easier for you but there is nothing like direct interaction with the audience. Think engaging ways to directly ask them about their needs and challenges, likes and dislike weakness and strengths, etc. This detailed information helps you in two ways- strengthening relations with the audience and concentrating on purpose-fulfilling content. A wide variety of free and premium tools will iron out the creative creases and help you build engaging polls, email newsletters, etc.

·         https://www.poll-maker.com/: A powerful and free tool to create polls, surveys and quizzes to help you understand your readers better and offer most relevant content

·         https://rating-widget.com/: A free yet powerful tool to rate your article to help you understand your writing quality and constantly improve the same.

·         http://hashtagify.me/: Find deeper insights about different hashtags to discover latest trending topics, research relevant keywords and keep you updated about social media. It allows you to create posts on topics with maximum potential and makes it easier for you to attract and engage the readers for long.

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Lacking a mission

 Without a clear mission, you won’t be able to concentrate intently. Gradually the passion dissipates, you start losing your focus and eventually the quality suffers. It becomes increasingly tough to attract new visitors and even retaining a few that you might have acquired.

·        Starting your blogging journey with clear and realistic objectives

·        Lack of sustainable mutual connection between creative and commercial goals

·        Lack of a well-thought plan to align your daily tasks (posting, content marketing, SEO, etc.) with the big picture/prime objective(s)

Examples

·         Objective: To earn income (Too vague)

·         To earn $3000 within a month (better defined but too big to be achieved within a month)

·         To earn at least $50 in 30 days mainly through affiliate income and sponsored posts (well-defined and possibly achievable target with specific figures, time-frame, and income avenues)

Pro-tip:

·        Don’t ignore what-ifs of a venture. Be flexible enough to review and reasonably fine-tune your efforts to maximize gains and minimize obstacles

·        Dedicate a decent chunk of time, space, and infrastructure to your venture. It will eliminate distractions and help you remain focused and agile throughout the blogging process

·        Don’t shy to ask, learn, and enhance your expertise. There are lots of bloggers around the globe who are ready to help you with their expertise. Reach out to them through digital groups, forums, and online communities

·        Read as much as you can. A good reader subconsciously learn to write well

ProBlogger and Bloggersconnected.com/ are two ideal online sources to check for the niche-specific brands that are looking to connect with the bloggers. Here you just need to create your account, set your profile and specify communication preferences. You would get instant information about any new opportunities for bloggers.

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Chaos of topics

 Widening your portfolio of topics seems a good idea on the surface as it would possibly attract a wider spectrum of readers across different demographics. However, you would need to write more in the same period of time. It compresses the time for research and writing. Switching your attention to different topics in a smaller time frame also creates stress. Before you know, you start losing the grip over the quality thus annoying and alienating your readers. Ironically, you would be putting more effort without knowing that each effort is actually annoying- instead of attracting your readers.

Concentrate on a single niche to keep the things manageable and gain better expertise. It will enable you to concentrate on value rather than struggling with the volume. You would be able to fine-tune every aspect of your content delivery- right from research to marketing. Result? Your readers would enjoy your blogs, get the value benefit, and would love to return. You may not get any immediate ranking benefits but eventually, it helps in building an authority that will help you gain more visibility in due course of time. It is just like a long term investment of efforts to gain higher returns. Each high quality, SEO, and Reader-friendly post write today increases the RoI of your future SEO strategy.

There are immediate or short term benefits as well. On the commercial front, it will help you acquire the targeted and sustainable readers with a steady growth rate which makes it easier to enhance the revenue potential of your blog. Sponsors have grown too wise to be lured with plain stats. They want to know every detail of your traffic- age, gender, income, etc. and see how these details match with their commercial targets. They are ready to invest a decent amount on niche blogs with the most relevant traffic. The same thing applies to affiliate marketing programs and ad sense or another ad-related avenue. Just like conventional marketing, showing your products (i.e., affiliate links/ads) to the relevant buyers multiply the sales/clicks probabilities and helps you earn commissions.

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Lack of consistency

 Consistency and patience are two other major elements of a successful blogging voyage. One of the secret traits of top bloggers is that gradually build habits into their readers’ routine by feeding them high-value content on a regular basis. Compare your blog posts to the regular mental meal for your readers. You don’t eat 20 pizzas a day and remain hungry for the next 10 days. Rather you eat a balanced quantity when you feel hungry- on a daily basis and most probably during (almost) the same times. In the same way, you need to offer a digestible quantity of high-quality content to your readers on a daily basis and at the same time. It will gradually form a reading habit into them and your blog will start experiencing a steady flow of daily traffic. Many bloggers post blogs as and when convenient while some may post 5-7 blogs daily and then become silent for the next 7 days. The readers who read several good posts today will get disappointed on visiting your blog the next day. You certainly can’t expect readers’ loyalty by switching their experience between instant gratification and total disappointment.

Create a well-defined publishing schedule and keep your focus on value rather than volume

Plan your routine strategically to dedicate a specific time window exclusively for blogging

Avoid rushing the things in a quest to catch up with the volume. For instance, don’t try to force a longer post or a complicated topic into the regular blogging hours. Rather enlarge the time window for such demanding posts.

Best tools for scheduling

Two of the reliable scheduling tools are HootSuite and Buffer. Hootsuites is suitable for those who are looking for comprehensive features while buffer is best for bloggers with relatively modest requirements. But if you need a unified ecosystem for post planning as well as scheduling then there is a better tool for you. Though available at price, the features it offers are truly awesome. We are talking about promorepublic:

https://promorepublic.com: If you are looking to blend scheduling with content research and presentation then you would like to go for Promo Republic. Along with general scheduling features it also offers you as many as one hundred thousand of blogging ideas and purpose-built tools for graphic editing. Additionally you would also get Analytics, reporting an Ai-powered smart posting.

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Lack of reasonable flexibility

 Have flexibility and keep working on plan B’s to avoid stagnation. At the height of your success, you may even say No to high-value commercial options if it doesn’t align with your preferences. But as a beginner, you don’t have this privilege. So, if you started a blog to earn through Adsense but the things seem too difficult then don’t risk waiting too long without plan B. Immediately start looking for another income option- sponsored posts, affiliate programs, etc. Having a steady income stream, even with a small amount, will make you feel good and nourishes positivity. Collectively it will help you in enhancing the quality of your blog.

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Lack of Business Approach

If you really wish to convert your blog into a sustainable commercial venture then incorporate business thinking into creativity. For instance, make sure that you invest only in high-potential goods (in blogging terms- topics that attract maximum readers). Keep on examining the market fluctuations, i.e., the fluctuations in search trends relevant to your niche. Understand your readers deeply and know about the most recent potentials. One of the easiest ways to do this is to check your competing blog and social listening on the related platforms where you can find the targeted readers and potential sponsors. For instance, if you run a technology blog then visiting tech forums, checking related tech pages on Facebook, and exploring twitter posts with relevant hashtags can be a great strategy. At the same time don’t forget to check the online gathering places of tech CEOs and decision-makers like Linkedin. It will help you align your blogging goals with readers’ preferences as well as the corporate strategy of related businesses.

Best tool for giving a business approach to your blog

Starting a business approach becomes easier if you have a friendly tool that is automatically updated with the time without requiring any intervention. One such tool is LivePlan where you can get all the basic and advanced features to plan your blogging business the best way. Of course, you don’t have to use the entire collection of those elements or criteria but you can easily scale up the plan when you need.

Here are a few features of LivePlan that offer it a distinguished position:

·         Detailed instructions in quick-follow format

·         Over 500 samples/examples for each step

·         Key terms definitions

·         High flexibility in outline

·         Inbuilt financial formulas to carry out calculation

·         Easy Export options (Word Processor, .PDF)

·         Data Import options (QuickBooks and Xero)

·         Industry based Comparison data

·         Long-term prediction options

·         Automated charts and graphs

·         Secure online sharing

·         Pitch infographic

·         … and much more

Conclusion

In order to earn a decent income from your blog, you need to have clear goals and follow a specific strategy. Just like any other business, invest your ideas, efforts and time in blogging exercises if you really wish to turn it into a solid business venture. In this blog we have explained various possible reasons for the failure of blogs and how to revive them and turn them into a profitable enterprise. We also mentioned some of the reliable tools that can help you in the blog revival process.

Are these 6 blogging mistakes keeping you from your first paycheck? Take action now

Bloggers

Every day a large number of blogs are started worldwide by passionate bloggers and a majority of them fail within a year. On one hand, we have blogs like Huffington Post that earns $14 million every month and on the other, we have tens of thousands of blogs struggling to get a $100 paycheck- without a success. Is your blog also desperate to get its first paycheck? Then probably, you have come to the right place.

No, we won’t give you a paycheck but share some secrets and tips to help you earn a steady stream of paychecks. We have strategically created this blog to mention the challenges, tips, and a concrete corrective action plan & tools. So, be ready with your diary and pen and jot down the important points. You may not be able to follow all the tips but try to pick at least one that seems most convenient to you, and stick to it till you start observing the positive results.

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Not identifying your target readers

Not identifying your target readers

Deep knowledge of your audience will help you find the most engaging topics and focus your research in the right direction. You would be able to highlight the aspects most relevant to them and use the conversational tone to match the readers’ profile. All these factors form the basis of a great content.

Start by studying the demographics, and needs of your targeted audiences. Understand their problems and major challenges. Identify the gaps in demand and supply where you can chip in and offer a precise solution. It is an even better idea to present multiple options to help your readers pick the one that they are most comfortable with.

Tools like Google Analytics make things easier for you but there is nothing like direct interaction with the audience. Think engaging ways to directly ask them about their needs and challenges, likes and dislike weakness and strengths, etc. This detailed information helps you in two ways- strengthening relations with the audience and concentrating on purpose-fulfilling content. A wide variety of free and premium tools will iron out the creative creases and help you build engaging polls, email newsletters, etc.

·         https://www.poll-maker.com/: A powerful and free tool to create polls, surveys and quizzes to help you understand your readers better and offer most relevant content

·         https://rating-widget.com/: A free yet powerful tool to rate your article to help you understand your writing quality and constantly improve the same.

·         http://hashtagify.me/: Find deeper insights about different hashtags to discover latest trending topics, research relevant keywords and keep you updated about social media. It allows you to create posts on topics with maximum potential and makes it easier for you to attract and engage the readers for long.

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Lacking a mission

 Without a clear mission, you won’t be able to concentrate intently. Gradually the passion dissipates, you start losing your focus and eventually the quality suffers. It becomes increasingly tough to attract new visitors and even retaining a few that you might have acquired.

·        Starting your blogging journey with clear and realistic objectives

·        Lack of sustainable mutual connection between creative and commercial goals

·        Lack of a well-thought plan to align your daily tasks (posting, content marketing, SEO, etc.) with the big picture/prime objective(s)

Examples

·         Objective: To earn income (Too vague)

·         To earn $3000 within a month (better defined but too big to be achieved within a month)

·         To earn at least $50 in 30 days mainly through affiliate income and sponsored posts (well-defined and possibly achievable target with specific figures, time-frame, and income avenues)

Pro-tip:

·        Don’t ignore what-ifs of a venture. Be flexible enough to review and reasonably fine-tune your efforts to maximize gains and minimize obstacles

·        Dedicate a decent chunk of time, space, and infrastructure to your venture. It will eliminate distractions and help you remain focused and agile throughout the blogging process

·        Don’t shy to ask, learn, and enhance your expertise. There are lots of bloggers around the globe who are ready to help you with their expertise. Reach out to them through digital groups, forums, and online communities

·        Read as much as you can. A good reader subconsciously learn to write well

ProBlogger and Bloggersconnected.com/ are two ideal online sources to check for the niche-specific brands that are looking to connect with the bloggers. Here you just need to create your account, set your profile and specify communication preferences. You would get instant information about any new opportunities for bloggers.

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Diverse topics

 Widening your portfolio of topics seems a good idea on the surface as it would possibly attract a wider spectrum of readers across different demographics. However, you would need to write more in the same period of time. It compresses the time for research and writing. Switching your attention to different topics in a smaller time frame also creates stress. Before you know, you start losing the grip over the quality thus annoying and alienating your readers. Ironically, you would be putting more effort without knowing that each effort is actually annoying- instead of attracting your readers.

Concentrate on a single niche to keep the things manageable and gain better expertise. It will enable you to concentrate on value rather than struggling with the volume. You would be able to fine-tune every aspect of your content delivery- right from research to marketing. Result? Your readers would enjoy your blogs, get the value benefit, and would love to return. You may not get any immediate ranking benefits but eventually, it helps in building an authority that will help you gain more visibility in due course of time. It is just like a long term investment of efforts to gain higher returns. Each high quality, SEO, and Reader-friendly post write today increases the RoI of your future SEO strategy.

There are immediate or short term benefits as well. On the commercial front, it will help you acquire the targeted and sustainable readers with a steady growth rate which makes it easier to enhance the revenue potential of your blog. Sponsors have grown too wise to be lured with plain stats. They want to know every detail of your traffic- age, gender, income, etc. and see how these details match with their commercial targets. They are ready to invest a decent amount on niche blogs with the most relevant traffic. The same thing applies to affiliate marketing programs and ad sense or another ad-related avenue. Just like conventional marketing, showing your products (i.e., affiliate links/ads) to the relevant buyers multiply the sales/clicks probabilities and helps you earn commissions.

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Lack of consistency

 Consistency and patience are two other major elements of a successful blogging voyage. One of the secret traits of top bloggers is that gradually build habits into their readers’ routine by feeding them high-value content on a regular basis. Compare your blog posts to the regular mental meal for your readers. You don’t eat 20 pizzas a day and remain hungry for the next 10 days. Rather you eat a balanced quantity when you feel hungry- on a daily basis and most probably during (almost) the same times. In the same way, you need to offer a digestible quantity of high-quality content to your readers on a daily basis and at the same time. It will gradually form a reading habit into them and your blog will start experiencing a steady flow of daily traffic. Many bloggers post blogs as and when convenient while some may post 5-7 blogs daily and then become silent for the next 7 days. The readers who read several good posts today will get disappointed on visiting your blog the next day. You certainly can’t expect readers’ loyalty by switching their experience between instant gratification and total disappointment.

Create a well-defined publishing schedule and keep your focus on value rather than volume

Plan your routine strategically to dedicate a specific time window exclusively for blogging

Avoid rushing the things in a quest to catch up with the volume. For instance, don’t try to force a longer post or a complicated topic into the regular blogging hours. Rather enlarge the time window for such demanding posts.

Best tools for scheduling

Two of the reliable scheduling tools are HootSuite and Buffer. Hootsuites is suitable for those who are looking for comprehensive features while buffer is best for bloggers with relatively modest requirements. But if you need a unified ecosystem for post planning as well as scheduling then there is a better tool for you. Though available at price, the features it offers are truly awesome. We are talking about promorepublic:

https://promorepublic.com: If you are looking to blend scheduling with content research and presentation then you would like to go for Promo Republic. Along with general scheduling features it also offers you as many as one hundred thousand of blogging ideas and purpose-built tools for graphic editing. Additionally you would also get Analytics, reporting an Ai-powered smart posting.

Challenge #5: Lack of reasonable flexibility

 Have flexibility and keep working on plan B’s to avoid stagnation. At the height of your success, you may even say No to high-value commercial options if it doesn’t align with your preferences. But as a beginner, you don’t have this privilege. So, if you started a blog to earn through Adsense but the things seem too difficult then don’t risk waiting too long without plan B. Immediately start looking for another income option- sponsored posts, affiliate programs, etc. Having a steady income stream, even with a small amount, will make you feel good and nourishes positivity. Collectively it will help you in enhancing the quality of your blog.

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Lack of Business Approach

If you really wish to convert your blog into a sustainable commercial venture then incorporate business thinking into creativity. For instance, make sure that you invest only in high-potential goods (in blogging terms- topics that attract maximum readers). Keep on examining the market fluctuations, i.e., the fluctuations in search trends relevant to your niche. Understand your readers deeply and know about the most recent potentials. One of the easiest ways to do this is to check your competing blog and social listening on the related platforms where you can find the targeted readers and potential sponsors. For instance, if you run a technology blog then visiting tech forums, checking related tech pages on Facebook, and exploring twitter posts with relevant hashtags can be a great strategy. At the same time don’t forget to check the online gathering places of tech CEOs and decision-makers like Linkedin. It will help you align your blogging goals with readers’ preferences as well as the corporate strategy of related businesses.

Best tool for giving a business approach to your blog

Starting a business approach becomes easier if you have a friendly tool that is automatically updated with the time without requiring any intervention. One such tool is LivePlan where you can get all the basic and advanced features to plan your blogging business the best way. Of course, you don’t have to use the entire collection of those elements or criteria but you can easily scale up the plan when you need.

Here are a few features of LivePlan that offer it a distinguished position:

·         Detailed instructions in quick-follow format

·         Over 500 samples/examples for each step

·         Key terms definitions

·         High flexibility in outline

·         Inbuilt financial formulas to carry out calculation

·         Easy Export options (Word Processor, .PDF)

·         Data Import options (QuickBooks and Xero)

·         Industry based Comparison data

·         Long-term prediction options

·         Automated charts and graphs

·         Secure online sharing

·         Pitch infographic

·         … and much more

Conclusion

In order to earn a decent income from your blog, you need to have clear goals and follow a specific strategy. Just like any other business, invest your ideas, efforts and time in blogging exercises if you really wish to turn it into a solid business venture. In this blog we have explained various possible reasons for the failure of blogs and how to revive them and turn them into a profitable enterprise. We also mentioned some of the reliable tools that can help you in the blog revival process.