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How to Make the Most of Guest Blogging (eBook)

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This is a guest post by MyBlogGuest.com

Got your guest post published thinking your job is done? You are doing that wrong! Each guest post is your most valuable asset! Make the most of it!

Here are my two tricks:

Repackage Your Content For Fresh Views

Fresh View

Sometimes you just don’t have the inspiration. There is nothing wrong with that, we have all been there. Luckily, it doesn’t have to affect your ability to write effective and engaging guest posts. You just need to learn how to repackage content in a new and creative way.

This isn’t the same as rewriting. The actual facts of a topic rarely changes, at least more than would require an update. Providing that update is one way of repackaging content. So is creating a new form of media that is easily posted and shared via social media.

Infographics are a personal favorite of mine, as they are easy to make, use previously cultivated content and are linked like crazy on every social network around. Plus, certain guest posting platforms like MyBlogGuest already have a section dedicated to them.

But videos, podcasts, webinars, ebooks and just content that has been rewritten and expanded are also easy ways to repackage posts while maintaining the quality and uniqueness.

Link Back To Old Posts


Guest Blogging Ebook

As mentioned above, sometimes updates are needed for old blog posts. But this lends to whole new posts, as well. Such as expanded series that are related, but not quite different. The best part about doing this is that context is required. You have the perfect opportunity to link back to the old post, thereby bringing a whole new wave of readers and more traffic to what has already seen the peak of its popularity.

You can also link back to other guest posts on the same blog you are visiting. Though many blogs will already do this automatically in the footer, or as part of your byline.

Find more tips on how to make the most of guest blogging in our free guest blogging eBook here. It’s free to download!

6 Tips To Engage Your Blog Readership With A Clean Web Design

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La Gustadera, G0! 1986. Web Design ExampleLet me tell you a simple truth — running a niche blog can feel like a chore sometimes.

Not because of the writing, though. No, the reason lies in the website design.

My guest writer July Minor pointed that out in her contributions to Writer’s Mind — without a reader-friendly, nice looking design, your content is bound to make less of an impact on your readers.  Since you thrive on your blog readership, this is an aspect you can’t overlook.

Don’t fret, though — there’s no scary programming or technology you need to learn in order to make your blog presentable. Actually,  you don’t need to become a web designer to improve your blog! All you need is to follow these 6 easy tips and make sure you always put your readers (therefore, your content) first.

1. Use Images To Complement Your Content, Not To Replace It

I know, infographics are the big hit now. But I would advise you to use them sparingly and only when the content is exceptionally good and unique and you know your readers need it. In all other cases, use images to complement your content, support your argument and give a face to the point you’re making.

Even your logo should portray a summary of yourself, your blog and your services. As they say, a picture is worth a thousand words.

2. Tweak Your CSS To Improve Readability

You may know little to nothing about CSS coding to style your blog, but there are tools you can use to write CSS code for you — for example, Generate CSS is a service that will generate a code snippet you can copy and paste into your blog design. If you know the basics of CSS, you can use advice from CSS-Snippets to improve your blog readability.

3. Don’t Add Unnecessary HTML Tags To Your Content

HTML tags – bolds, italics, tables, H titles, etc. – improve readability for your visitors and search engine spiders when they are used in moderation and when their presence makes sense. However, adding unnecessary HTML tags can lessen the readability of your content

4. Learn The Basics To Fix Things When Necessary

Whether you coded your blog theme yourself or you had a web designer do it for you, things change — HTML tags become outdated, a certain title style may lose its readability trend and be replaced with another, and so on — so you need to be able to fix little things in your theme code when time comes. If you had your web theme designed by someone else, spend some time to study the theme structure, how it’s coded; learn the basics of HTML and CSS to adjust things yourself or ask your web designer to help you.

5. If Your Current Font Is Not Reader-Friendly, Change It

You can take advantage of free fonts for personal and commercial use at OpenFontLibrary.org and Google Fonts, or you can buy commercial fonts from Fonts.com. Either way, if you feel your current font is not helping your readers focus on your content — you can survey or poll your readers about this — changing your body text font will increase the time your readers spend on your blog and your content will appear more attractive and engaging.

6. Always, Always Put Your Readers First

And therefore, your blog content. Because that’s what readers consume. A clean design is the friendly container that helps them accomplish that task, like a book with colors, charts, illustrations and clean fonts looks more appealing to a reader than black and white fine print.

How does your blog design help your readers consume your content? If you made improvements, what did you do? Let’s share! :)

Image credit: Javier Eduardo Piragauta Mora

4 Ways To Pitch An Idea And Sell Your Articles

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We all want to sell our ideas be it in the business, scriptwriting, book writing, articles, etc. But what should we do in order to pitch our ideas?

In this article we will talk about some tips you can use in order to sell your articles. Take a look.

1. Ask yourself questions

The first thing you need to do is to ask yourself a few questions. When you answer them you will get a better idea of how to sell your articles.

Question 1: What do you want?

What is your final goal? What do you expect to happen? Just name one goal that describes your situation best. How far do you want to go? When you know what you really want, this will make things easier, your statement clear and understandable.

What do you want to write about and what sectors are you good at? Before proceeding to the next steps, it is a good idea to make things clear for yourself.

Question 2: What do people expect?

What do people expect to read in your articles? You have to provide solid and credible statements and try not to mislead your audience in any way.

Question 3: What are the needs of the Internet?

What topics should your write about? What information does the Internet lack? What do users need more information about? This will help you get an idea of what you could write about that will attract more visits and therefore more purchases.

2. Create a website or a blog

Having a website or a blog is the best way to sell your articles to the audience. A good approach would be to post a few paragraphs of an article and provide the entire text only after readers pay for it. If your posts are very good, systematic and succinct, undoubtedly people will flock to purchase your articles.

If you go for a website, make sure you choose a good domain name that is easy to remember and attractive. It should be a name that sells your idea best.

Creating a blog is even easier. There are a number of sites that provide the opportunity to create your own blog without writing code and thinking of design. They are abundant in templates and blog styles, which is very convenient and saves you time.

3. Or go another way…

To put it shortly, you can sell articles without owning a website. You can choose to post your stuff on websites and get a percentage of the sales. Or you can write articles and sell them to individual websites.

4. Use special websites for the purpose

There are websites designed to sell your articles. Or at least they provide you with the opportunity to do so. These sites give you the chance to upload articles and set the price for them. If people are interested, they buy your work.

This is one of the easiest ways to make a profit from your articles. However, there is a catch. Most of the sites require a percentage of the sales you have made.

You may also sell an article more than once.

Or you can sell your products with exclusive rights. However, this doesn’t allow you to sell articles more than once. Fair enough, you can set a higher price. Depending on the topic and and length of the text, articles typically begin at $10 and go up to $40 and more.

Another approach is to write an email to the webmaster of a particular site and ask them if they would like to publish your articles and pay for them. There are a number of opportunities. If you want to be successful, however, you need to be persistent, to keep looking for new opportunities and markets and to research different subjects.

We hope you find these tips useful and informative. Good luck!

About the Author

July loves to share her experience. She works a part time job for http://www.perfectcleaning.org.uk/deep-cleaning-muswell-hill-n10/ but in her free time she writes for a lot of blogs.

4 Ways To Keep Your Blog Content Fresh

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IMG_4267 Keeping a blog fresh is like keeping a plant fresh — you need to water it regularly or it dies. But what does keeping your blog fresh mean exactly?

Well, for one you need to analyze your blog so far – read some of your older articles, reflect on their meaning and importance and then make a strategic decision what went wrong and where and how can you fix the problem using the least bit of effort.

Here are some ways to boost your rankings, if not permanently at least for a while.

Change Your Design

The first thing readers see when they visit your blog is the graphic design, button interface, logo and theme. If you haven’t spent much time in the beginning to work out all the kinks of your design, maybe you can work on it now. First impressions matter and it is never too late to add a few more buttons. Something more about yourself. Maybe a nice picture of a beautiful sunset – anything that catches the eye and is pleasant to look at. Of course color coordination is very important as well as the overall theme of your interface set-up.

Experiment! You will be surprised of your own artistic abilities!

Hint: if you really can’t make your own designs, hire a good professional designer. Try LinkedIn groups and Coworks.com for affordable yet competent professionals.

Write More (Related, Interesting) Content

Usually when people start writing content in their first blogs, they have at least a basic idea of what they want to accomplish. But as time goes by people change; and so do their writing. In most cases the most successful blogs are specialized to deal with only one, two subjects at the most.

Are you going to be a social commentator? Comment about a small, but interesting (maybe even controversial) issues. If you give out technical information, be sure that all your facts and not double, not triple, but quadruple times checked before you post them to the internet. If you accept guest blogs on your site, be sure to thoroughly read each and every submission your receive, where quality control and proper formatting should be taken very seriously. Also, more pages automatically means better SEO, and that is what being popular on the internet is all about.

Develop an SEO Strategy

There are numerous ways to boost your SEO rankings. For example you can host guest posting from authors in exchange for providing them to link out to their websites. Basically the more (quality, related) links you have going in and out of your blog the better. You can even write guest posts yourself – this way bigger, more successful blogs will share some of their popularity with you.

Host a Discussion Forum

If you are working under one particular subject (like cleaning for example), you can host a forum and have people discuss your issues further boosting your traffic. Not to mention that if you are good/original enough, you can make serious traffic, with hundred of thousands of people visiting your blog every single day! You can sell ad-space to companies and sponsor your own You Tube channel. The possibilities are endless, but you do need to work on your blog and attract more and more visitors daily.

The most important thing in this line of work is consistency and giving it all you’ve got every time.

About the Author

July Minor loves to write about Internet and blogging. She currently works as a web designer for www.tidycleaning.co.uk/deep-cleaning-sw2-tulse-hill and she has a lot of experience to share.

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