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Blogging Tips: Unique Ideas to Boost Your Blog

Ideas to Boost Your Blog Blogging Tips: Unique Ideas to Boost Your BlogI feel like we hear a lot of the same blogging tips over and over again. While it is definitely useful to know your blogging basics and how to boost readership, how about we change it up a little and offer some ideas on how to boost your blog in ways that you’ve maybe not thought about before?

Here are a few ways that you can get new (and old) eyes on your blog and keep them engaged. Read More→

Great Blog Content: What Makes You Mad?

Driven Great Blog Content: What Makes You Mad?If you want to write great blog content, tap into what makes you mad. Or, what makes your readers mad? Either way, we don’t get mad about things we don’t care about.

Great blog content is always about what your readers care so much about it keeps them up at night. It makes them angry. Blood-boiling, foot-stamping, screaming mad!

In a previous post about Creating Shareable Content, I suggested that one way not to be boring is to go on a rant. This is relatively easy, as long as you know where your fire is. As a business owner and blogger, this is especially important for you.

Keep asking yourself “why?” and “how come?” you are driven to do what you do. What makes you angry? There is energy in anger, and when you uncover it, it will keep you motivated.

I’m not talking about the unhealthy kind of anger, the kind where you try to get back at someone for some real or imagined insult.

Look at your anger in terms of a higher purpose. How can you use your anger for a higher good?

For myself, I’m angry that I wasted too many years with a closed mindset, not believing that I could succeed on my own. I depended too much on others.

I actually thought that my lack of computer training was holding me back. But as I learned more about how things work on the Internet, at the same time the Web and online marketing was evolving to become more user-friendly.

At one point I adopted the belief that I lacked good enough copywriting skills to make sales online. I took a few courses and studied what worked, copied a few writers I admired. Another myth bit the dust.

Each time I got mad, I took action. I spent money to learn what I needed to learn. I hired people to help. I took courses. I learned.

Where’s your anger? Does your computer frustrate you? Is your marketing paying off? If not, get mad and take action. Spend some money. Invest in learning what you need to know. Get it done.

I use my anger to fuel my desire to accomplish my goals: true success, independence, money and freedom. I’d like to see other entrepreneurs realize their dreams as well.

That drives me, and in times of stress and discouragement, I tap into that anger. And then I take action… in a good way. I finally get off my butt and do something positive for my business. I may finally hire a consultant, get a coach, or open a book to learn what’s needed.

Every time I take action, I learn something and it pays off in terms of business results. Usually, it was something I needed but put off because I thought it might be too difficult… like learning to write great content, for example.

So tune in to what drives you, what makes you mad. Then get into action with your business today.

One more thing about finding your anger… what makes you mad may also make your target audience mad. This is a great way to connect with your audience. Find out what makes your people mad…

What about you, what makes you mad? About your work? About the Internet? About marketing?

Here’s a checklist to help you create great blog content:

Shortcuts to Content

The ABC’s of Business Blogging:
Create Shareable Content – Don’t Be a Bore

Create Shareable Content The ABC’s of Business Blogging:  <br>Create Shareable Content – Don’t Be a BoreIn the world of business blogging and content marketing, there’s nothing worse than a bore.

I know we’ve all seen bad content marketing – blogs that are irrelevant, outdated, full of incorrect information, typos, rambling rants and silly drivel. But what I find to be the worst is mediocrity.

Many bloggers are writing reasonable content. And they’re probably getting some results.

Most blog writers are just barely scraping the surface of what needs to be said. I believe most of you can do better than that. You don’t have to be a Hemingway or a Seth Godin. Just speak some hard truths and tell us something new or different.

The ABC’s of Great Blogging

A. A great headline

B. Be original and offer insight

C. Create shareable content – Don’t be a bore

In my previous blog posts listed and linked above, I shared tips on creating great headlines, and originality and insight. In this post, we’ll take a look at creating shareable content, and how to avoid boring mediocrity.

Mediocrity Stinks

I hate mediocrity, because you can’t really disagree with it or get excited, or anything. It’s just a waste of my time to read the same old things. With mediocrity, you can’t quite put your finger on it, but you know it stinks.

I think there are a lot of boring blogs that could be much better. People are regurgitating what others are saying. Sometimes they add their own perspectives, sometimes not. But mostly they’re trying to post as much content as possible, without really saying anything new.

Bueller? Bueller? Anyone? Anyone?” is what I’m really thinking.

Here are some tips on how not to be boring. And don’t tell me, “it’s hard coming up with new stuff to write about,” or, “I’m so busy, I don’t have time to figure this out for myself.”

One Easy Way Not to Be Boring

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The ABC’s of Business Blogging:
How to be Heard above the Noise

bigstock Concept Vector Graphic Leader 46226926 The ABCs of Business Blogging:<br>How to be Heard above the NoiseLet me ask you a couple of questions about your business blogging. When you’re competing online with other experts in your field, what makes you stand out? How are your prospects (and clients) finding you among all the other blogs and sites online?

Independent professionals who use the Web for marketing their services can learn a lot from big businesses with big budgets. They hire professional writers to create compelling headlines and creative content to attract audiences to their sites. You can too.

It’s not expensive, but it does require some creative thinking. Here are some tips for good business blogging, simplified, as simple as ABC.

The ABC’s of Great Blogging

A. A great headline
B. Be original and offer insight
C. Create shareable content – Don’t be a bore

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Content Marketing Graphic:
What’s Missing in this Visual?

Content Marketing Steps 300x224 Content Marketing Graphic: <br>What’s Missing in this Visual? I ran across this great slide share about how content marketing works on Vizedu from Sandeep Arora, but there’s something missing. Don’t get me wrong, I love this explanation of what content marketing is, how it works, and the difference from traditional marketing.

In order for your readers to find you, read your content, and remember you, you’ve got to grab their attention, spark an emotional engagement, and get them to take action.

How do you do this? Read More→

Expert Ebooks: Getting Reader Research Right

Research Readers 300x225 Expert Ebooks: Getting Reader Research RightI’ve been sharing about how to start your expert ebook project right, by being clear about who your readers are and what they most want to know.

How should you go about reader research? For example, if you wanted to know how seniors are using the Internet, you could look at the Pew Research site.

How else can you research your readers so that you get this important first step right: How do you focus your expert ebook content on readers’ frustrations and challenges by discovering what those are?

The truth is it doesn’t matter how much of an expert you are or how much you know about your field. You still need to research beyond what you already know or assume.

Don’t skip researching your readers simply because you already have 20-30 years of working with people like them. I don’t care if you’ve got a Nobel Prize in Economics.

Do you think Daniel Kahnemann rests on his ground-breaking work in Behavioral Economics? No, he does not. He is continually researching and discovering more about how  theories apply to real people in the real world. His bestselling book Thinking Fast and Slow is written (and priced) for readers, not academics. Read More→

5 Ways to Make Your Business Blog Remarkable

Blog Visibility 5 Ways to Make Your Business Blog RemarkableHow do you make your business blog really remarkable? Like, fascinating?

The main goal of writing a blog, whether for business or otherwise, is to get people to read what you write. Seems pretty simple. But attracting readers to a new blog (or even an established one) is easier said than done.

So how do you build a readership base and continuously gain new readers to keep your blog and your business going. Here are a few ways to make your business blog one to watch.

1. Keep up with current events – while you shouldn’t always write about what’s going on in the world, using relevant examples and anecdotes lets your readers know that you are knowledgeable.

2. Pay attention to your social media networks – what are people talking about on your social media pages? What are they asking you as a business? Consider using these questions and discussions for blog topics. You’re more likely to engage your customers by writing on topics they clearly are interested in than developing your own. Read More→

Business Blogging: How to Optimize Older Posts

Link to older posts 300x244 Business Blogging: How to Optimize Older PostsClearly, one of the most important things that you can do when it comes to a business blog is to share new content. But what about those older blog posts that are hanging out on your blog somewhere?

Why not make good use of older content? Make it easy for your blog readers to learn more about your solutions to their problems. This requires that you do more than just write an article from the heart. Yes, writing with passion is great, but as long as you’ve got readers on your blog, lead them to older posts.

For business blogging, you’ll need to become keyword-savvy, and use a plugin or two will help make it easy and automatic.

The screen-capture image at the top is a sample from Chip Scholz’ LeaderSnips blog showing how at the end of each post you can provide suggestions for related posts. It uses the YARPP plugin.

Business blogs can be tricky creatures. While it seems like blogging should be pretty straightforward, there are a lot of nuances to building a successful business blog that your potential clients can actually find. Read More→

How Blog Readers Find You – A Diagram

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again:  a business blog is the best way to get found online, the best way to connect with potential clients, and the pathway to turning readers into clients.

So, what’s your favorite excuse for not blogging for your business?

I keep hearing the same reasons, over and over.

Top 3 Excuses for Not Blogging:

  • “I don’t have time to blog.”
  • “My clients aren’t surfing the Web reading blogs.”
  • “Oh, that means I’ve got to write about my business every week?”

There are over a billion people connected to the Internet. I’m willing to bet my lunch money that quite a few of them fall into the category of “your ideal clients.”

It’s not likely they go online looking for you, your business or your blog. I’m not saying that. But they do go to search engines and they type in questions with keywords.

And they do go to Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. Here’s what this looks like, how readers find your blog, in this Smart Draw diagram I did:

HowReadersFindYourBlog How Blog Readers Find You   A Diagram

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Business Blogs and the Parisbas Tennis Open

Ana Ivanovic 300x229 Business Blogs and the Parisbas Tennis OpenIs your blog like my tennis, a hit or a miss? Are you writing posts that are clear winners for your readers? Are you serving valuable, relevant content within the lines of your readers’ needs?

This week I’m watching the world’s best players battle it out on the courts at the Parisbas Tennis Open in Indian Wells, California. I’ve noticed a few things that applies to content marketing.

Persistence and control is the name of the game. With me, I get impatient in a rally, and with a burst of aggression I’ll end the point with a whopping drive… clear out of the court.

I know people who blog like that. They write 600-900 words every few weeks, then wonder why they aren’t getting search traffic.trans Business Blogs and the Parisbas Tennis Open

Blogging for your business doesn’t work that way. Steady as you go, writing at least twice a week, at least 350 words, focusing on the key words that drive results for your business, mixing information with stories, always keeping the reader in mind.

Business blogging is like tennis: you want to keep the ball in play. The “ball” is the conversation you have with your ideal clients, your readers. What problems can you solve for them? Keep the dialogue alive. You can’t do that when your blogging is inconsistent.

If you want to get found on the Web, you need plenty of content that’s relevant to your readers. The more you create new content, and publish on your blog, the better the possibilities your ideal clients will find you.

Get found, then get known by your readers. You are priming the pump towards getting new clients. Persistence pays.

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