How to Do Keyword Research in 2017 – Lesson 2

how to do keyword research

Picture your ideal reader sitting at their computer, ready to search for your blog niche…will they find you?

This is the moment of truth.

Google is beckoning them with her red and yellow eyes to type in some words–a phrase that allows her to do what she’s made to do…

What do you think your prospective blog reader is going to type?

Whatever that correct answer is for your blog, this is where you want to end up when it comes to keywords.

Your keywords can and should help people using Google find your website. That’s why you must learn how to do keyword research. Continue reading…

Blog Advice New Bloggers’ Need to Consider: You Can Choose a Crowded Blog Niche and Succeed

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Time for some unconventional blog advice…

By “the right niche”, I mean the conventional wisdom that says this: Pick A Completely Original, Unique, Never-Before-Considered Niche.

Some think this will lead to overnight online success.

You see these headlines all over social media: “Be unique! Provide a service no one else offers! Don’t choose a saturated niche!”

If the online gurus are coming at you left and right with blog advice that says stay away from a crowded niche, I can understand why you might suffer from”buyers remorse”at the moment…Perhaps you picked a blog niche, grabbed a domain name, and now after a few weeks or months, you’re afraid you made a mistake because there’s too many other bloggers in the same niche.

Before you give up or spend years trying to “find something that no one else is doing,” take a closer look at what a “crowded niche” really is and why YOU can reach crowded blog niche success. Continue reading…

Memejacking Blogger: Promote Your Website Making Fun, Tasty Treats People Eat Up

Thank you, Captain Hindsight

Memes and social media go together like chocolate and peanut butter.

People love sharing memes on social media, and memes are gobbled up like sugary nougats all over the internet. Memes are low-cost promotional candies you can use online to get any message across, particularly for marketing purposes.

Memes (we will define them in a second) are fun to create and a smartly crafted one will catch people’s eye and make them want to share your message. Speaking of sharing, there’s 18 of my own meme examples below, so be sure to check them out and USE them if you’d like. Continue reading…

How to Grow Blog Readership Serving Fewer People

Let’s go straight to the question posed in the title: How Many readers should a blogger try to please?

Here’s my answer: Less than 100%.

The reason: If you try to please everyone who visits your blog or subscribes to your newsletter, you will inevitably water down your message, whatever that message may be.

Your blog content, your website, your videos…they will all become a boring bland bowl of tasteless soup that doesn’t move, inspire, or challenge anybody. Continue reading…

New Year’s Resolutions for 2015 Bloggers: Get Inspired

Are you fired up about the new year ahead?

Imagine where your blog can be twelve months from now…picture the results you want:

  • A tribe of devoted fans
  • Lots of readers
  • Recognition
  • Fame
  • Higher level of income
  • Creative satisfaction
  • Helping more people
  • Making a difference in your niche

Ginormous goals like these are a beautiful thing. Yet, to reach big goals you must first set some specific goals to help you get there. Continue reading…

Unique Gift Ideas for a Blogger that Will Make Them Feel Special

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unique gift ideas

 

Bloggers know other bloggers.

We have our offline friends too, and of course, we have family.

Sometimes, we need unique gift ideas when a holiday rolls around…something to make the blogger we love feel special.

Maybe its a spouse that also blogs, or kids or parents that blog…

A birthday? Mother’s Day? Valentines Day?

No matter what the occasion, a great way to make a blogger (or aspiring blogger) happy would be to give them a unique gift that feeds their blogging passion.

Consider how unique it would be to give the blogger in your life one of these gifts unique gift ideas… Continue reading…

Teaching Blogs 2016: How to Benefit Your Students, Your Peers, and Your Pocketbook, by Starting an Educational Class Blog

Class Blog

Teachers, if you’re ignoring teaching blogs, you’re missing out!

Depending on your average class size, your classroom provides enlightenment and education to groups of 20 to 100 or more students, one class session at a time.

And while this is a good format for “one to many” teaching in a semi-personal environment, you could be reaching SO many more eager minds, including the most underprivileged people who can’t afford education in the traditional sense. Many, who would otherwise greatly benefit from all that you have to teach.

We’ll talk about creating mass exposure for your lessons later in this article. First, let’s explore the concept of teaching blogs, and examine why it’s such a powerful resource for teachers to utilize for education, exposure, and even a nice full-time, job replacing online income. Continue reading…

Citizen Journalism: Why Ferguson (and The World) Need More Bloggers Dedicated to News

Citizen Journalism

Will truth prevail?

Four months later, we still do not exactly know what happened in Ferguson, Missouri, between Michael Brown and Darren Wilson…

Would things be different today if a blogger witnessed that tragic moment? What if someone had captured the confrontation on video and posted it to their blog…perhaps a speedy revelation of what really happened would have prevented all the additional pain, violence and destruction over the past months? Continue reading…