Best Blog Sites with Awesomesauce [April 2016]

May 6, 2016
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best blog sitesSpring is here in America, and that means the chickens are getting nervous!

Whether it’s grilled or baked, chicken is always a popular choice, unless you’re a vegan, of course.

Nothing better than reading something inspirational or compelling while chicken cooks in the oven. The succulent aroma floats under your nose and you smile because today is a CHEAT DAY! You get to eat whatever you want!

There’s plenty of tasty blog treats this month. Let’s start with the one you see in the photo…

This Month’s Cheat Treat from Chef Dennis

This is a recent recipe shared on the Chef Dennis blog. He calls this dish Chinese Sticky Chicken Wings. From the photo, you can see why…man, this looks wonderful!

Visit his blog for the complete recipe. 

But wait. There’s more.

Best Blog Sites with Awesomesauce [April 2016]

 

Here are my ten best blog sites from April, 2016. Each one stood out or somehow resonated with me personally. Hope you enjoy some of these, too.

 

Here’s ten blogs with awesomesauce. Your cheat day is ready!

 

10 4 Types of Content Your Blog Needs to Succeed [5 Part Series]

          –Copyblogger

Copyblogger has been using these four different pieces of content marketing for over a decade, and look how they’re doing…

Are you?

Excellent series that starts with an overview then goes deeper into each one. You should start with this one.

 

9 Finding You

          – Blogging From Paradise

Your voice is unique. If you will just tap into it when you blog, you will find your writing voice.

Ryan Biddulph is a perfect example. He island hops and shares his weird and amazing adventures straight from his heart.

So stick a straw in a coconut [not sure how they do that], turn on some reggae and see why Ryan can teach you how to find your unique writing voice.

 

8 Facebook’s Choice

        — Edgar Blog

You may have noticed that you are not seeing everything you could be seeing in your Facebook newsfeed. Some of your friend’s posts do not show up, or they only show up once in awhile. And on the other side, some of your friends are not seeing your posts…how does Facebook choose what you see or don’t see?

Blame their complicated algorithm. The beauty about this blog post is it breaks down the mysterious beast and makes sense of it, presented in a way anyone can understand.

 

 7 Blogging Game Change

           — Smart Blogger

What used to work in the game of blogging doesn’t necessarily work today.

Like the “how-to” post. In 2007, a straightforward post like “How to cook brown rice” could easily get lots of traffic for years…if that same post was published today? Not nearly as much. Why? Because today there’s a glut of “how-to” posts online. Doing the usual how-to post no longer stands out in the search engines.

Which is why you need to adjust your “how-to” blog post strategy.

 

 6 Catch a Tiger By Its Long Tail Keyword

            — Neil Patel dot com 

The best keywords are usually not just one word.

Mainly because a single word search in Google, like for example “blog” would bring up way too many search results. The word is not specific enough for pretty much anyone using search. Now if you added some words to it, like “Fashion Blog SEO Case Study”, this sort of long tail keyword can be extremely effective in attracting traffic.

How does this work? Neil Patel covers all the bases in How to Integrate Long-Tail Keywords in Your Blog Posts.

 

5 Reach Out and Click Someone

          — Make a Living Writing 

Blogger outreach is still as crucial today as it was back in 2007.

Are you connecting with influencers in your niche? ….Are you connecting with anyone online?

Trying to build an audience all by yourself is extremely difficult. Connecting with other bloggers takes a brilliant strategy or else you end up annoying people. Don’t do that.

 

 4 Mobile Friendly Email Secrets

              — Traffic Generation Cafe

Did you know that 80% of smartphone users check their phones within 15 minutes of waking up?

And most of them are including email checks after they roll over to the nightstand and pick up their mobile device of choice.

 

That’s why it’s smart to create your promotional emails so they look great and feel great on a mobile phone. Here are some helpful tips you might be clueless about.

 

3 Complaining About Content vs. Crushing Content

         — The Sales Lion

While many sit and complain about the “glut of content” clogging up the internet, others are ignoring the noise and putting out fantastic content that’s getting results. Is there a lot of content marketing out there now? Well, yes there is and no one denies it is harder to get attention online today than it was say just five years ago.

On this Mad Marketing podcast, Marcus Sheridan goes on a rant to prove that a lot of the noise on a so called content marketing glut is just that–noise. Sheridan makes a convincing case there is still plenty of opportunity for the blogger to post content that brings in big results.

 

2 Don’t Read This Tomorrow. Read It Now!

           — James Altucher dot com

You know you have a problem with procrastination. Who doesn’t?

Yet you keep putting off changing that habit.

You will enjoy reading this one, because its written by James Altucher–one of the most entertaining bloggers around. His 10 Ways I Deal With My Own Procrastination is filled with wonderful stories and practical tips he uses.

Seize the moment. Start achieving more right now.

 

1  Bright Star Hanging in Blogosphere Burns Out

      — Adrienne Smith dot net

If you don’t know who Adrienne Smith is, she has been an online engagement superstar for several years and her approach to blogging has made a big impact on me.

Recently, she announced her decision to leave blogging to pursue a different form of online business.

We will miss you, Adrienne! I wish you much success with your new business.

 

Share the Treats!

What articles did you enjoy from last April?  Did you already hear the news about Adrienne? Do you think “content shock” exists?

 

Author Bio:

Matthew Kaboomis Loomis is the owner of Build Your Own Blog. Connect with him on Google+ and Twitter

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  1. Ryan Biddulph says:    •   4 years

    Thanks so much for the mention Matt 🙂

    1. Matthew Loomis says:    •   4 years Author

      You betcha Ryan:) You definitely found your unique blogging voice. Such a good example for folks to learn from.

      1. Hajar Rinjani Trekking says:    •   3 years

        Your blog is also like a chicken. No matter how it is served; coocked to be curry, soup or fry it to be Ayam Goreng (a popular Indonesian phrase for delicious fried chicken).
        Suits all phase except those who don’t like to read.
        Congratulation!

  2. Ana Hoffman says:    •   4 years

    Just got back after reading Adrienne’s post – I so wish her the best!

    I’ve got some more reading to do, but appreciate you digging out so much good stuff for us, Matthew. Needless to say, honored mine was one of those posts.

    1. Matthew Loomis says:    •   4 years Author

      Hi Ana,

      That was such a strong post on mobile friendly emails. You’re so good at sharing lots of blogging tips! Glad you like the whole list. 🙂

  3. Adrienne says:    •   4 years

    Hey Matthew,

    You always come up with great content Matthew and I appreciate you sharing my announcement too. Yep, it’s going to be different moving forward but I’ve really been busy and enjoying this new venture. Just getting awesome results so quickly has made the so worth it already.

    Even though I won’t have time to read a lot of blogs anymore or comment like I used to I appreciate the awesome content everyone continues to crank out and I know they’ll continue to teach others their craft and lead them onto greater things too.

    Thank you for the mention, you’re the best and hope you’re enjoying spoiling your wife today on Mother’s Day! I’m fixing to go and have some lunch with mine and then she’s getting her favorite dinner tonight too.

    Have a fabulous day and a wonderful week.

    ~Adrienne

    1. Matthew Loomis says:    •   4 years Author

      Adrienne,

      Yes, I thought your post should be in the #1 spot because of how compelling your story is and also because you truly will be missed.

      Your announcement is a huge loss for the blogosphere but a big win for you personally, and that is what matters.

      Yes, I’ve been spoiling my wife today and it sounds like your mom was too. That’s good. 🙂

      Keep us posted on how the new business is going.

      Thanks for all you do, friend.

      Matthew

  4. Zaria Papa says:    •   3 years

    Hi Matthew,

    I bookmarked this page as I want to come back and check the blogs you mentioned. You know how to always spot the best so I trust your judgement. It always a pleasure to meet new bloggers! There is always something new to learn and I am definitely all up for it.

    Great post indeed. Have a beautiful week!

    Zaria

    1. Matthew Loomis says:    •   3 years Author

      Hi Zaria,

      Glad you like my monthly top ten list! 🙂 Which articles did you like this time?

      Matthew

      1. Zaria Papa says:    •   3 years

        Hi Matthew,

        The Facebook’s Choice got my attention because the way Facebook is right now, it keeps cutting off visibility from business pages. It is a struggle for a small business that cannot afford paying ads to keep it up with the non stop posting (even when those are scheduled). So this article gave some good answers along with a bunch of things that I need to ponder.

        Then the post about procrastination and how James deal with it. Let’s face it, we all procrastinate from time to time. I really like the ideas he wrote and to be honest, I bookmarked his post. When it comes to me, i give myself a motivation to finish what I am doing. I usually avoid motivating myself with food or snacks so I usually end up with something fun like playing a game or even spa at home.

        I have noticed that there are many times that boredom and procrastination has to do with exhaustion or tiredness. To fix my energy levels, I go for chakra balancing with guided meditations. I do not recall any time not having success with those as I have confirmed that I finish the pending tasks.

        Keep it up with the amazing posts. Wishes for a blissful day. Cheers my friend!

        Zaria