Hi there fellow bloggers and blog readers!
Hold on a sec…You’ve lost a few pounds since last month, haven’t you?
You’re looking more trim and I can tell you’re ready for a cheat day!
The past four weeks flew by and now it’s time again for my monthly top ten blogs with awesomesauce!
A.k.a. Your cheat day. This month I’m serving strawberry cheesecake, prepared by Chef Dennis.
Grab a fork and enjoy this tasty treat.
If you want to pour a cup of coffee and talk about any of these ten delicious blog bites listed here, I’ll pull up chair in the comments and join you!
Pass the Awesomesauce, Please
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Top Ten Blogs for Hungry Bloggers – August 2015
#10 Simply Irresistible Blogging
Getting a new blog is the easiest step to becoming an internet rock star.
After your blog is up, then what?
Well, to become that irresistible website people flock to see requires something called a content marketing strategy.
Those who don’t know anything about content marketing should start with the basics. Lucky for you, Andrea Jones (she is the better half of the Dynamic Duo of Freelancers) put together a mega irresistible Content Marketing 101 post that breaks the entire process down into 5 steps.
I can’t help but think Robert Palmer is smiling down on her blog from rock and roll heaven.
#9 This Editor Can Write
“If you allow yourself to dive deeply into love, anger, fear, joy, or any other emotion, letting it crackle through you and out your fingertips as you write, it will jump like arc lightning from you to the page, then to your readers’ hearts and souls.”
Now that’s a sentence!
Beautifully crafted by
writer editor Michelle Russell in another Boost Blog Traffic gem, Russell teaches you the building blocks to sentence composition in this wild and crazy guide.
The best part is her 6 ways to write epic sentences that make epic posts…like this one.
#8 Is Trump a Narcissist or Egomaniac?
“Last week, a man, gazing up at Donald Trump on a convenience store TV, turned to me and shook his head. “What a narcissist.” I couldn’t agree more, but I couldn’t help wonder if what he really meant was, egomaniac. Then there’s healthy narcissism, in which you care about your image and endeavors just the right amount (is this measurable?). When you call someone a narcissist, which narcissist are they? And does it matter?”
Therapist Blair Glaser throws a plethora of questions at the topic of narcissism, which I found compelling in this age of selfie sticks and ego driven content.
Are some confident people mistaken for narcissists? Is there a spectrum of narcissism we all fall under to some degree?
Or is narcissism pretty cut and dry? Like one commenter said, “If you worry about being a narcissist, you aren’t one.” Because a true narcissist doesn’t ever think he is one.
Mirror mirror on the wall, who has the fairest toupee of all?
#7 Hidden Clues Found in Corporate Mission Statements
Here’s an enjoyable read the next time you’re sipping hot Breakfast Blend while waiting for a UPS delivery…
Two of today’s most popular brands are Amazon and Starbucks. The former has been getting a slew of negative press lately. Meanwhile, heavenly coffee aromas continue to flow out through thousands of drive through windows without a spill. The Seattle mermaid’s press remains positive.
Over on the Inc. blog, Justin Bariso found A Tale of Two Cultures with his fascinating analysis between the Core Values page found on the Starbucks and Amazon websites.
Each corporation is a modern day success story, yet their corporate cultures are vastly different behind closed conference room doors.
Discerning why one company is getting bashed in the media while the other is staying above the fray are usually a mystery for those of us on the outside…unless you take a closer look at what their core principles reveal.
Okay, so this is all speculative theory. Still fun, though.
#6 Game of Drones
When drones started making the news a few years ago, my outlook tended to lean Orwellian.
Not sure why…maybe it was that one day somebody on Google Plus shared a picture of a drone that looked like a humming bird?
How could you not have privacy concerns when it comes to drones like that? In the future, we might have to watch what we say while sitting out on the deck. That bird over there could be a surveillance drone.
What? Me, paranoid?
Months later, another news story breaks, this one on Amazon’s plans to use drones for delivering packages…hmm. Maybe drones are beneficial on some level?
Poor drones. Perhaps they’re getting an unfair wrap?
They need more positive PR–who better to do that than lovable tech journalist Mike Elgan, who demonstrates his knack for sharing complicated tech news in simple terms even non techies can understand with his post Here Comes the Drone Backlash.
He’s pro drone, and he just might convince you to be the same.
#5 David <3 Blogging
There appears to be plenty of naturally inspiring beauty around David Boozer…he’s a blogger up in the great Northwest.
Surrounded by pine covered mountains and ocean views, his Blog By the Sea website has been helping business minded folks earn income with their blogs for six years.
This past month, David shared his personal story how and why he came to love blogging. I’ve followed David casually on social media for awhile now and find him interesting. This post enabled me to get to know him better.
If you want to meet a straight shooting blog coach, give him a read.
#4 Trollers Gonna Troll
Bullies gonna bully. Haters gonna hate. Jackwads gonna jack…we’ve all known this since grade school.
So it should not surprise any blogger to find this same behavior on the internet…if you haven’t experienced it yet, you will.
How will you handle the inevitable troll who visits your blog trying to pick a fight?
How to Deal With Trolls, Bullies & Jerks is the best blog post on the topic I have ever read. Brent Jones shares some of his own experiences with trolls and how he handled them.
I can testify that his 2 Step solution to dealing with online trolls is the best way to address that situation.
Be prepared. A troll is heading your way.
#3 Hey Mr. Influencer, Will You Promote My Blog?
Every blogger would love to have the kings and queens of their niche giving them a shout-out…well, since the holy book says “You have not because you ask not,” that’s a sign you should IM, email, or call these gurus and request them to share your post, right?
If you said yes, please slap yourself right now.
Connection is key to blogging success. First, you need to know The Right and Wrong Ways to Do Influencer Marketing , or you could do a lot of damage to your online reputation.
Who better to teach you influencer marketing than the internet’s Engagement Superstar–Adrienne Smith!
Unless you’re a food, travel or fitness blogger, there’s no need to share your blog posts on Instagram, amirite?
I have been promoting Build Your Own Blog posts over at Instagram for awhile. I knew there was more to learn, which is why I’m happy to report that social media expert Mike Allton posted How Bloggers Can Leverage Instagram. He put together an awesomesauce article full of tips to getting more traffic from Instagram.
You might be surprised what this social media platform can do for you
Test it and see.
#1 Niche Who?
One third of those blogging for the first time begin without knowing anything about a “niche.” No one has even told them they need to pick a niche.
Another third of beginners know they should pick a niche–finding the right one for them is the problem.
The final third know what niche they are blogging in, yet they lack knowledge on how to rise to the top of their niche and make a profit.
How to Find Your Perfect Blog Niche (and Make a Profit) has answers for all three.
This stellar post by Rebekah Radice draws from her years of experience, giving insights to finding your blog’s purpose, finding great topics your audience will enjoy, how to tell a great story, and more.
Savor This Moment
I hope you enjoyed this cheat day.
Sadly, we can’t do this every day. If we did our own blogs would get slowed down by the extra pounds.
Remember, one day a month of overeating high caloric content is perfectly harmless.
This won’t affect your bathroom scale at all. I promise.
Photo Credit: Chef Dennis "Oh So Creamy Mascarpone Strawberry Cheesecake"