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5 Simple Ways to Open Your Blog Post With a Bang

5 Simple Ways to Open Your Blog Post With a Bang
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The 8 Habits of Highly Effective Bloggers Post by Annabel Candy Do you want to be a successful blogger? I do. I might be getting a bit obsessed with it, actually. Post ideas pop into my head unexpectedly. I also study how the most successful bloggers got where they are, and I pore over every word that they write. If you want to be a great blogger, you should, too. A lot of the top bloggers like Brian Clark, Darren Rowse, and Leo Babauta have shared hundreds of tips about how they made their blogs so successful. There’s too much advice to follow. Finally I realized I needed to stop focusing on little things like what plug-ins to use, how to write my About Page, or where to position my ads. I needed to focus on a bigger picture. I spent a lot of time observing, which led to this list of the eight success traits shared by all top bloggers I’ve found. The good news is that even if you don’t have all these personality traits already, most of them can be developed over time. 1. The first key to being a successful blogger is to write. 2.

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How to Blog: Blogging Tips for Beginners Update: See our more recently published posts on the topic of starting a blog at How to Start a Blog in 5 Easy Steps and how to make money blogging. Welcome to my How to Blog – Blogging Tips for Beginners Guide. On the page below you’ll find links to a series of how to blog tips that I’ve written with blogging for beginners (and ‘Pre’ Bloggers) in mind. How to Blog – My Ultimate Guide to Blogging for Beginners Since developing this series I’ve produced a book specifically for beginner bloggers. Lastly- if you enjoy these posts and want to keep in touch with ProBlogger – subscribe via our RSS feed. Blogging Tips for Beginners Introductory Posts Blog Design Tips Tips for Writing Content for Blogs Tips on Making Money from Blogs Blog Networks Other Beginner Blogging Tips Want more Blogging Tips for Beginners? If you want more blogging tips I can recommend two things. 1.

5 Best Blog Sites Other Than Wordpress and Blogger The blog of today is quite different from the blog of just a few years ago. Many are into ‘casual blogging’ where a blog post is not just (long) text written out but perhaps just an image or sound clip. Interested in which of the best blog sites offer alternatives to the big players? Let’s go over some WordPress and Blogger alternatives that you might want to check out. Tumblr Tumblr (also known as a Tumble log) is a widely known blogging service which we have covered here on MakeUseOf before. Tumblr’s community is centered around the follow, like and the reblog. You can import the best blog site posts from a number of other services including Twitter, RSS feeds, or even AOL Instant Messenger. Posterous Posterous is another “microblogging” service like Tumblr. Posts can be imported from any number of sources and will also be “sent out” to Facebook and Twitter. Twitter Not usually considered a “blogging” service, Twitter is actually a microblog by definition. Xanga Weebly

Writing Effective, Attention-Getting Headlines and Titles on Your Blog If it bleeds, it leads. Punchy. Catchy. Writing a title for your articles or posts is part of the marketing campaign of your blog. A blog uses titles in many different ways, from within the web page design and browser, to how titles are used on search engines and link lists. In this two part series on headlines and titles, a kind of “more than you could ever want to know about creating and writing titles and headlines”, I’m going to offer tips, information, and resources to help you learn more about how to write effective, attention-getting headlines and titles on your blog, and then introduce you to how blogs use titles and headlines in a blog’s structure and presentation. In this first part, we’ll examine how to write an effective, attention-getting headline or title for your blog. Writing Effective Titles and Headlines Writing a blog post or article can be hard work. There are two goals to writing an effective title. It’s that simple, and that difficult. The Art of Writing Titles 1.

A Simple Blogging Formula In all my years of blogging, I’ve put together what serves as a very simple formula for what I think about when I sit down to the keyboard to type. This might not serve everyone, but it might be a great start for you to consider when thinking about blogging. Also, let me know how close this relates to your own blogging methods. A Simple Blogging Formula I try to blog almost every day. Let’s go through the formula: Step 1: Decide WHAT the Post Should DO for You I write posts for several purposes: To get a call to action. But I don’t do all of those things in every post. Step 2: How Can I Be Helpful? Every post that gets real traction on my blog comes from the mindset of being helpful to others. So, I write every post to answer how I can be helpful. Step 3: The Actual Writing I start with a headline. I then find a picture on Flickr under their Creative Commons area, so that I can use it with the post (unless I have one of my own to use). Review My Last Few Weeks’ Posts Repeat Almost Forgot SEO

The Best Blog Strategies We Found, From a Month Without New Posts One of the implicit values in our Buffer marketing is to challenge assumptions. And one of the biggest assumptions I have about our content is that we should be publishing original articles to the blog multiple times each week. Well … what might happen if we didn’t? To find out, we stopped publishing new content for 30 days, focusing instead on repurposing and refreshing our content from the archives. tl;dr – Our top takeaways I’d love to share at the top here how the experiment went and then get into a lot more detail below for anyone interested in the specifics. Having not published original content on the blog for 30 days, we saw only a 4 percent dip in traffic compared to the previous month. The extra time off allowed us to experiment with content in some amazing ways. Create new email drip campaigns based on Buffer blog postsUpdate older blog posts with new information, graphicsCreate SlideSharesRepublish content to MediumBundle tools posts into Product Hunt collections Week One Week Two

One Big Mistake a Whole Lot of People Make This mistake is one I have made many times (and sometimes still do). It’s also a mistake I’ve seen a whole lot of others do a lot. What’s the mistake? Basically, misjudging how long time it will take to get the desired results. This problem is actually two problems. Either you underestimate the time it will take to lose that weight, earn that money or find that audience for your blog. Or you may overestimate how much time it will take to get the results you desire. It’s obvious that people would have more success if they just got started. Society, TV and advertising tells us that there is an almost instant solution to any of our problems. But I think there is also an idea that if you haven’t succeeded pretty quickly then you might as well give up and do something else. If they are rejected for date, do they give up? They know that there are a lot of good people out there. A solution to early quitting time It´s hard to know how much time something will take before you have accomplished it.

How to Write Effective Blog Posts The best compliment I ever receive about my blog is that my posts are short, simple, and actionable. Any time I get that response, I feel that I’ve hit the mark. When I get a lot of comments about uncertainty or when people seek clarity, or when I find myself defending parts of the post that didn’t mean anything, or when I get comments about the analogy and not the meat of the post, that’s when I know that I rushed it, or that I blew it. I’ve shared before about the writing practice, about how I get ideas for posts. This time, I’ll share about what I do to make my posts effective (or what I hope will be effective). Start With a Useful Title One thing we’ve seen in Third Tribe Marketing is that when people write a vague topic title for a forum post, it gets very little response. Lead In With a Story and an Image I use images to start your thought processes flowing, and I make the first paragraph a very small bit of personable information that will be relevant to the piece. It Takes Practice

Tips for Designing Unique and Attractive Blog Posts Designers have began to inject increasing levels of creativity into their blog posts and articles, throwing out the traditional and generic style of blog posts in favour of a much more attractive layout that’s themed specifically to the content. Let’s take a look at some of the best examples, and see what makes them work so well. In his fantastic article ‘The Death of the Boring Blog Post‘, Paddy Donnelly sums up this method of fusing together a blog post with the style and design of a traditional magazine article and coins the name, ‘Blogazine’. Be sure to check it out for a great introduction, and to hear from some of the pioneers of this style of blogging. Examples of the best Scrap the traditional website layout We’re all used to blog themes with the traditional two-column content and sidebar layout. Take inspiration from print design For decades, designers working in print have used the core design principles to create balanced layouts in magazines and posters. A grid is your friend

30 Content Marketing Tips for Busy Marketers I really wanted this to be a 30,000-word guide to content marketing. #1 on Google. 1000s of social shares. Linked to by Copyblogger’s Brian Clark! And the more and more I thought about it — and the more and more I’ve been amazed at the 30,000-word content marketing resources currently out there — I came around to this one small thought: What’s the best way I can help you have the biggest impact on your content today? For me, I tend to get my best, most actionable insights in bite-sized snippets. I would love to help you, today, in 50 words or less, plus a GIF. It might not be an email newsletter series (yet), but it is a post that you can skim and grab a nugget, or bookmark and revisit. Thanks for the chance to share these tips with you. 30 Tiny Content Marketing Tips for Big Results 1 – My content marketing stack One assumption I have: You need fewer content tools than you think. WordPress (writing)Trello (organizing)MailChimp (promotion – email)Buffer (promotion – social) via GIPHY via GIPHY

How to Write a Blog Post in 70 Minutes or Less Blogging is an important part of my life. It the primary way I have built and communicate with my tribe. However, it is not the only thing I do. I’ll bet it’s not for you, either. Photo courtesy of ©iStockphoto.com/slobo If you are like most bloggers, you are trying to squeeze it in between your job, your family, and a thousand other activities. After writing more than 1,000 posts, I have gotten better and faster with practice. Start the night before. Sometimes it takes a little longer than 70 minutes. Questions: How long does it take you to write your typical blog post?

Best Blog Layout Tips & Design {5 blog tips Good blog layout and design is very important. It's easier than you think to have a beautiful blog with a great blog layout. So here are 5 blog tips so you can have the best blog layout in the blogosphere! It should be unique and give people an idea of what your blog is about. The "rules" say that a header should be no more than 250 pixels tall, but you do have wiggle room on that. 3. 4. 5. Great blog design isn't rocket science-- you know what you love to see in a blog, just give people that on yours!

53+ Free Image Sources For Your Blog and Social Media Posts Update – we launched Pablo a new tool to create beautiful images for your social media posts in under 30 seconds You can use Pablo right from the get-go, no need to login or create an account. Just quickly create amazing images super fast. You can try out the first version of Pablo right now – no login required. Just head to and give it a try! We’d love to hear your thoughts about Pablo on Twitter, just hit us up @buffer and hope it makes creating images for your social media posts much easier for you. Ok, back to the blogpost! Here on the Buffer blog, we think a lot about visual content. We’ve shared our own study on the importance of images in Twitter posts for more social sharing. But there’s one question we get asked quite often: Where can you find free, good quality images that are cleared to use for your blog posts or social media content? It’s a question with a lot of different answers and caveats. What is Creative Commons? What is public domain? 1.) 2.) 3.)

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