You Could Get a Reblog If You Leave a Link!

images-16Here’s the idea:

I am going to recycle this post from day-to-day and allow readers to leave links to their post in the comments.  I’ll be using this in 2 ways: 1. create link share posts, and 2. each day I’ll randomly pick one blog and reblog it to my readers.  

Here are the basic rules:  

  1. Leave a link in the comments
  2. The time stamp on the comment MUST be for that day.  So you have to leave a comment each day!
  3. It’s that easy!

I’ll pick each day based on the time stamp with the daily winner reblogged the following day.  Be sure to check back and leave a link daily!

Good luck!

 

 

***Please no sexual content, profane language or graphic content.

Your Numbers Might Change, But the Work Stays the Same

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One fact about blogging that does not change-regardless of follower numbers-is the work.  I am still doing today what I did 2 1/2 years ago.  I’m still using the same basic tactics Jason over at Harsh Reality began teaching me way back when.  I still visit other pages (although not as often as I would prefer), I still respond promptly to comments, I still interact and treat WordPress just as I do the other social media sites.  I still hustle and I still challenge and push myself.  Getting 2,000+ views per day isn’t some magical occurrence that just happens one day.  And it isn’t what I thought it would be.

I recall the first time I received 100 views in a day-I thought it was the most amazing thing.  Then I remember the first time I received 1,000-it was the same feeling.  I also recall the first time I received 5,000 views in a day-same feeling.  Do you see what I’m getting at?  The benchmarks are amazing, but it still left me wanting more.  And stat numbers are great, but the results are relative.  Each benchmark changes which proves how dynamic and fluid blogging really can be.  With all the growth, I am still doing the same basics now that I did when I had 400 followers.

So what’s my point you might ask?

Your numbers might change, but the work stays the same.  Engage, interact, read, LIKE, Follow, be a social media champion, use StumbleUpon, use Flipboard and always be on the look out for new and creative ways to promote yourself. For instance, I have recently begun to dabble it Facebook advertising for my FB blog page. Not sure where it will lead, but it is something I always wanted to do so I’m doing it.  I also recently (December) branched out to YouTube-the future of the internet-to help grow my reach.

I think it is easy to look at other’s and have blog envy and I’ll admit that I did and sometimes still do.  The fallacy that existed in my mind was that when I achieved a certain number of followers, then I would be content; I would have arrived.  The truth is that growth happens so slowly that I realize I’ll never be content-even when I hit 100,000 followers.  I still have to respond to comments.  I still have to read other blogs.  I still LIKE and follow.  I still engage on a real level.  I still give back to the community.

Your number might change, but the work stays the same.  As Jason says “You just gotta keep on grinding man.”

 

Do You Pay Attention to Your Alexa Rank?

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Alexa Rank allows me to have a general sense of how my blog is performing compared to other websites.  Last year in June my global rank was 350,000 and my U.S. rank was around 97,000.  But life happened, I got a new job and my ranking plummeted into the millions.  It has taken me almost 5 months of hard work to crack the million mark, but I am moving in the right direction.

Do you pay attention to your Alexa Rank?

How to Produce Powerful Blog Content No One Can Ignore

images-8I haven’t written a blog tips/advice post in quite some time and I’m still perplexed as to why some blogs get these massive followings while others do not.  And because I get so many emails about this topic I find myself thinking about it-a lot!  On the surface it appears that most blogs with high follower numbers have something of quality to say or offer up great insight on a particular topic.  In short they have something unique to offer the reader/follower.  They take the time to conduct research and show an understanding of the article’s topic.  For instance, I follow a marketing blog whose author has incredible vision and insight into helping others reach larger audiences and to grow digitally.  His expertise in all things marketing make for eye-opening articles that make me want to read what he writes next.  Because of his unique perspective he draws readers.

My contemplation has led to a few thoughts on how to produce powerful blog content that no one can ignore: design specific, well-researched, detailed, personal, well-written content which helps people understand how to do something better in their lives or how to be better in their lives.  Remember all those times I’ve said “seek to add value to the lives of others”?

There are plenty of blogs which offer a nurturing, supporting voice.  And being comforted in your time of need is nice.  There are also tons of blogs which express strong, sometimes over-the-top opinions and/or criticize others in order to provoke outrage.  They stand on the porch and play the role of Captain Obvious or call your dog ugly.  Their opinions might provoke people, but they don’t really offer up a solution or help in any way other than to voice their opinion.  But the blogs I believe will always receive the highest numbers are those which specifically help others to better themselves or help them to better understand a certain topic or help people solve problems.  And I’m talking about detailed, specific help not general information they can get anywhere else.

I hope that last part sinks in.

If you create generic top-5 lists that 50 other blogs have already talked about, then your message is going to get washed out.  What if you took a specific topic and then drilled-down to cover a specific point inside that topic?  The problem with this is most bloggers don’t want to take the time to do the detailed research necessary to create their own original thought.  And it is only by having original, solution-based thoughts that will get others to buy in to what you are doing on your page, which gives you a greater chance of growing.

Imagine for a moment that you are operating a business.  If you are selling what everyone else is selling then it is going to be tough to remain viable.  But if you are smart and your business solves a problem for people then it will be a must-have product, which will help create a tribe of people who will only buy from you.  Such should be your mindset as it relates to your page.

I will offer up an example from my page.  I often write or create YouTube videos documenting how I changed my life’s direction by implementing 14 specific habits aimed at my goals of more personal and professional success.  A couple of years ago I created an entire series in which I discussed the 14 habits I implemented to help change my life.  I discussed these habits one-by-one in detail with statistics and how developing those habits completely transformed my life.  To date that series collectively still brings me tens of thousands of views every year via Google search.  There have been plenty of people to discuss those habits individually, but I’ve not seen any other blog package them together and then go in-depth as to how they have affected their life’s direction.

I believe many bloggers fail, burn out or flounder because they don’t go deep enough. They offer up opinion, but they don’t back up their opinion with factual data or cite specific research points.  Having an opinion is important, but what people are looking for are articles that help them make a decision or help them to make their lives better.  When you are able to support your view with factual data, then you make a strong and convincing argument which helps to build your credibility and makes you an authority on the subject.

“Seek to add value to the lives of others.”

I have a personal mission statement that I use as the standard for any article or video I produce: “Does this content add value to the life of someone who may read or view?”  And if it adds value: “How does this content add value?”  Then more specifically: “Could this article cause someone to think or see life in such a new way that it would cause them to comment?”   If the content does not meet these basic criteria, then I don’t hit publish.  I go back to the board and rethink, edit, add, develop, etc.

Seth Godin lays this idea out in a video he produced many, many years ago-2003 I believe-in which he stated that in order for someone to take the time to remark on your content, the content must be worthy of making a remark; it must be “remarkable”. Simply stated, your content must be good enough to be worthy of someone making a comment.  If people are not commenting it might be a sign that your content is too ordinary which means it is invisible.

And it is this idea that I try to convey to people when they email me asking for help growing their blog.  You must take the time to prepare your content.  You must pay attention to small details.  You must learn to get a strong point across in a short article or video.  If you are throwing together posts and saying something that others have said a thousand times, then people are going to move right past your post and move on to the next option.  If your content is ordinary, then it is invisible; never forget this fact.

With all that said, maybe you need to start taking more time to produce specific, well-researched content that has some originality.  Generic, ordinary content will produce generic, ordinary feedback.  And if your goal is to draw more eyes to your post then it might be time for you to start putting more thought into what you publish.  Develop a set of criteria, a checklist that your post must pass before hitting publish.  Learn how to develop solid SEO titles, use quality pics and then publish well-planned content.

When your message is powerful there is no way people will ignore it!

Getting to Know You 02.03.2017: Blogging Turn-Off’s

This is Life Experiment Blog!

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What are some of your biggest blogging turn-off’s that make you hit that un-follow button?

My answer: Blogs that still sport WP templates (i.e.; ‘This is where your feature post is displayed’) on their pages is the biggest. Having to search difficult to navigate home pages in order to find recent posts is another turn-off.

What about you? What are biggest turn-off’s?

-Mliae

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WordPress Meet and Greet – All Bloggers Welcome

Meet and Greet at Harsh Reality!

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Well this is the third post I have done like this so far and I have seen some great connections. I’ll keep doing these off and on and I think they provide a great way for “active bloggers” to network. This post now has over 2,000 active bloggers waiting to connect in it. I encourage anyone looking for new blogs to view or people to converse with to browse through the comment section and network.

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Have you folks met Jason at Harsh Reality??!!

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The greatest thing in the blogging world is not the comment on your most recent post. It is that comment on a forgotten thought that was written so many nights ago it has been buried beneath your blog.

And then a comment comes.

It awakens that thought once more. That day… the surrounding days. The thoughts and feelings of that moment that moved you to post those words. That’s the connection blogging provides not just to the reader, but to the writer as well. It’s powerful and it is awesome.

It is blogging.

-OM

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5 Things Blogging has taught me so far….

I love posts about blogging; read about Kitcats Designs experience thus far!

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stocksnap_fhted9eq3bI have not been doing this blogging thing very long and WOW it’s really been like studying a whole new career. I have spent these past 5 mo studying a few hours nightly from the experts out there. What I have learned so far is;

1. I am not technical, BUT I can be taught. I laugh at this statement now because this was huge fear of mind that actually held me back from pursuing this sooner. I may be slower than some, take more notes, ask more questions… but I’m HERE... I’m doing it!!!

2. Accountability to myself-What I mean by this is,  I have finally reached that threshold where I’m writing for myself. We all have accountability to our family, loved ones, jobs, children and such. This is a deeper sense of being accountable to our creative selves  and how we put out in there in the world..

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