All Blogging Tips http://allbloggingtips.com Everything About Blogging Sun, 01 Feb 2015 09:37:11 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1 5 Basic Tactics To Grow Traffic From Twitter. Number 2 is Quite Peculiar.http://allbloggingtips.com/2015/02/01/5-basic-tactics-to-grow-traffic-from-twitter/ http://allbloggingtips.com/2015/02/01/5-basic-tactics-to-grow-traffic-from-twitter/#respond Sat, 31 Jan 2015 20:46:20 +0000 http://allbloggingtips.com/?p=26320 In case you’ve been studying Social Media Marketing for at least a while, you should have noticed that the amount of tactics just doesn’t seem to end. There are hundreds of SMM experts who feel obliged to update their blogs every week and so they just keep coming up with new “tips & tricks” toContinue Reading

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In case you’ve been studying Social Media Marketing for at least a while, you should have noticed that the amount of tactics just doesn’t seem to end.

There are hundreds of SMM experts who feel obliged to update their blogs every week and so they just keep coming up with new “tips & tricks” to teach their readers.

And so you end up reading something like: “Tip #138 – Order a few dozen air balloons with your Twitter username printed on them and go give them out in the nearest shopping center.” Nonsense.

So in this article I’d like to focus on a few fundamental things. I don’t care if you’ve heard them before, but I can give you my word that they are the ones that drive you real traffic from Twitter. Everything else is just fluff.

1. Ask and you shall receive!

Believe it or not, but the easiest way to get traffic from Twitter is to ask someone for a tweet. You will be surprised by how many people are likely to oblige just because you asked nicely.

This can be your friends, your blog readers or even well known bloggers who you’ve decided to reach out to.

Once you finish your article, don’t forget to ask your readers for a tweet. You’ve just given them some cool information for free and many of them will feel obliged to return you the favour.

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Making other people tweet your content is the most fundamental strategy of Twitter Marketing.

2. Motivate your readers to tweet.

Ask yourself: “What would motivate me to post something to Twitter?”

Studies have shown that people love sharing things that make them look good in the eyes of their following. And thus they mostly tweet things that are:

  1. smart;
  2. valuable;
  3. funny.

Unfortunately tweeting your article might not feel this way. But what if you fill your article with short smart and valuable takeaways that could be tweeted? People might want to share them with their followers.

Lots of bloggers already use this tactic and they try to put at least one “tweetable quote” to every new article that they publish. And their followers are happy to get a cool sound bite that they can send to their Twitter feed.

In case you’re wondering how to create those quotes that can be tweeted with a click, I suggest you take a look at ClickToTweet online service and TweetDis plugin for WordPress. Whichever is more convenient for you.

3. Tell me who your friends are.

Irrespective of what industry you are in, there are bound to be plenty of Twitter influencers. These are the people who have thousands of followers and whose recommendations can really help drive traffic to you.

Engage with these Twitter influencers, talk about them in blog posts, set up interviews and group interviews with them, be a part of industry roundups, and when you do talk about them, let them know using @mention.

Sooner or later you’re going to make friends with some of them. And they will be happy to share your content with their Twitter following just like you’re sharing their content with yours.

4. Make Retweeting Easy

Most users on social media sites don’t want to waste too much time trying to figure out how to share a post or article. Make it easy for them!

Have a tweet button floating at their site all the time as they read through the article. You never know which paragraph will make them want to share your work on Twitter. You can use any social sharing plugin from our collection.

If your content is worth its salt and you are making it easy for people to retweet it, it will start spreading on its own and get you plenty of traffic from Twitter.

5. Write Evergreen Content

Twitter is a real-time social media sharing website. So you should focus all your attention on creating blog posts about current events, right? Not necessarily.

There is something to be said about creating evergreen content that will be relevant for at least a year or more. By choosing the right topics and giving sensible advice, you may be able to create content that will pay dividends for a long time to come.

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Keep generating traffic toward your evergreen posts by scheduling tweets using WordPress plugins like Revive Old Post or simply scheduling your tweets with Hootsuite.

It doesn’t get simpler than that – create valuable content (evergreen or current), fill it with tweetable quotes, ask people to tweet them in a straightforward manner, and get Twitter influencers and authorities to vouch for you!

The crucial thing is to focus on getting more people to tweet your articles which drives traffic from Twitter, and not focus only on the number of your followers.

What are the strategies you’re following to grow traffic from Twitter?

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 Building Profitable Blog
If you’re reading this, chances are you don’t just want to be a typical blogger.

You’re tired of low traffic. You’re sick of seeing no comments.

You want avalanches of traffic, posts that pierce your readers immune systems and a close connection with influencers in your niche or industry.

You want to build a profitable blog

So here are 36 steps towards creating killer content, skyrocketing traffic, and building a profitable blog.

Let’s go.

Generate Killer Blog Post Ideas

1. Use polls to collect ideas

Polls are an excellent way to generate killer blog post ideas because they allow you to target your readers content needs quickly and accurately. They also give you an insight into what your readers wants to know about the most, which can be a huge advantage when creating opt-in offers and products.

2. See what’s trending on other blogs

Not sure what to write about?

Head over to the popular blogs in your niche. 

You’ll see what topics are trending and you’ll get fresh content ideas. The important thing to remember when doing so, is to not blatantly copy popular posts, but to attack them from a different and interesting perspective.

3. Use Google alerts

Set an alert with hot key words in your niche and have it deliver a couple of stories to you everyday. Pay special attention to the headlines and the topics you come across and you’ll have strong post ideas and attention-grabbing headlines in no time.

4. Scan through newspapers and magazines

You’ll most likely come across articles that connect with a topic you want to write about.

5. Scour blog directories

Sites like Alltop and Technorati are perfect for finding out what other bloggers are posting about your topic.

6. Ask your readers 

Send out a mass email or publish a post on your blog asking readers what problems or pains they’re having. Then create content around that.

7. Look at comments on your blog

How can comments help you?

Scanning through readers thoughts about your content will indicate what they like/dislike. 

Look out for comments where readers seem overwhelmed with joy or passion and make a note of the type of post and topic you wrote about.

You’ll eventually notice a trend about the specific tastes of your audience.

8. Fuse hot topics with your own experiences

Most of the information you read on any blog can be found elsewhere… so how do you distinguish yourself in the sea of sameness?

Easy. 

Connect your personal experiences with those topics.

Take these two posts on be a freelance blogger for example.

These type of posts instantly make you more “human” to your reader and distinguish you from competing blogs whilst helping you create a raving audience.

 9. Invite guest bloggers

Producing killer content and thinking of innovative post ideas regularly can rob your energy and leave your brain limp.

The solution?

Invite guest bloggers to write content for you in return for back-links, traffic and exposure.

This will allow you to work on other things whilst maintaining frequent , high quality content and breaking the monotony by publishing posts that are stylistically different than yours.

10. Network with other bloggers 

Sites like BlogDash and BlogSynergy allow you to find other bloggers in the same niche as you and connect with them. 

You could end up finding a mentor, another site to guest post on or even a business partner.

You never know until you try.

Write Epic Shit!

11. Write from the heart

I’ll let Steven King handle this one.

“You can approach the act of writing with nervousness, excitement, hopefulness, or even despair–the sense that you can never completely put on the page what’s in your mind and heart. You can come to the act with your fists clenched and your eyes narrowed, ready to kick ass and take down names. You can come to it because you want a girl to marry you or because you want to change the world. Come to it anyway but lightly. Let me say it again: you must not come lightly to the blank page.”

 12. Write list posts

 Ahhhh, list posts… they’re easy to write, save time and energy and readers love them.

 And even though the internet is crammed with them, they are still effective for quick bursts of quality content.

 13. Make Your Posts Smooth and Scannable

Nobody wants to force down chunks of indigestible information.

They want to be spoon fed a tasty trickle of knowledge that slips past their eyes and melts into their brain.

  • Use subheadings
  • Use short sentences
  • Have plenty of whitespace
  • Eliminate fluff words
  • Use vivid verbs instead of limp adjectives

 Your readers hands are always ready to click on that big “X” in the corner, don’t bore them into leaving.

 14. Read a lot and share what you’ve learned

Read blogs. Read books. Read reports.

To be a powerful blogger you have to be a voracious reader. Not only will reading help fine tune your writing skills, it’ll give you a fresh perspective on things and allow you to share new information with your readers.

15. Edit ruthlessly

No one ever turns in a perfect first draft. Editing is where all the magic happens.

16. Write conversationally

Imagine sitting in a lecture with hall with a pimple faced, speckled professor teaching business. Now imagine your best friend sitting across you at a local diner explaining the same thing.

Who are you most likely going to listen to and learn from? 

17. Have a pre-game ritual

Jon Morrow likes to read Stephen King out loud for 5-10 minutes.

French Novelist Honoré de Balzac would gulp down a ton of black coffee to ensure that he could write for longer, once allowing him to write for 48 hours straight.

Renowned copywriter John Carlton would slip into a separate set of “writing clothes” to get him in the zone.

Find your pre-game ritual to help you enter the writing zone at will and you’ll no longer be a victim of writers block.

18. Handwrite your favourite posts by hand

Yes. I mean physically write out posts word for word, by hand.

Sound weird? 

Truth is, most great writers started like this.

Journalist Hunter S. Thompson bloodied his nose in the writing world by copying the The Great Gatsby and A Farewell to Arms on typewriter. 

Robert Louis Stevenson, author of classics like Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and Treasure Island, honed his chops by taking a passage from a great writer and reading it. Then turning over the passage and trying to re-write it again from memory.

 Dan Kennedy dived into the marketing world by copying out 500 winning sales letters by hand in order train his subconscious mind to absorb the rhythm of good copy.

I’ve used this technique myself. Believe me, it isn’t easy. But it is an effective way to whip your writing muscles into shape.

19. Write Faster by Outlining your Posts

Ever feel like the process of writing is messy and draining?

You’re probably not using outlines.

Many top bloggers like Neil Patel, Michael Hyatt and Carol Tice all swear by outlines allowing them to slice precious minutes and hours off their writing time.

20. Write badly ( before you can write good)

You won’t hear about this too often, but its certainly true.

You can’t write good unless you have written badly. No one is good at anything at the beginning. Its just a matter of consistently smoothing the edges until you are proficient. 

If your writing isn’t where you want it to be, don’t stress It’s okay.

Work on making small improvements over time and you’ll be shocked at what you can achieve.

Boost Your Traffic and Exposure

21. Host competitions/giveaways on your blog

Competitions and giveaways are a great way to generate more activity on your blog and break the monotony for your audience.

They increase traffic, raise more interest from your audience and can lead to new readers/customers. They also help create a sense of community and activity on the blog.

22. Go on a guest blogging spree

We all know the power of guest blogging right? 

Guest blogging empowers you to simultaneously generate traffic, increase subscribers, boost your credibility and most importantly, build relationships with other bloggers and readers.

If you aren’t already guest blogging, make sure you start now.

23. Use forums to generate interest

While forums aren’t hugely popularised in the blog traffic generating world they are a great way to consistently generate traffic to your site. 

However there is a right way and wrong way for generating traffic on forums. The right way breads traffic and respect and credibility, the wrong way will get you banned in a heartbeat.

When using forums for traffic remember to:

        1.  Focus on giving value. Help other people on the forum solve problems and you’ll build credibility and generate interest

        2.  Use your signature. If you’re giving value and people are starting to ask questions about you, it’s a good thing to have a signature linking to your site/blog so they have somewhere to go immediately.

All in all, be helpful positive and let people know where to find you.

24. Leave insightful comments on other posts

Comments?

Don’t you just spend a couple of seconds on them and move on?

No.

Comments are an underused tool in the blogging world and they have multiple benefits like increased traffic from clicks and visits, getting on a popular bloggers radar, to being invited to guest post for them.

But not just any comment makes the cut. So how do you create comments that draw attention and get you noticed by other bloggers and readers?

  • Agree with what the blogger said and validate that the info was useful
  • Build on and develop the advice given in the post
  • Use personal examples and stories
  • Talk about what was left out

25. Fine tune your SEO

SEO is a great long term strategy to help you build traffic. The excellent thing is that once you rank highly for a trending keyword, you can still generate traffic for a long time without breaking a sweat.

Check out this post by Blog Tyrant to learn more about SEO.

26. Interview other people in your niche

Interviews are a great way to improve your knowledge and enlighten your audience. They simultaneously expose you to your interviewee’s audience too and give your brain a break from creating content. Win Win.

27. Use Quora

Quora is a Q&A site where you can either answer questions from someone else or post questions of your own. You can even specify the type of questions you are interested in answering.

It’s an excellent way to boost traffic because of the huge audience it has.

One popular Quora user is Oliver Emberton. His articles have been read over 9 million times in the last year and featured in Forbes Huffington Post and Time. 

He started by writing answers on Quora and linking to his site. One of his answers went go viral and within a day, Oliver was contacted by publishers about book, movie and TV rights.

If you’re looking for a new way to boost your traffic give Quora a try.

28. Connect your blog to your email signature

A simple way to gain extra exposure but are you using it?

29.  Review an Influencers product and generate goodwill

Have you recently purchased a product from a respected influencer in your niche?

If the product has the potential to be useful to your readers in anyway, write up an honest review of the product.

This will help save your audience time and money and, depending on the review, can generate goodwill from the product creators themselves.

30. Make your posts easy to share

There’s no point sweating it out at your computer screen and creating content if no one is going to read it. To rack up the amount of views that your posts get, make them more shareable by: 

  • Prominently displaying shareable buttons
  • Making tweet-able comments in your posts
  • Prompting readers to tweet those tweet-able comments

 31. Use Google analytics

Imagine if you found yourself a little lost while navigating a forest in the countryside…the first thing you’d do is check your map to find out where you are, and where you need to go, right?

Similarly, Google analytics is your “blogging map”.

It enables you to analyse raw data on visits, views, and traffic etc. So you know where you stand, and how far you are from achieving your blogging goals.

 32. Split Test Different Opt Ins 

When Brian Deen from Backlinko wasn’t happy with the conversion rates for an opt in offer of his, he made some simple changes and split tested it.

The test revealed a whopping 785% increase in conversions.

The only way he knew this is because he split tested the results and learnt what appeals to his audience. Split testing allows you to zero in on what your audience responds to best and craft more compelling offers and posts.

 33. Offer a bribe

Struggling to land subscribers?

Try offering something of value to your audience in exchange for their email addresses to shoot up your subscriber count. You could create an ebook, a report, or a checklist. Just be sure it’s something your audience will value.

34. Use Webinars

Webinars are an excellent way to share knowledge with your audience.

When marketed correctly they can lead to a ton of extra traffic and clients/customers.

They also make you more relatable and human to your audience and inspire interaction.

Be sure to email your list and invite people from other’s lists to join. Promote on other blogs and email lists to.

35. Hook Readers By Showing your Best Stuff

Every blog has posts that are more popular than others, and you’d be doing yourself a disservice if you didn’t showcase yours as soon as visitors land on your site.

This will immediately show your expertise and give new readers mega valuable content  straight off the bat, starting the relationship right and increasing the chances of them becoming regular readers.

 36. Create a podcast

Creating a podcast is a pretty powerful marketing tool because it allows you to reach a certain type of audience that you wouldn’t have reached before. 

This is because people don’t always want to read, and some prefer consuming content by listening instead of reading.Your readers can consume content while they drive to work, have a workout or go for a walk.

This increases your connection and relationship with your audience because they are no longer reading a bunch of words… but listening to a human voice. Its easier for them to visualise you as a person and relate to.


Did you find some great ways to build profitable blog above? How are you turning your blog into profitable money making machine?

Let us know in the comments.

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UPDATE: Winners announced!!

Happy new year bloggers!

As one year end, other arrives bringing along fresh waves of hopes, aspirations and surprises.

In order to make this year more special for you, I’m about to give you a surprise. It has been some time since I presented a giveaway surprise and what better occasion could there be to do the same than New Year? So be prepared for a surprise that will make this year even more special for you.

And..the surprize is 10 CSSHero account for lucky winners.

For those who are unaware and are new to the family, let me begin by giving a brief introduction as to what CSSHERO is. It is basically a wordpress plug-in that enables you to customize your themes in an easier manner. There are numerous features that make it favorable among the masses and particularly among the blog owners. CSSHERO slows you to make your site more interesting and appealing.

So what are the features that make CSSHERO a nice choice?

1. Easy to use

If you are someone who has only the basic knowledge regarding these things and are looking for something that would be easier to operate, this would certainly work in your favor. A few clicks are all that you will have to do to bring about the changes that you wish to make to the themes. You can even make the edits on your gadgets.

2. Your personal touch

CSSHERO allows you to give a more personal touch to the themes. You have a wide variety of color choices and you can select the one that you find more in line with your taste. The last color that you used will be stored in the memory thereby giving you an opportunity to compare the changes.

3. Font selection

As CSSHERO offers more than 400 fonts for your use, you are spoilt for choices. You can select the one that you find appropriate and that matches with the nature of your blog with ease without having to make a compromise. Popular web fonts and glyphs are available for your use

4. A simple affair

Ordinarily you would expect the customization of themes to be a difficult business. That would not be the case if you use CSSHERO as it makes the tough job easier. Building gradients, text shadows, all can be handled using CSSHERO with ease. The advanced features would not confuse you and are easy to understand.

Giveaway Prize:

We’ll choose 10 winners and each winner will get 1-year starter plan membership of CSSHero.org,  Isn’t that good? Now you can customize WordPress theme even without technical knowledge!

Contest Duration:

This contest will be open for 12  days. So participate now!

Contest Starts – 9 Jan 2015

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So do not hesitate. Encourage your friends and other people by sharing this incredible piece of news as this would increase your chances of winning the surprise. You do not wish to miss this golden opportunity as the price would be something that would prove to be beneficial for you. Do not be lax. Enter and get the giveaway.

Entering our competition for a CSSHero membership is easy. All you have to do is enter is leave a comment on this post explaining why you need a membership at CSSHero. Then simply register your entry using the RaffleCopter box below. You can increase chances of winning by following All Blogging Tips and sharing this post.

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Quick Actions to Make Your Blog Ready to Rock in 2015http://allbloggingtips.com/2015/01/07/quick-actions-to-make-your-blog-ready-to-rock/ http://allbloggingtips.com/2015/01/07/quick-actions-to-make-your-blog-ready-to-rock/#comments Tue, 06 Jan 2015 19:35:11 +0000 http://allbloggingtips.com/?p=26161 Happy new year everyone! Whether you’ve had your blog for quite a while now or you started it very recently, there are always small tweaks and changes you can make in order to turn your blog into something even better than before this year. I’ve created list of top 10 quick actions you can doContinue Reading

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NEW YEAR ROCKING TIPS

Happy new year everyone!

Whether you’ve had your blog for quite a while now or you started it very recently, there are always small tweaks and changes you can make in order to turn your blog into something even better than before this year.

I’ve created list of top 10 quick actions you can do to improve your blog and make it more successful this year.

Let’s get going.

1. Create an email list

If you haven’t done this already, you should create an email list. This will allow your readers to sign up and receive all the latest news. Apart from keeping them updated and allowing you to advertise things and inform your readers of different things whenever necessary, it also keeps your blog in the forefront of their minds and ensures that they never forget to visit your blog!

2. Start a monthly/weekly newsletter

Unless you’re dedicating an awful lot of time to your blog, a weekly newsletter might be a little bit too much. Fortnightly or monthly newsletters work a lot better, since it isn’t too much work for you and it’s not too much for your readers to look at either.

If you don’t have one already, make it your resolution for this year, and if you have one currently, make it your goal to make it even better. This can be done by only including important things and looking for more interesting things to add.

3. Hold giveaways and contests

Not only is this a great way to get readers to return to your blog, but it also makes your blog stand out from the rest. By hosting monthly competitions, visitors will be sure to return regularly to see what they have to do to enter the latest competition. Rather than having a random draw every single month, change it every so often. While this may attract a different audience, it’s definitely worth experimenting with and people love to see their work published on the web.

Giveaway Ideas: You can organize giveaways like hosting, themes, plugins, tools. You can also provide ad space on your blog or offer your premium services for free.

4. Brand your blog. Get a new logo.

Have you been complaining to yourself about the state of your logo for the last few months? Was it a budget logo that you got when you first started the blog? Did you design it yourself with little experience and knowledge and very few tools? If this is the case and you have a better budget this year for the design of your blog, research logo designers and see if any of them can revamp your logo. Since the logo of your blog is the first thing most visitors see, it often determines whether they stay on the page or leave to visit somewhere else.

4. Get on Facebook

“But I’m already on Facebook!” you may be thinking. Right? ;)

A lot of blog owners are signed up to Facebook with a personal account but are very shy of sharing their blog posts.

This is perfectly understandable and is usually all down to a lack of confidence, so why not make 2015 the year that you show your friends what you’ve been working on? Whether it’s an informative blog or a very personal one, most of your friends will love reading what you have to say, and a lot of them will be able to give you some very encouraging feedback.

6. Get Twitter and start a Twitter feed

While thousands of people are already on Twitter, it is still slightly less common than Facebook, even though it can do wonders for your blog. Create an account for yourself and your blog and post a few of your most recent blog posts. Follow other Twitter users, particularly those who appear to be interested in the subject or your blog or any of the main themes which you cover in your blog.

They will usually follow you back, and if they like your writing and your blog, they’ll probably retweet your posts. This means that more people will see the links and probably visit your blog. You can also start a Twitter feed on your blog so that everybody who visits can see what you have been posting and what other people have been tweeting about your page.

7. Use interesting titles

Each time you write a new post, come up with an interesting title. Don’t just title it with the date or the activity than you did e.g “Horseriding March 20th 2015”. It doesn’t grab people’s attention enough to make them stop and read what happened when you went out riding a horse. Instead come up with a much more interesting title based around something interesting which happened during this experience.

For example, “Why I would love to go horse riding again” or “Why I wouldn’t sit on a horse again in my life!” catches the attention much better.

 

8. Don’t focus on advertising

While you need to advertise your blog and make sure you’re getting the visitors, remember that this isn’t the most important thing to focus on and certainly not what you should be making it look like to your readers! The worst blogs are those which are screaming out for views and more visitors. Even asking visitors to share your blog with their friends is treading on dodgy ground, and overdoing keywords is a complete disaster.

9. Make it accessible from smartphones

This year might be the year to make your blog more accessible to those using smartphones, and you might even want to consider getting a separate mobile site made. While this will cost money, it could also mean many more visitors, especially since so many people nowadays are browsing the web on their phones rather than from a PC. Make your website responsive. It’ll also hep you boost your blog SEO.

 

10. It’s not all about you!

While your regular visitors obviously love your blog and your writing style, it’s nice to have a change sometimes. This can be done by asking people to guest post on your blog.

Don’t worry if they’re not professional writers or even if they’re not particularly good at writing. You can always proofread what they’ve written before adding it to your site. If you’re doing a social experiment, for example, ask a couple of people to send you a few hundred words telling you what they thought about it. Giving readers the insight of others is also a benefit – but like anything, don’t overdo it!

Final Words.

So, above were some tips you must following to make your blog ready to rock in 2015. For SEO,you need to hire professional SEO services such as seo Vancouver services. You can visit bluehatmarketing.com to find more information.

Did I missed any point? How’s your new year blogging resolution?

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Top .htaccess Tips to Secure Your WordPress Sitehttp://allbloggingtips.com/2014/12/02/top-htaccess-tips-to-secure-your-wordpress-site/ http://allbloggingtips.com/2014/12/02/top-htaccess-tips-to-secure-your-wordpress-site/#comments Tue, 02 Dec 2014 07:45:12 +0000 http://allbloggingtips.com/?p=26125 Since website security has become a common concern, webmasters exercise great care when maintaining their sites. In addition to some frequently-used methods, like WordPress security plugin installation, password enhancement and the use of SSL, you can take .htaccess into consideration. This is a great method recommend by many experts and web resources sites like PHPMattersContinue Reading

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Since website security has become a common concern, webmasters exercise great care when maintaining their sites. In addition to some frequently-used methods, like WordPress security plugin installation, password enhancement and the use of SSL, you can take .htaccess into consideration. This is a great method recommend by many experts and web resources sites like PHPMatters

Maybe now, you have been pulled in a fog and thirst after the reason why .htaccess can make a big difference on website security improvement and what you can do with it. Here, we are going to clear all your doubts by showing details on how to secure your WordPress website using .htaccess.

What Is .htaccess?

.htaccess, short for hypertext access, is a configuration file used to store server directives and allows decentralized management on a web server. With the help of this file, you are able to enable or disable directives over the whole site, like rewriting URLs, blocking users, controlling cache, and protecting password, etc. As thus, by overriding some security-related settings, you can safeguard your site effectively.

If .htaccess is not available on your site, you are required to open a new text and include configuration commands required. Then save the .txt file and upload it to your site. Once getting through it, you need to rename the file as .htaccess and upload it using FTP.

Protect .htaccess Itself

If the .htaccess file suffers attacks, other protected files are not immune. Thus, you should attach great importance to the security of your .htaccess file by using the code as below.

<Files .htaccess>

order allow,deny

deny from all

satisfy all

</Files>

When people get to intrude the .htaccess file, there is a 403 forbidden error opening on their view.

Disable Hotlinking with .htaccess

You may encounter a situation that your peer blogger embezzles your images, and displays these images using your original URL. When visitors load these images on his site, the usage of bandwidth is from your website. This is called as hotlinking.

To prevent your bandwidth from being stolen by other webmasters, you should enable hotlink protection using .htaccess. To do this, you can include the following content in the .htaccess file.

RewriteEngine on

RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} !^$

RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} !^http(s)?://(www\.)?YourDomain [NC]

RewriteRule \.(jpg|jpeg|png|gif)$ – [NC,F,L]

Protect wp-config.php with .htaccess

As a WordPress file of great concern, wp-config.php gets hold of all critical information about database, including username, password, host and database name. The information is used to enable data store and retrieve. Thus, you have to take this file seriously, or your site will be in danger. The following lines tell how to strengthen wp-config.php with .htaccess.

<Files wp-config.php>

order allow,deny

deny from all

</Files>

Stop Directory Browsing with .htaccess

A directory browsing enabled website allows web browsers to display the content of all your directories when they cannot search the file of index.php or index.html. However, some of these directories may include the confidential files or folders that are important to your website. If web browser makes those details public, your website is more likely to be attacked by hackers, because they have known your secret very well.

In this case, you’d better take some measures to stop directory browsing. The use of .htaccess is a great method to this end when including the following commands.

# directory browsing

Options All -Indexes

Restrict Access to Admin Area

The admin area is a private place of your website, which enables full access for you to handle administrative functions. However, there are also some other admin roles available like editor, author, subscriber and author having partial access. To prevent these additional roles from releasing your valuable information, you’d better take full control of the admin area instead of sharing a portion to others.

To do this, you can add the following code to the .htaccess file and fill your IP address in the designated section.

order deny,allow

allow from {your IP Address}

deny from all

Stop Unwanted Visitors Accessing to Your Site

When suffering some vicious visitors making a threat to your website, you should take action to stop them coming again. Frankly, .htaccess makes it easy to clear up all threats to the website only if you use following snippet.

<Limit GET POST>

order allow,deny

deny from {IP Address of the Denied Visitor}

allow from all

</Limit>

Note that, the mentioned code can only ban one person at a time. If you want to increase the banning number, you can edit the code as below to add the banned users as you want.

<Limit GET POST>

order allow,deny

deny from {IP Address of the Denied Visitor1}

deny from {IP Address of the Denied Visitor2}

allow from all

</Limit>

To be frank, blocking the bad users is just a stalling tactic, for which people can come again after converting the IP address into a new one. Thus, you have to make the safeguarding operation consistent and look for long-term effective methods by referring to more security tutorials.

Did I missed any tip? How are you securing your WordPress blog?

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Hottest Black Friday & Cyber Monday WordPress Deals 2014: Save Huge Money!http://allbloggingtips.com/2014/11/27/black-friday-cyber-monday-wordpress-deals/ http://allbloggingtips.com/2014/11/27/black-friday-cyber-monday-wordpress-deals/#comments Thu, 27 Nov 2014 13:55:37 +0000 http://allbloggingtips.com/?p=24362 As the black Friday approaches, most of the consumer products go on sale. You can find these sales in your local markets and departmental stores as well. The cyber world never stays behind and that is why there are a lot of WordPress Black Friday 2014 deals out there. It is time for you toContinue Reading

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As the black Friday approaches, most of the consumer products go on sale. You can find these sales in your local markets and departmental stores as well. The cyber world never stays behind and that is why there are a lot of WordPress Black Friday 2014 deals out there. It is time for you to grab those deals and get the most benefit out of your favorite WordPress hosting companies, theme shops and plugins.

Some of the top rated companies that have come up with black Friday deals for 2014 are covered below.

Note: I’ll be updating this page through out the week, so make sure to bookmark it to get the best deals.

Black Friday & Cyber Monday WordPress Deals 2014

If you’re still using blogspot and can’t afford to buy web hosting.

This is a great chance for you to grab WordPress deals at huge discount. Below are Hotted WordPress Web Hosting, Themes and Plugins deals.

Web Hosting Deals

Hostgator

There is no doubt that Hostgator is one of the most famous hosting companies in the world. If you have been thinking about buying hosting package from Hostgator then black Friday is the best time to save as much money as possible. In black Friday deal offered by Hostagator, you can save 55% to 75% on hosting charges. The sale starts from 28 November 2014 and it will last until 1nd December 2014. The hosting packages starts at only $1.98/month and if you want to buy a domain, you will only have to pay $4.50. You should not waste any time because this offer is not going to last for a long. No coupon code is required, just visit their website and get the discount.

  • Discount: 55% OFF to 75% (During Fire Sales)
  • Start date: Live
  • End date: 2nd December 2014
  • Sign up link/Coupon: HostGator2014

Bluehost

Another reputable company for WordPress web hosting is Bluehost and they have also come up with a wonderful black Friday/ cyber Monday deal for you. You can up to 50% on hosting charges and for that; you just need to use the black Friday promo code offered by Bluehost. The hosting charges will become as low as $3.49/ month and you will also get a free one year domain registration too. The deal will last until 1 December 2014 so hurry up and grab this amazing deal. You don’t need a coupon code to get the discount as it is offered to everyone until 1rd December 2014.

  • Discount: 50% off
  • Start date: Live
  • End date: 1st December 2014
  • Sign up link/Coupon: Click here

Dreamhost

Dreamhost is already famous for its cheap web hosting services and to give you more advantage on black Friday 2014, they are offering some amazing discounts on their hosting and domain registration services. Instead of paying $8.95/ month for hosting, you will be paying $3.53/ month and that will help you save $100 in total. Just use the promo code “BLACKFRIDAYBIG” on checkout page and you will become eligible for this special black Friday discount.

  • Discount: $2.95/mo. Includes 1 free domain name!
  • Start: Live
  • End: N/A
  • Signup link/coupon: BLACKFRIDAYBIG

WordPress Theme Club Discounts

Theme junkie

So you have been meaning to buy some awesome WordPress themes from Theme Junkie but the price has always been out of your reach? Well, you don’t need to worry about the price anymore because in their black Friday deal, Theme Junkie is offering 20% off on all their themes. You can also get 20% discount on membership charges as well. Instead of paying $100 for full membership, you will have to pay only $80. Just use the Theme Junkie Promo Code “BLACK2014” while checking out and you will get the discount. Move fast because the offer will last until 3rd December 2014.

  • Discount: 50% OFF
  • Start: Live
  • End: 1st December
  • Signup link/coupon:  HOLIDAYS

Mythemeshop

Mythemshop has come up with an amazing black Friday discount offer. Until 29 November, you can buy any theme from this platform with 91% discount. Instead of paying $100 for membership, you will have to pay only $8.95 and you will be saving $91 in the process. The promo code for Mythemeshop is “ThemeFor9”. Just apply this code and you will get 91% discount on any them you purchase.

  • Discount: Whooping 91% OFF
  • Start: Live
  • End:  1st December 2014
  • Signup link/coupon:  themefor9

Teslathemes

Teslathemes provides premium, clean, fast loading, powerful design with great support WordPress themes. You can grab 50% whooping discount for this black friday

  • Discount: 50% OFF
  • Start date: 27th November
  • End date: 2nd December 2014
  • Coupon: WEEKENDSALE14 (Link)

WordPress Plugins

MaxBlogPress

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Premium products (bundled) @ 70% OFF:

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More deals are coming..

I’ll be updating this page with more deals so make sure to come back every 24 hour.

This is the best time for you to grab these Black Friday & Cyber Monday deals as they won’t last longer.

If you have any other deals related to Black Friday & Cyber Monday do leave comment, I’ll update the post.

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Are You Using TOO Much WordPress Plugins on Your Blog? Stop Right Now!http://allbloggingtips.com/2014/11/27/are-you-using-too-much-wordpress-plugins-on-your-blog-stop-right-now/ http://allbloggingtips.com/2014/11/27/are-you-using-too-much-wordpress-plugins-on-your-blog-stop-right-now/#comments Thu, 27 Nov 2014 13:18:36 +0000 http://allbloggingtips.com/?p=26103 WordPress plugin is regarded as an optimal choice for extending website function, with which people can enhance their sites conveniently without learning professional skills. And also, almost all plugins are free of charge so as to encourage webmasters to install too many WordPress plugins immoderately. However, more installs doesn’t create a better site. In mostContinue Reading

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how many wordpress plugins you should use?

WordPress plugin is regarded as an optimal choice for extending website function, with which people can enhance their sites conveniently without learning professional skills. And also, almost all plugins are free of charge so as to encourage webmasters to install too many WordPress plugins immoderately. However, more installs doesn’t create a better site.

In most cases, webmasters install WordPress plugins blindly instead of thinking twice. That is the leading cause to slow down page loading speed and get the whole site in trouble. Thus, if you are in the same situation, you have to take action to clean some unnecessary plugins right now.

How Does Plugin Overuse Impact Your Website?

Breaking this down, the excessive plugins have a negative impact on site performance, security, reliability or some other sides. Here, we would like to tell the truth and let you know what make your site go downhill.

Database Queries

Using too many plugins means compelling the server to accept too many requests at once. When visitors load your website, each of the installed plugin sends request to the server meanwhile. Imagine that, if there are one hundred plugins installed on the website and 100 visitors load the page at the same time, do you think that your site can undertake such heavy load?

HTTP Requests

Some plugins cannot work properly without a bundle of style, scripts or other custom assets that may cause the generation of extra CSS files and JavaScript libraries. That is a threat to your website performance for every page is forced to load those added features.

Security Issues

When installing some poorly coded plugins, you probably get the site in a big trouble. This is because that such plugins always come with security vulnerability, with which your site is easy to be attacked by hackers.

How Many WordPress that You Really Need?

As some WordPress resource sites like WPMatter suggest, the plugins in dealing with security, SEO, backup and speed are essential options for each site. Besides the 4 options, there is no need to add extras unless you have special requirements.

We have picked out 4 recommended plugins designed for each aspect mentioned here, followed by a comprehensive introduction as well. You can download them from WordPress.org

  • Security – Sucuri Security

Sucuri Security has been recognized as one of the best free WordPress plugins for website security. The spotlight featured of this plugin is Security Activity Auditing, which is responsible for all security monitoring on related events. In this case, you can keep an eye on any issues happening to the website and take measures to solve them at once.

Besides, this plugin also features File Integrity Monitoring, Blacklist Monitoring, Post-Hack Security Actions and Effective Security hardening. If there is something wrong with your site, the Security Notifications acts as a timely reminder to inform you the abnormal occurrence.

  • SEO – WordPress SEO by Yoast

WordPress SEO by Yoast is the plugin that boosts the website traffic effectively by optimizing web content, RSS, meta & link elements, and other parts of your site. By featuring Page Analysis, this plugin takes responsibility for the check of focus keyword included in alt tag, post length, the use of subheadings, etc. And also, some other functions, like XML Sitemaps, Breadcrumbs, Social Integration, and Import & Export Functionality, make a difference on your website optimization.

  • Backup – Ready! Backup

As the key to preventing data from losing, backup is recognized as a must-have for all websites. Ready! Backup is born to do this easily. This plugin supports both manual and automate backup as well as the features including schedule automatic backups, database & file backup, backup in archive, back up logs, etc. With this powerful plugin, you are able to back up the website to FTP, Amazon S3, FTP, Email, Google Drive, and so on.

  • Speed – W3 Total Cache

Speed is a big concern of a website, for which has a direct impact on page loading speed and content delivery speed. W3 Total Cache can do it perfectly with the caching of browser, object, minify, page and database. And also, it features transparent content delivery network so as to minimize the time for file upload.

As recommended above, these 4 plugins can meet all the general needs of any kind of websites for further optimization. If you really require some advanced add-ons, you can also refer to this page for more selections of the powerful plugins, focusing on link building, database optimization, file upload, music player integrated, and so on.

Anyway, before installing a plugin, you have to think over whether it is necessary for your website. If not, you’d better avoid using it.

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Win a Free 1-Year Membership to TakeControlofWP.com, and learn WordPress Today!http://allbloggingtips.com/2014/11/12/takecontrolofwp-giveaway/ http://allbloggingtips.com/2014/11/12/takecontrolofwp-giveaway/#comments Wed, 12 Nov 2014 17:38:44 +0000 http://allbloggingtips.com/?p=26076 All Blogging Tips is going to be 1 year old on 1st December. I’m so happy. To celebrate this birthday, I’m hosting advance birthday giveaway on my blog. That is Free 1-Year Membership for 3 winners of TakeControlofWP.com WordPress is a popular Content Management System and Web Site Creation tool, used by millions of people around theContinue Reading

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All Blogging Tips is going to be 1 year old on 1st December.

I’m so happy.

To celebrate this birthday, I’m hosting advance birthday giveaway on my blog. That is Free 1-Year Membership for 3 winners of TakeControlofWP.com

WordPress is a popular Content Management System and Web Site Creation tool, used by millions of people around the world, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Ford, CNN, NASA, Pepsi, and many more. Today, TakeControlofWP.com, a new video tutorial website launched, which teaches beginners how to setup, secure, speed-up, and analyze their own business website quickly and easily using WordPress.

Today, we’ve got 3 FREE one-year memberships of TakeControlofWP.com for our wonderful readers. You’ll get a full year of free access to all of their courses, and other great member features.

Here are some of the topics they cover, and what you can learn:

  • How to purchase and setup your domain name
  • How to purchase and setup your hosting, where your actual website files reside
  • How to install WordPress, both with one-click, and manually
  • How to use FTP, which is how you can transfer files to your site
  • Learn WordPress from front to back
  • We then walk you through setting up your professional, modern business website quickly with both a free and premium option
  • How to secure and speed up your site
  • How to install Google Analytics to start tracking your visitors

Beside their courses, they offer exclusive member’s only blog content, and Quick Tip videos. You’ll also have access to WordPress experts that can answer any questions you may have.

So sign up to win now, and you could save lots of time and money on support and maintenance, and gain the skills to fully create and control your site!

Giveaway Prize:

We’ll choose 3 winners and each winner will get 1-year membership of TakeControlofWP.com,  Isn’t that good? Now you can learn WordPress for FREE!

Contest Duration:

This contest will be open for 7  days. So participate now!

Contest Starts – 12 November 2014

Contest Ends – 19 November 2014

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5 No-Name Facebook Pages with Insane Engagement (And Why)http://allbloggingtips.com/2014/11/03/5-noname-facebook-pages-with-insane-engagement-and-why/ http://allbloggingtips.com/2014/11/03/5-noname-facebook-pages-with-insane-engagement-and-why/#comments Mon, 03 Nov 2014 15:45:07 +0000 http://allbloggingtips.com/?p=25940 6.15 percent. That’s the reach of the average Facebook post. The free ride has come and gone. You can’t count on Facebook to put your posts in front of your audience. The average user Likes 40 Pages on Facebook, and has 200 friends. Even if Facebook distributed all posts evenly, your followers would only seeContinue Reading

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6.15 percent.

That’s the reach of the average Facebook post.

The free ride has come and gone. You can’t count on Facebook to put your posts in front of your audience. The average user Likes 40 Pages on Facebook, and has 200 friends.

Even if Facebook distributed all posts evenly, your followers would only see one of your posts for every 240 others they skimmed through.

But there’s hope.

Facebook Pages successfully make their way into your feed every single day. These no-name Pages are completely dominating major brands on reach and engagement.

First, some perspective. According to SocialBakers, the brand with the highest engagement rate on Facebook was Evolution Fresh back in March. Their engagement rate was 7.05 percent. Seven actions per week for every 100 Likers. These no-name Pages are going to make that engagement rate look absolutely laughable.

Now, Facebook defines “Engagement rate” as “the percentage of people who saw a post that liked, shared, clicked or commented on it,” i.e. reactions/impressions. However, there isn’t a way to see the number of people who actually “saw” a post, unless you’re an admin of that page. Therefore, for the purpose of this article, let us measure a new metric that we shall call “Post Reaction Rate” and define it as the number of shares or clicks on a post divided by the total page likes.

Let’s begin…

1. Divorce Court – Post Reaction Rate: 73 percent

This random page that showed up in my feed is getting 73 people to respond for every 100 Likers in its audience. And we’re just getting started.

So, what’s making this Facebook Page tick? Here’s one of their most successful posts.

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The first thing I’d like to point out are the stats on this post. It’s been Liked over 30,000 times, sure. But here’s the clincher. It’s been shared over 500,000 times. For some perspective, here are the stats for the entire Page:

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That’s right. This single post has been shared by almost half as many people as those who actually Like the Page.

This is the secret to actually reaching people on Facebook. It’s not about EdgeRank. It’s not about getting people to Like your posts. It’s about getting people to share your posts. When actual people share actual posts with their real friends, you expand your reach.

This is a pattern you’re going to see repeat itself throughout this blog post.

Now, let’s turn our attention to the content of the post itself. What makes it tick?

  • Nostalgia – Charlie Brown is instant nostalgia for a huge portion of the people who will see this post. Scientific research demonstrates that nostalgia isn’t just associated with the past. It actually creates positive feelings about the future, and improves self-esteem. Perhaps more importantly (especially for us), it “fosters social connectedness.” In short, it’s a feeling we want to share.
  • Inspiration – I can guarantee that you’ve seen posts like this on Facebook before, and often. “Inspirational messages” thrive on Facebook. These kinds of “carpe deim” messages cut right through the meaninglessness of everyday life and demand to be shared. In fact, social sharing activity is so good at filtering everything else out that these kinds of posts are almost mundane these days. It’s the truth though. This is what gets shared.
  • Relatability – People don’t just share things because they are inspiring. They also share them because they say something that they strongly agree with. People treat the messages they share almost as if they played some role in the message’s creation. Messages that remind us who we want to be, and what we want to say, are messages we want to pass on.

It’s also worth pointing out all kinds of things that are “wrong” with this post that didn’t seem to hinder it in any meaningful way:

  • It’s blatantly “borrowed” from somebody else’s Facebook Page.
  • From a design standpoint, the colors, the typesetting, and the image clarity are just…let’s go with “amateur.”
  • It’s completely unrelated to the subject of the Facebook Page.

These are all important from a branding (and possibly legal) perspective, but they are completely irrelevant when it comes to social sharing. In fact, if it had been more relevant, it wouldn’t have been shareable. If it hadn’t looked so amateur, it might have been less relatable.

This post immediately makes a few things clear:

  • Engagement isn’t the only meaningful metric when it comes to Facebook
  • There is a tradeoff between shareability and branding. The more shareable your content, the less relevant it is to your target audience.
  • Liking or sharing a piece of content isn’t necessarily the same thing as actually liking the brand that posts it.

But even with all of these downsides in plain view, it’s clear that we need to understand why posts get shared if we want to actually reach anybody on Facebook and fight the tide of dwindling organic reach.

Let’s move on.

2. Stanton Warriors – Post Reaction Rate: 227 percent

Hey, I told you we were just getting started, right?

Yes, post reaction rates higher than 100 percent do happen, and they actually happen way more often than you probably think.

If you want to see it for yourself, just take a look at your own Facebook feed. Look at the posts your friends are sharing with you. Check out the Pages they’re sharing them from. There’s a pretty good chance there’s at least one Page in your feed right now with an post reaction rate higher than 100 percent:

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Let’s take a look at one of their most successful posts:

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As you can see, this one post has been shared over 350,000 times. That’s higher than the number of people who Like the entire page. When you start to notice things like this, it becomes immediately obvious that the number of people who “Like” your Page is essentially a meaningless metric. What actually matters is how many people you can reach with your posts. They aren’t correlated very well.

Now back to the post. Why did it do so well?

  • It’s unexpected. This is the big one. Facebook craves novelty. It’s not so much that the information is actually new. It’s that users haven’t heard it before, and that they will be surprised by it. We don’t expect a cop to accept a dance battle, much less to nail it.
  • It’s unexpectedly positive. The top comment on the post drives this point home: “This is how cops suppose to be interact with the people not against us .If we had more cops lile this we would have a wonderful place to live .” Research by Jonah Berger has shown that content is more likely to go viral if it is positive, even if it isn’t surprising. With so much news and so many videos of cops being abusive, this is an unexpected and positive twist.
  • It tells a story. Like any good Facebook post, this doesn’t take up too much time, but in that short period of time it does manage to tell a very simple story. The human brain is wired for storytelling, and stories do well on Facebook for this reason.
  • It’s funny. The video might not make you burst into uncontrollable laughter, but there’s undoubtedly humor in it. Humor is an intense, positive emotion, and Jonah Berger’s research above has shown that both positive emotions and intense emotions are more likely to get shared.

Alright, let’s kick things up another notch.

3. Rebel Circus – Post Reaction Rate: 403 percent

No, your eyes aren’t playing tricks on you:

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Before we dive in and take a look at one of their posts, there’s something I’d like to point out about this Page. Take a look. This clothing retailer isn’t just killing it because their posts are really shareable. They’re killing it because they post a lot of content.

Here’s where you have to be careful.

The number one reason people unsubscribe from Facebook Pages is because they “posted too frequently.”

But this survey answer is written in code. What they really mean is they saw too many boring posts trying to sell them things and they couldn’t take it anymore.

Rebel Circus doesn’t suffer from this problem, because they don’t overwhelm their users with calls to action. They sprinkle calls to action in between shareable posts, not the other way around.

If your posts are getting shared and receiving positive attention, posting more often is rarely a bad idea, unless it would hurt the quality levels. In fact, it’s the only reliable thing you can do to increase reach and overall engagement.

With that in mind, here’s one of their most successful posts:

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To draw attention to what I was just saying, this post has been shared over 50,000 times. That’s a lot. But the video from Stanton Warriors was actually shared a lot more often, even though their overall audience was smaller. This really hits home just how useful it is to increase your posting frequency.

Still, this post undoubtedly did well. By now, most of the reasons for this should be obvious:

  • It’s funny.
  • It’s relatable, assuming you know somebody who loves caffeine.
  • The image is unusual. “Surprising” might not be the right word to describe it, but it’s certainly novel. The Tarsier is an uncommon animal.

And there’s one more element at play that you probably already knew plays a big part in viral sharing:

  • It’s cute. Facebook loves its cats, dogs, and babies. Maternal and paternal instincts undoubtedly play a huge part in what gets shared. But I’d like to point out that cuteness alone is rarely enough these days. Cuteness is a spice that accents posts and can push them over the edge. It’s not enough to carry a post.

Finally, there’s one more thing I noticed:

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Rebel Circus clearly shared the post directly with a fairly large initial audience. I can’t comment on whether this made much of a difference, or whether they specifically targeted these people for their influence or how much they would relate to the post. It begs the question, though. Is this an effective way to reach more people when you first post?

4. Renegade Radio Nashville – Post Reaction Rate: 561 percent

Have I completely recalibrated your idea of what a healthy Facebook post reaction rate is yet?

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This Page is successfully engaging more than 5 times as many people as they have subscribed.

Remember, these are engagement figures. I’m not even touching on reach, because those numbers aren’t out in the open. One thing’s for sure. None of these Pages are feeling the impact of “6.15 percent organic reach.” I wouldn’t be surprised if every single one of them had a reach of over 1000 percent.

So, what kinds of posts are working for them?

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For starters, this harks back to the first post I shared above. It’s inspirational, and relatable. Virtually anyone can relate to a time in their life where this advice would have applied, and the message might even inspire us to reconnect with somebody after a fight.

But there’s one more thing I’d like to touch on here: values. This message isn’t just inspirational. It’s almost a manifesto, or a mantra. It’s a declaration of a belief. If somebody shares this, they are declaring that belief for themselves.

These kinds of declarations can be very powerful, especially if you know your audience and what they stand for.

Unlike some of the other tactics we’ve talked about today, this one also relates directly to branding. Values and ethics have always been integral to brand. This is a rare example of a tactic that makes the best of both worlds. This single post has been shared over 100,000 times, on a page with 30,000 Likes.

5. More FM Philly – Post Reaction Rate: 1,650 percent

Yes. You read that right:

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And what exactly were they doing that got them in front of so many eyeballs? Let’s take a look:

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Surprisingly, there really isn’t anything new going on here:

  • It’s funny
  • It’s relatable (who can’t relate to needing a vacation?)
  • The message takes at least two unexpected turns.

So what is “More FM Philly” doing that’s making their post reaction rate go through the roof compared to the other Pages?

The only honest answer? Nothing.

I could argue that it’s because it manages to be relatable and unexpected at the same time, and that might be true, since it’s difficult to accomplish both at the same time. But I think the real takeaway here is the role that luck plays in Facebook exposure.

While we can look at popular Facebook posts and notice that the most viral posts tend to have elements like humor, surprise, and relatability, we can’t predict how well a post will do based on those elements. All we can really say is that it’s probably going to do better than a post without any of those elements.

At the end of the day, we can never know which posts are going to be a home run.

Putting it Into Action

Looking at these posts, we can point to certain elements that make Facebook posts engaging:

  • Humor
  • Nostalgia
  • Inspiration
  • Relatability
  • Surprise (and novelty)
  • Positivity
  • Storytelling
  • Cuteness
  • Declaration of values

And we’ve seen a few things you can do that help:

  • Posting (non-commercial) updates often
  • Sharing directly with an initial audience

To increase the size of your initial audience, I also strongly recommend embedding Facebook posts in your blog posts and leveraging your email list. This ensures that your Facebook posts have an initial audience, no matter what changes Facebook makes to their algorithm.

We’ve also seen that engagement isn’t the be-all end-all for businesses, for a few reasons:

  • The most shareable posts appeal to almost everybody. This is the opposite of relevance.
  • A post can get shared even if it has no positive effect on the way people see your brand. In fact, a post can get shared even if it’s blatantly “borrowed” from somebody else’s Facebook Page.
  • The most shareable posts are bite-size visual pieces of content, as opposed to the kind of in-depth content that creates a repeat audience.

Needless to say, you actually need to compromise shareability in order to increase more meaningful business metrics. Here are a few things you can do:

  • Share relevant takeaways from your blog posts as bite-size pieces of content on Facebook.
  • Link back to your blog posts from your relevant Facebook image and video posts (instead of just sharing links to your blog posts).
  • Start with the message that matters to your core audience, and look for a way to skew it more mainstream, as opposed to doing this in reverse.
  • Facebook is the cocktail party version of your business. It shouldn’t change your core values or message, but the change in context should change your attitude. Be “yourself,” but don’t be a buzzkill.
  • “Irrelevant” content is okay in small doses because it gives your brand personality and allows your posts to reach a wider audience. This should be done in a way that won’t alienate your core audience, and it should be used in moderation.
  • Don’t compromise your brand’s image with crappy looking image macros. Captioned images work very well on Facebook, but they should be done in a way that matches your brand’s image. They shouldn’t look “amateur” unless that’s the look you’re going for.
  • Recognize that Facebook is not a good platform to retain an audience. Email is. Use Facebook to reach people. Facebook is always secondary to email as a way to stay in touch with your audience.

These changes mean you’re probably not going to see a 1000 percent engagement rate anytime soon, but the relevance is worth the tradeoff.

As long as you understand why posts get shared on Facebook, you will have an easier time striking the right balance, instead of pushing people to unsubscribe with excessively commercial posts.

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Screenshots taken in May 2014

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Blogging has gone beyond writing a 500+ word post. Way more!   make money online

Every blog post you write should bring you profit.

The profit could be anything worthwhile – fresh readers, repeat readers, authority, sales, improved rankings and clients.

I want to quickly show you how to write a blog post that generates income for you every week.

It doesn’t matter how much you’ve struggled to achieve this goal in your business – just believe it’s possible. And every business failure will be gone.

Now, it all depends on how much you really want to make, and how consistent you want it to be.

I started blogging in 2011. Honestly, I feel like spanking myself right now due to the childish mistakes I made at the time.

Writing a post has never been difficult for me, but getting that post to generate money was my greatest nightmare.

As a blogger, you can’t build a business empire without money. In fact, it’d be silly to say that money is secondary. I believe it’s core. If you think otherwise, leave a comment.

Money is the pivot, by which every other success is hinged.

Specifically, here are 7 smart steps to write a post that will bring in the money:

Step #1: Write down your objective

You can’t get ahead in your blogging if you don’t know why you started in the first place. You see, your objective is the ‘reason why.’

Prior to 2011 when I started my first blog, I had been actively doing affiliate marketing.

Yes, I made some serious money with clickbank, but I realized that connecting with industry experts and building my own community could be easier with a blog.

And I was right. From that moment, I wrote down my objective. I wanted to establish authority, attract paying clients and best of all – make at least $3,000/month. Of course, there were months I didn’t win, but it’s okay – bloggers don’t win all the time.

Failure is part of winning. Don’t imagine or dream of it, you’ve to write it down. That’s where the power to move with speed lies.

Step #2: Build resourceful landing pages

Before you can write a money-getting blog post, you need a landing page. But you should stay away from affiliate-like landing pages that are focused on hijacking someone’s email address.

When you’re blogging, every step that you take is to enhance your brand. Because on the internet, what people say about you is much more important that what you say about yourself.

Build a landing page that can solve a particular problem. For instance, you could create a page that has a useful article on how to install wordpress software.

Beneath the page, you would embed an opt-in box and nudge readers to sign up to access a video tutorial that guides in the installation. It’ll work perfectly because most people prefer to watch a video, rather than read a bulky text.

Step #3: Craft a unique selling proposition

Your readers need to know what you stand for. That’s your unique selling proposition.

And what you can deliver. In a nut shell, they want you to stand out from the crowd, and shine a brighter light on them.

Getting people to opt-in to your list, buy your product and refer others is one of the easiest things to do, but if you don’t know how to do it – you’ll complain.

Look at successful bloggers like Danny Iny, Pat Flynn, Derek Halpern, Darren Rowse and a host of others, what do they’ve in common?

In the sea of thousands of bloggers who are drowning, these dudes have distinguished themselves. Remember that your USP is visible, it’s alive and it can connect with your readers. Take it seriously.

Step #4: Generate viral blog post ideas

All ideas are not created equally. Some ideas will go viral, why the others will sink in oblivion. In order to make money with this post of yours, you’ve to cover a topic that people are excited about.

That way, they’ll share it on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Pinterest and even cite in on their latest posts.

To generate viral post ideas, just visit buzzsumo.com

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Type in your primary domain name or topic/keyword you wish to write about and hit search. Let’s assume you want to find out Copyblogger’s posts that went viral. Go ahead, type “copyblogger.com” and hit “Go!”

copyblogger viral post

 

From the screenshot above, you can see that the topics that went viral and got thousands of shares on social media networks are Internet Marketing Education, Facebook Page, Infographic and so on.

Remember that you don’t have to reinvent the wheel. You already have an edge on topics that are hot right now and also evergreen.

Step #5: Connect with power users

Generating an idea that would likely go viral isn’t enough. You also have to connect with people who have the influence, zeal and authority to persuade their fans for you.

You can’t do it all by yourself – especially when you’re new to the game.

However, you’ve to understand how power users operate. Pro bloggers like Jon Morrow, Brian Clark, Chris G. and several others will not promote your post if it’s not useful or at least interesting.

And you don’t have to write text-based content only. Infographics, videos, podcasts and other forms of content would set you on course.

If you’re finding it difficult to create other forms of content, try these free tools: visme, piktochart, infogr.am, and visual.ly. Those are great tools for turning your ideas into a graphic-type post.

Step #6: Target long-tail keywords

Even after Google penguin and PBN de-indexing update, long-tail keywords still continue to rank better and generate targeted organic traffic. For your blog posts that will make money, you’ve to target this type of key phrases.

If at this stage you still expect me to advice you on keyword placement, then you’ve to be updated. You haven’t been reading enough, duh?

Anyways, stuffing keywords no longer work, but placing it on the title, as long as it reads fluently and doesn’t look deceptive, you’ll improve your rankings.

Inbound links can never be done away with – use blog outreach and press release to send juicy links to your ‘valuable post.’

Step #7: Monetize post with high-tick offers

The final piece of puzzle is to monetize your post with high-ticket offers.

Such affiliate offers will pay you at least $50/sale. Ideally, promote offers that you can earn up to $100 per sale or lead.

As your powerful blog post gets tweeted, liked on Facebook and stumbled upon by your readers and target audience, a lot of people would like to know more about you, and what products you have. Because they now trust and like you to an extent.

No matter your niche, you can find high-end affiliate offers at offervault and clickbank

What next…?

This 7-step process for writing a blog post that generates income may seem a little bit daunting, but it isn’t. You just have to read it again, and take advantage of those actionable tips in each step.

All in all, keep your mind open. Challenge yourself to change your own world just by writing well-researched, useful and evergreen blog posts.

As long as you monetize with relevant and high-end offers, your earnings will improve overtime.

Before you leave, I want you to do these:

  1. Tell me how you generate useful blog post ideas for your business?
  2. I did advice that you should monetize with high-ticket affiliate programs. How can you use it to earn you first $10,000 online? If you want a step-by-step guide, click here.

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