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Five Tips to Write a Successful Blog Post

A blog post is worthless if the reader clicks off after reading a few sentences. But with nothing more than a few paragraphs of text, how can a writer truly connect with an audience? Often, through improving their blogging style, decent writers can transform into amazing writers and build audiences that keep coming back for more. These tips will help writers kick their blog writing skills up a notch, making them better able to connect with their target audiences.

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Improve the Tone

Blogging is an excellent medium to connect with an audience, yet it can also be greatly abused by those who know nothing about writing. Because anyone with basic computer skills can put up a blog post, readers often find poor writing and are turned away from a particular post. Bloggers who want to make a good first impression on their readers can do so through well-crafted pieces. Those who need additional help to hone their writing skills can consider taking online classes in creative writing.

Proofread, Proofread, Proofread!

One simple typo can turn a blog post from something informative and helpful to something laughable. Proofreading may seem tedious, and it’s certainly not the most exciting part of the writing process, but it must be done. Bloggers need to proofread everything they post at least twice, and they may want to have someone else read through it once as well to be certain they have caught everything.

One way to proofread more successfully is to read the post out loud. Often, when a writer reads his or her work aloud, or has someone else do so, poor wording or confusing sentence structure pops off of the screen. Blog posts should be conversational and easy to understand, so reading them aloud can shed light on sections of text where the wording is awkward and detracts from the message.

Create a Killer Opening Sentence

Internet readers often skim an article to determine its worth before actually reading it. The opening sentence of a blog post needs to hook the reader. A great lead sentence will compel the reader to read the entire post. A good opening sentence will ask a question, use a statistic, present a quote, make a claim or tell a story. Spending time on that opening sentence is always a wise idea when writing a blog post.

Write Short Paragraphs

Blog writing is different than academic writing in that readers have different expectations. When writing a paper for a college professor, long, carefully crafted paragraphs are expected. This is not the case with blogging.

Readers prefer short, crisp paragraphs. Now, this doesn’t mean the paragraphs shouldn’t be structured well. It does mean, however, that the paragraphs need to be short and to the point. This also helps make the article easy to scan, which is beneficial to online readers.

Part of the reason this is important is that reading on a screen is harder on the eyes than reading on paper. Whereas a reader might be willing and able to persevere through a long paragraph in print, online it just serves to make the reader feel tired. This often translates into the reader clicking away from the blog post.

Focus on One Topic

Blog writing is a bit more informal than other types of writing, but that can be detrimental. Bloggers can too easily slip into rambling, and a long-winded, aimless post is boring to read. Writers who keep their posts focused on one particular concept or main thought will have a better chance of connecting with their readers.

When it comes to writing a blog post, clarity and brevity will keep readers interested. Add to that a grammatically accurate post that is thoroughly proofread and has a winning opening sentence, and the writer will succeed in connecting with the reader within just a few paragraphs of text.

Lindsey Harper Mac is a professional writer living in the Indianapolis area. She specializes in writing guest posts on social media and education on behalf of Colorado Technical University. Currently, Lindsey is completing work on her master’s degree.

How To Reduce Bounce Rate Of Your Blog ?

The bloggers who are well aware of the do’s and don’ts of blogging will never face any problem in their blogging career. They are well aware of their reader’s taste and they know how to get visitors turning back to their blog. This is one thing. Even a newbie blogger can do the above things by promoting his/her blog on social networks or through any other medium. He can bring in more and more readers to his blog. But the main question that arises here is that the people who are visiting your blog are reading your articles or just closing the tab ??? This is one tough question to answer. This thing is termed as the “Bounce Rate” in the blogosphere.

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What is Bounce Rate ??

Bounce rate is a term, a percentage to be precise that tells you if your visitors are staying on your blog for sometime or are just opening and closing it. If your bounce rate percentage is higher than you have to worry about it. But if it is low then you are on the right track. To track the bounce rate of your blog/website, you can use Google Analytics. If your bounce rate is more than you will not get any benefit from blogging in spite of carrying out a hardcore promotional campaign.

How to reduce bounce rate ??

There are some factors you should take into consideration while doing this. If you know that your bounce rate is high, then its time to rethink your blogging strategy. Below I am listing some things that you should concentrate more in order to reduce bounce rate.

Design of your blog :-

The first thing you have to improve is your blog’s design. Choose such a template that has an eye-pleasing color scheme. The logo and the header of your blog is the first thing your visitor will see. So design your logo in such a way that it reflects your blog’s topic. Provide proper links to different topics on your blog so that your visitor don’t have to search for it.

Catchy titles :-

Use titles that immediately catch your readers’ attention. Once your reader finds the title interesting he will surely read your article and thus will spend more time on your blog. Get choosy with the titles, include keywords. Sometimes creating a controversy will also be helpful.

Content :-

The thing that plays a major part in your blog’s success is the content of your blog. The more engaging the content, the more will it compels your visitors to turn into readers. So always try to create content that will appeal to the readers.

Use of Ads on your blog :-

Don’t fill your blog with unnecessary ads by thinking that you will earn more money by doing such things. Your earnings will decrease instead of increasing. Place ads at relevant positions only. In sidebars, headers etc. Don’t go for many ad units and confuse your readers with your ads and content. In a bid to earn more, you will lose your regular readers and thus your steady income.

Provide proper widgets :-

This can also prove useful in decreasing the bounce rate. Using widgets such as ‘Popular Posts’, ‘Recent Posts’ can also help you in engaging your reader for a long time. You can play around with different titles of your widgets like ‘This week’s hot posts’, ‘All-time popular posts’ etc. Even include a ‘Related post’ widget after your every post and the ‘Recommended Slide’.

Final Words :-

I hope that the above post will prove helpful to you in reduce bounce rate of your blog. This has helped me and can even prove beneficial to you too. If you think I missed out on some important point about reduce bounce rate then please let me know. I will be more than happy.  Peace pals ! and Happy Blogging :)

Arbaz Khan is a passionate blogger who loves to write about technology updates, social media, blogging and computers on his own blog TechBreach.net

How to Track Visitors on WordPress Blog using WP Plugins?

A continuous flow of traffic to the blog is the ultimate goal of every blogger. This requires that the author takes advantage of effective tools to track the visitors to the website. If yours is a self-hosted website created and maintained with the assistance of WordPress software, it is a must that you are able to track visitors to your website. This offers you an opportunity to optimize it in such a way that the blog attracts new visitors and retains the existing ones with effective strategies. The following article analyzes how to track visitors on WordPress blog using WP plugins.

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Google Analytics Plugin

An easy to install WordPress plugin, this enables you to keep a track of visitors to your website. The details you can acquire from this great tracking tool is the instances of outbound clicks and the page viewed. The tool allows you to take advantage of “asynchronous” code which enjoys the reputation of being the safest and the most reliable Google Analytics tracking code. It even allows you to take the code and keep it in any other location of your choice if that is what you desire. If you wish, you can even track the information of downloads from your website. However, the feature which sets itself apart from the others of the kind is the facility to ignore any user if you wish to do so. Even if you desire to integrate your website with the Google product of your choice like AdSense, this WP plugin has an option to achieve the purpose. It is highly recommended that you subscribe to the official Google blog posts with this regard. They are sure to give you great insights into how to track visitors on WordPress using WP plugins.

WassUp

If you are someone who has a passion for search engine optimization, WassUp is just for you. It gives you a detailed description on the activities of the visitors to your website in real time. It tells you the number of users online and what they are doing in your website. It also allows you to monitor attempts of unauthorized access to your websites and the efforts to hack the site. If you wish, you can even disable tracking. The facility to ban certain IPs and the option to disable the monitoring of the attempts to exploit your website are just a few features available for you to ensure that you are able to optimize this plugin to your likes and dislikes.

StatPress

Known to be the first of this kind, this plugin allows you to actually spy the activities of the visitors to your website. And it is ideal for anyone who is concerned about the “blog statistics”. This allows you to view the web browsers used, the IP address and even the name of the user surfing your website. Your traffic monitoring starts from the moment the plugin gets activated. A dashboard displays all the information being collected. In the instance of your recorded information exceeds the available space limits, StatPress automatically delete past records to allow the recording of update information about the visitors to your blog. It even offers an option to ban the IPs you wish from surfing your website.

WP SlimStat

A powerful plugin which allows you to analyze the behavior of those who surf your website, this plugin offers advanced and user-friendly interface. If your website has reserved a place of its own in Facebook, this plugin allows you even to track the Facebook and Google Plus clicks with regard to your blog post. WP SlimStat even allows you to ban IPs, users or even domains in accordance to your requirements and specifications. And to make sure that you get maximum advantage of all the features and the latest developments in the field, you are required to subscribe to the WordPress blog posts of the authors or owners of the plugin. If you wish to install this plugin, you should have SQL server and at least a minimum of five MB free space in your website.

We have just scratched the surface. The options for you are vast and diverse. If you wish to remain updated with this regard, you are advised to be an active member of WordPress, commenting on the blog posts of the authors of your choice. Reading the reviews written by online marketers is the best option to gain in-depth knowledge on how to track visitors on WordPress blog using WP plugins.

Chetan Bhawani is a tech blogger, a web hosting analyzer who reviews the various web hosting services, one of them being the fatcow hosting reviews and gives all the hosting answers to people who want to learn more and decide on which would be the best hosting company to choose.

Another New Floating Facebook Like Box Widget For Blogger !

facebook like box widgetRecently we shared simple yet stylish floating facebook like box widget. Now we came with Another New Floating Facebook Like Box Widget For Blogger ! This will Floating Facebook Button when to move your cursor on it it pop out with stylish floating facebook like box. This will help you to increase facebook likes. You just need to put small code to your blogger blog.  Currently this widget is only for Bloggeer/Blogspot blogs. We will soon share about WordPress in our next post. Now lets move to how you can add this in blogger I will show you How You Can Add Another New Floating Facebook Like Box Widget For Blogger?

Live Demo

Add Floating Facebook Like Box Widget To Blogger !

  1. Go to Design > Page Elements.
  2. Click Add A Gadget.
  3. In Add A Gadget window, select the HTML/Javascript .
  4. Paste the following code inside it,
<script type="text/javascript">
 /*<![CDATA[*/
 jQuery(document).ready(function() {jQuery(".abtlikebox").hover(function() {jQuery(this).stop().animate({right: "0"}, "medium");}, function() {jQuery(this).stop().animate({right: "-250"}, "medium");}, 500);});
 /*]]>*/
 </script>
 <style type="text/css">
 .abtlikebox{background: url("http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-mMtB2ANqowQ/T6es-PuSR2I/AAAAAAAAAjM/LDamrUnMJJc/s320/fb1-right.png") no-repeat scroll left center transparent !important; float: right;height: 270px;padding: 0 5px 0 46px;width: 245px;z-index:  99999;position:fixed;right:-250px;top:20%;}
.abtlikebox div{ padding: 0; margin-right:-8px; border:4px solid  #3b5998; background:#fafafa;}
.abtlikebox span{bottom: 4px;font: 8px "lucida grande",tahoma,verdana,arial,sans-serif;position: absolute;right: 6px;text-align: right;z-index: 99999;}
 .abtlikebox span a{color: gray;text-decoration:none;}
 .abtlikebox span a:hover{text-decoration:underline;}
}
</style>
 <div class="abtlikebox" style="">
     <div>
     <iframe src="http://www.facebook.com/plugins/likebox.php?href=http%3A%2F%2Ffacebook.com%2Fallbloggingtips&amp;width=245&amp;colorscheme=light&amp;show_faces=true&amp;border_color=white&amp;connections=9&amp;stream=false&amp;header=false&amp;height=270" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" style="border: white; overflow: hidden; height: 270px; width: 245px;background:#fafafa;"></iframe><span></span>
     </div>
 </div>

5. Click on Save button and done !

Note:-

Replace allbloggingtips With Your Facebook Page URL or User name.

What’s Next !

Visit  your Blog to see it floating facebook like box at the right side of your webpage. I hope this widget surely helps you in increasing number of your Facebook Likes. The widget code is customized and improved by Ammar.

Earning Residual Income from Membership Site & Courses.

One of the main goals for many internet marketers is to have a good steady flow of money coming in each month, and that usually requires a membership site or a continuity program. There are several ways of doing this, you can have a membership site where people pay each month to learn something or have access to something which only ends when the customer decides to stop or you can create a course that lasts for a time frame like a year.

Believe it or not many of us are part of a continuity program or membership system and never really thought about. Do you pay each month for satellite TV, a mobile phone or electricity supply?

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These are a continuity programs and you could say a membership of a kind. We are all members of that organization, paying to receive an ongoing service.

As a marketer or online business builder you really want to get a monthly membership system in place so that you can make money each month making your day to day life easier.

The hardest part is trying to figure out what you can offer and charge for each month. There have been some really cheeky people who have charged a lot to learn things that are readily available to learn for free elsewhere on the web however there a few things to remember.

Not everyone knows where to find the free information and not everyone wants to look for it. Many people are happy to pay for the ease of having it in one place where they can keep going to it. It is like having the familiar & comfortable surroundings of going to your favorite members only Golf Club

Also people will happily pay to be taught by people who

  •   They believe to be an authority on the subject
  •   Is someone they can trust
  •   Gives them good value for money
  •   Is someone they like

The last one is really a powerful one,; if they like you they will happily spend money with you.

So what kind of membership site can you run? I once heard of a guy who set up a site dedicated to Yoga and then charged people to have access to videos he took from YouTube. Now I am not sure if they were his that he stored there or if he cheekily used other peoples. He wasn’t breaking any particular rules. I am sure it was padded out with related articles & photos but what it did do was save people having to search for videos and information.

Have you tried to search both Google and YouTube for something specific? The amount of rubbish that YouTube is filled with these days requires a lot of sifting through and Google? Well their new search algorithm delivers things they THINK you want and not what you were actually looking for.

One keen gardener created a gardening forum, where he could discuss gardening issues with other gardening lovers, gardening is as old as the hills and is basic natural practices. There is so much free gardening information available everywhere for free yet his forum, which charged $15 annually or $5 per month, went from a few people to having 75,000 members in a few years.

Education is the most popular form of online membership site; people pay a monthly fee to learn things like Internet Marketing, gardening, yoga and Social Media. The Social Networking Academy for example has a monthly membership site where you learn all about Google+, Facebook and Twitter etc.

Tim Lowe & Nick James have the ‘10 Minute Marketer’ which teachers people all about internet marketing, Nick James has another membership site that makes over $40,000 a month. A simple small home business idea like teaching how to use Twitter can result in big profits.

Offering services can also be charged on a monthly basis, LinkedIn is a network where business people can meet, swap details and create business friendships. It is also a great place to drive traffic to your site. It is free to join but there is the option to upgrade to different monthly paid packages that give the user more tools to use.

There are sites that provide a content based service or product that is charged on a monthly basis. For example NicheMarketingIdeas.com charges a monthly fee to have access to a huge library of Public Domain material that you can then use on your websites, as articles for article marketing, as emails or as eBooks and reports. The choice is yours.Earning incomes
 
Similar sites charge monthly fees for writing services, they pay writers to write articles and content and you pay a monthly fee to have access to this material for you to use however you like.  Now how these sites do now that websites are penalized for duplicate content I do not know.

The idea is simple; you do something once then get paid several times for it then repeat. As an example, imagine you created a ‘Learn Social Media’ membership site. You record 10 video tutorials on how to use Google+ and upload them to the site. You then charge something like $37 a month for access to your membership site. You get 20 people sign up when you go live, making you $740.

You then create 10 videos on using Facebook and again you get paid $37 a month per person. You have the 20 original people, but now you have another 5 people who have joined up, who get to see all of the videos or depending on how you set it up they get to see the first 10 before a timer releases the other 10 similar to an email sequence.

Now you are earning $925 a month. I have seen membership sites and courses where video tutorials are between 3 and 20 minutes long. Very easy to make videos too, filled out with a couple of bonus webinar recordings and some eBook & squeeze page templates.

Obviously people will now and again drop out of the system depending on certain factors, they probably have learn all they wanted to know, maybe you do not deliver enough quality info for the price people are paying, or maybe you deliver late. (I once had to wait several months for a course to be updated, which should have been monthly, I wasn’t happy)

The idea is to keep people in the system and delivery fresh new quality info each month. If you can create a service like Satellite TV where people happily pay each month for the continual delivery of things they enjoy then you are onto a winner.

Remember a membership site is in reality an online magazine, how many of you reading this do or have in the past paid to receive a magazine each and every month whether it be from cars to cooking, UFOs to model trains?

The adult industry is good at this, especially in the more unusual niches of the adult world.

If we use foot fetishism as an example, (a brilliant small home business idea if I may say so) Using a simple website, the owner takes photos of his or her foot using a mobile phone or digital camera and makes short films again with a readily available phone or camera then adds several pictures and films each month to the site, charges $20-$30 for a month’s access, they can make a reoccurring income for maybe a couple hours work tops.

We live in a digital age; we have incredible tools at our finger tips, we do not need to send pictures off to be developed, we can upload them from our phones and computers, we do not need to send our magazine to be printed instead we can upload it as soon as it is ready, we do not need to spend time packing and posting our magazines they are visible to everyone worldwide for a minimal monthly fee.

Obviously you will need traffic to turn into paying members, creating a social media campaign and a few satellite sites like having a Tumblr blog you can and will start to create an interest in your membership site.

People will pay for what they enjoy, even in times of hardship; people will try their hardest to keep paying for the things they enjoy. If they are learning some new skills that could increase their income then they will certainly keep paying.

Is it time you considered this business model? I think so.

Andi (the minion) Leeman writes for Tims Minions a blog full of blogging tips, Small Home Business Ideas and Internet Marketing advice along with easy to follow tutorials.

Top 10 Best Ways To Build Up Mailing List

E-Mail technology is going viral than older days national postal service and it has just because of the quick action using the technology. It is also used to let the end users know about the products in the market by internet marketers. Internet marketers use the list of mail ids to market the product . The only easy way to get the e-mail list built in huge size, gaining a subscribers frequently. Here I sorted out the top 10 ways to build up mailing list by gaining large amount of subscriber to do viral marketing of any blog/website/product.

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1. E-Mail Subscription Box

This is the foremost and easy to get subscribers and their e-mail ids. Just create a killer content and make your visitors enjoyable on your content and convert the visitors to subscribers by placing a e-mail subscription feed box wherever it has the potential place to receive as much subscribers as possible.

2. Giveaways 

To attract the new visitors and make them as a subscribers, just announce a giveaway of any worthy product for free and put the subscription option as mandatory field to enter the giveaway.

3. Discount Incentives 

Offer some coupon codes for the products that you know lately and to keep them updated, put a subscription box under the coupon code or else make the subscription option as required field to view the coupon code.

4. Pop-up Plugin 

There are some of free and premium plugins and codes available to prompt the dialog box to ask the visitors to provide their e-mail id for the latest updates and newsletter subscription. This will gradually increase your subscribers and size of e-mail list can be hiked.

5. Encouraging Visitors To Comment 

At the end of each and every post, ask your visitors to comment their opinions and suggestions,  also ask them to share their doubts without any hesitation. Here already e-mail field is mandatory and it can be used to increase the mailing list.

6. E-Book Publication  

Do publicize an electronic book (e-book) on the field of expertise and ask subscribers to download by providing their e-mails and keep an eye on tracking those e-mails lists and build it up.

7. Forums  

Forum is the yet another good way to build huge e-mail lists in very short duration of time. Mostly all of you know about the process of getting in to forums by signing up with e-mail verification. This is a viral and mass way of building up mail list.

8. E-Mail export from social networks 

Mailing list can also be increased by exporting your friends e-mail id from the social network sites into CSV files for transferring friends to another social network.  It is most probably available on all social networks.

9. Subscribe prior to download

Any of your content has a download link or are you making up of it, just integrate this option (subscription box) to retrieve the download link and add their ids in your mailing list.

10. Surveys

Last, but not least. This way is very useful in building mail list and getting feedback from them as well. Open a survey to fill them up about your work and put the e-mail id field as mandatory to get into feedback and increase your mailing list size.

Author Bio: Rajkumar Jonnala is a full time SEO Blogger and has number of blogs related to health, technology, education, travel in which one of the best is PHP Training In Hyderabadand PHP Training.