The top four questions on blogging and their answers!

Whether you are a new or experienced blogger, you would agree with us that there is always something new to learn about blogging. Today, we’ve collated some burning questions you might need answers to.

What are the benefits of or best reasons for blogging?

A: Too many to fully name, but just to get you started, you’ll:

  • Be able to express yourself, and share what you know and think with the world.
  • Interact with smart and interesting people around the world.
  • Learn a tremendous amount about yourself.
  • Learn a lot about anything you’re interested in.
  • Perhaps make a career out of it.

How do I get my first readers?

You’ve written a few posts but no one even knows you exist. You’ll need to connect with others, somehow, to share your posts with them. Social networks such as Twitter and Facebook, along with email, and commenting on other blogs (but not spamming them with lots of links to your posts) are great ways to connect with others and share the best of what you have on your blog. As you connect with more people, they’ll naturally start checking out your blog.

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How do I get more readers or subscribers?

OK, you have a few readers, but you want more. Hundreds upon hundreds, thousands and thousands! Well, take it easy. Blogs don’t just explode overnight.

The best answer is just to provide useful and/or really interesting content on a regular basis — daily, weekly, or somewhere in between. As you continue to provide amazing content, your readers will share what you have, and others will start to find you. It’s slow growth, but better than spamming people.

What’s the most important blogging question I’m not asking?

You should be asking, “How can I most help my reader?” Bloggers get caught up in technical things, like blog platforms and widgets and themes and plugins…or in numbers, like visitors and page views and subscribers and comments and ad revenues but this is the wrong mindset.

Focus instead on how you can help people. Make your reader the center of your blog, and find ways to help your reader succeed (at whatever you’re teaching). The rest — stats and money and all that — will come later.

 

These questions have been curated from WriteToDone 

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Seven blogging tools for bloggers with zero graphic design skills

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Isn’t it amazing how you do not have to be an expert graphics designer before you can design an image that would truly capture what your blog post is about? We think it is!

There are image creating tools that are easy to use, easy to navigate and produce high quality images all at the same time. Rather than resort to downloading images from stock photos that may not really capture the line of thought in your posts, you could actually be doing the design yourself without the help of a graphics designer.

You need to check these tools out. They are awesome resources for bloggers.

  • Canva – Apart from the exciting fact that this tool is free (to an extent), Canva is a surefire way of pretending like you have awesome graphics design skills as a blogger. Once you select your image dimension, you can pick from a blank canvas or preset design template, and quickly customize the graphic. There is an extensive library of free options to choose from.

  • Ribbet – Even though this tool has not been around for so long, it is gradually gaining some level of recognition. The degree of simplicity attached to the usage of this tool is simply unbelievable. It is a platform for simple photo editing and collage creation. With this tool, you can customize images for your blog posts without limits. All you need to do is drag and drop your photos into the pre-set collage templates.

  • Quotescover – You can tell the function of this tool from its name. If you are a blogger with an uncanny ability for churning out witty quotes, this is the tool for you. It is really simple. Add your own text or choose from their extensive library of quotes, pick an image and font, and publish. That is all!

  • Smushit – This is one tool that really does a good job of ‘smushing’ pictures with large file sizes. This tool helps to reduce the file size of images preventing your blog from loading pages on time. It would literally increase your blog’s page-load times.  The best part of this tool is that the quality of your pictures does not reduce with the file size. It remains intact.

  • Google Drawings – This is one fun tool for bloggers who love to have fun. All you need to do is upload an image, label it and add a few fun shapes. With that, you would have created a .png image with a transparent background. All you need to access this tool is a Google account and then you are good to go.

Some of us may never learn how to use Photoshop but we still would need to design a thing or two right?

Interesting facts about Blogger you never knew!

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Most bloggers are either hosting their blogs on WordPress or Blogger. How much do you know about these sites?  Today’s post is dedicated to interesting facts about blogger.com. It’s always good to know what you can or cannot do on these platforms. Do you agree? Here we go.

Do you know that blogger.com cannot create unlimited blogs using a single account.? You can only create a 100 different blogs. Crossing this limit would mean that Google will restrict your access and can delete your blogger account as well. We don’t think anyone would really want to create 100 blogs though. 

You can publish 50 posts per day. However, after crossing the 50 mark post per day you would have to enter captcha which is a verification process of Google used to check if it is a human being doing the post or a machine. Even Google doesn’t trust you to be that efficient! 

Google never deletes your post. You can create as many posts as you want.

Your blog can contain an unlimited amount of comments.

Using custom domains like .com, .org, gives room for flexibility. It also enables movement of your blog from Blogger to WordPress if Google deletes your blog without any reason.

Google can suspend your account if there is any violation of the terms and conditions of their services. If Google suspends your blog, the chances of recovering the blog are almost non-existent. Be warned! 

Culled from www.geteverything.org

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#WritingQuote – “To create a market for your writing, you have to be consistent, professional, a continuing writer.”

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“To create a market for your writing, you have to be consistent, professional, a continuing writer, not just one-article or a one-story or a one-book man. ” – Langston Hughes, author of Simple Takes A Wife

This is to all those writers who want to create a market for their writing. There is a need for consistency in your writing.

Being a consistent writer gives you some sort of leverage over the other writer who does one article, maybe per month or one story in two months. It is simply logical that you will improve your writing skills by writing every time.

The quote above says you have to be a continuing writer. Writing has to be a continuous act for you to create a market for your writing. There are certain writers who have carved a particular niche for themselves because they have written several novels, books or articles that have pegged them as either fiction writers or no-fiction writers or sci-fiction writers and so on.

Therefore, dear writer, write all the time. Continue writing and never stop writing.

Blogging tools you need to have

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Hello Bloggers, we are back with our big words!

If you have been thinking about blogging tools to use for an effective blogging experience, think no more because you are in the right place. Although the names may sound strange, these tools get the job done. 

Optimizilla

This tool helps you optimize your website at a fast rate. Wondering how? It reduces your images by 70%. How interesting is this tool? The best part about it is that it is free. All you have to do is drag your photos or upload them to optimizilla.com and download after they have been compressed. You can then upload the already compressed version of the photo on your blog. This tool does not discriminate against any image or photo. All photos are welcome.

Yoast SEO

Ever heard about Yoast SEO? (Yeah, we told you they had weird names)

Well, this tool is free as well. If you are a new blogger looking to get traffic from Google (who doesn’t want traffic?) this tool is for you. Yoast SEO will help you:

  • Get an in depth understanding of how Google goes about the page selection process that shows up at the top
  • Show you what you need to add to your posts for your website to be visible by Google SEO
  • Optimize your blog posts for specific keywords.

We do hope this will help you make the most out of your blogging experience.

 

Dear Blogger, in 2018 find your niche

Medieval(5)We are not here to sweet talk you today, we’re giving you undiluted truth, from a heart of love of course.

We hear you are interested in all the topics; lifestyle, health, photography, personal development, fashion and all things in-between.

Well, this is fantastic, if you are blogging for blogging sake. However, if you are interested in monetizing your blog, it would really help if you have a specific niche that can be known for.

Just in case you are wondering why single topics rather than multi-topics are the way to go if you are interested in blogging for business sake, here is why.

It is easier to classify your readership if your blog revolves round a single topic. Think about it for a second. If you are interested in learning how to cook good Nigerian dishes, would you rather subscribe to a blog that has a whole lot of stuff going on, ranging from technology to business to car racing to sewing or you would rather subscribe to a blog that is solely about all things related to Nigerian dishes? Our point exactly.

If you focus on one specific topic and concentrate on acquiring deep knowledge about that one topic, creating original content will not be difficult.

Advertisement and publicity for your blog would be easier as well because your logo would be all about making people see the niche you have carefully carved out for yourself.

You see why we say you need to find your blog niche, asap!

Let us know when you do.

Bloggers are amazing; this is proof

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We saw this and we were itching to share. If you have ever thought your blogging wasn’t doing anything you should read this.

This is a fascinating aspect of blogging  you may never have thought about before. Do you know that blogging regularly is very beneficial to your health? Well, it is. We found it quite interesting that an activity like blogging would be connected with our health but this is as real as it gets.

Scientists have had an idea about the therapeutic benefits of writing about personal experiences, thoughts, opinions and feelings which is what most people basically blog about. The reason for the crazy popularity of blogging could be as a result of these facts.

As a matter of fact, research has shown that expressive writing produces many psychological benefits such as the following:

  • It improves memory and sleep.
  • It boosts immune cell activity.
  • It reduces viral load in AIDS patients.
  • It speeds healing after surgery.

As if that is not enough, a study in the February issue of the Oncologist (2008) reports that cancer patients who engaged in expressive writing before treatment felt markedly better, both physically and mentally, than those patients who were not engaged. This is some amazing discovery.

So, when next you blog, remember that you are engaging yourself in some form of expressive writing and boosting your immune cell activity and maybe that of others. This should motivate you to keep blogging and to keep writing constantly.

This is the difference between SEO and SEM

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Some bloggers hate it when they hear any of these acronyms but it doesn’t have to be so. Today we’d simplify it for you.

SEO and SEM are search marketing terms that we presume you must have heard of at some point in your blogging life. It is pertinent, however, to note that there is a difference between both of them.

According to Search Engine Land, Search Engine Marketing (SEM) is “the process of gaining website traffic by purchasing ads on search engines,” while Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is defined as “the process of getting traffic from the free, organic, editorial or natural search results on search engines.”

A large part of SEO is creating valuable, high-quality content (e.g., blog articles and web page copy) that your target audience will find helpful. Over time, this results in increased traffic to your website.

On the other hand, SEM strictly involves earning search visibility through paid advertisements on search engines like Google. While these advertisements are commonly referred to as pay-per-click (PPC) ads, PPC advertising allows you to target potential buyers through relevant ad copy and keywords that match their search queries. These ads show up in the search engine results pages (SERPs) which give your blog the opportunity to increase the visibility of its web pages, landing pages, blog articles and more.

There you have it! We do hope this helped you!

 

Weird blogging tips that actually work.

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You may have heard some of these tips before and others may sound strange to you but trust us when we say they work. We found them on Marc’s blog and we instantly thought to share with you.

  • Never wait until it is time to blog before penning down ideas that come to you as you go about your normal activities. Document them as they come so you would have what to always blog about. Some bloggers would have ideas and feel its not time to jot them down because they are not supposed to blog today! Stop that from now.
  • Have you ever thought about doing a post about Google? This is no joke because it works. Google loves when you talk about her and will make sure your blog comes up during a search.
  • Get Google Authorship. When someone searches your name, a box with your picture and latest Google Plus post will appear to the right. Google Authorship is a way to link content you create with a Google+ profile. 
  • Review products on Amazon. Millions of people visit Amazon, and one of the products you like may only have 50 reviews. People hear your honest opinion, and as you review more products, people will see you more often. As people see you more often, they will want to learn more about you. Then, they find your blog.

How did you find these tips? Try them and let us know which one works for you.

#PickOfTheWeek – Life as we know it

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Social media has changed the way life is and the earlier we accept it the better. Today’s title is dedicated to one of the posts we selected. You will love this week’s pick. 

This is one great thing writing does. It helps to pass strong messages across without causing so much trouble. Thank you Fawaz for sharing. 

brunch (1)Sue Chioma touches a very important point with this post. Home is where the heart is but we all agree that home means different thins to different people. While some have family members who make life beautiful, others have found succor in the arms of friends. Whatever home means to you, you will agree with us that there’s no place like it. 

brunch (3)Your work goes before you and speaks clearly. Not just your words. We’re with Muhamad on this one. brunch (4)Tomiwa blew our minds away with this post. Social media has made it easy for you to know that you are not alone. Going through something and want to find out who else is going through the same thing? Hashtag it! brunch