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Friday, 17 July 2015

Do you know the best way to Discover Your Blog’s Purpose?


How to discover your blog's purpose? To discover the right purpose of your blog is to understand the choice or interest of your readers by engaging with them through their content or comments on their blogs. Do you know the best way to discover your blog's purpose?

This guest post is written by Traci Lawrence, one of my online friend. She is blogging for the last one year but already written several interesting articles.

So before starting this guest post by her, I am going to mention some brief introduction about the author.

  • She is blogging for the last one year and written 150 top rated quality articles on various topics.
  • Almost 3/4 of her written posts are in the general "self-help" category. 
  • The other 1/3 are related to religion and healthy communication. 
  • All of her posts fall under the category of helping people to improve their self-image and their relationships. 
  • She believes in quality not quantity.
  • She has done one recent radio interview regarding the bullying she received as a student. It was on a show called "Never Give up Hope" with host Carol Graham
About Author

Now over to the author's post.

How to discover the blog's purpose by Traci Lawrence
Image Source: by Traci Lawrence

How to Discover Your Blog’s Purpose

"My dog was so cute the other day! He became friends with another doggie we saw at the park. He helps me so much in these trying times! After we went to the park, we went down the street to eat lunch. By the way, here’s his picture..."

Have you seen articles like that? 


Most of us enjoy pictures of animals. However, we usually don’t want to spend three to five minutes reading just to get a generalized warm, fuzzy feeling. 

In addition, most individuals would like more to grab onto than a disorganized list of the author’s activities.

Every reader wants to be able to feel helped in some way by the articles they read. Their reaction should be something like “Aha! That’s just what I need to hear!” 


Authors can only bring about this response if they write according to their passion.



Why Every Author Needs a Purpose

You may be new to blogging, or you may have been writing for some time. 

In either case, it’s important to identify, or rediscover, your objective. 

In other words, in what specific ways can you support your readers?
 

Readers will be able to discern, if you are truly knowledgeable and fervent about your subject. 

You ARE knowledgeable about your own daily life. On the other hand, people don’t only want to read such details. 

Blogs are not diaries - Traci Lawrence
Tweet: Blogs are not diaries - Traci Lawrence

You need to give people a reason to keep reading. Every article’s purpose should be to inform or entertain.

What is Your Deepest Interest?

Identify your passions and write only about them. 

Ask yourself what subjects truly appeal to you. The following traits show common areas of appeal:
  • Current job (including that of “author”) 
  • Academic training
  • Spirituality or Religion
  • Talents, skills, or interests
  • Self-publishing/blogging
  • Family life
After you’ve determined your passions, narrow the list down to one or two that you feel particularly inspired to share with the world. 

Now, you’ve discovered what defines you!

My Goal

I call my website “A Place for Empowerment”. 

It’s a spot to help people find strength through challenging times. To a certain extent we all have trials. 

I found my voice in the mistreatment and miscommunication of my background. 

I bring the passion of helping people who feel undervalued to my work. I have an empathy with such individuals, and I want to help them find strength. 


In order to do this, I often cite examples from current events, history, and my own life - whatever works.

There wouldn’t have the same credibility or emotional capability if I chose to publish articles on other subjects, such as finance or business practices. 


Our most authentic writing will come from our own lives and research. - Traci Lawrence
  Tweet: Our most authentic writing will come from our own lives and research. Traci Lawrence

 

The Importance of Your Life Experience

What has happened in your own life will motivate your writing. These situations can be from the past or the present. 

You may have heard about them, or they may have actually happened to you.

Such occurrences may be found in your career, education, or social life:
  • I studied history in college; I often write about history. 
  • I had some unhappy job situations; I’ve mentioned those in my writing.
  • I also often note down frustrating or amusing situations in my current family life.


My Conclusion

Writing is the most authentic when the author discusses what it close to his heart. 

Once we know what we feel strongly about, we can decide the purpose of our article. 

Do we want it to make people laugh, or teach them something?

In the end, our true goal is to leave the reader a piece of us. Individuals cannot connect with authors who aren’t writing about their own interests and knowledge. 


Yes, readers can tell if the author of a given piece has deep knowledge of his subject.

How do you connect with the people who read your work?


Traci Lawrence - This post Author

Traci Lawrence is a freelance editor, author, blogger, and substitute teacher living in the Eastern United States.  Traci’s writing is motivated by her real-life experience in being undervalued. Her passions are healthy relationships and communication.

She has also written an eBook on Amazon:-
Accept No Trash Talk, Overcoming the odd 

You can connect with her through the below media if you have any query about the topic she has written in this post.

Twitter :- Traci Lawrence
Her Website/Blog :- Daily Musings


Also you can ask questions through the comment of this blog.

If you think that this post has something to be discussed and it is a worthy topic for other bloggers, then you can share this post in your circle.

Thanks for reading this post.    

Wednesday, 15 July 2015

What is the best way to Promote a Blog?

The best way to promote a blog is to understand the media you are using for promotion

Promoting a blog is not a tough task, unless or until you know the proper way of promotion.

This is not as easy as A-B-C of blogging and for this you have to be more choosy with an analytic mind.

But still, there are several ways to promote a blog with efficiency to get the fruitful result after promoting.

When you search online for blog promotion, then it is pre-assumed that you are also a blogger and already used some the mentioned ways to promote your blog.

Do you know that a blogger should be an active user too?

If you are not an active user, then blogging is not for you.

Because, if you can not give your time to your readers then, others also don't have time to spend on your blog.

"The best way to promote a blog is to understand the media you are using for promotion."
Tweet: The best way to promote a blog is to understand the media you are using for promotion.

However, there are several other proven methods of promotion but still I insist that you should rely on the media you are familiar with.

Blog promotion will work only when you have created a strong reader base or you are an active readers and commentor on other blogs with the same niche.

However, your readers can be from any niche but you should stick to your blog niche to make a healthy relation with your readers.

"A blogger must stick to the blog niche to make a healthy relation with the readers."
Tweet: A blogger must stick to the blog niche to make a healthy relation with the readers.


Before you start, ask some questions to yourself. So that you don't make a mistake while blogging.

Related Post:-

 


Top 10 Question about Blogging

Here is the list of top 10 common questions you should ask before the star of your blogging journey.  

These questions revolve around how to get started, what to talk about, and even what platform to use for blogging?
  1. Why you want to create a blog?
  2. What should be the niche for your blog?
  3. Why you are choosing this blog niche?
  4. Which blogging platform is best for you?
  5. How frequently you can write on your blog?
  6. Do you have a solid base on social media?
  7. Do you spend some time on social media?
  8. Do you know some technical terms of blogging?
  9. Do you know about keyword research for blog content?
  10. What do you know about search engine optimization and search engine ranking?
The best way to promote a blog is to understand the media you are using for promotion.

5 best way to promote on social medias


1. Add it on your Facebook's personal and business pages, groups
2. Schedule it on Twitter 2-3 times per day for the next 30 days.
3. Create a board on Pinterest and pin each post to it.
4. Share on your LinkedIn profile
5. Share your blog publicly on Google+ for added seo benefits.

How to Promote your Blog on Social Media?

Do you know that Social media can be a better place to get traffic or better engagement?

So, the best way to promote your blog on social media is to add it on all but with a different strategy on each like most professional bloggers do.

Promote like hell, but take utmost care while promoting and make sure you do not spam your blog.
You can get viral traffic and better engagement with readers if you are promoting a blog content as per the above mentioned 5 best ways to promote on social medias.

However there are some other ways, one can boost blog traffic just by following some blogging ethics. 

How to boost blog traffic with Blogging Ethics?

Before you start boosting your blog traffic, you must know about what to do or what not to do for blog promotion.
It is very difficult to grow readers for a blog.

But, if you want to do so, then let me tell you one thing that this is not an easy task for everyone. Especially for new bloggers.

Did you read a phrase in blogging that,

"If you build it, they will come".

Unfortunately, the old theory doesn't apply to blogs and actually it happens as:

"If you spread or promote it, then they will come".

The second phrase is the actual scene of blogging and every blogger has to go through this phase. 


What are Blogging Ethics?

There are some ethics one should follow while blogging. This applies to all bloggers whether new or old. Have a look on:-
  • Be helpful
  • Be unique
  • Response quickly
  • Create original content
  • Build healthy relation with readers
  • Be loyal audience
  • Share others content

Do you know how many blogs are being created daily basis?

With over one hundred million blogs being tracked by blog search engines such as Technorati till December 2014.

One more strange but true fact in blogging is that publishing compelling content isn't enough to drive awareness and traffic.

It also requires an optimized headline or title for your blog post to rock in the blogging history and also in the search ranking.

And you can reach to this goal just by using the Headline Analyzer Online Tool by Co-Schedule. 

The first question should be about the headline or title of your blog post.

I am also using this tool to get maximum from the organic search result and traffic too. 

Below is the proof of this tool as I have tested with this post and it is captured in below headline history of my blog post:-


I repeatedly analyzed my post title till I did not get the higher score.


Headline History

  • What is the best way to Promote a Blog to get viral traffic?
  • The best way to Promote a Blog to get viral traffic?

  • How to Promote a Blog to get viral traffic?

  • How to Promote a Blog for viral traffic?
  • What is The best way to Promote a Blog? A Final Result 
After spending time on Headline Analyzer, I come to the final headline which has a score of 82.

How to analyze a headline or title of your blog.
Image Taken from Co-Schedule Headline Analyzer Tool


So, I can say that Analyzing a headline should be the first ever step for your every blog post.

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Also, you need to invest your time in some old-fashioned blogging techniques to give your blog a traffic boost. 


The 10 free blog promotion tips will boost your search traffic:-
  1. Regular comment on other blogs - but do not spam 
  2. Post frequently - on daily basis or 2-3 days a week
  3. Participate in online forums
  4. Actively use social media
  5. Link to other blogs in your own blog posts
  6. Include your blog link in your email signature
  7. Hold blog contents - invite your audience
  8. Join blog carnivals
  9. Use 2 way guest blogging
  10. Best use of visual content
  • Regular Comment on Other Blogs - But do not spam 

    • An easy way to give your blog a promotional boost is by commenting on other blogs. 
    • Each time you comment, enter the same name and URL in the corresponding fields in the blog comment form. Doing so will help your search engine optimization efforts over time.
    • Leave a relevant, interesting and useful comments on other blogs.
  • Post Frequently - On daily basis or 2-3 days in a Week 

    • Posting frequently can boost your search engine traffic. 
    • Each new post acts as a new entry point for search engines to find your blogs.
    • Writing with search engine optimization in mind can also boost the potential each of your posts has to lead traffic to your blog.
  • Participate in Online Forums 

    • Join forums related to your blog topic
    • Become an active, contributing member on relevant forums.
    •  Include a link to your blog in your forum signature.
  • Use Social Media 

    • Leverage the promotional opportunities that the social web provides. 
    • Join social networking sites and include links to your blogs
    • Join social bookmarking sites like Digg, StumbleUpon etc
    • Also use micro blogging sites like twitter etc
    • All of these efforts will increase awareness of your blog and give it added exposure.
  • Link to other blogs in your Own Posts 

    • Try to include links of other blogs in your own blog posts.
    • Refer to other blogs you enjoy reading or specific posts
    • When those other blogs have the trackback feature turned on in their blogging software programs, you'll automatically get a link back to your own blog in the comment section of those posts. 
    • At the very least, the other blogger will see the incoming links from your blog in their blog statistic reports, that means more exposure for you.
  • Include your blog link in your Email Signature 

    • Include your blog URL everywhere you can. 
    • Your email signature and business cards are two of the most obvious places to promote your blog with a link or printed URL.
    • Don't be afraid to think out of the box. 
    • Promotion is key to success when it comes to blogging.
    • Don't be shy about tooting your own horn.
  • Hold a Blog Contest 

    • Blog contests are a great way to attract new visitors to your blog. 
    • The most important thing to remember when using a blog contest as a promotional tool is to get the word out about the contest by announcing it on contest websites.
    • A lot of responsibility would be on your shoulders after starting a contest. So be prepare for that.
  • Join a Blog Carnival 

    • Blog carnivals are an easy way to get links to your blog 
    • The more closely related to your blog topic that the carnival is, the more traffic you'll get from it.
  • 2 way Guest Blogging

    • Offer your services as a guest blogger for other blogs in your niche.
    • Guest blogging is a great way to get links to your blog
    • Use 2 ways guest blogging.
  • Best use of Visual Content 

    • Use visual content in your blog posts
    • Be unique while designing graphics
    • Optimize your visual content by using all the attributes and following Do's and Don'ts about visual content
     
If you think that I have discussed exactly what you need to promote your blog in the wise manner,

Then it is your turn to share this post to your social circle so that other can take benefit from this post.Also you can subscribe to our email list.

Thanks for reading this post and sharing.

Monday, 13 July 2015

What Experts are saying about eMail Subscription Tools?

email subscription tools a review by BloggingFunda

Whether you are a new blogger or already setup your blog or you have a large base of your readers.

Then too, you must take care while using any eMail Subscription Tool or Opt-In forms on your blog, because it ma harm your over all performance of blogs, if you do not choose the right tool for your blog. Do you know how?

See, if you want to convert your visitors Into Subscribers & Customers, you must use a perfect tool which should have all the features inbuilt.

What are main features of Opt-in Forms?

Answer:-  However there may be different features of each tool. But still there are few common features which one should take care before using any email subscription tool. 

For your convenience, I am mentioning only major features that one email tool should have. So take care about these main features and forget all and rest will be taken care by the tool itself.

6 Main Features of any eMail Subscription Tool

  • Lets you create beautiful opt-in forms 
  • Generate easy to upload code for installing
  • It should really help convert visitors into subscribers
  • It should work on any website or blog
  • It should be optimized for all devices including mobile and tablets 
  • It should provide Every type of Opt-in form
    • Popover
    • Embedded
    • Top Bar
    • Scroll Box
    • Sidebar Form
Before using any of the opt-in form or email subscription tool, one must ask few questions to themselves, so that it should not effect worst on your blogging experience after using these tools. I am sharing few questions which are mostly asked by me to self before using any tool helpful for my blog.

email subscription tools a review by BloggingFunda
  • What Features should be Present?
  • Is it providing easy code for installing?
  • Is code generating and embedding is easy?
  • Is it providing A/B Testing feature?
  • Is it providing Page Level Targeting?
  • Is there Entry or Exit Technology available?
  • Is there any option of Analytic is available?
Apart from above questions, you must ask and explore the answers to satisfy the need of using email subscription tool or opt-in forms.I am giving those extra questions with answer with my own experience.

Who should use these tools?

Answer:- Well it depends on the owner of the blog or website. Because, if you really want to be a successful blogger then you must take care of all the features of your blog which you are using to increase readers.

If you want to read some of my questions which I thought before using email subscription tool then you can read below as per your convenience.

Who should use eMail Subscription Tool?

Answer:- The perfect solution for internet marketers, blogs, developers, and any other business which has presence on the internet is using any email subscription tool. Basically if you want to grow your email subscribers and improve your lead generation, then you need to use these tools.

What's required to use any eMail Subscription Tool?

Answer:- It should work on any website on any platform. Whether you use blogspot or wordpress, it should be easy to install. So that a non technical blogger easily can install the selected opt-in form or email subscription tool coding on their blog or website.

Will email Subscription Tool slow down websites?

Answer:- It depends on the service provider of these tools and as per my opinion, your traffic should not be disturbed by any tool being used by you on your website or blog. And if it is done wrongly then, you will loose your valuable reader. So take utmost care with this point.

Do I need coding skills to use eMail Subscription Tool?

Answer:- No, now a days, when everything is going to be automated, then this tool should also be automated and hence it should not require to learn any technical knowledge for installing the code to your blog.

Is there any money back guarantee?

Answer:- Yes, the money back guarantee should be there. So that one can feel secure by using these tools on their blogs or website.
 

Conclusion

Now, I think I have cleared all the doubts about using any email subscription tool or opt-in form and one can easily get answer to their queries about these tools.

If you think that your end for these answers ends here then you can show your gratitude by subscribing our emailing list or you can join BlogingFunda's community on  

Sunday, 12 July 2015

Beginners guide for ABC of Blogging - 50 Steps of Blogging

Beginners guide for ABC of Blogging with 50 steps for Blogging by BloggingFunda

If I am not wrong, you have already read my post on in-depth study of blogging.

It is written on finding the keyword for further Keyword Research and it includes the 7 steps of Keyword Research.

I hope you enjoyed my previous posts and thanks once again for your kind visit.

Let me tell you the truth that I am getting a fruitful change after adapting these steps in my blogging.

You too can use these 7 steps for researching the density of a keyword.  You can also check or research the popularity of your collected keywords.

Don't worry I am not joking or laughing at you, if you don't know much about blog and blogging but I can bet that after reading this post, you can too start your blogging as a serious career, if you will read about the basics of blogging as well as advanced blogging skills.

If you are following my basic tips about blogging then I am sure you can compete other top ranked blogs.

Also, if you are passionate about blogging and really want to know that  "How and where to start Blogging? ", then below are the 50 steps of blogging.

This is a beginners guide for ABC of Blogging.


What is ABC of Blogging?

The ABC of blogging consists of 3 layers of blogging which every blogger has to built to be a successful blogger.

Is may be possible that you already know about these terms but still I think it has to be publish here because most of the bloggers start their blogging career in hurry.

This is not the right way and one should avoid hurry in blogging because this kills your passion, enthusiasm and courage of writing when you do not see your blog progress or blog success.

3 layers of blogging with tips & tricks by BloggingFunda

3 Layers of Blogging

Layer A - The Beginner Level of Blogging

Layer B - The Intermediate Level of Blogging

Layer C - The Advance Level of Blogging 

 

Now let me discuss about each layer of blogging so that you feel comfortable while making your mind about start blogging.
Ever keep in mind that blogging is not a get quick rich scheme. You will be succeeded in blogging, if an only if you are passionate about blogging.
There are few must have qualities in a blogger to start blogging:-
  • You should be passionate about blogging
  • Do not be a copy cat
  • Write original content
  • Patience should be your first quality
  • Dedication is required
  • You should be a listener
  • Reading quality should also be there
  • An analytical mind is required to squeeze the result
  • A creative mind is required to create exploded content
  • Frequency of writing should be maintained
  • You should know how to use social media well

Layer A - The beginner level of Blogging

When you are a new to blog and blogging, then there are some basic steps of blogging, a blogger should follow to start their blog. 
You just need to follow these steps to be a beginner level blogger.
Make sure you do not skip any of the step, if you want to get 100% result from your day one of blogging.

16 steps of Blogging Layer - A

This layer consists 16 steps of blogging which a beginner level blogger need to prepare before jumping to this blogging ocean.

These are not difficult to understand, but require lots of time and understanding in fulfilling all 16 steps of beginner level blogging.    
  1. Planning about Blogging 
  2. Think or choose the topic you like
  3. Collect relevant information 
  4. Create a checklist of Do's and Don'ts 
  5. Selection of headlines or titles 
  6. Selection of sub-headlines or titles 
  7. Grouping all headlines or titles 
  8. Optimize your titles or headlines 
  9. Prepare draft of content 
  10. Create visual content 
  11. Optimize your graphics 
  12. Add graphics at appropriate place
  13. Preview your draft
  14. Check mistake of grammar 
  15. Analyze your blog content
  16. Publish your content
Above 16 steps are must to know and follow by every new blogger to start their blogging journey.
Also these steps are from scratch or start of your blog until publish your blog for the very first time or every time when you publish your new post. 


Layer B - 17 steps of Intermediate level Blogging

This layer consist of 5 steps along with 12 sub-steps, a total of 17 steps of blogging which is called intermediate level of blogging.

In blogging this is also called the 2nd step of blogging. Most of the bloggers who completed their first level of blogging or Layer A of blogging, sometimes ignores few of these steps.

But be alert while blogging, because every step is unique and you have to master each step.
 

17 steps of Blogging Layer - B 

  1. Creating blog menubar 
    • Adding blog pages
    • Removing blog pages
      Creating Blog Pages to build Menubar by BloggingFunda
  2. Easily understand blog statistics
    • How to check traffic source
    • How to check blog audience
      Understanding Blog Statistics by BloggingFunda
  3. Easily understand about blog layout
    • Change blog layout
    • Adjust blog layout width
      Understanding Blog Layout by BloggingFunda
  4. Easily understand Blog template
    • Customize template
    • Download template
    • Upload template
      Customize Blog Template by BloggingFunda

      Download or Upload Blog Template by BloggingFunda
  5. Advanced blog settings
    • Enable / disable blog comments
    • How to add meta tags Description
    • What is backlinks  How to Enable or Disable Blog Comments by BloggingFunda
How to add meta tag description of a Blog by BloggingFunda

Now it is time to re-format your blog with the other inbuilt features like a profession look of other blogs or websites.

Related Post:- How to complete these 17 steps of blogging 




Layer C - 6 steps of Advanced Level of Blogging

This layer consists only 3 steps with 6 sub-steps but each one is most effective step of blogging and if you really want to be an expert in blogging then take care and understand these steps.

This layer is also called the expert level of blogging and you must go through these 9 steps to master whole blog and blogging.

6 steps of Blogging Layer - C

  1. Blog Tools
    • Import a Blog
    • Export a Blog
    • Delete a Blog
      How to import a blog - BloggingFunda

      How to export a blog - BloggingFunda

      How to delete a Blog - BloggingFunda
  2. Blog Permissions
    • Create Blog Author
    • Create Blog Admin
      How to create admin or author for a blog - BloggingFunda
  3. Other setting of Blog 

Blogging Tips & Tricks

Apart from above, one must follow some very useful tips & tricks to compete in online industry and if you are using these tips then you can easily fetch large readers towards your blog posts.

Have a look on the tips and tricks to follow:
  • Write from Scratch
  • Crystal clear Concept
  • Give reference of other blogs & bloggers
  • Think beyond the already written content
  • Use visual content or graphics wherever required
  • Use relevant examples or quotes to enhance readers interest
  • Engage with your readers by replying to their comments
  • Answer all queries your blog will generate after posting

Related Post:- How to create Visual Content for your blog

Now if you have followed above tips, it is time to spread the essence of your writing skills to the online readers.





How to Promote your Blog?

For this use several social networking sites or the one you are comfortable with and use below steps to make the most of your contacts.

  1. Actively use any Social Media i.e. Google+, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, LookBook etc.
  2. Promote your content
  3. Participate in social activities
  4. Start engaging with your followers
  5. Use forums and participate in ongoing discussion
  6. Ask questions from your audience about the content
  7. Give Instant reply to others questions if asked by them 
  8. Re-schedule your published post after some interval of time

"Blogging Should be Crystal Clear and Easy to understand" Tweet: Blogging Should be Crystal Clear and Easy to understand


I hope you understand the concept of blogging. Now enjoy your blogging journey and all the best for your bright future in blogging.

Don't shy, do get back to me if you face any problem or difficulty in understanding any of these steps of blogging.

One thing more, I have left one thing intentionally in this post so that you can tell me that this is not mentioned here or is left for writing in my total steps of points.
 
Now it is your turn to share this post in your circle to show your gratitude. 

Thanks for reading this post till the end and I hope you enjoyed and learned some new thing for your blogging.

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