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23 January 2015

10 Best Ways to Get More Twitter Followers



I remember when I used to have zero interactions on my Twitter account and I simply couldn't understand why. I mean, I also shared interesting and useful content, just like all those famous bloggers I followed, so why didn't I have the traffic too?

It was pretty d*mn frustrating!

I started to get so tired of not being noticed while I worked as hard and well as the others that I had considered many times to simply give up. It was that bad. But obviously I didn't give up!

With a few changes to my game, my Twitter traffic started growing and my stuff started being shared as well!
Now, I'm going to tell you how to grow your own Twitter traffic!

The formula is simple:
post shareable content + find your niche/audience + connect = followers, retweets, traffic!

Make sure your profile is upgraded to the newest version! Click here to convert it and click the Get It Now button at the very bottom of the page.

Let's get started!



1. Design an Awesome Profile

  • Keep your bio short and relevant. You only have 160 characters to tell people what you're all about. Use keywords to make it easier to find you through Twitter's search, but don't forget to add some personality too!

  • Use a recognizable profile picture. Some people opt for a logo, others go for headshots. I don't really have a favorite; sometimes I use my own picture, sometimes I use my blog's logo.
  • Add your site. If you want more traffic, you have to add your site's URL!
  • Use a custom header. Twitter's new header template gives you a chance to express your creativity so don't waste this chance and get to work! You can use Photoshop to create your own header.

    Make sure your header matches your profile. Consistency above all! Don't forget to catch your visitors' attention with a call-to-action and other catchy elements.


  • Useful Resources



    Need a Customized Header?



2. Tweet Strategically


Knowing how to tweet effectively should be your main concern when it comes to boost your traffic. Here's a visual example of how your tweets should look like if you want people to engage (especially for your blog posts).



Elements of a perfect tweet:
  • Use images. Boost your retweets by 35% by pairing attention-grabbing images to your posts.
  • Use relevant #hashtags. Tweets with hashtags get 2x more engagement than those without them. Make sure you don't use more than 2 hashtags per tweet, though.
  • Keep your tweets short. Short tweets get 17% more engagement than longer ones.
  • Use URL shorteners. Some people like to add comments on their retweets. Leave room for it by shortening your URLs. I personally use Bit.ly.


Tips on posting effectively:
  • Be active. Keep posting awesome tweets that your audience will love throughout the day.
  • Repeat your tweets. People tweet a lot so they may not see your tweet the first time you post it. This makes repeating your tweets completely ok! Leave some days between repetitions though.
  • Don't spam. Try not to over-tweet! It annoys people and leads them to unfollow you. Tweet every 15-30 minutes.
  • Pin your best tweet. Pick your best tweet and pin it to the top of your profile.
  • Be yourself. Add your opinion to your tweets.
  • Tweet at the right times. As yourself, people are mostly online at certain times of the day. Evaluate your followers' activity and set the best time to tweet, especially your blog posts!
  • Vary. Don't tweet always the same stuff. You can tweet quotes, gifs, videos, etc. Keep your followers entertained instead of only giving them what you want them to see.


3. Don't Be a Robot


Make sure people know you're actually human and not an automated machine posting tweets to your profile. Show them that you care for your audience!
  • Respond to people who share your content or interact with you. Tip: You can create a list of people who use to share your content so you don't forget about them!
  • Interact with those you admire and share their content too! You can also send them something nice telling them why you love them and why you like their work.
  • Retweet. Don't let the chance of sharing something useful and interesting slip, even if the content is not yours!
  • Avoid auto-DMs. These are the most annoying things on Twitter. Don't step in the bangwagon or you'll lose admirers! People simply hate it, and so does Twitter!


4. Connect With The Pros


What better way of getting noticed than connecting with those who people look upon the most? Connecting with the top influencers of your niche is by far the best way you have to get your traffic and credibility boosted! Unfortunately this may not be as easy to achieve as it sounds, but it's definitely worth the try! Here are some tips to get it done:
  • Feature or mention them in one of your blog posts, and let them know about it!
  • Don't be afraid to say Hi. Introduce yourself and start a conversation.
  • Share their content until they notice you. You won't regret!
  • Follow them, of course.


5. Follow and Follow Back




Following people in your industry will certainly get you more followers, since they tend to follow people who share their same interests.

Search and find people working in the same field as you and follow them. Interact with them, build relationships and share interesting things with each other. Sharing their content will give you an extra chance of earning a new follower for life, and give you inspiration for new content for yourself!
WARNING! Don't follow-unfollow too often! Twitter can classify you as a spam account and you'll be suspended. Read more about this here.


6. Add a Follow Button or Twitter Widget


Add a Twitter follow button to your site. You can choose the place to have it, but make sure it's visible so people can follow you!



You can get your follow button here or build a Twitter widget with a follow button.


7. Use Twitter Share Button


Let your readers share your content by adding a share button from Twitter. Usually these buttons are located at the bottom, top or side of your posts.
  • Get the share button here.


8. Include Your Twitter Username on Share Buttons


Make sure your username is included in the share buttons so that you're able to thank people whenever they share your content. It also earns you more followers, because people will know the post was written by you!



9. Share People's Content


If you want people to share your content, you have to share theirs too! It's a fair game and everybody wins.
They get their content shared by you, and as a return they will share yours as well, giving YOU more traffic! Plus it's also a way to interact with people and catch some ideas yourself for future articles. It's all wins!

Whenever someone shares my posts, I always check them out right away to see what they're all about, and sometimes share their stuff too if it's interesting! What are you waiting for?


10. Giveaways


Most famous bloggers have done something like this at some point of their lives and they can't deny that it was one of the main reasons as to why people started noticing them more.
Don't you just love to get free stuff? Don't you love to have some fun in contests and see what it turns out to be? Well, I'm almost sure your answer was YES to both questions, so why not try it yourself?

Create a contest or post some freebies in your blog, or even in your Twitter account! Spread the word about it and sit back. The new followers and readers will arrive instantly!



FINAL WORDS

If you do all this, you're on your way to get THOUSANDS of new followers and see your content spread widely. People will look up to you and see someone they can trust! You'll be admired and sought after.

It's all a "give and get back" thing, though. Share someone's content, get your content shared by them. Be nice to someone, they'll be nice to you.

20 January 2015

50+ Powerful Blogging Tips To Make You Win!




So you're a blogger, you love to engage with your readers and just love writing articles about whatever it is that you blog about. But the question is... are you doing it right? Are you doing everything you should do to be a great blogger? Do you have everything you need?

I'll give you a checklist of powerful blogging tips that will make you WIN in your niche. Check them out!

You will find links to tutorials I posted to my blog in this list. Use them to get some of these things done!




50+ Awesome Blogging Tips



General
  • Choose a good blogging platform.
  • Write about something you love.
  • Find your niche and focus on it.
  • Be consistent on how often you post new content to your blog.
  • Read other blogs. Inspiration is key to catch people's interest along the way!
  • Research. Learn something new.
  • Include: "About" page, "Contact" information and "Privacy Policy".

Template and Structure
  • Choose a great theme that fits you and your blog best.
  • Have a responsive site (mobile-friendly).
  • Keep your navigation clean and organized. Avoid cluttering it.
  • Do not use flash.
  • Pick the right color palette.
  • Add a search box.
  • Show related posts at the bottom of your posts.
  • Add a list of popular posts to your sidebar.
  • Use Browsershots to see how your blog looks like in other browsers.
  • Have a personalized 404 error page. Check ours out!
  • Use a custom comment system. We use Disqus.

Improve Your Posts
  • Post original content that is useful!
  • Use Copyscape to find if anyone copied your content.
  • Be creative and think of awesome headlines to get people's attention.
  • Keep your paragraphs short. Believe it or not, whitespace in your posts make them easier to read.
  • Use lists. They're more appealing and make your content much easier to read too.
  • Don't forget to use images. Don't be boriiiing.
  • Add relevant tags/labels.

Make Interesting Content
  • Avoid jargon.
  • Offer interactions, like polls and surveys.
  • Use call to action words. It urges people to engage!
  • Add a signature.
  • Proofread your posts. Use SpellChecker.
  • Review your own content. Ask yourself if it's relevant to your readers, and yourself.

SEO Implementation

Promote Your Blog

Interact With People
  • Reply to your readers' comments.
  • Join groups in social media that are relevant to the content you blog about and share your stuff there.
  • Share other people's blog posts. You'll earn extra popularity and love for that!
  • Interact with your favorite bloggers and read their stuff.
  • Guest blog.

18 January 2015

How-To: Start a Blog in Less Than 15 Minutes

Start a Blog in Less Than 15 Minutes


Unlike some people say, you don't have to pay a thing to have a blog and earn from it. Truth is, you don't need web-hosting to run a business online; fine, it helps a lot and it has its own advantages comparing to free blogging platforms, but it's not a "must have".
In this article I'll tell you how to start a free blog in less than 15 minutes!


Creating Your Blog

  • Step 1: Go to Blogger.com.
  • Step 2: Login using your Gmail account or Sign Up if you don't have one yet.

  • Step 3: Choose Create a limited Blogger profile. Don't worry, you can create a Google+ profile later if you want.

  • Step 4: Type in the name you want to show up in your Blogger profile. You can change this later. Then click on Continue to Blogger.

  • Step 5: You're now on your Blogger dashboard! Click on New Blog.

  • Step 6: Enter your blog's name and domain address. You can have your own custom domain when your blog is fully set up.

  • Step 7: You can start posting already by clicking on Start posting (Note: This is a one-time notification. This means it only shows up once when you create a new blog.) or on the orange button.


You can click on View blog to see how your blog looks like.



Start Posting!

  • Step 1: On your dashboard, click on the orange button (see Step 7 above).
  • Step 2: Now just start experimenting their features. Change fonts, add images/links/videos, use custom HTML to make prettier blog posts...


    • Don't forget to add a title to your post!
    • Adding labels is a must to keep your blog organized and also to have more visibility on search engines.
    • Click on Preview to see how your post looks like before making it public.
  • Step 3: Hit Publish to make your post public.



Change Your Blog's Theme

  • Step 1: Go to your dashboard.
  • Steo 2: Click on the dropdown menu and select Template.

  • Step 3: You'll see a few templates listed. You can use one of these by hovering on them and clicking on Apply to Blog. For a more professional look, you can use custom templates that require using HTML coding.

  • Step 4: Click on View blog on the top of the page to see your new template!



Customizing Your Blog



You can make your blog even more "yours" by changing its settings. Here are some tips:
  • To change your blog's name, authors, URL (including custom domain name), privacy, etc, go back to your dashboard, click on the dropdown menu and select Settings.
  • To add or re-arrange widgets or blog sections, select Layout from the dropdown menu.
  • Select Pages from the menu to add or delete pages from your blog.

USEFUL RESOURCES

15 January 2015

10+ Dead-Easy Ways to Earn Money with Your Blog



If you're reading this, you're surely wanting to take your blog to a whole new level and make it a source of income. Before going any further, earning money from your blog is tough. Many people try, most of them fail. Only the ones who have what it takes can do it. But don't be discouraged! It's not impossible at all and who can succeed at it too!

I'll give you ideas on how to monetize your blog effectively and start earning nice money from it, helping you achieve what you're here for.


1. Google AdSense


This is the most popular way to monetize blogs and websites nowadays. Google AdSense has the highest pay-per-click rate, though they have strict terms that you have to agree with when affiliating with them. When your request is approved, Google will place ads on your blog/website and you'll get paid for every click those ads get.


Use Google AdSense




2. Amazon


If you ever think about buying a new book, the first place you think of is probably Amazon. Though they don't sell only books, they sell a lot more stuff. To earn money from them, you need to be affiliated, however. This means that every time something is bought through the Amazon ads on your blog/website, you get a percentage from it.


Become an Affiliate




3. Amobee


Previously known as Kontera, they "rescue" people who got rejected by Google AdSense program. They function within the same basics: they place ads on your blog/website, and you earn money from every click those ads get.


Use Amobee




4. LinkShare


Another great afilliate program, just like Amazon and Amobee.


Use LinkShare




5. SponsoredTweets


We all know Twitter, and probably we all have an account there. If you do, picture how awesome it would be to get paid for tweeting. Really awesome, right? Well, that's exactly what SponsoredTweets does. You get paid for tweeting!


Use SponsoredTweets




6. ClickBank


ClickBank is just like Amazon, with the difference that their items are exclusively digital. The thing goes: an item you promote is sold, you earn a commission from it.


Use ClickBank




7. Sell eBooks


If you have a blog, you write about something. If you write about something, why not make it a book? An eBook, in this case. Turn your content into an eBook and sell it on your page!





8. Review a Product


You might have not thought about this, but many brands actually pay for people to review their products. If you're lucky enough and find one of these brands/companies, you may as well earn some big cash by only trying out some products and giving your detailed opinion about them.




9. Freelance Blogging


Why not use your writing skills as a blogger to earn money? Freelance blogging is a growing market nowadays. What it really is is basically: people pay you to write posts for their websites/blogs. Exactly, you get paid for blogging. You make your own price and people hire you to do the job, how cool is that?

You can find great writing gigs on sites like: Craigslist, Freelance, and oDesk.


10. Donations


I still remember when I snorted at the thought of people giving me money off their own freewill only based on what I posted on my blog, but guess what? It's actually true. Sometimes you're just lucky enough to impress people and that literally pays off. Some good-hearted people will actually give you a little something as a reward for your hard work keeping your blog/website neat and interesting.


11. Sponsors


This is basically using your content in real-life. Imagine that you blog about comics, you can go to your local comicbook ship and tell them that you can promote their store on your website in exchange for sponsorship. Lots of businesses will pay you good for advertising, especially if your content is related to what they do.


12. Sell Your Own Stuff


If there's anything you're good at and are willing to sell it, don't let the opportunity slip and sell it on your blog/website! You should never underestimate your talents and never put aside the opportunity of earning something from it.