27 Places to Boost Your Blog Traffic

So you've created your website, you know that promoting your website is critical to your success.

If you're a newbie with no experience of blog promotion you're probably feeling a bit baffled as to where you should promote your blog.  Chill out and relax, website promotion is pretty simple and can be done without spending a single cent!

A little time and effort can help you to attract traffic to your blog. Check out the steps below to promote your website:

1.  Make Sure Search Engines Know Where You Are

If you're a regular internet user you'll probably already know that the majority of traffic for most websites comes from search engines.  Making search engines the first place to start promoting your blog.  To do this you submit your link directly to them .

The search engines that generate the most  traffic are:

I've also included a couple of extra places to add your website

2. Add Your Blog to Online Directories

Online directories provide most blogs with potential clients are customers.  It also helps to improve your site's SEO by linking back to your website.

3. Try Social Link Building

Millions of people use popular social sites to put forward their blogs and businesses to gain quality backlink, exposing your blog to a wider audience.

4. Photo Sharing Social Media Sites

Very much like social network sites, photo sharing sites allow you to display images that relate to your blog.  Anyone can use these sites to post images of their blog activities, news and everything in between.


5 Ways to Keep Writing When Life Gets in the Way

I've discovered throughout my writing journey that life changes on a daily basis.

Things happen, such as, illness or family problems and distraction suddenly appears.  Leaving less time to think or write.

It's difficult when you're a freelance writer because you don't have the luxury of someone covering for you.  Staying focused when you're life is going through a crisis is a bit like dodging bullets.

You have to sit down and think about when you can get some real writing done.  When it does happen you need to be prepared for all eventualities.

Here's how to keep writing when things get rough:

1. Focus on the Important Stuff

When writing is your business it becomes apparent which parts will yield the most money.  This includes writing blog posts, building a social media following, etc.

When times are hard its easy to lost focus on the important things in your business and instead get wrapped up in the easier items.  Marking off the things that are quick always makes us feel like we've achieved something.  Unfortunately we're left with more pressure and less time to do the important things that are pending.

I work on my social media once during the day then leave the rest of the time for writing articles and thinking about what to write next.

When things are tough concentrate on the important part of your business, your writing, and reorganize the rest.

2. Be More Productive

When you're having trouble writing you need to start reading as much as you can to find your inspiration to write.  Go through some of your favourite bloggers and start taking notes.

On the other hand if you travel a lot during the day consider listening to a podcast or audiobook.

Being productive isn't just about putting pen to paper and writing.  It's about letting things seep in.  It's also a great distraction when times are hard, to just put on an audiobook and escape into another world.

3. Just Manage

If you're having a bad year and going through one crisis after another.  Trying to double your earnings is probably not the best plan.

You need to take stock of your life and conserve your energy for your personal life.  Do work that's easier and at your fingertips readily.

You're better off staying within your limits in your personal life and keeping things steady in your working life.

4. Outsource

If you're working with deadlines from clients or editors hire someone else.

Use your contacts and pass your work onto other trusted writers you know that can help you.  Offer them an 80% fee or an amount close to it.  If you have a virtual assistant give her some extra hours to take on that extra workload.

5. Don't Get Swamped

If you're overloaded with work its easy to jump in recklessly.

Try putting a limit on how much you can do with the time you have.

Set yourself achievable goals, such as 500 words in an hour.  Don't worry if you can't manage it, that's okay to.


6 Amazing Self-Publishing Tips for Authors

Are you considering self-publishing an eBook?

Then ponder no more.

Forget about the statistics, self-publishing is growing at an astronomical rate.  Many unknown authors are reaching the dizzy heights of their counterparts who were originally under traditional publishing houses.  Before you jump the gun and self-publish right away.

Follow these 8 simple tips before you publish your eBook:

1. Recognise your audience.  Books that are self-published usually have a smaller audience.  Start taking notice of what your readers needs and interests are within your niche.  Look into what really makes a book popular.

2. A catchy title is key.  Having a short unique title will help you stand out from the crowd.

3. Know yourself.  It may sound a bit strange, it's also one of the ingredients of a successful self-publishing career.  Before you put pen to paper you need to look at yourself and be familiar with all of your strengths and weaknesses.  Decide what your chosen passion is and write about it.

4. You're an author/editor.  If you can afford to hire the skills of a professional editor that's great! If not, the task of correcting spelling, grammar and punctuation are in your hands.

5. Look for inspiration.  If you've already written your book you'll  know all about writer's block.  From today onwards discover what your inspiration is.  Once you have it, you'll be fine.  It could be a goal or even someone you look-up to that serves as your muse.

6. Think like a business person.  Sounds crazy I know.  Think of your book as a product.  You need to find out your options for advertising it.  You can start be using social media marketing.


3 Great Reasons to Not Get Discouraged as a Blogger

For the past few weeks I've been struggling to write consistently on my blog.

I love writing but sitting down to write blog posts regularly can seem like an immense task.  So put that alongside the fact that I currently do my blogging at night and it becomes pretty clear how tiring it can be.  Thinking of fresh ideas all of the time and trying to put them out on one particular day is really hard.

Since the day I started my blog its been not only a labour of love but a constant evolution process.  Which isn't helped by the fact I'm a bit of a perfectionist.

So if you're wondering why my blog looks like its had some pretty drastic changes, its because I'm usually not happy with the changes I've made.  If anyone has any suggestions about improvements I'd love to hear from you.

So don't be disheartened and frustrated, take a look at these surprising points to improve your blogging:

1.  Resist the Urge to Check Your Blog Stats

You can spend hours looking through your blog stats and not do any work.

Don't get me wrong analytics have a purpose, they can show you the keywords your readers are using the  most on your blog.  Analytics can also show you the age range your blog is reaching all around the world.  On the downside looking at your stats regularly can be pretty depressing.

This is the same for Feedburner subscriptions.  Does it really matter how many you have?  That's why writing is the most important part of your blog.

2. An Inclination Towards Creating Keeps You On Track

Why is blogging your chosen way of making money online?  I'm guessing because you love it so much.

Plenty of bloggers will telly you to promote, promote, promote, but that's all wrong, the secret lies in the time you spend creating and getting your posts published.

Marketing and promotion should always be secondary.  You need to be delivering regular posts for your readers.

If you want to add value to your readers lives make sure the content you put out is of the best standard, give them a reason to buy your products and trust you.

Distraction is everywhere, if its not on your mobile phone, Ipad or PC you can easily find on social media.  If you have numerous accounts like Pinterest, Facebook and Twitter, this can be a lot of extra work and time in order to grow each platform.  Try downsizing and make your time count.

Staying focused will help you deal with any unwanted comments from critics, that may come your way.

3. Automate Your Social Media

Having the time to create blog posts is crucial for any writer.

You can do this easily by scheduling your posts in advance on Buffer or Hootsuite without thinking to much about it.

I use social media, don't get me wrong, I just keep my distraction down to a minimum.  By automating my blog posts I can concentrate on the more important task of focusing on my writing.

Don't let anyone intimidate you or stop you writing.  Your voice is important and we value your opinion.

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A Quick Guide to Improve Your Researching Skills and Write Accurately

If you're writing an article it's pretty clear it requires some measure of research.  You don't necessarily need to be an expert on your chosen subject, but it is vital your information is correct.

Yes research is essential but don't let it use up all of your time.  Leave plenty of time to write your information down.  Be serious about your researching and enjoy the information your discovering.  Writing articles and books is all about learning new things and finding answers.

Attempting Any Topic

Write what you know? Not a simple mantra to live by and may even be a stumbling block to some writers.  As a writer you should go for a subject you're not always that familiar with.

Why would you work in this manner? If you're a freelance writer, it will help to build your repertoire.  If you're looking for writing jobs around the internet, editor's want flexible writers they can turn to for any kind of assignment.

If you have a deadline for your writing you're never going to learn every single detail. Try concentrating on the key points, get your facts straight, these steps will all help towards a good working knowledge of any subject you decide to tackle.

You should start to see your hours of research start paying off, when your writing starts to have authority and depth.

You may be caught unawares when you realise you've become quite an expert in your chosen subject.

Here's how to get up-do-date on any subject:

DO A RELEVANT INTERNET SEARCH. Analyse every website and blog you can find.

READ, READ, READ.Visit your local library and read any books related to the subject along with magazines and journals that are also relevant.

TRY MULTIMEDIA SOURCES. Such as documentaries and CD-ROMs, they're a quick way to build a foundation and soak up the facts.

IF IN DOUBT, ASK AN EXPERT. If you're unsure try asking an expert.  Its one of the quickest ways to get information.

LET IT REST. You can nail any discrepancies in your story if you leave yourself time to let it breathe.

You won't become a certified expert with the above steps, they will, however, be a huge help with the most unfamiliar topics.  Never underestimate yourself.  With a bit of leg work you can take on any subject.

Fall Back to the Source

An idea can start when you've read or seen something interesting.  May be even a conversation.  Try backtracking and find out who you talked to originally.  People have some really interesting ideas and really interesting information, making them a great source to use.

Contact Other Writers

There is a whole wealth of information at your fingertips if you have experience working alongside other writers.  Use the internet, newsgroups and email lists, these are all great options.

Coordinating Information

If you're like me and like to write everything down, then you realize how important it is to organize your information if you need to reference it again.  A filing system of some kind is a good start, or may you like keeping notes on your PC.

Below are three quick tips to get you started sorting:

1. Order Your Past Work.  Start an index of your previous blog posts or articles, so they can be reused, or accessed for information.  This way you'll have them at hand when you need them.

2. Pay Frequent Visits to Your Old Files.  There is nothing wrong with having an accessible archive of information, or library full of internet bookmarks.  Just make sure you check through it every few months so you can remember which files or bookmarks you've saved for future reference.

3. Single Out Useful Data.  If you have a huge archive of paper files or computer files, you need to start culling them and deciding which information is the most important to keep.  Try organising on a regular basis and get rid of the information you don't use.

Having a useful workable system that works as an easy reference for information is definitely worth its weight in gold.

Researching your topics is meant to be enjoyable and not a chore. So set some time to one side and use it to sort out your information.  Make sure you don't get too caught up in the process and put off your writing.

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