29 Free Places to Promote Your Blog

Every blogger knows that blog promotion is vital for survival.

If you're like me and you're operating on a shoestring budget, promoting your blog for free is a real benefit, to the success of your blog.

I've compiled a list of  the biggest websites to places your blog on for free.  (I've put a star beside the websites I currently use).

You can have your own personal PDF of this list to refer to at any time - just click here!
  1. AddtoAny Share Buttons ✶
  2. Your own email newsletter✶
  3. Facebook
  4. Facebook Groups
  5. Google+ ✶
  6. Google+ Groups ✶
  7. LinkedIn ✶
  8. LinkedIn Groups ✶
  9. Pinterest
  10. Pinterest Group Boards
  11. Instagram
  12. Tumblr
  13. Slideshare
  14. Scribd
  15. Triberr
  16. Traffup
  17. Addmefast
  18. Google My Business
  19. Yellow Pages
  20. eLocal
  21. Submit Express 
  22. Entireweb 
  23. SubmitX 
  24. Simply Worthy 
  25. So Much 
  26. Buzzfeed Community
  27. Reddit
  28. Stumbleupon 
  29. Digg
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9 Best Selling Books on Writing You'll Ever Need

You wanna be a good writer?  You need to read.

All Good writers read.  This will show throughout your work in your grammar and punctuation, that you're not serious enough and aren't improving.

The truth is that good writing comes from reading the best material out there.

Don't get me wrong that doesn't mean that all reading material is the same.  You need to spend your time reading the best books you can get your hands on.

Even reading a romance novel will help to make you a better writer.  It's all about spending your time wisely.  Try starting small and build up your reading time, if you find it hard to sit down with a book.

The Reading List

Yes grammar and punctuation are important, and practice is to, but how you communicate what you're writing about is more important.  Getting your message across to audience.

These are the books I've come up with through Amazon's best selling writing books list:
  1. The Elements of Style - William Strunk Jr and E B White
  2. On Writing - Stephen King
  3. Writing Strategies Book - Jennifer Serravallo
  4. Bird by Bird - Anne Lamott
  5. The Author Startup - Ray Brehm
  6. On Writing Well - William Zinsser
  7. The Emotion Thesaurus - Angela Ackerman & Becca Puglisi
  8. The Writing Life - Anne Dillard
  9. The Artist's Way - Julia Cameron

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8 Best Writing Blogs for Writers

My eight favourite blogs about writing:

1.  www.makealivingwriting.com

Carol Tice an award winning freelance writer runs a blog with practical help for hungry writers.  With a mission to help freelance writers make more money and find better paying markets.

2. www.thecreativepenn.com

Joanna Penn bestselling thriller author and professional speaker is the mind behind The Create Penn. Offering information and inspiration on writing, self-publishing and book marketing.

3.   www.janefriedman.com

Has 20 years experience in the publishing industry, expertise in digital media strategy for authors and publishers.

4. www.thewritelife.com

A community of writers helping to create, connect and earn showing that you can succeed in today's digital world.

5. www.writersdigest.com

For more than 90 years the experts at Writer's Digest have been publishing books, magazines, competitions, conferences and distance education materials for writers who want to polish their skills and hone their craft.

6. www.thebookdesigner.com

Joel Friedlander author and self-publisher offers practical advice to help self-publishers build better books.

7. www.howtoplananddevelopabook.blogspot.co.uk

Tips from award winning author Mary Carroll Moore, helping you to create, craft and sell your first novel.

8. www.goinswriter.com

Author and national best seller Jeff Goins shares his reflections on writing and life.


Four Pillars for Writing Extraordinary Blog Posts

Time after time as a blogger I ask myself the same question.

What should my major focus be!

The answer is always writing.

Create valuable content and the readers will come.  Not "rocket science", but without it your blog will sink.

Why Content Will Always be King

Let's look at a few examples of what some people think make a successful blog:

LinkCollider - Free SEO Tools Plus Social Media Sharing

Monetization - Without traffic all those affiliate links on your blog won't make you a penny, its the amazing blog posts that attract your readers, giving them somewhere to get their daily or weekly fix of information.

Social Media - You can join as many social media sites as you want, but without regular content for your followers to read its all for nothing.

SEO - Sure seo techniques can help, don't get me wrong, without any links you're lost.  Good quality links come from good quality content.

Blog Design - Making your website look pretty and attractive to your audience, but its not going to keep them coming back for more.  You need to send out a hook every so often to reel them in.

All of the above things are useful but nothing reigns more than content.

So how do you write great content?  Practice makes perfect, something I'm still trying to perfect myself, to write extraordinary blog posts there are four pillars to stick to:

Pillar 1: Be Useful

Always consider your reader, make them the center of your blog post.  What problem does he have that needs solving?  What wants, hopes and dreams does he have?

Identify a topic to resolve that problem, help your reader achieve their dream.  Set up a list of resources to help solve his problem.

Make your tips practical and useful for daily life.  Create useful ways to solving their problems.

Pillar 2: Writing Outstanding Headlines

Pick a topic, define it in the main headline.  You stay more focused when you know what your blog post is all about.

Your main headline is important because that's the first thing to be seen in a feed reader.  It's the only thing that'll be seen before making the decision to read it.

Pillar 3: Make Your Posts Easy to Flick Through

Life is so fast these days, so much so that people only have seconds to skim through newspapers and articles for useful information.

If your reader is looking for something, don't make him dig.  It won't happen - he'll move on to the next blog and leave yours hanging.

Make it easy to scan through, use lists, subheadings, block quotes, graphics and images to hold his attention.

Pillar 4: Write Plainly, to the Point and Concise

In a nutshell, make it simple for your reader.

Avoid fancy language and unnecessary words.  Be more conversational, don't talk down to your reader or confuse him with techie stuff.

Write like your chatting to a friend, then proof read it later and revise sentences that aren't clear.

Keep it simple, give it time and it will become a beacon to all your readers.


7 Ways to Look Outside the Box When You're Writing a Blog Post

You can do these tasks anytime you want during your post writing process:

1. Don't exist in your news feed - We all love to follow popular blogs and websites but it doesn't mean you have to live it every day.  Keep your thoughts and comments fresh by not commenting as often.

2. Convey authentic thoughts more frequently - It's very hard to have new information when blog posts are being put out every second of the day.  But not impossible!  It's easier to use another persons thoughts than your own.  Try using those notes from ideas and thoughts you've had and put them to good use.

3. Link to different websites at least one a week - If you're using other peoples website links for content curation don't keep going back to the same bloggers.  Research as much as you can so you can make your linking as diverse as possible.

4. If a topic is hot give it a week before you publish your own blog post - When a topic is trending it doesn't mean people are necessarily listening.  Let the dust settle before you start talking about it.

5. Be as original as you can be - Don't look to others, use your own thoughts on your chosen blog topic. You never know people might like it.

6. Step outside of your comfort zone - Don't be afraid of messing up when you tackle a difficult subject.  At least the results will be real.

7. Don't worry about what other bloggers think - If your blog ranks high in search engines and you're blog isn't mentioned on a list of top bloggers, but feel you should be.  Don't sweat it.  Your readers know who you are and what you're about and that's all that matters.

Make a change this week, start living outside of your comfort zone.  It's time to take charge and let your blogging voice be heard.


8 Best Self-Publishing Companies for First Time Authors

If you're looking for self-publishing companies, look  no further than these.

The traditional publishing houses have been turned upside down since the arrival of the internet.  It's given rise to a new breed of author, and talented writers who were once overlooked, now with the power of the internet can unleash their gift to anyone that wants to read.

You can build your own author platform for free and sign up with numerous self-publishing platforms to sell your book.  So go on your time is now.

1. www.xlibris.com

The classic interface will help inspire confidence in any author.  With a ton of useful advice, testimonials and author awards going hand-in-hand with professionalism and attention to detail.  Try this self-publishing service for size.

2. www.Iuniverse.com

With it's live chat facility taking the worry out of becoming a self-published author.  Along with useful interviews, works out to be a little pricier than the rest but worth every penny.

3. www.authorhouse.co.uk

This UK based company has a slick, logical manifesto and a particular brand of stardust on your worthy novel.  Having already self-published over 40,000 authors to date and with a well established infrastructure, it can't help but make you feel more at ease. Packages start from £299.

4. www.kdp.amazon.com

The father of all self-publishing companies, is Kindle of course.  This company was at the inception and has helped thousands of authors make money from their books.  With a massive global reach and ability to update your book whenever you want Kindle has become an international leader for good reason.

5. www.bookbaby.com

Great value for money and an easy attitude to greet you of 'Ready, set, publish', this self-publishing company is for you.  The site takes 0% commission from sales.  There's a lot to be said about 'Book Baby'.  Packages start from as low as $99.

6. www.smashwords.com

A site for all indie authors, and an ethos that smashes traditional publishing to boot.  A well thought out self-publishing business and non-conformist.  Your eBook will be distributed through all the beneficial channels giving you peace of mind.

7. www.blurb.com

With a huge variety of marketing and design skills on offer its another worthy addition to the list.  It also offers an affiliate program that's worth looking into.

8. www.lulu.com

Publishing over 1,000 titles everyday, attention to detail is their game.  With experts in formatting, packaging and pushing your book, to gain maximum effect.  With marketing, proof reading, editorial or anything your heart desires!


[Combating Bloggers Block] 9 Types of Blog Posts

Are you stuck in a blogging rut?

Unable to think of what your next blog post should be about?

You're not alone it happens to all bloggers.

You think you're always to going to have great ideas on tap.  But sometimes you're ideas just seem to dry up.

The good news is that they're are numerous kinds of blog posts you can write.  I'm going to show you them and cure your bloggers block.

9 Kinds of Blog Posts

1 The Information Post - A common blog post type, you simply give information on a topic like a definition or a long explanation of a facet of a niche you're writing about.  This is the core of websites like Wikipedia.

2 The Instruction Post - This is where you tell people how to do something such as starting a blog. This is a really popular type of blog post because people love finding out how to do things.

3 The List Post - Making a list is a really easy way to write a post.  You can write lists about "Reasons why...", "10 Favourite..." or "The Top Ten Trends for...", the list is endless.  They're always popular with people that just want information at a glance or click of a button.  You could start a sentence then write a whole paragraph on your chosen list.

4 The Review Post - Reviews are great if your selling affiliate products or your own downloads if you have them.  You can make them as long you want.  Giving your own wisdom or opinion about various products.

5 The Case Study Post - These are longer than just a review post, you can take a blog profile and write about what that particular blog provides for its readers.  These can be done all sorts of niches.

6 The Link Post - Bloggers love this one because they can link up posts from other blogs in their particular field, taking a quote or comment and adding their own spin making the post more original.

7 The Rant Post - If you're annoyed about something that's on your mind, let it all out and tell it like it is a blog post.  Rants are great for starting a discussion and can be quite fun.  Warning, they can also stir up some firey comment threads which can impact on your blogging reputation later on.

8 The Inspirational Post - Giving people inspiration and motivation to do things can be rewarding not only to the writer but also to the reader.  Giving people good news in a niche can stir them up and motivate them.

9 The Research Post - I find doing research about anything I'm interested in to be quite therapeutic so including that research in a blog post can only help when I'm writing.

There are many more types of  blog posts, by changing your blog post type into the mix can broaden your readership.  There's nothing wrong with a little spice every now and again.

Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.


20 Inspirational Quotes from Famous Authors

If your looking for inspiration from famous writers.  I've compiled a list to help inspire all writers everywhere.  From non-fiction, fiction, poet these quotes will help restore and renew your passion for writing.

I try to create sympathy for my characters, then turn the monsters loose.
Stephen King

Prose is architecture, not interior decoration.
Ernest Hemingway

It’s none of their business that you have to learn to write. Let them think you were born that way.
Ernest Hemingway

Most writers regard the truth as their most valuable possession, and therefore are most economical in its use.
Mark Twain

To produce a mighty book, you must choose a mighty theme.
Herman Melville

 It took me fifteen years to discover I had no talent for writing, but I couldn’t give it up because by that time I was too famous.
Robert Benchley

A blank piece of paper is God’s way of telling us how hard it to be God.
Sidney Sheldon

Not that the story need be long, but it will take a long while to make it short.
Henry David Thoreau

My own experience is that once a story has been written, one has to cross out the beginning and the end. It is there that we authors do most of our lying.
Anton Chekhov

I have been successful probably because I have always realized that I knew nothing about writing and have merely tried to tell an interesting story entertainingly.
Edgar Rice Burroughs

First, find out what your hero wants, then just follow him!
Ray Bradbury

I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by.
Douglas Adams

A writer without interest or sympathy for the foibles of his fellow man is not conceivable as a writer.
Joseph Conrad

Science fiction writers, I am sorry to say, really do not know anything.
Philip K. Dick

Half my life is an act of revision.
John Irving

People on the outside think there’s something magical about writing, that you go up in the attic at midnight and cast the bones and come down in the morning with a story, but it isn’t like that. You sit in back of the typewriter and you work, and that’s all there is to it.
Harlan Ellison

Don’t try to figure out what other people want to hear from you; figure out what you have to say. It’s the one and only thing you have to offer.
Barbara Kingsolver

 A word is dead
When it is said,
Some say.
I say it just begins
to live that day.

Emily Dickinson

Get it down. Take chances. It may be bad, but it’s the only way you can do anything really good.
William Faulkner

Begin with an individual, and before you know it you have created a type; begin with a type, and you find you have created – nothing.
F. Scott Fitzgerald

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