Category: Blog Content Generation.

Guest-BloggerIn the final installment of my Blog Content Generation Series, I want to share with you the topic on guest blogging and how it is one of the most powerful ways you can build strong relationships that may ultimately help you build your business, setting your brand value and providing great SEO positioning.

If executed properly, guest blogging can help you in four ways:

  1. Building Relationships – It is possible to build great relationships with guest blogging as long as you blog for others regularly. You may not find your reach if you guest blog one time. You need to plan on interacting with the audience (usually through commenting) and following up with the blog owner to see how your guest post did. It proves you care about your community. This can lead to additional guest post opportunities in the future.
  2. Becoming  an Expert – Guest blogging can be a boon for gaining expert status in your field. The more well-researched posts you submit on an authoritative blog, the more chances you will get to interact with your audience. Over time, you can become an expert in the eyes of this audience.
  3. Discovering Business Opportunities – With proper implementation, guest blogging can generate new business opportunities. When attempting to attract business, nothing matters more than the quality of your written offering. Your submission must accurately showcase your level of expertise in your field.
  4. Link Building – The highest quality links will come from submitting your best content to the best blogs publishing in your niche.

If you want to enjoy the benefits of guest blogging, then put your creativity cap on and create the best ever article for guest posting.

Oh, and this morning, I was reminded that there is a great guest blogging community that is very active in the social platform called Storify. You can find the guest blogging community known as My Blog Guest here. This is a great site that was created and managed by Ann Smarty, a very popular blogger and guest blogger.

Before I end this article, I want to take the opportunity now to ask if you are interested in becoming a guest blogger on my blog, please contact me directly to discuss a potential “blog partnership”. I would love to have someone that shares my interests and expertise to write guest posts every now and then.

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blog-commentingIn the fourth installment of my Blog Content Generation Series, I want to share some great tips on how commenting on other blogs generates A LOT of traffic for your own blog or website. Going on now, in the Ultimate Blog Challenge Facebook group, we have the option of posting our daily blog article and then we take the opportunity to comment on at least two other blog articles that have been posted in the comment chain. It’s really a lot of fun! It has created some great business relationships that I didn’t have a week ago or a month ago. If you are reading this article and you’re a part of the Ultimate Blog Challenge going on in the month of January, then don’t just be a spectator. Be a participator in the blog comment daily exercise! You’re missing out on a lot of opportunities to generate traffic and interest in your business.

First, let’s explore some benefits of commenting on other blogs. Blog commenting can help you in:

  • Finding out what other bloggers in your niche are writing about
  • Reading some great content that will help spark ideas that you can write about in your own blog
  • Reaching out to bloggers in your niche can generate interest and formulate some great relationships…creating a potential to invite them to be a guest blogger, perhaps?
  • Creating a doorway back to your own blog for the readers of the blog you comment on…this where the traffic gets generated!

Now that you are ready to jump in and comment on blogs you are interested in, here’s some tips on how to leave great comments:

  • Make sure to keep comments “on topic”
  • Share what you like and don’t like about the article (leaving a review or opinion)
  • Add an example or share a story of your own if the blogger invites you to answer a question about the article
  • Ask a relevant question that the blogger can answer for you
  • If you include a link back to your own site, make sure it’s relevant to the post and the comment you are leaving

Remember, comments are a reflection of you. Be professional in how and what you write in your comment. It can make or break your brand as a blogger if your comments are questionable to the blog reader.

Tomorrow’s Blog Content Generation topic: Guest Blogging

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In today’s Blog Content Generation Series post, I want to provide you information on how you can create great blog content on something you review or have an opinion on. We call these Review or Opinion posts.

There is absolutely nothing wrong with you writing a review or opinion blog post on something you feel could benefit others. It can be intimidating to some, however, because expressing an opinion about something may cause controversy. However, if written correctly, your opinion post could have a significant impact on your reader audience. This is how:

  • It can encourage other readers to share their own opinions in comments on other blogs. Review posts can draw out interaction and great conversations. It sounds like a great way to build trust with your readers.
  • You can help your readers translate news and understand how your opinion can help them.
  • You can show your readers you are actually engaging in your shared information, showing that you have a strong interest in the topic you are writing about. This interest can snowball and draw your readers in.

Here are some simple guidelines on how to write a review or opinion post: Blog Comments Build Traffic

  • If your blog post is about politics, write a review on the stances that a particular politician represents.
  • If your blog is about food, share a recipe and tell your readers what you like about it and what occasion(s) to serve it at.
  • If your blog article is about a famous TV or movie star, perhaps something specific about their fashion sense, write an opinion about that.

When writing a review or opinion post, try not to get too emotional about your topic. Simply expressing your opinion…adding your own thoughts and feelings about it is enough.

Tomorrow’s Blog Content Generation topic: Blog Comments Build Traffic 

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For today’s installment of my Blog Content Generation series, I want to share with you a very popular format of posts for bloggers. It’s called “List Posts”.  As a blogger, I find it very easy to put together blog content that includes a list of items you can “bullet” or “number” and provide detail for each one, if you like. It’s also a great way to promote these lists via social media. If you are an avid Twitter user, these lists can be used to “tweet” out in a series of messages that you can share with your followers. For a reader, it’s easy to scan and pull information that they can use or share with others.

It only seems appropriate that I create a list post to share tips on how to create one! Here’s 10 quick tips on how to create a list post:

  1.  Decide how many items you want on your list. If it’s a “ways to” or “reasons to” list, then picking a number between 5 and 25 is a good number. Otherwise you can have a list up to 101.
  2. Keep each item in your list similar. Avoid mixing the idea you have in your list. Don’t jump from 10 ideas to… to listing quotes or websites or instructions.
  3. Come up with or brainstorm on more numbered items than you need. Scratch out the item that doesn’t fit within the list focus. If you keep it within the list, it may look as a filler to your reader.
  4. Order your list logically. It helps if you structure your post so that your reader can pick what items through scanning the articles or if a reader reads the whole list post, it will make it easier for them to grasp the sequence without getting confused.
  5. Break your long lists into sections. If you have a list that is over 30 items in length, you may want to break the lists into sections. Showing a huge block of text may deter your reader to taking the time to read it, skipping it altogether. If you do split your list in this way, you can optionally start renumbering at each section (eg. a list of “50 great sites” could become ten sections of five, each numbered “1, 2, 3, 4, 5”.)
  6. Consider making your list a series. Sometimes your ideas may be strong enough that you can expand your list posts into several posts if you are providing paragraphs for each idea. This way, you can break your lists and expand them into up to 20 posts if you like.
  7. Be consistent in how you write each item. Use a font format consistent throughout the list so not to confuse the reader that they have moved to a new section or sub-section.
  8. Always number your list items if you are sharing a number of tips or ideas in your list. Nothing more confusing than reading a list, but it’s not numbered. Your reader is forced to manually count down to see if there were truly the number of items you said there were.
  9. Invite your readers to add to your list. At the very bottom of your post, ending it with a question or an invitation for more items is a brilliant way to encourage comments, to get readers engaged and involved, and to help you find ideas for future blog posts.
  10. Choose a great blog title. Include the number. You can use words (“Sixteen ways to…”) or numerals (“5 great tips…”). Try to be consistent with other posts on your site. Use some catchy hype words to capture your audience too.

Of course, I’m going to close my post using Tip# 9. Do you have a great tip for writing list posts? Do you have a list post on your blog that was extremely popular? Feel free to share in the Comments section of this post.

Tomorrow’s Blog Content Generation topic: Opinion/Review Posts 

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nichePart of this week’s posts, I’m focusing on blog content generation techniques to help you make decisions on what kind of content you want to use for your blog. Today I want to focus on how to create a niche blog. A niche blog is a blog that’s content is narrowed down to a specific topic that the writer wishes to convey to a specific reader audience.

Here are some reasons why you may want to consider a niche blog for your business:

  • Niche blogging allows you to indulge in a passion, whether personal or professional
  • It’s easier to create an emotional engagement with your readers
  • Niche blogging allows you to be more creative
  • It allows you to manage your blog a lot better if you are focusing in on just one topic
  • You can make your niche blogging fun when you have an engaged audience

If you feel like you want to start a niche blog, then follow these next five steps to get you started:

STEP 1

Choose a topic for your blog that you are passionate about. This means you need to have a good knowledge of what your niche is. You also need to have some strong feelings, opinions and ideas that are unique to your topic. Be sure you stay on topic once you build your niche community. You start to stray away from your niche and you are likely to lose your loyal following.

STEP 2

Choose a topic that you are very knowledgeable about (mentioned that above) or you feel comfortable researching and sharing your findings in your own voice. Either way, by writing with intelligence, focus and passion, you can make your niche blog stand out and be noticed.

STEP 3

Choose a narrow topic and stayed focused on it. A true niche blog can focus on a specific topic like German Shepherd dogs, rather than just writing on the topic of dogs. You can position yourself in an area that may have little content online. You can gain a following quickly when you provide information on a rare topic.

STEP 4

Beware of choosing a trend niche. In other words, don’t choose a topic that is hot today, but could disappear later on in the future. Make sure your niche has staying power.

STEP 5

Do your keyword research based on your topic. Specific keywords can hold a smaller amount of competition. In other words, instead of using “parenting” as a keyword, perhaps your topic narrows down to “teen responsibility”.

I believe if you have a specific niche you offer in your business that you can really target your audience around your expertise, gaining trust from them. Trust = potential clientele

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