by Cameron B Smith
The majority of the time, I'm able to crank out a post in less than 60 minutes. That skill has allowed me to churn out more content than the average writer, and allows me to focus on many more projects in a day.
If I couldn't write legitimately good content that speedily, my business would smash.
You see, I have a full-time job. I am a content writer for an Orem-based Internet services company. I write all of their blog posts, work on their social media, and occasionally write content for email and other platforms.
I go to the gym all day, and I'm taking online classes through Rasmussen
I literally don't have a choice when it comes to efficiency. I have a very little window of time to profit my writing and marketing in.
For that reason I've developed a very easy, yet extraordinarily efficient and productive writing system that will help you take control of your writing and manufacture out-of-this-world content!
But I'll gain to that in a minute.
4 types of Posts
I know that not all single post can be written in 60 minutes. Some just require a more deft touch, or maybe you're not feeling particularly creative that day. Here are the 4 different types of posts I write:
Pillar Content - Super in-depth posts that require research, brainstorming, and just a flat-out long time typing. These usually require 1,200 - 1,500 words to write.
These are usually resource type posts that lid an entire subject from beginning to end, such as "Top 15 Ways to Find the Promised Land of Blog Monetization."
Pillar Content For Guest Posts - Same as above, except these are the types of posts I submit to large blogs around the Internet, such as Copyblogger and Problogger. Sites like that take only the very best tips, so I attempt to write well-researched articles that lid the whole describe.
Specific Idea Posts - These posts lid only a slice of the larger pie. Instead of explaining SEO in a general sense, I might write about "3 Ways to Improve Your On-Site SEO." A post like that can be extremely useful, but also something my readers can digest in a couple of minutes.
These posts are designed to be posted more frequently in order to save your blog fresh and alive (to help appease the Google Monster). These make up the majority of my posts, and they tend to be around 500 words.
Specific Idea Posts for Guest Posting - The same idea, but these posts are submitted to small blogs around the Internet for SEO purposes. These are the posts that I write when I'm trying to increase the sheer quantity of backlinks - I yet write quality posts, but they are shorter and less time- intensive so that I can pump these suckers out.
Those last two ideas are the articles that I can easily write in less than 1 hour. Most days, I'll have maybe 1-2 hours of time to work, so it's imperative that I can fit in 1-2 posts during that time to stay upon summit of both my own blog content and increase my Internet influence with guest posts.
My 5 Step Time-Saving Writing Process
1. Keep a File With Topics
Every few weeks, I spend about 1-2 hours and jot down as many subject ideas as humanly possible. I'll visit my favorite sites for inspiration (Copyblogger and Ezine Articles), and I'll write down any topic I might consider writing.
I usually have 30-40 ideas sitting in a Word Document at any one time. At the beginning of each week, I select the ideas I desire to work with that
week. If I realize an idea has been sitting in that file for a few months, it usually means I'm not ever going to acquire to it - so it gets the boot.
2. Sketch a Quick Outline
By quick, I'm talking 5-10 minutes. Usually I'll jot down sub-headlines and then organize some talking points for each one. I put down just enough upon paper that when I write I'm not floundering in 6 directions at once.
3. Write, Write, Write
Once I begin writing, nothing short of a tornado ripping apart my house could tear me away from my article. I vomit every my ideas into the page as speedily as I can. This works tremendously well because you're working from the outline you wrote in step 2. No matter how cruddy the grammar, spelling, or word usage is in the first draft, at least your ideas will be in the order you want.
This is definitely a learned skill. It takes me a tremendous amount of willpower to not continuously edit as I go along, but I've learned to trust my writing process. If I realize I'm daydreaming, or I've stopped to consider just the right word, I have to say myself to just keep plowing through! I put in some nice of placeholder word or phrase, and figure out just the right way
to tell it during the edit.
Usually I can finish a rough draft in about 25-30 minutes, sometimes faster.
4. Leave Overnight
This is the latest addition to my writing process - but it's probably the one I
most suggest nowadays.
For some reason, I locate it harder to edit to my draft immediately after writing it. I think it's because I become enamored with a certain phrase or order of ideas. It's like I'm too near to it, if that makes sense.
By waiting overnight, I tend to be more objective. Often, something that sounded great the day before now sounds so dumb it'll create me laugh.
5. Edit With A Vengeance
Now, you might think your first draft will be horrid, like you spewed some jumbled mess. But trust me, it won't be as bad as you think. Your outline will usually retain you from venturing upon random tangents. The evolution of ideas will create sense, and every your main points will be there upon the page.
When I edit, I rip myself apart. I attempt to be objective and tell "Do I want this in here because I think it sounds cold, or does it actually improve the message of my article?"
I take out anything that sounds redundant. I take out fluff words like "very" and "really."
My purpose in editing is to create my article as positive and direct as possible. I try to deliver an undiluted message that no one can misunderstand. You have to learn not to be attached to definite phrases or words and gain rid of
'em if need be. You have to be ruthless in your editing.
Take Your Process Seriously
I stick to my process religiously. After writing thousands of articles, blog posts, and emails, I've learned what works for me. I know that I can gain 2-3 times as much work done. I have to stick to it, or my business would begin to fail immediately.
By finishing articles speedily, I'm free to work upon other marketing strategies to grow my business.
By the way, this 1,200+ word article took me about 75 minutes active time before I posted it upon my blog. So... not quite 60 minutes, but this is definitely longer than most posts I manufacture.
by Kamil K Kwiecien
Blog advertising is one of the best internet practices to improve on a blog's traffic and overall popularity. Blogging is fast becoming popular because of the information that it provides. From news networks to professionals, a blog is now more than just an online journal. A blog is going to be rendered useless if it doesn't have traffic or if it doesn't attract a specific audience. There is a big possibility for bloggers to earn money from these blogs. What they need to worry of however is the traffic.
This is the reason why placing an ad for the blog is a great idea to promote the site. Before trying to advertise the blog, it is imperative to have the necessary content. This way, it can be indexed by the search engines and the readers can actually find something that will be useful on their part.
For starters, there are different ways to advertise a blog. It can come in the form of an honest or a paid review by another popular blogger or it could also be in form of a banner. So what are the effective strategies that you
can go for? Here are 4 of the simplest ways on how you can boost your site's
traffic through advertising. Guest blogging
Guest blogging is the practice of writing for another popular blog. Aside from a favorable source of back link, this is a good way to advertise whatever it is that you have as a copywriter. This is a form of promotion because it opens
a window of opportunity for the blog to have the traffic of the popular site. Paid review
There are bloggers that earn a living from paid reviews. These bloggers get paid because of the audience and regular visitors that they already have. Getting a positive review for your blog on one of their entries can be a great way to boost the traffic of the past and succeeding entries on your site. Social Media Marketing
According the latest trends, there are over a billion users in Facebook. Twitter, LinkedIn and other social media accounts are also growing in popularity over the years. Considering that things can go viral in the social media sites, it is always practical to maximize what this venue for blog promotion. Video Marketing
Looking into the amount of videos that people view online, now is the time to make use of video marketing as a strategy to reach out to more traffic. Animation is now a great option in order to market your blog. It is also possible to launch webinars on a YouTube channel that would then lead to your blog. These are only some ways on how to effectively make use of YouTube, Vimeo and other video uploading platforms to advertise your blog.
Advertising is an important factor that would affect the overall popularity of the blog you are running. Blog advertising can be expensive or it could also be cheap depending on the strategy that you choose to take. With these five ways, a blogger can maximize the perks of having a blog.
Blogging success is amassed in many ways, and one of them is continually creating interesting blog posts. But as much as imagination is infinite, ideas do run out sometimes. As failing to post is not even an option when you have loyal readers, you have to overcome this shortcoming by finding great topics when it seems there are none left. It is much easier to find inspiration when your blog is anchored on your passion as it somehow makes finding inspiration much simpler. Sadly not even that can make you immune to a scarcity of blogging ideas. Here are 5 such ways that will help you to find great topics for blogging. Look out for latest trends
It is easy to find great topics if you are updated on the ins and outs of your industry. Use Google Trends to see what's current. Visit Facebook and Twitter to uncover the latest trends. Visit online magazines, and not only limit yourself to those that are in your niche. If you allow your creative genius to course through, it won't be hard to come up with a topic or two from what you find. Keep up with your industries leading blogs
There are blogs that enjoy a huge religious following, and these are often regarded to as authorities in their niche. Subscribe to their RSS feeds to stay informed on the current topics they are tackling. You can write on the topics using a whole new approach, or simply expand on the information being offered. Blog forums
Forums offer a sense of community where people contribute their thoughts on a trending topic. Questions are asked, but answers are not always given. If the blog topic has attracted a lot of responses, you can write a post, offering tips or information and answering some of the questions. Have regular features
The feature could be as simply as a wrap up of the week that was. If you schedule this for a particular day, it eliminates the task of having to find blogging material, as your blog topics will always be pre-guided. This works well if yours is an entertainment or a news blog. Dig from your past
Recycling old posts is good when no interesting topics come to mind. The idea is not to copy-paste old material. Rather you can redraft it, enriching it with information that you have acquired since you first wrote the post. It's good only when you have absolutely nothing else to write about, though you shouldn't do it too regularly to avoid redundancy.
by Matt Bacak
The need to get more traffic is normally a concern for all website owners and online marketers. Getting traffic is an unavoidable part of any online business cycle. Traffic converts to leads and/or sales, which is the main reason for engaging in any business.
However, the amount of sales does not only depend on the quantity, but the quality of traffic. You need to get more traffic that converts and not just hits to your web pages. This article is here for just that purpose. Read along.
1. You should write well. I'm not bragging but I guess you enjoy reading my content and wouldn't mind coming back for more because you will find good quality here. Do the same.
2. After writing for a while, your pages will rank and start attracting new visitors. You should therefore write often to keep the flow of repeat visitors as new visitors come.
3. Submit your website's url to various search engines to keep them on the radar. This will increase the chances of having your pages indexed and ranked.
4. Add links of the sites you like on your blogroll. The owners of the blogs will come across your site and you will stand a chance of getting a reciprocal link, thus siphon their traffic.
5. Commenting is simple but essential in increasing traffic. Quality comments will attract clicks to your blog thus increase traffic.
6. Set up an RSS feed on your blog. This makes it easy for your loyal readers to not only read your blog but to get a notification when you post new content.
7. Links are an integral part of any website. Not only do they improve search engine ranking, but they tap the shoulders of other webmasters who will notice your site and investigate it. They may also be new readers.
8. Add tags to each post you create. It takes a few minutes but drives additional traffic to your pages.
9. Tags also help readers find your blog when they search on blog search engines like Technorati.
10. If you have a blog, consider participating in guest blogging. This creates links and drives bloggers traffic back and forth.
11. Submit your site to social bookmarking sites such as Digg, Reddit, etc. It will boost your web visitors.
12. Remember to perform search engine optimization to your website. Create keyword targeted content and leverage the rest to search engines.
13. Images are important to your blog, not because they improve the beauty of your page, but, when optimized they drive some traffic to your site too.
14. Videos are quickly taking root in the online market today. Create them and post them to video sharing sites like YouTube and Vimeo.
15. When uploading your videos, write a description of the video to help search engines index it fast.
16. Always put a link to your site on the videos you share on the various sites.
17. Email marketing is very important and if done well, provides great ROI and the quality traffic needed.
18. Create a squeeze page a build a mailing list.
19. Find a way to entice your unresponsive subscribers. This can be through free offers and discounts. This will improve their loyalty and improve the needed traffic.
There are many strategies to making money on the internet, but nothing makes sense unless you have a big list. Email Marketing is the most profitable way to make money on the internet. When you build a list of hot and hungry prospects you control your future. Discover how to use the internet and turn your computer into a cash gushing machine.
by Donna Filipiak
What if I could show you how to drive traffic to your blog without using SEO, with no out-of-pocket expense and with a small amount of time and effort? Would that be of value to you?
Most people believe that the only good traffic is search engine traffic. But with Google changing the algorithms regularly, it's extremely difficult to rank on the first page of Google.
Just remember, there are so many more places that people search on than Google... Pinterest, YouTube and Forums are some examples.
You need to spend some time figuring out what specific words and phrases are the people most likely to take the action you want, searching for... who will want to come to your business if they knew it existed.
Use Google Keyword Search to search for high competition keywords... not low competition like you do for SEO blogs. You want the words that the majority of people in your target audience are searching for.
Then write your blog post around those words. The post needs to be at least 400 words. Now you need to re-purpose your content. Turn it into a video and post it on YouTube and the many other video sites. Write an article and submit it to a few article sites, such as EzineArticles.com. Convert it to a PDF and even a Power Point presentation.
And then post it everywhere! There are many document sites such as docstoc.com. And don't forget about Pinterest. People search for specific things on Pinterest as well as YouTube and docstoc. Also, for power point presentations you can use Slide Share or Author Stream. Both sites work well.
Now do this with all of your blog posts. If you blog everyday, like I do, you will have produced a lot of articles, videos, power points and documents. and you will be surprised at the traffic you will get! I have received traffic within hours of using this strategy. You won't rank on the first page of Google but you will still get lots of traffic.
Remember, information is good but acting on that information is what will bring you success. So go out there and take massive action!
by Bosko Vasiljevic
1. Write MORE content
This is the most common number one problem bloggers have. Most of them are wrapped up in finding the right non-competitive keywords that they end up spend more time researching than blogging. The more you blog, the better you get at it. You'll develop a feel for it, improve your skills too. If you seriously want to increase website traffic fast, you will commit to writing blog posts everyday day for six months. Sounds ruff, but that's the price you have to pay in order to get free traffic.
2. Focus more on the syndication of your blog posts to highly targeted audiences than finding low-competitive keywords
Forget about low-competition keywords, there's no point in wasting time on that. I used to spend hours, even sometimes the whole afternoon trying to find the right low-competitive keywords. I actually want keyword that everyone is looking for. I want keywords that when you go to Google, or Bing or Yahoo, you will find loads of competing ads for these keywords. There's a simple explanation, Because my focus is more on syndicating my content to highly targeted groups and prospects that need to read my blog than than spending an hour and a half on keywords that may not work.
Instead of spending hours trying to find low-competitive keywords to increase website traffic fast from Google, Yahoo or Bing, I'm going to take the time and post this thing everywhere...Facebook, Facebook Groups, Twitter, Squidoo, LinkedIn, You Tube and content sharing sites. I want my content to reach those with who I am already establishing a relationship with.
When I focus on syndicating of my posts, I create tons of back links that still generate clicks for the Google, Yahoo and Bing search engines.
3. Use keywords effectively throughout your post
I put them everywhere, in my headlines, all throughout my content and I even use them in the images that I use in my blog posts by saving the images as keywords.
4. Find other blogs or websites that relate to your post and comment on them
Lead that comment back to your blog post to increase website traffic fast.
5. Go Social Networking crazy!
Use tools like HootSuite to send a message that includes the link to your blog post to all of your social networking sites, like Facebook, Twitter etc. Sign up for as much as you can groups on Facebook that have to do with your niche and then use HootSuite to share your post with a click of a button.
6. Create a short 3-5 minute video about your blog post topic and link it back to your blog post
YouTube is great for making teasers to get viewers back to your blog post. For instance, you will give the viewer 3 tips on how to increase website traffic fast and then direct them to your blog post for the other 7 tips. You want to make the viewer feel incomplete without the other methods.
Once you have created that short video, upload it to other video sharing sites like MetaCafe, DailyMotion, Vimeo, Break and Yahoo. All of this will link back to your blog post.
7. Take your blog post and turn it into a quick article
Then make sure the article leads back to the blog post from the resource box.
You see what I want to say? Do everything you can with outside sources to link back to the one blog post.
8. Copy and Paste your article or blog post into a PowerPoint presentation
This doesn't take longer than 10 minutes. You don't even want to deal with the design You just cut, paste and move on. Once the PowerPoint is complete, upload it to places like SlideShare and DocStoc.
9. Pin your PowerPoint cover page to Pinterest
Here's a neat little trick that will increase website traffic fast and has worked for me in the past. Once I upload my PowerPoint presentation to SlideShare, it gives you the ability to pin that image to Pinterest. The clickable image is hyperlinked right back to my PowerPoint presentation on SlideShare that will lead them to my blog post.
10. Encourage people to comment on your post and share it
Do that by tweeting it or posting it on a social networking site like Facebook. Sharing is caring, right?
So, like I said before, feel free to comment and share, 'cause sharing is caring.
In my last post I explained how the basic blog business structure works. But there's a long way before you can implement any of those strategies. The core of every blog or website that reaches certain audience is content. Content is the most important element, and not just any content, I'm talking about the high quality content, the "Epic shit"!
You see, if you want to attract and keep people coming to your website or blog you need to give them just the right information they need. Everybody has a need and your content has the potential to satisfy them. So, the more direct and open you are about people's needs, the more positive effect you will produce. It's simple, you just have to help them.
Now content alone is not going to help you in bringing newcomers to your site, and another great way of that is connecting with other people, doing interviews with them, people that do things related to your subject of doing. They don't have to be A - list people, the best solution is to find people like yourself, stars on the rise. That way you can back-link with them, and produce an opportunity for someone else to see your site and help them find some useful information on the way.
Another great way to increase traffic are social networks, but for a beginner not all of them are desirable. Your goal is to connect to as many people as possible, but working on 5 different social networks will cause more harm then good. You should focus on maybe 2 or even 3 of them. My suggestions are Twitter, Google+ and Facebook. Now Facebook is optional because when you promote your page on it, it has that "fan" looking purpose, and it's really not that great for promoting to other Facebook members, unless you're willing to pay for some advertising.
Twitter and Google+ are great because there's a high probability that you will meet people doing the same thing you are or find those who are looking for your kind of information. So for beginners I recommend those two.
Beside writing great content and connecting on social network there's one more thing you have to do when you're just starting. SEO - search engine optimization. Actually, you have to do this pretty much all the time, because you will be changing your content often. Also there are "metatags" and keywords and so on and so on. They are pretty important because search engines like Google, Yahoo and Bing use those words to make it easier for potential visitors to find you. You can find free keyword generators on the Web like Google keywords, also there are numerous free metatags generators where you insert the keywords you're interested and they produce the HTML code for you. SEO is great area for exploration and there is a lot to learn, but don't worry it's not that hard at all.
These are just 3 basic, simple steps you can do when you have just founded a blog. Make sure you share your site with your friends, anyone who can help spread the word out. You can also explore e-mail marketing services, many of them free to use. But the most important thing is not to give up, keep your hopes high and dig in.
Hope I helped,
by Bosko Vasiljevic
I want to show you how the bare bone structure of a blog business model looks like. In essence, it's very simple, but it's much easier said than done. Still, you'll have the basic idea how to set up the right business strategy for your online business.
In order for your blog to work, you need to have a sufficient traffic response on your content. In order words, you have to expand the influence of your content on broader audiences. Keep your content interesting and useful for your readers. Develop marketing strategies via social networks, forum discussions, post your thoughts on other people's sites and blogs etc. There are a lot of ways to increase your traffic response, you'll be able to read about them in my next post.
Your site or blog is generating sufficient traffic and people are pretty much interested what you have to say. The whole point of the business is not the business itself, it's about helping others. It sounds like an excuse to get more money but if you really want to achieve something you have to share the information with others. Money will eventually come later. Like I said before, information has the greatest value in today's reality. So, you offer people free e-books and courses that explain to them the basics of making money online. Not all of them of course, as a favor in return they'll be ready to pay for other e-books that you'll be offering containing extensive training and advice on how to expand your business and all other necessary information that will help you become an online entrepreneur.
So they buy the information, and immediately the money goes through the payment processor (like PayPal or whatever) which is connected with your bank account. And as a result, the money generating from the sale of e-books is automatically stored on your bank account. The buyers, in return, instantly after the purchase receive the needed information via e-mail.
And that's it, everybody's happy. Now it doesn't have to be e-books. It could be apps, audio books or some other material. You can do business with affiliate marketing also while working with this kind of model, but I'll be talking about that in some of my next posts.
Hope I can help, feel free to comment.
Hey, hey! Scratching Backs have just started with the new site! This is the place where you can find everything you need on how to grow your online business from NOTHING!
Of course, you'll have to work your ass for it, but that's the point. When people start appreciating the things you do for them, they'll eventually start to give back and all that hard work will pay off. It will, you'll see, that's why I started this website in the first place, so we an all help each other on the way to our mutual goal - how to live of from an online business.
I don't like to screw around with people, so honesty is something definitely you can count on regarding sharing this information. All this information all gathered from the Internet and what's most important they work! I've been learning from people that managed to bring this sharing experience to a whole different level, and in some of my post you can find the link to their websites for even more information.
There are 2 things you must not forget:
1. Transparency rules! Don't screw with other peoples lives and time if you want to make it. If you have something valuable to share, DO IT.
2. Never give up, really, seriously, never give up! If you maintain your efforts it will eventually pay off. I am here to help anytime you feel like you need support.
That's about it people, feel free to comment and if you like what you see, share it. I would really like to hear from you!