5 Research Backed Ways to Make Your Blog Better

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Let me tell you a little story. It’s about my first Apple product. It was a 4th generation iPod Nano. I didn’t think much of it the first few times I used it, trying to get the hang of the jog wheel. But over a period of time, my relationship with that little gadget kept getting better. Soon, I was in love… with its simplicity, functionality, and design. And then one day, I found it in the pocket of my jeans that I just pulled …

The Psychology of Happiness and How It Affects Our Writing

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What do you feel when writing  is the last thing you want to do?  You probably feel bored, uninspired, lethargic. Next, what do you feel when you’re fully absorbed in your work? You know, those moments when you can write thousands of words like nobody’s business. Maybe you feel happy, energetic and you feel a sense of purpose in what you’re doing. Turns out, psychology has a good handle on this phenomena. Researchers suggest that positive emotions and high motivation work well together as a …

Blogging 102: The 3 Crucial Areas You Need to Master

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When my sister introduced me to the a cappella group Pentatonix, I was hooked. It’s probably one of the best a cappella groups I’ve listened to. Each member brings his and her own unique contribution and together they produce a beautiful arrangement of music. You’d be hard pressed to know such magic comes from just five people and without music instruments. Writing is pretty much like that. There are several factors that make up writing. And like the Pentatonix, they produce the best possible work …

How to Start a Winning Blog that Takes You to a Full Time Career?

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You imagine yourself with a Pina Colada on the side-table, a laptop perched atop your lap; you’re surrounded by the shimmering sands and the vastness of the ocean. It’s not a dream. You are the blogger who has made it. Sounds like I am kidding? Hear it from the pros: “I’ve been blogging for just under ten years and for nine of those I’ve been making money blogging. It started out as just a few dollars a day but in time it gradually grew to becoming the …

35 Blogs and Thought Leaders to Follow for the Best Blogging Advice (with 160+ Resources)

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Are you struggling with generating a constant stream of revenue from your blog? Or does creating high-quality content seem like a herculean task? I hear you. Blogging can get tricky and redundant. The internet is full of noise and reaching your target audience can sometimes feel like shooting arrows in the dark. As a publisher, there are many things you need to take care of – researching, writing, driving traffic through SEO and social media marketing, building relationships with other bloggers, etc. In this post, …

Startup Marketing 101 – The Only 3 Things You Need to Start Content Marketing

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So this post is the result of an email conversation I had while helping one of my entrepreneur friends. She is a PR specialist and wanted to start her current company’s blog so when she asked for my advice on how to do that, naturally I obliged. The text below is 90% exact of what I sent her in the email (yes, I actually wrote such a huge reply). The only changes are that I formatted the post and added links to whoever I mentioned. So …

Blogging 101: This Researching Mistake Could Be Slowing Down Your Writing

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Picture this scenario: It’s time to write a new post for your blog. You decided this will be a long-form content that’s packed with research which your readers can’t resist. And so you set out to do your research. You mined the web for explanations, expert quotes, research studies, data and other factoids that you need. You feel like a detective following every crumbs of clues on a trail. After  3 hours, you’ve collected web page after web page of information. You’re exhausted. You’ve read some …

Google AdSense Earnings: 13 Field Tested Tips to Skyrocket Your Ad Revenue

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Effectively monetizing a website has always been a tough mountain to climb for webmasters. In this post I’ll share actionable tips, based on experience and best practices, to help publishers make the most out of their AdSense account. First, I’ll start with a quick summary on what are the bare essentials you need to optimize for increased revenue. The 5 website essentials  you need before optimizing for increase in AdSense earnings Other than being free-to-use, user friendly, and giving users the lion’s share of the revenue (68%) …

8 Blogging Tips to Boost Your Writing Time and Publish More (No Matter How Busy You Are)

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Gene Fowler  jokes that “Writing is easy. All you have to do is stare at a blank sheet of paper until drops of blood form on your forehead.” Funny, but it’s no wonder. Writing isn’t something you can just do on the fly. It’s a major bottleneck in blogging. If you’re a slow writer, then your speed is keeping you from publishing more and displaying your expertise on a consistent basis. And if that isn’t enough, your days are also filled with more tasks than …

WordPress AdSense: 20 Point Cheat Sheet for More Money and Mass Traffic

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I’ll kick off this post by first answering this question – “Why should I use a WordPress site with the Google AdSense plugin?” Answer. Stat – 1 – “WordPress currently runs more than 66 million websites. Some of those sites include CNN, TechCrunch, Forbes, and many other popular sites” – Ananova. Stat – 2 – “Two million publishers can’t be wrong” – headline, Google AdSense. These two are the only stats you need to help you easily choose WordPress as the right CMS and Google …