How To Ensure That Your Blog Is Never Penalized By Google

Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is the most effective technique for attracting relevant and high volume traffic from search engines. Ranking on the first page of Google for competitive keywords in your niche, can open floodgates of traffic to your website.

However, while optimizing your website, you need to make sure that all your SEO activities are in line with Google’s guidelines and recommendations. Because violating Google’s search engine guidelines can get your website penalized and, in extreme cases, de-indexed from its search results.

Thankfully, staying away from a Google penalty, and still rank highly in search results, is much easier than you think.

Here’s how you can do it.

Create Original, Detailed and Authoritative Content

If you want to stay away from Google penalties, never use duplicate or copied content on your website or blog. Because duplicate content will get you immediately in trouble with Google’s algorithms.

Creating original and high value content is the best way to not only attract regular search engine traffic, but also to stay in Google’s good books.

However, creating great content requires time and effort. There’s really no shortcut to it.

  • Make sure every post you write is so comprehensive that your readers don’t not have to read anything else on the topic.
  • Create long and in-depth content because Google ranks long form content higher in search results. This is also reflected in a research by SerpIQ
  • Make your content actionable.
  • Include lots of data references and links to authority websites.

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Google loves websites that keep adding fresh and high quality content. If your content is original, and your readers find it useful, you’d never have to worry about any Google algorithm changes.

Don’t Use Guest Blogging for Backlinks

Guest blogging is a great way to build authority in your niche, establish your brand image and create social proof for your products and services.

However, it is not a great way to build backlinks to your website. Over the last few years, guest blogging has become increasingly spammy and a source of irrelevant backlinks.

That is why Google has come hard at any blogs or websites that use guest blogging purely for link building.

But guest blogging isn’t entirely dead. You just need to be a lot more careful while doing it.

To be more specific, you need to do the following.

  • Make sure you never guest blog on websites that are completely irrelevant to your niche. For example, if your blog is in the health and fitness niche, you should not guest blogs in the finance or real estate niches.
  • Make sure that the backlinks from your guest posts do not make up more than 20 to 25% of your overall link profile.
  • Do not use author bio links since Google doesn’t give them much value. Instead, try to use contextual links within the content of your guest posts. They are 5 to 10 times more valuable.

To be on the safe side, I’d strongly recommend using guest blogging only for branding purposes. Otherwise you’d always be on Google’s radar for the next penalty.

Get Backlinks from Relevant Domains

Over the last 2-3 years, Google has changed the way it evaluates the value of a backlink. It no longer gives as much importance to PageRank as it once used to.

Now, the relevancy of your linking domain and its authority, in terms of social media following and user engagement, is much more important.

As such, you can say that relevancy is the new PR.

Websites that have lots of backlinks coming from irrelevant websites are flirting with danger, and are most likely to be penalized by Google.

In fact, this is precisely what the Google Penguin update did. It punished any website that was involved in spammy back linking and had the majority of its links coming from irrelevant websites.

So the next time you plan a backlinking strategy, make sure all your target websites are either within your niche, or strongly related to it. Otherwise you can easily get penalized by Google.

Get Rid of Low Quality Links

If you have a lot of low quality or spammy links pointing to your website, you can get into trouble Google algorithms and can be penalized. To avoid this, you need to regularly monitor and clean up your link profile.

You can do that easily from your Google Webmaster Tools dashboard.

Here’s how you can do it.

  • Go to your Google Webmaster Tools account
  • Select your website.
  • In the side menu, click on Search Traffic –> Links to Your Site
  • Now, click on “more” under the “Who links the best”
  • Click on “Download latest links”

This will give you the list of all the links pointing to your website and which Google uses to rank you.

Download this list every 2 months and remove any spammy or low quality links, using the disavow tool.

Diversify Your Anchor Text

Until last year, most SEO experts recommended using keyword rich anchor text for your backlinks. This was used as a technique to rank higher on your target keywords.

However, things have changed now.

Google now views keyword rich anchor text as a potentially manipulative, and might start penalizing websites using such anchors for their backlinks.

Now you need to make your anchor text is more natural. It needs to be in context with the overall content of your page and should fit in naturally.

For example, instead of using the keyword “Wordpress ecommerce plugins” repeatedly for all your backlinks, you should use different natural combinations of the same words and their synonyms.

Also make sure that a large number of your links have branded anchors that are unique to your website. For example, for this particular blog “TipsAndTrickHQ”, “www.tipsandtricks-hq.com” and “Tips and Tricks HQ” are all branded keywords.

The more branded keyword anchors you have, linking to your main page, the more authority your links will have in Google’s eyes.

Switch to a Responsive Website Design

Google wants all website owners to provide excellent user experience to their visitors, and also ranks websites with better UX higher in search results.

Since almost 50% of all Google searches now come from smartphones, tablets and other portable devices, Google strongly recommends having a mobile version of your website.

Google recently launched a new search engine algorithm update that prioritizes websites with a mobile version or responsive design.

So you need to make sure that your website supports mobile visitors. The best way to do that is by using a responsive website design that adjusts its dimensions according to the device it is viewed on.

To see if your website is mobile friendly, you can use Google’s mobile friendly test.

Strengthen Your Brand Image

If you want to make it really hard for Google to penalize you, establish your website as a brand in Google’s eyes. Brands are much more likely to escape search engine penalties, as compared to other websites, even if they have some loopholes in their SEO strategy.

And even if they do get penalized, brands are much more likely to recover from a penalty.

So how exactly do you tell Google that you’re a brand?

Here are a few ways

  • Create a professional, well-designed and responsive website. You need to have all the brand elements like a logo, a physical address and a 1-800 number on your contact page.
  • Build your social media following and engage your followers regularly. The more people follow you and engage with you on social media, the stronger your brand image becomes. But make sure you do not manipulate social signals by using fake social media followers. Google can easily detect fake followers and will come hard at you if you’re caught.
  • Create more backlinks with branded anchor text. The more people search for you on Google with your brand name, the better for your brand image.

The key to establishing your website as a brand is by building trust on the internet.

How do I Start a Blog and Make Money Online?

This is a step by step and easy to follow guide that will help you setup your own blog from the start. This guide is not to motivate someone to start blogging. It is best suited for someone who already made the decision to start a blog and need some step by step direction of the whole process.

Who Should Use This Guide?

It goes without saying that the following information is for those that know that hard work generates reward.

This guide is intended for anyone who is looking for an answer to any of the following questions:

  • how do I setup a blog?
  • how to start a blog and maintain it?

Now, starting a blog is easy but in order to be able to successfully monetize the blog, you need to establish the blog. In this guide, I have also covered the topics that help you establish your blog so you can monetize it.

There is a lot of good content to go through, so it is a good idea to bookmark this page so you can come back to it later and go over the content at your own pace.

6 Simple Strategies to Get Blog Posts Indexed by Google Quickly

In this article I offer some tips for writing blog posts that are geared up for search engine traffic, and that are written to be shared in the social web. For the example, I will be walking through how I create a real post for a high authority health web site.

I will also be creating a video to embed into the blog post, so I will explain how I created the video, came up with the title for it, and armed it for top results in the search engines.

If following along, be sure that when you create a video and article that they are able to stand alone as you never know how someone will be absorbing your content. It might be that they aren’t watching the video embedded within your post at all, but stand alone on YouTube or wherever it is that you decide to host it.

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Watch over my shoulder as I perform the steps that I use to get blog posts and videos indexed by Google quickly

Let’s Use Google Suggest To Find A Good Topic For Our Blog Post

We’ll use the long tail we find within our post title

By default I head to Google.com to start, but if you are writing content for a specific geographic audience like Canada for example, you might want to go to the correct engine (Google.ca) because there will be some differences in the results, even if they are just subtle.

Also, you may want to disable the saving of search history for your Google Account, or log out of Google completely, because the search results may differ for you otherwise. We’ll be looking at top results to do a quick glance at the competition. It’s not a huge deal but it’ll help our testing to be a little more precise, but the truth is we are not dealing with exacts anyway. In case you didn’t know, Google will tailor your results (when search history is being saved), to show sites that you frequent most in the top results.

1) First, let’s decide on roughly what we want to talk about in our post.

In this example I am going to be providing a list and summary of Facebook pages in the “raw food” niche. I’m not sure how many just yet, maybe around 50, but I can work that part out later.

2) Next, let’s head to Google to see what people might be searching for that would like to see that list. There might be some deliberate searches for such a thing, but somehow I don’t think there will be much. Let’s look anyway.

Well, there wasn’t a whole lot.

I did find:

“raw food facebook pages”
“raw food diet facebook”
“raw food health facebook”
“raw food on facebook”

I also discoverd that commonly people might look for Facebook pages in this way:

“{topic-name} related facebook page”

So, even though “raw food related facebook pages” isn’t rolling up, it doesn’t mean it wouldn’t get traffic in the long or short term.

3) Finally, let’s assess the results that come up for each phrase.

For the search “raw food facebook pages” Google lists exactly what you may (or may not) expect. It lists pages on Facebook related to “raw food.”

You might think this removes the need for the content developer but I wouldn’t agree. I think that a nice list with that title will still climb above those results. It would be human edited instead of machine selected after all.

I looked through some of the other terms, and I decided to go for the first one.

What I am mainly looking for when assessing the results is if anyone has used that exact phrase in the title of their content.

While I will be using “raw food facebook pages” for the article, I will probably be using “raw food diet facebook” for the video.

Creating A Blog Post Title Using Our Chosen Google Suggest Keyphrase

Make a title worth clicking and sharing

OK, now with our chosen keyphrase in hand, let’s come up with a title.

The title is arguably the most important part of the content when it comes to getting clicks, SEO, and sharing.

It becomes the starting point, or the “advertisement” for the content piece when the snippet is viewed in the SERPS or after being shared on social sites like Facebook. The title also often determines what is included in other key SEO elements, which include the H1 tag and the URL.

List posts are great, and they are often shared without hesitation.

Knowing that, let’s create a “list post” style title from our chosen keyword.

Let’s go with:

“50 Impactful Raw Food Facebook Pages Worth Liking”

And for the video:

“50 Big-Wheel Raw Food Diet Facebook Pages”

Pay Attention To Some HTML Elements That Affect SEO

OK, with the title aside (an element that I find incredibly important), let’s take a look at some other important factors for SEO.

I personally don’t like shoehorning other keywords into the copy. If I stumbled across some during the title research phase that would work well for sub headings, then that’s one thing. To stress over getting a bunch of keywords and phrases in the content, I don’t bother with that for blog posts.

I think that the keywords happen naturally with the writing. It’s natural to mention related words while you are writing, isn’t it?

But here is what I do pay attention to:

  1. Use a version of your main keyphrase in the opening or introduction paragraph. It may also make sense in some cases to use the exact phrase in a sub heading or paragraph deeper within the article.
  2. Separate sections of the article with H2 (or perhaps H3) heading tags.
  3. Use strong and emphasis (em) tags throughout if it makes sense to.
  4. Include an image within the content. The filename and alt text of the image are important.
  5. Don’t be afraid to include links within the article. Links to external high authority sites, more information links, internal links, etc.

Make The Content Scannable With Info Packed Headlines

Many people like to just scan an article rather than read it all the way through. This might be enough for them to decide if they want to share the content or save it to read later. Also, they just may get enough from the headlines to know they don’t need to read that particular section.

Having really good headlines makes the scanning process simple. The headlines stand out. They should define the next block of content but still provide value on their own. Don’t be afraid to use lengthy headlines. They don’t always have to be short and sweet. Some people disagree with me here but I might even use a full sentence or two in a headline.

Also, providing lots of whitespace or breaking up an article with other elements like images and videos helps make the “job” of reading seem less daunting. People can read lots of words fast, more than most probably realize.

The problem is looking at a big wall or sea of text and feeling a little anxiety about it. If it’s all broken up nicely, it makes for a better, smoother read, and more likely for the person to stick around to consume it.

Even one, two or there sentences in a paragraph works.

But this of course makes it even more important to separate chunks of content with great sub headings.

Offer Lots Of Value, Lots Of Content For List Posts, And Mention Others To Increase The Possibility Of Shares, Likes, And Saves

This goes without saying by now. You need to provide the utmost value in every piece of content that you deliver.

Come at it like it’s your first day on the job and you want to impress and over deliver. Always overdeliver.

I set myself up with the task of finding 50 big-wheel or impactful raw food Facebook pages. Why? Because people will want to save it for later and share such a wonderful resource.

At the same time I am mentioning (and linking to) others which would in turn might get them to link back or share the content.

The folks that you mention can get alerted in various ways including:

  1. Pingbacks and trackbacks – when linking from WordPress to WordPress for example
  2. Google Alerts – anytime a name or phrase is found in Google SERPS a person can be alerted by email or other means
  3. Traffic monitoring – a person may see the referral traffic in their logs or analytics from your content
  4. @ mentions in Tweets – I use Paper.li to curate content and the tool auto-tweets a link to the current edition and @ mentions the featured content providers

A Few Tips For Ranking Videos – Use A Google Suggest Low Comp Long Tail In The Title And Description And Post To YouTube

YouTube video results often show up within regular results. I find that most people will target YouTube Suggest terms for their videos if they target any at all. And that’s fine.

I do find there is a lot of overlap, but we can at least get some love from the Google SERPS for our videos when using a Google Suggest keyphrase.

Since YouTube is an authority site on the web, that is a strong SEO factor in our favour out of the gate. So, using a low competiton term in the title, in the description, and versions of it in the tags often yields great ranking results, and sometimes within minutes.

I created a video the other day targeted to people looking for a specific type of real estate property in a specific location. The video ranked for the long tail 2 minutes later, probably sooner, it just took me that long before I checked.

Now, it used to make me cringe at the thought of creating videos, but I knew how important they were (and are). I played around with Animoto but that wasn’t as impactful as I hoped. I dabbled with on-screen videos but that’s just not my thing, something I will revisit later. So, now I create screencast videos.

A Short All-You-Need Guide to Keyword Density

Whether the question is about quality on-page SEO or about the requirement of the keyword(s) in the article, keyword density does matter. From top successful bloggers to newbie bloggers, keyword density is always a topic to discuss about. If you’re not really familiar with the term at all, here’s a small definition.

What Is Keyword Density?

Keyword density is the amount of specified keywords that appear inside an article. It is represented in percentage (%). A short example of keyword density could be this – If you have an article of 100 words, and your keyword is placed twice into the article, the keyword density of that article would be 2%.

What Is An Ideal Keyword Density?

A question that even Google can’t answer. The following is a video by Matt Cutts (the head of Google’s WebSpam Team):

An ideal keyword density for an article could be anywhere between 2%-4% (as suggested by many authority sources). But this is not always true, as there are articles that rank well for highly searched keywords even though they have a very low percent of keywords in them – sometimes about 0.5% too! Yes, it’s not impossible. Later in this article, we’ll discuss how this can really happen.

Do Search Engines Care About Keyword Density?

A short answer to this is – YES, they do and elaborating that answer would bring in many facts. Search engines recognize keywords in an article to identify what the article is actually about. But there are millions of webmasters who take it the opposite way by assuming that the higher the keyword density of an article is, the better chances it has of ranking well on SERPs. But this is completely incorrect, because if the number goes too much above the normal (which has no numeric value), search engines consider that article to be one which lacks quality and that which has no potential of providing value to the readers.

Should I Have More Than One Keyword In The Same Article?

One more unanswered question. Having more than one specific keyword in an article should be somewhat challenging if the writer/author is not really “good”. This is because naturally placing both the keywords inside the content could be a task, and would require some extra attention to the content of the article. Also, not practicing it perfectly would leave the search engines confused about the purpose of the post.

It is advised that if the author is planning to rank the same article higher for more than one keyword, he/she will prominently need to focus on placing the keywords in such a way that they look ‘natural’, and not forcefully added to the article.

How Do Short-Tail And Long-Tail Keywords Matter In Keyword Density

First of all, what are short-tail and long tail keywords?

Short-Tail keywords are the words that are shorter in size. These are usually one or two words and in some cases, three words. For example – make money, keyword density, Internet marketing etc. Short tail keywords don’t often work well for ranking articles higher on SERPs as they’re often taken by homepages. But the other option we have is definitely great for ranking articles well on SERPs.

Long-tail keywords are, of course, the opposite of short-tail ones. These are phrases or even sentences. Some examples for these are – how to make money on twitter, free keyword density checker, best Internet marketing services etc because the searches are specific to what an article is about. On the other hand, the short-tail keywords are not at all specific about the requirement of the user, the keyword ‘make money’ must have an enormous number of articles because there are hundreds of ways to make money, hence millions of articles are written by thousands of people all over the web. As mentioned above that long-tail keywords are best for ranking single posts/articles well, we’ll discuss on how to do the same.

The Importance Of Having Keywords In Headers Inside The Post

Note that the ‘headers’ mentioned here are the ‘heading tags’ inside the content. You might know them by H1, H2, and H3 etc. Search engines do give a lot of importance to the header tags i.e. <h1>, <h2> etc. (as the search engines go through the HTML of your content). This is because headers define your post. They are a short summary of your articles. The most used header tags are usually H2 and H3 as there can be several sub-headings into an article – like this article for instance.

When it comes to placing keywords into headers, one has to be careful enough about the same. Here are some quick tips on how to practice the correct way of using keywords in heading tags –

  • Don’t use the keywords in all the headings
  • Don’t link anything from the headings, especially using the keywords
  • Keep the headings unique than the other content on that page, but do include the keyword in one of them.
  • Don’t repeat the headings (e.g. Strategy 1 Of Keyword Density, Strategy 2 Of Keyword Density, Strategy 3 Of Keyword Density etc.)

Keyword Density Strategy To Rank Single Posts Well

Though there are many factors that determine the ranking of posts on SERPs, keyword density is one of them. If you follow some tips from here, you’ll probably notice some change in the rankings of your articles on SERPs –

1) ALWAYS choose a long-tail keyword. This is because short-tail keywords don’t really help getting posts rank well.

2) Use keywords in headers inside the post, but in a limited number.

3) Don’t worry about the ideal keyword density. Just go with what suits the post. Just make sure you place enough number of keywords so that search engine bots can recognize what the article is actually about.

4) Try to focus on a single keyword (long-tail, of course) rather than going for more. This helps you, the writer, as well as the search engine bots to focus on the purpose of the article.

6 SEO Strategies That Can Generate Highly Targeted Traffic

Developing SEO strategies that can drive an immense amount of traffic to your site within a month is not an easy task, especially if you want your site’s visitors to convert into profits. Generating highly targeted traffic or visitors that have the intent of availing the services or products that you are offering is the best way to really earn from your website.

The good news is that there are many ways that you can do to hasten the process of having your site noticed by people who are in need of the information, services or products that you provide. Here are some of the ways that you can do to generate specifically targeted online visitors in under a month.

1. Target easy to rank long-tail keywords through blog posts

If your site has no blog section yet, then you better start including one. Blogs can benefit your business in so many ways, and consistently driving traffic to your site is one of them. Using long-tail keywords in your blog posts’ titles (eg. How to learn SEO), can extremely help your site’s performance in terms of traffic generation, seeing as this strategy can very much take your blog posts on top of SERPs without further improving them through off-page optimization or link building.

Blog posts can naturally rank on their own basing on its topical relevance as seen by search engines, and taking advantage of low competition keywords will make your pages rank on the top page of SERPs in no time, which means more organic traffic to your site.

2. Targeting 3 -5 keywords for each page on your site

Creating your pages or blog posts with the intent of ranking for more than 2 keywords is always a smart move, since it will allow your site to draw more relevant traffic along the process. Say, if your site has 15 blog posts or pages on its first month, and each page are targeting 3 different keywords. Doing the math will give you a result of 45 keywords giving you constant traffic within a month.

Doing this strategy is very simple, wherein you just have to use or combine your targeted keywords on your page or post’s title, URL and on the body copy (eg. Top 10 advanced on-page SEO strategies). With the given example of a post title you are able to target 7 keywords that you can use within the body of the content, including:

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3. Dofollow blog commenting

Commenting on blogs with the same theme as your site – particularly blogs that allow dofollow attributed links on their comment section – is one of the most effective ways to promoting your site as well as in improving your keywords’ search rankings. This technique has a lot of advantages and can certainly take your campaign a long way, given that this method allows you to acquire relevant backlinks and can possibly build relationships with other bloggers related to your niche.

Networking with other bloggers is extremely beneficial, especially with higher value link placements such as special mentions, in-content links (used as a resource), guest blogging opportunities and sponsored reviews. Anyway, leaving comments on blogs with the use of your keywords as anchor texts can help improve its search rankings in just weeks, particularly if the links that you’ve built are from topically relevant pages and are dofollow attributed.

4. Guest blog posting

Guest blogging has been known to be a link building method that’s really advantageous in terms of driving relevant traffic, acquiring high quality links, passing through Pagerank and in improving SERP rankings. It’s best to choose blogs that are relevant to your site, have high page ranks and receives a lot of traffic on their site (can be based through Alexa traffic rank).

In choosing the topic to write for guest postings, writing topics that are strictly about the keywords you are aiming at is the most effective way to get most out of this technique, since the link that you’ll be able to build through your author bio will have higher scores basing on its relevance as well as in targeting the audience that will be able to read it.

5. Forum participation

Forum posting is a good start for any campaign, especially if you choose to participate on high PR and high traffic forum sites. The best way to benefit from this method is to establish an expert or knowledgeable image through this channel, and not just focusing on building links through your signature.

Establishing yourself through forum sites and being genuinely active in participating with the community can bring you targeted visitors and interested clients within a month, so spending 30 minutes a day on 1 or 2 authority forums around your site’s industry is certainly worth it.

6. Article submission and converting your articles

This link building method has proven its worth over the past decade and is still known to be one of the most effective ways in generating consistent traffic as well as highly relevant links that can boost your search rankings.  The best thing about article marketing is that it’s capable of building solid links as it gets syndicated naturally, particularly if you have written a solid and informative article. Submitting an exceptionally written article to several highly trusted article directories (such as Ezinearticles, Articlesbase, Goarticles, Amazines, and many more) can enhance its chances of getting scraped or used by other sites that are seeking for quality content to be posted, which gives you more extra links and of course, more traffic.

But there’s more to this method than just the traditional article marketing, you can as well convert your articles to other formats for more exposure and external links pointing to your site. Converting your articles to PDF, podcasts, slide/powerpoint presentation and videos, and then submitting them to their respective directories can extremely amplify your site’s traffic in a short period of time, given that these formats have higher chances of ranking high on search engine result pages.

Blog Commenting Strategy to Improve Search Engine Ranking

blog commenting strategy focuses on getting constant backlinks from other blogs and websites. This post is concentrated on giving you specific instructions and detailed strategies that you can instantly apply to your daily method in any given niche. You have to know from which sources and also HOW MANY backlinks you require to achieve HIGH rankings with a particular keyword. This is the very first point that a person has to know before he or she can even move on to building these highly targeted backlinks from other people’s websites.

How can you start with your own blog commenting strategy and from where and which sources can you get links fast? It is all about the search parameter you use to find niche targeted, relevant and trusted blogs in Google. Here are some sites where you can leave a comment. Make sure to look at the search strategy that is effective for both sites and keywords.

  • site:flickr.com “your keyword”
  • site:blogspot.com “your keyword”
  • site:hubpages.com “your keyword”
  • “powered by wordpress” your keyword

These are just four sites from which you can get immediate links within a few seconds or minutes. The first thing you have to write into Google’s search is the site, then your keyword or the niche you want to target. You can do this for any keyword in any area and you don’t have to limit yourself to sticking to just a few concepts.

How do you leave a comment on one of these sites? Simply scroll down to the end of each post or page, see if the admin allows readers and visitors to leave a personal comment. Not all of them will have the comment section enabled, but some will. Then you want to mix things up as often and as naturally and humanly possible. Link back to different pages of your blog and use different keywords in the “name” section. For instance, if your niche should be “English Courses”, you want to use “English Courses” in the name section to around 60%, maybe “Online English Courses” to 10 %, “Courses” to 10%, and the other 20% you can use names such as “Gerald”, “Peter”, “Marina” etc. You have to make it appear natural and this is why we want to use different keywords and pages for relevant blogs.

Now we’ve told you how you can develop your own blog commenting strategy, but how many of these links do you need to get on the first page of Google for a chosen website or keyword? It depends on your competition, how many backlinks your competitors have, and from which sites and sources. This is important. You can also add other strategies to your daily SEO practice. Blog commenting is just one of many different methods that you can use to enhance search engine rankings so use this technique together with other search engine optimization techniques to get a good result.

You will need to create a weekly backlinking plan that you will follow through for the next 4, 8, 12, 16 or even 30 weeks if your keywords are very competitive. You are your own boss and have to be consistent with blog commenting. This post was focused on giving you the information to develop your own plan with blog commenting strategy.

6 Tips For Writing Blog Articles Faster

If you are a blogger who wants to make a living from your blog, then the skill of writing is one of the most instrumental assets you can have in terms of the growth and success of your site.

Regularly published quality content is king when it comes to building your blog, so with this in mind you have probably already surmised that writing will be something that you will need to do in some capacity and for an ongoing period of time.

You can of course hire a writer to do your article writing for you, but for most people starting out online or doing it on the side, the best cost-effective option is to get into the habit of writing the articles yourself to begin with.

Apart from not having to pay writers, the other benefits are that your writing skills will improve and you will learn a lot more about the topic you are writing about and you will also hone your research skills.

When you are able to write well and fairly quickly, you will find that this single skill can pave the path to your online success very rapidly. Good and fast writing skills will enable you to consistently churn out many quality articles for your blog but it will also give you the skills to produce numerous eBooks and scripts for video presentations or audio podcasts.

Below are 6 steps which will help you to increase the speed of your writing:

1. Allocate a suitable time during your day which is devoted unconditionally to writing

  • Choose a portion of your day where you usually feel most energized and focused and when you will not be interrupted. Set aside this period for your writing.If you’re not sure which time of the day is optimal for you, then try out a few different periods and see which is most effective for you.

2. Put some thoughts or ideas down in a blank text document irrespective of how useful you think they might be

  • This will help you to quickly get a rough sense of direction in which you want to go with your article.
  • It will also help you to administer a possible final topic category for the article in case you were struggling to settle on what you want to write about.For example, let’s say you think you want to write an article about making money online but you’re still not sure what to write. In your blank document you might start brainstorming whatever pops in your head,eg:making money online
    affiliate marketing
    adsense
    eBooks
    freelancing
    social media
    traffic
    backlinks
    As you brainstorm, you will get your thoughts and ideas out of your head and onto paper (or computer screen), and the reason why this is good is because once you have these thoughts written down you will have negated the possibility that your mind will wander and cause you to either forget them or persuade you that it isn’t a good idea. Remember it doesn’t matter at this stage whether you think something is a good idea or not. Just write it down.
  • Now go through the rough list from the above and see if you can link any of the items together or drill down into sub-topics. For example, affiliate marketing may be further broken down into: affiliate marketing -> amazon products, digital products (clickbank). By doing this you will eventually see a topic which stands out that you could write about.

3. Go online and find 3 to 5 articles or pieces of information pertaining to your topic

  • This is the research part of the writing process.
    This is also where quick (speed) reading skills come in handy. At this stage what you want to do is not read each article you find in depth but simply scan it quickly with your eyes to determine if it contains portions which will be useful for your article topic.
  • After you’ve found a handful of articles, open another blank text document and paste relevant paragraphs or bits of info (verbatim) that you think will be useful for your article into the blank text document.
    This should only take around 10-15 minutes and by the end of this step you should have a notepad document with plenty of snippets of information from your research and a separate notepad document with your own brainstormed notes.

4. Before writing, eliminate any potential distractions

This step includes closing all browser windows including email and chat programs and turning off cell phones (if possible).

You should only have the two documents you created from steps 2 and 3 opened in front of you.

5. Start writing and don’t worry about editing

  • Now you are ready to start writing your article’s initial draft.
    In order to maximize your focus on the task at hand use a timer or set some kind of an alarm to ring after 40 to 50 minutes.Spend the 40 to 50 minutes focused only on your article writing and nothing else, ie, no emails, or reading the news or other time-wasting activity.Take a 15 minute break after the timer sounds and resume your focus again for 40-50 minutes.
  • Firstly read through each of the snippets of researched information you pasted into one of the text documents and then start to write in your words your interpretation of what you have read for each snippet.Write directly underneath your brainstormed notes and do not fall into the temptation of editing as you go along.At this stage you don’t want to get bogged down into worrying about the order of paragraphs or grammar and spelling because the act of editing so early in the life of your article will slow down your train of thought and creativity. (You will get to edit and re-order your paragraphs and sentences at a later stage)
  • As you write, you will find that you will naturally begin to expand on your sentences and words will quite often begin to flow more easily.Keep writing until you feel you have written enough to express what you wanted to say about the whole topic.

6. Edit your final version

  • Once you have written enough, spend some time editing your draft with a critical eye. For instance delete your brainstorming notes and if required, chop and change the order of paragraphs or fix up spelling mistakes, or change words and etc.
  • If you don’t feel confident about grammar or spelling at least use a spell checker or ask a friend to quickly proof read for you.

Try out the above techniques for the next month and you’ll be rolling out your articles much more quickly and it’s quite likely they’ll be better than ever.

Writing your own articles even on topics which have been very widely covered need not discourage you. As you improve your writing skills and speed up the rate at which you write, you will quickly build the content and authority of your blog, but just as importantly you will stamp your own fresh perspective on the topics which you write about.

6 Tips to Help Ignite Your Creativity and Increase Your Success

When it comes to achieving success on the Internet or anything in life for that matter, it probably isn’t a secret that having some capacity of creative spark or talent can increase your chances of attaining your goals.

But what makes some people more creative and successful than others? Is creativity something genetic and does that mean those who aren’t blessed with this gene are doomed to never be creative or successful?

Well the simple answer is that creativity is something which we are ALL born with but some people lose it more than others as they grow older. If you observe young children playing you’ll know what I mean when I say we all start with a propensity for some kind of creativity which is usually fueled by curiosity.

Many people lack a creative spark because they stopped doing the simple things which leads to creative ideas in the first place.

Most people, as they grow older start to develop bad habits or a limited mindset maybe because they are in a job they don’t like or a difficult financial situation. As time goes by, the curiosity they had when they were children diminishes and with that so does creativity.

Instead of using their curiosity and creativity to investigate ways to improve their lives these people give up trying but they also wish things could be different.

A lot of people also believe that to achieve true financial or other success you need to invest a lot of money in the first place or have to go to a top university so that you get the right job in the right company.

The reality is, that at this point in time in the evolutionary scale of technology, everything you need to make you successful is readily available at your finger tips from the Internet in the comfort of your own home. We can even go so far as to say that the Internet is the new “UniversityofSuccess”.

A little over a decade ago you could be excused for believing that you needed to attend some sort of college or university to learn the necessary skills to help you succeed, but now that’s not true anymore.

For a fraction of the cost of a regular university or college course, now you can teach yourself a new skill or get full guidance and coaching online without having to leave your home.

All that is needed on your part initially is some curiosity and action to get you started.

The list of 6 pointers below which I’ve compiled from various successful people will help ignite your creativity and re-charge your motivation:

  1. Try something new for 30 days
    This is a great suggestion which I recently heard in a presentation from Matt Cutts who is a search optimization engineer at google. Trying something new for a month is a fantastic way to re-build your creativity and whet your curiosity. This can also help you discover the thing that you love doing in case you weren’t sure what it was to begin with.
    In terms of the Internet there are countless of free and premium courses and products available in which you can learn or discover a new skill which you can use to enhance your creativity.
  2. Do what you love
    People who make a living from doing what they love instantly have a head-start on those who hate or are indifferent to their jobs. Apart from the fact that you feel good doing what you love, you also have no negative baggage which comes from the stress and resentment of doing something you don’t like.
    If you don’t know what you love doing, then maybe applying point 1 above might help you.
  3. Keep your goals to yourself – at least in the beginning
    Sometimes when you decide to muster up the courage to try something new it’s a good idea to keep your goals a secret initially. This may sound counter-intuitive because most people think that by making their intentions known they can increase their visibility and hence their chances of success because somebody out there might offer some help. Well that’s true to an extent but in a lot of cases the people you might be sharing your goals with might not have the same enthusiasm and mindset as you, and quite often they will try to talk you out of your “crazy ideas” and tell you that it’s just too hard.
    Therefore, unless you’re certain that you are talking to people with a similar attitude as yours, hold on to your goals and plans until you’ve put them into practice.
  4. Be curious
    When you start digging deeper into something out of curiosity, you usually find that not only do you enhance your knowledge about that thing, but sometimes you might come up with creative ideas which you would never have thought of if you hadn’t indulged your curiosity.
    So next time you are reading or watching a tutorial about how to do something for your blog, why not delve deeper and experiment with what you’ve learnt and see what happens.
  5. Improve
    Improving yourself both in terms of knowledge and in general can only serve to benefit you and those around you. Most of us are increasingly becoming aware of the huge economic changes sweeping the world’s societies in terms of employment and what it means to be financially secure. Having a regular job for 20, 30 or 50 years until you retire is a thing of the past. The new reality is that people who can re-skill quickly and who regularly add to their existing skills will be better off in today’s economic climate.
  6. Focus
    The ability to focus determines the outcome of the task you are trying to accomplish. Therefore whenever you set yourself a task, see it through to completion by doing regular highly focused little chunks at a time. Doing small manageable chunks can make the highest mountain seems like a mole hill.

Creativity and success are not just something necessarily reserved for a special few and now with information and knowledge so readily accessible from the Internet, cultivating your creativity has never been so easy. Therefore applying some of the ingredients above to your life will go a long way in maximizing your chances of reaching your goals.

Done Writing Quality Content – What’s Next?

This is a follow up article for the how do I start a blog and make money online series that we have been publishing on this site to help users get started and create a successful blog.

Indisputably, quality content is what makes any successful blog what it is today. Writing a remarkable article of 500 words is ten times better than investing $500 for your blog. That is because the visitors might fail to notice the investment of $500, but that extraordinary article on the blog will definitely be perceived and cherished as well.

All bloggers are contemplating to have the word “Successful” as a predecessor and for that, they play a ‘game’ on a daily basis. The game is called “Blogging”. The primary mission in this ‘game’ is producing unique, quality, helpful and exceptional content and this mission begins along with the game, and does not have any end.

This article is going to discuss about the things one has to do along and after writing the so-called quality content.

First Things First

Always remember that as mentioned above, there is no end to the ‘mission’ of writing quality content. This means that the title doesn’t ask you to stop writing. It just advises you on what to do after writing it. So basically, it opines you about the activities one should perform after publishing individual posts/pages. Similarly, if you just own a site about something and don’t have a blog on it – this yet applies to you as well.

Following are some ideas you should follow once you’re done with the quality content.

Updating The Former Posts Regularly

If your blog publishes a new post on a regular basis (frequency depends on the blog owner), then always keep an alarm in your mind about updating the earlier posts as well. You’re advised to do so because when new posts are published, information about them might have been mentioned inside the previous posts. To add some hint about the new post, what you should do is known as “Interlinking” inside the old post.

Interlinking the posts is something that search engines love to see. The benefits are also rich. Following are a few –

  • Increased Pageviews
  • Potential To Increase Average Time Of User On Blog
  • Search Engine Friendly

Social Media Presence

Believe it or not, some famous bloggers often used to depend on social media for massive traffic than search engines at some point. Social media has always proven to be an outstanding source of targeted traffic for any site/blog provided that the promotion is done in an effective manner.

A quality post proves itself when it is read.

To let your posts be read by others, you first need to let them know that there is something out there for them to read. Social media is a crucial platform for this activity. There are quite a lot of pages/accounts on social networking sites, which do nothing except posting links. Doing this not only increases the chances of losing the likes/followers etc, but also increases the chance of the account being terminated at some point. Hence, a solution to this is engagement without links. Every now and then, you should try to ‘talk’ about something important within the niche. This keeps the fan base engaged with the page all the time.

Regular SEO Checks

This might sound somewhat useless for now, but it is really important. Regular SEO checks are not so much necessary, but doing so will help you optimize all your posts perfectly, hence making the most of what search engines can provide you with. Usually, posts are optimized at the time of writing them and before publishing them. But SEO checks are mandatory because you might want to change the keywords, alternate texts in images etc. Following are some key things that should be included within the SEO checks –

  • New interlinks (as mentioned in the first point)
  • New outbound links – If you find out that there is a part in the post which is explained in a detailed manner elsewhere, you might want to link there.
  • Keyword changes – if your post isn’t getting ranked well for the current keywords, you might want to change the same and probably keep a long tail keyword or even change it completely.

Regular SEO checks are highly recommended if you’re not getting as much organic traffic as you expected. Doing so not only helps you increase your organic traffic, but also makes you a strong SEO enthusiast!

Add Value To Other Blogs

There is one simple fact of engagement in blogging. If you are expecting others to comment on your blog posts, so are they. It’s not a must that you need to comment on every article on other’s blog, but at least one or two so that the blog owner knows that you’ve been through their blog and their content. There are several benefits of commenting on other blogs. Mentioned below are just two (there are others that are not mentioned here) –

  • Building relationships – If you want to make a name and get an identity that is known by many in your blog’s niche, you need to build relationships with as many fellow niche members as you can. Blog commenting has proven to be an ultimate way of doing this. Here’s an example – If you leave your words on a post in someone’s blog for the first time, the author/blog owner is likely to visit your blog and add value to it as well provided that the comment you left was worth reading. Hence, the cycle often leads to a short chat on Twitter and then the engagement continues.
  • Backlinks – If you’re not an SEO enthusiast, you might not have any tool to check whether the blog you’re commenting is do-follow or no-follow. But if you’re really looking to build backlinks, you can find out if it is a do-follow blog and hence leave a comment there. However, this is not at all recommended because comments are not exchanged, they’re made.

Top 15 Search Engine Optimization (SEO) Techniques I Forget to Do

Search Engine Optimization is a very hot topic on the World Wide Web. After all, everybody wants to rank higher and come up on the first page of Google search and get more traffic.

Sometimes it is easy to get carried away with SEO though. In my opinion, the best technique is to keep it simple and apply a bit of common sense.

Most SEO plugins will take care of the common architecture related stuff for you. So in this article I will only focus on techniques that you need to do yourself.

I have identified and made a list of top 15 SEO practices that I tend to forget quite often. These simple SEO techniques, if practiced properly, can make a significant difference as to how my pages are ranked in the Search Engine Queries.

  1. Use proper anchor text for inter-links. Don’t use “here”, “there” etc for the anchor text (if you can avoid it).
  2. Optimize the images, always create alt tags and write description in the alt tag.
  3. Use search engine friendly permalinks. Try not to have too many ‘&’, ‘?’, ‘!’ etc characters in the URL. Sometimes it is unavoidable but try to keep it to a minimum.
  4. Use hyphens (-) between words to improve readability.
  5. Do not use underscores (_) in URLs, use hyphens (-) instead.
  6. Do not use session id in URLs. If you are using good hosting then you shouldn’t have to worry about this one.
  7. Use internal linking when possible and appropriate.
  8. Use sticky posts (if you can).
  9. Use tag clouds (if it applies).
  10. Have a category description paragraph.
  11. Let the visitors subscribe to category specific RSS feed. (Use category specific RSS plugin for WordPress)
  12. Use rel=”nofollow” tag on low value links to not pass the page rank juice. For example “Read the rest of the entry”, “About”, “Contact” etc.
  13. Use sub-directories rather than sub-domains when possible. Sub-domains do not share link love from the main domain as it is treated as a different domain.
  14. Research the target audience and aim the site content appropriately.
  15. Keep the content up to date. Visitors don’t like outdated content. Updating the content frequently also attracts the Search engines spiders to index the web pages frequently.