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4 Simple Digital Marketing Tips for Bloggers

4 Simple Digital Marketing Tips for Bloggers

Building a blog creates an incredible opportunity for professional, creative, and emotional growth. No matter the motive of your online musings, setting up your own space to provide insights, inspire, or offer alternate perspectives, sets you up to become more well-versed in what it is that you currently do. You also become more capable of taking on tall order tasks when it comes to digital marketing, web design, and development later on in life. If you’re just getting started on the process of creating your blog, you’ll want to check out some basic tips to help you build it out and start adding content first. If you’ve already got the blog up and are now trying to figure out what basic steps you can take to increase traffic and provide your users with a high quality experience, keep reading!

If you’ve joined the blogging world, you’ve probably figured out that the phrase “build it and they will come,” doesn’t hold true when it comes to attracting an audience for your site. Although building an engaged audience for your blog might be harder than what you assumed at first, advances in the digital marketing field are making it quicker and simpler for newbies to take on the tall order of building and maintaining a solid digital marketing strategy for their blogs.

Here are four of the simplest and most effective digital marketing tips for bloggers.

1. Work with other bloggers

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When bloggers work with one another to gain additional reach, their potential for success amplifies significantly. The best way to start working with other bloggers is to simply introduce yourself. You can do this by either sending them an email, or engaging with them on social media. Breaking the ice is as simple as telling them who you are, and what your blog is about.

Once you’ve established a few relationships with other bloggers, keep them going! Share relevant content of theirs and leave genuine comments under the pieces that you enjoy.

If you see an opportunity where you and another blogger could leverage each other’s influence in the future and amplify the success of one of your projects, having an established relationship early on will make it easier to ask if they would like to work with you.

2. Pay to play on social media

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One of the most important things a blogger can understand about social media marketing is that it is no longer an unpaid strategy. Although there are certainly many ways a blogger can utilize social media marketing to gain organic traffic on social media, a solid paid strategy will still be necessary for optimal success. This is because many social media platforms have implemented algorithms that keep your audience from seeing all of the content you post.

Fortunately, advertising on Facebook has become simpler, more affordable, and more effective over the years. If you’re new to Facebook advertising, Ad Espresso offers up a pretty thorough guide for beginners.

3. Implement internal linking

Search Engine Optimization on your site is absolutely essential. Although you’re already doing what is arguably the most important part- creating consistent and quality content- it will be important to pay attention to other details like internal linking as well.

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Internal linking essentially means linking to other pages on your site within your blog content. The benefits of this are twofold. First, it helps build your site’s overall SEO value by showing that all of your content is related to a specific theme. Second, it helps keep readers on your site for longer by providing additional resources to help them learn more from your expertise.

If you’re new to the concept of internal linking, the Moz blog offers up an awesome guide for SEO newbies.

4. Write for other sites

Contributing to other sites is a fantastic way to build your personal brand as well as earn additional exposure for your blog. As a contributor to other blogs, you can create articles that fit within the publication’s writing guidelines to share your insights with their audience. The benefit here is that you can add a blurb about your blog, and a link to it in your bio so that their readers can visit your blog if they liked your contributed work.

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If you’re new to contributing content to other publications, you’ll want to check out a quality guide to make sure you do it right. One of my favorite guides on becoming a guest contributor can be found on Kissmetric’s blog.

So there you have it, four simple yet effective ways to promote your personal brand and your blog with digital marketing. You may find that building and maintaining a blog is a bit difficult at first when you try to balance it with other important parts of your life, but it gets easier once you’ve created a process for producing quality content and driving real users to view it. Fellow Lifehacker, Nick Thacker, has provided an awesome guide for those of you struggling to build the blog of your dreams, while working full time.

Hopefully these simple hacks for boosting your blog’s audience will help inspire you to work and make your blog as successful as you possibly can. If you have any questions, let me know in the comments!

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How to Work Hard the Smart Way: 4 Daily Rituals to Follow

How to Work Hard the Smart Way: 4 Daily Rituals to Follow

Habits are what sets an average leader apart from a great leader. We can argue that talent is the biggest factor; we may debate how the amount of charisma sets the two apart. Yet, if you were to show me what you believed to be a great leader, I can show you the habits that made her/him great. Great leaders have great habits and know how to work hard the smart way.

Developing Great Habits Is Hard Work

In my early college days, I had spent a lot of time learning how to play the trumpet. Playing the trumpet took time and discipline. I had some natural talent, but not enough to hide my lack of ability. My trumpet teacher was a man of discipline, and there was no doubt he had talent. What stood to me was his work ethic. He had to be one of the hardest working mentors that I had the privilege of working with.

One afternoon, I was in his office getting ready for my weekly trumpet lesson. As I was preparing, my eyes scanned the room and saw that there were quotes all over his office. My eyes rested on one quote that forever changed my thinking about my playing. It was a quote from my high school basketball coach Tim Notke that would become popular through professional athletes Kevin Durant and Tim Tebow:

“Hard work beats talent when talent fails to work hard.”

Hard work trumps talent. The key to success is not found in your talent or ability. Talent and ability are necessary, but they are not the primary factors. They are supporting roles in the story you are writing.

Ultimately, hard work is the key to your success. A good work ethic creates the momentum that propels you forward towards your goals.

Motivation Is Not the Answer

How many times have you seen someone go to a conference, get inspired, and then come home and do nothing?

If motivation were the answer, the world would have transformed hundreds of times over. Yet, when we look out our doors or turn on the news, we do not see a utopian society.

We have thousands of people who become inspired but lack the work ethic to apply anything they have learned. Time and time again frustration creeps in. We are so motivated and inspired by what we see but fail to put in place the things that would change our lives.

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Frustration happens when the gap between what you expect to be true and what is true gets bigger. Motivation tends to create an expectation that is not rooted in reality. We want to take on the world but cannot get off Netflix long enough to do so.

Motivation is not the answer, but working hard is. Good habits and routines that produce success are the byproducts of a strong work ethic. The habits and routines we create and follow are the foundation on which we build a winning life.

How to Work Hard by Working Smarter

Here are 4 routines that will help you learn how to work hard and achieve your short term and long term goals.

1. Define What a Win Looks Like

In football, a player that crosses into the end zone gain points. In soccer, a player kicks the ball into the net to score. Hockey, lacrosse, and basketball are all the same. The player takes the object and moves it into the designated area to gain points. The team with the most points wins the game.

Why is it that we can define what a win looks like in sports, but we fail to do so in our leadership, our businesses, or our homes?

Learning how to work hard without setting a target is futile. It is insanity to work hard without having a clear direction to place your energy. I would argue that defining a win is one of the most important routines that a leader can have. Defining a win separates superficial activity from meaningful activity.

When I define a win, I know the goal line I have to cross[1]. Knowing where the goal line is informs me of the activity I have to engage in to cross it. Without a clear direction, I am spinning my wheels hoping that I will get to a destination I haven’t defined. It is like asking a GPS for directions but failing to input the destination.

4 Steps to Define a Win
  • Know the outcome you desire.
  • Declare the outcome in specific, meaningful terms.
  • Write the outcome down.
  • Set your activity list to only do that which will complete your goals.

Let me give you an example. 15 years ago, I started speaking professionally. As a young and naïve speaker, I thought winning meant that I had to get a reaction from the audience. If they cheered, smiled, or cried, I considered myself a winner. The problem was my lack of understanding of what a win looked like. As a seasoned speaker, my wins look different.

As of today, when I speak, I am not looking for any emotional reactions from the audience. I win if, and only if, I clearly communicated my point so that anyone hearing the talk can take it and apply it to their lives that day. That is how I define a win when I speak now.

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Create a habit of declaring a win. When you do, you will see your productivity soar and your encouragement increase. Pairing a hard work ethic with wise decisions creates victory. Stop being a mouse on a wheel that goes nowhere, and start being the captain of your fleet.

2. Evaluate Your Activity

Not all activity is equal. There are things you must do, things you need to do, and things we can either give away or delete. The greatest challenge of a leader is understanding the difference. Understanding what activity is busywork and what activity is mission work is pivotal.

Not only do we need to learn how to evaluate our activity, but we must make this a core routine in our arsenal of success. Stop working so hard on everything and start learning how to work hard on the right things.

Not every activity will move the needle forward for you. In fact, you were never meant to do everything yourself! Once we stop trying to be a martyr in our leadership, we can start looking at how to take things off our plates through delegation.

Based on the Eisenhower box, there are 4 things that we look at when deciding on which activities are important:

  • Do now
  • Plan to do it later
  • Delegate to someone else
  • Delete it

Powerful questions are the way you discover if the activity is right or not:

  • Does this activity move me towards or away from my goals?
  • Do I have to do this activity or can I give this activity away to someone else?
  • Does this activity have to be now right now or can it be scheduled for later dates?
  • Does this activity have to be done at all?

Evaluating the type of activity you engage in should be a routine that you do daily. Learning how to work hard should create progress. Having a system of evaluation and a routine to do it will help.

3. Prioritize Your Calendar

If you were to show me your calendar, I could show you why you are not further along. When you lack the routine of placing things on your calendar, two things happen.

First, what does not make it on your calendar does not get done.

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It is a simple truth that is often overlooked. Your calendar contains the power to change your life. Yet, we don’t use our calendars to their fullest potential.

“You will never change your life until you change something you do daily. The secret of your success is found in your daily routine.” -John C. Maxwell

Also, if you don’t mark you activities on your calendar, you are leaving it open to other’s priorities.

“The key is not to prioritize what’s on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities.” -Stephen Covey

Having a routine in your life where you place things on your calendar is pivotal to your success. This is not a routine one should overlook.

It’s time to take your leadership and business to the next level. It’s time to start putting your daily routines on your calendar, along with your priorities.

4. Reflect on Your Day and Plan the Next

We are all about the morning routine. Whatever that looks like for you, there should be a routine in the morning that sets you up for success.

Hard work starts when your feet hit the ground in the morning. Creating the habit of winning starts with the first thing you accomplish that morning. If you win your morning, you will win your day.

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Best Morning Routine to Prepare to Work Hard

    But how often have you heard people talk about an evening routine? Tomorrow is won the day before it happens. When you fail to plan your day, you may put your effort toward in the wrong things. Route replaces routine. Indecision replaces decisiveness. Losses replace wins. The discouragement will deflate your momentum and increases the chances of procrastination. That is why we set our schedule the night before.

    “Every battle is won or lost before it is ever fought.” -Sun Tzu

    Working hard doesn’t have to be hard work. It shouldn’t take much out of you learn how to work hard as long as you work smart. Having a time where you reflect on the day and set your priorities is the difference-maker.

    Use these questions to reflect on your day:

    • What went well?
    • What didn’t go well?
    • What can I change?
    • What do I need to start doing?
    • What do I need to stop doing?

    The Bottom Line

    Navigating through life is hard work. Yet, the work doesn’t have to be hard when you work smarter. When you create routines that support your mission, you create wins. Working hard, the smart way will tip the balance in our favor.

    Boxing legend Joe Frazier said:

    “Champions aren’t made in the ring; they are merely recognized there.”

    Champions put in the hard work behind the scenes. The world recognized them as a champion when they saw the results of the hard work. Right now, you are doing the work of creating a champion in yourself.

    That work is setting your routines in order because you now know that success flows from your daily routines. If you are not experiencing the success you desire, then it is time to change things up.

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    Reference

    [1] The Balance Careers: Interview Question: “How Do You Define Success?”

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