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4 Simplest and Most Effective Digital Marketing Tips for Bloggers

4 Simplest and Most Effective Digital Marketing Tips for Bloggers
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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.

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1. Work with Other Bloggers

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.

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2. Pay to Play on Social Media

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 to 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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The Importance of Reminders (And How to Make a Reminder Work)

The Importance of Reminders (And How to Make a Reminder Work)
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No matter how well you set up your todo list and calendar, you aren’t going to get things done unless you have a reliable way of reminding yourself to actually do them.

Anyone who’s spent an hour writing up the perfect grocery list only to realize at the store that they forgot to bring the list understands the importance of reminders.

Reminders of some sort or another are what turn a collection of paper goods or web services into what David Allen calls a “trusted system.”[1]

A lot of people resist getting better organized. No matter what kind of chaotic mess, their lives are on a day-to-day basis because they know themselves well enough to know that there’s after all that work they’ll probably forget to take their lists with them when it matters most.

Fortunately, there are ways to make sure we remember to check our lists — and to remember to do the things we need to do, whether they’re on a list or not.

In most cases, we need a lot of pushing at first, for example by making a reminder, but eventually we build up enough momentum that doing what needs doing becomes a habit — not an exception.

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From Creating Reminders to Building Habits

A habit is any act we engage in automatically without thinking about it.

For example, when you brush your teeth, you don’t have to think about every single step from start to finish; once you stagger up to the sink, habit takes over (and, really, habit got you to the sink in the first place) and you find yourself putting toothpaste on your toothbrush, putting the toothbrush in your mouth (and never your ear!), spitting, rinsing, and so on without any conscious effort at all.

This is a good thing because if you’re anything like me, you’re not even capable of conscious thought when you’re brushing your teeth.

The good news is you already have a whole set of productivity habits you’ve built up over the course of your life. The bad news is, a lot of them aren’t very good habits.

That quick game Frogger to “loosen you up” before you get working, that always ends up being 6 hours of Frogger –– that’s a habit. And as you know, habits like that can be hard to break — which is one of the reasons why habits are so important in the first place.

Once you’ve replaced an unproductive habit with a more productive one, the new habit will be just as hard to break as the old one was. Getting there, though, can be a chore!

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The old saw about anything you do for 21 days becoming a habit has been pretty much discredited, but there is a kernel of truth there — anything you do long enough becomes an ingrained behavior, a habit. Some people pick up habits quickly, others over a longer time span, but eventually, the behaviors become automatic.

Building productive habits, then, is a matter of repeating a desired behavior over a long enough period of time that you start doing it without thinking.

But how do you remember to do that? And what about the things that don’t need to be habits — the one-off events, like taking your paycheck stubs to your mortgage banker or making a particular phone call?

The trick to reminding yourself often enough for something to become a habit, or just that one time that you need to do something, is to interrupt yourself in some way in a way that triggers the desired behavior.

The Wonderful Thing About Triggers — Reminders

A trigger is anything that you put “in your way” to remind you to do something. The best triggers are related in some way to the behavior you want to produce.

For instance, if you want to remember to take something to work that you wouldn’t normally take, you might place it in front of the door so you have to pick it up to get out of your house.

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But anything that catches your attention and reminds you to do something can be a trigger. An alarm clock or kitchen timer is a perfect example — when the bell rings, you know to wake up or take the quiche out of the oven. (Hopefully you remember which trigger goes with which behavior!)

If you want to instill a habit, the thing to do is to place a trigger in your path to remind you to do whatever it is you’re trying to make into a habit — and keep it there until you realize that you’ve already done the thing it’s supposed to remind you of.

For instance, a post-it saying “count your calories” placed on the refrigerator door (or maybe on your favorite sugary snack itself)  can help you remember that you’re supposed to be cutting back — until one day you realize that you don’t need to be reminded anymore.

These triggers all require a lot of forethought, though — you have to remember that you need to remember something in the first place.

For a lot of tasks, the best reminder is one that’s completely automated — you set it up and then forget about it, trusting the trigger to pop up when you need it.

How to Make a Reminder Works for You

Computers and ubiquity of mobile Internet-connected devices make it possible to set up automatic triggers for just about anything.

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Desktop software like Outlook will pop up reminders on your desktop screen, and most online services go an extra step and send reminders via email or SMS text message — just the thing to keep you on track. Sandy, for example, just does automatic reminders.

Automated reminders can help you build habits — but it can also help you remember things that are too important to be trusted even to habit. Diabetics who need to take their insulin, HIV patients whose medication must be taken at an exact time in a precise order, phone calls that have to be made exactly on time, and other crucial events require triggers even when the habit is already in place.

My advice is to set reminders for just about everything — have them sent to your mobile phone in some way (either through a built-in calendar or an online service that sends updates) so you never have to think about it — and never have to worry about forgetting.

Your weekly review is a good time to enter new reminders for the coming weeks or months. I simply don’t want to think about what I’m supposed to be doing; I want to be reminded so I can think just about actually doing it.

I tend to use my calendar for reminders, mostly, though I do like Sandy quite a bit.

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Reference

[1] Getting Things Done: Trusted System

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