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8 Effective Ways to Increase Your Blog Traffic

8 Effective Ways to Increase Your Blog Traffic

You don’t have to do anything shady to improve your page rankings on search engines. Even if you are a complete newbie to blogging, you can still climb to higher search engine rankings with these quick and easy tips.

1. Content is King

Content stuffed with keywords doesn’t guarantee that people are going to stay on it or come back to it. In the end, quality and uniqueness count, so what you need is great content. Make sure the content focuses on your main keyword or the search phrase you have decided upon. At the same time, remember, your keyword is about your content, not the other way round. Do your research and write intelligently to get return traffic.

If you aren’t sure what to write about next, check the comments section. See what questions the readers have and address those questions. The added advantage here is that you can get specific keywords and search phrases as well.

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2. Write it Yourself

You may decide not to write your own content. For example, if you have a site with content that remains the same, you may have decided to add a blog to get more traffic. However, you may feel that you’re too busy to be able to actually write the posts yourself. Getting someone else to ghostwrite for you does solve the problem of time, but it doesn’t address quality and uniqueness.

Apart from the quality of the content, the reason people will come back to your blog or website is to get your unique take on things. So write your content yourself. If you aren’t confident about your writing skills, you can get an editor or proofreader to go through your content.

3. Use Keywords Intelligently

Instead of stuffing your general content with keywords, try using them intelligently without compromising the quality of the content. Insert your keywords in the meta tag, the text used in the search engine to give details about your website and attract readers’ attention. Put the keywords in the subheadings, so your content isn’t awkward, but the keywords are included.

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Also try to include the keyword in the URL of the page, which means that your URL should have a page description. For example, the URL for this post could be www.domain.com/seo_aids. Also use keywords when naming the images in your site.

4. Try Using Search Phrases 

There is fierce competition for keywords. If you type in a keyword that is just one or two words, you’ll find that a lot of results show up. To increase the chances of your site showing up on the first page, try using more specific and slightly longer keywords instead.

For example, instead of ‘fitness programs’ you can use ‘corporate fitness programs’ or ‘fitness yoga workout programs’. If your content is detailed and based around these keywords, you’ll definitely see an increase in traffic.

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5. Linking is Important

Give your piece added credibility by including links you can trust from other experts. Also, insert your own links to related topics. Try to have your articles and posts linked in other websites.

The other websites, thus, help your rating and increase traffic on your pages. Contact other sites to see if your posts can be included in a blog carnival or a round-up post. Not only does this improve SEO, it also encourages people to linger on your website.

6. Get Attention Through Titles

This does not mean the kind of click bait title that initially grabs readers’ attention but fails to keep it and is soon forgotten. A title that says ‘What Happened Next Will Shock You’ will hook someone in but if it links to five lines of text and lots of pictures, no one is going to stay and no one will remember it later.

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You’re better off with a less sensational, but more informative title, into which you can incorporate some keywords.

7. Write Regularly and Recycle

You may have a great website with great existing content, but if you don’t update it regularly, you’ll find your readership falling away. Set a goal every week and ensure that you post to meet that goal.

Also, you may have written relevant posts, but they may be lost under other posts after all this time. Resurrect them, brush them up, update them and present them in a brand new avatar.

8. Share, Share, Share

Of course, sharing your own posts on your social media feed is important. Facebook, Twitter , Google+ give you the opportunity to reach out to a wider audience. But if you share posts related to your own and written by other bloggers, they may just return the favor.

SEO, if done properly, can help you attain that longed for page ranking. You don’t need to be an SEO expert to utilize these aids effectively. Just ensure that all your optimization is backed up by strong content.

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Last Updated on October 15, 2018

How to Calm Down When You Are Overwhelmed: 7 Quick Ways to Try

How to Calm Down When You Are Overwhelmed: 7 Quick Ways to Try

Do you sometimes feel that you add items to your to-do list faster than you tick them off? Do you spend most of your day worrying about your lack of time?

The truth is, no matter how much we love our job, or how productive we believe we are under stress, there comes a moment when the pressure rises above boiling point. The sheer number of urgent tasks multiplies in a geometric progression. New possibilities no longer sound inspiring, they sound overwhelming and equal more work.

If that’s where you are right now – keep reading! If not, it doesn’t mean you should wait until you get there to learn how to cope with a demanding work schedule and how to calm yourself down quickly when you feel overwhelmed.

Here are 7 quick and easy tips on how to calm down when you are overwhelmed:

1. Let go of a few activities

Yes, it’s that easy! Take a look at your to-do list and ask yourself, “If I don’t do it today, will it matter a month from now?”

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Not every urgent task is important. Just like not every important, high pay-off task is urgent. The best way to keep yourself from getting overwhelmed and to manage your time is to know the difference between the two and learn to simplify your life by getting your to-do list down to three big tasks.

2. Take deep breaths to calm down

This advice sounds so simple it’s often overlooked. But it works better (and faster) than any other relaxation technique out there.

There is a direct connection between our emotional state and breathing. An anxious, frustrated or overwhelmed person breathes as if they have just finished running a marathon. A calm person breathes differently. Their breathing is deep, slow and steady. So when you have a panic attack, the best way to bring your heart rate down and to regain your cool is to change your breathing.

Try this now:

Take a slow, long deep breath in, filling your lungs with air and expanding your diaphragm. Hold your breath for four counts and then slowly release the air through your mouth. Repeat four times and notice frustration and the feeling of being overwhelmed dissolve with each long exhale of these calming breaths.

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3. Make “Just one thing” your mantra

When we feel overwhelmed by the amount of tasks on our to-do list, it’s easy to enter the ‘deer in the headlights’ state. You see deadlines approaching directly towards you, and you know that something has to be done about them, but you just don’t know where to start.

The best way to get your mind out of an ‘inactivity trance’ is to create momentum. This is what makes the “Just one thing” mantra so powerful. It helps to change our expectation that everything has to be completed right now, “or else.”

Next time you feel overwhelmed make grabbing a cup of coffee your “Just one thing.” You can do it, right? Then come back, pick one of the smallest tasks on your to-do list and tell yourself you’ll do just that one task. This is your next “Just one thing” that you will concentrate on until it’s complete. After that you can move on to the next task and so on.

It’s not “One thing at a time.” Saying this implies that there is a huge line of other tasks waiting to get done and that’s not the message you want to keep repeating to yourself. Learn how to focus here and stop getting overwhelmed.

4. Reduce the multi-tasking and multi-thinking

It’s been proven that multi-tasking is very inefficient, to the point of dumbing us down (more than smoking marijuana does). The same is true for multi-thinking, when your mind frantically jumps from one thought to another, trying to focus on and analyze several things all at once.

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Fortunately, there is help. A few minutes of meditation or brainwave music is all it takes to start feeling more relaxed, more creative and less overwhelmed.

5. Get moving

Any exercise you engage in – be it walking or dancing to your favorite beat – helps to release endorphins, the ‘feel-good’ hormones, through your body and to clear your mind.

Staying active also increases your productivity, enhances your ability to combat stress and anxiety. It also helps you to release the tension, boosting your mood and changing the thoughts that induce the sense of being overwhelmed.

The best part is you don’t have to spend hours in the gym to get the mind-soothing benefits of exercise. Even as little as 15 minutes of dancing or jogging can go a long way towards making you feel better and staying calmer.

6. Change your surroundings

We all need and deserve to take vacations from work woes and family responsibilities. Unfortunately, spending two weeks lazing on a beach, toes in the sand and a Mojito in hand, is not always an option. However, this doesn’t mean that we can’t take short ‘vacations’ from work stress and the technology buzz.

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Go outside for a few minutes and enjoy the sunshine. Stop at a park instead of driving straight home from work. Sometimes changing your surroundings and ‘spicing up your routine’ is all it takes to change your perspective on things and find creative solutions to seemingly complex and overwhelming problems.

7. Get some pet therapy

Studies have shown what most of us already guessed – our pets can be a great help during stressful moments. Simple actions such as petting or playing with your dog or cat can lower high blood pressure, boost your immune system and boost your mood.

Besides, pets can make the best conversation partners to share your frustrations with. They listen, they love you unconditionally and they never talk back or say, “I told you so.”

Final thoughts

Don’t wait for stress to hit you to start practicing these quick ways to calm down when you are overwhelmed. The best way to enjoy a worry-free life is not to push yourself to the limit of being overwhelmed and frustrated.

Featured photo credit: Dardan via unsplash.com

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