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How to Stand out as a Blogger

How to Stand out as a Blogger

It seems that virtually everybody today is running a blog, whether they have something to say or not. The share of those who achieve any degree of success in this enterprise, however, is much smaller. So what differentiates famous bloggers from those who are forever doomed to trail along in the back? How does one join the leaders? Let us take a look at some ways.

1. Awesome Content

When all is said and done, there is no other way around it. To become a famous blogger, you simply have to offer your readers something they won’t find anywhere else – and make them love it, share it, bring you new visitors just to take a look at that awesome article you’ve written. If you have nothing to offer but rearranged content from other sources, you will never achieve much in this industry.

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2. Guest Posting

Guest posting has been a popular element of blogger outreach activities for a long time; however, it underwent serious alterations over the last few years due to changes in Google policies. Nevertheless, it remains as important a method of growing readership, increasing visibility and establishing contacts in the industry as ever. You, however, should take into account the fact that it is very time- and effort-intensive activity oriented towards long-term results. Don’t expect it to start working overnight, give it time to hit stride.

3. Definite Purpose

Just like in any other business, the best way to achieve success in blogging is to choose a niche (a purpose, an idea), stick to it and get really good at it. Fuzzy, vague blogs about everything and nothing in particular very rarely get considerable readership – and if they do, it is usually because they have something else unique to offer, like unusual persona of the author.

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4. Using Your Personal Strengths

When you choose a niche to cover, don’t let your decision be influenced by popularity of the subject or potential readership. You should be genuinely interested in your chosen field, you should have experience in it you can share with others, you should be able to generate content about it without forcing yourself to do so.

5. Using Social Media

No matter how outstanding your content is, you won’t go far without leveraging social media. Include buttons of as many relevant social media on your blog as you can think of: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Reddit, Google+, whatever you may think of – any and all of them can make a priceless contribution to increasing your blog’s visibility and bringing you new subscribers.

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6. Being Useful

Fascinating isn’t everything ideal content should be. There are many other places on the Internet where people can spend time amusing themselves. The best way to tie them to you and your blog is to be useful, solve their problems with your content, make it actionable. If you want to make your readers loyal, bring them direct benefits.

7. Learning SEO

SEO is too complicated a subject to learn all its intricacies, and too unstable to constantly keep ahead of the game without dedicating all your time to it. However, learning the basics is a must – and for the rest you can hire a specialist to keep an eye on technical side of things or consult you about them.

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Blogging may be an interesting, fun and fascinating pastime, and it can be a lucrative business. If you want it to be both, you should make special efforts to move into this direction. We hope our tips will help you both to decide whether you want to try it out and, if you do, how you should go about doing so.

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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