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The Secrets Behind The World’s Most Successful Blogs

The Secrets Behind The World’s Most Successful Blogs

You might have heard of the saying ‘Behind every successful man, there is a woman.’ This is not just applicable to humans but also to the blogging world. Behind every successful blog, there is a determined blogger. There is no blog without a blogger; the blogger is the engine behind the screen. Here are some reasons why you should blog.

A television set will show nothing unless the operator puts it on and tune it into channels that would please the audience. Again, the television set is the blog which will not function unless the blogger(s) works on it by posting articles that suit the audience. Some claim most blogs that are soaring high just made it by luck and they believe there are no secrets attached to these successful blogs.

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1. Passion to be original by carrying out research

There are over a million blogs out there trying their best to post articles and news daily but they are still the same way they were many years ago. Then you start doubting those who started years ago and they are still stagnant when some people give testimony about how they started their blogs months ago and how many new visitors they have every day. There is no other secret apart from their passion for blogging.

Half of those other blogs also have passion for marketing but have neglected originality and research. You read some posts and immediately you sense it was copied from somewhere, you feel there are some things that have been missed out in the article or news. Whenever you have a topic you need to talk about, make enough research on it. Don’t copy and paste someone else’s article.

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Successful blogs have shown their passion by conducting research and creating original work.

2. Be patient

Rome was not built in a day. It takes patience to see the end result of a long journey.  Every journey starts with a step and gradually you get to the peak. These blogs also have days when they had no visitor on their blog and they felt bad about it but they never gave up. What if they had closed down the blog at those times or what if they have resulted in giving out plagiarized articles like others did at that time? They will definitely still be in that stagnant position till now.

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You need patience for your blog to grow so you reap from the fruits it will bring at its due season.

3. Promote yourself on social media

All these successful blogs have Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and Google + accounts where they update their audience and engage them in other fun activities. Some blogs even celebrate people who have being very supportive or frequent users of the blog. You can chat with your audience on Twitter by sending your tweets to them and their replies start coming in.

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Imagine writing and article about 10 facts you did not know about Nicki Minaj. Every fan of Nicki Minaj would definitely want to know if there is a fact they left out about her. For those who are not her fans and they see such post, they only tag their friends who are fans to visit your blog, that way, you have more audience. Some of their friends also get to see your posts with them and you can also win their heart that way thereby increasing your audience.

4. Focus on powerful niches and post often

These successful blogs post often and they focus their posts on powerful niche like politics, wealth, health, childcare, entertainment, business, relationships, lifestyle and food. Out of 10 visitors that visits the blog, at least two will have interest in entertainment or business or politics or sports as the case may be. Some visitors might be there to read the news aspect.  They ensure that there is at least a post to suit every visitor that visits the blog every day. They know that once he/she does not find what they want on the blog, they try somewhere else and lose an audience.

5. Connect with your audience:

They don’t just keep posting articles as if they don’t care about the audience reading their articles. They try to connect with them by allowing comments on the posts. They make the audience want to come back every time to visit the blog even when there is nothing new.  They post articles that follow just according to the heart of the audience by being current and informative. The whole world is talking about Donald Trump now; you will not expect to see the biography of Barrack Obama on their site. They know the heart and interests of the audience, which makes them connect with them easily.

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Last Updated on September 20, 2018

8 Ways to Train Your Brain to Learn Faster and Remember More

8 Ways to Train Your Brain to Learn Faster and Remember More

You go to the gym to train your muscles. You run outside or go for hikes to train your endurance. Or, maybe you do neither of those, but still wish you exercised more.

Well, here is how to train one of the most important parts of your body: your brain.

When you train your brain, you will:

  • Avoid embarrassing situations. You remember his face, but what was his name?
  • Be a faster learner in all sorts of different skills. No problem for you to pick up a new language or new management skill.
  • Avoid diseases that hit as you get older. Alzheimer’s will not be affecting you.

So how to train your brain and improve your cognitive skills?

1. Work your memory

Twyla Tharp, a NYC-based renowned choreographer has come up with the following memory workout:

When she watches one of her performances, she tries to remember the first twelve to fourteen corrections she wants to discuss with her cast without writing them down.

If you think this is anything less than a feat, then think again. In her book The Creative Habit she says that most people cannot remember more than three.

The practice of both remembering events or things and then discussing them with others has actually been supported by brain fitness studies.

Memory activities that engage all levels of brain operation—receiving, remembering and thinking—help to improve the function of the brain.

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Now, you may not have dancers to correct, but you may be required to give feedback on a presentation, or your friends may ask you what interesting things you saw at the museum. These are great opportunities to practically train your brain by flexing your memory muscles.

What is the simplest way to help yourself remember what you see? Repetition.

For example, say you just met someone new:

“Hi, my name is George”

Don’t just respond with, “Nice to meet you”. Instead, say, “Nice to meet you George.”

Got it? Good.

2. Do something different repeatedly

By actually doing something new over and over again, your brain wires new pathways that help you do this new thing better and faster.

Think back to when you were three years old. You surely were strong enough to hold a knife and a fork just fine. Yet, when you were eating all by yourself, you were creating a mess.

It was not a matter of strength, you see. It was a matter of cultivating more and better neural pathways that would help you eat by yourself just like an adult does.

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And guess what? With enough repetition you made that happen!

But how does this apply to your life right now?

Say you are a procrastinator. The more you don’t procrastinate, the more you teach your brain not to wait for the last minute to make things happen.

Now, you might be thinking “Duh, if only not procrastinating could be that easy!”

Well, it can be. By doing something really small, that you wouldn’t normally do, but is in the direction of getting that task done, you will start creating those new precious neural pathways.

So if you have been postponing organizing your desk, just take one paper and put in its right place. Or, you can go even smaller. Look at one piece of paper and decide where to put it: Trash? Right cabinet? Another room? Give it to someone?

You don’t actually need to clean up that paper; you only need to decide what you need to do with it.

That’s how small you can start. And yet, those neural pathways are still being built. Gradually, you will transform yourself from a procrastinator to an in-the-moment action taker.

3. Learn something new

It might sound obvious, but the more you use your brain, the better its going to perform for you.

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For example, learning a new instrument improves your skill of translating something you see (sheet music) to something you actually do (playing the instrument).

Learning a new language exposes your brain to a different way of thinking, a different way of expressing yourself.

You can even literally take it a step further, and learn how to dance. Studies indicate that learning to dance helps seniors avoid Alzheimer’s. Not bad, huh?

4. Follow a brain training program

The Internet world can help you improve your brain function while lazily sitting on your couch. A clinically proven program like BrainHQ can help you improve your memory, or think faster, by just following their brain training exercises.

5. Work your body

You knew this one was coming didn’t you? Yes indeed, exercise does not just work your body; it also improves the fitness of your brain.

Even briefly exercising for 20 minutes facilitates information processing and memory functions. But it’s not just that–exercise actually helps your brain create those new neural connections faster. You will learn faster, your alertness level will increase, and you get all that by moving your body.

Now, if you are not already a regular exerciser, and already feel guilty that you are not helping your brain by exercising more, try a brain training exercise program like Exercise Bliss.

Remember, just like we discussed in #2, by training your brain to do something new repeatedly, you are actually changing yourself permanently.

6. Spend time with your loved ones

If you want optimal cognitive abilities, then you’ve got to have meaningful relationships in your life.  Talking with others and engaging with your loved ones helps you think more clearly, and it can also lift your mood.

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If you are an extrovert, this holds even more weight for you. At a class at Stanford University, I learned that extroverts actually use talking to other people as a way to understand and process their own thoughts.

I remember that the teacher told us that after a personality test said she was an extrovert, she was surprised. She had always thought of herself as an introvert. But then, she realized how much talking to others helped her frame her own thoughts, so she accepted her new-found status as an extrovert.

7. Avoid crossword puzzles

Many of us, when we think of brain fitness, think of crossword puzzles. And it’s true–crossword puzzles do improve our fluency, yet studies show they are not enough by themselves.

Are they fun? Yes. Do they sharpen your brain? Not really.

Of course, if you are doing this for fun, then by all means go ahead. If you are doing it for brain fitness, then you might want to choose another activity

8. Eat right – and make sure dark chocolate is included

Foods like fish, fruits, and vegetables help your brain perform optimally. Yet, you might not know that dark chocolate gives your brain a good boost as well.

When you eat chocolate, your brain produces dopamine. And dopamine helps you learn faster and remember better. Not to mention, chocolate contains flavonols, antioxidants, which also improve your brain functions.

So next time you have something difficult to do, make sure you grab a bite or two of dark chocolate!

The bottom line

Now that you know how to train your brain, it’s actually time to start doing.

Don’t just consume this content and then go on with your life as if nothing has changed. Put this knowledge into action and become smarter than ever!

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