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5 Ways To Market Your Blog In 2017

5 Ways To Market Your Blog In 2017

With every passing day, more people join the blogging community, which means the longer you wait to get started, the more competition you’ll face. It’s also a known fact that many blogs come and go, so how can you guarantee your blog is made to last? It all comes down to marketing. Once you understand the basics and have a pretty good idea of exactly why you want to blog in the first place, it’s a good idea to get a head start on marketing your blog to drive traffic. Essentially, the more viewers you have, or the more people interested in your blog, the better. To find out how you can set yourself up for success, check out the following five ways to market your blog in 2017:

Know Your Target Audience

Who are you hoping to reach out to the most? Who do you feel needs or wants to hear from you or read your posts more than others? Who would benefit the most from what you decide to share on your blog? Would someone pay for what you’re sharing, and if so, who?

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If you’re a busy, working mom, your target audience is likely other moms or parents, or even those hoping to become parents or with parenting experience. If you’re running a food-related website, you want to earn the attention of foodies. If you’re simply running a lifestyle blog, keep in mind your target audience’s age. Are you hoping to reach millennials or members of your same generation? You want to seem more personable, which is why it’s important to try to cater to those who can best relate to your content.

Search Engine Optimisation And Social Media

Social media is one of the easiest yet most important ways to market your blog. First, take advantage of search engine optimization, or SEO. Whether you do it yourself or hire a company to take care of it for you, the main purpose of SEO is to drive more people to your blog. SEO allows your blog to become more noteworthy and trustworthy in the eyes of search engines like Google. By doing so, you are not only helping to make sure your blog shows up on a search engine, but also helping it to rank well in order to be seen. SEO Perth can help guarantee your blog is set up for SEO and more traffic, in all aspects.

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In terms of social media, it’s not enough to exist only on one platform. To better build your brand and market your blog, the bare minimum you should expect is to have accounts on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. However, don’t create the exact same type of profile on each social media platform. Adjust to your target audience. You can be a little more lighthearted and personal on Instagram, and slightly more business-focused on Twitter. Again, think about your target audience, or in the case of social media, your followers. Every time you make a new post on your site, you should also have a new post on each of your social media sites promoting that new content.

Be Visually Appealing

Web design is one of the most important aspects of a successful blog. Platforms like WordPress allow you to use themes or page designs that are already put together, but your best bet may be to hire someone to create a unique design for you (unless you’re able to design a professional blog yourself).

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Build Your Personal Brand

Who are you and what about you is worth getting to know? Even if your site is more business-related, don’t be afraid to open up a little. You don’t have to share your entire life story, but allow others to get a better idea of who they’re hearing from. A great, easy way to do this is with an “About Me” section or page.

You can also build your brand by selecting a brand name, tagline, or image that can be used consistently throughout all your content and publishing platforms. Whether it’s a logo or a profile picture, allow others to become familiar with who you are. Be recognizable!

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Create Consistent, Unique Content

Perhaps the most effective way to build and market your blog is to be consistent in creating new and unique content. If you’re constantly driving traffic to your blog, you’re going to want to create a following. If you have repeat visitors who are seeing the same thing every time they come back to your site, what motivation do they have to visit again? Don’t stress yourself out trying to publish something every single day, especially if your posts require the amount of thought and work they’re worthy of. But aim for at least a few new posts per week. Try to come up with new topics within the realm of your blog, to provoke thought and conversation, or even to share new ideas.

Additionally, don’t be afraid to be controversial. Remember, controversy sells! If you have an opinion, your own platform is perhaps the best place to share that opinion, even if you know beforehand that others will disagree with you. If nothing else, it will get people talking, and what’s a better way to market your blog than through real people?

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7 Powerful Steps to Achieve Career Success

7 Powerful Steps to Achieve Career Success

I often hear people say, “I want to be successful but don’t know where to start” or “I’ve achieved career success yet I’m not happy.” And then I ask, “what does career success mean to you?” And many have a hard time articulating their response with much conviction.

It’s common that people lack clarity, focus, and direction. And when you layer on thoughts and actions that are misaligned with your values, this only adds to your misdirected quest to achieve your career success.

A word of caution. It’s going to take some time for you to think about and work on your own path for career success. You need to set aside time and be intentional about the steps you take to achieve career success. In my opinion, this step-by-step guide is apart of your life philosophy.

1. Define Career Success for Yourself

Pause. Give yourself time and space for self-reflection.

What does career success mean to you?

This is about defining your career success:

  • Not what you think you ‘should’ do
  • Not what people may think of you
  • Not adjusting to friends and family’s judgements
  • Not taking actions based on societal or community norms

“A flower does not think of competing to the flower next to it. It just blooms” – Zen Shin

When you strip away all your external influences and manage your inner critic, what are you left with? You need to define career success that best suits your life situation.

There’s no fixed answer. Everyone is different. Your answer will evolve and be impacted by life events. Here are a few examples of career success:

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  • Work-life balance
  • Opportunities for growth and advancement
  • Feeling valued that my contributions had an impact

Now even as you reflect on the examples above, the descriptions are not specific enough. You’ve got to take it deeper:

  • What do you mean by work-life balance?
  • What do you consider to be opportunities for growth and advancement?
  • How do you like to be recognized for your work? How do you know if your contributions have had an impact?

Let’s take a look at some potential responses to the questions above:

  • I want more time with my family, and less stress at work
  • I want increased responsibilities, to manage a team, a higher income, and the prestige of working at a certain level in the company
  • I’d like my immediate leader to send me a thank-you note or take me out for coffee to genuinely express her or his gratitude. I’ll know I’ve made an impact if I get feedback from my coworkers, leaders and other stakeholders.

Further questions to reflect on to help narrow the focus for the above responses:

  • What are some opportunities that can help you get traction on getting more time with your family? And decrease your stress at work?
  • What’s most important for you in the next 12 months?
  • What’s the significance of receiving others’ feedback?

Now, I’m only scratching the surface with these examples. It takes time to do the inner work and build a solid foundation.

Start this exercise by first asking what career success means to you and then ask yourself meaningful questions to help you dig deeper.

What types of themes emerge from your responses? What keywords or phrases keep coming up for you?

2. Know Your Values

Values are the principles and beliefs that guide your decisions, behaviors and actions. When you’re not aligned with your values and act in a way that conflicts with your beliefs, it’ll feel like life is a struggle.

There are simple value exercises that can help you quickly determine your core values. This one designed by Carnegie Mellon University can help you discover your top 5 values.[1]

Once you have your top 5 values keep them visible. Your brain needs reminders that these are your top values. Here are some ways to make them stick:

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  • Write them on cue cards or notes and post it in your office
  • Take a picture of your values and use it as a screensaver on your phone
  • Put the words on your fridge
  • Add the words on your vision board

Where will your value words be placed in your physical environment so that you have a constant reminder of them?

3. Define Your Short-Term and Long-Term Goals

When writing your short-term and long term life goals, use the SMART framework – Specific Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Time-bound. Treat this as a brainstorming exercise. Your potential and possibilities are limitless.

How you define short-term and long-term is entirely up to you. Short-term can be 30 days, 90 days, or 6 months. Maybe long-term goals are 4 months, 1 year, or 10 years.

Here are a few self-reflection questions to help you write your goals:[2]

  • What would you want to do today if you had the power to make it the way you want?
  • If no hurdles are in the way, what would you like to achieve?
  • If you have the freedom to do whatever you want, what would it be?
  • What type of impact do you want to have on people?
  • Who are the people you most admire? What is it about them or what they have that you’d want for your life or career?
  • What activities energize you? What’s one activity you most love?

Remember to revisit your core values as you refine yours goals:

  • Are your goals in or out of alignment with your core values?
  • What adjustments do you need to make to your goals? Maybe some of your goals can be deleted because they no longer align with your values.
  • How attainable are your goals? Breakdown your goals into digestible pieces.
  • Do your short-term goals move you towards attaining your long-term goals?

Get very clear and specific about your goals. Think about an archer – a person who shoots with a bow and arrows at a target. This person is laser focused on the target – the center of the bullseye. The target is your goal.

By focusing on one goal at a time and having that goal visible, you can behave and act in ways that will move you closer to your goal.

4. Determine Your Top Talents

What did you love doing as a kid? What made these moments fun? What did you have a knack for? What did you most cherish about these times? What are the common themes?

What work feels effortless? What work do you do that doesn’t seem like work? Think about work you can lose track of time doing and you don’t even feel tired of it.[3]

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What are your desires? Try it out. Experiment. Take action and start. How can you incorporate more of this type of work into your daily life?

What themes emerge from your responses? How do your responses compare to your responses from the values exercise and your goals?

What do you notice?

5. Identify ‘Feeling’ Words You Want to Experience

Do you have tendencies to use your head or heart to make decisions?

I have a very strong tendency to make rational, practical, and fact-based decisions using my head. It’s very rare for me to make decisions using my emotions. I was forced to learn how to make more intuitive decisions by listening to my gut when I was struggling with pivotal life decisions. I was forced to feel and listen to my inner voice to make decisions that feel most natural to me. This was very unfamiliar to me, however, it expanded my identity.

Review this list of Feeling Words. Use the same technique you use for the values exercise to narrow down how you want to feel.

Keep these words visible too!

Review your responses. What do you observe? What insights do you gain from these responses and those in the above steps?

6. Be Willing to Sit with Discomfort

Make career decisions aligned with your values, goals, talents and feelings. This is not for the faint hearted. It takes real work, courage and willingness to cut out the noise around you. You’ll need to sit with discomfort for a bit until you build up your muscle to hit the targets you want.

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Surround yourself with a supportive network to help you through these times.

“These pains you feel are messengers. Listen to them” – Rumi

7. Manage Your Own Career

Not to be cynical, but no one can make you happy but yourself. If you don’t take control of your career and manage it like your own business – no one will.

Discern between things that you can control and what you can’t control. For example, you may not be able to control who gets a promotion. However, you can control how you react to it and what you’ve learned about yourself in that situation.

Summing Up

For many who have gone through a career change or been impacted by life events, these steps may seem very basic. However, it’s sometimes the basics that we forget to do. The simple things and moments can edge us closer to our larger vision for ourselves.

Staying present and appreciating what you have today can sometimes help you achieve your long-term goals. For example, if you’re always talking about not having enough time and wanting work-life balance, think about what was good in your work day? Maybe you took a walk outside with your co-workers. This could be a small step to help you reframe how you can attain work-life balance.

Remember to take time for yourself. Hit pause, notice, observe and reflect to achieve career success by getting deliberate and intentional:

  1. Define Career Success for Yourself
  2. Know Your Values
  3. Define Your Short-Term and Long-Term Life and Goals
  4. Determine Your Top Talents
  5. Identify ‘Feeling’ Words You Want to Experience
  6. Be Willing to sit with Discomfort
  7. Manage Your Own Career

“When you stop chasing the wrong things you give the right things a chance to catch you.” – Lolly Daskal

Good luck and best wishes always!

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