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7 Things You Must Do Right After Writing a Blog Post

7 Things You Must Do Right After Writing a Blog Post


    Your jedi-like focus has finally paid off. You’ve run spell check and consulted your thesaurus.

    But wait…before you hit that publish button and close your laptop, you should know that there’s more to a great blog post than just writing it.

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    Because no matter how amazing your writing is, very few people will discover it by chance.

    If you want the shares, the comments, and the subscribers, you’ve got to take the steps to put it out there. And it doesn’t have to be a timesuck of an event.

    Here are seven simple things you can do in 60 minutes flat that will get you more exposure for each and every blog post you write:

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    1. Linking to other posts on your blog (5 minutes)

    Find 2-3 older posts on your blog that relate to what you’re writing about, then link to them. Not only does this pass a little bit of SEO link juice to lower-ranking pages, it gives your readers an easy way to find other articles on your blog that are related to what they’ve already shown an interest in.

    2. Optimizing your post for one keyword (10 minutes)

    Do about 5 minutes of keyword research on your post’s topic. Then, spend another 5 minutes integrating that keyword into your post title, url, meta description and tags. This will make it a lot easier for people to find your post in search engine results.

    3. Miniaturizing your url  (5 minutes)

    Before you share the link to your post, plug the url into a shortener like bit.ly. Use the shorthand link whenever you share. This is useful because it not only accommodates the character limit of status updates on Twitter and Facebook, but it also allows you to easily track clicks and shares of your link.

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    4. Social media sharing (10 minutes)

    Share the link to your post on your Facebook business/fan page, Twitter, and relevant Linked In groups. Just remember that social media isn’t a one way street; resist the urge to copy-paste the standalone link and be done with it. Ask a question that your post answers, or solicit feedback on a specific issue it tackles, then use that as a teaser to accompany your link.

    5. Social bookmarkinging (5 minutes)

    Bookmark your link on Digg and Stumbleupon. But also remember that your content won’t go far on these sites unless you actively participate and also share useful content that’s not your own.

    6. Getting personal (5 minutes)

    Email to RSS is a good idea, as is letting your email subscribers know about new content when it’s posted. But another great way to get your content out there is to give it a personal touch. If you know someone who would genuinely find it helpful, send them a personalized message and let them know. If the information actually helps them out, they’re highly likely to share it.

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    7. Commenting on relevant blog posts (20 minutes)

    Do a quick Google search for the top results on your post’s specific topic. Leave a comment on 2-3 that you found really interesting. If you present an insightful point of view, new angle, or solve a problem that wasn’t covered in the post you’re commenting on, visitors of that blog will naturally want to visit your blog to see what you have to say.

    (Photo credit: Blog Button via Shutterstock)

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    Last Updated on January 21, 2020

    How to Motivate People Around You and Inspire Them

    How to Motivate People Around You and Inspire Them

    If I was a super hero I’d want my super power to be the ability to motivate everyone around me. Think of how many problems you could solve just by being able to motivate people towards their goals. You wouldn’t be frustrated by lazy co-workers. You wouldn’t be mad at your partner for wasting the weekend in front of the TV. Also, the more people around you are motivated toward their dreams, the more you can capitalize off their successes.

    Being able to motivate people is key to your success at work, at home, and in the future because no one can achieve anything alone. We all need the help of others.

    So, how to motivate people? Here are 7 ways to motivate others even you can do.

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    1. Listen

    Most people start out trying to motivate someone by giving them a lengthy speech, but this rarely works because motivation has to start inside others. The best way to motivate others is to start by listening to what they want to do. Find out what the person’s goals and dreams are. If it’s something you want to encourage, then continue through these steps.

    2. Ask Open-Ended Questions

    Open-ended questions are the best way to figure out what someone’s dreams are. If you can’t think of anything to ask, start with, “What have you always wanted to do?”

    “Why do you want to do that?”

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    “What makes you so excited about it?”

    “How long has that been your dream?”

    You need this information the help you with the following steps.

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    3. Encourage

    This is the most important step, because starting a dream is scary. People are so scared they will fail or look stupid, many never try to reach their goals, so this is where you come in. You must encourage them. Say things like, “I think you will be great at that.” Better yet, say, “I think your skills in X will help you succeed.” For example if you have a friend who wants to own a pet store, say, “You are so great with animals, I think you will be excellent at running a pet store.”

    4. Ask About What the First Step Will Be

    After you’ve encouraged them, find how they will start. If they don’t know, you can make suggestions, but it’s better to let the person figure out the first step themselves so they can be committed to the process.

    5. Dream

    This is the most fun step, because you can dream about success. Say things like, “Wouldn’t it be cool if your business took off, and you didn’t have to work at that job you hate?” By allowing others to dream, you solidify the motivation in place and connect their dreams to a future reality.

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    6. Ask How You Can Help

    Most of the time, others won’t need anything from you, but it’s always good to offer. Just letting the person know you’re there will help motivate them to start. And, who knows, maybe your skills can help.

    7. Follow Up

    Periodically, over the course of the next year, ask them how their goal is going. This way you can find out what progress has been made. You may need to do the seven steps again, or they may need motivation in another area of their life.

    Final Thoughts

    By following these seven steps, you’ll be able to encourage the people around you to achieve their dreams and goals. In return, you’ll be more passionate about getting to your goals, you’ll be surrounded by successful people, and others will want to help you reach your dreams …

    Oh, and you’ll become a motivational super hero. Time to get a cape!

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