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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.

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    Last Updated on August 16, 2018

    10 Ways To Step Out Of Your Comfort Zone And Enjoy Taking Risks

    10 Ways To Step Out Of Your Comfort Zone And Enjoy Taking Risks

    The ability to take risks by stepping outside your comfort zone is the primary way by which we grow. But we are often afraid to take that first step.

    In truth, comfort zones are not really about comfort, they are about fear. Break the chains of fear to get outside. Once you do, you will learn to enjoy the process of taking risks and growing in the process.

    Here are 10 ways to help you step out of your comfort zone and get closer to success:

    1. Become aware of what’s outside of your comfort zone

    What are the things that you believe are worth doing but are afraid of doing yourself because of the potential for disappointment or failure?

    Draw a circle and write those things down outside the circle. This process will not only allow you to clearly identify your discomforts, but your comforts. Write identified comforts inside the circle.

    2. Become clear about what you are aiming to overcome

    Take the list of discomforts and go deeper. Remember, the primary emotion you are trying to overcome is fear.

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    How does this fear apply uniquely to each situation? Be very specific.

    Are you afraid of walking up to people and introducing yourself in social situations? Why? Is it because you are insecure about the sound of your voice? Are you insecure about your looks?

    Or, are you afraid of being ignored?

    3. Get comfortable with discomfort

    One way to get outside of your comfort zone is to literally expand it. Make it a goal to avoid running away from discomfort.

    Let’s stay with the theme of meeting people in social settings. If you start feeling a little panicked when talking to someone you’ve just met, try to stay with it a little longer than you normally would before retreating to comfort. If you stay long enough and practice often enough, it will start to become less uncomfortable.

    4. See failure as a teacher

    Many of us are so afraid of failure that we would rather do nothing than take a shot at our dreams.

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    Begin to treat failure as a teacher. What did you learn from the experience? How can you take that lesson to your next adventure to increase your chance of success?

    Many highly successful people failed plenty of times before they succeeded. Here’re some examples:

    10 Famous Failures to Success Stories That Will Inspire You to Carry On

    5. Take baby steps

    Don’t try to jump outside your comfort zone, you will likely become overwhelmed and jump right back in.

    Take small steps toward the fear you are trying to overcome. If you want to do public speaking, start by taking every opportunity to speak to small groups of people. You can even practice with family and friends.

    Take a look at this article on how you can start taking baby steps:

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    The Number One Secret to Life Success: Baby Steps

    6. Hang out with risk takers

    There is no substitute for this step. If you want to become better at something, you must start hanging out with the people who are doing what you want to do and start emulating them. (Here’re 8 Reasons Why Risk Takers Are More Likely To Be Successful).

    Almost inevitably, their influence will start have an effect on your behavior.

    7. Be honest with yourself when you are trying to make excuses

    Don’t say “Oh, I just don’t have the time for this right now.” Instead, be honest and say “I am afraid to do this.”

    Don’t make excuses, just be honest. You will be in a better place to confront what is truly bothering you and increase your chance of moving forward.

    8. Identify how stepping out will benefit you

    What will the ability to engage in public speaking do for your personal and professional growth? Keep these potential benefits in mind as motivations to push through fear.

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    9. Don’t take yourself too seriously

    Learn to laugh at yourself when you make mistakes. Risk taking will inevitably involve failure and setbacks that will sometimes make you look foolish to others. Be happy to roll with the punches when others poke fun.

    If you aren’t convinced yet, check out these 6 Reasons Not to Take Life So Seriously.

    10. Focus on the fun

    Enjoy the process of stepping outside your safe boundaries. Enjoy the fun of discovering things about yourself that you may not have been aware of previously.

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