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Best Practices for Using Numbers in Your Blog Posts

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You already know how to use words to your advantage. Each day, you craft engaging blogs that draw readers in time and time again.

But there’s one way to make your posts stand out even more: by incorporating numbers with your words. You’ve probably seen other blogs use this method in titles, with pieces promising “7 Tips” or “10 Ways” to do something valuable for the reader. Using figures and statistics within your articles will make things even more eye-catching.

Why? Because these figures make you seem like more of an authoritative source. If you can back up your claims with numbers, it makes each tip, trick or fact look even more substantial.

With that in mind, here are four of the best practices for using numbers in your blog posts. Read More

Balancing Original Content with Sponsored and Guest Content

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Regardless of the size and scope of your blog, you undoubtedly face periodic challenges associated with publishing content frequently enough and keeping readers engaged with topics they enjoy. You can especially relate to that if you have more than one blog or maintain an extremely busy schedule that makes it difficult to devote as much time as you’d like to a blog.

Fortunately, sponsored content and posts written by guest bloggers can fill the void. But then the question arises, how much of that material can you use without annoying readers who prefer original content? You can consider numerous things to reach an answer. Read More

The 5 Things Every Blog Post Should Include

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In the late nineties, blogs surfaced as a form of self-expression, and many platforms such as LiveJournal and Blogger allowed young people and mature folks to share their views.

You have probably noticed that many trends of the nineties have come back into popularity, trending on various posts around the blogosphere. Talk about full circle, right?

Blogs stuck around to mature as a vital component of expression, marketing and money making. They generate activity and buzz around a brand. For example, marketers with business blogs boost leads and traffic by 67 percent. With blogging, your brand is present to attract quality leads with continually updated posts.

Still, blogging isn’t a golden ticket to success for all who post. Here are five things every blog post should include to get on the road there. Read More

Tips for Getting Out of a Blogging Rut and Relaunching Your Blog

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For every brilliant creative rush, there’s an equally dismal and long rut bloggers fall into without fail — it makes you feel like a lazy failure. You’re not alone. Blogging ruts happen to the best of us.

Six months ago, I fell into a major blogging rut. On days when I wasn’t feeling the rush, I trusted I’d recover, and I made up for it at other moments when the creativity flowed. I’d write an extra post or two and schedule one for later in my editorial calendar — at least I’d attempt to sketch out the idea. Before long, the cursor kept blinking on the blank page. The periods between rushes extended, and I finally accepted that I had a serious case of writer’s block.

Remember the Little Blogging Train That Could? Probably not because it’s a thing I just made up, but the storybook adage applies to your blog: Think you can, and you will. Here’s how to climb your way back out and relaunch your blog more boldly and successfully than before. Read More

How to Use Lists to Your Advantage

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Lists exist in your everyday to-dos and everywhere online. Some sites focus on serving up content solely through listicles, while others use lists within small sections of posts.

Lists are versatile, and that’s why they’re popular among bloggers and readers. Even as a small part of a post, lists make your content more impactful, accessible and actionable to a reader. Here’s how to make better lists and use those to your advantage as a blogger. Read More

How to Make Your Blog Posts More Relatable and Conversational

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In school, your teachers probably warned that using informal language was one of the fastest ways to get a low grade on a paper. But, once you’re writing outside of academia, an element of casualness could be one of the most worthy ways to connect with readers. Below, we’ll cover some techniques to strike a sweet spot with the language used, plus go over other ways to help readers relate to what you say. Read More

Blogging Better, Faster: How to Write Better Blog Posts Twice as Fast

Blogging Better, Faster: How to Write Better Blog Posts Twice as Fast

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Blogging is an important part of any online marketing strategy. Not only does it allow you to build trust with your target audience and upload new content online, but it also can help search engine crawlers find your website and promote it through relevant searches. Unfortunately, creating a high-quality blog post can take some time.

You don’t need to waste days creating one blog post. If you approach the task with the right outlook and plan, you can get a high-quality blog post completed in a matter of a few hours. Not only can you get more done, but you can also improve the quality of your posts to attract even more attention.

If you’re tired of wasting days creating one mediocre blog post, here is a strategy you can use to write better blog posts in less time. Read More

How to Find Time to Blog When You Work Full-Time

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There is nothing like the thrill of sharing thoughts and ideas with others. Managing, designing and writing a blog is one of the most rewarding experiences you can give yourself, and can be a serious source of income if managed resourcefully.

The bummer is, you’ll have to work a full-time job until you get there. It can take a lot to get your feet off the ground if you’re new to blogging, and if you’ve been maintaining a blog for a while, you understand what it’s like to feel behind and exhausted by a recklessly busy life.

The truth of it is, we all get the same 24 hours each day. How will you spend yours? Here are a few tips and tricks to keep in mind when managing a blog while holding down a full-time job.  Read More